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Read in 2017

January:
1. London: the Novel, by Edward Rutherfurd
2. Notes from a Small Island, by Bill Bryson
3. A Very English Scandal, by John Preston
4. Imagined London, by Anna Quindlen
5. The Black Dahlia, by James Ellroy
6. In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote

February
1. Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen
2. The Girls of Slender Means, by Muriel Spark
3. Patience, by John Coates
4. Into the Whirlwind, by Eugenia Ginzburg
5. The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James
6. Few Eggs and No Oranges, by Vere Hodgson

March:
1. The Exiles Return, by Elizabeth de Waal
2. Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen
3. The Death of the Heart, by Elizabeth Bowen
4. The Buccaneers, by Edith Wharton
5. The Death of the Heart, by Elizabeth Bowen
6. White Teeth, by Zadie Smith

Comments

Marianne said…
I am so envious that it's not even the end of January and you've already read five books!

I just saw that the last book you read was IN COLD BLOOD, which I read in December.

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