kittiwake: (books)
I read 55 books in 2010, which is only just over half my total of the previous three years, and only 6 of them were non-fiction. Part of the blame is due to my discovery of podcasts, which cut the amount of commuting time available for reading.

Top 10 fiction:
Island of the Sequinned Love Nun - Christopher Moore
Virtual Light - William Gibson
A Madness of Angels - Kate Griffin
Revelation Space - Alastair Reynolds
Chasm City - Alastair Reynolds
My Name Is Red - Orhan Pamuk
Memoirs of a Fox-hunting Man - Siegfried Sassoon
Meltdown - Ben Elton
Shades of Grey - Jasper Fforde
The Sirian Experiments - Doris Lessing

Top 3 non-fiction:
Due to lack of interest tomorrow has been canceled - Irene Kampen
Alfred the Great - tr. Simon Keynes & Michael Lapidge
Salt: A World History

Here is the full list:
1) Web of Everywhere - John Brunner
2) Matter - Iain M. Banks
3) Island of the Sequinned Love Nun - Christopher Moore
4) Prelude to Foundation - Isaac Asimov
5) Monsieur, or, the Prince of Darkness - Lawrence Durrell
6) Virtual Light - William Gibson
7) Livia, or Buried Alive - Lawrence Durrell
8) Idoru - William Gibson
9) All Tomorrow's Parties - William Gibson
10) A Madness of Angels - Kate Griffin
11) Human Traces - Sebastian Faulks
12) The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
13) Death of a Red Heroine - Qiu Xiaolong
14) Revelation Space - Alastair Reynolds
15) Due to lack of interest tomorrow has been canceled - Irene Kampen
16) Paths not Taken - Simon R. Green
17) Sharper than a Serpent's Tooth - Simon R. Green
18) Constance, or, Solitary Practices - Lawrence Durrell
19) Chasm City - Alastair Reynolds
20) Sebastian, or, Ruling Passions - Lawrence Durrell
21) Quinx, or, The Ripper's Tale - Lawrence Durrell
22) My Family and Other Animals - Gerald Durrell
23) The Shock of the Old: A Guide to British Buildings - Philip WIlkinson
24) Alfred the Great - tr. Simon Keynes & Michael Lapidge
25) Smoke and Mirrors - Neil Gaiman
26) Redemption Ark - Alastair Reynolds
27) Salt: A World History
28) Barking! - Liz Evans
29) Forward the Foundation - Isaac Asimov
30) Precious Cargo - Peter Luther
31) My Name Is Red - Orhan Pamuk
32) Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days - Alastair Reynolds
33) Blind WIllow, Sleeping Woman - Haruki Murakami
34) The Fever of the Bone - Val McDermid
35) Absolution Gap - Alastair Reynolds
36) Shikasta - Doris Lessing
37) The War of the Flowers - Tad Williams
38) This Book Will Save Your Life - A.M. Homes
39) Fingersmith - Sarah Waters
40) The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
41) The Annals of Imperial Rome - Tacitus
42) Memoirs of a Fox-hunting Man - Siegfried Sassoon
43) The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four, and Five - Doris Lessing
44) Necrophenia - Robert Rankin
45) Meltdown - Ben Elton
46) Tea Time for the Traditionally Built - Alexander McCall Smith
47) Mr Finchley Discovers His England - Victor Canning
48) Fitzpatrick's War - Theodore Judson
49) The Rapture - Liz Jensen
50) Shades of Grey - Jasper Fforde
51) The Sirian Experiments - Doris Lessing
52) Halting State - Charles Stross
53) Never the Bride - Paul Magrs
54) Odd Hours - Dean Koontz
55) The Girl Who Married a Lion - Alexander McCall Smith
kittiwake: (books)
I read 101 books in 2009, beating my 2007 and 2008 totals by 1.

Top 10 fiction:
Inversions - Iain M. Banks
Shockwave Rider - John Brunner
War With the Newts - Karel Capek
Engleby - Sebastian Faulks
9tail Fox - Jon Courtenay Grimwood
City of Baraboo - Barry B. Longyear
The Mourning Vessels - Peter Luther
River of Gods - Ian McDonald
The Crash of Hennington - Patrick Ness
A Patchwork Planet - Anne Tyler

Top 3 non-fiction:
Ulysses Found - Ernle Bradford
Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World - Mark Kurlansky
Sky Burial - Xinran

