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122. Geoff Dyer, Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi
121. Colm TĂłibĂ*n, Brooklyn
120. Patrick McCabe, The Holy City
119. Gilbert Adair, And Then There Was No One

118. Amit Chaudhuri, The Immortals
117. Adalbert Stifter, Rock Crystal
116. Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road (R)
115. James Kelman, How Late It Was, How Late

114. W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence
113. Penelope Fitzgerald, The Beginning of Spring
112. Patrick Ourednik, Europeana
111. Adam Mars-Jones, Monopolies of Loss
110. Geoff Dyer, The Missing of the Somme
109. Barack Obama, The Audacity of Hope
108. Warwick Collins, The Sonnets
107. Vladimir Nabokov, Pnin
106. Emanuel Litvinoff, Journey Through a Small Planet

105. Jennie Walker, 24 for 3
104. Machado de Assis, Epitaph of a Small Winner
103. Frank Skinner, Frank Skinner on the Road
102. Hjalmar Soderberg, Doctor Glas
101. James Salter, Solo Faces
100. John Fante, Wait Until Spring, Bandini
99. Charles Lambert, The Scent of Cinnamon
98. Gert Hofmann, Lichtenberg and the Little Flower Girl
97. Carson McCullers, Reflections in a Golden Eye
96. Cynthia Ozick, The Puttermesser Papers
95. Brian Moore, The Revolution Script

94. Jhumpa Lahiri, Unaccustomed Earth
93. Georges Simenon, Monsieur Monde Vanishes
92. Imre Kertész, Fateless
91. Ben Goldacre, Bad Science
90. Tim Parks, Dreams of Rivers and Seas
89. Philip Roth, Patrimony
88. Richard Price, Lush Life
87. Paul Auster, Man in the Dark
86. Marcel Aymé, Beautiful Image

85. Tobias Wolff, Our Story Begins
84. Olivier Rolin, Hotel Crystal
83. John Healy, The Grass Arena
82. Philip Hensher, The Northern Clemency
81. Michelle de Kretser, The Lost Dog
80. Linda Grant, The Clothes on Their Backs
79. Gaynor Arnold, Girl in a Blue Dress
78. Mohammed Hanif, A Case of Exploding Mangoes
77. Amitav Ghosh, Sea of Poppies
76. Aravind Adiga, The White Tiger
75. John Berger, From A to X
74. Tom Rob Smith, Child 44
73. Salman Rushdie, The Enchantress of Florence
72. Sebastian Barry, The Secret Scripture

71. Philip Roth, The Professor of Desire
70. Helen Garner, The Spare Room
69. Brian Aldiss, Hothouse
68. Stefan Zweig, The Post-Office Girl
67. Hermann Hesse, Siddharta
66. Patrick Hamilton, Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky
65. Aleksandar Hemon, The Lazarus Project
64. Andrew Sean Greer, The Story of a Marriage
63. Shalom Auslander, Foreskin's Lament

62. Damon Galgut, The Impostor
61. Steve Toltz, A Fraction of the Whole
60. Bernard Malamud, The Assistant
59. Pat Barker, The Ghost Road
58. Joseph O'Neill, Netherland
57. Nadine Gordimer, The Conservationist
56. Imre Kertész, The Pathseeker
55. Hari Kunzru, My Revolutions

54. John Updike, A Month of Sundays
53. Doris Lessing, The Fifth Child
52. Julian Maclaren-Ross, Of Love and Hunger
51. Bernard MacLaverty, Matters of Life and Death
50. J.G. Farrell, The Siege of Krishnapur
49. Sam Savage, Firmin
48. Richard Hughes, A High Wind in Jamaica
47. Joseph Roth, The String of Pearls
46. Alain Elkann, Envy

45. Philip K Dick, Confessions of a Crap Artist
44. Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking
43. Beryl Bainbridge, Young Adolf
42. Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle (R)
41. Ernst Weiss, Jarmila
40. Stefan Zweig, Fantastic Night and other stories
39. Muriel Spark, Loitering with Intent
38. James Salter, Burning the Days
37. Nigel Balchin, Darkness Falls from the Air
36. John O'Hara, Appointment in Samarra

