42 down and 10 to go!

Greetings you lovely lot, how are things? As the month of October is almost over (how in the hell did that happen by the way?!?!) it’s time for a bit of a reading recap and I’m delighted to say that I’ve now read 42 books towards my reading challenge for 2013, so that means just another ten to go – whoopee to me. I’m actually ridiculously impressed with myself, especially after a few months of rubbish reading habits, so just ten more to read in the 10 weeks before the end of the year – not much pressure then! This month I managed to read four brilliant books and I refound my reading rhythm, hooray to that. About bloody time I say! My reads this month have been a mix of ones I’ve been meaning to read for ages and ages, old favourite and an impulse buy. I think this variety, and the variety of different genres that the books fall into, really helped me find my reading rhythm and meant that I enjoyed each and every book as often when things get a bit samey it can seem a bit stale and not work. At least for me anyway!
October reads
The Little Coffee Shop in Kabul – this was an impulse buy and I really enjoyed it. It was great to visit a country and to read about a situation I’d never pondered: How do the people living in these war-torn places survive and go about everyday life? It was interesting learning a lot about the customs and traditions of Afghanistan too. It really was fascinating, although the book could have done with not ending so perfectly and all perfectly tied up as it seemed a bit too forced.

Treasure Island – I’m ashamed I’ve not read this book before, I mean it’s a classic after all. Whilst I did enjoy it I don’t think it’s a recommended read or a repeat book for me. It’s just not my sort of thing! But at least I’ve now read it and don’t feel like I’m as badly read anymore!

When God Was a Rabbit – My friend lent me this book ages ago and somehow I’ve never gotten round to reading it. I had such high expectations after all I’ve heard about it and I’m so pleased that it definitely lived up to these expectations, it really was absolutely brilliant and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The fact I finished in in two days is proof enough of that! It was absolutely beautifully written and such a wonderful insight into one persons life. I loved the way it showed one woman’s important relationships and it felt so realistic and not forced or too fictional. Simply wonderful

Catching Fire – I haven’t read this book for a couple of years so with the film out soon I needed to reread it and I’m so glad I did as I’d forgotten pretty much the entire plot! I remembered the key points: the old victors have to head back into the Hunger Games, but basically everything else had spilled out of my head. What a total numpty I am. Now that I’ve remembered what happened I’m flabbergasted I didn’t remember sooner as it’s such so brilliant isn’t it!? I’m now super excited for the film to arrive,. why is it not out this weekend?

What about you, what lovely books have you been reading recently and recommendations for me to add to the ever-growing pile?


Six recent reads

As another month has ended *insert customary astonished comment here* it’s time for my usual reading round-up. I rather like this post each month, even if it’s not often the most reliable set of posts, as it holds me accountable for how my reading challenge is going which at the moment seems to be going rather well, hooray! I’m currently on book 38 of 52, which puts me only one book behind schedule, not too bad really is it? So what have I been reading recently and what did I think of each book? Well read on!

recent reads

The Silver Linings Playbook – I loved this book! I really enjoyed reading Pat’s story and his attempts to be kind, rather than always right. His relationships with each of the other characters were wonderfully written and seemed realistic. I also liked that it wasn’t a perfect ending and that everything wasn’t wonderful at the end of it, somehow I think that would have gone against the realistic portrayal of mental illness that the book is all about.

Apple Tree Yard – This was a book that I purchased randomly (I think it was on offer at Amazon) and I’m so pleased that I did as it was brilliant! It reminded me a bit of Gone Girl as I didn’t like any of the characters but was totally gripped by the story, which was pacey and intriguing with some interesting plot twists and characters. There were shocking things that happened in the books and not everyone was deserving of this things but that made the book all the better, especially as things weren’t perfectly tied together at the end.

The Sea Sisters – I loved this book so much and would recommend it to anyone that likes easy and enjoyable reads. It follows a woman as she retraces her dead sisters trip around the world to the place where she died and tries to convince others that her sister wouldn’t have killed herself. It’s a journey of personal discovery as well as showing how little we know one another and exploring the relationship between two sisters who are very different. Really, really enjoyable and a great page turner.

Born Wicked – This has been on my bookshelf for ages and when I finally got round to reading it when I was away I read it in half a day. It was that good. It’s about a trio of sisters who also happen to be witches and it’s superbly written. I loved the secrets and twists and above all else the story. I can’t wait for the next book, it’s just going to get better and better after what happened at the end of the book. EEK!

