What I read in 2015

In line with the intention to ‘Read More’, here is the list of books I completed in 2015.

  1. The Strays, Emily Bitto – book club selection
  2. The Darling Buds of May, HE Bates – re-read
  3. A Breath of French Air, HE Bates – re-read
  4. The Art of Asking, Amanda Palmer
  5. When The Green Woods Laugh, HE Bates – re-read
  6. Oh! To Be In England, HE Bates – re-read
  7. A Little of What You Fancy, HE Bates – re-read
  8. The President’s Hat, Antoine Laurain – book club selection
  9. At Home, Bill Bryson – audio book (this counts, right?)
  10. Perfume, Patrick Suskind – book club selection
  11. The Ocean At The End Of The Lane, Neil Gaiman
  12. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
  13. Nora Webster, Colm Tóibín – book club selection
  14. The Collected Works of AJ Fikry, Gabrielle Zevin; book club selection and an absolute joy
  15. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, John Le Carre. Re-read, love it still.
  16. One Wild Song, Paul Heiney.
  17. The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo
  18. Riders, Jilly Cooper. Gloriously, well-written, funny, trashy, re-read.
  19. All The Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr. Book club selection, magnificent.
  20. Being Mortal, Atul Gawande. It was a privilege to read this book. I’ve already brought it as a gift for someone else.
  21. Bonkers, Jennifer Saunders.
  22. Lord Edgeware Dies, Agatha Christie.
  23. The Body In The Library, Agatha Christie.
  24. In The Unlikely Event, Judy Blume. Book club selection. Bitterly disappointing.
  25. Halloween Party, Agatha Christie.
  26. The Two Of Us, Sheila Hancock. One of the haul I found in a second hand bookshop. A previous owner had dropped it in the bath, it’s been well loved! Unusually I have it as an audiobook too.
  27. A Lotus Grows In The Mud, Goldie Hawn. Loved it. Am loathe to give it back to my friend until I buy myself a copy!
  28. The Truth According To Us, Annie Barrows. Book club selection.
  29. Five Little Pigs, Agatha Christie.
  30. Body of Evidence, Patricia Cornwell. Borrowed from work, started it over lunch, finished it before bed.
  31. Postmortem, Patricia Cornwell. Got it out the library today, started it at lunch and finished it.
  32. Lyrebird Hill, Anna Romer. Book club selection. I don’t know, maybe I’m expecting too much, but the most recently published books we’ve been reading could really do with tighter editing.
  33. Farewell To Arms, Ernest Hemingway. (I joined a second book club, hereafter BC2) Loved it, although would have quite cheerfully smacked the characters into next week, as for the alcohol consumed… How did people function if they were drinking that much?
  34. Lunatic Heroes, C Anthony Martignetti. Found this on my kindle, finished but I hadn’t logged it. 
  35. A Spool Of Blue Thread, Anne Tyler. Book club book, loved it. I read 2/3 yesterday, finally finishing it about 10:30 last night. I’m a tad jaded this morning. I either love Anne Tyler or hate her, nothing in between with her books. This was one of the books I’m going to wear out, I can tell already.
  36. Did You Ever Have A Family, Bill Clegg. Oh dear me, this was stunning. Heard about it on Radio4, downloaded to kindle there and then and inhaled the first half. I had to put it down as my heart was breaking, but picked it up and finished it in two sittings after that.
  37. Wild, Cheryl Strayed. Book club selection. What a crock of shit. Deleted it from my kindle as soon as it was finished.
  38. Lake House, Kate Morton. Book club selection. This was terrible. Far too many adjectives. It was also repetitive, when you’ve described the location once, you don’t need to keep telling me what it looks like.
  39. Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins.
  40. Wait For Me! Deborah Devonshire. Loved this, a real glimpse of history over the C20th and also a ‘who’s who’ of London. JFK is also a feature, and a side not usually seen to the family.
  41. The Turning, Tim Winton. BC2 selection, collection of short stories. Beautifully, concise writing. Some stories were only a few pages long. Heartbreakingly dark at times, I skipped a fair few and finished up with the last one.
  42. The Descendants, Kaui Hart Hemmings. Another audiobook, but I loved it. One of my favourite films of the past few years too.
  43. Adding Lib, Kathryn Elliott. One of the people I met through twitter, very funny book about families, generations and consuming empty calories when stressed – right up my street.
  44. Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher. Re-read in one sitting.
  45. Decoded, Mai Jai. Recommendation from Radio 4, very good.
  46. Not Fade Away: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found, Rebecca Alexander. Found it on my kindle last night, I vaguely remember reading about it, but don’t remember ordering it! Read it in one sitting, and a nice book to finish the year with.

And to balance the list out, books I could not finish:

  • The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt – for the love of god, talk about waffle
  • Woman King, Evette Davis – clunky, badly written and nothing happens


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