Maggie's reads

There is no friend as loyal as a book.
— Ernest Hemingway

Starting from January 2014, please find the books I have read and (sometimes) a quick comment about a particular book.  I love reading and my personal favourite choices for genre are: crime, fantasy, rom-com, kids books, some comics, historical and sensational. I do branch out to other genres but more rarely...which is why I am in the Sejong Book Club! I will note if something is book club related with an asterisk* after the author's name. 

Book List 2015

Here is my book list for 2015. I am going to do things a little differently this year. One column on the right will have books I want to read this year and as I read them I will move them to the left. Some of these are re-read and some are new books entirely. On the left will be all the books I do read. I feel like I haven't made as much time for reading as I'd like so I'm going to set a goal of 50 books by the time I leave Korea at the beginning of June (that's 5 months!). Oh, I am currently in 3 book clubs - Sejong Book Club, Agatha Christie Appreciation Society and Comic Book Club. I haven't done any of the readings for Comic Book Club but I want to read and catch up to join them in March. 

Books I want to read in 2015

  1. *What if? Serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions *- Randall Munroe
  2. * The Secret Agent* - Joseph Conrad (my sister gave me this last year and I've yet to start it!
  3. *The Silmirallion *- JRR Tolkien (this will be a re-read but it's one that I really want to do.
  4. *Children of Men *- PD James
  5. Wheel of Time Series 1.* Dune Series *
  6. Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephenson
  7. Hercule Poirot - The Complete Short Stories - Agatha Christie

Books I have read in 2015

  1. Murder at the Vicarage - Agatha Christie*
  2. Mistoborn Trilogy: The Hero of Ages - Brandon Sanderson. The first of this trilogy was a bookclub book last year. I finally finished the trilogy and really liked it. Lots of good twists. Also, the author finished the last few books of the Wheel of Time Series.
  3. A Time to Kill - John Grisham
  4. The Seventy-seven Clocks - Christopher Fowler
  5. Ten-second staircase - Christopher Fowler
  6. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen. I discovered that I hadn't actually finished reading the book last year so deleted this from last years completed books.
  7. Five Little Pigs - Agatha Christie
  8. The man who knew too much - GK Chesterton
  9. The Secret Adversary - Agatha Christie
  10. The Reversal - Michael Connolly
  11. Harry Potter and the Philospher's Stone - JK Rowling
  12. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - JK Rowling
  13. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - JK Rowling
  14. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - JK Rowling
  15. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - JK Rowling
  16. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - JK Rowling.
  17. Frederica - Georgette Heyer
  18. The Secret of Chimneys - Agatha Christie
  19. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - JK Rowling
  20. The murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie*
  21. Murder on the links - Agatha Christie*
  22. Murder in a Private School - Julie Christensen (you can find this ebook on Amazon)
  23. The Night Angel Trilogy: The Way of Shadows (Book 1) - Brent Weeks. So far, this may be my favourite book of 2015. I read it over the course of the holiday weekend and it was so outstanding and intricate that I've decided to reread it again very soon. This time, I will be taking notes! I definitely recommend!
  24. The Chronicles of the Necromancer: Dark Lady's Chosen - Gail Z Martin
  25. The Fallen Kings Cycle: Sworn - Gail Z Martin (I read the first 3 Chronicles of the Necromancer before I left for Korea, it was so nice to read the remaining story and start Fallen Kings. It was an incredible journey. Highly recommend)
  26. The Secret Agent - Joseph Conrad.

Book list 2014

  1. Desert Flowers - Waris Dirie - Inspirational! Particularly informative about FGM (Read in Jan and was used for Book Club in June/July)
  2. I'm Watching You - Karen Rose
  3. A Wanted Man - Lee Child
  4. The Quiet Gentleman - Georgette Heyer
  5. One, two, buckle my shoe - Agatha Christie
  6. Do androids dream of electric sheep? - Philip K Dick* - interesting and thought-provoking.
  7. Did you miss me? - Karen Rose
  8. A Civil Contract - Georgette Heyer (one of my favourite books so I reread in September)
  9. Under the banner of heaven - Jon Krakauer - really fascinating look into extremism in religion.
  10. The entire Nate the Great series - Marjorie Weinman Sharmat (I was bored with no computer and they were surprisingly entertaining)
  11. Holes - Louis Sachar
  12. Life without Limits - Nick Vujicic
  13. My grammar and I(or should that be me) - Caroline Taggart
  14. Mistborn: The Final Empire - Brandon Sanderson* - I really like his style and I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
  15. The reason I jump - Naoki Higashida*, translated by David Mitchell
  16. The Mystery of the Blue Train - Agatha Christie
  17. A spot of bother - Mark Haddon
  18. The Innocence of Father Brown - GK Chesterton
  19. The Pale Horse - Agatha Chrisie
  20. Ordeal by Innocence - Agatha Christie
  21. Allan Quatermain - Henry Rider Haggard
  22. Moonlight becomes you - Mary Higgins Clark
  23. The Veiled one - Ruth Rendell
  24. The book of Tea - Okakura Kakuzō
  25. Mistborn: The Well of Ascension - Brandon Sanderson
  26. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - JK Rowling (yes, I am reading them out of order!)
  27. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - JK Rowling
  28. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - JK Rowling
  29. No one left to tell - Karen Rose
  30. The Witness - Nora Roberts
  31. Flash and Bones - Kathy Reichs
  32. Wedding Night - Sophie Kinsella
  33. The Evil Genius - Wilkie Collins
  34. The Falcon at the Portal - Elizabeth Peters
  35. World War Z - Max Brooks - This book is amazing. I'm so glad I was recommended it about a year ago. I finally got around to reading it and it's a great commentary on interpersonal behaviour and communication.
  36. The last camel died at noon - Elizabeth Peters
  37. Deeds of the Disturber - Elizabeth Peters
  38. They came to Baghdad - Agatha Christie
  39. Turn Coat - Jim Butcher
  40. Just take my heart - Mary Higgins Clark
  41. wintergirls - Laurie Halse Anderson*
  42. The Vanished Man - Jeffrey Deaver
  43. Fool Moon - Jim Butcher
  44. Grave Peril - Jim Butcher
  45. Murder on the Orient Express* - Agatha Christie
  46. The Eight - Katherine Neville (My aunt introduced me to this book a long time ago - I own about 4 copies I love it that much!)
  47. A million miles in a thousand years - Donald Miller* This was a bookclub book last year. I'd read it at the time but on a re-read I appreciated it a lot more. A huge shout out to Katetastic for picking it and placing such a great book in my life.
  48. The Runaway Jury - John Grisham
  49. Nemesis - Agatha Christie
  50. Imaginary Friends: 26 fables for the kid in us - Melanie Lee (A few months ago, I received this book as a gift from a blog I follow on Wordpress ( I read it over a couple of months as I felt that being fables it was better to get their wisdom in small doses! It was really enjoyable and I highly recommend it. You can find it HERE.
  51. Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened - Allie Brosch*
  52. The Mysterious Affair at Styles - Agatha Christie*
  53. Murder beyond Words - Julie Christensen
  54. Murder with Art - Julie Christensen

I know I missed some books for 2014 as I read quite a few books on my eReader which I haven't turned on since I went to Japan so I don't remember what I was reading then! Anyway here's to a better reading year next year!