A list of books that I am reading. 
* denotes that I finished the book 

Books Read in 2021 (* means not yet finished)

  1. *Underfoot in Show Business by Helene Hanaff 

  2. This One and Magic Life : A Novel of a Southern Family by Anne Carol George 

  3. *Howards End Is on the Landing : A Year of Reading from Home by Susan Hill

  4. Norman Rockwell Illustrated Cookbook by Marian Hoffman

  5. *Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant / Anne Tyler.

  6. *The vicomte in the kitchenette : being the art of cooking within restricted space, limited time and reduced income, together with a glossary of cooking terms / by Vicomte de Mauduit ; with drawings by Mary Shepard.

  7. *Strange Meeting by Susan Hill 

  8. The Christmas Mouse by Miss Read

  9. The Art of the Cookie: Baking Up Inspiration by the Dozen

  10. *Company’s Coming: Muffins and More by Jean Pare

  11. Will the Circle Be Unbroken?: A Memoir of Learning to Believe You're Gonna Be Okay by Sean Dietrich
  12. The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels - A Love Story by Ree Drummond

Books Read in 2020 (* means not yet finished)

  1. *Diary of Tsarina Alexandra 

  2. Cards on the table, by Agatha Christie.

  3. Oolong dead : tea shop mystery # 10 / Laura Childs.

  4. Pay attention, Carter Jones / Gary D. Schmidt.

  5. A world in spell / by D.E. Stevenson.

  6. Dragonwell dead : tea shop mystery #8 / Laura Childs.

  7. Fatally flaky / Diane Mott Davidson. Davidson, Diane Mott.

  8. The story of Rosabelle Shaw / by D.E. Stevenson.

  9. What comes next and how to like it : a memoir / Abigail Thomas.

  10. *The wind in the willows [sound recording] / by Kenneth Grahame.

  11. *A Collection of Letters to Nuns: Profitable Instructions for Laymen and Monastics Paperback – by Anatoly Zertsalov (Author), Holy Nativity Convent (Translator)

  12. The Confession of Brother Haluin by Ellis Peters

  13. I Live Again by Princess Illiana of Romania 

  14. Thrush Green by Miss Read

  15. Winter in Thrush Green by Miss Read

  16. News From Thrush Green by Miss Read

  17. The Scent of Water Elizabeth Goudge 

  18. She died a lady / by Carter Dickson. Dickson, Carter, 1906-1977

  19. Tea & Sympathy : the life of an English teashop in New York / Anita Naughton ; with 60 recipes and an introduction by Nicola Perry. Naughton, Anita, 1961-

  20. Cooking for Mr. Latte : a food lover's courtship, with recipes / Amanda Hesser ; illustrations by Izak.

  21. Sweep: The Story of a Girl and her Monster by Jonathan Auxier

  22. The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

  23. Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier

  24. Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier

  25. The Green Ember by SD Smith 

  26. The Home-Maker by Dorothy Canfield Fisher

  27. Q's Legacy by Helene Hanff

  28. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

  29. Love for Sale (Book #4 in the Grace & Favor Series) by Jill Churchill

  30. It Had to Be You (Grace & Favor Mysteries, No. 5) by Jill Churchill

  31. Anything Goes (Grace and Favor Mysteries, No. 1) by Jill Churchill 

  32. Who's Sorry Now? : A Grace and Favor Mystery by Jill Churchhill 

  33. Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder Mystery by Joanna Fluke

  34. Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe by Jo Watson Hackl

  35. Murder on a Bad Hair Day: A Southern Sisters Mystery # 2 by Anne George 

  36. All One Summer by Elizabeth Fair 

  37. Peach Cobbler Murder (2005)      

  38. Sugar Cookie Murder (2004)       

  39. Fudge Cupcake Murder (2004)       

  40. Lemon Meringue Pie Murder (2003)       

  41. Blueberry Muffin Murder (2002)       

  42. Strawberry Shortcake Murder (2002)  

  43. *The vicomte in the kitchenette : being the art of cooking within restricted space, limited time and reduced income, together with a glossary of cooking terms / by Vicomte de Mauduit ; with drawings by Mary Shepard.

