To Be Read


The possession of a book becomes a substitute for reading it.

~ Anthony Burgess

I very much don't want this to be true of my, and so this is a page dedicated to listing books that I own but haven't yet actually read, but absolutely fully intend to.

I have to admit that I didn't quite realise just how many books I owned and hadn't read until I looked through them all to prepare this post.

I take this as evidence that I an addiction to purchasing books, but lets face it, it's not an addiction I am ready to seek treatment for!

I do note that the non-Australian books definitely outweigh the Australian ones and this is something that I will be working on when I am indulging in my addiction!

To Be Read

A Room With a View by EM Forster
A Special Relationship by Douglas Kennedy
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
Adventures of Hucklebery Finn, The by Mark Twain
American Rhapsody by Joe Eszterhas
An Equal Music by Vikram Seth
Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Vern
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
Brida by Paulo Coelho
Catch 22 by Jospeh Heller
Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
City of the Beasts by Isabel Allende
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
Faoucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
Jane Eyre by Emily Bronte
Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories, The by Washington Irving
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Losing You by Niki French
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Moral Hazard by Kate Jennings
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Poster Boy by Allan Cope
Selected Stories by Anton Chekov
Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire
Stonefish by Kerri Hulme
Surfacing by Margaret Atwood
Sweet and Simple Kind, The by Yasmine Gooneratne
Testimony by Anita Shreve
Virgin Blue, The by Tracy Chevalier
White Teeth by Zadie Smith
Wild Swans by Jung Chang

To be read - Australian Literature

April Fools Day by Bryce Courtney
Contemporary Classics by various authors
Contemporary Portraits by Murray Bail
Legacy, The by Kristen Tranter (BookBath)
Power Without Glory by Frank Hardy
Remembering Babylon by David Malouf
Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood
While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Wish List


Next to acquiring good friends, the best acquisition is that of good books.

~ Charles Caleb Colton

One of the problems I have is that there are so many books that I would love to read, that I find it hard to keep track of them all. People give me recommendations all the time and it is difficult to remember them all. This is especially true now that I am getting so many great recommendations from all the blogs that I have been reading.

So, I have finally decided to have a place where I can keep a track of them all. If the recommendation has come from a blog I will try to place a link in the wish list to the blog review of the books.

My 2010 reading goal is to read more Australian literature, so there is a separate list for Australian books.


Wish List


A Match for Mary Bennet by Eucharista Ward (Beckys Book Reviews)
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Architecture of Happiness, The by Alain de Botton
Behaviour of Moths, The by Poppy Adams (Scribbles)
Birds, Beasts and Relatives by Gerald Durrell
Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, The by John Boyne (Books on the Brain)
By Night in Chile by Roberto Bolano
Case of the Missing Books, The by Ian Sansom (My Cozy Book Nook)
Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Chrysalids, The by John Wyndham (The Literary Stew)
Diaries of Anne Frank, The by Anne Frank
Disgrace by JM Coetzee
Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi Durrow (Internet Review of Books)
Girl with a Blue Dress by Gaynore Arnold
Grapes of Wrath, The by John Steinbeck
Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogwawa (My Cozy Book Nook)
Inheritance of Loss, The by Kiran Desai (Books in the City)
Lady Oracle by Margaret Atwood
Little Stranger, The by Sarah Waters (The Book Lady's Blog, The Caribous Mum)
Lost Paradise by Cees Nooteboom
Magus, The by John Fowles (The Modern Library List of Books)
Man Gone Down by Michael Thomas
Me Cheeta by James Lever
Middlemarch by George Elliot
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (Book Bath)
My Mistress Sparrow is Dead by Jeffrey Eugenides
Night by Elie Wiesel
Other Boleyn Girl, The by Phillipa Gregory
Postmistress, The by Sarah Blake (The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader)
Purple Hibiscus by Chimmamanda Ngoize Idichie
Remains of the Day, The by Kasuo Ishiguro
Sex Diaries, The by Bettina Arndt
Sixpense House by Paul Collins (My Cozy Book Nook)
Small Kingdoms by Antastacia Hobbet (Internet Review of Books)
Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street by Michael Davis (Caroline Bookbinder)
This is How by MJ Hyland (Book Addict Book Reviews)
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

