Welcome reader to my blog - a mixture of this and that. Now that we are living in a retirement community in downtown Columbia, MD my personal gardening activities are somewhat curtailed. I still enjoy visiting gardens, reading, watching wildlife on my walks, traveling, and occasional food commentary. Please leave a comment if you feel inspired to do so. I read every one of them.

Thursday, January 5, 2012


That's the number of books I read in 2011.  I didn't make the 100 goal but I enjoyed trying.   Here's the list of books in case you need some reading suggestions:

1. "Finders Keepers: A Tale of Archaeological Plunder & Obsession" by Craig Childs
2. "The Thirteenth Tale" by Dianne Setterfield (great book!)
3. "The Riddle of the River" by Catherine Shaw
4. "The Forgotten Garden" by Kate Morton (great book!)
5. "Year of Wonders -  Novel of the Plague" by Geraldine Brooks (fascinating!)
6. "House of Rain - Tracking a Vanished Civilization Across the American Southwest" by Craig Childs (interesting!)
7. "The Wolves of Andover" by Kathleen Kent
8. "Cutting for Stone" by Abraham Verghese
9. "Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival & My Journey from Homelessness to Harvard" by Liz Murray
10. "That Old Cape Magic" by Richard Russo
11. "Othello" by Shakespeare
12. "Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter" by Lisa Patton
13. "Brooklyn" by Colm Toibin
14. "Gold Boy, Emerald Girl" by Yiyun Li
15. "Annie's Ghosts" by Steve Luxenberg
16. "Still Alice" by Lisa Genova (quite moving!)
17. "The Fortune Cookie Chronicles" by Jennifer S. Lee
18. "Ellen Foster" by Kaye Gibbons
19. "A Thousand Years of Good Prayers" by Yiyun Li
20. "The Princes of Ireland" by Edward Rutherfurd
21. "Garlic & Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise" by Ruth Reichl
22."The Mapping of Love & Death" by Jacqueline Winspear (I love this series but start with the first one!)
23. "Double Comfort Safari Club" by Alexander McCall Smith (love this series too!)
24. "Death of a Chimney Sweep" by MC Beaton
25. "A Lesson in Secrets" by J. Winspear
26. "Finding My Voice" by Diane Rehm
27. "House of Seven Gables" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
28. "A River Runs Through It" by MacLean
29. "La's Orchestra Saves the World" by A. McCall Smith (wonderful!)
30. "An Artful Death" by Rod Jeffries
31. "33 Men _ Inside the Miraculous Survival & Dramatic Rescue of the CHilean Miners" by Jonathan Franklin
32. "Prayers for Sale" by Sandra Dallas (good read!)
33. "The Arm of the Starfish" by Madeleine L'Engle
34. "A Bride Goes West" by Nannie T. Alderson & Helena Huntington Smith
35. "The Chili Queen" by Sandra Dallas
36. "Whiter Than Snow" by Sandra Dallas
37. "Alice's Tulips" by Sandra Dallas (I got on a S. Dallas kick - all good)
38. "Tallgrass' by S. Dallas
39. "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand (griping!)
40. "The Way We Were" by Marcia Willett
41. "The Red Garden" by Alice Hoffman
42. "A Play on Piety" by Margaret Frazer
43. "The Distant Hours" by Kate Morton
44. "A Summer in the Country" by Marcia Willett
45. "The Teaberry Strangler" by Laura Childs
46. "Death of a Gentle Lady" by MC Beaton
47. "The Big Shift - Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife" by Marc Freedman
48. "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" by A. McCall Smith
49. "Morality for Beautiful Girls" by A. M. Smith
50. "The Kalahari Typing School for Men" by A. M. Smith
51. "The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott" by Kelly O'Connor McNees
52. "The Full Cupboard of Life" by A. M. Smith
53. "La's Orchestra .." 2nd time this year for book club
54. "In the Company of Cheerful Ladies" by A. M. Smith
55. "The Diary of Mattie Spenser" by S. Dallas
56. "The Miracle of Speedy Motors" by A. M. Smith
57. "Tea Time for the Traditionally Built" by A. M. Smith
58. "The Double Comfort Safari Club" 2nd time
59. "The Conjurer's Bird" by Martin Davies (fascinating!)
60. "22 Britannia Road" by Amanda Hodgkinson
61. "The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexander Dumas
62. "Semi-Sweet" by Roisin Meaney
63. "The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party" by A. M. Smith
64. "The Bride's House" by S. Dallas
65. "Prophet's Prey" by Sam Brower
66. "The Bells" by Harvell
67.  "Love on the Line" by Deeanne Gist
68. "Mutiny: A Novel of the Bounty" by John Boyne
69. "Missing" by Lindsay Harrison
70. "A Bride in the Bargain" by Deeanne Gist
71. "Deep in the Heart of Trouble" by D. Gist
72. "A Christmas Promise" by Anne Perry
73. "The Book Club" by Mary Alice Monroe
74. "The Persian Pickle Club" by S. Dallas
75. "Maid to Match" by D. Gist.


Robin said...

My goodness Marcia! You read more books then "The Italian" does!

HolleyGarden said...

Wow - you read more books than I do! Looked at your list - I've picked a few out that I'll be in the market for soon!

Patricia said...

This was fun to read through, Marcia. I have read 12 of the books you listed. It also prompted me to count my number of books read and I ended up with 77. Having a goal of 100 sounds like fun...I may try it this year. Reading is one of my greatest pleasures...and I enjoy reading your blog. Happy New Year.

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