Here is the full list:
1) Only Revolutions - Mark Z. Danielewski
2) Trader - Charles de Lint
3) The Crash of Hennington - Patrick Ness
4) Sky Burial - Xinran
5) Calypso - Ed McBain
6) Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
7) Penguin Lost - Andrey Kurkov
8) God: The Ultimate Autobiography / Satan : The Hiss and Tell Memoirs – Jeremy Pascall
9) The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters - G.W. Dahlquist
10) Ulysses Found - Ernle Bradford
11) The Virago Book of Fairy Tales - ed. Angela Carter
12) Weird, Wonderful America - Laura A. Bergheim
13) Digging to America - Anne Tyler
14) What Your Clothes Say About You - Trinny & Susannah
15) Consider Phlebas - Iain M. Banks
16) The Player of Games - Iain M. Banks
17) The Careful Use of Compliments - Alexander McCall Smith
18) Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World - Mark Kurlansky
19) What You Wear Can Change Your Life - Trinny Woodall & Susannah Constantine
20) River of Gods - Ian McDonald
21) The Good Husband of Zebra Drive - Alexander McCall Smith
22) West With the night - Beryl Markham
23) Singer From the Sea - Sheri S. Tepper
24) The Man on the Balcony - Sjowall & Wahloo
25) Use of Weapons - Iain M. Banks
26) The Hippopotamus - Stephen Fry
27) The State of the Art - Iain M. Banks
28) Shanghai Baby - Wei Hu
29) Foundation - Isaac Asimov
30) The Night Watch - Sarah Waters
31) Soft - Rupert Thomson
32) Something from the Nightside - Simon R. Green
33) Agents of Light and Darkness - SimonR. Green
34) Foundation and Empire - Isaac Asimov
35) The Survival Guide - Trinny & Susannah
36) Across The Roof of the World - Wilfred Skrede
37) British Folk Tales and Legends: A Sampler - Katharine M. Briggs
38) Excession - Iain M. Banks
39) The Mourning Vessels - Peter Luther
40) Three to See the King - Magnus Mills
41) Second Foundation - Isaac Asimov
42) Dreams - Carl Gustav Jung
43) Cocaine Nights - J.G. Ballard
44) Forests of the Heart - Charles de Lint
45) The Story of Spain - Mark williams
46) Air - Geoff Ryman
47) Galapagos - Kurt Vonnegut
48) Laxdaela Saga
49) Engleby - Sebastian Faulks
50) Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World - Haruki Murakami
51) Inversions - Iain M. Banks
53) Tapping the Dream Tree - Charles de Lint
53) The Library of Greek Mythology - Apollodorus
54) The Stolen Child - Keith Donohue
55) The House on the Borderland - William Hope Hodgson
56) The Ghost Pirates - William Hope Hodgson
57) 9tail Fox - Jon Courtenay Grimwood
58) Look to Windward - Iain M. Banks
59) The Night Land - William Hope Hodgson
60) Roofworld - Christopher Fowler
61) Not Before Time - John Brunner
62) The View from the Stars - Walter M. Miller
63) My Dirty Little Book of Stolen Time - Liz Jensen
64) The Mamur Zapt and the Night of the Dog - Michael Pearce
65) Looking for Jake and Other Stories - China Mieville
66) City of Baraboo - Barry B. Longyear
67) The Iron Wolf and Other Stories - Richard Adams
68) Eyrbyggja Saga
69) A Patchwork Planet - Anne Tyler
70) The Lost Salt Gift of Blood - Alistair MacLeod
71) Dark Universe - Daniel F. Galouye
72) Three Cups of Tea - Greg Mortenson
73) Soho Black - Christopher Fowler
74) The Restraint of Beasts - Magnus Mills
75) War With the Newts - Karel Capek
76) Little Fuzzy - H. Beam Piper
77) Fuzzy Sapiens - H. Beam Piper
78) Forever Odd - Dean Koontz
79) Brother Odd - Dean Koontz
80) The Buddha of Suburbia - Hanif Kureishi
81) Nightingale Wood - Stella Gibbons
82) Tipping The Velvet - Sarah Waters
83) The Long Road Turns to Joy: A Guide to Walking Meditation - Thich Nhat Hanh
84) The Dark Volume - G.W. Dahlquist
85) Nightingale's Lament - Simon R. Green
86) Hex and the City - Simon R. Green
87) Shockwave Rider - John Brunner
88) The Miracle at Speedy Motors - Alexander McCall Smith
89) The Chymical Wedding - Lindsay Clarke
90) Faeries - ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin Greenberg & Charles G. Waugh
91) The Art of Happiness - HH The Dalai Llama & Howard C. Cutler
92) Orkneyinga Saga - Anon
93) Grotesque - Natsuo Kirino
94) Newton's Wake - Ken MacLeod
95) After Dark - Haruki Murakami
96) Foundation's Edge - Isaac Asimov
97) Foundation and Earth - Isaac Asimov
98) Memoirs of a British Agent - R.H. Bruce Lockhart
99) The Keeping of Christmas at Bracebridge Hall - Washington Irving
100) Darkly Dreaming Dexter - Jeff Lindsay
101) Dearly Devoted Dexter - Jeff Lindsay
kittiwake: (books)
I read exactly 100 books in 2008. Oddly enough, I read 100 books in 2007 too.

Top 10 fiction:
Hawkfall - George Mackay Brown
Blind Faith - Ben Elton
Drinking Midnight Wine - Simon R. Green
The Feast of the Goat - Mario Vargas Llosa
Dark Covenant - Peter Luther
Explorers of the New Century - Magnus Mills
Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami
What Was Lost - Catherine O'Flynn
Roman Blood - Steven Saylor
Losing Nelson - Barry Unsworth

Top 3 non-fiction:
The Revenge of Gaia - James Lovelock
Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche - Haruki Murakami
The Good Women of China - Xinran

