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Jennet's 50 Book Challenge 2018 added 4th January 2018

Take 2! On managing 73 books last year I am going to try and not only beat that record but attain the "try something new" challenges.

  1. The way between the worlds

    The way between the worlds

    Clare, Alys.
    Published : Severn House Sutton 2011 ISBN : 0727880977 9780727880970
    No. 1 - Finished 4th January.
    Not a "Try Something New" but I do enjoy this series.
  2. Ever After High: once upon a time: a short story collection

    Ever After High: once upon a time: a short story collection

    Hale, Shannon,
    Published : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers London 2015 ISBN : 9780349132020 034913202X
    No. 2 - Finished 4th January.
    Not exactly a "Try something new" as it's genre doesn't fit into the current theme, but it is new to me.
  3. Shada: the lost adventure by Douglas Adams

    Shada: the lost adventure by Douglas Adams

    Roberts, Gareth Adams, Douglas
    Published : BBC London 2012 ISBN : 9781849903271 1849903271
    No 3. - Finished 12th January.
    A sci-fi book I was particularly interested in as was supposed to be a Doctor Who story from 1979 that was never completed. I was intrigued.
  4. The hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy

    The hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy

    Adams, Douglas, 1952-2001,
    Published : Pan Books London 2016 ISBN : 9781509808311 1509808310
    No 4. - Finished 13th January.
    A re-read. I know, I know, I need to try something new, but I'm just getting ready for the new radio series in Spring.
  5. The lost plot

    The lost plot

    Cogman, Genevieve,
    Published : Pan Books London 2017 ISBN : 9781509830701 1509830707
    No. 5 - Finished 15th January.
    The latest in one of my favourite book series. This has a new and interesting slant to it on the direction that the story takes.
  6. Reading allowed: true stories and curious incidents from a provincial library

    Reading allowed: true stories and curious incidents from a provincial library

    Paling, Chris,
    Published : Constable London 2017 ISBN : 9781472124715 1472124715
    No 6. - Finished 17th January.
    A recommendation from a friend and a brilliantly funny non-fiction account of library work.
  7. Heroes, gods and monsters of Ancient Greek mythology

    Heroes, gods and monsters of Ancient Greek mythology

    Ford, Michael Coveney, Eoin,
    Published : Book House Brighton 2013 ISBN : 1908973404 9781908973405
    No. 7 - Finished 18th January.
    A nice easy read chosen out of curiosity.
  8. Graceling

    Graceling

    Cashore, Kristin.
    Published : Clipper Large Print Rearsby 2010 ISBN : 9781407455419 1407455419
    No. 8 - Finished 29th January.
    An interesting fantasy book (read in large print due to no availability otherwise) but not quite free of the dreaded Unnecessary Romance.
  9. Baby doll

    Baby doll

    Overton, Hollie,
    Published : Arrow Books London 2017 ISBN : 9781784753467 1784753467
    No. 9 - Finished 30th January.
    I read this because it looked different. Not my genre but I understand why people like it.
  10. Murder is easy

    Murder is easy

    Christie, Agatha, 1890-1976,
    Published : Harper London 2017 ISBN : 0008196303 9780008196301
    No. 10 - Finished 2nd February.
    What kind of book list could I make without one Agatha Christie getting on it? Reread because I suddenly remembered it.
  11. One of us is lying

    One of us is lying

    McManus, Karen M.,
    Published : Penguin Books London 2017 ISBN : 9780141375632 0141375639
    No. 11 - Finished 9th February
    Interesting young adult book. It's no Agatha Christie but still I did like it.
  12. Nightfall

    Nightfall

    Leather, Stephen.
    Published : Hodder & Stoughton London 2010 ISBN : 1444700634 9781444700633 9781444700626 1444700626
    No. 12 - Finished 12th February
    A thriller from a popular author I have never read before. I think I will be reading more.
  13. The great Shelby Holmes, girl detective

    The great Shelby Holmes, girl detective

    Eulberg, Elizabeth, Robertson, Matt,
    Published : Bloomsbury London 2017 ISBN : 9781408871478 1408871475
    No. 13 - Finished 16th February
    A fun little children's book about a version of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson as children in modern day New York. I love it!
  14. The Marsh King's daughter

    The Marsh King's daughter

    Dionne, Karen,
    Published : Sphere London 2017 ISBN : 9780751567380 0751567388
    No. 14 - Finished 20th February
    A thriller and award winner that just caught my eye. It was a decent one-off.
  15. Neverwhere: the author's preferred text

