The act of reading ... begins on a flat surface, counter or page, and then gets stirred and chopped and blended until what we make, in the end, is a dish, or story, all our own.
— Adam Gopnik

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January 27, 2019

In January, I was reading ...

The word detective:  searching for the meaning of it all
at the Oxford English Dictionary,
by John Simpson

Bewildering cares,
by Winifred Peck

The nutmeg tree,
by Margery Sharp

Lise Lillywhite,
by Margery Sharp

The house of mirth,
by Edith Wharton

Serving Victoria:  life in the royal household,
by Kate Hubbard

Charles Dickens: a life,
by Claire Tomalin

Bury your dead, 
by Louise Penny

Sargent's daughters:  the biography of a painting,
by Erica Hirshler

Case histories,
by Kate Atkinson

Northanger Abbey,
by Jane Austen
(for the first time!)

I thought it might be fun to look through my reading journals, and share, for a while, a possibly somewhat random list of  a book that stands out for me in my monthly lists.  I've loved it when other people have done something like this. And if nothing else, it will fun for me to look back.:)


JaneGS said...

What an intesting way to look back at one’s reading, particularly in January, which is fraught with good intentions and resolutions. I’m not sure I could characterize my January reading in the same way I can my October and December readings.

JoAnn said...

Fun post! I got a copy of Bewildering Cares after reading your review back in 2017. It's still in the pile (sigh!)... but I've enjoyed several others on your list.

Jane @ Beyond Eden Rock said...

What a lovely idea. Looking back I see that January isn't my best reading month, but I pulled together a very nice list and I can report that we have one book and one author is common:

2018 – The Chinese Shawl by Patricia Wentworth
2017 - The Trespasser by Tana French
2016 – Cluny Brown by Margery Sharp
2015 - The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope
2014 - Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
2013 - Serving Victoria: Life in the Royal Household by Kate Hubbard
2012 – Diving Belles by Lucy Wood
2011 – The Bower Bird by Ann Kelley
2010 – Rambles Beyond Railways by Wilkie Collins
2009 - Marraine: A Portrait of my Godmother by Oriel Malet
2008 – The Rising Tide by Molly Keane

Audrey said...

Thank you for sharing your list...I loved (on mine) that Margery Sharp showed up twice, thanks to you, Jane! (I still have Cluny Brown to look forward to).

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