My Reading List

My Reading List

In 2013, I came to a particularly difficult point in terms of my reading list.  I sat looking at the mound of books I had to read and shook my head sadly.  Some of these books had been on this shelf since as early as 2009.  No book should be left to sit on a shelf without being read!

Therefore I created a reading list, just for a short while.  It was to force me to read those books I’d been avoiding and make me wait for the ones I desperately wanted to read. Each book would be a different genre to the one preceding it and therefore I would be able to reward myself with an easy-read after finishing a particularly long, or arduous book.

Thus my reading list was born!

Current list for 2017
  • The Vesuvias Club, Mark Gatiss (Spy) 2004
  • The Devil in Amber, Mark Gatiss (Spy) 2006
  • Tribute, Nora Roberts (Romance) 2008
  • Rush of Blood, Mark Billingham (Crime) 2012
  • The Book Thief, Markus Zusak (Historical) 2005
  • Brida, Paulo Coehlo (General) 1990
  • The Top Gear Years, Jeremy Clarkson (Biography) 2012
  • Wildacre, Philippa Gregory (Historical) 2003
  • Wives and Lovers, Jane Varley (Romance) 2003
  • Alex Cross, Run, James Patterson (Crime) 2013
  • Season of Storms, Susanna Kearsley (Romance) 2001
  • The Novel in the Viola, Natasha Solomons (Romance) 2011
  • Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden (Historical) 1997
  • Hunting Unicorns, Bella Pollen (General) 2003
  • White is for Witching, Helen Oyeyemi (Ghost) 2009
  • Casino Royale, Ian Fleming (Spy) 1953
  • The Light Between Oceans, M.L. Stedman (War) 2012
  • The Sweetest Thing, Cathy Woodman (Romance) 2011
  • The Orpheus Descent, Edwin Thomas 2013
  • This Human Season, Louise Dean 2005
  • Spin the Bottle, Monica McInerney 2003
  • Valley of Silence, Nora Roberts (Fantasy) 2006
  • Fragments of a Lost Childhood, Ann Rosen (Biography) 2009
  • The Other Side of the Bridge, Mary Lawson 2006
  • The Rose Garden, Susanna Kearsley 2011
  • I Let You Go, Claire Mackintosh (Thriller) 2014
  • Burn, James Patterson (Crime) 2014
  • The Summer of the Bear, Bella Pollen 2010
  • The Summer that Never Was, Peter Robinson (Crime) 2003
  • Florida Straits, Laurence Shames 2015
  • The Little Stranger, Sarah Waters (Historical) 2009
  • The Tenth Justice, Brad Meltzer 1997
  • Summer Sisters, Judy Blume (Romance) 1998
  • Black Rose
  • Hope to Die, James Patterson (Crime) 2015
  • To Have and to Have Not, Ernest Hemingway 1937
  • Wartime Sweethearts, Lizzie Lane 2015
  • Just Die
  • Lazy Days, Erlend Loe 2013
  • Dilly Court
Completed list for 2016
  • Sovereign, CJ Sansom (Historical) 2007
  • That One May Smile, Valerie Keogh (Crime)
  • Therapy, Jonathan Kellerman (Crime) 2009
  • The Things We Cherished, Pam Jenoff (Romance) 2011 
  • Close Ranks, Valerie Keogh (Crime)
  • The Suspcions of Mr Whicher, Kate Summerscale (Crime) 2009
  • Flash Fiction: Very Short Stories,Tom Hazuka & Denise Thomas (Short) 1992
  • A Hundred Pieces of Me, Lucy Dillon (Romance) 2014
  • Fear the Worst, Linwood Barclay (Crime) 2010
  • An Officer and a Spy, Robert Harris (Mystery) 2013
  • At Risk, Patricia Cornwell (Crime) 2008
  • The Snowden Files, Luke Harding (Non-Fiction) 2014
  • The Girl in the Painted Caravan, Eva Petulengro (Historical) 2011
  • A Moment Like Forever, Martina Reilly (Chick Lit) 2011
  • Fiennders Abbey, Jean Marsh (Historical) 2011
  • Xamnesia, Lizzie Harwood (Biography)
  • Tipping the Velvet, Sarah Waters (Historical) 2011
  • Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell (Classic) 1936
  • The Legacy, Katherine Webb (Romance) 2013
  • Dance with the Gods, Nora Roberts (Fantasy) 2008
  • Night Road, Kristin Hannah (General) 2011
  • Merry Christmas, Alex Cross, James Patterson (Crime) 2012
