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Bryan reads on in 2019

100 Books in 2019 Challenge

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1bryanoz
Edited: Dec 31, 2018, 8:15pm Top

Looking forward to another year of reading, hoping to read 120 books or so..

I read modern fiction, classics, fantasy, some children's fiction, not enough nonfiction, spiritual themes..

There is no particular theme for the year but I do want to accomplish these things :

Finish the top 100 fiction books on thegreatestbooks.org site - 10 to go, beginning with Paradise, Lost.

Read 15 or more books of 600 pages or more, most of them mine.

Read some more Australian classics, starting with The Harp in the South.

Read the Miles Franklin, Booker, Pulitzer prize winners.

Read some new authors - Joyce Carol Oates, Charles Bukowski, Samuel Delany, Octavia Butler.

Read 10 or so of my neglected books that have been languishing on the shelves for years.

Read The Mahabharata and Being and Nothingness.

There is a host of books I would love to reread but with all the new reads it just doesn't happen. Maybe 2020 could be the year of rereads, will ponder that..

Anyway, look forward to following everyone's reading, may we all have happy, healthy, bookish 2019 !

2jfetting
Dec 30, 2018, 2:17pm Top

Welcome back! I'm looking forward to following your reading and your inspiring/witty comments again in 2019.

3Eyejaybee
Dec 30, 2018, 3:01pm Top

Hi Bryan.

Best wishes for the New Year. I am looking forward to following your reading again.

4bryanoz
Dec 31, 2018, 7:41pm Top

Thanks Jennifer and James, I also enjoy following both of your readings, good luck to us in 2019 !

5pamelad
Dec 31, 2018, 7:57pm Top

Happy New Year, Bryan.

6bryanoz
Dec 31, 2018, 8:15pm Top

Happy new year Pam and happy reading !

8wookiebender
Jan 2, 1:25am Top

Looks like lots of good reading coming up here, again. :) Good luck with your reading goals in 2019!

9frahealee
Edited: Jan 2, 12:25pm Top

I put a star here to follow your progress. Happy just to tag along for the ride since my only chance of clearing 100 books is to make half of them short stories or poetry collections. (which I do, for chronology, but will keep it in my 50 Book thread)

Have a wonderful year of reading with your insatiable approach to literature! I have stolen tons of ideas from your 2018 collection...

10bryanoz
Jan 2, 7:42pm Top

Thanks wookie and Francine, may we all have a year of reading some great books !

11Zozette
Edited: Jan 5, 9:01pm Top

Hope you have a great reading year.

I plan to start listening to the new Flavia de Luce the day it is released.

12mabith
Jan 5, 9:00pm Top

Happy to see your reading again! I've worked on more re-reads the last couple years, and I think it's been rewarding.

13bryanoz
Jan 6, 2:25am Top

Hi Zozette, the Flavia de Luce series has been great hasn't it ! Good luck with your reading.

Hi Meredith, yes I will have to fit some rereads in somewhere, if it doesn't happen spontaneously (and it won't !?),
I'll make 2020 my reread year. Have a great 2019 !

14bryanoz
Edited: Jan 6, 8:57pm Top

1. Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik.

This is the second of Novik's 'remake of fairy tales' novels, the first was Uprooted, with hints of Beauty and the Beast, an engaging and imaginative story that I thoroughly enjoyed.
The second Spinning Silver is her take on the Rumpelstiltskin story but reimagined and expanded.
I found this story harder to follow and be engaged in, I think due to the multiple narrators, but this adds depth to the story with the different perspectives.
I enjoy these engaging modern fairy tales with strong female characters, recommended.

15wookiebender
Jan 8, 6:19pm Top

Oh, I was very impressed with Uprooted, and Spinning Silver is currently #1 on my wishlist, after a rave recommendation at my local bookshop.

16bryanoz
Edited: Jan 9, 8:56pm Top

Hope you enjoy it Wookie, there is some great fantasy being written these days !

