Back when I used to keep a livejournal (a blog, basically, before the term was used, though aimed more at a personal diary / journal audience than a expostulatory thing like what we now call blogging), I posted a list of books that I had read in the year 2006, mostly as a way of keeping track. Here's the list again:
Louise Bagshawe - Tueday's Child Emily Bronte - Wuthering Heights Jackie Clune - Man of the Month Club Andrew Crumey - Mobius Dick Robert Daley - Enemy of God Charles Dickens - Our Mutual Friend Arthur Conan Doyle - The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle - The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle - The Hound of the Baskervilles Arthur Conan Doyle - The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle - The Return of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle - The Sign of Four Arthur Conan Doyle - The Valley of Fear Thomas H Cook - Red Leaves Thomas H Cook - The Murmur of Stones Ian Fleming - Dr No Ian Fleming - From Russia, with Love Thomas Hardy - Jude the Obscure Alice Hoffman - The Ice Queen Boris Johnson - Seventy-Two Virgins Henning Mankell - Depths Rosa Mundi - Vocational Girl Julie Myerson - Something Might Happen David Nichols - Starter for Ten Iain Pears - An Instance of the Fingerpost Stef Penney - The Tenderness of Wolves Thomas Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow Ian Rankin - Knots and Crosses Jean Rhys - Wide Sargasso Sea Philip Roth - The Plot Against America JD Salinger - The Catcher in the Rye Patrick Süskind - Perfume Peter Temple - The Broken Shore Edward Vallance - The Glorious Revolution Peter Woit - Not Even Wrong
Who would have thought that I'd ever read one of Louise Mensch's books (written under her maiden name of Louise Bagshawe)? Before coming across this list, I'd quite forgotten. I don't remember much about it at all. I also read Boris Johnson's novel that year. I must have had a lot of time on my hands. Indeed, that was the last year when I didn't have children to occupy my time. On top of that, it wasn't too long after 2006 that my commuting to work reduced drastically, which cut back the time when I used to get most of my book reading done. I haven't been very conscientious in finding a suitable time to fit reading back in. I also made all those books link to a page on Amazon.co.uk, which I haven't shopped at for a few years.
This year has not been so bad (compared with some recent years). I've tried to make a bit of effort to read more. I haven't been keeping track of everything, but from memory, I have read:
It's a much shorter list than from 2006, though I omit the large quantity of books for toddlers that I've read this year. Well done, JD Salinger, for making both lists.