100 Books … and counting

It’s Halloween and I got back this afternoon from a few days in Paris when I realise I’ve done it! I set myself a target to read 100 books this year, having managed to read 99 in total last year and I’ve done it with two months to spare, having read over 27,000 pages. I’ll admit to quite a few short novels, and I did go through a period earlier in the year where I quickly read quite a few children’s books, (I was applying for a job as a prep school librarian).

Of course, sheer volume is no measure of quality – however I gave an amazing quarter of the 100 ten out of ten. I have had a lot of fantastic recommendations and finds this year though which are reflected in that high number – I’ve highlighted them in green in the list (or blue if children’s). There was only one book I didn’t finish … See No 45 highlighted in red down below! I’ve read less memoirs/biography in this lot – only 5 so far this year, but have for the first time read 3 poetry books (if you include at No 80 a novel written in prose poetry). There is a sprinkling of Science Fiction and historical novels, and apart from straight-forward novels, crime novels predominate including 3 Agatha Raisin ones (… I got a set of 3 cheap, and they’re extremely light and quick to read).

Enough of the stats – here’s the list of 100 in full. Thanks for looking.

1. Hurting Distance by Hannah, Sophie 8/10
2. Out stealing horses by Per Petterson 8/10
3. Beowulf by Seamus Heaney 7/10
4. The Gum Thief by Douglas Coupland 7/10
5. This is for you by Rob Ryan 8/10
6. Love in the time of cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 7/10
7. Then we came to the end by Joshua Ferris 7/10
8. Not buying it – my year without shopping by Judith Levine
5/10
9. My friend Walter by Michael Morpurgo 8/10 (Children’s)
10. The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart 10/10
11. Ottoline and the yellow cat by Chris Riddell 8/10 (Children’s)
12. Tom’s midnight garden by Philippa Pearce 10/10 (Children’s)
13. Clockwork by Philip Pullman 10/10 (Children’s)
14. Ottoline goes to school by Chris Riddell 8/10 (Children’s)
15. Jane Blonde – sensational spylet by Jill Marshall 6/10 (Children’s)
16. Holes by Louis Sachar 10/10 (Children’s)
17. Lucy Willow by Sally Gardner 8/10 (Children’s)
18. Skellig by David Almond 9/10 (Children’s)
19. The Diamond of Drury Lane by Julia Golding 10/10 (Children’s)
20. Grendel by John Gardner 8/10
21. The Thieves of Ostia by Caroline Lawrence 7/10 (Children’s)
22. The Ruby in her Navel by Barry Unsworth 7/10
23. Gold by Dan Rhodes 9/10
24. The Night Ferry by Michael Robotham 8/10
25. The rose of Sebastopol by Katharine McMahon 7/10
26. The Inflatable Volunteer by Steve Aylett 6/10
27. The island of lost souls by Martyn Bedford 8/10
28. Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips 9/10
29. The Last Station by Jay Parini 8/10
30. Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M C Beaton 7/10
31. Saving Caravaggio by Neil Griffiths 10/10
32. The Rain Before it Falls by Jonathan Coe 9/10
33. Death in a Strange Country by Donna Leon 8/10
34. The British Museum is Falling Down by David Lodge 7/10
35. Arthur and George by Julian Barnes 8/10
36. Cupid’s Dart by David Nobbs 10/10
37. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield 6/10
38. Boy A by Johnathan Trigell 9/10
39. Jasmine’s Tortoise by Corinne Souza 7/10
40. Hazel’s Phantasmagoria by Leander Deeney 9/10 (Children’s)
41. The Victorian Chaise-longue by Marghanita Laski 10/10
42. Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell 7/10
43. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguru 10/10
44. The Rough Guide to Classic Novels by Simon Mason 8/10
45. Special topics in calamity physics by Marisha Pessl 2/10 (Unfinished)
46. Clear by Nicola Barker 10/10
47. Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman 10/10
48.The House of Lost Souls by F G Cottam 7/10
49. How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff 8/10
50. Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan 5/10
51. The Food Taster by Peter Elbling 9/10
52. The Dig by John Preston 10/10
53. The End of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas 8/10
54. Mothernight by Sarah Stovell 9/10
55. Breaking the Code by Gyles Brandreth 10/10
56. Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks 8/10
57. The Suicide Shop by Jean Teule 7/10
58. How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read by Pierre Bayard 6/10
59. Electricity by Ray Robinson 10/10
60. Thirteen by Sebastian Beaumont 10/10
61. Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet by M C Beaton 6/10
62. The Glassblower of Murano by Marina Fiorato 8/10
63. Ali and Nino by Kurban Said 7/10
64. Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener by M C Beaton 6/10
65. Dearly Devoted Dexter by Jeff Lindsay 8/10
66. The Dogs of Riga by Henning Mankell 6/10
67. The story of a shipwrecked sailor by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 7/10
68. Man in the Dark by Paul Auster 8/10
69. Home Truths by David Lodge 8/10
70. The Ghost by Robert Harris 10/10
71. Always Outnumbered Always Outgunned by Walter Mosley 10/10
72. A Feast of Snakes by Harry Crews 9/10
73. The Officer’s Prey by Armand Cabasson 6/10
74. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson 10/10
75. The Last Family in England by Matt Haig 8/10
76. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer 8/10
77. High Windows by Philip Larkin 10/10
78. Camberwell Beauty by Jenny Eclair 8/10
79. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson 10/10
80. The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid 7/10
81. Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow 9/10
82. The Scheme for Full Employment by Magnus Mills 10/10
83. The Game by Diana Wynne-Jones 7/10 (Children’s)
84. Dead Run by P J Tracy 7/10
85. Elegance by Kathleen Tessaro 7/10
86. Firmin by Sam Savage 8/10
87. From A to X by John Berger 7/10
88. Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem 10/10
89. The suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale 8/10
90. Hide and Seek by Ian Rankin 7/10
91. Inside Out: A personal history of Pink Floyd by Nick Mason 8/10
92. 1984 by George Orwell 8/10
93. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery 9/10
94. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole 7/10
95. The Man Without by Ray Robinson 10/10
96. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas< by John Boyne 8/10
97. Lost Light by Michael Connelly 10/10
98. Home: A Memoir of My Early Years by Julie Andrews 8/10
99. War Crimes For The Home by Liz Jensen 10/10
100. The Ballad of Peckham Rye byMuriel Spark 9/10
… What’s next? I hear you ask – well I also polished off a Maigret en France, I’m currently reading a really provocative novel by Ron Currie called ‘God is Dead’ and after that I promised to read some Thomas Hardy.
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