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Folks.... for 2014 how about a little tightening-up? At the end of your list there is a little box that says "EDIT MY POST" - if you click that all you need to do is add on the books you have read since your previous posting, as opposed to posting the same list over and over and over. You could even insert a date every month or so to indicate velocity if ya' wanna.

My personal goal for 2014 is to loose a pound for every book I read. That will certainly be a shock to my default mode!

Happy New Year to you all! Jim Ann

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1. A Game of Thrones
2. A Clash of Kings
3. Murder on the Orient Express
4. And Then There Were None
5. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
6. Les Miserables
7. Black Beauty
8. The Secret Garden
9. The Good Soldier
10. Howards End by E. M. Forster
11. Snow Country by Yasuari Kawabata
12. A Storm of Swords
13. A Feast for Crows
14. The Red Badge of Courage
15. Argo
16. Patriotism by Yukio Mishima
17. The Great Gatsby
18. Peter Pan
19. Silence by Shusaku Endo
20. A Dance with Dragons
21. The Spark Solution
22. Greek Myths by Nathaniel Hawthorne
23. A Little Princess
24. 20,000 Leagues under the Sea
25. The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling
26. The Diary of Anne Frank
27. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
28. Brave New World
29. Beowulf
30. Wuthering Heights
31. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
32. The Odyssey by Simon Armitage
33. Love in the Time of Cholera
34. The English Patient
35. The Wasteland and Other Collected Poems by T. S. Eliot
36. The Scarlet Letter
37. Making the Cut by Jillian Michaels
38. Hard Times
39. The Call of the Wild
40. White Fang
41. Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
42. David Copperfield
43. Collected Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald
44. The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde
45. The Magnificent Ambersons
46. The Wind in the Willows
47. The Little Prince
48. Slim for Life by Jillian Michaels
49. The Inferno
50. The Age of Innocence
51. Unlimited by Jillian Michaels
52. Dracula
53. The Four Feathers
54. The Virginian
55. Great Expectations
56. Les Liaisons Dangereuses
57. Jude the Obscure
58. Lost Illusions

59. The Scarlet Pimpernel. This was my second read of the adventure novel. This time it struck me that it was narrated from a third party's perspective, not the Pimpernel's, which added to the suspense. Lots of twists I had forgotten, and as enjoyable the second time through.

60. Anna Karenina. Some call this the greatest novel ever written; others say it is War and Peace. It is a very impressive book in its depth and scope. I call it a rather philosophical exploration of love in its many types and forms - nursing a dying man, remaining with an unfaithful spouse, the love of a mother for her son, and so on. It explores what makes "love" in its purest sense, and it concludes that it is not the romance between Anna and her lover.

61. The Kite Runner. An exploration of Afghan culture from pre-Soviet control through Taliban. This particular book focuses more on Afghan men. A few parts were a bit unpolished and a few too many plot contrivances, but a very worthy read.

62. A Thousand Splendid Suns. Written by the same author as the preceding. This one focuses more on Afghan women. You could probably take a few educated guesses as to what it might contain, but it was still surprising. Also, the Afghan-American author could have written far more graphic content - such as honor killings or stonings - but seemed to want to preserve some respect for his mother country.

63. Bleak House. A sort of mystery (and satire, romance, melodrama, comedy, etc) by Charles Dickens; some consider this his finest work, though I am partial to Great Expectations. It has a very wide cast of characters, similar to the Anna Karenina. They are all suspicious and their motives uncertain, but I had a hard time keeping them straight. Several unexpected twists, and the pace accelerated towards its conclusion.


My goal in 2013 was to read one book for every week of the year. Goal met and exceeded!

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In 2014, II want to loose a pound for every book I read.

2013 Reading List There are a number of re-reads on here (Erdrich, Atwood, Kingsolver, D.F.Wallace) but then I do that. In time will switch to Natalie's system of commentary - for now the stars will have to do, toodeloo!

1. Women of the Silk *** Gail Tsukiyama
2. The Samurai's Garden *** Gail Tsukiyama
3. Dreaming Water ** Gail Tsukiyama
4. The Street of a Thousand Blossoms*** Gail Tsukiyama
5. Silk *** Alessandro Baricco
6. Transister Radio Chris Bojhjalian
7. The Wyrd Sisters** Terry Pratchett
8. Eric* Terry Pratchett
9. The Colour of Magic* Terry Pratchett
10. Tracks*** Louise Erdrich
11. The Plague of Doves***** Louise Erdrich
12. Cat's Eye**** Margaret Atwood
13. Every day is Mother's day*** Hilary Mantel
14. A Change of Climate*** Hilary Mantel
15. The Elegance of the Hedgehog**** Muriel Barbury
16. The Beekeeper's Apprentice*** Laurie King
17. A Letter of Mary** Laurie King
18. A Monstrous Regiment of Women** Laurie King
19. The Moor ** Laurie King
20. O Jerusalem*** Laurie King
21. Screaming With the Cannibals*** Lee Maynard
22. Roundhouse**** Louise Erdrich
23. Shadow Tag *** Louise Erdrich
24. The Light Between Oceans**** M.L. Steadman
25. Wolf Hall**** Hilary Mantel
26. Bringing Up The Bodies**** Hilary Mantel
27. Elephant Whisperer* Lawrence Anthony & Graham Spence
28. Italian Shoes***** Henning Mankell
29. The Shadow Girls**** Henning Mankell
30. Depths**** Henning Mankell
31. The Final Confession of Mable Stark*** Robert Hough
32. Behind the Scenes at the Museum*** Kate Atkinson
33. The Imperfectionists***** Tom Rachman
34. Started Early, Took My Dog** Kate Atkinson
35. Chronicler of the Winds**** Henning Mankell
36. The Bean Trees**** Barbara Kingsolver
37. Emotionally Weird*** Kate Atkinson
38. Infinite Jest****** David Foster Wallace
39. Life After Life*** Kate Atkinson
40. Daniel*** Henning Mankell
41. A Bridge to the Stars**** Henning Mankell
42. Moon Tiger** Penelope Lively
43. Remarkable Creatures*** Tracy Chevalier
44. Birds Without Wings***** Louis de Bernieres
45. The War of Don Emanuel's Nether Parts**** Louis de Bernieres
46. Senor Vivo and the Coca Lord**** Louis de Bernieres
47. The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman**** Louis de Bernieres
48. Letters***** Kurt Vonnegut
49. Cruddy**** Lynda Barry
50. 100 Demons**** Linda Barry
51. The Forest Unseen: A year's Watch in Nature**** David Haskell
52. Crossing to Safety*** Wallace Stegner
53. Scribble, Scribble, Scribble**** Simon Schama
54. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo*** Steig Larsson
55. The Girl Who Played With Fire*** Steig Larsson
56. The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest *** Steig Larsson
57. The Girl Who Died A Lot * Jasper Fforde
58. Heat and Dust ****Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
59. The Love Wife***** Gish Jen
60. When the Killing's Done T.C. Boyd (in process)




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2013 Reading List update:

1. The Casual Vacancy, J.K Rowling
2. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
3. Sense & Sensibilities, Jane Austen
4. The Hunger Games, Book 1, Suzanne Collins
5. The Hunger Games, Book 2, Suzanne Collins
6. The Hunger Games, Book 3, Suzanne Collins
7. Siddhartha, Herman Hesse [2nd time, 1st read in 1975]
8. SWEETWATER CREEK, Anne Rivers Siddons
9. A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin
10.Clash of Kings, George R. R. Martin
11.A Storm of Swords, George R. R. Martin
12.A Feast For Crows, George R. R. Martin
13. Dance With Dragons, George R. R. Martin
14. Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson
15. Acid Alkaline Diet for Dummies
16. The Girl Who Played With Fire, Stieg Larsson
17. The girl who kicked the hornet's nest Stieg Larsson [final in trilogy-loved them all]
18. People who eat darkness : the true story of a young woman who vanished from the streets of Tokyo and the evil that swallowed her up / Richard Lloyd Parry.

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1. A Game of Thrones
2. A Clash of Kings
3. Murder on the Orient Express
4. And Then There Were None
5. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
6. Les Miserables
7. Black Beauty
8. The Secret Garden
9. The Good Soldier
10. Howards End by E. M. Forster
11. Snow Country by Yasuari Kawabata
12. A Storm of Swords
13. A Feast for Crows
14. The Red Badge of Courage
15. Argo
16. Patriotism by Yukio Mishima
17. The Great Gatsby
18. Peter Pan
19. Silence by Shusaku Endo
20. A Dance with Dragons
21. The Spark Solution
22. Greek Myths by Nathaniel Hawthorne
23. A Little Princess
24. 20,000 Leagues under the Sea
25. The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling
26. The Diary of Anne Frank
27. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
28. Brave New World
29. Beowulf
30. Wuthering Heights
31. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
32. The Odyssey by Simon Armitage
33. Love in the Time of Cholera
34. The English Patient
35. The Wasteland and Other Collected Poems by T. S. Eliot
36. The Scarlet Letter
37. Making the Cut by Jillian Michaels
38. Hard Times
39. The Call of the Wild
40. White Fang
41. Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
42. David Copperfield
43. Collected Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald
44. The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde
45. The Magnificent Ambersons
46. The Wind in the Willows
47. The Little Prince
48. Slim for Life by Jillian Michaels
49. The Inferno
50. The Age of Innocence
51. Unlimited by Jillian Michaels
52. Dracula
53. The Four Feathers
54. The Virginian
55. Great Expectations

56. Les Liaisons Dangereuses. An example of a very early novel (1700s) written as an fictional correspondence of letters. It deals with a man who makes sport of seducing two women, one married and the other a virginal schoolgirl. The subject matter was considered salacious in its day, but relatively tame by our standards.

57. Jude the Obscure. A fine work of Thomas Hardy dealing with marriage, religion, duty, fate - many of the same themes of Tess of the d'Urbervilles only expressed differently. It made my read-again list.

58. Lost Illusions. A novel that helped pioneer the realism movement (though there is one plot device near the end that seemed too obviously inserted and out-of-place). It's the story of two men, a poet and an inventor, who each try to make their fortunes with much difficulty and varying degrees of success.


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-Anna Karenina

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2013 Reading List update:

1. The Casual Vacancy, J.K Rowling
2. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
3. Sense & Sensibilities, Jane Austen
4. The Hunger Games, Book 1, Suzanne Collins
5. The Hunger Games, Book 2, Suzanne Collins
6. The Hunger Games, Book 3, Suzanne Collins
7. Siddhartha, Herman Hesse [2nd time, 1st read in 1975]
8. SWEETWATER CREEK, Anne Rivers Siddons
9. A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin
10.Clash of Kings, George R. R. Martin
11.A Storm of Swords, George R. R. Martin
12.A Feast For Crows, George R. R. Martin
13. Dance With Dragons, George R. R. Martin
14. Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson
15. Acid Alkaline Diet for Dummies
16. The Girl Who Played With Fire, Stieg Larsson

WOW-I feel like such a 'light-weight' after looking at others reading lists...


