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About my libraryMy library is large but it is a family library so not all areas reflect my interest. My interest is mainly modern fiction and history though I read some science books (biology) as well. I also have some favourite mystery writers(mostly British) and I indulge myself in that area and historical fiction.

The Early Reviewers program introduces me to new authors and widens my horizon. I try to keep track of my ongoing reading and what I thought about each book by writing at least few lines of a review for every book I now read. I keep an ongoing list of the books I have read commencing in 2008.

Books read in 2008:

Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
Saving the World by Julia Alvarez
Losing It by Jane Asher
Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
Claire's Head by Catherine Bush
Death comes for Peter Pan by Joan Brady
The Cranberry Queen by Kathleen DeMarco
City of Shadows by Ariana Franklin
The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald
The Translator by Daoud Hari (Early Reviewers)
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
The Dress Lodger by Sheri Holman
Memoirs: Laughing and Dancing Our Way to the Precipe by Felice Harcourt
Fault Lines by Nancy Huston
Imperium by Robert Harris
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hossein
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
When we were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro
Dark Angels by Katherine Koen
Germ by Robert Liparlo
The Last Breath by Denise Mina
Things I want My Daughters to Know by Elizabeth Noble(early reviewers)
Laura by Hilary Norman
Uncensored: Views & Reviews by Joyce Carol Oates
Alphabet by Kathy Page
The Foreigners by Caryl Phillips (early reviewers)
Saraminda by Jose Sarney (Early reviewers)
The Finishing School by Muriel Spark
The Lost Garden by Mary Stanley
Olive Kitteredge by Elizabeth Strout (early reviewers)
Farewell My Queen by Chantal Thomas
Uncle Jack by Tony Williams
The Lover by Laura Wilson
A Little Death by Laura Wilson
Hello Bunny Alice by Laura Wilson
Nowhere's Child by Francesca Weisman
Every Past Thing by Pamela Thompson (early reviewers)
Revenge by Marry Morris
Ideas of Heaven by Joan Silber
Hunger by Elise Blackwell
Enchantress of Florence by Salmon Rushdie (early reviewers)
Call the Dying by Andrew Taylor
The Ghost Writer by John Harwood
The Successor by Ismail Kadare
America, America by Ethan Canin (early reviewers)
Missing Mom by Joyce Carol Oates
Fortunate Son by Walter Mosley
A Changed Man by Francine Prose
Mister Sandman by Barbara Gowdy(early reviewers)
The Custom of the Sea by Neil Hanson
Alice in Exile by Piers Paul Read
The Small Hours of the Morning by Margaret Yorke
Sophia Regent of Russia 1657-1704 by Lindsey Hughes
The Scroll of Seduction by Gioconda Bell
The American Plague by Molly Caldwell Crosby
The Autograph Man by Zadie Smith
A Week in October by Elizabeth Subercaseaux (early reviewers)
I, Elizabeth by Rosalind Miles
The Fat Woman's Joke by Fay Weldon
Whitehall Palace by Cecil Whitaker-Wilson
Suspect by Michael Robotham
One Under by Graham Hurley
The Whiskey Rebels by David Liss(early reviewers)
A Likeness in Stone by J Wallis Martin
The Judas Heart by Ingrid Black
Winter in Majorca by George Sand
The Light of Evening by Edna O'Brien
Ivan the Terrible by S. P. Platonov
The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
The Black Violin by Maxence Fermine
Memory by Philippe Grimbert
The Sixth Wife by Suzannah Dunn
Angel of Light by Joyce Carol Oates
Iraq Through A Bullet Hole by Issam Jameel (early reviewers)
The Great Karoo by Fred Stenson (early reviewers)
No Such Creature by Giles Blunt (early reviewers)
The Forest of Souls by Carla Banks
Weaving Shadows by Margaret Murphy
The 6th Lamentation by William Broderick
Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
The Guilty Heart by Julie Parsons
Alexandra the Last Tsarina by Carolly Erickson
The Depths of Solitude by Jo Bannister
No Birds Sang by Jo Bannister
Dry by Augusten Burroughs
When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson

Read In 2009:

