Frogdancer Reads

  • 2017 Fiction
  • Truly, Madly, Guilty – Moriarty
  • The Autumn Republic – McClellan
  • My Brilliant Friend – Ferrante
  • Ghosts of the Tristan Basin – McClellan
  • Servant of the Crown – McClellan
  • Forsworn – McClellan
  • In the Field Marshall’s Shadow – McClellan
  • Murder at the Kinnen Hotel – McClellan
  • The Next Accident- Gardner
  • Crash and Burn – Gardner
  • Drowning Ruth – Schwartz
  • Find Her – Gardner
  • Nelly Dean – Case
  • The Palace of Dreams – Kadare
  • The Moor’s Account – Lailami
  • Pilcer – Coming Home
  • 2017 Non-Fiction
  • The Secret Rooms – Bailey
  • The Little Book of Commonsense Investing – Bogle
  • Mrs Kelly, The Astonishing Life of Ned Kelly’s mother – Kieza
  • 2017 Poetry
  • The Human Line – Ellen Bass
  • 2016 Fiction
  • The Martian – Weir
  • The Good Earth – Pearl s Buck.
  • Sons – Pearl S Buck
  • A House Divided – Pearl S Buck
  • Seven Little Australians – Turner
  • Go Set a Watchman – Lee (Liked this one.)
  • The Family – Kennerson (YA fiction. meh)
  • Look Behind You – Hodge
  • End of Watch – King
  • All the Light We Cannot See – Doerr
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Rowling etc.
  • Jasper Jones – Silvey
  • The Children’s Home – Lambert
  • When I’m Gone – Bleeker
  • The Counselor – McCarthy (screenplay)
  • The Retribution – McDermid
  • The Silkworm – Galbraith
  • Career of Evil – Galbraith
  • The Widow’s Breakfast – Hill
  • 3 Sisters, 3 Queens – Gregory (Loved this one. )
  • Regarding Anna – Osmund
  • Olive Kitteridge – Strout
  • My name is Lisa Barton – Strout
  • The Secret Chord – Brooks
  • The Burial at Thebes – Heaney
  • The Good People – Kent
  • Coraline- Gaiman
  • Divergent – Roth
  • Insurgent – Roth
  • Allegiant – Roth
  • The Dry – Harper. (Really good.)
  • Promise of Blood – McClellan
  • The Crimson Campaign – McClellan
  • 2016 Non-fiction:
  • Retire Inspired – Hogan
  • Your Money or Your Life – Dominguez
  • The Index Card – Olen and Pollack
  • The Simple Guide to Wealth – Collins. (Really good.)
  • Stop Acting Rich… and Start Living Like a Real Millionaire – Stanley
  • Paris France – Stein. (meh)
  • Early Retirement Extreme – Fisker
  • The Barefoot Investor – Pape
  • Neither Here Nor There – Bryson
  • 2015 Fiction:
  •  The Coldest Girl in Coldtown – Black (Y.A fiction.. meh)
  • The Complete Maus – Spiegelman (A student loaned this to me. A graphic novel.)
  • Man of Clay – Osborne
  • 11.22.63 – King (A really good read.)
  • Still Alice – Genova (LOVED this.)
  • The End of the Affair- Greene
  • Everything I Never Told You – Ng (Wonderful.)
  • The Silent History- Horowitz, Moffett and Derby. (Enjoyed this.)
  • A God in Ruins – Atkinson (WONDERFUL.)
  • The Taming of the Queen – Gregory.
  • Desirée – Selinko
  • Bring Up The Bodies – Mantel
  • Cotillion – Heyer
  • The Unknown Ajax – Heyer
  • Pistols for Two – Heyer
  • Cousin Kate – Heyer
  • A Civil Contract – Heyer
  • The Nonesuch – Heyer
  • Finders Keepers – King
  • 2015 Non-Fiction:
  • Independence Days- Astyk (re-read).
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle – Kingsolver (re-read.)
  • Making Money Made Simple – Noel Whittaker (Really enjoyed this one.)
  • She-Wolves – Castor
  • Walden on Wheels – Ilgunas (Awful.)
  • 2014 Fiction
  • Dr Sleep – King
  • Room – Donoghue
  • The Husband’s Secret – Moriarty (Really good.)
  • The Walking Dead – Kirkman (graphic novel)