  44. My kitchen year : 136 recipes that saved my life / Ruth Reichl ; photographs by Mikkel Vang. Reichl, Ruth.

  45. *Smitten kitchen every day : triumphant and unfussy new favorites / Deb Perelman.

  46. The Young Unicorns by M L’Engle

  47. Dragons in the Waters by M L’Engle

  48. Friends for the Journey: Shaw, Luci, L'Engle, Madeleine 

  49. *The widower's cookbook : how a kitchen neophyte learned to plan, shop, and cook healthy meals / by Kenneth R. Goldstein.

  50. *Letters of EB White 

  51. Death of a Fool Nagio Marsh

  52. The Whole Enchilada by Diane Mott Davidson 

  53. Night at the Vulcan Nagio Marsh

  54. Ring of Endless Light by M L’Engle 

  55. Celia’s House by DE Stevenson 

  56. The House on the Cliff DE Stevenson 

  57. Mrs Tim Flies Home DE Stevesnon 

  58. Mrs Tim Gets a Job DE Stevenson 

  59. Katherine Wentworth DE Stevenson 

  60. Mrs Tim Carries on DE Stevenson 

  61. Mrs Tim of the Regiment DE Stevenson 

  62. *Letters of JRR Tolkien 

  63. Death with Dostoevsky by Katherine Boldger Hyde

  64. Anne Morrow Lindberg Her LIfe by Susan Hetrog 

  65. Cyanide with Christie by Katherine Boldger Hyde

  66. Bloodstains with Bronte by Katherine Boldger Hyde

  67. Arsenic with Austin by Katherine Boldger Hyde 

  68. Katherine’s Marriage by DE Stevenson 

  69. The Rosemary Tree by Elizabeth Goudge 

  70. The Baker's Daughter by DE Stevenson 

  71. The Four Graces by DE Stevenson 

  72. The Two Mrs Abbots by DE Stevenson 

  73. Miss Buncle Married by DE Stevenson 

  74. MIss Buncle’s Book by DE Stevenson 

  75. Celebrations at Thrush Green by Miss Read 

  76. Friends at Thrush Green by Miss Read

  77. The School at Thrush Green by Miss Read

  78. At Home in Thrush Green by Miss Read

  79. Affairs at Thrush Green by Miss Read

  80. Gossip from Thrush Green by Miss Read 

  81. Return to Thrush Green by Miss Read 

  82. Winter in Thrush Green by Miss Read

  83. *tea with Bea (cookbook) 

  84. Thrush Green by Miss Read

  85. Tolkien’s Father Christmas 

Books Read in 2019 (* means not yet finished)

Sarah Morris remembers, by D. E. Stevenson. 

What comes next and how to like it : a memoir / Abigail Thomas.

A three dog life / Abigail Thomas. 

The tall stranger / by D.E. Stevenson.

Maybe you should talk to someone : a therapist, her therapist, and our lives revealed / Lori Gottlieb.

Tender at the bone : growing up at the table / Ruth Reichl.

The English air / D. E. Stevenson.

A solitary blue / by Cynthia Voigt.

A string in the harp / by Nancy Bond 

The tower treasure / by Franklin W. Dixon. Dixon, Franklin W.

Diary of a wimpy kid : the meltdown / by Jeff Kinney.

Miss Dean's dilemma / by D.E. Stevenson. 

Rochester's wife / by D.E. Stevenson.

Stevenson, D. E. (Dorothy Emily), The blue sapphire. 

The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The war I finally won / Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.

