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Books I've read: 2007-08

Lisa T
 
The Ivy Chronicles
The Ivy Chronicles
"Fancied a bit of light reading, really wish I hadn't bothered.  One of the worst books I've ever read. Superficial, tacky and very predictable."
The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials)
The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials)
"Is it better than Northern Lights?? I just can't decide!  Is bloody good though!"
The Bitch Goddess Notebook
The Bitch Goddess Notebook
"Wanted to read it because of the Donna Tartt comparisons.  Enjoyed it, but if I was still 18 I know I would have totally loved it!"
My Booky Wook
My Booky Wook
"Aah, Russell... much more endearing than he often comes across on television."
What Was Lost
What Was Lost
"An enjoyable read, but from the reviews I read beforehand I was expecting something a bit stronger."
On Chesil Beach
On Chesil Beach
"Not as good as the other Ian McEwan books I've read."
Status Anxiety
Status Anxiety
"Brilliant!  Drawing from ancient philosophy, art and literature.. and it's all so relevant!"
Love in the Time of Cholera
Love in the Time of Cholera
"Not the classic I was expecting.  Really enjoyed following the story of Fermina Daza, but had no sympathy for Florentino Ariza, found myself switching off when reading of his numerous love affairs."
The Wonder Spot
The Wonder Spot
"This is the enjoyable, light read that I was hoping to find with The Ivy Chronicles.  Smart and witty, I'd definitely recommend."
The Accidental Tourist
The Accidental Tourist
"Really enjoyed the book despite not liking any of the main characters!"
Darkly Dreaming Dexter
Darkly Dreaming Dexter
"Was a good story, but I quickly grew tired of the 'smart' dialogue.  Will still check out the tv series though..."
Pig (Penguin Fiction)
Pig (Penguin Fiction)
"A lovely, but sad little story."
The Secret History
The Secret History
"This is my absolute favourite book!  I've read it three times now and it just keeps getting better!  Great story, wonderful characters, brilliantly written. So engaging I start believing I'm there!"
A Prayer For Owen Meany
A Prayer For Owen Meany
"I did like the book, I just found Owen really, really annoying.  How did they all put up with him?!"
I Capture The Castle (Vintage Classics)
I Capture The Castle (Vintage Classics)
"Loved it!  One of the most likeable narrators in literary history.  Well written and a great story."
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
"I'm not usually a fan of short stories, but Murakami's style is so beautiful I couldn't put it down!  My favourite of his short story collections"
The Shadow Of The Wind
The Shadow Of The Wind
"Loved it!  A real page turner, a brilliant story, loved the characters, and loved the little twist at the end!"
Noughts & Crosses: Book 1 (Part1 of Noughts & Crosses Trilogy)
Noughts & Crosses: Book 1 (Part1 of Noughts & Crosses Trilogy)
"A great idea, and brilliant twist that really challenges the way you think.  But not that well written.  Disappointing."
Sophie's Choice (Vintage Classics)
Sophie's Choice (Vintage Classics)
"Obviously, so very, very sad, but also fascinating story of the relationship between the three main characters."
Bit Of A Blur: The Autobiography
Bit Of A Blur: The Autobiography
"This is Alex James' story - not a biography of the history of blur.  I loved it for that reason, but would have liked to learnt a bit more about Graham leaving the band."
The Lake Of Dead Languages
The Lake Of Dead Languages
"The Secret History this is not.  A book based around classics students in America - that's where the similarities end.  I wonder what Donna Tartt would think of the comparisons."
The Gum Thief
The Gum Thief
"Thought this was much better than Generation X.  All of the characters were really likeable, I was interested in each of their stories and how the unlikely bonds came to form.  And I loved Glove Pond!"
Company of Liars
Company of Liars
"Mysterious, magical and pretty horrifying at times!  Loved it!  I loved the background of England during the Plague, really added to the macabre story."
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
"I read this book as a fan of Murakami, and not as a runner, and I loved it for this reason.  Behind the talk of running you get a great insight into what motivates this elusive author."
Hangover Square: A Story of Darkest Earl's Court (Penguin Modern Classics)
Hangover Square: A Story of Darkest Earl's Court (Penguin Modern Classics)
"This book has turned me into a big fan of Patrick Hamilton!  A really gripping read, loved the setting of London, just before war broke out.  And by the end I really felt for George Harvey Bone!"