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Book List for 2013:

!. Demons ( The Possessed) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
2.The Arabian Nights translated by Richard Burton
3. Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence
4.The Devil's Star by Jo Nesbo
5. End This Depression Now! by Paul Krugman (Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics)
6. Damned by Chuck Palahniuk
7. Lives of Girls and Women : A Novel by Alice Munro
8. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
9. The Path Between the Seas (The Creation of the Panama Canal) by David McCullough
10. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
11. Bada$$ by Ben Thomson
12. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
13. The Songs of Distant Earth by Arthur Clarke
14. Taras Bulba and other Tales by Nikolai Gogol
15. The Secret of Evil by Roberto Bolano
16. The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee by Sarah Silverman
17. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L Shirer
18. The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura
19. I Married a Communist by Phillip Roth
20. Dead Souls, The Inspector General and Other Tales by Nikolai Gogol
21. The Magus by John Fowles
22. A Naked Singularity by Sergio de La Pava
23. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
24. World war Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
25. Tolstoy on Shakespeare by Leo Tolstoy
26. The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio
27. The Cabinet of Curiositiesby Preston and Child
28. The Forgotten byDavid Baldacci
29. A Drink Before the War by Dennis Lehane
30. The Pathfinder by James Fenimore Cooper
31. A House For Mr Biswas by V. S.Naipaul
32. Home by Toni Morrison
33. A Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
34. Inferno: A Novel by Dan Brown
35. As You Like It by Wm. Shalespeare
36. Flight Behavior: A Novel( PS) by Barbara Kingsolver
37. The Hit by David Baldacci
38. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
39. Love's Labor lost by Wm. Shakespeare
40. People Who Eat Darkness: The True story of a Young Woman Who Vanished From the Streets of Tokyo and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up by Richard LLoyd Parry
41.The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
42. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis


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1. Home Front by Kristin Hannah
2. Green Smoothies by Lianne Hernando
3. A Good American by Alex George
4. Otherwise Engaged by Eileen Goudge
5. Home for the Holidays by Debbie Macomber
6. Terminal Damage: A Do Some Damage Collection
7. Life from Scratch by Melissa Ford
8. The Boy who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
9. State of Wonder by Anne Patchett
10. Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
11. How to invest $50-$5000 by Nancy Dunnan
12. You don't have to be rich by Jean Sherman Chatzky
13. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
14. Still Alice by Lisa Genova
15. As the Pig Turns by MC Beaton
16. Wing Nut by MJ Auch
17. Golden and Grey by Louise Arnold
18. The Cat Who Moved A Mountain by Lillian Jackson Braun
19. One Night in Bridgeport by Mark Paxson
20. Learning to Swim by Sara J Henry
21. Worth the Weight by Mara Jacobs
22. Black and White by Dani Shapiro
23. Covenant Child by Terri Black stock
24. Long Time Coming by Edie Claire
25. Horseplay by Judy Reene Singer
26. Second Chances by Allison Stanley
27. Crystal Lies by Melody Carlson
28. A Chapter in my Impossible Life by Dana Reinhardt
29. Do what you Love and the Money will Follow by Marsha Sinetar
30. The Private Lives of Pippa Lee by Rebecca Miller
31. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
32. A Cat on the Bus by Lydia Adamson
33. Always Something there to Remind Me by Beth Harbinson
34. Where'd you go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
35. Still Life by Louise Penny
36. The Confession by John Grisham
37. Where we Belong by Emily Griffin
38. Finding Casey by Joann Mapson
39. Here's The Deal: Don't Touch Me by Howie Mandel
40. Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys
41. Bad Girl Creek by Joann Mapson
42. Joyland by Stephen King
43. The Green Mile by Stephen King
44. Return to Me by Robin Lee Hatcher
45. These Boots Weren't Made for Walking by Melody Carlson
46. Trauma Plan by Candace Calvert
47. Rift Zone by Raelynn Hillhouse
48. Rescue Team by Candace Calvert
49. The Ice Storm by Rick Moody
50. Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

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2013 Reading List update:

1. The Casual Vacancy, J.K Rowling
2. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
3. Sense & Sensibilities, Jane Austen
4. The Hunger Games, Book 1, Suzanne Collins
5. The Hunger Games, Book 2, Suzanne Collins
6. The Hunger Games, Book 3, Suzanne Collins
7. Siddhartha, Herman Hesse [2nd time, 1st read in 1975]
8. SWEETWATER CREEK, Anne Rivers Siddons
9. A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin
10.Clash of Kings, George R. R. Martin
11.A Storm of Swords, George R. R. Martin
12.A Feast For Crows, George R. R. Martin
13. Dance With Dragons, George R. R. Martin
14. Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Larson
15. Acid Alkaline Diet for Dummies

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1. A Game of Thrones
2. A Clash of Kings
3. Murder on the Orient Express
4. And Then There Were None
5. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
6. Les Miserables
7. Black Beauty
8. The Secret Garden
9. The Good Soldier
10. Howards End by E. M. Forster
11. Snow Country by Yasuari Kawabata
12. A Storm of Swords
13. A Feast for Crows
14. The Red Badge of Courage
15. Argo
16. Patriotism by Yukio Mishima
17. The Great Gatsby
18. Peter Pan
19. Silence by Shusaku Endo
20. A Dance with Dragons
21. The Spark Solution
22. Greek Myths by Nathaniel Hawthorne
23. A Little Princess
24. 20,000 Leagues under the Sea
25. The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling
26. The Diary of Anne Frank
27. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
28. Brave New World
29. Beowulf
30. Wuthering Heights
31. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
32. The Odyssey by Simon Armitage
33. Love in the Time of Cholera
34. The English Patient
35. The Wasteland and Other Collected Poems by T. S. Eliot
36. The Scarlet Letter
37. Making the Cut by Jillian Michaels
38. Hard Times
39. The Call of the Wild
40. White Fang
41. Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
42. David Copperfield
43. Collected Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald
44. The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde
45. The Magnificent Ambersons
46. The Wind in the Willows
47. The Little Prince
48. Slim for Life by Jillian Michaels
49. The Inferno
50. The Age of Innocence
51. Unlimited by Jillian Michaels
52. Dracula
53. The Four Feathers
54. The Virginian

55. Great Expectations. One of my favorite and most perfect books I have ever read. If I could take false credit for having written a book, this one or Les Miserables would be it! I love everything - the suspense, the dimensionality of the characters, the twists, the ending. A near perfect creation beginning to end!

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-Les Liaisons Dangereuses
-Anne of Green Gables


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1. Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus, 5
2. Kevin Powers, The Yellow Birds, 4
3. Jodi Picoult, Lone Wolf, 3
4. Ann Patchett, Sense of Wonder, 4
5. Julian Barnes, Sense of an Ending, 4
6. Toni Morrison, Home, 2
7. Louise Erdrich, Round House, 5
8. Steig Larson, The Girl Who Played with Fire, 5
9. Steig Larson, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, 4
10. Maile Meloy, Both Ways is the Only Way I Want it 3
11. Dan Chaon, Among the Missing, 4
12. Ann Patchett, Bel Canto, 5
13. Amy Coplin, The Orchardist, 5, GREAT BOOK
14. Ben Fountain, Billy Lynn's Long Haftime Walk, 3
15. Michael Connelly, The Narrows, 3
16. John Sandford, Silken Prey, 4
17. John Sandford, Buried Prey, 4
18. John Sandford, Hidden Prey, 4
19. John Sandfor, Naked Prey
20. Christine McKenna, The Misremembered Man, 4
21. Karen Joy Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, 4
22. Amanda Hodgkinson, 22 Britannia Road, 4
23. S.J. Watson, Before I Go to Sleep: A Novel, 4
24. Ann Patchett, Truth and Beauty, 5


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1. A Game of Thrones
2. A Clash of Kings
3. Murder on the Orient Express
4. And Then There Were None
5. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
6. Les Miserables
7. Black Beauty
8. The Secret Garden
9. The Good Soldier
10. Howards End by E. M. Forster
11. Snow Country by Yasuari Kawabata
12. A Storm of Swords
13. A Feast for Crows
14. The Red Badge of Courage
15. Argo
16. Patriotism by Yukio Mishima
17. The Great Gatsby
18. Peter Pan
19. Silence by Shusaku Endo
20. A Dance with Dragons
21. The Spark Solution
22. Greek Myths by Nathaniel Hawthorne
23. A Little Princess
24. 20,000 Leagues under the Sea
25. The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling
26. The Diary of Anne Frank
27. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
28. Brave New World
29. Beowulf
30. Wuthering Heights
31. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
32. The Odyssey by Simon Armitage
33. Love in the Time of Cholera
34. The English Patient
35. The Wasteland and Other Collected Poems by T. S. Eliot
36. The Scarlet Letter
37. Making the Cut by Jillian Michaels
38. Hard Times
39. The Call of the Wild
40. White Fang
41. Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
42. David Copperfield
43. Collected Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald
44. The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde
45. The Magnificent Ambersons
46. The Wind in the Willows
47. The Little Prince
48. Slim for Life by Jillian Michaels
49. The Inferno

50. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton. This book is about a man's conflict between two women, one representing duty and the other desire. I say the pinnacle isn't so much the love triangle or intrigue, but what conclusions he draws in the last chapter. In my opinion this one had a slow start, but by the end I was interested and invested in the characters. To get the full effect I really should read it a second time.

51. Unlimited by Jillian Michaels. This book is about achieving your dreams, overcoming your fears, and daring to become the best version of yourself. It could easily fall into clichι but I found the book very applicable and inspiring.

52. Dracula, for a second time. From the first reading I will readily admit that the author stumbled upon a really great story, though it has its flaws. The second time since I knew the plot, I saw more of the writer's weaknesses in the craftsmanship. I still say it's a great story but could be better told in other hands.

53. The Four Feathers, a classic adventure story. He had the opportunity to place a lot of the action in an exotic location (Africa), but it seems a lot of it is retold to us secondhand. It is still exciting but not quite as strong as it could have been.

54. The Virginian, another classic adventure story considered the predecessor of the Western genre. All the elements are there - the schoolteacher from the East, the Clint Eastwood-type of rugged hero, the villain, the wilderness, the Indians, the final showdown. A very familiar and also very American story.


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-Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
-Les Liaisons Dangereuses
-Anne of Green Gables

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2013 Reading List update:

1. The Casual Vacancy, J.K Rowling
2. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
3. Sense & Sensibilities, Jane Austen
4. The Hunger Games, Book 1, Suzanne Collins
5. The Hunger Games, Book 2, Suzanne Collins
6. The Hunger Games, Book 3, Suzanne Collins
7. Siddhartha, Herman Hesse [2nd time, 1st read in 1975]
8. SWEETWATER CREEK, Anne Rivers Siddons
9. A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin
10.Clash of Kings, George R. R. Martin
11.A Storm of Swords, George R. R. Martin
12.A Feast For Crows, George R. R. Martin
13. Dance With Dragons, George R. R. Martin

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2. A Clash of Kings
3. Murder on the Orient Express
4. And Then There Were None
5. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
6. Les Miserables
7. Black Beauty
8. The Secret Garden
9. The Good Soldier
10. Howards End by E. M. Forster
11. Snow Country by Yasuari Kawabata
12. A Storm of Swords
13. A Feast for Crows
14. The Red Badge of Courage
15. Argo
16. Patriotism by Yukio Mishima
17. The Great Gatsby
18. Peter Pan
19. Silence by Shusaku Endo
20. A Dance with Dragons
21. The Spark Solution
22. Greek Myths by Nathaniel Hawthorne
23. A Little Princess
24. 20,000 Leagues under the Sea
25. The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling
26. The Diary of Anne Frank
27. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
28. Brave New World
29. Beowulf
30. Wuthering Heights
31. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
32. The Odyssey by Simon Armitage
33. Love in the Time of Cholera
34. The English Patient
35. The Wasteland and Other Collected Poems by T. S. Eliot
36. The Scarlet Letter
37. Making the Cut by Jillian Michaels
38. Hard Times
39. The Call of the Wild
40. White Fang
41. Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
42. David Copperfield
43. Collected Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald
44. The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde
45. The Magnificent Ambersons
46. The Wind in the Willows
47. The Little Prince
48. Slim for Life by Jillian Michaels

49. The Inferno, John Ciardi translation. I love that this particular edition has explanatory notes at the end of each canto and a plain-English summarization of the canto before you read it. I found the supplemental material helped my comprehension immensely. As for the piece itself, structurally and linguistically a challenging feat - the terza rima rhyme scheme, the allotted number of syllables, and lines per canto, and cantos per whole. Content was less exciting since this is my third re-read, but I intend to read Purgatorio and Paradiso for the first time soon!

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-The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
-Ship of Fools by Katharine Anne Porter
-Unlimited by Jillian Michaels


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1. The Casual Vacancy, J.K Rowling
2. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
3. Sense & Sensibilities, Jane Austen
4. The Hunger Games, Book 1, Suzanne Collins
5. The Hunger Games, Book 2, Suzanne Collins
6. The Hunger Games, Book 3, Suzanne Collins
7. Siddhartha, Herman Hesse [2nd time, 1st read in 1975]
8. SWEETWATER CREEK, Anne Rivers Siddons
9. A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin
10.Clash of Kings, George R. R. Martin
11.A Storm of Swords, George R. R. Martin
12.A Feast For Crows, George R. R. Martin

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1. A Game of Thrones
2. A Clash of Kings
3. Murder on the Orient Express
4. And Then There Were None
5. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
6. Les Miserables
7. Black Beauty
8. The Secret Garden
9. The Good Soldier
10. Howards End by E. M. Forster
11. Snow Country by Yasuari Kawabata
12. A Storm of Swords
13. A Feast for Crows
14. The Red Badge of Courage
15. Argo
16. Patriotism by Yukio Mishima
17. The Great Gatsby
18. Peter Pan
19. Silence by Shusaku Endo
20. A Dance with Dragons
21. The Spark Solution
22. Greek Myths by Nathaniel Hawthorne
23. A Little Princess
24. 20,000 Leagues under the Sea
25. The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling
26. The Diary of Anne Frank
27. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
28. Brave New World
29. Beowulf
30. Wuthering Heights
31. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
32. The Odyssey by Simon Armitage
33. Love in the Time of Cholera
34. The English Patient
35. The Wasteland and Other Collected Poems by T. S. Eliot
36. The Scarlet Letter
37. Making the Cut by Jillian Michaels
38. Hard Times
39. The Call of the Wild
40. White Fang
41. Maggie: A Girl of the Streets

42. David Copperfield. A bit of a slow start for me, but more a meditation on "real" love and what that means, and how to find the relationships that matter.

