What did you read in 2007?

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Wild Bill

Here's what I read last year,in order.

God Delusion, Dawkins.
Long way round, Ewan Mcgregor.
Feet of clay, Pratchett.
Hogfather, Pratchett.
Harry Potter,Deathly Hallows, Rowling.
When the wind blows, Patterson.
Lake House,Patterson.
Walk in the Woods, Bryson.
Golden Compass, Pullman.
Subtle Knife,Pullman.

I re read the last two to refresh my brain before the fillum.

Quite a few kids books, isn't there? :oops:

I think I read other books but they escape me at the moment,maybe I havn't read a lot,but I also browse fact books and the internet a lot,plus I usually fall asleep when I start reading,it must be my age. :D
 
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Wild Bill

Currently reading, Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck.

Planning to read, To Kill a Mockingbird,Harper Lee,
Long Way Down,Ewan Mcgregor
Amber Spyglass,Pullman
and more Terry Pratchett

oh and Thunderbolt Kid,Bryson.
 
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scorpio

Three Men in a Boat - Jerome K Jerome
The Quality of Mercy - David Roberts
And Then there were None - A. Christie
Love Songs and Lies - Libby Purves
Death of Dalziel - Reginald Hill
Season of the Witch - Natasia Mosterel
Changeling - Mike Oldfield
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- JK R
Lollipop Shoes - Joannes Harris
The Importance of being Kennedy - Laurie Graham
Consequences - Penelope Lively
The Man in the Picture - Susan Hill
Sea of Lost Love - Santa Montefiore
Under the Greenwood tree - Thomas Hardy
The Savage Garden- Mark Mills.


Really want to read the Pullman Trilogy..

Have got my hands on Eric Clapton auto biog at last...

There are loads of books I want to read...more classics definitely.
 
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Toggy

I can't remember all of them but some I read were

Wild Swans - Jung Chang
A evil Cradling - Brian Keenan
Going postal - Terry Pratchett
Looking good dead - Peter James
The naming of the dead - Ian Rankin
Trowel and Error - Alan Titchmarsh :oops:
The Mephisto club - Tess Gerritsen
A mad world my masters - John Simpson
 
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Red Baron

I'll have to ask QS - I gave her back most of the ones I've read this year!

I can remember:
Until I find you - John Irving
Salem Falls - Jodi Picoult
Sea Glass - Anita Shreve
Keeping Faith - Jodi Picoult
Whitethorn Woods - Maeve Binchy
Failure is not an option -Gene Krantz
The Autobiography - Johnnie Walker
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The Fiery Cross - Diana Gabaldon
A Breath of Dust and Ashes - Diana Gabaldon
The Boleyn Inheritance - Philippa Gregory
Jude the Obscure - Roland - still waiting for your contribution :lol:
Making Money - Terry Pratchett

Just started 'Thunderbolt Kid'

I need to go buy some more - I want the Clapton Biography - no-one got me it :(
I haven't read any Susan Hill for a while - thanks for reminding me Scorpio!
The Pullman trilogy is definitely worth a read.

RB
 
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scorpio

Have you read her excellent thrillers Red...?

She seems to have changed tracks a bit...the first one is called "The Various Haunts of Men"..and is a great read....as you expect from Susan Hill..there are three so far...another due out in March I think .

The Jodi Picoult are v popular in the library...and I love the Phillippa Gregory books... :D
 
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soul17

Sir Bobby Robson biography
Steven Gerrard biography
Robbie Fowler biography
Billy Connerly biography
The Island
The Death and Life of Charlie St Cloud
 
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Red Baron

The Island was another one I read - about the Leper Island of Spinalonga.

Scorpio - I would have to look at her books to remind myself which ones I have read - will be having a trip to a book store soon to do that!

RB
 
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scorpio

Have heard good reports of "the Island"...so hope to read...is it by Ian Hislop's wife..?
 
