Sunday 27 December 2009

52 Books in 52 Weeks

We have reached the end of the year and I feel pretty chuffed that I made it. It was a bit doubtful at times when I got distracted with the crafty stuff, but it is good to go out with a bit of literary high brow. I have enjoyed looking back to see what a huge variety of styles and subject matter I have got through during the year and hope I might have inspired a few passers by the try something new, it has certainly made me try a few new things.

I debated whether to pass opinion on which books were the best of the year and after some thought I came up with my top three: The Road, for intense atmosphere, Any Human Heart, for the most real character, and The Eyre Affair, for sheer imagination and creativity.

So here is the list of books I have read with links to the reviews (not all have been reviewed I confess) if you are interested in knowing a bit more about, or mainly just my vain opinions on them (and that took forever messing about with the links) or you can just click the 'book review' button in the link cloud and go through them all:

  1. Johnny panic and the bible of dreams by Sylvia Plath
  2. Hiroshima by John Hersey
  3. The Double Tongue by William Golding
  4. Cats Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
  5. Catching shellfish between the tides by Roslyn Chissick
  6. Not to Disturb by Muriel Spark
  7. Fragile things by Neil Gaimon
  8. Any human Heart by William Boyd
  9. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss
  10. rape a love story by Joyce Carol Oates
  11. Pedals and Petticoats by Mary Elsy
  12. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
  13. No one belongs here more than you by Miranda July
  14. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
  15. All Shall be Well... by Tod Wodicka
  16. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
  17. On Beauty by Zadie Smith
  18. The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett (tape)
  19. Eve Green by Susan Fletcher
  20. Chocolat by Joanne Harris (tape)
  21. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (tape)
  22. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (tape)
  23. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  24. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  25. The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier
  26. Far North by Marcel Theroux
  27. Larry's party by Carol Shields
  28. One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson
  29. All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
  30. Living the Creative Life by Rice Freeman-Zachary
  31. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  32. We have always lived in the castle by Shirley Jackson
  33. The philosopher and the wolf by Mark Rowlands
  34. Raking the Ashes by Anne Fine
  35. The Night Listener by Armistead Maupin
  36. A Handspindle Treasury - 20 years of spinning wisdom from Spin-Off Magazine
  37. The Republic of Love by Carol Sheilds
  38. Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo (tape)
  39. Mourning Ruby by Helen Dunmore
  40. Ladies of Grace Adieu by Susanna Clarke
  41. Knitting Nature by Norah Gaughan
  42. One Skein by Leigh Radford
  43. A crime in the neighbourhood by Suzanne Berne
  44. What was lost by Catherine O'Flynn
  45. The Story of You by Julie Meyerson
  46. The Newton Letter by John Banville
  47. The Lollipop shoes by Joanne Harris
  48. Creative spinning by Alison Daykin and Jane Deane
  49. From A to X by John Berger
  50. Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett (tape)
  51. The History Man by Malcolm Bradbury
  52. Weird Sisters by Terry Pratchett (tape)

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