Moral Hazard by Kate Jennings

Book Details

Paperback
Pages: 175
Published: 2003
Publisher: Pan MacMillan Australia
Language: English
ISBN:030364065

Book Review


I have to admit that I was unimpressed with this book. I purchased it at the Sydney Book Fair last year and got around to reading it during the 24 hour Blog-a-Thon earlier this month. 

I thought that it sounded interesting. Here is the synopsis from the back of the book:

"Wall Street, the mid 1990's. Gargantuan Egos, fabulous vainglory, juicy hypocrisy. Cath, a sardonic, ex-sixties radical, takes a job as a corporate speechwriter in order to support Bailey, her husband, who has Alzheimer's. She cuts through byzantine office politics and masters mad-math finance but has to confront the realisation that she's in a moral maze of love and loathing as the world of banking runs, like Bailey's poor mind, wildly out of control."

I thought this sounded interesting and like it had potential. But it didn't really. Maybe you might enjoy this if you had an interest in banking and finance, but as I had no such interest I just found it boring. The chapters alternate between Cath's experiences on Wall Street and her experiences with her husband Bailey, who is diagnosed with Alzheimer's at the beginning of the book. I found the chapters about her husband the most interesting by far. It gave an insight into this horrible disease without a doubt. But my mild interest in these chapters still couldn't recover the book for me.

Summary

What kind of read is this?
It is a very short book at only 175 pages, so it doesn't take long to read. Other than that, I would suggest that it is a boring read. 


Do I recommend this book?
No. Unless you have an interest in finance, then maybe.


Do I recommend that you buy this book?
Absolutely not. 


Star Rating

2 / 8

Don't bother





Book Blogger Hop


I have decided to participate in this week's Book Blogger Hop.
 
ABOUT THE HOP 

In the spirit of the Friday Follow, I thought it would be cool to do a Book Blogger Hop to give us all book bloggers and readers a chance to connect and find new blogs that we may be missing out on!  So, I created this weekly BOOK PARTY where book bloggers and readers can connect to find new blogs to read, make new friends, support each other, and generally just share our love of books!  It will also give blog readers a chance to find other book blogs that they may not know existed!  So, grab the logo, post about the Hop on your blog, and start PARTYING!!

If you start following someone through the Hop, leave a comment on their blog to let them know!  Stop back during the week to see other blogs that are added!  And, most importantly, the idea is to HAVE FUN!!


PAGE TURNERS

Welcome to Page Turners if you have never been here before. I hope that you enjoy it. I mainly review general/contemporary fiction and I place a special emphasis upon Australian literature (that's the ultimate goal anyway. 

I regularly participate in 'It's Monday, what are you reading' and 'Teaser Tuesday' and I host 'Lights Camera Blog Action' and 'Book Beginnings on Friday', both on Fridays. I was lucky enough to interview Dr Marie Heese recently, whose book The Double Crown was nominated for the 2010 Commonwealth Writers Prize and won the Best Book of Africa.

I hope you enjoy the site and come back again.

Book Beginnings on Friday

Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted by Becky at Page Turners. 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. If you like, share with everyone why you do, or do not, like the sentence.

Thank you to Rose City Reader for giving me the idea for this meme. On Rose City Reader you will find 'Opening Sentences of the Day' so please have a look at this wonderful blog for further opportunities to share opening sentences.

Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami

"In the spring of her twenty-second year, Sumire fell in love for the first time in her life."

I have never read Murakami before but I am enjoying the casual tone in which this is written. That's what I like about this opening line. It sets the tone of the book and immediately establishes what the book is about.

What about you? Post a link to your Book Beginnings on Friday in the Mr Linky below.

Lights, Camera, Blog Action!


This is a special feature dedicated to spreading the word about the other great blogs that are out there! I have found a lot of great blogs through such features and I want to be able to share some book blog joy too!
Today I am featuring Heather from Book Addict's Book Reviews. I hope that you all enjoy reading about the blog and take time to check it out.
1.  Tell us something about yourself.

