13 – 13 – 13

This title might seem strange but when you read further, all will be revealed! The start year is 2013 and the challenge is to read 13 books in 13 subject areas and the only rule to read 1 in each subject before moving onto the next. So without further ado, here are my subjects:


All that Happened at Number 26
Aunts up the Cross
The Cat Inside
Convent Girls
Going Solo
Gray’s Anatomy
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Julie and Julia
Rainbow Pie: a Redneck Memoir
Searching for Women who Drink Whisky: love and life in India
Yes Please
No Place to Lay One’s Head


City of Sin
The Hell Fire Clubs: sex, satanism and secret societies
Shopping, Seduction and Mr Selfridge
Viking Age Iceland



Franco: soldier, commander, dictator
Genghis Khan: life, death and resurrection
Grey Eminence
Mercator: the Man who Mapped the Planet
Shopping, Seduction and Mr Selfridge


Bergdorf Blondes
The Debutante Divorcee
Gods Behaving Badly
Inappropriate Men
Name and Address Withheld
A Proper Family Christmas
I Still Dream About You

Classics Canon

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Ethan Frome
The Grapes of Wrath
The Magnificent Ambersons
The Quiet American
The Tale of Genji
Tales from 1,001 Nights
The Tin Flute
Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Historical Fiction

The Blind Assassin
The Unknown Ajax


If Life is a Bowl of Cherries, what am I Doing in the Pits?
Primordial soup: the least worst scripts (Red Dwarf)


Popular Science

Bad Science
The Signal and the Noise

Rock History

Pop Life
Duran Duran Wild Boys – the Unauthorised Biography

Science Fiction / Fantasy

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Dougal’s Diary
The Martian

True Crime

The Boy in the Box: the Unsolved Case of America’s Unknown Child
Gangland Melbourne
The Inheritor’s Powder
The Poet and the Murderer
The Suspicions of Mr Whicher
Tamam Shud: the Somerton Man Mystery


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