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Member: Donna828

CollectionsTIOLI Challenge - 2014 (91), TIOLI Challenge - 2013 (116), TIOLI Challenge - 2012 (105), TIOLI Challenge - 2011 (102), TIOLI Challenge - 2010 (45), Your library (1,441), All collections (1,467)

Reviews420 reviews

Tags1001 Books (163), Classic (131), Read in 2011 (106), Read in 2010 (91), Read in 2009 (78), Read in 2008 (66), Read in 2007 (52), Read in 2005 (47), Spiritual (47), Read in 2004 (46) — see all tags

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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.

Current Thread:
Donna has High Hopes for 2014: Ch. 4

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

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April Thread
March 2013 Thread
February 2013 Thread
Donna's Joy of Reading: January

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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.


My Favorite Books for the First Half of 2014:
Doc by Mary Doria Russell
A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Suttree by Cormac McCarthy
The Last Chronicle of Barset by Anthony Trollope
The Painter by Peter Heller
The Storied Life of A.J.Fickry by Gabrielle Zevin


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 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

Favorite Rereads:
The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Twenty-One Books That 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

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Groups75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, Booker Prize, D's Reading Journal, LibraryThing Gatherings and Meetups, Missouri Readers, Orange January/July

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

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LocationMissouri, USA

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Member sinceMar 25, 2007

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