Monday, January 07, 2008

Reading Record 2008

Yes, this entry shall be a list of books I've read this year, in the style of previous reading record posts that I have known and loved, such as the mighty 2006 one and the sturdy, sterling 2007 one. Wholly uninteresting to anyone but me.

So let me begin:

Mort / Terry Pratchett - re-read
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
/ Mark Twain
Night Watch
/ Sarah Waters
Blue Shoes & Happiness
/ Alexander McCall Smith
Oryx & Crake
/ Margaret Atwood
The Stainless Steel Rat Omnibus / Harry Harrison
Moll Flanders / Daniel DeFoe

November
Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone / JK Rowling (to children)
Flat Earth News
/ Nick Davies
A Life Stripped Bare: my year trying to live ethically
/ Leo Hickman
War & Peace / Leo Tolstoy

October
Bad Science /Ben Goldacre
Kissing Christmas Goodbye (Agatha Raisin) /MC Beaton
Life & Times of the Thunderbolt Kid / Bill Bryson
The Rottweiler / Ruth Rendell (abandoned)
Six Feet Over / Mary Roach

September
The Parasites / Daphne Du Maurier
Loamhedge
/ Brian Jacques - abandoned
Nation / Terry Pratchett
Trace / Patricia Cornwell
Maskerade / Terry Pratchett - re-read
The Scapegoat / Daphne Du Maurier

August
Stig of the Dump / Clive King (to children)
Sex Drugs and DNA
/ Michael Stebbins
Labyrinth / Kate Mosse - abandoned
Affluenza / Oliver James - first half
The Secret Life of Bees
/ Sue Monk Kidd
Boy A / Jonathan Trigell
The Minotaur / Barbara Vine

July
Wide Sargasso Sea / Jean Rhys
Lord of the Flies / William Golding
Missing Pieces / Joy Fielding
Eagle Strike / Anthony Horowitz
Witches Druids and King Arthur / Ronald Hutton
City of Darkness, City of Light / Marge Piercy

June
A Treasury of Mark Twain / Mark Twain
First Meetings: In the Enderverse / Orson Scott Card
Rebecca / Daphne Du Maurier (re-read)

April
Pride and Prejudice / Jane Austen (re-read)
Around the World in 80 Days / Jules Verne
Mansfield Park / Jane Austen
Letter to A Christian Nation / Sam Harris
Why People Believe Weird Things / Michael Shermer
A Bad Beginning / Lemony Snickett (to children)

March
Skeleton Key / Anthony Horowitz
Stormbreaker / Anthony Horowitz
A Year of Living Biblically / AJ Jacobs
Small Gods / Terry Pratchett (re-read)
Life of Pi / Yann Martel
Matilda / Roald Dahl (to children)
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell / Susanna Clarke
Lolita / Vladimir Nabokov

February
The Penelopiad / Margaret Atwood
Stranger in a Strange Land / Robert A Heinlein
Tersias / GP Taylor
The Good Husband of Zebra Drive / Alexander McCall Smith
In the Company of Cheerful Ladies / Alexander McCall Smith
Carpe Jugulum / Terry Pratchett re-read

January
Meridian / Alice Walker
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory / Roald Dahl (to children)
Dark Room / Minette Walters
Blood and Honour / Simon Green
Wise Woman / Philippa Gregory
Just So Stories / Rudyard Kipling (to children, somewhat amended by me) re-read
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall / Anne Bronte

2 comments:

ellie said...

I read the Jungle Book with my son last year and it was heavy going abridging it - Kipling was very heavy on the 'thou and thines'. Not all of it has stood the test of time, but he did enjoy the one about the mongoose and the snake.

Mephitis said...

I love the writing in the Just So Stories, some of them are just crying out to be read aloud - but of course some of the attitudes and language needs a bit of adjusting at times!

I've never actually managed to get through The Jungle Book myself, so kudos!