2005

The Year in Review

A bit of a come-down from the heights of 2004, 2005 featured a more eclectic but nevertheless stirring group of books, including the excellent Scoop and City of Glass. Overall it was a relatively weak year: Ben Thompson’s Ways of Hearing found its way into the three Least Favourite titles while Scoop just scraped into our top 10 overall.

Rating Table 2005

Title Rating Owner
1 Scoop by Evelyn Waugh 2.80 EmmaJ
2 City of Glass by Paul Auster 2.53 EmmaT
3 One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 1.87 John
4 A Room with a View by EM Foster 1.60 DKB
Dress your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris 1.60 Baljit
6 Small Island by Andrea Levy 0.80 EmmaJ
7 The Enchantment of Lily Dahl by Siri Hustvedt 0.67 DKB
8 Quantity Theory of Insanity by Will Self 0.13 Kay
9 Ways Of Hearing: A User’s Guide To The Pop Psyche From Elvis to Eminem by Ben Thompson 0.00 John

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Book Choices 2005

Our choices for 2005 include:

December – DKB

  • The Enchantment of Lily Dahl by Siri Hustvedt

November – John

  • Ways Of Hearing: A User’s Guide To The Pop Psyche From Elvis to Eminem by Ben Thompson
  • Head-On/Repossessed by Julian Cope
  • Chronicles: Volume One by Bob Dylan

September – Emma J

  • Small Island by Andrea Levy
  • What a Carve Up! by Jonathan Coe
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

August – DKB

  • A Room with a View by EM Foster
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

July – Kay

  • Quantity Theory of Insanity by Will Self
  • Sap Rising by A A Gill
  • Metroland by Julian Barnes

May – Emma T

  • City of Glass by Paul Auster
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
  • The Magus by John Fowles

April – Baljit

  • Dress your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris
  • Primo Levi: A Biography by Ian Thomson
  • Alfred C. Kinsey : A Public/Private Life by James Jones

February – John

  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Wolfe
  • The Intellectuals and the Masses by John Carey

January – EmmaJ

  • Scoop by Evelyn Waugh
  • Vermeer’s Milkmaid by Manuel Rivas
  • Open Secrets by Alice Munro