Here is the full list:
1 - "Kafka on the Shore" by Haruki Murakami
2 - "The New York Trilogy" by Paul Auster
3 - "Sourcery" by Terry Pratchett
4 - "The Road to Wellville" by T.C. Boyle
5 - "Chart Throb" by Ben Elton
6 - "The Airs of Earth" by Brian W. Aldiss
7 - "Baal" by Robert M. McCammon
8 - "Little, Big" by John Crowley
9 - "Three Letters from the Andes" by Patrick Leigh Fermor
10 - "Small g - a Summer Idyll" by Patricia Highsmith
11 - "The Courtesan's Revenge" by Frances Wilson
12 - "Uncle Mort's South Country" by Peter Tinniswood
13 - "The Man Who Was Thursday - A Nightmare" by G.K. Chesterton
14 - "Cue the Easter Bunny" by Liz Evans
15 - "Heroes and Villains" by Angela Carter
16 - "Earth" by David Brin
17 - "The Fifth Child" by Doris Lessing
18 - "The Alchemist's Apprentice" by Jeremy Dronfield
19 - "The Black Dahlia" by James Ellroy
20 - "Underground - The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche" by Haruki Murakami
21 - "After Me, the Deluge" by David Forrest
22-24 - "The Changes Trilogy" by Peter Dickinson
25 - "Collected Ghost Stories" by M.R. James
26 - "JPod" by Douglas Coupland
27 - "Lucifer's Dragon" by Jon Courtnay Grimwood
28 - "The Boats of the Glen Carrig" by WIlliam Hope Hodgson
29 - "After Many a Summer" by Aldous Huxley
30 - "The Playroom" by Gloria Murphy
31 - "The Caves of Steel" by Isaac Asimov
32 - "War Crimes for the Home" by Liz Jensen
33 - "The Road to Mars (A Post-Modem Novel)" by Eric Idle
34 - "Renaissance" by A.E. Van Vogt
35 - "A Metropolitan Murder" by Lee Jackson
36 - "Turtle Diary" by Russell Hoban
37 - "The Naked Sun" by Isaac Asimov
38 - "Death and the Penguin" by Andrey Kurkov
39 - "Black Juice" by Margo Lanagan
40 - "Explorers of the New Century" by Magnus Mills
41 - "The Lost Perception" by Daniel Galouye
42 - "The Reluctant Devil" by Miranda Seymour
43 - "The Northern Lights" by Howard Norman
44 - "A Book of Fairies" by Katharine Briggs
45 - "Don’t Cry for Me Aberystwyth" by Malcolm Pryce
46 - "The Day of Creation" by J.G. Ballard
47 - "The Right Attitude to Rain" by Alexander McCall Smith
48 - "What Was Lost" by Catherine O'Flynn
49 - "The Clay Machine-Gun" by Victor Pelevin
50 - "The Revenge of Gaia" by James Lovelock
51 - "Red Mandarin Dress" by Qiu Xiaolong
52 - "The Interpretation of Murder" by Jed Rubenfeld
53 - "The X-Files - Ground Zero" by Kevin J. Anderson
54 - "The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break" by Steven Sherrill
55 - "Sir Phoebus' Ma" by Zoe Teale
56 - "Losing Nelson" by Barry Unsworth
57 - "Borges and the Eternal Orang-Utans" by Luis Fernando Verissimo
58 - "Downs-Lord Dawn" by John Whitbourn
59 - "Blind Faith" by Ben Elton
60 - "The Good Woman of China" by Xinran
61 - "Grave Matters" by Margaret Yorke
62 - "Dark Covenant" by Peter Luther
63 - "The Devil in Amber" by Mark Gatiss
64 - "Leaden Wings" by Zhang Jie
65 - "Making Money" by Terry Pratchett
66 - "The Warlock in Spite of Himself" by Christopher Stasheff
67 - "The Complete Short Stories" by Saki
68 - "Blue Shoes and Happiness" by Alexander McCall Smith
69 - "The Weapon Shops of Isher" by A.E. Van Vogt
70 - "The Weapon Makers" by A.E. Van Vogt
71 - "Ripley Under Ground" by Patricia Highsmith
72 - "The Compleat Traveller in Black" by John Brunner
73 - "A Dead Man in Deptford" by Anthony Burgess
74 - "The Return" by Hakan Nesser
75 - "A Humument - A Treated Victorian Novel" by Tom Phillips
76 - "The Servants" by Michael Marshall Smith
77 - "The Ballad of Peckham Rye" by Muriel Spark
78 - "The Robots of Dawn" by Isaac Asimov
79 - "Don't Mess With Mrs In-Between" by Liz Evans
80 - "The Oxford of English Ghost Stories" ed. Michael Cox & R.A. Gilbert
81 - "First Among Sequels" by Jasper Fforde
82 - "The Feast of The Goat" by Mario Vargas Llosa
83 - "Foucault's Pendulum" by Umberto Eco
84 - "The Cat Who Walks Through Walls" by Robert A. Heinlein
85 - "Shyness - What It Is and What to Do About It" by Philip G. Zimbardo
86 - "The Spy Wore Red" by Aline, Countess of Romanones
87 - "Drinking Midnight Wine" by Simon R. Green
88 - "Roman Blood" by Steven Saylor
89 - "Wrong About Japan" by Peter Carey
90 " Ladies of Letters.com" by Carole Hayman & Lou Wakefield
91 - "The Voynich Manuscript" by Gerry Kennedy & Rob Churchill
DNF - "Gerald's Party" by Robert Coover
92 - "Eighty Million Eyes" by Ed McBain
93 - "On Chesil Beach" by Ian McEwan
94 - "The Scheme for Full Employment" by Magnus Mills
95 - "The Da-Da-De-Da-Da Code" by Robert Rankin
96 - "Gods Behaving Badly" by Marie Phillips
97 - "Once Upon a Time in the North" by Philip Pullman
98 - "Messiah" by Boris Starling
99 - "Hawkfall" by George Mackay Brown
100 - "Montaillou - Cathars and Catholics in a French Village 1294-1324"
kittiwake: (books)
I read exactly 100 books in 2007, and there were several others that I started but didn't finish.

Here are my top 10, in the order I read them:
The Man in the High Castle - Philip K. Dick
Ark Baby - Liz Jensen
Fat White Vampire Blues - Andrew Fox
What's Bred in the Bone - Robertson Davies
Trajectories - Julian Rathbone
Mother London - Michael Moorcock
Beyond Black - Hilary Mantel
Q - Luther Blissett
Magic for Beginners - Kelly Link
The Anything Box - Zenna Henderson