  • Second Chances, Martina Reilly
  • Dark Matter: A Ghost Story, Michelle Paver (Ghost) 2010
  • The First Horseman, John Case (Thriller) 1999
  • Lipstick Jungle, Candace Bushnell (Chick Lit) 2005
  • The Ice Cream Girls, Dorothy Koomson (Chick Lit) 2010
  • The Daughter Game, Kate Long (Chick Lit) 2008
  • Northern Lights, Nora Roberts (General) 2008
  • The Night Watch, Sarah Waters (Historical) 2011
  • The Picador Book of Crime, Michael Dibdin (Non-Fiction) 1994
  • Lady Boss, Jackie Collins (Romance) 1990
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini (General) 2007
  • Temple of the Gods, Andy McDermott (Adventure) 2011
  • Looking Good Dead, Peter James (Crime) 2006
  • Just What Kind of Mother Are You?, Paula Daly (Mystery) 2014
  • The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood (Dystopian) 1985
  • Dangerous Kiss , Jackie Collins (Romance) 1999
  • Ya Yas in Bloom, Rebecca Wells (General) 2005
Completed list for 2015
  • Don’t Blink, James Patterson (Crime) 2010
  • The Regeneration Trilogy, Pat Barker (Historical) 1991, 1993, 1995
  • The Devil’s Garden, Richard Montanari (Mystery) 2010
  • The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver (General/Travel) 1988
  • Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell (Fantasy/Sci-fi) 2004
  • The Wizard of Oz Vol 3, L. Frank Baum (Children’s) 1913, 1914, 1915
  • Violets are Blue, James Patterson (Crime) 2001
  • River God, Wilbur Smith (Historical/Adventure) 1993
  • Moscow Rules, Daniel Silva (Crime) 2008
  • A Spot of Bother, Mark Haddon (General/Psychology) 2006
  • Cat and Mouse, James Patterson (Crime) 1997
  • The Beekeeper’s Pupil, Sara George (Historical) 2002
  • The Wizard of Oz Vol 4, L. Frank Baum (Children’s) 1916, 1917, 1918
  • Killing the Shadows, Val McDermid (Crime) 2000
  • The Life of Pi, Yann Martel (Adventure) 2001
  • Hanging Hill, Mo Hayder (Crime) 2011
  • Kiss the Girls, James Patterson (Crime) 1995
  • The Return, Victoria Hislop (Romance) 2008
  • The Jester, James Patterson (Crime) 2001
  • The Wizard of Oz Vol 5, L. Frank Baum (Children’s) 1919, 1920, 1921
  • Presumed Guilty, Tess Gerritsen (Suspense/Romance) 1993
  • Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, John Gray (Non-Fiction) 1992
  • Exit Five from Charing Cross, Valerie Keogh (Crime)
  • A Cold Heart, Jonathan Kellerman (Crime) 2003
  • Deadly Sleep, Valerie Keogh (Crime)
  • (Horrible Histories) Woeful Second World War, Terry Deary (Children’s/Non-Fiction) 2007
  • Trick of the Dark, Val McDermid (Crime) 2010
  • Devil has Power, Valerie Keogh (Crime)
  • Death Comes to Pemberley, P.D. James (Romance/Crime) 2011
  • The Apple, and other Stories, Michael Faber (Short Stories) 2006
Completed List for 2014
  •  Great Expectations, Charles Dickens (Classic) 1861
  • All that Remains, Patricia Cornwell (Crime) 1992
  • The Complete Collection of Fairy Tales, The Brothers Grimm (Children’s/Fantasy)
  • Rise of Nine, Pittacus Lore (Sci-fi) 2012
  • Beach Road, James Patterson (Crime) 2006
  • The Wizard of Oz Vol 2, L. Frank Baum (Children’s) 1908, 1909, 1910
  • Black Market, James Patterson (Crime) 1986
  • A Day in the Life of Ivan Denosovich, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (General) 1962
  • Testament of Youth, Vera Brittain (Historical/Memoir) 1933
  • HMS Unseen, Patrick Robinson (Thriller) 1999
  • Dead Man’s Footsteps, Peter James (Crime) 2008
Completed List for 2013 (Started in November)
  • Matilda, Roald Dahl (Children’s) 1988
  • Postmortem, Patricia Cornwell (Crime) 1990
  • Waiting, Ha Jin (General) 1999
  • Skin, Mo Hayder (Crime) 2009

Have you read a book that you just absolutely love?  Do you preach about it to everyone you know? Suggest it for my reading list by filling out the form below!