What I’m Reading

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The books I’ve read over recent years. With my favourite book of each month highlighted.

2019: 81 books
2018: 105 books
2017: 128 books
2016: 122 books

October 2019

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan – Starling Days
Anna Sewell – Black Beauty
Elizabeth Taylor – Blaming
Tomasz Jedrowski – Swimming in the Dark

September 2019


Ian McEwan – The Cockroach
Elif Shafak – 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World
Roddy Doyle – Two for the Road
Scarlett Thomas – Oligarchy
Shaun Bythell – Confessions of a Bookseller
Margaret Atwood – The Testaments
George R R Martin – A Game of Thrones
André Aciman – Find Me
Rob Doyle – Threshold



August 2019


Agatha Christie – Nemesis
Kate Atkinson – Big Sky
Riley Sager – Lock Every Door
Ann Napolitano – Dear Edward
John Banville – The Newton Letter
Mary Loudon – My House is Falling Down




July 2019


Alex North – The Whisper Man
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen – Liar
Joanna Cannon – Breaking & Mending
Mahsuda Snaith – How to Find Home
Roald Dahl – George’s Marvellous Medicine
Nell Freudenberger – Lost and Wanted




June 2019


Barney Norris – The Vanishing Hours
Anna Hope – Expectation
Ann Patchett – The Dutch House
Hironi Kawakami – The Ten Loves of Mr Nishino
Sandra Newman – The Heavens
Mary Beth Keane – Ask Again, Yes




May 2019

Joanne Ramos – The Farm
Joseph O’Connor – Shadowplay
Rachel Cusk – Aftermath
Philippe Besson – Lie With Me
Peter Swanson – Before She Knew Him
George Saunders – Fox 8
LP Hartley – The Brickfield
Anita Brookner – Hotel du Lac
Thomas Mann – Death in Venice
Patrick McGuinness – Throw Me to the Wolves


April 2019

Jill Dawson – The Language of Birds
Deborah Moggach – The Carer
Georges Bataille – Story of the Eye
Susan Choi – Trust Exercise
Bev Thomas – A Good Enough Mother
Jo Baker – The Body Lies
Ian McEwan – Machines Like Me
Taylor Jenkins Reid – Daisy Jones & The Six
David Nicholls – Sweet Sorrow




March 2019

Sarah Henstra – The Red Word
Adam Foulds – Dream Sequence
CJ Tudor – The Taking of Annie Thorne
William Sutcliffe – The Gifted, The Talented and Me
Roddy Doyle – Charlie Savage
Renee Knight – The Secretary
Karen Thompson Walker – The Dreamers
Rosie Price – What Red Was
Ben Fergusson – An Honest Man
Édouard Louis – Who Killed My Father
RO Kwon – The Incendiaries


February 2019


Leïla Slimani – Adèle
Christine Mangan – Tangerine
Kate Greathead – Laura & Emma
Emilie Pine – Notes to Self
Damian Barr – You Will Be Safe Here
Haruki Murakami – Birthday Girl
Juliet Lapidos – Talent
Søren Sveistrup – The Chestnut Man
Wang Ting-Kuo – My Enemy’s Cherry Tree
Elanor Dymott – Slack-Tide


January 2019


John Lanchester – The Wall
Lucy Foley – The Hunting Party
Max Porter – Lanny
Jacqueline O’Mahony – A River in the Trees
Sinéad Gleeson – Constellations: Reflections from Life
David Szalay – Turbulence
Delphine de Vigan – Loyalties
Lesley Kara – The Rumour
Brian Bilston – Diary of a Somebody
Jack London – The Call of the Wild


December 2018


Dervla McTiernan – The Ruin
Agatha Christie – A Murder is Announced
Tana French – Broken Harbour
Tana French – Faithful Place
Tessa Hadley – Late in the Day





November 2018


Kate Bush – How To Be Invisible
Michelle Obama – Becoming
Laila Lalami – The Other Americans
Tana French – The Wych Elm
Stephen King – Elevation
Billy O’Callaghan – My Coney Island Baby
Tom Holland – Athelstan: The Making of England
Matias Faldbakken – The Waiter



October 2018


Jerome K Jerome – Three Men in a Boat
Thomas Hardy – The Mayor of Casterbridge
Nathan Hill – The Nix
Liane Moriarty – Nine Perfect Strangers
Jonathan Coe – Middle England
Hilaire Belloc – Cautionary Tales
Imran Mahmood – You Don’t Know Me




September 2018


Genki Kawamura – If Cats Disappeared from the World
Edmund White – The Unpunished Vice
Frederick Forsyth – The Day of the Jackal
Heather Morris – The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Khaled Hosseini – Sea Prayer
Markus Zusak – Bridge of Clay
Catherine Steadman – Something in the Water
Mark Twain – The Prince and the Pauper



