Book list

* This page was created on 18 September 2011, with the corresponding post ‘A new page for a book list‘ *

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2016

DATE
TITLE AUTHOR
29 Aug Murder On The Orient Express Agatha Christie
20 Aug Endless Night Agatha Christie
05 Aug The Mirror Crack’d From Side To Side Agatha Christie
15 Jul At Bertram’s Hotel Agatha Christie
28 Jun Murder on Sisters’ Row Victoria Thompson
10 Jun Rococo Adriana Trigiani
01 Jun Hell Yasutaka Tsutsui
12 Jan Just Kids Patti Smith

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2015

DATE
TITLE AUTHOR
29 Apr The Consul’s File Paul Theroux
25 Apr How to Barter for Paradise: My Journey through 14 Countries, Trading Up from an Apple to a House in Hawaii Michael Wigge
15 Apr Adventures of 2 Girls Ning Cai & Pamela Ho
06 Apr Macbeth William Shakespeare
29 Mar The Kindness Diaries: One Man’s Quest to Ignite Goodwill and Transform Lives Around the World Leon Logothetis
24 Mar The Dark Tourist: Sightseeing in the world’s most unlikely holiday destinations Dom Joly
20 Mar Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia Elizabeth Gilbert
05 Mar Vroom by the Sea: The Sunny Parts of Italy on a Bright Orange Vespa Peter Moore
22 Feb The Prophet Khalil Gibran
15 Feb Un Amico Italiano: Eat, Pray, Love, in Rome Luca Spaghetti. Translation by Antony Shugaar
12 Feb Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Laura Hillenbrand
06 Feb Home Toni Morrison
02 Feb The Spinning Heart Donal Ryan
29 Jan The Hundred-Foot Journey Richard C. Morais
22 Jan The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
09 Jan Twelve Years A Slave Solomon Northup

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2014

DATE
TITLE AUTHOR
 22 Dec Dream Psychology Sigmund Freud
17 Jun Eden in the East: The drowned continent of Southeast Asia Stephen Oppenheimer
20 Feb Labyrinth Kate Mosse
31 Jan The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest Stieg Larsson
10 Jan The Girl Who Played With Fire Stieg Larsson

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2013

DATE
TITLE AUTHOR
27 Dec Small Holdings Nicola Barker
12 Dec The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Stieg Larsson
07 Oct House Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker
18 Sep Misterioso Arne Dahl
17 Jun The Bull from the Sea Mary Renault
25 Apr How Not to Write a Novel Sandra Newman and Howard Mittelmark
05 Mar Mikhail Ramlee Awang Murshid
19 Feb The Inhuman Condition Clive Barker

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2012

Entry: Sunday, 06 Jan 2013:

And the grand total of novels I read in 2012….is!… *drumroll*…. 4! Yay!!

That’s double than what I read in the whole of 2011. Hmm, impressive. And my sharp mathematical skills calculate faster than the speed of light, that four books means I read an entire novel every 3 months. Fascinating, but how on earth shall I top that?

I think I’ll go for another double, to eight for 2013.

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Finished:

I learned how to construct tables in wordpress like the ones below, only on the day I created this page, Sunday 18 September 2011. Thanks to a tutorial of a generous blogger called timethief.

DATE TITLE AUTHOR
10 Oct 2011 BETTER ANGEL Richard Meeker
28 Oct 2011 SENSE AND SENSIBILITY Jane Austen
19 Feb 2012 THE TRUTH ABOUT YOU Melissa Hill
20 Feb 2012 A VALLEY IN ITALY Lisa St Aubin de Teran
22 Feb 2012 WHITE FANG Jack London
11 Aug 2012 HARMATTAN Gaye Shortland

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– Books read prior to the day this page was created.

  • Titles in boxes: I still have a copy of these books… somewhere.
  • Titles outside boxes are books I only remember I have read.
  • Titles in blue: are the ones I enjoyed.
  • In purple: are books I love deeply. Close to my heart.
  • And in pink: are the ones I don’t like.
  • As for the others, I don’t remember whether I liked them or not.
 A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED  Agatha Christie
 CARDS ON THE TABLE  Agatha Christie
 CAT AMONG THE PIGEONS  Agatha Christie
 CROOKED HOUSE  Agatha Christie
 MURDER IS EASY  Agatha Christie
 PARKER PYNE INVESTIGATES  Agatha Christie
 POSTERN OF FATE  Agatha Christie
 THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT STYLES  Agatha Christie
 THE SECRET ADVERSARY
 Agatha Christie

 INTERESTING MONSTERS  Aldo Alvarez

– a collection of short stories; includes gay characters.

