Book Journal

An attempt to keep a record of some of the books I’ve been reading. I know I’m missing a lot - books I tend to dip into rather than read from cover to cover (mainly volumes of poetry) and a number of ebooks I’ve read but lost track of the dates of when I finished them.

I’ve made similar attempts at this on LibraryThing, Goodreads and Indiebookclub. I am also trying Literal. None of these attempts are comprehensive, complete or up to date.

On this site you can also see my posts about books and a page of books I am currently reading 📚

August 2022

The Saints of Salvation by Peter F. Hamilton

July 2022

Salvation Lost by Peter F. Hamilton
Salvation by Peter F. Hamilton
Three Philosophies and One Reality & NHK Radio Talks by Gudo Wafu Nishijima
Z by Vassilis Vassilikos
Burning Man: The Ascent of D. H. Lawrence By Frances Wilson

May 2022

Big Snake Little Snake: An Inquiry into Risk by DBC Pierre
_ Rice, Noodle, Fish: Deep Travels Through Japan’s Food Culture_ by Matt Goulding
Erewhon by Samuel Butler

March 2022

The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman
Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment by Robert Wright

February 2022

Homo Irrealis by André Aciman

January 2022

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
The Secret Commonwealth (The Book of Dust Volume Two) by Philip Pullman

December 2021

Bitter Lemons of Cyprus by Lawrence Durrell

November 2021

Justine by Lawrence Durrell
La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust Volume One) by Philip Pullman

October 2021

Letters to a Dead Friend about Zen by Brad Warner
Anarchism is Movement by Tomás Ibáñez
Sissy by Ben Borek

September 2021

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
Do Earth by Tamsin Omond
The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
The Snows of Kilimanjaro and other stories by Ernest Hemingway
Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman
Introducing Buddha by Jane Hope & Borin Van Loon

August 2021

How Did We Get Into This Mess? Politics, Equality, Nature by George Monbiot

July 2021

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

June 2021

Jack Kerouac: King of the Beats by Barry Miles

April 2021

Medical Grade Music by by Steve Davis & Kavus Torabi

March 2021

The Beats: A Graphic Guide by Harvey Pekar, Ed Piskor et al
Modern Mindfulness by Rohan Gunatillake
How to Take Smart Notes by Sönke Ahrens

February 2021

Jews Don’t Count by David Baddiel
Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline

January 2021

The Ruins by Mat Osman
The Ode Less Travelled by Stephen Fry (audiobook rereading)

October 2020

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
Another Now: Dispatches from an Alternative Present by Yanis Varoufakis
Bob Willis: A Cricketer and a Gentleman by Bob Willis and Mike Dickson

September 2020

Talking to My Daughter: A Brief History of Capitalism by Yanis Varoufakis

August 2020

Matilda Infantry Tank 1938-45 by David Fletcher

July 2020

The Periodic Table by Primo Levi
The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Blythell

June 2020

My Lord, What a Morning by Marian Anderson

May 2020

The Book of Tokyo: A City In Short Fiction edited by Jim Hinks, Masashi Matsuie & Michael Emmerich
Whatever by Michel Houellebecq

April 2020

We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast by Jonathan Safran Foer
Ascension by Gregory Dowling
The Feed by Nick Clark Windo

March 2020

Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan
The Secret Purposes by David Baddiel

January 2020

Baudelaire by Claude Pichois and Jean Ziegler

October 2019

Ayoade on Ayoade: A Cinematic Odyssey by Richard Ayoade
Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon

September 2019

The Second Sleep by Robert Harris
Artemis by Andy Weir

July 2019

A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight translated by Simon Armitage
Ways of Seeing by John Berger
Cane by Jean Toomer
Circe by Madeline Miller

June 2019

Dr James Barry - A Woman Ahead of Her Time by Michael du Perez & Jeremy Dronfield
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris
No Spin by Shane Warne

May 2019

The Black Book by Lawrence Durrell
The Messenger of Athens by Anne Zouroudi
The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

April 2019

Vengeance in Venice by Philip Gwynne Jones
The Greek Islands by Lawrence Durrell

March 2019

Snap by Belinda Bauer
Utopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There by Rutger Bregman

February 2019

The Murderess by Alexandros Papadiamantis
Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
Mythos by Stephen Fry (audiobook)

January 2019

Venice: Pure City by Peter Ackroyd

December 2018

Travels with Epicurus: Meditations from a Greek Island on the Pleasures of Old Age by Daniel Klein

