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currently reading:  . . . Where Jasmine Blooms

currently listening:  . . .  Everything I Never Told You

on tap:    Blindness, Wangs vs the World, Being Mortal

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May 2017 ()

Men Explain Things to Me / Rebecca Solnit A (2014,2’47”) **** 37

Orlando / Virginia Woolf eB+A DNF () *** 36

The Sport of Kings / CE Morgan Tb+A (2016,545,23′) tob **** 35

Drums Girls and Dangerous Pie / Jordan Sonnenblick A (2004,4’31”) **** 34

The Hate U Give / Angie Thomas eB/A (2017,464,11’40”) **** 33

Behind Her Eyes / Sarah Pinborough eB (2017,318) *** 32

April 2017 (7,1226,26.42′ – 31,7802,104.82′)
Summer of My German Soldier / Bette Greene HB (1973,230) *** 31
The Hunter / Richard Stark A (1960,5′) *** 30
Petty: The Biography / Warren Zanes A (2015,14′) **** 29
The Disappearing Spoon / Sam Kean Tb (2010,416) *** 28
The Intuitionist / Colson Whitehead HB (1999,255) **** 27
Home / Marilynne Robinson HB (2008, 325) ***** 26
Lincoln in the Bardo / Geo Saunders A (2017, 7’25”) ***** 25

March 2017 (5,1629,0 – 24,6576,78.4′)
The Little Paris Bookshop / Nina George eB (2013,320) ** 24
A Man Called Ove / Fred Backman Tb (2012,339) *** 23
Dublin Literary Pub Crawl / Colm Quilligan Tb (2008,159) **** 22
James Joyce’s Odyssey / Frank Delaney Tb (1987,191) *** 21
The Nix / Nathan Hill (2016,620) ***** tob 20

Feb 2017 (7,1869,58.1′ – 19,4947,78.4′)
Born a Crime / Trevor Noah A (2016,8’50”) ***** 19
High Dive / Jonathan Lee HB (2016,325) **** 18
Moonglow / Michael Chabon A (2016,14’46”) tob **** 17
The Bone Clocks / David Mitchell HB/A (2014,624,24’30”) ***** 16
Save Me / Kristin K Lewis eB (2014,288) ** 15
Black Wave / Michelle Tea Tb (2016,326) tob ***** 14
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead HB (2016,306) tob *** 13

Jan 2017 (12,3078,20.3′ – 12,3078,20.3′)
Sudden Death / Álvara Enrigue HBA (2016,264) tob *** 12
Version Control / Dexter Palmer Tb (2016,512) tob **** 11
Mister Monkey / Francine Prose HB (2016,285) tob ***** 10
The Throwback Special / Chris Bachelder HB (2016,213) tob **** 9
We Love You Charlie Freeman / Kaitlyn Greenidge eB (2016,337) tob *** 8
Sweet Lamb of Heaven / Lydia Millet HB (2016,250) tob *** 7
Just Mercy / Bryan Stevenson Tb (2014,349) P ***** 6
Grief is the Thing With Feathers / Max Porter Tb (2016,114) P **** tob 5
13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl / Mona Awad Tb (2016,212) *** tobll 4
All the Birds in the Sky / Charlie Jane Anders A (2016,12’36”) **** tob 3
Going Gray / Anne Kreamer HB (2007, 206) *** wian 2
Mr. Splitfoot / Samantha Hunt eB (2016,336) **** tobll 1

Year 2016 EOY-wordsEOY-nums
DEC 2016 (11, 2614,30’6″  –  86,22262,254’30”)
The Queen of the Night / Alex Chee HB (2016,557) *** 86
What Great Teachers Do Differently / Todd Whitaker Tb (2012,144) *** 85
The Unseen World / Liz Moore HB (2016,451) *** 84
The Four Million / O.Henry pb (1906,189) **** 83
Homegoing / Yaa Gyasi HB (2016,305) **** 82
The Little Red Chairs / Edna O’Brien A (2015,9’40”) **** 81
Another Brooklyn / Jacqueline Woodson HB (2016,177) **** 80
The Mothers / Brit Bennett HB (2016,275) **** 79
West With the Night / Beryl Markham Tb (1942,294) ***** 78
The World According to Garp / John Irving A (1978,20’26”) ***** 77
All About the Months / M.R.Krythe HB (1966,222) WiaN *** 76

NOV 2016 (6,1042,17′ – 75,17970,211’48”)
The Girl on the Train / Paula Hawkins eB (2015,336) *** 75
Commonwealth / Ann Patchett HB (2016,322) ***** 74
As You Wish / Cary Elwes A (2016, 7′) **** 73
The Unfinished Garden / Barbara Claypole White tB (2012,384) **** 72
The Dispatcher / John Scalzi A (2016,2+) ***** 71
You Can’t Touch My Hair / Phoebe Robinson A (2016,8′) ***** 70

OCT 2016 (7,1304,9’48 –  69,16928,194’48”)
Citizen / Cynthia Rankin (2014,169) **** 69
Women in Science / Rachel Ignotofsky (2016,128)  *** 68
To Kill a Mockingbird / Harper Lee (1960,281) ***** 67
Double Helix / Dr. Watson HB (1968, 368) NF **** 66
Brighton Rock / Graham Greene A (1938,9’48”) DNF 65
Amsterdam / Ian McEwan (1998,198) **** 64
Vineyard Seasons / Susan Branch (1988,160) **** 63

SEPT 2016 (5,1584,26’4″ – 62,15624,185′)
Eleanor and Park / Rainbow Rowell eB (2013,335) *** 62
Shrill / Lindy West A (2016,6’9″) ***** 61
Germinal / Zola A+eB (1885,596) ***** 60
A Land More Kind Than Home / Wiley Cash tB (2012,309) **** 59
Murder Must Advertise / Dot Sayers HB (1933, 344) *** 58

AUG 2016 (8,2727,22’20” – 57,14040,158’56”)
The Amzg Advs of Kavalier&Clay / MChabon A (2000,639,22’20) **** 57
And Then There Were None / Agatha Christie pb (1939,300) *** 56
March / Geraldine Brooks tB (2004, 288) **** 55
Echoes of Family / Barbara Claypole White tB (2016,440) **** 54
Big Magic / Liz Gilbert (2015,273) HB 53 ****
The Vegetarian / Han Kang (2016, 181) HB 52 ****
My Name is Lucy Barton / Elizabeth Strout (2016, 191) HB 51 *****
Everything She Forgot / Lisa Ballantyne (2015,415) eB 50 **

JULY 2016 (4,1018,22’20” – 49,11313,138′,36″)
The In-Between Hour / Barbara Claypole White (2013, 384) **** 49
13 Little Blue Envelopes / Maureen Johnson (2005,322) ***** 48
The Fireman / Joe Hill A&HB (2016,768,22’20”) ***** 47
Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist / Sunil Yapa (2016,312) ***** 46

