I’d have to say, this has been the best year of reading in my entire life. I paid closer attention to what I was reading, and tried to make my reading count, not just for growth, but for delight.
Each month, I intentionally read one of each of the following four categories:
- A classic (something written at least forty years ago)
- A diverse read (something written by a person of color or about a race other than my own)
- A new, minty, buzzy book (I love to read what everyone else is reading for the community and the camaraderie. Reading is relational!)
- Something from my unread shelf
Often, these categories blurred and I double or triple dipped (“Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry” is a diverse, classic book from my unread shelf), but I tried to tick those boxes each month. I read so many gems this year, it was agonizing to choose just twelve. (You’re like, “yeah, it’s supposed to be ten, not twelve.”) Surprisingly, only four are brand new, 2018 releases. Four are classics, and two are diverse reads (no surprise there). Which means two of my best of 2018 books were reads that sat on my shelf, in some cases for years (I’m looking at you, Bernadette and Alice!). Just goes to show, sometimes you can shop your own bookshelves for something superlative.
If any of these books sound juicy/plummy/irresistible to you, please do comment! Each comment will be entered in a drawing to win the book of your choice from this list.
Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy
I wasn’t sure at first about “Marilla” by Sarah McCoy. The main characters in Anne of Green Gables are sacred, and they somehow belong to me—to each one of us– in a deeply personal way. But I was willing to give it a whirl; after all, I loved the prequel “Before Green Gables” by Budge Wilson, and I harbor a growing fascination with Marilla. I’m so glad I did. McCoy lavished this imagining of a young Marilla with devotion and meticulous research into nineteenth-century Prince Edward Island. By the time I finished it, I was bonded with Marilla in a new way, Matthew, too, and the stage had been perfectly set for Anne’s arrival. Requisite reading for all true kindred spirits. (2018, Rated G-PG)
84, Charring Cross Road by Helene Hanff
It’s hard to believe I had lived this long calling myself The Bookseller’s Daughter and I had never read “84, Charring Cross Road.” When I did, in November of this year, I fell headlong into bookish love with this short but oh-so-sweet ode to great booksellers. This collection of letters between wisecracking New Yorker Helene Hanff (my new literary godmother, joining Maud, Jane and Nora) and the charming booksellers at a used bookstore in London is delightful. Listen to Helene wax on about the pleasures of used books: “I love inscriptions on flyleaves and notes in margins, I like the comradely sense of turning pages someone else turned and reading passages someone long
The Prayer Coin by Elisa Morgan
“He wants to know exactly how you feel. The Prayer Coin will help you express your deepest emotions to God and have confidence in His will for your life. You’ll explore Jesus’s prayer in the garden of Gethsemane and see His ultimate example of intimacy with the Father. Learn how to trust God the same way Jesus did when He said, “Not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22:42).” I delved into several devotionals this year, but this little book on prayer influenced me the most and the best. 2018
Despite the glib, trendy title, Rosie Walsh’s novel is beautifully written, with expert plotting and dynamic characters. But it’s the premise that will keep the pages turning until—Ooops!—it’s 4 a.m. Sarah and Eddie are melded at first sight, so it feels all wrong when Eddie disappears after a perfect week together, in air thick with questions. The reason why he vanished will make your head explode in a good way. Twisty! 2018, PG-13
Inspired by my friend Jenny (aka Carrot Top Paper Shop), who introduced a sumptuous line of bookmarks and prints featuring ROTHMC’s Cassie, I decided to read this 1977 Newberry Medal winner for the first time. Considered one of the greatest children’s novels of all time, this novel is for everyone from 8-100. So much of what I learned in a multi-day anti-racism workshop is distilled in Mildred Taylor’s breathtaking prose and the quiet dignity of heroine Cassie. If you haven’t already, open your heart to Cassie and her family. You’ll never be the same. (1977)
So I’m on an airplane coming home from Guatemala, and I’m bored and tired and my eyes are gritty. But then I crack open a book that has sat on my shelf for a while, wedged in my tote bag “just in case,” and I am sucked in as if by a giant vacuum cleaner. “Peanuts or pretzels?” The flight attendant asks me in a bored voice. Surprise me, I think. I don’t care if you give me matzo cracker crumbs. I will lick the crumbs off the tray AFTER I find out if Alice ever regains her memory. Addictive, and also surprisingly affecting. (2014, PG-13)
If a book makes me chortle, choke up, and ponder the human experience, well, then TAKE MY MONEY. Like “Alice” above, this Book of the Month Club pick grabbed me quickly and did not let go. “A heartbreak of a novel that celebrates resilience and strength,” said Jill Santopolo, bestselling author of The Light We Lost. I concur. I will never forget the message at this book’s warm and wise heart: there is strength in the struggle! 2018, PG-13
Can you believe I had never read this book before? Obviously, my life was elevated by the reading. This is the basis for one of my favorite movies (Emma Thompson is a QUEEN!), but reading it was long overdue. I found myself admiring Elinor, wanting to beat Fanny with a broom, and relating a little too much to Mrs. Jennings and her penchant for becoming overinvolved in the love lives of others!