I grew up and live now in the south suburbs of Chicago.  I've taught special education for 17 years at the elementary level.  I've been married for four years to my wife Amanda, and I have a 16 year old daughter named Briana.  I'm currently working on masters #2 to become a reading specialist.  I read, cross stitch, play video games, and garden in my free time (when I have any!)

2.  What was your favorite book as a child or young adult, and why?

It is hard to narrow it down to just one.  As a younger readers I loved The Secret Garden.  I loved how feisty the main character was, and I cried every time I got to the end and Robin walked to his father for the first time.  I also loved Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Patterson.  Again, there was a non-traditional, feisty girl character.  Maybe that's why I felt drawn to them.  As a middle schooler, my favorite book became A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.  I've always liked historical fiction, and something about the way that Smith painted that neighborhood and the people in it so vividly really appealed to me.

3.  Why do you love to read?

I don't ever remember NOT reading, so being a reader feels incredibly natural to me.  I think that the act of sitting down with a book is truly a sensual experience.  There's the comfort of your body as you settle into your favorite spot, the smell of the pages, the feel of the weight of the book in your hands-all of these things have such a relaxing physical effect on me.  There is also the obvious answer, of course, that reading allows you to experience people and places that you never could in your day to day life.  Authors with a unique ability to relate the complexities of the human experience are some of my favorites.

4.  How do you choose your books?


For a long time my books were chosen for me by default.  My mother, also an avid reader, has always preferred to buy rather than check out books from the library.  As a result, every time I see her she has another stack of books for me to have-and really, who can resist free books.  She introduced me to most of the mystery/thriller authors that I still read today-both of the Kellermans, Marcia Muller, Julie Smith, Sue Grafton, Patricia Cornwell, Anne Perry, Kathy Reichs.  Nowadays, I have more income and can buy more of my own books.  I will read just about anything fiction, so as long as the book jacket summary holds my attention there's a decent chance I'll give it a try.  If I'm reading non-fiction I prefer narrative non-fiction-I guess I want a "plot" of some kind in my reading.  I'm also a member of a book club, so at least once a month the book I'm reading is for my club.

5.  If you had to narrow it down, who would be your three favorite authors and what would be your three favorite books.

Wow, not an easy question...There are so many authors I really love for such different reasons it's hard to compare them.  Well, Toni Morrison would definitely be on my top three.  My favorite of her books is Paradise (I think it is better than Beloved, which is what most people consider her best).  My second author would be Margaret Atwood.  I've loved all of her books, but The Robber Bride is probably my favorite.  And Stephen King would have to be number three.  I've read every book he's ever written, many of them twice.  I think that his Dark Tower series is brilliant, but my favorite of his would have to be The Stand.  I must have read that book half a dozen times since I first discovered it in high school.

6.  When and why did you start your blog?

I started my blog in November of 2009.  It actually started as a part of a class I was taking for my master's program.  I was taking a class on how to connect reading and writing in the classroom, and one of the assignments was to make a plan for how you could improve your own practice in reading and writing.  Well, I already read more books in a year than most people I know (though not most book bloggers I know!), and I have always kept a journal of the books I've read.  It seemed natural to me to take that journal online and turn it into something that I could share with others.  I had no idea at the time how many of us book bloggers were out there!

7.  How did you choose its name?

Well, I certainly feel addicted to reading-I need it the same way I need food, air, and water.  I crave it if I've been too busy to do it as much as I like.  So the name just seemed to fit the way I felt.

8.  What do you love about book blogging?

So far my favorite part has been discovering all of the other people who are just as into books as I am.  It's been a delight to find this online community of book lovers.  I've gotten a ton of great book ideas from the wonderful bloggers I follow.  I also feel like knowing that I am going to be blogging about a book makes me read it a little bit differently.  I pay more attention somehow, and think more critically about how the author crafted the characters and plot.

