Bold – favorite books of the year
* – from my personal collection
  1. The Nazi Officer’s Wife, Edith Hahn Beer
  2. You Deserve Nothing, Alexander Maksik
  3. Divergent, Veronica Roth
  4. On Chesil Beach, Ian McEwan
  5. *A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway
  6. *Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie
  7. The Summer Book, Tove Jansson, transl. Thomas Teal
  8. Daddy-Long-Legs, Jean Webster
  9. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
  10. A Sport and a Pastime, James Salter
  11. The Blue Castle, L.M. Montgomery
  12. When She Woke, Hillary Jordan
  13. *Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
  14. The Mysterious Benedict Society, Trenton Lee Stewart
  15. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
  16. The Penderwicks, Jeanne Birdsall
  17. The Abstinence Teacher, Tom Perrotta
  18. The Home-Maker, Dorothy Canfield
  19. All Passion Spent, Vita Sackville-West
  20. The Great Divorce, C.S. Lewis (audiobook)
  21. Lady Chatterley’s Lover and A Propos of Lady Chatterley’s Lover, D.H. Lawrence
  22. The Enchanted April, Elizabeth von Arnim
  23. A Girl of the Limberlost, Gene Stratton-Porter
  24. Just So Stories, Rudyard Kipling (audiobook)
  25. The Serial Garden: The Complete Armitage Family Stories, Joan Aiken
  26. A High Wind in Jamaica, Richard Hughes
  27. The Family from One End Street and Some of Their Adventures, Eve Garnett
  28. Diary of a Provincial Lady, E.M. Delafield
  29. The Provincial Lady in London, E.M. Delafield
  30. The Provincial Lady in America, E.M. Delafield
  31. Animal Farm, George Orwell (audiobook)
  32. Cheerful Weather for the Wedding, Julia Strachey
  33. The Provincial Lady in Wartime, E.M. Delafield
  34. Linnets and Valerians, Elizabeth Goudge
  35. The Magnificent Spinster, May Sarton
  36. Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery
  37. Flowers in the Attic, V.C. Andrews
  38. Howard’s End is on the Landing, Susan Hill
  39. The Snow Goose, Paul Gallico 
  40. Fire and Hemlock, Diana Wynne Jones 
  41. *Good Wives, Louisa May Alcott 
  42. Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift (audiobook) 
  43. The Country of the Pointed Firs, Sarah Orne Jewett
  44. *The Frog and Toad Treasury, Arnold Lobel 
  45. Shadows in Flight, Orson Scott Card 
  46. Pippi Longstocking, Astrid Lindgren (re-read)
  47. To Serve Them All My Days, R.F. Delderfield
  48. *A Journey to the Center of the Earth, Jules Verne (re-read)
  49. *Half Magic, Edward Eager (re-read)
  50. Silence, Shusaku Endo
  51. The Housekeeper and the Professor, Yoko Ogawa 
  52. *The Awakening, Kate Chopin 
  53. *Ballet Shoes, Noel Streatfeild
  54. The Bookshop, Penelope Fitzgerald
  55. The Penderwicks on Gardam Street, Jeanne Birdsall
  56. One Hundred and One Dalmations, Dodie Smith
  57. *Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson 
  58. *Charlotte's Web, E.B. White (re-read) 
  59. The Penderwicks at Point Mouette, Jeanne Birdsall 
  60. *Elizabeth and Her German Garden, Elizabeth von Arnim 
  61. *Wicked, Gregory Maguire 
  62. *The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett 
  63. *The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Ann Brashares (re-read)
  64. *The Second Summer of the Sisterhood, Ann Brashares (re-read)
  65. *Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood, Ann Brashares (re-read)
  66. *Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood, Ann Brashares (re-read)
  67. *The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton
  68. *Wives and Daughters, Elizabeth Gaskell.  Reviews: Part 1, Part 2
  69. *Nectar in a Sieve, Kamala Markandaya 
  70. *If Minds Had Toes, Lucy Eyre
  71. *Little Men, Louisa May Alcott
  72. *Magic By the Lake, Edward Eager
  73. *Girl With a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier
  74. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain (audiobook)
  75. *The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
  76. *Frost in May, Antonia White
  77. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  78. *Parnassus on Wheels, Christopher Morley 
  79. *The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins 
  80. A Separate Peace, John Knowles 
  81. *The Trumpet of the Swan, E.B. White (re-read; read aloud)
  82. *Charlotte Temple, Susanna Rowson 
  83. *Lucy Temple, Susanna Rowson
  84. Guard Your Daughters, Diana Tutton
  85. *Jo's Boys, Louisa May Alcott
  86. Greenery Street, Denis Mackail 
  87. *The Princess and the Goblin, George MacDonald
  88. *The Princess and Curdie, George MacDonald
  89. *Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates, Mary Mapes Dodge
  90. The Light Princess, George MacDonald 
  91. The Haunted Bookshop, Christopher Morley (read aloud)
  92. *Excellent Women, Barbara Pym


  1. Cristle Collins Judd, Reading Renaissance Music Theory: Hearing with the Eyes (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000).
  2. Thomas Christensen, Rameau and Musical Thought in the Enlightenment (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993).
  3. John Harper, The Forms and Orders of Western Liturgy from the Tenth to the Eighteenth Century (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1991).
  4. Susan McClary, Feminine Endings: Music, Gender, and Sexuality (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1991).
  5. Alexander Rehding, Hugo Riemann and the Birth of Modern Musical Thought (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003). 
  6. Susan McClary, "The Making of a Feminist Musicologist," in True Confessions: Feminist Professors Tell Stories Out of School, ed. Susan Gubar (New York: W. W. Norton, Inc., 2011), 301-310. 
  7. A.J. Jacobs, Drop Dead Healthy (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2012). 
  8. Jonathan Culler, Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997).  Reviews: Part IPart II
  9. Thomas C. Foster, How to Read Literature Like a Professor (New York: HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., 2003). 
  10. Ruth A. Solie, ed, Musicology and Difference: Gender and Sexuality in Music Scholarship (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993). 
  11. Jon Michael Spencer, ed., A Journal of Theomusicology,  Black Sacred Music Vol. 8, No. 1 (1994). 
  12. Adam Nicolson, God's Secretaries: The Making of the King James Bible (New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2003). 
  13.  W. K. Wimsatt, Jr., “The Intentional Fallacy” in The Verbal Icon: Studies in the Meaning of Poetry (New York: Noonday Press, 1954), 3-18.  
  14. Alex Ross, The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century (New York: Picador, 2007).
  15. Geraldine Brooks, Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women (New York: Anchor Books, 1995).
  16. Deborah Stein, ed., Engaging Music: Essays in Musical Analysis (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005). 
  17. Philip Brett, William Byrd and His Contemporaries (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007).
  18. Margaret Bent, Dunstaple (London: Oxford University Press, 1981). 
  19. Katharine Swift, The Morville Hours (London: Bloomsbury, 2008). 
  20. Gerald Durrell, My Family and Other Animals (New York: Viking Press, 1956).

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