August 2018

Fatima Farheen Mirza – A Place For Us
Patrick Gale – Take Nothing With You
Robert Louis Stevenson – Treasure Island
Kate Atkinson – Transcription
Katie Williams – Tell The Machine Goodnight
André Aciman – Enigma Variation
Herman Melville – Moby-Dick
JP Delaney – Believe Me
Simon Rich – Hits and Misses
Glenn Skwerer – The Tristan Chord
AM Homes – Days of Awe


July 2018


Sabine Durrant – Take Me In
Ben Rhodes – Inside the Obama White House
Graham Norton – A Keeper
Stephen King – The Outsider
Rachel Kushner – The Mars Room
Sayaca Murata – Convenience Store Woman
Patrick DeWitt – French Exit
Benjamin Markovits – A Weekend in New York
Anne Tyler – Clock Dance
Emer McLysaght & Sarah Breen – The Importance of Being Aisling
Thomas Bourke – The Consolation of Maps

June 2018


Ian McEwan – My Purple Scented Novel
Sebastian Faulks – Paris Echo
Chloe Benjamin – The Immortalists
Hannah Beckerman – If Only I Could Tell You
Andrew Sean Greer – Less
Andrew Miller – Now We Shall Be Entirely Free
Curtis Sittenfeld – You Think It, I’ll Say It




May 2018


David Sedaris – Calypso
Jade Sharma – Problems
Araminta Hall – Our Kind of Cruelty
Geir Gulliksen – Story of a Marriage
Rachel Cusk – Kudos
Toby Litt – Wrestliana
Rose Tremain – Rosie: Scenes from a Vanished Life
Adam Kay – This is Going to Hurt



April 2018


Diana Evans – Ordinary People
Tayari Jones – An American Marriage
Amy Sackville – Painter to the King
Catherine Chanter – The Half Sister
Salley Vickers – The Librarian
Anne Griffin – When All is Said
Blake Morrison – The Executor
Karen Hamilton – The Perfect Girlfriend



March 2018


Édouard Louis – History of Violence
Gerard Woodward – The Paper Lovers
Herman Melville – Bartleby, the Scrivener
JM Barrie – Peter Pan and Wendy
Lisa Halliday – Asymmetry
Uzodinma Iweala – Speak No Evil
Louise O’Neill – Almost Love
William Trevor – Last Stories
Anthony Trollope – The Warden
T Christian Miller & Ken Armstrong – A False Report


February 2018

David Hargreaves – Under the Table
Janice Pariat – The Nine-Chambered Heart
Laura Carlin – The Wicked Cometh
CJ Tudor – The Chalk Man
Joe Dunthorne – The Adulterants
Julian Barnes – The Only Story
Donal Ryan – From a Low and Quiet Sea
Agatha Christie – The ABC Murders
Anne Youngson – Meet Me at the Museum
Mary Lynn Bracht – White Chrysanthemum
Dirk Kurbjuweit – Fear
Emer McLysaght & Sarah Breen – Oh My God, What A Complete Aisling
AJ Finn – The Woman in the Window

January 2018

Samuel Fisher – The Chameleon
Roland Schimmelpfennig – One Clear Ice-Cold January Morning at the Beginning of the 21st Century
Tomoka Shibasaki – Spring Garden
Sarah Vaughan – Anatomy of a Scandal
Mieko Kawakami – Ms Ice Sandwich
Emma Glass – Peach
Sebastian Faulks – Pistache Returns
Michael Wolff – Fear and Fury
Leïla Slimani – Lullaby




December 2017


Madeleine Then – Hiroshige Takes the Sky Train
Edgar Wallace – The Four Just Men
Kazuo Ishiguro – My Twentieth Century Evening
Philip Hensher – The Friendly Ones
Rhiannon Navin – Only Child
Alicia Drake – I Love You Too Much
Graeme Macrae Burnet – The Accident on the A35
Christopher Fowler – The Book of Forgotten Authors
Jess Kidd – The Hoarder



November 2017

Louise O’Neill – Asking for It
Emmanuel Carrère – The Adversary
Han Kang – The White Book
Lionel Shriver – The Standing Chandelier
Danya Kukafka – Girl in Snow
AJ Pearce – Dear Mrs Bird
Jane Austen – Northanger Abbey
Jonathan Coe – The Broken Mirror
Laura Purcell – The Silent Companions
Celeste Ng – Little Fires Everywhere



October 2017

Barney Norris – Turning for Home
Robert Harris – Munich
Shaun Bythell – The Diary of a Bookseller
P.D. James – Sleep No More
Edward St Aubyn – Dunbar
Neil Griffiths – As a God Might Be
Nicole Krauss – Forest Dark
Tom Rachman – Basket of Deplorables
Craig Brown – Ma’am Darling
Cherise Wolas – The Resurrection of Joan Ashby