JUNE 2016 (7,2166,12’25” – 45,10295,116’19”)
The Abstinence Teacher / Tom Perrotta (2007,358) *** 45
Honey Baby Sweetheart  / Deb Caletti (2004,308) *** 44
Unaccustomed Earth / Jhumpa Lahiri (2008,333) **** 43
State of Wonder / Ann Patchette A (2011,12’25”) ***** 42
The Devil in the White City / Erik Larson tB (2002,447) NF *** 41
Remember Me? / Sophie Kinsella tB (2008,352) **** 40
Crossing to Safety / Wallace Stegner tB (1987,368) **** 39

MAY 2016 (10,1946,22’34” – 38,8129,103’54”)
Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress / SJGilman A (2003,13’49”)  *** 38
The Library at Char Mountain / Scott Hawkins eB (2015,390) **** 37
The Revised Fundamentals of CareGiving / Jon.Evison eB (2012,290) **** 36
The Baker’s Daughter / Sarah McCoy eB (2012,330) **** 35
Prologue to Love / Taylor pb (1961,724) pg 59 DNF 34
Quiet / Susan Cain DNF tB (2012,352) pg 59 NF DNF 33
Go Tell it On the Mountain / James Baldwin A (1958,8’45”) **** 32
The Bean Trees / Barb Kingsolver pb (1988,272) *** 31
This is the Story of a Happy Marriage / Ann Patchett tB (2013,306) ***** 30
Notorious RBG / HB (2015,240) NF 29

APR 2016 (6,1145,26’13” – 28,6183,81’20”)
Paula / Isabel Allende (1994,330) *** 28
I Capture the Castle / Dodie Smith (1948,12’20”) ***** 27 #CCSpin 27
Orphan Train / CBKline (2013,278) **** 26
The Story of My Teeth / Valeria Luiselli (2013,184) TOB **** 25
The Sympathizer / Viet Thanh Nguyen A (2015,13’53”) TOB **** 24
The Nest / Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney (2016,353) **** 23

MAR 2016 (6,1244,14’9″ – 22,5038,55’7″),
The New World / C.Adrian,E.Horowitz,R.Quinn (2015,200) *** #Weirdathon 22
The Storied Life of A.J.Fikry / Gabrielle Zevin (2014,288) bkclub **** 21
Fire and Hemlock / Diana Wynne Jones DNF (1985,~100+) #MarchMagics 20
The Sellout / Paul Beatty (2015,304) TOB 19
Fates and Furies / Lauren Groff A (2015,14’9″) TOB ***+ 18
The Turner House / Angela Flournoy (2015,352) TOB ***+ 17

FEB 2016 (7,1664,32’52”  – 16,3794,40’58”)
The Tsar of Love and Techno / Anthony Marra (2015,329) TOB ***** 16
The Dead Key / DMPulley (2015,477) ** Bookclub 15
Fickle Fickle Melinda McPickle / MMigliorato (2015,25) ***** 14
The Invaders  / Karolina Waclawiak (2015, 241) TOB **** 13
A Little Life / Hanya Yanagihara A (2015,32’52”) TOB **** 12
A Spool of Blue Thread / Anne Tyler (2015,357) TOB *** 11
Oreo / Fran Ross (1974,230) TOB **** 10

JAN 2016 (9,2130,8’5″ – 9,2130,8’5″)
Brave New World / A Huxley A (1932,8’5″) *** 9
The Perfect Son / BCWhite tB (2015,398) **** 8
Whatever / Michel Houellebecq tB (1994,156) *** 7
Our Souls at Night / Kent Haruf HB (2015,179) **** 6
Tiny Beautiful Things / Cheryl Strayed tB (2012,368) ***** 5
The Map of True Places / Brunonia Barry HB (2010,403) *** 4
The Painted Veil / WSomerset Maugham eB (1925,280) classic **** 3
The Red Shoes / Dorte Hummelshoj SS eB (2012,33) *** 2
Radio Shangri-la / Lisa Napoli NF tB (2010,304) WiaN *** 1

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2015 DEC (4,940,0-75,18914,~323) Year Review NUMs/Year Review WORDS
And the post where I talk about faves of the year: TOPS/5Slicers
The Free Men / John Ehle (1965,351) **** 75
A Faraway Smell of Lemon / Rachel Joyce eB (2013,26) **** 74
The Snow Child / Eowyn Ivey tB GNCBC (2012,391) ***** 73
From the Mixed-Up File of Mrs BEF / EL Konigsburg (1967,172) **** 72

2015 NOV (5,815,~10 – 71,17974,323’58”)
The Bungalow / Sarah Jio eB (2011,320) FlemMdwsBC ** 71
I am Malala / Malala (2013,9’55”) *** 70 #NonFicNov
We Should All Be Feminists / Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2012,48) **** 69
Between the World and Me / Ta-Nehisi Coates (2015,152) ***** 68
Warriors Don’t Cry / Melba Pattillo Beals (1995,295) **** 67

2015 OCT (8,2078, 28’13” – 66,17159,314’3″)
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up / Marie Kondð nf hb (2014,214) 66
The Wrath and the Dawn / Renee Ahdieh (2015,10’38”) #diversiverse **** 65
Never Change / Elizabeth Berg tb (2001,224) **** 64
The Elegance of the Hedgehog / Muriel Barbery (2006,325) ***** WiaN 63
‘Salem’s Lot / King A+tb (1975,458/17’35” ) RAL **** 62
Welcome to the Departure Lounge / Meg Frederico HB (2009, 192) NF *** 61
Death in the Garden / Eliza.Ironside (1995,294) ***** FlemMdwsBC 60
Sorcerer to the Crown / Zen Cho HB (2015,371) **** #diversiverse 59

2015 SEPT (7,1274,43’27” – 58,15081,285’50” )
Fog Island Mountains / Michelle Bailat-Jones (2014,171) **** 58
H is for Hawk / Helen Macdonald A (2014,11’10”) WiaN8 ****** 57
Inside the O’Briens / Lisa Genova (2015,335) ***** FlemMdwsBC 56
Anansi Boys / Neil Gaiman (2005,10+’) **** 55 RIPX
Woman on the Roof / Mignon G Eberhart (1967, 359) *** 54 RIPX
Wicked / Gregory Maguire (1995,409) *** 53 RIPX
The Secret History / Donna Tartt (1992,22′) *** RIPX 52

2015 AUG (5,857,33.17′-51,13807,248.42′)
Mansfield Park / Jane Austen A (1814,16’49”) **** 51
Things Fall Apart / Chinua Achebe tb (1958,209) **** 50
Gilded / Deborah Davis (2009,320) **** 49
Stranger in a Strange Land / Robt.Heinlein A (1961,16’21”) RAL *** 48
Guests on Earth / Lee Smith tb (2013,328) ** KCElibclub 47

