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End-Of-Year-Count 2015: Books

Posted in Books by Russ L on 31 December, 2015

I would hope that “just because I read it doesn’t mean I necessarily agree with it” (Scruton, bless ‘im) disclaimers would be taken as a given, but you never know.

“Reclaiming The F Word – The New Feminist Movement” by Catherine Redfern & Kristin Aune (started in 2014)
“Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy (started in 2014)
“Baba Yaga Laid An Egg” by Dubravka Ugrešić
“United States Of Banana” by Giannina Braschi
“Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
“I Am A Poetato” by John Hegley
“A Wooly Yarn – The Autobiography” by Derek The Weathersheep
“A Clash Of Kings” by George R. R. Martin
“The Wisdom Of Insecurity – A Message For An Age Of Anxiety” by Alan W. Watts
“A Civil War Without Guns – 20 Years On – The Lessons Of The 1984-85 Miners’ Strike” by Ken Smith
“The Goddess Chronicle” by Natsuo Kirino
“Foucault’s Pendulum” by Umberto Eco
“One Hundred And Forty Characters In Search Of An Argument” by Andrew Rilstone
“Of The City Of The Saved…” by Philip Purser-Hallard
“The Enigma Of Capital And The Crises Of Capitalism” by David Harvey
“A Storm Of Swords: Steel And Snow” by George R. R. Martin
“A Storm Of Swords: Blood And Gold” by George R. R. Martin
“Binu And The Great Wall Of China” by Su Tong
“Warlords Of Utopia” by Lance Parkin
“The Grandmothers” by Doris Lessing
“A Feast For Crows” by George R. R. Martin
“Martha’s Story” by Tony Barnsley
“Black Country Dialect” by Brendan Hawthorne
“Into The Blue” by Peter Bourne
“A Dance With Dragons: Dreams And Dust” by George R. R. Martin
“A Dance With Dragons: After The Feast” by George R. R. Martin
“The Hurricane Party” by Klas Östergren
“The Death Of The English Pub” by Christopher Hutt
“Matter” by Iain M. Banks
“Look To Windward” by Iain M. Banks (re-read)
“The Impact Of Science On Society” by Bertrand Russell
“Nanny Ogg’s Cookbook” by Terry Pratchett, Stephen Briggs & Tina Hannan
“101 Things Birmingham Gave the World” by Craig Hamilton, Jon Bounds, Jon Hickman et al
“I Could Pee On This – And Other Poems By Cats” by Francesco Marciuliano
“How To Speak Money” by John Lanchester
“Surface Detail” by Iain M. Banks
“The Hydrogen Sonata” by Iain M. Banks
“Turned On – A Biography of Henry Rollins” by James Parker (re-read, although I was halfway through before I remembered that I’d read it before)
“The Famine Plot – England’s Role In Ireland’s Greatest Tragedy” by Tim Pat Coogan
“Fear Of Music – Why People Get Rothko But Don’t Get Stockhausen” by David Stubbs
“The Other Country” by Carol Ann Duffy
“Mean Time” by Carol Ann Duffy
“Music As Alchemy” by Tom Service
“The World’s Wife” by Carol Ann Duffy (re-read)
“Feminine Gospels” by Carol Ann Duffy
“Divided Kingdom” by Rupert Thomson
“Rapture” by Carol Ann Duffy (re-read)
“The Little Book Of The Black Country” by Michael Pearson
“Black Country Blues” by Ian Henery and Billy Spakemon
“A Political Philosophy – Arguments For Conservatism” by Roger Scruton
“Why Not Socialism?” by G. A. Cohen
“The Country Girls” by Edna O’Brien
“If I Fits, I Sits” ed. By Holly Harley

I’m currently amidst Roberto Bolaño’s “2666” and Hilary Mantel’s “The Assassination Of Margaret Thatcher”.

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