  • The Birthing House – Ransom (Don’t bother…)
  • The Boy Under The Table – Trope (Enjoyed this one.)
  • The Richest Man in Babylon – Conrad (re-read)
  • Cross Stitch (Outlander 1) – Gabaldon (Loved it.)
  • Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander 2) – Gabaldon (Addicted.)
  • Voyager (Outlander 3) – Gabaldon (Galloping through this series.)
  • Drums of Autumn (Outlander 4) – Gabaldon
  • The Fiery Cross (Outlander 5) – Gabaldon
  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander 6) – Gabaldon
  • An Echo in the Bone (Outlander 7) – Gabaldon (Now I have to wait till the next one’s released. ARGH!!!!!!)
  • A Trail of Fire – Gabaldon (Then I discovered she’s written other novels…)
  • Dust – Howey.
  • The Plagiarist – Howey
  • The Wick Omnibus – Bunker and Await
  • Alison Wonderland – Smith
  • Written in My Own Heart’s Blood – Gabaldon
  • Keep the Aspidistra Flying – Orwell
  • A King’s Ransom – Penman
  • Life After Life – Atkinson. (Couldn’t put it down.)
  • The Cement Garden – McEwen
  • Mr Mercedes – King. (A good one.)
  • The King’s Curse – Gregory (Really enjoyed this one.)
  • Wideacre – Gregory
  • The Favoured Child – Gregory
  • Meridan – Gregory
  • Restoration – Tremain
  • Pat of Silver Bush – Montgomery (re read.)
  • Mistress Pat – Montgomery (re-read)
  • Revival – King
  • The Cuckoo’s Calling – Galbraith
  • 2014 Non-Fiction
  • When We Remember They Call Us Liars – Covich (Made me glad I had the childhood I did…)
  • Gaia’s Garden – Hemenway (Very useful resource)
  • The Millionaire Next Door – Stanley and Thomas (Very interesting.)
  • The 5 Year Guide to Self Sufficiency – Barrows
  • Creating Real Wealth – Kemp
  • S.M.A.R.T Goals Made Simple – Scott
  • The Way of the Chicken – Webber
  • Backyard Self Sufficiency – French (re read)
  • Financial Security – Bouris (reread)
  • Creating Real Wealth – Kemp (re read)
  • Money: Master the Game – Robbins
  • 2013 Fiction
  • The Casual Vacancy – Rowling (Liked this one. Some UNlikeable characters though! Christmas present from Tom20)
  • The Red Queen – Gregory
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles – Conan-Doyle. (Christmas present from David19)
  • The Kingmaker’s Daughter – Gregory
  • Darkly Dreaming Dexter – Lindsay
  • Then – Gleitzman
  • After – Gleitzman
  • Now – Gleitzman (Just reading what my year 7s will be reading. These books are NOT my cup of tea. Thank God they’re a quick read!)
  • The Hypnotist – Kepler (enjoyed this, though the present tense got a little annoying at times.)
  • Betrayal – McIntosh
  • Revenge – McIntosh
  • Destiny – McIntosh (Not the best writing I’ve ever ploughed through, but this trilogy was a quick and easy read.)
  • The Forgotten Garden – Morton (Enjoyed this.)
  • The Reader – Schlink (Hated this. Found it pretentious)
  • Darkly Dreaming Dexter – Lindsay
  • Dearly Devoted Dexter – Lindsay
  • Dexter in the Dark – Lindsay
  • Dexter by Design – Lindsay
  • Dexter is Delicious – Lindsay
  • Double Dexter- Lindsay
  • Black Notice – Cornwell
  • The Lady of the Rivers- Gregory ( loved it)
  • Zomblog – TW Brown
  • The English Orphans – Mary Jane Holmes
  • Between Seasons – Brassington
  • What Zombies Fear – Allmond
  • Lionheart – Penman
  • The Blythes Are Quoted  – L.M. Montgomery
  • The Blue Castle – L. M. Montgomery (Enjoyed this.)
  • The Story Girl – L.M. Montgomery
  • The Golden Road – L. M. Montgomery