City of Bones (Book 1 in Mortal Instruments) – This is a another book I’ve been meaning to read for ages and I finally did as I wanted to before the film came out. Sadly I still haven’t watched the film but I definitely will be as the book’s brilliant! The characters are well written and intriguing enough that you can’t see everything that’s going to happen straightaway. Also the twist near the end (yes obvious) but brilliant none the less. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

The Casual Vacancy – I preordered this book when it was first announced but I’ve not felt like reading it until recently thanks to the less than favourable reviews of it. Once I finally did read it I was surprised by how much I did enjoy it, don’t get me wrong it wasn’t page turning and I would be careful who I recommended it to, but it was classic J. K . Rowling in the sense that it had characters that were 100% formed rather than 2D and the world was all-encompassing. Although having said that, not a lot happened in a book that was so massive but over all I’m glad I read the book it was very interesting!

So what about you, what have you been reading lately and any suggestions on what I should read next? Even if I do have a bookcase full of books still to read…

Augusts reads – five brilliant books

A good book is very magical

The wisest of woods from the queen of writing – J. K. Rowling. (source)

Before I sat down to write this post I thought I’d read barely anything in August, hence why this post is arriving a week into September. As really what’s the point of updating you on my reading challenge when I haven’t got anything to update on? However, I then realised the point of this blog and in particular this challenge was to up date you on my reading habits on a monthly basis, it was a way of being held accountable for my reading. If I want to start a challenge – then surely I have to finish it. So I got over myself and got writing, only to realise I’d been wrong. I actually had a good reading month! After all five books is really quite a good amount for just one month. Although really if I think about it I’ve not read anything for most of the month, as the first three books were read in just one week. Thank goodness Wales happened as since then I’ve been finding it really hard to get into any book I pick up. I’m hoping that with my upcoming week in Portugal things will improve after all I’ll have lots of time and not a lot else to focus on (apart from food!), here’s hoping that plan works anyway! So what did I think about the five books that I did read, well…

  1. First up was the work manuscript, which I obviously can’t tell you about as it’s not out till next year, but it was honestly such a brilliant read! It’s the third book in a brilliant series, and I’m so pleased that this book doesn’t disappoint, it’s really very good.
  2. Book number two was Heroes of Olympus: Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan. I’ve mentioned in the past how much I enjoy these books and this still stands. It was really good to learn more about the characters and see how the story is developing. I can’t wait to read book three as I think it’s going to be brilliant when the two groups of characters start working together – I think we’re in for some trials and tribulations, and of course humour. Oh I love these books.
  3. Harlan Coben is one of my favourite crime writers, and Six Years is another excellent book. It really does keep you guessing until the end and he creates a really interesting character who is faced with some really interesting situations and decisions. I can’t even fathom how you would react when finding out some of the things he does. I highly recommend it!
  4. The Enemy by Charlie Higson – This book was truly amazing, I loved it! It’s a books with such brilliant writing and a great story, coupled with hideously gory parts (so gory that I almost felt sick!). It’s also a wonderfully interesting concept, which has you second guessing what you would do in a similar situation – I still don’t know. I also couldn’t help but loving all the characters. My final thought on this book is how it reminds me so much with Lord of the Flies, in the way that it gives children responsibility and questions how they would react.
  5. Last weekend I finished Private Down Under, which is by James Patterson. I’m a big fan of the Private series and you’ll be pleased to know that this book is just as good as the rest of the books in the series. The best thing about this book – apart from the fast pace, interesting characters and intriguing cases – is that it’s reminded me how much I want to go back to Sydney. I love that city so much and it’s great to read about areas that I know, even if only a little.

So that’s what I’ve been reading – what about you, what did you read in August and what did you think about each book? I’d love to know!

One month, four epic books.

So whilst I’ve only read four books over the last month they have all been amazing reads and I highly recommend them. First up was Meg Rosoff’s exceptional How I Live Now. Wow, what a book. It’s so beautifully written with intriguing characters and a compelling story. Because it’s so wonderful to read it’s easy to look past a questionable relationship between the main character Daisy and her cousin.I also love that you don’t really have any idea about what year the book is set in and that it doesn’t really matter. This book most definitely lived up to my super high expectations!

