Friday 31 December 2010

Books Read 2010

I'm typing this up a few days early, so perhaps the list won't be complete if I finish a book or two before midnight strikes on December 31st. There are a few books here waiting review, which will appear sometime in 2011 - so don't worry if yours is mentioned here and not yet reviewed! I'll also do my annual End of Year Meme, but not until January. Here's the lot - and I made my annual target of over 100 books! As before, re-reads have an 'x' in front of them.

x1. The Provincial Lady Goes Furhter - E.M. Delafield
2. In the Springtime of the Year - Susan Hill
3. A Game of Hide and Seek - Elizabeth Taylor
4. The Unspoken Truth - Angelica Garnett
5. Nothing is Safe - E.M. Delafield
6. Mrs. Tim of the Regiment - D.E. Stevenson
7. Betwixt and Between - Rosa Maria Bracco
8. In the Garden of the North American Martyrs - Tobias Wolff
9. Nella Last's War - Nella Last
x10. Sisters By A River - Barbara Comyns
11. Immortality - Milan Kundera
12. The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
13. White is for Witching - Helen Oyeyemi
14. Staying With Relations - Rose Macaulay
15. The Blue Fox - Sjon
16. Beside the Sea - Veronique Olmi
x17. The Provincial Lady in America - E.M. Delafield
18. David Golder - Irene Nemirovsky
19. Can Any Mother Help Me? - Jenna Bailey (ed.)
20. Miss Mole - E.H. Young
21. Mrs. Dose the Doctor's Wife - Joyce Dennys
x22. The Provincial Lady in Wartime - E.M. Delafield
23. High Wages - Dorothy Whipple
24. The Overdose - Joyce Dennys
25. Mystery Mile - Margery Allingham
26. Travels With My Aunt - Graham Greene
27. Aunt's Aren't Gentlemen - P.G. Wodehouse
x28. Matty and the Dearingroydes - Richmal Crompton
29. The British Character Studied and Revealed - Pont
30. Hector and the Search for Happiness - Francois Lelord
31. Identity - Milan Kundera
32. Boxer, Beetle - Ned Beauman
33. The Haunted Bridge and other stories - Jane Gordon-Cumming
34. The Behaviour of Moths - Poppy Adams
35. The Maintenance of Headway - Magnus Mills
36. A Long Long Way - Sebastian Barry
37. The Girl With Glass Feet - Ali Shaw
38. The Art of Gardening - Mary Robinson
39. Friends Like These - Danny Wallace
40. Brother of the More Famous Jack - Barbara Trapido
41. Secret Lives - E.F. Benson
42. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? - Edward Albee
x43. Miss Ranskill Comes Home - Barbara Euphan Todd
44. Little Boy Lost - Marghanita Laski
45. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
46. Images in a Mirror - Sigrid Undset
x47. The Dover Road - A.A. Milne
48. The Man Who Planted Trees - Jean Giono, Michael McCurdy
49. The Elegance of the Hedgehog - Muriel Barbery
50. The Vet's Daughter - Barbara Comyns
51. Stone in a Landslide - Maria Barbal
52. The Green Child - Herbert Read
53. Flower Phantoms - Ronald Fraser
54. A Harp in Lowndes Square - Rachel Ferguson
55. The Sandcastle - Iris Murdoch
56. Being George Devine's Daughter - Harriet Devine
57. Mr. Rosenblum's List - Natasha Solomons
58. More Talk of Jane Austen - Sheila Kaye-Smith, G.B. Stern
59. Too Much Happiness - Alice Munro
60. Two Days in Aragon - Molly Keane
61. The Poetics of Space - Gaston Bachelard
62. The Seraphim Room - Edith Olivier
63. The Murder at the Vicarage - Agatha Christie
64. The Little Stranger - Sarah Waters
65. Wish Her Safe At Home - Stephen Benatar
66. The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
67. The Debt to Pleasure - John Lanchester
68. Andrina and other stories - George Mackay Brown
x69. Once A Week - A.A. Milne
70. Let's Kill Uncle - Rohan O'Grady
71. Fantasy: The Literature of Subversion - Rosemary Jackson
72. Birds in Tiny Cages - Barbara Comyns
73. The Uncanny House - Mary L. Pendered
74. Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
75. The House in the Country - Bernadette Murphy
76. Travelling Light - Tove Jansson
77. The Driver's Seat - Muriel Spark
78. Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman - Friederich Christian Delius
79. The Hours (screenplay) - David Hare
80. The Loved One - Evelyn Waugh
81. A Kid for Two Farthings - Wolf Mankowitz
82. Stevenson Under the Palm Trees - Albert Manguel
83. The Turn of the Screw - Henry James
84. Mister Pip - Lloyd Jones
85. An Unexpected Guest - Bernadette Murphy
x86. Howards End is on the Landing - Susan Hill
87. Magical Realism and the Fantastic - Amaryll Beatrice Chanady
88. Which Way? - Theodora Benson
89. The Uncanny - Nicholas Royle
90. Villette - Charlotte Bronte
91. Stories of the Strange and Sinister - Frank Baker
92. What is Psychoanalysis? - Isador H. Coriat
93. Fantasy and Mimesis - Kathryn Hume
94. The Penelopiad - Margaret Atwood
95. Remember, Remember - Hazel McHaffie
96. The Fantastic: A Strctural Approach to a Literary Genre - Tveztan Todorov
97. Loitering With Intent - Muriel Spark
98. Make Me an offer - Wolf Mankowitz
99. Strange Glory - L.H. Myers
100. The Slap - Christos Tsiolkas
101. The Fantastic in Literature - Eric Rabkin
102. The Good Earth - Pearl S. Buck
103. Joy Street: A Wartime Romance in Letters - Mirren Barford, John Lewes
104. Love on the Supertax - Marghanita Laski
105. Tepper Isn't Going Out - Calvin Trillin
106. Lazy Thoughts of a Lazy Girl - Jenny Wren
107. All Quiet on the Orient Express - Magnus Mills
108. Wait For Me! - Deborah Devonshire
109. The Haunted Bookshop -
Christopher Morley
110. Dangerous Ages - Rose Macaulay
x111. The Magician's Nephew - C.S. Lewis
x112. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
x113. The Horse and His Boy - C.S. Lewis
x114. Prince Caspian - C.S. Lewis
115. The Night Watch - Sarah Waters