9.  What tips do you have to offer other book bloggers?

First, don't be afraid to get started.  You don't have to post everyday if that doesn't fit with your life, and you don't have to be anxious about sharing your ideas.  Even people who have disagreed with my ideas about a book have done so respectfully-debate is good!  Second, visit other book blogs frequently.  You can get some great ideas from seeing how other people have set up their blog.  Finally, leave a comment wherever you go.  Bloggers love getting comments, and it will help you gain followers for your blog when other people read your pithy comments and visit your site.  Happy blogging!

Thanks for participating Heather!
Margaret Atwood is one my favourite authors too, but The Robber Bride is one of my least favourite of her books! I was also a big fan of The Secret Garden as a child. My mother has always kept the copy of this book that I read as a child as a reminder to herself of how much I used to enjoy reading it. 

If anyone else is interested in participating in Lights Camera Blog Action please send me an email to pageturnersbooks@gmail.com and I would be happy to send you the questions.

Make sure you check back in next Friday for another interview with a great blogger.

Interview with Commonwealth Writers Prize 2010 Nominee Dr Marie Heese

I was sent Dr Marie Heese's book The Double Crown free of charge for an honest review.

You can see my review of The Double Crown here.

The Double Crown was nominated for the Commonwealth Writers Prze 2010. In fact it went on to win the best book of Africa. Unfortunately, Dr Heese did not win the overall prize. You can read about the winners here.

I feel very fortunate that Dr Heese agreed to be interviewed about her latest book and what it felt like to be nominated for such a prestigious award:

Interview

Q: What made you decide to write this story? Was it an interest in Egyptian history or Hatshepsut specifically, or something else entirely?

A: I have been interested in Egyptian history for years. Then I happened to find an outline of the Hatshepsut story in the middle of a book about Nefertiti and it grabbed my attention.

Q: What made you decide to tell the story from the perspectives of both Hatshepsut and her scribe Mahu? What were you hoping to achieve and do you think that you did achieve it?

A: I needed a second voice, partly for a bit of a change and contrast, but also so that there would be an outside point of view to support or contradict what Hatsh herself tells you. For example, Mahu confirms that her people loved her. He tells one what she looked like. Furthermore, he could go where she could not, eg to taverns, and he could gain info from sources other than those she depended on. And he could report her death and what happened afterwards. I think the twin perspectives work well.

Q: I really liked the title 'The Double Crown'. I think it made reference to many different aspects of Hatshepsut's existence. What did you mean by the title.

A: Ancient Egypt was a unification of two lands, the north and south. Each had a crown, which could be worn separately, or at times together, since the one fitted into the other. This was known as the "double crown". Then, she herself was first a queen as Thutmose II's consort, then a king. She also had two roles, pharaoh and wife/lover/mother.

Q: You have told me that it took you 5 years to research and write this book? Do you miss the characters and the writing process now?

A: No, because I'm deep into another one, also historical but set in a different country and period.

Q: The back of The Double Crown states that you are well known for having written an adult novel. Was writing a historical novel very different?  

A: Adult novel is a term used in the publishing industry to differentiate from books for children, which I have also written. My first adult novel was written in Afrikaans, and was also historical fiction, set in SA in the early 20th century.

Q: The Double Crown was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize 2010 and won the Best Book of Africa. How did it feel when you found out that your book was going so well in the Commonwealth Writers Prize?

A: I was absolutely astounded, since I had struggled to find a publisher for it. Also, naturally, delighted.

Q: Were you nervous pending the final outcome of the Prize?

A: I wasn't, because I was so glad to have made it in the first round. I actually expected Albert Wendt to win with his outstanding verse epic. However, I believe all the books in the final round were good, each in its own way. Each one was a prizewinner, after all.

Q: On a more personal level, what inspired you to be a writer? Did you have to work hard at developing your skill or does it come naturally?

A: I have always wanted to write (my Mother was well known as a writer in Afrikaans). I don't think writing ever "comes naturally" in the sense of being easy. No doubt one needs some talent, but it's a skill and a craft that has to be honed and it's hard work. Federer wasn't ever going to win Wimbledon because tennis came naturally.

Q: Where do you do your writing?