Paper Towns is only the second John Green book I’ve read. I know a lot of people love John Green’s novels, but I’m not quite at their levels of obsession yet. At least I wasn’t until reading this brilliantly executed book. It’s a brilliant story about friendship, love, the lengths you go to for friends and about the greatest gift you can give someone is to let them go. It’s also a brilliant road trip story and mystery novel all in one. I honestly can’t explain how much I truly adore this book.

The end of this month has been all about James Patterson’s thrillers. These books are most definitely my guilty pleasure. They are so easy to read and possess brilliant twists and turns. With Private Berlin and I, Michael Bennett, James Patterson is most definitely on top form. The ending of I, Michael Bennett is one of the most unexpected endings out of all of his books, especially considering there are no gruesome deaths! What about you, what have you been reading in July?

Six Month Booky Update

So yes my book updating posts haven’t been that frequent have they – in fact I haven’t discussed what I’ve read since March, where just one book was mentioned. Oops, sorry about that. What can I say I’ve certainly struggled a lot with getting in to books over the past few months/ Thankfully though this issue has been rectified and I’m now back on a book reading train, although I’m still three books behind where I should be if I want to meet my 52 books in a year goal. But I’ve not given up hope. After all I’ve got two one week holidays to come in the second half of the year, so I should be fine. *crosses fingers hopefully* So back to what I’ve been reading over the last three months, this glorious array of brilliant books. For thoughts on each book, check out the mini book reviews below. But if you really don’t care what I think about just have a gander at the pretty pictures below – let’s be honest I can get a smidge carried away with the waffle in reviews!

Safe House, Chris Ewan – This book took me a while to get into if I’m honest and I’m not really sure why. It was a good story, I liked the characters and it was great that it wasn’t immediately obvious where the story was going, yet something stopped me from giving it 3/5 stars on the Good Reads site. I’m damned if I know what that is but I’ll just have to deal with that – although I do hate when I can’t put my finger on something!

After the Fall, Charity Norman – I LOVED this book! I was given it for my birthday as it was mentioned over on this post, but it’s taken me a while to get round to it. It was really enjoyable. It follows the story of a family who move out to New Zealand for new opportunities and a (supposedly) better life. They get a lot more than they expect and we follow their story from a series of flashbacks after a terrible accident. What makes it really interesting is that you don’t know if certain characters are good or bad, if there was an accident or if it was on purpose and there are some brilliant twists. The story is really well written and the characters are not altogether that likeable which sometimes books stay too focused on. I’d definitely recommend this book to everyone I know.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl – I had a bit of a Dahl moment over the last few months, as you’ll spot two of his tales on this list. To be honest sometimes you need to read something that reminds you of your childhood and that’s comforting. that’s what this book is all about – I absolutely love it and think it’s a deserved classic.

Don’t Want to Miss a Thing, Jill Mansell – I mentioned in a past post that I love Jill Mansell’s books and even mentioned I wanted to get my hands on this book. Thankfully I did and I’ve read it and I (as per usual) loved it. I love a good story, with a happy ending, nice characters and also a book that does what it should – thoroughly entertains you. This is the book that got me back on my reading pathway. It’s brilliant.

The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown – Around all the hype of Dan Brown’s newest book, Inferno, I realised that I still hadn’t read his last one. Considering the books are all part of the Robert Langdon story I knew that needed to be rectified immediately. 600+ pages later and I’d read it. tO say I was disappointed wouldn’t be right but it definitely didn’t consume me as his other books have in the past. I’m not sure why I’d not noticed it before, but Dan Brown does like to waffle on a lot doesn’t he? And it’s not often entirely necessary – I have to admit I did skip a fair few paragraphs where he was droning on and on, but I still understood everything that was happening. Maybe next time he could do with being edited a smidge more!

Esio Trot, Roald Dahl- I can’t believe I’ve never read this book before – I loved it. It was an absolute joy, not that I’m  surprised. Dahl is a storytelling genius after all.

Picture Me Gone, Meg Rosoff- This is the first Meg Rosoff book I’ve ever read, much to the outrage of many of my work colleagues. But having read this book I can now see why they are so annoyed. Meg Rosoff is a brilliant writer – the voice she writes is beautiful. The characters are interesting, the story lovely and just generally brilliant. Definitely a must read when it’s available later in the year.