43. Collected Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald. I call it brilliant. Highly recommend, but of the collection "Winter Dreams" was my favorite.

44. The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde. A bit of a let-down. Part of what bothered me is HOW the story is told. (I suspect it was written when just the earliest fiction was coming out, and back then it was popular to write the story as if it were real - which means fake diary entries, letters, newspaper articles. Dracula a fine example). Anyway I felt it was a lot more speculating around the story and not enough of actually seeing it occur. Not to mention the whole mystical Jeckyll-to-Hyde transformation seems a pretty illogical plot contrivance.

45. The Magnificent Ambersons. A lesser-known classic dealing with high society around the beginning of the 20th century. It talks about the loss of the "gentleman" (or the privileged folk who get by on inherited wealth and contribute nothing), and the rise of the entrepreneur. Really the loss of a whole way of life. As for the upper-class characters, sure they have their flaws but they are also very human and relatable. And there is a fairly decent love story tied in as well. Definitely recommend!

46. The Wind in the Willows. A children's classic that talks about the value of friendship. I'm sure I would have loved it more as a child, but even now I found parts of it laugh-out-loud funny and very entertaining.

47. The Little Prince - a children's story, almost more of a parable, that teaches life lessons about love and what really matters in life. A worthy read for any age.

48. Slim for Life by Jillian Michaels. While I'm a big fan, this is not her best work. More a collection of assorted tips, a good deal of them common knowledge (ex: eat more whole grain, limit processed foods).


Currently reading . . .

-The Inferno (John Ciardi translation)
-Ship of Fools by Katharine Anne Porter
-Unlimited by Jillian Michaels


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1. HOME by Toni Morrison - 5
2. THE DUKAN DIET by Dr. Pierre Dukan -1
3. THIS WILL END IN TEARS: The Miserablist Guide to Music by Adam Houghtaling - 4 (this is an amusing book but he knows nothing about classical music)
4. BEOWULF (reread) - 4
5. The New Atkins Diet Revolution -2
6. The South Beach Diet - 2
7. The Perfect Health Diet by Jaminet (PHD) 1
8. Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow -4
9. This Pen for Hire: A Jaine Austen mystery by Laura Levin -3
10. The Child Who by Simon Lelac -3

11. File M for Murder by Miranda James -1
12. Death Qualified by Kate Wilhelm - 3.
13. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain -4
14. The Skeleton's Knee by Archer Mayor - 3 (rather standard police procedural)
15. Drawing Conclusions by Donna Leon - 4 (not one of her very best mysteries but Leon is a fabulous writer and I love the Venetian atmosphere)
16. Losing It: in which an aging professor laments his shrinking brain, etc. by William Miller -3.5
(OK; really a rather standard kvetch which draws from a good deal of ancient literature for insights on the hilarity of old age).
17. A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny - 4.5
18. Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders - 2
19. Grace Under Pressure by Julie Hyzy (-2) rather tedious, unadventurous mystery
20. Neon Rain by James Lee Burke - 2 a little too noir for me

21. The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood - 3 (rather formulaic but quite readable)
22. Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman - 4 (a thriller/mystery)
23. Weep, Shudder, Die: A Guide to Loving Opera by Robert Levine - 3.5 (a nice trip down nostalgia lane; if you love opera you will already know it all; if you don't love opera this probably will not persuade you. I enjoyed it--it was like discussing opera with a well-informed witty person).
24. The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite by David Kessler
- 4.5
25. Malice Prepense by Kate Wilhelm - 4
26. Cassandra at the Wedding by Dorothy Baker - 5
27. Wichita by Thad ­Ziolkowski - 1.5 (pretentious and tedious)
28. The Cow in the Parking Lot: A Zen Approach to Overcoming Anger by Scheff and Edmiston - 4 I think people who are familiar with Zen or Buddhism or who don't have anger issues will find this to be very light=weight. I think it's helped me a bit.
29. Conversation by Theodore Zeldin - 4. Good ideas but a bit abstract.
30. The Fast Diet by Mosley and Spencer - 3 Possibly very good but not for diabetics.

31. The Unexpected Guests by Sadie Jones - 2.5 - Readable but a bit pointless.
32. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer - 5. Exceptional writing and characterization. I predict that this will be my "Book of the Year".
33. INTUITIVE EATING: A Revolutionay Program that Works by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch I will give this a 4. It's a program worth contemplating.
34. A Time to Kill by John Grisham--Listened to this on tape as I was working out. Better than I thought. - 3.5
35. "The House at Sea's End" by Elly Griffiths - 4.0 English mystery, a little too cozy

36. Manon Lescault by Abbe Prevost - 3.0 historically interesting.
37. Uniform Justice by Donna Leon - 4.5
38. The Red Book by Deborah Copaken Kogan - 1.5
39. Relish by Daphne Oz - 1.5 (for the thin and the rich and the beautiful)
40. "A Beautiful Blue Death" by Charles Finch - 4.0 mystery set in Victorian period

41. Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan 4.5 contemporary fiction
42. Reconstructing Amelia: A Novel by Kimberly McCreigh 3.5 slightly trashy but fun
43. Blue Nights by Joan Didion 2.0
44. Former People: The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy by Douglas Smith 4.0
45. A Grid for Murder by Casey Mayes 1.0 (really vapid mystery)

46. My Heart May Be Broken, but My Hair Still Looks Great by Dixie Cash. - 3.0 This book was marked as a mystery but I think it's really mostly a romance. It's a fairly engrossing trashy read. Fun like junk food.
47. The Darlings by Cristina Alger. - 4.0 Decent literary fiction which takes a look at characters like the Madoff family in late 2008. I was engrossed although according to amazon.com reviewers, many found all the financial details tedious.
48. The Virtues of Poetry by James Longenbach. - 5.0 Delightful!
49. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
50. Shirley Jones: An Autobiography (cringe -inducing)

51. Pick Your Poison by Leann Sweeney (3)


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1. Home Front by Kristin Hannah
2. Green Smoothies by Lianne Hernando
3. A Good American by Alex George
4. Otherwise Engaged by Eileen Goudge
5. Home for the Holidays by Debbie Macomber
6. Terminal Damage: A Do Some Damage Collection
7. Life from Scratch by Melissa Ford
8. The Boy who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
9. State of Wonder by Anne Patchett
10. Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
11. How to invest $50-$5000 by Nancy Dunnan
12. You don't have to be rich by Jean Sherman Chatzky
13. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
14. Still Alice by Lisa Genova
15. As the Pig Turns by MC Beaton
16. Wing Nut by MJ Auch
17. Golden and Grey by Louise Arnold
18. The Cat Who Moved A Mountain by Lillian Jackson Braun
19. One Night in Bridgeport by Mark Paxson
20. Learning to Swim by Sara J Henry
21. Worth the Weight by Mara Jacobs
22. Black and White by Dani Shapiro
23. Covenant Child by Terri Black stock
24. Long Time Coming by Edie Claire
25. Horseplay by Judy Reene Singer
26. Second Chances by Allison Stanley
27. Crystal Lies by Melody Carlson
28. A Chapter in my Impossible Life by Dana Reinhardt
29. Do what you Love and the Money will Follow by Marsha Sinetar
30. The Private Lives of Pippa Lee by Rebecca Miller
31. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
32. A Cat on the Bus by Lydia Adamson
33. Always Something there to Remind Me by Beth Harbinson
34. Where'd you go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
35. Still Life by Louise Penny
36. The Confession by John Grisham
37. Where we Belong by Emily Griffin
38. Finding Casey by Joann Mapson
39. Here's The Deal: Don't Touch Me by Howie Mandel
40. Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys
41. Bad Girl Creek by Joann Mapson
42. Joyland by Stephen King
43. The Green Mile by Stephen King
44. Return to Me by Robin Lee Hatcher


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1. The Casual Vacancy, J.K Rowling
2. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
3. Sense & Sensibilities, Jane Austen
4. The Hunger Games, Book 1, Suzanne Collins
5. The Hunger Games, Book 2, Suzanne Collins
6. The Hunger Games, Book 3, Suzanne Collins
7. Siddhartha, Herman Hesse [2nd time, 1st read in 1975]
8. SWEETWATER CREEK, Anne Rivers Siddons
9. A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin
10.Clash of Kings, George R. R. Martin
11.A Storm of Swords, George R. R. Martin

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1. A Game of Thrones
2. A Clash of Kings
3. Murder on the Orient Express
4. And Then There Were None
5. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
6. Les Miserables
7. Black Beauty
8. The Secret Garden
9. The Good Soldier
10. Howards End by E. M. Forster
11. Snow Country by Yasuari Kawabata
12. A Storm of Swords
13. A Feast for Crows
14. The Red Badge of Courage
15. Argo
16. Patriotism by Yukio Mishima
17. The Great Gatsby
18. Peter Pan
19. Silence by Shusaku Endo
20. A Dance with Dragons
21. The Spark Solution
22. Greek Myths by Nathaniel Hawthorne
23. A Little Princess
24. 20,000 Leagues under the Sea
25. The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling
26. The Diary of Anne Frank
27. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
28. Brave New World
29. Beowulf
30. Wuthering Heights
31. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
32. The Odyssey by Simon Armitage

33. Love in the Time of Cholera. By far the best book I have read all summer. It tells the story of a man in love with the same woman, and who must wait many years for their right moment (if it ever comes). It is not a "feminine" read. The author won the Nobel Prize for Literature, and I think the story and characterizations are masterful.

34. The English Patient. I like the way he describes setting and interweaves various plotlines. This is a subtle book, leaving more to be inferred than told.

35. The Wasteland and Other Collected Poems by T. S. Eliot. These are among my absolute favorite poems. Complex and brilliant.

36. The Scarlet Letter. An American classic, and I found it much more readable this time than in high school. A must-read.

37. Making the Cut by Jillian Michaels. The objective of this book is to outline a fitness and diet regimen to get you in the best shape of your life. If you execute the plan to the letter, it can do just that.

38. Hard Times by Charles Dickens. Dickens is my favorite author, but this one left me dry. I felt no emotional attachment to any character, and the only ones I felt were well-drawn were the ones I didn't like. He is capable of much better.

39. The Call of the Wild. My first Jack London novel, and I think it would hold almost universal appeal. Not too feminine or masculine. And to survive the Alaskan wild where the only law is the law of survival, the content and violence is a bit shocking at times. An excellent read.

40. White Fang. Also an excellent read sharing many of the same themes, but I feel the other was a stronger story.

41. Maggie: A Girl of the Streets. This is a quick read you could do in one sitting, so almost more of a novella. It tells the story of how an ordinary, lower-class girl became seduced with a man she thought loved her. But he abandoned her and ruined her. I don't sense any condemnation from the author, but almost compassion or pity. I almost detect a sense of shared blame, that it is just as much a story of the larger community failing her.


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-Babylon Revisited and Other Short Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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1. HOME by Toni Morrison - 5
2. THE DUKAN DIET by Dr. Pierre Dukan -1
3. THIS WILL END IN TEARS: The Miserablist Guide to Music by Adam Houghtaling - 4 (this is an amusing book but he knows nothing about classical music)
4. BEOWULF (reread) - 4
5. The New Atkins Diet Revolution -2
6. The South Beach Diet - 2
7. The Perfect Health Diet by Jaminet (PHD) 1
8. Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow -4
9. This Pen for Hire: A Jaine Austen mystery by Laura Levin -3
10. The Child Who by Simon Lelac -3

11. File M for Murder by Miranda James -1
12. Death Qualified by Kate Wilhelm - 3.
13. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain -4
14. The Skeleton's Knee by Archer Mayor - 3 (rather standard police procedural)
15. Drawing Conclusions by Donna Leon - 4 (not one of her very best mysteries but Leon is a fabulous writer and I love the Venetian atmosphere)
16. Losing It: in which an aging professor laments his shrinking brain, etc. by William Miller -3.5
(OK; really a rather standard kvetch which draws from a good deal of ancient literature for insights on the hilarity of old age).
17. A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny - 4.5
18. Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders - 2
19. Grace Under Pressure by Julie Hyzy (-2) rather tedious, unadventurous mystery
20. Neon Rain by James Lee Burke - 2 a little too noir for me

21. The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood - 3 (rather formulaic but quite readable)
22. Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman - 4 (a thriller/mystery)
23. Weep, Shudder, Die: A Guide to Loving Opera by Robert Levine - 3.5 (a nice trip down nostalgia lane; if you love opera you will already know it all; if you don't love opera this probably will not persuade you. I enjoyed it--it was like discussing opera with a well-informed witty person).
24. The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite by David Kessler
- 4.5
25. Malice Prepense by Kate Wilhelm - 4
26. Cassandra at the Wedding by Dorothy Baker - 5
27. Wichita by Thad ­Ziolkowski - 1.5 (pretentious and tedious)
28. The Cow in the Parking Lot: A Zen Approach to Overcoming Anger by Scheff and Edmiston - 4 I think people who are familiar with Zen or Buddhism or who don't have anger issues will find this to be very light=weight. I think it's helped me a bit.
29. Conversation by Theodore Zeldin - 4. Good ideas but a bit abstract.
30. The Fast Diet by Mosley and Spencer - 3 Possibly very good but not for diabetics.

