Read 2019

My reading list for 2019.

All books link back to the original review.

Key to Abbreviations.
O = Own copy – I bought / swapped / was gifted / inherited it
RC = Print review copy / freebie from publisher / Amazon Vine etc
L = borrowed from the Library
NG = Review copy via Netgalley
And finally, an asterisk * = from the TBR (acquired before 1.1.19)


Finished in 2018, reviewed in 2019
– The Atlas of Disease by Sandra Hempel – RC (6.5/10) Review
– Sight by Jessie Greengrass – RC (7/10) Review
– The Language of Kindness by Christie Watson – O (8/10) Review
– A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (re-read) – O* (9/10) Review
– Where Shall We Run To? by Alan Garner – O* (9/10) Review
– Kings of the Yukon by Adam Weymouth – RC (9/10) Review
– Oh, I Do Love to Be… by Marie Phillips – O (8.5/10) Review
– We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson – O* (10/10) Review

JANUARY
1. Transcription by Kate Atkinson – O* (10/10) Review
2. The Dry by Jane Harper – O* (10/10) Review
3. The Train in the Night by Nick Coleman – RC* (10/10) Review
4. The Hourglass by Liz Heron – RC (8.5/10) Review
5. Strike Your Heart by Amelie Nothumb – RC (9/10) Review
6. The Lady Doctor by Ian Williams – RC (9/10) Review
7. Help the Witch by Tom Cox – L (9/10) Review
8. Trinity by Louisa Hall – L (9/10) Review
9. Slow Motion Ghosts by Jeff Noon – RC (10/10) Shiny review
10. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco – O* Review in 3 parts: One Two Three

FEBRUARY
11. Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li – RC (9/10) Shiny Review
12. Birthday Girl by Haruki Murakami – O Review
– Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien – O (DNF , 75/480 pages)
13. Graceland by Bethan Roberts – RC (10/10) Shiny review
14. Monsieur Ka by Vesna Goldsworthy – O* (9.5/10) Review
15. Polio: The Odyssey of Eradication by Thomas Abraham – RC (7/10) Review
16. The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein – O (9/10) Review
17. Murmur by Will Eaves – L (9/10) Review
18. MI5 and Me by Charlotte Bingham – O (10/10) Review
19. The Tip of My Tongue by Trezza Azzopardi – O* (8/10) Review
20. Notes on a Scandal by Zoe Heller – O* (8.5/10) Review (re-read)

MARCH
21. The Adulterants by Joe Dunthorne – O* (9/10) Review
22. No Minor Chords by Andre Previn – O* (10/10) Review
23. Folk by Zoe Gilbert – RC (9/10) Review
24. An Amorous Discourse in the Suburbs of Hell by Deborah Levy – O (9/10) Review
25. The Bothy by Trevor Mark Thomas – RC (10/10) Review
26. Modern Gods by Nick Laird – L (7/10) Review
27. Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – RC (10/10) Shiny Review
28. The Point of Poetry by Joe Nutt – RC (8.5/10) Review
29. O Positive by Joe Dunthorne – RC (9/10) Review
30. Amateur by Thomas Page McBee – L (8/10) Review
31. Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts – RC (8/10) Review

APRIL
32. Wakenhyrst by Michelle Paver – RC – (8.5/10) Review
33. My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh – L (7/10) Review
34. Mind on Fire by Arnold Thomas Fanning – L (8/10) Review
35. Adèle by Leïla Slimani – O (7.5/10) Shiny review
36. The Drought by J.G. Ballard – O* (9.5/10) Review
37. Plum by Hollie McNish – L (9/10) Review
38. The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders – RC (7/10) Review
39. Deadland by William Shaw – RC – (9/10) Review
40. Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-cream Float Before He Stole My Ma by Kerry Hudson – O (9/10) Review
41. Heart: A History by Sandeep Jauhar – O (7/10) Review
42. This Really Isn’t About You by Jean Hannah Edelstein – L (9.5/10) Review
43. Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me by Kate Clanchy – RC (10/10) Review
44. West by Carys Davies – O (10/10) – Review
45. The Print Museum by Heidi Williamson – L (8.5/10) Review
46. Codename Villanelle by Luke Jennings – O (8/10) Review
47. Modesty Blaise by Peter O’Donnell – O* (10/10) Review

MAY
48. On Presence: Essays|Drawings by Peter Reason and Sarah Gillespie – RC – Review
49. On the Line by Alice Vinten – RC (9/10) Review
50. There There by Tommy Orange – RC (10/10) Review
51. The Lost Letters of William Woolf by Helen Curren – O* (9/10) Review
– Village of the Lost Girls by Augustin Martinez – RC (DNF, 112/487 pages) – Comment
52. The Girl Before by JP Delaney – O* (10/10) Review
53. About Alice by Calvin Trillin – O* (8.5/10) Review
54. Inside the Wave by Helen Dunmore – L (9/10) Review
– Country by Michael Hughes – L (DNF 140/320 pages) Comments
55. Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller – O (9/10) Shiny Review
56. Last Ones Left Alive by Sarah Davis-Goff – RC (6.5/10) Review
57. Olt by Kenneth Gangemi – O* (9/10) Review
58. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon – O* (7.5/10) Review