Here is the full list:
1) The Man in the High Castle - Philip K. Dick
2) Thursbitch - Alan Garner
3) The Dreaming Earth - John Brunner
4) The Shape of Water - Andrea Camilleri
5) Heartstones - Ruth Rendell
6) Twisting the Rope - R. A. MacAvoy
7) The Eye in the Door - by Pat Barker
8) The State of the Art - Iain M. Banks
9) Words of Mercury - Patrick Leigh Fermor
10) Folk Tales of the British Isles - ed. Kevin Crossley-Holland
11) The Devil Wears Prada - Lauren Weisberger
12) The Talented Mr Ripley - Patricia Highsmith
13) The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
14) The Dark Labyrinth - Laurence Durrell
15) The Circus of Dr Lao - Charles G. Finney
16) Night Watch - Terry Pratchett
17) Find the Changeling - Gregory Benford & Gordon Eklund
18) The Ghost Road - Pat Barker
19) Blue Diary - Alice Hoffman
20) Hideous Kinky - Esther Freud
21) The Purple Pterodactyls - L. Sprague de Camp
22) High Society - Ben Elton
23) The Bat Tattoo - Russell Hoban
24) Ark Baby - Liz Jensen
25) Winter's Tales - Isak Dinesen
26) Unique Item - Milorad Pavic
27) Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds - Charles Mackay
28) The Unbearable Lightness of Being in Aberystwyth - Malcolm Pryce
29) White Apples - Jonathan Carroll
30) Fat White Vampire Blues - Andrew Fox
31) The Rebel Angels (The Cornish Trilogy) - Robertson Davies
32) Four Tales - James Hogg
33) What's Bred in the Bone (The Cornish Trilogy) - Robertson Davies
34) Trajectories - Julian Rathbone
35) The Lyre of Orpheus (The Cornish Trilogy) - Robertson Davies
36) Small Gods - Terry Pratchett
37) A Few Little Lies - Sue Welfare
38) Can Jane Eyre Be Happy? More Puzzles in Classic Fiction - J.A. Sutherland
39) The Last Song of Dusk - Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi
40) Daughters of the House - Michele Roberts
41) The Sentinel - Jeffrey Konvitz
42) The Apocalypse - Jeffrey Konvitz
43) Unexplained Laughter - Alice Thomas Ellis
44) The Star Fraction - Ken MacLeod
45) Cordial and Corrosive - Sophie Hannah
46) Sister Wendy's Book of Muses - Sister Wendy Beckett
47) New Worlds: No. 1 - ed. David Garnett
48) Mother London - Michael Moorcock
49) Selected Tales - Edgar Allan Poe
50) The Best of A E Van Vogt Volume 1 - A E Van Vogt
51) Gate of Ivory - Robert Holdstock
52) Edenborn - Nick Sagan
53) Automated Alice - Jeff Noon
54) Beastly Tales - Vikram Seth
55) Beyond Black - Hilary Mantel
56) Night Terrors - Nicole Davidson
57) Interesting Times - Terry Pratchett
58) Friend of My Youth - Alice Munro
59) The Starter Marriage - Kate Harrison
60) The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction - ed. George Mann
61) Is Heathcliff a Murderer? Puzzles in 19th-Century Fiction - John Sutherland
62) The Time Dweller - Michael Moorcock
63) You Don't Have to be Evil to Work Here, But It Helps - Tom Holt
64) The Book of Lost Things - John Connolly
65) Revenge of the Lawn - Richard Brautigan
66) The Crew - Bali Rai
67) Q - Luther Blissett
68) Open Secrets - Alice Munro
69) Psmith in the City - P.G. Wodehouse
70) Alchemy & Mysticism: The Hermetic Cabinet - Alexander Roob
71) A Murder of Quality - John le Carre
72) Tempest-Tost - Robertson Davies (The Salterton Trilogy)
73) The Locked Room - Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö
74) Capricorn Colony - Irene Heath
75) Ares Express - Ian McDonald
76) Magic for Beginners - Kelly Link
77) Odd Thomas: A Novel - Dean Koontz
78) Leaven of Malice - Robertson Davies (The Salterton Trilogy)
79) Monkey - Wu Ch'eng-en
80) The Dragon Waiting - John M. Ford
81) Fragile Things - Neil Gaiman
82) A Mixture of Frailties - Robertson Davies (The Salterton Trilogy)
83) The Ninth Life of Louis Drax - Liz Jensen
84) The Big Over Easy - Jasper Fforde
85) On the Black Hill - Bruce Chatwin
86) Roseanna - Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö
87) The Icarus Girl - Helen Oyeyemi
88) Leave it to Psmith - P.G. Wodehouse
89) All My Sins Remembered - Joe Haldeman
90) The Closed Circle - Jonathan Coe
91) Izzy Manheim's Reunion - Martin Myers
92) The Hollowing - Robert Holdstock
93) Oryx and Crake - Margaret Atwood
94) The Oxford Murders - Guillermo Martinez
95) The Bafut Beagles - Gerald Durrell
96) Early Irish Myths and Sagas
97) Wicked Women - Fay Weldon
98) Decade: 1940's No. 1 - ed. Brian W. Aldiss & Harry Harrison
99) Sleepwalker in a Fog - Tatyana Tolstaya
100) The Anything Box - Zenna Henderson
kittiwake: (books)
1. The Etched City - K.J. Bishop
2. The Hero: Manhood and Power - John Lash
3. Holy Fire - Bruce Sterling
4. Seize the Day - Saul Bellow
5. The Necropolis Railway - Andrew Martin
6. Voice of Our Shadow - Jonathan Carroll
7. The Paper Eater - Liz Jensen
8. The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories and Other Stories - Gene Wolfe
9. Portuguese Irregular Verbs - Alexander McCall Smith
10. The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs - Alexander McCall Smith
