69 books for 2013

In 2013 I hope to read 69 books. 33 of which are my choice for my vast collection.

Below is the list I intend to read, not in any particular order, it’ll depend on timing. I’ll also list the books for bookclubs and will mark all books off once read with a star rating. 1 being poor/not liked – 5 being bloody brilliant! Also I’ll add and change books if they clash with bookclub. So here goes!

My 33 to read.

A mix of fiction and non-fitction

1.Awakenings – Oliver Sacks

2. The secret life of Houdini – William Kalush and Larry Solmen

3. Inside the whale and other stories – George Orwell

4. Black Beauty – Anne Sewell

5. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

6. Charles Dickens – Tale of Two Cities

7. An Essay on the art of ingeniously tormenting – Jane Collier

8. Ghost Stories of Henry James – Henry James

9. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists-Robert Tressell

10. Watership Down Richard Adams

11 -The Fault in our stars-John Green

12. The 100 year old man who climbed out the  window -Jonas

13. The Unquiet John Connolly

14. The Perks of being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbowsky *****

15. Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White

16. The Kings Speech – mark Logue and Peter Conradi

17. The five people you meet in heaven – Mitch Albom

18. The Quantum Universe – Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw

19. A medal for Leroy – Michael Morpurgo *****

20.Nocturnes- John Connolly

21. Mr Toppitt – Charles Elton

22. Breakfast at Tiffanys-Truman Capote

23. The Art of Fielding – chad Harbach

24. The End of Mr Y- Scarlett Thomas

25. Operation Mincemeat -Ben Mcintyre

26 A Game of Thrones-

27. Interview with a vampire-Anne Rice

28. When God was a rabbit- Sarah Winman

29.  A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines

30. Collected Stories – Richard Yates

31. The Silence of the lambs – Thomas Harris

32. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

33. Carter beats the devil – Glen David Gold

Enid Blyton Challenge for Leeds Book Club


January- The Book of Brownies *****

February – Five on a treasure Island*****

February– the Adventures of Scamp (brought forward to include Mallory Towers) *****

March– The Secret Seven ***




Book club choices

White Swan Bookclub (run by Leeds Bookclub http://www.leedsbookclub.com/p/calendar_1.html)

January – Revolutionary Road – Richard Yates  (re-read for me so *****)
February – Weight – Jeanette Winterson ***  Find my first review for LBC at http://www.leedsbookclub.com/2013/02/wswan-lbc-and-canongate-book-08-weight.html

March- The Book Thief – Markus Zusak ***** 

May– The Eyre Affair – Jasper Fforde *****

June – The Fire Gospel – Michel Faber **
July– The Fictional Man – Al Ewing (to read if i can get a copy)

Leeds Central Library

January – The Forgotten Waltz – Anne Enright- Finished 6/1/12 *** Review here,spoilers. http://wp.me/p2CpmV-LW

LBC Puffins



February 20th – Matilda -Roald Dahl ****

June- The Sheep Pig – Dick King-Smith *****

July-Mrs Frisby and The Rats of Nimh*****

August – Coraline – Neil Gaimen****

September – The Secret Garden (to read)

LBC Outlaws

May – The Hound of the Baskervilles (check my review by clicking the link)
 Jun – The Glass Key ***
Jul – The Moving Toyshop  (to read)

South Leeds Community Radio



info here and here

April – To Kill A Mocking Bird (re-read love it) *****
June- Stardust Neil Gaimen *****
July The White Queen – Phillippa Gregory **

Unexpected reads-Non bookclub or list choice


The Witches -Roald Dahl

The Little Brown Bear – Enid Blyton

Hit and Run – R.L.Stine (Point Horror)

Ethel and Ernest – Raymond Briggs


At the dying of the year by Chris Nickson review.pdf – review to follow

1/2/13 So, so far I haven’t been able to complete any of my reads off my own list but have added four unexpected reads. My challenge isn’t going as well as expected as I haven’t been able to read the one for Giraffe bookclub. I never realsied what a graphic novel was and it’s quite detailed. so for now will have to give it a miss.

6/1/12 update. Since I last wrote this another bookclub has been formed and I am so excited about this one. A few years back after reading loads of adult fiction and feeling bogged down by it all I started reading kids books. I had already started with Harry Potter but wanted something different. And now there is a bookclub dedicated to it. So I’ll be reading more than 69 books! Lets see if I can do it.

Oh and here’s the link to the newbookclub



The Silver Sword – Ian Serraillier Finished 17/3/13 *****

The Wizard of Oz Frank L. Baum


The Incredible Journey – Sheila Burnford


Practical Magic -Alice Hoffman


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