35. Gordon Burn, Born Yesterday: The News as a Novel
34. Philip Roth, The Prague Orgy
33. Barbara Pym, Quartet in Autumn
32. Cynthia Ozick, The Shawl
31. W. Somerset Maugham, Up at the Villa
30. Brian Moore, Fergus
29. Carson McCullers, The Member of the Wedding
28. Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Imperial Life in the Emerald City
27. J.G. Ballard, Miracles of Life
26. André Gide, Strait is the Gate
25. Wolfgang Koeppen, Death in Rome

24. Richard Ford, Women with Men
23. Junot DĂ*az, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
22. Gustave Flaubert, A Simple Heart
21. Robert Walser, The Assistant
20. Gerard Donovan, Julius Winsome
19. Tarjei Vesaas, The Ice Palace
18. J.G. Ballard, High-Rise
17. W.F. Hermans, Beyond Sleep
16. James Joyce, The Dead
15. David Park, The Truth Commissioner
14. Irmgard Keun, Child of All Nations
13. Patrick McGrath, Trauma

12. Martin Amis, The Second Plane
11. Hanif Kureishi, Something to Tell You
10. Andrew Crumey, Sputnik Caledonia
09. Charles Lambert, Little Monsters
08. James Meek, We Are Now Beginning Our Descent
07. Penelope Fitzgerald, The Bookshop
06. Paul Torday, The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce
05. Adam Mars-Jones, Pilcrow
04. Nell Leyshon, Black Dirt
03. Stefan Zweig, Confusion
02. James Baldwin, Go Tell it on the Mountain
01. Adam Mars-Jones, The Waters of Thirst (R)
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29. Outer Dark, Cormac McCarthy
28. No Country For Old Men, Cormac McCarthy
27. The End of Faith, Sam Harris
26. The Picture of Dorian Gray
, Oscar Wilde
25. A Void, Georges Perec
Iceland Saga, Magnus Mangusson
23. The Collected Stories of... , Vernor Vinge
22. The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, G. W. Dahlquist
21. The Professor of Desire, Philip Roth
20. Letter to a Christian Nation, Sam Harris
19. Cat's Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
18. The Handmaiden's Tale, Margaret Atwood
17. I Am Legend
, Richard Matheson
Morphology of the Folktale, Vladimir Propp interesting, not for everyone
15. Mother Night, Kurt Vonnegut
14. The Sirens of Titan, Kurt Vonnegut
13. Sulphuric Acid, Amélie Nothomb
12. The Diving Bell and The Butterfly, Jean-Dominique Bauby
11. Dawn of the Dumb, Charlie Brooker
10. The Science of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials
, Mary and John Gribbin

His Dark Materials Trilogy
09. The Amber Spyglass, Philip Pullman
08. The Subtle Knife, Philip Pullman
07. Player Piano, Kurt Vonnegut 1/2
06. A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller Jnr.
05. Q, Luther Blissett
The Regeneration Trilogy
04. The Ghost Road, Pat Barker
03. Northern Lights, Philip Pullman
02. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, H. P. Lovecraft
01. The Eye in the Door, Pat Barker

The Stories of Paul Bowles
, Paul Bowles
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley (cr)
The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing, ed. Richard Dawkins
The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 1, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (cr)
The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 2, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 3, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Don Quixote
, Cervantes (Interrupted - a long termer, this one)

Following on from my 2007 List, I'm going to keep a necessarily title-free record of the quality of feature film scripts which I read and report on for the UK industry:
As of December 30th, and I'm going to guess that that is that for 2008: only 8 acceptable efforts out of 26. Not a good ratio. Those at the top were really good though, so that's something at least. I guess.

