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January
1. The Dark Lord of Derkholm - Diana Wynne Jones
2. Year of the Griffin - Diana Wynne Jones
3. Babel-17 - Samuel R Delany
4. The Art of Fielding - Chad Harbach
5. Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston
6. Doctor Who: Keeping up with the Joneses - Nick Harkaway

February
7. Tigerman - Nick Harkaway
8. Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar - Edgar Rice Burroughs
9. Trigger Warning - Neil Gaiman
10. The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm - Norman Hunter
11. Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse - David Mitchell
12. Christopher and his Kind - Christopher Isherwood

March
13. Anno Dracula - Kim Newman
14. Desperation - Charlotte Lamb
15. Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel
16. Deal with the Devil - Sandra Marton
17. The Osiris Ritual - George Mann
18. Bedlam - Christopher Brookmyre
19. Anno Dracula: The Bloody Red Baron - Kim Newman
20. Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town - Mary Beard
21. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
22. 1913: The Year Before The Storm - Florain Illies
23. Prater Violet - Christopher Isherwood

April
24. The Colour of Magic - Terry Pratchett
25. The Light Fantastic - Terry Pratchett
26. Equal Rites - Terry Pratchett
27. Mort - Terry Pratchett
28. The Gone-Away World - Nick Harkaway
29. Sourcery - Terry Pratchett
30. Wyrd Sisters - Terry Pratchett
31. Teleny - Oscar Wilde and others
32. Three Restoration Comedies - ed. Norman Marshall
33. Pyramids - Terry Pratchett

May
34. Angelmaker - Nick Harkaway
35. Guards! Guards! - Terry Pratchett
36. The Book of Cats - Ed. George MacBeth & Martin Booth
37. Eric - Terry Pratchett
38. Or All The Seas With Oysters - Avram Davidson
39. Moving Pictures - Terry Pratchett
40. The Magicians of Caprona - Dianna Wynne Jones
41. The yellow wallpaper - Charlotte Perkins Gilman
42. The secret history - Donna Tartt

June
43. Reaper Man - Terry Pratchett
44. Gay Lord Robert - Jean Plady
45. The Immorality Engine - George Mann
46. Witches Abroad - Terry Pratchett

July
47. Utopia - Thomas More
48. The Incarnations - Susan Barker
49. Murder most unladylike - Robin Stevens
50. The mysteries of Udolpho - Ann Ward Radcliffe
51. Tales of the City - Armistead Maupin
52. More tales of the city - Armistead Maupin
53. Further tales of the city - Armistead Maupin

August
54. Babycakes - Armistead Maupin
55. Significant Others - Armistead Maupin
56. Sure of you - Armistead Maupin
57. Michael Tolliver Lives - Armistead Maupin
58. Mary Ann in Autumn - Armistead Maupin
59. The Days of Anna Madrigal - Armistead Maupin
60. Small Gods - Terry Pratchett
61. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage - Haruki Murakami
62. The Lonely Sea and the Sky - Francis Chichester
63. The Summer Book - Jove Jansson
64. Lords and Ladies - Terry Pratchett
65. Vicious - V E Schwab
66. I Leap Over the Wall - Monica Baldwin

September
67. Men at Arms - Terry Pratchett
68. Grasshopper Jungle - Andrew Smith
69. Soul Music - Terry Pratchett
70. Tanar of Pellucidar - Edgar Rice Burroughs
71. Interesting Times - Terry Pratchett
72. Eleanor and Park - Rainbow Rowell
73. The mouse and his child - Russell Hoban
74. Maskerade - Terry Pratchett
75. Howl's Moving Castle - Diana Wynne Jones
76. The Gospel of Loki - Joanne M. Harris

October
77. The Reader - Bernhard Schlink
78. Feet of Clay - Terry Pratchett
79. Castle in the Air - Diana Wynne Jones
80. I'll give you the sun - Jandy Nelson
81. The Miniaturist - Jessie Burton
82. Lucky Man - Michael J Fox
83. The Worst Witch - Jill Murphy
84. Just my type - Simon Garfield
85. Hogfather - Terry Pratchett

November
86. Nimona - Noelle Stevenson
87. How the Marquis got his coat back - Neil Gaiman
88. Furiously Happy - Jenny Lawson
89. Shaking Hands With Death - Terry Pratchett
90. Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell
91. Bad Science - Ben Goldacre
92. Jingo - Terry Pratchett
93. The Sylph - Georgiana Cavendish
94. The Daughter of Time - Josephine They

December
95. We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson
96. The Last Continent - Terry Pratchett
97. Spy Princess: The life of Noor Inayat Khan - Shrabani Basu
98. Down There On A Visit - Christopher Isherwood
99. A Winter Book - Tove Jansson
100. A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula Le Guin
101. The Tombs of Atuan - Ursula Le Guin
102. The Farthest Shore - Ursula Le Guin
103. The Little Friend - Donna Tartt
104. Tehanu - Ursula Le Guin
105. The Last Day of Christmas - Chris Brookmyre
106. Dead Girl Walking - Chris Brookmyre
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On Thursday I went back to school to see the National Theatre's livestream of Coriolanus. I was pretty giddy about the thought. I love the play, I was excited about some of the casting (Tom Hiddleston, Mark Gatis and Birgitte Hjort Sorenson), and it was great to be able to get to see something that I wouldn't have got the chance to otherwise.