Vampire Academy and Vampire Academy: Frostbite, Richelle Mead – I’m a big Richelle Mead having fallen madly in love with her Bloodlines books a couple of years back, but I’ve never really tried her first series, Vampire Academy. With the film adaptation of book one coming out soon I thought I should give it a whirl and I’m so pleased I did as it’s such a good read. I love the world she’s created and the characters are brilliant. She’s got such a great range of characters in her book and I am enjoying finding out more about the characters I know so well from Bloodlines and how they ended up where they are at the start of Bloodlines. So just another few books to get through in the series (not that I’m complaining)!

NYPD Red, James Patterson – I haven’t read a JP book for an age, and I’m definitely glad to be back on this particular train. I love the page turning ability that JP has and I like that has introduced us to a new set of characters, even if some of the situations aren’t all together believable! We’ll let him off though!

How I Live Now, Meg Rosoff – I loved Picture Me Gone so much that I had to give another Meg Rosoff a try. I chose this one as the film’s out soon and I’m a firm believer of reading the book before watching the film. Also my friend at work is such a fan of this book that she rereads it each year and is flabbergasted I’ve never read it. She loves it so much that she doesn’t want to know if I don’t like it as she won’t be able to bear it. Uh oh the pressure! So far I’m really enjoying it. Again Meg Rosoff has written a brilliant character in daisy and is exploring some truly massive subjects. It’s really good and not what I was expecting plot wise. I can’t wait to find out what happens to Piper, Daisy, et al!

Addicted to Books

The task for day 26 of Blog every day in May is to blog about something you read online. There are a number of things I’ve seen online over the last few days, which I will share with you in the not too distant future, but I chose the below link for today’s challenge as it fitted nicely into a planned post that I’ve had on my mind for a few days anyway. So it seemed silly not to combine the two and kill two birds with one stone, as the saying goes. So below is the link to the BuzzFeed article I want to talk about.

25 signs you’re addicted to books

When I saw this, via the medium of Twitter, I literally laughed at each point as each and every one of these images and GIFs describes me/is me to a ‘T’. It’s actually a little bit spooky if I’m honest. I particularly liked point number seven because I way prefer Winter partly because then I don’t feel guilty for sitting inside all day with a good book. Which point describes you all the best, or is just me that’s a bit of a book freak?

Although, to be honest I’ve not been feeling the usual love for books over the past month or so.  As I discussed in this post on my 2013 Book Challenge progress I’m finding it increasingly hard to get into a book and concentrate on a book – something that it usually far from a problem for me. Case in point, is that since the 4th of April, when I blogged about my March reading habits, I’ve only read five books. That’s five books in almost eight weeks, not up to my usual standard at all – I just don’t know what’s wrong with me. This concentration issue has really set me back on my Good Reads reading challenge, and I don’t like it AT ALL.

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read 15 books toward her goal of 52 books.
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However, I actually think I’m starting to turn a corner, as over the last week I’ve finished one book, which I absolutely loved and started another, which I’m already enjoying a lot, so that’s got to be a good sign, right? I hope so anyway as I’ve got a lot of work to do over the coming weeks if I want to hit 26 books by the end of June, that’s roughly two books a week for the next five weeks. Fingers crossed I can do it.l I want to feel like the people in images 2 and 23 of that BuzzFeed article again sooner rather than later as I like those feelings, I know those feelings – they are much better than the lost feeling I’m currently experiencing.

March book reading failure

Well March was a dreadful month for me in the reading department as I completed just one book – what a failure. I’m not sure what was wrong with me I just couldn’t concentrate on a single book for most of the month. It was all I could do last month to catch up on blogs, I just had no concentration whatsoever! So what was the one book that I got through? Well it was Giovanna Fletcher’s Billy and Me which was ace. It was super easy to get in to (what i needed) and was just enjoyable and easy to read. Not only was it an easy read it was also so good, it was a basic story: girl meets boy, they fall in love, problems occur and then there’s a happy ending. Yet it wasn’t as predictable as you’d imagine, also it was well written with likeable characters and unexpected twists and turns. I’d highly recommend it – it makes the perfect summer or holiday read.

I did attempt another book in March – The German Boy – but I just couldn’t get into it so I decided to give up on it. Not something I’m usually a fan of doing, but I gave it a fair try and I just couldn’t focus or seem to care about it once I was 50 pages in so I guess it just wasn’t for me!

So after a dismal attempt at the 2013 book challenge in March I’m ridiculously far behind in my reading challenge. Oopsy. Fingers crossed April is a better month for my concentration and reading abilities, as I definitely can’t afford another rubbish reading month if I hope to complete my challenge of reading 52 book in one year.