 THE TESSERACT  Alex Garland

– fast paced action based in the Philippines. Manila, I think.

 CORRIDOR  Alfian Sa’at

Alfian Sa’at: is a Singaporean writer

 DUBIN’S LIVES  Bernard Malamud

 THE ITALIAN SECRETARY  Caleb Carr

– a ‘further adventure’ of Sherlock Holmes. Enjoyable read.

 CAUGHT STEALING  Charlie Huston
 SIX BAD THINGS  Charlie Huston

– both were free e-books I read on my iPhone via the Stanza app. Tough guy adventure featuring the same protagonist. Pretty cool.

 MY CHOCOLATE REDEEMER  Christopher Hope

– Sweet and whimsical. Usually I like worlds like that, and I wanted to like this, but it was quite boring. It was a struggle to finish it.

 FASCIST ROCK  Claire Tham

 EVERVILLE  Clive Barker

– I’ve read this epic horror fantasy novel a few times. It’s breathtakingly wonderful every single time.

 A ROOM WITH A VIEW  E. M. Forster

 ETHAN FROME  Edith Wharton
 MADAME DE TREYMES  Edith Wharton
 SANCTUARY  Edith Wharton
 SUMMER  Edith Wharton
 THE AGE OF INNOCENCE  Edith Wharton
 THE CUSTOM OF THE COUNTRY  Edith Wharton
 THE HOUSE OF MIRTH  Edith Wharton
 TWILIGHT SLEEP  Edith Wharton

– all eight of these Edith Wharton novels were free e-books I read on my iPhone via the Stanza app. That is truly amazing. Free books. Beautiful classics especially. In my phone. Free!

 GATES OF EDEN  Ethan Coen

 THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON  F. Scott Fitzgerald

– I read this after watching the movie. Another free e-book I read on my iPhone via the Stanza app.

 PRIVATES  Gene Horowitz

– A sweet, moving gay novel. A guy recalling his younger years when he was serving in the army.

 ANIMAL FARM  George Orwell

 STRANGER THAN LOVE  Graeme Woolaston

– I remember this is a gay novel, but nothing else.

 A FINE FAMILY  Gurcharan Das

 GABRIEL’S GIFT  Hanif Kureishi

 MARCOVALDO  Italo Calvino
 THE PATH TO THE SPIDERS’ NESTS  Italo Calvino
 TIME AND THE HUNTER  Italo Calvino

 HOLIDAY IN DEATH  J.D.Robb

 LORD OF THE RINGS, PART 1: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING  J.R.R.Tolkien
 LORD OF THE RINGS, PART 2: THE TWO TOWERS  J.R.R.Tolkien
 LORD OF THE RINGS, PART 3: THE RETURN OF THE KING  J.R.R.Tolkien

 ODDFELLOWS  Jack Dickson

– Gay novel.

 GOING TO MEET THE MAN  James Baldwin

– a collection of beautiful short stories.

– added 18 Sep 2011: GIOVANNI’S ROOM / James Baldwin

– added 18 Sep 2011: ANOTHER COUNTRY / James Baldwin

– added 18 Sep 2011: JUST ABOVE MY HEAD / James Baldwin

 EUSTACE CHISHOLM AND THE WORKS  James Purdy
 NARROW ROOMS  James Purdy

– both books were gifts from an editor at GMP (Gay Men’s Press).

 THE JANISSARY TREE  Jason Goodwin

– A gloriously entertaining whodunit. Not only that, but it’s set in Istanbul in the 1830s during the declining years of the Ottoman Empire. The sleuth summoned to investigate is Yashim Togalu, a eunuch.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE  Jane Austen

– Another free e-book I read on my iPhone via the Stanza app.

 THE COMING OUT PARTY  John Caffey

– This was given to me by a good friend Bob, who has sadly passed away.

– A memorable and very funny gay novel about a bored middle aged gay guy, and his personal pet project of turning an ugly fat youth into a sought-after Adonis.

 WARRIORS AND OUTLAWS  John R. Gordon

– An exciting fast-paced action story, but also sensitive and thought-provoking, set in London with black gay characters.

THE SEXUAL OUTLAW  John Rechy

– A non-fiction gay book, very steamy with very graphic sexual accounts. But it’s not just eroticism; this is an intelligent and mature documentary, a “passionate outcry against the oppression of homosexuals“.

 OF MICE AND MEN  John Steinbeck

– I got this after watching the movie.

