books

2017 Reading

  1. Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeline Thien (book club)
  2. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (got 2/3 through but couldn’t finish)
  3. NF: The Sex Myth by Rachel Hills
  4. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh*
  5. NF: Stir by Jessica Fechtor
  6. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker*
  7. NF: Mother Tongue by Christine Gilbert (cestchristine)
  8. Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue (mummy)
  9. The Greatest Love Story of All Time by Lucy Robinson
  10. The Unfinished Symphony of You and Me by Lucy Robinson
  11. Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
  12. The Hairdresser of Harare by Tendai Huchu
  13. NF: Small Move, Big Change by Caroline L Arnold (stephanie pellett)
  14. NF: Love Illuminated by Daniel Jones
  15. NF: My Life in France by Julia Child, Audio (Clara)
  16. Into the Woods by Tana French*
  17. The Likeness by Tana French*
  18. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
  19. Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (Hannah)
  20. NF: The Defining Decade by Meg Jay (Clara)
  21. Small Admissions by Amy Poeppel (Janssen)
  22. Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave (Janssen)
  23. Living Dangerously by Katie Fforde
  24. Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos
  25. My not so perfect life by Sophie Kinsella
  26. The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes*
  27. Brothers by Yu Hua (book club)
  28. Blue Iris, Thirst, Dream Work, Blue Horses & The Swan by Mary Oliver (5 volumes of her poems…love her)
  29. The Rehearsal by Eleanor Catton (got most of the way through but didn’t enjoy so didn’t finish. Luminaries was so much better!)
  30. Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid*… loved!!!!
  31. Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  32. After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  33. Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough (mummy)
  34. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield* (skimmed the last third. don’t recommend, yucky themes)
  35. The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy Reichart (skimmed the last third…so predictable)
  36. NF: Things a Little Bird Told Me by Biz Stone (Janssen)
  37. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles* (AMAZING)
  38. Reread: The Royal We by Jessica Morgan and Heather Cocks
  39. NF: The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
  40. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson (Janssen)
  41. Air Kisses by Zoe Foster Blake
  42. NF: Just Kids by Patti Smith
  43. NF: The Good Girls Guide to Getting Lost by Rachel Friedman
  44. Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson (cute Regency romance)
  45. Girl in Between by Anna Daniels
  46. Minerva by M C Beaton
  47. Truth or Beard by Penny Reid
  48. Aunt Sophie’s Diamonds by Joan Smith
  49. NF: When in French by Lauren Collins
  50. The Gilded Years by Karin Tanabe
  51. Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford
  52. To all the boys I’ve loved before by Jenny Han
  53. Ps I still love you by Jenny Han
  54. The Wish Child by Catherine Chidgey (mummy)
  55. The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker (turnpike lane!)
  56. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas* (Clara)
  57. How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
  58. NF: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (turnpike lane)
  59. Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman (Clara, TL)
  60. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon* (so cute!)
  61. Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier (TL)
  62. Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid
  63. This is How is Always Is by Laurie Frankel* (Clara) (best book i’ve read this year)
  64. NF: The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna
  65. NF: The Opposite of Fate by Amy Tan (TL)
  66. NF: Banana Girl par Kei Lam (francais)
  67. Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny (Annie jones)
  68. The Wonder by Emma Donoghue (TL)
  69. NF: Wish Lanterns by Alec Ash (Lauren)
  70. NF: All Good Things by Sarah Turnbull
  71. Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella
  72. NF: Apron Anxiety by Alyssa Shelasky
  73. NF: My Berlin Kitchen by Luisa Weiss (adored)
  74. The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close (whatwouldanerdwear)
  75. Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith (janssen)
  76. NF: Upstream by Mary Oliver
  77. NF: Mastering the Art of French Eating by Ann Mah
  78. NF: Life in Motion by Misty Copeland
  79. The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker
  80. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (clara)
  81. NF: Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
  82. NF: Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton
  83. NF: Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl (clara)
  84. I Take You by Eliza Kennedy (great fun! Reminded me of Eligible though so clara might not like)
  85. The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz (Milennium #5)
  86. NF: What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey (Glennon)
  87. NF: Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl
  88. NF: Graduates in Wonderland by Jessica Pan and Rachel (best memoir i’ve read this year – sooo good esp for my life stage!)
  89. One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

