Wednesday, 31 December 2014

2014 : Page by Page

Here's a list of books I read this past year


1. Becoming Johnny Vegas by Johnny Vegas 3.5/5
2. Autobiography by Morrissey 4/5
3. Bonkers by Jennifer Saunders 3.5/5
4. A Spectacle of Dust by Pete Postlethwaite 2.5/5


5. Driving Miss Smith by Warren Lakin (Linda Smith's biography) 3/5
6. The Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin 3/5


7. How Not To Grow Up by Richard Herring 3/5
8. Gilliam on Gilliam edited by Ian Christie 3/5
9. Scott and Bailey: Bleed Like Me  by Cath Staincliffe 2.5/5
10. I'll Never Give Up On You by Becky Hope 2.5/5


11. White Teeth by Zadie Smith 5/5
12. Different For Girls by Louise Wener 4/5
13. Going To Sea In a Sieve by Danny Baker 4/5


14. Edward Heath by Philip Ziegler 2.5/5
15. A Taste of Honey by Shelagh Delaney 3/5
16. The Gangs of Manchester by Andrew Davies 2.5/5
17. Awaydays by Kevin Sampson 4/5


18. 1980 by David Peace 5/5
19. The Ragman's Daughter by Alan Sillitoe 4/5
20. Mr Wroe's Virgins by Jane Rogers 5/5
21. Private Eye: The First 50 Years by Adam McQueen 5/5
22. 1983 by David Peace 4/5
23. Field of Blood by Denise Mina 5/5


24. Anthem by Tim Binding 5/5
25. Moranthology by Caitlin Moran 5/5
26. How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran 5/5
27. Winter in Madrid by CJ Sansom 2.5/5


28. Extreme Rambling: Walking Israel's West Bank Barrier by Mark Thomas 3/5
29. Trust Me, I'm a Junior Doctor by Max Pemberton 3/5


30. Adventures with the Wife in Space: Living with Doctor Who by Neil Perryman 4/5
31. The Yorkshire Shepherdess by Amanda Owen 4/5
32. Class Actor by Phil Daniels 4/5
33. The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club by Peter Hook 4/5
34. The KLF: Chaos, Magic and the Band Who Burned a Million Pounds by John Higgs 3.5/5


35. The Bedwetter by Sarah Silverman 3.5/5
36. A Very British Coup by Chris Mullin 3.5/5
37. Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail by Hunter S Thompson 2.5/5
38. Welcome to Biscuit Land by Jessica Thom 4/5
39. Anno Dracula: Johnny Alucard by Kim Newman 3/5


40. Watching by Jim Hitchmough 3.5/5
41. Bedsit Disco Queen by Tracey Thorn 4/5


42. Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse by David Mitchell 2/5
43. How I Escaped My Certain Fate by Stewart Lee (re-read) 5/5
44. Hospital Babylon by Imogen Edward-Jones and Anonymous 4/5

As you can see 2014 was largely the year of the biography/autobiography and factual books dominating over my fiction reads. Interestingly, many of the fiction books rate highly with 5/5's such as Mr Wroe's Virgins, Anthem, Field of Blood and White Teeth. Some of the books listed here have been reviewed on these pages under the thread Rapid Reviews.

1 comment:

  1. This is the second book statistics list blog post that I've read today. I do enjoy seeing what everyone else has been reading. ;-)

    This coming year I'm trying to challenge myself to read outside my comfort zone (because I've got a habit of picking up old familiar books rather than the alternative) so I've found a reading challenge on a women's site (called Popsugar) with suggestions like 'a book by an author with the same initials as you' and 'a book with over 500 pages'. It'll be interesting to see what 2015 brings in books, and I'm looking forward to reading more of your reviews in the New Year.