31. The Unexpected Guests by Sadie Jones - 2.5 - Readable but a bit pointless.
32. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer - 5. Exceptional writing and characterization. I predict that this will be my "Book of the Year".
33. INTUITIVE EATING: A Revolutionay Program that Works by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch I will give this a 4. It's a program worth contemplating.
34. A Time to Kill by John Grisham--Listened to this on tape as I was working out. Better than I thought. - 3.5
35. "The House at Sea's End" by Elly Griffiths - 4.0 English mystery, a little too cozy

36. Manon Lescault by Abbe Prevost - 3.0 historically interesting.
37. Uniform Justice by Donna Leon - 4.5
38. The Red Book by Deborah Copaken Kogan - 1.5
39. Relish by Daphne Oz - 1.5 (for the thin and the rich and the beautiful)
40. "A Beautiful Blue Death" by Charles Finch - 4.0 mystery set in Victorian period

41. Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan 4.5 contemporary fiction
42. Reconstructing Amelia: A Novel by Kimberly McCreigh 3.5 slightly trashy but fun
43. Blue Nights by Joan Didion 2.0
44. Former People: The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy by Douglas Smith 4.0
45. A Grid for Murder by Casey Mayes 1.0 (really vapid mystery)

46. My Heart May Be Broken, but My Hair Still Looks Great by Dixie Cash. - 3.0 This book was marked as a mystery but I think it's really mostly a romance. It's a fairly engrossing trashy read. Fun like junk food.
47. The Darlings by Cristina Alger. - 4.0 Decent literary fiction which takes a look at characters like the Madoff family in late 2008. I was engrossed although according to amazon.com reviewers, many found all the financial details tedious.
48. The Virtues of Poetry by James Longenbach. - 5.0 Delightful!

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1. A Game of Thrones
2. A Clash of Kings
3. Murder on the Orient Express
4. And Then There Were None
5. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
6. Les Miserables
7. Black Beauty
8. The Secret Garden
9. The Good Soldier
10. Howards End by E. M. Forster
11. Snow Country by Yasuari Kawabata
12. A Storm of Swords
13. A Feast for Crows
14. The Red Badge of Courage
15. Argo
16. Patriotism by Yukio Mishima
17. The Great Gatsby
18. Peter Pan
19. Silence by Shusaku Endo
20. A Dance with Dragons
21. The Spark Solution
22. Greek Myths by Nathaniel Hawthorne
23. A Little Princess
24. 20,000 Leagues under the Sea
25. The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling
26. The Diary of Anne Frank
27. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
28. Brave New World
29. Beowulf
30. Wuthering Heights

31. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair. It is about an immigrant family who moves to Packingtown (the blue-collar factory district) of Chicago in the early 1900s, before there were really any regulations or workers' rights. The author mainly wanted to show the unfairness of the system and how it treats the workers, the readers were most outraged about food preparation and what they pass off as fit for human consumption. Theodore Roosevelt sanctioned a formal inquiry into the matter. I found the book very interesting even though the gloom and brutality were a bit relentless.

32. The Odyssey by Simon Armitage, a dramatic retelling in modern English. I thought I grabbed the original but was pleasantly surprised with this rendition. I intend to reread the actual text soon!


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1. The Casual Vacancy, J.K Rowling
2. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
3. Sense & Sensibilities, Jane Austen
4. The Hunger Games, Book 1, Suzanne Collins
5. The Hunger Games, Book 2, Suzanne Collins
6. The Hunger Games, Book 3, Suzanne Collins
7. Siddhartha, Herman Hesse [2nd time, 1st read in 1975]
8. SWEETWATER CREEK, Anne Rivers Siddons
9. A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin
10.Clash of Kings, George R. R. Martin

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1. HOME by Toni Morrison - 5
2. THE DUKAN DIET by Dr. Pierre Dukan -1
3. THIS WILL END IN TEARS: The Miserablist Guide to Music by Adam Houghtaling - 4 (this is an amusing book but he knows nothing about classical music)
4. BEOWULF (reread) - 4
5. The New Atkins Diet Revolution -2
6. The South Beach Diet - 2
7. The Perfect Health Diet by Jaminet (PHD) 1
8. Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow -4
9. This Pen for Hire: A Jaine Austen mystery by Laura Levin -3
10. The Child Who by Simon Lelac -3

11. File M for Murder by Miranda James -1
12. Death Qualified by Kate Wilhelm - 3.
13. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain -4
14. The Skeleton's Knee by Archer Mayor - 3 (rather standard police procedural)
15. Drawing Conclusions by Donna Leon - 4 (not one of her very best mysteries but Leon is a fabulous writer and I love the Venetian atmosphere)
16. Losing It: in which an aging professor laments his shrinking brain, etc. by William Miller -3.5
(OK; really a rather standard kvetch which draws from a good deal of ancient literature for insights on the hilarity of old age).
17. A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny - 4.5
18. Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders - 2
19. Grace Under Pressure by Julie Hyzy (-2) rather tedious, unadventurous mystery
20. Neon Rain by James Lee Burke - 2 a little too noir for me

21. The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood - 3 (rather formulaic but quite readable)
22. Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman - 4 (a thriller/mystery)
23. Weep, Shudder, Die: A Guide to Loving Opera by Robert Levine - 3.5 (a nice trip down nostalgia lane; if you love opera you will already know it all; if you don't love opera this probably will not persuade you. I enjoyed it--it was like discussing opera with a well-informed witty person).
24. The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite by David Kessler
- 4.5
25. Malice Prepense by Kate Wilhelm - 4
26. Cassandra at the Wedding by Dorothy Baker - 5
27. Wichita by Thad ­Ziolkowski - 1.5 (pretentious and tedious)
28. The Cow in the Parking Lot: A Zen Approach to Overcoming Anger by Scheff and Edmiston - 4 I think people who are familiar with Zen or Buddhism or who don't have anger issues will find this to be very light=weight. I think it's helped me a bit.
29. Conversation by Theodore Zeldin - 4. Good ideas but a bit abstract.
30. The Fast Diet by Mosley and Spencer - 3 Possibly very good but not for diabetics.

31. The Unexpected Guests by Sadie Jones - 2.5 - Readable but a bit pointless.
32. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer - 5. Exceptional writing and characterization. I predict that this will be my "Book of the Year".
33. INTUITIVE EATING: A Revolutionay Program that Works by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch I will give this a 4. It's a program worth contemplating.
34. A Time to Kill by John Grisham--Listened to this on tape as I was working out. Better than I thought. - 3.5
35. "The House at Sea's End" by Elly Griffiths - 4.0 English mystery, a little too cozy

36. Manon Lescault by Abbe Prevost - 3.0 historically interesting.
37. Uniform Justice by Donna Leon - 4.5
38. The Red Book by Deborah Copaken Kogan - 1.5
39. Relish by Daphne Oz - 1.5
40. "A Beautiful Blue Death" by Charles Finch - 4.0 mystery set in Victorian period

41. Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan 4.5 contemporary fiction
42. Reconstructing Amelia: A Novel by Kimberly McCreigh 3.5 slightly trashy but fun
43. Blue Nights by Joan Didion 2.0
44. Former People: The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy by Douglas Smith 4.0

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1. A Game of Thrones
2. A Clash of Kings
3. Murder on the Orient Express
4. And Then There Were None
5. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
6. Les Miserables
7. Black Beauty
8. The Secret Garden
9. The Good Soldier
10. Howards End by E. M. Forster
11. Snow Country by Yasuari Kawabata
12. A Storm of Swords
13. A Feast for Crows
14. The Red Badge of Courage
15. Argo
16. Patriotism by Yukio Mishima
17. The Great Gatsby
18. Peter Pan
19. Silence by Shusaku Endo
20. A Dance with Dragons
21. The Spark Solution
22. Greek Myths by Nathaniel Hawthorne
23. A Little Princess
24. 20,000 Leagues under the Sea
25. The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling
26. The Diary of Anne Frank
27. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
28. Brave New World

29. Beowulf. This is my third time reading it. While it is a bit "dated," I find the code of behavior for the warrior very interesting. The content itself is very exciting - the sort of story begging to be told and retold.

30. Wuthering Heights. This is my second time reading it, and I must say I liked it a lot better the first time. This second time I became more aware of how it fell into typical Romantic stereotypes. Neither the plot or characters struck me as terribly authentic. Of course not all will share my opinion. It's still a very worthy read.


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-The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
-Love in the Time of Cholera
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1. HOME by Toni Morrison - 5
2. THE DUKAN DIET by Dr. Pierre Dukan -1
3. THIS WILL END IN TEARS: The Miserablist Guide to Music by Adam Houghtaling - 4 (this is an amusing book but he knows nothing about classical music)
4. BEOWULF (reread) - 4
5. The New Atkins Diet Revolution -2
6. The South Beach Diet - 2
7. The Perfect Health Diet by Jaminet (PHD) 1
8. Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow -4
9. This Pen for Hire: A Jaine Austen mystery by Laura Levin -3
10. The Child Who by Simon Lelac -3

11. File M for Murder by Miranda James -1
12. Death Qualified by Kate Wilhelm - 3.
13. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain -4
14. The Skeleton's Knee by Archer Mayor - 3 (rather standard police procedural)
15. Drawing Conclusions by Donna Leon - 4 (not one of her very best mysteries but Leon is a fabulous writer and I love the Venetian atmosphere)
16. Losing It: in which an aging professor laments his shrinking brain, etc. by William Miller -3.5
(OK; really a rather standard kvetch which draws from a good deal of ancient literature for insights on the hilarity of old age).
17. A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny - 4.5
18. Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders - 2
19. Grace Under Pressure by Julie Hyzy (-2) rather tedious, unadventurous mystery
20. Neon Rain by James Lee Burke - 2 a little too noir for me

21. The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood - 3 (rather formulaic but quite readable)
22. Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman - 4 (a thriller/mystery)
23. Weep, Shudder, Die: A Guide to Loving Opera by Robert Levine - 3.5 (a nice trip down nostalgia lane; if you love opera you will already know it all; if you don't love opera this probably will not persuade you. I enjoyed it--it was like discussing opera with a well-informed witty person).
24. The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite by David Kessler
- 4.5
25. Malice Prepense by Kate Wilhelm - 4
26. Cassandra at the Wedding by Dorothy Baker - 5
27. Wichita by Thad ­Ziolkowski - 1.5 (pretentious and tedious)
28. The Cow in the Parking Lot: A Zen Approach to Overcoming Anger by Scheff and Edmiston - 4 I think people who are familiar with Zen or Buddhism or who don't have anger issues will find this to be very light=weight. I think it's helped me a bit.
29. Conversation by Theodore Zeldin - 4. Good ideas but a bit abstract.
30. The Fast Diet by Mosley and Spencer - 3 Possibly very good but not for diabetics.

31. The Unexpected Guests by Sadie Jones - 2.5 - Readable but a bit pointless.
32. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer - 5. Exceptional writing and characterization. I predict that this will be my "Book of the Year".
33. INTUITIVE EATING: A Revolutionay Program that Works by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch I will give this a 4. It's a program worth contemplating.
34. A Time to Kill by John Grisham--Listened to this on tape as I was working out. Better than I thought. - 3.5
35. "The House at Sea's End" by Elly Griffiths - 4.0 English mystery, a little too cozy

36. Manon Lescault by Abbe Prevost - 3.0 historically interesting.
37. Uniform Justice by Donna Leon - 4.5
38. The Red Book by Deborah Copaken Kogan - 1.5
39. Relish by Daphne Oz - 1.5

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2013 Reading List update:

1. The Casual Vacancy, J.K Rowling
2. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
3. Sense & Sensibilities, Jane Austen
4. The Hunger Games, Book 1, Suzanne Collins
5. The Hunger Games, Book 2, Suzanne Collins
6. The Hunger Games, Book 3, Suzanne Collins
7. Siddhartha, Herman Hesse [2nd time, 1st read in 1975]
8. SWEETWATER CREEK, Anne Rivers Siddons
9. A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin

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1. Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus, 5
2. Kevin Powers, The Yellow Birds, 4
3. Jodi Picoult, Lone Wolf, 3
4. Ann Patchett, Sense of Wonder, 4
5. Julian Barnes, Sense of an Ending, 4
6. Toni Morrison, Home, 2
7. Louise Erdrich, Round House, 5
8. Steig Larson, The Girl Who Played with Fire, 5
9. Steig Larson, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, 4
10. Maile Meloy, Both Ways is the Only Way I Want it 3
11. Dan Chaon, Among the Missing, 4
12. Ann Patchett, Bel Canto, 5
13. Amy Coplin, The Orchardist, 5, GREAT BOOK
14. Ben Fountain, Billy Lynn's Long Haftime Walk, 3
15. Michael Connelly, The Narrows, 3
16. John Sandford, Silken Prey, 4
17. John Sandford, Buried Prey, 4



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1. A Game of Thrones
2. A Clash of Kings
3. Murder on the Orient Express
4. And Then There Were None
5. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
6. Les Miserables
7. Black Beauty
8. The Secret Garden
9. The Good Soldier
10. Howards End by E. M. Forster
11. Snow Country by Yasuari Kawabata
12. A Storm of Swords
13. A Feast for Crows
14. The Red Badge of Courage
15. Argo
16. Patriotism by Yukio Mishima
17. The Great Gatsby
18. Peter Pan
19. Silence by Shusaku Endo
20. A Dance with Dragons
21. The Spark Solution
22. Greek Myths by Nathaniel Hawthorne
23. A Little Princess
24. 20,000 Leagues under the Sea
25. The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling
26. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
27. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

28. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Truly a classic, but somehow different than other dystopian novels. Maybe the characters? Brilliant, and had my full attention beginning to end. And what an ending!


