Read 2015

My reading list for 2015.

All books link back to the original review and if appropriate by affiliate link to Amazon.co.uk if you click on titles.

Key to Abbreviations.
AV = Amazon Vine – Review copy chosen from a list offered to ‘Vine Voices’;  B = Borrowed from friends or family;  G = Gift – Birthdays and Christmas etc, and Giveaway prizes;  LTER = Freebie from the Librarything Early Reviewers draw;  O = Own – I bought / swapped / inherited it;  RP = Freebie requested from the publisher – where I requested a particular book;  PS = Freebie from publisher, sent after asking if I’d like a copy;  UNS = Unsolicited freebie; finally an asterisk * = from the TBR (acquired before 1.1.14)

Finished in DECEMBER, reviewed in JANUARY
– The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by Stephen Collins – O* (10/10) – Review
– A Question of Upbringing by Anthony Powell – O* (8/10) – Review
– Armchair Nation by Joe Moran – O* (9/10) – Review at SNBks
– The Year of the Rat by Clare Furniss – PS* – Review at SNBks

JANUARY
1. Jackanory – Stories from Russia – O* Review
2. The Woman Who Liked Clean Rest Rooms by J.P. Donleavy – O* (6/10) Review
3. Funny Girl by Nick Hornby – PS* Review at SNBks
4. The List of My Desires by Gregoire Delacourt – O* (8.5/10) – Review
5. Humor by Stanley Donwood – PS* (6/10) – Review
6. The Year of Reading Dangerously by Andy Miller – O* (8/10) – Review
7. The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick – O* (9.5/10) – Review at SNBks
8. The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge – O* (6/10) – Review
9. Where I’m Reading From by Tim Parks – PS* – Review at SNBks
10. I was here by Gayle Forman – PS* – Review at SNBks
11. Pictures or it Didn’t Happen by Sophie Hannah – PS – Capsule review
12. Dead Man Talking by Roddy Doyle – PS – Capsule review
13. Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer – O* – Review

FEBRUARY
14. Travelling to Infinity by Jane Hawking – PS* (7.5/10) – Review
15. The Door That Led to Where by Sally Gardner – PS* (8/10) – Review at SNBks
16. Get Me Out of Here by Henry Sutton – O* (9.5/10) – Review
17. Authority by Jeff Vandermeer – O* (8/10) – Review
18. Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper – PS* (9/10) – Review at SNBks
19. A Buyer’s Market (Dance #2) by Anthony Powell – O* (9/10) – Review
20. A War of Flowers by Jane Thynne – PS (9/10) – Review
21. Naked in Death by J.D.Robb – O* (5.5/10) – Review
22. Lurid & Cute by Adam Thirlwell – PS – DNF (120 pages) – Review
23. The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker – O* – (9/10) – Review
24. The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro – PS (8/10) – Review at SNBks

MARCH
25. Birth of a Theorem by Cedric Villani – PS (8/10) – Review at SNBks
26. Fire Flowers by Ben Byrne – PS (9/10) – Review at SNBks
27. Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller – PS (10/10) Review at SNBks
28. The Helios Disaster by Linda Bostrum Knausgaard – PS (8.5/10) – Review
29. Ross Poldark by Winston Graham – O (9/10) – Review at SNBks
30. The Knowledge by Lewis Dartnell – O (8.5/10) – Review at SNBks
31. Dear Lupin: Letters to a Wayward Son by Richard and Charlie Mortimer – O* (9/10) – Review
32. Irène (The Camille Verhoeven Trilogy) by Pierre Lemaitre – O* (10/10)Review
33. Spring Tide (Ronning & Stilton 1) by Cilla and Rolf Bjorlind – PS* (10/10)Review
34. The Acceptance World by Anthony Powell – O* (7.5/10) – Review
35. Half Wild by Sally Green – O (8.5/10) – Review at SNBks

APRIL
36. The Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell – PS (6.5/10) – Review
37. Paper Towns by John Green – O* (8/10) – Review
38. Camille (The Camille Verhoeven Trilogy) by Pierre Lemaitre – PS – Review
39. Look Back in Anger: Faber Modern Classics by John Osborne (for SNBks)
40. Naked at the Albert Hall: The Inside Story of Singing by Tracey Thorn (8.5/10) PS – Review at SNBks
41. Hotel Arcadia by Sunny Singh (10/10) PS – Review at SNBks
42. The Boy Who Stole Attila’s Horse (Pushkin Collection) by Ivan Repila – PS (7.5/10) – Review
43. All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher (8/10) PS – Review at SNBks
44. The Bees by Laline Paull (8/10) O – Review
45. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides – O* (8.5/10) – Review
46. At Lady Molly’s (Dance to the Music of Time) by Anthony Powell

MAY
47. Deja Vu by Ian Hocking – PS (6.10) – Review
48. The Field of the Cloth of Gold by Magnus Mills – (8.5/10) O – Review at SNBks
49. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton – O
50. The Long Firm by Jake Arnott – (10/10) O* – Review
51. Something Nasty in the Woodshed by Kyril Bonfiglioli – (7/10) O* – Review
52. Acts of Omission by Terry Stiastny – (7.5/10) PS – (8/10) Review
53. The Ship by Antonia Honeywell – (8.5/10) O – Review
54. The Drowned World by J.G.Ballard – O* (9/10) – Review
55. Acceptance by Jeff Vandermeer – O* (7.5/10) – Review

