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What I’m reading/what I’ve read recently. I’m always open to recommendations!

My Goodreads reviews for some of these books are here.


Half A World Away – Mike Gayle

The Lost Girls of Devon – Barbara O’Neal

Island of Secrets – Rachel Rhys

Midnight Blue – Simone van der Vlugt

The Piano Teacher – Janice Y.K. Lee

The Overdue Life of Amy Byler – Kelly Harms

The Heat Wave – Kate Riordan

Just My Luck – Adele Parks

The Chalet – Catherine Cooper

Haven’t They Grown – Sophie Hannah

All The Lonely People – Mike Gayle

Into The Wild – Jon Krakauer

The Flat Share – Beth O’Leary

Grown Ups – Marian Keyes

The Recovery of Rose Gold – Stephanie Wrobel

Lift and Separate – Marilyn Simon Rothstein

the other passenger – Louise Candlish

The Guest List – Lucy Foley

Mexican Gothic – Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The Mothers – Brit Bennett


Tell Me A Secret – Jane Fallon

Io e Te – Niccolo Ammaniti

The Peacock Emporium – Jojo Moyes

Park Avenue Summer – Renee Rosen

The Death of The Heart – Elizabeth Bowen

Meet Me in Monaco – Hazel Gaynor

Rachel’s Holidays – Marian Keyes

An Unsuitable Woman – Kat Gordon

All Quiet On The Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque (Reread)

The Glass Ocean – Beatriz Williams

my husband’s  wife – Jane Corry

New Boy – Tracy Chevalier

Into The Water – Paula Hawkins

The Fencing Master – Arturo Perez-Reverte

The Chelsea Girls – Fiona Davis

The Butterfly Room – Lucinda Riley

The Witch Elm – Tana French

China Rich Girlfriend – Kevin Kwan

Normal People – Sally Rooney

Where The Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens

City of Girls – Elizabeth Gilbert

Give Me The Child – Mel McGrath

The Secret Hours – Santa Montefiore

Between The World And Me – Tanaheisi Coates

I leoni di Sicilia – Stefania Auci

The Family Upstairs – Lisa Jewell

summer island – Kristin Hannah

Critical Incidents – Lucie Whitehouse

Nine Perfect Strangers – Liane Moriarity

The Last Collection – Jeanne Mackin

Beach Read – Emily Henry

Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng

American Duchess – Karen Harper

A Raisin In The Sun – Lorraine Hansberry (Reread)

Miss Iceland – Audur Ava Olafsdottir

The End of Her – Shari Lapena

Number One Chinese Restaurant – Lillian Li

It All Comes Bath To You –  Beth Duke

The Catcher In The Rye – JD Sallinger (Reread)

A Single Thread – Tracy Chevalier

Blood Orange – Harriet Tyce

Uno nessuno e centomila – Luigi Pirandello

Queen Bee – Jane Fallon

The Nanny – Gilly Macmillan

Mum & Dad – Joanna Troloppe


All We Ever Wanted – Emily Giffin

The Other Mother – Carol Goodman

Friend Request – Laura Marshall

A Gentleman in Moscow – Amore Towles

The Woman in the Window – AJ Finn

The Beloveds – Maureen Lindley

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton

All the Beautiful Girls – Elizabeth Church

Middle England – Jonathan Coe

Friends and Liars – Kaela Coble

Let Me Die – Clare Mackintosh

The Rosie Project – Graeme Simpson

The Flight Attendant – Chris Bohjalian

How I Became North Korean – Krys Lee

The Great Alone – Kristin Hannah

Dear Mr. M – Herman Koch

Before I Was Yours – Virginia Macgregor

The Temptation of Gracie – Santa Montefiore

Fog Island – Mariette Lindstein

The Secret Scripture – Sebastian Barry

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Devil Wears Prada – Lauren Weisberger

