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Books read this year

...and quite an eclectic mix it is. The majority of them are really great, and they are all worth reading. One must 'read a something of everything and everything of something' - Lord Henry P. Brougham. And as I have (re)read all of Harry Potter among this year's books, I have definitely achieved both of these aims!

Books First Time Read:

Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
various authors, A Wilderness Christmas (Yes, more trashy Christmas romances!)
Susanna Kearsley, Mariana
Kelley Armstrong, Dime Store Magic and Industrial Magic

Maggie O'Farrell, After You'd Gone
James Franco, Palo Alto (a great, gritty book)
Jon McGregor, So Many Ways to Begin (loved this)
Scot Gardner, Bookmark Days
Thalia Kalipsakis, What Supergirl Did Next

Italo Calvino, If On a Winter's Night a Traveller
Jessica Adams, Vintage Alice (can't blame this one on a cold. One needs chick lit sometimes.)
Margaret Atwood, The Year of the Flood
Charles de Lint, Promises to Keep
Brigid Lowry, Guitar Highway Rose

Julia Green, Drawing with Light
Brigid Lowry, Triple Ripple
Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Ruth Elwin Harris, The Beckoning Hills, and The Silent Shore

Julian Barnes, Flaubert's Parrot
David Malouf, An Imaginary Life
Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient
David R George III, Star Trek: The Fire and the Rose (Live long and prosper!)
Eunice Lipton, Alias Oylmpia (really inspiring and interesting)

Hazel Rowley, Tete-a-Tete: the Lives and Loves of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre
Jean Rhys, Sleep It Off Lady
Penni Russon, Little Bird
Neil Gaiman, M is for Magic
Pete Hautman, Rash

Mary Ellen Jordan, Balanda: my year in Arnhem Land
Kathleen O'Brien, Christmas in Hawthorn Bay
Lisa Plumley, Once upon a Christmas
Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle
Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis – really amazing! You need to read this!

Helen Garner, Joe Cinque's Consolation(I love the stuff we read for uni!)
Julie Anne Peters, Define “Normal”
Lisa Shanahan, My Big Birkett – absolutely hilarious and also rather touching
Joanne Horniman, About a Girl
Pia Jane Bijkerk, My Heart Wanders (really lovely)

Penni Russon, The Indigo Girls
Jeanette Winterson, Tanglewreck
Georgia Blain, Closed for Winter
Daniel Blythe, Autonomy (a Doctor Who novel with rubbish writing but a good storyline)
Una McCormack, The King's Dragon (a Doctor Who novel with writing that makes me happy!)

Penny Tangey, Loving Richard Feynman
Deborah Ellis, The Heaven Shop
Katie Fforde, Love Letters (my cold made me read it!)
Mistletoe Kisses, three Christmas romances. Middle one was my favourite of these. I have a cold!
Alice Garner, The Student Chronicles (much too short and not enough depth)

Vita Sackville-West, The Heir (not much good, though I did finish it, and I don't finish bad books)
Michael Noonan, The December Boys
Isobelle Carmody, Ashling (approx. 150,000 words – I know it's very nerdy to figure that out), and very absorbing - the sort of book where if somebody dares to distract you from it you become very grumpy.
Walter Hooper (ed.), All my road before me: the diary of CS Lewis 1922-1927
Simmone Howell, Notes from the teenage underground

Carmel Bird, Dear Writer
Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita – Fantastic!
John Milton, Paradise Lost – finally finished it after three years. What an epic book with which to finish the year.


Re-reads:

JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
JK Rowling, all Harry Potter books
JK Rowling, Tales of the Beedle the Bard

Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility
Shakespeare, Othello (audiobook - does count as 'read'!)
Alyssa Brugman, Walking Naked
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar (if you haven't read this before, do!)
James Aldridge, The Girl from the Sea

Michelle Cooper, A Brief History of Montmaray and The FitzOsbornes in Exile - so lovely I have to refrain from reading them over and over when I have them out from the library!
Rosamunde Pilcher, Winter Solstice (I was sick!)
Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, Dash and Lily's Book of Dares(so fabbity!)
Colette, Claudine's House - practically a reader's dream life



78 books
target: 144 books
pet peeve: 'all in one movement'
best word: 'persnickety' (a description of Dash)
best concept: 'real eclipse' – rendering usual eclipses pretend! Thank you, Milton!

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Milton
Shakespeare
Kierkegaard
Emily Dickinson
Isobelle Carmody
Simone Weil
Betty Smith
Sartre
Camus
Seamus Heaney
Dostoyevsky
Kerouac
Isobelle Carmody
Ursula le Guin
Alice Walker
David Malouf
Tolstoy
Michelle Cooper
Dorothy L Sayers
Charles Williams
JK Rowling
CS Lewis
Simone de Beauvoir
Dorothy Parker
Pearl S Buck
Maya Angelou
Henry Lawson
Mikhail Bulgakov
Edna St Vincent-Millay
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