Books Read 2023

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Nine Perfect Strangers, Liane Moriarty (Australia) (Fiction)

Whale, Cheon Myeong-Kwan (Korea) tr. Jae Won Chung (Korean) (fiction)

Cold Enough For Snow by Jessica Au (Australia) (Fiction)


Of Cattle and Men, Ana Paula Maia (Brazil) tr. Zoe Perry (Portuguese) (fiction/novella)

Grand: Becoming My Mother’s Daughter (NZ/Ireland), Noelle McCarthy (memoir)

River Spirit, Leila Aboulela (Sudan/Scotland) (Fiction)

Pod, Laline Paull (UK) (Natural World Fiction)


Still Born, Guadalupe Nettel (Mexico), tr. Rosalind Harvey (Spanish)

The Remains, Margot Glantz (Mexico), tr. Ellen Jones (Spanish)

Dance Move, Wendy Erskine (Ireland) (Short Stories)


Trespasses, Louise Kennedy (Northern Ireland) (Fiction)

A World of Love, Elizabeth Bowen (Ireland) (Fiction) (Classic)

The Country Girls Trilogy, Edna O’Brien (Ireland) (Fiction) (Classic)

#1 The Country Girls, Edna O’Brien (1960)

#2 The Lonely Girl, Edna O’Brien (1962)

#3 Girls In Their Married Bliss, Edna O’Brien (1964)

Forbidden Notebook, Alba de Céspedes (Italian/Cuban) tr. Ann Goldstein (Italian) (Fiction)


Factory Girls, Michelle Gallen (Ireland) (Fiction)

Birnam Wood, Eleanor Catton (New Zealand) (Fiction)

You Shall Leave Your Land, Renato Cisneros (Argentina) tr. Fionn Petch (Spanish) (Autofiction)

Things They Lost, Okwiri Oduor (Kenya) (Fiction/Magic Realism)

The Art of Losing, Alice Zeniter (French) tr. Frank Wynne (Historical Fiction)

Two Sherpas, Sebastian Martinez Daniell (Argentina) (Literary Fiction) tr. Jennifer Croft (Spanish)

Admiring Silence, Abdulrazak Gurnah (Zanzibar/Tanzania/UK) (Fiction) – Nobel Prize Literature (2021)


Seven Steeples, Sara Baume (Ireland) (Fiction)

All My Wild Mothers, Motherhood, Loss and an Apothecary Garden by Victoria Bennett (UK) (Nonfiction/Nature/Memoir)

The Arsonist’s City, Hala Alyan (Palestinian/American) (Fiction)

Dear Senthuran, A Black Spirit Memoir, Akwaeke Emezi (Nigeria) (Nonfiction/Epistolary)

Child of Fortune, Yuko Tsushima (Japan) (Fiction) (Novella), tr. Geraldine Harcourt  (Japanese)

Three, Valérie Perrin (France) (Fiction) tr. Hildegarde Serle (French)

Free Love, Tessa Hadley (UK) (Fiction)



Hamnet, Maggie O’Farrell (UK/Ireland) (Fiction)

The Glass Blowers, Daphne du Maurier (UK) (Historical Fiction)

Man’s Search For Meaning, Victor E. Frankl (Austria) (Nonfiction/Psychology)


Towards Another Summer, Janet Frame (NZ) (Fiction)


Belle Greene, Alexandra Lapierre (France)  tr. Tina Kover (French) (historical fiction)

My Father’s Daughter, Hanna Azieb Pool (UK/Eritrea) (Adoptee Memoir)


Why Woo Woo Works, David Hamilton (Scotland) (Alternative Medicine/Therapy, Well-Being)

Ancestor Trouble, A Reckoning & a Reconciliation, Maud Newton (US) (Memoir/Genealogy)

What My Bones Know,  A Memoir of Healing from Complex Trauma, Stefanie Foo (US) (Memoir)

Nora, A Love Story of Nora Barnacle & James Joyce, Nuala O’Connor (Ireland) (Historical Fiction)

Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head: Poems, Warsan Shire (UK) (Poetry)


The River Capture, Mary Costello (Ireland) (Fiction)

What Happened To You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience and Healing, Bruce Perry, Oprah Winfrey (US) (Psychology)

The Statement, Brian Moore (Northern Ireland) (Political Thriller)

The Passenger – Ireland (Essays, Art, Investigative Journalism)

Thin Places by Kerri ni Dochartaigh (Northern Ireland) (Creative Nonfiction)

I Will Die in a Foreign Land, Kalani Pickhart (US) (Set in Ukraine 2013/14) (Historical Fiction)

Saltwater in the Blood, Easkey Britton (Ireland) (Nonfiction)

The China Factory, Mary Costello (Ireland) (Short Stories)

The Last Resort, Jan Carson (N.Ireland) (Fiction)

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, Olga Tokarczuk(Poland) tr. Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Fiction)

Assembly, Natasha Brown (UK) (Fiction)


There There, Tommy Orange (US) (Fiction)

All About Love: New Visions, bell hooks (US) (Nonfiction)

Remote Sympathy, Catherine Chidgey (New Zealand) (Historical Fiction)

Marzhan, mon amour, Katja Oskamp (Germany) tr; Jo Heinrich (German) (Fiction)

A Man’s Place, Annie Ernaux (France) tr. Tanya Leslie (French) (Autofiction)

A Sister’s Story, Donatella Di Pietrantonio (Italy) tr. Ann Goldstein (Italian) (Fiction)


Notes on Grief, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria) (Essay)



Real Estate, Deborah Levy (South Africa/UK) (Memoir/Creative Nonfiction)

Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer (US) (Creative Non Fiction)

Postcard Stories, Jan Carson (Northern Ireland) (Short stories)

The Magician’s Wife, Brian Moore (Historical Fiction) (France/Algeria 1856)

The Lost Daughter, Elena Ferrante (Italy) tr. Ann Goldstein (Italian)

Small Things Like These, Claire Keegan, (Ireland) (Fiction)


Chouette, Claire Oshetsky (US) (Fiction)

A Line Made by Walking, Sara Baume (Ireland) (Fiction)

Minor Feelings, Cathy Park Hong (US) (Creative Nonfiction/Essays)

Corregidora, Gayl Jones (US) (Fiction)

The Son of the House, Cheluchi Onyemelukwe- Onuobia (Nigeria/Canada) (Fiction)(Giller Prize shortlist)