The Parisians – Marius Gabriel

I’ll Be Right There – Kyung Sook Shin

Crazy Rich Asians – Kevin Kwan

The Wives – Lauren Weisberger

The Hunting Party – Lucy Foley

Running with the Kenyans – Adharanand Finn

How Bad Do You Want It? – Matt Fitzgerald

Donna Has Left The Building – Susan Jane Gilman

Summer Wives – Beatriz Williams

Hillbilly Elegy – JD Vance

The Garden Party – Grace Dane Mazur

Mrs. Everything – Jennifer Weiner

The Last Thing She Told Me – Linda Green

The Half Sister – Catherine Chanter

In a Dark, Dark Wood – Ruth Ware

Beartown – Fredrik Backman

The Night Visitors – Carol Goodman

The Summer We Lost Her – Tish Cohen

On Mystic Lake – Kristin Hannah

The Masterpiece – Fiona Davis

The Mars Room – Rachel Kushner

Before the coffee gets cold – Toshikazu Kawaguchi

The man who didn’t call – Rosie Walsh

The Lost Family – Jenna Blum


Eligible– Curtis Sittenfeld

Truly Madly Guilty– Liane Moriarty

The Mermaid Chair– Sue Monk Kidd

Nora Webster– Colm Toibin

River Road– Carol Goodman

Victoria– Daisy Goodwin

Tulip Fever– Deborah Moggach

The Dark Circle– Linda Grant

The Commitments– Roddy Doyle

The Widow’s House– Carol Goodman

I Let You Go– Clare Mackintosh

The Keeper of Lost Things– Ruth Hogan

When We Were Orphans– Kazuo Ishiguro

Faking Friends– Jane Fallon

The Red House– Mark Haddon

The Couple Next Door– Shari Lapena

Night Music– Jojo Moyes

The Dinner– Herman Koch

Swimming Lessons– Claire Fuller

We Were The Salt of The Sea– Roxanne Bouchard

The Pearl Sister– Lucinda Riley

The Paying Guests– Sarah Waters

The Last Secret of the Deverills– Santa Montefiore

The Burning Girl –  Claire Messud

The Invitation – Lucy Foley

Guest Room – Chris Bohjalian

The House on Cocoa Beach – Beatriz Williams

The Stars are Fire – Anita Shreve

The Hiding Places – Katherine Webb

Those Other Women – Nicola Moriarity

The Lives of Stella Bain– Anita Shreve

We All Begin As Strangers – Harriet Cummings

The Fifth Letter – Nicola Moriarity

Before We Were Yours – Lisa Wingate

Manhattan Beach – Jennifer Eagen

Cat’s Eye – Margaret Atwood

Everything We Keep – Kerry Lonsdale

Saints for All Occasions – J. Courtney Sullivan

The Female Persuasion – Meg Wolitzer

A Stranger in The House – Shari Lapena

The Wilding Sisters – Eve Chase

The Address – Fiona Davis

The Wicked City – Beatriz Williams

The Love Letter – Lucinda Riley

The Break – Marian Keyes

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman

Uno, nessuno, e centomila – Luigi Pirandello

The Missing Girl – Jenny Quintana

The Perfect Couple – Elin Hildebrand

The Diversity Delusion – Heather MacDonald


Belgravia– Julian FellowesGerminal, Zola

Tony & Susan– Austin Wright

Appointment with Death– Agatha Christie

Keep You Close– Lucie Whitehouse

Paris for One and Other Stories– Jojo Moyes

Germinal– Emile Zola

Cold Comfort Farm– Stella Gibbons

A Certain Age– Beatriz Williams

Reader, I Married Him: Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre– Tracy Chevalier