JUNE
59. Call Him Mine by Tim Macgabhann – RC (8/10) Review
60. Red Joan by Jennie Rooney – O* (8.5/10) Review
61. After the Fire by Will Hill – O (8/10) Review
62. Bookworm by Lucy Mangan – O* (9.5/10) Review
63. The Death of an Owl by Paul Torday (with Piers Torday) – O* (9/10) Review
64. Vintage 1954 by Antoine Laurain – RC (8.5/10) Shiny review
65. A Fatal Game by Nicholas Searle – RC (8.5/10) Review
66. Why You Should Read Children’s Books… by Katherine Rundell – O (10/10) Review
67. The Gardener from Ochakov by Andrey Kurkov – O* (9/10) Review
68. Hacking Darwin by Jamie Metzl – RC (10/10) Review
69. The Blindfold by Siri Hustvedt – O* (8.5/10) Review
– Falling Awake by Alice Oswald – L (DNF) Comments

JULY
70. The Missing of Clairdelune (Mirror Visitor #2) by Christelle Dabos – RC (10/10) Review
71. Cold Skin by Albert Sanchez Pinol – O* (9.5/10) Review
72. Symphony in C by Robert M. Hazen – RC (6.5/10) Review
73. Sanctuary by Luca D’Andrea – RC (8/10) Review
74. The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun by Sebastien Japrisot – RC
75. Shingle Street by Blake Morrison – L (10/10) Review
76. Turtle Moon by Alice Hoffman – O (9/10) Review
77. Less by Andrew Sean Greer – O* (9/10) Review
78. The Friend by Sigrid Nunez – L (10/10) Review
79. The Sleepwalker by Joseph Knox – RC
80. The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney – RC (9/10) Shiny Review

AUGUST
81. Confessions of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell – RC (9.5/10) Review
– The Lola Quartet by Emily St John Mandel – L (DNF) Comment
82. The Casual Perfect by Lavinia Greenlaw – L (8/10) Review
83. Beached in Calabria by Ian Ross – RC (7.5/10) Review
84. Duffy by Dan Kavanagh – O* (9/10) Review
85. To Be Taught if Fortunate by Becky Chambers – RC (8.5/10) Review
86. The Last by Hanna Jamesom – RC (7.5/10) Review
87. The Only Story by Julian Barnes – O* (9/10) Review
88. Close to Home by Cara Hunter – O (9/10) Review
89. Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi – NG (7/10) Review
90. Barnhill by Norman Bissell – L (7.5/10) Review
91. A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale – O* (9.5/10) Review
92. The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy – RC (9/10) Shiny Review
93. Every Breath You Take by Mark Broomfield – RC (6.5/10) Review
94. Us by Zaffar Kunial – L (8.5/10) Review
95. Fallen Angel by Chris Brookmyre – RC (8.5/10) Review
96. Breaking & Mending by Joanna Cannon – RC (7/10) Review
97. Gloucester Crescent by William Millier – O* Shiny Review
98. Astragal by Albertine Sarrazin – O* (7.10) Review

SEPTEMBER
99. The Carrier by Mattias Berg – RC (6.5/10) Review
100. Then by Julie Myerson – L (7.5/10) Review
101. The Weighing of the Heart by Paul Tudor Owen – RC (8/10) Review
102. State of the Union by Nick Hornby – O (7/10) Review
103. Mimi by Lucy Ellman – O* (9/10) Review
104. This is Gomorrah by Tom Chatfield – RC Review

OCTOBER
105. Strange Lights Over Bexleyheath by Mike Harding – L (7.5/10) Review
106. East West Street by Philippe Sands – O NF (7.5/10) Review
107. The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia by Laura Miller (DNF – 66 pages, had to return to the library!)
108. Le Bal by Irène Némirovsky – O* (9/10) Review
109. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness – RC* (7/10) Review
110. Home Work by Julie Andrews – RC (9/10) Shiny Review
111. Twas the Nightshift before Christmas by Adam Kay – O (6/10) Review
112. William Blake Now by John Higgs – O (10/10) Review
113. Airhead by Emily Maitlis – L (9/10) Review
114. The Faculty of Indifference by Guy Ware

NOVEMBER
115. A Long Drawn Out Trip by Gerald Scarfe
116. Things That Art by Lochlann Jain – RC Review
117. Maigret and Monsieur Charles by Georges Simenon – RC (8.5/10) Review
118. Lie With Me by Philippe Besson – O (10/10) Review
– Nia by Robert Minhinnick – RC – (DNF, p102/ . )
119. Biographic Audrey by Sophie Collins, illus Matt Carr – L (5/10) Review
120. The Animal Gazer by Edgardo Franzosini – O (8/10) Review
121. A Meal in Winter by Hubert Mingarelli – O* (10/10) Review
122. Sideways by Rex Pickett – O
123. The Dance of Death by Oliver Bottini – RC (6,5/10) Review
124. The Stubborn Archivist by Yara Rodrigues Fowler – RC

DECEMBER
125. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy
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