A Cupboard Full of Coats, Yvvette Edwards (UK) (Literary Fiction)

The Gods of Tango, Caroline de Robertis (Uruguay) (Historical Fiction)

Bewilderment, Richard Powers (US) (Fiction)


The Doctor’s Wife, Brian Moore (Northern Ireland) (Literary Fiction)

My Place, Sally Morgan (Australia) (Autobiography)

Voices of the Lost, Hoda Barakat (Lebanon) tr. Marilyn Booth (Arabic) (Literary Fiction) (Winner International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2019)

The Cost of Living, Deborah Levy (South Africa/UK) (Memoir/Essay)

Conjure Women, Akia Atakora (UK/US) (Historical Fiction) (Slavery)

Piranesi, Susanna Clarke (UK) (Fantasy Fiction) (Winner Women’s Prize 2021)

Winter Flowers, Angélique Villeneuve (France) tr. Adriana Hunter (Literary Fiction) (WWI)

Things I Don’t Want to Know, Deborah Levy (South Africa/UK) (Memoir/Essay)

Diary of a Young Naturalist, Dara McAnulty (Northern Ireland) (Non Fiction) (Nature Writing)


Sugar, Bernice McFadden (US) (Fiction)

The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin (US) (2 Letters/Essays)

How Beautiful We Were, Imbolo Mbue (Cameroon/US) (Fiction)

The Dictionary of Lost Words, Pip Williams (Australia) (Historical Fiction)

Cut From the Same Cloth, Muslim Women on Life in Britain, Edited Sabeena Akhtar (UK) (Essays) (Non Fiction)

Transcendent Kingdom, Yaa Gyasi (US/Ghana) (Literary Fiction)

Islands of Mercy, Rose Tremain (UK) (Historical Fiction)

A Town Called Solace, Mary Lawson (Canada) (Literary Fiction) (Booker Prize Longlist)

Waiting for the Waters to Rise, Maryse Condé (Guadeloupe) tr. Richard Philcox (French) (Fiction)


Loop, Brenda Lozano (Mexico) tr. Annie McDermott (Spanish) (Fiction)


The Old Drift, Namwali Serpell (Zambia) (Fiction)


Aroha, Hinemoa Elder (NZ) (Nonfiction)

Love, Anger, Madness, Marie Vieux-Chauvet (Haiti), tr. Rose Myriam-Rèjouis, Val Vinokur (Fiction Trilogy, Novellas)

The Female Archangels, Claire Stone (UK) (Spiritual Well-Being)

Sea People, Christina Thompson (Australia/US) (History/Nonfiction)

Breath, James Nestor (US) (Nonfiction)

The Mermaid of Black Conch, Monique Roffey (Trinidadian-British) (Fiction)

Silence is a Sense, Layla AlAmmar (Kuwait) (Fiction)


Forced to Grow, Sindiwe Magona (South Africa) (Autobiography 2)

To My Children’s Children, Sindiwe Magona (South Africa) (Autobiography 1)


Worth, Bharti Dir (Uganda) (Memoir)

The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, Brian Moore, (Northern Ireland) (Fiction)

Nurturing Our Humanity, Riane Eisler, Douglas Fry (Austria/US) (Social Science/Cultural History/Anthropology)

Setting Boundaries Will Set You Free, Nancy Levin (US) (Self Help, Psychology)

Sensitive is the New Strong, Anita Moorjani (Spiritual Well-Being) (Hong Kong/India/US)


Constellations, Reflections From Life, Sinéad Gleeson (Ireland) (Non Fiction)

Tangleweed and Brine, Deirdre Sullivan (Ireland) (Classic Fairytale Feminist Retellings)

The Fire Starters, Jan Carson (Ireland) (Fiction)

The First Woman, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbui (Uganda/UK) (Fiction)

Infinite Country, Patricia Engel (Colombia/US) (Fiction)

Lies of Silence, Brian Moore (Ireland) (Fiction)

The Soul of a Woman, Isabelle Allende (Chile/US) (Memoir)


The Vanishing Half, Brit Bennett (US) (Fiction)

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (US) (Fiction)

The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins (UK/Jamaica) (Gothic Fiction)

A Mercy by Toni Morrison (US) (Fiction)

A More Perfect Union by Tammye Huf (US/UK) (Historical Fiction) (inspired by great great grandparents)

Beyond Black There is No Colour: The Story of Forough Farrokhzad by Maryam Diener (Iran) (Fiction)

The Great Fortune, The Balkan Trilogy 1 by Olivia Manning (UK) (Historical Fiction)

Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid (Antigua/America) (Fiction)


The Yield, Tara June Winch (Australia) (Fiction)

Gratitude, Delphine de Vigan (France) tr. George Miller (French) (Fiction)

I Am, I Am, I Am, Seventeen Brushes With Death, Maggie O’Farrell (Northern Ireland/British) (Non Fiction) (Memoir)

Our Souls at Night, Kent Haruf (US) (Fiction)

When All is Said, Anne Griffith (Ireland) (Fiction)

Potiki, Patricia Grace (NZ) (Fiction)

Spill Simmer Falter Wither, Sara Baume (Ireland) (Fiction)


Fresh Water for Flowers, Valérie Perrin (France) tr. Hildegarde Serle (French) (Fiction)

Love After Love, Ingrid Persaud (Trinidad & Tobago) (Fiction)

The Death of Vivek Oji, Akwaeke Emezi (Nigeria) (Fiction)

The Last Migration, Charlotte McConaghy (Australia) (Fiction)

Everything Inside, Edwidge Danticat (Haiti) (Short Stories)

All You Can Ever Know, Nicole Chung (US) (Memoir)

A Spell in the Wild, A Year & Six Centuries of Magic, Alice Tarbuck (Scotland) (NonFiction)


I, Tituba Black Witch of Salem, Maryse Condé (Guadeloupe) tr. Richard Philcox (French)

Tituba of Salem Village, A Novel Based on the Witch Trials of 1692 by Ann Petry (Historical Fiction)

The Lying Life of Adults, Elena Ferrante (Italy) tr. Ann Goldstein (Italian)

Atlantis, A Journey in Search of Beauty, Carlo & Renzo Piano (Italy), tr. Will Schutt (Italian) (Nonfiction)

