Previously read books.

Books are rated on

1- enjoyablility/satisfaction
2- readability/well written
3- discussion provoking/good choice for bookgroup

giving an overall score - shown in bold.



2015

January The crow road (initial 5.7) (7.6, 6.2, 6.8 =6.9)
(Depressing, dark humour x 2, sprawling, generational, loved it x 2, slow burn, soap opera, irritating, confusing, terrible, frustrating)



2014

December The hunger games (initial 7.7) (7.9, 8.3, 8 = 8.1)
(Emotional rollercoaster, adrenaline filled, riveting, good, readable, compelling, thought provoking, engaging, suspenseful, splendid, depressing, great, easy read)

November: The Light between Oceans by ML Stedman (initial: 6.7) (6, 6.4,7.5 = 6.7)
(Educational (about lighthouses), frustrating, gripping, heart-felt, goodish, mawkish, emotional, monotonous, enthralling, hooked, thought-provoking, moral, drawn-out, good)

October: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (initial: 7.1) (7.3,7.1,7 = 7.2)
(Mediocre, nostalgic, engrossing, old-fashioned, gothic (x2), fulfilled, homage, magical, disappointing, busy, mainstream, classicesque)

September : N-W by Zadie Smith (initial: 4.2) (4.6, 6.8, 6 = 5.8 )
(diamond, annoyingly clever, ****, bitty, easy to put down, irritating, disappointed (x2), indescribable, let down, dispiriting)

August: Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
(initial: 4) (3.6, 3.7, 3.3 = 3.5)
(Prostitution, superficial, huh, rubbish, baffling, poor novel, storybook, original format, confusing, contrived, **** (x2))

July: The Girls by Lori Lansens (initial: 5.7) (6.3, 6.4, 7.9 = 6.9)
(meh, insightful (x4), believable, idealistic, sentimental, sad, soap opera)

June: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (initial: 7.3) (7.5, 7.8, 8.5 = 7.9)
(A maze, mind games, psychological, disappointed, surprises, gripping, film score, clever, infuriating, cliché, disappointed, worrying)

May: The Dubliners by James Joyce (initial score: 5) (7.8, 5.7, 8.3 = 7.3)
(Harsh, melancholic, depressing x 2, awful, dull, difficult, sad, unresolved, bedrock, incomplete, unsatisfied, frustrating x 2, obsolete, disillusioned)

April: The Kiterunner by Khaled Hosseini (initial score: 8.1) (6.9, 8.3, 7.8= 7.7 )
(Block buster, emotional, raw, uncomfortable, enlightening, eye opening, powerful, upsetting)

March: the unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry (initial score 6.9) (7.1, 6.9, 8.4 = 7.5)
(fascinating, depressing, annoying, thought-provoking, perceptive, mixed-bag, irritating, flawed, heart-breaking, unbelievable, moving, endearing, entertaining, moving)

February: Rebecca (7.5, 7.8, 8 = 7.7 )
January : the woman in white by Wilkie Collins. (8.2, 8, 8 = 8.06)
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2013

December: heart of darkness by Joseph Conrad
November: lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (3, 5.5, 6 = 4.8)
October: the secret scripture by Sebastian Barry (6.2, 7.5, 6.4 = 6.7)
September: frankenstein by Mary Shelley (4.1, 5, 5.7 =4.9)
August: Room by Emma Donoghue (8.5, 8.2, 8.6 = 8.4)
July: Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates (5.2, 6.3, 7.8 = 6.4)
June: A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (6.3, 7.4, 7.7 = 5.7)
May: The Hare With Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal (5.2, 5.6, 7.8 = 6.2)
April: The Sisters Brothers by Andrew Dewitt (7.1, 7.3, 7.9 = 7.4)
March: Small Island by Andrea Levy (6.6, 6.1, 8.2 = 6.8)
February: The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje (7.2, 8.3, 8,3 = 7.8)
January: Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris (6.4, 5.7, 6.1 = 6.1)
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2012