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1. A Game of Thrones
2. A Clash of Kings
3. Murder on the Orient Express
4. And Then There Were None
5. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
6. Les Miserables
7. Black Beauty
8. The Secret Garden
9. The Good Soldier
10. Howards End by E. M. Forster
11. Snow Country by Yasuari Kawabata
12. A Storm of Swords
13. A Feast for Crows
14. The Red Badge of Courage
15. Argo
16. Patriotism by Yukio Mishima
17. The Great Gatsby
18. Peter Pan
19. Silence by Shusaku Endo
20. A Dance with Dragons
21. The Spark Solution
22. Greek Myths by Nathaniel Hawthorne
23. A Little Princess
24. 20,000 Leagues under the Sea
25. The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling
26. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

27. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. A mystery, but also has a gothic romance feel to it similar to Wuthering Heights. Without spoiling anything, I think the author manages the characterization and plot very well. And I did not see the end coming! Highly recommend.


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1. Home Front by Kristin Hannah
2. Green Smoothies by Lianne Hernando
3. A Good American by Alex George
4. Otherwise Engaged by Eileen Goudge
5. Home for the Holidays by Debbie Macomber
6. Terminal Damage: A Do Some Damage Collection
7. Life from Scratch by Melissa Ford
8. The Boy who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
9. State of Wonder by Anne Patchett
10. Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
11. How to invest $50-$5000 by Nancy Dunnan
12. You don't have to be rich by Jean Sherman Chatzky
13. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
14. Still Alice by Lisa Genova
15. As the Pig Turns by MC Beaton
16. Wing Nut by MJ Auch
17. Golden and Grey by Louise Arnold
18. The Cat Who Moved A Mountain by Lillian Jackson Braun
19. One Night in Bridgeport by Mark Paxson
20. Learning to Swim by Sara J Henry
21. Worth the Weight by Mara Jacobs
22. Black and White by Dani Shapiro
23. Covenant Child by Terri Black stock
24. Long Time Coming by Edie Claire
25. Horseplay by Judy Reene Singer
26. Second Chances by Allison Stanley
27. Crystal Lies by Melody Carlson
28. A Chapter in my Impossible Life by Dana Reinhardt
29. Do what you Love and the Money will Follow by Marsha Sinetar
30. The Private Lives of Pippa Lee by Rebecca Miller
31. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
32. A Cat on the Bus by Lydia Adamson

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UPDATE: 2013 Reading List. I'm including my ratings,1 (lowest) to 5 (highest). The Shakespeares are all rereads for a course I am teaching; not gonna rate Shakespeare!.

1. The Servants' Quarters by Lynn Freed--2.5
2. Gold Boy, Emerald Girl by Yiyun Li--5
3. Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan--3
4. Merivel: A Man of His Time by Rose Tremain--4.5
5. The Absolutist by John Boyne--4
6. Lucky Us by Joan Silber--3.5
7. The Eleven by Pierre Michon--1
8. Mortality by Christopher Hitchens--5
9. Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare
10. Richard III by William Shakespeare
11. Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier (reread w/students)--4
12. The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian--4
13. The Poet's Wife by Judith Allnatt--2
14. The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
15. Trigger Man: More Tales of the Motor City by Jim Ray Daniels--2
16. Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo--3.5
17. The Abundance by Amit Majmudar--3.5
18. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier (reread with my class)--5
19. The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
20. The Heather Blazing by Colm Toibin--4
21. The Memory of Love by Linda Olsson--4
22. Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
23. Proof by David Auburn- (reread with my class)-4
24. Othello by William Shakespeare
25. Honour by Elif Shafak--4
26. An Imaginative Experience by Mary Wesley--3.5
27. Q & A by Vikas Swarup (reread with my class)--4
28. The Tempest by William Shakespeare
29. The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles--2.5
30. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E. M. Forster--3.5
31. The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie--3.5
32. A Taste of Sorrow by Jude Morgan--3
33. Quarrel with the King by Adam Nicolson--3.5
34. High Rising by Angela Thirkell--4
35. Bodily Secret--William Trevor--4.5
36. Stay, Illusion! The Hamlet Doctrine by Simon Critchley and Jamieson Webster--1
37. The Cooked Seed: A Memoir by Anchee Min--4.5

Currently reading: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, The Translator by Leilah Aboulelah, Swallowing the Sea: On Writing by Lee Upton.

~Deborah

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1. HOME by Toni Morrison - 5
2. THE DUKAN DIET by Dr. Pierre Dukan -1
3. THIS WILL END IN TEARS: The Miserablist Guide to Music by Adam Houghtaling - 4 (this is an amusing book but he knows nothing about classical music)
4. BEOWULF (reread) - 4
5. The New Atkins Diet Revolution -2
6. The South Beach Diet - 2
7. The Perfect Health Diet by Jaminet (PHD) 1
8. Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow -4
9. This Pen for Hire: A Jaine Austen mystery by Laura Levin -3
10. The Child Who by Simon Lelac -3

11. File M for Murder by Miranda James -1
12. Death Qualified by Kate Wilhelm - 3.
13. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain -4
14. The Skeleton's Knee by Archer Mayor - 3 (rather standard police procedural)
15. Drawing Conclusions by Donna Leon - 4 (not one of her very best mysteries but Leon is a fabulous writer and I love the Venetian atmosphere)
16. Losing It: in which an aging professor laments his shrinking brain, etc. by William Miller -3.5
(OK; really a rather standard kvetch which draws from a good deal of ancient literature for insights on the hilarity of old age).
17. A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny - 4.5
18. Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders - 2
19. Grace Under Pressure by Julie Hyzy (-2) rather tedious, unadventurous mystery
20. Neon Rain by James Lee Burke - 2 a little too noir for me

21. The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood - 3 (rather formulaic but quite readable)
22. Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman - 4 (a thriller/mystery)
23. Weep, Shudder, Die: A Guide to Loving Opera by Robert Levine - 3.5 (a nice trip down nostalgia lane; if you love opera you will already know it all; if you don't love opera this probably will not persuade you. I enjoyed it--it was like discussing opera with a well-informed witty person).
24. The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite by David Kessler
- 4.5
25. Malice Prepense by Kate Wilhelm - 4
26. Cassandra at the Wedding by Dorothy Baker - 5
27. Wichita by Thad ­Ziolkowski - 1.5 (pretentious and tedious)
28. The Cow in the Parking Lot: A Zen Approach to Overcoming Anger by Scheff and Edmiston - 4 I think people who are familiar with Zen or Buddhism or who don't have anger issues will find this to be very light=weight. I think it's helped me a bit.
29. Conversation by Theodore Zeldin - 4. Good ideas but a bit abstract.
30. The Fast Diet by Mosley and Spencer - 3 Possibly very good but not for diabetics.

31. The Unexpected Guests by Sadie Jones - 2.5 - Readable but a bit pointless.
32. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer - 5. Exceptional writing and characterization. I predict that this will be my "Book of the Year".
33. INTUITIVE EATING: A Revolutionay Program that Works by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch I will give this a 4. It's a program worth contemplating.
34. A Time to Kill by John Grisham--Listened to this on tape as I was working out. Better than I thought. - 3.5
35. "The House at Sea's End" by Elly Griffiths - 4.0 English mystery, a little too cozy

36. Manon Lescault by Abbe Prevost - 3.0 historically interesting.
37. Uniform Justice by Donna Leon - 4.5
38. The Red Book by Deborah Copaken Kogan

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1. A Game of Thrones
2. A Clash of Kings
3. Murder on the Orient Express
4. And Then There Were None
5. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
6. Les Miserables
7. Black Beauty
8. The Secret Garden
9. The Good Soldier
10. Howards End by E. M. Forster
11. Snow Country by Yasuari Kawabata
12. A Storm of Swords
13. A Feast for Crows
14. The Red Badge of Courage
15. Argo
16. Patriotism by Yukio Mishima
17. The Great Gatsby
18. Peter Pan
19. Silence by Shusaku Endo
20. A Dance with Dragons
21. The Spark Solution
22. Greek Myths by Nathaniel Hawthorne
23. A Little Princess
24. 20,000 Leagues under the Sea
25. The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling

26. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. Putting the historical significance aside, as a piece of literature I was very impressed. I can hardly believe that a 14- or 15-year-old girl could write so well (technically) and have such great insight. I think it holds a lot of insight into the psychology of an adolescent girl's thoughts and struggles.


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1. A Game of Thrones
2. A Clash of Kings
3. Murder on the Orient Express
4. And Then There Were None
5. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
6. Les Miserables
7. Black Beauty
8. The Secret Garden
9. The Good Soldier
10. Howards End by E. M. Forster
11. Snow Country by Yasuari Kawabata
12. A Storm of Swords
13. A Feast for Crows
14. The Red Badge of Courage
15. Argo
16. Patriotism by Yukio Mishima
17. The Great Gatsby
18. Peter Pan
19. Silence by Shusaku Endo
20. A Dance with Dragons
21. The Spark Solution
22. Greek Myths by Nathaniel Hawthorne
23. A Little Princess
24. 20,000 Leagues under the Sea

25. The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling. (It was printed as two separate books, hence the plural). I found it interesting, and very different than the Disney rendition, but I consider it for an adult rather than for a child. I think it would be better if he had simplified the language and made the target audience for children instead. A worthwhile read, but nothing spectacular.

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UPDATE: 2013 Reading List. I'm including my ratings,1 (lowest) to 5 (highest). The Shakespeares are all rereads for a course I am teaching; not gonna rate Shakespeare!.

1. The Servants' Quarters by Lynn Freed--2.5
2. Gold Boy, Emerald Girl by Yiyun Li--5
3. Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan--3
4. Merivel: A Man of His Time by Rose Tremain--4.5
5. The Absolutist by John Boyne--4
6. Lucky Us by Joan Silber--3.5
7. The Eleven by Pierre Michon--1
8. Mortality by Christopher Hitchens--5
9. Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare
10. Richard III by William Shakespeare
11. Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier (reread w/students)--4
12. The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian--4
13. The Poet's Wife by Judith Allnatt--2
14. The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
15. Trigger Man: More Tales of the Motor City by Jim Ray Daniels--2
16. Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo--3.5
17. The Abundance by Amit Majmudar--3.5
18. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier (reread with my class)--5
19. The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
20. The Heather Blazing by Colm Toibin--4
21. The Memory of Love by Linda Olsson--4
22. Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
23. Proof by David Auburn- (reread with my class)-4
24. Othello by William Shakespeare
25. Honour by Elif Shafak--4
26. An Imaginative Experience by Mary Wesley--3.5
27. Q & A by Vikas Swarup (reread with my class)--4
28. The Tempest by William Shakespeare
29. The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles--2.5
30. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E. M. Forster--3.5
31. The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie--3.5
32. A Taste of Sorrow by Jude Morgan--3

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2013 Reading List update:

1. The Casual Vacancy, J.K Rowling
2. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
3. Sense & Sensibilities, Jane Austen
4. The Hunger Games, Book 1, Suzanne Collins
5. The Hunger Games, Book 2, Suzanne Collins
6. The Hunger Games, Book 3, Suzanne Collins
7. Siddhartha, Herman Hesse [2nd time, 1st read in 1975]
8. SWEETWATER CREEK, Anne Rivers Siddons

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1. HOME by Toni Morrison - 5
2. THE DUKAN DIET by Dr. Pierre Dukan -1
3. THIS WILL END IN TEARS: The Miserablist Guide to Music by Adam Houghtaling - 4 (this is an amusing book but he knows nothing about classical music)
4. BEOWULF (reread) - 4
5. The New Atkins Diet Revolution -2
6. The South Beach Diet - 2
7. The Perfect Health Diet by Jaminet (PHD) 1
8. Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow -4
9. This Pen for Hire: A Jaine Austen mystery by Laura Levin -3
10. The Child Who by Simon Lelac -3