September 2017

Matthew Weiner – Heather, the Totality
Hiro Arikawa – The Travelling Cat Chronicles
Alison Jean Lester – Yuki Means Happiness
Zoe Whittall – The Best Kind of People
Claire Messud – The Burning Girl
Sophie Hannah – Did You See Melody?
AE Housman – A Shropshire Lad
Andrew Michael Hurley – Devil’s Day
Gabe Habash – Stephen Florida
William Boyd – The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth



August 2017

Francesca Segal – The Awkward Age
Liane Moriarty – Truly Madly Guilty
Stephen King – The Shining
Mark Haddon / Virginia Woolf – Two Stories
Flynn Berry – Under the Harrow
Kate Murray-Browne – The Upstairs Room
Saran Winman – Tin Man
Min Kym – Gone
Tom Hanks – Uncommon Type: Some Stories
Alan Hollinghurst – The Sparsholt Affair
Kamila Shamsie – Home Fire
David Sedaris – Theft By Finding


July 2017

Sarah Dunnakey – The Companion
Elizabeth Day – The Party
Eliza Robertson – Demi-Gods
Billy O’Callaghan – The Dead House
Phil Harrison – The First Day
Ethel Rohan – The Weight of Him
Lucy Atkins – The Night Visitor
Gail Honeyman – Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Amanda Craig – The Lie of the Land
André Alexis – The Hidden Keys
Daniel Kehlmann – You Should Have Left
Benjamin Black – Prague Nights


June 2017

Noah Hawley – Before the Fall
Tom Malmquist – In Every Moment We are Still Alive
Gin Phillips – Fierce Kingdom
Elizabeth Strout – Anything is Possible
Shirley Jackson – The Haunting of Hill House
Colm Tóibín – House of Names
Richard Ford – Between Them
Matt Haig – How To Stop Time
Sarah Schmidt – See What I Have Done
Sally Rooney – Conversations with Friends



May 2017

Inge Schilperoord – Tench
Colum McCann – Letters to a Young Writer
Jane Harris – Sugar Money
Delphine De Vigan – Based on a True Story
Agatha Christie – Endless Night
André Aciman – Call Me By Your Name
Min Jin Lee – Pachinko
Jean Hanff Korelitz – The Devil and Webster
Liane Moriarty – The Last Anniversary
Jason Rekulak – The Impossible Fortress
Bernard MacLaverty – Midwinter Break
Christopher Wilson – The Zoo


April 2017

Jon McGregor – Reservoir 13
Shane Connaughton – A Border Station
Sally Bedell Smith – Prince Charles
Tim Parks – In Extremis
Molly McCloskey – When Light Is Like Water
Richard Beard – The Day That Went Missing
Thomas Keneally – Crimes of the Father
Arundhati Roy – The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
Liane Moriarty – The Husband’s Secret
Beth Underdown – The Witchfinder’s Sister



March 2017

Liane Moriarty – Big Little Lies
Rick Gekoski – Darke
George Saunders – Lincoln in the Bardo
Paula McGrath – A History of Running Away
David Foenkinos – Charlotte
Fiona Barton – The Widow
Maeve Brennan – The Visitor
Owen Sheers – I Saw A Man
Roddy Doyle – Smile
W Somerset Maugham – Liza of Lambeth
Paula Hawkins – Into The Water
Mohsin Hamad – Exit West


February 2017

Brian Van Reet – Spoils
W Somerset Maugham – The Moon And Sixpence
Ross Raisin – A Natural
Édouard Louis – The End of Eddy
Gillian Flynn – The Grown Up
JP Delaney – The Girl Before
Gwendoline Riley – First Love
W Somerset Maugham – The Razor’s Edge
Edward Docx – Let Go My Hand




January 2017

Volker Weidermann – Summer Before The Dark
Agatha Christie – Five Little Pigs
Polly Clark – Larchfield
W Somerset Maugham – The Painted Veil
Emma Flint – Little Deaths
Jill Dawson – Fred & Edie
Karl Geary – Montpelier Parade
Sebastian Haffner – The Meaning of Hitler
Sara Baume – A Line Made By Walking
Ali Land – Good Me Bad Me
W Somerset Maugham – Cakes and Ale
W Somerset Maugham – Up at the Villa


December 2016


Jennifer Down – Our Magic Hour
Agatha Christie – The Murder at the Vicarage
Jess Kidd – Himself
Stef Penney – Under a Pole Star
Brad Watson – Miss Jane





