What were your favorite books of 2011?
1. A Woman’s Place, by Ruth Adam
Wonderful social history of women in Britain from WWI to 1975.
2. The Du Mauriers, by Daphne Du Maurier
Du Maurier’s account of a few generations of her family, in particular her grandfather, George Du Maurier, author of a popular Victorian children’s book.
3. Few Eggs and No Oranges, by Vere Hodgson
A diary that the author kept during WWII. I loved her sense of humor, even though she went through something horrific.
4. Unbeaten Tracks in Japan, by Isabella Bird
A fantastic travelogue, written by a fearless woman who became the first Western woman to travel in the hinterlands of Japan.
5. Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte (re-read)
One of my favorite books of all time!
6. Anderby Wold, by Winifred Holtby
I love all of Winifred Holtby’s novels, and although this was only her first, I love the way that she depicts Yorkshire life.
7. The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton
Another classic, and on that I should have read many years ago.
8. The Diary of a Provincial Lady, by EM Delafield
Hysterically funny “diary” of an English housewife.
9. A Pin to See the Peepshow, by F Tennyson Jesse
Novel based on a famous Victorian murder trial. The author was a journalist, and it shows in this book!
10. Anne of Green Gables, by LM Montgomery (re-read)
An all-time favorite!
11. All Passion Spent, by Vita Sackville-West
I love the way that Vita Sackville-West skewers the English upper classes, mercifully so in this novel.
12. Myself When Young, by Daphne Du Maurier
Thought-provoking account of the author’s childhood, based on the diaries she kept at the time.
13. Cindie, by Jean Devanny
Wonderful novel about a woman manager on a colonial plantation.
14. The Loving Spirit, by Daphne Du Maurier
Daphne Du Maurier’s first novel, focusing on four generations of a shipbuilding family in Cornwall. Fabulous!
15. The Winds of Heaven, by Monica Dickens
A novel about an ‘aging” woman who gets shunted around between her three daughters.