    Neverwhere: the author's preferred text

    Gaiman, Neil.
    Published : Review London 2005 ISBN : 0755322800 9780755322800
    No. 15 - Finished 6th March
    A fun urban fantasy. Within my comfort zone but has fascinated me.
  16. Hickory dickory dock

    Hickory dickory dock

    Christie, Agatha, 1890-1976,
    Published : Harper London 2015 ISBN : 9780008129552
    No. 16 - Finished 9th March
    An old favourite of mine, well worth the reread.
  17. Atlantis

    Atlantis

    Gibbins, David.
    Published : Headline London 2005 ISBN : 0755324226 9780755347919 0755338065 9780755373710 9780755324224 0755373715 9780755338061 0755347919
    No. 17 - Finished 10th March
    A fun new thriller to read with lots of historical background.
  18. Sand

    Sand

    Howey, Hugh,
    Published : Arrow Books London 2014 ISBN : 9780099595151 009959515X
    No. 18 - Finished 14th March
    A sci-fi with a strange but interesting take on a post-apocalyptic world.
  19. In the land of giants: journeys through the Dark Ages

    In the land of giants: journeys through the Dark Ages

    Adams, Max
    Published : Head of Zeus London 2015 ISBN : 9781784080341 1784080349
    No. 19 - Finished 19th March
    An interesting non-fiction, but it was not the history book I was expecting.
  20. Macbeth

    Macbeth

    Deary, Terry, Tambe,
    Published : Bloomsbury Education London 2016 ISBN : 1472917804 9781472917805
    No. 20 - Finished 20th March
    Fun little short story about a pot girl watching "Macbeth" be performed in Stuart England (and cleaning up of course).
  21. A midsummer night's dream

    A midsummer night's dream

    Deary, Terry, Tambe,
    Published : Bloomsbury Education London 2016 ISBN : 1472917774 9781472917775
    No. 21 - Finished 20th March
    Fun little short story about a theatre group performing "Midsummer Night's Dream" and Molly the servant and Dolly, her donkey.
  22. By the pricking of my thumbs

    By the pricking of my thumbs

    Christie, Agatha, 1890-1976,
    Published : HarperCollinsPublishers London 2015 ISBN : 9780007590629
    No. 22 - Finished 24th March
    Nice gentle crime and an old favourite of mine.
  23. Crusader gold

    Crusader gold

    Gibbins, David J. L.
    Published : Magna Long Preston 2007 ISBN : 9780750527286 0750527285
    No. 23 - Finished 28th March
    An interesting historical and archaeological thriller and sequel to "Atlantis".
  24. Time Lord fairy tales

    Time Lord fairy tales

    Richards, Justin, Wardle, David,
    Published : Puffin UK 2015 ISBN : 9781405920025 1405920025
    No. 24 - Finished 29th March
    A teen book with an interesting science-fiction take on our favourite fairy tales.
  25. Sir Gawain and the green knight

    Sir Gawain and the green knight

    Armitage, Simon.
    Published : Faber London 2007 ISBN : 9780571223275 0571223281 0571223273 9780571223282
    No. 25 - Finished 29th March
    An interesting poetry book with lots of historical significance. Worth a read if you're interested in the Arthurian legend.
  26. Midnight

    Midnight

    Leather, Stephen.
    Published : Hodder London 2011 ISBN : 1444700685 9781444700688
    No. 26 - Finished 11th April
    A good thriller and urban fantasy that I can't wait to continue the series of.
  27. Dave Pigeon's book on how to deal with bad cats and keep (most of) your feathers by Dave Pigeon

    Dave Pigeon's book on how to deal with bad cats and keep (most of) your feathers by Dave Pigeon

    Haddow, Swapna, Dempsey, Sheena,
    Published : Faber & Faber London 2016 ISBN : 9780571323302 0571323308
    No. 27 - Finished 12th April
    A funny children's story that was a nice relaxing break from the intensity of "Midnight".
  28. Mythos

    Mythos

    Fry, Stephen
    Published : Michael Joseph UK 2017 ISBN : 9780718188726 0718188721
    No. 28 - Finished 20th April
    Retelling of the Greek Myths in a really fun way. I really like this one.
  29. The monogram murders: the new Hercule Poirot mystery

    The monogram murders: the new Hercule Poirot mystery

    Hannah, Sophie Christie, Agatha, 1890-1976,
    Published : Harper London 2015 ISBN : 0007547447 9780007547449
    No. 29 - Finished 23rd April
    Intrigued as I wanted to see how Sophie Hannah does writing a Poirot story: answer - very well.
  30. Athena the brain