2015 JULY (7,3084,74.75 ~46,12950,215.25)
Heft / Liz Moore A (2012,11’44”) ***** 46
Atlas Shrugged / Ayn Rand eB+A (1957,1188+63′) *** 45 readalong
Are You There Vodka? / Chelsea Handler tb (2008,264) ** 44
Big Little Lies / Liane Moriarty HB (2014,460) ***** 43
Lost Lake / SAAllen (2014,294) ***** 42 KCElibclub
Station Eleven / HSJ Mandel (2014,354) ***** 41
The Orphans of Race Point / Patry Francis (2014,524) **** 40

2015 JUNE (7,1282,22’15” – 39,9866,140’26”)
Tenth of December / Geo Saunders HC (2013,254) 39 ****
Bad Feminist / Roxane Gay NF tb (2014,320) 38 *****
The Talented Mr. Ripley / Patricia Highsmith A (1955,9’35”) 37 ****
The Aviator’s Wife / Melanie Benjamin KCElibclub tb (2013,296) *** 36
Misery / Stephen King HB (1987,310) RAL **** 35
The Portable Library / Dorothy Parker A (1944,13’22”) 34
Heart of Darkness / Joseph Conrad eB (1899,102) **** 33

MAY 2015 (5,2216,29’14” – 32,8584,117’20”)
The Portable Dorothy Parker / Dot Parker HB (1944,544) **** 32
The Boston Girl / Anita Diamont HB (2014,320) **** 31
The Bookseller of Kabul / Åsne Seierstad tb KCElibclub (2002,288) *** 30
Flowers for Algernon / Daniel Keyes pb (1959,216) RAL *** 29
The Luminaries / Eleanor Catton eB+A (2013,848,29’14”) *** 28

APR 2015 (6,972,31’45” – 27,6368,88’15”)
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry / Rachel Joyce A (~10′) ***** reread  27
The Making of a Marchioness / FHBurnett tb (1902,308) **** 26
The Good Lord Bird / James McBride HB (2013,417) KCElibclub WiaN ***** 25
The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessey / Rachel Joyce A (2014,10’36”) ***** 24
Dollbaby / Laura Lane A (2014,11’12”) *** 23
Winesburg, Ohio / Sherwood Anderson tB (1919, 247) ** DNF 22

MAR 2015 (7,1611,22’12” – 21,5396,56.5)
Far From the Madding Crowd / Tom Hardy (1874,14’52”) A/ws ***** 21
How to Build a Girl / Caitlin Moran eB (2014,352) **** 20
Dept. of Speculation / Jenny Offill (214,182) HB ***** 19
Pet Sematary / Stephen King (1983,562) paperback RAL **** 18
All I Have In This World / Michael Parker HB (2014,320) KCElibclub ***** 17
Even If the Sky Falls Down / Susan Jackson Bybee eB (2015, 195) **** 16
Yes, Please / Amy Poehler A (2014, 7.5) ****  15

Feb 2015 (9,2675,13’44” – 14,3785,34.25)
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened / Jenny Lawson HB (2012,318)  **** 14
MaddAddam / Margaret Atwood HB (2013,394) *** 13
The Fiction Class / Susan Breen tb (2008,296) ARC *** 12
Science Tales / Darryl Cunningham HB (2012,174) *** 11
The Importance of Being Oscar / Mark Nicholls HB (1980,238) ** 10
The Year of the Flood / Atwood HB WiaN8 (2009,434) **** 9
The Invention of Wings / SMKidd HB KCElibclub (2014,373) **** 8
Color / Victoria Finlay NF tb WiaN8 (2002,448) **** 7
The Husband’s Secret / Liane Moriarty  A bookclub (2013,13’44”) **** 6

Jan 2015 (5,1110,20.5)
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry / Rachel Joyce HB GNCBC (2012,320) ***** 5
The Winter’s Tale / Bill Shakespeare A play-classics (1623,~3′) **** 4
Sister Carrie / Ted Dreiser PB classics (1900, 400) **** 3
Five Days at Memorial / Sheri Fink A  Bookies (2013,17.5) *** 2
Mockingjay / Susanne Collins eB WiaN8 (2010,390) *** 1
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December 2014 (Year End Review Part 1, Part 2)
A Bag of Bones / Stephen King Audio (1999,21.3) *** 64
Invisible / Carla Buckley tb (2012,400) ** 63
101 Things I Learned in Film School/Neil Landau (2010,212) HB ****  WiaN7 62
Sheltered Content Instruction / Echevarria & Graves (2010,126) ***** 61

November 2014
A Sudden Light / Garth Stein (2014,400) ** 60
All the Light We Cannot See / Anthony Doerr (2014,16 hrs) Audio/WS Bookclub **** 59

October 2014
The Count of Monte Cristo / Alexander Dumas Audio (1858, 57 hours) WiaN7 ***** 58

The Art of War 57
The Vacationers / Emma Straub Audio (2014,6+) *** 56

September 2014 
Pecan Pie and Deadly Lies / Nancy Naigle *** (2013,276) eBk 55

August 2014
Wish Her Safe at Home / Stephen Benatar ***+ (1982,263) 54
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy / Douglas Adams (1979,216) *** 53
Out of My Mind / Sharon M Draper (2010,295) ****52
East of Eden / Steinbeck (1952,601) ***** 51
IMG_3524 Newport RI Harbor at sunset

July 2014 
A Walk in the Woods / Bill Bryson (2007,276) *** 50
The Humans / Matt Haig (2013,304) eBook **** 49
Emily and Einstein / Linda Lee (2010,10’54”) Audio **** 48

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June 2014 (8/1645,24’34”)
James and the Giant Peach / Roald Dahl (1961,126) *** 47
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings / Maya Angelou (1970,10′ 12″) Audio ***** 46
Gilead / Marilynne Robison (2000,247) ***** 45
The Color of Water / James McBride (1996,291) ***** 44
The Good Earth / Pearl Buck (1931, 379) **** 43
Mr. Mercedes / Stephen King (2014, 14’22”) Audio **** 42
Hops & Glory / Pete Brown (2007,458) **** 41
Washing Cars and Wasting Time / John C Oliva (2013,144) *** TB 40
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May 2014 (10/1864,61’17”)
Omnivore’s Dilemma / Michael Pollan (2006,16 hrs) **** Audio 39
A Good American / Alex George (2012,389) **** eB 38
A Survival Guide for Parenting Teens / Joani Geltman (2014,288) eB **** 37
We Were Liars / E.Lockhart (2014, 6’24”) Audio ** 36
The Yearling / Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Θ (1938,509) Classics/WiaN TB **** 35
Daughter of Smoke and Bone / Laini Taylor  (2011,12.5 hrs) Audio *** 34
The Delusions of Gender / Cordelia Fine (2010, 338) NF eB **** 33
The Martian / Andy Weir (2012, 10’53”) *** Audio 32
Silver Sparrow / Tariya Jones (2011,340) TB ***** 31
The Sparrow/ Mary Doria Russell (1996, 15.5 hrs ) Audio, SciFi **** 30
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APR 2014 (6)
The Death of Bees / Lisa O’Donnell (2013, 306) eB **** 29
The Signature of All Things / Elizabeth Gilbert (2013, 21.75 hours) Audio ****+ 28
The House on the Strand / Daphne DuMaurier (1968,298) Bookies ReRead **** 27 HB
The Wonder of Ordinary Magic / Lilli Day (2011,252) ***+ 26 eB
Lighthousekeeping / Jeanette Winterson (2005,252) **** 25 TB
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane / Kate DiCamillo (2006,210) ***** 24 TB