February’s Books

February’s book reading has been VERY successful as I’ve finished six books and I’m on my seventh. That puts me a fifth of the way through my challenge for the year – hooray! This makes me think that it could be possible for me to complete it, well as long as I don’t suddenly have a week or two of bad reading, fingers crossed! So what have I been reading and what did I think of the books….

Black Beauty, Anna Sewell – I’m actually fairly ashamed to say I’ve never read this book as it’s such a classic. How I’ve managed to get through the past 20-something years without reading it, considering I’ve always been such a book-worm, I’m not sure but now that I have I’m not sure I understand the massive amount of love for this book. I just wasn’t really a fan of any of it – sorry to all the Black Beauty fans out there.

The Twits, Roald Dahl – I loved Roald Dahl’s stories as a child. I must have read George’s Marvellous Medicine about 30 times and Matilda is one of my all-time favourite books – up there with Charlotte’s Web in my opinion. But somehow I never read The Twits and now that I have I LOVED it! It’s so brilliantly imaginative and funny, although wildly dark at the same time, like all good Dahl stories.

The 5th Wave, Rick Yancey – I read a sneaky proof of this book as it’s not out until May and it was really, really good! I’ve not read any Rick Yancey books in the past, but I’m tempted to now I’ve read this one. It’s a brilliant postapocalyptic/dystopian novel on a par with The Hunger Games with well-written characters and suspense on every page.

Insurgent, Veronica Roth – It suddenly occurred to me that I hadn’t read book two of the Divergent series even though I was a huge fan of the first book. I’m not sure how I let this slip through my fingers, but I’m very glad I remembered and have now read it. It’s brilliant and it’s as good as book one – the characters keep you guessing what their going to do next and it’s definitely left me intrigued about book three. How’s it all going to end?!

Private: No. 1 Suspect, James Patterson – I love James Patterson’s novels as they are so easy to read and all about the suspense. I find them the perfect beach read or read when you need something that doesn’t involve much effort or thought. And this book was no different. Plus I’m fairly new to the Private series so it was good to find out more about these recurring characters.

Kane Chronicles: The Throne of Fire, Rick Riordan – This is one of about five Rick Riordan book on my book list and as per usual the book didn’t disappoint. The reason I love these books is that you learn so much! It’s been years since I did any Egyptian history, in fact it was about 18 years ago, so it was good to be reminded about some of the myths and legends and to see how Rick Riordan weaves it all in to a brilliant story that always keeps you gripped. Definitely one to be added to your list if you’ve not read it before!

Bookity Books

So I’m a whole month in to my 2013 Reading Challenge and things are going fairly well. So well in fact that I’ve upped my reading challenge goal from 40 to 52 – yep that’s one book a week – fingers crossed I can keep up my current pace and make it! I’ve read four books so far and below are my very mini reviews of each. And now back to my current read, The Kane Chronicles: The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan, which I’m loving!

Bloodlines: The Indigo Spell, Richelle Mead
I was lucky enough to get a sneaky peek at this book over Christmas – one of the joys of working in publishing! And it was absolutely brilliant! It’s the best book in the Bloodlines series so far and you learn A LOT of stuff. Plus, and perhaps most importantly, the relationship between Sydney and Adrian really develops. I found myself squealing/getting angry with both characters a number of times due to their actions. I can hardly wait for book 4 in the series as this one ended with lots of questions!

Temptation Island, Victoria Fox
At the start of the year I was really after a book that wouldn’t require thought or effort to read. You know the sort of book that is easy to get into and keep up with. And this book was just that and bonus it was really, really good!  The story was entwined and switched between characters, all of who were super rich, gorgeous and talent, which is always fun to read during a dark and dismal January! The story was good and kept you guessing until the very end of the books. My only qualm is that I never really felt empathy with the characters, that’s probably due to the aforementioned perfect lifes they seemed to lead.

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, Jonas Jonasson
This is a great book and probably one of the few books that has the synopsis as it’s title! I was recommended this book by a friend who said I wouldn’t be able to put it down. And she was right. I was thoroughly gripped, it was such good fun. The story was well written, with brilliant characters and an elephant – no seriously there was! Plus it was great to see some massive huge world-changing events from one man’s perspective. So fascinating!

