This year, in addition to the nightly reading of Peter Rabbit, Peppa Pig, Noddy and Peepo!, I have enjoyed the following reads:
32. Of Bees and Mist, Erick Setiawan. Whimsical tale of two feuding families. Hard to put down.
31. A Tiny Bit Marvellous, Dawn French. Hilarious. Loved the character of Dora especially.
30. The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud, Ben Sherwood. Paints a picture of the kind of man you would like to meet but never do (barring the whole ‘I can see dead people’ thing).
29. Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro. Heartbreaking very plausible dystopian story.
28. And This Is True, Emily Mackie. Quirky tale of a rather disturbing father-son relationship.
27. The Bookshop, Penelope Fitzgerald
26. One Day, David Nicholls. Brilliant. Totally absorbing, very funny and incredibly sad.
25. Greenery Street, Denis MacKail. Research reading. A portrait of young married couple republished by the brilliant Persephone Books.
24. Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems, Dr. Richard Ferber. Only workable with Richard Ferber in the room with you.
23. Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert. Unexpectedly enjoyable but a bit self indulgent. Makes me want to do something transformative with my life.
22. Talk Before Sleep, Elizabeth Berg. A wonderful story about the salvation of friendship in the face of cancer. Everything she writes just seems so effortless. Loved it.
21. Celestial Navigation, Anne Tyler.
20. The Joy of Writing Sex, Elizabeh Benedict. Research reading. If you must write about sex this is the how to book.
19. Lemon Soap, Fictional Stories and Poems from the MPhil in Creative Writing at Trinity College Dublin. Sarah Binchy’s tale is the stand out story in this.
18. The Accidental Tourist, Anne Tyler
17. Light Boxes, Shane Jones. Strange, sad and intensely beautiful. Needs reading more than once to appreciate. Captivating cover art.
16. The End of Mr Y, Scarlett Thomas. Weird, strangely addictive. A bit like The Matrix except more philosophical and there’s a very disturbing section involving mice.
15. Larkrise to Candleford, Flora Thompson.
14. An Amateur Marriage, Anne Tyler
13. The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood.
12.. The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes, Jack M. Bickham. Very American but sound advice.
11. The Book of Tomorrow, Celia Ahern. Readable.
10. Miss Dahl’s Voluptuous Delights, Sophie Dahl. Full of delicious comfort food recipies. Love the baked cinnamon peaches and the baked salmon and onions.
9. The Beautiful and The Damned, F.Scott Fitzgerald.
8. Cat’s Eyes, Margaret Atwood.
7. A Thousand Days in Venice, Marlena de Blasi. Full of wonderfully long descriptive passages about food and Venice. Made me want to cook and eat a lot.
6. Her Fearful Symmerty, Audrey Niffenegger. It’s not the Time Traveller’s Wife.
5. A Kind of Intimacy, Jenn Ashworth. Unsettling tale of a lonely obsese girl and the consequences of her misguided, obsessive attemps to ingratiate herself with her new neighbours.
4. The Book Thief, Markus Zusak. Wonderful story set during the second world war, narrated by Death personified with some beautiful metaphorical language.
3. Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte. Reread.
2. The Great Gatsby, F.Scott. Fitzgerald. Reread. Genius.
1. The Man With The Dancing Eyes, Sophie Dahl. A whimsical fairytale for grown ups. Loved the illustrations.