I just read this on Cath's blog, and thought it might be fun to do.
The idea comes from a new-to-me blog called The Book Jotter. Her post about this year's Six in Six is here. She notes that a book can feature in more than one category.
1. Six authors who are new to me.
Jenni Keer. I loved her book The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker. To use one of my favorites adjectives, it was charming. It was warm-hearted, with nice people, and a wonderful intergenerational friendship.
Debbie Tung. Another literary soul-mate. I just "met" her last year, but since I read her first book in November 2018, and her second in February of this year I thought I'd include her in this category. Her two non-fiction graphic books are Quiet Girl in a Noisy World, and Book Love. I so enjoyed them both.
Christopher Huang. I read his most interesting book, A Gentlemen's Murder. These quotes were on the Amazon page, and really, they say it all. My kind of book. I really liked it.
"Huang's impressive debut will delight fans of golden age detective fiction." ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Dorothy Sayers is alive and well and writing under the name of Christopher Huang." ―Rhys Bowen, New York Times-bestselling author of The Tuscan Child
"A must read for fans of Anthony Horowitz, Charles Todd, and Anne Perry." ―Daryl Maxwell, Los Angeles Public Library
Kathi Daley's The Inn at Holiday Bay: Letters in the Library, book 2 in the Holiday Bay series. I liked this very much. There's a nice write-up about the book here. I have the first in the series, and plan to read it soon.
E.C.R. Lorac - I've read Murder by Matchlight and Fire in the Thatch so far, and want more! You may read more about the author here.
Last, but definitely not least is H.Y. Hanna. I've read the prequel and five books in her Oxford Tea Room mysteries series. I can't seem to stop. As soon as I finish one, I begin the next. The books are set in my favorite place in the world, the one place I do hope to visit, Oxford England. I fell in love with this city watching Inspector Morse and Inspector Lewis, and now to read about it is simply heaven. The author went to Oxford, and knows the city well. She is very prolific, and you may read more of what she has written here. I have also bought a book in another of her series, The English Cottage Garden mysteries, and will read it when I've read the next four of the Tea Room books!
2. Six authors I have read before. All beloved old friends.
Harry Kemelman - I've now read all the Rabbi Small books for the second time, and find myself wanting to spend time with him again.
Rosamunde Pilcher - I re-read Flowers in the Rain, and then thought I'd try The Shell Seekers again. Probably needless to say to Pilcher fans, I loved them both. I didn't want either book to end. I did begin September, but it didn't hold my interest so I dropped it for now.
Agnes Sligh Turnbull. I've read her Little Christmas many times, and it always touches me deeply. I need to read more of her work.
Anne Tyler. This is to be my year of Anne Tyler. I've so enjoyed her work over the years. The books I've read so far this year are on the sidebar.
John Grisham. I've never read a book by him that I didn't enjoy! This year's was Calico Joe, but hope to read more. My blogging friend in PEI said that Grisham is "very reliable", and that is exactly how I feel.
D.E. Stevenson. I've read so many over the years, but have many more to read. This year I read Spring Magic, and so enjoyed it.
3. Six authors I read last year - but not so far this year.
Ragnar Jonasson. I really do like his Dark Iceland series.
Frances Garrood. I loved her Ruth Robinson's Year of Miracles, and want to read more of this author's work.
Radha Vatsal. I really liked A Front Page Affair, book 1 in the Kitty Weeks series. An historical mystery set in 1915 New York City about a young journalist. So far there is just one more book, but I hope there will be more.
Rachel Joyce. I so loved The Music Shop. A perfect book. I would like to read more of her work.
Anthony Horowitz. I loved The Word is Murder last year, and want to read the next one called The Sentence is Murder. I also loved Magpie Murders.
George Bellairs. Wonderful writer. I read four last year. More here about him.
4. Six books from the past that led me back there.
A favorite category for me since I do love older books.
If Morning Ever Comes by Anne Tyler. This was published in 1964, her first book. It gave such a feeling of the time. I was 16 that year, and it was so much quieter than now. Less news, fewer weather reports, no screens except television with the two stations I could get.
The two Lorac books, Murder by Matchlight and Fire in the Thatch.
Everybody Always Tells by E.R. Punshon.
Spring Magic by D.E. Stevenson. I love books set during WW II that actually take place then.
The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher. It is quite amazing to me how different 1987 was from now. And parts of the book are set further back.
5. Six series of books read or started.
Samuel Craddock series by Terry Shames. I have almost read all the books. Love the Texas setting and the main character.
Inspector de Silva series by Harriet Steele. Love these books and read them as fast as they come out.
Holiday Bay series by Kathi Daley.
Robert Macdonald series by E.C.R. Lorac.
Rabbi Small series by Harry Kemelman.
Oxford Tea Room series by H.Y. Hanna
6. Six Favourite Places to Read.
Bed - I read only Kindle books there.
Kitchen chair by woodstove
Living room chair
Kitchen table while I eat breakfast
Terrace, where I recently put a chair in the shade, in one of my favorite spots.