Six in Six 2016

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. The same book can obviously feature in more than one category.

Here is my version for 2016, with links to my posts on the books where appropriate. I’ve not listed the books in order of preference and some of the books could just as well fit into more than one category:

  • Six books I loved
  1. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
  2. A House Divided by Margaret Skea
  3. Asta’s Book by Barbara Vine
  4. The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley
  5. The Glass Room by Simon Mawer
  6. Slade House by David Mitchell
  • Six new authors to me:
  1. In Bitter Chill by Sarah Ward
  2. A Month in the Country by J L Carr
  3. The Madness of July by James Naughtie
  4. The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle by Kirsty Wark
  5. The Sea Detective by Mark Douglas-Home
  6. Talking to the Dead by Harry Bingham
  • Six authors I have read before
  1. Death Comes as the End by Agatha Christie
  2. The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
  3. Bones and Silence by Reginald Hill
  4. Crystal Nights by Dorte Hummelshoj Jakobsen
  5. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope
  6. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey
  • Six historical fiction books 
  1. Lustrum by Robert Harris (Ancient Rome 63 ‘“ 58 BC)
  2. Dictator by Robert Harris (Ancient Rome 58 – 43 BC)
  3. Six Tudor Queens: Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen by Alison Weir (England 1501 ‘“ 1536)
  4. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (Gilead, Iowa, America 1956 and earlier)
  5. Styx and Stones by Carola Dunn (England 1920s)
  6. The Cleaner of Chartres by Salley Vickers (France past and present)

Six Crime Fiction Books

  1. Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie
  2. The Secret Hangman by Peter Lovesey
  3. Wycliffe and the Tangled Web by W J Burley
  4. Before the Fact by Francis Iles
  5. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey
  6. The Secret of Chimneys by Agatha Christie

  • Six authors I read last year ‘“ but not so far this year and their books that I have sitting on my shelves waiting to be read
  1. Dorothy L Sayers ‘“ Clouds of Witness, Hangman’s Holiday
  2. Sadies Jones ‘“ Small Wars
  3. Frances Brody ‘“ Murder in the Afternoon
  4. Colin Dexter ‘“ The Wench is Dead
  5. Charles Dickens ‘“ Little Dorrit
  6. Bill Bryson ‘“ The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes from a Small Island

14 thoughts on “Six in Six 2016

  1. I am always amazed, Margaret, by the variety of books that you read. You choose from among several genres, and all sorts of authors, and I always learn from that.


  2. I join you in loving ASTA’S BOOK and PEOPLE OF THE BOOK. Such good ones. And I have IN BITTER CHILL, THE SEA DETECTIVE, and TALKING TO THE DEAD here to read at some point. Lovely.


  3. It is great to see we both have Margaret Skea somewhere in our categories 🙂 And I love your last category, it is really clever and a good way to remind yourself of authors you enjoyed last year and you need to get back too this year – I think I could easily fill in six books that fit that criteria.


  4. Loving this meme and the books you’ve chosen. I’m especially pleased to see Asta’s Book as you may have guessed and In Bitter Chill would make my selection of six books from a new to me author too. Even better you have a Reginald Hill and I’ve recently read one of his too!


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