1. If Only It Were True - Marc Levy. 283pp. (USA, romance, ghosts). TBR since 2010.http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9946003
The film 'Just Like Heaven' with Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo was based on this book. Complete fluff, and not particularly well-written (although that might just have been the translation).
2. Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Extraordinary Journey to Promote Peace... One School at a Time - Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin</a>. 338pp. (Pakistan / Afghanistan / USA, foreign aid, biography). TBR since Oct. 2011.http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11626396
An inspiring story, but the metaphors are pretty terrible (try looking for Daniel's review on Goodreads - it will be near the top - and read the comments there - hilarious). Try to forget all you've heard about the scandal while reading, then google it afterwards. The problems are entirely predictable if you read between the hero-worship of the actual author for the subject, Greg Mortenson.
3. An End to Running - Lynne Reid Banks. 284pp. (UK / Israel). TBR since July 2008.http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6227828
A young Jewish writer in late 1950s London, bullied by his overbearing sister, falls in love with his young secretary and they move to a kibbutz where he hopes to find his Jewish identity. The first half of the book is told from the woman's viewpoint, but when they move to Israel, the man takes over. I enjoyed it while I was reading it, but it's rather dated, especially the attitudes, which makes it a period piece.
4. The Divide - Nicholas Evans. 438pp. (USA, relationships). TBR since April 2008.http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6085420
A page-turner about a young woman, found dead at the beginning of the book, then retracing her path to becoming a so-called eco-terrorist. Written by the author of 'The Horse Whisperer' and similarly absorbing, with good character development.
5. Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen - Fay Weldon. 155pp. (Literature, Writing, Reading, Jane Austen). TBR since October 2009.http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5739595
I really enjoyed these essays written to an imaginary niece by author Fay Weldon, supposedly to encourage her to enjoy Jane Austen's books. She has much more to say about reading, writing and fiction, but it is her thoughts about Jane Austen herself which I enjoyed the most. I wish I had an aunt who could write such wonderful and witty letters to me!
6. De eenzaamheid van priemgetallen (The Solitude of Prime Numbers) - Paolo Giordano. 318pp. (Italy, bullying, friendship). TBR since 2010. Own copy.http://www.goodreads.com/---/316863160
Two unpopular and rather odd teenagers, drawn together by their mutual loneliness. An impressive debut novel written by, of all things, a man studying for a doctorate in particle physics. Don't read it for the maths!
7. Een vrouw in oorlog (Inside the Gestapo) - Helene Moszkiewiez. 254pp. (Belgium, Resistance, WWII). TBR since Sept. 2008.http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6506989
A Jewish woman working for the Belgian Resistance becomes involved in all sorts of exploits, including working part-time as a secretary in the Gestapo HQ in Brussels. Supposedly an autobiograpy.
8. The Last Continent - Terry Pratchett. 412pp. (Discworld, fantasy). TBR since Sept. 2010.http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7061735
Discworld's version of Australia, including the weather, the stereotypes, the food and the films. Nowhere near my favourite Discworld novel.
9. De nacht achterna (West With the Wind) - Beryl Markham. 342pp. (Travel, Autobiography, Kenya, Aviation, 1920s / 1930s). TBR since 2008.http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6507896
Tales of an African childhood, of an extraordinary woman who broke taboos, trained racehorses, flew on safaris for famous people and was the first person to fly the Atlantic from England to the USA. The most scandalous parts of her life are not even mentioned in this book, but Ernest Hemingway recommended it; who am I to disagree?