    Athena the brain

    Holub, Joan. Williams, Suzanne
    Published : Atom London 2012 ISBN : 1405511621 9781907411465 9781405511629 1907411461
    No. 30 - Finished 24th April
    I thought I would give this a read to see how a children's book like this one would show Greek mythology. The author really knows her stuff, and it was very entertaining.
  31. Something wicked this way comes

    Something wicked this way comes

    Bradbury, Ray.
    Published : Hart-Davis 1963 ISBN : 0246637625 9780246637628
    No. 31 - Finished 26th April
    Read as a reminder of a book I read as a child. I think I remembered it to be better than it was.
  32. Shadow on the crown

    Shadow on the crown

    Bracewell, Patricia
    Published : Harper London 2014 ISBN : 9780007481767 0007481764
    No. 32 - Finished 1st May
    A wonderful historical read that I would recommend to anyone who likes "Game of Thrones".
  33. Winnie the Pooh, with decorations by E. H. Shepard

    Winnie the Pooh, with decorations by E. H. Shepard

    Milne, A. A. Shepard, Ernest H. (Ernest Howard)
    Published : Mammoth 1989 ISBN : 9780749702106 0749702109
    No. 33 - Finished 4th May
    A wonderful nostalgic read from my infancy. I had forgotten quite how funny certain bits were.
  34. The many worlds of Albie Bright

    The many worlds of Albie Bright

    Edge, Christopher,
    Published : Nosy Crow London 2016 ISBN : 0857636049 9780857636041
    No. 34 - Finished 8th May
    An unbelievably powerful and emotional children's book with a sciencey edge.
  35. Mrs McGinty's dead

    Mrs McGinty's dead

    Christie, Agatha
    Published : HarperCollins London 2008 ISBN : 000728053X 9780007280537
    No. 35 - Finished 11th May
    An interesting whodunit and reread from one of my favourite authors, Dame Agatha Christie.
  36. Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone

    Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone

    Rowling, J. K.
    Published : Bloomsbury London 2014 ISBN : 9781408855652 9781408855898 1408855895 1408855658
    No. 36 - Finished 16th May
    A book from my time in school. One of my favourites as it happens.
  37. Caraval

    Caraval

    Garber, Stephanie,
    Published : Hodder London 2017 ISBN : 1473629160 9781473629165
    No. 37 - Finished 19th May
    A recommended fantasy read from a friend. It was OK, but not exactly my usual cup of tea.
  38. The thirteen problems

    The thirteen problems

    Christie, Agatha
    Published : HarperCollins London 2002 2008 ISBN : 9780007120864 0007120869
    No. 38 - Finished 22nd May
    A lovely little brain exercise and collection of short stories told at dinner parties attended by Miss Marple. Good if you're short on time and want a mystery to solve.
  39. The fifth season

    The fifth season

    Jemisin, N. K.,
    Published : Orbit London 2016 ISBN : 0356508196 9780356508191
    No. 39 - Finished 24th May
    Weird little fantasy (maybe science-fantasy) that I picked because of its award-winning status. I'll see how this series plays out.
  40. The cruel prince

    The cruel prince

    Black, Holly,
    Published : Hot Key Books London 2018 ISBN : 9781471406454 1471406458
    No. 40 - Finished 30th May
    An amazingly unique young adult book that does not feel contrived. I'm both blessed and amazed to find one of these nowadays. Five stars!
  41. Aiden Abet, teacher's pet

    Aiden Abet, teacher's pet

    Bass, Guy, May, Steve,
    Published : Barrington Stoke Edinburgh 2016 ISBN : 1781125929 9781781125922
    No. 41 - Finished 2nd June
    Recent winner of the Fantastic Book Awards. I will give it this. It is different.
  42. The fellowship of the ring: being the first part of the lord of the rings

    The fellowship of the ring: being the first part of the lord of the rings

    Tolkien, J. R. R. Lee, Alan.
    Published : HarperCollins London 2008 ISBN : 0007269706 9780007269709
    No. 42 - Finished 11th June
    My favourite book since I first read it at 8. Everyone should at least attempt this book once in their life (and by that I mean the whole thing).
  43. The obelisk gate

    The obelisk gate

    Jemisin, N. K.,
    Published : Orbit London 2016 ISBN : 9780356508368 0356508366
    No. 43 - Finished 12th June
    I finished this one off whilst I'm waiting to continue the Lord of the Rings. Better than the one that came before it in my opinion, but it did feel quite long.
  44. American gods

    American gods

    Gaiman, Neil,
    Published : Headline London 2017 ISBN : 9781472245540 1472245547
    No. 44 - Finished 22nd June
    A good and original book. This one is the rewrite as of the TV show.
  45. Death knocks twice