11. File M for Murder by Miranda James -1
12. Death Qualified by Kate Wilhelm - 3.
13. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain -4
14. The Skeleton's Knee by Archer Mayor - 3 (rather standard police procedural)
15. Drawing Conclusions by Donna Leon - 4 (not one of her very best mysteries but Leon is a fabulous writer and I love the Venetian atmosphere)
16. Losing It: in which an aging professor laments his shrinking brain, etc. by William Miller -3.5
(OK; really a rather standard kvetch which draws from a good deal of ancient literature for insights on the hilarity of old age).
17. A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny - 4.5
18. Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders - 2
19. Grace Under Pressure by Julie Hyzy (-2) rather tedious, unadventurous mystery
20. Neon Rain by James Lee Burke - 2 a little too noir for me

21. The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood - 3 (rather formulaic but quite readable)
22. Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman - 4 (a thriller/mystery)
23. Weep, Shudder, Die: A Guide to Loving Opera by Robert Levine - 3.5 (a nice trip down nostalgia lane; if you love opera you will already know it all; if you don't love opera this probably will not persuade you. I enjoyed it--it was like discussing opera with a well-informed witty person).
24. The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite by David Kessler
- 4.5
25. Malice Prepense by Kate Wilhelm - 4
26. Cassandra at the Wedding by Dorothy Baker - 5
27. Wichita by Thad ­Ziolkowski - 1.5 (pretentious and tedious)
28. The Cow in the Parking Lot: A Zen Approach to Overcoming Anger by Scheff and Edmiston - 4 I think people who are familiar with Zen or Buddhism or who don't have anger issues will find this to be very light=weight. I think it's helped me a bit.
29. Conversation by Theodore Zeldin - 4. Good ideas but a bit abstract.
30. The Fast Diet by Mosley and Spencer - 3 Possibly very good but not for diabetics.

31. The Unexpected Guests by Sadie Jones - 2.5 - Readable but a bit pointless.
32. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer - 5. Exceptional writing and characterization. I predict that this will be my "Book of the Year".
33. INTUITIVE EATING: A Revolutionay Program that Works by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch I will give this a 4. It's a program worth contemplating.
34. A Time to Kill by John Grisham--Listened to this on tape as I was working out. Better than I thought. - 3.5
35. "The House at Sea's End" by Elly Griffiths - 4.0 English mystery, a little too cozy

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1. A Game of Thrones
2. A Clash of Kings
3. Murder on the Orient Express
4. And Then There Were None
5. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
6. Les Miserables
7. Black Beauty
8. The Secret Garden
9. The Good Soldier
10. Howards End by E. M. Forster
11. Snow Country by Yasuari Kawabata
12. A Storm of Swords
13. A Feast for Crows
14. The Red Badge of Courage
15. Argo
16. Patriotism by Yukio Mishima
17. The Great Gatsby
18. Peter Pan
19. Silence by Shusaku Endo
20. A Dance with Dragons
21. The Spark Solution
22. Greek Myths by Nathaniel Hawthorne
23. A Little Princess

24. 20,000 Leagues under the Sea by Jules Verne. I found it in the section for children's books, and it was weightier and more scientific than I originally suspected. A good adventure, but a bit repetitive and tiresome. (Spoiler: tiresome because they literally cover every body of water on the planet in their submarine. Antartica, the Pacific, the Caribbean, the Red Sea, the Mediterranean, etc). Sometimes it seemed the author got so excited about showing us these locations that the journey became secondary to the plot.

Currently reading . . .

-Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
-The Jungle Book

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My book list for 2013 Ratings are 1*( poor) - 6* ( excellent)

!. Demons ( The Possessed) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky 6* (another great book by this author)
2.The Arabian Nights translated by Richard Burton 6* (took 2 years, but read all the tales and notes)
3. Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence 5* ( maybe shocking when first written, not now)
4.The Devil's Star by Jo Nesbo 4*( pretty good thriller)
5. End This Depression Now! by Paul Krugman 5* (Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics)
(This book should be read by everyone in Congress)
6. Damned by Chuck Palahniuk 3* ( not my cup of coffee)
7. Lives of Girls and Women : A Novel by Alice Munro 5*( Good short stories made into a novel)
8. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens 6* (Classic!!)
9. The Path Between the Seas (The Creation of the Panama Canal) by David McCullough 5* (Very interesting)
10. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh 5*( Good book)
11. Bada$$ by Ben Thomson 1.5 (Title tells it all )
12. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer 6* ( Very good book)
13. The Songs of Distant Planets by Arthur Clarke 3* ( Bit outdated)
14. Taras Bulba and other Tales by Nikolai Gogol (Excellent novella and other stories)
15. The Secret of Evil by Roberto Bolano (Some stories and parts of novels published posthumously - died too young)
16. The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee by Sarah Silverman (Very funny and risquι - if you like her humor, you will like this)
17. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L Shirer ( Waited a long time for the re-
publication of this important work)
18. The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura ( Chilling horror novella - does the protagonist meet the devil?)
19. I Married a Communist by Phillip Roth (Bad title, good story of living in McCarthy Era
20. Dead Souls, The Inspector General and Other Stories by Nikolai Gogol
21. The Magus by John Fowles
22. A Naked Singularity by Sergio de La Pava
23.Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
24. World war Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
25. Tolstoy on Shakespeare by Leo Tolstoy
26. The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio
27. The Cabinet of Curiositiesby Preston and Child
28. The Forgotten byDavid Baldacci
29. A Drink Before the War by Dennis Lehane
30. The Pathfinder by James Fenimore Cooper
31. A House For Mr Biswas by V. S.Naipaul
32. Home by Toni Morrison
33. A Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
34. Inferno: A Novel by Dan Brown
35. As You Like It by Wm. Shalespeare
36. Flight Behavior: A Novel( PS) by Barbara Kingsolver
37. The Hit by David Baldacci
38. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
39. Love's Labor lost by Wm. Shakespeare
40. People Who Eat Darkness: The True story of a Young Woman Who Vanished From the Streets of Tokyo and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up by Richard LLoyd Parry
41.The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
42. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis



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1. A Game of Thrones
2. A Clash of Kings
3. Murder on the Orient Express
4. And Then There Were None
5. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
6. Les Miserables
7. Black Beauty
8. The Secret Garden
9. The Good Soldier
10. Howards End by E. M. Forster
11. Snow Country by Yasuari Kawabata
12. A Storm of Swords
13. A Feast for Crows
14. The Red Badge of Courage
15. Argo
16. Patriotism by Yukio Mishima
17. The Great Gatsby
18. Peter Pan
19. Silence by Shusaku Endo
20. A Dance with Dragons

21. The Spark Solution. It is designed to be friendly for a complete beginner - 100 pounds overweight with no bearing of where to start. For us more experienced sparkers, I found some of it a little common sense, or full of practices I had already adopted. But the part where it spells out exactly what to eat and how to exercise every day for two weeks - that part was golden. And it had a very thorough recipe section too!

22. Greek Myths by Nathaniel Hawthorne. This version is specifically intended for children. The language is a little outdated, but the content is great. I think it would be great to read aloud to children!

23. A Little Princess, the classic children's book. The characters and plot aren't completely original, but if I were a young girl I think I would have really liked it.

Currently reading . . .

-Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
-The Jungle Book
-Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea

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1. A Game of Thrones
2. A Clash of Kings
3. Murder on the Orient Express
4. And Then There Were None
5. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
6. Les Miserables
7. Black Beauty
8. The Secret Garden
9. The Good Soldier
10. Howards End by E. M. Forster
11. Snow Country by Yasuari Kawabata
12. A Storm of Swords
13. A Feast for Crows
14. The Red Badge of Courage
15. Argo
16. Patriotism by Yukio Mishima
17. The Great Gatsby
18. Peter Pan
19. Silence by Shusaku Endo
20. A Dance with Dragons, the fifth book of the Game of Thrones series. I found this one the most dry and uninspired by far, where the others were paced just right. Have higher expectations for the next installment (not yet released).

Currently reading . . .

-Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
-Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
-The Wind in the Willows
-The Blue Fairy
-Greek Myths
-The Spark Solution

Sounds like a lot, no? I'm like a Mississippi bullfrog sitting on a hollow stump. I've got so many - BOOKS! - I don't know which way to jump.

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1. HOME by Toni Morrison - 5
2. THE DUKAN DIET by Dr. Pierre Dukan -1
3. THIS WILL END IN TEARS: The Miserablist Guide to Music by Adam Houghtaling - 4 (this is an amusing book but he knows nothing about classical music)
4. BEOWULF (reread) - 4
5. The New Atkins Diet Revolution -2
6. The South Beach Diet - 2
7. The Perfect Health Diet by Jaminet (PHD) 1
8. Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow -4
9. This Pen for Hire: A Jaine Austen mystery by Laura Levin -3
10. The Child Who by Simon Lelac -3

11. File M for Murder by Miranda James -1
12. Death Qualified by Kate Wilhelm - 3.
13. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain -4
14. The Skeleton's Knee by Archer Mayor - 3 (rather standard police procedural)
15. Drawing Conclusions by Donna Leon - 4 (not one of her very best mysteries but Leon is a fabulous writer and I love the Venetian atmosphere)
16. Losing It: in which an aging professor laments his shrinking brain, etc. by William Miller -3.5
(OK; really a rather standard kvetch which draws from a good deal of ancient literature for insights on the hilarity of old age).
17. A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny - 4.5
18. Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders - 2
19. Grace Under Pressure by Julie Hyzy (-2) rather tedious, unadventurous mystery
20. Neon Rain by James Lee Burke - 2 a little too noir for me

21. The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood - 3 (rather formulaic but quite readable)
22. Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman - 4 (a thriller/mystery)
23. Weep, Shudder, Die: A Guide to Loving Opera by Robert Levine - 3.5 (a nice trip down nostalgia lane; if you love opera you will already know it all; if you don't love opera this probably will not persuade you. I enjoyed it--it was like discussing opera with a well-informed witty person).
24. The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite by David Kessler
- 4.5
25. Malice Prepense by Kate Wilhelm - 4
26. Cassandra at the Wedding by Dorothy Baker - 5
27. Wichita by Thad ­Ziolkowski - 1.5 (pretentious and tedious)
28. The Cow in the Parking Lot: A Zen Approach to Overcoming Anger by Scheff and Edmiston - 4 I think people who are familiar with Zen or Buddhism or who don't have anger issues will find this to be very light=weight. I think it's helped me a bit.
29. Conversation by Theodore Zeldin - 4. Good ideas but a bit abstract.
30. The Fast Diet by Mosley and Spencer - 3 Possibly very good but not for diabetics.

31. The Unexpected Guests by Sadie Jones - 2.5 - Readable but a bit pointless.

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1. A Game of Thrones
2. A Clash of Kings
3. Murder on the Orient Express
4. And Then There Were None
5. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
6. Les Miserables
7. Black Beauty
8. The Secret Garden
9. The Good Soldier
10. Howards End by E. M. Forster
11. Snow Country by Yasuari Kawabata
12. A Storm of Swords
13. A Feast for Crows
14. The Red Badge of Courage
15. Argo
16. Patriotism by Yukio Mishima
17. The Great Gatsby
18. Peter Pan
19. Silence by Shusaku Endo, which is about Christian missionaries from Portugal in the 1500s who tried to make a Christian colony in Japan. At one point they had 400,000 believers, which I knew nothing about, but then the Japanese started persecuting/torturing/executing the Christians to discourage the practice. It asks the question, "How can God see these sufferings and remain silent?" The writing was a bit dry, so I wouldn't recommend unless you have a particular interest in the subject.