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E - read in English
P - read in Polish
(r) - reread
* - book group

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27. The Subtle Knife, Philip Pullman P
French Women Don't Get Fat, Mireille Guiliano E -

25. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold,
John le Carré E* -
24. Bad Girls, Jaqueline Wilson YA P
Dustbin Baby, Jaqueline Wilson YA P
22. Golden Compass, Philip Pullman P

21. Wampir. Biografia symboliczna. (Vampire. The Symbolic Biography), Maria Janion P - 3/4
20. Szczur (The Rat), Andrzej Zaniewski P -
19. The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami P - 1/2
18. Snow Country, Yasunari Kawabata P -

17. Ewa Morenos fall, Hakan Nesser P
16. South of the Border, East of the Sun, Haruki Murakami P
15. Stardust, Neil Gaiman P - 1/2
14. The White Masai, Corinne Hoffman P -
13. A Star Called Henry, Roddy Doyle E -

12. Anne of Avonlea, L.M. Montgomery (r) E -

11. Coraline, Neil Gaiman P -
10. Madame de Pompadour, Nancy Mitford E -
Les philo-fables, Michel Piquemal P -
-. The Inheritance of Loss, Kiran Desai E* - abandoned

8. Anil's Ghost, Michael Ondaatje E* -
7. The Price of Water in
Finistère, Bodil Malmsten P -

6. Black & Blue, Ian Rankin E* -


-. Non-Stop, Brian Aldiss E* - abandoned
5. Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Paterson P - as in 3
4. Out, Natsuo Kirino P -

3. Matilda, Roald Dahl P - unrated, at least for now - maybe I'd have to read more children books to be able to rate them. but I thought it was good.
2. Nine Princes in Amber, Roger Zelazny P (r) - 1/2

-. Narrenturm, Andrzej Sapkowski P - stopped
-. Ostatnie Życzenie (The Last Wish), Andrzej Sapkowski P (r) - abandoned
-. Short Stories, Anton Czekhov P - abandoned

-. Fingersmith, Sarah Smith E* - abandoned
-. A jak krĂłlem, a jak katem będziesz (And When You Are a King, and When You Are an Executioner), Tadeusz Nowak P - abandoned

1. I Am Mary Dunne, Brian Moore E - 1/2

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55. The Courage Consort - Michel Faber
54. Night Visits - Ron Butlin
53. Royal Highness - Thomas Mann
52. The Believers - Zoe Heller
51. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold - John Le Carre - abandoned

50. Time's Arrow - Martin Amis
49. Catholics - Brian Moore
48. Give + Take - Stona Fitch
47. The Act of Love - Howard Jacobson - abandoned
46. The Story of a Marriage - Andrew Sean Greer
45. Engleby - Sebastian Faulks

44. The Crucible - Arthur Miller
43. Hangover Square - Patrick Hamilton
42. The Professor of Desire - Philip Roth
41. The Spare Room - Helen Garner

40. The Northern Clemency - Philip Hensher
39. Howards End - E M Forster

38. From A to X - John Berger
37. A Fraction of the Whole - Steve Toltz
36. The Lost Dog - Michelle de Kretser
35. Child 44 - Tom Rob Smith (abandoned)
34. The Clothes on their Backs - Linda Grant
33. The Secret Scripture - Sebastian Barry

32. A Case of Exploding Mangoes - Mohammed Hanif
31. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
30. The Impostor - Damon Galgut
29. Sputnik Caledonia - Andrew Crumey

28. Breath - Tim Winton
27. Little Monsters - Charles Lambert
26. Kieron Smith, Boy - James Kelman

25. The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and Jam - Lauren Leibenberg
24. Born Yesterday, the News as a Novel - Gordon Burn
23. The Master - Colm TĂłibĂ*n

22. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao -Junot Diaz
21. Washington Square - Henry James
20. The Emperor of Ice-Cream - Brian Moore
19. His Illegal Self - Peter Carey
18. When We Were Bad - Charlotte Mendelson

17. The Information - Martin Amis
16. Clear - Nicola Barker
15. Brighton Rock - Graham Greene
14. The Turn of the Screw - Henry James
13. + What Are You Like? - Anne Enright