17bryanoz
Edited: Jan 16, 10:53pm Top

2. Transcription by Kate Atkinson.

I have been a Kate Atkinson fan ever since her Life After Life.
Transcription is her latest novel and is a somewhat traditional spy story interspersed with her typically wry comments on life, love, etc.
In 1940, 18 year old Julie gets a job recording overheard conversations with Nazi sympathisers, and the plot thickens from there.
Not my favourite Atkinson novel but plenty here to enjoy.

18bryanoz
Jan 15, 10:56pm Top

Been away for a week, big reading plans with very underwhelming results !??

19bryanoz
Jan 16, 11:04pm Top

3. Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend.

The first ya novel by the Australian author Nevermoor was a revelation in fantasy, somewhat Potterish but plenty of original and creative ideas.
The sequel Wundersmith continues Morrigan's journey as she grapples with the enormity of her ability.

These ya fantasy novels are a creative and fun read, and recommended.

20bryanoz
Edited: Jan 21, 11:21pm Top

4. The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas.

In 1967 four women scientists invent time travel.
In a fascinating debut novel, the author explores how time travel would change our world, from going back in time to give your younger self some advice, to going to your funeral to see who is there.
To complicate things a time traveller is brutally murdered within the machine....

21bryanoz
Edited: Jan 24, 6:06am Top

5. Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey.

Charlie is a 13 year old boy living in 1970s Australia. His quiet life is suddenly overturned when the town outcast knocks on his window and insists that Charlie help him.
Enjoyed this coming of age page turner.

22bryanoz
Edited: Jan 24, 5:49pm Top

6. The Recognitions by Wiliam Gaddis.

This is a big, formidable novel that has been sitting on the shelf for years, so it was good to open it and slowly read/work through it.
Gaddis' first novel crackles with ideas and language, and his creativity and humour are a joy.
Perhaps the main theme is one of authenticity ; we meet forgers of art, money, relationships...
I suggest his meaning is deeper and questions us ; who is/has been really authentic, and if we are not being our authentic selves then who are we being and why ?
(Disclaimer : written after a considerable volume of fine wine was quaffed, it has been hot here !)

"-I really prefer books. No matter how bad a book is, it's unique, but people are all so ordinary.

-I think we really like books that make us hate ourselves...

-But...why doesn't someone just write a happy book..."

23wookiebender
Jan 22, 4:45am Top

Oh, I saw The Psychology of Time Travel at the bookshop the other day, now I'm regretting resisting. :)

24bryanoz
Jan 22, 6:14pm Top

Knowing your scifi interest wookie, I'll be interested to see your reaction to the story. Mine was a library copy, just saying...

25bryanoz
Jan 24, 10:41pm Top

7. Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami.

Murakami's latest novel and a story reminiscent of his amazing 1Q84.

" a thirty-something portrait painter in Tokyo is abandoned by his wife and finds himself holed up in the mountain home of a famous artist, Tomohiko Amada. When he discovers a strange painting in the attic, he unintentionally opens a circle of mysterious circumstances."

The author's surrealist style means things are weirder than they at first seem, and the reader is soon swept up in a saga that is both strange and entrancing, and a page turner as well !

26bryanoz
Edited: Jan 26, 10:03pm Top

Have begun Bridge of Clay, the new Markus Zusak novel, cannot say it is much of a read 160 pages in...hope it picks up.

27nrmay
Edited: Jan 27, 9:58am Top

I quit bridge of clay at 30 pages.
And I loved both Book thief and I am the messenger.

28Zozette
Jan 27, 2:18am Top

I have Bridge of Clay on my Wishlist, I might reconsider it.

29mabith
Jan 28, 12:14am Top

Making a note of Nevermoor/Wundersmith and The Psychology of Time Travel. That's disappointing about Bridge of Clay, definitely interested in that review.

30bryanoz
Jan 28, 5:25am Top

My book club friend tells me that Bridge of Clay improves and that she couldn't wait to find out what happens, well I'm 335 pages in and apart from some touching moments I am struggling through.

Nancy : you were wise to stop, agree with you re his other novels.

Zozette : I'll be interested to read your thoughts if you get to it.

Meredith : I think you will like Nevermoor and maybe The Psychology of Time Travel, I have The Calculating Stars to read next, a theme of feminist scifi seems to be occuring !

