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June's books 2016

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I know it seems a bit late to start this now, as we are in 2017, but I didn't get round to it last year for various reaons and if I want to post a link to books read last year in my books read this year thread, then I have to start somewhere, so here goes:




Follow You Home: Mark Edwards

The Venus Trap: Louise Voss

Love in the Time of Cholera: Gabriel Marquez Garcia (Colombia)

Death of a River Guide: Richard Flanagan (Australia)

A Father's Betrayal: Gabrielle Gillespie (Yemen)

The World of Yesterday: Stefan Zweig (Austria)

Our Musseque: Luandino Jose Viera (Angola)

Moors Account: Laila Lalami (United States) 

Stone Tree: Gyrdir Eliasson (Iceland)

Nightblind: Ragnar Jonasson (Iceland)

Catch Your Death: Louise Voss




Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery: Henry Marsh

The Great Tax Robbery: Richard Brooks

​The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: Mary Ann Shaffer (Guernsey)
The Dead Lake: Hamid Ismailov (Kazakstan)
Journey: Adombire Gheysika Agambila (Ghana)
The Blissfully Dead: Louise Voss




Beneath the Lions Gaze: Maaza Mengiste (Ethiopia)

The Heart of Man: Kalman Jon Stefansson (Iceland)

HHhH: Laurent Binet (Czech Republic)

Lifesaver: Louise Voss

 Quicksand: Steve Toltz (Australia)




The Tea Lords: Hella S Haaase (Indonesia)

The Mussel Feast: Birgit Vanderbeke (Germany)

Fractured: Clar Ni Chonghaile (Somalia)

The Girl in the Spiders Web: David Lagercrantz (Sweden)

I Need Your Love - Is That True: Byron Katie

Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All: Jonas Jonasson (Sweden)




Madeira Car Tours and Walks: John Underwood

Lonely Planet Pocket Madeira

How to Deal with Difficult People: Gill Hasson

The Motorcycle Diaries: Ernesto Che Guevera (Argentina)

Popco: Scarlett Thomas

Are You My Mother: Louise Voss

Abynssian Chronicles: Moses Isegawa (Tanzania)

He Who Dares: Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter




The Vegetarian: Kang Han (South Korea)

Stiletto: Daniel O'Malley

Gould's Book of Fish: Richard Flanagan (Australia)

The Undesired: Yrsa Sigurdardottir (Iceland)

Menopause Mondays: Ellen Dolgen

The Boy in the Dress: David Wailliams

Into Thin Air: Jon Krakaurer (Nepal)

Butterfly Fish: Irene Irenosen Okojie (Benin)




God and the Gay Christian: Matthew Vines

Blackout: Ragnar Jonasson (Iceland)

Circular Walks on the Gower Peninsula: Harry Garrod Roberts

The Japanese Lover: Isobel Allende

The Mirror World of Melody Black: Gavin Extence

Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain: David Eagleman




What Milo Saw: Virginia Macgregor

Cut: One Woman's Fight Against FGM in Britain Today: Hibo Wardere

Management: Guide for First Time Manager: James Stevens

The Many: Wyl Menmuir

The Wandering Falcon: Jamil Ahmad (Pakistan)

Cure: A Journey Into the Science of Mind over Body: Jo Marchant

Written in Black: KH Lim (Brunei)

The Sellout: Paul Beatty

Land of Love and Drowning: Tiphanie Yanique (US Virgin Islands)

Secrets of the Vatican: Cyrus Shahrad (Vatican City)




The Book of Memory: Petina Gappah (Zimbabwe)

Forward Slash: Louise Voss

My Heart Will Cross this Ocean: Kadiatou Diallo (Guinea)

The Secret Life of Bees: Sue Monk Kidd

Animal: The Autobiography of a Female Body: Sara Pascoe

Making Friends with the Menopause: Sarah Rayner




End of the Spear: Steve Saint (Ecuador)

Lonely Planet Pocket Prague

Daughter of Eden: Chris Beckett

The Devil's Work: Mark Edwards

From Here to Anywhere: Jason Smart

Jonathon Livngstone Seagull: Richard Bach




When Hoopoes Go to Heaven: Gaile Parkin (Swaziland)

My Beautiful Bahrain: Robin Barratt (Bahrain)

The Madman of Freedom Square: Hassan Blasim (Iraq)

Who Slashed Celanire's Throat: Maryse Conde (Guadeloupe)

A Street Cat Named Bob: James Bowen

Frozen Out: Quentin Bates (Iceland)

All Quiet on the Western Front: Erich Maria Remarque (Germany)

Gone Bamboo: Anthony Bourdain (Sint Maarten)

Never Alone: Elizabeth Haynes

The World According to Bob: James Bowen




Sleep Smarter: Shawn Stevenson

Island on Fire: Alexandra Witze (Iceland)

To Be Someone: Louise Voss

 A Way of Seeing: Coran Foddering

Sex at Dawn: Christopher Ryan

Before Night Falls: Reinaldo Arenas (Cuba)

Politics: Between the Extremes: NIck Clegg

The Man I Became: Peter Verheist (Belgium)

The Kind Worth Killing: Peter Swanson

Desirada: Maryse Conde (Guadeloupe)

Africa to Asia: Jason Smart

Losing Israel: Jasmine Donahaye (Israel)

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Are you planning to have a thread for this year too? 


As this has 2016 in the title it technically should be in the Past Blogs forum.  If it's going to continue this year then it could do with re-titling as 'ongoing' with the 2016 removing.  :)


I hope you have a good year.  :)  You must be well on the way to finishing your World Challenge now.

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Yes I will start one for this year as well, probably in a minute in fact.


Sorry if I put this in the wrong place, and please do feel free to move it if you need to.  I don't really need to add it as it purely for my own records more than anything else and so I can link to it from the new thread I will start.


As for the challenge - I must be about two thirds through by now yes. It has certainly been interesting and thought provoking. I suspect I will still continue to look for interesting foreign books after I have finished it to be honest, as these are the types of books I have always enjoyed reading. No chick lit for me - I definitely prefer something more literary for want of a better word, not that there is anything wrong with chick lit if you do happen to like that sort of thing. :smile:

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Chick lit is not really my thing, although it was great when I had small children. :)


No apology necessary - I will move it later when I'm on my laptop. :)

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I hope you don't mind me jumping in Janet, I've moved this thread to the Past Book Blogs section.


You made great progress on the challenge last year, June :).

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That#s fine with me Athena - and yes, I am very happy with the progress I am making. I expect to make further inroads this year as well.

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