The Butterfly Summer, Anne-Marie Conway
I finished this book at the end of last week and I can’t say I was a fan. While I did race through it, it definitely felt like I was only reading to finish it rather than because I wanted to know what happened. Which isn’t really ideal! I struggled to really like any of the characters and I felt the book was quite obvious with where it was going. Also it didn’t help that there was an odd supernatural element to this book, but as ridiculous as in Audrey Niffenegger’s The Fearful Symmetry, but none the less not ideal!

The Book List

I’m a book addict. There I said it, the truth is out. Further to this addiction admission I should let you know I work in publishing so books are always to hand and hence I always have at least one book on the go at all times. As for what I read, I’m generally not fussy – fiction, crime, non-fiction, YA, kids, etc – and a book has to be really dreadful for me not to finish it or enjoy it. In fact I think there’s only one book that I’ve not finished this year and that’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy which I just could not get into at all. After 200 pages I gave up as I just wasn’t following the storyline or liking it at all.

Anyway back to the point of this post, I realised recently that there are so many books that I’ve never read that I really should. I’m talking classics here, things like Lady Chatterly’s Lover and Catcher in the Rye as well as more modern classics like Emma Donoghue’s Room or The Book Thief. I’m seriously fed up of the looks of disbelief that I receive when I say I’ve never read these books (it’s just one book people, let’s have some perspective I’ve not killed anyone!) and so in 2013 in going to work at rectifying this by setting myself a little (well big really!) challenge.

To read as many of the books on the list below as I possibly can, with a goal of at least 40.

I think that’s possible as I’ve read about 50 books so far this year and some of the books on my list are quite short, plus there’s a good mix of books below, so I’m not likely to get stuck in a rut of just classics or crime. As you can see from the list below not all of these are classics that I should read in my lifetime, about half of them are books I own but just haven’t read yet. Yes I am that crazy, I do buy multiple books at a time and then don’t read them straightaway. What can I say? It’s an addiction after all, I just can’t seem to stop it!

So there we go, that’s my challenge set! You can follow my progress and reviews at the 2013 Book Challenge tab. Please do let me know what you think of these books if you’ve read them and also do send suggestions for other books I really NEED to read. I can then add them to my 2014 list!

Watch Over Me, Daniela Sacerdoti
Into the Darkest Corner, Elizabeth Haynes
Night Train to Lisbon, Pascal Mercier
Fifty Shades of Grey, E L James
Room, Emma Donogue
The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold
Super Sad True Love Story, Gary Shteyngart
Drowning Rose, Marika Cobbold
The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood
Nemesis, Jo Nesbo
Present Danger, Stella Rimington
Butterfly Summer, Anne-Marie Conway
Paper Towns, John Green
Mockingbird, Kathryn Erskine
The Knife of Never Letting Go, Patrick Ness
Les Miserables, Victor Hugo
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle
Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe
Tales of the Greek Heroes, Roger Lancelyn Green
The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mohsin Hamid
Heroes of Olympus: The Mark of Athena, Rick Riordan
The Kane Chronicles: The Serpents Shadow, Rick Riordan
Skippy Dies, Paul Murray
Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
Middlemarch, George Eliot
The Twits, Roald Dahl
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
The Secret Life of Bletchley Park, Sinclair McKay
Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
The Secret History, Donna Tartt
Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero, Rick Riordan
Lady Chatterley’s Lover, D.H. Lawrence
Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Truman Capote
Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
Far from the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
Doctor Thorne, Anthony Trollope
What I Was, Meg Rosoff
Half Blood Blues, Esi Edugyan
American Wife, Curtis Sittenfeld
Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
The Making of Us, Lisa Jewell
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, Jonas Jonasson
One Hundred Names, Cecelia Ahern
The German Boy, Tricia Wastvedt
When God was a Rabbit, Sarah Winman
Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
A Spot of Bother, Mark Haddon
Brooklyn, Colm Tóibín
A Million Suns, Beth Revis
A Perfectly Good Man, Patrick Gale
The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
An Abundance of Katherine’s, John Green
Wives and Daughters, Elizabeth Gaskell
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell
Temptation Island, Victoria Fox
Charlotte’s Web, E. B. White
Persuasion, Jane Austen
The Immortal Life’s of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot
We’ll Always have Summer, Jenny Han
The Kane Chronicles: The Throne of Fire, Rick Riordan
The Winter Ghosts, Kate Mosse
The London Train, Tessa Hadley
How I Live Now, Meg Rosoff
Insurgent, Veronica Roth
The Seamstress, Maria Duenas

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