31bryanoz
Edited: Feb 2, 9:15pm Top

8. Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak.

After the acclaimed The Book Thief and I am the Messenger, and a long wait comes Bridge of Clay.
What a disappointing read !? The author chose a dearth of description, and short, cutting sentences, I presume to present the story in a particular way. As a consequence I developed very little interest or empathy for the setting and the characters, and apart from a few touching moments disliked the whole experience.
Book club meeting soon, will report back with the consensus..

32bryanoz
Edited: Feb 2, 9:15pm Top

9. Tales From the Inner City by Shaun Tan.

Book club read, and an illustrated, fantasy collection of stories of how animals might exist in big cities. My favourites "The boy was a genius !" and "Bears with lawyers."

33bryanoz
Edited: Feb 3, 5:44am Top

10. The Science of Discworld III. Darwin's Watch by Terry Pratchett.

On their round world experiment Charles Darwin publishes the wrong book.
In go the Discworld wizards to fix things up, with their usual blundering, bumbling approach, but it all works out.
In these science editions the story is interspersed with a science explanation, this one mainly concerning biology/evolution.

34bryanoz
Edited: Feb 25, 12:45am Top

11. The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal.

A big meteor smashes into the sea just off the eastern US coast, wreaking devastation and impending climate change. This results in a fast tracking of the space program to colonise the moon.
Racism and sexism were firmly entrenched but Elma York and her pilot friends, black and white, see no reason why they wouldn't have the opportunity to go into space.
Enjoyed this alternative history novel, will read the sequel The Fated Sky.

35bryanoz
Edited: Feb 25, 12:35am Top

12. The View From the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman.

Collection of Neil's speeches, reviews, and other nonfiction writings, thoughtful and of course encouraging of reading and creative writing.

36bryanoz
Feb 4, 4:27pm Top

13. Matilda by Roald Dahl.

Forgot about this one, the lovely Christine hadn't read this classic before so I read it to her while we drove to Melbourne and back. Still one of my favourites !

37bryanoz
Feb 11, 8:25pm Top

One of my challenges this year is to read from 'The Greatest Books' list, I have ten to read to complete the first hundred on the list :

Paradise, Lost, begin when Mason & Dixon is finished.
Faust
Oresteia
Gargantua and Pantagruel, big book
The Flowers of Evil
Fairy Tales, big book
Cousin Bette
A Sentimental Education
Metamorphoses, big book
Decameron, big book

One a month will do...

38bryanoz
Feb 15, 10:25pm Top

Have begun The Golden Tresses of the Dead, Flavia's new adventure...

"She's got 'er nose stuck in a book. Useless, I think it's called, by some woman called Joyce."

Great fun !

39Zozette
Feb 17, 2:18pm Top

^^^ Had to chuckle when Mrs Mullet said that. I have really enjoyed all the Flavia books.

40bryanoz
Feb 22, 10:49pm Top

Agreed Zozette, and he keeps them coming, at least one a year.

41bryanoz
Feb 25, 12:57am Top

14. The Gateless Barrier by Robert Aitken, zen ramblings !

15. Mason & Dixon by Thomas Pynchon.

Seems to me Pynchon has much fun with the characters Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon as they struggle to navigate boats, find their way across country, and survive the natural world and each other.
They are also caught between the processes of science (1760s) and the alternatives presented by the people they meet, country types and natives.
I don't know which parts are accurate and which are fabrications, probably it is all made up but enjoyed this rambling account that doesn't take itself seriously.

42bryanoz
Edited: Mar 5, 4:09am Top

16. Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys.

An intriguing debut fantasy novel where the sea monsters have been persecuted and sent out in the desert to die. The survivors return to find out about their ancestors and how they can survive.
The sequel is Deep Roots and I'll be reading that too.

43bryanoz
Edited: Mar 5, 4:13am Top

17. The Outlaw and the Upstart King by rod Duncan.

The new Elizabeth Barnabus novel, introducing a new character Elias. Interesting, but I prefer the Elizabeth (and her brother) of the first three books, the last two instalments haven't been as good.

