Reading List

I thought it would be interesting ( to me at least) to keep a record of the books I have read/am currently reading. I will write a short review of each based on the generic star system, but with a twist…something Jane Austenesque (because she is my favourite read thus far) that will go something like this:

  • ****** a perfect felicity of a read (it doesn’t get any better than this/it was extremely interesting, engrossing etc).
  • ***** a read that was the cause of much merriment (darn nearly a perfect felicity).
  • *** a read that was neither agreeable nor disagreeable… perhaps more thought provoking and disturbing than enjoyable (rather like the comment made by Jane Fairfax when asked for her opinion of Frank Churchill while at the Bates’, in ‘Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’).
  • ** a mischance of a read (unfortunate to have been either written or read… or both).
  • * a most frivolously incommoding read ( would rather have drilled holes in my eyeballs than to have read it…I will never gain those wasted hours back).

July

The Warden of Hiram’s Hospital – Anthony Trollope ****

Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen ***

The Wind Singer – William Nicholson ****

Enduring Love – Ian McEwan ***

Persuasion – Jane Austen *****

Emma – Jane Austen *****

Animal Farm – George Orwell *****

Life of Pi – Yann Martel ***

August

Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen *****

Mansfield Park – Jane Austen (I read half of it, found it well boring) *

Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck *****

Little Women – Louise May Alcott *****

The Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger *****

Tuesday with Morrie – Mitch Albom *****

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon ****

Cider With Rosie – Laurie Lee ***

Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier *****

The Five people you meet in Heaven –  Mitch Albom ****

September

Lethal Justice : One man’s journey of hope on death row – Sr. Joy Elder ****

Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier *****

Carrie’s War – Nina Bawden ****

The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins ****

The Confessions of St. Augustine (Currently reading)

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin- Louis De Bernieres *****

October

A Gathering Light – Jennifer Donnelly ****

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee *****

The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini ****

For One More Day – Mitch Albom ****

November

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood  **

White Teeth – Zadie Smith ***

The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde (Reading)

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