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I used to read a lot more than I do these days.  In 2007, I read 52 books in 52 weeks.  Since coming to university, I’ve found that I can’t take in as much as I used to and a book might take me all term, if I can pick it up at all.  However, do feel free to make suggestions because I’d really love to broaden my horizons a bit and I do love a decent story.

Oh, and I have an unholy love for a certain type of detective novel.  (Could you tell?)  I have as yet not dared read anything by Ian Rankin because I know what happened when I discovered Minette Walters and it bore more than a few similarities to a stampede.

The Booklist 2010

The Booklist 2009



1. Anonymous - August 25, 2009

Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
Germinal – Emile Zola
The Plague – Albert Camus
The Secret History – Donna Tartt
Jodi Picoult
Kazuro Ishiguro
Jamaica Inn – Daphne du Maurier
Philippa Gregory

I like all these 🙂

(just stumbled upon your blog, but noticed the plea!)

2. yourmouthisadisaster - November 22, 2009

I love Patrick Gale – I especially loved Friendly Fire! Definitely an author to watch. I also adore Margaret Atwood. Meanwhile one of my absolute favourites this year has to be Jeanette Winterson’s Written on the Body. And Kate Atkinson’s trilogy about Jackson Brodie is absolutely excellent but sadly I can’t remember what any of the three are called. Case Histories might be the last one, and I really loved that. Kate Atkinson in general, actually – Emotionally Weird was good fun, and Behind the Scenes at the Museum if you haven’t already – although I think her views on family life can be a little bleak so if you’re looking for thoughtful and well-written, then yes, but those things plus eventually emotionally cheering, probably not. She’s not uncheering, but she made me feel a little… alone. But that might jsut have been poor reading-timing on my part given that it was just after my break-up with P that I discovered her!

stitchthisdarling - November 22, 2009

Did you ever read ‘Notes from an Exhibition’? That was my favourite of Patrick Gale’s. I haven’t read any Kate Atkinson but I think I’ve seen some of hers – I’ll keep a look out for them. Have you perchance any that I can borrow…? x

Lucy - November 22, 2009

Oh I love, love, love ‘Behind the Scenes at the Museum’ – I’ve read it and re-read more times than I can count over more years than I can remember and it still remains one of my favourite books! ‘Emotionally Weird’ I enjoyed less but was still worth the read. Jackson Brodie – ‘One Good Turn’?

‘Notes from an Exhibtion’ has been on my list for a while, and I think will remain there until I’m feeling strong enough. I have a feeling it might be rather pertinent, shall we say. But people have told me that its very good.

3. Aimee - February 7, 2011

Lady Audley’s Secret, by Mary Elizabeth Braddon!

And Wilkie Collins, dear.

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