What Was Lost by Catherine O'Flynn
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (Too Many Books, Too Little Time)
Year of the Flood, The by Margaret Atwood (Too Many Books, Too Little Time)


Australian Wish List


A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif
A Deadly Business by Lenny Bartulin (Books Are Like Candy Corn)
Book Thief, The by Marcus Zusak
Lieutenant, The by Kate Grenville
Ransom by David Malouf
Sinking, The by Amanda Curtain
Slap, The by Christos Tsiolkas
Spare Room, The by Helen garner
Time We Have Taken, The by Steve Carrol
White Earth, The by Andrew McGahon
White Tiger, The by Avinda Adiga
Voss by Patrick White

Wish List


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One of the problems I have is that there are so many books I would love to read, that I find it hard to keep track of them all. People give me recommendations all the time and it's difficult to remember them. This is especially true now that I am getting so many great recommendations from all the blogs that I have been reading.


So, I have finally decided to have a place where I can keep a track of them all. And this is it. If the recommendation has come from a blog, I will place a link in the wish list to the review on the particular blog. If the recommendation comes from elsewhere, then I will say where. If I can't remember where I heard about the book - then it will just be listed as the title and author.

I do try to read novels by Australian authors , so there is a separate wish list of Australian books.


Wish List


Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
A Match for Mary Bennet by Eucharista Ward (Becky’s Book Reviews)
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Birds, Beasts and Relatives by Gerald Durrell

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne (Books on the Brain)

By Night in Chile by Roberto Bolano
Disgrace by JM Coetzee
Girl in a Blue Dress by Gaynor Arnold
Girl with a Pearl Earing by Tracy Chevalier
Lady Oracle by Margaret Atwood
Lost Paradise by Cees Nooteboom
Man Gone Down by Michael Thomas
Me Cheeta by James Lever
Middlemarch by George Elliot
Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (Book Bath)

My Mistress Sparrow is Dead by Jeffrey Eugenides
Night by Elie Wiesel
Purple Hibiscus by Chimmamanda Ngoize Idichie
Ransom by David Malouf

Sixpence House by Paul Collins (My Coxy Book Nook)

The Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton

The Case of the Missing Books by Ian Sansom (My Cozy Book Nook)

The Behaviour of Moths by Poppy Adams (Scribbles)

The Diaries of Anne Frank by Anne Frank

The Esspresologist by Kristina Springer (Cover to Cover)

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogwawa (My Cozy Book Nook)

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (The Book Ladys Blog)
The Memory Keepers Daughter by Kim Edwards
The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Sex Diaries by Bettina Arndt
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
What Was Lost by Catherine O'Flynn


Australian Wish List


A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

The Lieutenant by Kate Grenville
The Sinkings by Amanda Curtain
The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas
The Spare Room by Helen Garner
The Time We Have Taken by Steve Carrol
The White Earth by Andrew McGahon

The White Tiger by Avinda Adiga
Voss by Patrick White

Special Features & Contests


SPECIAL FEATURES



Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier

~ Kathleen Norris 1931


This section of Page Turners is dedicated to outlining the special features and contests on the blog. I hope that they are enjoyed by all and everyone aims to get involved in them. If you have any suggestions or comments you want to make, I would really love to hear from you. My email is pageturnersbooks@gmail.com


Great Authors (Tuesdays)
(Currently on hiatus)
Great Authors is a fortnightly feature that focuses solely upon my favourite authors. I will provide some background about the particular authors, make references to the books that they have written and talk about what I love about them.


Wonderfully Short Wednesdays (Currently on hiatus)

The purpose of Short Story Saturdays is to review short stories, it is as simple as that. Short stories are a very special medium of story telling that I feel I don't read enough of and I hope that this encourages me and others to read more of them.


