Only 70 books read in 2008 and a wider variety than last year. A lot of pretty light stuff, but that was relief from a rather traumatic year in my work and home life.

I’m finally learning how to STOP when I’m not getting anything from the book, rather than persevering; two books were cast aside this year – one because it was very bad science fantasy – utter tripe. The other; I had no wish to spend anymore time with the characters – although other Bookcrossers rather enjoyed it – so just me then?

With no apologies my book of the year was Dylan Thomas’ little gem, " A Child’s Christmas in Wales" – lyrical, nostalgic and a very satisfying read.
Of the rest, I’d heartily recommend "Mister Pip" by Lloyd Jones to everyone.

Books Read in 2008

January
1. My Dirty Little Book of Stolen Time – Liz Jensen (Ethelreaders)
2. Sky Burial – Xinran(8)
3. Nineteen Seventy Four – David Peace
4. A Spot of Bother – Mark Haddon (8)
5. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
6. The Bone Collector – Jeffery Deaver(8)
7. The nurses are stealing my clothes – The very best of Linda Smith(9)
8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J K Rowling
9. A Life Stripped Bare – Leo Hickman
10. Engleby – Sebastian Faulks (8)(library)
February
11. Kennedy’s Brain – Henning Mankell (8)(ethelreaders)
12. A Venetian Reckoning – Donna Leon
13. The Brooklyn Follies – Paul Auster (8)(ethelreaders)
14. Notes from a big Country – Bill Bryson
15. Idlewild – Nick Sagan ( gave up)
16. Always Unreliable – Clive James(dipped in)
March
17. jPod – Douglas Coupland
18. Wild Weekend – Celia Brayfield
19. Pies and Prejudice – Stuart Maconie(9)
20. The Burglar in the Closet – Lawrence Block (library)
April
21. Random Acts of Heroic Love – Danny Scheinmann (Ethelreaders)
22. One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night – Christopher Brookmyre (9)
23. Spares – Michael Marshall Smith
24. Jack Holborn – Leon Garfield
25. Moonfleet – J M Faulkner
26. May Contain Nuts – John O’Farrell
27. The Gate of Angels – Penelope Fitzgerald (8)
May
28. Double Fault – Lionel Shriver (gave up)
29. Acqua Alta – Donna Leon
30. Barking – Tom Holt (library) (9)
31. An Old School Tie – Andrew Taylor
32. Mango Shake – Debjani Chatterjee
June
33. Night Windows – Jonathan Swift (8)
34. Spies – Michael Frayn (8)
35. Moon Palace – Paul Auster
36. The Unfortunates – Laurie Graham
37. Twisted – Jonathan Kellerman
38. Break no bones – Kathy Reichs
39. The Eye of the Needle – Ken Follett
40. Florence of Arabia – Christopher Buckley (8)
41. One Nation Under God  – Vincent M Wales
July
42. Naked in Death – JD Robb
43. Cross Bones – Kathy Reichs
44. The Bullet Trick – Louise Welsh (8)
45. Girlfriend in a Coma – Douglas Coupland
46. Car Pool – Karin Kallmaker
47. A Round-Heeled Woman – Jane Juska
48. Caroline Minuscule – Andrew Taylor
August
49. A Perfect Evil – Alex Kava
50. The Official Politically Correct Dictionary & Handbook
51. Two Caravans – Marina Lewycka (8)
September
52. Keeping the World Away – Margaret Foster (Ethelreaders)
53. Mister Pip – Lloyd Jones (9)
54. Small Ceremonies Carol Shields(8)
55. The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan
56. The Apprentice – Gordon Houghton
57. Do It Tomorrow – Mark Forster
October
58. A Quiet Belief in Angels – RJ Ellory(8) (Ethelreaders)
59. Death Dance – Linda Fairstein
November
60. The Pirate’s Daughter – Margaret Cezair-Thompson (Ethelreaders)
61. Country of the Blind – Christopher Brookmyre
62. Give me ten seconds – John Sergeant
63. The First Casualty – Ben Elton
64. Good Omens – Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
65. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne
December
66. The Other Side of You – Salley Vickers
67. Mother’s Milk – Edward St Aubyn (8)
68. Immortal in Death – JD Robb
69. Burning Chrome – William Gibson
70. A Child’s Christmas in Wales – Dylan Thomas(10)
 

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