02 January 2011


1. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
2. Anna Karenin by Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy
3. Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson
4. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
5. Waiting for the Barbarians by JM Coetzee
6. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
7. Atonement by Ian McEwan
8. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
9. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
10. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
11. Great Tales of English History by Robert Lacey
12. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
13. Cloudstreet by Tim Winton
14. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
15. Animal Farm by George ORwell
16. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
17. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
18. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
19. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
20. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
21. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
22. The Secret River by Kate Grenville
23. Me Cheeta by James Lever
24. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
25. The Tempest by William Shakespeare 
26. Not Untrue & Not Unkind by Ed O'Loughlin 
27. King Lear by William Shakespeare
28. The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
29. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
30. Henry IV, Part One by William Shakespeare
31. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
32. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
33. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
34. A Fortunate Life by AB Facey
35. Breath by Tim Winton
36. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
37. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
38. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
39. The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
40. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
41. Dirt Music by Tim Winton
42. A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare by James Shapiro
43. The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
44. Tinkers by Paul Harding
45. Blind Faith by Ben Elton
46. Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
47. The Dark Room by Rachel Seiffert
48. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
49. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde 
50. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens 
51. The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall 
52. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey 
53. The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson 
54. Lord of the Flies by William Golding 
55. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky 
56. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout 
57. Stuff White People Like by Christian Lander 
58. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald 
59. Wicked by Gregory Maguire 
60. Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt 
61. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams 
62. A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings by Charles Dickens 
63. A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka 
64. Tully by Paullina Simons 
65. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows 

01 January 2011


'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society' by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
December 28 - 31, 256 pages

I did it! I read (at least) one book every week for the whole of 2010! I can't believe it.

But back to this book. It is entirely narrated through a series of letters written between various characters. It is very nicely done. On the cover of the novel it says that that it will make you feel really good. And that's definitely what it does. The characters are very likeable.

This novel also made me more excited about reading. And writing. And letters. It was very nice in that way. I'm all for people bonding over books. A very easy book to gobble up in a few sittings.

That's me done. It's been great. Happy New Year!

26 December 2010


'Tully' by Paullina Simons
December 22 - 25, 592 pages

I've had this book sitting by my bed waiting for me to read it for months. It wasn't that I didn't want to read it, but that it is so thick that I needed to wait for a week when i wasn't so busy so I'd have time. And then I sped through it in four days! I couldn't put it down. It's very good. Simons is such a talented writer (I also read 'The Bronze Horseman' this year).

The novel is pretty sad. It definitely pulls you in and makes you feel for the characters. Throughout the whole book, I didn't know how I wanted it to end, let alone how I thought it would end. Part of the fun, I guess.

I'm very glad I read this. It definitely made me think, and feel. Very good.

I know it's week fifty-two, but I'm making this a fifty-three week year, because it's not over until Friday. One more week to go!


A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka
December 17 - 18, 324 pages

A friend saw this book and asked me what it was about. I assured her that it was very funny, and then explained the storyline. She was a bit disappointed, it didn't sound very funny. But it is. It is so bizarre. But very good. It is a great read. So easy to just gobble it up in a few sittings.

It's quirky and so different. I want to read some more novels by Lewycka. They all have great covers, too.

Oh, and it's not actually a short history of tractors in Ukrainian. But it does briefly touch on their history. It's surprisingly interesting. Nothing on the novel's characters and their crazy relationships with each other, though.

19 December 2010


'A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings' by Charles Dickens
December 6 - 11, 264 pages

I love Dickens. You know I love Dickens. And you can't love Dickens and not read 'A Christmas Carol'. That I knew the storyline back to fron and seen many knock-offs is irrelevant: I need to read the real thing. It's very Christmassy. And jolly. I didn't actually enjoy it as much as his other novels. It wasn't funny and sarcastic. The characters don't have much depth. And the moral is served to you on a silver platter. No work required. But it is a nice little story. I enjoyed it for that.

The other 'Christmas writings' are quite nice, too. Nothing too special but definitely helped me get in the festive spirit! Christmas is so soon!

'... while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good-humour.'


'Angela's Ashes' by Frank McCourt
November 29 - December 3, 426 pages

This is a great book. It opened my eyes. I know very little about Ireland and its history so reading McCourt's story was like discovering a new world. His anecdotes of what he had to face in everyday life in a poverty-stricken family are eye-opening. Your heart opens to him and his struggles. It is also beautifully told. McCourt is a wonderful writer. I will definitely be reading more of hiss books. This one tells the story of his childhood, I want to know what happens next!

'The Restaurant at the End of the Universe' by Douglas Adams
December 3 - 5, ~150 pages

Just like its prequel, this novel is hilarious. I am constantly amazed by the perfect way in which Adams constructs his sentences. How is he so funny?!


'Wicked' by Gregory Maguire
November 22-25, 406 pages

I feel like I'm just about the only person who hasn't seen the musical of 'Wicked' so I decided to do the next best thing: read the book.

It is far more complex than I anticipated. Some sections of the novel I really got into, and some left me confused; there is a lot going on. It was nice, though. Especially since I haven't read 'The Wizard of Oz' recently and so I rediscovered parts of that story as well. There are some quite funny one-liners, but not much humour apart from them. It's a really interesting and inspired take on a classic story. I was particularly intrigued by the debates on 'evil' - what, where, how and why? Fascinating.