  • The Metamorphosis – Kafka
  • The Meowmorphosis – Cook
  • Wool – Howey
  • Emily of New Moon – Montgomery
  • Emily Climbs – Montgomery
  • Emily’s Quest – Montgomery
  • Shift – Howey.
  • Gone – Grant
  • Changeling – Gregory
  • Stormbringers – Gregory
  • Longbourne – Baker (Loved this. Pride and Prejudice told through the servants’ eyes.)
  • Foundation – Asimov
  • Second Foundation – Asimov
  • Foundation and Empire – Asimov
  • Foundation’s Edge – Asimov
  • Running with Scissors – Burroughs (re read)
  • The White Princess – Gregory
  • Foundation and Earth – Asimov
  • Dexter’s Final Cut – Lindsay (Enjoyed this one.)
  • The First Horseman – Wilson
  • True Grit – Portis (Surprisingly engaging.)
  • UR – King
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Capote (Loved this.)
  • Wolf Hall – Mantel
  • 2013 Non-fiction
  • Your Guide to Raw Food – Smith (Free ebook. Not worth the time it took to read.)
  • The Ultimate Gardening Guide – Pistorius. (Free ebook. See above.)
  • One Acre Homestead – McDonald (Free ebook. Had some good hints scattered through.)
  • Save Green while you go green – Kukral (free ebook.)
  • Choosing Eden – Langman (re read)
  • What Teachers Make – Mali
  • In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto – Pollan
  • 2013 Poetry
  • Threesome – Bentata-Moore/Farrugia/Williams
  • Horoscopes for the Dead – Collins
  • 2012 Fiction:
  • A Passionate Man – Trollope (She’s a fabulous writer. I want to read more of her this year.)
  • The Penelopiad : Attwood. (Retelling of the Odysseus legend from his wife’s point of view… very clever.)
  • The Leftovers (Perrotta)
  • Digging To America – Tyler
  • The Lake of Dreams – Edwards
  • Malicious Intent – Fox
  • The Devil’s Diadem – Douglass
  • Troy – Geras
  • The Recruit – Muchamore
  • Fault Lines – Huston
  • The White Queen – Gregory (reread)
  • Gone – Kellerman
  • The Known World – Jones (Wonderful)
  • The Age of Miracles – Thompson Walker
  • Early Leaving – Goldman (re read)
  • In Cold Blood – Capote (FANTASTIC)
  • 2012 Non-Fiction:
  • Your Farm in the City – Taylor (Too basic… not very impressed.)
  • One Magic Square – Houbein (Very good.)
  • My Favourite Teacher – Macklin (ed)
  • The Urban Farm Handbook – Cottrell and McNichols (AND AGAIN!)
  • Independence Days – Astyk (reread)
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle – Kingsolver (reread)
  • Growing Your Own Fruit and Vegetables – Chivers and Canning
  • Down to Earth – Hetzel (re read)
  • The Bucolic Plague – Kilmer-Purcell
  • A Resilient Life – Issa
  • Making Home – Astyk
  • 2011 Fiction:
  • Faro’s Daughter – Heyer (reread)
  • Written in Bone – Beckett (meh. Worked out whodunnit half way through…)
  • The Killing Place – Gerritsen
  • The Lacuna – Kingsolver
  • Roots of Evil – Rayne (An Aussie would never have named a book like this!)
  • Things We Didn’t See Coming – Amsterdam (Short stories. Good.)
  • The Night Ferry – Robotham (Not bad.)
  • The Professor’s House – Cather
  • The Passage – Cronin
  • Legend of a Suicide – Vann
  • The Pigeon – Suskind
  • The Moon is Down – Steinbeck (Re-read. I love this book.)
  • Cashelmara – Howatch (Love this book too. Reread.)
  • Plain Truth – Picoult (This is a good one. It’s a bit of a risk with this author but I really enjoyed this one.)
  • The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo – Larsson