12. Day - A L Kennedy (abandoned)
11. Immaculate Conception - Gaeton Soucy
10. A Piece of Cake - Cupcake Brown (abandoned)
09. A Curious Earth - Gerard Woodward
08. I'm the King of the Castle - Susan Hill
07. Le Bal - Irène Némirovsky
06. Snow in Autumn - Irène Némirovsky
05. Amongst Women - John McGahern

04. The Statement - Brian Moore
03. I'll Go to Bed at Noon - Gerard Woodward
02. Suite Francaise - Irène Némirovsky (part one)
01. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
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074. And Then There Was No One, Gilbert Adair
073. Pedro Páramo, Juan Rulfo
072. Terra Amata, J.M.G. Le Clézio
071. Artificial Snow, Florian Zeller


070. The Armies, Evelio Rosero
069. The Catcher In The Rye, J.D. Salinger
068. The Black Sheep and Other Fables, Augusto Monterroso
067. Bonsai, Alejandro Zambra
066. The Postman Always Rings Twice, James M. Cain
065. 1933 Was A Bad Year, John Fante


064. Home And Exile, Chinua Achebe
063. The Fire Gospel, Michel Faber
062. The Other Hand, Chris Cleave
061. Exercises In Style, Raymond Queneau
060. Nobody's Home, Dubravka Ugresic


059. The Key Of The Tower, Gilbert Adair
058. Monsieur, Jean-Philippe Toussaint
057. Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk, Nikolai Leskov
056. The Story Of Mr Sommer, Patrick SĂĽskind
055. The Mirror In The Well, Micheline Aharonian Marcom


054. The Death Of The Author, Gilbert Adair
053. Oscar And The Lady In Pink, Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt
052. The Clothes On Their Backs, Linda Grant
051. Netherland, Joseph O'Neill
050. Child 44, Tom Rob Smith
049. The White Tiger, Aravind Adiga
048. Stick Out Your Tongue, Ma Jian


047. Julien Parme, Florian Zeller
046. The Spare Room, Helen Garner
045. The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao, Junot DĂ*az
044. Trauma, Patrick McGrath
043. Girl Meets Boy, Ali Smith
042. The Diving Pool, Yoko Ogawa
041. A Clockwork Apple, Belinda Webb
040. The End Of Sleep, Rowan Somerville

039. The Changeling, Robin Jenkins
038. Jamelia, Chingiz Aitmatov
037. Alphabet Of The Night, Jean-Euphèle Milcé


036. Metropole, Ferenc Karinthy
035. Badenheim, 1939, Aharon Appelfeld
034. Mary, Vladimir Nabokov

033. Lobster, Guillaume Lescable
032. Sulphuric Acid, Amélie Nothomb
031. With Borges, Albert Manguel
030. A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess

029. Born Yesterday: The News As A Novel, Gordon Burn
028. Goodbye, Columbus, Philip Roth
027. Envy, Alain Elkann
026. Clean: An Unsanitised History Of Washing, Katherine Ashenburg
025. We Are Now Beginning Our Descent, James Meek
024. Becoming Abigail, Chris Abani
023. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
022. Silk, Alessandro Baricco
021. Night Train, Martin Amis

020. The Book Of Words, Jenny Erpenbeck
019. A Man Without A Country, Kurt Vonnegut
018. Doctor Glas, Hjalmar Söderberg
017. Black Dirt, Nell Layshon
016. The Hour Of The Star, Clarice Lispector
015. Snakes & Earrings, Hitomi Kanehara
014. Agamemnon's Daughter, Ismail Kadare
013. The Moon Opera, Bi Feiyu

012. A Matter Of Death And Life, Andrey Kurkov
011. The Woman Who Waited, AndreĂŻ Makine
010. The Dreamers, Gilbert Adair
009. No One Writes To The Colonel, Gabriel GarcĂ*a Márquez
008. Continent, Jim Crace
007. Gentlemen Of The Road, Michael Chabon
006. I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
005. Secret, Philippe Grimbert
004. The Invention Of Morel, Adolfo Bioy Casares
003. Plain Girl, Arthur Miller
002. The Pilgrim Hawk, Glenway Wescott
001. Piercing, Ryu Murakami

