Culture Club: The Catch Up.

NOTE: This blog post has absolutely nothing to do with The Culture Club or Boy George

From my last blog post, you may have gathered that I have recently completed my final year (for now) in education at the wonderful Lancaster University (yes it’s been merely days since I’ve moved out and I’m already looking at my University days with just a  a hint of nostalgia…).

This summer, I have made it my personal mission to have a major catch up on general culture including books, music, news and films, before I take my first tentative steps into the real working adult world. This way when my colleagues talk about the crisis in Syria, book prize winners and blockbusters of the year, I can confidently make witty contributions to the conversation instead of stand there, dumb blurting out whether they too have read Harry Potter…

After much deliberation, (AKA a quick Google search) I took Richard & Judy’s advice on what books I should chomp my way through this summer and intend to studiously work my through it.

Click here for their Book club home page. I’m reading their 100 best books of the decade to pass my summer and complete my crash course in pop culture that I’ve missed out on these past years. I’ll keep you updated with any of my particular faves.

Same goes for music and film, though I suspect my imminent trip to India will make those two a little harder…

NOTE: books written in green are when I have naughtily procrastinated away from the list.

A Place of Secrets Rachel Hore
Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years Townsend, Sue
Agent Zigzag: The True Wartime Story of Eddie Chapman: The Mo Macintyre, Ben
Alone in Berlin Fallada, Hans
American Wife Sittenfeld, Curtis
Angel’s Game, The Zafon, Carlos Ruiz
AtonementMcEwan, Ian
Bad Science Goldacre, Ben
Before I Fall Oliver, Lauren
Book Thief, The Zusak, Markus
Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, The Boyne, John
Brisingr Paolini, Christopher
Case Histories Atkinson, Kate
Change in Altitude, A Shreve, Anita
Child 44 Smith, Tom Rob
Children’s Book, The Byatt, A.S.
Cloud Atlas Mitchell, David
Corrections, The Franzen, Jonathan
Cure For Death By Lightening, The, Anderson-Dargatz Gail
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, The Haddon, Mark
Da Vinci Code, The Brown, Dan
Duma Key King, Stephen
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Gilbert, Elizabeth
Elegance of the Hedgehog, The Barbery, Muriel
Engleby Faulks, Sebastian
Exit Music Rankin, Ian
Five People You Meet in Heaven, The Albom, Mitch
Ghost, The Harris, Robert
Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest,The: Millennium Trilogy Larsson, Stieg
Girl Who Played with Fire,The: Millennium Trilogy Larsson, Stieg
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,The: Millennium Trilogy Larsson, Stieg
Greatest Show on Earth,The: The Evidence for Evolution Dawkins, Richard
Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Shaffer, Mary Ann & Barrows, Annie
Half of a Yellow Sun Ngozi Adichie, Chimamanda
Help, The Stockett, Kathryn
Host, The Meyer, Stephenie
House at Riverton, The Morton, Kate
Interpretation of Murder, The Rubenfeld, Jed
Island, The Hislop, Victoria
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell Susanna Clarke
Kite Runner, The Hosseini, Khaled
Labyrinth Mosse, Kate
Lacuna, The Kingsolver, Barbara
Last Fighting Tommy, The: The Life of Harry Patch, the Only Surviving Veteran of the Trenches Patch, Harry & Van Emden, Richard
Lieutenant, The Grenville, Kate
Life Eh? Hart, Miranda 
Life of Pi Martel, Yann
Little Women- Alcott
Little Stranger, The Waters, Sarah
Making of Modern Britain, The Marr, Andrew
Memory Keeper’s Daughter, The Edwards, Kim
Most Wanted Man John Le Carre
Murder Room PD James
My Sister’s Keeper Picoult, Jodi
Never Let Me Go Ishiguro, Kazuo
Nine Lives Darymple, William
No and Me Delphine de Vigan
No Time for Goodbye Barclay, Linwood
Noah’s Compass Tyler, Anne
Norwegian Wood Murakami, Haruki
One Day Nicholls, David
Operation Mincemeat: The True Spy Story That Changed the Course of WWII. Ben Macintyre
Other Hand, The Cleave, Chris
Other Queen, The Gregory, Philippa
Outcast, The Jones, Sadie
PS, I Love You Ahern, Cecelia
Reluctant Fundamentalist, The Hamid, Mohsin
Remarkable Creatures Chevalier, Tracy
Restless William Boyd
Road Home, The Tremain, Rose
Road, The McCarthy, Cormac
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Torday, Paul
Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic, The Kinsella, Sophie
Secret Life of Bees, The Kidd, Sue Monk
Secret Scripture, The Barry, Sebastian
Sepulchre Mosse, Kate
Shack, The Young, William P.
Shadow of the Wind, The Zafon, Carlos Ruiz
Short History of Nearly Everything, A Bryson, Bill
Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, A Lewycka, Marina
Sister Rosamund Lupton
Small Island Levy, Andrea
Star of the Sea Joseph O’Connor
Starter for Ten Nicholls, David
Suite Francaise Nemirovsky, Irene
Superfreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes and why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance Levitt, Steven D. & Dubner, Stephen J.
Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, The: The Murder at Road Hill House Summerscale, Kate
Tea Time for the Traditionally Built: The No.1 Ladies’ Detect McCall Smith, Alexander
Tenderness of Wolves Stef Penney
The Crying Tree Naseem Rakha
The Observations Jane Harris
The Snowman Jo Nesbo
The woman who went to bed for a year- Townsend Sue
The Wilding Maria McCann
Thirteenth Tale, The Setterfield, Diane
Thousand Splendid Suns, A Hosseini, Khaled
Time Traveler’s Wife, The Niffenegger, Audrey
Tipping Point, The: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference Malcolm Gladwell
Very Thought of You, The Alison, Rosie
Waiting for Columbus Thomas Trofimuk
We Need to Talk About Kevin: Serpent’s Tail Classics Shriver, Lionel
White Tiger, The Adiga, Aravind
Winter in Madrid Sansom, C. J.
Wolf Hall Mantel, Hilary
World without End Follett, Ken

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