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Mar 2014 (7)
Three Men in a Boat / Jerome K. Jerome (1889,256) ***  Classics/WiaN7 eB 23
Labor Day / Joyce Maynard (2009,241) ***-  22 TB
How To Be an American Housewife / Margaret Dilloway (2010, 7.8 hrs) Audio *** 21
The Sign of the Four /  AC Doyle (2012/o.1890,224) *** Classics 20 eB
The Radley’s / Matt Haig  (2010,385) ***+ 19 eB
They Called Her Styrene / Ed Ruscha (2000,608) ***  18 HB
My Ántonia / Willa Cather (1918,288) ****  Classics 17 pB

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Feb 2014
Venetia / Georgette Heyer (1958,375) **** 16 eB
Therese Raquin / Emile Zola (1867,8 hrs) Audio *** Classics 15
Brain / Dermot Davis (2013,217) **** 14 TB
Slaughterhouse-Five / Kurt Vonnegut (1968,275) ReRead ***** 13 WiaN7 eB
Like Water for Chocolate / Laura Esquivel (1992, 246) **** 12 TB

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JAN 2014
Me Before You / JoJo Moyes (2012,369) **** 11 eB
The Garden Party and Other Stories / Katherine Mansfield (1922,192)  **** 10 eB
Kind Regards / Liz Williams (2012,186) **** 9 HB
The Knife of Never Letting Go / Patrick Ness (2008,479) *****/* 8 TB
The Rosie Project / Graeme Simsion (2013,304) eBook  ***** 7 eB
Brideshead Revisited / Evelyn Waugh (1944,505) Classics Challenge **** 6 HBlp
Tell the Wolves I’m Home / Carol Blunt (2012, 11 hrs) **** 5 Audio
Playing Dead / Julia Heaberlin (2012, 10.4 Hrs) Audio Bookies *** 4
Eat Cake / Jeanne Ray (2003, 272) **** 3 HB
Shade of Milk and Honey / Mary Robinette Kowal (2010,304) **** 2 eB
The Autobiography of St Therese of Lisieux (1898,159) *** 1 TB

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DEC 2013 (Year in Review post)
The Goldfinch / Donna Tartt (2013,772) **** 60
We Are Water / Wally Lamb (2013,576) **  Bookies 59
Doctor Sleep / Stephen King (2013,18.5 hrs) ***** 58
There Goes the Galaxy /Jenn Thorson (2011,358) **** 57

NOV 2013
If on a Winters Night a Traveler / Italo Calvino (1979,260) *** 56
Mary Poppins / PL Travers (1939,224) **** 55
Divergent / Victoria Roth (2011,487) *** 54

OCT 2013
Unbroken / Laura Hillenbrand (2010,473/14 hrs) ***** SRP HB 53
The All of It / Jeannette Haien (1986,160) **** Bookies, eBook 52
The Maid’s Version / Daniel Woodrell (2013, 164) *** Bookies, eBook 51
Harry Potter #7 / JKR ( 2007,759) *** 50
Harry Potter #6 / JKR (2005,652) *** 49
The Ocean at the End of the Lane / Neil Gaiman (2013,178) **** 48
The Customs of the Country / Edith Wharton (1913,125-368) DNF ** 47
The Great Santini / Pat Conroy (1976,111-471) DNF ** 46

SEP 2013
Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven / Susan Jane Gilman (2009, 7.5 hrs) Audio **** 45
Maman’s Homesick Pie  / Donia Bijan (2011,254) ***** 44
Mrs. Craddock / WSomerset Maugham (1902, 256) **** 43

Aug 2013
Asleep / Molly Caldwell Crosby (2010,262) NF ** 42
METAtropolis / bunch of authors (2008,9 hrs) Audio *** 41
Tolstoy and the Purple Chair / Nina Sankovitch (2011,240) NF *** 40
The Orphan Master’s Son / Adam Johnson (2012,456) ***** 39
Where’ You Go, Bernadette? / Maria Semple (2013,331) **** 38

July 2013
Songs for the Missing / Stewart O’Nan (2008,287) **** 37
The Good House / Ann Leary (2013,10+) Audio ****  36
Alias Grace / Margaret Atwood (1996,465) ***** 35
The Witch of Little Italy / Suzanne Palmieri (2013,320) * 34
The Orchardist / Amanda Coplin (2012,432) ***** 33

June 2013 (5-1904,31-10730,47.5-182.25)
Up the Down Staircase / Bel Kaufman (1964,368) ***** 32
Dark Places / Gillian Flynn (2009,349) **** 31
Beautiful Ruins / Jess Walter (2012/~13 hrs) Audio ***** 30
Kitchen Confidential / Anthony Bourdain (2000,312) WiaN6 **** 29
Under the Dome / Stephen King (2009,875/34.5 hrs) Whispersync #DomeAlong *** 28

May 2013 (4-1232,26-8826,15-134.75)
A Gift Upon the Shore / MK Wren (1990/15 hrs) *** Audio 27
The Mermaid of Brooklyn / Amy Shearn (2013,368) ** Bookies 26
The Burgess Boys / Elizabeth Strout (2013,320) **** 25
Life After Life / Kate Atkinson (2013,544)***** DockC 24

April 2013 (4-1423,22-7594,22-119.75)
Tropic of Cancer / Henry Miller (1934,318/10 hrs) Audio/ebook, classic  *** 23
Called to Coach / Bobby Bowden (2010,276) NF  *** 22
The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared / Jonas Jonasson (2009,400/12 hrs) *** Bookies 21
Howl’s Moving Castle (1986,429) *** #dwjmarch TB-lib 20

March 2013 (6-2061,18-6171,31-97.75)
Possession / ASByatt (1990,555) **** 19 #readbyatt, TB, B2M
The Dinner / Herman Koch (2009,314/9 hrs) WhisperSync *** Bookies 18
Moby Dick / Herman Melville (1851,432/22 hrs) **** Audio/print 17
The Face on the Milk Carton / Cooney (1991,184) **** 16
Speak / Laurie Halse Anderson (1999,198) **** 15
The Song of Achilles / Madeline Miller (2012,378) ***** #AchilleSong 14