The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo by Steig Larsson
Human Croquet by Kate Atkinson
One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson
By the Time You Read This by Giles Blunt
The Private Patient by P.D. James
Orpheus Lost by Janette Turner Hospital
Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson
Testimony by Anita Shreve
The Darkness of Wallis Simpson by Rose Tremain
A Mercy by Toni Morrison (early reviewers)
Tambourlaine Must Die by Louise Welsh
The Birthday Present by Barbara Vine
Life Class by Pat Barker
Felony: The Private History of the Aspern Papers by Emma Tennant
A Thousand Lies by Laura Wilson
The Thirteeenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Daniel Isn't Talking by Marti Leimbach
Gentlemen of the Road by Michael Chabon
Portobello by Ruth Rendell
The Monsters of Gramercy Park by Danny Leigh
Revelation by C. J. Sansom
My Lord of Canterbury: Cranmer by Godfrey Turton
House of Meetings by Martin Amis
No Good Deed by Manda Scott
Mutiny on the Bounty by John Boyne (early reviewers)
The Litvinenko File: The Life and Death of a Russian Spy by Martin Sixsmith
The Kindly Ones by Jonathan Littel
Restless by William Boyd
The Long Close Call by J Wallis Martin
Dirty Little Angels by Chris Tusa
Incantation by Alice Hoffman
A High and Hidden Place by Michelle Claire Lucas
The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
The Risk of Darkness by Susan Hill
Grave Goods by Ariana Franklin
The Glass of Time by Michael Cox
Annie's Ghosts by Steve Luxenberg (early reviewers)
The Carhullan Army by Sarah Hall
The Likeness by Tana French
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
The Various Haunts of Men by Susan Hill
The Last Days of the Romanovs by Helen Rappaport
Self's Deception by Bernhard Schlink
Therapy by David Lodge
Thorn by Vena Cork
A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrich
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
After This by Alice McDermott
Junping the Cracks by Victoria Blake
My Best Friend by Laura Wilson
Paula Spencer by Roddy Doyle
Havoc In Its Third Year by Ronan Bennett
The Dark Room by Rachel Seiffert
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
The Embers by Hyatt Bass (early reviewers)
My Home Sweet Home by Val Stevens
My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Lush Life by Richard Price
Almost The Truth by Margaret Yorke
At Risk by Alice Hoffman
Skin and Blister by Victoria Blake
In the Woods by Tana French
The Art of Dying by Vena Cork
The Greatest Gift by Danny Leigh
Raven Black by Ann Cleeves
Chaucer by Peter Ackroyd
The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Strangers by Carla Banks
The Darkness Inside by John Rickards
Hen's Teeth by Manda Scott
Lost Souls by Michael Collins
The Resurrectionists by Michael Collins
Emerald Underground by Michael Collins
Death of a Writer by Michael Collins
The gardens of the Dead by William Broderick
Ghost by Robert Harris
A Stain on the Silence by Andrew Taylor
Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child
Keep Me Close by Clare Francis
Dead and Buried by Quintine Jardine
Michael & Natasha: The Life and Love of the Last Tsar of Russia
Crow Stone by Jenni Mills
I saw you by Julie Parsons
The Vows of Silence by Susan Hill
Surveillance by Jonathan Raban
The Mortal Sickness by Andrew Taylor
Acts of Revision by Martyn Bedford
High Chicago by Howard Shrier (early reviewers)
Transgressions by Sarah Dunant
Watchers of Time by Charles Todd
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
The Feminists Go Swimming by Michael Collins
Life Mask by Emma Donahue
Little Bird of Heaven by Joyce Carol Oates
Dread Murder by Gwendoline Butler
Green Eye by Vena Cork
Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier (early reviewers)
The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
I'll Fly Away by Wally Lamb

Books read in 2010:

The Outcast by Sadie Jones
The Sea Captain's Wife by Beth Powning (early reviewers)
A Small Deceit by Margaret Yorke
No Medals for the Major by Margaret Yorke
The Gravedigger's Wife by Joyce Carol Oates
The First Four Georges by J.K. Plumb
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
The Hidden Man by Charles Cumming
Dead Cold by Louise Penny
The Girl who Kicked the Hornets' Nest by Stieg Larsson
A Pale Horse by Charles Todd
Jane Boleyn by Julia Fox
Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain
Ralph's Children by Hilary Norman
The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo
Heartsick by Chelsea Cain
The Year Of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
The Betrayal by Helen Dunmore (early reviewers)
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
Until Its Over by Nicci French
The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas
Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
Magdalena the Sinner by Lilian Faschinger
Still Midnight by Denise Mina
True Believer by Nicholas Sparks
The Devil's star by Jo Nesbo
Nemesis by Jo Nesbo
A Thread of Sky by Deanna Fei (early reviewers)
The Redeemer by Jo Nesbo
The Memory Keepers Daughter by Kim Edwards
A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews
The Drowning Tree by Carol Goodman
The Reconstructionist by Josephine Hart
Damage by Josephine Hart
Sin by Josephine Hart
Utz by Bruce Chatwin
I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb
Solar by Ian McEwan
Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn
Delivering Doctor Amelia by Dan Shapiro
The Snowman by Jo Nesbo
The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb
The Doctor and the Diva by Adrienne McDoneell (early reviewers)
What To Do When Someone Dies by Nicci French
A Change in Altitude by Anita Shreve
The War Memoir of (HRH) Wallis, Duchess of Windsor by Kate Auspitz (early reviewers)
I'm the King of the Castle by Susan Hill
Crippen by John Boyne
Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
The Siege by Helen Dunmore
Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos
Dreaming Water by Gail Tsukiyama
Tell Me Your Secret by Deirdre Purcell
The Blood Spilt by Asa Larsson
The Black Path by Asa Larsson
Sun Storm by Asa Larsson
Wanting by Richard Flanagan
Novel About My Wife by Emily Perkins
Blackbird by Jennifer Lauck
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
Ghostwalk by Rebecca Stott
The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian
Missing by Karin Alvtegen
Betrayal by Karin Alvtegen
Before You Know Kindness by Chris Bohjalian
Magical Thinking by Augusten Burroughs
Black Out by Lisa Unger
Sliver of Truth by Lisa Unger
Love Like Hate Adore by Deirdre Purcell
Death Duty by Clare Littleford
A Matter of Justice by Charles Todd
The Wrong Mother by Sophie Hannah
Little Face by Sophie Hannah
A Man in Uniform by Kate Taylor (early reviewers)
The Terrible Year : the Paris Commune, 1871 by Alistair Horne
Still Missing by Beth Gutcheon
Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese
Still Life by Louise Penny
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Night Villa by Carol Goodman
The Doctor's House by Ann Beattie
Shame by Karin Altvegen
Shadow by Karin Altvegen
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
The Cloud of Unknowing by Thomas H. Cook
The House of Special Purpose by John Boyne
The Preacher by Camilla Lackberg
A Secret Kept by Tatiana De Rosnay (early reviewers)
The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
The Man Who Disappeared by Claire Morrall
Ordinary Thunderstorms by William Boyd
War Dances by Sherman Alexie
Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson
The Big Girls by Susanna Moore
More Than It Hurts you by Darin Strauss
The Second Opinion by Michael Palmer
Versailles by Kathryn Davis
The Lieutenant by Kate Grenville
Faithful Place by Tana French
Red Leaves by Thomas H Cook
The Interrogation by Thomas H Cook
Rupture by Simon Lelic
Emotional Arithmetic by Matt Cohen
Daughter of York by Anne Easter Smith
Places In the Dark by Thomas Cook
Hurtng Distance by Sophie Hannah
The Pleasure Seekers by Tishani Doshi(early reviewers)
Death of an Adversary by Hans Keilson (110)
The Wife's Tale by Lori Lansens
House of Orphans by Helen Dunmore
Friends, Lovers, Chocolate by Alexander McCall Smith
Cutting Blades by Victoria Blake
The House at Midnight by Lucie Whitehouse
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
The Spare Room by Helen Garner
Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris
Ape House by Sara Gruen
Life Sentences by Laura Lippman
The Distant Hours by Kate Morton
Snow is Silent by Benjamin Prado
Three Seconds by Roslund & Hellstrom
Jar City by Arnaldur Indridason
Voices by Arnaldur Indridason
Red Wolf by Liza Marklund

Books Read in 2011:
Last Act of All by Aline Templeton
You Better Not Cry by Augusten Burroughs
Rescue by Anita Shreve
Room by Emma Donaghue
Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay
Box 21 by Roslund and Hellstrom
Heartstone by C. J. Sansom
The Colony (Molakai)by John Tayman
Blood on the Tongue by Stephen Booth
Dancing with the Virgins by Stephen Booth
The Dead Place by Stephen Booth
Holy Fools by Joanne Harris
My Soul To Take by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
Giving Up the Ghost by Hilary Mantel
The Queen's Sorrow by Suzannah Dunn
The Last of the Country House Murders by Emma Tennant
Honey-Dew by Louise Doughty
Midnight In a Perfect Life by Michael Collins
Elizabeth the I by Elizabeth George
Where Roses Fade by Andrew Taylor
Small Wars by Sadie Jones
Night Visitor by Gillian White
Nasty Habits by Gillian White
Blue-Eyed Boy by Joanne Harris
The Good Daughter by Jasmin Darznik( early reviewers)
Necessary as Blood by Deborah Crombie
Amenable Women by Mavis Cheek
The Dead Pool by Sue Walker
We need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly (early reviewers)
The Girl in the Mirror by Helen Glass
Palace Circle by Rebecca Dean
The Stone Cutter by Camilla Lackberg
The Good Parents by Joan London
The Echo Maker by Richard Powers
The Gallows Bird by Camilla Lackberg
Leningrad: State of Siege by Michael Jones
Mistress of the Monarchy: the life of Katherine of Swynford, Duchess of Lancaster by Alison Weir
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Crazy Paving by Louise Doughty
Copycat by Gillian White
Refuge by Gillian White
Unhallowed Ground by Gillian White
The Sleeper by Gillian White
The Witch's Cradle by Gillian White
My Sister, My Love by Joyce Carol Oates
The Katyn Order by Douglas Jacobson
The Firemaster's Mistress by Christie Dickason
The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
The Seance by John Harwood
The Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger
The Twilight Time by Karen Campbell
Royal Survivor by Stephen Coote
Royal Harlot by Susan Holloway Scott
All She Ever Wanted by Patrick Redmond
Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue
Landing by Emma Donoghue
Touchy Subjects by Emma Donoghue
Oxygen by Carol Cassella
All She Ever Wanted by Patrick Redmond
Iphigenia in Forest Hills: Anatomy of a Murder Trial by Janet Malcolm
Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff
Mind Games by Hilary Norman
Bloodless Shadows by Victoria Blake
Henry by David Starkey
Living On a Prayer by Sheila Quigley
The Black Stiletto by Raymond Benson
The King's Grace by Anne Easter Smith
Cesare Borgia by E. R. Chamberlain
The Long Song by Andrea Levy
The Liar's Diary by Patry Francis
The Office of the Dead by Andrew Taylor
The Murder Stone by Louise Penny
The Emperor of all Maladies by Siddartha Mukherjee
A Frost in Night by Edith Baer
The Air We Breathe by Andrea Barrett
Spider Light by Sarah Rayne
Sitting Practice by Caroline Adderson
Tower of silence by Sarah Rayne
Lasting Damage by Sophie Hannah
Asleep by Molly Caldwell Crosby
The Dogs and the Wolves by Irene Nemirovsky
The Puppet Show by Patrick Redmond
Apple of My Eye by Patrick Redmond
The Midwife of Venice by Roberta Rich
Coventry by Helen Humphreys
Nothing was the Same by Kay Jamieson
The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
Affinity by Sarah Waters
The Perils and Dangers of this NIght by Stephen Gregory
The Very thought of You by Rosie Alison
Saving Max by Antoinette van Heugten
The Hidden Child by Camilla Lackberg
Shimmer by Hilary Norman
Heresy by S. J. Parris
The House at Sea's End by Elly Griffiths
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale
The Hanging Shed by Gordon Ferris
Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James
In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
The Viral Storm by Nathan Wolfe
A Trick of the light by Louise Penny
Pauline Bonaparte by Flora Fraser
The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
Devil's Work by Margaret Yorke
The Cost of Silence by Margaret Yorke
Virgin Cure by Ami Mckay
Wasp Season by Denise Mina
The Girl in the Box by Sheila Dalton (early reviewers)
Natural Elements by Richard Mason
Paris Requiem by Lisa Appignanesi
A Train in Winter by Carolyn Moorehead
The Secret Letter by Emma Donoghue
The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene kaaberbol and Agnette Friis
Those in Peril by Wilbur Smith
The Vault by Ruth Rendell
The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler
Still Bleeding by Steve Mosby
The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman
My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira
Darkness My Old Friend by Lisa Unger
Charlotte and Emily by Jude Morgan
The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak
Garden of Venus by Eva Stachniak
The Lost Garden by Helen Humphrys
My Soul to Take by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld
Death Instinct by Jed Rubenfeld
A Bitter Truth by Charles Todd
American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar
A Capital Crime by Laura Wilson
Hush, It's a Game by Patricia Carlon
The King's Mistresses by Elizabeth C. Goldsmith
Queen by Right by Anne Easter Smith
The Leopard by Jo Nesbo
Prophecy by S. J. Parris
Death Mask by Kathryn Fox
The Anatomist's Apprentice by Tessa Harris
Vital Signs by Tessa McWatt
Irma Voth by Miriam Toews
The Sultan's Wife by Jane Johnson
Daughters Who Walk this Path by Yejide Kilanko
Let the Right One In by John Lindquist
Dark Lady: Jenny Churchill by Charles Higham
Diana Mosley by Anne deCourcy
Princess of Versailles: the Life of Marie Adelaide of Savoy by Charles Elliott
The Trial of Queen Caroline by Jane Robins
Close to Home by Eileen MacDonald
Stasiland by Anna Funder
Human Traces by Sebastian Faulks
The Courage Consort by Michael Faber
The Drowning by Camilla Lackberg
When She Woke by Hillary Jordan

