Saturday, April 07, 2007

My Book List

This is a list of all the books; I am reading, have read and still have to read. There are about 42 books that I have read in the past 14 months, and that is about 3 per month. Not bad, but I need to improve that, though that doesn't count the couple of business books I have read either.

Reading -

Perfume - Patrick Suskind (reading)

Read -

The Line of Beauty - Alan Hollinghurst (excellent read)

The Poisonwood Bible - Barabara Kingsolver (set in the Congo, worth reading)

The Girl in Times Square - Paullina Simons (sad, but good)

Devil Wears Prada - Lauren Weisburger (better than the movie)

A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian - Marina Lewycka (v. funny)

The Story of Lucy Gault - William Trevor (a sad girl)

The Catalpa Tree - Denyse Devlin (why I wanted to visit Letterfrack in Ireland)

The Reading Group - Elizabeth Noble (good)

Olivia Jooles - Helen Fielding (funny)

Sensing Others - Frank Tallis (good and set in Kilburn)

The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro (I really liked this, not all will agree)

His Dark Materials Trilogy - Philip Pullman (brilliant - they are making a movie now with Nicole Kidman)

The Penelopiad - Margaret Atwood (short n'sweet)

The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath (excellent read)

Tough Choices - Carly Fiorina (former HP boss, inspiring)

An Inconvenient Truth - Al Gore (makes you love our planet more)

Tourism - Nirpal Singh Dhaliwai (good one)

For one more day - Mitch Albom (uplifting, also the author of The Five People you meet in heaven, which is also really good)

Thin - Grace Bowman (true story of an anorexic, very good)

On Beauty - Zadie Smith (good but not memorable)

A Long Long Way - Sebastian Barry (a long long war book, but interesting)

There's a bear in there - Merridy Eastman (just funny, true girly chick stuff)

The Bad Mother's Handbook - Kate Long (funny)

Hannibal Rising - Thomas Harris (his first book was the best on)

Don't ever tell - Kathey O'Beirne (sad)

Notes on a Scandal - Zoe Heller (disapointing)

The Nightwatch - Sarah Waters (didn't like the end much)

Things we know were true - Nicci Gerrard

The Adoption - Dave Hill

Annie May's Black Book - Debby Holt

Notes from a Small Island - Brill Bryson

Be careful what you wish for - Alexandra Potter

That certain age - Elizabeth Buchan

The Girl most likely - Rebecca Sparrow

Others I have read, or maybe tried to-
Panic - Jeff Abbott
Lazy Bones - Mark Billinghurst
The Broker - John Grisham
Ulysses - James Joyce (inspired by the Ireland trip, alas its a tome and I may never start it)
The Sea - John Banville (snore)
Narrow Dog to Carcassonne - Terry Darlington (boring could not get started)

Owned but not read just yet -
Suite Francaise - Irene Nemirovsky
Peoples act of Love - James Meek
Left Bank - Kate Muir
Cats Eye - Margaret Atwood

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