  • The Girl Who Played With Fire – Larsson
  • The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest – Larsson
  • The Hunger Games – Collins (Loved it!)
  • The Good Daughter – Darznik
  • Catching Fire – Collins
  • The Mockingjay – Collins. (Read these books in a day each. Really enjoyed them)
  • The Amateur Marriage -Tyler (Loved this one.)
  • A Game of Thrones – Martin
  • Full Dark, No Stars – King. (Loved this one.)
  • A Storm of Swords – Martin
  • The Silent Girl – Gerritson
  • There Should Be More Dancing – Ham
  • A Feast of Crows – Martin
  • Lustrum – Harris (Life of Cicero. Wish I read the first one before this one, though.)
  • A Dance With Dragons – Martin
  • Rocks in the Belly – Bauer (Loved this one)
  • A Slipping -down Life – Tyler. (Excellent.)
  • 2011 Non Fiction:
  • Debt Free For Life – Bach
  • $21Challenge – Lippey (reread)
  • The Happiest Refugee – Do
  • Choosing Eden – Langman
  • Choosing Eden – Langman (Yes; I turned right around and read it again!)
  • Real Food – Evans (A real book for foodies. Unfortunately, that’s not me.)
  • The Urban Homestead – Coyne and Knutzen (Enjoyed this one.)
  • The Green Gardener – Byrne
  • Depletion and Abundance: Life on the New Home Front – Astyk
  • Making it – Coyne and Knutzen (Lots of projects; a handbook that I’ll be referring to over the next few years, I’m sure.)
  • Backyard Self Sufficiency – French. (Loved this book… it’ll be a useful reference for years to come.)
  • Companion Planting – French
  • The Permaculture Home Garden – Woodrow  (Fantastic!!!)
  • We Took To The Woods – Rich
  • Backyard Self Sufficiency – French (Reread)
  • The Seed Savers’ Handbook – Fanton
  • Choosing Eden – Langman (Yes… I read it again while I was waiting for Adam to finish a book I wanted to read.)
  • Organic Gardening: The Natural No-Dig Way – Dowding
  • Permaculture in a Nutshell – Whitefield (A good little book.)
  • Depletion and Abundance: Life on the New Home Front – Astyk (Re-read.)
  • At Home – Bryson (Loved this!)
  • Urban Homestead – Coyne and Knutzen (reread)
  • Making It – Coyne and Knutzen (reread)
  • Living the Good Life – Cockburn (Been wanting to read this for a while. Enjoyed it… made me glad Melbourne doesn’t get fruit fly!)
  • Cooking With Sunshine – Anderson and Palovic (This came with my new solar cooker)
  • Animal Vegetable Miracle – Kingsolver. (Loved this so much I went out and bought it.)
  • Vasili’s Garden – Vasili Kanidiadis
  • The Great Disruption – Gilding
  • Harvest – Kirton (A really good reference for Australian food gardening. I was very impressed.)
  • Organic Fruit Growing – McFarlane (A handy reference)
  • Backyard Selfsufficiency – French (reread)
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle – Kingsolver (reread. I liked this one so much I went and bought my own copy.)
  • 2010 Fiction:
  • The White Queen – Gregory. (interesting in that it deals with the people in Richard III, which I teach in year 12 English. It annoyed me that there was so much ‘magic’ in it though.)
  • Her Fearful Symmetry – Niffenegger (Really enjoyed this one.)
  • The Olive Sisters – Hampson
  • Wives and Lovers – Varley (Really enjoyed this one!)
  • A Song in the Daylight – Simons. (Loved the first 2/3rds of this. Just loved it. The ending was awful though…. terribly melodramatic and not at all believable. A real disappointment.)
