Lizzy's Literary Life

Celebrating the pleasures of a 21st century bookworm

Books Read 2006

108 The Call of the Wild – Jack London ****
107 All the King’s Men – Sean Penn Warren **1/2
106 A Spot of Bother – Mark Haddon ***
105 Saving Caravaggio – Neil Griffiths ***

104The Dykemaster – Theodor Storm (R) *****
103 Those Who Walk Away – Patricia Highsmith ***

102 The Destiny of Nathalie X – William Boyd ***
101 The People’s Act of Love – James Meek ***
100 The Great Bagarozy- Helmut Krausser ****
99 White Male Heart – Ruaridh Nicoll **
98 The Murmur of Stones – Thomas H Cook ***
97 Raven Black – Ann Cleeves ***
96 Gem Squash Tokoloshe – Rachel Zadok ***
95 Christine Falls Benjamin Black
****
94 The Accidental – Ali Smith **
93 Decline and Fall – Evelyn Waugh *** 1/2
92 An Inconvenient Truth – Al Gore ****
91 The Ruby In Her Navel – Barry Unsworth ***

90 The Quarry – Damon Galgut *
89 Strangers on A Train – Patricia Highsmith *** 1/2
88 The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox – Maggie O’Farrell *** 1/2
87 Carry Me Down – M J Hyland ****

86 The New Girlfriend and other stories – Ruth Rendell ***
85 Selected Stories – Muriel Spark ***

84 The Jungle – Upton Sinclair *** 1/2
83 The Garden Where The Brass Band Played – Simon Vestdijk *** 1/2
82 No Man’s Land – Graham Greene ****
81 Restless – William Boyd ****
80 The Tin Drum – Guenter Grass ****

79 The Innocent – Ian McEwan *** 1/2
78 44 Scotland Street (R) – Alexander McCall Smith (Even better 2nd time around) ****
77 Selbs Justiz / Self’s Punishment – Bernard Schlink (parallel read) *** 1/2
76 Seven Lies – James Lasdun ***
75 The Sunday Philosophy Club – Alexander McCall Smith *** 1/2

74 Prey – Michael Crichton ***
73 Voices Arnaldur Indridason *** 1/2
72 How to Read A Book – John Sutherland ****
71 The Vanishing – Tim Krabbé ****

70 Mother’s Milk Edward St Aubyn *** 1/2
69 Love and Longing in Bombay – Vikram Chandra *** 1/2
68 Crow Lake – Mary Lawson ***
67 Espresso Tales – Alexander McCall Smith *** 1/2
66 The Harmony Silk Factory – Tash Aw (Unabridged Audio) **

65 One Good Turn – Kate Atkinson *** 1/2
64 Stanley Park – Timothy Taylor ***
63 Clara – Janice Galloway ***** (Book of the Year) 
62 The Big Over Easy – Jasper Fforde ****
61 The Lighthouse – P D James ****
60 Transmission – Hari Kunzru ****
Purple Hibiscus – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Unabridged Audio) (Abandoned)
59 Labyrinth – Kate Mosse ***1/2
58 The Bridge of San Luis Rey – Thorton Wilder ***
57 A Stain On the Silence – Andrew Taylor **
56 Black Swan Green – David Mitchell ***  1/2 (I much prefer Michael Frayn’s Spies.)
If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things – John MacGregor (Unabridged audio) (Abandoned)
55 Case Histories – Kate Atkinson (R) *****
54 Canvey Island – James Runcie *** 1/2
53 Red Leaves – Thomas H Cook *****
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil – John Berendt (Unabridged Audio) (Abandoned)
52 Revolutionary Road – Richard Yates ****
51 Haweswater – Sarah Hall ****1/2
50 Small Island – Andrea Levy (R) (Unabridged Audio) **** 
49 The Human Factor – Graham Greene  *****
48 Old Filth – Jane Gardam ***
47 Bleak House – Charles Dickens ****1/2
46 The Beautiful and The Damned – F Scott Fitzgerald ***
45 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini (Unabridged Audio) ***
44 The Other Side of You – Sally Vickers *** 1/2
43 The Diamond as Big as the Ritz – F Scott Fitzgerald **
42 Memoirs of A Geisha – Arthur Golden ***
41 Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro (Unabridged Audio) ****
40 Geisha of Gion – Mineko Iwasaki ***
39 Ella Minnow Pea – Mark Dunn ***
38 Where Do We Go From Here? – Doris Dorrie ***
37 Watch Me Disappear – Jill Dawson ** 1/2
36 The Secret Life of E Robert Pendleton – Michael Collins ***1/2
35 White Oleander – Janet Fitch (Unabridged Audio) ****
— The Night Watch – Sarah Waters (Unabridged Audio) (Abandoned)
34 Small Steps – Louis Sacha ***
33 My Name is Red – Orhan Pamuk *** – ****35 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell *** – ****
31 26a – Diana Evans **30 The Statement – Brian Moore ***
29 Blackwater Conn Iggulden ***
28 The White Lioness – Henning Mankell (Unabridged Audio)** – ****27 Infernal Devices – Philip Reeve *** 1/2
26 The Dogs of Riga – Henning Mankell ****
25 The Thief – Ruth Rendell ***
24 Faceless Killers – Henning Mankell ***
23 Chickenfeed – Minette Walters ***
22 The Three-Arched Bridge – Ismail Kadare ***
21 The Tent – Margaret Atwood * 1/2
20 In Another Light – Andrew Greig ** – ***
19 Wolves Eat Dogs – Martin Cruz Smith (Unabridged Audio) *
18 Hans and Heinz Kirch and other short fiction – Theodor Storm *****
17 Paul the Puppeteer and other short fiction – Theodor Storm *****
16 Narziss and Goldmund – Hermann Hesse ***
15 The Dykemaster – Theodor Storm *****
14 Birds Without Wings – Louis De Bernieres *** – **** (Unabridged Audio)
13 The Stone Monkey – Jeffrey Deaver ***
12 The Spy Who Came In from the Cold – John Le Carre ****
11 Turner (Brief Lives) – Peter Ackroyd ***
10 Microserfs – Douglas Coupland *
9 The Lincoln Lawyer – Michael Connelly ****
8 Brazzaville Beach – William Boyd ****
7 Weight – Jeanette Winterson **
6 The Penelopiad – Margaret Atwood ****
5 Case Histories – Kate Atkinson *****
4 Gorky Park – Martin Cruz Smith ***
3 The Three Evangelists – Fred Vargas *****
2 Buddenbrooks – Thomas Mann *****
1 We Need to talk about Kevin – Lionel Schriver **** 

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