Six sixes from the first six months

When I saw that Jo of The Book Jotter had posted a summary of the first six months of the year by putting six books into six different categories, I thought it was a great idea and the perfect way to look back on our reading so far in 2012.

You can see my own ‘Six Sixes’ below. I’ve changed a few of the categories slightly to suit my own reading and although some of the books I’ve read would fit into more than one category I’ve only listed each book once.

Six books I loved:

Here are some of my favourite books from the first half of the year. I loved Dorothy Dunnett’s Lymond Chronicles so much it was very tempting to include all six of them here, but I wanted to give other books a mention too!

1. The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett
2. Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini
3. Here Be Dragons by Sharon Penman
4. The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye
5. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
6. Mariana by Susanna Kearsley

Six books by authors who were new to me:

I hadn’t read anything by any of these authors until this year and would be happy to read more books by all six of them.

1. The Last Summer by Judith Kinghorn
2. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
3. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
4. Wonder Girls by Catherine Jones
5. Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay
6. The Hunger Trace by Edward Hogan

Six books with a mystery to solve:

I haven’t read many mysteries or crime novels this year but I enjoyed all six of these – especially my first two choices.

1. The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King
2. Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters
3. Towards Zero by Agatha Christie
4. The Bull of Mithros by Anne Zouroudi
5. Every Secret Thing by Susanna Kearsley
6. Now You See Me by S.J. Bolton

Six books that took me back in time:

Historical fiction novels appear in most of my other categories too, but as it’s my favourite genre I decided to give it a category of its own.

1. The Crown by Nancy Bilyeau
2. The Secret Life of William Shakespeare by Jude Morgan
3. The Midwife of Venice by Roberta Rich
4. The Sultan’s Wife by Jane Johnson
5. The Adventures of Alianore Audley by Brian Wainwright
6. Treason by Meredith Whitford

Six classics I’ve read this year:

So far in 2012 I haven’t read as many classics as I was hoping to. Here are six of them – I’m sure I’ll be reading more over the final six months of the year.

1. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
2. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
3. Three Men on the Bummel by Jerome K. Jerome
4. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
5. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell
6. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

Six books that I had one or two problems with but am still glad I tried:

I found these books slightly disappointing but there were still some aspects of them that I liked.

1. Sacrilege by S.J. Parris
2. The Map of Lost Memories by Kim Fay
3. A Small Circus by Hans Fallada
4. The Land of Decoration by Grace McCleen
5. The Glovemaker by Stacia Brown
6. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte


So those are my sixes – will you be posting your own?

7 thoughts on “Six sixes from the first six months

  1. Jo says:

    Thanks for joining in. Great to see how everyone is tweaking it to suit their own reading life.

    Lots of books on your lists, I have read and also lots which I have got because of some of your reviews. I wonder what the next 6 months will bring?

  2. Cat says:

    All these lovely lists are going to be dangerous to the TBR. Good to see The Gods of Gotham on yours as I brought it home from the library this week.

  3. Anbolyn Potter (@anbolynp) says:

    I think I will do some kind of half-way best list, but I haven’t read enough books to join in this one! Slow reader here 🙂 I enjoyed reading your lists – it made me remember how much I’ve enjoyed reading your posts this year.

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