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About meNative Marylander, married for 28 years, three children. I enjoy philosophy, history, literature, religion, birds, poetry and baseball (go Orioles!!).

Curiosity:
Essence of philosophy.
Always more questions!
pm

Books Read in 2015
January
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
February
5. The Gospel According to Luke. ESV audio. 5.0 stars
6. The Gospel According to John. ESV audio. 5.0 stars
March
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
April
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
May
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
June
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.
July
47. Touch. Claire North. 4.0 stars
August
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

Books Read in 2014
January
1. Grant. Jean Edward Smith, 4.5 stars
2. Roger Williams & the Creation of the American Soul. John Barry, 4.0 stars
3. The Course of Human Events. David McCullough, 4.5 stars
4. An Altar in the World. Barbara Brown Taylor, 4.0 stars
5. Watership Down. Richard Adams, 4.5 stars
6. House of Bathory. Linda Lafferty, 3.0 stars
7. White Horse. Alex Adams, 4.0 stars
February
8. Darwin: Portrait of a Genius. Paul Johnson, 3.5 stars
9. The Absent One. Jussi Adler-Olsen, 3.5 stars
10. The Greengage Summer. Rumer Godden, 4.0 stars
March
11. Skin Tight. Carl Hiaasen, 3.5 stars
12. The Truth of All Things. Kieran Shields, 3.0 stars
13. The Keeper of Lost Causes. Jussi Adler-Olsen, 3.5 stars
14. An Ancient Evil. Paul Doherty, 3.5 stars
15. The Harney & Sons Guide to Tea. Michael Harney, 4.0 stars
16. 19 Lessons on Tea. 4.0 stars
17. A Conspiracy of Faith. Jussi Adler-Olsen, 4.0 stars
April
18. The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Neil Gaiman, 4.5 stars
19. Far Afield. Susanna Kaysen, 4.0 stars
20. The Magician's Nephew. C.S. Lewis, 4.5 stars
21. The Purity of Vengeance. Jussi Adler-Olsen, 4.0 stars
22. A Tapestry of Murderer. Paul Doherty, 3.5 stars
23. The Book of Lost Things. John Connolly, 4.5 stars
24. The Gates. John Connolly, 3.5 stars
25. Every Dead Thing. John Connolly, 4.0 stars
26. The Infernals. John Connolly, 3.5 stars
May
27. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. C.S. Lewis, 4.5 stars
28. Dark Hollow. John Connolly, 4.0 stars
29. The Horse and His Boy. C.S. Lewis, 4.5 stars
30. The Creeps. John Connolly, 4.0 stars
31. A Load of Old Bones. Suzette Hill, 3.5 stars
32. The Killing Kind. John Connolly, 4.0 stars
33. A Guide to the Good Life. William Irvine, 4.0 stars
34. The White Road. John Connolly, 4.0 stars
June
35. The Black Angel. John Connolly, 4.0 stars
36. The Wrath of Angels. John Connolly, 4.0 stars
37. The Unquiet. John Connolly, 4.0 stars
38. South Mountain Magic. Madeleine Dahlgren. 3.0 stars
39. The Reapers. John Connolly. 4.0 stars
40. The Lovers. John Connolly, 4.0 stars
41. Odd and the Frost Giants. Neil Gaiman, 4.0 stars
42. Maryland's Appalachian Highlands. Tim Rowland, 4.0 stars
43. Midnight Riot. Ben Aaronovitch, 4.0 stars
44. Moon Over Soho. Ben Aaronovich, 4.0 stars
45. The Whisperers. John Connolly, 4.0 stars
46. Whispers Underground. Ben Aaronovich, 4.0 stars
July
47. Broken Homes. Ben Aaronovich, 4.0 stars
48. Sun on Fire. Viktor Ingolfsson, 3.0 stars
49. Lighthouse Island. Paulette Jones, 3.0 stars
50. People of the Book. Geraldine Brooks, 4.0 stars
51. The Lost Girls of Rome. Donato Garrison, 4.0 stars
52. Bad Men. John Connolly, 3.5 stars
53. The Silkworm. J.K. Rowling, 4.0 stars
54. Desires Right & Wrong: The Ethics of Enough. Mortimer Adler, 4.5 stars
55. The Burning Soul. John Connolly, 4.0 stars
56. Sole Survivor. Dean Koontz, 3.5 stars
57. World of Trouble. Ben Winters, 4.5 stars
58. Angel Cafe. Jill Morrow, 3.0 stars
August
59. Prince Caspian. C.S. Lewis, 4.5 stars
60. The Book of Lost Things. John Connolly, 4.5 stars
61. Simply Jesus. N.T. Wright, 4.0 stars
62. For God Alone: A Primer on Prayer. Bonnie Thurston, 3.5 stars
64. Voyage of the Dawntreader. C.S. Lewis, 4.5 stars
65. Doomsday Book. Connie Willis, 4.0 stars
66. The Silver Chair. C.S. Lewis, 4.5 stars
September
67. The Last Battle. C.S. Lewis, 4.5 stars
68. Pilgrim's Progress. John Bunyan, 4.0 stars
69. Tabular Rasa. Ruth Downiest, 4.0 stars
October
70. The Cost of Discipleship. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 4.0 stars
71. The Miracle Detective. Randall Sullivan, 3.5 stars
72. The Answer to Bad Religion Is Not No Religion. Martin Thielen, 4.0 stars
November
73. Of the Imitation of Christ. Thomas A Kempis, 4.5 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:

Philosophy
- 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

Literature
- 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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Currently readingThe Nicomachean Ethics (Penguin Classics) by Aristotle
Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War by Robert M Gates
Revelations of Divine Love (Short Text and Long Text) by Julian of Norwich
The Rook: A Novel by Daniel O'Malley
The Book of Strange New Things: A Novel by Michel Faber

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