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CollectionsYour library (3,418), Read in 2014 (112), To Be Reviewed (118), Stalled (4), Kindle (838), Currently reading (3), To Be Read Soonest (145), Top of the Wishlist (4), Wishlist (324), Wishlist--Library Has (137), Wishlist--To Investigate--Recommendations (27), Wishlist--Global Reading (54), Wishlist--Prize Winners (4), 1001--New List (148), Wishlist--Nonfiction (24), Wishlist--Sci-Fi (9), Abandoned (1), Read in 2009 (90), Read 2010 (102), Read in 2011 (136), Read in 2012 (103), Read in 2013 (153), Backup Wishlist (9), Read But Not Owned (708), To Be Reread (83), The Novel 100 (71), To read (293), Second 100 (56), All collections (4,686)

Reviews188 reviews

TagsFiction (2,819), TBR (1,451), Nonfiction (1,002), Kindle (890), Collections Only (776), Bought 2013 (596), 1001 (542), Gave Away (527), wishlist (435), Read not rated (334) — see all tags

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About meMy favorite reads of 2008 were:

Rashomon by Akugatawa
The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches by Gaetan Soucy
The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein
Tree of Smoke by Dennis Johnson
Sacred Ground by Vikram Chandra
The Children by Edith Wharton
The Book of Ebenezer Le Page by E.G. Edwards
The Last September by Elizabeth Bowen
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
The Good Women of China by Xianan

My "desert island" books are:

The Raj Quartet by Paul Scott
Life: A User's Manuel by Georges Perec
The Goldbug Variations by Richard Powers
Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann
Tristram Shandy by Lawrence Stern
Ada by Vladimir Nabokove
The Makioka Sisters by Tanizaki
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Little Dorritt by Charles Dickens
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

Runner-up "desert island" books would include:

Vanity Fair by William Thackeray
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
Wild Swans by Chang
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
Mr. Bridge/Mrs. Bridge by Evan Connell
The Manor and The Estate by I.B. Singer
Underworld by Don DeLillo
Absalom, Absalom by William Faulkner
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
and I could go on and on!

About my libraryThe books in the "Your Library" collection are books I currently own which are on my shelves. Within this collection, those tagged TBR are those I have yet to read.

All other Collections are books I do not own. The collection "Borrowed Books and No Longer Have" are books I've read that I once owned and gave away, or that I got from the library. All other collections are books I'm interested in to one degree or the other, many of which are LT recommendations. The books in the "Look For Now" category are the books currently at the top of the wish list.

When I star books, 3 stars means a very good book, one that I would have no hesitation in recommending, especially if you are interested in the genre or subject of the book. 3 1/2 stars is a very good book, one that I especially liked and connected with. 4 stars is an excellent book, standing out above most other books, a book which will stay with me a long time and which I may want to reread. A 4 1/2 star book is a near perfect book, which will probably be around for a long time. A 5 star book is a book I expect to be around for all time.

A 2 1/2 star book can be either a perfectly good book which did not resonate with me, or a book with minor flaws. 2 stars is a book I did not like, or which had major flaws. 1 1/2 stars means you are taking a big chance if you read that book. 1 or 1/2 means definitely do not bother reading the book.

Click here for my 2010 thread: Aruba's Books for 2010--75Book Challenge
Here is Part II of my 2010 thread http://www.librarything.com/topic/94498

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, Asian Fiction & Non-Fiction, Author Theme Reads, Club Read 2013, Club Read 2014, Club Read 2015, Fourth Place, Le Salon du peuple pour le peupleshow all groups

Favorite lists50 Tough Books for Extreme Readers, Best Dystopias, Best family sagas, Best of World Literature, Books Set in Australia, Oceania and New Zealand, The Guardian's 1000 Novels Everyone Must Read, Japanese Literature, METAfiction, Middle East Fiction, War in Literature

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Currently readingLieutenant-Colonel de Maumort: A Novel by Roger Martin du Gard
The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Vol. 3: Master Of The Senate by Robert A. Caro
The Museum of Abandoned Secrets by Oksana Zabuzhko

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