Feb 2013 (5-1632,13-4110,36-66.75)
Catching Fire / Suzanne Collins (2009,391) *** eBook WiaN6 13
The Perks of Being a Wallflower / Stephen Chbosky (1999,213) **** eBook B2M 12
The Art Forger / Barbara Shapiro (2012,369) *** eBook Bookies 11
The Shining / Stephen King (1977,659 pgs/16 hrs) *** #ShineOn Audio&Lbook 10 B2M
The Forgotten Garden / Kate Morton (2008. 20 hrs) **** Audio 9

Jan 2013 (8-2478,30.75)
Harry Potter #5 / JKRowling (2003,870) Lbook*** 8
The Light Between Oceans / MLStedman (2012,362) ΘClub **** eBook 7
Beloved / Toni Morrison (1987,324) LARM B2M ***** 6 (sent book to Iris)
Stories I Only Tell My Friends / Rob Lowe (2011,9.25 hrs ) ***** Audio 5
Ready Player One / Ernest Cline (2012,15.75 hrs ) **** Audio 4
The Great Gatsby / FScott Fitzgerald (1925,180/5.75 hrs) *****  Audio&book, B2M 3
The Memory Thief / Emily Colin (2012,432) ***  Bookies 2
Making Piece / Beth Howard (2012,310) ***** HB 1

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DEC 2012  (Final STATS post)
The Gargoyle / Andrew Davidson (2008,465) **** 66
Case of the Blue Carbuncle / Arthur Conan Doyle (1892,72) *** 65 audio
Bleak House / Chuck Dickens (1853,1000) **** 64 audio
A Mango-Shaped Space / Wendy Moss (2003,218) Bookclub *** 63

NOV 2012 
The Casual Vacancy / JKRowling (2012,506) **** 62
Private Demons / Judy Oppenheimer (1988,304) **** 61
Life Among the Savages / Shirley Jackson (1948,241) *** 60
This is How You Lose Her / Junot Diaz audiobook (2012,213) **** 59
Peculiar Rhymes and Intimate Observations / Moonbeam McQueen (2012,50) **** 58
Jamaica Inn / Daphne DuMaurier (1936,302) *** 57

OCT 2012 (2/2, )
Anna Karenina / Leo Tolstoy (1871,838) **** 56 audio(Kate Long), readalong
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius / Dave Eggers (2001,496) *** 55
Paul is Undead / Alan Goldsher (n.by Simon Vance) audio (2010,310) **** 54
Redemption in Indigo / Karen Lord (2010, 256) #Diversiverse **** 53
Beauty Queens / Libba Bray (396,2011) **** 52

SEPT 2012 (11/11,50/50)
American Psycho / Bret Easton Ellis (416, 1991) Audio (Pablo Schreiber) **** 51 Dueling Monsters
Then Again / Diane Keaton (305, 2011) **** 50
The Gospel According to Fix / Chris Cillizza  (213,2012) *** 49
The Sense of an Ending / Julian Barnes (163,2011) ***** 48
Red Dragon / Thomas Harris (454, 1981) *** 47 – Dueling Monsters
Kindred / Octavia E Butler (264,1979) **** 46
Nickel & Dimed / Barbara Eirenrich (221,2001) **** (my town’s HS summer read) 45
The Human Bobby / Gabe Rotter  (289,2010) ** 44
IT / Stephen King (1138,1986) #italong Audio (Steven Weber) ***** 43
French Leave / Anna Gavalda (108,2009) *** 42
Emotional Geology / Linda Gillard (307,2005) **** 41

AUG 2012 (4/4, 39/39)
Strength in What RemainsTracy Kidder **** (272,2009) 40 PersonalChallenge
Harry Potter #4 / JKRowling (734,2000) **** 39 PersonalChallenge
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn / Betty Smith (493,1943) **** 38 The Bookies
Gone Girl / Gillian Flynn (431,2012) ***** 37 MarinaClub
Outlander / Diana Gabaldon (627,1991) *** 36 TimeTravel

JULY2012 (6/6, 35/35)
Harry Potter #3 / JKRowling (99,435) **** 35 PersonalChallenge
Harry Potter #2 / JKRowling (98,341) ** 34
The Happiness Project / Gretchen Rubin (315,2009) *** 33
Right Ho Jeeves / PG Wodehouse (224,1934) iBook ** 32
Fifty Shades of Grey / ELJames (514,2011) *** 31
Wild / Cheryl Strayed (315,2012) audio *** 30

JUNE 2012 (8/8,29/29)
Lottery / Patricia Wood (313,2007) **** 29
A Reliable Wife / Robert Goolrick (291,2009) *** 28
The Stand / Stephen King (1152,1990/1978_o) #standalong audio (Grover Garland) **** 27
The City and the City / China Miéville (329,2009) Summer Readalong *** 26
The Fault in Our Stars / John Green (212,2012) The Bookies ***** 25
Harry Potter #1 / JKRowling (312,1997) 24
A River Runs Through It / Norman Maclean (217, 1976) WiaN5 **** 23
Take the Cannoli / Sarah Vowell (219, 2000) *** 22

MAY 2012 (5/5,21,21)
Paperback Thriller / Lynn Meyer (150,1975) *** 21, WiaN5
Before I Go To Sleep / SJ Watson (358,2011) ** 20
The Uninvited Guests / Sadie Jones (259,2012) **** 19
Cranford / Elizabeth Gaskell (201,1864?) **** 18 TheBookies, 1001Bks2Read
11/22/63 / Stephen King (849,2011) ***** 17

APR 2012 (4.333/4, 16/16)
1Q84 / Haruki Murakami (925,2011)** 16
Into the Wild / Jon Krakauer (224/1996) audio *** 15
The Elephant Keeper / Christopher Nicholson ** (298/2009) 14
Saturday / Ian McEwan Wian5 (291/2005) **** 13
The Invention of Clouds / Richard Hamblyn NF (403/2001) *** 12

MAR 2012 (3/3, 11.6/12)
Muscular Retraining for Pain-Free Living / Craig Williamson NF (198/07) ***** 11
Angels and Insects / AS Byatt WaiN5 (337/92) **** 10
Cloud Atlas / David Mitchell WiaN5/1001Bks (509/04) **** 9

FEB 2012 (4.333/5, 8.666/9)
Fire Season / Philip Connors NF (248/11) ***** 8
Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea / Charles Seife  NF (248/00) *** 7
BossyPants / Tina Fey audio (227/11) *** 6
Model Home / Eric Puchner WiaN5 (360/10) ***   5
Book TWO 1Q84 / Haruki Murakami

