My Bookshelf

I have a weakness for bookshops and the smell of fresh pages which has usually kept me in a good supply of books: perhaps too good a supply. Over the years I’ve accumulated a stack of books that (probably through laziness and a generous gift of a box of modern classics) I haven’t had the time to read. If I get a new book it is usually read first and in my spare-time thirsty life (yes, I’m a parent) the others stay shelved.

So with my aim of reading fifty-two books in 2012 I am sure I can manage to work my way through a lot of these among some new discoveries. Some, I have to say, have lost their appeal although I know that when I bought them something in the blurb and a page read at random must have sparked an interest. I share with you my list. If you want to recommend or rule-out one of them, or leave another suggestion, please do.

That Summer Affair – Sarah Challis

A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess

Animal Farm – George Orwell

Lourdes – Emile Zola

The Complete Short Novels – D H Lawrence

Suite Française – Irène Némirovsky

The Diary of a Nobody – George and Weedon Grossmith

The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafón

On the Road – Jack Kerouac

Fever Pitch – Nick Hornby

Three Men in a Boat – Jerome K. Jerome

Sophie’s World – Jostein Gaarder

Down and Out in Paris and London – George Orwell

Cider With Rosie –  Laurie Lee

Lucky Jim – Kingsley Amis

The Heart of the Matter – Graham Greene

Out of Africa – Karen Blixen

A Passage to India – E.M. Forster

Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen

A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

39 Steps – John Buchan

To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf



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2 responses to “My Bookshelf

  1. Great list! i’m a reader too… i too have a way high pile of unread books & still i keep buying… hehhee… & joining a book club didn’t help in lessening the pile cos now i have more to read… not complaining though… Happy Reading!

    • That made me chuckle. It is addictive, isn’t it? I borrow books from the library sometimes but nothing seems to beat the feeling you get of a brand new book. You just don’t get the same hit! Hee hee. Happy Reading to you too, and please let me know if you discover something really nice you could recommend to me.

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