December: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (7.5, 7.2,7.2 = 7.3)
November: There But For The by Ali Smith ( 5.3, 5,7, 6,7 = 5.7)
October: The Terror by Dan Simmons (8.2, 8.2, 8 = 8.1)
September: A sense of ending by Julian Barnes (7.1, 8.7, 7.8 = 7.9)
August: The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obrecht (5.8, 6.2, 7 = 6.3)
July: Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch (7.2, 8.2, 6.5 = 7.3)
June: Enduring Love by Ian McEwan (5.6, 6.8, 7.2 = 6.5
May: The Help by Kathryn Stockett (6.5, 6.1, 7.2 = 6.6)
April: Snowdrops by A D Miller (5.8, 6.3, 8.4 = 6.4)
March: We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver (7.8, 7.8, 8.7 = 8.1)
February: Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (8.3, 8.5, 8.3 = 8.4)
January: Things I Want My Daughters To Know by Elizabeth Noble (3.6, 4.7, 4.9 = 4.4)

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2011

December: A Week In December by Sebastian Faulks (5, 4.8, 7.8 = 5.8)
November: The Secret History by Donna Tartt ( 6.5, 6.7, 8.2 = 7.1 )
October: Dark Matter by Michelle Paver ( 5.8, 6.5, 6 = 6.1 )
September: Dead Simple by Peter James ( 7, 5.6, 5.2 = 5.9)
August: One Day by David Nicholls ( 6.9, 6.7, 6 = 6.5)
July: The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson ( 5.4, 7, 7.1 = 6.5)
June: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot ( 5.3, 4.5, 6.8 = 5.5)
May: The Pregnant Widow by Martin Amis (5, 5, 8.8 = 6.2 )
April: Solar by Ian McEwan (7.5, 8.7, 9 = 8.4 )
March: The Long Song by Andrea Levy (7.8, 7.5, 8.2 = 7.8)
February: Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay (4.9, 4.3, 6.3 = 5.1)
January: No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy (7.9, 8.2, = 8.5)

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2010

December: Skipping Christmas, John Grisham (3, 4 (no discussion) = 3.5)
November: The Slap, Christos Tsiolkas (scores: 4, 4.7, 8.8 = 5.5)
November: The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald (scores: 7.3, 7.4, 7.8 = 7.5)
October: The Woman in Black, Susan Hill (scores: 6, 6.4, 6 = 6.1)
September: Water for Elephants, Sarah Gruen (scores: 4.5, 4.3, 4.3 = 4.3)
August : My Fathers Glory and My Mother's Castle, Marcel Pagnol (scores: 8.5, 9.5, 7 = 8.3)
July : The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Steig Larsson (scores: 8.1, 8.4, 8.5 = 8.3)
June : Beloved, Toni Morrison (scores: 8.1, 7.2, 9 = 8.1)
May : Anita and Me, Meera Syal (scores: 8.1, 7, 7.4 = 7.5)
April : The Clothes On Our Backs, L Grant (scores: 8.2,8.7,8.8 = 8.5)
March : The Gift, Cecilia Ahern (scores: 3.5, 6.5, 5.5 = 5)
Feb : Never Let Me Go, K Ishiguru (scores: 6,8.5,10 = 8)
Jan : Ghostwritten, D Mitchell (scores: 8,7,10 = 8.5)

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2009

Dec : The Year Of the Flood, M Atwood (scores: 7,8,9 = 8.)
Nov : The Road Home, Tremain R (scores: 5,7,7 = 6)
Oct : A Thousand Splendid Suns, K Hossein (8.7,9,5 = 7.5)
Sept : The Good Doctor Galut D (scores 7.5,8,6.25 = 7.25)
August : Cloud Atlas, Mitchell D (scores 9,7,9 = 8.5)
July : The Bastard King, Plaidy J (no score)
June : The Rainbow Lawrence, DH (score 6.5,9.5 = 8)
May : The White Tiger, Adiga A (scores 8,7.6 = 7.8)
April : The Time Traveller's Wife, A Niffenegger (score = 7.3)
March: Labyrinth, K Mosse
February: This Book Will Change Your Life, A Holmes

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