JAN2012 (4.333/5, 4.333/5)
Book ONE of 1Q84 / Haruki Murakami –
The Night Circus / Erin Morgenstern (387/11) **** irlBC – 4
Sugar in My Bowl / Erica Jong (256/11)**** SS 224 -3
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day / Winifred Watson WiaN5, 1001bks (234/36)****  -2
The Very Cool Life Code / Drew Rozell (162/10) **** NF 162 -1

Dec 2011     (the 2011 WrapUp)
The Screwtape Letters / C.S.Lewis 160 pgs **** 53
The Book of Awful /  Romi Moondi 138 pgs *** 52
Cat in a Diamond Dazzle / Carole Nelson Douglas ** 51
Q’s Legacy  / Helene Hanff **** 50
Before Ever After / Samantha Sotto *** 49
Neuromancer/ Wm Gibson *** 48

Nov 2011
The Stone Diaries / Carol Shields ***** 47
A Visit from the Goon Squad / Jennifer Egan **** 46
The Paris Wife / Paula McLain ** 45
The Killer Angels / Michael Shaara ***** 1974 355 pgs pulitzer 44

OCT 2011
Mary Reilly / Valerie Martin **** 43
Bad Girls Don’t Die / Katie Alender *** 42
People of the Book / Geraldine Brooks ****+ 41
Just Kids / Patti Smith *** 40
Yesterday Morning / Diana Athill *** 39
An Abundance of Katherines / John Green *** 38

SEP 2011
Go Ask Alice / Anonymous *** 37
The Tapestry of Love / Rosy Thornton ***** 36
The Hunger Games / Suzanne Collins **** 374 pages 35
One Day / David Nicholls **** 34
The Call / Yannick Murphy **** 33
Left Neglected / Lisa Genova **** 32
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks / Rebecca Skloot ***** 31
The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine / Alina Bronsky **** 30

AUG 2011
Everything Beautiful Began After / Simon Van Booy **** 29
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand / Helen Simonson **** 28
Eyes Like Stars / Lisa Mantchev ** DNF 27

JUL 2011
Broken Colors / Michele Zackheim ** 26
The Days of Abandonment / Elena Ferrante ****25

JUN 2011
Still Missing / Chevy Stevens *** 24
The Wind-up Bird Chronicle / Haruki Murakami **** 23

May 2011
The History of Love / Nicole Krauss ***** 22
Staying at Daisy’s / Jill Mansell **** 21
The Wilder Life / Wendy McClure ** 20
The Birth of Love / Joanna Kavenna 19
The Doctor’s Plague / Sherwin B Nuland **** 18

April 11
Part 1 John Adams / McCullough audio **** 17 (sort of review)
Flow /Elissa Stein and Susan Kim **** 16
Tess of the D’Urbervilles / Thomas Hardy **** 15

Mar 11 (3/5, 
Ulysses / James Joyce *** DNF/14 (a post on this as DNF)
True Grit / Charles Portis *** 13
The Secret Garden  / Frances Hodgson Burnett ***** 12
The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship / Lisa Verge Higgins *** 11

Feb 11 (3/3, 10/10)
D.V. / Diana Vreeland *** 10
The Imperfectionists / Tom Rachman **** 9 Bookies
Sugar Queen / Sarah Addison Allen ***** 8

Jan 2011  (7/7)
The Accidental Billionaires / Ben Mezrich **** 7
Cheating at Canasta / Wm Trevor 20in11*** 6
Shadow Tag / Louise Erdrich IRL Bookies *** 5
The Things They Carried / Tim O’Brien ***** Personal Deliberate 4
Beneath the Thirteen Moons / Kathryne Kennedy  ** WiaN4  3
Someone at a Distance / Dorothy Whipple Persephone  **** 413 pgs 2
The Sea / John Banville *****  WiaN3 195 pages 1

Year 2010 Summary Post –>here<–

Dec 2010 (4/4, 64/70)
Among Schoolchildren /Tracy Kidder 70 *** PersonalDeliberate  340 pgs
Where the Red Fern Grows / Wilson Rawls 69 ** WiaN3
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down / Anne Fadiman 68 the Bookies ****
A Dog’s Purpose / Bruce Cameron 67  ***

Nov 2010 (4/5, 60/66)
A Secret Gift / Ted Gup 66 **** TLC
The Woman in White / Wilkie Collins **** RIP 65
Menopause Matters / Julia Schlam Edelman MD **** 64
Honolulu / Alan Brennert  *** 63  The Bookies
The Yellow Wallpaper /  Charlotte Perkins Gilman **** 62 Women Unbound Challenge

Oct 2010 (3/5, 56/61)
DNF – The Witch of Hebron / James Howard Kunstler  61
They’re Not Dumb, They’re Different / Sheila Tobias *** 60
Feminism is for Everyone / belle hooks ** 59  Women Unbound Challenge
DNF – Frankenstein / Mary Shelley ** audio 58
Lady’s Maid by Margaret Forster **** 57

Sep 2010 (6/6, 53/56)
Room / Emma Donoghue *** 56 Book Club
Neverwhere (audio) / Neil Gaiman **** 55 RIP
Woman in the Dark / Dashiell Hammett ** 54 RIP
The Maltese Falcon / Dashiell Hammett **** 53 RIP
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close /Jonathan Safran Foer ***** 52
The Likeness / Tana French **** 51

Aug 2010 (6/6, 47/50)
The Bell Jar/ Sylvia Plath ***** 50
Finny / Justin Kramon **** 49
Overboard! / Michael J Tougias **** 48
Zeitoun / Dave Eggers **** 47 IRL Bookclub
Mixed Magics / Diana Wynne Jones *** 46 DWJweek
Fingersmith/ Sarah Waters **** 45 COBC

July 2010 (7/8, 41/44)
Suite Scarlett / Maureen Johnson *** 44
Dykes to Watch Out For / Alison Bechdel **** (20in10, GLBT) 43
A Thousand Splendid Suns / Khaled Hosseini ***** (Women Unbound, Global) 42
The Samurai’s Garden / Gail Tsukiyama *** (Global) 41
DNF-North Dallas Forty/Peter Gent * 40
Making Rounds with Oscar / David Dosa **** 39
American Gods / Neil Gaiman (readalong) **** 38
Good Dog. Stay. / Anna Quindlen **** 37

June 10 (7/7, 34/36)
Night / Elie Wiesel 36
The Book Thief / Mark Zusack ***** 35 (Flashback, IRL Bookclub)
Franny & Zooey / JD Salinger **** 34 (John Cusack Challenge & COBC)
Blankets/ Craig Thompson *** 33 GN-20in10
Sister Outsider / Audre Lorde **** 32 Woman Unbound Challenge
An Education / Lynn Barber *** 31 Book to Movie, Woman Unbound?
Watership Down / Richard Adams **** 30 Personal, 20in10