The Vanishing Year– Kate Moretti

Smoke– Catherine MacKenzie

Flawed– Cecilia Ahern

The Ice Child– Camilla Läckberg

The Gilded Hour– Sara Donati

Our Endless Numbered Days– Claire Fuller

Tiny Little Thing– Beatriz Williams

The Human Flies– Hans Olav LahlumThe Two-Family House cover

The Expatriates– Janice Y.K. Lee

White Collar Girls– Renee Rosen

The Disinherited: A Story of Family, Love and Betrayal– Robert Sackville-West

High Tide: Two Novels: The Beach Club and Summer People – Elin Hilderbrand

The Shadow Sister– Lucinda Riley

The Two-Family House– Lynda Cohen Loigman

The Trophy Son– Douglas Brunt

Hidden– Catherine MacKenzie

The Sport of Kings– C.E. Morgan

The Trespasser– Tana French

The Ice Princess– Camilla Lackberg

Le Moulin des Sources– Francoise Bourdon

Estogade sanglante– Jacques Garay

Lyrebird– Cecilia Ahern

Wake– Anna HopeWake

Luckiest Girl Alive– Jessica Knoll

Here I Am– Jonathan Safran Foer

The Olive Tree– Lucinda Riley

The Roanoke Girls– Amy Engel

Little Deaths– Emma Flint

The Dress– Jane L. Rosen

Americanah– Chamamanda Ngozi Adichie

City of Friends– Joanna Trollope

First Love– Gwendoline Riley

The Great Gatsby– F. Scott Fitzgerald (reread)

Who We Were Before– Leah Mercer

Dangerous Crossing– Rachel Rhys

Strictly Between Us– Jane Fallon

At the Edge of the Orchard– Tracy Chevalier

The Ballroom– Anna Hope

The Idea of You– Amanda Prowse

The Saffron Trail– Rosanna Ley

Stamboul Train– Graham Greene

I See You– Clare Mackintosh

The Rose Girls– Victoria Connelly


A Season of Secrets– Margaret Pemberton2017_january_lastsummer

The Last Summer– Judith Kinghorn

When the Astors Owned New York– Justin Kaplan

The Arsonist– Sue Miller

The Winter Children– Lulu Taylor

The Summer House– Marcia Willet

Other People’s Children– Joanna Trollope

The Angel Tree– Lucinda Riley

The Memory of Lost Senses– Judith Kinghorn

A Spool of Blue Thread– Anne Tyler

The Ice Twins– S.K. Tremayne

How To Be Single– Liz Tuccillo

Mudwoman– Joyce Carol Oates

Little House on the Prairie– Laura Ingalls Wilder

Three Wishes– Liane Moriarty

The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared– Jonas Jonasson

Death on the Nile– Agatha Christie2016_July_InfiniteSea

The Good Girl– Mary Kubica

The Age of Desire– Jennie Fields

A Hundred Summers– Beatriz Williams

Paris Time Capsule– Ella Carey

The Storm Sister– Lucinda Riley

The Time Traveler’s Wife– Audrey Niffenegger

Along the Infinite Sea– Beatriz Williams

Quer pasticciaccio brutto de via Merulana– Carlo Emilio Gadda

The Improbability of Love– Hannah Mary Rothschild

The Woman Who Stole My Life– Marian Keyes

The House By The Lake– Ella Carey

After You– Jojo Moyes

At the Water’s Edge– Sara Gruen

The Importance of Being Earnest– Oscar Wilde

Villa America– Liza Klaussmann

The Other Daughter– Lauren Willig2017_february_fractured

The Admissions– Meg Mitchell Moore

Maybe in Another Life– Taylor Jenkins Reid

Reconstructing Amelia– Kimberly McCreight

The Secret Life of Violet Grant– Beatriz Williams

Fall of Poppies– Heather Webb et al

The American Girl– Kate Horsley

Heart of the Matter– Emily Giffin

Rome in Love– Anita Hughes

The Headmaster’s Wife– T.C. Greene

The Door– Magda Szabó

Sushi for Beginners– Marian Keyes

Brave New World– Alduous Huxley (reread)

