2014 Reading List

A couple of friends were curious to see my reading list for 2014. I could probably just have linked to my profile on Goodreads, but for want of a better place to put this, I’m chucking it on here. I’m not sure that any titles will be cause for inspiration, partly because the most interesting ones I already pulled from other people’s lists on Goodreads.

So it turns out that I’ve actually read 76 books this year (contrary to earlier claims of 74), and that’s assuming that I haven’t missed any others. I made a conscious effort to read more in 2014, and spend less time faffing about online. I was always the type of person who would stay awake all night to finish a book, but in recent years I’ve spent less and less time reading.

At the start of the year I spent a lot of time on 1-3 hour train/bus trips so that helped me get through a fair bit, but I also re-read a heap of Ngaio Marsh books that really weren’t very long. This list is very fiction-centric, so my goal for 2015 is to get back into reading more non-fiction.

The Boy Who Loved Apples Amanda Webster 2012
All That I Am Anna Funder 2012
The Gingerbread House (Hammarbyserien, #1) Carin Gerhardsen 2008
Legend (Drenai Saga, #1) David Gemmell 1984
The King Beyond the Gate (Drenai Saga, #2) David Gemmell 1985
Waylander (Drenai Saga, #3) David Gemmell 1986
Ghost King (Stones of Power, #1) David Gemmell 1988
Last Sword of Power (Stones of Power, #2) David Gemmell 1988
Quest for Lost Heroes (Drenai Saga, #4) David Gemmell 1990
In the Realm of the Wolf (Drenai Saga, #5) David Gemmell 1992
The First Chronicles of Druss the Legend (Drenai Saga, #6) David Gemmell 1993
The Legend of Deathwalker (Drenai Saga, #7) David Gemmell 1996
Winter Warriors (Drenai Saga, #8) David Gemmell 1997
Sword in the Storm (The Rigante, #1) David Gemmell 1998
Midnight Falcon (The Rigante, #2) David Gemmell 1999
Hero in the Shadows (Drenai Saga, #9) David Gemmell 2000
Ravenheart (The Rigante, #3) David Gemmell 2001
Stormrider (The Rigante, #4) David Gemmell 2002
White Wolf (Drenai Saga, #10) (The Damned, #1) David Gemmell 2003
The Swords of Night and Day (Drenai Saga, #11) (The Damned, #2) David Gemmell 2004
Just One Evil Act (Inspector Lynley, #18) Elizabeth George 2013
Crime Scene Esther Mckay 2006
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn 2012
Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1) Hilary Mantel 2009
Bring Up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell, #2) Hilary Mantel 2012
Saints of the Shadow Bible (Inspector Rebus, #19) Ian Rankin 2013
Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army Jeremy Scahill 2007
Shadow Creek Joy Fielding 2012
Missing Karin Alvtegen 2000
Shadow Karin Alvtegen 2007
Linda, As in the Linda Murder Leif G.W. Persson 2005
The Magicians (The Magicians, #1) Lev Grossman 2009
The Magician King (The Magicians, #2) Lev Grossman 2011
The Storyteller and his Three Daughters Lian Hearn 2013
The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan Michael Hastings 2011
A Man Lay Dead (Roderick Alleyn, #1) Ngaio Marsh 1934
The Nursing Home Murder (Roderick Alleyn, #3) Ngaio Marsh 1935
Enter a Murderer (Roderick Alleyn, #2) Ngaio Marsh 1935
Death in Ecstasy (Roderick Alleyn, #4) Ngaio Marsh 1936
Vintage Murder (Roderick Alleyn, #5) Ngaio Marsh 1937
Artists in Crime (Roderick Alleyn, #6) Ngaio Marsh 1938
Death in a White Tie (Roderick Alleyn, #7) Ngaio Marsh 1938
Overture to Death (Roderick Alleyn, #8) Ngaio Marsh 1939
Death at the Bar (Roderick Alleyn, #9) Ngaio Marsh 1940
Death of a Peer (Roderick Alleyn, #10) Ngaio Marsh 1940
Death and the Dancing Footman (Roderick Alleyn, #11) Ngaio Marsh 1941
Colour Scheme (Roderick Alleyn, #12) Ngaio Marsh 1943
Died in the Wool (Roderick Alleyn, #13) Ngaio Marsh 1945
Final Curtain (Roderick Alleyn, #14) Ngaio Marsh 1947
A Wreath for Rivera (Roderick Alleyn, #15) Ngaio Marsh 1949
Night at the Vulcan (Roderick Alleyn, #16) Ngaio Marsh 1951
Spinsters in Jeopardy (Roderick Alleyn, #17) Ngaio Marsh 1953
Scales of Justice (Roderick Alleyn, #18) Ngaio Marsh 1953
Death of a Fool (Roderick Alleyn, #19) Ngaio Marsh 1956
Singing in the Shrouds (Roderick Alleyn, #20) Ngaio Marsh 1958
False Scent (Roderick Alleyn, #21) Ngaio Marsh 1959
Hand in Glove (Roderick Alleyn, #22) Ngaio Marsh 1962
Dead Water (Roderick Alleyn, #23) Ngaio Marsh 1963
Killer Dolphin (Roderick Alleyn, #24) Ngaio Marsh 1966
Clutch of Constables (Roderick Alleyn, #25) Ngaio Marsh 1968
Tied Up In Tinsel (Roderick Alleyn, #27) Ngaio Marsh 1970
When in Rome (Roderick Alleyn, #26) Ngaio Marsh 1970
Black As He’s Painted (Roderick Alleyn, #28) Ngaio Marsh 1973
Dust (Kay Scarpetta #21) Patricia Cornwell 2013
Dead Man’s Time (Roy Grace, #9) Peter James 2013
Magician’s End (The Chaoswar Saga #3) Raymond E. Feist 2013
The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1) Robert Galbraith 2013
The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike, #2) Robert Galbraith 2014
18 days: Al Jazeera English and the Egyptian Revolution Scott Bridges 2013
Kevern write a book: The best of @Rudd2000 Scott Bridges & Stephen Owen 2014
Forbidden (The Books of Mortals, #1) Ted Dekker & Tosca Lee 2011
The Sword of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy #1) Terry Brooks 1977
A Place of Execution Val McDermid 1999
Killing The Shadows Val McDermid 2000
The Distant Echo Val McDermid 2003
The Skeleton Road Val McDermid 2014

