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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Books I Read in 2018

Books Read in 2018


I'm not much of a one for choosing my Top Ten.

I used to, but I could never keep it just to ten

And when my ten started growing to twenty and up, I just gave up.



If a book is on this list, it means I read it and I read it because I liked it. 


I am not one to finish a book I don't care for, or am even feeling lukewarm about.




 I know there are people out there who feel like they can't put a book down once they've invested some time in it, and that's fine. That's just not me. 







That said, for those of you who sometimes ask me to recommend a book, or feel as though we share tastes in authors, I'm posting my entire list which you may consider recommendations. I hope, if you give any of these a try, you'll let me know what you think.



ONCE UPON A RIVER by Diane Setterfield

THE BOOK ARTIST by Mark Pryor (ARC)


  • A RISKY UNDERTAKING FOR LORETTA SINGLETARY by Terry Shames (ARC)

THE LIBRARY OF LOST AND FOUND by Phaedra Patrick (ARC)





BELLWEATHER RHAPSODY by Kate Racculia


The Last of the Stanfields by Marc Levy


The Paperbag Princess by Robert Munsch


  • Paris-Chien: Adventures of an Expat Dog by Jackie Clark Mancuso







  • BLACK SWAN RISING by Lisa Brackmann
  • BIBLIOPHILE: An Illustrated Miscellany by Jane Mount
  • I'd Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life by Anne Bogel
  • A Reckoning in the Back Country by Terry Shames




    • An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock by Terry Shames
    • The Necessary Murder of Nonie Blake by Terry Shames
    • A Deadly Affair at Bobtail Ridge by Terry Shames
    • Dead Broke in Jarrett Creek by Terry Shames
    • The Last Death of Jack Harbin by Terry Shames
    • A KILLING AT COTTON HILL by Terry Shames




    • THE WHISPERED WORD by Ellery Adams (ARC)
    • COMING HOME by Rosamunde Pilcher
    • BECOMING by Michelle Obama




    • FIERCE KINGDOMS by Gin Phillips
    • WINTER SOLSTICE by Rosamunde Pilcher
    • SEPTEMBER by Rosamunde Pilcher





    • The PRINTED LETTER BOOKSHOP by Katherine Reay (ARC)
    • THE COLLECTOR'S APPRENTICE by B. A. Shapiro
    • OUR PRINCE OF SCRIBES, WRITERS REMEMBER PAT CONROY Edited by Seitz and Haupt




    THE WITCH ELM by Tana French

    • DAUGHTERS OF THE LAKE by Wendy Webb
    • A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME by Marianne Holmes (ARC)
    • THE LABYRINTH OF THE SPIRITS by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    • CLARIS by Megan Hess



    • THE HOTEL ON PLACE VENDOME by Tilar J. Mazzeo
    • THE FRENCH ESCAPE by Suzi Tullett (ARC)
    • THE AGE OF LIGHT by Whitney Scharer (ARC)
    • MEET ME AT THE MUSEUM by Anne Youngson



    • LEVERAGE IN DEATH by J. D. Robb
    • THE LIBRARY OF LIGHT AND SHADOW by M. J. Rose
    • THE LOST CAROUSEL OF PROVENCE by Juliet Blackwell (ARC)



    • THE DOUBLE GAME by Dan Fesperman
    • SAFE HOUSES by Dan Fesperman
    • WINTER IN PARADISE by Elin Hilderbrand (ARC)
    • DESOLATION MOUNTAIN by William Kent Krueger




    • THE SHADOW OF THE WIND by Carlos Ruiz Zaffon
    • Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and The Dawn of the Modern Woman by Sam Wasson
    • ARETHA FRANKLIN, THE QUEEN OF SOUL by Mark Bego


    • TRANSCRIPTION by Kate Atkinson (ARC)
    • DREAMS OF FALLING by Karen White
    • GEORGIA BOTTOMS by Mark Childress



    • OPEN YOUR EYES by Paula Daly (ARC)
    • NIGHT OF MIRACLES by Elizabeth Berg (ARC)
    • GOODBYE, PARIS by Anstey Harris (ARC)
    • CLOCK DANCE by Anne Tyler



