August 2014

I started this blog in an attempt both to get back to reading and also in particular to read the books that I already owned rather than buying some more. I’m not sure either aspect has been particularly successful and even when it has I haven’t always got around to writing about it. But I’ll just keep at it for the moment anyway and see how it goes! And try not to feel guilty when I splurge on new books despite all those sitting on my shelf.
I moved back to Ireland from Spain very recently and have discovered along with the below that I have all of the following yet to be read:

Isabel Allende Stories of Eva Luna
Isabel Allende Paula
Lisa Appignanesi The Memory Man
Vincent Banville Timpiste Réidh le Tarlú
Ronan Bennett Zugzwang
Roberto Bolaño 2666
William Brodrick The Sixth Lamentation
James M. Cain The Postman Always Rings Twice
Albert Camus The Myth of Sisyphus
David Crystal The Stories of English
Marie Darrieussecq A Brief Stay with the Living
Daphne du Maurier Hungry Hill
Sarah Dunant The Birth of Venus
Teresita Durkan Goldenbridge: A View from Valparaiso
Geoff Dyer But Beautiful
Frederick Forsyth Icon
James Hilton Lost Horizon
Winifred Holtby South Riding
Henry James The Wings of the Dove
Marian Keyes Is Gearr
Jim Keeble My Fat Brother
Liam Mac Uistin The Táin
Andrei Makine Le Testament Français
Henning Mankell Vor dem Frost
Marx & Engels The Communist Manifesto
Flann O’Brien At Swim Two Birds
Joseph O’Connor Redemption Falls
Tillie Olsen Yonnondio: From the Thirties
George Orwell 1984
Marcel Pagnol Le château de ma mère
Повести и Любви
John Burnham Schwartz Reservation Road
Hershel Shanks The Mystery and Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls
Georges Simenon Maigret Hesitates
Georges Simenon Maigret Takes the Waters
M. I. Sizova Ulanova, her Childhood and Schooldays
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn November 1916
Paul Strathern The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance
Paul Theroux The Old Patagonian Express
Leo Tolstoy Childhood, Boyhood, Youth
Leon Uris The Haj
Edith Wharton The Age of Innocence
Christopher Wilson The Ballad of Lee Cotton

December 2013

I constantly buy books and leave them unread. I’ve decided to do something about that. Here is a list of the unread books of what I have (in Spain, let’s not even get started on what’s back home in Ireland….yet) and after that for any new additions (few I hope) I’ll give a date and for any completions I’ll mark as finished too.
Please do let me know if there are any that I should not leave any longer. Also, I do know that there are some here I will never read, partly because I am including my husband’s books (though I won’t say which) and some are just not really my cup of tea.

Tony Anderson Bread and Ashes
Neil Belton A Game of Sharpened Knives
Jedediah Berry The Manual of Detection
Rahul Bhattacharaya The Sly Company of People Who Care
Gerald Brennan The Face of Spain
Jorge Luis Borges The Book of Imaginary Beings
Jorge Luis Borges The Perpetual Race of Achilles and the Tortoise
Craig Brown 101 True Encounters
James Caan The Real Deal
Jeremy Clarkson Driven to Distraction
Jeremy Clarkson Round the Bend
Joseph Conrad Typhoon and Other Stories
Joseph Conrad The Secret Agent
Jeffrey Deaver Carte Blanche
Charles Dickens Hard Times
Sophie Divray The Library of Unrequited Dreams
Alexandre Dumas The Count of Monte Cristo
Gerard Donovan Julius Winsome
Daniel Everett Don’t Sleep there are Snakes
Ildefonso Falcones Cathedral of the Sea
Robert Fisk The Great War for Civilisation
Ian Fleming Live and Let Die
Ian Fleming From Russia with Love
Ian Fleming On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Ken Follett The Pillars of the Earth
Reg Gadney The Scholar of Extortion
Janice Galloway Clara
Maxim Gorky The Artamonov Business
Gunther Grass The Tin Drum
Graham Hancock The Sign and the Seal
Ernest Hemingway To Have and Have Not
Paul Howard Sex Lies and Handlebar Tape
Khaled Hosseini And the Mountains Echoed
Hamid Ismailov The Railway
Susanna Jones When Nights Were Cold
James Joyce Ulysses
Franz Kafka The Trial
Ryszard Kapuscinski The Emperor
Catriona Kelly Comrade Pavlik
Gretel Killeen My Life as a Toilet
Wolfgang Koeppen The Hothouse
Nicole Krauss Great House
Christopher Landon Ice Cold in Alex
J M G Le Clezio The Interrogation
Gert Ledig Payback
Toby Litt Ghost Story
Federico Garcia Lorca In Search of Duende
Federico Garcia Lorca Poet in New York
Henning Mankell The Troubled Man
Sandor Marai The Rebels
Sandor Marai Casanova in Bolzano
Diego Marani New Finnish Grammar
George R R Martin A Storm of Swords
George R R Martin A Dance with Dragons
Cormac McCarthy The Border Trilogy
John Mcgahern The Barracks
Nancy Mitford The Blessings
Augusto Monterroso The Black Sheep
R K Narayan Mr Sampath the Printer of Malgudi
Jo Nesbo Headhunters
Amos Oz Rhyming Life and Death
Christopher Paolini Inheritance
Iain Pears An Instance of the Fingerpost
Allison Pearson I don’t know how she does it
Jose Luis Peixoto The Piano Cemetery
Leif G W Persson Another Time Another Life
Fernando Pessoa The Book of Disquiet
Per Petterson To Siberia
Manuel Puig Kiss of the Spider Woman
Robert M. Pirsig Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Andrey Platanov The Foundation Pit
Sarah Quigley The Conductor
Nicolas Roche Inside the Peleton
Joseph Roth Hotel Savoy
Russian Magic Tales from Pushkin to Platanov
Françoise Sagan A Certain Smile
C J Sansom Dissolution
Peter Salmon The Coffee Story
Robert Saviano Gomorrah
Patrick Süsskind On Love and Death
Jose Saramago The Elephant’s Journey
Jose Saramago The Double
Eric Schweikher Cycling’s Greatest Misadventures
Andrzej Szczypiorski The Shadow Catcher
Antonio Tabucchi Pereira Maintains
Colin Thubron The Hills of Adonis
Scott Throw Ordinary Heroes
Eric Van Lustbader The Bourne Objective
Eric Van Lustbader Last Snow
Juan Gabriel Vasquez The Secret History of the Costaguana
Maurice Walsh The Quiet Man
Jiri Weil Mendelssohn on the Roof
Elizabeth Wilson The Girl in Berlin
P G Wodehouse Heavy Weather
P G Wodehouse The luck of the Bodkins
P G Wodehouse The World of Blandings
P G Wodehouse Blandings Castle
Austin Tappan Wright Islandia
Gao Xingjian Soul Mountain
Anzia Yezierska Bread Givers
Carlos Ruiz Zafon The Midnight Palace


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  1. You must read Kafkas “The Trial”…………a short but very disturbing book about mans inhumanity. Alongside that I would recommend Huxleys “Brave new World” and “One” by David Karp. The latter I consider an undiscovered 20 century masterpiece of writing and creative ideas.

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