Monthly Archives: August 2014


Welcome to #poppyreads
I have far too many unread books on my shelves, and it makes me sad. So I am going to read them. All of them. One a week, every week. And I am not allowed to buy another book until I have. How will I cope? But it must be done. Sunday to Sunday, one book. Each Sunday I will go on the Twitter account and talk about that weeks book, and say what I’m reading next. It would be wonderful if people wanted to join in, but I understand that a book a week isn’t always manageable. So I thought maybe every 4 weeks, one of the 4 books could be an Official Book Club Read. So you get a month to read it, and I will read it in the last week of the 4, so it’s fresh in my mind for discussion on this blog. Please feel very welcome to join in with as many or as few of the weekly or monthly reads as you like. I will be charting my challenge on @feministbc using #poppyreads.
So here is my list of all the sad, lonely, unread books that I will work my way through. They are in no particular order, but I have tried to put a book that I think people would find enjoyable or interesting for the Official Read in each group.


1. may we be forgiven by a m holmes on p103 of 480

2. Fear of Flying by Erica Jong on pg 108 of 227

3. Everything Beautiful by Simmone Howell on pg 33 of 277

4. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood on pg 87 of 528

Fear of Flying as the first Official Read, on the 14th of September

5. Wrecked by Charlotte Roche on pg 171 of 289

6. Turtle Moon

7. Blackbird House

8. Local Girls

Local Girls as an Official Read, to be discussed on the 12th of October

9. The Group by Mary McCarthy

10. The Travelling Hornplayer by Barbara Trapido 

11. The Llama Parlour by Kathy Lette

12. Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day by Winifred Watson

Official read is The Group, to be discussed on the 9th November

13. Ted and Sylvia by Emma Tennant

14. The Bride Hunter by Amy Appleton

15. Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver

16. A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride

Official read is number 16, to be discussed on the 7th December

17. The Bride Stripped Bare by anonymous

18. The Glamorous (Double) Life of Isabel Bookbinder by Holly McQueen

19. The New Woman’s Hour: Book Of Short Stories Edited By Di Speirs

20. The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing

Official read is number 20, discussion on the 4th January 2015

21. The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant

22. The Republic of Love by Carol Shields

23. The Believers by Zoë Heller

24. Notes On A Scandal by Zoe Heller

Official read is number 24, on the 1st February 2015

25. The Daughters of Egalia by Gerd Brantenberg

26. The Misconceiver by Lucy Ferriss

27. The Gate to Women’s Country by Sheri S Tepper

28. The Wild by Esther Freud

Official read is number 28, on the 1st of March

29. The Secrets She Keeps by Helen Cross

30. The Chocolate Run by Dorothy Koomson

31. Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder

32. A Recipe For Bees by Gail Anderson-Dargatz

Official read is number 32, on (approx) the 29th March 2015

33. Every Little Thing by Pamela Klaffke

34. Octavia by Jilly Cooper

35. The Blindfold by Siri Hustvedt

36. The Summer Without Men by Siri Hustvedt

Official read is number 36, on (approx) 3rd May 2015

37. Happy Accidents by Tiffany Murray

38. Mister Sandman by Barbara Gowdy

39. A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

40. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriaty

These all seem like good contenders for the official read, and it’s a long way off, so I (we) will decide closer to the time!

41. Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern

42. My Soul To Keep by Rachel Vincent

43. Poppy Shakespeare by Clare Allan

44. The Womens Room by Marilyn French

Offcial read is number 44 some time in July

45. House Rules by Jodi Picoult

46. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

47. Selected Stories by Alice Munro

That’s pretty much all! There’s a few on my shelves that I really don’t want to read, why on earth did I buy them?

I have almost a years worth of reading here, especially since the last few are big books so I think they’ll take more than a week. I’m really looking forward to taking on this challenge (apart from the whole ‘no new books’ part – I think I might fail at that) and really hope you can join in with as few or as many as you like.

Follow the challenge over at @feministbc and on #poppyreads