BookScapes

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Every year I am asked for my reading list. Some people only want the highlights (the top 10**, the top 50), others want everything. I never list the books I read that I didn’t like, but I still end up with 300+ books. I am a positive reviewer, although I will often have great discussions about books that don’t show up on my lists! I have been late with the Christmas newsletter and at this rate it is going to be a Valentine’s note, but I have not forgotten those who look forward to adding to their reading list. Happy Reading.

2012 Book List
NonFiction
Michael Chabon Maps and Legends: reading and writing along the borders
John Connolly (ed) Books to Die For
**Michael Dirda On Conan Doyle
Susan Hill A Bit of Singing and Dancing
**Tony Horwitz Midnight Rising
Sam Kean The Violinist’s Thumb
St. Clair McKelway Reporting at Wit’s End : tales from The New Yorker
PJ O’Rourke Holidays in Heck
*Nancy Pearl After Life (Book Lust Rediscoveries)
*Jonathan Yardley Second Reading
Fiction/Literature
Julian Barnes Sense of an Ending
Mark Haddon The Red House
Kathleen Howe House of Velvet and Glass
William Kuhn Mrs Queen Takes the Train
**Hilary Mantel Bringing up the bodies
*Paula McLain The Paris Wife
China Mieville The City and the City
Stef Penney The Invisible Ones
Alexander McCall Smith Uncommon Appeal of Clouds
Natasha Solomons Mr Rosenblum dreams in English
Jacqueline Winspear Elegy for Eddie
Mystery
Simon Beckett An Unmarked Grave
*John Connolly Wrath of Angels
Elly Griffith House at Sea End
**Deborah Harkness Shadow of the Night
Susan Hill Betrayal of Trust
Craig Johnson As Crow Flies, Walt Longman series
**Laurie King Beekeeper’s apprentice:series
*Susan Elia MacNeal Princess Elizabeth’s Spy
**Ian Rankin Standing in Another Man’s Grave
Imogen Robertson Instruments of darkness
Robin Sloan Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore
Julia Stuart Pigeon Pie Mystery
Charles Todd The Confession, Unmarked Grave
Science Fiction
Richard K. Morgan The Cold Commands
**Patrick Rothfuss The Name of the Wind; The Wise Man’s Fear Book 1,2
Romance
Carol Carr India Black (series)
Gail Carriger Timeless (series)
Susanna Kearsley The Winter Sea
YA
**Chris van Allburgh The Chronicles of Harris Burdick
*Alan Bradley Flavia deluce series
**Kristin Cashore Bitterblue
*Kerstin Gier Ruby red translated from the German by Anthea Bell
*Adam Gopnik The Steps Across the Water illustrated by Bruce McCall
Pete Hautman Obsidian Blade
**Mark Helprin Swan Lake, A Kingdom Far and Clear
**William Joyce The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Moris Lessmore
China Mieville Un Lun Dun
Eva Marie Mont A Breath of Eyre
**Walter Moers Labyrinth of Dreaming Books
**Andrew Motion Silver : Return to Treasure Island
**Terry Pratchett Snuff, Dodger
**Ransom Riggs Miss Peregrin’s Home for Peculiar Children
**Elizabeth Wein Code Name Verity

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