Books Read In 2008

Clicking on the titles takes you to my posts on the books. My aim is to write something about each book even if it’s just a few lines, so some of the posts are less detailed than others.

95    Wild Mary, Patrick Marnham

94    A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

93    The End of Summer, Rosamunde Pilcher (audiobook)

92    Les Miserables, Victor Hugo

91    A Christmas Visitor, Anne Perry

90    Detection Unlimited, Georgette Heyer

89    The Tiger in the Smoke, Margery Allingham

88    The Arsenic Labyrinth, Martin Edwards

87    Cider With Rosie, Laurie Lee

86    My Friend Maigret, Georges Simenon

85    Stillmeadow and Sugarbridge by Gladys Taber and Barbara Wester

84    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain – see also here

83    Testimony, Anita Shreve

82    After the Fine Weather, Michael Gilbert

81    The Painted Veil, W Somerset Maugham

80    Dear Dodie:the Life of Dodie Smith, Valerie Groves

79    The Behaviour of Moths, Poppy Adams

78    An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, P D James

77    Lock 14, Georges Simenon

76    Friday’s Child, Georgette Heyer

75    The Secret Scripture, Sebastian Barry

74    Tales of Terror (The Body Snatcher and Olalla), Robert Louis Stevenson

73    The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, Kate Summerscale

72    Chocky, John Wyndham

71    The Clothes On Their Backs, Linda Grant

70    The House On The Strand, Daphne Du Maurier

69    The Gravedigger’s Daughter, Joyce Carol Oates. See also here and here.

68    Old School, Tobias Wolff

67    The Rose of Sebastopol, Katherine McMahon

66    A Pack of Lies, Geraldine McCaughrean

65    Nefertiti, Michelle Moran

64    God is Not Great, Christopher Hitchens

63    James Herriot’s Cat Stories

62    The Bible: a biography, Karen Armstrong

61    Pompeii, Richard Harris

60    Nemesis, Agatha Christie

59    The Seven Dials Mystery, Agatha Christie

58    One Hundred Years of Ermintrude, Tom Evans

57    Down to a Sunless Sea, Mathias B Freese

56    Making It Up, Penelope Lively

55    Man In The Dark, Paul Auster

54    In God We Doubt,  John Humphreys

53    The Savage Garden, Mark Mills

52    The Thirteenth Apostle, Michel Benoit

51    Chocolat, Joanne Harris

50    Cakes and Ale, W. Somerset Maugham

49    A Splash of Red, Antonia Fraser

48    The Scarlet Pimpernel, Baroness Orczy

47    The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark

46    The Fall of Troy, Peter Ackroyd

45    The Forgotten Garden, Kate Morton

44    The Flight of the Falcon, Daphne Du Maurier

43    The Other Side of You, Salley Vickers

42    The Clubbable Woman, Reginald Hill

41    Going Into a Dark House, Jane Gardam

40    Messenger of Truth, Jacqueline Winspear

39    The Book Thief, Markus Zusak

38    The Shipping News, Annie Proulx

37    Inspiration, Wayne W Dyer

36    Toast: the Story of a Boy’s Hunger, Nigel Slater

35   Atonement, Ian McEwan

34   Keeping The World Away, Margaret Forster

33   Our Longest Days, Mass Observation Writers

32   The Chrysalids, John Wyndham

31   The Maytrees, Annie Dillard

30   A Good Hanging and other stories, Ian Rankin

29   The Death of Dalziel, Reginald Hill

28   Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert

27   Travels in the Scriptorium, Paul Auster

26   Garden Spells, Sarah Addison Allen

25   Giving Up the Ghost, Hilary Mantel

24   Revelation, C J Sansom

23   The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett

22   Consequences, Penelope Lively

21   Oscar Wilde and the Candlelight Murders, Gyles Brandreth

20   Half of a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Adichie

19   Daniel Isn’t Talking, Marti Leimbach

18   Two Caravans, Marina Lewycka

17   The Death of the Moth & Other Essays, Virginia Woolf also see here

16   A God Divided, Christopher Catherwood

15   Hearts and Minds, Rosy Thornton

14   The Illusionist, Jennifer Johnston

13   Books, Baguettes and Bedbugs, Jeremy Mercer

12   The Ropemaker, Peter Dickinson

11   The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain

10   The Moon and Sixpence, W Somerset Maugham

9    The Book of Illusions, Paul Auster

8    Mr Blossom’s Shop, Barbara Euphan Todd

7    Winter in Madrid, C J Sansom

6    The Magician’s Assistant, Ann Patchett

5    The Christmas Train, David Baldacci

4    The Owl Service, Alan Garner – a re-read

3    I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith

2    The Man in the Picture, Susan Hill

1    The Photograph, Penelope Lively