It didn't disappoint. I came out full of thoughts and feelings about the interpretation, and in that slightly overexcited mood of having seen something that you really loved. I spent the rest of the evening exchanging messages with my friend Hannah about our thoughts (Hannah's thoughts here: http://hannahswithinbank.com/2014/02/the-embodiment-of-rome/). Then the next day at work I probably bored my colleagues senseless.

And then I read two rather sniffy articles on The Guardian, and got annoyed. Twenty four hours later I'm still annoyed.

The first one (http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2014/jan/31/coriolanus-national-theatre-live?commentpage=2) is rather sniffy about the fact the livestreaming exists. It seems to bemoan the experience itself (ignoring the fact that you can just not go, really, nobody's going to force you), doesn't like the 'dvd extra' bits and looks down on the audience for applauding.

If we ignore the fact that tickets for Coriolanus are scarcer than grain in Rome and livestreaming means that people who would have liked a ticket but couldn't get one have a chance to see the production there's other issues here. Mainly the fact that not everyone lives in London, or can afford to go. It costs me around £150 just to get to London, adding on transport, food etc. I'm looking at £200 as the base line spend of a trip there (and that's because I'm lucky enough to have people to stay with). I'm not saying I wouldn't go on holiday to see something at the theatre (I'd definitely do that), but I can't afford to do it for everything I'd like to see. Nowhere near. What's wrong with people getting the chance to see things?

I agree with the article that the interval stuff about how sexy Hiddelston is felt weird, but I really enjoyed the before the show stuff.    Maybe it's just because I am the type of person who watches dvd extras. I'm interested in the choices the production makes. Again though, you don't have to watch! (I'm guessing every screening was different, but at the one I was at they let us know when the 'dvd extras' where starting, you weren't frogmarched to your seat).

And applauding? Yes, I think we all get that the actors can't hear us. But, who cares? What does it really matter? (I may think this because I'm the type of person who sometimes applauds at the cinema).

The second article (http://www.theguardian.com/stage/theatreblog/2014/jan/30/shakespeare-help-hindrance-british-theatre), about 'star casting', is even more muddle-headed and annoying. It moans about actors from tv and film getting cast in Shakespeare play, while at the same time having to admit that they are 'more than up to the job'. So they're good, but it's bad that they're cast? And it's bad that people might want to go and watch an actor they like, and that Doctor Who being in Richard II might make people who wouldn't usually go and see it buy a ticket? (Full disclosure, I probably wouldn't usually go see Richard II. I struggle with it. I didn't engage with it either of the times I've read it, or when I watched the BBC's 1978 version with Derek Jacobi. The first time it really did anything for me was the 2012 BBC version with Ben Whishaw. Yup, Q from James Bond.)

And then there's the comments (I know, I know, never read the comments). Between the article and the comments I could really see how you could be put off Shakespeare. So much moaning about people going to see something because they like an actor in it, and about how it's dreadful that not all productions are experimental. And so much snobbery. There was more than one commenter moaning about people going to the theatre without having looking up the synopsis of the play. Why should you have to do homework to see a play? By all means do it if you want to, but surely if your audience needs to have studied in order to understand your production you're doing something wrong?

Again, maybe this is a matter of taste. I'd prefer to see a production that's about the narrative, and the characters first, rather than the director showing off how edgy they can be (I remain overjoyed that I didn't see the production of the Taming of the Shrew I heard about where Kate pissed on the stage). A production can say things without overshawdowing the play. But, I don't see a lot of theatre, I get that if you do see a lot of theatre you maybe don't want to see another 'straight' production of Romeo and Juliet. So don't go. It's as simple as that. And don't look down on the people that do want to see that.

And then I started wondering about how far this sliding scale of 'star casting' and the like went? What about Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen doing Pinter and Beckett on Broadway? Well people might go and see that because of Star Trek or X Men or Lord of the Rings. The horror. Or what if someone went to see Twelfth Night because they like Stephen Fry on QI? This must be stopped.

Do I get a pass for Coriolanus because I've read the play even though I was very excited about seeing Katrine from Borgen? But wait, I don't know anything about Roman politics. Should I have read up on that beforehand? Does having read all of Shakespeare's plays mean I can go see any of them? Or infact, does anyone's motives of going to see anything not matter? And is it nobody's business?

