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About meI have kept a reading journal since 1997 and will continue this tradition on LT. I write reviews if I have something new to say about a book or I post my comments in my current thread which is found below. I enjoy discussing the books I've read almost as much as I enjoy reading them.

A New Decade Begins…2020 Threads:
Donna Reads Through A New Decade (1)

2019 Threads
Donna's Book Therapy (1)
Donna's Book Therapy (2)
Donna's Book Therapy (3)

2018 Threads
Donna Reads and Reflects
Donna Reads and Reflects: Second Quarter
Donna Reads and Reflects: The Rest of the Year
Donna Reads and Reflects as the year nears its end…

2017 Threads
Donna828 Simplifies Her Life & Reading: Ch. 1
Ch. 2
Ch. 3
Ch. 4
Ch. 5

2016 Threads
Donna's Reading Life: Ch. 1
Donna's Reading Life: Ch. 2
Donna's Reading Life: Ch. 3
Donna's Reading Life: Ch. 4

2015 Threads
Donna Is A Book Junkie (6) (Contains links to comments on all books read in 2015)
(5)September -November
Donna Is A Book Junkie (1)

2014 Threads:
Ch. 6
Ch. 5
Ch. 4
Ch. 3 (April - May 2014)
Ch. 2 (February - March 2014)
Donna has High Hopes for 2014: Ch. 1

2013 Threads:
November/ December
September/October Thread
July/August Thread
June Thread
May Thread
April Thread
March 2013 Thread
February 2013 Thread
Donna's Joy of Reading: January

Other Threads:
Donna's Orange Books

About my libraryMy library consists of many of my favorite books of the past twenty years or so with several all-time favorites added for good measure. I own many of these books, but I am also a supporter of the local library.

Rating System:

One Star......Not worth my time
Two Stars....Finished grudgingly
2.5 Stars......Fair, but not for me
Three Stars..Liked it pretty well but had reservations
3.5 Stars.....Good but not great
Four Stars...Great book; I recommend anything with a 4-star and beyond rating
4.5 Stars.....Excellent - a keeper
Five Stars....Superb - Timeless, a real treasure.


Top Ten of 2019 (in chronological order)
History of the Rain
The Great Believers
A Catalog of Birds
Meet Me at the Museum
Deep River
The Women of Copper Country
The Dutch House
The Nickel Boys
This is Happiness

Top Ten of 2018 (in chronological order)
Fools Crow by James Welch
Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck
The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne
*The Overstory by Richard Powers
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson
We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
Virgil Wander by Leif Enger
Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

TOP TEN of 2017:
Jimmy Bluefeather by Kim Heacox
War and Turpentine by Stefan Hertmans
The Blue Hour by Laura Pritchett
Seven for A Secret by Lyndsay Faye
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
At Home in the World by Tsh Oxenreider
*Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish

TOP TEN of 2016:
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
Sacred Hunger
When Breath Becomes Air
Just Mercy
This House of Sky
The Orenda
Miss Jane
*A Gentleman in Moscow *My only 5-star book for the year*
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Boys in the Boat

TOP TEN of 2015:
Flood of Fire
Did You Ever Have A Family
The Razor's Edge
A God In Ruins
I Capture the Castle
We Are Called to Rise
Empire of the Summer Moon
*Through Black Spruce
Dinner With Buddha

TOP TEN of 2014:
Lila by Marilynne Robinson. This book achieved perfection in my opinion. My only Full Five Star Book!
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
*Independent People by Halldor Laxness
The Painter by Peter Heller. *Bonus* I got to meet the author at Booktopia in Boulder, CO, in May.
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan.
Doc by Mary Doria Russell
Suttree by Cormac McCarthy
The Last Chronicle of Barset by Anthony Trollope
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin.

TOP TEN of 2013:
Sorry by Gail Jones
*Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Son of the Morning Star by Evan S. Connell
The Big Rock Candy Mountain by Wallace Stegner
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

TOP TEN books of 2012:
Woe To Live On by Daniel Woodrell
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
River of Smoke by Amitav Ghosh
Go Tell It On the Mountain by James Baldwin
Truman by David McCullough
In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck
The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
*The Round House by Louise Erdrich
The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

Twenty-One Books That Have Impacted My no particular order…
To Kill A Mockingbird
My Antonia
The Grapes of Wrath
The Bluest Eye
The Good Earth
A Prayer for Owen Meany
Jane Eyre
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Sophie's Choice
Doctor Zhivago
The Poisonwood Bible
The Great Divorce
The House of the Spirits
Lonesome Dove
The Diary Of A Young Girl
The Shipping News
Angle of Repose
A Fine Balance


Groups2019 ROOT (READ OUR OWN TOMES), 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, 75 Books Challenge for 2015, 75 Books Challenge for 2016, 75 Books Challenge for 2017, 75 Books Challenge for 2018, 75 Books Challenge for 2019, 75 Books Challenge for 2020, A Group Thank Youshow all groups

Favorite authorsWilla Cather, Annie Dillard, Louise Erdrich, John Irving, Barbara Kingsolver, C. S. Lewis, Marilynne Robinson, Wallace Stegner, John Steinbeck, Edith Wharton, Daniel Woodrell (Shared favorites)

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LocationMissouri, USA

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Member sinceMar 25, 2007

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