November 2016

Tim Murphy – Christodora
Susan Hill – The Travelling Bag
Agatha Christie – Sparkling Cyanide
Yaa Gyasi – Homegoing
Cecelia Ahern – Lyrebird
John Banville – Time Pieces
Ali Smith – Autumn
Graeme Macrae Burnet – His Bloody Project
Robert Seethaler – The Tobacconist
Sebastian Barry – Days Without End



October 2016

Per Petterson – Echoland
Rachel Cusk – Transit
Maria Semple – Today will be Different
Michelle Paver – Thin Air
Jonathan Safran Foer – Here I Am
Ann Patchett – Commonwealth
Agatha Christie – N or M?
Norbert Gstrein – A Sense of the Beginning
Tana French – The Trespasser
Alain Gillot – The Penalty Area



September 2016

Emma Donoghue – The Wonder
Albert Camus – The Outsider
Zadie Smith – Swing Time
Shaun Tan – The Singing Bones
Jona Oberski – A Childhood
Graham Norton – Holding
Tommy Wieringa – A Beautiful Young Wife
Agatha Christie – Peril at End Hous
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan – Harmless Like You
Peter Swanson – The Kind Worth Killing



August 2016

Alan Cumming – You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams
Matthew Griffin – Hide
Mark Singer – Trump & Me
Ian McEwan – Nutshell
Sabine Durrant – Lie with Me
Graham Greene – Dr Fischer of Geneva
Seán O’Brien – Once Again Assembled Here
Sun-Mi Hwang – The Dog who Dared to Dream
Agatha Christie – Taken at the Floo
Geoffrey Willans & Ronald Searle – Molesworth
Karan Mahajan – The Association of Small Bombs


July 2016

Robert Harris – Conclave
Henry James – Daisy Miller
Jean Rhys – Wide Sargasso Sea
Sarah Moss – The Tidal Zone
Charlotte Perkins Gilman – The Yellow Wallpaper
Jessie Burton – The Muse
Erri de Luca – The Day Before Happiness
Charlotte Bronte – Jane Eyre
Adam Haslett – Imagine Me Gone
Douglas Coupland – Highly Inappropriate Tales for Young People
James M Cain – The Postman Always Rings Twice
Jung Yun – Shelter
Emma Cline – The Girls
Bruce Chatwin – In Patagonia
Anne Tyler – Vinegar Girl

June 2016

Sarah Perry – The Essex Serpent
E Nesbit – The Railway Children
Franz Kafka – Amerika
Louise Doughty – Black Water
Michael Schulman – Her, Again
Jill Dawson – The Crime Writer
Kit de Waal – My Name Is Leon
Sjón – Moonstone
Elena Ferrante – My Brilliant Friend
Geoffrey Household – Rogue Male
Kate Summerscale – The Wicked Boy
Mark Haddon – The Pier Falls
Robin Wasserman – Girls on Fire
Han Kang – The Vegetarian
EB White – Charlotte’s Web

May 2016

Alison Weir – Katherine of Aragon
Charlotte Wood – The Natural Way of Things
Cory Taylor – Dying, a Memoir
Decca Aitkenhead – All at Sea
Lionel Shriver – The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047
Yvvette Edwards – The Mother
Patrick Flanery – I Am No One
Curtis Sittenfeld – Eligible
Alain de Botton – The Course of Love
Chris Cleave – Everyone Brave is Forgiven
David Szalay – All That Man Is
Hendrik Groen – The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old
Philip Hensher – Tales of Persuasion
Barney Norris – Five Rivers Met on a Wooden Plain

April 2016

Jem Lester – Shtum
Megan Bradbury – Everyone is Watching
Donal Ryan – All We Shall Know
Garth Greenwell – What Belongs to You
Rose Tremain – The Gustav Sonata
Kate Tempest – The Bricks that Built the Houses
Edmund White – Our Young Man
Alexander Lernet-Holenia – Mona Lisa
Frances Hardinge – The Lie Tree
Chigozie Obioma – The Fishermen
Anna Raverat – Lover
Renee Knight – Disclaimer
Ottessa Moshfegh – Eileen

March 2016

David Park – Gods and Angels
Joanna Cannon – The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
Andrew McMillan – Physical
Tracy Chevalier – At the Edge of the Orchard
China Miéville – This Census-Taker
Judith Hermann – Where Love Begins
Harry Parker – Anatomy of a Soldier
Sunjeev Sahota – The Year of the Runaways
Graham Swift – Mothering Sunday




February 2016

Yasushi Inoue – Life of a Counterfeiter
Elizabeth Strout – My Name is Lucy Barton
Ian McGuire – The North Water
Tim Parks – Thomas & Mary: A Love Story
Helen Fitzgerald – Viral
Paul MM Cooper – River of Ink
Mick Jackson – Yuki Chan in Bronte Country
Nicholas Searle – The Good Liar
Julian Barnes – The Noise of Time
Andrew Michael Hurley – The Loney