44bryanoz
Edited: Mar 5, 4:22am Top

18. The Armoured Saint by Myke Cole.

I hadn't read any Myke Cole but the premise to this series sounded interesting...teen heroin in a medieval, magical world, plus militaristic war engines..

Enjoyed this fantasy novel, the sequel is The Queen of Crows and I am looking forward to following Heloise's next adventure.

45bryanoz
Edited: Mar 5, 4:41am Top

19. The Golden Tresses of the Dead by Alan Bradley.

"Flavia de Luce, the twelve-year-old chemist and amateur detective, is eager to turn professional. She and her father's valet Dogger, have founded a detective agency, Arthur Dogger & Associates, and unexpectedlly cut into their first case during the revelry at her sister Ophelia's wedding reception."

Flavia's tenth and latest story is an absolute pleasure, fans of the series will have already read and enjoyed it, anyone else find a copy of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and begin to enjoy this delightful series.

46bryanoz
Mar 2, 7:52pm Top

Already way behind on my posting/reviews, but reading is so much better !

Have read 23 books so far, on track more or less....

47bryanoz
Edited: Mar 5, 11:25pm Top

20. The Harp in the South by Ruth Park.

Classic story of a Catholic Irish family that has immigrated to Australia and settled in a poor suburb of Sydney.
Story of hope and difficulties, sparingly told but effective.

48Ziech
Mar 5, 7:48am Top

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49Zozette
Mar 5, 8:01pm Top

I absolutely adore the Flavia De Luce series - maybe she never grow up, I love her just the way she is.

50bryanoz
Mar 5, 10:41pm Top

Agreed Zozette !

51bryanoz
Mar 5, 11:30pm Top

21. Paradise, Lost by John Milton.

Classic telling of the fall of Adam and Eve.
58th on The Greatest Books list, next one is Faust at 65.

53bryanoz
Edited: Apr 13, 9:35pm Top

24. Preservation by Jock Serong.

An Australian historical fiction novel, based on the wreck of the Sydney Cove in 1797.
Three survivors have walked hundreds of miles through the wilderness and are rescued.
Their stories of what happened are vague and evasive and when Lieutenant Grayling investigates, he gradually realises there is an evil presence involved that may threaten his family and others.

An engaging and unsettling story, enjoyed this.

54bryanoz
Mar 17, 6:03pm Top

25. The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope.

Trollope's searing commentary on society's veneration of the rich, and marrying for status/money rather than love, and an enjoyable read as well.

55bryanoz
Mar 18, 5:30am Top

26. The Corfu Trilogy by Gerald Durrell.

We have been enjoying The Durrells episodes, which are based on Durrell's childhood reminiscences on Corfu.
Delightful series and book !

56bryanoz
Mar 18, 5:46am Top

27. Reading the World by Ann Morgan.

Realizing that most of her reading was English/American, Ann Morgan decided to spend 2012 reading a book from every country (196).
A list of the books is included but this book is more of a reflection on cultural identity, translation, technology, censorship and much more.
Ann maintains a website 'A Year of Reading the World', well worth a look.
A quick check of my reads shows 56 countries, so a long way to go. Tempting as it is to add another challenge to my collection, I might occasionally track down a country I haven't read from yet. Indonesia and Papua New Guinea are close...

57Zozette
Mar 18, 8:32pm Top

>56 bryanoz: Do the books have to be written by author from the country, or can they just be set the country?

58Eyejaybee
Mar 19, 5:02am Top

>55 bryanoz:. I recently read The Corfu Trilogy and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I had remembered reading My Family and other Animals at school more than forty years ago, and completely hating it (a fate that so many books I read at school also suffered). I was persuaded to give it another chance, and was glad that I did.

59bryanoz
Mar 19, 5:18pm Top

>57 Zozette: Zozette the books are from authors from that country, not necessarily about the country.

>58 Eyejaybee: Agreed James, those books we suffered through in school are often worth a reread when we are older and wiser.

60bryanoz
Mar 19, 7:07pm Top

28. Suitcase of Dreams by Tania Blanchard.

Bookclub read and an ok one. This account is based on Tania's grandparents' story, they emigrated from Germany to Australia in the 1950s determined to make new lives. This came with plenty of challenges, opportunities, tragedy, and joys.

