Books I read during 2015

This page is for my own curiosity really. I like to read...a lot. Early last year my son was counting the words he had read but I am more interested in how many books I get through in a year. So here is the start of the list at the start of the year.
You will notice that when I find an author I enjoy I tend to read them...a lot.


1)  The courtship of Nellie Fisher. The Parting. (book one) by Beverly Lewis
2)  School's Out by Jack Sheffield
3)  I'd know you anywhere by Laura Lippman
4)  The Fiddler by Beverly Lewis
5)  Mr Rosenblum's List by Natasha Solomons
6)  The courtship of Nellie Fisher. The Forbidden. (book 2) by Beverly Lewis
7)  The Gallery of Vanished Husbands by Natasha Solomons

I enjoyed all of these books, all easy reading apart from Mr Rosenblum's List which left me feeling slightly anxious each time I put it down. But in saying that it was still a good read.


8)  By bread alone by Sarah-Kate Lynch.
9)  The courtship of Nellie Fisher. The Longing. (book 3) by Beverly Lewis
10)  Women and children first by Gill Paul
11)  The gospel according to Peanuts by Robert L. Short
12)  The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman
13)  A Winter's Wedding by Sharon Owens
14)  The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
15) Walking on Air by Christina Jones

Once again I enjoyed these books. Dan Brown of course is always a  good read and I found it hard to put this one down. The others were all light, easy reading apart from #11 which was a study resource.


16)  Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead
17)  Her Ladyship's Girl by Anwyn Moyle
18)  Time and time again by Ben Elton
19)  In the Land of Blue Burqas by Kate McCord (a protective psuedonym).
20)  When the Snow Falls by Fern Michaels (four novellas by different authors)

A mix of books this month, Some a bit meatier than others, a mix of fact and fiction. Good reading.


21)   Hokitika Boy by Charlotte Randall
22)  A Place to Belong Wild West Wind, (book 3) by Lauraine Snelling
23)  Cheap Day Return by R.F. Delderfield
24)  Little Lady, Big Apple by Hester Browne
25)  When the Dawn Breaks by Emma Fraser
26)  Unshaken by Francine Rivers (a novella)
27)  A Sister's Shame by Carol Rivers

Hokitika Boy was one I enjoyed this month, partly because it was a historical novel set in the goldfields of the West Coast of New Zealand approximately 20 mins drive from where I grew up. I enjoyed all the other books as well.


28)  Leftover Dead by Jimmie Ruth Evans
29)  Wallis by Rebecca Dean
30)  The Exit by Helen Fitzgerald
31)  The Ship by Antonia Honeywell
32)  31 Dream Street by Lisa Jewell
33)  Cross Roads by Wm. Paul Young
34)  Christmas at Timberwoods by Fern Michaels

A mixed bag this month. Most I enjoyed. One (The Exit) I didn't but by the time I realised where it was heading I had almost finished it. I actually left out large chunks because they were a bit too out there for me.


35)  The Guardian by Beverley Lewis.
36)  Startling Moon by Liu Hong
37)  The Queen and I by Sue Townsend
38)  The Blue Mile by Kim Kelly
39)  The Truth by Michael Palin

I found this mix of books rather interesting. They are all different genres but all enjoyable - The Truth was probably the hardest (for me) to get into but good once I got there.


40)  Unafraid by Francine Rivers (a novella)
41)  The Bishop's Wife by Mette Ivie Harrison
42)  Solomon's Kitten by Sheila Jeffries
43)  The Kitchen Boy, A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
44)  A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar by Suzanne Joinson

Once more a mix of genres. I enjoyed them all and was educated by one or two of them.


45)  The Way of the Warrior Manifesting your Spirit (book 2) by Graham Cooke
46)   Fractured by Dani Atkins
47)  Justice by Karen Robards
48)  A Cruel Courtship by Candace Robb
49)  A Time for Every Season by Shelagh Noden
50)  Scandal in Prior's Ford by Eve Houston
51)  The Winter Garden by Jane Thynne
52)  The Bridesmaid by Beverly Lewis

It seems I've done a lot of reading this month but one of the books is one study resource I have been reading on and off all year. The Winter Garden was a good, meaty story set in pre WW2 Germany - espionage is probably how I would class it, but not full of bad language and violence so good to read. Some good stories in here.


53)  Tomorrow's Rainbow by Sara Hylton
54)  Who'd Marry a Doctor (A Chatham Islands Casebook)  by Elaine Grundy
55)  A Christmas Feast by Katie Fforde (Short stories)
56)  The Secret Seasons of Grace (book 1) by Beverly Lewis
57)  Swallowing Grandma by Kate Long
58)  The Missing Seasons of Grace (book 2) by Beverly Lewis
59)  Tara Road by Maeve Binchy

Some good stories here and some I didn't enjoy so much.  Maeve Binchy is always good and I find I am enjoying Sara Hylton as well and am currently reading another of her books.


60)  My Sister Clare by Sara Hylton
61)  Granny Dan by Danielle Steel
62)  Those Faraday Girls by Monica McInerney
63)  Crafted Prayer by Graham Cooke
64)  Hiss and Hers by M.C. Beaton
65)  The Telling Seasons of Grace (book 3) by Beverley Lewis
66)  The Preachers' Daughter Annie's People (book 1) by Beverly Lewis

One study resource which I have been reading on and off for a month or two. Other than that quite a mixed bag, one a bit silly, all easy reading.


67)  Sweethearts by Emma Blair
68)  The Englisher Annie's People (book 2) by Beverly Lewis
69)  The Making of Us by Lisa Jewell
70)  Dream Culture, bringing dreams to life by Andy and Janine Mason
71)  50 Harbor Street by Debbie Macomber
72)  Becoming Jane Eyre by Sheila Kohler
73)  The Brethren Annie's People (book 3) by Beverly Lewis


74)  Elizabeth, Captive Princess by Margaret Irwin
75)  Elizabeth and the Prince of Spain by Margaret Irwin
76)  Her Mother's Hope by Francine Rivers
77)  Paving the New Road by Sulari Gentill
78)  The Shoe Box A Christmas Story by Francine Rivers
79)  Things We Never Say by Sheila O'Flanagan

 Well that is it for 2015. I have read a variety of books, some I've enjoyed immensely and others were just a good read. One or two I couldn't finish or left out great chunks, but not many. As the year closes I am in the middle of one by Amanda Quick called Otherwise Engaged. I am enjoying it as it is slightly different although boiled down it is a twist on a love story - with a subplot. Or perhaps the subplot is the story and the love affair is the subplot. Mmm. I'll leave you with that thought.


1 comment:

  1. I will have to try some of these. I have read so many Beverly Lewis in a row I had to stop for a while. If you haven't read Francine Rivers give her a try, especially the Mark of the Lion series. They look big and intimidating, but are truly easy reads. Have a great day!


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