Friday, 1 January 2016

Pages and Words 2015

CW Books: Diverse Poetry by Diverse PoetsI've enjoyed reading ever since I was a small child. My mum told me I could read whole books at age 3, but that seems a bit fantastic to me. I visit the local library every couple of weeks and always come home with 3 or 4 books, mostly fiction. 
I haven't tried e-books yet, although my DIL likes them. I like the feel of a real book, the action of turning the pages, the bookmark keeping my place as I turn out the light and settle for the night.
As in the five previous years, I've made a note of books read during the year. I recommend all of these books, except the ones I could not finish!
Canadian authors in Blue. British authors in Red. American authors in Green. Australian and New Zealand authors in Purple.
One Good Turn - Kate Atkinson
The Age of Miracles - Karen Thompson Walker
Burial Rites - Hannah Kent
Remarkable Creatures - Tracy Chevalier
Longbourn - Jo Baker
Sweetland - Michael Crummey
The Day the Falls Stood Still - Cathy Marie Buchanan
The Orenda - Joseph Boyden (really loved this book!)
Jasper Jones - Craig Silvey
The Catastrophist - Ronan Bennett (did not finish)
Faceless Killers - Henning Mankell
The Luminaries - Eleanor Catton
The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden - Jonas Jonasson
The Night Guest - Fiona McFarlane
The Miniaturist - Jessie Burton
Blackout - Connie Willis (did not finish, may try again)
Euphoria - Lily King
The Signature of All Things - Elizabeth Gilbert
One Good Turn - Kate Atkinson (second time this year)
Code Name Verity - Elizabeth Wein
The Hundred Foot Journey - Richard C Morais
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
The Truth Teller - Katharine Govier (got as far as page 10)
Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
Through Black Spruce - Joseph Boyden
The Bone Clocks - David Mitchell (anything by David Mitchell is OK with me)
I'm Not Scared - Niccolo Ammaniti
A God in Ruins - Kate Atkinson
The Dream Lover - Elizabeth Berg
Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell (for the second time)
Sharp Objects - Gillian Flynn
The Automobile Club of Egypt - Alaa al Aswany
I'm sure I must have read books in October, but perhaps I forgot to make a note!
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce
No Relation - Terry Fallis
Dark Places - Gillian Flynn
Chapman's Odyssey - Paul Bailey
Still Alice - Lisa Genova
Will and Tom - Matthew Plampin
Where my Heart used to Beat - Sebastian Faulkes
The Son of a Certain Woman - Wayne Johnston

The Library is closed today... New Years Day.... but I'll be heading there tomorrow to start my 2016 reading list. I'm wishing Good Health, Good Times, and Good Books in 2016 to everyone in Blogland.


  1. Love your list of books, nice to see what someone else is reading. I recommend Thomas Christopher Greene. His last book The Headmasters Wife was really good. Our book club loved it. He has a new one coming out this year too.

  2. Wishing you and your family a Wonderful New Year!!

    What a great list of books! I love to read too!

  3. Happy reading and happy New Year to you.

  4. That's quite a reading list. I've got to get back to reading as my stack of unread books is steadily increasing. Thanks for your kind comments in 2015 and I wish you and yours a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

  5. First of all Happy New Year!
    I hope you had fun last night, it sounded like it would be.
    I've read a couple of your books. Most of mine I read on Kindle now.
    I record them on my blog, (lists by year, below the banner).
    This year's list is not quite up to date, I have about ten more to add.
    There are about 5 waiting to be read, so I will be starting a new list soon.

  6. I've read 8 authors and those books from your list: Kate Atkinson (but not twice!); Karen Thompson Walker; Ronan Bennett; Henning Mankell; Jonas Jonasson; Markus Zusak; Niccolo Ammaniti; and Paul Bailey.I used to publish my book list every year on my blog but I stopped blogging. I now publish it on Facebook.

    Here it is:

    Over the years my friend and former Latin master John McCormick has sent me many books of literary worth; and damn good reads too. This year he excelled himself. In my list of books I read in 2015 (a total of 35), no fewer than 13 were gifts from John. The books he sent are indicated with (JM) after them. *** means a re-read. (I've just re-edited this as aforementioned John McCormick tells me I erroneously attributed three books to him, so it's 13 not 16. Ever the schoolmaster correcting my work!)


    Slow Man by J. M. Coetzee

    Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham ***

    War of the Roses: Stormbird by Conn Iggulden


    How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the F.A. Cup by J. l. Carr (JM)

    The Last Englishman by Byron Rogers (JM)

    A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry (JM)

    Stalky & Co by Rudyard Kipling (JM)

    Reading in the Dark by Seamus Deane (JM)

    Kisscut by Karin Slaughter


    Broken by Karin Slaughter

    Fools of Fortune by William Trevor (JM)

    Maybe the Moon by Armistead Maupin


    Pandora’s Star by Peter F. Hamilton


    Felicia’s Journey by William Trevor (JM)


    Land of Marvels by Barry Unsworth (JM)

    The Foreign Correspondent by Alan Furst

    Mrs Eckdorf in O’Neill’s Hotel by William Trevor (JM)


    Death du Jour by Kathy Reichs

    All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doeer

    The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Simon Mawer (JM)

    The Glass Room by Simon Mawer (JM)


    Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh (JM)

    The Seeds of Time by John Wyndham ***

    The Gulf Conspiracy by Ken McClure

    Judas Unchained by Peter F Hamilton


    Not Dead Enough by Peter James


    One Night in Winter by Simon Sebag Montefiore

    Streets Ahead by Keith Waterhouse ***

    Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child


    The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

    Un Lieu Incertain by Fred Vargas

    Thud by Terry Pratchett


    Hanging Hill by Mo Hayder

    Troubles by J. G. Farrell (JM)

    Temps Glaciaires by Fred Vargas

  7. To Dumdad: great to hear from you, I miss your blog! Thanks for remembering to check my list. I'll add some of your titles to my 2016 book list, good to know you're still receiving instruction from your schoolmaster! BTW I read John Wyndham many many years ago, will have to read again on your recommendation.

  8. Hi, Shammicketi. Thanks for dropping by my blog and commenting. Please come again. That is quite a list of books you read. Some looked interesting to me and I will follow up.

  9. What a great smorgasbord of books...:) I been reading regularly since kindergarten and it never get old. Not watching TV give me the time. I read all genres though nonfiction especially history and biography leads my personal list...;)

  10. What a novel idea--pardon the pun!!

    I love that you keep a reading list like that. Good incentive to keep reading too.

    I don't get to read as much I'd like, but I always have a book in the wings. Hoping to do some reading over the next few months.....but then, I am going to be a "first time" Grammy in a few weeks, so maybe not!! haha


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