61bryanoz
Mar 21, 6:51pm Top

29. Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Written as a tragic play and in two parts, the first published in 1808, the second in 1832.

Faust is the well known character who makes a pact with Mephistopheles (the devil's representative) that for the rest of his life he can have whatever he wants, but after he dies he is Mephistopheles' slave.

The first part is interesting, I found the second part confusing.

65th on The Greatest Books list, next up in The Oresteia, 77th on the list.

62bryanoz
Mar 22, 1:39am Top

30. The Queen of Crows by Myke Cole.

Second in the Sacred Throne trilogy and following straight on from The Armoured Saint.

After the battle with the devil, Heloise, her war machine and village await the coming of the Order. Should they run, should they fight ?
Unexpected allies emerge but the battle looks hopeless.
Enjoying this series of epic fantasy.

63bryanoz
Mar 23, 9:26pm Top

31. Mean and Lowly Things by Kate Jackson.

Bought this book years ago because I am interested in things reptilian, but it is a poor account of a field trip where not much happens...

64bryanoz
Edited: Mar 31, 6:54am Top

32. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.

Delia Owen's first novel and what a wonderful, heartfelt, page turner it is.
Kya Clark is a girl who is abandoned in the marshes but survives... to be continued.

65bryanoz
Mar 31, 6:35am Top

Behind with posts again...

33. The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay, fun Australian children's book.

34. The Oresteia by Aeschylus, ancient Greek tragedy, 77th on The Greatest Books list.

35. Deep Roots by Ruthanna Emrys, second in The Innsmouth Legacy, recommended fantasy which places the Cthulhu myth in 1940s America and has us supporting the monster's position.

66bryanoz
Edited: Apr 2, 5:48pm Top

Just found out that a new edition of Ursula K Le Guin's Always Coming Home has been released, with new chapters and essays, and 840 pages, will be buying and rereading this masterpiece !

67wookiebender
Apr 2, 10:36pm Top

Oh, I think I just took a book bullet with The Innsmouth Legacy!

68bryanoz
Apr 3, 4:20am Top

The first one was Winter Tide, enjoy !

70bryanoz
Apr 13, 9:29pm Top

37. A Winter's Promise by Christelle Dabos.

Bought this because it won the 'Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire' Youth award, (which I hoped meant Imaginative Fiction), and glad I did.
Creative French fantasy for teens and older, recommended.

71bryanoz
Apr 13, 9:35pm Top

38. The Rules of Backyard Cricket by Jock Serong.

Enjoyed his Preservation, 24th read this year, so tried this look at sports stars and their (in some cases) inappropriate behaviour, with corruption thrown in for good measure. OK.

73bryanoz
Edited: May 3, 8:55pm Top

40. Skyward by Brandon Sanderson, new YA fantasy, good.

41. At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O'Brien, 1939 classic Irish fiction in Joyce mode, humorous.

42. Bridge Burning and Other Hobbies by Kittie Flanagan, Australian comediene's reflections on life, humorous.

74Zozette
Apr 23, 4:52am Top

I plan to read At Swim-Two-Birds this year. I think if it is as half as good as The Third Policeman I will enjoy it.

75bryanoz
Apr 24, 9:26am Top

Haven’t read The Third Policeman Zozette, sounds similar to At Swim, onto the TBR slab it goes, thanks !

76bryanoz
May 1, 1:03am Top

After listening to the BBC adaptation of Terry Pratchett's Guards, Guards, I have decided it has been way too long since I have read Sir Terry's works, so am rereading The Carpet People, followed by his The Dark Side of the Sun, Strata, the gnome trilogy, then the discworld novels.

77bryanoz
May 3, 9:19pm Top

43. Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames, fantasy, famous band of warriors these days old, fat, and drunk are
hauled out of retirement to rescue a daughter, good fun.

44. Gargantua and Pantagruel by Francois Rabelais, 1500s classic fiction, satire of society, over 1000 pages, ok.

45. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris, based on true love story in appalling circumstances, ok.