Here’s another egregious literary oversight on my part: I had never read Lucy Maud Montgomery’s last book until this year! It was worth the wait. Written in 1937 and set partly in Toronto, “Jane” doesn’t even feel very Maud-ish until the action moves to PEI. (Of course, had I just read the dedication, to Maud’s cat-—
This book swallowed me whole. An epic in the best sense of the word, Pachinko follows the mesmerizing Sunja from her impoverished beginnings in Korea to her death in another century. I’ve read that Min Jin Lee, prayed each day before writing. I believe it. Oh, you won’t find sanitized, Sunday school-ish, baby food here. My 82-year-old Mennonite mother would probably grow pale and dizzy reading some of this. But you will find some profoundly Christian characters in a complicated, violent, sexual world. As Sarah Clarkson told me in a recent interview for Christianity Today, a Christian book “needs to be evaluated on what it communicates about frailty and fallenness, about choices, grace, and redemption. Is it honest about the consequences of our choices and how life really is? Is humanity reflected truthfully?” As for Pachinko, the answers are yes, yes, and OH MY yes. Challenge yourself with this beguiling, radiant read. 2017, Rated R
I decided to add this to my list after just finishing it in time for the New Year. I know this came out several years ago, but it was on my unread shelf, and people kept saying I would love it. At first, I was like, eh, it’s good but a little sharpish and jarring after “A Christmas Carol,” like espresso after lots of tea! But as I kept turning the pages, I was enchanted with endearing, oddball Bernadette and her daughter Bee, with the Antarctica semi-setting (I just pitched a travel story involving Antarctica!), and the wildly fresh storytelling and punchy dialogue. And then to find out, mid-read– there will be a movie with Cate Blanchett as Bernadette, come March! I must have Manjula book me good seats now. (2012, PG-13)
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
All of these books in my top 12 list are listed in no particular order. Except for Eleanor. She’s TOPS, as my dad used to say. Tops! The worst thing I can say about Eleanor is that I read her so early in the year other books just couldn’t compete. Laugh out loud funny, heartbreaking, page-turning … Scottish Eleanor warmed my heart and got under my skin. On the surface, it’s the story of a social misfit whose life changes after a random encounter with a stranger, but is truly a tale for the awkward crank in us all.
Which of my 2018 Best Of Books floats your boat, bookish friends? Comment below for a chance to WIN! After all, Courtney won “I Capture the Castle” in my last #Bookcrush blog!
Barb Pilichowski says
Read “Eleanor” upon your recommendation, and LOVED it…..but of course, you can’t ever go wrong with “Jane”
I’m so glad you loved Eleanor. She is a kindred spirit!
Christine Aay says
When I was 11, my older brother Allan went off to the wonderful world of Calvin College. We were Dutch immigrants living in Barrie Ontario. Allan was influenced by “the Christmas spirit” in America and would come home at Christmas time with gifts for us all. (We were rather sober about Christmas giving— that was for St. Nicholas). One year Allan came home with a book as my gift. He knew I was an avid reader. It was Jane of Lantern Hill. Oh how I loved that book and still do to this day. My immigrant parents had no idea about books for me, but he, an English major at Calvin, did. That opened the world of Lucy Maud Montgomery to me. That world has never closed.
What a lovely post, Christine. I love learning about the beginnings of you entering Maud’s world. I’m so glad you are there!
Ashley (sunnystateofbooks) says
Marilla appeals to me the most because as you know, I’m a big fan of Anne, and I’ve had this on my TBR since it came out! Plus, you said it’s required reading for kindred spirits so there’s that 😉
Oh, Sunny State…YOU should definitely read Marilla! XO
I would love to read Marilla because of my love of the Anne series. I actually already added it to my goodreads account after reading about it on your site. I loved Marilla and feel that so much more could be written about her.