Crooked Adam, by D. E. Stevenson. Stevenson,

Anna and her daughters. Stevenson, D. E. (Dorothy Emily), 

*The Wilderness Journal by Angela Carlson 

*A Daily Calendar of Saints by Fr Lawrence Farley 



Letters to His Family by Archimandrite Sophrony
At Play in the Lions Den by Jim Forest (this book is about a Catholic written by an Orthodox author)
Treasure in Earthen Vessels: Prayer & the Embodied Life by Fr Dcn. Stephen Muse
The Love of God. The Life and Teachings of St. Gabriel of the Seven Lakes Monastery. By Archimandrite Symeon Kholmogorov.


Three by Tey by Josephine Tey


One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
*The 24 Days Before Christmas: An Austin Family Story by Madeleine L’Engle
Pilgrim in the Ruins: A Life of Walker Percy by Jay Tolson
The Book of Buechner: A Journey Through His Writings by Dale Brown


Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing by Anya von Bremzen



*Letters to His Family by Archimandrite Sophrony
Striving for Knowledge of God: Correspondence with David Balfour by Elder Sophrony
Father Seraphim Rose: His Life and Works by Hieromonk Damascene


*The Rosemary Tree by Elizabeth Goudge



The Brothers Karamazov




The Jesus Prayer: The Ancient Desert Prayer that Tunes the Heart to God
Short Trip to the Edge (revised ed)*
A Journey Through Great Lent*
Ascetic Homilies of St. Issac the Syrian
Crazy John*
An Inner Step Towards God by Fr. Alexander Men
Journey to the Kingdom: An Insider’s Look at the Liturgy and Beliefs of the Eastern Orthodox Church *
Letters to His Family ~ Archimandrite Sophrony *
Nearly Orthodox: On Being a Modern Woman in an Ancient Tradition  ~ Angela Doll Carlson 


Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer (the book)*


At Home in Mitford*
A Light in the Window*

A New Song*
A Common Life*
Dragons in the Water by Madeleine L'Engle*
The Circle of Quiet by Madeleine L'Engle
Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle **
A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L' Engle *


Island Magic by Elizabeth Goudge*
The Valley of Song by Elizabeth Goudge
Autobiography by GK Chesterton*
The Dean's Watch by Elizabeth Goudge
The Scent of Water by Elizabeth Goudge 
CS Lewis In A Time of War*
Beyond the Snow: The Life and Faith of Elizabeth Goudge
Together They Stand: Letters of CS Lewis to Arthur Greeves


The Alexiad byAnna Komnene


Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child
Great breakfasts and brunches for starting the day right 



Saint Arsenios: The Cappadocian by Saint Elder Paisios* 
Elder Hadji-Georgis: The Athonite by Saint Elder Paisios* 
Conversations with Children: Communicating our Faith* by Sister Magdalen*
The Acquisition of the Holy Spirit in Ancient Russia
I know a Man in Christ:Elder Sophrony the Hesychast and Theologian


A Tree Grew in Brooklyn  by Betty Smith*
A Severed Wasp by Madeleine L' Engle*
Saint Maybe by Anne Tyler*
Lament for a Son by Nicholas Wolterstorff
A Grace Disquised by Jerry L. Sittser
The Grief Club: The Secret to Getting Through All Kinds of Change by Melody Beattie
Song of the Lark by Willa Cather*
The Little House on the Prairie*


The Bird in the Tree by Elizabeth Goudge*
Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro*

Cooking and Cooking Memoirs: 

A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table

Children and YA:

Knitting, Quilting, Crafting:



The Art of Prayer: An Orthodox Anthology arranged, edited by Igumen Chariton of Valamo*

Courage to Pray by Metropolitan Anthony Bloom
The Sayings of the Desert Fathers: The Alphabetical Collection translated by Benedicta Ward
The Scent of Holiness: Lessons from a Women's Monastery by Mat. Constantina R. Palmer*
Elder Porphyrios Testimonies and Experiences*
With Elder Porphyrios: A spiritual child remembers*
The Bible and Holy Fathers for Orthodox
The Orthodox Study Bible
Wounded by Love by Elder Porphyrios
Saint Silouan, the Athonite by Archimandrite Sophrony
Conversations with Children: Communicating our Faith by Sister Magdalen
Aidan's Song: A Year in the Life of a Parish Priest by Father Aidan Wilcoxson*