78bryanoz
Edited: May 6, 11:02pm Top

46. The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper, children's Celtic fantasy, enjoyed this.

47. One Hundred Years of Dirt by Rick Morton, book club read, autobiography, looks at damage of poverty and abuse.

48. The Science of Discworld IV. Judgement Day by Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen. Part great discworld story, part ok science explanations.

79bryanoz
May 8, 8:54pm Top

49. Last Woman Hanged by Caroline Overington.

Fascinating account of the life, trials, and execution of Louisa Collins, who after her two husbands died suddenly, suspicions were raised. The Crown was convinced that she had poisoned them, and were determined to convict her.
Much more than a 'did she do it ?', a well researched and compassionate take on the lack of equality for women in the 1880s and the determination of many women to fight for Louisa and their status in society.

80Zozette
Edited: May 10, 3:39am Top

>79 bryanoz: I read ‘Last Woman Hanged’ last year and I remember that I could not make up my mind if she was guilty or whether it was environmental. I could not see why the authorities were so eager to find her guilty that she had to have four separate trials.

81bryanoz
Edited: May 11, 5:37am Top

Hi Zozette, I'm not certain she was guilty, maybe of the first murder, but nowhere enough evidence for a conviction. I guess the Crown didn't want women's issues with dubious husbands to connect with the prevalence of rat poison !

82bryanoz
May 12, 6:49am Top

50. Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton.

A book club read with high expectations and rave reviews, but I was underwhelmed....more to follow.

83mabith
May 25, 5:38pm Top

Interesting about Last Woman Hanged, definitely going on my list.

84bryanoz
May 25, 11:54pm Top

I'll be interested to see what you think Meredith.

85bryanoz
May 26, 12:07am Top

am again behind on reviews, have read 60 books so far...

51. Normal People by Sally Rooney. Modern love story set in Ireland, interesting in places.

52. Becoming Wise by Krista Tippett. Really enjoyed this inquiry into what wisdom means.

53. Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence. Final book in the Book of the Ancestor trilogy, a satisfying end, I didn't get into this series as much as his Red Queen's War trilogy.

54. The Carpet People by Terry Pratchett. His first published novel and a fun read.

86bryanoz
May 28, 6:59pm Top

55. The Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire. Published in the 1850s, poetry dealing with death, sexuality, and decadence.

56. The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living by Jeff S. Volek and Stephen D. Phinney.

87bryanoz
Jun 11, 6:04am Top

57. Lenny's Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee. Good children's read.

58. The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan. Enjoyed this first novel in a lond epic fantasy series.

59. The Dark Side of the Sun by Terry Pratchett. An early work and not up to his later fiction.

60. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin.

"If you knew the date of your death, how would you choose to live the rest of your life? In the late ’60s in New York’s Lower East Side, word spreads of a psychic who can predict the date a person will die. The four Gold children visit this mysterious seer, unprepared for what they will hear and how this knowledge will define each sibling’s life."
An intriguing premise and a good read.

88bryanoz
Jun 15, 9:46pm Top

61. The Contrary Tale of the Butterfly Girl by Ishbelle Bee. Following on from the crazy but engaging The Singular and Extraordinary Tale of Mirror and Goliath comes the equally creative but weird, fun but quite violent tale of the Butterfly Girl.

62. The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan. Second in the famous Wheel of Time series, and I am right into the story and have The Dragon Reborn sitting close, ready to resume this intriguing saga.

89bryanoz
Jun 17, 7:44am Top

63. The Uncollected Plays of Shaun Micallef.

Australia's funniest comedian's (in my opinion) most recent book, hilarious !

90bryanoz
Jun 25, 6:07pm Top

64. The Complete Illustrated Works of Hans Christian Anderson.

Read this for my 'Greatest Books' challenge, plenty of famous stories and many little known.

91bryanoz
Jul 4, 8:17pm Top

65. The Blue Cliff Record trans. by Thomas Cleary, zen Buddhist nonsense.

66. A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne, enjoyed this novel about a nasty, manipulative man who will do anything to be a famous writer.

