|My bedroom bookcase is my favorite thing in our whole house.|
The Cranford Chronicles by Elizabeth Gaskell (1851) Delightful collection of three novellas about an English village. The BBC movie adaptation is superb.
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (1869)
Drood by Dan Simmons (2009) Horror fiction about Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins.
Tarry Awhile by Lenora Mattingly Weber (1962) Beany Malone wants to hurry up and get married.
Desiree by Annemarie Selinko (1958) Fictional biography of Napoleon's first love, who later became queen of Sweden.
Pioneer Girl, the Annotated Autobiography of Laura Ingalls Wilder edited by Pamela Smith Hill (2014)
March by Geraldine Brooks (2005) Ridiculous novel told from the perspective of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March's father.
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris (2000) Funny essays.
Jackson's Dilemma by Iris Murdoch (1995) Murdoch's final novel, written as she was succumbing to Alzheimer's disease.
The Wilder Life by Wendy McClure (2011) One woman's obsession with Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Wine-Dark Sea by Patrick O'Brien (1993) One of the excellent Jack Aubrey/Stephen Maturin series.
Ulysses by James Joyce (1922) Man cooks breakfast, attends a funeral, and visits several pubs.
Three Men Out by Rex Stout (1954) Nero Wolfe mystery.
The Commodore by Patrick O'Brian (1995) More Captain Jack.
The Yellow Admiral by Patrick O'Brian (1996) Captain Jack Aubrey again.
Swan in the Evening by Rosamund Lehmann (1967) A memoir.
The Autobiography of William Butler Yeats (1936)
Mr. Wrong by Elizabeth Jane Howard (1975) Collection of short stories, some rather creepy or gruesome.
Green Mansions by W. H. Hudson (1904) Improbable romantic fiction set in a jungle in South America.
And Even Now by Max Beerbohm (1920) Essays
The Middle of my Tether by Joseph Epstein (1983) Essays
Wry Martinis by Christopher Buckley (1997) Essays
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon by Rebecca West (1941) Stunning travel log through the countries of the former Yugoslavia, on the eve of WW II.
The Diary of John Evelyn (1640-1706)
Before Midnight by Rex Stout (1955) Mystery
Odd Girl Out by Elizabeth Jane Howard (1972) A young girl visits her step brother and his wife and turns their lives upside down.
The Life of Samuel Johnson by James Boswell (1791)
Minnow on the Say by Phillipa Pearce (1955) Children's book about two boys searching for a long-lost treasure.
Trooper to the Southern Cross by Angela Thirkell (1934) Not her usual garden-party novel. Story of a somewhat ribald ocean voyage from England to Australia, carrying troops home from WWII.
The Hundred Days by Patrick O'Brian (1998) More Jack and Stephen!
The Memoirs of Laetitia Pilkington (1748)
Blue at the Mizzen by Patrick O'Brian (1999) Again with the nautical fiction.
A Sentimental Journey by Laurence Sterne (1768) Epistolary novel about a journey through France and Italy.
Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler (1940) Grim novel set in a soviet-style prison in the 1930s.
Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore (1869) Swashbuckling romantic fiction.
The Reminiscences of Lady Dorothy Nevill (1907) Memoir of an aristocrat. Lady Dorothy was one of the great Walpole family.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (2011)
21: The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey by Patrick O'Brian (2000) I finally read every Jack Aubry novel!
Something Borrowed, Something Blue by Lenora Mattingly Weber (1963) Beany Malone gets married.
The Education of Henry Adams (1907)
Utz by Bruce Chatwin (1988) Charming little novel about a man and his porcelain collection.
The Golden Spiders by Rex Stout (1953) Mystery novel--a cut above Stout's usual caliber.
The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery (1926) Young woman rebels against her suffocating family.
Pure Pleasure: A Guide to the 20th Century's Most Enjoyable Books by John Carey (2000)
A Reader's Delight by Noel Perrin (1988) Essays about books.
A Woman's Work is Never Done: A History of Housework in the British Isles by Caroline Davidson (1982)
Eating in America by Waverly Root (1976) An entertaining history of how Americans eat, starting with native Americans, moving through colonial times, and on up through the 1970s.
In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin (1977) Travel through Argentina in search of legend, in the days before airbnb and translation apps.
Assorted Prose by John Updike (1965) Essays
Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana jr. (1840) Account of being a member of the crew on a sailing voyage from Boston to California in the 1830s.
I. Claudius by Robert Graves (1934) Blog post coming.
All Change by Elizabeth Jane Howard (2012) Blog post coming.
Appointment in Samarra by John O'Hara (1934) Blog post coming.
A Child's Delight by Noel Perrin (1997) Delightful essays about children's books.
The Bucolic Plague by Josh Kilmer-Purcell (2010) Blog post coming.
That's fifty-six books, although I have to admit that I read a big chunk of War & Peace in CY 2014, and I didn't finish The Bucolic Plague until January 2nd, and I finished A Child's Delight yesterday. Obviously, not all of these were hard, but I needed the Rex Stouts and the Patrick O'Brians and the Beany Malones to rest my brain while I read the difficult books. I am looking forward to a more restful reading year in 2016. How was your reading year in 2015?