Bottom line to my confused and annoyed thought process - don't set yourself up as a gatekeeper. It isn't a good thing to be. (And props to the commenter who pointed out Shakespearean 'star casting' started with Shakespeare.)
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January
1. The Mammoth Book of Angels and Demons - Ed. Paula Guran
2. Shardik - Richard Adams
3. Hyperbole and a Half - Allie Brosh
4. Decline and Fall - Evelyn Waugh
5. The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt

February
6. Archer's Goon - Diana Wynne Jones
7. Vessel 151-B - Delilah Des Anges
8. The Quantum Universe: Everything That Can Happen Does Happen - Brian Cox & Jeff Forshaw
9. The Coming of the Unicorn: Scottish Folk Tales for Children - Duncan Williamson
10. Religion for Atheists - Alan de Botton
11. The works of Algernon Charles Swinburne

March
12. Mansfield Park - Jane Austen
13. The Complete English Poems - George Herbert
14. The Idiot - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
15. A Walk in Wolf Wood - Mary Stewart
16. Nod - Adrian Barnes
17. The Darker Sex: Tales of the Supernatural and Macabre - ed. Mike Ashley
18. Where the Bodies are Buried - Chris Brookmyre

April
19. Denzil the Mouse - Katherine Crowe
20. Dreams and Nightmares: Terry Gilliam and the Brothers Grim and Other Cautionary Tales of Hollywood - Bob McCabe
21. The Legends of King Arthur and His Knights - James Knowles
22. Persuasion - Jane Austen
23. The Quarry - Iain Banks
24. Jackie Old - Armistead Maupin
26. White Hell of Pity - Norah Lofts

May
27. The Q Annual - Spike Milligan
28. Hamlet - William Shakespeare
29. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The long way home - Joss Whedon, Georges Jeanty
30. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: No future for you - Joss Whedon, Georges Jeanty, Brian K. Vaughan
31. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Wolves at the gate - Joss Whedon, Georges Jeanty, Drew Goddard
32. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Time of your life - Joss Whedon, Karl Moline, Jeph Loeb
33. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Predators and prey - Joss Whedon, Jane Espenson, Steven S. DeKnight, Drew Z. Greenberg, Jim Krueger, Doug Petrie, Georges Jeanty
34. The sagas of the Icelanders: A selection - various
35. The thirteen problems - Agatha Christie
36. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Retreat - Jane Espenson, Georges Jeanty, Joss Whedon
37. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Twilight - Brad Meltzer, Georges Jeanty, Joss Whedon
38. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Last Gleaming - Joss Whedon, Georges Jeanty, Scott Allie
39. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J K Rowling
40. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J K Rowling
41. Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban - J K Rowling

June
42. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J K Rowling
43. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J K Rowling
44. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - J K Rowling
45. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J K Rowling
46. Wilkins' Tooth - Diana Wynne Jones
47. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Freefall - Joss Whedon, Andrew Chambliss, Georges Jeanty, Karl Moline
48. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: On your own - Joss Whedon, Andrew Chambliss, Scott Allie, Georges Jeanty, Cliff Richards
49. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Guarded - Joss Whedon, Andrew Chambliss, Jane Espenson, Drew Z. Greenberg, Georges Jeanty, Karl Moline
50. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Welcome to the team - Joss Whedon, Andrew Chambliss, Georges Jeanty, Karl Moline
51. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Core - Joss Whedon, Andrew Chambliss, Georges Jeanty, Jane Espenson, Karl Moline

July
52. A small person far away - Judith Kerr
53. Everyday sexism - Laura Bates
54. Black Maria - Diana Wynne Jones
55. My own story - Emmeline Pankhurst
56. The history of white people - Nell Irvin Painter
57. Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn

August
58. The sword in the stone - T H White
59. Dr. Horrible and other horrible stories - Zack Whedon with Eric Canete, Farel Dalrymple, Jim Rugg, Joelle Jones, and Scott Hepburn
60. Of human bondage - W Somerset Maugham
61. Islands of Chaldea - Diana Wynne Jones, completed by Ursula Jones

September
62. Americanah - Chimamanada Ngozi Adiche
63. The casual vacancy - J K Rowling
64. A meeting by the river - Christopher Isherwood
65. The Affinity Bridge - George Mann
66. The golem and the djinni - Helene Wecker
67. A tale edged in blood and hard black pencil - Christopher Brookmyre
68. A streetcar named Desire - Tennessee Williams
69. Vivian versus the apocalypse - Katie Coyle
70. Vivian versus America - Katie Coyle
71. The language of dying - Sarah Pinborough
72. Theo - Ed Taylor
73. Alan Turing: unlocking the enigma - David Boyle
74. Lost at sea - Bryan Lee O'Malley
75. The conjure women - Charles W. Chesnutt
76. From ritual to romance: an account of the Holy Grail from ancient ritual to Christian symbol - Jessie L. Weston

