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About meNative Marylander, married for 29 years, three children. I enjoy philosophy, history, literature, religion, birds, poetry and baseball (go Orioles!!).

Essence of philosophy.
Always more questions!

Books Read in 2016
1. The Heart of the Sea. Nathaniel Philbrick. 4.0 stars
2. Dead Beat. Jim Butcher. 4.0 stars
3. Proven Guilty. Jim Butcher. 4.0 stars
4. What Could Possibly Go Wrong. Jodi Taylor. 4.0 stars (Audiobook)
5. White Night. Jim Butcher. 4.0 stars
6. Small Favors. Jim Butcher. 4.0 stars
7. The Nothing Girl. Jodi Taylor. 5.0 stars (Audiobook)
8. Turncoat. Jim Butcher. 4.0 stars
9. Changes. Jim Butcher. 4.0 stars
10. Ghost Story. Jim Butcher. 4.5 stars
11. Cold Days. Jim Butcher. 4.5 stars
12. Skin Games. Jim Butcher. 4.5 stars
13. Little Donkey. Jodi Taylor. 5.0 stars
14. The Book of Lost Things. John Connolly. 5.0 stars (Audiobook. A favorite - this is my 3rd reading)
15. The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Neil Gaiman. 5.0 stars (Audiobook. 3rd reading)
16. The Nothing Girl. Jodi Taylor. 5.0 stars (Audiobook - 2nd listening this year. Fantastic!)
17. The Painter. Peter Heller. 4.5 stars
18. The Magician's Nephew. C.S. Lewis. 5.0 stars (Audiobook)
19. The Goldfinch. Donna Tartt. 4.0 stars
20. Last Night in Montréal. Emily St John Mandel. 3.5 stars
21. The Eagle. Rosemary Sutcliff. 3.5 stars
22. The Buried Giant. Kazuo Ishiguro. 3.5 stars
23. The Singer's Gun. Emily St John Mandel, 4.0 stars
24. The Graveyard Book. Neil Gaiman. 5.0 stars (Audiobook)
25. Revelations of Divine Love. Julian of Norwich. 5.0 stars
26. Neverwhere. Neil Gaiman. 4.5 stars
27. Vinegar Girl. Anne Tyler. 3.5 stars
28. The Wolf in Winter. John Connolly. 4.5 stars
29. A Song of Winter. John Connolly. 4.5 stars
30. Neverwhere. Neil Gaiman. 4.5 stars
31. The Imitation of Christ. 5.0 stars
32. Coraline. Neil Gaiman. 4.0 stars
33. The Desert Fathers. Penguin Classics. 4.0 stars
34. When I'm Gone. Emily Bleaker. 4.0 stars
35. The Thirteenth Tale. Diane Setterfield. (Audiobook)
36. The Rule of Benedict. Penguin Classics. 4.0 stars
37. Mere Christianity. C.S. Lewis. 5.0 stars