More than just books and buildings

I wrote this post over on the ALIA Sydney blog.

To add to this, on the way home today I read on LISNews about the The Uni Project.  “The Uni is a portable, open-air reading room that will launch in New York City, Fall, 2011 … The reading room will bring books and learning experiences to street-level space within parks, plazas, and even vacant lots.” Sounds and looks awesome!




I’m running out of titles for when I’m writing about nothing in particular. I will have to start coming up with something more original. Or abstract. Which is what I tend to do for passwords.

I would quite like to write about internet (and print) censorship/filtering in libraries because this piece in the Guardian has got my knickers in a knot about this again. I haven’t decided yet whether I will write it for the ALIA Sydney blog if I need to write another June post, or if I will write it here. Considering how it makes me seethe I suspect it might be safer to just write it over here, safely under my own name.

I’d also like to have another look at the whole “Unlibrary” concept, after being introduced on twitter to @raliel who runs a portable bookshop in the UK. Add to my to-do list.

Instead, today, I have sorted out a lot of papers that have been cluttering my room for months. I hate not having any proper storage space for this sort of thing any more. While it would be nice to, oh, just burn all this stuff about superannuation etc. I should really keep it. I also finally read ‘We need to talk about Kevin’ by Lionel Shriver. Now I know this wasn’t even mentioned in my 5 books meme that I blogged about the other day, but I’ve borrowed a few books from the other apartment that I want to get through before I have to hand them back. So I read the whole book today. Ok I skipped a few pages (blah blah blah) but it was mostly interesting. I remember it being so popular but I never actually paid much attention to what it was about.

I finished reading Junky last night and I know I was meant to start on Stephen Fry next, but the other books I borrowed are Sick Puppy – Carl Hiaasen; The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler; In Cold Blood – Truman Capote; Haunted – Chuck Palahniuk; and Rant – Chuck Palahniuk. So I’m not sure which one I’ll start on next.

I also just watched ‘Hanna‘. I don’t think I’d heard of it but I stumbled across the movie and it sounded interesting so I added it to my list. Perhaps it wasn’t necessarily what I needed to watch on a Sunday evening, but it was… interesting. I’m not sure if I enjoyed it. Enjoyed is probably the wrong word. Maybe 2/3 of the way through I thought it struck me as remarkably similar to something else, and I was disappointed when I knew exactly what the last line was going to be. I HATE that. Don’t be so predictable. Really, if you can’t come up with an original idea then DON’T MAKE THE MOVIE.

Seems so simple really.

5 Books

I have to apologise, I’m not sure where this meme started this time around. Was it @flexnib? I’m blogging from my iPhone so I figured this would be an easier post for tonight.

1. The book I’m currently reading:
Well, more than one actually.

Last night I started Junky by William S. Burroughs. So far so good.

I’m also reading two non-fiction books while I toss around uni ideas. One is The Networked Nonprofit by Beth Kanter & Allison H. Fine, and the other is Connecting Social Problems and Popular Culture, by Karen Sternheimer.

2. The last book I finished:
Why is this so hard? I’m sure I only just finished something the other day.

The GoodReads app never puts things in the right order.

I THINK maybe it was Disgrace, by J. M. Coetzee.

3. The next book I want to read:
Moab is my Washpot, the Stephen Fry memoir, sitting in my bookcase.

4. The last book I bought:
Henry Hazlitt – Economics in one lesson

5. The last book I was given:
A very good question. Has anyone given me a book since Christmas? Errrr. Possibly it was The Stone-Cutter, by Camilla Läckberg.

So a bit of a mix there. Should I also include the IKEA catalogue in my currently reading?