A: Wherever I can balance my laptop. Often in front of the TV while my husband is watching cricket. I look up when Sachin Tendulkar makes a century.

Q: What are you currently reading?

A: Michael Crummey's Galore, which was also a finalist but I hadn't been able to get hold of it before. It's excellent.

Q: What are some of your favourite books?

A: Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn. The Sound and the Fury (William Faulkner is the writing gold standard, in my opinion.) Wild Swans, Three daughters of China, Jung Chang. John D Macdonald's books in the Travis McGee series.

Summary

Thank you very much for aswering these questions. I have had Wild Swans on my shelf for a very long waiting to be read, and you have reminded me to pick it up some time soon.

I very much recommend that people take the opportunity to read The Double Crown. It can be ordered at kalahari.net and will be posted from South Africa.

The Double Crown by Marie Heese


I received this book free of charge in return for an honest review.

The book was nominated for the Commonwealth Writers Prize 2010, and in fact has won the Best Book of Africa.

I am very lucky to have had the opportunity to do an author interview with Marie Heese about her book, which you can read here.

Book Details

Paperback
Pages: 376
Publisher: Human & Rousseau
Published: 2009
Language: English
ISBN: 978 0 7981 5036 1

Book Review

I was a little bit worried when I first discovered what this book was about - ancient history has never been something that I have ever had a particular interest in, but I was very happily surprised once I got stuck into this book.

The back cover states succinctly what this book is about: "Set in ancient Egypt, this is the fascinating story of Hatshepsut, the female pharaoh who ruled over Upper and Lower Egypt for two decades around 1500 BC".

The story was cleverly written from the perspective of Hatshepsut through a collection of secret scrolls she has decided to write when her reign as Pharaoh of Egypt begins to be threatened by unknown forces. These scrolls record the current events in her reign as Pharaoh, as well as those that have occurred in the past, those that have bought her to where she is. I thought this was a very effective way of telling her story. It made it very personal and provided a direct insight into her experiences.

Hatshepsut entrusts these secret scrolls into the hands of her scribe Mahu, who is given the task of keeping them secure. Mahu, however, cannot overcome his own curiosity and breaks the King's seal to read her secret writings. The reader is then provided with a more objective perspective of the thoughts and experiences of Hateshepsut provided by Mahu's own commentary on her scrolls.

I was a bit nervous that reading the book would become a little like a history lesson, where the author did everything they could to make sure the reader knew all the little details of the research they did before writing the novel. Fortunately, The Double Crown didn't feel like that at all. Instead, the characters, the lifestyle, the rituals, the past times, to foods and the general realities of this time in history were bought to life.

The story went very smoothly between the past and the present whilst searching for answers to a true historical story. How did a woman come to be the Pharaoh? Why was reference to her reign as King deleted? Why were her monuments destroyed? The Double Crown provided fictional answers to these questions that were convincing and realistic. Not just because it considered the social and political realities that Hatshepsut would have experienced, but also because it looked at her from a personal perspective, depicting her rise to power and then slowly the loss of her children, close friends and true love.

The Double Crown is a wonderful title. At first glance it refers to the Double Crown that she wears as Pharaoh, declaring her the King of The Upper Lands and The Lower Lands. But I think that it is also a clever way of referring to the dual nature of many aspects of her life. Pharaoh vs individual. Man vs woman. Power vs loneliness. All these tensions are explored in this book.

The sex scenes were pretty cheesy I thought, and the end came very suddenly, but all in all this was a really wonderful and clever book.

Summary

What kind of read is this?
It is an easy read, and a quick one, but very interesting.

Do I recommend this book?
Yes, absolutely. It was really good and I would recommend it to people.

Do I recommend that you buy it?
Unless you have a very real interest in Egyptian history or ancient history in general, I think this is the kind of book that it would be sufficient enough to borrow from the library.

Star Rating

6 / 8

Really enjoyable and well written. I would recommend it.

Basement Books selling online

This post is particularly relevant for people living in Sydney and elsewhere in Australia but might also interest other people.

