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This is a rough list of the books I have read, more for my own reference than anything else.


Wishful Drinking - Carrie Fisher
Fun Home - Alison Bechdel
The Perfect Weapon - Delilah S Dawson
Phasma - Delilah S Dawson
Cheer up Love Adventures in Depression with the Crab of Hate - Susan Calman
I Feel Bad About My Neck - Nora Ephron
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeline D'Engle
Champion - Sarah Millican
The People in the Trees - Hanya Yanagihara
Herland - Charlotte Perkins Gilman
a closed and common orbit - Becky Chambers
the long way to a small angry planet - Becky Chambers
The Lessons - Naomi Alderman
The Dark is Rising - Susan Cooper


The Master (Gamehouse 3) - Claire North
The Thief (Gamehouse 2) - Claire North
The Serpent (Gamehouse 1) - Claire North
Bonkers - Jennifer Saunders
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August - Claire North
Breaking Light - Heather Hansen
The Island of Doctor Moreau - HG Wells
Poison City: Delphic Division - Paul Crilley
Racing Through the Dark - David Millar
The Book of Phoenix - Nnedi Okorafor
We are all completely beside ourselves - Joy Karen Fowler
The Machine Stops - EM Forster
Burial Rights - Hannah Kent
The Gunslinger - Stephen King
The Psychopath Test - Jon Ronson
Nod - Adrian Barnes
The Roanoke Girls - Amy Engel
The Power - Naomi Alderman
Ink - Alice Broadway
Mortal Engines - Philip Reeve
The Bad Doctor - Ian Williams
The Trees - Ali Shaw
Nomad - Alan Partridge
The Vegetarian - Han Kang
Seveneves (part 2) - Neal Stevenson


A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness
Black Swan Green - David Mitchell
Seveneves (part 1) - Neal Stevenson
Monsters of Men - Patrick Ness
The Ask and the Answer - Patrick Ness
The Knife of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness
A Place Called Winter - Patrick Gale
The Long Mars - Terry Pratchet and Stephen Baxter
More Than This - Patrick Ness
The Martian - Andy Weir
Strangers - Taichi Yamada
The Buried Giant - Kazuo Ishiguro
Moby Dick - Herman Melville
The Heart Goes Last - Margaret Attwood
Stranger on a Train - Patricia Highsmith
How the Marquis Got His Coat Back - Neil Gaiman
Slade House - David Mitchell

Interworld - Neil Gaiman & Michael Reeves
The Ancient - Muriel Gray
The Humans - Matt Haig
The Last Girlfriend on Earth - Simon Rich
Dracula - Bram Stoker
The Bone Clocks - David Mitchell
All Quiet on the Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque
An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth - Chris Hadfield
Look who's back - Timur Vermes
The Long War - Terry Pratchet and Stephen Baxter

2014 - I've been really bad at updating this so this is a very rough list in no particular order.

Farenheit 451
Z for Zacchariah
Elephant - Raymond Carver
The Circle - Dave Eggers
Contract with God Triology - Will Eisner
Habibi - Craig Barker
The Long Earth - Terry Pratchet and Stephen Baxter
The Boy with the Top Knot

June 2013

The Flame Alphabet - Ben Marcus
Pyongyang - Guy Delise
Teeny Tinysaurus - Gary Northfield

March 2013

Notes from a young country doctor - Bulgarkov

January 2013

The Fear - Charlie Higson

November 2012

Never let me go - Kazuo Ishiguro

October 2012

The Hunger Games

January - September 2012
Game of Thrones - ALL OF IT

Between the Assassinations by Aravind Adiga

November 2011
When God was a Rabbit
The White Tiger
Rough Guide to The Philippines

October 2011
Hurricane Gold - Charlie Higson
The Enemy - Charlie Higson
The Dead - Charlie Higson
Jamrach's Menagerie
Nation by Terry Pratchett
American Gods
Anansi Boys
A Town like Alice Neville Chute


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