Summer 2012

Ashes to Dust by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
The Bed I Made by Lucie Whitehouse
Surrogate by Tania Carver
Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
The Bird Yard by J. Wallis Martin
Idle Hands by Frederic Lindsay
The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf
One Breath Away by Heather Gudenkauf
The Saint Zita Society by Ruth Rendell
A Gambling Man Charles II by Jenny Uglow
A Season In Hell:the Defence of the Lucknow Residency by Michael Edwards
The Rapture by Liz Jensen
Far to Go by Alison Pick
Pray for Silence by Linda Castillo
Genius on the Edge by Gerald Imber
Weird Sister by Kate Pullinger
The Last Time I Saw Jane by Kate Pullinger
Abundance by Sara Jeter Naslund
The Profligate Duke by Mary Soames
My Life as a Girl in a Men's Prison by Kate Pullinger
A Mortal Curiousity by Ann Granger
Relentless by Simon Kernick
Elizabeth Costello by J. M Coetzee
Deadline by Simon Kernick
Midnight in Peking by Paul French
The Water's Edge by Karin Fossum
A Dark Devotion by Clare Francis
Deceit by Clare Francis
Unforgotten by Clare Francis
Keep Me Close by Clare Francis
A Passion So Deadly by Hilary Bonner

Lethal Investments by K. O. Dahl
The Child's Child by Barbara Vine
A Question of Identity by Susan Hill
A Possible Life by Sebastian Faulks
Mr. Robinson's Disgrace by Kate Summerscale
The Book of Madness and Cures by Regina O'Melveny
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
The Art of Drowning by Frances Fyfield
The Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen
Mary Tudor by Anna Whitelock
A Royal Passion (Charles I and Henrietta Marie) by Kate Whitaker
I'd Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman
The Burning by Jane Casey
The Nightmare by Lars Kepler
The Price of Guilt by Margaret Yorke
Turn of Mind by Alice Laplante
The Wave by Walter Mosley
The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Catherine Schine
The Misconceiver by Lucy Ferriss
Gods and Beasts by Denise MIna
I remember You by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
Unwanted by Kristina Ohlsson
Naked Cruelty by Colleen McCullough
Perfect People by Peter James
Little Star by John Ajvide Lindquist
A Fair Maiden by Joyce Carol Oates
All Our Worldly Goods by Irene Nemirovsky
Heart Shaped Bruise by Tanya Bryne
Children and Fire by Ursala Hegi
The Woman Before Me by Ruth Dugdall
The Shaking Woman or a History of My Nerves by Siri Hustvedt
Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
A Stranger in Mayfair by Charles Finch
The Missing by Jane Casey
Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens
Love You More by Lisa Gardner
Save Me by Lisa Scottoline
Rape: A Love Story by Joyce Carol Oates
The Lost and Forgotten Languages of Shanghai by Ruiyan Xu
Untold Story by Monica Ali
Black Seconds by Karin Fossum
The Law of Similars by Chris Bohjalian
A Plea of Insanity by Priscilla Masters
The House I Loved by Tatiana De Rosnay
Wool by Hugh Howey
1222 by Anne Holt
And When She Was Good by Laura Lippman
Daughters-in law by Joanna Trollope
Look Again by Lisa Scottoline
Private Life by Jane Smiley
Barn Blind by Jane Smiley
The Language of Life by Frances Collins
Blood Harvest by M. J. Bolton
Sacrifice by M. J. Bolton
The Lost Boy by Camilla Lackberg
Whatever you Love by Louise Doughty
Under My Skin by Sarah Dunant
Life Sentences by Alice Blanchard
Black Lands by Belinda Bauer
The False Friend by Myla Goldberg
Blind Goddess by Anne Holt
So Long At The Fair by Christina Schwartz
Punishment by Anne Holt
The Last Murder by Anne Holt
Kind of Cruel by Sophie Hannah
Gravity by Tess Gerritsen
Silenced by Kristina Ohlsson
Blood Count by Robert Goddard
Someone To Watch Over Me by Yrsa Sigudardottir
The Poison Tree by Erin Kelly
Tuesday's Gone by Nicci French
Blessed Are Those Who Thirst by Anne Holt
Sacrilege by S. J. Parris
Before I go to Sleep by S. J. Watson
Ultimatum by Simon Kernick
Waiting for Wednesday by Nicci French
Faith by Jennifer Haigh
Dead Tomorrow by Peter James
Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
Killing Cupid by Louise Voss
Catch Your Death by Louise Voss
Gone in Seconds by A. J . Cross
The Agincourt Bride by Joanna Hickson
The James Version by Ruth Dugdall
Where the Truth Lies by Julie Corbin
So Much Pretty by Cara Hoffman
The Sacrificial Man by Ruth Dugdall
The Invisible Ones by Steff Penney
The True Deceiver by Tove Jansson
The Spa by Fay Weldon
Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie
The Painted Bridge by Wendy Wallace
The Detective's Daughter by Lesley Thomson
Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton
The Glass Room by Ann Cleeves
The Guilty One by Lisa Ballantyne
The Souvenir by Patricia Carlon
In the Dark by Mark Billingham
Settled Blood by Mari Hanna
The Burning by Sue Walker
After the Fall by Charity Norman
Do Me No Harm by Julie Corbin
In the Shadow of Gotham by Stephanie Pintiff
The Red Road by Denise Mina
The Harem Midwife by Roberta Rich
We are Water by Wally Lamb
The Life You longed for by Maribeth Fischer
The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates

Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
The Massey Murder by Charlotte Gray
The FeverTree by Jennifer McVeigh
Stella Bain by Anita Shreve
Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink
The Most Dangerous Thing by Laura Lippman
A Trace of Smoke by Rebecca Cantrell
Death of a Nightingale by Lene Kaaberbol
Is This Tomorrow by Caroline Leavitt
Orphan Train by Christina Kline
The Small Hand by Susan Hill
The Beacon by Susan Hill
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
The Tin Horse by Janice Steinberg
Babylon by Camilla Cedar
Love Lies Bleeding by Jess McConkey
Just What Kind of Mother Are You? by Paula Daly
Running Wild by J.G. Ballard
Revenge of the Tide by Elizabeth Haynes
Shadow Sister by Simone Van Der Vlugt
Cold Light by Jenn Ashworth
The Life of Objects by Susannah Moore
The Execution of Noa P. Singleton by Elizabeth L Silver
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Strange Bodies by Marcel Theroux
Mother Nature is Trying To Kill You by Dan Riskin
The Last Good Man by A. J. Kazinski
A Circle of Wives by Alice LaPlante
Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus
Elizabeth of York by Allison Weir
Weirdo by Cathi Unsworth
The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian
Dead Lovely by Helen Fitzgerald
My Last Confession by Helen Fitzgerald
Alix and Nicky by Victoria Rounding
Let the Old Dreams Die by John Lindquist
A City of Broken Glass by Rebecca Cantrell
Toby's Room by Pat Barker
The People's Queen by Vanora Bennett
Blood Royal by Vanora Bennett
Above All Things by Tanis Rideout
The Creeper by Tania Carver
The Doctor's Wife by Elizabeth Brundage
The Last Nightingale by Anthony Flacco
Ella: Princess, Saint & Martyr by Christopher Warwick
Shift by Hugh Howey
The Enchanted by Rene Denfield
Longbourn by Jo Baker
Before I Wake by C. L. Taylor
Buried Angels by Camilla Lackberg
Keep Your Friends Close by Paula Daly
A Special Relationship by Doug Kennedy
The Cry by Helen Fitzgerald
The Gingerbread House by Carin Gerhardsen
The Good House by Ann Leary
Coral Glynn by Peter Cameron
Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand
This is How by Augusten Burroughs
The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan
The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison
Possible side Effects by Augusten Burrows

