Tuesday, 5 July 2011

52 lists: a waiting list of books.

This weeks list from Kellie is an inspiring one for me as the collector of literally hundreds of books. I have so many waiting to be read, however I am going mine to a few because otherwise you may lose the will to live or leave due to severe boredom.

So here is a list of books I want to read for the first time or again, in no particular order.............
  • The Bible.............I am trying to complete the Bible in a year challenge which involves reading a piece from the Old and New Testaments and a Psalm everyday. I am doing ok at the moment so that's an ongoing one.
  • ''The Children's Book'' by A.S. Byatt. I read ''Possession'' which tells the modern day story of two academics trying to discover whether a Victorian poet and writer had an affair with a married man also a poet. It was such a beautiful story and beautifully written that I have this in my reading pile.
  • ''December'' by Elizabeth H. Winthrop. This book was part of Richard and Judy's bookclub in 2009, waiting awhile then in the pile, and I still haven't gotten to it. It is set in New England and 11 year old Isabelle who is selectively mute. How this affects her parents and Isabelle is the central focus of the story.
  • ''The Anatomy of Ghosts'' by Andrew Taylor.Set in 1786 this is part ghost story and murder mystery, should be good.
  • ''My Father's House'' by Sylvia Fraser. This book was a recommendation from a lady who taught on a Child protection course I attended for work. It is a personal, and harrowing account, of the life of the author as a survivor of child abuse. Not for those of a delicate disposition. I got it in the market book store and will make this one of my summer reads, but in small chunks I think.
  • ''The Shadows in the Street'' by Susan Hill. I first read Susan Hill's ''The Woman in Black'' many years ago which is seriously the scariest novel and theatre production ever. I have now read several of her ghost stories, and also her personal experiences of pregnancy and loss of a premature baby. She is an amazing author and recently began writing a series of crime novels based on the character Simon Serrailer. This is the fifth novel in the series. Not a traditional murder and catch the killer story, I would recommend this series to anyone who wants to understand more about the crime itself rather than the CSI parts.  
  • ''Decorate'' by Holly Becker and Joanna Copestick on how to make your home pretty. Yep that's a must.

And quite probably numerous scrapbooking books, magazines and blogs to add to the list.
What's on your list?


  1. This is a great list, I concur that The Woman in Black is the scariest book I've ever read as well. I haven't seen the theatre production, but it's something I definitely want to see. There's a film of it coming out starring Daniel Radcliffe - I found a teaser trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSHEYVGaWok

    Very exciting! :)

  2. These recommendations have come at the perfect time for me as I am about to make my annual holiday book buying trip to Waterstones!

    I'm glad you had a lovely "virtual" trip to see us x

  3. Some interesting books there Jo that I haven't read! No read one of them in fact. My list this summer includes water for elephants, the tent the bucket and me and several others! ill look forward to seeing your reviews of some of these books xxx

  4. look like some great books, particularly that second one. Might look out for it in the library! xxx

  5. I might have to find the scary one, although it won't be a bedtime read!


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