October
77. Young Renny - Mazo de la Roche
78. Scott Pilgrim's precious little life - Bryan Lee O'Malley
79. Scott Pilgrim vs. the world - Bryan Lee O'Malley
80. Scott Pilgrim and the infinite sadness - Bryan Lee O'Malley
81. Scott Pilgrim gets it together - Bryan Lee O'Malley
82. Scott Pilgrim vs. the universe - Bryan Lee O'Malley
83. Scott Pilgrim's finest hour - Bryan Lee O'Malley
84. The girl with all the gifts - M. R. Carey
85. Seconds - Bryan Lee O'Malley
86. Manxmouse - Paul Gallico
87. The sleeper and the spindle - Neil Gaiman

November
88. The Spire - William Golding
89. I am Malala - Malala Yousafzai with Christine Lamb
90. The Interestings - Meg Wolitzer
91. The liar - Stephen Fry
92. The Wilde album - Merlin Holland
93. Saga volume 1 - Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
94. Prince Regent - John Burke

December
95. Scarlett Point - Chris Ewan
96. The Apologist - Jay Rayner
97. We should all be feminists - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
98. The man in the high castle - Philip K. Dick
99. The glittering pries - Frederic Raphael
100. The space 'in-between' the story: Enneagram: 9 interior landscapes - Elizabeth Devlin-Dugmore
101. The gentleman and the rogue - Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon
102. Think of England - K L Charles
103. Yes please - Amy Poehler
104. The Luminaries - Eleanor Catton
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italic = reread

January
1. Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince - J. K. Rowling
2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J. K. Rowling
3. Hope and Glory - Stuart Maconie
4. Angelmaker - Nick Harkaway
5. The Host - Stephenie Meyer
6. Piece of my Heart - Peter Robinson
7. Soul Lights - Fiona Angwin
8. Fluffy - Simone Lia

February
9. Society's Most Disreputable Gentleman - Julie Justiss
10. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austin
11. Safe House - Chris Ewan
12. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

March
13. The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera
14. Coraline - Neil Gaiman
15. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

April
16. The Gone-away World - Nick Harkaway
17. The Woman Who Died a Lot - Jasper Fforde
18. The Legend of Elizabeth Siddal - Jan Marsh
19. Transition - Iain Banks

May
20. The Pulse - Abigail Shaw
21. The Eagle of the Ninth - Rosemary Sutcliff
22. For Whom the Bells Tolls - Martin Bell
23. The Blind Giant: How to Survive the Digital Age - Nick Harkaway
24. Firefly: A Celebration - Joss Whedon et. al.
25. The Silver Branch - Rosemary Sutcliff
26. Cart and Cwidder - Diana Wynne Jones

June
27. Moranthology - Caitlin Moran
28. Telegraph Avenue - Michael Chabon
29. The Lantern Bearers - Rosemary Sutcliff
30. Stonemouth - Iain Banks
31. Overclocked - Cory Doctorow
32. The Ocean at the end of the Lane - Nail Gaiman
33. Drowned Ammet - Diana Wynne Jones

July
34. His Roommate's Pleasure - Lana McGregor
35. Consider Phlebas - Iain M. Banks
36. The Illustrated Man - Ray Bradbury
37. Reamde - Neil Stephenson
38. A Pocketful of String - A. E. Shaw
39. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
40. Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll
41. Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen
42. A Pocketful of String - A E Shaw
43. 40 - Canongate books
44. Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life - Bryan Lee O'Malley

August
45. Heidi - Johanna Spyri
46. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World - Bryan Lee O'Malley
47. Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness - Bryan Lee O'Malley
48. Scott Pilgrim Gets it Together - Bryan Lee O'Malley
49. Scott Pilgrim vs. the Universe - Bryan Lee O'Malley
50. Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour - Bryan Lee O'Malley
51. The Graveyeard Book - Neil Gaiman
52. The Merlin Conspiracy - Diana Wynne Jones
53. The Player of Games - Iain M Banks

September
54. Wonder Boys - Michael Chabon
55. Vintage Vampire Stories - ed. Robert Eighteen-Bisang
56. Oscar's Books - A Journey Around the Library of Oscar Wilde - Thomas Wright
57. Fortunately, the Milk - Neil Gaiman
58. He is the Fire - Ashley Chantler
59. Chocolate Unwrapped: Taste and Enjoy the World's Finest Chocolate - Sarah Jane Evans