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Favorite authorsSherman Alexie, Julia Alvarez, Kate Atkinson, Margaret Atwood, Jane Austen, Trezza Azzopardi, Honoré de Balzac, Pat Barker, Andrea Barrett, Simone de Beauvoir, Constance Beresford-Howe, Charlotte Brontë, Geraldine Brooks, Bonnie Burnard, Caleb Carr, Kate Chopin, Colette, Wilkie Collins, Emma Donoghue, Margaret Drabble, George Eliot, Marian Engel, Carolly Erickson, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Antonia Fraser, Flora Fraser, Marilyn French, Elizabeth Gaskell, Katherine Govier, Barbara Gowdy, Germaine Greer, Lillian Hellman, Christopher Hibbert, Alice Hoffman, Sheri Holman, Janette Turner Hospital, Khaled Hosseini, Nancy Huston, Kazuo Ishiguro, P. D. James, Barbara Kingsolver, Margaret Laurence, Doris Lessing, David Liss, Frank McCourt, Ian McEwan, Denise Mina, Rohinton Mistry, Nancy Mitford, Deborah Moggach, Toni Morrison, Alice Munro, Joyce Carol Oates, Dorothy Parker, Julie Parsons, Caryl Phillips, Marge Piercy, Richard Price, George Sand, C. J. Sansom, Susan Fromberg Schaeffer, Alice Sebold, Desmond Seward, Carol Shields, Anita Shreve, Jane Smiley, J. M. Synge, Reay Tannahill, William Trevor, Anthony Trollope, Henri Troyat, Sigrid Undset, Salley Vickers, Alice Walker, Minette Walters, Alison Weir, Fay Weldon, Edith Wharton, Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf, Richard Bruce Wright, Margaret Yorke, Émile Zola (Shared favorites)

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Buenos días Bhowell!!!!!
He visto que tenemos libros en común y pienso que puede ser interesante compartir opiniones sobre libros!!!He observado que has leído algún libro de Isabel Allende, así que te recomiendo que leas la isla bajo el mar, no te decepcionará!!
Si tienes un ebook puedes descargarte este libro u otros muchos en mi website los libros son baratos, hay mucha variedad y además son de gran calidad!!!Así pretendo hacer la literatura más asequible para todos!!!
Un saludo!!!!!!
Y disfruta de la lectura!!!!!
Hi bhowell,

Thank you for following my novels (LAKE CHARLES, THE BLUE CHEER) and my reading list. My new crime novel, ASK THE DICE, has been published by Crossroad Press. ASK THE DICE has earned sixteen 4/5-star ratings on Goodreads, and is priced at $3.99. Readers have written they like ASK THE DICE’s original voice and unusual plot twists.

Please consider downloading ASK THE DICE to enjoy on your favorite e-reader. If you prefer to read from traditional books, the paper version will be available shortly. Please let me know, and I’ll get in touch when it is. Thank you for your continued interest in my work.

Best regards,

Ed Lynskey

ASK THE DICE synopsis:

Over the past two decades, Tommy Mack Zane has faithfully worked as a contract killer for Watson Ogg, the Washington, D.C. crime boss. Now middle age creeping up finds Tommy Mack edgy, jaded, and weary of his grisly trade. As he contemplates retirement, he is framed for the murder of Mr. Ogg’s niece. Desperate, Tommy Mack enlists the aid of his friends, the mercurial D. Noble and burly Esquire to do battle with Mr. Ogg and his mercenary “dark suits.” A new, better life filled with his passions for poetry and jazz drives Tommy Mack to the slambang climax where a few dark secrets about his past are unearthed.


I just read your review of The Redbreast by Jo Nesbø. You end with saying the next in the series is The Devil's Star which "...picks up where Redbreast left off..."

What about Nemesis? Isn't that the book he wrote after Redbreast? In my copy of The Redbreast (Harper paperback edition of 2009) is a short intro to Nemesis.

I am dying to find out what happens, especially to that snake, Waaler. I also think the Secret Service guy who got shot at the beginning of the book, was NOT a mistake, it will turn out.

Nesbø's chapter titles remind me a lot of Undset's Master of Hestviken, in a way.

Just felt like rambling on a bit, after finishing The Redbreast.

Dear Barb,

Just a note to let you know that your signed copy of The Black Stiletto by Raymond Benson is shipping today via USPS. I'm sure you will enjoy it.

If you have a chance, look us up on Facebook at If you "like" us, you will be able to follow our book news and trivia contests.

Our website is

Thank you for entering the Library Thing Early Reviewer giveaway!

Not sure if you remember me or not, but you reviewed my novel, Dirty Little
Angels, a while back. I'm writing because I'm almost done with my new novel, In
the Valley of Falling Stars, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in
taking a look at it and giving me your opinion. I can send you a complete
summary, but it's essentially about a mentally-ill man living in post-Katrina
New Orleans who becomes convinced that his wife is pregnant with Jesus Christ.
The book is still in process, but the entire book is sketched out, and I
currently have eight chapters that I feel are done. If you're too busy, I
understand. Just thought I'd ask.

Hope you're doing well,

Goodness gracious me... your library, your reading lists... astonishing. How on earth do you find the time???

I'm curious to know what your favourite 5 books of all time are.


Hello fellow Albertan book junkie. I see we have 90+ books in common (and likely lots more if I were to catalogue my whole library). You are one of only 4 members that have Katherine Govier's 1991 Hearts of Flame, which I picked up in a used book store in Edmonton and just finished. It was quite fun to go back to 1990s Canada and see how much has changed but also stayed the same.
I've just added you to my list of interesting libraries. I'm a bit jealous! What a wonderful selection you have.