  • The Devil Wears Prada – Weisberger  (Didn’t think this was particularly well written. The movie was better… imagine that!)
  • The Harrowing – Dinsdale
  • The Master of the Book – Moloney. (Young Adult fiction. Evan4 wanted me to read it.)
  • Silence – Perry (Really liked this one)
  • Fidelity – Perry. (This guy is good. Liked this one as well.)
  • Without Consent – Fox. (meh)
  • Relentless – Koontz (Quite disappointed by this one, actually. The basic premise of the novel was a good one, but there were so many improbable events that were there just to get the characters out of situations. Really bad writing. I’m amazed by the fact that he’s had so many novels published if this is the calibre of his work.)
  • The Dark Tide – Gross (meh)
  • A Stack of Stories – Kenny/Housden/Kenny (For year 9 English)
  • A Man For All Seasons – Bolt (For year 12 ESL)
  • Clara’s War – Kramer (True story of how 18 people hid in a bunker under a house from the Nazis for 2 years. Amazing.)
  • The Greengage Summer – Godden
  • Spies – Frayn
  • The Unknown Ajax – Heyer. (reread)
  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Hamid
  • Crocodile Tears – Horowitz
  • Antony and Cleopatra – McCullough
  • The Red Queen – Drabble
  • Lady of Quality – Heyer (reread)
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle – Wroblewski (Interesting. Based on Hamlet.)
  • Plan for Chaos – Wyndham. (This was an unpublished manuscript written at the same time as ‘Day of the Triffids.’ Good for curiosity value.)
  • And Thereby Hangs a Tale – Archer (Short stories.)
  • The Burning Wire – Deaver
  • Soul Catcher – White
  • The Sunne in Splendour – Penman. (A novel sympathetic to Richard III. I’ve owned this since when I was married and I’ve read it about 6 or 7 times. Just love it.)
  • Wish – Goldsworthy (Liked this one.)
  • A Member of the Wedding – McCullers. (meh.)
  • A Rumor of Dragons – Weis and Hickman (Young Adult. Ryan3 wanted me to read it.)
  • Here Be Dragons – Penman. (A re-read. Love this author.)
  • Falls the Shadow – Penman (Another re-read)
  • Let The Right One In – Lindqvist
  • Harbour – Lindqvist
  • Little House on the Prarie – Ingalls Wilder (reread)
  • These Happy Golden Years – Ingalls Wilder (reread)
  • The Tollgate – Heyer (reread)
  • Simon The Coldheart – Heyer (reread)
  • 2010.  Poetry
  • Taking Off Emily Dickinson’s Clothes – Collins
  • 2010 Non Fiction
  • Didn’t You Use To Be Someone? – Hughes
  • The Complete Tightwads Gazette – Dacyczyn (Reread)
  • The $21 Challenge – Lippey and Gower (Reread)
  • How to Pay off Your Mortgage in 5 years (by someone who did it in 3) – Bell (ReRead)
  • Dreams From My Father – Obama (I didn’t think I’d like this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. Really enjoyed it, and it got me thinking.)
  • Financial Security – Bouris. (Loved this book… particularly the shares part. Borrowed from the library but I’m considering buying it.)
  • $0 to Rich – Edwards, (A re-read. (I own this one!))
  • The Barefoot Investor % steps to Financial Freedom – Pape. (Again, a re-read.)
  • Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich – Frankel (Another re-read.)
  • Your Success in 5 Years or Less – Bell
  • Running With Scissors – Burroughs
  • The Total Money Makeover – Ramsey. (Loved it. Gave me a plan to work to.)
  • Recession-proof Your Finances – Dooley. (A guide from ‘Choice’ magazine. Quite good.)
  • Women and Money – Orman
  • Financial Peace Revisited – Ramsay


