Saturday, January 30, 2016

Book List, 2015

This is a belated 2015 post because I'm still catching up from last year.   This is list of book without notes or quotes from any of them.  Many of these reflect my interest in history and family history, in particular.  You'll notice that I included the children's books I read last year, too.  If you want to know more about any of the books, leave a comment and I'll respond either via email (if you're a reply blogger) or in a reply to your comment (if you're a no-reply blogger).

  • Counting by 7s.  Holly Goldberg Sloan 
  • Christina Katerina and Fats and the Great Neighborhood War.  Patricia Lee Gauch, Stacey Schuett     
  • Sarah’s Quilt:  A Novel of Sarah Agnes Prine And the Arizona Territories, 1906.  Nancy E. Turner 
  • The Star Garden:  A Novel of Sarah Agnes Prine.  Nancy E. Turner 

  • Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good.  Jan Karon 
  • How to Be A Victorian:  A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Victorian Life.  Ruth Goodman

  • Saving CeeCee Honeycutt.  Beth Hoffman 
  • Vintage.  Susan Gloss 
  • First Frost.  Sarah Addison Allen   
  • Half Broke Horses:  A True-Life Novel.  Jeannette Walls 
  • Lost Lake.  Sarah Addison Allen

  • The Peach Keeper.  Sarah Addison Allen 
  • A Dangerous Place:  A Maisie Dobbs Novel.  Jacqueline Winspear 
  • The Girl Who Chased the Moon.  Sarah Addison Allen 
  • Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler:  A True Love Story Rediscovered.  Trudi Kanter 

  • Once We Were Brothers.  Ronald H. Balson    
  • Do Try to Speak As We Do:  The Diary of an American Au Pair.  Marjorie Leet Ford    
  • The Life We Bury.  Allen Eskens    
  • Daily Rituals:  How Artists Work.  Mason Currey  (unfinished) 

  • Empty Mansions:  The Mysterious Life of Hugette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune.  Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr. 
  • For Elise:  A Regency Romance.  Sarah M. Eden    
  • Darcy’s Passions:  Pride and Prejudice Retold Through His Eyes.  Regina Jeffers    
  • The Grandfathers.  Conrad Richter
  • The Nightingale.  Kristin Hannah 
  • The Schoolmaster’s Daughter: A Novel of the American Revolution.  John Smolens   

  • Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper.  Nicholson Baker 
  • Annie Dunne.  Sebastian Barry
  • Water from my Heart.  Charles Martin    
  • Sew Organized for the Busy Girl:  Tips to Make the Most of Your Time & Space.  Heidi Staples    

  • The Boston Girl.  Anita Diamant 
  • The Sugar Queen.  Sarah Addison Allen   
  • Don’t Sing at the Table:  Life Lessons from My Grandmothers.  Adriana Trigiani 
  • The Distant Hours.  Kate Morton

  • The Secret Life of Bees.  Sue Monk Kidd 
  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate.  Jacqueline Kelly 
  • In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer.  Irene Gut Opdyke with Jennifer Armstrong 

  • Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife.  Eben Alexander, M.D. 
  • Fancy Nancy:  My Family History.  Jane O’Conner 
  • Seven Brave Women.  Betsy Hearne 
  • Aunt Flossie’s Hats (and Crab Cakes Later).  Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howar 
  • The Granddaughter Necklace.  Sharon Denis Wyeth    
  • Homeplace.  Anne Shelby    
  • The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale. . . .  Jeanne Birdsall

  • The Persian Pickle Club.  Sandra Dallas 
  • A Sudden Light.  Garth Stein  
  • The Goodbye Quilt.  Susan Wiggs

In December I was reading Better Than Before:  Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin, but I didn't finish it till a few weeks ago so it's on my list for this month.

Some of these books I forgot almost as soon as I read them.  Others are still with me as fabulous books that I would reread and recommend to others.  I've been keeping a list of books I read for a few years now.  As I read, when I come to a quote or thought I especially like, I make a note on the post-it on the back of my bookmark, then type the quote when I add the book to my book list.  I also make notes about the story line, characters, and what I like/didn't like about the book.

If you're a reader, I hope you're reading something great right now.


1 comment:

  1. I was an avid reader as a child but rarely get through a book now. There is a great series on BBC at the moment called 'Dickensian' which has got me wanting to pick up a Dickens novel but most are so long with so many characters that they need to be read with some momentum. The TV series has taken characters from several of his stories, has them living on the same street and is entwining their 'back stories' very cleverly. Sets, script and acting all really done well.


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