29 December 2011
51 years old
Here is a list of the books I read this year, with brief comments. How many did you read (not that it’s a competition!) and what were your favourites? I’ve marked the ones I would highly recommend with an asterix. Please comment!
1. Men from the boys - Tony Parsons
A story of our time with blended families and inter-generational problems.
2. Portnoy’s Complaint – Philip Roth
Disgusting and hilarious in equal measure.
3. Letter to my daughter- Maya Angelou
Just OK. Some good bits but ultimately forgettable.
4. The mango season – Amulya Malladi
The story wasn’t quite strong enough for me.
5. Slumdog millionaire* – Vikas Swarup
Totally engrossing book. Loved it!
PS Borrowed the DVD of the film after reading the book and was disappointed.
6. I remember nothing – Nora Ephron
I really like her chatty style and her humour. Really enjoyed it.
7. Mary Ann in autumn – Armistead Maupin
This Tales of the City author can certainly spin a tale. A fun read.
8. The magic toyshop – Angela Carter
Not my cup of tea.
9. The summer without men – Siri Hustvedt
Good book. Some interesting stuff about gender roles.
10. The vanishing act of Esme Lennox* – Maggie O’Farrell
The interlocking stories of Esme and Iris were expertly weaved together. A very engaging story.
11. The hand that first held mine – Maggie O’Farrell
Not quite as good as The vanishing act of Esme Lennox.
12. The Slap – Christos Tsiolkas
Some of it was spot on and beautifully crafted.
PS The TV series of this book was excellent.
13. Kitchen Confidential – Anthony Bourdain
Not as good as I thought it might be.
14. Persuasion – Jane Austen
I love all her books. She is the writer I aspire to be.
15. Joe Cinque’s consolation* – Helen Garner
Brilliant, gripping and very moving.
16. Book of lost threads – Tess Evans
Not a bad yarn (ha ha). Just OK.
17. One day* – David Nicholls
Loved it! Hard to put down and very funny. Sad at the end, heart breaking. Brilliant.
18. The charming quirks of others – Alexander McCall Smith
Perfect holiday reading.
19. The forgotten affairs of youth – Alexander McCall Smith
20. The sportswriter – Richard Ford
Brilliantly written and deeply felt.
21. The marriage plot* – Jeffrey Eugenides
I had high expectations (as I loved Middlesex) and I wasn’t disappointed.
22.The shallow end – Ashley Sievwright
Enjoyed this book – given to me by my publisher (I love saying that) Gordon.
23. The myth of you and me – Leah Stewart
I really enjoyed this book about frienship, betrayal, insecurity and love.
24. Once upon a time there was you – Elizabeth Berg
Always readable. I love all her books.
25. The Finkler question – Howard Jacobson
I’m half way through and so far enjoying it. I love his humour.