Good reading,

Hi, hope it's OK that I added your library to my "interesting libraries" list. Wanted to check out all your Crime Thriller & Mystery books and keep up with your latest reviews. I'm enjoying both.

Kind regards,
Great Review of the KIndly Ones. I have recommended the book to everyone I know (who I thought could take reading through its horrors and confirmation of the Hobbesian nature of our race.

My most intelligent reading friend had this to say tonight. He is a Harvard graduate and a Harvard med school doctor who recently retired from his profession as a Public Health Doctor. He is a man of the left, of course. He is now an amateur farmer. As you will see he tends to the ironic-sarcastic. If he wanted he could do better. Oh, he spent a year as an exchange high school student in Germany and was reading :"I and Thou" in German when I was put to work spreading fertilizer.

"I am trying to think about the whole book. An incestual homosexual killer who was honored by the THIRD Reich in last days of its existence bites Hitler on the nose and then kills his friend and escapes to make lace in France. Do you think there are French Reviews of the book that are translated? Or german reviews even better. Is there a discussion group at the local
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Hi, I came across your library because we have 33 books in common. I too am a collector and a fan of mystery novels. I've been collection 1st/1st's for about a year now and I'm trying to concentrate on bibliomysteries and modern firsts, including hyper-moderns. The authors I'm collecting are Arturo Perez Reverte, John Dunning, Jacqueline Winspear, Louis Bayard and Jack Kerouac paperbacks. And for history, I'm collecting David McCullough and Bruce Catton.

It's a great library you have! I'm quite jealous.
Come to think of it, I don't believe I've ever heard of a work of either fiction or nonfiction addressing or written out of a French Canadian experience. If you know of one, you might let me know the name of it.
Like you, I'm a litigation lawyer (for over 30 years) now beginning to think about slowing down, and I'm an admirer of Trollope. I would have thought that established some common pattern. I am therefore quite surprised at your list of books read in 2008 and 2009. Although I read a lot of books, not only have I read almost none of those you list, but there are very few on your list that I've even heard of. Where do you get the books you read? What's the common thread?
Thanks again. Would you be willing to post a review here as well? I'm glad you liked the pacing. You're right. The original draft was 20,000 words longer. I really want to write books that are condensed and paced well. I had a feeling that this one may have been too short/too quick, but readers seem to like it so far.
I know. I have 10 reviews on, but nothing on That would be helpful. Would you be willing to post your thoughts here and on any other book related sites where you are a member (like goodreads, shelfari, etc)?
Thanks so much for ordering it. I really wish I could send copies to everyone, but it's starting to get very expensive :) Would you be willing to post your comments on amazon when you're done? Thanks again.


Was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here as well as a few other book-related sites. Saw you liked Paris Trout, and I thought you might like my novel since it's also southern and a bit dark. I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like. Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:


Ooops. You do have *MC* - not A Stolen Tongue which I also read and liked..........
I'm compelled to speak. I'm new here, newly retired, and almost unable to read for prowling around other people's libraries and entering my own. You have more of my books than almost anybody else; your family just doesn't seem to read scifi as much as I do.
I see that you own The Dress Lodger but not The Mammoth Cheese which I am about to finish. I've been highly entertained - and occasionally appalled.
And now I'm going to look at some of your 310! reviews. I hope you don't object to my adding you to my interesting libraries.
Heigh ho, me hearty! I see you have a copy of “A Pirate of Exquisite Mind” in your library. The Highly-Rated Book Group is boarding the Pirate Ship of William Dampier and heading off into the high seas for a rollicking Buccaneering Adventure in the wild blue yonder. We are splicing the main brace and trimming the sails to set off with the tide on 3rd November 2008. So don’t be a landlubber, come and swash some buckles by climbing on board at:

I once owned a set of Dickens' complete works that was published on his death. I had to re-home it, however, as our dampish living conditions at the time put the books at risk.

Re Death comes to Peter Pan, I too have a copy. Joan Brady lives locally, I heard her speak at a local literary festival, about the time the book was published. We sort of expected the issue of the care homes in the States to become as issue, do you know if it did? We saw nothing in the press here in the UK. Sadly I read in one of our national papers recently that Joan Brady has been quite ill , and is currently unable to write any more.

Best wishes
we share almost 500 books and some of the same fave authors! feel free to come by my page with recommendations if you ever read anything great!
Wonderful library! Nice to meet a literate lawyer -- I suppose there are many, but I rarely get to the point of asking or finding out. And I deliberately elevate my briefs to the 11-13 year old level, so most of my peers at the bar are perfectly justified in assuming I have the imagination of a small filing cabinet. I really appreciate your reviews -- very helpful. I've thumbed them up.
Unfortunately, it's too late to pick a new reviewer for the book. But feel free to pass it along to a friend after you're done with it!

