Thought I'd get this up now since it's a quiet day on the IPYPIASM front - these are the books I've read since around this time last year - most were read while waiting for hospital and doctor appointments - yay for the slow health service. I've a feeling next years list with be a tad shorter.
1. KPAX trilogy – enjoyable sci fi read
2. In the skin of a lion – Michael Ondoatje – poetic, beautiful read, plot unsatisfyingly complex.
3. The behaviour of Moths – Poppy Adams – too many loose ends
4. The Dubliners – James Joyce – some outstanding writing, not sure it merits ALL the hype tho.
5. The very Man – Chris Binchy – depressing but compulsive read.
6. Fiesta, The sun also rises – Ernest Hemmingway – brilliant glittering characters though nothing much happened it read like it mattered.
7. Sharp Sticks, Driven Nails – Stinging Fly anthology – always well worth a read, some really excellent stories.
8. The Last Estate & Redemption of H – Conor Bowman Pullman, two very contrasting books set in same place but different times. Interesting and readable experiment.
9. The Idiot – Dostoyevsky – read more like a play than a book, a tad too long.
10. Looking for Leon – Shirley Benton – see review done at the time.
11. Taking Pictures – Anne Enright – some lovely writing – some endings were too sudden.
12. The captains and the kings – Jennifer Johnston – stunning writing, understated, brilliant.
13. The girls – Lori Lansens – irritating faux real style, tries to do too many things.
14. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell – several stories tenuously strung together some way better than others.
15. Herzog – Saul Bellow – pompous miserable man struggles for recognition and understanding, some gems in it.
16. Melancholy Baby – Julia O Faolain – great short stories, alot of them shocking even today, a great read.
17. This is not a novel – Jennifer Johnston – probably the most dissappointing of hers I’ve read so far.
18. Ultimatum – Matthew Glass – chewing gum read, ultimately dissappointing.
19. Little Stranger – Sarah Waters – Sarah knows how to spin a yarn, unsatisfying ending sadly.
20. In Cold Blood – Truman Capote – took the longest time to read this on and off for years – definitely not worth the hype.
21. The hand that first held mine – Maggie O Farrell – sorta readable, tries a bit too hard.
22. Regeneration – Pat Barker – Really excellent piece of work, worth reading.
23. The Story of Plan B – Kate Dempsey – Enjoyable Romp of a read from Emerging Writer, check it out!
24. An evening of long goodbyes – Paul Murray – the ovaltine of writers – I adore Paul’s work and can’t wait for the next book – you may hate it though.
25. Clock Winder – Anne Tyler – another quiet family drama, beautifully described.
26. Women – Charles Bukowski – a most dislikeable narrator, and ultimately boring plot.
27. Before I go to sleep – SJ Watson - an alright read, kind of obvious at the end, but readable.
28. All the pretty Horses – Cormac McCarthy – good cowboy wild west type adventure, he’s a great writer.
29. The Complete Short Stories of Evelyn Waugh – some innovative story telling techniques, but mostly dated and hard to get into for that reason.
30. The Masters – CP Snow – picked from a top ten books you must read list – I must disagree – it was alright, if you’re into Oxford / Cambridge history and ambience, missable if not.
31. Never Eat Alone – Keith Ferrazzi – networking bible that tries to pretend it’s not about using people, but kind of fails in the end to convince.
32. Pyramid and 4 other stories – Henning Mankel – interesting detective series set in Sweden, mostly seems to consist of the main character’s shock at crime happening in Sweden
33. Resurrection Men – Ian Rankin – the usual compulsive reading brilliance from Ian, love him.
34. The Method and Other Stories – Tom Vowler – really enjoyed alot of these, some punchline type endings though.
35. The Kill – Emile Zola – Spoiler Alert: No one gets killed! Otherwise brilliant read – so many parallels with today it’s scary.
36. The Walmart Effect – Charles Fishman – sort of interesting, but repetitive, and not saying much that’s new.
37. 3 cups of tea – Greg Mortenson – interesting read, but definitely a lot of poetic license taken, and there’s some scandal about it perhaps not being true – ie there’s another book out called 3 cups of lies.
38. The Grass is singing - Doris Lessing – a brilliant book, hard to read at times, but such strong insights into life etc. Really worth reading.