  1. WOW! Over a hundred books every year! I wish I'd have the same luxury of time to read books as yours. :)

    Have a blessed 2011! :)

  2. Wow! I've seen a few 'Best Book' lists over the last day or so, but I think yours is the most impressive so far!

    I'm glad that 'The Elegance of the Hedgehog' and 'The Vet's Daughter' have made their way on to the list, as I think that they are both fantastic books.

    Happy New Year!

  3. I say!! What a list!! I've read a mere sampling of this. I did really love 'Little Boy Lost' and look forward to 'Wait for me!'

  4. I like your list and am keeping it as a recommendation for myself! I have read a few on them but so much more to read.

    All the very best for the New Year.

  5. We've had a few in common this year. Happy New Year to you and your family, and happy reading in 2011! :)

  6. With all good wishes for 2011. Thank you for your blog & the enjoyment I & others get from it. May the coming year bring you joy & peace - & many delightful books.

  7. I see some real great reads here!

    I read 95 books, not bad, considering I was in a reading slump for more than four months.

    Happy New Year to you and your family. Have a great reading year in 2011!!!

    Here are my Best Reads of 2010

  8. coypatalgsa - I am very blessed by having a lot of reading time, and hope I can keep it up as long as possible!

    Spangle - they weren't all Best Books, sadly :) but I do like noting everything I read.

    Daniel - I would be astonished if you didn't love Wait for Me!

    Mystica - oh wonderful :) I should note the ones I liked and didn't like, but that would lead to a starring system, and I know that would be too difficult for me to keep consistent...

    Susan - Happy New Year, Susan!

    Gill - thanks Gill, and thanks for reading - have a wonderful 2011.

    gautami - four months with a slump is horrible, glad you made it through - and 95 is a great total for just 8 months' reading.


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