    • THE CONFECTIONER'S TALE by Laura Madeleine
    • THE AU PAIR by Emma Rous (ARC)
    • KINGDOM OF THE BLIND by Louise Penny (ARC)



    • LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng
    • DEAD MAN RUNNING by Steve Hamilton (ARC)
    • PAST TENSE by Lee Child (ARC)



    • WINTER COTTAGE by Mary Ellen Taylor (ARC)
    • A WELL-BEHAVED WOMAN: A NOVEL OF THE VANDERBILTS by Therese Anne Fowler (ARC)
    • The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers (And Their Muses) by Terri-Lynne DeFino (ARC)



    • UNDER MY SKIN by Lisa Unger (ARC)
    • NOVEMBER ROAD by Lou Berney (ARC)
    • SUMMER ON THE RIVER by Marcia Willett (ARC)



    • BRING ME BACK by B. A. Paris
    • DIARY OF A BOOKSELLER by Shaun Bythell
    • GOOD SAM by Dete Meserve




    • THE SPACE BETWEEN by Dete Meserve (ARC)
    • THE REALIST: A Novel of Berenice Abbott by Sarah Coleman
    • IMPOSTOR'S LURE by Carla Neggers (ARC)



    • PARIS ECHO by Sebastian Faulks (ARC)
    • REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PARIS: SIXTY YEARS OF WRITING FROM GOURMET edited by Ruth Reichl
    • VISIBLE EMPIRE by Hannah Pittard
    • THE ART OF INHERITING SECRETS by Barbara O'Neal ( ARC)



    • THE PARIS APARTMENT by Juliet Gauvin
    • THE LONDON FLAT by Juliet Gauvin
    • THE IRISH COTTAGE by Juliet Gauvin
    • THE THINGS WE DON'T SAY by Ella Carey (ARC)



    • THE VERY PICTURE OF YOU by Isabel Wolff
    • BY INVITATION ONLY by Dorothea Benton Frank
    • NO GOOD ASKING by Fran Kimmel (ARC)




    • THE SUMMER NANNY by Holly Chamberlin (ARC)
    • A COLLAR FOR CERBERUS by Matt Stanley (ARC)
    • THE CLOCKMAKER'S DAUGHTER by Kate Morton (ARC)




    SLEEPING IN THE GROUND by Peter Robinson

    • TRUST ME by Hank Phillippi Ryan (ARC)
    • THE FRENCH FOR CHRISTMAS by Fiona Valpy
    • THE FRENCH FOR LOVE by Fiona Valpy
    • THE FRENCH FOR ALWAYS by Fiona Valpy
    • THE BEEKEEPER'S PROMISE by Fiona Valpy (ARC)


    • WHITE HOUSES by Amy Bloom (ARC)
    • THE SCRAPBOOK OF FRANKIE PRATT by Caroline Preston
    • THE RED NOTEBOOK by Antoine Laurain
    • THE GUILTY DEAD by P. J. Tracy (ARC)


    • THE MURALIST by B. A. Shapiro
    • THE ART FORGER by B. A. Shapiro
    • THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah
    • PARIS MENDS BROKEN HEARTS by Kaya Quinsey
    • THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah



    • APRIL IN PARIS, 1921 by Tessa Lunney (ARC)
    • THE ITALIAN PARTY by Christina Lynch (ARC)
    • THE SILVER SHOES by Jill G. Hall (ARC)
    • THE DEATH OF MRS. WESTAWAY by Ruth Ware (ARC)


    • THE MASTERPIECE by Fiona Davis (ARC)
    • THE RAIN WATCHER by Tatiana de Rosnay (ARC)
    • LESS: A NOVEL by Andrew Sean Greer


    • THE LOST FOR WORDS BOOKSHOP by Stephanie Butland (ARC)
    • LULLABY ROAD by James Anderson
    • OUR PARIS: SKETCHES FROM MEMORY by Edmund White


    • IN THE SHADOW OF 10,000 HILLS by Jennifer Haupt (ARC)
    • SHORECLIFF by Ursula DeYoung
    • HALF A MIND by Wendy Hornsby
    • NO HARM by Wendy Hornsby


    • THE BOOKSHOP OF YESTERDAYS by Amy Meyerson (ARC)
    • The Portrait of Molly Dean by Katherine Kovacic (ARC)
    • The Art of the Wasted Day by Patricia Hampl


    • TEXT ME WHEN YOU GET HOME by Kayleen Schaefer
    • TIN MAN by Sarah Winman (ARC)
    • THE PARAMOUR'S DAUGHTER by Wendy Hornsby


    • IN THE GUISE OF MERCY by Wendy Hornsby
    • 77th Street Requiem by Wendy Hornsby
    • BAD INTENT by Wendy Hornsby
    • MIDNIGHT BABY by Wendy Hornsby


    • MY EXAGGERATED LIFE - PAT CONROY by Katherine Clark
    • BEACH HOUSE REUNION by Mary Alice Monroe (ARC)
    • TELLING LIES by Wendy Hornsby
    • THE HANGING by Wendy Hornsby


    • THE COLOR OF LIGHT by Wendy Hornsby
    • NUMBER 7, RUE JACOB by Wendy Hornsby (ARC)
    • TANGERINE by Christine Mangan (ARC)


    • THE CAST by Amy Blumenfeld (ARC)
    • SAILING LESSONS by Hannah McKinnon (ARC)
    • THE BISHOP'S PAWN by Steve Berry (ARC)


    • COLD GRAVE by Craig Robertson
    • SNAPSHOT by Craig Robertson
    • RANDOM by Craig Robertson
    • THE PHOTOGRAPHER by Craig Robertson


    • PARIS EVER AFTER by KSR Burns (ARC)
    • THE HOUSE ON HARBOR HILL by Shelly Stratton (ARC)
    • SUNBURN by Laura Lippman
    • MIDNIGHT RIOT by Ben Aaronovitch
    • WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT by Sandra Block (ARC )


    • NOT THAT I COULD TELL by Jessica Strawser (ARC)
    • THE HIGH TIDE CLUB by Mary Kay Andrews (ARC)
    • THE WESTERN STAR by Craig Johnson


    • MY PARIS DREAM by Kate Betts
    • PARIS FOR ONE by Jojo Moyes
    • THE POSSIBLE WORLD by Liese O'Halloran Schwarz (ARC)


    • SULFUR SPRINGS by William Kent Krueger
    • THURSDAY'S CHILD by Joseph Wurtenbaugh
    • THE MEMORY OF LEMON by Judith Fertig


    • GIVE ME YOUR HAND by Megan Abbott (ARC)
    • A NANTUCKET WEDDING by Nancy Thayer (ARC)
    • DARK IN DEATH by J.D. Robb


    • AFTER NIGHTFALL by A. J. Banner (ARC)
    • THE HIGH SEASON by Judy Blundell (ARC)
    • YEAR ONE by Nora Roberts
    • LOVE AND RUIN by Paula McLain (ARC)


    • GO ASK FANNIE by Elisabeth Hyde (ARC)
    • THE SOMETIMES SISTERS by Carolyn Brown (ARC)
    • HOW IT HAPPENED by Michael Koryta (ARC)
    • THE PIANO SHOP ON THE LEFT BANK by Thad Carhart


    • HALF MOON BAY by Alice LaPlante (ARC)
    • THE REUNION by Samantha Hayes (ARC)
    • PARIS STILL LIFE by Rosalind Brackenbury (ARC)


    • THE POT THIEF WHO STUDIED EDWARD ABBEY by J. Michael Orenduff (ARC)
    • CAME BACK TO SHOW YOU I COULD FLY by Robin Klein
    • RARE OBJECTS by Kathleen Tessaro


    • SOUVENIR (object lessons) by Rolf Potts (ARC)
    • DEAD HOUSE by Billy O'Callaghan (ARC)
    • "A" is for Alibi by Sue Grafton
    • BELLMAN & BLACK: A NOVEL by Diane Setterfield



    1 comment:

    Terry said...

    Wow, wow, wow. What a list. And to see mine tucked in there is sweet indieed.