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-A Dance with Dragons
-Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
-Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
-The Wind in the Willows
-The Spark

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1. HOME by Toni Morrison - 5
2. THE DUKAN DIET by Dr. Pierre Dukan -1
3. THIS WILL END IN TEARS: The Miserablist Guide to Music by Adam Houghtaling - 4
4. BEOWULF (reread) - 4
5. The New Atkins Diet Revolution -2
6. The South Beach Diet - 2
7. The Perfect Health Diet by Jaminet (PHD) 1
8. Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow -4
9. This Pen for Hire: A Jaine Austen mystery by Laura Levin -3
10. The Child Who by Simon Lelac -3
11. File M for Murder by Miranda James -1
12. Death Qualified by Kate Wilhelm - 3.
13. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain -4
14. The Skeleton's Knee by Archer Mayor - 3 (rather standard police procedural)
15. Drawing Conclusions by Donna Leon - 4 (not one of her very best mysteries but Leon is a fabulous writer and I love the Venetian atmosphere)
16. Losing It: in which an aging professor laments his shrinking brain, etc. by William Miller -3.5
(OK; really a rather standard kvetch which draws from a good deal of ancient literature for insights on the hilarity of old age).
17. A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny - 4.5
18. Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders - 2
19. Grace Under Pressure by Julie Hyzy (-2) rather tedious, unadventurous mystery
20. Neon Rain by James Lee Burke - 2 a little too noir for me
21. The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood - 3 (rather formulaic but quite readable)
22. Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman - 4 (a thriller/mystery)
23. Weep, Shudder, Die: A Guide to Loving Opera by Robert Levine - 3.5 (a nice trip down nostalgia lane; if you love opera you will already know it all; if you don't love opera this probably will not persuade you. I enjoyed it--it was like discussing opera with a well-informed witty person).
24. The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite by David Kessler
- 4.5

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1.Orr, Elaine. Rekindling Motives.
2. L’Engle, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time.
3. Pilkington, Paul. The One You Love (Emma Holden suspense mystery #1).
4. Allingham, Margery. The White Cottage Mystery.
5. Bohjalian, Chris. Secrets of Eden.
6. Nouwen, Henri. Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World.
7. Mantel, Hilary. Wolf Hall.
8. Mantel, Hilary. Bring Up the Bodies.
9. O’Donohue, John. Bless the Space Between Us.
10. Crombie, Deborah. The Sound of Broken Glass.
11. Stabenow, Dana. Bad Blood.
12.Rath, Sara. Star Lake Saloon & Housekeeping Cottages.
13. Rath, Sara. The Waters of Star Lake.
14. Kahn, Sherrill. Mixed Media Master Class with Sherrill Kahn.
15. McInerney, Karen. Berried to the Hilt. (Gray Whale Inn Mysteries)
16. Lippman, Laura. Baltimore Blues (Tess Monaghan #1)

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1. HOME by Toni Morrison - 5
2. THE DUKAN DIET by Dr. Pierre Dukan -1
3. THIS WILL END IN TEARS: The Miserablist Guide to Music by Adam Houghtaling - 4
4. BEOWULF (reread) - 4
5. The New Atkins Diet Revolution -2
6. The South Beach Diet - 2
7. The Perfect Health Diet by Jaminet (PHD) 1
8. Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow -4
9. This Pen for Hire: A Jaine Austen mystery by Laura Levin -3
10. The Child Who by Simon Lelac -3
11. File M for Murder by Miranda James -1
12. Death Qualified by Kate Wilhelm - 3.
13. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain -4
14. The Skeleton's Knee by Archer Mayor - 3 (rather standard police procedural)
15. Drawing Conclusions by Donna Leon - 4 (not one of her very best mysteries but Leon is a fabulous writer and I love the Venetian atmosphere)
16. Losing It: in which an aging professor laments his shrinking brain, etc. by William Miller -3.5
(OK; really a rather standard kvetch which draws from a good deal of ancient literature for insights on the hilarity of old age).
17. A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny - 4.5
18. Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders - 2
19. Grace Under Pressure by Julie Hyzy (-2) rather tedious, unadventurous mystery
20. Neon Rain by James Lee Burke - 2 a little too noir for me
21. The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood - 3 (rather formulaic but quite readable)
22. Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman - 4 (a thriller/mystery)
23. Weep, Shudder, Die: A Guide to Loving Opera by Robert Levine - 3.5 (a nice trip down nostalgia lane; if you love opera you will already know it all; if you don't love opera this probably will not persuade you. I enjoyed it--it was like discussing opera with a well-informed witty person).
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1. Home Front by Kristin Hannah
2. Green Smoothies by Lianne Hernando
3. A Good American by Alex George
4. Otherwise Engaged by Eileen Goudge
5. Home for the Holidays by Debbie Macomber
6. Terminal Damage: A Do Some Damage Collection
7. Life from Scratch by Melissa Ford
8. The Boy who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
9. State of Wonder by Anne Patchett
10. Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
11. How to invest $50-$5000 by Nancy Dunnan
12. You don't have to be rich by Jean Sherman Chatzky
13. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
14. Still Alice by Lisa Genova
15. As the Pig Turns by MC Beaton
16. Wing Nut by MJ Auch
17. Golden and Grey by Louise Arnold
18. The Cat Who Moved A Mountain by Lillian Jackson Braun
19. One Night in Bridgeport by Mark Paxson
20. Learning to Swim by Sara J Henry
21. Worth the Weight by Mara Jacobs
22. Black and White by Dani Shapiro
23. Covenant Child by Terri Black stock
24. Long Time Coming by Edie Claire
25. Horseplay by Judy Reene Singer
26. Second Chances by Allison Stanley
27. Crystal Lies by Melody Carlson
28. A Chapter in my Impossible Life by Dana Reinhardt
29. Do what you Love and the Money will Follow by Marsha Sinetar

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Fun reading for 2013:

1) Roberts, Nora: Risky Business (Jan. 2)
2) McLinn, Patricia : Almost a Bride (Jan. 4)
3) Brant Lucinda: Salt Bride (Jan.6)
4) Archer, C.J.: Her Secret Desire (Jan.7)
5) Briggs, Patricia: Moon Called (Jan.9)
6) Briggs, Patricia: Blood Bound (Jan.11)
7) Briggs, Patricia: Iron Kissed (Jan.12)
8): Briggs, Patricia: Bone Crossed (Jan.14)
9) Briggs, Patricia: Silver Born (Jan.15)
10) Briggs, Patricia: River Marked(Jan.17)
11) Wrede, Patricia and Stevermer, Caroline: Sorcery and Cecelia OR the Enchanted Chocolate Pot(Jan. 19)
12) Wrede, Patricia and Stevermer, Caroline: The Grand Tour(Jan. 26)
13) Briggs, Patricia: Alpha and Omega(novella:On the Prowl) (Jan. 26)
14) Briggs, Patricia: Cry Wolf(Jan. 27)
15) Briggs, Patricia: Hunting Ground (Jan.29)
16) Robb, J.D.: Eternity in Death(novella: Time of Death) (Jan. 30)
17) Roberts, Nora: The Next Always (Feb. 4)
18) Roberts, Nora:The Last Boyfriend (Feb. 6)
19) Roberts, Nora: The Perfect Hope (Feb. 8)
20) Briggs, Patricia: Fair Game (Feb. 11)
21) Robb, J. D.: Delusion in Death: (Feb. 16)
22) Roberts, Nora: Captivated (Feb. 17)
23) Roberts, Nora: Entranced(Feb. 18)
24) Robb, J.D.: Ritual in Death (novella: Time of Death) (Feb. 19)
25) Robb, J.D.: Missing in Death(novella: Time of Death) Feb. Feb. 21)
26) Briggs, Patricia: When Demons Walk(Feb. 25)
27) Wilks, Eileen: Inhuman(novella:On the Prowl) (Feb. 26)
28) Chance, Karen: Buying Trouble(novella:On the Prowl)(Feb. 27)
29) Sunny: Mona Lisa Betwining(novella:On the Prowl) (Feb. 28)
30) Briggs, Patricia: Dragon Bones (March 3)
31) Briggs, Patricia: Dragon Blood (March 6)
32) Kelly, Mira Lyn: Waking Up Married ( March 7)
33) Ebbitt, Carolyn Q.: The Extra-ordinary Princess (March 9)
34) Danley, Kate: The Woodcutter (March 10)
35) Collins, Susanne: The Hunger Games(March 11)
36) Collins, Susanne: Catching Fire (March 14)
37) Collins, Susanne: Mockingjay (March 17)
38) Dalai Lama: The Open Heart (March 17)
39) Beaton, M. C.:The Miser of Mayfair (March 18)
40) Roberts, Nora: Summer Desserts (March 24)
41) Robb, J. D.: Calculated in Death (March 31)
42) Briggs, Patricia: Frost Burned (April 5)
43) Cleary, Beverly: Ramona the Pest (April 7)
44) MacAlister, Katie: Men in Kilts (April 8)
45) Laurens, Stephanie: Devil's Bride (April 15)


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1. HOME by Toni Morrison - 5
2. THE DUKAN DIET by Dr. Pierre Dukan -1
3. THIS WILL END IN TEARS: The Miserablist Guide to Music by Adam Houghtaling - 4
4. BEOWULF (reread) - 4
5. The New Atkins Diet Revolution -2
6. The South Beach Diet - 2
7. The Perfect Health Diet by Jaminet (PHD) 1
8. Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow -4
9. This Pen for Hire: A Jaine Austen mystery by Laura Levin -3
10. The Child Who by Simon Lelac -3
11. File M for Murder by Miranda James -1
12. Death Qualified by Kate Wilhelm - 3.
13. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain -4
14. The Skeleton's Knee by Archer Mayor - 3 (rather standard police procedural)
15. Drawing Conclusions by Donna Leon - 4 (not one of her very best mysteries but Leon is a fabulous writer and I love the Venetian atmosphere)
16. Losing It: in which an aging professor laments his shrinking brain, etc. by William Miller -3.5
(OK; really a rather standard kvetch which draws from a good deal of ancient literature for insights on the hilarity of old age).
17. A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny - 4.5
18. Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders - 2
19. Grace Under Pressure by Julie Hyzy (-2) rather tedious, unadventurous mystery
20. Neon Rain by James Lee Burke - 2 a little too noir for me
21. The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood - 3 (rather formulaic but quite readable)
22. Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman - 4 (a thriller/mystery)

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1. A Game of Thrones
2. A Clash of Kings
3. Murder on the Orient Express
4. And Then There Were None
5. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
6. Les Miserables
7. Black Beauty
8. The Secret Garden
9. The Good Soldier
10. Howards End by E. M. Forster
11. Snow Country by Yasuari Kawabata
12. A Storm of Swords
13. A Feast for Crows
14. The Red Badge of Courage
15. Argo
16. Patriotism by Yukio Mishima
17. The Great Gatsby
18. Today I finished reading Peter Pan, which I judged to be very similar in content and spirit to the Disney movie, if that's your thing.


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1. HOME by Toni Morrison - 5
2. THE DUKAN DIET by Dr. Pierre Dukan -1
3. THIS WILL END IN TEARS: The Miserablist Guide to Music by Adam Houghtaling - 4
4. BEOWULF (reread) - 4
5. The New Atkins Diet Revolution -2
6. The South Beach Diet - 2
7. The Perfect Health Diet by Jaminet (PHD) 1
8. Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow -4
9. This Pen for Hire: A Jaine Austen mystery by Laura Levin -3
10. The Child Who by Simon Lelac -3
11. File M for Murder by Miranda James -1
12. Death Qualified by Kate Wilhelm - 3.
13. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain -4
14. The Skeleton's Knee by Archer Mayor - 3 (rather standard police procedural)
15. Drawing Conclusions by Donna Leon - 4 (not one of her very best mysteries but Leon is a fabulous writer and I love the Venetian atmosphere)
16. Losing It: in which an aging professor laments his shrinking brain, etc. by William Miller -3.5
(OK; really a rather standard kvetch which draws from a good deal of ancient literature for insights on the hilarity of old age).
17. A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny - 4.5
18. Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders - 2
19. Grace Under Pressure by Julie Hyzy (-2) rather tedious, unadventurous mystery
20. Neon Rain by James Lee Burke - 2 a little too noir for me
21. The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood - 3 (rather formulaic but quite readable)

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1. Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus, 5
2. Kevin Powers, The Yellow Birds, 4
3. Jodi Picoult, Lone Wolf, 3
4. Ann Patchett, Sense of Wonder, 4
5. Julian Barnes, Sense of an Ending, 4
6. Toni Morrison, Home, 2
7. Louise Erdrich, Round House, 5
8. Steig Larson, The Girl Who Played with Fire, 5
9. Steig Larson, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, 4
10. Maile Meloy, Both Ways is the Only Way I Want it 3
11. Dan Chaon, Among the Missing, 4



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My book list for 2013 Ratings are 1*( poor) - 6* ( excellent)

!. Demons ( The Possessed) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky 6* (another great book by this author)
2.The Arabian Nights translated by Richard Burton 6* (took 2 years, but read all the tales and notes)
3. Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence 5* ( maybe shocking when first written, not now)
4.The Devil's Star by Jo Nesbo 4*( pretty good thriller)
5. End This Depression Now! by Paul Krugman 5* (Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics)
(This book should be read by everyone in Congress)
6. Damned by Chuck Palahniuk 3* ( not my cup of coffee)
7. Lives of Girls and Women : A Novel by Alice Munro 5*( Good short stories made into a novel)
8. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens 6* (Classic!!)
9. The Path Between the Seas (The Creation of the Panama Canal) by David McCullough 5* (Very interesting)
10. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh 5*( Good book)
11. Bada$$ by Ben Thomson 1.5 (Title tells it all )
12. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer 6* ( Very good book)
13. The Songs of Distant Planets by Arthur Clarke 3* ( Bit outdated)


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1. Bad Boy Brawly Brown by Walter Mosley
2. Dearie, the Remarkable Life of Julia Child by Bob Spitz
3. Marmee and Louisa by Eve LaPlante (biography of Louisa May Alcott and her mother)
4. Emma (Annotated Edition) by Jane Austin
5. The Brontes by Juliet Barker
6. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austin
7. The Floor of Heaven, A True Tale of the Last Frontier and the Yukon Gold Rush by Howard Blum.
8. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
9. Lord of the Silent by Elizabeth Peters
10. Guardian of the Horizon by Elizabeth Peters
11. Children of the Storm by Elizabeth Peters
12. The Mummy Case by Elizabeth Peters
13. Lion in the Valley by Elizabeth Peters
14. Tomb of the Golden Bird by Elizabeth Peters
15. The Golden One by Elizabeth Peters
16. He Shall Thunder in the Sky by Elizabeth Peters
17. The Ape Who Guards the Balance by Elizabeth Peters
18. The Laughter of Dead Kings by Elizabeth Peters


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1. A Game of Thrones
2. A Clash of Kings
3. Murder on the Orient Express
4. And Then There Were None
5. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
6. Les Miserables
7. Black Beauty
8. The Secret Garden
9. The Good Soldier
10. Howards End by E. M. Forster
11. Snow Country by Yasuari Kawabata
12. A Storm of Swords
13. A Feast for Crows
14. The Red Badge of Courage
15. Argo
16. Patriotism by Yukio Mishima
17. I just finished reading The Great Gatsby for the third time, and finally this time I consider it the great American masterpiece it is. Underlying the glitz and glamour of the 1920s the characters have an unhappiness and emptiness. And there is Gatsby, living in the past and trying to recreate something that no longer exists.


