Six in Six: a Selection from the last Six Months of Reading

Jo at The Book Jotter  is running this meme again this year to summarise six months of reading, sorting the books into six categories – you can choose from the ones Jo suggests or come up with your own.

Here is my version for 2014, with links to my posts on the books where appropriate. I’ve only listed each book in one category, although some of them could have gone in more than one. I’ve not listed the books in order of preference:

  • Six books I loved (there are more books in the other categories I could have included here):
  1. The Dance of Love by Angela Young – review to come later
  2. A Whispered Name by William Brodrick
  3. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  4. Crucible by S G MacLean
  5. The Office of the Dead by Andrew Taylor
  6. The Potter’s Hand by A N Wilson
  • Six historical novels:
  1. The Last Enchantment by Mary Stewart (historical fantasy 5th century Britain)
  2. The King’s Evil by Edward Marston (1666)
  3. The Sea Change by Joanna Rossiter (1940s and 1971)
  4. Pictures at an Exhibition by Camilla Macpherson (1940s and present day)
  5. Dying in the Wool by Frances Brody (1922)
  6. The Witch’s Brat by Rosemary Sutcliff (12th century England)
  • Six Crime Fiction books:
  1. In the Woods by Tana French
  2. Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie 
  3. Death Under Sail by C P Snow
  4. Vengeance by Benjamin Black 
  5. The Cabinetmaker by Alan Jones
  6. No Stranger to Death by Janet O’Kane 
  • Six authors I have read before:
  1. The Crow Trap by Ann Cleeves
  2. Not Dead Enough by Peter James
  3. Playing With Fire by Peter Robinson 
  4. They Do It With Mirrors by Agatha Christie 
  5. The Time Machine by H G Wells 
  6. North Sea Cottage by Dorte Hummelshoj Jakobsen
  • Six new authors to me:
  1. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
  2. The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L Sayers
  3. Tantalus by Jane Jazz 
  4. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman 
  5. The Grass is Singing by Doris Lessing 
  6. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton 
  • Six authors I read last year €“ but not so far this year and their books I have yet to read
  1. Barbara Kingslover (Flight Behaviour)
  2. Kate Morton (The Secret Keeper)
  3. Ruth Rendell (Put on by Cunning)
  4. Josephine Tey (Miss Pym Disposes)
  5. Jane Gardam (I have three of hers to read)
  6. Iris Murdoch (The Unicorn)

6 thoughts on “Six in Six: a Selection from the last Six Months of Reading

  1. Great category choices. I like your addition of the years for the historical novels I may have to steal that idea for my post next year. Looks like the last six months have been good for you. I hope the next six months are just as good. Happy reading!


  2. Margaret – I’m always impressed with the variety of books you’ve read! And I’m glad you’ve reminded me that I want to catch up with Benjamin Black.


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