BOOKS 2012-2017

2017


❤❤❤❤❤ My ratings out of 5.
  1. Nutshell                          ❤
  2. Felicia's Journey             ❤❤❤❤
  3. Young Skins                     ❤
  4. Ancient Light by John Banville  didn't finish it.
  5. Bay Street. ❤❤
  6. Crazy Rich Asians ❤❤❤
  7. Elizabeth is Missing ❤❤❤❤
  8. The Cellar ❤❤❤❤
  9. Broken Promise ❤❤
  10. The Paris Librarian ❤❤
  11. The Silent Wife ❤❤❤❤
  12. The Vanishing Year ❤❤
  13. The Hill Bachelors ❤❤
  14. Life on the Refrigerator Door ❤❤
  15. The Lovers ❤❤
  16. Splinter the Silence ❤❤❤❤
  17.  Elizabeth the Queen didn't finish
  18. Blood on Snow
  19. This is Happy
  20. Leave Me
  21. The Good Life
  22. In My Paris Kitchen
  23. Children of the Revolution
  24. All My Puny Sorrows d❤❤❤idn't finish 
  25. The Love of a Good Woman didn't finish
  26. The Crow Girl❤❤❤❤❤
  27. The Other Widow ❤❤
  28. So Say The Fallen ❤❤❤

  29. Amazing Grace
  30. The Real Liddy James❤❤❤❤
  31. A Beautiful Bowl of Soup
  32. Love May Fail
  33. The Widow ❤❤
  34. Raven Black
  35. Bunners
  36. Missing, Presumed
  37. The Guest Room
  38. Speaker of Mandarin
  39. The Royal We boring
  40. Conclave
  41. The American Test Kitchen Cooking School
  42. A Deadly Thaw
  43. The London Cookbook ❤❤❤
  44. The Exclusives,
  45. All the Missing Girls ❤❤❤
  46. The Decent Proposal
  47. Thirteen Ways of Looking
  48. The O'Briens
  49. The Torment of Others❤❤❤
  50. The Good Sister 
  51. Ovenly
  52. Her Turn to Cry ❤❤
  53. I Let You Go ❤❤❤❤
  54. The Girl Before ❤❤❤❤
  55. Eileen❤❤❤
  56. The Ballroom
  57.  The Wonder 
  58. The Clasp didn't finish
  59. Unraveling Oliver



2016




I'm not setting a goal this year, I read 85 books in 2015.


  1. Blood Harvest
  2. The Long Way Home
  3. Not My Father's Son Really enjoyed it
  4. The Hangman Disappointing really a novella
  5. The Winner
  6. Liar Liar
  7. Funny Girl
  8. The Fifth Gospel
  9. Frida
  10. The Gate House
  11. The Sweet Life in Paris
  12. Silent Scream
  13. Mayada Daughter of Iraq
  14. The Girl in the Glass
  15. Gallows Lane
  16. The Nightmare
  17. Mean Streak
  18. The Vatican Diaries
  19. The Almost Moon worst book this year
  20. The Post-Birthday World
  21. His Whole Life
  22. The Wicked Girls
  23. Still Waters
  24. The Betrayal
  25. Beatlebone abandoned
  26. When the Moon is Low
  27. Christian Nation
  28. Nature of the Beast
  29. Immaculate Heart
  30. God's Bankers
  31. The Green Road
  32. Sweet Caress
  33. Hausfrau
  34. Map of Bones
  35. Merchants in the Temple
  36. Safekeeping
  37. The Plot Against America
  38. Stranglehold
  39. The Fat Years - abandoned
  40. King's Deception
  41. Before the Fall
  42. My Secret Sister
  43. Paradime
  44. Jackie After O
  45. The Girl with no Past
  46. The Girl in the Ice
  47. Play Dead
  48. The Hanging Girl
  49. Enduring Love
  50. The Girl in the Woods
  51. The Book Thief
  52. The Lost Wife
  53. The Rosie Project
  54. Every Last One
  55. Beneath the Bleeding
  56. The Accidental Bookclub
  57. Hidden Bodies
  58. A Free Life
  59. The Grownup Seriously don't even get me started!! What a waste of time! 64 pages, really????
  60. In The Skin of a Lion I was sorry to give this 1 star as it was recommended on last week's lost breweries tour, but I just couldn't get into the main character.
  61. Twisted River 5/5 loved it. Didn't want it to end. 
  62. My Name is Lucy Barton 2/5 I so wanted to love this one... but it was just ok.
  63. Fates and Furies 
  64.  You
  65. The Drowning Girls
  66. Us,
  67. After I Do
  68. City on Fire
  69. This Is Where It Ends
  70.  The Language of Flowers
  71.  The Illegal
  72. After Anna
  73. Abroad
  74. Last Train to Babylon
  75. Beautiful Sacrifice
  76. The Baker's Daughter
  77. Praying in Rome
  78. The Ghosts of Belfast
  79. Three Martini Lunch
  80. We Are Not Ourselves
  81. The Mandibles
  82. Not Working
  83. The Girls in the Garden
  84. Too Close to Home
  85. Nixon's Darkest Secrets
  86. We Are Unprepared 
  87. Instructions for a Heatwave.
  88. The Age of Miracles
  89. Wingshooters 





2015

Las Vegas NV


 I am not going to do weekly posts on my reads. I am going to keep a running list going here.