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28. On Beauty, Zadie Smith (current)
27. Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
26. The Cement Garden, Ian McEwan
25. Night and Day, Virginia Woolf
24. Tom Brown's School-Days by an Old Boy, Thomas Hughes (abandoned)
23. Gig: The Life and Times of a Rock-star Fantasist, Simon Armitage
22. A Handful of Dust, Evelyn Waugh
21. The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood
20. All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy
19. The Painted Veil, W. Somerset Maugham
18. Public Property, Andrew Motion
17. The Harmony Silk Factory, Tash Aw
16. Money, Martin Amis
15. A Room With a View, E.M. Forster
14. The Haunted House, Charles Dickens
13. Small Island, Andrea Levy
12. The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold
11. Chocolat, Joanne Harris
10. The Camomile Lawn, Mary Wesley
9. The Tenderness of Wolves, Stef Penney
8. My Family and Other Animals, Gerald Durrell
7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling
6. The Mill on the Floss, George Eliot
5. The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood
4. Mr Pip, Lloyd Jones
3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling
2. Cat's Eye, Margaret Atwood
1. Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie (started in 2007) for my long-winded experience, for the obvious masterfulness of the writing
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60. 2666 - Roberto Bolaño
59. Royal Highness - Thomas Mann
58. The Cellist of Sarajevo - Steven Galloway...
57. Lucky Jim - Kingsley Amis...
56. God's Own Country - Ross Raisin...
55. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold - John le Carré
54. The End of Sleep - Rowan Somerville
53. Middlemarch - George Eliot
52. Dreams of My Russian Summers - AndreĂŻ Makine
51. The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson
50. The Year of Magical Thinking - Joan Didion
49. Play It as It Lays - Joan Didion
48. Lush Life - Richard Price
47. The Secret Scripture - Sebastian Barry
46. The Stone Gods - Jeanette Winterson
45. Hangover Square - Patrick Hamilton
44. The Bookshop - Penelope Fitzgerald
43. A Room of One's Own - Virginia Woolf
42. Spending - Mary Gordon , and going down by the minute, it seems
41. Valley of The Dolls - Jacqueline Susann - Impossible to rate, is this the grandmammy of all chick-lit? Almost all dialogue, some so bad I had to wince. Realistic in parts and an almost believable love story. Hmmm.
40. My Mother's House and Sido - Colette
39. Animal's People - Indra Sinha
38. The Professor of Desire (R) - Philip Roth
37. Fingersmith - Sarah Waters 1/2
36. Embers - Sándor Márai 1/2
35. Engleby - Sebastian Faulks...
34. Beginner's Greek - James Collins ...
33. Widows - Ariel Dorfman ...
32. The Handmaid's Tale (R)- Margaret Atwood
31. Exit Ghost - Philip Roth
30. Independent People - HalldĂłr Laxness
29. Cliffs - Olivier Adam +
28. All the Names - José Saramago
27. Eugene Onegin - Alexander Pushkin (current, off and onegin)
26. The Dead (R) - James Joyce
25. The Overcoat - Nikolai Gogol
24. Noon Wine - Catherine Ann Porter
23. Mister Pip - Lloyd Jones
22. London Fields - Martin Amis
21. The People's Act of Love - James Meek +
20. The Master - Colm Toibin
19. Clear - Nicola Barker
18. Disgrace - J.M. Coetzee
17. The Trick is to Keep Breathing - Janice Galloway (on hold)
16. In the Lake of the Woods - Tim O'Brien Magic!
15. The Statement - Brian Moore - ... Arf! One more word and there could be a bad taste. Shades of writing with an eye to the screen. Help!
14. Persuasion - Jane Austen
13. Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy
12. The Maytrees - Annie Dillard
11. No Country for Old Men - Cormac McCarthy
10. Tree of Smoke - Denis Johnson (on hold)
9. Amongst Women - John McGahern
8. Falling Man - Don DeLillo
7. Sula - Toni Morrison
6. Lies of Silence - Brian Moore
5. Gold - Blaise Cendrars
4. A Bell for Adano - John Hersey
3. Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut
2. The Turn of the Screw (R)- Henry James
1. I am Mary Dunne - Brian Moore