Handiwork, Sara Baume (Ireland) (Creative Nonfiction)

You Don’t Look Adopted, Anne Heffron (US) (Nonfiction)

Hadji Murad, Leo Tolstoy (Russia) tr. Maude Aylmer (Auto-fiction) (Classic)

The Kindness of Enemies, Leila Aboulela (Sudan/Scotland) (Historical Fiction)


Leonard & Hungry Paul, Ronan Hession (Ireland) (DNF)

Strange Flowers, Donal Ryan (Ireland) (Fiction)

Savage Her Reply, Deidre Sullivan (Ireland) (Irish Fairytale)

A Ghost in the Throat, Doireann Ni Ghriofa (Ireland) (Creative Nonfiction)

A Girl Returned, Donatella Di Pietrantonio (Italy), tr. Ann Goldstein (Italian) (Fiction Novella)

Intimations, Zadie Smith (UK) (Essays)

The Shadow King, Maaza Mengiste (Ethiopia) (Historical/Literary Fiction)


The Death of Bagrat Zakharych and Other Stories, Vazha-Pshavela (Georgia) tr. Ruth Gould (Classic Short Story)

In the Shadow of Death, Rudolf Blaumanis (Latvia) tr. Uldis Balodis (Classic Short Story)

Tofylis, or The Marriage of Zose, Zemaite (Lithuania) tr. Violeta Keletas (Classic Short Story)

The Butterfly Man & Other Stories, Mehis Heinsaar (Estonia) tr. Adam Cullen, Tina Randviir (Classic Short Story)

This Mournable Body, (Nervous Conditions #3) Tsitsi Dangarembga (Zimbabwe) (Fiction)

The Bird Within Me, Sara Lundberg (Sweden), tr. B.J.Epstein (Children’s)

The Rain Heron, Robbie Arnott (Australia) (Fiction)

The Book of Not (Nervous Conditions #2) Tsitsi Dangarembga (Zimbabwe) (Fiction)

Summerwater, Sarah Moss (UK) (Fiction)


The Party Wall, Catherine Leroux (Canada) tr. Lazer Lederhendler (French)

Naondel, #2 Maria Turtschaninoff (Finland) tr. Annie Prime (Finnish) (YA Fantasy)

Maresi, #1 Maria Turtschaninoff (Finland) tr. Annie Prime (Finnish) (YA Fantasy)

Sex and Lies, Leila Slimani (Morocco) tr. Sophie Lewis (French) (Nonfiction Essays)

The Red Sofa, Michèle Lesbre (France) tr. David Ball, Nicole Ball (French) (Fiction)

Crossing the Mangrove, Maryse Condé (Guadeloupe) tr. Richard Philcox (French) (Fiction)

Stories of the Sahara, Sanmao (Taiwan) tr. Mike Fu (Chinese) (Nonfiction, Memoir)

Troubling Love, Elena Ferrante (Italy) tr. Ann Goldstein(Italian) (Fiction)

The Wind that Lays Waste, Selma Almara (Argentina) tr. (Spanish)(Fiction)

Berji Kristen, Tales from the Garbage Hills, Latife Tekin (Turkey) tr. Kay Hekkinnen (Turkish) (Fiction)


The Woman From Tantoura, Radwa Ashour (Egypt) tr. Kay Heikkinen (Arabic) (Fiction)

The Sea Around Us, Rachel Carson (US) (Non-fiction)

The Warmth of Other Suns, Irene Wilkerson (US) (Non-fiction)

Writers & Lovers, Lily King (US) (Fiction)


Bird Summons, Leila Aboulela (Sudan/Scotland)(Fiction)

Passing, Nella Larsen (US) (Fiction)

Quicksand, Nella Larsen (US) (Fiction) (semi-autobiographical)

Not Without Laughter, Langston Hughes (US) (Novel – semi-autobiographical)

The Ferryman’s Daughter, Juliet Greenwood (Wales) (Historical Fiction)

Burn, Patrick Ness (US/London) (Fantasy YA)

Recollections of My NonExistence, Rebecca Solnit (US) (Essays)

I Am Dust, Louise Beech (UK)


Auē, Becky Manawatu (NZ)

Big Girl, Small Town, Michelle Gallen (Northern Ireland) (Fiction)

Three Ways to Disappear, Katy Yocom (US) (Set in India)

The Resilient Farmer, Doug Avery (NZ) (Memoir)

On Chapel Sands, Laura Cumming (UK) (Memoir)

Circe, Madeline Miller (US)

Butterfly, From Refugee to Olympian, My Story of Rescue, Hope & Triumph Yusra Mardini (Syria) (Memoir)

The Gustav Sonata, Rose Tremain (UK)


Good Behaviour, Molly Keane (Ireland) (Anglo-Irish Fiction)

Far Away and Long Ago, William H.Hudson (Argentina) (Childhood Memoir, Naturalist)

Courageous Dreaming, Alberto Villoldo (Cuba) (Shamanic Philosophy)

Pachinko, Min Jin Lee (Korea) (Historical Fiction)

Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont, Elizabeth Taylor (UK)

Dodging Energy Vampires, Christiane Northrup (US) (Well-Being)

Benediction, Kent Haruf (US) #3 (Trilogy)

Eventide, Kent Haruf (US) #2 (Trilogy)

Plainsong, Kent Haruf (US) #1 (Trilogy)

Surfacing Part I, Kathleen Jamie (Scotland) (Nature/Archaeology Essays)

Surfacing Part II, Kathleen Jamie (Scotland) (Nature/Archaeology Essays)

The Adventures of China Iron, Gabriela Cabezón Cámara (Argentina), tr. Fiona Mackintosh, Iona Macintyre (Spanish)


The Shackle, Colette tr. Antonia White (France)

The Book of Harlan, Bernice L.McFadden (US) (HIstorical Fiction)

Kindred, Octavia E. Butler (US) (Historical Fiction)

The Situation & The Story, The Art of the Personal Narrative, Vivian Gornick (US) (Nonfiction)

Where The Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens (US)

1968: The Year That Rocked the World, Mark Kurlanksy (US) (History)


The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree, Azar Shokoofeh (Iran)(translated from Farsi)

Map of Another Town, M.F.K.Fisher (US)(Essays on Aix en Provence)


The Memory Police, Yoko Ogawa (Japan)

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, Ocean Vuong (US)

