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About me46 yo married female obstetrician with alot of LONG nights and weekends waiting for babies to come -- Alot of reading and waiting! Mother to twin boys - they have seriously eroded my reading time!

About my libraryI love fiction -- literary, historical, mystery especially. I like the classics, but I do descend into low brow guilty pleasures like the Outlander series, and Sue Grafton's mysteries.

My library is basically all the books that I can think of that I know I have read or that physically stand in my bookshelf. I have tried to write at least a cursory review (more of an impression, really) of every book (spoiler-free). Since 1/2006 I have been keeping a book journal, so my more recently cataloged books contain my immediate thoughts upon finishing each novel.

My favorites list is the 10-year compilation of all the "5-star" books I have read and reviewed since I began my Library Thing catalogue in 2006.

For the last several years; I have listed my top 5 reads of the year in order here:
For the year 2013 I have read 44 novels (all but one fiction) and the top five in order are:
1. Siege of Krishnapur - J.G. Farrell
2. Ahab's Wife - Sara Jean Naslund
3. Birdsong - Sebastian Falk
4. Trapeze - Simon Mawer
5. Light Between Oceans - M.L. Stedman

In 2014 I have read 35 books (all but 2 fiction) and the to 5 in order are:
1. Life after Life - Kate Atkinson
2. The Orphan Master's Son - Adam Johnson
3. Descent - Tim Johnson (LT Early Reviewer selection)
4. The Paying Guests - Sarah Waters
5. The Forsyte Saga - John Galsworthy

In the year 2015, I have read 43 books, and the top 5 in order are:
1. Bellefleur by Joyce Carol Oates
2. The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver
3. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (LT early reviewer selection)
4. The Goldfinch by Donna Trattt
5. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, Atwoodians, Deep South, Early Reviewers, Geeks who love the Classics, Group Reads - Literature, Historical Fiction, I Love Jane Austen, Monthly Author Reads, Outlander: Gabaldon's series about Jamie and Claireshow all groups

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Real nameJen

LocationNorth Carolina

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