Monday, 3 January 2011


Inspired by Decembermum's blog post, I though I'd share the list of books I read in 2010. I've been keeping a list since April 2003 in a little black book by my bed. I am well down on previous years, but I note that over the past few years the number of books I have read has been steadily decreasing. I don't include books I have read for my studies unless they have been so well written and amusing that I would choose to read them in preference to a novel or autobiography! Looking down the list there is just one such book.

So here's the list:

They Were Sisters - Dorothy Whipple
The Bone Garden - Tess Gerritsen
Rifling Through My Drawers - Clarrissa Dickson Wright
Blazing Obscurity - Cive James
Juliet, Naked - Nick Hornby
The Woods - Harlan Coben
Bad Science - Ben Goldacre
Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel
Long Lost - Harlan Coben
The Complaints - Ian Rankin
Push - Sapphire
Hold Tight - Harlan Coben
One Day - David Nicholls
The Final Detail - Harlan Coben
Last Night In Twisted River - John Irving
Careless In Red - Elizabeth George
No Second Chance - Harlan Coben
The Girl Who Played With Fire - Steig Larsson
Doors Open - Ian Rankin
Company of Liars - Karen Maitland
Never Say Die - Tess Gerritsen
Hooked on a Murtder - Betty Hechtman
Mariane - Monica Dickens
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest - Steig Larsson
The Unit - Ninni Holmqvist
The Ghost - Robert Harris
Night Music - Jojo Moyes
The Help - Kate Stockett
The Savage Garden - Mark Mills
House Rules - Jodi Picoult
The Carbon Diaries - Saci Lloyd
The 1000 Autumns of Jacob de Zoel - David Mitchell (not of Mitchell and Webb fame!)
Relentless - Simon Kernick
Slap - Christos Tsiolkas
My Life in France - Julia Child & Alex Prudhomme
French Women Don't Get Fat - Mireille Guiliano
Traitor To Memory - Elizabeth George
Dead Tomorrow - Peter James
Picture Perfect - Jodi Picould
Dead Like You - Peter James
The Corrections - Jonathan Frantzen
Moab Is My Washpot - Stephen Fry
At Home: A Short History Of Private Life - Bill Bryson
Excellent Women - Barbara Pym
Ice Cream Girls - Dorothy Komson
Day After Night - Anita Diament
Stories We Could Tell - Tony Parsons
Sisters - Rosamund Lupton
Play Dead - Harlan Coben
Bleeding Hearts - Ian Rankin writing as Jack Harvey
The Children's Book - AS Byatt
The Fry Chronicles - Stephen Fry
Then Again Maybe I Won't - Judy Blume
Tipping The Velvet - Sarah Waters
Long Time Coming - Robert Goddard
The Snowman - Jo Nesbo
Target - Simon Kernick
A Perfectly Good Family - Lionel Schriver
Brooklyn - Colm Tobin
Noughts & Crosses - Malorie Blackman
A Very Private Gentleman (The American) - Martin Booth
Jasper Jones - Craig Silvey
U is for Undertow - Sue Grafton
How To Teach - Phil Beadle (yes, really, it is laugh out loud funny!)
Any Human Heart - William Boyd

I make that 65 - which looking back is the same number as for 2009 and 2008. So the decline seems to have reached a plateau! In 2004 I read 110 books - life must have been much easier with only 4 children in the house - and the numbers have fallen since then!


  1. That's still am impressive total when you've so much more going on in your life.

  2. They are hardly 'difficult' reads. I read to relax and switch off at the end of the day, and find it really hard to sleep if I haven't read something before I pass out!