By the end of 2013 had smashed my personal reading challenge of 20 books by a whopping 195%, and so I vowed in the next year to read as many as that again. In terms of challenges though I erred on the side of caution and set my target at 30 thinking that was definitely achievable. It turns out that was most-definitely achievable thanks in large part to the hours of extra reading time afforded to me by the bus. By the end of this year I have read 153% more books than I intended to, at a grand total of 46! This pleases me, alot.

  • The Man Who Rained by Ali Shaw
  • The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer
  • How It All Began by Penelope Lively
  • A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Stella by Helen Eve
  • The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Asterix and the Picts by Jean-Yves Ferri
  • The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Strandline by Tamsin Showbrook
  • Related by Adoption by Hedi Argent
  • The Islands of Chaldea by Diana Wynne Jones
  • Viking! by Kevin Crossley-Holland
  • Ash Wednesday by Ethan Hawke
  • The River at Green Knowe by L.M. Boston
  • The Crowfield Demon by Pat Walsh
  • Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story by Michael Rosen
  • One Wish by Michelle Harrison
  • The Vanity of Small Differences by Grayson Perry
  • Frozen Out by Quentin Bates
  • Tales of the Norse Gods by Barbara Leonie Picard
  • Greys Court Oxfordshire (Trust, National)
  • Time Was Soft There: A Paris Sojourn at Shakespeare & Co. by Jeremy Mercer
  • The Voice That Thunders by Alan Garner
  • Elizabeth is Missing by Healey
  • The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris
  • Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell
  • The Woodcutter by Kate Danley
  • Wild Horses: a Spider Circus Story by Alice Nuttall
  • All God’s Children Need Travelling Shoes by Maya Angelou
  • Cold Comfort by Quentin Bates
  • The Aldeburgh Scallop by Maggi Hambling
  • Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
  • The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  • How Novels Work by John Mullan
  • The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory
  • 26 Characters: celebrating childhood story heroes by Cambridge Jones
  • Alexandra Fry, Private Eye: Tutankhamun’s Gift by Angella Graff
  • Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge
  • Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  • Strandline /C by Tamsin Showbrook
  • The Night Before Christmas by Clement C.Moore
  • The Church Mice at Christmas by Graham Oakley
  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  • The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
  • Benjy and the Barking Bird by Margaret Bloy Graham

Okay, there are some short children’s books in there, but there are also some that are normally outside of my comfort zone, and a pleasing amount of non-fiction too which is good.

Stand out book’s of the years? Emma Healey’s stunning debut, Elizabeth Is Missing, is one for everybody’s To Read Pile. I would also thoroughly recommend Katherine Rundell’s Rooftoppers and the, if disturbing, brilliant Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge (I’ve just started reading another of her books now). Of one’s to avoid, only one spring’s to mind: and that is Kate Danley’s The Woodcutter – proof-being if proof were needed that it is possible to love fairytales too much.

Next year I’m very much looking forward to getting my nose stuck into John Scotcher’s (second) debut novel, The Boy In Winter’s Grasp that sadly came out too late in the year to be finished in time for this year’s reading list.