I agree! Marilla is such a fascinating character. I LOVE the way Sarah McCoy develops the backstory.
Amber Kuehler says
I have Marilla, but haven’t read it yet! Glad to see it on your favorites list!
I really want to read Eleanor Oliphant is Fine because so many people have said its good!!
It IS good! I can’t remember if it’s out in paperback or not. And DO read Marilla! You won’t be sorry!
I love your list! I keep hearing wonderful things about “Marilla” and your review makes me all the hungrier to read it! ❤️
Yes, be hungry! 🙂 Marilla is a feast for Anne fans.
Dawn H says
I loved Marilla ❤️. And Jane of Lantern Hill – also a love! I’ve been wanting to read 84 Charring… and Eleanor Olifant… reading your descriptions has elevated them on my list! ☺️
You seem to have classic tastes…84, Charring Cross Road would probably, hopefully delight you!
Julia Durgan says
Marilla is already on my list because Anne, so I think Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. I never read what is popular. Might do me good.
Good choice. I don’t think Eleanor would ever think of herself as popular, so your statement is ironic! 🙂
Jeana @hotcocoareads says
Lots of good stuff here—I would love to read either Pachinko or How to Walk Away (I’ve loved her other books)!
Not surprised that you want to read those two books, in particular! I would love your take on especially “Pachinko.”
So many good books so little time. I am currently loving Lucy Maud Montgomery books. I’m slowly working through Emily of New Moon. I’m not ready to dive into a Jane Austin yet.
I love Emily! And as for Jane, you are probably more ready than you think! 🙂
Carol (Reading Ladies) says
Great list 👍 Never have I ever read 84, Charing Cross Road! 😱 That has to be my pick! 🙌
You will be delighted, I’m sure!
Jona Lourenco says
Oh how to choose just one! The Prayer Coin, 84, Charing Cross Road, and Pachinko all look fantastic! I think if I won, I would choose Pachinko.
Pachinko is brilliant!
Alicia Flickinger says
I have “What Alice Forgot” all set from the library- hoping to read this week. Fun reads!
Let me know what you think. It’s surprisingly thoughtful.
Aww! I like this list! I have read What Alice Forgot during a rough patch and it just brought me a lot of perspective and gratefulness…it was unexpected!
But I want to read the rest of these please! Last year I didn’t read enough novels! Will change that this year! ❤️
How wonderful that “Alice” helped through through a dark period! I know, that book looks fluffy but is filled with wisdom.
I’d love to read Pachinko! I visited South Korea years ago and taught South Korean students at an international school for a year. I love books that help me learn more about different cultures and their history.
Beautiful, beguiling Korea! Yes, we have a connection too: our daughter is adopted from there!
I have be n antinf to read 84 Charing Cross Road for a long time. I love books about books! But they all look awesome and I haven’t read most.
Oof! Those typos! I was clearly too tired to be posting anywhere. How embarrassing.
Ha! Don’t be embarrassed. 🙂 It happens to the best of us!
THREE of these are high on my TBR, but if I had to pick, I guess I’d most want to own Jane of Lantern Hill. ☺️
I forgot to say why! It’s one of the few LMM books I haven’t read, it’s on my TBR for the year, and you really can’t go wrong with Montgomery! 🙂
Wonderful choice, and now their are some utterly lovely cover options from which to choose!
Jamie Brummel says
I’d have to choose Pachinko because I love a sweeping epic! Marilla, though, would be a close second, because Anne and all things PEI.
You would love both!
Mandy Friend says
Interesting list! I am particularly interested in Jane of Lantern Hill ( can’t believe I haven’t read that Montgomery one😬) and Ghosted sounds awesome! I am conflicted over Marilla because, yes! They are sacred characters! But your opinion intrigues me.
I actually put Eleanor and Bernadette in my least fav reads of 2018. Hope that doesn’t exclude me from winning😉
I promise you, Marilla is worth your time!
I adored 84, Charing Cross Road because of YOU! Thanks for the recommendation! I also lived in england for 10 months in my mid 20’s and adore any book that takes me back there! This one did and I just loved it!!
I just finished 84, and I enjoyed it so. Have you watched the movie version? I got it from my library and I really enjoyed it also.
Aha! No wonder you are a kindred spirit. I love anything English, too!
