Thursday, 9 July 2015

Six in Six for 2015

With Paris in July you always find a lot of new, nice blogs (thank you Tamara for making it easy to follow them all!). Through them, in this case Guiltless Reading I also find links to other interesting blogs. This is one Challenge I could not resist from Jo at The Book Jotter. Jo explains: "the idea being that as the end of June approaches and we are then halfway through 2015,  let us share the books we have read in those first 6 months. In fact let’s share 6 books in 6 categories, or simply just 6 books. Whatever you want to and the same book can obviously feature in more than one category. "

I borrowed some of her suggestions for categories, but you can obviously make up your own. Here are my choices, and I think you can easily see which of the books are my favourites, since they keep popping up. Or, it is only because there was not enough variety in my reading this year? Hmm, I don't know.  

There are some Paris (French connections) with The Age of Desire by Jennie Fields, the book of salt by Monique Truong (review to follow shortly), Patrick Modiano (Nobel Prize winner, my review of L'Herbe des nuits here), All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (must be my absolute favourite this year, and he received the Pulitzer Prize for it, and you can read my review here) and Joanna Harris, who often let her stories take place in France (my review of Five Quarters of the Orange here)

Edited: I realise I have nine categories instead of six. I guess I have to call it "Six in Nine"!

Six new authors to me

Maggie Lane
Kate Riordan
Patrick Modiano
Anthony Doerr
Terence Morgan
Lynn Reid Banks

Six authors I have read before

Diana Gabaldon
Jane Austen
Joanna Harris
Bernhard Schlink
John Berendt
Charles Dickens

Six authors I am looking forward to reading more of

Kate Riordan
Anthony Doerr
Diana Gabaldon
Jane Austen
Joanna Harris
Winston Graham

Six books I have enjoyed the most

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Homecoming by Bernhard Schlink
Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Lady Audley’s Secret by M.E. Braddon

Six authors I read last year – but not so far this year

Hilary Mantel
Daphne Du Maurier
Jim Crace
Paula McLain
Marianne Wiggins
Michael Frayn

Six books that took me on extraordinary journeys

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
An Echo in the Bones by Diana Gabaldon
The Girl in the Photograph by Kate Riordan
The Master of Bruges by Terence Morgan
Poldark by Winston Graham
Desperate Romantics: The Private Life of the Pre-Raphaelites by Franny Moyle

Six books that took me by the hand and led me into the past

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
The Girl in the Photograph by Kate Riordan
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Vägen mot Bålberget (The Road to Bålberget) by Therèse Söderlind
Poldark by Winston Graham
Desperate Romantics: The Private Life of the Pre-Raphaelites by Franny Moyle

Six Non-US/Non-British Authors

Bernhard Schlink
Patrick Modiano
Therèse Söderlind
Vladimir Nabokov
Monique Truong
Hjalmar Söderberg

Six From the Non-Fiction Shelf

A Brief History of the Celts by Peter Berresford Ellis
The Middle Ages by R.J. Cootes
Richard III and the Princes in the Tower by A.J. Pollard
Vasadöttrarna (The Vasa Daughters) by Karin Brunk Holmqvist
Kalmarunionen (The Kalmar Union) by Lars-Olof Larsson
Människan och skriften (Man and Writing) by Lars Melin

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