October
60. Feersum Endjinn - Iain M Banks
61. Good Omens - Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
62. The Fracture of the Universal Boy - Michael Zulli
63. In Praise of Paving - Ashley Chantler
64. Pictures that Tick - Dave McKean
65. The Vagina: A Literary and Cultural History - Emma Rees
66. Coming Up For Air - George Orwell

November
67. The Shining Girls - Lauren Beukes
68. Dodger - Terry Pratchett
69. Lady Susan - Jane Austen

December
70. The Complete Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle
71. Emma - Jane Austen
72. The Odd Women - George Gissing
73. 1,227 facts to blow your socks off - John Lloyd, John Mitchinson & James Harkin
74. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase - Joan Aiken
75. The Horologican - Mark Forsyth
76. The Homeward Bounders - Diana Wynne Jones
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If I tell you my wish it won't come true, silly LJ.
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italic = reread

January
1. Gangsta Granny - David Walliams
2. The Two Gentlemen of Verona - William Shakespeare
3. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie
4. Something Rotten - Jasper Fforde
5. The Darwin Awards: countdown to extinction - Wendy Northcutt
6. The Taming of the Shrew - William Shakespeare
7. Oscar Wilde and the candelight murders - Gyles Brandreth
8. Charmed Life - Diana Wynne Jones
9. Shades of Grey - Jasper Fforde
10. Power of Three - Diana Wynne Jones
11. Henry IV part 1 - William Shakespeare
12. The Guardian review book of short stories - assorted

February
13. The Impossible Dead - Ian Rankin
14. Six fiary tales from the Brothers Grimm with illustrations by David Hockney - The Brothers Grim
15. Oscar Wilde and the ring of death - Gyles Brandreth
16. Oscar Wilde and the dead man's smile - Gyles Brandreth
17. First among sequels - Jasper Fforde
18. One of our Thursdays is missing - Jasper Fforde
19. Henry IV part 2 - William Shakespeare
20. Instructions - Neil Gaiman

March
21. The Magicans of Caprona - Diana Wynne Jones
22. The Grass is Singing - Doris Lessing
24. Witch Week - Diana Wynne Jones
25. Seeing Things - Oliver Postgate
26. Avebury - Evelyn Francis
27. Henry V - William Shakespeare
28. Zeitoun - Dave Eggers
29. Work Suspended and other stories - Evelyn Waugh
30. Titus Andronicus - William Shakespeare

April
31. The Book of the Gods - Chas Saunders and Peter J Allen
32. Maurice - E M Forster
33. Blood and Banquets - Bella Fromm
34. Richard III - William Shakespeare
35. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
36. Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
37. Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
38. The Comedy of Errors - William Shakespeare
39. Never Mind the Quantocks - Stuart Maconie
40. Home Fires - Gene Woolfe
41. Candy Pop: Candy and the Broken Biscuits - Lauren Laverne
42. Northern Sky - Mark Radcliffe
43. Love's Labour's Lost - William Shakespeare

May
44. The Marriage Plot - Jeffrey Eugenides
45. Earwig and the Witch - Diana Wynne Jones
46. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
47. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier - Alan Moore & Kevin O'Neill
48. When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit - Judith Kerr
49. Bombs on Aunt Dainty - Judith Kerr
50. Let's pretend this never happened - Jenny Lawson
51. A Midsummer Night's Dream - William Shakespeare
52. Money for life - Alvin Hall
53. Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare

June
54. Wonders of the Univers - Brian Cox and Andrew Cohen
55. King Richard II - William Shakespeare
56. The complete fairy tales - Brothers Grimm
57. The sacred art of stealing - Christopher Brookmyre
58. Ready player one - Ernest Cline

July
59. Reelin' in the years - Mark Radcliffe
60. Wookie the Chew: the house at Chew Corner - James Hance
61. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century: 2009 - Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill
62. The Crow Road - Iain Banks
63. Shakespeare's Poems - William Shakespeare
64. King John - William Shakespeare
65. Henry VIII - William Shakespeare and John Fletcher
66. The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare

August
67. Henry VI part 1 - William Shakespeare
68. Attack of the unsinkable rubber ducks - Christopher Brookmyre
69. Henry VI part 2 - William Shakespeare
70. Henry VI part 3 - William Shakespeare
71. 1Q84 - Haruki Murakami
72. Sonnets - William Shakespeare
73. More than a mistress - Mary Balogh
74. No man's mistress - Mary Balogh
75. The Merry Wives of Windsor - William Shakespeare
76. Country of the blind - Christopher Brookmyre
77. Stardust of yesterday - Lynn Kurland

September
78. For the win - Cory Doctorow
79. Unexpected magic - Diana Wynne Jones
80. Much ado about nothing - William Shakespeare
81. The war of the worlds - H G Wells
82. Julius Ceasar - William Shakespeare
84. The Playboy Prince - Nora Roberts
85. As you like it - William Shakespeare
86. The time of the ghost - Diana Wynne Jones
87. Hamlet - William Shakespeare
88. Slowness - Milan Kundera