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E.Harrow (US)

Angelic Attendants, What Really Happens As We Transition From This Life to the Next, Julie Ryan



Remembering the Future, Colette Baron-Reid

The Grief Recovery Handbook, by John W. James, Russell Friedman


Her Mother’s Mother’s Mother & Her Daughters, Maria José Silveira (Brazil) tr. Eric Becker (Portuguese)

Celestial Bodies, Jokha AlHarthi (Oman) tr. Marilyn Booth (Arabic)

This Mortal Boy, Fiona Kidman (NZ)

Mary Magdalene Revealed, The First Apostle, Her Feminist Gospel & the Christianity We Haven’t Tried Yet, Meggan Watterson (US)


Transit, Anna Seghers (Germany) tr. Barbara Bray (German)

The Long Song, Andrea Levy (UK)

The Chalice and the Blade, Riane Eisler (US) (Social History)

The Gold Letter, Lena Manta (Greece) tr. Gail Holst-Warhaft (Greek)

Never Stop Walking, A Memoir of Finding Home Across the World, Christina Rickardsson (Brazil), tr.
Tara F. Chace (Swedish)

Without a Map, Meredith Hall (US)

Maria in the Moon, Louise Beech (UK)


The Island of Sea Women, Lisa See (US)

Feebleminded, Ariana Harwicz (Argentina), (Reviewed on Goodreads)

Gardens in the Dunes, Leslie Marmon Silko (US)


Vintage 1954, Antoine Laurain (France) tr. Jane Aitken, Emily Boyce (French)

La Tresse, Laetitia Colombani (France) (read in French)

Crooked Grow the Trees, Carmel Hanes (US)

The Delicacy and Strength of Lace, Letters, Leslie Marmon Silko & James Wright, Edited by Anne Wright

Ceremony, Leslie Marmon Silko (US)


Drawing Lessons, Patricia Sands (Canada)

Becoming, Michelle Obama (US)

If I Had Two Lives, Abbigail Rosewood (Vietnam)

Secret, Philippe Grimbert (France), tr. Polly McLean (French)

Trout, Belly Up, Rodrigo Fuentes (Guatemala), tr. Ellen Jones (Spanish)

Zuleikha, Guzel Yakhina (Russia) tr. Lisa Hayden (Russian)

The Turquoise Ledge, Leslie Marmon Silko (US)


Freshwater, Akwaeke Emezi (Nigeria)

Hourglass – Time, Memory, Marriage, Dani Shapiro (US)

Dying to Be Me, Anita Moorjani (Hong Kong)


Every Light in the House Burnin’ by Andre Levy (UK)

The Atlas of Reds and Blues, Devi S. Laskar (US)

The Joys of Motherhood, Buchi Emecheta (Nigeria)

If Beale Street Could Talk, James Baldwin (US)

Praise Song for the Butterflies, Bernice L. McFadden (US)

An Affair With My Mother, Catriona Palmer (Ireland)


Total Chaos, Jean-Claude Izzo (France) tr: Howard Curtis (2005)

House of Stone, Novuyo Rosa Tshuma (Zimbabwe) (2019)

The Baghdad Clock, Shahad Al Rawi (Iraq), tr. Luke Leafgren (Arabic) (2018)

Teethmarks on My Tongue, Eileen Battersby (Ireland) (2016)

Queenie Malone’s Paradise Hotel, Ruth Hogan (UK) (2019)

Nervous Conditions, Tsitsi Dangarembga (Zimbabwe)  (1998)

Nothing But Dust, Sandrine Collette (France), tr. Alison Anderson (2018)

Sister Outsider, Audre Lorde (US) (1984)



One Spirit Medicine by Alfredo Villoldo (US)

A Thousand Mornings, Mary Oliver (US)

Just Like February, Deborah Batterman (US)

Refuge, Terry Tempest Williams (US)


Bad Blood, Lorna Sage (Wales)

Farewell, My Orange, Iwaki Kei (Japan/Australia) tr. Merdith McKinney (Japanese)

A Long Way Home (Lion), Saroo Brierley (Australia/India), Larry Buttrose (ghostwriter)

Journey of the Adopted Self: A Quest for Wholeness, Betty Jean Lifton (US)

Milkman, Anna Burns (N.Ireland)


Little, Edward Carey (UK)

Bitter Orange, Claire Fuller (UK)

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman (UK)


Hanna’s Daughters by Marianne Fredriksson (Sweden) tr. Joan Tate

The Other Side of the Mountain, Erendiz Atasu (Turkey), Elisabeth Maslen

Smoking Kills, Antoine Laurain (France) Louise Rogers Lalaurie (translator)

The Open Door, Latifa Al-Zayyat (Egypt), Marilyn Booth(Translator)

Disoriental, Négar Djavadi (Iran/France), Tina Kover (translator)

Visitation, Jenny Erpenbeck (Germany), Susan Bernofsky (translator)

Mend the Living, Maylis de Kerangal (France), Jessica Moore (translator)


The Four Insights – Wisdom, Power and Grace of the Earthkeepers by Alberto Villoldo

Shaman, Healer, Sage – How to Heal Yourself and Others with the Energy Medicine of The Americas by Alberto Villoldo

The Hope Fault, Tracy Farr (NZ/Australia)


Cross Stitch (Outlander #1), Diana Gabaldon (US) (set in Scotland)

The Keeper of Lost Things, Ruth Hogan (UK)


Songs From the Violet Cafe by Fiona Kidman (NZ)

A Catalog of Birds by Laura Harrington (US)

The Long Forgotten by David Whitehouse (UK)

The Sealwoman’s Gift, Sally Magnusson (Icelandic/Scottish)

The Stolen Bicycle, Wu Ming-Yi (Taiwan) tr. Darryl Sterk


Die, My Love, Ariana Harwicz (Argentina) tr. Caroline Orloff

Kintu, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (Uganda)

When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife, Meena Kandasamy (India)

Three Things About Elsie, Joanna Cannon (UK)

Anything is Possible, Elizabeth Strout (US)

My Name is Lucy Barton, Elizabeth Strout (US)


Happiness, Aminatta Forna (Scotland)

Winter Sisters, Robin Oliveira (US)

The Heart’s Invisible Furies, John Boyne (Ireland)

So Long A Letter, Mariama Bâ (Senegal), tr. Modupé Bodé-Thomas (French)

