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2011 Book Roll

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For any fellow bookworms out there I thought I’d keep track of the books I’ve stuck my nose in this year. I don’t claim to be a book reviewer, just a book lover but some of the titles may make you go into your local bookshop. Or maybe you have some recommendtions for me based on the below. So here goes…. 

  1. Roald Dahl – Boy & Going Solo (was so in love with this book, highly recommended)
  2. Mitch Alborn – The Five People You Meet In Heaven
  3. John Wyndham – Day Of The Triffids (any sci-fi fan needs to read this)
  4. Arthur Morrisson – A Child Of The Jago (a must read, especially if you live in London)
  5. Aimee Bender – The Particular Sadness Of Lemon Cake
  6. Sarah Moss – Night Waking (NEVER read this book, dire, dull)
  7. Virginia Woolf – Mrs Dalloway (sublime)
  8. Philip Pullman – The Good Man Jesus & The Scoundrel Christ (clever & witty)
  9. David Mitchell – The Thousand Autumns Of Jacob De Zoet (love this author but you must concentrate for this)
  10. Timothy Mo – Sour Sweet (surprise book from my mum, submerged myself into a wonderful story)
  11. Alan Bennett – Talking Heads (revisiting an old favourite)
  12. Michael Moorcock – Mother London (didn’t hit my expectations)
  13. Michael Faber – Crimson Petal & The White (current)
  14. Justin Cronin – The Passage (love a vampire, love a bit of sci-fi, love books so this was a winner)
  15. Samuel Selvon – Lonely Londoners (Need to get into the language/style it’s penned in but once you do it flows, great characters)
  16. Gary Shteyngart – Super Sad True Love Story (scary future that I fear may somehow come true. Genius)
  17. China Mieville – Kraken (surprisingly brilliant book, like a fucked up Gaiman)
  18. Dave Gorman – Vs. The World (entertaining as always, such a pleasant read)
  19. Norman Collins – London Belongs To Me (one of the best book I’ve read this year)
  20. Margaret Atwood – The Year Of The Flood (proving she’s still a literary genius)
  21. Alice Jamieson – Today I’m Alice (depressing, harrowing but a brave story to tell)
  22. Russell Brand – Booky Wook 2 (my friend has slept with him, she said his hair smelt of roast dinners)
  23. Roald Dahl – Skin & Other Stories (every adult should revisit Roald Dahl)
  24. Caitlin Moran – How To Be A Woman (I devoured 2011’s must read after resisting. brilliant)
  25. Markus Zusak – The Book Thief (so charmed and taken with this book. Will read it again down the line)
  26. Patrick deWitt – The Sisters Brothers (booker prize nominee, quick joyous tale)
  27. Anne Bronte – The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (The herione of the book an early feminist perhaps? Loved it)
  28. Jessica Abel, Gabe Soria & Warren Pleece – Life Sucks (Graphic novel of vampire loves)
  29. Carol Birch – Jamrach’s Menagerie (Genius! Another booker nominee, so in love with this tragic tale)
  30. Garth Ennis & Steve Dillon – Preacher: Book One (OBSESSED! Want to devour the other books immediately)
  31. Emile Zola – Therese Raquin (Now THIS is the best book I’ve read all year)
  32. John Osborne – Radio Head (for any lover of radio and music, a must read)
  33. A.D. Miller – Snowdrops (I’m glad this didn’t win the Booker Prize)
  34. Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson (why, why have I not read this before? Classic)
  35. Garth Ennis & Steve Dillon – Preacher: Book Two (still hooked, genius graphic novel)

Written by Anon PA

July 13, 2011 at 6:29 pm

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