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The Books I Read In 2013….

January 1, 2014

33 of them all up, which is two more than in 2012. If I had to recommend any overall it would be the trilogy by Hugh Howey, starting with Wool. If you like a good thriller/crime book then the books bt Stella Rimington are well worth a go.

Listed in chronological order of having been read, and scored out of 5 where 5 is the highest score. A few got close to the top marks, but no 5 this year:

  1. Wolf Hall by Hilary mantel = 4
  2. The Dinner by Herman Koch = 3
  3. Wool by Hugh Howey = 4
  4. No.1 Ladies Detective Agency by A.McCall-Smith = 3
  5. Shockaholic by Carrie Fisher = 3
  6. All That I Am by Anna Funder = 4
  7. Shift by Hugh Howey = 4
  8. Closure Limited by Max Brooks = 4
  9. By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham = 3
  10. Devil in Disguise by Julian Clary = 2 ½
  11. Since Tomorrow by Morgan Nyberg = 2
  12. The Rapture by Liz Jensen = 4
  13. The Rise and Fall of The House of Bo by John Garnaut = 3 ½
  14. Poppet by Mo Hayder = 4
  15. Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel = 4
  16. Secret Asset by Stella Rimington = 4
  17. Reclaiming Epicurus by Luke Slatergy = 3
  18. The City and The Pillar = Gore Vidal = 4
  19. The Olive Readers by Christine Aziz = 3
  20. Union Jack by Val McDermid = 3
  21. The House of Special Purpose by John Boyne = 3 ½
  22. At Risk by Stella Rimington = 4
  23. The Cuckoos’ Calling by Rpbert Gallbraith = 4 ½
  24. Dust by Hugh Howey = 4 ½
  25. Wrecked by Charlotte Roche = 3
  26. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green = 4
  27. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn = 4 ½
  28. Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas = 3
  29. Take Your Best Shot by Jacqueline Kent = 3
  30. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion = 4
  31. Dead Line by Stella Rimington = 4
  32. 1222 by Ann Holt = 3 ½
  33. Zoo by James Patterson = 2
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The books I read in 2012….

January 10, 2013

Listed in chronological order of having been read, and scored out of 5 where 5 is the highest score. Only a few got the top marks:
1. In A Dark Wood, by Marcel Moring = 2
2. Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal, by Jeanette Winterson = 2
3. Player One, by Douglas Coupland = 3
4. The Tigers Wife, by Tea Obreht = 1
5. A Darker Domain, by Val McDermid = 4
6. Zone One, by Colson Whitehead = 3
7. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins = 5
8. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins = 4
9. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins = 5
10. World War Z, by Max Brooks = 5*
11. The Necessary Aptitude, by Pam Ayres = 3
12. You Are Not A Stranger Here, by Adam Haslett = 3 ½
13. A Cry In The Jungle Bar, by Robert Drewe = 1 ½
14. Union Atlantic, by Adam Haslett = 3 ½
15. Ed King, by David Guterson = 3
16. The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows = 4 ½
17. 11.22.63, by Stephen King = 4
18. The Leftovers, by Tom Perotta = 4
19. In One Person, by John Irving = 3
20. The Boy In The Suitcase, by L. Kaaberbol & A. Friis = 4
21. So You’re Going To Be A Dad, by Peter Downey = 4
22. Age Of Miracles, by Karen Walker = 4
23. My Life In France, by Julia Child = 3
24. Dirt Music, by Tim Winton = 4
25. Life Of Pi, by Yann Martel = 4
26. The Married Man, by Edmund White = 1
27. Then, by Julie Myerson = 4
28. Holes, by Louis Sachar = 4 ½
29. Fear Of Flying, by Erica Jong = 3 ½
30. Fear Not, by Ann Holt = 3
31. The Twelve, by Justin Cronin = 5

Time Out

January 28, 2010

Ok it is time to get back at it. I have had some time out, time out form work and time out from life and now it is time to join the real world again.

It has been a while since I had the opportunity to take an extended time off from work and I can highly recommend it if you ever have the chance. I feel like I have recharged my batteries.

Whilst off I saw heaps of movies and read I don’t know how many books. Some movies seen that I think are worth seeing are, Up In The Air, Nowhere Boy,  Avatar, Invictus, An Education and Sherlock Holmes. And some books you might want to pick up are Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill, Breath by Tim Winton, The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold and the Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson.

I also got into the habit of going for coffee and cake each morning, I took the time to sit there, read the paper and think about what to do with my day whilst my waist gradually increased due to all the cake I was eating. Not the healthiest breakfast I know.

Much of my time was spent on the beach dozing in the daytime sun and daydreaming that this kind of lifestyle was mine forever. It was not however all rest and no play, I did do some work for a charity which was very enjoyable and rewarding. I worked with the Aids Council Of New South Wales (ACON) on their new safe sex campaign for the Mardi Gras season, no doubt I’ll give it a mention on here once it launches.

I also became a qualified diver (again), I had not scuba dived for about eight years and thought it was time to get back down there so re-did my PADI course. Enjoyed every minute of it and kicked myself for having lived in Australia for almost five years now and had not taken the opportunity till now to requalify.  Hopefully I will be out there in the ocean diving with sharks soon.