Updated on: 11 June 2011.
The OCD reading list...
Jeeves in the Offing
Ah. Jeeves. Sublime.
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
How lust for profit drives international intervention. And not in a good way.
Stasiland: Stories from behind the Berlin wall
What was it like for the everyday folk of the DDR? Well, some of it was like the stories recounted here. But the book leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Anna, unlike me, seems not to like Germany. She has also got completely the wrong end of the stick about the armbands worn by blind and deaf people (yellow with three black spots) which are there to advise people, not as a badge of their disability as she claims. And ther's too much about her smoking and drinking too much. But the stories - oh my. They made the hair on the back of my neck stand up and that is why it's worth reading.
The Talisman Ring
Alongside Venitia and An Infamous Army, this book is the one that fans of Georgette Heyer are likely to recommend to anyone wanting to read one of hers and not sure where to try.
Critical Mass: How One Thing Leads to Another
What do you get if you cross statistical physics with social sciences? Yes. This. Brilliant.
The Secret Speech
Tom Rob Smith
A totally brilliant follow-up to Child 44.
DEATH. My favouritte. But a bit strange, this one.
A re-read about an ex-policeman (from the Sureté) who is now an inspector with a restaurant guide. Featuring is faithful and trusty sidekick Pommes Frites. A retired-police bloodhound.
Yaayy, DEATH is in this one. But not my favourite one with Death in it.
Murder. Thriller. We'll see... no, I abandoned it due to rubbishness.
Let's Parler Franglais!
A language course - with a difference!
The rationale for the trip was to discover whether it is possible to travel across the USA without ever patronising any corporate or chain-style businesses : i.e. The Man. Thus Dave ate, slept and filled his car in restaurants, hotels and petrol stations which were all independently owned.
Men at Arms
And on to the next in the Discworld series - the Night Watch gets some new members...
Critical Mass (how one thing leads to another)
An attempt to show how we can apply the laws of physics to social science.
The 13th Hour
It's a thriller which involves time-travel and it's told in reverse. And it's rubbish. I will say no more.
Wallanders Erster Fall
After writing 5 or so Wallander novels, Mankell went back and wrote 5 short stories about how Wallender became a detective.
The Magician's Nephew
6th in the Narnia series. Not my favourite.
Dragon in the Harbour
The last in the series (of 4) about a friendly Cornish dragon. Yes, children's books.
Breakfast at Tiffanys
I've read it before and not had any particular opinion on it. I'm trying to be a bit more critical this time. Oh dear. Awful pap.
The Double Comfort Safari Club
Alexander McCall Smith
The 10th or 11th in the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. Most excellent.
British History for Dummies
This book is a riotous, irreverent account of the people and events that have shaped Britain.
Lords and Ladies
This particularly excellent example of Pratchett's Discworld tales tackles the subject of elves. These elves present the image of being cute only to deceive humans. In fact, they are about as agreeable as Hitler's SS. So when a bunch of them decides to crash an entire human kingdom and all its activities, problems arise.
The Faber Book of Greek Legends
Ed. Kathleen Lines
A collection of Greek myths and legends, written for children. Now I've finished the Percy Jackson series I thought I'd better read some "source material".
The Tales of Beadle the Bard
Just a few "folk" tales the muggles didn't know about previously...
We Didn't Mean to go to Sea
This time the Swallows are on holiday in Norfolk. But they end up sailing accross the North Sea to Holland. Totally spiffing!
We Need to Talk About Kelvin
Still on my Physics kick. and I loved the nod to the other book in this title so I couldn't resist. From the back of the book: Acclaimed popular science writer marcus Chown shows how our everyday world reveals profound truths about the ultimate nature of reality.
The Horse and His boy
And the next Narnia book. Number 5 in publication order.
Endurance - Shakleton's Incredible Voyage
"This fabulous account of Sir Ernest Shackleton's epic adventure re-creates one of the most astonishing feats of exploration and human courage ever recorded."
Oh my. It is almost unbelievable what they attempted to do, let alone the fact that every one of them survived.
Max und Moritz
One of my books of Classic German Literature that I got for Christmas. It's a series of short poems about the very naughty Max & Moritz who came to a very sticky and final end.
Powder and Patch
Rather alliteratively (and unsurprisingly given that it is what the author is famous for) it's a Regency Romance. Yayyy.
God is not Great
As an atheist I'm interested to see what other atheists have to say about the whole God and Religion theme. I'm reluctant to read Richard Dawkins at the moment because I find his brand of atheism a tad on the firebrand side - a bit, if I may say it 'evangelical'. I bought this with the Amazon gift certificate my workmates gave me.
Percy Jackson: The Last Olympian
The fifth and final installment of the Percy Jackson series where Percy and his friends prepare to do battle with the Titans and the Lord of Time.
What happens to someone's life when their father dies and only then do they find out that he was the god of mischief?
Lady of Quality
A Regency romance. What's not to like? It was almost unputdownable - only 'almost' because I resisted the temptation to read instead of going to work. It was a close run thing though and now I've ordered my next Georgette Heyer book. Regency Romances are my 'dirty little secret'.
This time it's about a brother trying to rescue his younger brother from inside the looking glass.
Slowly working my way though his output in publication order. I'm nostalgic about my copy of the book as I bought it on a second hand stall in London. This could end up as one of my very favourites of the Discworld novels.
I like the way Bryson writes his travel books, and I've heard he's a whizz with the English language so I thought I'd give it a go. This one is 20 years old and it does show. I don't agree with everything he said but it was a really interesting read. I'd like to see him update it now that Germany is reunited and the Internet has made world wide (web) travellers of us all.
You can live your whole life not realising that what you're looking for is right in front of you.
And the next in the Discworld series
Travels With My Donkey
Another travel book - this time him, a donkey and the Way of Saint James (Jakobsweg, as I know it) to Santiago de Compostela. Great stuff. And having read that there are people who tackle this walk over a period of years, which is the only way I'm ever getting enough time to do it - I need to get my walking boots on and get practicing.
Next of the Swallows & Amazons, and my favourite of the series.
This was my emergency book in the car for ages, and I've been halfway through it for a couple of years because I've been pretty good about always having a book in my handbag. So I've decided it's time to finish it. I picked it up in the middle of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Pretty bloodthirsty, but good stories. And great for a bedtime book because you can read one little chunk, or a lot.
Der Dativ ist dem Genitiv Sein Tod
Yes. It's a book about German grammar. It's fun. It's also currently lost which is why it's been on this page for about 3 years...