You had a wonderful reading year 😊❤. I love L.M. Montgomery and her book The Blue Castle is my favourite book of all time. It broke me and mended me back together and I relate to the main character so much. Her struggles and life mirror my own and she inspired courage in me. Falling in love with The Blue Castle has inspired me to journey with all of L.M. Montgomery’s characters and experience all her magical stories. That’s why I want to read Jane of Lantern Hill but it isn’t available in Kenya unfortunately so I’d love to win it.
Oh, I wish Jane was available in Kenya. No even in ebook form? Someday, you will love Jane and be reminded of Valancy.
I love your categories for reading choices! What a good idea. Hmm, you’ve got me intrigued to try Pachinko, with Marilla being a close second!
Those are very different books! 🙂 It would depend on what you were looking for, a challenge or a beautiful, comforting read.
Sense and Sensibility as I took it from the school library and ended up not finishing it and returning and 84 cuz I heard some good reviews on Goodreads . Also Jane of Lantern Hill as I want to start my first L.M Montgomery book soon enough
Haha–yes, it’s hard to finish Sense and Sensibility on one library loan period!
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine BECAUSE I feel like she and I are alike these days, we tell people we are doing fine but reality is the exact opposite.
Oh dear, I hope you are finer than Eleanor! I will say a little prayer for you, the meriem. XO
I’d be quite happy with ‘Jane of Lantern Hill’ because there is something about the Kindred Spirit and the Race That Knows Joseph that resonates within my own heart. I love L.M. Montgomery!
Bonus points for being the first to mention the Race That Knows Joseph here! 🙂
Sherry Firestone says
I’ve read 84 Charing Cross Road, I would love to have a copy for a reread.
It’s a book that can be read and reread!
I would love to read Marilla. Thanks for the chance!
You will love it!
Such a hard choice, but I would have to say The Prayer Coin to help me improve my prayer life. Pachinko would be a very close second as I love epic tales of culture and characters!
The Prayer Coin is simply amazing. Such a refreshing, insightful read.
Marilla of Green Gables. I’ve been hesitant to read it, but I think you’ve convinced me 🙂
Hopefully, I have done just that. You won’t regret it!
Megan Engler says
Pachinko and Marilla of Green Gables have been on my TBR! Marilla because I LOVE a good backstory and I only found Anne as an adult and fell immediately in love. Pachinko because I adore a family saga that sweeps generations and I’ve heard incredible things about this book!
Very different books, but both so worthy!
You read so many good ones! I reread Jane of Lantern Hill and loved it all over again! Eleanor Oliphant was so good. I have Pachinko to read and your description really wants me to pick it up now. But out of the ones you listed 84, Charing Cross Road pulls me in because of the bright cover!!
That is a wonderful cover! Probably the prettiest and brightest. Not sure how available that cover is, but if you win, I will try and get it!
Marilla of Green Gables because *Anne* of course and if I win a copy I won’t feel guilty for reading it during theunreadbookshelfproject2019 because it would be on my shelf. 😆
I like your reasoning!
Eleanor…Sense and Sensibility…Jane…how to decide?!!!! Taking a first ever trip since married 24 years ago with hubby to Scotland, I have to go with Eleanor.
Oh yes, whether you win or not, go with Eleanor!
Mia White says
I loved Eleanor, as well (though she is not completely fine, IMO); and Bernadette gave Antarctica a spot on my bucket list. I have yet to read Sense & Sensibiliyu, either, so I think that one would be tops on my list though I did purchase a copy for my eldest daughter for Christmas. Marilla still piques my interest and if you say it’s requisite I’m inclined to believe ya!
Mia, Marilla is requisite! 🙂 I mean it! And I love that you loved Eleanor and Bernadette!
Trisa @ Absolute Bookishness says
Love this post! And, like so many, I’d love to read Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy! I’ve been wanting to read it ever since I heard of it. I’m a big fan of Anne of Green Gables! ^_^
Thank you–you will adore Marilla!
My favorite that I’ve read on your list is Marilla of Green Gables, because I felt like it fit into my perception of the beloved characters while also expanding the character development in wonderful new ways. The one I’d like to win is What Alice Forgot, because I’ve heard so many people say it really made them think about their life (as well as being highly entertaining).
Yes, wasn’t Marilla wonderful? Alice is also fabulous, in a very different way!
Lara Maynard says
🤩 I read 84, Charring Cross Road by Helene Hanff in 2017 I think and also rented the movie adaptation from the library. A bunch on this list are on my tbr including the book about Marilla. 🤞📚
How was the movie? I am going to get to it one of these days!