I have the Basbanes book, have perused it – but it remains one of many I have yet to read (a subset of my hoarding mania is “books about books and book collecting” – as if madness were anything but being caught up in a circuit. My favorite is a slim little volume called “A Brief Outline of the History of Libraries”, by Justus Lipsius, which is full of odd facts about collectors and collections in antiquity (e.g.: many wealthy Romans had private libraries, and these often were in their baths). My wife is tolerant, bless her soul, and my daughter is still at the age where she finds my great stacks awe inspiring (rather than the topical blemish of a profound disorder). My biblio-library is confined to one room at present (which has that odor, or bouquet, rather, of an old bookstore or university reading-room) – and my music library is downstairs. It is my hope that by driving a 1988 Volvo for the next 20 years I can divert those funds toward an addition on the house that will merge the lps and books into a single library. The forebearance of reality is anticipated.

I am going to order The Well of Loneliness and the Egan satire The Sink of Solitude. It is my understanding that Egan meant mainly to ridicule the prudes who had had the book banned in the UK. He included among his illustrations a picture of Hall nailed to a cross – which offended her religious sensibilities - prompting her to validate the moral “acumen” of her persecutors by publishing a religious themed novel. That loss of faith (in herself, in her own moral authority), to me, is a devastation.

What a marvelous time in life – college years, whole vast days to spend reading, discovering a world we can only pretend to be jaded about. I was an English/French major as well (though long past are the days when I could effortlessly read a novel in French… a sad fact I am just now taking steps to correct). Have you read anything by Julien Gracq? His language is voluptuous, yet elegant – after the manner of the symbolist poets – and this in English translation (I have tasked a friend in Tunis to find me French originals). He died a few days prior to this past Christmas.

But here i will curb my vice andd thank you for your interesting reply. I hope your daughter inherits your gentle madness!


Hello from Oakville, Ontario. We appear to share many books, but it's all relative. In my case, 81 appears to be "many". You've been reading at a rate of 10 books/month so far this year...when on earth do you find the time to litigate??? I'm a fan.
Nice to hear from you, bhowell. I appreciate your thoughts on recommending a few titles. I think each chapters has a slightly different selection as the Alvarez book was no where to be found on the North Shore. I have the book about Frank Lloyd Wright and the Brooks book waiting to be read. Case histories - that I read a while ago, but I still think Kate Atkinson's first book was the best so far.

At the moment reading the latest Rose Tremain book, which is really good so far - 'The Road Home'. I really like her writing style and you may be familiar with her book called 'Restoration' - made into a movie.

Also read the Pen Faulkner winner, 'The Great Man' but not a great fan (review is on my profile. Also The Carhullan Army' by Sarah Hall, and 'The Gathering' by Enright which won the latest Booker, non of which I can recommend completely wholeheartedly.

Hope you are keeping well. Happy reading.

Cheers, Karen
Nice to hear from you, Bhowell.

Very nice to meet you. Cyberspace has been a great enjoyment for me with like-minded people. I have enjoyed taking a less science based view and reading more classics and the like.

I must admit that in the last 5-10 years I have been more selective in buying first edition copies - often in discount bins as you say. I also have an ongoing subscription to a small outfit (an author actually), who sells signed first editions as they are published, so I generally get two per month. He has an excellent eye for literature.

The difficult thing is arranging the acquisitions in a pleasing and accessible way - I would adore a dedicated room as a library with a big comfie chair. However my kids are teenagers so our bookshelves splatter various walls.

(I am 49 and 3/4!! (yikes, tettering on the 50 mark), and work as a GP, with 2 kids, a dog, two cats and an ER physician (not to put him last in any other way!!!)

My 16 year old daughter has a great interest in the law so I think she will pursue that avenue someday, breaking away from the sciences that surround her.

Nice to connect.

Take care,

Hello from Vancouver.

I thought I would introduce myself as you are third highest on my 'shared' list and we share 766 books. I also would like to collect first editions of books I love, but finances are a constraint. So I am rather swimming in paperbacks and other less sturdy versions at present.

I also have an interest in science books, although as my medical career has immersed me in this genre, I have attempted to educate myself in other fields - in a very haphazard fashion thus far!


Thanks for alerting me to your review of The Queen's Fool. This novel and The Other Boleyn Girl are the two novels by Philippa Gregory that I have read. I read OBG first, and thought the new perspective on Anne Boleyn, usually portrayed in fiction as a helpless victim, was refreshing and probably closer to the truth in many ways. After reading The Queen's Fool, I started feeling troubled by an undercurrent of anti-feminism in Gregory's perspective.

While I don't feel every novel needs to champion its female characters as paragons of virtue whose only flaws to be overcome are passivity in the face of male brutality, I don't think we've come so far that I feel comfortable with a series of novels whose message is that women in general will be happier if they avoid exercising political power and focus exclusively on cultivating a romantic relationship with a man. OBG was refreshing to me largely because I enjoyed reading about a female character - Anne Boleyn - who was both credible as a women (unlike the recent crop of movie heroines who are supposedly wonderful feminist role models because they enjoy wielding machine guns and blowing things up as much as the classic male movie heroes do) and as a villain.

QF seemed like a feminist novel on the surface, with its plucky heroine dressed up in boy's clothing, but the overall thrust of the novel seems to advocate female subservience. It doesn't especially bother me to read an unorthodox portrayal of Queen Elizabeth, who undoubtedly had her less appealing side (although QF went to an extreme I don't feel was historically justified). But it does bother me that a woman writer of Gregory's talent seems to be reverting to a 1950s view of woman's proper role. The negative portrayal of Elizabeth seemed to be part and parcel of this reactionary view.
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