October
89. Cordina's crown jewel - Nora Roberts
90. Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare
91. The Merlin Conspiracy - Diana Wynne Jones
92. Troilus and Cressida - William Shakespeare
93. A tail for all seasons: a collection of Manx stories - ed. Linda Mann
94. The homeward bounders - Diana Wynne Jones
95. Measure for measure - William Shakespeare
96. The angels of Mona Terrace - Steve Wood
97. Othello - William Shakespeare
98. In harm's way: Bosnia: A war reporter's story - Martin Bell
99. The Pinhoe Egg - Diana Wynne Jones
100. All's well that ends well - William Shakespeare
101. Flow my tears, the policeman said - Philip K Dick
102. Something wicked this way comes - Ray Bradbury
103. Timon of Athens - William Shakespeare
104. Hexwood - Diana Wynne Jones
105. The gifts of war - Margaret Drabble
106. King Lear - William Shakespeare
107. MacBeth - William Shakespeare

November
108. Antony and Cleopatra - William Shakespeare
109. Maybe this time - Jennifer Cruise
110. Moths - Rakie Keig
111. Pericles - William Shakespeare
112. Coriolanus - William Shakespeare
113. Of light and shadow - S. R. Westcott
114. Mixed magics - Diana Wynne Jones
115. The Winter's Tale - William Shakespeare
116. Alan Turing the enigma - Andrew Hodges
117. Cymbeline - William Shakespeare

December
118. Shades of grey - Jasper Fforde
119. Feminism: Issues & Arguments - Jennifer Mather Saul
120. Home Ground - Rakie Keig
121. The Tempest - William Shakespeare
122. Dreamers of a new day : Women who invented the twentieth century - Shelia Rowbotham
123. Buffy the vampire slayer: The long way home - Joss Whedon, Georges Jenty
124. Buffy the vampire slayer: No future for you - Brian K. Vaughan, Georges Jenty, Joss Whedon
125. Buffy the vampire slayer: Wolves at the gate - Drew Goddard, Georges Jeanty, Joss Whedon
126. Buffy the vampire slayer: Time of your life - Joss Whedon, Karl Moline, Jeoh Loeb
127. Buffy the vampire slayer: Predators and prey - Joss Whedon, Jane Espenson, Steven S. DeKnight, Drew Z. Greenberg, Jim Krueger, Doug Petrie, Georges Jenty
128. Buffy the vampire slayer: Retreat - Jane Espenson, Georges Jeanty, Joss Whedon
129. Buffy the vampire slayer: Twilight - Brad Meltzer, Georges Jeanty, Joss Whedon
130. Buffy the vampire slayer: Lasy gleaming - Joss Whedon, Georges Jenty, Scott Allie
131. Buffy the vampire slayer: Freefall - Joss Whedon, Andrew Chambliss, Georges Jeanty, Karl Moline
132. Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone - J. K.Rowling
133. Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets - J. K. Rowling
135. Lunatic Heroes - C. Anthony Martignetti
136. Buffy the vampire slayer - On your own - Andrew Chambliss, Scott Allie, Georges Jeanty, Cliff Richards, Joss Whedon
137. Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban - J. K. Rowling
138. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J. K. Rowling
139. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J. K. Rowling
140. The Selfish Giant - Oscar Wilde
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I'd like to finish reading 'Crime and Punishment'.

(Given how close the end of the year is, I want to set achievable accomplishments.)
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One for *you* to fill out in comments (even if you've done this before and you think I know this stuff!)


1. Name:
2. Birthday:
3. Where do you live:
4: What are you studying/What are you working as:
5. What makes you happy:
6. What are you listening to now/have listened to last:
7. What is particularly good/bad about my LJ:
8. An interesting fact about you:
9. Are you in love/have a crush at the moment:
10. Favorite place to be:
11. Favorite lyric:
12. Best time of the year:
13. Weirdest food you like:


RECOMMEND
1. A film:
2. A book:
3. A song:
4: A band:


PLUS
1. One thing you like about me:
2. Two things you like about yourself:
3. Put this in your lj so I can tell you what I think of you?