The Hypnotist’s Love Story– Liane Moriarity

Jennie Churchill: Winston’s American Mother– Anne Sebba

The Swimming Pool– Louise Candlish

Il giardino di Amelia– Marcela Serrano

Fractured– Catherine McKenzie


The Husband’s Secret– Liane MoriartyBig Little Lies, Moriarty

And Then There Were None– Agatha Christie

The Things We Never Said– Susan Elliot Wright

The Ocean at the End of the Lane– Neil Gaiman

If I Stay– Gayle Forman

The House at Tyneford– Natasha Solomons

The Enchantress of Florence– Salman Rushdie

La relazione– Andrea Camilleri

The Matchmaker– Elin Hilderbrand

A House of Cards– Elizabeth MacDonald

What Alice Forgot– Liane Moriarty

The One Plus One– Jojo Moyes

The Miniaturist– Jessie Burton

The Girl in the Photograph– Kate Riordan2016_Tana_French

All Fall Down– Jennifer Weiner

Herring Girl– Debbie Taylor

The Vacationers– Emma Straub

Core Attraction– Ashlinn Craven

Funny Girl– Nick Hornby

Outline– Rachel Cusk

Big Little Lies– Liane Moriarty

La femme au miroir– Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt

The Seven Sisters– Lucinda Riley

That Summer– Lauren Willig

Mrs. Hemingway– Naomi Wood

Saving Grace– Jane Green

The Girl On The Train– Paula Hawkins

The Shoemaker’s Wife– Adriana Trigiani

The Last Anniversary– Liane Moriarty

The Last Letter From Your Lover– Jojo Moyes

The Secret Place– Tana FrenchThe American Lover - Tremain

The Midnight Rose– Lucinda Riley

The Night Falling– Katherine Webb

Marguerite– Sandra Petrignani

Faster Than Lightning– Usain Bolt

Rebuilding Coventry– Sue Townsend

All The Light We Cannot See– Anthony Doerr

The Expats– Chris Pavone

The American Lover– Rose Tremain

The Girl on a Cliff– Lucinda Riley

The Tea Planter’s Wife– Dinah Jefferies

The Fault in Our Stars– John Greene

The Sunrise– Victoria Hislop

Chirù– Michela Murgia


Dolly– Susan HillThe Painted Veil, Maugham

The Light Between Oceans– M.L. Stedman

The Last Runaway– Tracy Chevalier

Con te fino alla fine del mondo– Nicolas Barreau

Faithful Place– Tana French

When Will There Be Good News?– Kate Atkinson

May We Be Forgiven– A.M. Homes

The Girl You Left Behind– Jojo Moyes

The Engagements– J. Courtney Sullivan

The Painted Veil– W. Somerset Maugham

The Aftermath– Rhidian Brook

Behind the Scenes at the Museum– Kate Atkinson

A Spell of Winter– Helen Dunmore

The Hired Man– Aminatta Forna

The Second Life of Amy Archer– R.S. Pateman

Burning Bright– Tracy ChevalierHired Man - Forna

Private Life– Jane Smiley

Silver Bay– Jojo Moyes

Going Back– Rachael English

Before We Met– Lucie Whitehouse

Sense & Sensibility– Joanna Trollope

Broken Harbour– Tana French

Night Train to Lisbon– Pascal Mercier

L’amica geniale – Elena Ferrante

The Woman Upstairs– Claire Messud

The Silent Wife– A.S.A. Harrison

The Interestings– Meg Wolitzer

Then Came You– Jennifer Weiner

Where’d You Go, Bernadette– Maria Semple

The Nanny– Tess Stimson

Before I Go To Sleep– S.J. WatsonAshford Affair - Willig

The Publisher– Alice Di Stefano

Vergine giurata– Elvira Dones

Fortune Hunter– Daisy Goodwin

Daughter– Jane Shemilt

The Ashford Affair– Lauren Willig

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves– Karen Joy Fowler

Northanger Abbey– Val McDermid

Rose– Tatiana de Rosnay

Let Me Be The One (The Sullivans #6)– Bella Andre

Postcards from the Past– Marcia Willett


Best American Short Stories 2012Lake of Dead Languages

The Snow Child– Eowyn Ivey

The Good Mother– Sue Miller

The Meryl Streep Movie Club– Mia March

The Lake of Dead Languages– Carol Goodman

Constitutional– Helen Simpson

The Likeness– Tana French