Reservoir 13, Jon McGregor (UK)

Intuition, Osho (India)

Petit Pays by Gaël Faye (France)


The Mother of All Questions, Rebecca Solnit (US)

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (US)

The Essex Serpent, Sarah Perry (UK)

Sightlines, Kathleen Jamie (Scotland)

The Hero’s Journey, Joseph Campbell (US)



I am Missing, Tim Weaver


Autumn by Ali Smith

Light Warrior, Kyle Gray


Rise Sister Rise, Rebecca Campbell

Salvage the Bones, Jesmyn Ward (US)

Salt Creek, Lucy Treloar (Australia)


Light is the new Black, Rebecca Campbell (UK based Australian)

Nothing Holds Back the Night by Delphine de Vigan (France) tr. George Miller (French)

Eve out of her Ruins, Ananda Devi (Mauritius) tr. Jeffrey Zuckerman (French)


The Complete Claudine, Colette (France), tr. Antonia White, An Introduction Judith Thurman

Book 1: Claudine at School

Book 2: Claudine in Paris

Book 3: Claudine Married

Book 4: Claudine and Annie

Train to Pakistan, Khushwant Singh (India)

All We Shall Know, Donal Ryan (Ireland)

The Story of the Cannibal Woman, Maryse Condé (Guadeloupe/France), tr. Richard Philcox

Home Fire, Kamila Shamsie (UK/Pakistan)

The Woman Next Door, Yewande Omotoso (Barbados/UK/Sth Africa)


Swing Time, Zadie Smith (UK)

The Power, Naomi Alderman (UK)

The Spiral Staircase, Karen Armstrong (UK)

Two Old Women, An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival, Velma Wallis (Alaska)

Ladivine, Marie NDiaye (France), tr. Jordan Stump (French)

The Mountain in my Shoe, Louise Beech (UK)


The Divine Matrix, Gregg Braden (US)

Exit West, Mohsin Hamid (Pakistan)

Sealskin, Su Bristow (UK)


Raise Your Vibration, Kyle Gray (UK)

The Map, Colette Baron Reid (Canada)


Salt Houses, Hala Alyan (US)

Eva Sleeps, Francesca Melandri (Italy) tr. Katherine Gregor

The Bastards of Pizzofalcone, Maurizio De Giovanni (Italy), tr. Andrew Shugaar

Frantumaglia, A Writer’s Journey, Elena Ferrante (Italy) tr. Ann Goldstein

Ties, Domenico Starnone (Italy), Jhumpha Lahiri (translator)

Do Not Say We Have Nothing, Madeleine Thien (Canada)


The Last Gods of Indochine by Samuel Ferrer (Cambodia)

Stay With Me, Ayobami Adebayo (Nigeria)

Three Daughters of Eve, Elif Shafak (Turkey)

The Outermost House, Henry Beston (US)


Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi (Ghana)

The Good People, Hannah Kent (Australia)

Worthy, Nancy Levin (US)


My Story, Jo Malone (UK)

Cereus Blooms at Night, Shani Mootoo (Trinidad)

Island of a Thousand Mirrors, Nayomi Munaweera (Sri Lanka)

Swimming Lessons, Claire Fuller (UK)

Blue Nights, Joan Didion (US)



The Dry, Jane Harper (Australia)

The Captive Wife, Fiona Kidman (New Zealand)

A Woman on the Edge of Time, Jeremy Gavron (England)


Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? Jeanette Winterson (England)

Uncharted, Colette Baron Reid (Canada)


Ocean Echoes, Sheila Hirst

How To Be Brave, Louise Beech

One Hundred Shadows, Hwang Jungeun (Korea), Jung Yewon (translator)

Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

Making Life Easy, A Simple Guide to a Divinely Inspired Life, Christiane Northrup

The Humans, Matt Haig

The Ballroom, Anna Hope


What if this is Heaven? How Our Cultural Myths Prevent Us From Experiencing Heaven on Earth, Anita Moorjani (Hong Kong/US)

Voyage in the Dark, Jean Rhys (Dominca/UK)


An Unnecessary Woman, Rabih Alameddine (Lebanon)

The Fox Was Ever the Hunter, Herta Müller (Romania), Philip Boehm(German) – DNF

Woman at Point Zero, Nawal El Saadawi (Egypt), Sherif Hetata (translator)

The Days of Abandonment, Elena Ferrante (Italy), Ann Goldstein (translator)

Affections, Rodrigo Hasbun (Bolivia), tr. Sophie Hughes (Spanish)

Bonjour Tristesse, Françoise Sagan (France), Irene Ash (translator)

Where the River Parts, Radhika Swarup (India)

Masks, Fumiko Enchi (Japan), Juliet Winters Carpenter (translator)

A Season in Rihata, Maryse Condé (Guadeloupe), Richard Philcox (translated from French)

A Brief History of Seven Killings, Marlon James (Jamaica)

The Bridge of Beyond, Simone Schwarz-(Guadeloupe), Barbara Bray (translated from French)

The Looking-Glass Sisters,  Gøhril Gabrielsen, (Norway) John Irons (translator)

The Blue Satin Nightgown by Karin Crilly

The Door, Magda Szabó (Hungary), tr. Len Rix (translator)

The Bright Edge of the World, Eowyn Ivey (Alaska)

The Vegetarian, Han Kang (South Korea) tr. Deborah Smith (translator)

The Rabbit House, Laura Alcoba (Argentina) tr. Polly McLean (translated from French)


The Bones of Grace, Tahmima Anam (Bangladesh)

The Good Muslim, Tahmima Anam (Bangladesh)

A Golden Age, Tahmima Anam (Bangladesh)

A Whole Life, Robert Seethaler (Austria) tr. Charlotte Collins (German)


Fever at Dawn, Péter Gárdos (Hungary), tr. Elizabeth Szász (Hungarian)

The Man Who Snapped His Fingers, Fariba Hachtroudi (Iran), tr. Alison Andersen (French)

Barkskins, Annie Proulx



The Infinite Air, Fiona Kidman (New Zealand)

A Drop in the Ocean, Jenni Ogden (New Zealand)


Paint Your Wife, Lloyd Jones (New Zealand)

The Buddha in the Attic, Julie Otsuka (US)

ARTE by Kei Ohkubo (Japan)