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italic = reread

January
1. The Border Trilogy - Cormac McCarthy
2. Tales of the City - Armistead Maupin
3. More Tales of the City - Armistead Maupin
4. Further Tales of the City - Armistead Maupin
5. Babycakes - Armistead Maupin
6. Significant Others - Armistead Maupin
7. Sure of You - Armistead Maupin

February
8. Michael Toliver Lives - Armistead Maupin
9. Memoirs of a Fruitcake - Chris Evans
10. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Twilight - Brad Meltzer, Georges Jeanty, Joss Whedon
11. A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
12. Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes
13. Pygmy - Chuck Palahniuk

March
14. Why does E=mc2? - Brian Cox & Jeff Forshaw
15. Crash - J. G. Ballard
16. Tales of the Greek Heroes - Roger Lancelyn Green
17. Rachel's Holiday - Marian Keyes
18. Watermellon - Marian Keyes

April
19. A Single Man - Christopher Isherwood
20. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
21. Enchanted Glass - Diana Wynne Jones
22. Lost at Sea - Bryan Lee O'Malley

May
23. Mr Norris changes trains - Christopher Isherwood
24. Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale - Joss Whedon, Zack Whedon, Chris Samnee
25. Submarine - Joe Dunthorne
26. Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
27. The Gormenghast Trilogy - Mervyn Peake
28. Drawing Blood - Poppy Z Brite

June
29. The Gone-Away World - Nick Harkaway
30. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J K Rowling
31. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J K Rowling
32. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J K Rowling
33. How to be a Woman - Caitlin Moran
34. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J K Rowling
35. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J K Rowling
36. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - J K Rowling

July
37. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J K Rowling
38. Unseen Academicals - Terry Pratchett
39. Blood Hunt - Ian Rankin
40. Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami
41. The lord of the flies - William Golding
42. Castle in the air - Diana Wynne Jones
43. Fray - Joss Whedon, Karl Moline, Andy Owens

August
44. The Big Four - Agatha Christie
45. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume One - Alan Moore, Kevin O'Neill, Ben Dimagmaliw, Bill Oakley
46. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume Two - Alan Moore, Kevin O'Neill
47. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Century: 1910 - Alan Moore, Kevin O'Neill
48. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Century: 1969 - Alan Moore, Kevin O'Neill
49. Down & Out in the Magic Kingdom - Cory Doctorow
50. Nerd do well - Simon Pegg
51. Mouse Guard Autumn 1152 - David Peterson
52. Mouse Guard Winter 1152 - David Peterson
53. Mouse Guard Legends of the Guard - David Peterson et. al.
54. Saga of the Swamp Thing: Book One - Alan Moore, Stephen Bissette, John Totleben
55. Saga of the Swamp Thing: Book Two - Alan Moore, Stephen Bissette, John Totleben
56. Saga of the Swamp Thing: Book Three - Alan Moore, Stephen Bissette, John Totleben

September
57. World War Z - Max Brooks
58. The Flower of Eternity - Margery Hilton
59. A big boy did it and ran away - Christopher Brookmyre
60. House of Many Ways - Diana Wynne Jones
61. Gregg Barratt's Woman - Lilian Peake
62. The Dark Warrior - Mary Wibberley

October
63. Mary Ann in Autumn - Armistead Maupin
64. The Dreaming Sex: Early Tales of Scientific Imagination by Women - Ed. Mike Ashley
65. Pandemonium - Christopher Brookmyre
66. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - John le Carre
67. Boiling a frog - Christopher Brookmyre
68. The Machine Stops - E M Forster
69. The Zombie Survival Guide - Max Brooks
70. One fine day in the middle of the night - Christopher Brookmyre
71. The elephant whisperer - Lawrence Anthony and Graham Spence

November
72. Be my enemy - Christopher Brookmyre
73. The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde
74. Moby Dick - Herman Melville
75. Eight Days of Luke - Diana Wynne Jones
76. American Gods - Neil Gaiman
77. Lost in a good book - Jasper Fforde
78. The Obelisk - E M Forster

December
79. A Tale of Time City - Diana Wynne Jones
80The Well of Lost Plots - Jasper Fforde
81. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
82. The Hell of it all - Charlie Brooker
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Attention whoring. Please note I am rubbish at taking compliments so probably won't reply 'cause I'm embarrassed.

In face I'll probably delete this in a while.

One little compliment can make you feel amazing.

So give me a compliment, anything in the entire world, even that my shoelaces are pretty. If you like, put this in your journal, too--and once you get some comments, put that entry in a memory or tag and when you are feeling down, just go to that entry and this will remind you that you are fabulous and loved.

