...when I went into the library ... and looked around at the familiar bookshelves, and could hear no sounds but sounds of peace, and knew that here I might dream or idle exactly as I chose ... how grateful I felt to the kindly Fate that brought me here ... — from Elizabeth and her German garden, by Elizabeth von Arnim
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Books read in 2018

Biographies, memoirs, letters, history
  • Julian Barnes, The pedant in the kitchen {May}
  • Lydia Edwards, How to read a dress {January}
  • Kathryn Hughes, Victorians undone:  tales of the flesh in the age of decorum {April}
  • John Simpson, The word detective:  searching for the meaning of life at the Oxford English dictionary {January}
  • Adam Gopnik, At the strangers' gate:  arrivals in New York {January}
  • Constance Hill, Fanny Burney at the court of Queen Charlotte {May}
  • Megan Marshall, The Peabody Sisters {March}
  • Claire Tomalin, A life of my own {March}

  • John Banville, Mrs. Osmond {April}
  • Monica Dickens, The winds of heaven {May}
  • Henry James, The portrait of a lady {March}
  • Alexander McCall Smith, A time of love and tartan {March}
  • R.C. Sheriff, Greengates {Persephone Readathon} {February}
  • Anthony Trollope, Phineas Redux {#PalliserParty}{January}
  • Dorothy Whipple, Greenbanks  {March}

  • Alan Bradley,The grave is a fine and private place {February}
  • Lynn Brittney, Murder in Belgravia {March}
  • Jessica Fellowes, The Mitford Murders {February}
  • Elizabeth George, The punishment she deserves {May}
  • C.S. Harris, Why kill the innocent? {May}
  • Sophie Henaff, The awkward squad {May}
  • Donna Leon, The temptation of forgiveness {April}
  • Katharine Hall Page, The body in the library {January}

The books in bold are among my favorites this year.


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