Human Acts, Han Kang (Korea), Deborah Smith (translator)

Into the Magic Shop, A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart, James R. Doty (US)

Georgia, A Novel of Georgia O’Keeffe by Dawn Tripp (US)

What Lies Between Us, Nayomi Munaweera (Sri Lanka)


Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life, Sylvia Boorstein

Two Serious Ladies, Jane Bowles (US)

February, Lisa Moore (Canada)

Big Magic, Creative Living Beyond Fear, Elizabeth Gilbert (US)

Brother, I’m Dying, Edwidge Danticat (Haiti)

The Gift of Stones, Jim Crace (UK)

The Whispering Muse, Sjón (Iceland), Victoria Cribb (translator)



Charming Billy, Alison McDermott (US)

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot (US)

The Poisoning Angel, Jean Teulé, (France) Melanie Florence (translator)

Fates and Furies, Lauren Groff (US)

The Secret Chord, Geraldine Brooks (Australia) set in Palestine

The Colour, Rose Tremain (UK) set in NZ


God Help the Child, Toni Morrison (America)

The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt, Tracy Farr (Australia)

All Our Names, Dinaw Mengestu (Ethiopia)

Human Chain, Seamus Heaney (Poetry) Foster, Claire Keegan (Ireland)

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, Katarina Bivald (Sweden), Alice Menzies (translator)

The Garden of Evening Mists, Tan Twan Eng (Malaysia)


The Pollen Room, by Zoë Jenny (Switzerland), Elizabeth Gaffney (translator) German

Miss Emily, Nuala O’Connor (Ireland)

Under the Udala Trees,  Chinelo Okparanta (Nigeria)

Segu, Maryse Condé (Guadeloupe), tr.Barbara Bray (French)


The Story of the Lost Child, Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (translator) Italian


Agaat, Marlene van Niekerk (South Africa), Michiel Heyns (translator) Afrikaans

Purge, Sofi Oksanen (Estonia), Lola Rogers (translator) Finnish

Dreaming in Cuban, Cristina García


2666, Roberto Bolano (Chile) tr. Natasha Wimmer (Spanish)

A Small Place, Jamaica Kincaid (Antigua)

Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat (Haiti)

Victoire: My Mother’s Mother, Maryse Condé (Guadeloupe), tr.Richard Philcox (French)

To the River: A Journey Beneath the Surface, Olivia Laing (UK)

Under the Sea-Wind, Rachel Carson (US)

From Caucasia, With Love, Danzy Senna (US)

Lotusland, David Joiner (set in Vietnam)


The Wall, Marlen Haushofer (Austria), tr. Shaun Whiteside (German)

The Writing Life, Annie Dillard (US)

Ru, Kim Thuy (Vietnamese-Canadian) (Read in French)

Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness, Jennifer Tseng (US)

Enchanted August, Brenda Bowen (US)

The President’s Hat, Antoine Laurain (France), tr. Jane Aitken, Emily Boyce, Louise Lalaurie (French)

Tales From The Heart, True Stories From My Childhood, Maryse Condé (Guadeloupe), tr. Richard Philcox (French)

The Enchanted April, Elizabeth von Arnim (set in Italy)


Reader for Hire, Raymond Jean, tr. Adriana Hunter (French)

Tiny Beautiful Things, Cheryl Strayed

Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

The Gracekeepers, Kirsty Logan

Moloka’i, Alan Brennert

The Waves, Virginia Woolf


The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy, Rachel Joyce


The Autobiography of My Mother, Jamaica Kincaid (Antigua)

Ladder of Years, Anne Tyler

A Spool of Blue Thread, Anne Tyler


The Universe Versus Alex Woods, Gavin Extence

White Hunger, Aki Ollikainen, Emily Jeremiah, Fleur Jeremiah (translators) Finnish

The African Equation, Yasmina Khadra (Algeria), Howard Curtis (translator) French

Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory, The Life of Rosa Parks, Douglas Brinkley

Unbowed, One Woman’s Story, Wangari Maathai (Kenya)

The Tusk That Did The Damage, Tania James

The Red Notebook, Antoine Laurain, Emily Boyce, Jane Aitken (transators) French

Our Endless Numbered Days, Claire Fuller

Cider With Rosie, Laurie Lee


Wolf Winter, Cecilia Ekbäck

The Poet Slave of Cuba, A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano, Margarita Engle

The Yellow Rain, Julio Llamazares, Margaret Jull Costa (translator) Spanish

Kamchatka, Marcelo Figueras, Frank Wynne (translator) Argentina, Spanish

Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman, Friedrich Christian Delius, Jamie Bulloch (translator) German Stone in a Landslide by Maria Barbal, Laura McGloughlin, Paul Mitchell (translators) Catalan

Beside the Sea, Véronique Olmi, Adriana Hunter (translator) French

Wake by Elizabeth Knox



Savage Girl, Jean Zimmerman

Under the Tripoli Sky, Kamal Ben Hameda, Adriana Hunter (translator) French

The Dead Lake, Hamid Ismailov, Andrew Bromfield (translator) Russian

Sidewalks, Valeria Luiselli, Christina MacSweeney (translator) Spanish

The Closet of Savage Mementos, Nuala Ní Chonchúir The Waves, Virginia Woolf

Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson

Migrating Voids, David Walker


The Bees, Laline Paull

Ignoring Gravity, Sandra Danby

All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque, A.W.Wheen (translator) German

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (translator) Italian

The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan


The Vatican Cellars, Andre Gidé, Julian Evans (translator) French

The Story of a New Name, Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (translator) Italian

Nora Webster, Colm Tóibín

H is For Hawk, Helen McDonald


My Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (translator) Italian

Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter, Simone De Beauvoir, James Kirkup (translator) French


Testament of Youth, Vera Brittain


Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom

Mrs. Hemingway, Naomi Wood

Family Heirlooms, Tavares, Zulmira Ribeiro,Daniel Hahn (translator) Portugese (Brazil)

Good Morning, Mr Mandela, Zelda la Grange

Sula, Toni Morrison

The Italian Chapel, Philip Paris


Art in Nature, Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal (translator) Swedish


The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair,  Joël Dicker, Sam Taylor (translator) French

Carrots and Jaffas, Howard Goldenberg

The Blue Room,  Hanne Ørstavik, Deborah Dawkin (translator) Norwegian

Before I Go to Sleep, S.J. Watson

The Toga and The Rose, Sheighle Birdthistle

Prayers for the Stolen, Jennifer Clement

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Celebrating the Joys of Letter Writing,  Nina Sankovitch