Don't forget to post this in your own LJ so I can compliment you, too!
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Many, many thinks. I overempathise. At the moment, most especially, anything on The Midnight Organ Fight by Frightened Rabbit. Spine tingling stuff. Amazing lyrics coupled with gorgeous music. As I can't explain how good it is I'll leave it to the Frabbits:

My Backwards Walk:

I'm working on my backwards walk
walking with no shoes or socks
and the time rewinds to the end of may
i wish we'd never met then met today

i'm working on my faults and cracks
filling in the blanks and gaps
and when i write them out they don't make sense
i need you to pencil in the rest

i'm working on drawing a straight line
and i'll draw until i get one right
it's bold and dark girl, can't you see
i done drawn a line between you and me

i'm working on erasing you
just don't have the proper tools
i get hammered, forget that you exist
there's no way i'm forgetting this

i'm working hard on walking out
shoes keep sticking to the ground
my clothes won't let me close the door
these trousers seem to love your floor

i been working on my backwards walk
there's nowhere else for me to go
except back to you just one last time
say yes before i change my mind

say yes before i...
you're the shit and i'm knee-deep in it




(Ignore the annoying giggly girl at the start and let Scott rip your heart out.)
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Italic = reread

January
1. American Gods - Neil Gaiman
2. The Devious Book for Cats - Fluffy and Bonkers (with the assistance of Joe Garden, Janet Ginsburg, Chris Pauls, Anita Serwacki & Scott Sherman
3. The Lives of Christopher Chant - Diana Wynne Jones
4. Beggars Banquet - Ian Rankin
5. Dead Souls - Ian Rankin
6. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and other stories - Robert Louis Stevenson
7. It's not what you think - Chris Evans
8. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Predators and Prey - Whedon, Jeanty & Co

February
9. The Flood - Ian Rankin
10. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
11. Set in Darkness - Ian Rankin
12. Dead Simple - Peter James
13. Reluctant Heroes - Steve Westcott

March
14. The God Delusion - Ricarhd Dawkins
15. Watchman - Ian Rankin
16. The Falls - Ian Rankin

April
17. The Bonfire of the Vanities - Tom Wolfe
18. Crazy Hair - Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
19. Let the right one in - John Ajvide Lindqvist
20. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
21. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Retreat - Espenson, Whedon, Jeanty
22. You shall know our velocity - Dave Eggers

May
23. A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
24. A Cool Head - Ian Rankin
25. The Neon Rain - James Lee Burke
26. The Complete Short Stories: Volume 1 - J G Ballard
27. Screen Burn - Charlie Brooker
28. Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life: Volume 1 - Bryan Lee O'Malley

June
29. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
30. Eric - Shaun Tan
31. Junk - Melvin Burgess
32. Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters - Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters
33. The Chemistry of Death - Simon Beckett
34. Mortlock - Jon Mayhew
35. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World - Bryan Lee O'Malley
36. Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness - Bryan Lee O'Malley
37. Scott Pilgrim Gets it Together - Bryan Lee O'Malley

July
38. Looking Good Dead - Peter James
39. Scott Pilgrim vs. The Universe - Bryan Lee O'Malley
40. Aftermath - Peter Robinson
41. Blueberry Girl - Neil Gaiman
42. Good Omens - Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
43. Roseanna - Maj Sjowall & Per Wahloo
44. Her Fearful Symmetry - Audrey Niffenegger
45. Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour - Bryan Lee O'Malley
46. I think the nurses are stealing my clothes...The Very Best of Linda Smith - Compiled and Edited by Warren Lakin and Ian Parsons
47. Strange Affair - Peter Robinson

August
48. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
49. Resurrection Men - Ian Rankin
50. A Question of Blood - Ian Rankin

September
51. Fleshmarket Close - Ian Rankin
52. Howl's Moving Castle - Diana Wynne Jones
53. Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life: Volume 1 - Bryan Lee O'Malley
54. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World - Bryan Lee O'Malley
55. Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness - Bryan Lee O'Malley
56. Scott Pilgrim Gets it Together - Bryan Lee O'Malley
57. Scott Pilgrim vs. The Universe - Bryan Lee O'Malley
58. Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour - Bryan Lee O'Malley
59. The Barrytown Trilogy - Roddy Doyle

October
60. Charmed Life - Diana Wynne Jones
61. American Gods - Neil Gaiman
62. Transition - Iain Banks

November and December
63. Northern Lights - Philip Pullman
64. The Subtle Knife - Philip Pullman
65. The Amber Spyglass - Philip Pullman
66. The Valley of the Eagles - Eleanor Farnes
67. Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
68. Invisible - Paul Auster
69. Stories - Ed. Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio

2009

Jan. 3rd, 2010 11:22 am
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200 )
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I will get up-to-date with my photos this week, really.

But anyway, you know that you're on the same level as your friend when you complain about the illustrations in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and they know what's wrong with them without you having to say.

8th October

Oct. 8th, 2009 09:55 pm
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Day Two hundred and eighty one

7th October

Oct. 7th, 2009 09:44 pm
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Day Two hundred and eighty

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here is the audio of the awesome Neil Gaiman and Ian Rankin evert that [livejournal.com profile] swiv, [livejournal.com profile] kraken_wakes and I went to this summer.

6th October

Oct. 6th, 2009 10:04 pm
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Day Two hundred and seventy nine

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Frightened Rabbit.

And, of course, we all know how far I'll travel for music :)
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Day Two hundred and seventy eight

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