I was genuinely thrilled when I met an absolutely stunning girl in the most unlikely of places. A gay bar. I was even more thrilled when this girl liked me. And things got even better when I realised that for the first time I was dating a girl who devoured books like they were necessary to live like I did.

Browsing through the freshly pressed blogs I came across someone who planned to do some summer reading and as Rhianna was reading over my shoulder and gasped at the brilliance that this blogger had a reading club with her partner we decided we had to do the same.

We hurriedly emptied the books onto the bed and talked over which ones we had read and which ones we wanted to read. We have a joint list and a list each. They are very ambitious lists but we will get through them, even if it means our booktastic summer of fun turns into a booktastic year of fun!

Rhianna’s list

The Sacred Art of Stealing – Christopher Brookmyre
The Ingenious Edgar Jones – Elizabeth Gardner
Grave Secrets – Kathy Reichs
The Game – Neil Strauss
The Night Watch – Sarah Waters

My list

Lost Souls – Poppy Z Brite
All Fun And Games Until Somebody Loses An Eye – Christopher Brookmyre
A Gathering Light – Jennifer Donnelly
Charlotte Gray – Sebastian Faulks
One Of Our Thursdays Is Missing – Jasper Fforde
Shades Of Grey – Jasper Fforde
Devil Bones – Kathy Reichs
Interview With A Vampire – Anne Rice

Joint List

The Magician’s Guild – Trudi Canavan
The Rotter’s Club – Jonathan Coe
The Hippopotamus – Stephen Fry
When They Lay Bare – Andrew Greig
The Broker – John Grisham
The Court Of The Air – Stephen Hunt
The Football Factory – John King
My Beautiful Laundrette – Hanif Kureishu
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – Steig Larsson
A Short History Of Tractors In Ukraine – Marina Lewycka
Brothers – Ted Van Lieshout
Broken Angels – Richard Montanari
The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
Pygmy – Chuck Palahniuk
Burton on Burton – Mark Salisbury
Them – Fay Sampson
Girl Meets Boy – Ali Smith
A Series Of Unfortunate Events (all) – Lemony Snicket
Dracula The Un-Dead – Dacre Stoker
Tipping The Velvet – Sarah Waters
We – Yevgeny Zamyatin
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak