The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers

The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman

Watership Down by Richard Adams (audiobook)

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Bleak House by Charles Dickens *(re-read)

Digging for Richard III: The Search for the Lost King by Mike Pitts

King Hereafter by Dorothy Dunnett

11/22/63 by Stephen King

Moby Dick by Herman Melville (audiobook)

A Certain World by W.H. Auden

The Perfectly Imperfect Home by Deborah Needleman

Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies by Marilyn Chandler McEntyre


Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin

My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee* (re-read; audiobook)

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Emily’s Quest by L.M. Montgomery* (re-read)

Emily Climbs by L.M. Montgomery* (re-read)

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery

Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner

All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The Ambassadors by Henry James

Chapter/longer books read aloud to my children:

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis (audiobook)

The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis (audiobook)

The Horse and his Boy by C.S. Lewis (audiobook)

The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis (audiobook)


Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen* (re-read)

The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome

Truman by David McCullough

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carre

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen* (re-read)

1861: The Civil War Awakening by Adam Goodheart

The Well-Trained Mind by Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer

Death in Ecstasy by Ngaio Marsh

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Anne Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey

How She Does It: An everywoman’s guide to breaking old rules, getting creative, and making time for work in your actual, everyday life by Anne Bogel

Persuasion by Jane Austen* (re-read)

My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen* (re-read)

Gemini by Dorothy Dunnett

Emma by Jane Austen* (re-read)

The Double Comfort Safari Club by Alexander McCall Smith

Chapter/longer books read aloud to my children:

No Children, No Pets by Marion Holland

A Grain of Rice by Helena Clare Pittman

The Children’s Book of Virtues by William Bennett

Richard Scarry’s Please and Thank You Book by Richard Scarry

Johnny Appleseed by Will Moses

The Berenstain Bears’ Big Book of Science and Nature by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary

Five True Dog Stories by Margaret Davidson

The Story of Dr. Dolittle by Hugh Lofting

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Katie Morag’s Island Stories by Mairi Hedderwick

Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis (audiobook)


Hamlet by William Shakespeare* (re-read)

Tea Time for the Traditionally Built by Alexander McCall Smith

The Exact Place by Margie Haack

The Miracle at Speedy Motors by Alexander McCall Smith

Doomsday Book by Connie Willis

Wordsmithy by Douglas Wilson

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

The Tempest by William Shakespeare

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald* (re-read)

The Rat Began to Gnaw the Rope by C.W. Grafton

Dear Birthmother by Kathleen Silber and Phylis Speedlin

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (audiobook)

A Grace Disguised by Jerry Sittser

Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table, with Recipes by Shauna Niequist

Tear Soup by Pat Schweibert and Chuck DeKlyen

The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey

Telling the Truth: the Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy and Fairy Tale by Frederick Buechner * (re-read)

The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds by Alexander McCall Smith

Chapter/longer books read aloud to my children:

James Herriot’s Treasury for Children by James Herriot

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Here’s a Penny by Carolyn Haywood

The Lucky Baseball Bat by Matt Christopher

The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne

Fables by Arnold Lobel

The Milly-Molly-Mandy Storybook by Joyce Lankester Brisley


The Good Husband of Zebra Drive by Alexander McCall Smith

All Clear by Connie Willis

Caprice and Rondo by Dorothy Dunnett

Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James

Blackout by Connie Willis

Spectacular Sins by John Piper

The Forgotten Affairs of Youth by Alexander McCall Smith

The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

The Charming Quirks of Others by Alexander McCall Smith

The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Lament for a Son by Nicholas Wolterstorff

Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist

To Lie with Lions by Dorothy Dunnett

A Shelter in the Time of Storm by Paul Tripp

God in the Dark by Os Guinness

The Lost Art of Gratitude by Alexander McCall Smith

The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday by Alexander McCall Smith

Chapter/longer books read aloud to my children:

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Apple and the Arrow by Mary and Conrad Buff

My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett


Race of Scorpions by Dorothy Dunnett

The Reason for God by Timothy Keller

Scales of Gold by Dorothy Dunnett

Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist

A Praying Life by Paul Miller

The Unicorn Hunt by Dorothy Dunnett


Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus ed. by Nancy Guthrie

Niccolo Rising by Dorothy Dunnett

The Spring of the Ram by Dorothy Dunnett


The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett

Queen’s Play by Dorothy Dunnett

The Disorderly Knights by Dorothy Dunnett

Pawn in Frankincense by Dorothy Dunnett

The Ringed Castle by Dorothy Dunnett

Checkmate by Dorothy Dunnett

(It was a banner year for me: I discovered Dorothy Dunnett and read as I had not read in a couple of years–probably since I devoured the last half of the Aubrey/Maturin chronicles by Patrick O’Brian.)

5 thoughts on “reading…”

  1. Isn’t it sad that Josephine Tey was able to write so few books?!

  2. lindakc said:

    Have you given Dorothy Sayers a try?

    • Oh yes! Gaudy Night ranks as probably my all-time favorite novel. And my second son is named after one of Peter Wimsey’s!

      • That is super cool! (Took a bit to reply to that, eh?) I’m listening to Strong Poison in the car. Love Lord Peter’s humor! My paraphrase, “May your shadow never grow broader.” I see you’ve read Unbroken. I just read also. So inspiring? How in heaven’s name do you experience so much in one life? I’ve also reread Austen…always wishing she had written more.
        Have you ever watched the Fry/Laurie BBC Jeeves and Wooster episodes?Hilarious!
        Great 2014 Mother’s Day post. He must increase, I must decrease. Will I ever learn?

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