  • 2oo9.Fiction:
  • Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox Colfer (Always a good romp!)
  • Insomnia – King (Not one of his best by a long shot.)
  • People of the Book – Brooks. (Loved it. Thoroughly recommended)
  • Nightmares and Dreamscapes – (King)
  • The Slap – Tsiolkas (This was sent to me by Fifi who thought I’d like it. She was bang on the money. One of the best books I’ve read in a long while.)
  • My Enemy’s Cradle – Young
  • The Supernaturalists – Colfer (Alright, but it was no Artemis Fowle!)
  • The Uncommon Reader – Bennet (Reviewed briefly here)
  • Likely to Die – Fairstein (Took too long to get anywhere. )
  • Lady of Avalon – Zimmer Bradley
  • The Murder Farm – Schenkel
  • Firefly Summer – Binchy
  • Twilight – Abidi (No, not vampires! Set in Pakistan. I enjoyed this one very much.)
  • The Virgin and the Gypsy – Lawrence (I loved this collection of stories. I didn’t expect to, for some reason, but I was immersed in it.)
  • Shadow Man – McFadyen (Excellently gory serial killer novel. I enjoyed it a lot.)
  • The Face of Death – McFadyen (Also liked this one. Gobbled it up.)
  • The Story of a Non-Marrying Man and other stories – Lessing
  • Dancing With Eva – Judd (About life in the bunker with Hitler and Eva Braun. Interesting.)
  • Die For Me – Rose. (Good. Gory. )
  • A Darker Domain – McDermid
  • Lady Killer – Scottoline (One of those books that it’s nice to read sometimes, because it makes you think “I can write better than this, and she’s published!!”)
  • Legacy of Silence – Plain
  • Divine Justice – Baldacci
  • Thorn – Cork
  • White Tiger – Adiga
  • Mallawindy – Dettman (Really excellent. I loved reading this novel.)
  • Henry’s Daughter – Dettman (One of the best novels I’ve ever read.)
  • Captain of the Caryatid – Woodman
  • The Lute Player – Lofts
  • Life of Pi – Martel
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – Austen and Grahame-Smith (An enjoyable romp through Regency bloodbaths.)
  • Year of Wonders – Brooks. (This was a re-read. It’s on the list of books for next year’s year 12s, so I refreshed my memory. I liked it better the second time around; the ending bothered me very much the first time.)
  • Secrets in the Fire – Mankell (Not bad; about landmines in Mozambique. Young Adult fiction.)
  • The 19th Wife – Ebershoff (LOVED this one. Highly recommended.)
  • Goodnight Mister Tom – Magorian (Young Adult.)
  • The Shadow Isle – Kerr (This is a re-read. The last book in this series is coming out soon and I wanted to refresh my memory. Finally, after 23 years of reading this series…. I can find out how it ends!!!)
  • Bare Bones – Reichs.
  • The Imposter’s Daughter – Sandell. (My first graphic novel! I won this in a competition on KnotSewCrafty and liked it so much that I decided to pass it on the same way.)
  • Way of the Wolf – Grylls. (This is written by the guy on the tv show ‘Man vs Wild’. Ryan3 absolutely loved this show and I borrowed this from the school library for him.)
  • Maestro – Goldsworthy. (Reread. I’m teaching it this year to the year 12 ESL class.)
  • Richard 111 – Shakespeare. (This is a bit of a cheat… the year 12s read it aloud again this year.)
  • Animal Farm – Orwell (Again a cheat… I read it aloud to the year 11 ESLs.)
  • The Forsyte Saga Books 1,2 and 3 – Galsworthy. (Loved it. Loved. It.)
  • The Other Boleyn girl – Gregory (A reread before I watched the movie. What a let down the movie was!)
  • Dogboy – Eva Hornung
  • The Thirteenth Tale – Setterfield (Oh how I loved this novel. One of the best books I’ve ever read.)
  • Devil’s Brood – Penman (Ahhh, those Plantagenets!)
  • Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned – Tower (Collection of short stories. Loved it.. particularly the title story.)
  • The Water’s Lovely – Rendell
  • The Remains of the Day – Ishiguro (Delicate, beautiful and heartbreaking.)
  • The Silver Mage – Kerr. (I have been reading this very long series since the first one was published in the mid 1980s. This is the final volume. It was a fantastic read… I wallowed luxuriously in every word. A wonderful finale.)
  • The Grass is Singing – Lessing
  • Wide Sargasso Sea – Rhys
  • Just after Sunset – King. (Short stories… I don’t read enough of them, and I really should. There’s some good ones tucked away in here.)
  • The Dome – King
  • ‘Tis – McCourt. (Boring… don’t put yourself through it.)
  • The Thief – Rendell
  • The Zookeeper’s War – Conte
  • The Book Thief – Zusak (Really enjoyed this one.)
  • The Stand – King (A re-read. One of the best end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it novels I’ve read.)