The Expedition to the Baobab Tree, Wilma Stockenström, J.M Coetzee (translator) Afrikaans


The True Deceiver, Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal (translator) Swedish

Nada, Carmen Laforet, Edith Grossman (translator) Spanish

The Rooms Are Filled, Jessica Null Vealitzek

Nagasaki, Eric Faye, Emily Boyce (translator) French

The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd

All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr


All the Birds, Singing, Evie Wyld

The Shadow of the Crescent Moon, Fatima Bhutto

We That Are Left, Juliet Greenwood

Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, Ann Patchett



The Museum of Extraordinary Things, Alice Hoffman

The Missing One, Lucy Atkins

The Foundling Boy, Michel Deon, Julian Evans (translator) French

The Crane Wife, Patrick Ness

Arctic Dreams, Barry Lopez

The People in the Book (Eux sur la photo), Hélène Gestern, Emily Boyce, Ros Schwartz (translators) French



I Always Loved You: A  Novel, Robin Oliveira

Ashes in My Mouth, Sand in My Shoes, Per Petterson, Don Bartlett (translator)  Norwegian

Eugene Onegin, Alexander Pushkin, James E. Falen (translator) Russian

Chapters 1 & 2

Chapters 3 & 4

Chapters 5 & 6

Chapters 7 & 8

Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader, Anne Fadiman



The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert

The Lost Domain (Les Grandes Meaulnes), Alain Fournier

Just Like Tomorrow (Kiffe Kiffe Demain), Faïza Guène

Brodeck’s Report, Phillipe Claudel

Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline

The Hidden Lamp, Florence Caplow



Excellent Women, Barbara Pym

The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly, Sun-mi Hwang

The First Rule of Swimming, Courtney Angela Brkic

The Hired Man, Aminatta Forna

The Sea Close By, Albert Camus (2 essays)

Unsettled, Neelima Vinod



Helium, Jaspreet Singh

Aimless Love, Billy Collins

The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo, F. G. Haghenbeck

The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton

Mr Darwin’s Gardener, Kristina Carlson

A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, Therese Anne Fowler



Death in the Vines, M.L.Longworth

A Monster Calls, Patrick Ness

The Summer Book, Tove Jansson

The Drowning of Arthur Braxton, Caroline Smailes



Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro

The Cleaner of Chartres, Salley Vickers

A Hundred Thousand White Stones: An Ordinary Tibetan’s Extraordinary Journey, Kunsung Dolma

Look Again, Lisa Scottoline

We Need New Names, NoViolet Bulawayo

Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie



The Spinning Heart, Donal Ryan

The Mussel Feast, Birgit Vanderbeke

Stet, An Editor’s Life, Diana Athill

The Son, Philipp Meyer (DNF)

Manolo Blahnik Drawings

Shoes Hair Nails, by Deborah Batterman

The Honey Thief, Najaf Mazari

The Rain Before it Falls, Jonathan Coe

Transatlantic, Colum McCann



The Examined Life, Stephen Grosz

Magda, Meike Ziervogel

The Exiles Return, Elisabeth De Waal

The Faraway Nearby, Rebecca Solnit

She Left Me the Gun, Emma Brockes

Portrait of a Turkish Family, Irfan Orga



The Dervish, Frances Kazan

Patasana, Ahmet Ümit

Istanbul: Memories of a City, Orhan Pamuk

Tender is the Night, F.Scott Fitzgerald (DNF)

The Burgess Boys, Elizabeth Strout



Me Before You, Jojo Moyes

Shadows & Wings, Niki Tulk

Flight Behaviour, Barbara Kingsolver

The Great Gatsby, F.Scott Fitzgerald

Lost Cat, Caroline Paul

Mom & Me & Mom, Maya Angelou

Ignorance, Michéle Roberts

NW, Zadie Smith



Howard’s End is on the Landing, Susan Hill

Canada, Richard Ford

The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance, Edmund De Waal

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Rachel Joyce

The Romantics: A Novel, Pankaj Mishra



Elizabeth and her German Garden, Elizabeth von Armin

A Winter Book, Selected Stories by Tove Jansson

There Once Lived A Girl Who Seduced Her Sister’s Husband, And He Hanged Himself: Love Stories by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

Life after Life, Kate Atkinson

Revenge, Eleven Dark Tales by Yoko Ogawa


Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness, Susannah Cahalan

Honour, Elif Shafak

The Happiness of Blond People: A Personal Meditation on the Dangers of Identity, Elif Shafak

Findings, Kathleen Jamie

Le Testament Français, Andreï Makine (DNF)

The Zenith, Dương Thu Hương

The Industry of Souls, Martin Booth


A Month in the Country, J.L. Carr

The Bridge Club, Patricia Sands

The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern

The Light Between Oceans, M.L.Stedman

Book 3, 1Q84, Haruki Murakami

A Place of Greater Safety, Hilary Mantel (DNF)

Rebecca, Daphne de Maurier

La Petite Fille de Monsieur Linh, Philippe Claudel

The Gift of Rain, Tan Twan Eng

The Black Count – Glory, Revolution, Betrayal and the Real Count of Monte Cristo, Tom Reiss