Under Central Railway Station in the heart of Sydney is a bookstore called Basement Books that sells new books that have been 'remaindered' I think is the term. Anyway, new books that are left over and this place gets a hold of them and sells them for really cheap. They are usually good quality. If not, the price reflects this. Often they have good choices as well. This sort of place is a heaven send in Australia where new books costs a small fortune (in my opinion anyway).  

When I went to university and lived at home (which admittedly was only for a bout 1.5 years all up, and about 7 years ago), I had to walk past this bookstore twice a day and it was really hard to stop myself from purchasing books all the time. Now I rarely go past at all which is a shame.

I have, however, just received an email from them stating that they now sell books online, and can ship anywhere in Australia and overseas via regular Australia Post. I am not sure why anyone overseas would want to buy books from this place, but for those of us here in Australia I think that is really good, given how cheap the books are.

So, please check the online Basement Books out!

Teaser Tuesday: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Tuesday Teaser is great meme hosted by Should Be Reading and is a great way to find out about new books.Here are the guidelines: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

"She remained on the steps, waiting for papa, watching the stray ash and the corpse of collected books. Everything was sad."
I love this book. Those sentences are simple, yet beautiful and emotive. I love that the books are personified by turning them into corpses.

It's Monday! What are you reading?

It's Monday, what are you reading? is now hosted by Sheila at One Person's Journey Through a World of Books. It is a chance for us to share with other book bloggers what we have just finished reading, what we are currently reading and what we are reading next.

Just Finished

Surfacing by Margaret Atwood.
I could have sworn that I had written review of Surfacing, but I just went to look for the link and couldn't find it. Weird. Anyway, I enjoyed this book a lot. Atwood is amazing.

Currently reading

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Oh my goodness, I am in love. I am half way through this book and it is amazing. I love the way it is written, I love the ideas contained in it and I love Liesel. Amazing read.

Up Next

There are so many books that I want to read right now. The first one that comes to mind is one by Haruki Murakami that I have sitting on my bookshelf, although the title escapes me right now. I want to read Road to Chile by Roberto Bolano before the Sydney Writers Festival. I also want to read The Good Earth by Pearl S Buck which I won in a blogger competions, and The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. There are so many more that I really want to read at the moment, that I don't know what to read next!

Lost Paradise by Cees Nooteboom


Book Details 

Paperback
Pages: 150
Publisher: Vintage
Published: 2008
Language: Dutch 
ISBN: 987 0 099 49715 8

Book Review

I was excited to finally borrow this book from my local library. I heard about it at the Sydney Writers Festival in 2009 at an event I attended where various different international authors read from their works. I had never heard of Dutch author Cees Nooteboom, but the way in which he read an excerpt from this book excited me, and ever since I had hoped to read this book. 

I don't know if it was just that I had such high expectations after having been so impressed by te author's reading of this book, but I was disappointed by it.  


Here is the synopsis from the back of the book:
"Alman and Almut share a fascination for Australia and its ancient peoples; their ceremonies, sand drawings and body painting. After Alma suffers a traumatic attack, they board a cheap flight from Sao Paulo to Sydney, and together begin their journey across their secret continent. Alma slowly recovers through a brief love affair with an Aboriginal artist, and both women become involved with the Angel Project in Perth, where actors dressed as angels are concealed around the city for the public to discover. 


In a seemingly unconnected story, a man staying at a remote Alpine Spa unexpectedly meets a woman he encountered years before and with whom he shared a single night. It was in a faraway city and she was dressed as an angel."


To be honest, I am not even sure where to start reviewing this book. It feels a bit like the author was trying to be deep and meaningful, but I am unable to get through to the meaning. No doubt some people will like the challenge that this poses, but it is not for me. I don't mind a challenge, but I don't like that challenge to be attempting to find some deeper meaning in the book. 


As is intimated in the synopsis above, this book is written in two parts. The first part is the story of Alma, a young brazilian girl who is the victim of a horrific gang rape (at least, that is what I think happened). She then decided to travel to Australia with her friend Almut in search of healing through the exploration of the Aboriginal culture. She does find healing, through a series of trips throught AUstralia, including her particiaption in a literary festival in Perth. 