92bryanoz
Jul 6, 12:15am Top

67. Dragon's Green by Scarlett Thomas, fun children's fantasy, 1st of series.

68. Mrs Kelly by Grantlee Kieza, well researched biography of Ned Kelly's mother, though most emphasis is on Ned and the Kelly gang.

93bryanoz
Jul 7, 7:02am Top

69. His Name was Walter by Emily Rodda.

Children's Book Council of Australia short-listed novel and an engaging mystery, recommended.

94bryanoz
Jul 8, 3:55am Top

70. The Slightly Alarming Tale of the Whispering Wars by Jaclyn Moriarty.

Another Australian Children's Council short listed book, and another fun, imaginative read.

95Zozette
Edited: Jul 9, 5:27pm Top

>92 bryanoz: I was slightly disappointed with Mrs Kelly because there was not nearly enough on her as compared to her sons.

Have you read Ned Kelly: Under the Microscope by Craig Cormick? It deals with the forensics used trying to determine which body exhumed from Old Melbourne Gaol was Ned’s.

96bryanoz
Jul 9, 9:13pm Top

I agree Zozette, would have made a quicker read too.

Haven't read Ned Kelly: Under the Microscope, but I did enjoy True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey.

97bryanoz
Jul 15, 6:24am Top

71. The Folklore of Discworld by Terry Pratchett and Jacqueline Simpson.

98bryanoz
Edited: Jul 23, 6:06pm Top

99bryanoz
Aug 4, 10:46pm Top

73. The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan, third in the Wheel of Time saga, very good so far.

74. Metamorphoses by Ovid, Roman classic.

75. The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard, highly recommended fantasy, just couldn't get into it somehow.

76. Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton, ok, no need to read the rest of the series.

100wookiebender
Aug 4, 11:49pm Top

Oh, you didn't like Boy Swallows Universe! I thought it was marvellous.

I mostly liked The House of Shattered Wings, but it was oddly distancing. I'll probably read on, because I liked the elements a lot.

101bryanoz
Aug 5, 7:50pm Top

Hi wookie, I thought it was 'over the top' and very unbelievable, but you and many others enjoyed the story so wrong I appear to be :)
I'll be interested to see what you think of the next 'Shattered Wings story, still not sure why it didn't work for me...
Happy reading !

102bryanoz
Aug 7, 6:34am Top

77. Cousin Bette by Honore de Balzac, ok classic, 90th on the greatest books site, 2 to go to finish the first hundred !

78. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty, book club read and none of us liked it !?

79. Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeanette Ng, her first novel and it was excellent !

"Catherine Helstone’s brother, Laon, has disappeared in Arcadia, legendary land of the magical fae. Desperate for news of him, she makes the perilous journey, but once there, she finds herself alone and isolated in the sinister house of Gethsemane. At last there comes news: her beloved brother is riding to be reunited with her soon – but the Queen of the Fae and her insane court are hard on his heels."

103bryanoz
Aug 9, 11:38pm Top

80. Call Me Evie by J.P. Pomare, a book club read and a pyschological thriller (not my usual kind of read), ok but I was frustrated with how long the author took to allow the reader more information to begin to understand the situation.

81. Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth, one of those modern classics I didn't read, probably more shocking back in 1969 when it was published.

104bryanoz
Aug 12, 7:50am Top

82. The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan.

Fourth in the Wheel of Time saga and I am really enjoying the story so far.

The Fires of Heaven is next, at one a month should be completed about this time next year !

107bryanoz
Sep 3, 4:15am Top

Am nearly finished The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark, and am quite enjoying it.
Part epic fantasy, part sensitive, part humour, will read the rest of the trilogy.

108bryanoz
Sep 3, 4:18am Top

87. The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber, an enjoyable and thought provoking scifi novel.

109bryanoz
Sep 8, 5:45am Top

88. The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark.

Enjoyed this fantasy story, first of a trilogy. As said above...part epic, part sensitive, part humour !

110bryanoz
Sep 9, 6:46am Top

89. A History of Loneliness by John Boyne.

Another very good novel from Boyne, this one concerning child abuse in the Catholic Church. A horrible topic but handled carefully, recommended.

