— But you will be ready to say, what was your hope in doing this? — What did you look forward to? — To any thing, every thing — to time, chance, circumstances, slow effects, sudden bursts, perserverance and weariness ... Every possibility of good was before me, and the first of blessings secured ... — from Emma, by Jane Austen (1775-1817)
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Books Read in 2015



Anthony Trollope 1815 | 2015
{January – December}



Margery Sharp Day {January}


Paris in July {July}



Emma 1815|2015 {December}




Biographies, memoirs, letters, history
  • Elizabeth Bard, Picnic in Provence {May}
  • Kate Anderson Brower, The residence  inside the private world of the White House {September}
  • Susan Cheever, e.e. cummings:  a life {January}
  • Paul Collins, Sixpence House {August}
  • Anne de Courcy, 1939:  The last season {June}
  • Jessica Fechtor, Stir:  my broken brain and the meals that brought me home {September}
  • M.F.K. Fisher, with photographs by Aileen Ah-Tye, M.F.K. Fisher's Provence {November}
  • Antonia Fraser, My history:  a memoir of growing up {November} 
  • Janice Hadlow, A royal experiment:  the private life of George III {March}
  • Susan Herrmann Loomis, In a French kitchen {July}{Paris in July}
  • Cara Nicoletti, Voracious:  a hungry reader cooks her way through great books {August}
  • Beverley Nichols, Down the kitchen sink {February}
  • Marc Peyser and Timothy Dwyer, Hissing cousins:  the untold story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth {April}
  • Robert Sackville-West, Disinherited {June}
  • Robert Sackville-West, Inheritance:  the story of Knole and the Sackvilles {July}


Fiction
  • Jane Austen, Emma {December}
  • Elizabeth Berg, The Dream Lover {April}
  • Brenda Bowen, Enchanted August {July}
  • Anita Diamant,  The Boston Girl {January}
  • Leona Francombe, The sage of Waterloo {July}
  • Nina George, The little Paris bookshop {July} {Paris in July}
  • Georgette Heyer, Frederica {January}
  • Henry James, 'The Friends of the Friends' {October}
  • Henry James, 'The Private Life' {October}
  • Henry James, 'The Wheel of Time' {September}
  • Antoine Laurain, The red notebook{July} {Paris in July}
  • Denis Mackail, The square circle {September}
  • William Nicholson, Amherst {March}
  • Natasha Pulley, The watchmaker of Filigree Street {August}
  • Hannah Rothschild, The improbability of love {December}
    Margery Sharp, The flowering thorn {June}
  • Margery Sharp, Lise Lillywhite {January} {Margery Sharp Day}
  • R.C.  Sherriff, The Fortnight in September {September}
  • Alexander McCall Smith, Emma {May}
  • D.E. Stevenson, The two Mrs. Abbotts {January}
  • Anthony Trollope, Barchester Towers {April} {#6barsets}
  • Anthony Trollope, Doctor Thorne {June} {#6barsets}
  • Anthony Trollope, Framley Parsonage {September} {#6barsets} 
  • Anthony Trollope, The last chronicle of Barset  {December}{#6barsets}
  • Anthony Trollope, The Small House at Allington {October}{#6barsets} 
  • Anthony Trollope, The Warden {February}{#6barsets}
  • Elizabeth von Arnim, The Enchanted April {April}
  • Edith Wharton, New Year's Day {October}
  • Lauren Willig, The other daughter {September}
  • Virginia Woolf, 'Kew Gardens' {September}

Language, Literature
  • William Alexander, Flirting with French {March}
  • Maggie Lane, Jane Austen and Food {January}
  • Mary Norris, Between you and me:  confessions of a comma queen {May}
  • David Orr, The road not taken:  finding America in the poem everyone loves and almost everyone gets wrong {November}

Mystery
  • Ace Atkins, Robert B, Parker's Kickback {June}
  • Nancy Atherton, Aunt Dimity and the summer king {May}
  • Jean-Luc Bannalec, Death in Brittany {September}
  • Carrie Bebris, The suspicions at Sanditon {August}
  • Alan Bradley, As chimney sweepers come to dust {January}
  • Jeannette de Beauvoir, Asylum {May}
  • Kate Charles, False tongues {May}
  • Ann Cleeves, Thin Air {June}
  • Martin Edwards, The serpent pool {January}
  • Martin Edwards, The dungeon house {December}
  • Martin Edwards, The frozen shroud {December}
  • J. Jefferson Farjeon, Mystery in white {August}
  • Elizabeth George, A banquet of consequences {November}
  • Elly Griffiths, The ghost fields {July}
  • Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, Star Fall {June}
  • Susan Hill, The soul of discretion {January}
  • Donna Leon, Falling in love {February}
  • Peter Lovesey, Down among the dead men {July}
  • G.M. Malliet, Demon summer {March}
  • Ngaio Marsh, Tied up in tinsel {December}
  • Frederique Molay, The 7th Woman {February}
  • Katherine Hall Page, The body in the birches {June}
  • Louise Penny, The cruelest month {December}
  • Anne Perry, The Angel Court Affair {June}
  • Anne Perry, Corridors of the night {December}
  • Imogen Robertson, Theft of Life {June}
  • Kate Rhodes, A killing of angels {January}
  • Kate Rhodes, The winter foundlings {March}
  • Peter Robinson, Abbattoir blues {January}
  • James Runcie, Sidney Chambers and the Forgiveness of Sins {July}
  • Dan Simmons, The fifth heart {August}
  • Alexander McCall Smith, The novel habits of happiness {August} 
  • Charles Todd, A pattern of lies {November}
  • Jacqueline Winspear, A dangerous place {April}

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

12.31.15

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