The links will take you to Goodreads synopsis.

My goal in 2014 was 100 books and I reached 104. I am sticking with 100 for 2015.




  1. The Last Girl really enjoyed it
  2. Man In The Shadows an interesting partly historical/partly fiction Canadian story about Confederation and D'Arcy Mc Gee
  3. A Hologram for a King self-indulgent navel-gazing angry white male
  4. The Camera My Mother Gave Me about the author's vagina. The End
  5. Sidetracked I've read most of Mankell's books in this series. This was good but a little too long.
  6. The Burning Loved it! Best so far!
  7. Eat - The Little Book of Fast Food a cookbook, it was ok. 
  8. The marrying of Chani Kaufman A good gossipy gander into the mind of a young Hasidic Jewish girl as she gets ready for her wedding.
  9. Sous Chef I'm a sucker for foodies books. Interesting insight behind the scenes of a restaurant. Learned many new cooking terms.
  10. Witness
  11. Walking into the Ocean
  12. Still Waters set in Toronto
  13. The Stranger You Know 
  14. Evening
  15. Sweetness in the Belly
  16. The House We Grew Up In
  17. Tell - struggling through
  18. Call the Midwife
  19. Dirty Sweet - Canadian
  20. The Innocent
  21. Remembering the Bones
  22. Lady Bird
  23. The Ways of the Dead - didn't finish
  24. Eyes On You 
  25. The Children Act
  26.  Belzhar
  27. Deadly Sin
  28. The Underground Girls of Kabul
  29. The Beautiful Mystery Canadian
  30. The Dinner
  31. The Silkworm
  32. A Year of Biblical Womanhood
  33. The Cement Garden
  34. No One Could Have Guessed the Weather
  35. The Burning Air
  36. Mothers of the Disappeared - didn't finish
  37. The Dark Rose
  38. The Paying Guests
  39. The Secret Place
  40. Nora Webster
  41. Cut Me Loose
  42. The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher
  43. Graveland
  44. Glitter and Glue
  45. Dying Light
  46. The Good Luck of Right Now
  47. The Goldfinch FAVOURITE
  48. The Good Thief's Guide to Berlin
  49. The Massey Murder
  50. The Poison Tree
  51. Blue is the Night
  52. The Girl in the Spiderweb FAVOURITE
  53. Bird Box
  54. Finding Jake
  55. The Husband's Secret FAVOURITE
  56. Home Sweet Anywhere
  57. The Submission
  58. Fever
  59. The Girl on the Train
  60. The Murder Road
  61. Elegy for April
  62. The Book of Fate
  63. The Remorseful Day
  64. The Little Friend
  65. Even The Dogs in the Wild
  66. True Believers
  67. The Thrill of it All
  68. The Secret History
  69. Dollbaby
  70. What Alice Forgot
  71. Americanah
  72. They Left Us Everything
  73. Inside the O'Briens
  74. I Hear the Sirens in the Street
  75. Little Black Lies
  76. Ma, He Sold me for a Few Cigarettes
  77. How the Light Gets In
  78. The Burgess Boys
  79. The Night Stages
  80. The Book of Aron
  81. The Night Stages
  82. After Her
  83. Evil Games
  84. Lost Girls
  85. Unbecoming

2015
Click here for the list.


2014
Having fallen short of my 2013 reading goal of 125 books, I am going to be a little more conservative this year and aim for 100.

TO DATE 102 MET MY GOAL!!