The second part is the story of Erik Zontag, who has decided to attend a health spa in the hopes of regaining some of his sense of self (I think that was his purpose anyway). It is only through Erik's story that we learn he met and, in a sense, fell in love with Alma when their paths briefly crossed in Perth. 


I don't think I am giving too much away here, it is pretty obvious as the book goes along that Alma and Erik are the two characters that have previously known in each other. What I don't, cannot, understand is how their meeting has had such a significant impact upon Erik and I cannot figure out the meaning of their final conversation toward the end of the book. 


There is so much about this book that is left for the reader to figure out, or decide upon. I am not a fan of this method at all.

Post Script: Since writing this review I have done a little more research about this author and this book. When I say a little more research, what I mean is that I listened to an interview with the author in the car this morning, a podcast entitled "In conversation with Cees Nooteboom", in which his book Lost Paradise is discussed. I have to say that it still didn't make things much clearer for me, but I have provided the link in case anyone is interested in knowing more about Cees Nooteboom and Lost Paradise.


Summary


What kind of read is this?
It is a very short book, but a challenging read because nothing is explained in a straightforward manner. 

Do I recommend this book.
No, I wouldn't recommend it to someone. It was horrible, but I really didn't enjoy it. 

Do I recommend that you buy this book?
No. See above. 


Star Rating

3 / 8

Couldn't get into it, but finished it because I felt like I should.


Dymocks 101 List

I saw this on The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader - apparently Dymocks (one of Australia's largest book chains) did a survey of what Australia's favourites books are and these are the results below.
  • I have bolded and italicised those book that I own and have read (33 in total)
  • I have bolded that books that I have read but don't own, and (11 in total)
  • I have italicised those books that I own but have not read yet (5 in total)
1 The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer
2 The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling (5 out of 7)
3 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
4 The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
5 The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
6 The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
7 To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
8 The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson (2 out of 3)
9 My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
10 The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
11 The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
12 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
13 Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
14 The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
15 Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
16 Magician by Raymond E. Feist
17 Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
18 The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
19 Cloudstreet by Tim Winton
20 The Host by Stephenie Meyer
21 Mao's Last Dancer by Li Cunxin
22 Atonement by Ian McEwan
23 The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
24 Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
25 A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
26 Cross Stitch by Diana Gabaldon
27 Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
28 The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas
29 Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
30 Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
31 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
32 Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden
33 Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody 3
4 The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne 3
5 The Inheritance Series by Christopher Paolini
36 The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
37 Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
38 The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
39 The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
40 Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
41 Ice Station by Matthew Reilly
42 The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
43 Persuasion by Jane Austen
44 Tully by Paullina Simons
45 Seven Ancient Wonders by Matthew Reilly
46 Breath by Tim Winton
47 The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
48 Life of Pi by Yann Martel
49 A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
50 The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
51 Emma by Jane Austen
52 The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
53 The Bible
54 Six Sacred Stones by Matthew Reilly
55 A Fortunate Life by A.B. Facey
56 We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
57 The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
58 Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
59 The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
60 The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
61 People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
62 The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
63 The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
64 Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
65 Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
66 The Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris
67 Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
68 Five Greatest Warriors by Matthew Reilly
69 On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
70 The Princess Bride by William Goldman
71 The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
72 Wicked by Gregory Maguire
73 Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
74 Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
75 Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
76 Dewey by Vicki Myron
77 Dirt Music by Tim Winton
78 Marley and Me by John Grogan
79 Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
80 Dune by Frank Herbert
81 The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
82 The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
83 Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
84 War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
85 The Road by Cormac McCarthy
86 Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
87 The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
88 The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
89 Possession by AS Byatt
90 Finnikin of The Rock by Melina Marchetta
91 No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
92 Graceling by Kristin Cashore
93 The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
94 The Secret History by Donna Tartt
95 Silent Country by Di Morrissey
96 Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
97 Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
98 The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
99 Still Alice by Lisa Genova
100 The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
101 Gallipoli by Les Carlyon