A Book for Every Year…

I got the idea for this post primarily from the brilliant Christa over at A Voluptuous Mind who posed a list earlier in the year of her favourite movies from every year she has been alive.

I got to thinking what my favourite books would be and inspired by the 1951 Club, I thought I would list my choice for the best books of 1971 to 2015! The reason I’m stopping at 2015 is because I didn’t read any notable new releases in 2016 or so far this year given my on-going book ban. Some years were easier than others – 1971 was pretty tough, but I had to debate between several books for 1993! Some were read at the time (although obviously I wasn’t reading John Berger on my first birthday!) and some only recently, but they represent a selection of some of my favourite books!

So, let’s kick off and see if any of your favourites are here too!

1971 – 1980

1971: The Dead Zone by Stephen King

1972: Ways of Seeing by John Berger

1973: Deenie by Judy Blume

1974: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M Pirsig

1975: American Buffalo by David Mamet

1976: Will you Please be Quiet, Please by Raymond Carver

1977: Dispatches by Michael Herr

1978: Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin

1979: The Executioners Song by Norman Mailer

1980: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

1981 – 1990

1981: Good Behaviour by Molly Keane

1982: The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ by Sue Townsend

1983: Fool for Love by Sam Sheperd

1984: Money by Martin Amis

1985: Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

1986: Perfume by Patrick Suskind

1987: The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster

1988: Libra by Don DeLillo

1989: A Prayer for Owen Meaney by John Irving

1990: Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates

1991 – 2000

1991: Seeing Things by Seamus Heaney

1992: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

1993: Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha! By Roddy Doyle

1994: The Skriker by Caryl Churchill

1995: Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson

1996: Reading in the Dark by Seamus Deane

1997: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

1998: Birds of America by Lorrie Moore

1999: Plainsong by Kent Haruf

2000: The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

2001 – 2010

2001: Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

2002: Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

2003: We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

2004: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

2005: The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

2006: The Arrival by Shaun Tan

2007: Remainder by Tom McCarthy

2008: A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz

2009: A Scattering Christopher Reid

2010: A Visit from the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan

2011 – 2015

2011: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

2012: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

2013: Tenth of December by George Saunders

2014: A Girl is a Half Formed Thing by Eimear McBride

2015: Tender by Belinda McKeon

Any of these take you back to a specific year? Or is anyone else tempted to make a list of their own? I’d quite like to do the same for music and movies, if I can find the time!

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

One of the things I have loved most about blogging, is the relationships I’ve built up with other bloggers and the opportunity to talk to like minded people about one of my favourite things. Books!


I realise my blog is a little bit odd in that I don’t review any recent or newly released books and I sometimes feel a little out of the loop, so I was delighted to be nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award by not one, but four very cool bloggers, Diana at Strahbery Fields, Friendly Bookworm, Alena at Alenaslife and Lizzi from These Little Words. Check out their blogs, everyone a winner!
I’m probably getting nominated for this one in the absence of a She Must be Fecking Mad to Set Herself Such a Ridiculous Challenge Award, but seriously, I’m very chuffed and it is nice to know that people are enjoying my blog.

So, without further ado, here are seven ‘interesting’ facts about myself! Well, you can be the judge of that……

1. I have a Masters in Theatre and had a brief and not entirely successful career as an actor. I once played all the pre-pubescent girls in the Irish Premiere of Caryl Churchill’s The Skriker.
2. Liam Neeson’s Mum Kitty was my school dinner lady and she lives down the road from me.

Sure isn't he a great fella altogether, doesn't he love his Mammy

Sure isn’t he a great fella altogether, doesn’t he love his Mammy

3. My biggest regret is that my parents didn’t live to meet their grandchildren. My biggest joy is that I can see them both in my twins.
4. My obsession with the film Footloose knows no bounds. Just ask Raging Fluff. At the ripe old age of 42, I still wear my ‘Dance Your Ass Off’ t-shirt with pride. Seriously, try and watch the final dance scene without smiling. I dare ya!

5. I am currently obsessed with cross-stitching. That is probably why my 20 Books of Summer is not on target. This is my latest project:

free hugs
6. When I’m not blogging, I am an Arts Officer at the gorgeous Clotworthy House. I run the Art Gallery, Theatre and workshop programme and am blessed to have a job I love. Well, most of the time.

7. I am not a girly-girl. I’m more sci-fi and Asian horror movie than chick-lit and rom-com. I wouldn’t thank you for chocolates and don’t fancy George Clooney. As my wee Mum used to say, ‘Cathy, you’re a bit odd’.

As this is the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, I would like to nominate the following blogs that have inspired me in different ways:

Raging Fluff – because he inspired me to start 746 Books

The Evening Reader – because I love her ‘Freestyle Fridays’ plus she reads cool books

Jacqui Wine’s Journal  – I love Jacqui’s reviews and she has been very supportive since I entered the wonderful and mad world of book blogging.

Elena at Book and Reviews is a bit of a crime-nerd, like myself and her Feminist Sundays posts always inspire.

Brona at Brona’s Books inspired me to read Edith Wharton for the first time with her Wharton Week and I am so glad she did. I’m a convert now!

Sasha at Pathologically Literate is one of the loveliest bloggers out there and reads at a phenomenal rate. If she had 746 unread books, they’d be done in a year!

Alex Raphael keeps me on my toes with his movie quizzes and keeps my inspired with his quotes of the day. A great blog altogether.

Bree at The Things We Read has joined me on two challenges now, March Madness and 20 Books of Summer. It’s always good to have someone with you for support when you set yourself ridiculous goals!

Juliana at Cedar Station is another challenge pal, but has been one of my favourite book bloggers since I started here at WordPress last December.

Candiss at Read The Gamut  is a girl after my own heart. She says, ‘If someone says a book is “too weird” for them, I am immediately drawn to it.’ Yup!


Now for the disclaimer.

I don’t like putting pressure on anyone, so if my chosen bloggers have already done this challenge, or don’t want to take part, I don’t mind at all. I’m really just doing this because it’s easier than writing my latest review 🙂
I follow a lot of blogs and find them all inspiring. I’ve learned so much from everyone I’ve followed in the 6 months and I’d like to thank you all for making my book wish list ten times longer than it should be!!