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CollectionsRead in 2016 (28), Big Books by Women (5), NYRB (14), Virago Modern Classics (59), Available at BECPL (14), Orange Prize Nominee (12), Read in 2009 (56), Read in 2010 (63), Your library (1,316), Read in 2011 (75), Read in 2012 (86), Read in 2013 (85), Read in 2014 (47), Read in 2015 (47), Wishlist (94), To read (81), Read but unowned (201), Favorites (72), On My Shelves Now (353), E books (243), Currently reading (1), All collections (1,420)

Reviews352 reviews

TagsTBR (270), fiction (144), non-fiction (118), historical fiction (98), mystery (62), literary fiction (59), WWII (47), murder (36), Suzanne (33), memoir (31) — see all tags

MediaBook (1,420), Paper Book (1,356), Audiobook (9), Ebook (27)

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About meI am a former elementary school principal. Retiring in June of 2011, has afforded me much more time to read. Previously, I was a teacher and encouraged my students to love reading. There's nothing quite as fulfilling as seeing a child wrapped up in a good book and transformed to another world/time/galaxy.

About my library"It would be a good thing to buy books if one could also buy the time to read them; but one usually confuses the purchase of books with the acquisition of their contents. Arthur Schopehnhauer, 'On Books and Writing' (1851) in A Book Addict's Treasury (stolen borrowed from bonniebooks thread)

Read in 2016

Best of 2015

1. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
2. H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald
3. The Hare with Amber Eyes - Edmund deWaal
4. A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
5. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier
6. My Brilliant Friend
The Story of a New Name
Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay
The Story of the Lost Child
Elena Ferrante's brilliant four book series, taken as a whole

Best of 2014 - Fiction

1. An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris
2. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
3. The Last Chronicle of Barset by Anthony Trollope
4. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
5. Not So Quiet: Stepdaughters of War – Helen Zenna Smith

Best of 2014 – Non-fiction

1. The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchmann
2. In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides
3. The War that Ended Peace by Margaret MacMillan

BEST OF 2013

Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Galore by Michael Crummey
Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Let Him Go by Larry Watson
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
Quartet in Autumn by Barbara Pym
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
A Dance to the Music of Time First, Second, Third and Fourth Movements – Anthony Powell
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
The Colors of Infamy by Albert Cossery

BEST OF 2012

Bleak House by Charles Dickens
Inferno: The World at War 1939-1945 by Max Hastings
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz
Juliet in August by Dianne Warren
Columbine by Dave Cullen
In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (reread)
My Antonia by Willa Cather
Tunneling to the Center of the Earth by Kevin Wilson
Gillespie and I by Jane Harris
The Balkan Trilogy by Olivia Manning
Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Mrs. Somebody Somebody by Tracy Winn

Groups1010 Category Challenge, 50 Book Challenge, 75 Books Challenge for 2009, 75 Books Challenge for 2010, 75 Books Challenge for 2011, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, 75 Books Challenge for 2015, 75 Books Challenge for 2016show all groups

Favorite authorsKate Atkinson, Andrea Barrett, Amy Bloom, Joseph Boyden, William Boyd, Harriet Doerr, Louise Erdrich, Jane Harris, Khaled Hosseini, Helen Humphreys, Wayne Johnston, Hilary Mantel, Barbara Pym, Richard Russo, David Sedaris (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresTalking Leaves Books

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Real nameBonnie

LocationBuffalo, NY

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceFeb 21, 2009

Currently readingThe Orenda: A novel by Joseph Boyden

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