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  1. Ooh, your books sound lovely!
    I'm going to reading lots of Isak Dinesen's short stories (Isak Dinesen is the pseudonym of Karen Blixen) – dreamy, melancholy, romantic, lots of travellers and storytelling and lovelorn countesses.
    And I'd recommend everyone to read Tove Jansson's Summer Book. It's about a grandmother and her grand-daughter, who spend their summers in a house on a little island. It's charming and very funny, but underpinned with sadness too. I can't do it justice. Do read it! x

  2. So I'm still trying to figure you out a little bit. You write from England, yes? I think some of the books popular there are not as well-known here…I plan to take your reading list to our little California town's libraries and see if there are any available. I'll let you know.

  3. As an American married to a Brit, I am just *crazy* for all things English, especially BOOKS! Have you read any by Lilian Harry? I devour her books as soon as I can get them… (off Ebay, or on a trip to Canada)- none seem to be published here in the US. I also LOVE Lesley Pearse, Judith Lennox, and many others. I especially love the books set in England during WW2. Oh, Elizabeth Elgin is another huge favorite! I just ordered a book from our local library by Elizabeth Berg – on your recommendation 🙂 Have not read any of her books –yet! Love your blog!!!! Susan

  4. Love your blog, would love to be in England as well, Mrs. Miniver is my absolut fave!!, and I am reading the French Leiutenet's Woman. I know it is not as old as some, but one that has drawn my interest. Would also like to know if you know the whereabouts of our dear Isabella in the 21st century? Found her from your site and she has recently fallen off the face of the earth. Do you know if she has changed her blog address? I would really love to know.

  5. After reading your list I'm thinking of writing a book called: What Do I Read When I Want To Read Everything?!
    I am currently reading (and thoroughly enjoying) The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte. Next up – a non-fiction called The Historian as Detective.
    Thanks for the list!

  6. I've been to the library and have returned empty handed. No Edith Wharton. I fancy The Bucanners and The Age of Innocence. What's worse, the librarian had never heard of her. I kid you not. I just fancy something weightier than chick lit.
    Anyone read Penny Vincenti? I've not read her yet and the novels look good. How about Joanne Trollope? I really enjoyed Marrying the Mistress.
    Ali x

  7. Aaah, but our library does!But only to use in the library…and they are not a very pretty blue.
    If I may be so bold as to suggest a puttery treat that I shall be doing myself?
    I am going to find myself out a nice wicker basket that I shall use for my library trips proper (when I go to play, rather than work!) and in it I shall put enough pennies for a nice cup of tea out, and my little notebook of books to read, books I have read, authors I have heard on the radio and want to investigate, and so on….
    just an idea!

  8. I'm reading:
    Women Artists: An Illustrated History by Nancy G. Heller
    Fit for Real People: Sew Great Clothes Using ANY Pattern (Sewing for Real People series) by Pati Palmer and Marta Alto
    Fat Girl's Guide to Life by Wendy Shanker
    The Fiery Cross (the Outlander series) by Diana Gabaldon
    And don't forget — you can get books through interlibrary loan at your library–just ask!

  9. You must have several weeks to keep library books. We only have two. I read so slow. Two weeks isn't enough to read one book if it's about an inch or more thick – like "An Old Fashioned Girl" by Louisa May Alcott. I'm always late bringing books back to the library.

  10. Wow! I've been reading your blog for ages!!
    Love the book list!
    Here's some of mine:
    Eat, Pray Love
    Sushi For Beginners
    Into The Wild
    Water For Elephants (bookclub)
    The Kite Runner
    hmmmm…. Is that good for now?
    Cheers, Denise

  11. I do love these book lists! I found a couple of lesser-known Edith Wharton books in a used bookshop–I plan to read both of those this Fall. I just started The Careful Use of Compliments (I love Alexander McCall Smith's Isabel Dalhousie series), and I'm about to begin Rebecca's Tale, by Sally Beauman (because I can never get enough of Manderley!).

  12. …y'know what, I'm a librarian at the most gorgeous library in a town called Ripon in North Yorkshire. I am constantly surrounded by the most gorgeous books and I barely have the time to read them!! Who'da thunk it!! I must must recommend Amy Tan "The Bonesetter's daughter" and also Arundhati Roy's "The God of Small Things", two of my favourite books. I don't know about anyone else but I tend to read several books at one time, only way to curb my wandering eye! At the moment I'm reading "Not buying it" by Judith Levine and A.A Gill's "The Angry Island" Both are really interesting! x

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