November 2018

Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
Dark Matter by Michelle Paver

October 2018

Opening Up by Mike Atherton
Percy Bysshe Shelley – Poet and Revolutionary by Jacqueline Mulhallen
Are you experienced? by William Sutcliffe
The Snowman by Jo Nesbo

September 2018

The Redeemer by Jo Nesbo
The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbo

August 2018

An Endangered Species by David Gower
The Complete Short Stories of Raffles by E. W. Hornung
Terror and terroir – The winegrowers of the Languedoc and modern France by Andrew W. M. Smith
Monteverdi’s Unruly Women – The Power of Song in Early Modern Italy by Bonnie Gordon
Adults in the Room: My Battle With Europe’s Deep Establishment by Yanis Varoufakis

July 2018

Poetry Notebook: 2006-2014 by Clive James
Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson
Islam for the Politically Incorrect by Khaled Diab

June 2018

Introducing Sartre: A Graphic Guide by Philip Thody (author) and Howard Read (illustrator)
The Fall by Albert Camus
Jack the Ripper: Case Closed by Gyles Brandreth

May 2018

Introducing the Ancient Greeks: From Bronze Age Seafarers to Navigators of the Western Mind by Edith Hall
Instrumental by James Rhodes
Red Gas by Edward Topol

April 2018

The Last Weekend by Blake Morrison
The Executor by Blake Morrison

March 2018

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
The Bat by Jo Nesbo

February 2018

The Outrun by Amy Liptrot

January 2018

D. H. Lawrence - The Life of an Outsider by John Worthen

November 2017

The First Bad Man by Miranda July

October 2017

The Dry by Jane Harper

July 2017

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
The Abyss Beyond Dreams by Peter F. Hamilton
Night Without Stars by Peter F. Hamilton
Revolution by Russell Brand

June 2017

The Plot Against America by Philip Roth

May 2017

The Strings are False by Louis MacNeice
Rebel with a Cause by Ann Clwyd

April 2017

Dinosaurs on Other Planets by Danielle McLaughin

March 2017

The Humans by Matt Haig
Exit West by Moshin Hamid
Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor

February 2017

Sanctuary by Robert Edric

January 2017

Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer
Hons and Rebels by Jessica Mitford

December 2016

Cricket: The Game of Life by Scyld Berry

November 2016

Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

October 2016

Feral by George Monbiot

September 2016

The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler (audiobook rereading)
Epiphany Jones by Michel Grothaus
In the Miso Soup by Ryu Murakami
The Book of Seventy by Alicia Suskin Ostriker
Vanity Fair by William Thackeray (audiobook rereading)

August 2016

I Saw a Man by Owen Sheers
Unreliable Memoirs by Clive James
Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel
Savage Beauty by Nancy Milford
The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (audiobook rereading)
The Girls of Slender Means by Muriel Spark

July 2016

The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

June 2016

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

April 2016

Rivers of London by David Aaronovitch
Her Last Call to Louis MacNeice by Ken Bruen
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
The Vagabond’s Breakfast by Richard Gwyn
Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky
The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad

February 2016

Latest Readings by Clive James
KP: The Autobiography by Kevin Pieterson

January 2016

Frida: The Biography of Frida Kahlo by Hayden Herrera

November - December 2015

The Long Earth series by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

August 2015

Normal by Graeme Cameron
An Event in Autumn by Henning Mankell
Dream Story by Arthur Schnitzler
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
The Warlord’s Legacy by Ari Marmell
The Conqueror’s Shadow by Ari Marmell

July 2015

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

May 2015

Ashoka by Charles Allen
The Fly Guy by Colum Sanson-Regan

April 2015

Halting State by Charles Stross
The Divine Comedy by Craig Raine

March 2015

Wake Up by Jack Kerouac
Netherland by Joseph O’Neill

January 2015

Anger is an Energy by John Lydon
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

November 2014

Spiderland by Scott Tennent

October 2014

Duende by Jason Webster

August 2014

Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám by Edward FitzGerald, impressive introduction and notes by Daniel Karlin

July 2014

Fatlands by Sarah Dunant

June 2014

The Victorian Chaise-Longue by Marghanita Laski

May 2014

Guerra by Jason Webster
Middlemarch by George Eliot
Boredom by Alberto Moravia

October 2013

Adiamante by L. E. Modesitt Jr.

January 2010

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

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