11. The Villa of Reduced Circumstances - Alexander McCall Smith
12. Lucia in London - E.F Benson
13. Mapp and Lucia - E.F Benson
14. The Atrocity Exhibition - J.G. Ballard
15. 44 Scotland Street - Alexander McCall Smith
16. Sunset at Blandings - P.G. Wodehouse
17. A Confederate General from Big Sur - Richard Brautigan
18. Exquisite Corpse - Robert Irwin
19. Marcovaldo - Italo Calvino
20. Strange Pilgrims - Gabriel Maria Marquez
21. Carter Beats the Devil - Glen David Gold
22. Cosmonaut Keep - Ken MacLeod
23. Land of Laughs - Jonathan Carroll
24. The Golden Barge - Michael Moorcock
25. The Encyclopaedia of Snow - Sarah Miano
26. JFK Is Missing! - Liz Evans
27. Jennifer Government - Max Barry
28. Strangers - Taichi Yamada
29. Affinity - Sarah Waters
30. The Virgin Suicides - Jeffrey Eugenides
31. The Laughing Policeman - Maj Sjowall & Per Wahloo
32. Dark Light - Ken MacLeod
33. Oyster - Janette Turner Hospital
34. Last Chance to See - Douglas Adams & Mark Carwardine
35. 2010: Odyssey Two - Arthur C. Clarke
36. Lucia's Progress - E.F. Benson
37. The Liar - Stephen Fry
38. Death By Hollywood - Steven Bochco
39. Count Zero - William Gibson
40. Trouble for Lucia - E.F. Benson
41. The Love-Artist - Jane Alison
42. Rockbound - Frank Parker Day
43. I was Amelia Earhart - Jane Mendelsohn
44. Engine City - Ken MacLeod
45. The Well of Lost Plots - Jasper Fforde
46. The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer - Neal Stephenson
47. The Inn at the Edge of the World - Alice Thomas Ellis
48. The Emperor of Dreams - Clark Ashton Smith
49. The Travels of Marco Polo - Marco Polo
50. Poems of the Late T'ang - translated by A.C. Graham
51. Something Rotten - Jasper Fforde
52. Asleep - Banana Yoshimoto
53. Fire Sanctuary - Katharine Eliska Kimbriel
54. Sick As a Parrot - Liz Evans
55. The Art of Travel - Alain de Botton
56. Winter Rose - Patricia A. McKillip
57. Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
58. The Worm Ouroboros - E.R. Eddison
59. The Riddle and the Knight: In Search of Sir John Mandeville - Giles Milton
60. The Light Fantastic - Terry Pratchett
61. The Sunday Philosophy Club - Alexander McCall Smith
62. From the Dust Returned - Ray Bradbury
63. Mona Lisa Overdrive - William Gibson
64. In Your Dreams - Tom Holt
65. Friend, Lovers Chocolate - Alexander McCall Smith
66. The Wooden Sea - Jonathan Carroll
67. The Last Continent - Terry Pratchett
68. The Year 1000 - Robert Lacey & Danny Danziger
69. The Scar - China Mieville
70. Armageddon: The Musical - Robert Rankin
71. The Ruby in the Smoke - Philip Pullman
72. My Phantom Husband - Marie Darrieussecq
73. Burning Chrome - William Gibson
74. The Republic of Wine - Mo Yan
75. Tamburlaine Must Die - Louise Welsh
76. The Brightonomicon - Robert Rankin
77. Lud Heat and Suicide Bridge - Iain Sinclair
78. Symmetries - Luisa Valenzuela
79. The Agricola and the Germania - Tacitus
80. We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson
81. Earth, Air, Fire and Custard - Tom Holt
82. Pattern Recognition - William Gibson
83. The Book of Loss - Julith Jedamus
84. The Vesuvius Club: A Lucifer Box Novel - Mark Gatiss
85. The Ivory and the Horn - Charles de Lint
86. The Stone Book Quartet - Alan Garner
87. Hrafnkel's Saga and Other Stories - Anon
88. The Galleons' Grave: Henry Gresham and the Spanish Armada - Martin Stephen
89. The Antipope - Robert Rankin
90. The Brentford Triangle - Robert Rankin
91. East of Ealing - Robert Rankin
92. The Sprouts of Wrath - Robert Rankin
93. The Brentford Chainstore Massacre - Robert Rankin
94. Who Moved My BlackBerry? - Martin Lukes & Lucy Kellaway
95. Lost Worlds: What Have We Lost and Where Did It Go? - Michael Bywater
96. Time and the Gods - Lord Dunsany
97. The Wicker Man - Robin Hardy & Anthony Shaffer
98. The Obstinate Ghost and Other Stories - Geoffrey Palmer & Noel Lloyd
99. Shadows Over Baker Street - ed. Michael Reaves and John Pelan
100.Lud-in-the-Mist - Hope Mirrlees
101.White Chappell, Scarlet Tracings - Iain Sinclair
102.Everyone in Silico - Jim Munroe
103.The Horned Man - James Lasdun
104.Regeneration - Pat Barker
105.Idlewild - Nick Sagan
106.The Life of E. F. Benson - Brian Masters
107.Strange Tales of Liaozhai - Pu Songling
108.House of Leaves - Mark Z. Danielewski
109.To Say Nothing of the Dog - Connie WIllis
110.The Truth - Terry Pratchett
111. The Marriage of Sticks - Jonathan Carroll
112. Dayworld - Philip Jose Farmer
113. Sex and Drugs and Sausage Rolls - Robert Rankin
114. The Witches of Chiswick - Robert Rankin
115. Knees Up Mother Earth - Robert Rankin
116. The Dream Master - Roger Zelazny
117. Light - M. John Harrison
118. Lanark - Alasdair Gray
119. The Christmas Mystery - Jostein Gaarder
120. The Tribe - Bari Wood
121. Younghusband The last Imperial Adventurer - Patrick French
kittiwake: (books)
This month's must read book is "Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction".
This month's must see movie is is "Mrs Henderson Presents".

