Books…

It’s been said that I have too many books. I maintain there is no such thing…

This year though what I do have is too many books that I haven’t read or haven’t finished. This needs to change. For 2011, I’m going to list them here and mark off when I’ve read them. Please bear in mind that I don’t own all of them!

1. The Compleat Rifleman Harris – Benjamin Harris read
2. Tales from the Rifle Brigade – Captain Sir John Kincaid
(both of these are the books that I bought Ma and are doing the rounds of the family, we’ve finally got Ben interested in the Peninsular Wars so now we’ll all obsessed! And I need to grab the Harry Smith memoirs whilst we’ll at it!)
3. Shades of Grey – Jasper Fforde read
4. One Day – David Nicholls read
5. A Week in December – Sebastian Faulks
6. A Gambling Man – Jenny Uglow
7. The American Civil War – John Keegan
8. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot read
9. A History of Christianity – Diarmaid MacCulloch
10. The Last Dragonslayer – Jasper Fforde read
11. Homicide, A Year on the Killing Streets – David Simon (I have started it, but it’s a very big book and hard to carry on my morning commute!)
12. Linger – Maggie Stiefvater read
13. True Grit – Charles Portis read
14. The Return of the Prodigal Son – Henri J. M. Nouwen
15. South Riding – Winfred Holtby read
16. Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones – Derek Landy
17. Skulduggery Pleasant: Dark Days – Derek Landy
18. Skulduggery Pleasant: Mortal Coil – Derek Landy
(all to be read with godchild no.3 – who loves them also because I like children’s and YA fiction and the godkids are a great excuse!)
19. Safeguard of the Sea – N. A. M. Rodger
20. Battle Cry of Freedom – James McPherson
21. A Brief History of Medieval Warfare – Peter Reid
22. Ellis Island – Kate Kerrigan
23. American Wife – Curtis Sittenfeld
24. Shirley – Charlotte Bronte
25. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy (yeah I have friends who read this as summer projects when they were 13, I was reading trash, what can you do?)
26. Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
27. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
28. The Red and the Black – Stendahl
29. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay – Michael Chabon
30. The Macmillan Diaries: Cabinet Years 1950 – 1957 – Peter Catterall
31. Last Train from Liguria – Christine Dwyer Hickey
32. Macmillan: The Official Biography, Part One – Alistair Horne
33. Macmillan: The Official Biography, Part Two – Alistair Horne
34. The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness
35. Aristocrats – Stella Tillyard read
36. The Queen of Attolia – Megan Whalen Turner read
37. The King of Attolia – Megan Whalen Turner read
38. Rifleman Costello – Edward Costello
39. The Demon’s Lexicon – Sarah Rees Brennan read

So nearly 40 books. That probably tell you an awful lot about me and my reading habits. There will be other things I read in 2011. At some point, I’ll re-read a Georgette Heyer or two, there’s a biography of Wellington I’m waiting to come out in paperback, two Cassandra Claire books and a Melissa Marr (more YA).

So I’m going to spend the rest of the night reading…

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