(..) = recommender or comment

2016 Reading

1. Chocolat by Joanne Harris
2. Life, Liberty and the existence of Sausages
3. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
4. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
5. The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
6. The Supreme Macaroni Company
7. Down the Rabbit Hole by Holly Madison
8. Peaches for Monsieur le Curé by Joanne Harris
9. the memory keeper’s daughter (Clara)
10. the children act by Ian Mckewan (Mummy)
11. Walkable City by Jeff Speck (Janssen)
12. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
13. Playing the Field by Zoe Foster
14. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
15. The Masqueraders by Georgette Heyer
16. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
17. The Black Moth by Georgette Heyer
18. To the Moon and Back by Jill Mansell
19. North and South by Mrs Gaskell
20. I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella (sooo funny)
21. Delicious by Ruth Reichl
22. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
23. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
24. A Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
25. Americanah by Chimanda Ngozi Adiche
26. We are Called to Rise by Laura Mcbride
27. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
28. Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
29. Yes please by Amy Poehler – good but i reckon it would be more relatable in your 30s/40s (Kate Baer)
30. The Heir and the Spare by Emily Allbright – this was oh so cheesy but so satisfying!!
31. Artistic License by Katie fforde – always a pleasure to read her gentle romantic books, especially after more high powered stuff
32. The making of a royal marriage – will and kate
33. The Oxford Inheritance – fine but lame ending
34. The Selection by Kiera Cass (Janssen)
35. It Chooses You by Miranda July
36. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant (Kate Baer)
37. The Wallcreeper by Nell Zink – such unlikeable characters
38. Pobby and Dingan by Ben Rice (Clara)
39. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
40. Still Life by Louise Penny*
41. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett*
42. Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin – so good!!!
43. Montmorency’s Revenge by Eleanor Updale
44. If the Oceans were Ink by Carla Power
45. The Elite by Kiera Cass
46. The One by Kiera Cass
47. Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis
48. Dead Cold by Louise Penny*
49. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
50. Year of No Sugar by Eve O. Schaub
51. Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
52. Peace Like a River (gave up 100 pages in, going to re-attempt in 10 years time …can tell it would be beautiful at the right time)
53. Blackout by Sarah Hepola*
54. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (Cup of Jo)
55. Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld (great fun!)
56. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott (Kate Baer)
57. The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton*
58. The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell
59. Beijing Bastard by Val Wang
60. Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton (on audio …which is maybe why i didn’t adore it as much as i would have thought … not sure if i like listening to books as much as reading them)
61. Sense and Sensibility by Joanna Trollope (disappointing!)
62. Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye*
63. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles (LOVED IT!)*
64. The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (of course I looooved this 😍)
65. The Precious One by Marisa de los Santos*
66. Comfort Me with Apples by Ruth Reichl (Clara)
67. The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild
68. An Everlasting Meal by Tamar Adler
69. Vintage Murder by Ngaio Marsh
70. Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking by Anya von Bremzen
71. Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler*
72. The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin*
73. The Martian by Andy Weir (I ALMOST bolded this but it’s just not quite an ADORE for me – a v good book though!) (Clara)
74. The Kitchen Counter Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn*
75. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
76. Fort of nine towers by Qais Akbar Omar (Jeffie)
77. Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty
78. Airs Above the Ground by Mary Stewart
79. The Real Thing by Ellen McCarthy*
80. MWF Seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche
81. The One in a Million Boy by Monica Wood*
82. Food Whore by Jessica Tom
83. Lizzy and Jane by Katherine Reay
84. Not that Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
85. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg*
86. The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
87. Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella (very easy reading but a nice escape)
88. Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos
89. Addition by Toni Jordan
90. The Mothers by Brit Bennett*
91. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller*
92. You’ll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein (best I’ve read so far of this genre… still think i will enjoy most in my 30s though) (Kate Baer)
93. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg (Juliette)
94. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena*
95. Truly, Madly, Deeply by Liane Moriarty
96. Brooklyn by Colm Toibin (Natalie)
97. So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson*
98. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi*
99. Molly on the Range by Molly Yeh
100. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J K Rowling

(..) = recommender
* – Anne bogel made me do it

100 books completed (yahoo!)
29 non fiction
71 fiction
12 by male authors, 88 by female
4 featuring female protagonists of colour

Most literary/challenging – The Luminaries
Best prose – Fates and Furies
Best “guilty pleasure” read – The Royal We
Best love story – Falling Together
Most thought provoking – Americanah
Funniest – Eligible
Best food related – The Kitchen Counter Cooking School
Best fantasy – Carry On
Best description of setting – Sweetbitter (NYC)

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