End of the Book Year 2018/19

June 1, 2019

2018/19 was the year of the series. Two books were bought so I could start/continue a series (Regeneration and The Prime of life) and two books were inadvertently read out of sequence (Framley Parsonage and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy). Lots of good books, only one dud – Memoirs of a Geisha. 47 books read. Contenders for Book of the Year were: The Third Policeman, How Late it Was, How Late, The Book of Dust, In Cold Blood, The Eye in the Door, but

the Book of the Year 2018/19 was

His Masterpiece by Emile Zola

2019/20 has started with Force of Circumstance, Simone de Beauvoir. The miscellaneaus items in the photo were found in the secondhand book.

The complete list –


Pensees Blaise Pascal

The Man in the High Castle Philip K Dick

The Web and the Rock Thomas Wolfe


The Pilgrim’s Progress John Bunyan

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Hariki Murakami


The Robber Bride Margaret Atwood

Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden

An Accidental Family Dostoevsky


Babbitt Sinclair Lewis

The Third Policeman Flan O’Brien

How Late it Was, How Late James Kelman

Local Anaesthetic Gunter Grass

Between the Assasinations Aravind Adiga


His Masterpiece Emile Zola

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Gail Honeyman

Regeneration Pat Barker

The Eye in the Door Pat Barker


The Ghost Road Pat Barker


The Prime of Life Simone de Beauvoir

Winter’s Tales Isak Dinesen

The Yellow Wallpaper and selected writings Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Bring on the Empty Horses David Niven


Let it Come Down Paul Bowles

The Lathe of Heaven Ursula K Le Guin

Noone belongs here more than you stories by Miranda July

If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller Italo Calvino

Faces in the Water Janet Frame

The Book of Dust Vol I Belle Sauvage Phillip Pullman

The Levanter Eric Ambler

The Custom of the Country Edith Wharton


The Nine Tailors Dorothy L Sayers

Will you please be quiet, please? Raymond Carver


Framley Parsonage Anthony Trollope

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy John Le Carre

Monsignor Quixote Graham Greene

A Kestrel for a Knave Barry Hines

The High Window Raymond Chandler

The Mennyms Sylvia Waugh


Moby Dick Herman Melville

In Cold Blood Truman Capote

The Trespasser D H Lawrence

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day Winifred Watson

The Maltese Falcon Dashiell Hammett

You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down Alice Walker

The Line of Beauty Alan Hollinghurst


The Fancy Dress Party Alberto Moravia

Labyrinths Jorge Luis Borges

13 Responses to “End of the Book Year 2018/19”

  1. yes your art speaks of this carefully curated reading over the years. As always thank-you ..I’m a big fan.

  2. wow! great choices and ideas for my own reading list… I have been reading Beauvoir’s letters to Nelson Algren. I will look for her autobiography

    • I’m thinking of re reading the first volume of the autobiography as I read it some time ago now. I would be interested in what sort of person she comes across as in the letters. I find her quite a push and pull personality. How about you? I also have The Second Sex impatiently sitting here waiting its turn!

  3. memadtwo said

    My reading has slowed down like everything else in my life. A formidable list. (K)

    • I read with concern an older man’s blog post that his reading had slowed down with the years and he no longer wanted to read long books. It panicked me! I’ve got so many piles of ‘to be read’ and there’s alot of long ones in there, I need to be getting a move on!

      • memadtwo said

        I have those piles too. I think it’s the chaos of my life at the moment more than anything else slowing me down…though of course age takes its toll.

        • I’m a bit obsessive about reading and get twitchy if I don’t have a book on the go. Books are also where I go when life gets tough, so the two together = lots of books read. I hope things calm down for you. Your poetry and art output does not seem to be suffering though.

          • memadtwo said

            Thanks, I’m glad it appears that way! But I know I’m not focusing. I hope in the next year to really find a place to live where I won’t have to move again. It’s been years since I felt I could actually unpack all those boxes…
            Part of not reading is not focusing I think. But it will return.

            • I hope you get to put down some deep roots soon. Focus for painting/drawing is something I struggle with, to the point of wondering whether to just stop (I am a bit melodramatic). I never feel completely in flow either. I’m trying to get it some voom going now with short sketching trips. It’s good to have prompts and ongoing themes too. It’s not easy is it?!

  4. great reading list you’ve got there! cheers and have a nice day 🙂

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