Thoughtful Thursdays (Thursdays) (Currently on hiatus)
Thoughtful Thursdays is another fortnightly feature (although hopefully weekly) where I will discuss all things book or blog related. It might be an issue that has been mentioned in the media a fair bit (for example e-books and e-readers) or it might be theoretical ideas about reading and/or books. I would love it if people could comment with their views on the issues raised, and hopefully get some debate or discussion going. I love reading and books and it would be great to have a space to talk about these sorts of things with other people who have the same interests as well.

Although this will be a regular feature each fortnight, you might find that other posts related to reading find there way into this feature on a more regular but haphazard basis.

Thoughtful Thursday posts:

Lights, Camera, Blog Action! (Fridays)

This is a special feature dedicated to sharing the word about the other great blogs that are out there! I have seen these a lot on other people's blog and I really love it - I have found a lot of great blogs through such features and I want to be able to share some book blog joy too!

So, if you would like to have your blog featured, just drop me an email at pageturnersbooks@gmail.com, I will send you the list of questions and let you know when you will featured on Lights, Camera , Blog Action!

Lights, Camera, Blog Action! posts:


Book Beginnings on Friday

Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme in which anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading.

A Blast From the Past (Sundays)

A Blast from the Past is a weekly feature where I intend to review book that I read in the past (before I started blogging) that has had some form of impact upon me, whether it be good or bad.

If you've read the book, let me know what you think. If there's a book that you have read in the past that has had some impact upon you (whether it be good or bad), please let everyone know by either leaving a comment or adding your blog to the Mr Linky widget and posting on your own blog. Please include a link back to the original feature so that other people can find it and join in themselves.


That's a Wrap (Monthly)

CONTESTS


CONTEST - Followers Competition! (Currently on hiatus)

After the success of the 26+ Followers Competition, I have decided to run the competition on an ongoing basis!

This means that when my followers base increases by 10, I will use random.org to select 2 of my followers as winners.
The lucky winners will have their own Winners Page on Page Turners, where they have the chance to talk about their love of books and book blogging, and I will talk about why I love their blog.

Good luck!



Book Reviews

I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little further down our particular path than we have yet got ourselves.

~ E M Forster



Book Reviews


A
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
Anne of Avonlea by LM Montgomery
Anne of the Island by LM Montgomery
Anne's House of Dreams by LM Montgomery

B
Brick Lane by Monica Ali


C
Chocolat by Joanne Harris
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F Scott Fitzgerald

D
Dracula by Bran Stoker

Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwarz

E
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert


F
Father Frank by Paul Burke

G
The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

H
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling

House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
The Household Guide to Dying by Debra Adelaide

J
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

K
Key to Rebecca, The by Ken Follett

L
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

M
Memory Keeper's Daughter, The by Kim Edwards
Mill on the Floss, The by George Eliot

My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

N

New Moon by Stephanie Meyer

P
The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve

R
The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit
Rice Bowl by Suchen Lim
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

S
Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
Secret River, The by Kate Grenville

T
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

V
The Vintner's Luck by Elizabth Knox
Virunga: The Passion of Dian Fossey by Farley Mowat

W
Wicked by Gregory Maguire

Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham
Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte



Australian Authors

To assist people who would like to participate in the Aussie Author Challenge, I have included here a list of some Australian authors. For some, I have added a suggested book for them. Some of them have far too many good books to their name to list, but I am sure if you google the authors name it will give you some pointers.

I probably don't need to say that this is very limited and there are many many good Australian authors out there you could find. If anyone wants to recommend someone that I leave out, feel free to leave a comment with their name!

Debra Adelaide
Murray Bail
Peter Carey
Marcus Clarke (For the Term of His Natural Life)
Allan Cope
Bryce Courtney
Michelle de Kretser
Kit Denton (The Breaker)
Richard Flannagan
Miles Franklin
George Johnston
Joan Lindsay (Picnic at Hanging Rock)
Ruth Park (The Harp in the South Trilogy)
Steve Toltz
Sarah Turnbull
Tim Winton