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About meNative Marylander, married for 32 years, three children. I enjoy philosophy, history, literature, religion, birds, poetry and baseball -- go Orioles!!

Curiosity:
Essence of philosophy.
Always more questions!
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Books Read in 2018
January
1. A Head Full of Ghosts. Paul Tremblay. 4.5 stars (audiobook)
2. The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story. Douglas Preston. 3.5 stars
February
3. Medieval Christianity: A New History. Kevin Madigan. 4.5 stars
4. Resurrection and the Son of God. N.T. Wright. 4.5 stars
5. The Silent Corner. Dean Koontz. 3.5 stars
March
6. Basic Christianity. John Stott. 4.5 stars
7. Knitting Yarns. 4.5 stars
April
8. How God Became King. N.T. Wright. 5.0 stars
May
9. Momento Mori. Ruth Downie. 5.0 stars
10. The Unclaimed Victim. D.M.Pulley. 4.0 stars
11. Working Fire. Emily Bleeker. 4.0 stars
June
12. The End of the Day. Claire North. 5.0
July
13. 84K. Claire North. 3.5 stars
14. Neverwhere. Neil Gaiman. 5.0 stars
15. The Greatest Knight. Thomas Asbridge. 4.0 stars
16. How to Be Dead, Books 1-3, Dave Turner. 3.5 stars
August
17. The Cup of Salvation. Beth Wickensberg Ely. 4.5 stars
18. A Lay Ministers Guide.to the BCP. Clifford Atkinson. 4.0 stars

Books Read in 2017
January
1. The Cross of Christ. John Stott. 4.0 stars
2. Scripture and the Authority of God. N.T. Wright. 4.0 stars
February
3. Freedom of Simplicity. Richard Foster. 3.0 stars
4. The Museum of Literary Souls. John Connolly. 5.0 stars
5. The Golden Chord: A Short Book on the Secular and the Sacred. Charles Taliaferro. 5.0 stars
6. Crime and Punishment in Early Maryland. Raphael Semmes. 3.5 stars
7. The House of Susan Lulham. Phil Rickman. 4.0 stars
8. How to be Holy. Peter Kreeft. 4.0 stars
March
9. The Challenge of Jesus. N.T. Wright. 5.0 stars
April
10. The Man in the Moss. Phil Rickman. 3.5 stars
11. Simply Christian. N.T. Wright. 5.0 stars
May
12. December. Phil Rickman. 4.0 stars
13. Catholics and Protestants. Peter Kreeft. 4.0 stars
14. Abandonment to Divine Providence. Jean-Pierre de Caussade. 4.0 stars
15. The Practice of the Presence of God. Brother Lawrence. 4.5 stars
16. The Great Heresies. H. Belloc. 4.0 stars
June
17. The Power of Silence. Robert Cardinal Sarah. 3.0 stars
18. Alfred the Great. Asser. 4.0 stars
19. The Chalice. Phil Rickman. 4.0 stars
20. The Case for the Psalms. N.T. Wright. 4.0 stars
July
21. Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist. Brant Pitts. 5.0 stars
22. Night After Night. Phil Rickman. 4.5 stars
23. The Cold Calling. Phil Rickman. 4.5 stars
24. The Last Full Measure. Michael Stephenson. 4.0 stars
25. The New Testament & the People of God, vol 1. N.T. Wright. 5.0 stars
26. Mean Spirit. Phil Rickman. 4.5 stars
27. The Three Heads of the Well. Carolyn Emerick. 4.0 stars
August
28. A Time of Torment. John Connolly. 4.5 stars
29. How to Eat. Thich Nhat Hanh. 4.5 stars
30. A Game of Ghosts. John Connolly. 4.5 stars
September
31. The Jesus and the Victory of God. N.T. Wright. 5.0 stars
32. The Farthest Station. Ben Aaronovitch. 5.0 Stars
33. American Gods. Neil Gaiman. 5.0 stars
October
34. I Want You to Be. Tomas Halik. 5.0 stars
35. The Light of the Fireflies. Paul Pen. 4.0 stars
36. White Silence. Jodi Taylor. 4.0 stars
November
37. Fields of Blood. Karen Armstrong. 3.5 stars

Books Read in 2016
January
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
February
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!)
March
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)
April
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
May
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
38. Jane Eyre. Charlotte Bronte. 4.5 stars
June
39. Hunger Games. Suzanne Collins. 4.5 stars
40. Meditations. Marcus Aurelius. 5.0 stars
41. The Children's Home. Charles Lambert. 3.0 stars
July
42. The Wine of Angels. Phil Rickman. 5.0 stars
43. Midwinter of the Spirit. Phil Rickman. 5.0 stars
44. Career of Evil. Robert Galbraith. 4.5 stars
45. Catching Fire. Suzanne Collins. 4.5 stars
46. A Crown of Lights. Phil Rickman. 5.0 stars
47. The Cure of Souls. Phil Rickman. 4.5 stars
48. The Lamp of the Wicked. Phil Rickman. 5.0 stars
August
49. Medieval Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction. John Marenbon. 4.5 stars
50. The Prayer of the Night Shepherd. Phil Rickman. 5.0 stars
51. Mockingjay. Suzanne Collins. 5.0 stars
52. The Remains of an Altar. Phil Rickman. 4.5 stars
53. Stiletto. Daniel O'Malley. 4.5 stars
September
54. The Dialogue. Catherine of Siena. 5.0 stars
55. Vita Brevis. Ruth Downie. 5.0 stars
56. Razor Girl. Carl Hiaasen. 4.5 stars
57. The Fabric of Sin. Phil Rickman. 4.5 stars
58. To Dream of the Dead. Phil Rickman. 4.5 stars
59. The Secret of Pain. Phil Rickman. 4.5 stars
60. The Magus of Hays. Phil Rickman. 5.0 stars
61. The Curse of Jacob Tracy. Holly Messenger. 4.0 stars
October
62. Friends of the Dusk. Phil Rickman. 4.5 stars
63. The Girl with All the Gifts. M.R. Carey. 4.5 stars
64. Fellside. M.R. Carey. 4.5 stars
65. Spiritual Warfare. Paul Thigpen. 3.5 stars
November
66. The Buried Book. D.M. Pulley. 4.0 stars
67. Curfew. Phil Rickman. 4.0 stars
December
68. Bernard of Clairvaux: Selected Works. GR Evans. 4.0 stars
69. After You Believe. N.T. Wright. 5.0 stars
70. Evil and the Justice of God. N.T. Wright. 5.0 stars
71. The Day the Revolution Began. N.T. Wright. 5.0 stars

About my libraryLink to my library in Dewey
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My 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
- Rowling, J.K.; Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike 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)

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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 readingEpictetus: A Stoic and Socratic Guide to Life by A. A. Long
The City of God by Saint Augustine of Hippo

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