Saturday, January 2, 2016

Books I Read in 2015

The most erudite of all of the variations of Pride and Prejudice that I read this year, the New York Times Bestseller Longbourn explores Austen's famous novel from the point of view of the Bennets' servants

I've read quite a few books this year...yes, quite a few. According to my Goodreads list, I've read nearly 70 books although the list below includes only 55.

I've been immersing myself in variations and continuations of Austen books, mostly Pride and Prejudice, in preparation for writing my own book in this genre; the oldest Pride and Prejudice "fan fiction" novel here dates back to 1949, long before the term "fan fiction" came into being.

The source of most of these novels is the amazing website Austen Variations which features both short stories and full-on chapter books based on Austen's works, plus historical, literary, and sociological articles on the Regency period and on Austen and her family. It's a treasure-trove for Austen fans.

So here's a graphic of my list: Susanne's Year in Books 2015 on Goodreads

The Bibliophile Mystery series is definitely one of my favorite set of mysteries and features a bookbinder with a penchant for finding dead bodies and piecing together clues....

And here's the list I made on the sidebar of my blog. I think that the Goodreads list is more accurate if there are any discrepancies:

  • A Darcy Christmas by Amanda Grange, Sharon Lathan, and Carolyn Eberhart (2010)
  • A Gentleman's Daughter: Her Choice by Reina M. Williams (2011)
  • A Gentleman's Daughter: Her Folly by Reina M. Williams (2013)
  • A Wife for Mr. Darcy by Mary Lydon Simonsen (2011)
  • A Will of Iron by Linda Beutler (2015)
  • Alone with Mr. Darcy by Abigail Reynolds (2015)
  • An Improper Suitor by Monica Fairview (2008)
  • Ardently: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Caitlin Williams (2015)
  • Darcy and Elizabeth: Behind Pemberley's Walls (short story) by Mary Lydon Simonsen (2015)
  • Darcy and Elizabeth: Lost in Love (short story) by Mary Lydon Simonsen (2015)
  • Darcy Chooses by Gianna Thomas (2015)
  • Darcy and Elizabeth: A Most Unlikely Couple by Brenda J. Webb (2014)
  • Falling for Your Madness by Katharine Grubb (2012)
  • Haunting Mr. Darcy by KaraLynne Mackrory (2014)
  • Her Royal Spyness (#1) by Rhys Bowen (2007)
  • In the Arms of Mr. Darcy (Darcy Saga #4) by Sharon Lathan (2010)
  • Lizzy Bennet's Diary by Cassandra Grafton (2014)
  • Longbourn by Jo Baker (2013)
  • Longbourn to London by Linda Beutler (2014)
  • Lord of Glory: A Lenten Devotional on the Names of Christ by Ray Pritchard (2014)
  • Loving Mr. Darcy (Darcy Saga #2) by Sharon Lathan (2009)
  • Most Truly: A P&P Novella by Reina M. Williams (2013)
  • Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy (Darcy Saga #1) by Sharon Lathan (2009)
  • Mr. Darcy Presents His Bride by Helen Halstead (2007)
  • Mr. Darcy's Persistent Pursuit by Elaine Owen (2014)
  • Mr. Darcy's Promise by Jenna Ellsworth (2014)
  • Mr. Darcy's Refuge by Abigail Reynolds (2012)
  • Mr. Darcy's Secret by Jane Odiwe (2011)
  • Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy: The Last Man in the World by Abigail Reynolds (2010)
  • My Dearest Mr. Darcy (Darcy Saga #3) by Sharon Lathan (2010)
  • Only Mr. Darcy Will Do by Kara Louise (2008)
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (1992)
  • Pemberley Ranch by Jack Caldwell (2010)
  • Pemberley Shades by D.A. Bonavia-Hunt (1949)
  • Pemberley or P&P Continued by Emma Tennant (1993)
  • Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier (re-read) (1938)
  • Remembrance of the Past by Lory Lilian (2011)
  • Ripped from the Pages (Bibliophile Mystery #9) by Kate Carlisle (2015)
  • Sketching Mr. Darcy by Lory Lilian (2015)
  • So Gradually: A Pride and Prejudice Tale by Jessica Schlenker (2008)
  • Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good (Mitford #10) by Jan Karon (2014)
  • The Best of Relations by Catherine Bilson (2015)
  • The Darcy Cousins by Monica Fairview (2010)
  • The Late Scholar (Lord Peter #4) by Jill Paton Walsh (2013)
  • The One Year Book of Hymns by Tyndale House (1995)
  • The Other Mr. Darcy by Monica Fairview (2009)
  • The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy by Mary Lydon Simonsen (2011)
  • The Perfect Match by Lory Lillian (2014)
  • The Red Chrysanthemum by Linda Beutler (2013)
  • The Tiny Steps by David J.Schmidt (2015)
  • The Trouble with Mr. Darcy (Darcy Saga #5) by Sharon Lathan (2010)
  • To Refine Like Silver by Jenna Ellsworth (2014)
  • Twelfth Night by Shakespeare (1601) (re-read)
  • Without Reserve by Abigail Reynolds (2004)
  • Yours Forevermore, Darcy by KaraLynne Mackrory (2015)

Wishing you a joyous and healthy 2016,


Reina M. Williams said...

I admire how you've read so many books, and in your chosen genre. I've joined the Austenesque reading challenge on Goodreads to try and spur myself to read more of the Austenesque books in my tbr list. Also, thanks for the recommendation of the Bibliophile series--I'd seen it at the library but wasn't sure about it. And, thanks for your thoughtful reviews and posts. Happy New Year!

Susanne Barrett said...

Yes, the Bibliophile mystery series is wonderful--very quirky and light. I think Austen lovers would enjoy it greatly...especially all of the details about bookbinding. Fascinating process! :)

Yes, I quite enjoyed reading all of the Austen books I've come across this year, including yours. ;) I took Amazon up on their free ten days of Kindle Unlimited and read tons of Austen books over the summer when I wasn't teaching.

Thanks for your kind words, and please keep writing; I can't wait to read more of your books!

With warmest regards (and wishing you a Happy 11th Day of Christmastide),
Susanne :)


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