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Red Baron

I believe so -

My only complaint is that it could have been longer - I felt it jumped a bit and it felt that there were bits missing - perhaps that's just me though.....

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scorpio said:
Have heard good reports of "the Island"...so hope to read...is it by Ian Hislop's wife..?
 
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SMART_IAN

I have been really lazy recently on regards of reading. Too much of sitting in front of a damned computer. However, there are a number of books I wouldn't mind getting my hands on - including several new ones by Dean Koontz.
 
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soul17

Red Baron said:
I believe so -

My only complaint is that it could have been longer - I felt it jumped a bit and it felt that there were bits missing - perhaps that's just me though.....

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scorpio said:
Have heard good reports of "the Island"...so hope to read...is it by Ian Hislop's wife..?

I found that the last part of the story was rushed.
That The Death and Life of Charlie St Cloud is pretty good. Physchic, quite good.
 
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Agent Sizzle

My reads for 2007 in no special order were these:

Haruki Murakami: Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
Haruki Murakami: After Dark
Ryu Murakami: Almost Transparent Blue :shock:
Miri Yu: Goldrush
Natsuo Kirino: Grotesque
Banana Yoshimoto: Amrita
Banana Yoshimoto: Hard Boiled, Hard Luck

Henning Mankell: the final four books in the Kurt Wallander series, not sure what the English titles would be, though. Also the two that followed on from the series, with the character Stefan Lindmann (again, unsure of English titles).

Also re-read H Murakami's Wild Sheep Chase. A book I can read over and over again...
 
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FLYBYNIGHT

Some of the books I read last year:
The Island:Victoria Hislop.
Size Matters:Judy Astley (rubbish)
Mozart's women, his family etc:Jane Glover
Life Mask: Emma Donoghue
Gang of Four: Liz Byrski
Deafening: Frances Itani
Prison Diaries :Jeffrey Archer
No Time for Secrets: Joanna Lumley
The Sunday Philosophy Club: Alex McCall Smith
The Queen's Fool:philippa Gregory
The curious incident of the dog in the night time: Mark Haddon
Small Island: Andrea Levy
Next of kin: Joanna Trollope
Father Figure: Anne Widdecombe
 
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soul17

I read Father Figure a couple of years back FLY, mirrored a lot of my problems, changed my opinion of Anne Widdecombe.
 
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FLYBYNIGHT

It was a real eye opener, Soulie. It really made me think about all the fathers out there whose children are with their mums.
 
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Wild Bill

I think my wife had to read 'The curious incident of the dog in the night time' by Mark Haddon as part of a course on Autism she is doing ar college, (to do with teaching).
 
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scorpio

My daughter loved that book...had to get it her for Xmas..haven't read yet.. :oops:
 
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FLYBYNIGHT

It's really interesting, Scorps, it's as if written by someone with Autism.
 
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LydiaDustbin

Some of the ones I've read that spring to mind from this past year are..
Robert Llewellyn - The Man on Platform 5
Clarkson on Cars
Jane Moore - Fourplay
Pauline McLynn - Right on Time
Mil Millington - Things my girlfriend and I have argued about (check the website of the same name - v funny)
Meera Syal - Life isn't all ha ha hee hee
Patricia Cornwell - Trace, Predator (one of my fave authors)
Dan Brown - Deception Point
Jeff Abbott - Panic
Mark Billingham - Lifeless, Buried
John Katzenbach - The Madman's Tale
Terry Pratchett - Thief of Time (or was that last year - doesn't time fly! :wink: )

Of those, I would recommend John Katzenbach "Madman's Tale" which is written from the perspective of an inmate of a mental asylum and which really gives you the feeling the author understands the torment of living within the confines of society's intolerance of mental illness, whilst at the same time masquerading as a run of the mill horror story.

Also, although Mark Billingham's books can be classified as just detective fiction, the characterisation is superb and the writer is fast growing on me as a light read. I will watch out for the next one.
 
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