The Habit of Being - Letters of Flannery O'Connor - by Flannery O'Connor

The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy and "Women's Work" (Madeleva Lecture in Spirituality) by Kathleen Norris *
Looking for the King: An Inklings Novel by David C Downing*
The Duel: The Eighty-Day Struggle Between Churchill and Hitler*
My Antonia by Willa Cather*
Death Comes to an Archbishop by Willa Cather*


Letters to an American Lady by C.S. Lewis
The Autobiography of GK Chesterton by GK Chesterton


Children and YA


A Continual Feast: A Cookbook to Celebrate the Joys of Family and Faith Throughout the Christian Year
Gluten-Free Baking Classics by Annalise G. Roberts
BabyCakes: Vegan, (Mostly) Gluten-Free, and (Mostly) Sugar-Free Recipes from New York's Most Talked-About Bakery.
BabyCakes Covers the Classics
Gluten-Free Baking: More Than 125 Recipes for Delectable Sweet and Savory Baked Goods, Including Cakes, Pies, Quick Breads, Muffins, Cookies, and Other Delights



The Blessed Surgeon: The Life of Saint Luke, archbishop of Simferopol by Archdeacon Vasiliy Marushchak *

May God Give You Wisdom - The Letters of Fr. John Krestiankin ~ Excerpts here
Everyday Saints by Archimandrite Tikhon (Shevkunov) ~ Excerpts here *
Christ is in our Midst - Letters from a Russian A Monk by Fr. John 
Abbess Thaisia of Leushino
An Autobiography of a Spiritual Daughter of St. John of Kronstadt
Elder Cleopa of Sihastria by Ioanichie Balan
Courage to Pray by Metropolitan Anthony Bloom
With Pain and Love for Contemporary Man by Elder Paisios of Mt. Athos 

The Habit of Being - Letters of Flannery O'Connor - by Flannery O'Connor 
The Cloister Walk by Kathleen Norris *
What is a Family? by Edith Schaffer 
Relationships: A Mess Worth Having by Timothy Lane and Paul D Tripp 
The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaffer
The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey*

The Shape of the Year by Jean Hersey
A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812
The Help by Kathryn Stockett *
The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy and "Women's Work" (Madeleva Lecture in Spirituality) by Kathleen Norris *
A Window over the Sink: a memoir by Peg Bracken
Christmas Spirit by George Grant


Ballad of the White Horse  by GK Chesterton *

E-version here. Book available here.
Orthodoxy by GK Chesterton (E-copy here)
Lukacs' 5 Days in London *


The Knitters Year: 52 Make-in-a-Week Projects-Quick Gifts and Seasonal Knits by Debbie Bliss

Teach Yourself Visually: Knitting by Sharon Turner 
Vintage Baby Knits: More Than 40 Heirloom Patterns from the 1920s to the 1950s by Kristen Rengren 

Children and Young Adult:

Cricket in Times Square by George Selden  *

Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Clearly 


Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking
Joy of Cooking (1953, 1962, 1964, 1997, 2006 editons)
Boston Cooking-School Cook Book (1945)
Gluten-Free Baking Classics by Annalise G. Roberts
Williams-Sonoma: Thanksgiving


Christie said...

Tell me how you like The Ballad of the White Horse and The Habit of Being. The Cloister Walk is one I'd love to read but haven't yet!

elizabeth said...

Hi Christie,

I am LOVING Chesterton! Wrote just a little here ( but can tell that I should write about him more!

The Habit of Being is wonderful; I am reading it slowly; F. O'Connor's wit, friendship with many, her commitment to Christ and the Catholic sacraments is very admirable.

Will write more via email :)