  • Non-Fiction:2009
  • Shakespeare – Bryson
  • Mother Tongue – Bryson (Loved it… fascinating.)
  • Mason-Dixon Knitting – Gardiner and Shayne
  • Mason-Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines – Gardiner and Shayne
  • Bend the Rules Sewing – Karol
  • Quilts – Schmit
  • Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts – Hoverson
  • Growing Up Asian In Australia – Pung
  • Postsecret – Warren
  • My Secret – Warren
  • The Secret Lives of Men and Women – Warren
  • A Lifetime of Secrets – Warren
  • Postsecret: Confessions on Life, Death, and God – Warren

Poetry 2009

  • The Trouble With Poetry – Billy Collins
  • Ballistics – Billy Collins
  • Fiction 2008:  (Y.A = Young Adult fiction.)
  • Looking for Alibrandi – Marchetti ** (Y.A. Teaching it this year to 11ESL.)
  • Nineteen Minutes – Picoult *
  • The Crippled Angel – Douglass ****(Last in a trilogy, The Crucible. I loved this series)
  • The Bone Garden – Gerritsen (Good, but not as blood splattered as her others.)
  • Once – Gleitzman (Y.A. Ryan3 is doing this in Yr 7 English.)
  • Minority Report – Dick. * (Collection of short stories/novellas. Great ideas.)
  • Boy Overboard – Gleitzman (Y.A. )
  • Trouble – Kellerman
  • A Stack of Stories. (Y.A. This would be one of the most disappointing collections I’ve read. Only 2 or 3 stories were surprising and interesting. The rest were patronising and predictable. )
  • A Thousand Spendid Suns – Hosseini (Fantastic. I’m glad I’m a female in Australia.)
  • Voices of Summer – Pearson (I liked this one.)
  • The Book of Lies – Moloney (Y.A. Meh… it was a read….)
  • Achilles’ Choice – Niven & Barnes. (Interesting concept; dry writing.)
  • Saving Francesca – Marchetta (Y.A. Enjoyed it, though I cried when I finished it. If I dropped my bundle like F’s Mum did, there’s no one else around to help my kids cope. )
  • Midnight for Charlie Bone – Nimmo (Y.A.  A poor man’s Harry Potter. Just a read.)
  • The Reavers – MacDonald Fraser (Ridiculous in a funny and clever way. Made me laugh quite a bit through it.)
  • Beneath the Bleeding – McDermid. (Another Wire in the Blood… Good.)
  • Hade’s Daughter – Douglass (Troy Game 1. I’m loving this series.)
  • God’s Concubine – Douglass (Troy Game 2. There’s someone from Bentleigh library who has #3. Hurry up!!!)
  • Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination – Fielding. (By the author of ‘Bridget Jones. This is the biggest heap of tripe I have ever attempted to read. I had to throw it aside half way through, which NEVER happens…. I always have to see how plot lines pan out. Definitely stay away from this one. Life is too short.)
  • The Bourne Legacy – Van Lustbader (Ludlum would be turning in his grave. Clumsily written.)
  • Darkwitch Rising – Douglass (Troy Game 3. The library bought a new copy just for me…)
  • Druid’s Sword – Douglass (Troy Game 4. Really enjoyed this series.)
  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Solzenitsyn (I first read this when I was 16… now every 5 years or so I reread it. Love it.)
  • The Dressmaker – Ham (Wonderful.)
  • The Kabul Beauty School – Rodriguez. (I thought she was a bad mother and a raving lunatic. Interesting story though.)
  • This Boy’s Life – Wolff (I really liked this one. An excellent read. Autobiography.)
  • The Spare Room – Garner
  • Six Days – DuBois
  • The Shadow Isle – Kerr (I’ve been following the ‘Daggerspell’ series for 20 years. Only 1 more to go!!!!!)
  • The Conspiracy Club – Kellerman
  • Waiting – Jin (Fascinating book about a couple in China who had to wait 18 years to be married, because he couldn’t get divorced. Beautiful book.)
  • The Colour of Hope – Madison
  • The Bombmaker – Leather
  • Julie and Romeo – Ray
  • Gravity – Gerritsen
  • Stories not for the nervous – Alfred Hitchcock (editor)
  • The Birth of Venus – Dunant. (Really enjoyed this one.)
  • The Dreamstone – Jones. (This developed into a good read… liked it a lot.)
  • The Road – McCarthy. (Absolutely loved this. Couldn’t put it down.)
  • Richard III – Shakespeare (Not bad…)
  • The Magic Army – Thomas
  • Devil May Care – Faulks
  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – Boyne (Y.A.)
  • No Country For Old Men – McCarthy
  • The Daughter of Time – Tey (A badly written book vindicating Richard III from killing the princes in the Tower. The historical information was really interesting.)
  • The Other Queen – Gregory
  • The Almost Moon – Sebold
  • The Grave Tattoo – McDermid (Disappointing. It was a bit of a slog to finish.)
  • Centennial – Michener
  • Say Goodbye – Gardner (I enjoyed this one. Suitably gruesome.)
  • Straight – Francis
  • The Unquiet – Connolly
  • The Ice Age – Drabble
  • Twilight – Meyer
  • New Moon – Meyer
  • Eclipse – Meyer
  • Breaking Dawn – Meyer
  • In the Dark – Moggach
  • Panic – Abbott

Non Fiction:

