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Books of the Year 2012

Monday December 31, 2012 in books read 2012 |

In no particular order.

  1. The White Lie by Andrea Gillies 5/5
  2. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson 4/5
  3. Waiting for Sunrise by William Boyd 4/5
  4. The Chemistry of Tears by Peter Carey 4/5
  5. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey 4/5
  6. Florence and Giles by John Harding 4/5
  7. HHhH by Laurent Binet 3/5
  8. Canada by Richard Ford 4/5
  9. The Uninvited by Liz Jensen 5/5
  10. The Lighthouse by Alison Moore 5/5
  11. Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan 4/5
  12. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce 4/5
  13. Hawthorn and Child by Keith Ridgway 5/5
  14. Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young 4/5
  15. The John Lennon Letters ed Hunter Davies 5/5

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Kindle Surprise

Monday January 2, 2012 in books read 2012 |

This Christmas I joined the masses and received a Kindle in my stocking. Although initially sceptical about ebooks, the Kindle has transformed my reading which had been in a very poor state of health. The reason is obviously one of accessibility, the Kindle makes it so easy to download ebooks that you really have to mind your fingers, and of budget: Amazon are now providing countless titles for as little as 99p.

And this makes me a little uncomfortable, as I can only foresee the demise of the high street bookseller and of the printed publication. But personally I’m treating it as a fad. I don’t think I will ever put aside the pleasure of reading a real book. In the same way that I won’t forsake the enjoyment of browsing in a bookshop. So please humour my fad, and here are some of the books, ahem – ebooks, that have been currently interesting me:

  • Before I go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
  • Hitch 22 by Christopher Hitchens
  • God is not Great by Christopher Hitchens
  • Look at Me by Jennifer Egan
  • The Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth
  • The Masters of Sitcom: From Hancock to Steptoe by Christopher Stevens, Alan Simpson and Ray Galton
  • Dogs Chase Cars by Mark Porter

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