Monday, December 19, 2005

Reading Year in Review - January and February 2005

As at today, I have read 162 books this year. For a bit of fun I thought I would do a bit of a year in review to look back at the books that I enjoyed (and sometimes didn't!) during this year.

Don't know what happened in January. Only managed 3 reads!! My reads for January and February were:

The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst 3/5
The Reckoning by Sharon Penman 5/5
The Virgin's Lover by Phillipa Gregory 3/5
The Shadow of the Wind Carlos Ruiz Zafon 5/5
To Wed a Scandalous Spy by Celeste Bradley 4/5
Full Blast by Janet Evanovich and Charlotte Hughes 3/5
Full Speed by Janet Evanovich and Charlotte Hughes 4/5
Full Tilt by Janet Evanovich and Charlotte Hughes 3/5
Katherine by Anya Seton 5/5
Highlander Unbound by Julia London 4/5
Highlander in Disguise by Julia London 4/5
The Honk and Holler Opening Soon by Billie Letts 3/5


The Line of Beauty won last year's Booker Prize. Whilst the language was beautiful, and deliberately reminiscent of Henry James, I guess the subject matter really wasn't all that interesting to me.

The Reckoning is the third book in the Welsh trilogy. All great books in themselves, and highly recommended, this was a fitting conclusion. The other two books in the trilogy are Here Be Dragons and Falls the Shadow.

The Shadow of the Wind is an awesome book, and the author seems so genial and funny. I did a BNU course for this book, and can't wait for the next one to come out!

Katherine by Anya oldie but a goodie!!


  1. I was reading your post and at first I was very surprised you gave Honk and Holler Opening Soon a 3. Then I got to thinking, I didn't really LIKE that book. Where the Heart is was much better. I am going to start rating all my books whether I manage to post or not because now I am thinking: did I actually like that book when I read it or do I just think I did now because I can remember the title?

  2. I rated it a 3 because it was an okay read, but I didn't really think that there was all that much depth to it. It was kind of forgettable though. A pleasant way to kill a few hours and that's about it!