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Having miserably failed to keep this up to date last year am starting again!!


Will list tbr in a moment when I've sorted it (alright three hours)


Am going to be really strict and not buy/swap any books unless I really want them! (Ha ha)


2006 read 125 books! Aim to not necessarily read more but enjoy more!!

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Historical (or set in the past)

Sebastian Barry - A Long Long Way

Elizabeth Chadwick - Shadows and Strongholds

Tracy Chevalier - Falling Angels

Tracy Chevalier - Virgin Blue

Jennifer Donnelly - Gathering Light

Sarah Dunant - Birth of Venus

Sebastian Faulkes - On Green Dolphin Street

Philippa Gregory - A Respectable Trade

Philippa Gregory - The Virgin's Lover

Robert Harris - Imperium

Valerie Martin - Mary Reilly

Fidelis Morgan - The Rival Queens

Iain Pears - The Instance of the Fingerpost

James Shapiro - 1599 abandoned

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Mysteries (police/private eye books)

EF Benson - Mrs Mapp just found!!! gave up on

Simon Brett - Mrs, Presumed Dead

Simon Brett - Mrs Pargeter's Point of Honour

Simon Brett - Witness at the Wedding

Paul Carson - Scalpel

Linda Fairstein - The Kills

Reginald Hill - Good Morning Midnight

Alex Kava - A Perfect Evil

Ian Rankin - Tooth and Nail

Veronica Stallwood - Oxford Exit


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Jasper Fforde - The Fourth Bear

Jonathan Franzen - The 27th City

John Harwood - The Ghost Writer

MJ Hyland - Carry me Down

Wendy Jean - Unstolen

Liz Jensen - War Crimes for the Home

Kath Kincaid - Mrs Murphy hires a cleaner

Penelope Lively - The Photograph

Ian McEwan - Saturday

Sue Monk Kidd - The Secret Life of Bees

Jojo Moyes - The Peacock Emporium

Terry Pratchett - Hogfather

Malcolm Pryce - Aberwrystwyth mon Amour

Miss Read - A Village Christmas

Anita Shreve - Light on Snow

Asne Seierstad - The Bookseller of Kabul

Sarah Waters - Fingersmith

Sarah Waters - The Night Watch

Louise Welsh - The Cutting Room gave up on!

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Ooh, crikey, mrs! I think you've got enough to last you the whole year there! Got some good titles on those lists though - I'll look forward to hearing what you think of them all. Any ideas which one of the multitude will be kicking off your new year?

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Finished Imperium.

It was much better than I thought it would be.. Well written and easy to read story of Cicero and Roman politics in the Republic (just before Caesar). Although it was quite complicated it made sense and I felt I learnt a lot from it. (which I like)

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Gerard Freeman lives in Australia, one day he stumbles on a book and a picture which terrify his mother.

He investigates, helped by his mysterious pen friend in England he tries to find out more about his English family.

Bit by bit we find out the haunting tale!

This was really excellent and very spooky (not terrifying but menacing!) Moved about in time and then all came together in the end.


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Witness at the Wedding Simon Brett,

Carole Seddon's son is about to be married. But as plans for the big day get underway, Stephen's future parents-in-law, Marie and Harold, seem desperate to keep the affair as discreet as possible. Then, after a quiet engagement party, Harold disappears ...only to be found dead the next day, in a burnt out car in Epping Forest. While the family try to deal with their grief, Carole discovers they are concealing secrets that can be traced back thirty years, to the murder of Marie's best friend. Now the girl's killer has been released from prison and is back in his old stomping ground, near Fethering. As Carole enlists the help of her friend Jude in researching the truth, Gaby returns to London to find herself in grave danger. Fearing the bride-to-be is the killer's next target, Carole and Jude must unravel the Martin family's past before he makes another deadly move ...and before the happiness of the impending wedding day is ruined.

This is the sixth in a fab series about Carole and Jude.... love 'em, and am running out!

As good as I expected, half way through already and its ironing night!

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