Reading Lists

This blog started as a way to record the books we read.  Here you'll find a list of the books we've read - and a few other random book lists put together by ourselves or someone else.....

Reading Lists
Please be aware that these lists are only as current as the date they were originally posted. Also, most of these books are fiction. It's a mix of titles covering a variety of age groups.

1. Animal Stories - books read by Little M (when she was 12 or younger)
2. Orphans - books read by Little M (when she was 12 or younger)
3. For 11 - 14 yeard olds - recommended by author Savita Kalhan
4. For 11 - 14 year olds - recommended by author Bryony Pearce
5. For 11 - 14 year olds - recommended by author Miriam Halahmy
6. We Sat Down's Top 20 Books (Feb - Sept 2012)
7. CILIP Carnegie 2013 Longlist
8. CILIP Carnegie 2013 - our personal shortlist & longlist coverage
9. CILIP Carnegie 2013 shortlist
10. World War I & World War II - recommended by Alex Baugh (The Children's War)
11. War & Conflicts
12. Our Classics Club 50 Books
13. Branford Boase 2013 Longlist
14. Little M's Reading List 2012
15. CILIP Carnegie 2014 - nominations list
16. Books read in 2013
17. Branford Boase Award 2014 long list
18. Books read in 2014

Books Read in 2017 - M
1. A Spool of Blue Thread - Anne Tyler

Oh look! Late 2016 and things started looking up.

Books Read in 2016 - M
1. The Bone Clocks - David Mitchell
2. The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins
3. Bird by Bird - Anne Lamott
4. On Writing - Stephen King
5. One - Sarah Crossan
6. Sweet Pizza - GR Gemin
7. Sophie Someone - Hayley Long
8. Paper Butterflies - Lisa Heathfield
9. the stars at oktober bend - Glenda Millard
10. More of Me - Kathryn Evans
11. London Belongs To Us - Sara Manning
12. The Many Worlds of Albie Bright
13. Highly Illogical Behaviour - John Corey Whaley
14. The Wolves of Currumpaw - William Grill
15. The Twelve Days of Christmas - William Morris and Liz Catchpole
16. Goodbye Stranger - Rebecca Stead (re-read)
17. Alpha - Bessora and Barroux
18. Beautiful Broken Things - Sara Barnard
19. The Bone Sparrow- Zana Fraillon
20. The Smell of Other People's Houses - Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
21. Dreaming the Bear - Mimi Thebo
22. A Boy Called Christmas - Matt Haig
23. The Heart Goes Last - Margaret Atwood
24. The Memory Book - Lara Avery
25. Fashion Design SketchBook - Afrika Presents
26. Nigh Shift - Debi Gliori
27. How to Write Your Best Story Ever! - Christopher Edge
28. Wing Jones - Katherine Webber

As you can see, 2015 was still a bit haywire! Just a little bit.

Books Read in 2015 - M

1. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves - Karen Joy Fowler (Jan - loved it)
2. One Good Turn - Kate Atkinson (22 June - dull, almost read like a spoof)
3. This Book Will Save Your Life - A.M. Homes (14 July - light, likeable main character, almost spoofy, and lots of unanswered questions about how/why/what he was like before)
4. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce (25 July - disappointing; boring at times and partly carried by interspersed snippets of information that is otherwise held back until the end; didn't warm to any of the characters except Rex; otherwise, a nice idea and ok; unlikely to recommend to many people)
5. Half of a Yellow Sun - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (3 Aug - thoroughly enjoyed)
6. Goodbye Stranger - Rebecca Stead (6 Aug - lovely and quick read too; not quite as enchanting as some of her other novels)
7. Coconut - Kopana Matlwa (13 Sept - promising and can see why it has been compared to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's writing, especially with regards contemporary African female voices. But, for me it was let down structurally: the use of alternating italicised with normal text suggested two sorts of narrative voice - but I couldn't identify a difference; part two seemed rushed and although it wove in with part one, both parts were left unfinished.)


  1. courtney
    What is Wonder,White dolphin,Flip,Star of Kazan,Journey to river sea about?Is Cool a nice book?

    1. Hi Courtney,
      Thank you for asking. If you look under our Review pages, there are already reviews for Wonder and White Dolphin. These are lovely stories for any age. Take a look at our review on them. We will be posting a review on Flip soon - it is about a boy who wakes up in somebody else's body and is an excellent teen read. Cool - Little M says this is not her favourite Morpugo book. The Eva Ibbotson titles are wonderful books; we haven't done reviews on them but Amazon will probably give you a good idea. If Little M comments, she'll be able to say more about these last three titles (I haven't read them!).

  2. I think yuo would really like them Courtney.


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