 DAMAGE  Josephine Hart

– I have never watched the movie till now. The book was devastatingly beautiful.

 CODY  Keith Hale

– a gift from the same editor at GMP.

 THE ROAD TO CHANDIBOLE  Marie Gerrina Louis

 THE CHARIOTEER  Mary Renault
 THE MASK OF APOLLO  Mary Renault

 OUTCASTE  Matampu Kunjukuttan

 THE ENGLISH PATIENT  Michael Ondaatje

– I read this after watching the film.

 DINNER FOR TWO  Mike Gayle

 THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING  Milan Kundera

 A WOMAN OF CAIRO  Noel Barber
 THE OTHER SIDE OF PARADISE  Noel Barber

 EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE  Paul Gervais

– A gay novel. Sensitive and moving and heartbreaking, yet also funny sometimes. I don’t remember where and how I found this, but I will never forget the book itself.

 THE VALKYRIES  Paulo Coelho

– Painfully boring. A massive disappointment after all the hype I’ve read about him. Perhaps I shouldn’t have started with this. Should have dived into The Alchemist, his huge bestseller. It’s just that I came across this at a second-hand bookstore for a few dollars. A Coelho; of course I picked it up.

 THE HAKAWATI  Rabih Alameddine

– A giant masterpiece of a book, incredibly rich and layered, ultimately about a Lebanese guy and his love for his fascinating family. The style and the plot of the book left me breathless and anxious after it sucked me right in into its labyrinth of fairy tales and legends, woven into the main storyline set in modern-day Beirut.

– Usually I prefer to buy second hand books, but I bought this brand-new when I saw it at a Kinokuniya while in Bangkok. So happy I did.

 GOOD MORNING, MIDNIGHT  Reginald Hill

 ROAD RAGE  Ruth Rendell

– A gift from Tony.

 THE UNRAVELLING  S.P. Samuel

– A wonderful book from a local writer.

 THE MOOR’S LAST SIGH  Salman Rushdie

 THE LINGUIST  Sebastian Beaumont

 MUSIC UPSTAIRS  Shena Mackay
 THE ORCHARD ON FIRE  Shena Mackay

– added 19 Sept 2011: THE OTHER SIDE OF MIDNIGHT / Sidney Sheldon

– added 19 Sept 2011: A STRANGER IN THE MIRROR / Sidney Sheldon

– added 19 Sept 2011: MASTER OF THE GAME / Sidney Sheldon

– added 19 Sept 2011: IF TOMORROW COMES / Sidney Sheldon

– added 19 Sept 2011: THE SANDS OF TIME / Sidney Sheldon

 DIAL M FOR MERDE  Stephen Clarke

 IT  Stephen King

– added 18 Sep 2011: – CHRISTINE / Stephen King / a horror about a haunted car

– added 18 Sep 2011: – CUJO / Stephen King / a horror about a rabid dog

 JACOB’S ROOM  Virginia Woolf

 MY EDUCATION  William S. Burroughs
 QUEER  William S. Burroughs
THE PLACE OF DEAD ROADS William S. Burroughs

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4 thoughts on “Book list

  1. You have read so many awesome books! The year doesn’t matter. Agatha and Edith are dear old friends of mine, i.e., I read them a long time ago and I am old….ish! :)

    • Thanks, Cindy! Yes those are two amazing writers you mentioned. I’ve loved Agatha for a long time too, whereas Edith was quite recent, but I quickly read some of her stuff. She’s really something, her writing is gripping and we just fall for her characters.

  2. I love this! You’ve read many good books. I read “Giovanni’s Room” and “Ethan Frome” too! lovely books! James Baldwin is one of my Favorite!

    Have you read “Just Kids” by Patti Smith? It’s about the legendary Punk Rocker Patti Smith’s friendship with her gay buddy Robert Mapplethorpe in New York City in the 1960s-1980s. Absolutely stunning – the book that defines my life. I wrote about it here: https://thangtranjuly20.wordpress.com/2015/08/28/review-just-kids_by-patti-smith-memoir-arts-friendship-new-york/

    • Thank you for the lovely compliment! I really love those two books ‘Giovanni’s Room’ and ‘Ethan Frome’, and James Baldwin is one of my favourites too.

      I have not read ‘Just Kids’ by Patti Smith, although it sounds very familiar. I think I have heard/read about how good it is. I would love to read it now. Thanks for the link to your review, which I’ve just read and now I definitely want to pick up ‘Just Kids’ soon! Cheers.

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