2018 Winter to Spring Reading List

I have always loved to read and am constantly on the lookout for a new book to add to my reading list.  There’s nothing more that I love than to curl up on my sofa each evening with a good book in my hands.  Today I’m sharing a few books that I have read recently and also books that I’ll soon be reading in case you are like me and like to read book suggestions.

2018 Reading List - Books that I'm reading in early 2018.

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Louise Miller

The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living

I keep a note in my phone with the names of authors that I’d like to read so that when I’m at the library I can consult my list for books to read.  I’m not sure how I heard about Louise Miller, but I’m sure glad that I did.  Two things attracted me to this novel: the main character is a baker and the novel is set in Vermont.  I love books that incorporate food and especially love it when recipes are included.   This book includes lots of baking talk and there are a few recipes shared as well.  It’s set in Vermont in a fictional town with all the charm of a real-life Vermont area.

The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller

The Late Bloomers’ Club

I’m so happy to discover that Louise Miller has a new book coming out in July 2018.  I’ll be reading this for sure this coming summer.   The Late Bloomers' Club by Louise Miller

Leah Weiss

If the Creek Don’t Rise

I think I have the best mail person on the planet.  Rosalind always has a smile on her face and is never in too much of a hurry that she can’t stop for a moment to say “hello” if I’m out in the yard working.  One day last fall she was listening to a book as she made her mail deliveries.  She highly recommended If the Creek Don’t Rise.  It took me a few months to order a copy of this book and to start reading it and I’m now about halfway through it and LOVE it.  The author lives not far from me and one day I was walking Sherman and saw her getting into her car.  I shouted, “I just bought your book!” and darted across the road to meet her.  She was super gracious and seemed genuinely thrilled that I shouted out to her and wanted to meet her.  If you like Appalachian Literature, you’ll love this book.

If the Creek Don't Rise by Leah Weiss

Elin Hilderbrand

The Identicals

Elin Hilderbrand just may be my favorite author.  I immediately get drawn into her books that are set in Nantucket.  I picked up The Identicals at the library last week and read it in two nights.  I couldn’t put it down!

The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice is the fourth book in Elin’s Winter Street series.  This series is set on Nantucket at Christmas and features an inn that you’ll want to visit after reading the first three books in the series.  Of course the inn is fictional, but you’ll still want to stay there.  I haven’t yet read Winter Solstice and can’t wait to get a copy of it.

Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand

Sue Grafton

Y is for Yesterday

I recently finished reading Y is for Yesterday and was so sad to find out that this will be the last book by Sue Grafton as she sadly passed away in December.  I loved every book in this series and will sorely miss Kinsey Millhone.  These books are set in the 1980’s and it’s fun to read how Kinsey solves the mystery without the help of a cell phone or computer.

Sue Grafton Y is for Yesterday

Dorothea Benton Frank

All Summer Long

I’ve been reading Dorothea Benton Frank’s books for years and always love them.  She sets her books in “The Lowcountry” of South Carolina and draws you into the story within a few paragraphs of starting each book.  I read All Summer Long this fall and enjoyed it tremendously.

All Summer Long by Dorothea Benton Frank

Same Beach, Next Year

I did a happy dance when I found Same Beach, Next Year at the library at the end of last week.  This is the next book that I’ll read.

Same Beach Next Year by Dorothea Benton Frank

Susan Wittig Albert

The Last Chance Olive Ranch

The Last Chance Olive Ranch is the latest Susan Wittig Albert’s China Bayles herbal mystery series. I like trying to solve the mystery along with China and in the process I learn more about herbs.  Recipes mentioned in the story are included at the end of the book.  The next book in this series, Queen Anne’s Lace, is due to come out April 3, 2018.  I’m looking forward to reading it as soon as I can get a copy.

The Last Chance Olive Ranch by Susan Wittig Albert

Shellie Rushing Tomlinson

Suck Your Stomach In & Put Some Color On!

Last spring I traveled to Natchez with my good friend, Suzanne, to do some historical research for a book that Suzanne intends to write.  While in Natchez, Suzanne and I toured a few mansions there including Longwood.  In the Longwood gift shop I discovered Shellie Rushing Tomlinson’s Suck in Your Stomach & Put Some Color On!  In this humorous book, Shellie tells stories that are lessons that southern mothers teach their daughters.  Woven into the stories are also delicious sounding southern recipes, tried and true from Shellie’s kitchen.  I could not put this book down!

Suck in Your Stomach and Put Some Color on by Shelley Rushing Tomlinson

Sue Ellen’s Girl Ain’t Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy

I then enjoyed Sue Ellen’s Girl Ain’t Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy which was just as funny as Suck Your Stomach In & Put Some Color On!.  You’ll fall in love with Shellie’s family as you read her books.  Reading these two books then lead me to ordering Shellie’s cookbook, Hungry is a Mighty Fine Sauce.  The cookbook is full of great recipes and funny essays by Shellie.

Sue Ellen's Girl Ain't Fat She Just Weighs Heavy by Shelley Rushing Tomlinson

Kate Morton

The Distant Hours

I’ve read many of Kate Morton’s books and recently enjoyed The Distant Hours.  This book is set at Milderhurst Castle in England and goes back and forth between modern times and WWII.  I am always quickly drawn into Morton’s stories and am reluctant to put the book down until it’s over.

The Distant Hours by Kate Morton

Mary Kay Andrews

The Weekenders

I’m always entertained by Mary Kay Andrews and was delighted when I found The Weekenders on the shelf at the library.  Riley thinks she has plenty of money and that all is good in life. She gets served with divorce papers and her life takes a nose-dive.  Of course it all gets resolved in the end, and you’ll enjoy how she gets there.

The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews

Rita Mae Brown

Crazy Like a Fox

Rita Mae Brown lives where I’m from and her property adjoins my mom’s.  I’ve been a fan of her books for years and years and especially enjoy that her books are set in beautiful Central Virginia.  Crazy Like a Fox is the latest “Sister” Jane foxhunting novel.  I really enjoy this series and especially enjoy going along on the foxhunts with Sister Jane and her staff.

Crazy Like a Fox by Rita Mae Brown

A Hiss Before Dying

I also enjoy Rita Mae’s Sneaky Pie Brown Series.  In the last few novels in this series, Rita Mae has started to go back and forth between modern times and the 1700’s.  I really like this as I learn some history and I’ve grown to love the 1700’s characters.

A Hiss Before Dying by Rita Mae Brown

If you have books that you’ve enjoyed that you’d like to suggest to me, please leave a comment.  I’m always looking for a new-to-me author to read.


  1. I Love your list! I’d bet we like a lot of the same types of reading. Elin Hilderbrand is one of my favorites too. I need to get back in the habit of reading each night, it was such a peaceful way to unwind from the day. Pinned so I can come back and find your recommendations!

  2. I just finished reading Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman. It’s a good read, funny at times, and is set in the south. I enjoy your reading list posts! I definitely will add some to my reading list, which, like you, I carry with me!

    1. Thank you for suggesting Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman. I checked it out of the library and loved it. Now I’m reading Beth Hoffman’s second book.


    1. The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living was so good! I’m reading If the Creek Don’t Rise right now and I can hardly get my nose out of it.


  3. I am an avid reader, too. Never without a book and a few on the nightstand waiting to be savored. I love some of the authors you mentioned and will definitely check out some new ones. Oh my Amazon bill will be going up! Thanks for sharing at Happiness is Homemade Link Party.

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