Kathryn @_the_book_bug_ says
I think I will go with Sense and Sensibility as I live near one of Jane’s homes in Bath!
Wow! How lucky are you?
Eleanor Oliphant always felt out of place my entire life, incredibly shy and tongue tied around guys I really liked so I think it would be interesting to read this book and gives hope to us awkward people:)
Absolutely. She gives hope to everyone who has ever felt awkward (which is all of us, in varying degrees. Hope you get a chance to read it!
Karen S. says
Ive only read three on your list. I loved Eleanor Oliphant though! Her character was so deep I just wanted to meet her in person. She didn’t feel like a fictional character to me.
I agree. Eleanor felt extremely real.
Read The Girl In the Window just before the end of the year and it was SO GOOD.
Great! Thanks for the recommendation!
Beth Fisher says
Your monthly reading plan is inspiring! I purposed to read more in 2018 and have enjoyed fulfilling that promise to myself. I also feasted on some long-neglected classics, including the Anne of Green Gables series. Accordingly I was super excited when Marilla came out and took a break from the series to read it. Thanks for sharing your plan and list; I may try it out!
Thanks, Beth. I am thoroughly enjoying reading one classic and one diverse book per month–especially those two categories. Here’s wishing you a wonderful year of reading!
I love following your bookish posts! I really want to read Eleanor since you loved it; I keep hearing good things about this book!
Thank you Sarah! I did love Eleanor and hope you do, too!
Jane of Lantern Hill- Love L.M. Montgomery, & have never read it.
I love Jane Austen, & S&S is a favorite.
You will love Jane of Lantern Hill. LMM wrote it in the 30’s, so a bit of a different feel.
I would especially love to read Marilla of Green Gables. I haven’t because, like you said, the characters are sacred. After reading your review, I’m convinced to pick it up. My first read of the year is Emily of New Moon, by the way. It’s my first time to read it. ❤️
Yay, Emily of New Moon! I adore her, and know you will, too. Thanks for keeping an open mind about Marilla!
Sandra Dauer says
Such bounty to choose from… Being a book loving, Anglophile, I would have to select 84 Charing Cross Road…. Nothing quite like a new book and a pot of tea….
Oh my, yes. You will love Helene and her bookseller friend!
Ashley Hendrickson says
I always love going through your book recommendations mainly because I feel like we have similar tastes and I love hearing what you think of certain books! From the list you have, I have been able to read a number of them and I have thoroughly enjoyed them all.
I am very much looking forward to reading 84 Charing Cross because I’ve heard such wonderful things. Marilla is also on my list to read this year because Anne and her family are so near and dear to my heart!
Thank you, Ashley! It’s wonderful to know there are so many bookish kindred spirits!
Diana Catherine absalom says
I would love to read Sense And sensibility
You’re in for such a treat! the perfect book to read with a cuppa!
I read Jane of Lantern Hill recently and so enjoyed it! I’ve got Marilla of Green Gables on my list and will add the others as well! Thank you for this list! ♥️
You will love Marilla. So much historical detail and TLC for the Anne story.
Diane Furst says
We are kindred spirits. I read 84, Charing Cross Road and Sense & Sensibility both for the first time this year. I also love Bernadette. Recommend it to everyone. Have Marilla in my TBR pile. Would be most interested in Jane of Lantern Hill. Some good choices and I love your reviews.
Wow–Diane, we really ARE kindred spirits! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on “Jane of Lantern Hill!”
Oh, this is so inspiring…my reading goals for this year include increasing the diversity, pleasure, and discovering some hidden gems from my own unread shelf…but after reading this post my tbr pile is growing again
Yay! So glad you, too, want to increase the diversity in your reading. So enriching!
Janie Perry says
It looks like there are many of us not wanting the Anne stories sullied! Your review of Marilla has sparked hope and intrigue that this is a good fit and worthy read. I would be thrilled to receive a copy.
Thank you for a wonderful list and the incentive to read much more in 2019!
“Sullied”! Haha. Such a great word. I promise, Marilla will not sully Anne–just the opposite!
Angela Gardiner says
I would love to read Marilee or Jane as I am just discovering the beautiful world of LM Montgomery (at age 54)! Thank you for the recommendations!
NEVER too late to enjoy our beloved Lucy Maud!
My son saw the cover of “Where’d you go Bernadette” and said it looked like a “mom book” and that I should buy it!
