Some Favorite Books
I thought I'd try to remember some books I've liked enough to
recommend to others. I'll add books to this list as I think
of them but probably won't be able to remember some of the best.
Some I read at a younger age. Maybe wouldn't like now?
- Jane Austen
- Pride and Prejudice (all-time favorite)
- Mansfield Park
- Sense and Sensibility
- Willa Cather
- Fifth Business
- The Manticore
- World of Wonders
The 3 together are called
The Deptford Trilogy. Read in order given.
- Helen Fielding
- Bridget Jones's Diary
- The Edge of Reason
Read in the above order. Hilarious, especially if you've read
Pride and Prejudice
AND seen the
BBC mini-series of Pride and Prejudice, the one with
- Ken Follett
- John Galsworthy
- Her Inspector Lynley mysteries set in England (all over).
- Gail Godwin
- Father Melancholy's Daughter
- Others (I don't distinctly remember too many of her other
books but remember enjoying the ones I read.)
- Herman Hesse
- All of his books.
I read nearly all his books when
I was in my 20s and 30s and loved them then.
- Tony Hillerman
- All his Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee (Navajo) mysteries set in
New Mexico and Arizona.
- Nick Hornby
- About a Boy (one of my favorite books,
good movie, too)
- High Fidelity
- P. D. James
- All the Rabbi Small mysteries
Be sure to read them in
order, starting with Friday, the Rabbi Slept Late. They'll make
you wish you were Jewish if you aren't already.
- Elinor Lipman
- The Inn at Lake Devine
(my favorite Elinor Lipman book)
- The Ladies' Man
- all her
(I think I've read all her books and liked every one.)
- The Razor's Edge
- Of Human Bondage
- The Moon and Sixpense
- Others that he's written
- Louise Penny
- Barbara Pym
- Any of her books
They all run together in my mind, but I've read most,
maybe all, of them and loved all the ones I read.
- Ruth Rendell
- Dodie Smith
- Wallace Stegner
- Scott Turow
- Presumed Innocent (a good mystery)
- Anne Tyler
- Ladder of Years
- A Patchwork Planet
- Back When We Were Grownups
I like her above later books the best (not quite as melancholy
as her earlier ones), but all her books are good.
She is a wonderful writer.
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