  1. The Receptionist
  2. Taming The Alien
  3. Edge
  4. Toast
  5. Tabloid City
  6. Pretty Woman - no review pure fluff!
  7. The Aftermath
  8. Eat Pray Love
  9. The Mc Dead
  10. The 19th Wife
  11. Dead of Winter
  12. The Opposite of Fate
  13. Apple Tree Yard - Loved it!
  14. Things That Must Not Be Forgotten
  15. Paris Was The Place
  16. 9th Judgement
  17. Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking - great read
  18. Dublin Noir
  19. The 11th Hour
  20. Good in Bed
  21. Inside
  22. Prior Bad Acts
  23. Murder of the Century
  24. Curtains
  25. He's Gone
  26. Inside
  27. Prior Bad Acts
  28. Kitchen Confidential
  29. Concrete Blonde
  30. Collusion
  31. Stolen Souls
  32. Cheating at Canasta
  33. Runaway Devil
  34. The Radleys
  35. The Noughies
  36. Beneath the Bleeding
  37. The Nobodies Album
  38. Die Trying
  39. The Hard Way
  40. And Then There Were Nuns
  41. Natural Causes
  42. Rules of Civility
  43. Confessions of a Fairy's Daughter
  44. Hanging Hill
  45. That Part was True
  46. Gone
  47. Ready Player One
  48. The Name of the Star
  49. The Treatment
  50. The Headmaster's Wager
  51. Honeymoon in Purdah
  52. Flesh House
  53. Dark Times in the City
  54. A Song for the Dying
  55. The Hidden Child
  56. The Shining Girls
  57. Then Again
  58. The Madness Underneath
  59. The Four Last Things
  60. City of Ice
  61. Becoming Josephine
  62. Sunbirds Far Away
  63. Ice Lake
  64. Amazement
  65. The Good Muslim
  66. River City 
  67. Thirst
  68. Prisoner of Night and Fog
  69. Young Trudeau
  70. Pierre Elliott Trudeau
  71. A Bit on the Side
  72. Love Child
  73. Crying Out Loud
  74. The Network
  75. The Weight of Water
  76. Someone Else's Garden
  77. Night Swim
  78. Cartwheel
  79. The Cuckoo's Calling
  80. In the Garden of Beasts
  81. Before We Met
  82. The Red House
  83. Police
  84. The World We Found
  85. We Are Water
  86. Fever of the Bone
  87. A Sleeping Life
  88. The Saint Zita Society
  89. My Mother's Secret
  90. The Glass Harmonica
  91. The Good Father
  92. The First Husband
  93. Everybody Has Everything
  94. The Condition
  95. American Dervish
  96. Lunch in Paris
  97. The Hiltons
  98. The Writing on my Forehead
  99. The Future of Us
  100. The Darlings
  101. The Girl With A Clock for a Heart

Abandoned
IQ84

Expired - need to renew
The Nightmare



2013
I'm going to set a goal of 125 books. Not achieved, life got in the way and we have been travelling too much!

JANUARY - Balance 115
FEBRUARY - Balance 105
MARCH - Balance 94
AUGUST - Balance 70
SEPTEMBER - 64
DECEMBER - 52 shortfall 


  1. The Corrections - Jonathan Franzen
  2. The Street Sweeper - E. Perlman LOVED IT 
  3. The Yips -Nicola Barker 
  4. City of the MInd - P. Lively
  5. Adam and Eve and Pinch Me - R. Rendell  LOVED IT
  6. The Line of Beauty - Alan Holinghurst
  7. The Good Father - Diane Chamberlain
  8. Wife 22 - Melanie Gideon
  9. Book of Virtue - Ken Bruen
  10. Death in the City of Light - David King
  11. Sharp Objects - Gillian Flynn
  12. Waiting for Sunrise - William Boyd
  13. Dark Places - Gillian Flynn
  14. The Truth of all Things - Kieran Shields
  15. Girls Fall Down - Maggie Helwig
  16. The Betrayal of Trust - Susan Hill
  17. Ratlines - Stuart Neville
  18. Undercurrents - Frances Fyfield
  19. The Last Policeman - Ben Winters
  20. Outrage - Arnaldur Indridason
  21. Lost memory of Skin - Russell Banks
  22. Yes, Chef - Marcus Samuelsson
  23. Kill Your Friends - John Niven
  24. Autographs in the Rain - Quentin Jardine
  25. A White Arrest - Ken Bruen
  26. The Marriage Plot - 
  27. The Disappeared - Kim Echlin
  28. Cross - James Patterson
  29. Foreign Bodies - Cynthia Ozick
  30. Slam - Nick Hornby
  31. Flatscreen - Adam Wilson
  32. Black Irish - Stephan Talty
  33. The Expats 
  34. The Past
  35. Cold Comfort
  36. The Bag Lady Papers (abandoned)
  37. The Tin Horse
  38. Sweet Tooth
  39. Blood Orange
  40. Best British Crime Omnibus
  41. Watching the Dark
  42. Embassytown
  43. Two Pints
  44. Capital
  45. The Child's Child
  46. The Sound of Glass
  47. Transatlantic
  48. The City of Shadows LOVED IT
  49. Cover of Snow
  50. Homesick
  51. Girl In Translation
  52. The World At Night
  53. The Elegance of the Hedgehog
  54. Inferno
  55. Last Man in Tower
  56. The Spoiler
  57. Sight Reading
  58. Sleeping With The Devil
  59. The One I Left Behind
  60. Russian Winter
  61. The Cooked Seed
  62. Going Wrong
  63. Together Tea
  64. Phantom
  65. Second Honeymoon
  66. The Vatican Pimpernel
  67. The House of Special Purpose
  68. Marrying the Mistress
  69. The Wild Beasts of Wuhan
  70. Paris
  71. The Perfume Collector
  72. 22 Britannia Road
  73. Going Wrong

Started not finished - read a few pages...