111bryanoz
Sep 12, 4:53am Top

90. The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie.

Leckie's first foray into fantasy and an interesting story. Took me sometime to work what was happening (no surprise here !) but there are two stories told 'in parallel', one from an ancient god's perspective, the other from a young soldier. These different settings give a thoughtful depth to the story, recommended.

112bryanoz
Sep 13, 1:31am Top

91. Carrying Albert Home by Homer Hickam.

Light read lent by a book club friend.

113bryanoz
Sep 21, 9:30pm Top

92. Confessions of Zeno by Italo Svevo, published in 1923, one of the pioneer 'psychological' novels, I found it an intriguing read.

114bryanoz
Sep 27, 7:27pm Top

Really looking forward to The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman released 3rd October.
Also coming is The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl by Theodora Goss,
new Elliot Perlman Maybe the Horse Will Talk,
The Killing Light by Myke Cole,
new Bill Bryson The Body:a Guide for Occupants.
And recently published...
Kopp Sisters on the March by Amy Stewart,
and of course The Testaments.
Great time to be a reader !!

116bryanoz
Oct 3, 3:38am Top

93. The Fires of Heaven by Robert Jordan.

Fifth in the Wheel of Time fantasy series and I am enjoying the characters and the story. One complaint, in this book there is no mention of Perrin or Faile, 2 of my favourite characters, hope they are in Lord of Chaos...

117bryanoz
Oct 3, 3:43am Top

94. Strata by Terry Pratchett.

My slow reread of the Pratchetts, his earlier works are shallow imitations of his later books so don't start here, still an interesting enough read.

118bryanoz
Oct 4, 1:19pm Top

95. The Tower of Living and Dying by Anna Smith Spark.

Second in the Empires of Dust trilogy, intriguing characters that I want to follow in The House of Sacrifice.

119bryanoz
Oct 14, 5:17am Top

96. The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio, 13th Cen Italian classic, consists of ten by ten stories on various topics, quite accessible.

97. Reason and Beyond by Darrell Morley Price.

120bryanoz
Oct 25, 5:57am Top

Been busy working, not as much reading as I would like...

98. The Freedom Artist by Ben Okri, his latest novel, and a compelling read.

99. Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales, Leigh is an Australian journalist who looks at prominent cases of personal tragedy, how people cope and then recover, confronting and inspiring.

121bryanoz
Oct 25, 6:01am Top

100. The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman.

Second volume of the Book of Dust trilogy, and I am just so grateful that the author has decided to revisit and deepen Lyra's story. Brilliant !

122Eyejaybee
Oct 25, 8:18pm Top

Congratulations on making it to one hundred, and a great way to get there with The Secret Commonwealth. I have bought it, but am just rereading the original trilogy so as to be match fit for it.

123bryanoz
Oct 26, 8:02am Top

Thanks James, you'll enjoy Commonwealth !

124bryanoz
Oct 26, 8:06am Top

101. The Lost Man by Jane Harper.

A book club read and our 3rd Harper. In each novel I find a major aspect of the plot to be quite unrealistic so I am not a fan.

125pamelad
Oct 26, 8:04pm Top

>124 bryanoz: Not a fan either. I've read all three of Jane Harper's books and decided that they are inauthentic, plus I have not forgiven her for naming the villain of The Dry Whitlam.

126bryanoz
Oct 27, 4:52pm Top

Hi Pam, I had forgotten about the villain’s name and I completely agree, cheers.

127wookiebender
Nov 7, 10:24pm Top

Congratulations on 100, and woot! on the new Pullman being a great read! (I love Lyra too!)

Oh dear, I've been looking forward to The Dry... I'll have to bump it up the pile a bit and see what my take on it is.

128bryanoz
Nov 9, 3:34am Top

wookie, plenty of people enjoyed The Dry, will be interested to see what you make of it.

102. Lord of Chaos by Robert Jordan, 6th in the Wheel of Time series, enjoying the characters and story, next up A Crown of Swords.

103. Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie, reread for my book club, a powerful look at how the young can be drawn to fundamentalist causes, and the effect on their families.

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