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When I started reading again at the start of the year, I decided I was going to make a list of all the books I read throughout the year. I figured when I got to the end of the year and found I had read more books than in all the other years of my life put together, I'd be really impressed with myself.

It started with an aim of one book per week. This was good in theory. Until I started reading the likes of Salman Rushdie and found that a single book can in fact take up to 6 weeks to read.

Anyway, I thought I would put my list here for all to see. This is in the order that I have read the books.

* Marley & Me - John Grogan
* Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
* The History of Love - Nicole Krauss
* Matthew Flinders Cat - Bryce Courtenay
* The Rich Part of Life - Jim Kokoris
* The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle - Haruki Murakami
* Gabriel's Gift - Hanif Kureishi
* The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
* Disgrace - JM Coetzee
* Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers (Red Dwarf) - Grant Naylor
* Better Than Life (Red Dwarf) - Grant Naylor
* Notes from a Big Country - Bill Bryson
* Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
* African Diary - Bill Bryson

Current average: 0.7 books per week.

If you want to know anything about any of the above books I'm happy to elaborate.

I'm currently reading Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder (I can't wait til I finish because I know you have both read it and I want to talk about it!) and and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I'm reading my illustrated childhood copy of Alice given to me by my uncle in 1989 and it's just magic.

On the weekend I bought The Life and Times of Michael K by JM Coetzee and The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby. I can't wait to read that one, because it's pretty much written about us. It's a monthly report of books he has bought, read, and plans to read - and he discusses them in some depth.

When I started out making this book list, I wanted to do some kind of MS Read-A-Thon thing, where maybe at the end of the year I would give $1 for every book I read to my favourite Not-For-Profit organisation (which would be the Lost Dogs Home). I dunno. Would you guys be interested in doing some kind of reading for a good cause? Let's face it, we really don't have to do anything aside from what we already do!
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