The White Forest, Adam McOmber

Swimming Home, Deborah Levy

When Women Were Birds – 54 Variations on Voice, Terry Tempest Williams

The Lifeboat, Charlotte Rogan

Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace, Kate Summerscale

1Q84, Haruki Murakami

In the Shadow of the Banyan, Vaddey Ratner

The Memory of Love, Aminatta Forna

The Red Tent, Anita Diamant

Thomas Jefferson – Lessons from a Secret Buddha, Suneel Dhand

The Coward’s Tale, Vanessa Gebbie

A Lady Cyclists Guide to Kashgar, Suzanne Joinson

Lucretia and the Kroons, Victor Lavalle

Red Dust Road, Jackie Kay

Wild, Cheryl Strayed

And the Band Played On, Christopher Ward

A Night to Remember, Walter Lord

Prodigal Summer, Barbara Kingsolver

The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri

The Crossing, Cormac McCarthy

The Pearl, John Steinbeck

The Smile, Ray Bradbury

The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller

If This is a Man : The Truce, Primo Levi

Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri

Death at Château Bremont, M.L. Longworth

Sister, Rosamund Lupton

The Maid and the Queen – The Secret History of Joan of Arc, Nancy Goldstone

State of Wonder, Ann Patchett

In the Springtime of the Year, Susan Hill

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Jamie Ford

Summer, Edith Wharton

Shantaram, Gregory David Roberts

Third Culture Kids, David Pollock & Ruth Van Reken

Second Person Singular, Sayed Kashua

Eden’s Garden, Juliet Greenwood

Lives other than my own, Emmanuel Carrère

The Book of Lost Fragrances, M.J.Rose

The Château, William Maxwell

The Snow Child, Eowyn Ivey ***Top Read***

The Wild Book, Margarita Engle

A Week in December, Sebastian Faulks

The Woman in Black, Susan Hill

That Deadman Dance, Kim Scott

All Our Worldly Goods, Irène Némirovsky

Fire in the Blood, Irène Némirovsky

Ethan Frome, Edith Wharton

Caleb’s Crossing, Geraldine Brooks

La Seduction – How the French play the game of life, Elaine Sciolino

The Tiger’s Wife, Téa Obreht

Ragnörak, A.S. Byatt

Cutting for Stone, Abraham Verghese


‘Perfect Hostage’ Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma and the Generals, Justin Wintle

The Housekeeper + The Professor,  Yoko Ogawa

A Visit from the Goon Squad , Jennifer Egan

If On a Winter’s Night a Traveller, Italo Calvino

The Pyschopath Test, Jonathan Ronson

Island Beneath the Sea, Isabelle Allende

The Forest for the Trees, Betsy Lerner

The Diving Pool, Yoko Ogawa

The Paris Wife, Paula McLain

In Her Wake, Nancy Rappaport

The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Lacuna, Barbara Kingsolver

Seven Days to Tell You, Ruby Soames

These is My Words +Sarah’s Quilt + A Star Garden, Nancy E Turner

The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B, Sandra Gulland

Tales of Passion- Tales of Woe, Sandra Gulland

The Last Great Dance on Earth,  Sandra Gulland

24 thoughts on “Books Read 2023

    • I’m reading a book in french given to me by one of my students, but it’s by an Austrian author Stefan Zweig and another ‘Le Montespan’ by Jean Teule. Have plenty of french authors on the TBR shelf, Jean Giono ‘Second Harvest’ (have read 2 already ‘The Man Who Planted Trees’ is excellent and ‘The Horseman on the Roof’ ), Flaubert (read ‘Madame Bovary’ and have ‘Salammbo’ to read alongside the correspondence of Flaubert & George Sand – their letters started after she gave a great review of this work, have read a lot of this already and seen a great film about her), I have read Amelie Nothomb (Belgian writer) ‘Fear & Trembling’, contemporary and very funny, about her year in Japan and another of hers in french. But the next on my list is Emmanuel Carrère which I am really looking forward to. Thanks for asking. And you?


  1. Oh, I love the books you’ve been reading this year- I think our tastes may be very similar.
    My sister just gave me Caleb’s Crossing and Deadman’s Dance and Tigers Wife have been on my to read list for a while…just need to find the time!

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    • Hard to recommend without knowing what you like, but so far this year, ‘The Snow Child’ is a real stand out book for me and I am also really enjoying Susan Hill’s novellas for their lyrical prose.


  2. True, I like realistic fiction the best, for example one year I read some of Maeve Binchy books because I could relate to her characters and it was fun to see the same characters and settings in other books. Thank you! And I need more time to read!

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  3. i have not read a book this year. Ha! it used to be one of my greatest pleasures: sitting at an outdoor table of a cafe, drinking a beer, reading. Now I just write. Kind of sad. I would never have started writing if i didn’t read a bunch, and now, i can’t read if i want to write a bunch. last one was The Dice Man. Worth a go if you haven’t read it.

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  4. I look at this list and went “oh, ah, yes I read this, I want to read this too!” kind of expression. Here’s my reaction:

    Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri – Love it, love it, love it!
    Sister, Rosamund Lupton – I think this is great!
    State of Wonder, Ann Patchett – I am reading it now…
    Shantaram, Gregory David Roberts – read this in 2009, love it!
    A Week in December, Sebastian Faulks – oooh, I got this on my shelf.
    All Our Worldly Goods, Irène Némirovsky – not this book but planning to read Suite Francaise
    Caleb’s Crossing, Geraldine Brooks – oooh, I got this on my shelf.
    The Tiger’s Wife, Téa Obreht – read it, didn’t like it.
    Ragnörak, A.S. Byatt – ah, I wanted to read this.
    Cutting for Stone, Abraham Verghese – oooh, I got this on my shelf.

    We got a lot in common! This is just for this year’s list, can you imagine what the rest of the year is going to be like? 🙂

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    • I love that feeling, arriving on a blog where I relate so much to the list, it’s a great year for reading and I am really enjoying the recommendations and seeing what like minded bloggers and followers are reading too – more obsessed than ever and pleased to have discovered your reviews 🙂

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  5. I am so impressed by your exhaustive list and…. a bit jealous! wish I had the time to read as frequently 🙂
    Great french books: “Rien ne s’oppose a la nuit” from Delphine de Vigan and “24 heures de la vie d’une femme” from Stephan Zweig. very different but both well-written.
    Thanks for sharing your reads.

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    • Looking at someone else’s list always makes me think that exact same thought, because no two lists are ever the same. One book a week is my challenge and its not an easy one for me since I rarely read during the day, but a little every day for sure.

      Thank you for the recommendations, I will look out for them.

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  7. Claire,

    I’m currently reading The Power And The Glory by Graham Greene. I’ve been wanting to read this novel for years and have finally started. Have you ever read Graham Greene?


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  8. Oooh, looking at these lists of books is making my mouth water! So many good options here. Thank you for inspiring me to fit in more reading in my life. And thanks for visiting my site, by the way. Cheers, Anjali (PS: Les idées de livres en français sont aussi les bienvenues!)

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    • I am looking forward to your book too Anjali, I love the cover and the blurb sounds wonderful.

      Souvent je demande mes amies et mes etudiants qu’est ce qu’ils lisent en francais, il y a tellement une grande variété d’autre pays et cultures. C’est ca que j’aime.

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