MAY 10 (7/8, 27/29)
Ethan Frome / Edith Wharton *** 29
Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret/ Judy Blume **** 28
DNF –Dead End Gene Pool / Wendy Burden 27
Half Broke Horses / Jeanette Walls 26
Without a Trace / Colleen Coble ** 25
Little Bee / Chris Cleave *** IRL bookclub 24
Will Grayson, Will Grayson / John Green & David Levithan **** (TwentyInTen) 23
Woman / Natalie Angier ***** (Woman Unbound) 22

APR 10 (3/3, 20/21)
PS I Love You/ Cecilia Ahern, 375 pgs *** 21
A Single Man / Christopher Isherwood, 186 pgs **** 20
The Threadbare Heart by Jennie Nash, **** 19

MAR 10 (6/6, 17/18)
Oryx and Crake / Margaret Atwood ***** 383 pages – 18
Waiting for Columbus / Thomas Trofimuk ***** 324 pgs 20in10 – 17
ChowHounds / Ernie Ward DVM ** – 16
Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont by Elizabeth Taylor **** 178 pages – 15
Fear & Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 by Hunter S Thompson, *** (Cusack Challenge) 14
The Girl Who Stopped Swimming / Joshilyn Jackson (IRL BookClub) 288 pgs – 13 ***

FEB 10 (7/7, 11/12)
Love Begins in Winter / Simon Van Booy ***** 227 pgs – 12
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie / Alan Bradley *** (WhatsInANm3) 370 pgs – 11
Typhoid Mary / Anthony Bourdain *** (Women Unbound) 144 pgs -10
Paper Towns / John Green **** (Dewey Challenge 2009) 9
Benny & Shrimp / Katarina Mazetti **** (IRL Bookclub) 8
To the Lighthouse / Virginia Woolf ***** (woolf in winter/women unbound) 7
The Princess Bride / Wm Goldman *** (what’s in a name3) 6

JAN 10 (4/5, 4/5)
Wordy Shipmates/ Sarah Vowell **** 5
DNF – Same Kind of Different as Me / Ron Hall and Denver Moore ** 4
Mrs. Dalloway / Virginia Woolf (Woolf in Winter) ***** 3
A Wrinkle in Time / Madeleine L’Engle (Read-along) **** 2
Herland / Charlotte Perkins Gilman (#unbound) *** 124 – 1

FINAL TOTALS 2009 — 87 books — 24186 pages — REVIEW POST HERE
DEC 09 (11/11, 84/87)
Her Fearful Symmetry / Audrey Niffenegger ***
31 Hours / Masha Hamilton ***
Slinky Malinkey Catflaps / Lynley Dodd (kids book for 7 yo niece) ****
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo / Steig Larsson ****
Sarah’s Key / Tatiana de Rosnay (IRL Bookclub) ***
The Hobbit / JRRT (Flashback Challenge AND… the Hob/LOTR Challenge) ****
As You Wish / Jackson Pearce **
Green Grass, Running Water / Thomas King ****
The Virgin Blue / Tracy Chevalier ** (Dewey Challenge)
Proust was a Neuroscientist / Jonah Lehrer ***** (Science/Dewey)
Tea for Ruby / Sarah Ferguson **

NOV09 (7/7, 73/76)
The Mandarin / Eca de Queriroz (gift) ****
Midnight Cowboy / James Leo Herlihy (LitFlicks) ****
We Were the Mulvaneys / Joyce Carol Oates **** (gift)
Shooting The Boh / Tracy Johnston (Women Unbound) ***
Restless Sleep / Stacy Horn *** (CR menage)
The Borden Tragedy: A Memoir of the Infamous Double Murder at Fall River, Mass., 1892 / Rick Geary *** (CR menage)
The Whale Rider / Witi Ihimaera (Women Unbound) ***

OCT09 (10/10, 66/69)
The Halloween Tree / Bradbury (RIPIV) 145 ***
The Victoria’s Secret Catalog Never Stops Coming / Jennie Nash **** 153
Catie Copley / ***
Through Black Spruce / Joseph Boyden **** 359
The Giver / Lois Lowry ***** 208
The Vintner’s Luck / Elizabeth Knox **** 284 (Oct NZ Book Challenge)
The Wednesday Sisters / Meg Waite Clayton (IRL bookclub)****
Mister Pip / Lloyd Jones (NZ Book Month) *****
Juckets / Joyce Keller Walsh (for Literary Road Trip Challenge) ***
Lolita / Vladimir Nabokov (readalong w/ softdrink) ***

SEP09 (6/6, 56/59)
The Help / Kathryn Stockett ***** (for IRL bookclub)
False Witness / Anita Rodgers *** (first ever ebook)
Pride & Prejudice & Zombies / Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith *** (RIPIV)
Something Wicked This Way Comes / Ray Bradbury *** (RIPIV)
Firefly Lane / Kristin Hannah ***
The Father of All Things / Tom Bissell *** (World Citizen)

AUG09 (7/7, 50/53)
My Sweet Charlie / David Westheimer *** (IRL Bookclub)
My Father’s Paradise / Ariel Sabar **** (World Citizen)
Lost and Found / Jacqueline Sheehan ***
Population 485 / Michael Perry ****
The Jane Austen Book Club / Karen Joy Fowler **
On Mystic Lake / Kristin Hannah ***
The Geography of Bliss / Eric Weiner **** (World Citizen)

JUL09 (9/9, 43/46)
Talk Before Sleep / Elizabeth Berg **
A Prayer for Owen Meany / John Irving ***** (readalong with Softdrink)
Last Night in Montreal / Emily St. John Mandel ****
The Day the World Ended at Little Bighorn / John C Marshall III *** (IRL Bookclub)
The Last Beach Bungalow / Jennie Nash ***
Chocolat / Joanne Harris ****
The Book Thief / Markus Zusak ***** CFWP = Care’s Five Whole Pie Rating
Olive Kitteridge / Elizabeth Strout *****
The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society / Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows *****

JUN09 (7/7, 34/37)
Nothing but Ghosts / Beth Kephart ****
Alphabet Juice / Roy Blount Jr. *****
The Only True Genius in the Family / Jennie Nash **** (invitation from author)
The Coast of Summer / Anthony Bailey **** (gift from cuz Linda)
The Women’s Guide to Powerboating / Sandy Lindsey ***
The Housekeeper and the Professor / Yoko Ogawa **** (IRL Bookclbu)
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian / Sherman Alexie ****

MAY09 (4/4, 27/30)
Thunderstruck / Erik Larson ***
The Awakening / Kate Chopin ***
Popular Music from Vittula / Mikael Niemi ****
The Man Who Mistook His Wife/ Oliver Sacks *** (Science)

APR09 (8/10, 23/26)
The Art of Racing in the Rain / Garth Stein *****
In the Woods / Tana French ****
A Lesson Before Dying / Earnest J Gaines ***
84, Charing Cross Road / Helene Hanff ****
The Wednesday Letters / Jason F. Wright **
DNF – Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close / Jonathon Safran Foer (wrong season)
Still Alice / Lisa Genova ****
Their Eyes Were Watching God / Zora Neale Hurston *****
DNF – Pillars of the Earth / Ken Follett (got half way and was too annoyed at 2 dim characters to care to finish)
Math Curse / Jon Scieszka ****

