Cecily's book reviews

In general I've written reviews of every book I've read since I joined GoodReads (RIP) in May 08, along with one or two I read prior to that. More recent reviews tend to be longer (sometimes a tad too long?). I always carry a book, though I don't get as much time as I'd like to get engrossed - life is busy, but in a good way. Too many of my favourite authors died without writing enough! Apart from reading, and writing about reading, I enjoy Scrabble, good restaurants, woodland, and attending the theatre.
100 Must-read Classic Novels - Nick Rennison I probably won't read this, but inspired by Paul Bryant's review (http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/414335058?page=2&utm_content=A&utm_medium=email&utm_source=comment_instant#comment_58462302) and a trio of others in the same style (MJ Nicholls, http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/416412716?utm_content=A&utm_medium=email&utm_source=comment_instant#comment_58466501, and
Stephen M, http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/416606510, and Manny, http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/418996600), here's my first draft in a similar vein:


Put off for too long, but then enjoyed
Miguel Cervantes (Don Quixote)
Anthony Burgess (Clockwork Orange)
Franz Kafka
Albert Camus
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Fell for the hype – and wished I hadn’t
Joshua Ferris
Sophie Kinsella
Julian Fellowes
John Boyne
Joseph Connolly
Brett Easton Ellis
Marina Lewycka

Guilty pleasure
(I'm sure there ought to be something for this category - watch this space)

Guilty dislike
Proust (I prefer Monty Python: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwAOc4g3K-g)
Virginia Woolf

Guilty
Vladimir Nabakov

Different every reread
Margaret Drabble
Mark Haddon
Franz Kafka

Different every book
David Mitchell
William Nicholson
Arnold Bennett

One-hit wonders (in terms of my liking them)
Cormac McCarthy
Aldous Huxley

Wrote too little
Mervyn Peake
Carson McCullers
Franz Kafka
Charlotte Bronte
Elizabeth Bowen
Richard Yates
Marghanita Laski

Wrote too much
Douglas Adams
Gene Brewer

I'm not at school any more
Jane Austen
William Shakespeare

Grim – but amazing
Ian McEwan
Anthony Burgess

It’s all a blur - I don’t want what he’s having
Dave Eggers
Charles Bukowski
Raymond Carver

Never would have read without GoodReads
Walter Moers = good
Lisa See = good
Kathryn Stockett =good
Pearl Buck = good
Mark Dunn = bad
Louisa May Alcott = bad
Suzanne Collins = very bad

Need to find another career
Neil Jordan (and he has one)

Pretentious poppycock
Jasper Fforde
Paul Coelho
Richard Bach

Style over substance
Ivy Compton-Burnett
George Grossmith
Bill Bryson

Long-term relationship
PG Wodehouse
Mervyn Peake
Carson McCullers
John Wyndham
Alan Bennett
Richmal Crompton

Awesome. Just Awesome
Mervyn Peake


There are quite a few authors I need to add to this, but I haven't thought of a suitable category for them yet.

Currently reading

The Illustrated Gormenghast Trilogy
Sebastian Peake, China Miéville, Mervyn Peake
Gormenghast
Mervyn Peake