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Gul Darr



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 1:46 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

I only read about 13 books in 2011 Sad so this should be a relatively easy task. But it's so difficult to choose! I'll rule out Les Misérables Parts 3 and 4 as re-reads of sorts, which helps a bit. So, in no particular order:

The Sweet Shop Owner by Graham Swift
My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk
The Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Suttree by Cormac McCarthy


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chris-l



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The list that comes to mind right now omits any rereads, so necessarily excludes 'The Old Curosity Shop' and a few other titles. Tomorrow, you might get a different selection!


George Gissing    The Nether World
John Dos Passos  Manhatten Transfer
John Dos Passos  Three Soldiers
Virginia Woolf      Jacob's Room
Winifred Watson   Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

These are the ones that made the deepest impression on me, although there are several other books I have read this year that I rate very highly and might include if I repeated this exercise.


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Caro



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You might not have read quantity, Gul, but you've certainly read quality.

My computer is up and running again, and I see a few books I rated at 19 missed out.  They included The Hand That Once Held Me by Maggie O'Farrell, and The Surgeon of Crowthorne by Simon Winchester and a couple of NZ ones.  But the one I feel I should have added was Under the Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy which I did like a lot.  What to take out:  I suppose Sovereign.

Cheers, Caro.


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Gul Darr



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Caro, that's two recommendations for Under the Greenwood Tree now, so that might be my choice of Hardy novel for 2012.


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Apple



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marita wrote:
Apple wrote:

1. Alone in Berlin - as recommended to me on my 40 for 40 challenge, by Marita (I think) this has to be the number one book for this year

I’m glad you enjoyed this, Apple.


I did it was one of the most extraordinary books I have ever read, and it had the knack of playing on my mind afterwrds for a while and there are very few books which manage to do that.



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