Wednesday, 8 July 2009

books books books

Ah, time for another quarterly review in my year-long book diary. I haven't read as many books in this period, not sure why. Anyway here is my list of books, picking up where the last list left off ~

1. Rendezvous with Rama Arthur C. Clarke
2. Vile Bodies Evelyn Waugh
3. Fiery Cross (gave up half way through) Diana Gabaldon
4. Under Enemy Colours (surprisingly good, hope the sequel is out soon) Sean Thomas Russell
5. Drums of Autumn Diana Gabaldon
6. Voyager Diana Gabaldon
7. Dragonfly in Amber Diana Gabaldon
8. Mr Midshipman Fury G. S. Beard
9. Wish Me Luck Margaret Dickinson
10. A Town Like Alice (stayed up till 5am reading this) Nevil Shute
11. A Promise to
Keep Lilian Harry

And the books I want to read next ~

Scoop Evelyn Waugh
Lieutenant Fury G. S. Beard
Sharpe’s Eagle Bernard Cornwell
Submariner Alexander Fullerton
Butterfield 8 John O'Hara
The Light Years Elizabeth Howard
Star of the Sea Joseph O'Connor
Kydd Julian Stockwin
Put Out More Flags Evelyn Waugh
Decline and Fall Evelyn Waugh
The Mammoth Book of Men O War various
Bright Young People D. J. Taylor
The Hidden Dance Susan Wooldridge
The Great Lover Jill Dawson
Beyond the Blue Event Horizon and sequels Frederik Pohl
Sylvia’s Lovers Elizabeth Gaskell
Everard Mariner of England v1 Alexander Fullerton
green indicates books I might buy as a treat on payday

But, this isn't all, oh no, this is barely the beginning. I've decided I want to read every book on the SF Masterworks list. Yes, all 73 books. And, all the books on the Fantasy Masterworks list. That would be 50. This is inspired by my latest read, the brilliant Rendezvous with Rama, and time spent working in my favourite section within my department at work. No clues, its the SciFi and Fantasy section. (History is unfortunately on a different floor, as is creative textiles) So, that's at least 140 books, but, I have not set myself a deadline, which I think is a good idea.

So some basic statistical analysis. Well I seem to favour three broad genres:

1. Age of Sail/Royal Navy/Ships fiction and non-fiction
2. 1920s-1940s set fiction and non-fiction
3. SciFi/Fantasy fiction

I've read 33 books in the past 6 months, averaging 5.5 a month, or 1.2 a week. But I've read only 18 authors.


mooncalf said...

my goodness - I've never read a single book on either list. Not one.

keri said...

Me either, but I loved reading your list! Gives me something new to read, thanks!