Corpse in Waiting
The Cat's Table
Chronicler of the Winds
The Infinities



2012

Favourite reads are in GREEN!
2012 books read (95 to date):
The Coast Road - John Brady
Still Midnight - Denise Mina
The Bulgari Connection - Fay Weldon
Good Bait - John Harvey
The Heretic's Treasure - Scott Mariani
Dead I Well May Be - Adrian McKinty
The Devil's Elixir - Raymond Khoury
A Darker Domain - Val McDermid
The Impossible Dead - Ian Rankin
GB84 - David Peace
The Emperor's Tomb - Steve Berry
Stonehenge Legacy - Sam Christer
Inquisition - Alfredo Colitto ABANDONED!
The Troubled Man - Henning Mankell
Nineteen Seventy-Four - David Peace
Faithful Place - Tana French
Dead Like You - Peter James
Brother and Sister - Joanna Trollope
The Forgotten Garden - Kate Morton ABANDONED!
A Beginner's Guide to Acting English -Shappi Khorsandi
The Snowman - Jo Nesbo
The Leopard - Jo Nesbo
The Stone Cutter - Camilla Lackberg
Miramar - Naguib Mahfouz
The Gallow's Bird - Camilla Lackberg
Nineteen Seventy- Seven - David Peace
Timeline - Michael Crichton
Millennium People - JG Ballard
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
Birdman - Mo Hayder
Clara Callan - Richard B. Wright
The Paris Vendetta - Steve Berry
Little Girls Lost - Jack Kerley
The Reutrn of the Dancing Master - Henning Mankell
Nemesis - Jo Nesbo
Dublin Dead - Gerard O'Donovan
City of Bohane - Kevin Barry
This Beautiful Life - Helen Schulman
The Copenhagen Project - K. SandersenPrague - Arthur Phillips
Fortunes of War - Gordon Zuckerman
The Cold Cold Ground - Adrian McKinty
Before the Poison - Peter Robinson
The Mozart Conspiracy - Scott Mariani
Dancer - Colum McCann
Pig Island - Mo Hayder
Old City Hall - Robert Rotenberg
The Paris Wife - Paula McLain
The Last Good Man - A. J. Kazinski
Homesick - Roshi Fernando
Black Friday - Alex Kava
Only One Life - Sara Blaedel
A Perfect Evil - Alex Kava
People Like Us - Dominick Dunne
The Ottoman Motel - Christopher Currie
Even the Dogs - Jon McGregor
The Red Book - Deborah Copaken Kogan
Faith - Jennifer Haigh
The Salesman - Joseph O'Connor
The Last Hundred Days - Patrick McGuinness
The Girl Below - Bianca Zander ABANDONED!
Hocus Pocus - Kurt Vonnegut
Drowned - Therese Bohman
Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
The Paris Directive - Gerald Jay
Criminal - Karin Slaughter
The Reluctant Fundamentalist - Moshin Hamid
The Good Muslim - Tahmima Anam
My Korean Deli - Ben Ryder Howe
The Ghosts of Belfast - Stuart Neville
Bad Boy - Peter Robinson
The Guilty Pleas - Robert Rotenberg
The Vault - Ruth Rendell
A Train in Winter - Caroline Moorehead
Turn of Mind - Alice La Plante
The Buddha in the Attic - Julie Otsuka
Swipe - Evan Angler
Absurdistan - Gary Shteyngart ABANDONED!
The Butterfly Clues - Kate Ellison
The Sense of an Ending - Julian Barnes
Attachments - Rainbow Rowell
Viral - James Lilliefors
Keepsake - Kristina Riggle
The Butcher's Boy - Thomas Perry
Death in Summer - William Trevor
The Broken Shore - Peter Temple
The World Without You - Joshua Henkin
Friend of the Devil - Peter Robinson
Headhunters - Jo Nesbo
Zoo - James Patterson ON HOLD
Stonemouth - Iain Banks
Wish You Were Here - Graham Swift
Neverwhere - Neil GaimanFelicia's Journey

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