Books Read

The Splendid Outcast: Beryl Markham's African Stories
Elf Fantastic - ed. Martin H. Greenberg
Amsterdam - Ian McEwan
The Full Cupboard of Life - Alexander McCall Smith
In the Company of Cheerful Ladies - Alexander McCall Smith
Aunts Aren't Gentlemen - P.G. Wodehouse
Queen Lucia - E.F. Benson
Miss Mapp - E.F. Benson
Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction - Sue Townsend
Dead Babies - Martin Amis
East, West - Salman Rushdie

Here is my December entry on 50bookchallenge.

Cinema Trips

Flightplan
Mrs Henderson Presents
The Producers

Film reviews

"Flightplan"
A film with so many plot holes it might as well have been crocheted.

"Mrs Henderson Presents"
I loved this - amusing and Will Young was good in it.

"The Producers"
The cinema was full and everyone laughed the whole way through.

And finally, here is the complete list of all the books that I read during 2005:
1 - The Drawing of the Dark - Tim Powers
2 - The Secret of Annex 3 - Colin Dexter
3 - Service of all the Dead - Colin Dexter
4 - A Little Princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett
5 - Rune - Christopher Fowler
6 - Charlotte's Friends - Sarah Kennedy
7 - The Philosophers' Secret Fire - Patrick Harpur
8 - Pigs Have Wings - P.G. Wodehouse
9 - The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing - Melissa Bank
10 - To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
11 - Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke
12 - Aborigine Dreaming - James Cowan
13 - Lost in a Good Book - Jasper Fforde
14 - Politically Correct Bedtime Stories - James Finn Garner
15 - Malignant Sadness: The Anatomy of Depression - Lewis Wolpert
16 - Perdido Street Station - China Mieville
17 - Molesworth - Geoffrey Willans & Ronald Searle
18 - The Rotters' Club - Jonathan Coe
19 - On a Pale Horse - Piers Anthony
20 - Underground London: Travels Beneath the City Streets - Stephen Smith
21 - Total Eclipse - John Brunner
22 - Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson
23 - A Song of Stone - Iain Banks
24 - The British Museum is Falling Down - David Lodge
25 - Come, Tell Me How You Live - Agatha Christie Mallowan
26 - The Wood Wife - Terri Windling
27 - Not the End of the World - Kate Atkinson
28 - 1421: The Year China Discovered the World - Gavin Menzies
29 - Essays - Michel de Montaigne
30 - Peace is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life - Thich Nhat Hanh
31 - The Eighth Book Pan Book of Horror Stories
32 - The Ophiuchi Hotline - John Varley
33 - Larry's Party - Carol Shields
34 - The Fontana Book of Great Horror Stories
35 - Great Tales of Fantasy and Science Fiction
36 - Girlfriend in a Coma - Douglas Coupland
37 - Northern Lights - Philip Pullman
38 - The Subtle Knife - Philip Pullman
39 - The Amber Spyglass - Philip Pullman
40 - The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle - Haruki Murakami
41 - Cat Karina - Michael Coney
42 - Fifth Business - Robertson Davies
43 - The Manticore - Robertson Davies
44 - World of Wonders - Robertson Davies
45 - Old School Ties - Kate Harrison
46 - Nights at the Circus - Angela Carter
47 - The Battersea Park Road to Enlightenment - Isabel Losada
48 - Before and After - Matthew Thomas
49 - I Can Make You Thin - Paul McKenna
50 - The Wizard of Boland - 'BB'
51 - Wayward Girls and Wicked Women - ed. Angela Carter
52 - Tell Me Your Dreams - Sidney Sheldon
53 - The Electric Michelangelo - Sarah Hall
54 - Sophie's World - Jostein Gaarder
55 - The Hippopotamus - Stephen Fry
56 - The Cubs and Other Stories - Mario Vargas Llosa
57 - The Book of Proper Names - Amélie Nothomb
58 - Mystery - Peter Straub
59 - The Waste Land and Other Poems - T.S. Eliot
60 - The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly - Jean-Dominique Bauby
61 - Into the Green - Charles de Lint
62 - The Winds of Limbo - Michael Moorcock
63 - The Lady and the Unicorn - Tracy Chevalier
64 - Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - Anon
65 - Cromartie v. the God Shiva acting through the Government of India - Rumer Godden
66 - Lyra's Oxford - Philip Pullman
67 - Viking Age Iceland - Jesse Byock
68 - Maskerade - Terry Pratchett
69 - Achilles - Elizabeth Cook
70 - The Silicon Man - Charles Platt
71 - The Papers of Samuel Marchbanks - Robertson Davies
72 - Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet - M.C. Beaton
73 - The Killer's Guide to Iceland - Zane Radcliffe
74 - Popcorn - Ben Elton
75 - Ancient Echoes - Robert Holdstock
76 - Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination - Helen Fielding
77 - Brief Candles - Aldous Huxley
78 - The Summer Book - Tove Jansson
79 - The Children of Men - P.D. James
80 - Disturbia - Christopher Fowler
81 - The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History, 1300 - 1850 - Brian Fagan
82 - The Screaming Tree - Phil Lovesey
83 - Grimus - Salman Rushdie
84 - Cooking with Fernet Branca - James Hamilton-Patterson
85 - 2001: A Space Odyssey - Arthur C. Clarke
86 - Yes Man - Danny Wallace
87 - The Wind's Twelve Quarters - Ursula le Guin
88 - Kil'n People - David Brin
89 - Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem - Peter Ackroyd
90 - Gods, Demons and Others - R.K. Narayan
91 - The Demolished Man - Alfred Bester
92 - Status Anxiety - Alain de Botton
93 - Spanky - Christopher Fowler
94 - Soul Music - Terry Pratchett
95 - No Great Mischief - Alistair MacLeod
96 - Feersum Endjinn - Iain M. Banks
97 - Atonement - Ian McEwan
98 - The Mistress of Spices - Chita Banerjee Divakaruni
99 - Stories of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang
100 - A Choice of Anglo-Saxon Verse - Richard Hamer
101 - Veniss Underground - Jeff VanderMeer
102 - Orlando - Virginia Woolf
103 - Morality for Beautiful Girls - Alexander McCall Smith
104 - The Kalahari Typing School for Men - Alexander McCall Smith
105 - The Prose Edda - Snorri Sturluson
106 - Moon Country - Simon Armitage & Glyn Maxwell
107 - Personal Demons - Christopher Fowler
108 - Nine Stories - J.D. Salinger
109 - The Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love - Jill Connor Browne
110 - Falling Out of Cars - Jeff Noon
111 - The Solitaire Mystery - Jostein Gaarder
112 - The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy - Laurence Sterne
113 - Bachelor Boys: The Young Ones Book - Ben Elton, Rik Mayall & Lise Mayer
114 - The Various Haunts of Men - Susan Hill
115 - Coromandel Sea Change - Rumer Godden
116 - The Turn of the Screw and The Aspern Papers - Henry James
117 - Who Killed Marilyn Monroe? - Liz Evans
118 - The Splendid Outcast: Beryl Markham's African Stories
119 - Elf Fantastic - ed. Martin H. Greenberg
120 - Amsterdam - Ian McEwan
121 - The Full Cupboard of Life - Alexander McCall Smith
122 - In the Company of Cheerful Ladies - Alexander McCall Smith
123 - Aunts Aren't Gentlemen - P.G. Wodehouse
124 - Queen Lucia - E.F. Benson
125 - Miss Mapp - E.F. Benson
126 - Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction - Sue Townsend
127 - Dead Babies - Martin Amis
128 - East, West - Salman Rushdie
kittiwake: (books)
This month's must read book is "City of Saints and Madmen".
This month's must see movie is "Napoleon Dynamite".

