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CollectionsTIOLI Challenge - 2014 (72), TIOLI Challenge - 2013 (116), TIOLI Challenge - 2012 (105), TIOLI Challenge - 2011 (102), TIOLI Challenge - 2010 (45), Your library (1,423), All collections (1,448)

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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

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.


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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Oh good, I'm glad I can pass it along to you! I'll give it to you when I see you next but if you change your mind and find that you're running out of things to read, let me know and I'll happily mail it out to you.

Hope all is well with you and yours,
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Love this painting! Hope you don't mind that I 'snagged' it.
Hi Donna. I'm going to be heading for Chautauqua again soon. I'm planning to leave San Diego about June 2 and drive about 500 miles per day which will put me in Missouri around June 5 or 6. Any chance of a meet up?
Opps, sorry that I didn't put the correct address on the envelope. What a miracle that it arrived. I guess I should give the US postal service more credit. It is snowing, again! What a winter. There is no place to put the snow. The piles are so high that when driving, it is difficult to see if any one is coming in the opposite lane because you simply cannot see around the piles.

Spring will be wonderful.

All the best
Hi Donna,

It has been so long since I read The Golden Notebook that I would have to reread it to have anything interesting to say. I have probably over rated it in my memory, but I was on a Doris Lessing binge for awhile, I think during college, so many years ago. Sometimes I just add books as I remember I have read them, a little cheating in a way since I couldn't discourse about them very much.

I don't get away from my home town much anymore so I don't know if I will ever have a LT meetup, but it is always fun to read about them when you or others do. With a new grandchild coming that will be a great reason for you to come to CO more often. And that is another reason I can read so many books - retired and no children or grandchildren. I do have nieces and nephews but they don't live near me. It is always fun to follow all your visits and pictures when you talk about your grandchildren.

I just got "Instructions for a Heatwave" at the library so I am looking forward to reading it after your nice review. I also have a new book by Catherine O'Flynn "Mr Lynch's Holiday". I liked "What Was Lost" a little more than you did so I will be interested to see what her second book is like.

Take care and thanks for the messages from time to time. Donna
Hi Donna,

Yes, the Lahiri novel (an early review copy a friend lent me at my library), I thought was certainly a great read, but I don't see it taking the Booker prize, maybe not even the SL. Anyway, well worth your time, and I would be glad if I was wrong in judging it. I think you'll like it.

One of the fires, the East Peak fire, came within 10 miles of my town. We were on standby to leave, but fortunately they got it under control in time. It burned close to 13,000 acres and 14 structures, but nothing like the Black Forest fire.

Sounds like you are getting a lot of rain. We are too, at least a lot of rain for southern Colorado. Great monsoon moisture!

Your reviews are always thoughtful and interesting. I always fill in the comments section for my books, but don't usually do reviews unless there are very few reviews for a particular book.

Always good to hear from you.
Donna, I can never remember Nancy's screen name here, and I wanted to make sure she knew there was going to be a Drum Corps competition in Warrensburg MO Thursday night. I will be there, and I know she is interested in Drum Corps, so if you would pass along the information, I'd appreciate it!


Our plans for the trip west are very loose at the moment. We leave Chautauqua on August 26 and then are going to Stratford Shakespere Festival, then we'll be in northern Indiana over Labor Day to visit family and friends and then we're going to assess how we feel and decide what to do. If our plans take us to Lawrence I'll let you know -- but probably with not much notice. Anyway, it's too bad but I understand and we'll just see what happens in the fall.

Read and admired your review on Yellow Birds. I happened to have read this right after Ben Fountain's Billy Lynn's Long Half time Walk. Given the number of books we have in common, I am sure you would enjoy Fountain's novel as well. It's funnier with more of an indictment of USA but also sad in the disillusioned way that Kevin Powers describes. Keep reviewing, someone is interested in your insights, Mike
Congratulations on having the #1 hot review this evening! Your reviews are always a treat to read.

Of course I'd be interesting in going to Lawrence in June - I'll make a note and try to keep that date open. The 13th, you said?
I'm not reading your review of Benediction. Waiting for my copy to get here.
Hi Donna,
I just got back from Calif. visiting my mother and sister so River of Doubt was the first book I've read on an ereader (Nook). It was a good read and I got used to holding this strange object instead of a real book, but I think books will always be my favorite. Looks like you have been reading some good ones lately. I haven't been following anyone's blog in awhile so am kind of out of the loop. I hope all is well.

We have had a few small snowstorms, but nothing major and we are still in a drought pattern here in southern Colorado. I have a new puppy so quite a bit of energy is going to her (Bailey). Thanks for getting in touch. Donna
I,too loved "The Yellow Birds". Currently I seem to be caught up in the Civil War and the Roman Empire with a short story almost every day.

Maine has had too much snow and more falling as I write. Take care Elaine in Maine

Here's the thread for The Warden: and here's the one for Barchester Towers:

Read The Warden first. Absolutely necessary. It's a free eBook.
Well hello fellow Springfieldian.. (is that even proper?!) Nice to see someone else on here. I love your rating system for books. I might have to steal that.
And a very Happy New Year to you too, Donna. Your 2012 reading list was great - very well balanced with good reviews!
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