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 2018

Biographies, memoirs, letters, history
  • Julian Barnes, The pedant in the kitchen {May}
  • Anne Bogel, I'd rather be reading:  the delights and dilemnas of the reading life {September}
  • A. Herbage Edwards, Paris through an attic {August}
  • Lydia Edwards, How to read a dress {January}
  • Flora Fraser, The Washingtons:  George and Martha, 'Join'd by Friendship, Crown'd by Love' {July}
  • Tirzah Garwood, Long live Great Bardfield {October}
  • Adam Gopnik, At the strangers' gate:  arrivals in New York {January}
  • Adam Gopnik, Paris to the Moon {for Paris in July} {July}
  • Stephane Henault and Jeni Mitchell, A bite-sized history of France {August}
  • Constance Hill, Fanny Burney at the court of Queen Charlotte {May}
  • Constance Hill, Mary Russell Mitford and her surrondings {June}
  • Kathryn Hughes, Victorians undone:  tales of the flesh in the age of decorum {April}
  • Sheila Jonson Kindred, Jane Austen's transatlantic sister:  the life and letters of Fanny Palmer Austen {November}
  • Megan Marshall, The Peabody Sisters {March}
  • Susan Orlean, The Library Book {October}
  • James Pope-Hennessey, The quest for Queen Mary {November}
  • James Pope-Hennessey. Queen Mary {October}  
  • Laura Shapiro, What she ate  six remarkable women and the food that tells their stories {December}
  • John Simpson, The word detective:  searching for the meaning of life at the Oxford English dictionary {January}
  • John Sutherland, ed.., Literary landscapes {December}
  • Claire Tomalin, A life of my own {March}
  • Marian Veveers, Jane and Dorothy:  a true tale of sense and sensibility {November}

  • Helen Ashton, Parson Austen's daughter {November}
  • John Banville, Mrs. Osmond {April}
  • Katherine Chen, Mary B {August}
  • Marisa de los Santos, I'll be your blue sky {August}
  • E.M. Delafield, The diary of a provincial lady {June}
  • E.M. Delafield, The provincial lady goes further {July}
  • Monica Dickens, The winds of heaven {May}
  • Catherine Isaac, You, me, everything {August}
  • Henry James, The portrait of a lady {March}
  • Antoine Laurain, The Portrait {for Paris in July}{July} 
  • Alexander McCall Smith, A time of love and tartan {March}
  • AJ Pearce, Dear Mrs. Bird {July}
  • Allison Pearson, How hard can it be? {August}
  • R.C. Sheriff, Greengates {Persephone Readathon} {February}
  • Elizabeth Taylor, The soul of kindness {July}
  • Angela Thirkell, Summer half {June}
  • Angela Thirkell, Pomfret Towers {November}
  • Anthony Trollope, The Duke's Children {#PallisertParty} {Deember}
  • Anthony Trollope, Phineas Redux {#PalliserParty}{January}
  • Anthony Trollope, The Prime Minister {#PalliserParty} September}
  • Joanna Trollope, An unsuitable match {June}
  • Diana Tutton, Guard your daughters {June}
  • Elizabeth von Arnim, Elizabeth and her German Garden {August}
  • Dorothy Whipple, Greenbanks  {March}

  • Ace Atkins, Old black magic {August}
  • Kate Atkinson, Transcription {October}
  • Jean-Luc Bannalec, The fleur de sel murders {June}
  • Alan Bradley,The grave is a fine and private place {February}
  • Lynn Brittney, Murder in Belgravia {March}
  • Bill Clinton and James Patterson, The President is missing {November}
  • Ann Cleeves, Wild fire {September}
  • Jessica Fellowes, The Mitford Murders {February}
  • Elizabeth George, The punishment she deserves {May}
  • Elly Griffiths, The dark tower {July}
  • C.S. Harris, Why kill the innocent? {May}
  • Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, Shadow play {November}
  • Sophie Henaff, The awkward squad {May}
  • Susan Hill, The comforts of home {November}
  • Donna Leon, The temptation of forgiveness {April}
  • G.M. Malliet, The haunted season {December}
  • Alexander McCall Smith, The quiet side of passion {September}
  • Alan Meville, Weekend at Thrackley {October}
  • Katharine Hall Page, The body in the library {January}
  • Louise Penny, How the light gets in {November}
  • Anne Perry, Dark tide rising {August}

The books in bold are among my favorites this year.


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