    Death knocks twice

    Thorogood, Robert,
    Published : HQ London 2017 ISBN : 9781848455252 1848455259
    No. 45 - Finished 26th June
    A great gentle crime. I love the TV show and this book is great too.
  46. The two towers

    The two towers

    Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973,
    Published : HarperCollinsPublishers London 2012 ISBN : 9780007488339 0007488335
    No. 46 - Finished 4th July
    Continuing my favourite book ever... now I just have to wait for "the Return of the King" to come in.
  47. The last gospel

    The last gospel

    Gibbins, David.
    Published : Magna Long Preston 2008 ISBN : 0750529881 9780750529884
    No. 47 - Finished 11th July
    I was really pleased with this book and the series in general just keeps getting better.
  48. The colour of magic

    The colour of magic

    Pratchett, Terry
    Published : Corgi London 1985 2002 ISBN : 0552124753 9780552124751
    No. 48 - Finished 17th July
    It's been a while since I last read the Discworld books and they always make me laugh.
  49. The invisible library

    The invisible library

    Cogman, Genevieve,
    Published : Tor London 2015 ISBN : 9781447256236 1447256239
    No. 49 - Finished 30th July
    One of my absolute favourite series and one of my favourite heroines of all time. Irene is a wonderful protagonist and I am waiting for another one in November...
  50. Rivers of London

    Rivers of London

    Aaronovitch, Ben.
    Published : Gollancz London 2012 ISBN : 9780575132603 0575132604
    No. 50 - Finished 24th August
    A new series I think I am going to be reading a lot more of shortly.
  51. The graveyard book

    The graveyard book

    Gaiman, Neil. Riddell, Chris.
    Published : Bloomsbury London 2009 ISBN : 0747594805 9780747594802
    No. 51 - Finished 25th August
    This was actually surprisingly wholesome for a book all about a boy raised by ghosts. I love the short stories and it made me both laugh and cry.
  52. Myths and legends of Britain and Ireland

    Myths and legends of Britain and Ireland

    Jones, Richard
    Published : New Holland London 2012 ISBN : 9781847739865 1847739865
    No. 52 - Finished 29th August
    More of a guidebook than an exploration into myths and legends but I did really like it and it's helped me pick out a few places to go on holiday.
  53. The moonlight statue

    The moonlight statue

    Webb, Holly, Cockcroft, Jason,
    Published : Stripes London 2017 ISBN : 1847156606 9781847156600
    No. 53 - Finished 24th September
    A sweet little book for any child who has ever felt a little lost. I would recommend this to children.
  54. Moon over Soho

    Moon over Soho

    Aaronovitch, Ben
    Published : Gollancz London 2011 ISBN : 0575097620 9780575097629
    No. 54 - Finished 25th September
    An awesome urban fantasy mystery that follows on from "Rivers of London". I absolutely love this series and now so does my husband.
  55. The light fantastic

    The light fantastic

    Pratchett, Terry.
    Published : Corgi London 2012 ISBN : 9780552166607 055216660X
    No. 55 - Finished 8th October
    Sequel to "the Colour of Magic" and I think the better of the two as this one has more plot.
  56. The hobbit

    The hobbit

    Tolkien, J. R. R.
    Published : HarperCollins London 2012 ISBN : 0007487282 9780007487288
    No. 56 - Finished 15th October
    A wonderful book and childhood friend. The Hobbit is a wonderful story that I would recommend any child read.
  57. A study in scarlet

    A study in scarlet

    Doyle, Arthur Conan, 1859-1930,
    Published : Penguin Classics London 2014 ISBN : 0141395524 9780141395524
    No. 57 - Finished 17th October
    A wonderful classic debut. The first Sherlock Holmes book. It's a lot shorter than I remember it.
  58. Magical folk: British and Irish fairies, 500 AD to the present

    Magical folk: British and Irish fairies, 500 AD to the present

    Young, Simon. Houlbrook, Ceri.
    Published : Gibson Square Books Ltd 2017 ISBN : 9781783341016 1783341017
    No. 58 - Finished 25th October 2018
    I got this one on a whim and was absolutely fascinated. I never knew so many different fairy legends existed in this country alone...
  59. Whispers under ground

    Whispers under ground

    Aaronovitch, Ben.
    Published : Gollancz London 2012 ISBN : 0575097647 9780575097643
    No. 59 - Finished 28th October
    Part three of the wonderful urban fantasy by Ben Aaronovitch. I cannot get enough of it.
  60. King Flashypants and the evil emperor

    King Flashypants and the evil emperor

    Riley, Andy,
    Published : Hodder Children's Books London 2016 ISBN : 9781444929591 1444929593
    No. 60 - Finished 30th October
    A silly little break I took from serious stories. It really made me laugh too. I would recommend this to children of all ages.
  61. Arrowood

