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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Books read in 2017

Biographies, memoirs, letters, history
  • Julia Baird, Victoria the Queen:  an intimate biography of the woman who ruled an empire {January}
  • Joe Biden, Promise me, Dad {December}
  • Deborah Cadbury, Queen Victoria's matchmaking:  the royal marriages that shaped Europe {December}
  • David Coggins, Paris in winter:  an illustrated memoir {February}
  • Laurie Colwin, Home cooking {January}
  • Paul Douglass, Lady Caroline Lamb:  a biography {June}
  • Anne Edwards, Matriarch:  Queen Mary and the house of Windsor {July}
  • Lauren Elkin, Flaneuse:  women walk the city in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London {April}
  • Frances Faviell, A Chelsea concerto {March}
  • Amy Gary, In the great green room:  the brilliant and bold life of Margaret Wise Brown {March}
  • Michael Jenkins, A house in Flanders {for Paris in July} {July}
  • Margaret Kennedy,  Jane Austen {March}
  • Denise Kiernan, The last castle {October}
  • David Lebovitz, L'appart:  the delights and disasters of making my Paris home {November}
  • Mary Lutyens, ed., Lady Lytton's court diary {April}
  • Victor Mallet, ed., Life with Queen Victoria:  Marie Mallet's letters from Court, 1887-1901 {January}
  • Megan Marshall, Elizabeth Bishop:  a miracle for breakfast {February}
  • Joanna Martin, Wives and daughters:  women and children in the Georgian country house {April}
  • Anna Quindlen, Imagined London:  a tour of the world's greatest fictional city{May}
  • Pamela Paul, My life with Bob:  flawed heroine keeps book of books, plot ensues{May}
  • Carl Rollyson, Amy Lowell anew:  a biography {February}
  • Nina Sankovitch, The Lowells of Massachusetts:  an American family {June}
  • Elaine Sciolino, The only street in Paris:  life on the rue des Martyrs {for Paris in July}{July}
  • Stephen Taylor, Defiance:  the extraordinary life of Lady Anne Barnard {November}
  • Lucy Worsley, Jane Austen at home {July}


  • Joan Aiken, Lady Catherine's necklace {July}
  • Jane Austen, Emma {December}
  • Jane Austen, Mansfield Park {October}
  • Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey {November}
  • Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice {July}
  • Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility {February}
  • March Cost, A woman of  letters {February}
  • O. Douglas, Priorsford {April}
  • Beth Gutcheon, Still missing {April}
  • Margaret Kennedy, Together and apart {for Margaret Kennedy Day} {June}
  • Elinor Lipman, On Turpentine Lane {April}
  • Alexander McCall Smith, A distant view of everything {August}
  • Alexander McCall Smith, The Bertie Project{May}
  • Alexander McCall Smith, My Italian Bulldozer {April}
  • Winifred Peck, Bewildering cares {January}
  • Kathleen Rooney, Lillian Boxfish takes a walk {February}
  • Francesca Segal, The awkward age {July}
  • Margery Sharp, The eye of love {for Margery Sharp Day} {January}
  • Margery Sharp, Martha, Eric and George {for Margery Sharp Day} {January}
  • Angela Thirkell, Wild strawberries {July}
  • Anthony Trollope, Can you forgive her? {#PalliserParty} {March} 
  • Anthony Trollope, The Eustace Diamonds {#PalliserParty} {October}
  • Anthony Trollope, Phineas Finn {#PalliserParty}{July}
  • Joanna Trollope, City of friends {July}

  • Rennie Airth, The death of kings {February}
  • Nancy Atherton, Aunt Dimity and the widow's curse {September} 
  • Ace Atkins, Robert B. Parker's Little White Lies {June}
  • Lois Austen-Leigh, The incredible crime {August}
  • Ann Cleeves, Blue Lightning {May}
  • Ann Cleeves, Cold earth{May}
  • Patricia Cornwell, Chaos {January}
  • Deborah Crombie, Garden of lamentations {March}
  • Elly Griffiths, The chalk pit {July}
  • Cyril Hare, An English murder {January}
  • Georgette Heyer, Envious Casca {January}
  • Anthony Horowiyz, Magpie murders {July}
  • Faye Kellerman, Bone box {April}
  • Donna Leon, Earthly remains {May}
  • Charlie Lovett, First impressions {October}
  • Peter Lovesey, Beau death {December}
  • Susan Elia MacNeil, Princess Elizabeth's spy {July}
  • Clare Mackintosh, I see you {April}
  • Louise Penny, A rule against murder{May}
  • Anne Perry, An echo of murder {September} 
  • Anne Perry, Murder on the Serpetine {May}
  • Leif GW Persson, The dying detective {July}
  • Christine Poulson, Footfall {August}
  • Ian Rankin, Rather be the devil {March}
  • Peter Robinson, Sleeping in the ground {September} 
  • Nicola Upson, Nine lessons {December}
  • Charles Todd, Racing the devil{May}
  • Kate Welsh, The wages of sin {April}
  • Jacqueline Winspear, In this grave hour {April}

  • Ronald Epstein, M.D., Attending:  medicine, mindfulness and humanity {March}
  • David Oshinsky, Bellevue:  three centuries of medicine and mayhem at America's most storied hospital{May}

The books in bold type are among this year's best.


1 comment:

Elizabeth Neill said...

Audrey, I like your blog very much. You're such as passionate and prolific reader. Your blog is much better than mine! I look forward to future posts.

Thank you for visiting!

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