Books Read

Full Moon - P.G. Wodehouse
City of Saints and Madmen - Jeff VanderMeer
The Air Loom Gang - Mike Jay
The Christmas Books - Charles Dickens
The Hothouse on the East River - Muriel Spark
Weetzie Bat - Francesca Lia Block
The Barbie Murders - John Varley
Treason by the Book - Jonathan D Spence

Here is my December reviews post to [livejournal.com profile] 50bookchallenge.

Cinema Trips

Roboclaus
Napoleon Dynamite
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
Closely Observed Trains
House of Flying Daggers

Film reviews )


And here is a list of all the books that I read during 2004:

1 - The Devil in the White City - Erik Larson
2 - How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents - Julia Alvarez
3 - The Life & Death of Lord Errol - Errol Trzebinski
4 - Tears of the Giraffe - Alexander McCall Smith
5 - Suckers - Anne Billson
6 - Last Tango in Aberystwyth - Malcolm Pryce
7 - The Desperate Remedy by Martin Stephen
8 - Antic Hay - Aldous Huxley
9 - Crome Yellow - Aldous Huxley
10 - The Woman in Black - Susan Hill
11 - Join Me - Danny Wallace
12 - A Time of Gifts - Patrick Leigh Fermor
13 - Feet of Clay - Terry Pratchett
14 - The Fifth Elephant - Terry Pratchett
15 - The Map of Love - Ahdaf Soueif
16 - Oranges are not the Only Fruit - Jeanette Winterson
17 - Grendel - John Gardner
18 - Beowulf - Anonymous (tr. Seamus Heaney)
19 - Riddley Walker - Russell Hoban
20 - Lavondyss - Robert Holdstock
21 - The Colour of Magic - Terry Pratchett
22 - Between the Woods and the Water - Patrick Leigh Fermor
23 - Paint Your Dragon - Tom Holt
24 - Expecting Someone Taller - Tom Holt
25 - Hawksmoor - Peter Ackroyd
26 - Fairy Paths and Spirit Roads - Paul Devereux
27 - e - Matt Beaumont
28 - Here Comes the Sun - Tom Holt
29 - Silk - Alexander Baricco
30 - The Book of Ultimate Truths - Robert Rankin
31 - Wayne's Dead - Christy Tillery French
32 - Bright and Shining Tiger - Claudia J Edwards
33 - Bite - Richard Laymon
34 - Year of Wonders - Geraldine Brooks
35 - Marabou Stork Nightmares - Irvine Welsh
36 - Cat's Eye - Margaret Atwood
37 - Wise Children - Angela Carter
38 - Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day - Winifred Watson
39 - Treasury of Tree Lore - Josephine Addison & Cherry Hillhouse
40 - The House of Doctor Dee - Peter Ackroyd
41 - Barney's Version - Mordecai Richler
42 - Unless - Carol Shields
43 - A Dog Called Demolition - Robert Rankin
44 - Flatland - Edwin Abbott
45 - Red Dog - Louis de Bernieres
46 - Are YOU Dave Gorman? - Dave Gorman & Danny Wallace
47 - The Robber Bride - Margaret Atwood
48 - The Unlimited Dream Company - J.G. Ballard
49 - Guards! Guards! - Terry Pratchett
50 - Walking on Glass - Iain Banks
51 - Jingo - Terry Pratchett
52 - The Last English King - Julian Rathbone
53 - Pompeii - Robert Harris
54 - The e Before Christmas - Matt Beaumont
55 - The Icelandic Sagas - W.A. Craigie
56 - The Jesus Mysteries - Timothy Freke & Peter Gandy
57 - Surfacing - Margaret Atwood
58 - Crow Lake - Mary Lawson
59 - With Nails - Richard E. Grant
60 - Peter Pan - J.M. Barrie
61 - Jeeves in the Offing - P.G. Wodehouse
62 - Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
63 - Lizard - Banana Yoshimoto
64 - The Player of Games - Iain M Banks
65 - Fireworks - Angela Carter
66 - Momo - Michael Ende
67 - Something Fresh - PG Wodehouse
68 - Summer Lightning - PG Wodehouse
69 - Heavy Weather - PG Wodehouse
70 - The Portable Door - Tom Holt
71 - The Conscience of the King - Martin Stephen
72 - The Screwtape Letters - CS Lewis
73 - Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
74 - Nathaniel's Nutmeg - Giles Milton
75 - The Songlines - Bruce Chatwin
76 - A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M Miller
77 - Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self - Claire Tomalin
78 - The Years of Rice and Salt - Kim Stanley Robinson
79 - The Book, the Film and the T-Shirt - Matt Beaumont
80 - Demons and Dreams - ed. Terri Windling & Ellen Datlow
81 - The Little Earth Book - James Bruges
82 - Dreams Underfoot - Charles de Lint
83 - 253 - Geoff Ryman
84 - The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde
85 - Sleeping in Flame - Jonathan Carroll
86 - Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K DIck
87 - Emperor of China - Jonathan D Spence
88 - Adventures in Persia - Reginald Teague-Jones alias Ronald Sinclair
89 - Full Moon - P.G. Wodehouse
90 - City of Saints and Madmen - Jeff VanderMeer
91 - The Air Loom Gang - Mike Jay
92 - The Christmas Books - Charles Dickens
93 - The Hothouse on the East River - Muriel Spark
94 - Weetzie Bat - Francesca Lia Block
95 - The Barbie Murders - John Varley
96 - Treason by the Book - Jonathan D Spence
kittiwake: (books)
cross-posted from [livejournal.com profile] 50bookchallenge.

I made it to 50 books and carried on reading, managing a total of 72 books for the year. Only 8 were re-reads so I read more than 50 new books too.