So I did and he was right, sometime judging a book by its cover is a good thing!!
So excited to learn about the movie!!!
It is a mom book, he was right! I loved Bernadette’s relationship with her daughter. Can’t wait for the movie!
Anne Simonot says
The Blue Castle is one of my favourite books ever! Valancy rocks! My fave read of 2018 was the very last of the year: Someone Like Me by the amazing M R Carey (who wrote ANOTHER fave, The Girl With All the Gifts).
Isn’t that amazing–your favorite read of the year was the very last one!
I follow you on Facebook but hadn’t seen your blog. Reading this post made me decide I need to follow you as I’ve read a fair amount of the books you’ve mentioned and another fair amount are in my TBR pile! It’s always good to find a kindred spirit reader. 👍🏻
Welcome, Barb! Kindred spirits welcome here!
I was so excited to see Bernadette on your list! One of my fave books in the last 5 years!! I’m anxious to get my hands on Marilla. ❤️
Yay–another Bernadette fan! Can’t wait for the movie!
Dora Dueck says
I love reading people’s “best of” lists, and yours is a particular pleasure because you write so delightfully yourself and are truly persuasive on the titles you love. (P.S. Hope the pitch for Antarctica travel comes true!)
I love best of lists, too. Thank you, Dora! Happy Reading!
Clio Velentza says
Pachinko is high on my wishlist, I would love to win it! I’m hoping for a bookish year ahead <3
“A bookish year ahead…”! YES!
I cannot decide! Marilla sounds amazing, but so do Jane, Eleanor, and Charing Cross!! If I get the chance, many of these will end up on my 2019 reading list!
For sure read the classics, Jane of Lantern Hill and 84, Charing Cross Road, and then read the newer ones, imho. 🙂
Christi Craig says
What a great list! Which makes it difficult to choose. I have had my eye on Amarillo for a while (though Eleanor looks intriguing too….). Either way, I’m bookmarking this post. Thanks!
Thank you! Don’t you love autocorrect? “Amarillo”? 🙂
Christi Craig says
Oh boy. Didn’t even catch that! I mean, I’m sure Amarillo is a nice place to visit, but Marilla is more my style 🙂
Haha! Maybe someone should write a new prequel set in Texas: Amarillo of Verde Gables!
Definitely want to try Marilla!! I am on track to reading everything ever written by L. M. M… Course…..she’s not the author, but, if she has Montgomery’s style, I’ll love it! !
I promise, she is wonderful and has taken such loving care of this story.
Your books look amazing – sorry new to you, hope to catch up soon
Thank you! No need to be sorry! 🙂 Kindred spirits are welcome anytime!
Eleanor is on my to-read list but am also dying to read about Marilla!
Two outstanding choices!
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry was one of the booksnwe read in fifth grade. I fell in love with Mildred D. Taylor’s books and characters. That year whenever we went to the library I almost always picked on of her books to check out.
I loved reading this as an adult. A powerful book.
Brandy Rocheleau says
Mariela and Eleanor are on my TBR!
Courtney Birnbaum says
I read “Jane of Lantern Hill” last year after checking out every LM Montgomery book the local library had to offer. Definitely adding your suggestions to my reading list for 2019, but I’ll say that “84, Charring Cross Road” stands out the most to me right now after spending much of Thursday afternoon sorting through old books from my father-in-law’s collection (with the lingering sneezes of dust reminding me that reading about used books could be much nicer than reading from them in certain ways, at least!)
I hate dust, but love old books! What is the solution? 🙂
Karen Lyles says
“Marilla” is on my list and “84, Charring Cross Road” looks charming and I can’t wait to read it!
Sound like a wonderful pairing!
Kate Ward says
I would love to read Jane of Lantern Hill! It sounds amazing, and I love Montgomery’s style.
You will adore Jane!
First, I want to thank you for the book crush list. I’m always looking for the next great read. I checked out 84 Charing Cross Road from the library. I absolutely loved its charm. It made me want to find all the books she requested!
I would like to read “Marilla” next.
Ooh, I am delighted that you read 84, Charing Cross Road!
Ileana Barrionuevo says
I’d like to get Ghosted because I love stories of relationships and even more if there a bit of mystery 🙂
I can’t wait to hear what you think of Ghosted! Sounds like you will love it.
Both Marilla & Jane are calling my name! I hope I’ll get to read both in 2019! And maybe Eleanor too! These all look so good!
Marilla and Jane would be perfect read together!