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Books read 2012

Books first time read:

Bill Condon, A Straight Line to My Heart
Marilynne Robinson, Gilead
Alan Bennett, The Uncommon Reader – amusing and wonderful!
Catherine Belsey, John Milton: Language, Gender, Power
Michael Meehan, Below the Styx

Jeanette Winterson, Weight
Karen Armstrong, The Bible: a Biography
David Nicholls, One Day – really good reading
Erin Bow, Wood Angel
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife – so lovely!

Christine Stinson, It Takes a Village
Doris Lessing, Particularly Cats … and Rufus
Nicholas the Cat with Annabel Carothers, Four Ducks on a Pond
Brian Sibley, Three Cheers for Pooh
The First Noel – three trashy Christmas romances

Charles Williams, The Place of the Lion
Daphne Grab, Alive and Well in Prague, New York
John Flanagan, Ranger's Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan
Rachel Seiffert, Field Study
John Flanagan, Ranger's Apprentice: The Burning Bridge

Margaret Atwood, The Tent
John Flanagan, Ranger's Apprentice: The Icebound Land
Michelle Cooper, The FitzOsbornes at War
Janette Oke, Too Long a Stranger – an atrociously light way to spend four hours!
Henry James, The Turn of the Screw

Marcel Proust, Swann's Way
Alain de Botton, How Proust Can Change Your Life
John Flanagan, Ranger's Apprentice: Oakleaf Bearers
PG Wodehouse, How Right You Are, Jeeves
Julian Barnes, The Lemon Table – poignant and wonderful and excellently written

Virginia Woolf, The Common Reader: First Series
Nick Earls and Rebecca Sparrow, Joel and Cat Set the Story Straight
John Milton, Paradise Regained & Samson Agonistes - complete with F's masquerading as S's!
Patrick White, The Hanging Garden
Katie Fforde, Highland Fling

Terry Pratchett, The Colour of Magic
Anne Tyler, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant
Colette, Julie de Carneilhan & Chance Acquaintances – sublime
Thomas Hardy, Wessex Tales
John Flanagan, Ranger’s Apprentice: The Sorcerer in the North

John Flanagan, Ranger’s Apprentice: The Siege of MacIndaw
Sharon Owens, The Tea House on Mulberry Street – lovely
Trenton Lee Stewart, The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey
Jamie Ford, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet – beautiful and sad
Katie Fforde, Wild Designs – my favourite of hers!

Sherryl Clarke, One Perfect Pirouette
Katie Fforde, Thyme Out
Kate de Goldi, The 10PM Question
Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot
Charles Williams, War in Heaven

Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day
John Flanagan, Ranger’s Apprentice: Erak’s Ransom
Jane England, Wild Thorn
Hayley S Kirk, Divine Clementine
Alain de Botton, Essays in Love

Charles Williams, Many Dimensions
Katherine Mansfield, The Garden Party and Other Stories
Deb Fitzpatrick, Have You Seen Ally Queen?
Jenny Valentine, Broken Soup – loved this
Susan Hill, The Woman in Black – more sad than scary!

Rosanne Hawke, The Messenger Bird
Charles Williams, The Greater Trumps
Fergus Hume, The Mystery of a Hansom Cab – amusing, and lovely to read about Melbourne that was
Sue Lawson, Finding Darcy
Jon McGregor, Even the Dogs – the ‘problem’ of the poor, and well written

Kathryn Lomer, What Now, Tilda B?
Jean Estoril, Drina Dances in Exile – set in a ballet boarding school in England!
JK Rowling, The Casual Vacancy – so well written! And very grown up!
Libby Hathorn, Thunderwith
Amy Silver, All I Want for Christmas

Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending
Shirley Marr, Fury
Anne Brontë, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – fantastic!
Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees
Sharon Owens, The Tavern on Maple Street

Deb Gliori, Witch Baby and Me in the Dark – was very funny!
Elizabeth Fensham, The Invisible Hero
Charlotte Wood, The Submerged Cathedral
Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants
Susan Arnott, The Astrolabe

Kate Atkinson, Started Early Took My Dog
Maggie Stiefvater, Shiver
Roland Barthes, The Pleasure of the Text
Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces - I think I would like to make this my bible...
Charles Williams, Descent into Hell

Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie
Jasper Fforde, The Last Dragonslayer
Elyne Mitchell, Kingfisher Feather
Janet Chapman, A Highlander Christmas
Heather Graham, Home in Time for Christmas

Karen Mahoney, The Wood Queen
Charles Williams, Shadows of Ecstasy
Jodi Picoult, Keeping Faith
[93 first time read]

Books re-read:

Colette, Gigi & The Cat
JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Michelle Cooper, A Brief History of Montmaray
Michelle Cooper, The FitzOsbornes in Exile

JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares
Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s (and other stories)
Lisa Shanahan, My Big Birkett
JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares (yes, twice in one year!)
Patricia A. McKillip, Ombria in Shadow
[12 re-read]
[105 in total]

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