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45. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. Reporting America - Alastair Cooke
43. Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephenson
42. Schismatrix Plus - Bruce Sterling
41. Hothouse - Brian Aldiss
40. Non-Stop - Brian Aldiss
39. Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days - Alastair Reynolds
38. Into the Wild - Jon Krakauer
37. The Prefect - Alastair Reynolds
36. The Glittering Prizes - Frederic Raphael
35. Absolution Gap - Alastair Reynolds
34. The Lost Continent - Bill Bryson
33. Notes From a Small Island - Bill Bryson
32. Galactic North - Alastair Reynolds
31. The Three Hostages - John Buchan
30. Notes From a Big Country - Bill Bryson
29. Redemption Ark - Alastair Reynolds
28. The Indian Clerk - David Leavitt
27. Chasm City - Alastair Reynolds
26. The Spear - James Herbert
25. The Lost Estate - Henri Alain-Fournier
24. Revelation Space - Alastair Reynolds
23. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay - Michael Chabon
22. An Ice Cream War - William Boyd
21. The Assault on Reason - Al Gore
20. The Ghost - Robert Harris
19. The Naked and the Dead - Norman Mailer
18. The Seventh Sanctuary - Daniel Easterman
17. No Country for Old Men - Cormac McCarthy
16. Engleby - Sebastian Faulks
15. The Penultimate Truth - Philip K. Dick
14. Brazzaville Beach - William Boyd
13. Band of Brothers - Stephen E. Ambrose
12. Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
11. Smiley's People - John Le Carre
10. A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway
09. 3001: The Final Odyssey - Arthur C. Clarke
08. Open Secret - Stella Rimington
07. Cowboy Angels - Paul McAuley
06. Homage to Catalonia - George Orwell
05. 2061: Odyssey Three - Arthur C. Clarke
04. My Trade - Andrew Marr
03. On the Beach - Nevil Shute
02. God's Own Country - Stephen Bates
01. The Honourable Schoolboy - John Le Carre

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Col's Reading List 2008: usual system and red stars, if it's the very best ever!
And including books for the over 11's in case anyone is interested in these