Books Read in 2015
1. English Springer Spaniel. 3.0 stars
2. Foxglove Summer. Ben Aaronovich. 4.0 stars
3. The Gospel According to Matthew. ESV audio. 5.0 stars
4. The Gospel According to Mark. ESV audio. 5.0 stars
5. The Gospel According to Luke. ESV audio. 5.0 stars
6. The Gospel According to John. ESV audio. 5.0 stars
7. Wreckage. Emily Bleecker. 4.0 stars
8. Grimm's Fairy Tales. Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm. 3.5 stars
9. Acts. ESV audio. 5.0 stars
10. The Mermaid's Sister. Carrie Anne Noble. 3.5 stars
11. The Dead Key. D.M. Pulley. 4.0 stars
12. Letter to the Romans. ESV audio. 5.0 stars
13. Seal Team 666. Weston Ochse. 4.0 stars
14. 1st Corinthians. ESV audio. 5.0 stars
15. 2nd Corinthians. ESV audio. 5.0 stars
16. Age of Blood. Weston Ochse. 4.0 stars
17. Galatians. ESV audio. 5.0 stars
18. Ephesians. ESV audio. 5.0 stars
19. Philippians. ESV audio. 5.0 stars
20. Colossians. ESV audio. 5.0 stars
21. 1st Thessalonians. ESV audio. 5.0 stars
22. 2nd Thessalonians. ESV audio. 5.0 stars
23. 1st Timothy. ESV audio. 5.0 stars
24. 2nd Timothy. ESV audio. 5.0 stars
25. Saint Odd. Dean Koontz. 4.5 stars
26. Titus. ESV audio. 5.0 stars
27. Hebrews. ESV audio. 5.0 stars
28. The Martian. Andy Weir. 3.5 stars
29. The Winter People. Jennifer McMahon. 3.5 stars
30. James. ESV audio. 5.0 stars
31. 1st Peter. ESV audio. 5.0 stars
32. 2nd Peter. ESV audio. 5.0 stars
33. 1st John. ESV audio. 5.0 stars
34. Blackout. Connie Willis. 4.0 stars
35. 2nd John. ESV audio. 5.0 stars
36. 3rd John. ESV audio. 5.0 star
37. Jude. ESV audio. 5.0 stars
38. All Clear. Connie Willis. 4.5 stars
39. Lincoln's Dreams. Connie Willis. 4.5 stars
40. Hard Times. Charles Dickens. 5.0 stars
41. To Say Nothing of the Dog. Connie Willis. 4.5 stars
42. The Woman in Black. Susan Hill. 4.0 stars
43. Three Men in a Boat. Jerome K. Jerome. 4.0 stars
44. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August. Claire North. 4.0 stars
45. The War that Forged a Nation. James McPherson. 5.0 stars
46. The Cave and the Light. Arthur Herman. 5.0 stars.
47. Touch. Claire North. 4.0 stars
48. The Nuns of Sant'Ambrogio: The True Story of a Convent in Scandal. Hubert Wolf. 3.5 stars
49. Introduction to the Devout Life. Saint Francis de Sales. 5.0 stars
50. Station Eleven. Emily St John Mandel. 4.0 stars
51. The Lola Quartet. Emily St John Mandel. 4.0 stars
52. Just One Damned Thing After Another. Jodi Taylor. 4.0 stars
53. A Symphony of Echoes. Jodi Taylor. 3.5 stars
54. Agincourt. Bernard Cornwell. 5.0 stars (Audiobook. Listened/read for the 4th time)
55. The Greengage Summer. 5.0 stars (Audiobook. Listened to for the 2nd time)
56. A Second Chance. Jodi Taylor. 4.0 stars (Audiobook)
57. The Doomsday Book. Connie Willis. 4.0 stars (Audiobook)
58. Ashley Bell. Dean Koontz. 4.0 stars
59. A Trail Through Time. Jodi Taylor. 4.0 stars (Audiobook)
60. Storm Front. Jim Butcher. 3.5 stars
61. Fool Moon. Jim Butcher. 3.5 stars
62. Grave Peril. Jim Butcher. 4.0 stars
63. No Time Like the Past. Jodi Taylor. 4.0 stars (Audiobook)
64. Summer Knight. Jim Butcher. 4.0 stars
65. Death Masks. Jim Butcher. 4.0 stars
66. Blood Rites. Jim Butcher. 4.0 stars

About my libraryMy rating system:
- Five stars: Books that have profoundly influenced my life (such as the Bible, Teachings of Buddha, Tao Te Ching, Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius).
- Four stars: Excellent books that are well-written, enjoyable and I’m likely to read again and again (think Lord of the Rings, David Copperfield, Harry Potter series) or history that I’ve really enjoyed reading and learned something new (such as Six Frigates or Mayflower).
- Three stars: Good reads that I enjoyed that I might or might not read again.
- Two stars: Poorly or derivatively written, or low production values. A miracle if I finish.
- One star: You won’t see these in my library because I’d be ashamed to list them and I wouldn’t keep them anyway.

Some of my all time favorites:

- Benson, Ophelia & Stangroom, Jeremy; Why Truth Matters
- Neiman, Susan; Moral Clarity
- Comte-Sponville, Andre; A Small Treatise on the Great Virtues: The Uses of Philosophy in Everyday Life
- Marnell, William; Man-Made Morals: Four Philosophies that Shaped America
- Epictetus; Discourses and Selected Writings
- Boethius; The Consolation of Philosophy
- Aurelius, Marcus; Meditations
- Seneca; Letters from a Stoic
- Lehrer, Jonah; How We Decide

Faith and Religion
- The Bible
- Tao Te Ching
- The Teachings of Buddha

- Austen, Jane; everything she wrote
- Dickens, Charles; David Copperfield and Great Expectations
- Downie, Ruth; Medicus series
- King, Laurie R.; everything but particularly Folly and the Mary Russell series.
- Rowling, J.K.; Harry Potter series
- Tolkien, J.R.R.; The Hobbit and LOTR
- Trollope, Anthony; The Barchester series

Groups50-Something Library Thingers, American Civil War, Ancient History, Birds, Birding & Books, Book Care and Repair, Christianity, Faith and Reason, Historical Fiction, History at 30,000 feet: The Big Picture, Maryland Librarythingersshow all groups

Favorite authorsJane Austen, Charles Dickens, Plato, J. R. R. Tolkien, Anthony Trollope (Shared favorites)

VenuesFavorites | Visited

Favorite bookstores2nd & Charles #2108, A Likely Story, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Francis Scott Key Mall, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Power Plant, Books With a Past, Booksavers of Maryland, Crescent City Books, Four Seasons Books, Normal's Book & Records, Second Story Books - Rockville, MD, The Book Thing of Baltimore, Inc., The Ivy Bookshop, Wonder Book and Video - Dual Highway

Favorite librariesWashington County Free Library

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Member sinceOct 20, 2006

Currently readingJane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Catherine of Siena : The Dialogue (Classics of Western Spirituality) by Catherine of Siena
Medieval Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by John Marenbon
The Children's Home: A Novel by Charles Lambert

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