JUNE
56. Instrumental by James Rhodes – O* (10/10)Review at SNBks
57. Orient by Christopher Bollen – PS (9/10) – Review
58. Pietr the Latvian by Georges Simenon – O* (7.5/10) – Review
59. Three Bedrooms in Manhattan by Georges Simenon – O (8.5/10) – Review
60. The Yellow Dog by Georges Simenon – O* (9/10) – Review
61. A Lovely Way to Burn by Louise Welsh – PS (8.5/10) – Review
62. Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih – O (6/10) – Review
63. The late Mr Gallet by Georges Simenon – O* (6.5/10) – Review
64. The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett – O (9/10) – Review
65. I Saw A Man by Owen Sheers – PS (8.5/10) – Review at SNBks
66. Third Voice by Cilla and Rolf Bjorlind – PS (9/10) – Review
67. Spirals in Time – The Secret Life and Curious Afterlife of Seashells by Helen Scales – PS (9/10) – Review at SNBks

JULY
68. Soulless by Gail Carriger – O* (8/10) – Review
69. Young God by Katharine Faw Morris – O (10/10)Review
70. Why we broke up by Daniel Handler – O* (8/10) – Review
71. The watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley – PS (9.5/10) SNBks Review
72. The Sundial by Shirley Jackson – O (9.5/10) – Review
73. The Martian by Andy Weir – O* (8/10) – Review
74. Wake up, Sir by Jonathan Ames
75. The Hanged Man of Saint-Pholien by Georges Simenon
76. Black Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin
77. The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck – O (6.5/10)
78. Think Like an Artist by Will Gompertz – O (8//10)
79. All Sorts of Possible by Rupert Wallis – PS (8/10) SNBks Review
80. The Last Pilot by Benjamin Johncock – PS (10/10) SNBks Review

AUGUST
81. Polo by Jilly Cooper – O* (8/10)
82. Seeking Whom He May Devour by Fred Vargas – O* (9/10)
83. Fear and Trembling by Natalie Nothumb – O* (6.5/10)
84. The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters – O* (9/10)
85. The Truth and Other Lies by Sacha Arango – PS (8/10)
86. The autobiography of James T Kirk by David A. Goodman – PS (8/10) SNBks Review
87. Shockaholic by Carrie Fisher – O* (8/10)
88. Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth – O (8/10)
89. Money by Martin Amis – O* (9/10)

SEPTEMBER
90. Kauthar by Meike Ziervogel – PS (8/10) SNBks Review
91. The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne – PS (9/10) SNBks Review
92. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara – O (7/10)
93. Mythology by Christopher Dell – PS (7/10) SNBks Review
94. What if the Queen Should Die? by John-Paul Flintoff – PS (8.5/10)
95. Two years eight months and twenty-eight nights by Salman Rushdie – PS (8.5/10) SNBks Review
96. Latest Readings by Clive James – PS (10/10)
97. The peculiar Life of A Lonely Postman by Denis Theriault – O* (9/10)
98. Not on fire, but burning by Greg Hrbek – PS (8.5/10) SNBks Review
99. List of the Lost by Morissey – O (DNF!)
100. House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard – O (8.5/10) SNBks Review
101. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness – O (7.5/10)

OCTOBER
102. The End of Vandalism by Tom Drury – O* (10/10) SNBks Review
103. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin – O* (7/10)
104. The Reflection by Hugo Wilcken – PS (8/10) SNBks Review
105. The Carter of La Providence by Georges Simenon – O (8/10)
106. Family Album by Penelope Lively – O* (6.5/10)
107. Emperor Fu-Manchu by Sax Rohmer – PS (8.5/10)
108. Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith – O* (10/10)
109. We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach – PS (7.5/10)
110. The Winter Place by Alexander Yates – PS (8/10) SNBks Review
111. The King of Elfland’s Daughter by Lord Dunsany – O* (DNF)
112. A Short Gentleman by Jon Canter – O (8.5//10)

NOVEMBER
113. The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Ten Songs by Greil Marcus – PS (9/10) SNBks Review
114. Small Change by Andrez Bergen – PS (8/10)
115. The Parent Trap by Erich Kastner – O (8.5/10)
116. Spectacles by Sue Perkins – O (9/10) SNBks Review
117. Real Life Rock by Greil Marcus – PS (8/10) SNBks Review
118. Digby’s Hollywood Adventure by Thomas Fuchs – PS (8.5/10)
119. Pretty Thing by Jennifer Nadel – PS (7.5/10)
120. The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalie Sanmartin Fenollera – O (8.5/10)
121. Number 11 by Jonathan Coe – PS (9/10) SNBks Review
122. Daughters Unto Demons by Amy Lukavics – PS (9/10)

DECEMBER
123. Where there’s Love, There’s Hate by Adolfo Bioy Casares and Silvina Ocampo – O (7.5/10)
124. Sophia by Michael Bible – PS – SNBks Review
125. Hack by Kieran Crowley – PS (10/10)
126. Night at the Crossroads by Georges Simenon – O (8.5/10)
127. Look to the Lady by Margery Allingham – PS (9/10)
128. Heroic Measures by Jill Ciment – PS (9/10)
129. How You See Me by S.E. Craythorne – PS (7.5/10)
130. A Lion Was Learning to Ski by Ranjit Bolt – PS SNBks Review
131. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson – PS