107. No Time For Goodbye - Linwood Barclay
106. The Book of Lost Things - John Connelly - Decidedly average
105. Abarat - Clive Barker (read to daughter)
104. The Beltheron Pathway - Chris Connaughton ½
103. H.I.V.E. - Mark Walden
102. what the birds see - Sonya Hartnett Review here
101. Breaking Dawn - Stephenie Meyer Entire Twilight series review here
100. Eclipse - Stephenie Meyer
99. New Moon - Stephenie Meyer
98. Twilight - Stephenie Meyer
97. Mothstorm - Philip Reeve Review here
96. The Road Home - Rose Tremain Mini-review here
95. Pictures in the Dark - Gillian Cross
94. Little Brother - Cory Doctorow
93. Engleby - Sebastian Faulks ½ It nearly got that extra half-star but the ending was v weak. Mini-review here
92. Absalom, Absalom! - William Faulkner /½ Review here
91. Attention All Shipping - John Connelly Too many "trying to be funny" asides, which were not funny.
90. Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire - Amanda Foreman ½
89. Unwind - Neal Shusterman ½ Review here
88. The Ghost's Child - Sonya Hartnett
87. The Traitor Game - BR Collins Review here
86. Howl's Moving Castle - Diana Wynne Jones ½ (read to daughter)
85. The Mother & Daughter Diaries - Clare Shaw ½ How to let go
84. The Road of the Dead - Kevin Brooks Not what I thought it was. Predictable.
83. The Prophet of Yonwood - Jeanne duPrau ½ Prequel schmeequel my foot! Tedious super-naive protagonist.
82. Giovanni's Room - James Baldwin
81. Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card ½
80. Barkbelly - Cat Weatherall
79. Dangling Man - Saul Bellow ½
78. Fade - Robert Cormier
77. The Penderwicks on Gardam Street - Jeanne Birdsall
76. Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox - Eoin Colfer ½
75. The Professor of Desire - Philip Roth
74. Black Swan Green - David Mitchell ½
73. The Invention of Morel - Adolfo Bioy Casares
72. Avalon High - Meg Cabot Predictable tale of US teen reincarnations of Arthurian folk.
71. The Good Soldier - Ford Madox Ford
70. Queen of Babble - Meg Cabot The Jilly Cooper de nos jours, but strangely more steamy and explicit, considering it's for 15/16 yr olds. Ditzy girl finally gets her handsome hunk, heir to French winery, after mistakes, confessions and rivals.
69. As Meat Loves Salt - Maria McCann Very strong characterisation and grounding in 1646; Maybe an extra half-star later. Review here
68. The Small Back Room - Nigel Balchin ½ Got stronger as it went along, in fabulous build-up of character to gutting finale....
67. The Story of a Marriage - Andrew Sean Greer Beginning to feel even that third star is generous. Review here
66. Breathing Lessons - Anne Tyler ½ Review here
65. The New World Order - Ben Jeapes Review here
64. The Rationalist - Warwick Collins ½
63. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
62. The Moon of Gomrath - Alan Garner Less magical and more dated than it used to I loved thee, Albanac!...
61. The Penderwicks - Jeanne Birdsall ½
60. Cal - Bernard MacLaverty
59. Do Nothing To Change Your Life - Stephen Cottrell Short but neat clues to stopping and pausing in life, with a definite Christian thread, which can be appreciated if theistic, ignored if not.
58. Recipes for Cherubs - Babs Horton A girly novel with more questions than answers.
57. Shakespeare My Butt! - John Donoghue More amusing than I thought and stuffed with Co Durham local detail to boot.
56. The Mysterious Burnchester Hall - Dominic Mieville The worst ever book in the history of books. So poorly written I could have plucked my eyes out. Review here
55. Parade's End - Ford Madox Ford From the previous awful book to the sublimity of this one: I can't get over how tremendous this is, even 3rd time around.
54. The Valley of Secrets - Charmian Hussey Dire from the first sentence.
53. Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont - Elizabeth Taylor
52. Human Traces - Sebastian Faulks Pretty poor really. Having a child with conversion disorder, it was a pleasant sci investigation of mind interacting with matter but facile in other respects.
51. News of England - Beverley Nichols More uneven essays on the status and state of the nation, imperialism, the national character. Not a lot has changed.
50. Cry Havoc! - Beverley Nichols ½ Essays from 1933 on the evils of the armament industry and impending warfare: esp. focusing on the dire consequences of chemical warfare.
49. Waking Dream - Rhiannon Lassiter Tosh of the posh clever-clever kind.
48. A Thatched Roof - Beverley Nichols Wonderful uplifting accounts of Allways Cottage - guaranteed to make me happy.
47. Permanent Rose - Hilary McKay
