End of the book year 2017/18

June 9, 2018

I spent time with lodgers;

  • Villa des Roses, Willem Elsschot
  • Craven House, Parrick Hamilton
  • The Paying Guests, Sarah Waters;

the dead;

  • Beyond Black, Hilary Mantel
  • The Amber Spyglass, Philip Pullman
  • Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders

And scary men;

  • The Collector, John Fowles
  • Perfume, Patrick Suskind.

There was one from a fellow blogger:

and an error:

  • I missed out listing The Double by Jose Soramago in 16/17!

There were disappointments:

  • Ludmila’s Broken English, DBC Pierre

There were 59 books.

The Book of the year 2017/18 could have been The Ballad and the Source, Alone in Berlin or A Prayer for Owen Meany but it is

Time’s Arrow by Martin Amis

The first book of 18/19 is Pensees Blaise Pascal.

The Full List

June

The Mabinogion

A Life of Your Own and other stories, Frank O’Connor

Villa des Roses, Willem Elsschot

Casino Royale, Ian Fleming

Ten Orbits of the Sun, David Milligan-Croft

July

The Pendragon Legend,Antal Szerb

Baotown, Wang Anyi

The Inn at the Edge of the World, Alice Thomas Ellis

The Door, Magda Szabo

The Collector, John Fowles

Operation Mincemeat, Ben MacIntyre

August

Craven House, Parrick Hamilton

Beyond Black, Hilary Mantel

The Amber Spyglass, Philip Pullman

Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders

September

Perfume, Patrick Suskind

Emotionally Weird, Kate Atkinson

A Prayer for Owen Meaney, John Irving

Houses, Borislav Pekic

Falconer, John Cheever

October

The Invisible Woman, Claire Tomalin

The Rebel, Albert Camus

Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte

November

Hot Milk, Deborah Levy

Hideous Kinky, Esther Freud

Five Red Herrings, Dorothy L Sayers

Ludmila’s Broken English, DBC Pierre

The Woman Who Rode Away and other stories, DH Lawrence

The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki

December

Time’s Arrow, Martin Amis

The Man Who Would Be King, Rudyard Kipling

January

Killer in the Rain, Raymond Chandler

I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith

February

The Paying Guests, Sarah Waters

Fraulein Schmidt and Mr Anstruther, Elizabeth Von Arnim

Dead Man Talking, Roddy Doyle

Epitaph for a Spy, Eric Ambler

Alone in Berlin, Hans Fallada

The Green Child, Herbert Read

The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingslover

March

The Speckled People, Hugo Hamilton

Yes, and After Michael Hastings, The Happy Haven, John Arden, Five Finger Exercise, Peter Shaffer. Penguin New English Dramatists 4

An Awfully Big Adventure, Beryl Bainbridge

Justine, Marquis De Sade

The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, Jonas Jonasson

Lives of Eminent Men, John Aubrey

Head to Toe, Joe Orton

One Good Turn, Kate Atkinson

April

The Virgin in the Garden, AS Byatt

The Man Who Loves Children, Christina Stead

The Ballad and the Source, Rosamund Lehmann

Gaudy Night, Dorothy L Sayers

Zoe, Geraldine Jewsbury

May

Wordsworth Classics – Classic Victorian and Edwardian Ghost stories

The Company of Swans, Jim Crumley

The Cry of the Owl, Patricia Highsmith

The Blackwater Lightship, Colm Toibin

The Rendezvous and other stories, Daphne Du Maurier

The Georgics, Virgil

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14 Responses to “End of the book year 2017/18”

  1. Excellent!
    You’re a discriminating reader. There are a lot of books on your list that I’d like to tackle.
    See you —

    Neil S.

    • It’s great to see what others are reading isn’t it? I love having a look at what’s on people’s bookshelves, this is a virtual version! After your short book post I was going to recommend daphne du maurier short stories, I really like them and read another collection this year. Your post also made me think I ought to tackle the bigger books on my shelf sooner rather than later!

  2. Great list. I’ve read about half and am keeping this post to try the others…

  3. I’ve only read a couple of books on your list – my reading has been down this year – but there are a bunch that I’ve put on my list – thanks for posting.

  4. I’m so jealous, I wish I had kept track of the books I’ve read over the years.

    I am desperately trying to find time to read Hot Milk, it looks like a really good read – did you enjoy it?

    And I love The Collector, it’s one of my favourite books! If you feel like it I’ve done a short review of it here https://ageofescapades.wordpress.com/2018/07/03/the-collector/

    • I started recording books read the summer after university, at 21, so not too late to start! Thanks for the link. I did not have sympathy for that evil man at any point! I tried, willing there to be some humanity in there that would save Miranda.The most chilling, dangerous fictional character I’ve ever read. It makes my blood curdle even now! Hot milk was one of those middling books, but short so should be easy to fit in! Thanks for visiting. I post about books once a year, so perhaps see you next year?!

  5. I am very interested in your opinion on Baotown by Wang Anyi. Looks like an interesting book.

    • Hi Diana. I’m trying to remember where I saw a review/ recommendation for it. My reading is very euro-centric and on occassions I try to do something to balance it out a bit. This must have been one of those occassions. It’s only a small book, but yes I enjoyed it and would recommend a read. I’ve got to say, I enjoy just about all the books I read. Which suggests either I’m very good at picking them or I have a rather low standard!

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