I’ve long admired the currently reading list on the sidebar of the excellent ganching’s blog.
Imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, I’m totally stealing this idea and putting together a list of books I’ve been reading relatively recently. I figured I’d start with 2015 (which is kind of relatively recent) because I had a whole bunch of blog posts to assist with compilation. And perhaps this will shame me into getting a wriggle on with War & Peace.
53 books! A heck of a lot better than my current five (at 01/06) for 2016!
So, the detail – in rough order (and please indulge my bullet points)
Note that links are to amazon, but definitely not affiliate links or anything of that sort):
⛑ Marion Coutts: The Iceberg. Loved. This absolutely blew me away.
⛑ Karen Joy Fowler: We are all completely beside ourselves. Loved. I so did not expect the twist.
⛑ Sarah Waters: The paying guests. I didn’t hate it, but I liked the Night Watch much, much better.
⛑ Liane Moriarty: Little Big Lies. I really didn’t expect to like this as much as I did. She really nails the Australian primary school ecosystem. Light, fun read.
⛑ Marie Kondo: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying. Actually, I may have read this in late December. Bonkers – but her approach has definitely influenced the current round of decluttering. Is there anyone on the planet who has not read this yet?
⛑ India Knight: In your prime. Some of this didn’t apply to me (teenage children, aging parents). I’m never quite sure how I feel about her bossy, all-knowing way of writing. I veer from thinking “fabulous!” to the complete opposite. The content didn’t stay with me.
⛑ Liane Moriarty: The husband’s secret. I bought this because I’d loved Little Big Lies. Definitely not as good – characterisation still spot on though.
⛑ Stuffocation: Living More With Less which seems to have put me off reading for a while.
⛑ essentialism: the disciplined pursuit of less which I found interesting(ish) – premise being that you probably should not say yes to everything.
⛑ getting things done, I know – I don’t know who I am anymore either.
⛑ I’m still plodding through wolf in white van. After January with loads of reading, this is quite disappointing.
⛑ I am still making my way through getting things done. I read two pages in bed and my kindle falls on my face because I am asleep. That is not to dismiss it because there is some very good stuff in there.
⛑ The memoir of our new chairman – expected to be the most hands-on chair in SML history. Very accomplished and interesting man and I feel this gave a pretty good insight into what we can expect. I’ve met with him once and he was incredibly astute. Very Interesting times ahead.
⛑ Malcolm Knox: supermarket monsters – The Price of Coles and Woolworths’ dominance – This sums up why we’re not shopping at Coles/Woolies. Felt it could have used a bit more
⛑ Jennifer L Scott: Lessons from Madame Chic – 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris – pretty fluffy. She ain’t no madame thingy
⛑ Colin Cotterill: Jimm Juree – Killed at the whim of a hat – cute! not quite so charming and delightful as Dr Siri, but nonetheless very readable (if you like this sort of thing).
⛑ Colin Cotterill: Jimm Juree – Grandad, there’s a head on the beach – also pretty cute! Timely, as we’d only just been discussing the ethics of buying what are probably slave prawns.
⛑ Colin Cotterill: Jimm Juree – Axe Factor – (I was on a Jimm Juree roll here!) this one was not quite so good as the previous two.
⛑ Colin Cotterill: Dr Siri – six and a half deadly sins – charming and delightful as ever.
⛑ Sarah Hepola: Blackout – Remembering the things I drank to forget – bought this after reading an extract in the Guardian. It was very good.
August | September
⛑ stuck on Martin Edwards: the golden age of murder, which I’d had exceptionally high hopes of – sadly I don’t find it terribly well written and not particularly engaging. Maybe time to abandon it and move on to the rest of the virtual stack.
⛑ Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen: The Rabbit Back Literature Society. Can’t say I was a huge fan of this. I suspect I’m missing a whole lot of Finnish context. Heather and I bought this at the same time. He finished it way before I did because I was persisting with the golden age. Discussing it afterward we found we were both a bit “ummm … what exactly was that?”
⛑ Michael Connelly: Nine Dragons (Harry Bosch). I got this ages ago as a kindle deal for $0.98 cents. I’ve been recommended the series by a couple of people and had mostly enjoyed the tv series (it had All The Tropes! some quite terrible acting in parts). But I really didn’t feel the love for the book.
⛑ E C Bentley: Trent’s Last Case This was one of the many books I made a note of from Golden Age of Murder. It was very of its time and quite silly. I was particularly pleased by the concept of having to explain rear-view mirrors and finger-prints to the layman. Truly the past is another country.
October | November | December
⛑ The delightful and also silly Patricia Wentworth: Miss Silver series:
⚬ Grey Mask
⚬ The Case is Closed
⚬ Lonesome Road
⚬ Danger Point
⚬ The Chinese Shawl
⚬ Miss Silver Intervenes
⚬ The Clock Strikes Twelve
⚬ The Key
⚬ The Traveller Return
⚬ Pilgrim’s Rest
⚬ Latter End
⚬ Eternity Ring
⚬ The Case of William Smith
⚬ Miss Silver Comes to Stay
⚬ The Catherine Wheel
⚬ Through the Wall
⚬ The Brading Collection
⚬ The Ivory Dagger
⚬ Anna, Where Are You?
⚬ The Watersplash
⚬ Ladies’ Bane
⚬ Out of the Past
⚬ Vanishing Point
⚬ The Silent Pool
⚬ The Benevent Treasure
⚬ The Listening Eye