46. All Bones and Lies - Anne Fine Fine at her acerbic best; richly observed and satisfying.
45. Fearless - Tim Lott A strange Wildean fairytale about oppression and freedom.
44. God's Own Country - Ross Raisin ½ Review here
43. Percy Jackson & the Titan's Curse - Rick Riordan ½ Replaying the same old, same old, waiting for Cronos to appear and Luke to be sacrificed.
42. A Star Called Henry - Roddy Doyle ½ The first half was , then it drifted. Some thoughts here
41. Light in August - William Faulkner Review here
40. The Richness of Life - Stephen Jay Gould (one essay at a time, so an on-going long-term project)
39. Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters - Rick Riordan
38. God's Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? - John Lennox Review here
37. The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde ½ Not as funny on a second reading.
36. Get Out of My Life, But First Take Me and Alex into Town: A Parents Guide to the New Teenager -Anthony Wolf & Suzanne Franks
35. Anil's Ghost - Michael Ondaatje ½ Being generous with the extra half star...
34. Spindle's End - Robin McKinley ½ Not enough plot, and meanderingly convoluted as the magic it describes.
33. The Uncommon Reader - Alan Bennett
32. Indigo Star - Hilary McKay ½ Not as focused on Indigo as it ought to be, but still good.
31. Lady: My Life as a Bitch - Melvin Burgess
30. Dawkin's God: Genes, Memes and the Meaning of Life - Alister McGrath
29. The Lives of Christopher Chant - Diana Wynne Jones ½ (read to daughter)
28. The Dawkins Delusion - Alister McGrath Short but says it all.
27. Clear - Nicola Barker I think but not sure about this at all.
26. No Country for Old Men - Cormac McCarthy
25. The Welsh Girl - Peter Ho Davies
24. The Eclipse of the Century - Jan Mark
23, The Bridge of San Luis Rey - Thornton Wilder
22. The Pesthouse - Jim Crace ½
21. Forever Rose - Hilary McKay Very funny, hugely edible Casson Family story.
20. Watch Me Disappear - Jill Dawson
19. Hawkes Harbor - SE Hinton Terribly written, useless tale.
18. House of Meetings - Martin Amis ½
17. Akenfield - Ronald Blythe Rather amazing atmospheric account of a Suffolk village. Review here
16. The Children of Men - PD James ½ Weirdly underwhelmed; a far better film, although different.
15. The Road - Cormac McCarthy
14. Here Lies Arthur - Philip Reeve ½ Review here
13. Amongst Women - John McGahern
12. The Secret Agent - Joseph Conrad ½
11. The Language of God - Francis Collins ½
10. Black Ships Before Troy - Rosemary Sutcliff (read to daughter)
9. The 21st Century Brain - Steven Rose
8. Charmed Life - Diana Wynne Jones [read to ill daughter]
7. Wicked or What - Sean Wright
6. Darwin's Angel - John Cornwell
5. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief - Nick Riordan
4. Hurricane Gold - Charlie Higson ½ The weakest of the Young Bond series so far.
3. Starcross - Philip Reeve
2. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens ½
1. I am Mary Dunne - Brian Moore ½
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35. The Chocolate War, Robert Cormier
34. The Road Home, Rose Tremaine
33. Spider, Patrick McGrath
32. Right Away Monday, Joel Thomas Hynes
31. A Case Of Exploding Mangoes, Mohammed Hanif
30. The Secret Scripture, Sebastian Barry
29 The Enchantress of Florence, Salmon Rushdie
28. The White Tiger, Arvinda Adigo
27. Child 44, Tom Rob Smith
26. The Story of A Marriage, Andrew Greer
25. The Unconsoled. Kasuo Ishiguro
24. Night Train, Marin Amis 1/2
23. Mariette In Ecstasy, Ron Hansen
22. Sputnik Caledonia, Andrew Crumey
21. Vacant Possession, Hilary Mantel
20. Famous Last Words, Timothy Findley
19. The Finishing School, Muriel Spark 1/2
18. Late Nights On Air, Elizabeth Hay
17. Trauma, Patrick McGrath -
16. The Good Soldier, For Maddox Ford 1/2
15. The Luck of Ginger Coffey, Brian Moore
14. Not Wanted On The Voyage, Timothy Findley
13. Nest Of Vipers, Linda Davies
12. The Gravedigger's Daughter, Joyce Carol Oates 1/2
11. Gents, Warwick Collins
10. The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, Brian Moore
9. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer 1/2
8. Amsterdam, Ian McEwan -
7. The Little Girl Who Was too Fond of Matches, Gaetan Soucy
6. I'll Go To Sleep At Noon, Gerard Woodward
5. Seize The Day, Saul Bellow but very conflicted!
4. The Immaculate Conception, Gaetan Soucy
3. The Power And The Glory, Graham Greene
2. I Am Mary Dunne, Brian Moore 1/2
1. Young Hearts Crying, Richard Yates 1/2
currently reading: The Secret History, Donna Tartt

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