MAR09 (6/6, 15/16)
The Pilot’s Wife / Anita Shreve ***
The Blind Assassin / Margaret Atwood **** Review Part 1 and Part 2
Note to Self / Samara O’Shea ****
One True Theory of Love / Laura Fitzgerald ****
Enthusiasm / Polly Shulman ****
Life and Times of Michael K / J.M.Coetzee ****

FEB09 (4/4, 9/10)
An Unfinished Marriage / Joan Erickson ** or ***, I can’t decide.
Mauve / Simon Garfield ***
The Remains of the Day / Kazuo Ishiguro ***
Gods Behaving Badly / Marie Phillips ***

JAN09 (5/6, 5/6)
Looking for Alaska / John Green *****
Anne of Green Gables / LM Montgomery ****
Persepolis / Marjane Satrapi ****
The Orchid Thief / Susan Orlean ***
Twilight / Stephanie Meyer **
DNF – The Audacity of Hope / Barack Obama (it was good, tho!)


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2008 Books I’ve read… 5 star ratings 75!

Dec (8 )
Julie & Julia / Julie Powell
Something Out There / Nadine Gordimer
Coraline / Neil Gaiman ****
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle / David Wroblewski ***
There’s A Slight Chance… by Laurie Notaro ***
Nobodies by John Bowe ****
How To Tell When You’re Tired by Reg Theriault **
The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency – Alexander McCall Smith **

Nov (7)

The Road / Cormac McCarthy ****
Christine Falls / Benjamin Black **
The Exes / Pagan Kennedy ****
The Mathematics of Love / Emma Dawson *
Interpreter of Maladies / Jhumpa Lahiri *****
Marley & Me / John Grogan
Join Me / Danny Wallace ***
Something Wicked This Way Comes – Ray Bradbury – df

Oct (6)
Mystic River – Dennis Lehane
The Lace Reader / Brunonia Barry **
Cimarron / Edna Ferber ****
The Soloist / Mark Salzman ****
The Bridges of Madison County / Waller
We Have Always Lived In The Castle / Shirley Jackson *****
The Wisdom of Eve by Mary Orr and Reginald Denham (A Play in 3 Acts) ****

Sept (7)
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie / Muriel Spark *** 1/2
Garden Spells / Sarah Addison Allen ****
The Crime Writer / Gregg Hurwitz ****
The Prophet / Khalil Gibran ***
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter / Carson McCullers ****
Montana 1948 / Larry Watson ****
Home Town / Tracy Kidder ***

Aug(7)
The Tale of Devereaux / Kate DiCamillo ****
My Sisters Keeper / Jodi Picoult ****
A Curious State of Affairs / Jan Marshall ***
The Little Prince / Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – 5 stars
Geek Love / Katherine Dunn – 5 stars
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao / Junot Diaz – 4 1/2 stars
Queen of the Road / Doreen Orion – 5 stars

july(5)
Life of Pi – Yann Martel ***
The Way LIfe Should Be / Christina Baker Kline ****
Who Moved My Cheese – Spencer Johnson – no review, rating a generous **
Stardust – Neil Gaiman ****
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood *****

june (5)

When We Were Orphans – Kazuo Ishiguro
Goodbye, Mr. Chips – James Hilton ***
A Separate Peace – John Knowles *****
Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro **** 1/2
The Book of Air and Shadows – Michael Gruber ****

may(3)
The Color Purple – Alice Walker ***** my review
Matrimony – Joshua Henkin 3 1/2 stars my review
Never on These Shores – Stephen R. Pastore *
Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Dave Eggers – didn’t finish (no good reason)

april (4)
Occasion For Loving – Nadine Gordimer – didn’t finish, couldn’t seem to get into it… I wanted to!
House of Meetings – Martin Amis **** my review
On Chesil Beach – Ian McEwan **** 1/2
The Memory Keepers Daughter – Kim Edwards ** my review
The Uncommon Reader – Alan Bennett ***

march(10)
I’jaam – Sinan Antoon *****
St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves – Karen Russell ****
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly – Jean-Dominic Bauby ****
I Sent A Letter To My Love – Bernice Rubens ****
Garden State – Rick Moody unfinished *
Still Life with Elephants – Judy Reene Singer **
Battle of Cowpens – Kenneth Roberts ***
Everyman – Philip Roth *** 1/2
Atonement – Ian McEwan ****
Burning Bright – Tracy Chevalier ***

february(4)
Wind, Sand, Stars – Antoine de Saint-Exupery **** 1/2
Saints & Strangers short stories – Angela Carter **** 1/2
Villa Incognito – Tom Robbins – didn’t finish, bored with it
My War: Killing Time in Iraq – Colby Buzzell *** 1/2 my review

january(5)
Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen ***
The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion ****
P.G.Wodehouse – Portrait of a Master by David A. Jasen ***
The Alphabet from A to Y With Bonus Letter Z! – Steve Martin *** 1/2
The Velveteen Rabbit Margery Williams ****

http://deweymonster.com/?page_id=127 Dewey’s Guide for Writing Reviews…

2007 What I Read in 2007 (qty 30 but I may have missed some)
(no particular order, bold = I liked it a LOT, B2M = book to movie)

No Country for Old Men – Cormac McCarthy ****
Mayflower – Nathaniel Philbrick ***
The Golden Compass – Philip Pullman B2M *** 1/2
We Need to Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver ****
The Other Boleyn Girl – Philippa Gregory B2M *** 1/2
The Nanny Diaries – Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus ***
the sweetest dream – Doris Lessing *** 1/2
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield *** 1/2
Five Dysfunctions of a Team – Patrick Lencioni ** 1/2
Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera B2M ****
Garlic & Sapphires – Ruth Reichl *****
Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
The Alchemist – Paul Coelho – I don’t think I have reviews before this – I started blogging about this time….
The Emporer’s Children – Claire Messud
The Grass Harp – Truman Capote B2M
My Wife Thinks I’m an Idiot – Mike Greenberg
Excellent Women – Barbara Pim
Eat Pray Love – Liz Gilbert
Hetty – Charles Slack
The Celestine Prophecy – James Redfield
Skylight Confessions – Alice Hoffman
House on the Strand – Daphne DuMaurier
Past Perfect – Susan Isaacs
Little Earthquakes – Jennifer Weiner
In Her Shoes – Jennifer Weiner B2M
Charlemagne bio – Derek Wilson
Henry Ward Beecher bio – Debby Applegate
House on Mango Street – Sandra Cisneros
On Writing
– Stephen King
Lisey’s Story – Stephen King
Guide to Taste,Quality,Style – Tim Gunn

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