The books I’ve been reading!

After I retired I decided to keep a list of the books I have been reading.

I think that, like the music a person listens to, the books a person reads says a lot about them. The first thing that we used to like to do when we made new friends was to look through each others record collection and the books on the shelf.

These are the books I’ve been reading over the last year:

146. The Woman who died a lot Jasper Fforde
147. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki Haruki Murakami
148. On the Road – original scroll Jack Kerouac
149. Discomfort zone Jonathan Frantzen
150. The Establishment and how they get away with it Owen Jones
151. The Kill List Frederick Forsythe
152. The Song of the Quarkbeast Jasper Fforde
153. One of our Thursdays is missing Jasper Fforde
154. No Matter What Sally Donovan
155. The story of my heart Richard Jefferies
156. Time must have a stop Aldous Huxley
157. Immortal coils Kurt Vonnegut
158. Chavs Owen Jones
159. Revival Stephen King
160. In God I doubt John Humphrys
161. Phil Ochs Death of a rebel Marc Elliott
162. In Watermelon Sugar Richard Brautigan
163. Blues for Mr Charlie James Baldwin
164. Stone Mattress Margaret Atwood
165. The Music of Captain Beefheart Chris Wade
166. Something rotten Jasper Fforde
167. From Here to Infinity – Scientific Horizons Martin Rees
168.  Laughter and forgetting Milan Kundera
169. Saturday Night & Sunday Morning Alan Sillitoe
170. Black dogs Ian McEwan
171. This Boy Alan Johnson
172. Please Mr Postman Alan Johnson
173. If this isn’t nice what is? Kurt Vonnegut Jnr
174. Lunar Notes Zoot Horn Rollo
175. The Martian Andy Weir
176. Afterlife Colin Wilson
177. Revolution Russell Brand
178. The buried giant Kasuo Ishiguro
179. Sons and lovers D H Lawrence
180. Women Charles Bukowski
181. Collected stories Philip K Dick
182. Murder on the Marco polo Clive Leatherdale
183. The colour purple Maya Angelou
184. Reader Noam Chomski
185. Magic seeds V S Naipal
186. Notes from a small island Bill Bryson
187. Tortilla flat John Steinbeck
188. The heart goes first Margaret Atwood
189. Finding Son House Richard Shade Gardner
190. The big over easy Jasper Fforde
191. Lost in a good book Jasper Fforde
192. The Eyre affair (again) Jasper Fforde
193. The Fourth Bear Jasper Fforde
194. Sunstorm Arthur C Clarke
195. Bazaar of Bad Dreams Stephen King
196. Wind/Pinball Haruki Murakami
197. The Girl in the Spider’s Web David Lagercrantz
198. The strange library Haruki Murakami
199. The Potato Factory Bryce Courtenay
200. Bodily Harm Margaret Atwood
201. Justine Lawrence Durrell
202. Armageddon in retrospect (again) Kurt Vonnegut Jnr
203. The Tree John Fowles
204. Moon Palace Paul Auster
205. Homo Deus Yuval Noah Harari
206. My White Bicycle Joe Boyd
207. Sapiens Yuval Noah Harari
208. Animal Farm George Orwell
209. Petrified Ants Kurt Vonnegut
210. Now Wait For Last Year Philip K Dick
211. Grimus Salman Rushdie
212. Feel the Rush Jeff Parsons
213. The Wizard of Wands Dewin Nefol
214. The Ghost Robert Harris
215. Sabbath’s Theatre Philip Roth
216. Staring at the Sun Julian Barnes
217. Talking it Over Julian Barnes
218. Hag-Seed Margaret Atwood
219. Trout Fishing in America Richard Brautigan
220. Healers from another world C Coulson Pounder
221. On the Road – original scroll Jack Kerouac

9 thoughts on “The books I’ve been reading!

  1. A refined list of books! Many of those authors I have heard of, yet unfamiliar with. Props for the Vonnegut books! I love his work, and am excitedly looking forward to, “Armageddon in Retrospect”…I think I will be sharing an article with a list of books I’ve read this year as well. I’ve been all over the place, reading Eastern philosophy, then Western, then current science, politics, classic literature pieces, French authors, bohemian authors, etc., etc.

    1. Hi Tylor – it’s a bit of a mixed bag. I like a mixture of light and heavier reads. Vonnegut is one of my favourites – such a lightness of touch and humour with depth. I enjoyed Armageddon in Retrospect. Not his best but interesting. It is always sad when you come to the end of a favourite writer and know that there is going to be no more. I look forward to your list. All the best.

  2. What’s in a name, she said. Sillitoe? Not many authors there I’m familiar with, Opher. I was wondering what kind of an experience reading Russell Brandt is – is it as surreal and esoteric as the man?
    I’ve been reading a very mixed and eclectic bag of fiction, mainly because I was given a huge bagful of discards by a friend. It’s been an interesting dip into books I would not normally bother with.

    1. Raili – Allan Sillitoe was one of those English writers from the late 50s, early sixties, called the Angry Young Men, who wrote gritty books of social realism based in the North of England. His two famous ones were Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner. There were some great books came out of that period – the L-Shaped Room, This Sporting Life, Lucky Jim, Room at the Top.
      I don’t like Russel Brandt but I was interested in his take on the social unrest and division in society. Revolution was an interesting read. Not like his usual stupidity.
      Jasper Fforde is one of my recent finds – a very zany writer.
      That would be fun to read a bunch of things that you haven’t selected.

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