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1. HOME by Toni Morrison - 5
2. THE DUKAN DIET by Dr. Pierre Dukan -1
3. THIS WILL END IN TEARS: The Miserablist Guide to Music by Adam Houghtaling - 4
4. BEOWULF (reread) - 4
5. The New Atkins Diet Revolution -2
6. The South Beach Diet - 2
7. The Perfect Health Diet by Jaminet (PHD) 1
8. Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow -4
9. This Pen for Hire: A Jaine Austen mystery by Laura Levin -3
10. The Child Who by Simon Lelac -3
11. File M for Murder by Miranda James -1
12. Death Qualified by Kate Wilhelm - 3.
13. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain -4
14. The Skeleton's Knee by Archer Mayor - 3 (rather standard police procedural)
15. Drawing Conclusions by Donna Leon - 4 (not one of her very best mysteries but Leon is a fabulous writer and I love the Venetian atmosphere)
16. Losing It: in which an aging professor laments his shrinking brain, etc. by William Miller -3.5
(OK; really a rather standard kvetch which draws from a good deal of ancient literature for insights on the hilarity of old age).
17. A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny - 4.5
18. Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders - 2
19. Grace Under Pressure by Julie Hyzy (-2) rather tedious, unadventurous mystery
20. Neon Rain by James Lee Burke - 2 a little too noir for me

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1. A Game of Thrones
2. A Clash of Kings
3. Murder on the Orient Express
4. And Then There Were None
5. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
6. Les Miserables
7. Black Beauty
8. The Secret Garden
9. The Good Soldier
10. Howards End by E. M. Forster
11. Snow Country by Yasuari Kawabata.
12. A Storm of Swords
13. A Feast for Crows
14. The Red Badge of Courage
15. Yesterday I finished Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History. While it was an interesting read, it was written by the man who spearheaded the operation ... and to me was somewhat lacking in literary quality. Not a bad read, but might have been better told in other hands.
16. Today I read Patriotism by Yukio Mishima, which is a very short story (around 50 pages) set in Japan around honor suicide. Highly recommend!

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1. A Game of Thrones
2. A Clash of Kings
3. Murder on the Orient Express
4. And Then There Were None
5. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
6. Les Miserables
7. Black Beauty
8. The Secret Garden
9. The Good Soldier
10. Howards End by E. M. Forster
11. Snow Country by Yasuari Kawabata.
12. A Storm of Swords
13. A Feast for Crows
14. Today I finished The Red Badge of Courage. I think it very aptly captures the horror, terror, and carnage of war, and also in some respect the senselessness of it. It was also a very quick read ... almost one I could read in one sitting.

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1. HOME by Toni Morrison - 5
2. THE DUKAN DIET by Dr. Pierre Dukan -1
3. THIS WILL END IN TEARS: The Miserablist Guide to Music by Adam Houghtaling - 4
4. BEOWULF (reread) - 4
5. The New Atkins Diet Revolution -2
6. The South Beach Diet - 2
7. The Perfect Health Diet by Jaminet (PHD) 1
8. Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow -4
9. This Pen for Hire: A Jaine Austen mystery by Laura Levin -3
10. The Child Who by Simon Lelac -3
11. File M for Murder by Miranda James -1
12. Death Qualified by Kate Wilhelm - 3.
13. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain -4
14. The Skeleton's Knee by Archer Mayor - 3 (rather standard police procedural)
15. Drawing Conclusions by Donna Leon - 4 (not one of her very best mysteries but Leon is a fabulous writer and I love the Venetian atmosphere)
16. Losing It: in which an aging professor laments his shrinking brain, etc. by William Miller -3.5
(OK; really a rather standard kvetch which draws from a good deal of ancient literature for insights on the hilarity of old age).
17. A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny - 4.5
18. Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders - 2
19. Grace Under Pressure by Julie Hyzy (-2) rather tedious, unadventurous mystery

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1. A Game of Thrones
2. A Clash of Kings
3. Murder on the Orient Express
4. And Then There Were None
5. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
6. Les Miserables
7. Black Beauty
8. The Secret Garden
9. The Good Soldier
10. Howards End by E. M. Forster
11. Snow Country by Yasuari Kawabata.
12. A Storm of Swords
13. Today I finished A Feast for Crows, the fourth installment in the Game of Thrones series.

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1. The Prague Cemetary - Umberto Eco
2. O Pequeno Principe - Antoine de Saint-Exupιry - translator Dom Marcos Barbosa
3. The Sky is not the Limit, Neil DeGrasse Tyson (3/17/13)
4. O Magico de Oz, L. Frank Baum, translator Sergio Flaskman (3/17/13)
5. America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation - David Goldfield ( 3/31/13)
6. Tropical Truth A Story of Music & Revolution in Brazil - Caetano Veloso (7/26/13)
7. Heliopolis by James Scudamore (8/14/2013) selected for Sao Paulo location (trip reading)
8. Robert Allerton: The Private Man & The Public Gifts (9/2013)
9. Michael Moorcock: London Peculiar and Other Nonfiction (ongoing 2013)
10. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (10/25/2013)
11. Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan (12/28/13)

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1. Home Front by Kristin Hannah
2. Green Smoothies by Lianne Hernando
3. A Good American by Alex George
4. Otherwise Engaged by Eileen Goudge
5. Home for the Holidays by Debbie Macomber
6. Terminal Damage: A Do Some Damage Collection
7. Life from Scratch by Melissa Ford
8. The Boy who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
9. State of Wonder by Anne Patchett
10. Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
11. How to invest $50-$5000 by Nancy Dunnan
12. You don't have to be rich by Jean Sherman Chatzky
13. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
14. Still Alice by Lisa Genova
15. As the Pig Turns by MC Beaton
16. Wing Nut by MJ Auch
17. Golden and Grey by Louise Arnold
18. The Cat Who Moved A Mountain by Lillian Jackson Braun
19. One Night in Bridgeport by Mark Paxson
20. Learning to Swim by Sara J Henry

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1. HOME by Toni Morrison - 5
2. THE DUKAN DIET by Dr. Pierre Dukan -1
3. THIS WILL END IN TEARS: The Miserablist Guide to Music by Adam Houghtaling - 4
4. BEOWULF (reread) - 4
5. The New Atkins Diet Revolution -2
6. The South Beach Diet - 2
7. The Perfect Health Diet by Jaminet (PHD) 1
8. Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow -4
9. This Pen for Hire: A Jaine Austen mystery by Laura Levin -3
10. The Child Who by Simon Lelac -3
11. File M for Murder by Miranda James -1
12. Death Qualified by Kate Wilhelm - 3.
13. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain -4
14. The Skeleton's Knee by Archer Mayor - 3 (rather standard police procedural)
15. Drawing Conclusions by Donna Leon - 4 (not one of her very best mysteries but Leon is a fabulous writer and I love the Venetian atmosphere)
16. Losing It: in which an aging professor laments his shrinking brain, etc. by William Miller -3.5
(OK; really a rather standard kvetch which draws from a good deal of ancient literature for insights on the hilarity of old age).
17. A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny - 4.5
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1. A Game of Thrones
2. A Clash of Kings
3. Murder on the Orient Express
4. And Then There Were None
5. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
6. Les Miserables
7. Black Beauty
8. The Secret Garden
9. The Good Soldier
10. Howards End by E. M. Forster
11. Snow Country by Yasuari Kawabata.
12. Today I finished reading A Storm of Swords, the third book in The Game of Thrones series, an epic medieval fantasy book. If that's your sort of thing and you don't mind a little bit of violence, language, and mature thematic material, I found it a very addictive and enjoyable read.

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Not sure I will remember them all, but some of what I've read this year, using your 1-5 rating system:

1. Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus, 5
2. Kevin Powers, The Yellow Birds, 4
3. Jodi Picoult, Lone Wolf, 3
4. Ann Patchett, Sense of Wonder, 4
5. Julian Barnes, Sense of an Ending, 4
6. Toni Morrison, Home, 2 (GreasyJoan, I see you loved it, but I found it trivial, so undeveloped for Toni Morrison)
7. Louise Erdrich, Round House, 5
8. Steig Larson, The Girl Who Played with Fire (in progress)

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2013 Reading List. I'm including my ratings,1 (lowest) to 5 (highest). The Shakespeares are all rereads for a course I am teaching; not gonna rate Shakespeare!.

1. The Servants' Quarters by Lynn Freed--2.5
2. Gold Boy, Emerald Girl by Yiyun Li--5
3. Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan--3
4. Merivel: A Man of His Time by Rose Tremain--4.5
5. The Absolutist by John Boyne--4
6. Lucky Us by Joan Silber--3.5
7. The Eleven by Pierre Michon--1
8. Mortality by Christopher Hitchens--5
9. Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare
10. Richard III by William Shakespeare
11. Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier (reread w/students)--4
12. The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian--4
13. The Poet's Wife by Judith Allnatt--2
14. The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
15. Trigger Man: More Tales of the Motor City by Jim Ray Daniels--2
16. Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo--3.5
17. The Abundance by Amit Majmudar--3.5
18. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier (reread with my class)--5
19. The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare (rereading with my class)
20. The Heather Blazing by Colm Toibin--4

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1. Orr, Elaine. Rekindling Motives.
2. L’Engle, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time.
3. Pilkington, Paul. The One You Love (Emma Holden suspense mystery #1).
4. Allingham, Margery. The White Cottage Mystery.
5. Bohjalian, Chris. Secrets of Eden.
6. Nouwen, Henri. Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World.
7. Mantel, Hilary. Wolf Hall.
8. Mantel, Hilary. Bring Up the Bodies.
9. O’Donohue, John. Bless the Space Between Us.
10. Crombie, Deborah. The Sound of Broken Glass.

(I'm not sure how to "count" the numerous quilting and other books that I read little sections of... or books of essays where I read here and there...? Maybe I've got to have a separate list calledl "Delved Into" or "Portions Read"? emoticon )

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1. HOME by Toni Morrison - 5
2. THE DUKAN DIET by Dr. Pierre Dukan -1
3. THIS WILL END IN TEARS: The Miserablist Guide to Music by Adam Houghtaling - 4
4. BEOWULF (reread) - 4
5. The New Atkins Diet Revolution -2
6. The South Beach Diet - 2
7. The Perfect Health Diet by Jaminet (PHD) 1
8. Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow -4
9. This Pen for Hire: A Jaine Austen mystery by Laura Levin -3
10. The Child Who by Simon Lelac -3
11. File M for Murder by Miranda James -1
12. Death Qualified by Kate Wilhelm - 3.
13. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain -4
14. The Skeleton's Knee by Archer Mayor - 3 (rather standard police procedural)
15. Drawing Conclusions by Donna Leon - 4 (not one of her very best mysteries but Leon is a fabulous writer and I love the Venetian atmosphere)
16. Losing It: in which an aging professor laments his shrinking brain, etc. by William Miller -3.5
(OK; really a rather standard kvetch which draws from a good deal of ancient literature for insights on the hilarity of old age).


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3. The Sky is not the Limit, Neil DeGrasse Tyson
4. O Magico de Oz, L. Frank Baum, translator Sergio Flaskman

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