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Books I've read this year

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Havoc, in Its Third Year
Havoc, in Its Third Year
"Excellent start to the year, gripping and moving"
The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon)
The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon)
"What is all the fuss about?  The parts about the Holy Family are mildly interesting whatever about the accuracy, but the rest?  phhaa"
Red Gold
Red Gold
"Not too bad, not too great either.."
Jiving at the Crossroads: Shock of the New in Haughey's Ireland
Jiving at the Crossroads: Shock of the New in Haughey's Ireland
"A strong account of the actual & perceived gaps between the power centre of Ireland and the rest of the country."
The Last Family In England
The Last Family In England
"Mildly diverting until the last quarter or so when it picks up a good bit."
Booked
Booked
"Good collection from my favourite Irish journo, good cause too"
Made in America
Made in America
"So much info, very well put across"
The Great Gatsby (Penguin Modern Classics)
The Great Gatsby (Penguin Modern Classics)
"I'll have to read this again, not sure I got the sense of reading the 'definitive American novel' at all"
In Cold Blood
In Cold Blood
"This is Quality writing, note capital Q"
Marathon Man (Bloomsbury Film Classics)
Marathon Man (Bloomsbury Film Classics)
"One of the best trillers I've read"
Vernon God Little
Vernon God Little
"Wasn't expecting much of this, but was more than pleasantly surprised, great stuff"
True Believers: The Tragic Inner Life of Sports Fans
True Believers: The Tragic Inner Life of Sports Fans
"Describes what all sports fans feel at some stage or another, eughhaaggghh"
Leviathan (FF Classics)
Leviathan (FF Classics)
"Great opening line, great book, great writer"
Amsterdam
Amsterdam
"Disappointed in this, did they give him the Booker for Enduring Love?"
30 Days: A Month at the Heart of Blair's War
30 Days: A Month at the Heart of Blair's War
"Interesting, would have been more so if I read it earlier I suspect."
Europe Since 1870: An International History:
Europe Since 1870: An International History:
"A history classic, though I only read as far as 1918, decided then to start on next one."
Birdsong (Vintage War)
Birdsong (Vintage War)
"Powerful, read description of Battle of Verdun and be left reeling"
Timbuktu
Timbuktu
"A lovely little book, funny and sad, great intro to Auster."
About the Author
About the Author
"Really grips you at the start, but inevitably fades a bit thereafter, still recommended though"
Rope Burns: Stories from the Corner
Rope Burns: Stories from the Corner
"Superb story telling, gripping, moving, hilarious, devastating"
One Hundred Years of Solitude (International Writers)
One Hundred Years of Solitude (International Writers)
"You don't read this, you immerse yourself in it"
The Power and the Glory
The Power and the Glory
"First Graham Greene novel I've read, will read more."
The Barracks (FF Classics)
The Barracks (FF Classics)
"McGahern's first, writing is superb, but too much youthful bitterness overshadow it methinks"
The Lifelong Season
The Lifelong Season
"Alternative views of the GAA, Frank McGuigan's story particularly affecting and Irish"
Naïve. Super
Naïve. Super
"Nice, some funny moments, but nothing spectacular"