  • Beijing Confidential – Jan Wong (Had to read this for a book review for HarperCollins. Too detailed… every last grain of dirt was talked about.)
  • A Left-handed History of the World – Wright. (Short biogs of left handers in history. Ok, but got a little tedious at times.)
  • $0 to Rich. The Everyday Woman’s Guide To Getting Wealthy – Edwards. (Loved her first book. This one is a useful guide to getting $$$ organised and setting off in the right direction.)
  • It’s my party and I’ll knit if I want to! – Aris. (Now I’m reading about knitting. Do I have a problem?)
  • The Lowest Rung… voices of Australian poverty – Peel. (Written by a friend. Interesting, thought provoking stuff. Brought up a lot of things for me from when I lived out in the Western suburbs…)
  • The Life & Times of Henry V – Earle
  • The Life & Times of Henry VIII – Lacey
  • Notes from a Small Island – Bryson (Great. Laughed out loud lots of times. Freaked the kids out…)

2007Fiction:

  • The Wounded Hawk – Douglass ***
  • The Nameless Day – Douglass ***
  • Crusader – Douglass ***
  • Sinner – Douglass ***
  • Starman – Douglass ***
  • Enchanter – Douglass **
  • Love and Other Infidelities – ***Townsend
  • Delicious – Pelligrino *
  • Circle of Flight – Marsden **
  • The Boleyn Inheritence – Gregory **** (Ok.. I loved this…)
  • Time and Chance – Penman ****
  • Rage – Bachman
  • The long walk – Bachman *****
  • Cell – King **
  • The time traveller’s wife – Niffenegger ***** (My favourite book of all time)
  • Eleven Hours – Simons
  • Prey – Crichton
  • These Happy Golden Years – Ingalls Wilder ***** perenial favourite
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Rowling *****
  • Battleaxe – Douglass (This is weak, but she steadily improves as the books go on.)
  • The Spirit Stone – Kerr ****
  • The Gold Falcon – Kerr ****
  • Gerald’s Game – King
  • Sandworms of Dune – Herbert & Anderson *
  • The catcher in the rye – Salinger (Teaching this next year. Year 12 English.)
  • The torment of others – McDermid *
  • Hamlet – Shakespeare (Taught it to Year 12 English)
  • The Andromeda strain – Crichton
  • The tenth circle – Picoult
  • Vanishing Acts – Picoult
  • Oryx and Crake – Atwood
  • Artemis Fowl and the lost colony – Colfer *
  • State of fear – Crichton
  • The ship of brides – Moyes
  • The Devil that danced on the water – Forna *** (Sierra Leone… oh my God. I never knew…)
  • The Kite Runner – Hosseini **** (Same as above; just substitute Afghanistan)
  • 2007, Non Fiction:
  • Rich Woman – Kiyosaki
  • Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich – Frankel (Let’s see about that!)
  • Quilting for Dummies – Fall
  • The Encyclopedia of Quilting and Patchwork Techniques – Guerrier
  • The Gentle Art of Domesticity – Brocket (Yarnstorm.)
  • Your kids’ money: How to earn it, save it, and set them up for life- Bell
  • Your money: Starting out and starting over – Bell
  • Shopping for Shares – Edwards (My bible for the stockmarket…)
  • The barefoot investor – Pape (Loved this, especially for my boys.)
    Top Stocks 2007 – Roth
    Rich Dad’s guide to becoming rich – Kiyosaki
    Trading Secrets – Bedford
    How I made $2,000,000 in the stock market – Darvas
    What is value investing? – Cunningham
    Your mortgage and how to pay it off in five years – Bell (Outdated numbers, but great.)
  • The successful investor – O’Neil
  • A short history of nearly everything – Bryson (Fascinating.)

4 Responses to Frogdancer Reads

  1. Ribbon says:

    Awesome amount of books you’ve got going on there! I admire people who make the time to read more.
    🙂
    best wishes

  2. andi says:

    OMG! How do you find the time to quilt, knit, teach, be a mother and read ALL THESE BOOKS!!!
    Do you ever sleep?
    Andi 🙂

  3. MadWoman says:

    WOW…I’m so adding a bunch of these to my list of books to read.

  4. Wow. You read a lot! I’ve seen another blogger friend recommend the Hunger Games. I seriously need to look out for it, or order it into my local library.

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