MY READING LIFE IN 2009

how many books did i read this year ?

       I have managed to read 88 books this year finishing with the last book by Sebald ,campo santo  .Of them the ratio of male to female writers was a shameful 81 male and 7 female writers .i read 8non fiction books

what were my favourite books of the year ?

     well in non fiction the wonderful Notes from walnut tree farm by Roger Deakin ,a book that evokes the memories of sebald and thoreau in equal part a joy to read and thanks to amro for it ,fiction Legend of suicide by David Vann i review earlier a truely breath taking novel ,other books noteworthy grub by Elise Blackwell ,howards end on the landing by Susan Hill ,city of theives by David Benioff ,the running sky by Tim Dee

other highlights of year ?

   well for me its been start this blog and twitter were i have meet many friends and learned a lot about books and blogs .discovering new writers Elise Blackwell ,Phillip hoare ,Simon Mawer, Roger Deakin and Roberto Bolano  

the year ahead ?

    The main thing next year is my around the world in 52 days challenge ,trying to blog more .I hope to break a hundred books next year .Waiting with eager hands for new books from David Mitchell ,Peter Carey ,Elise Blackwell and Yann martell .other books on to read pile the biograpy of ballard ,up in the old hotel by Joseph Mitchell ,Beginners by Raymond Carver ,A week in december by Sebastian Faulk all of which i hope to read in jan /feb ,try to read more non fiction and female writers

 

A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL SEE YOU IN 2010 STU AND WINSTON

list so far for around world in 52 books

here’s the books so far no order

1.A winter book by Tove Jansson (finland)

2.The siege by Ismail Kadare (albania)

3.Artic chill by Arnaldur Indridason (iceland)

4.Cafe europa by Slavenka Drakulic (croatia)

5.The witches of portobello by Paulo Coellol(brazil)

6.The harmony silk factory by Tash Aw (malaysia)

7.The unnamed by Joshua Ferris(U.S)

8.The women and the ape by Peter Hoeg (denmark)

9.Blueprint for a prophet by Carl Gibeily (lebanon)

10.Zlatas diary by Zlata flipovic (bosnia)

11.Popular music by Mikael Niemi (sweden)

12.The bad girl by Mario Vargas Llosa(peru)

13.My life as a fake by Peter Carey (australia)

14.Autonauts of the cosmoroute by julio cortazar (argentine)

15.Potiki by Patricia Grace (new zealand)

16.2666 by Roberto Bolano (chile)

17.An African in Greenland by Tete -michel Kpomassie (togo)

18.Fado by andrzej stasiuk (poland)

19.Penguin lost by Andrey Kurkov (ukraine)

20.The passport by Herta Muller (romania)

21.Divisadero by Michael ondaatje (canda)

22.Senselessness by H.C Mayo (el salvador)

22.The carpenters pencil by Manuel Rivas (spain)

23.The intergation J.M.G Le Clezio (france)

24.Snow by Orhan Pamuk (turkey)

25.Intimate stranger by Bryten Brytenbach 9south africa)

26.Dream story by Arthur Schnitzler (austria)

27.Tranquility by Attila Bartis (hungray)

28.Wonder by Hugo Claus (beligum)

29.The eagles throne by Carlos Fuentes (mexico)

30.From the diary of a snail by Gunter Grass (germany)

31.The leopard by Tomasi Di Lampedusa (italy)

32.Tales from firozsha baag by Rohinton Mistry(india)

33.My fathers war by Adriaan Van Dis (netherlands)

34.Balzac and the little chinese seamstress by Dai Sijie(china)

35.The boat by Nam Le (vietnam)

36.The master and margarita(russia)

37.Collected stories by Gabiel Garcia Marquez (colombia)

38.Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga(zimbabwe)

39.The blind owl by Sadeq Hedayat (iran)

40.The Dalkey archive by Flann O Brien(ireland)

41.Tales of freedom by Ben Okri(nigeria)

42.First as tragedy,then as farce by Slavoj Zizek(Slovenia)

43.The belly of the atlantic by Fatou Diome(sengal)

44.A bend in the river by V.S Naipaul(Trinidad)

45.Awild sheep chase by Haurki Murkami(Japan)

46.The patience stone by Atiq Rahmi(afghanistan)

47.The snowman by jo nesbo(norway)

48.Brecht at night by Mati Unt(estonia)

49.Brokem Glass by Alain mabanckou(congo)

50.sleepwalking by  Mia Couto (mozambeque)

thats it so far need 11 more hope to get them by end of january

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