The Mist in the Mirror– Susan Hill

Gone Girl– Gillian Flynn

The Accidental Husband– Jane Green

Le coeur d’une autre– Tatiana de Rosnay

Daughters-in-law– Joanna Trollope

A Half Forgotten Song– Katherine Webb

L’avventura di un povero cristiano– Ignazio SilonePeople in Glass Houses cover

For Love– Sue Miller

The House at Midnight– Lucie Whitehouse

The Lying Game– Tess Stimson

Arcadia Falls– Carol Goodman

People in Glass Houses– Shirley Hazzard

The Men and The Girls– Joanna Trollope

The Reluctant Fundamentalist– Mohsin Hamid

The Glass Wives– Amy Sue Nathan

The Bed I Made– Lucie Whitehouse

The Paradise Guest House– Ellen Sussman

The Night Villa– Carol Goodman

Taipei– Tao Lin

Summerland– Elin Hilderbrand

The Winter House– Nicci Gerrard

The Uncoupling– Meg WolitzerCover_Tigers

The Touchstone– Edith Wharton

The Secret History– Donna Tartt

Mad About the Boy– Helen Fielding

The Bookstore– Deborah Meylor

La matematica delle bionde– Federica Brunini

Foreign & Far Away– Writers Abroad Anthology 2013

Killing Me Softly– Nicci French

Me Before You– Jojo Moyes

Beautiful Day– Elin Hilderbrand

Je ne retrouve personne– Arnaud Cathrine

Tigers in Red Weather– Liza Klaussman


In the woods – Tana FrenchIn The Woods cover

Lake Shore Limited – Sue Miller

The Imperfectionists – Tom Rachman

Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel

Che la festa cominci -Niccolò Ammaniti

Drift -Victoria Patterson

The Senator’s Wife – Sue Miller

In-Flight Entertainment– Helen Simpson

Gli ingredienti segreti dell’amore– Nicolas Barreau

L’Élégance du hérisson– Muriel Barbery

Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married– Marian Keyes

The Cellist of Sarajevo– Steven Galloway

Breathing Lessons– Anne Tyler (reread)

The Paris Wife– Paula McLain

The Woman in Black– Susan Hill

The Jane Austen Marriage Manual– Kim Izzo

The Wife Who Ran Away– Tess Stimson

The Gravedigger’s Daughter– Joyce Carol OatesThe Paris Wife cover

The Three Weissmanns of Westport– Cathleen Schine

Nel mare ci sono i coccodrilli– Fabio Geda

The Melanie Chronicles– Kim Golden

While I Was Gone– Sue Miller

The American Heiress– Daisy Goodwin

Sarah’s Key– Tatiana deRosnay

The Sense of An Ending– Julian Barnes

Maine– J. Courtney Sullivan

Girls in White Dresses– Jennifer Close

The Castle of Otranto– Henry Walpole

La solitudine dei numeri primi– Paolo Giordano

The Divorced Lady’s Companion to Living in Italy– Catherine McNamara

Commencement– J. Courtney Sullivan

Il momento è delicato– Niccolò Ammaniti

The Secret Language of Flowers– Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The Playground Mafia– Sarah Tucker


Never Let Me Go – Kazuo IshiguroNever Let Me Go cover image

What Maisie Knew – Henry James

When The World Was Steady – Claire Messud

Le Dieu du carnage – Yasmina Reza

The Siege– Helen Dunmore

A Fair Maiden – Joyce Carol Oates

Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart – Beth Patillo

Weep Not, Child – Ngugi Wa Thiong’o

Nessuno si salva da solo – Margaret Mazzantini

Winter Garden – Kristin Hannah

The Mysteries of Udolpho – Ann Radcliffe

Run – Ann Patchett

The Legacy – Katherine Webb

The Distant Hours – Kate Morton

Prep – Curtis SittenfeldThe Mysteries of Udolpho cover

A Gate at the Stairs – Lorrie Moore

The Help – Kathryn Stocket

The Wife: A Novel – Meg Wolitzer

Fontamara – Ignazio Silone

One Day – Mike Nicholls

Remarkable Creatures – Tracy Chevalier

The Unseen – Katherine Webb

A Place of Safety: A Chief Inspector Barnaby Mystery – Caroline Graham

Accaio – Silvia Avallone

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