    Arrowood

    Finlay, Mick,
    Published : Harlequin Richmond 2017 ISBN : 0008203229 9780008203221
    No. 61 - Finished 8th November
    A new book from an unknown author. It was a very good story and interesting as well (Mr Arrowood hates Sherlock Holmes).
  62. The return of the king

    The return of the king

    Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973,
    Published : HarperCollinsPublishers London 2012 ISBN : 0007488351 9780007488353
    No. 62 - Finished 15th November
    The last part of my favourite book ever. I love "the Lord of the Rings".
  63. Equal rites: a Discworld novel

    Equal rites: a Discworld novel

    Pratchett, Terry.
    Published : Corgi London 2012 ISBN : 0552166618 9780552166614
    No. 63 - Finished 19th November
    Book three of the Discworld series and the first one of the Witches (my favourite sub-series). I just wish there had been more Esk books after this.
  64. The white fox

    The white fox

    Morris, Jackie,
    Published : Conkers Edinburgh 2016 ISBN : 9781781125229 1781125228
    No. 64 - Finished 19th November
    A sweet little short story about a boy and his friendship with an Arctic fox. A nice sweet quick read.
  65. The tiger warrior

    The tiger warrior

    Gibbins, David.
    Published : Magna Long Preston 2010 ISBN : 9780750532266 0750532262
    No. 65 - Finished 21st November
    A wonderful continuation of the Jack Howard series, although I did prefer the last one. The ending of this one both seemed too long and rushed (but that does not mean I won't be reading it again). I learnt a lot.
  66. Black coffee

    Black coffee

    Christie, Agatha, 1890-1976, Osborne, Charles,
    Published : Ulverscroft Leicester 2015 ISBN : 1444825771 9781444825770
    No. 66 - Finished 26th November
    An Agatha Christie I had not read before (because this is the novelisation of a play but I still loved it). Short and sweet. I love Agatha Christie.
  67. The masked city

    The masked city

    Cogman, Genevieve,
    Published : Tor London 2015 ISBN : 9781447256250 1447256255
    No. 67 - Finished 28th November
    The second book in one of my favourite series: "the Invisible Library". I'm rereading them again before I read the latest book in the series.
  68. The burning page

    The burning page

    Cogman, Genevieve,
    Published : Pan London 2016 ISBN : 9781447256274 1447256271
    No. 68 - Finished 30th November
    Part three of the "Invisible Library". Just one more book to go before I can read the new one.
  69. Broken homes

    Broken homes

    Aaronovitch, Ben
    Published : Gollancz London 2014 ISBN : 0575132485 9780575132481
    No. 69 - Finished 9th December
    Part 4 of the Rivers of London Series. I am completely hooked now. I love this series. Anyone who loves urban fantasy should give this a go.
  70. Rivers of London: body work

    Rivers of London: body work

    Aaronovitch, Ben Sullivan, Lee Cartmel, Andrew,
    Published : Titan Books London 2016 ISBN : 178276187X 9781782761877
    No. 70 - Finished 10th December
    This may be cheating but this one is a graphic novel that is part of the Rivers of London series. I loved the art and the short story. I just worry that some people may be put off this graphic novel if they have not read the books.
  71. The disappearing diva

    The disappearing diva

    Todd Taylor, Sarah, Kinnear, Nicola,
    Published : Nosy Crow London 2018 ISBN : 1788000358 9781788000352
    No. 71 - Finished 18th December
    A lovely children's book and a break from heavy reading for a little.
  72. The mask of Troy

    The mask of Troy

    Gibbins, David J. L.
    Published : Magna Long Preston 2011 ISBN : 0750533781 9780750533782
    No. 72 - Finished 18th December
    Book 5 of the Jack Howard Series. This really looks like it's about to pick up pace. I am intrigued. Can't wait for book 6.
  73. The crime writer's casebook: a reference guide to police investigation past and present

    The crime writer's casebook: a reference guide to police investigation past and present

    Gibbon, Stuart, Wade, Stephen
    Published : Straightforward Publishing [Derby] 2018 ISBN : 9781847167507 1847167500
    No. 73 - Finished 20th December
    A great guide to modern policing. Easy to understand and detailed.
  74. Panic attacks: what they are, why they happen and what you can do about them

    Panic attacks: what they are, why they happen and what you can do about them

    Ingham, Christine.
    Published : Thorsons London 2000 ISBN : 9780007106905 0007106904
    No. 74 - Finished 28th December
    A great aid to helping me understand and cope with my panic attacks.
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