Books read 2013


  • Chris Hadfield, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth. 29.12.13. Great.
  • Carlos Ruiz Zafón, El Príncipe de la Niebla (IN SPANISH!!!) 28.12.13. A wee bit dramatic.
  • Stephen Hawking, My Brief History. 25.12.13. Good.
  • The Lioness and her Knight, Gerrald Morris. Excellent! 21.12.13.
  • Como Agua para Chocolate, Laura Esquivel. Excellent, IN SPANISH!!!
  • Junkyard Dogs, Crag Johnson, Excellent. Nov 13
  • What I talk about when I talk about running, Haruki Murakami, Nov 13
  • Dragonmakers, Anne McCaffery, 1.12.13
  • The Cold Dish, 17.11.13 Excellent
  • A World of my Own, Robin Knox-Johnston. Good, something of a classic. 13.10.13
  • Mort, Terry Prattchett, Oct 13. Cause it makes life better!
  • The Big Six, Arthur Ransome. Great. 3.10.13
  • Blue River, Black Sea. Andrew Eames. Good. 2.10.13.
  • Last Man in Tower, Arvarind Adiga. Life is too short for vicious books
  • The BFG, for Roald Dahl day, or course. it was, wonderful, of course. 15.9.13
  • The 100 year old man who climbed out the window and disappeared. Jonas Jonasson. 12.9.13. Fine.
  • Flight Behaviours, Barbara Kingsolver,9.9.13. Excellent
  • All the Weyrs of Pern, Anne McCcafferey. Good.
  • Dealing with Dragons, Patricia C Wrede. Great
  • The Calligrapher's Daughter, Eugenia Kim. Fascinating
  • Talking to Dragons, Patricia C Wrede Great
  • The Wave Theory of Angels. Alison MacLeod, Kinda annoying, but good.
  • The Sound of Waves, Yukio Mishima, very good.
  • Years of Red Dust, Stories of Shanghai, Qui Xiaolong. Good
  • Secret Daughter, Shilpi Somaya Gowda. Fine
  • Searching for Dragons, Patricia C Wrede. Great
  • My Old Man and the Sea, Daniel Hays and David Hays. Very good.
  • The Silver Branch, Rosemary Sutcliffe. Very good
  • Late Night on Air, Elizabeth Hay. Fine.
  • The Master, Colm Toíbin. Good, but a bit of a slog.
  • Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, Dai Sijie, fascinating
  • 13 Rue Thérès, Elena Mauli Shapiro. Good.
  • Crystal Line, Anne McCafferey, Great
  • Killashandra, Anne McCaggerey. Great
  • Crystal Singer, Anne McCafferey. Great
  • The Hare with the Amber Eyes, Edmund de Wall. Very good.
  • Sassinak, Anne McCafferey and Elizabeth (?) Good, one of my favourite authors as a teen/young adult.
  • Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman. 7.7.13. EXCELLENT
  • The Boys in the Boat, , Daniel James Brown. 7.7.13 EXCELLENT!
  • Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman, Haruki Murakami. First of his I've read in English. Gentler than I thought they would be, though he says his short stories are quite different from his novels. Very good. Better read more slowly than I could.12.6.13
  • Bring out the Bodies, Hilary Mantel. Fantastic. 9.6.13
  • Thinking Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman. 29.5.13. Don't buy the soft back the print size is ridiculously small. Seriously annoying.
  • Cathedral of the Sea, (in English) by Idelfonso Falcones. Fine, the history was interesting, the story line - melodramatic
  • The South, Colm Tóibín, 17.5.13. Excellent, must read more by this man
  • A Castle in Spain, Matthew Parris. 145.3.13 Not compelling, but fine.
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. J.K. Rowling. 9.5.13. Wish it weren't done.
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling, 5.5.13, Excellent
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling, 30.4.13. Excellent
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling. 25.4.13 Excellent
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkeban. J.k. Rowling. 21.4.13. Obviously excellent
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. J.K.Rowling. 20.4.13. Really don't need to say it. Excellent. Still.
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. J.K. Rowling. 16.4.13. Do I need to say? Excellent!!!! Still.
  • The Fault in Our Stars, John Green. 12.4.13. It has been a long time since I last read long into the night to finish a book because I just. couldn't. put it down. I did with this one last night.
  • Voyaging down the Thames, Clyde Eddy. 10.4.13. Fine.
  • Under my Skin, Volume 1 of My Autobiography, Doris Lessing. 8.4.13. Irritiating
  • The Outermost House, Henry Beeston, 28.3.13. excellent again.
  • Squirrel seeks Chipmunk, David Sedaris. 27.3.13. Not as good as I'd hoped.
  • Parsifal's Page, Geral Morris. With youngest, really really wonderful. 17.3.13.
  • My Family and Other Animals, Gerald Durrell. 10.3.13. Wonderful
  • Ragnarok, A.S.Byatt. 7.3.13. Very good indeed.
  • The Ballad of Sir Dinadan, Gerald Morris. With Youngest, excellent. 5.3.13.
  • Nikolski by Nicolas Dickner, again. Excellent, again. 5.3.13.
  • The Savage Damsel and the Dwarf, Gerald Morris. 24.2.13. Fabulous. read it with Youngest.
  • One Corpse Too Many, Ellis Peters, with Youngest. REally very good indeed. 12.2.13.
  • I am the Messenger, Markus Zusak. 12.9.13. Excellent, but the last three paragraphs were a mistake. Show don't tel.
  • Shakespeare Revealed, a biography by René Weis. 8.2.13. Informative, very.
  • Miss Felicity Beedles Book of Poo by Terry Pratchett, 31.1.13. Fabulous.
  • Changing Heaven, Jane Urquhart. 27.1.13. Wonderful.
  • A Morbid Taste for Bones with Youngest, Ellis Peters, 19.1.13. Excellent.
  • Snuff, Terry Pratchett. 15.1.13. Simply fantastic. Wish I could start it again for the first time.
  • The Hobbit. Need I say more? 4.1.13.
  • The Whirlpool, Jane Urquhart. 1.1.13. Not a book to make one fond.


thecatalanway said...

HI there just popped by to see what you're doing and ended up reading through your books. Wow! You must be sitting down sometimes then! What a great collection. I thought we could try a book group thing - even online would be good - but I don't think I can read as fast as you. I do miss my Cornish book group - we did one book a month to discuss.
So, I have taken a list and might get some on the Kindle. If you want to borrow any from me you can too - but first we need to get you over to Granollers to look over the shelf.

I am not a Terry Pratchett fan - is there anything you can say to help me get in there? I didn't like Trollope at first either so I am open to changing my mind

love Kate

Anonymous said...

I love that you do this!! And that you read so much...I am inspired, and just love reading through your succinct reviews. One thing for sure - I have not read any Terry Pratchet,but it sure looks like we need to. Missing you!!
Unlikely Nomad