Archive for the ‘books I've read this year – 2009’ Category

Books I’ve read this year #48 – 51

December 28, 2009

“The private lives of Pippa Lee” by Rebecca Miller
“The English: a portrait of a people” by Jeremy Paxman
“Housekeeping” by Marilynne Robinson
“Doors Open” by Ian Rankin


Books I’ve read this year #45 – 47

December 5, 2009

“Little Women” by Louisa M Alcott
“Notes from a small island” by Bill Bryson
“Kiwis might fly” by Polly Evans

All re-reads.

Books I’ve read this year #43 – 44

November 17, 2009

“The Other Boleyn Girl” by Philippa Gregory

Well, this was a very readable book, but the author seemed to pay very scant regard to historical fact. It’s a good job Anne Boleyn died several hundred years ago, or I think she’d be suing the author for libel. After reading this I had a desire to read a proper history book for a change, and went to the library to see what they had, and… nothing. I have more history books than the library has. I think I’ll donate all my books to the library when I die.

“A Foreign Field” by Ben MacIntyre

This book was brilliant – it is the true account of four British soldiers who were left behind by their regiments when the British army retreated early in the First World War, and who were taken in by French villagers and lived among them undetected by the occupying Germans for two years.

I found both of these books on my bookshelf, unread. How spoilt I was when I lived in London and could buy handfuls of cheap books and not even bother to read them. Though I don’t think I’d have bought the Philippa Gregory book – that must have been a present.

Books I’ve read this year #40 – 42

November 2, 2009

“False Scent” by Ngaio Marsh

“Scales of Justice” by Ngaio Marsh

“Breathing Lessons” by Anne Tyler

Books I’ve read this year #38 – #39

September 24, 2009

# 38 “Sunday morning at the centre of the world” by Louis de Bernières.

Funny little book – it’s a radio play, really.  Quite enjoyable, though, and so short you can read it in about half an hour.  (By the way, if you have ever had a dog, wish you had a dog, or just like stories about dogs, you must read “Red dog” by Louis de Bernières – it’s the loveliest little book.)

#39 “Saint Maybe” by Anne Tyler

My sister said I’d like this, and I did, but… I was a bit disappointed with the ending.

Books I’ve read this year #37

September 16, 2009

“Rebecca” by Daphne du Maurier.

Aaah, this is one of my favourite books.  I first read it when I was fourteen, but haven’t read it for years.  I decided to re-read it now because I needed to read something very English after the Nazi-fest of Fatherland, but mainly I re-read it because I remembered that the narrator had a black cocker spaniel called Jasper, and I wanted to see if he was as naughty as my little cocker spaniel.  (He’s not.)

What a great book – it’s still one of my favourites.  And I’m quite jealous of anyone who hasn’t read it yet as they get to read it for the first time.

Books I’ve read this year #36

September 16, 2009

“Fatherland” by Robert Harris.

Imagine a world where Kind Edward VIII didn’t abdicate and Wallis Simpson became queen, Joe Kennedy wasn’t forced to resign because of the public outcry about his view that “Democracy is finished in England” and “[Britain isn’t] fighting for democracy. That’s the bunk. She’s fighting for self-preservation.” and went on to become president of the United States, and the Germans won the war… that’s Fatherland for you.  Fascinating – I really enjoyed it.

Books I’ve read this year #35

September 4, 2009

“The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood.

Oooh, what a good book.  Why have I never read it before?  Too busy reading mindless chick-lit, I expect.  If you haven’t read this, then do.

Books I’ve read this year #34

August 27, 2009

“The Senator’s Wife” by Sue Miller.

Liked it.

Books I’ve read this year #33

August 19, 2009

“A Town Like Alice” by Nevil Shute.