My top five, in the order I read them:

The Sea Road - Margaret Elphinstone
The first book I read in 2003 - a retelling of the Greenland & Vinland Sagas.
The Quincunx - Charles Palliser
A pastiche Victorian mystery - quite a brainteaser.
Pale Fire - Vladimir Nabakov
Funny & sad - the clues to what is actually happen gradually unfold throughout the book.
The Millionaire Next Door - Thomas J Stanley & William D Danko
Don't keep up with the Jones if you want to be a millionaire.
Who Killed Palomino Molero? - Mario Vargas Llosa
The Peruvian setting makes this a murder mystery with a difference

My bottom five, in the order I read them:

The Girls of Slender Means - Muriel Spark
Just not as good as the others of hers that I have read
Wasp, Where is Thy Sting? - Florence King
Probably Americans would get this more
From the Four Corners - Jan Morris
I don't like her tone of voice
One More for the Road - Ray Bradbury
Not terribly interesting short stories
The Honourable Schoolboy - John Le Carré
Went on and on and on (yawn).

Full List of Books Read in 2003:

1 - The Sea Road - Margaret Elphinstone
2 - I, Lucifer - Glen Duncan
3 - Little Altars Everywhere - Rebecca Wells
4 - Smoke and Mirrors - Neil Gaiman
5 - The Complete Plays of Joe Orton
6 - The Girls of Slender Means - Muriel Spark
7 - Gloriana, or the Unfulfill'd Queen - Michael Moorcock
8 - The Vinland Sagas: The Norse Discovery of America
9 - The Persistence of Vision - John Varley
10 - The Illustrated Man - Ray Bradbury
11 - Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury
12 - The Best of Saki - edited by Tom Sharpe
13 - The Quincunx - Charles Palliser
14 - Eggs, Beans and Crumpets - P.G. Wodehouse
15 - Out of Africa - Isak Dinesen
16 - Child of Happy Valley - Juanita Carberry with Nicola Tyrer
17 - White Mischief - James Fox
18 - Dancing with the Virgins - Stephen Booth
19 - South From Granada - Gerald Brenan
20 - I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith
21 - Egil's Saga
22 - The Poetic Edda
23 - The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki
24 - Call for the Dead - John Le Carré
25 - A Murder of Quality - John Le Carré
26 - The Spy who Came in from the Cold - John Le Carré
27 - The Looking-Glass War - John Le Carré
28 - Doomsday Book - Connie Willis
29 - Tea with the Black Dragon - R. A. MacAvoy
30 - The Joy of Sleep - Shirley Motter Linde & Louis M. Savary
31 - Falling Sideways - Tom Holt
32 - The Difference Engine - William Gibson & Bruce Sterling
33 - Good Omens - Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
34 - Wasp, Where is Thy Sting? - Florence King
35 - The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency - Alexander McCall Smith
36 - Introduction to Buddhism - Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
37 - Bodhinyana: A Collection of Dhamma Talks - Ajahn Chah
38 - Kings of Albion - Julian Rathbone
39 - Johnny and the Dead - Terry Pratchett
40 - Moving Pictures - Terry Pratchett
41 - Breakfast in the Ruins - Michael Moorcock
42 - Coraline - Neil Gaiman
43 - 1984 - George Orwell
44 - In the Wake of the Plague - Norman F. Cantor
45 - The Sandman: Book of Dreams - ed. Neil Gaiman & Ed Kramer
46 - Pale Fire - Vladimir Nabakov
47 - Stupid White Men - Michael Moore
48 - Ex Libris - Anne Fadiman
49 - Lord of Light - Roger Zelazny
50a - From the Four Corners - Jan Morris
50b - Slow Trains to Simla - Paul Theroux
51 - Equal Rites - Terry Pratchett
52 - One More for the Road - Ray Bradbury
53 - Stardust - Neil Gaiman
54 - The Millionaire Next Door - Thomas J Stanley & William D Danko
55 - 1066 and All That - WC Sellar & RJ Yeatman
56 - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - John Le Carré
57 - The Honourable Schoolboy - John Le Carré
58 - Smiley's People - John Le Carré
59 - Who Killed Palomino Molero? - Mario Vargas Llosa
60 - The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
61 - Cheap Date: Antidotal & Anti-fashion for a Secondhand State of Mind - Kira Jolliffe
62 - Titus Groan - Mervyn Peake
63 - The Richest Man in Babylon - George S Clason
64 - Death in the Andes - Mario Vargas Llosa
65 - Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter - Mario Vargas Llosa
66 - Making History - Stephen Fry
67 - Snow White, Blood Red - ed. Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling
68 - The Best of John Wyndham
69 - Z for Zachariah - Robert O'Brien
70 - The Last Magician - Janette Turner Hospital
71 - Single & Single - John Le Carré
72 - Poor Things - Alasdair Gray

Reading Analysis:

1) By Book Category:

novels - 41.
short stories - 10.
plays - 1.
sagas - 4.
non-fiction - 16.

2) By Subject Matter:

Fiction
historical - 3.
fantasy - 17.
sagas - 4.
science fiction - 9.
humorous - 5.
family saga - 2.
detective/thriller - 5.
spy stories - 7.
literary fiction - 4.
I have arbitrarily decided to count norse sagas as fiction rather than non-fiction.

Non-Fiction
true crime - 1.
memoirs - 3.
sleep - 1.
humour - 2.
religion - 2.
history - 1.
politics - 1.
books - 1.
travel - 2.
personal finance - 2.
I did a rather better with non-fiction in the second half of the year than in the first half, but I intend to read even more in 2004.

3) Other:

Inspired by 50bookchallenge posts - books 20, 33, 42 & 48.
Read for the Motley Fool Book Club - books 2, 7, 14, 28, 35, 38, 60 & 71.
BookCrossing swaps and RABCKs - books 3, 27, 40, 42, 45, 46, 48, 49, 50a, 51, 56, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70 & 71.
Re-Reads - books 10, 11, 12, 17, 24, 30, 43 & 69.

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