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CollectionsYour library (3,180), Wishlist (448), Currently reading (17), Kindle (196), Audiobooks (352), Historical Fiction (521), Library Copy (4), Short Stories (31), Classic Fiction (167), General Fiction (713), Drama (145), Poetry (54), Nonfiction (77), Creative Writing (23), Cookbooks (118), Biography (171), Shakespeare (171), Early Modern (non-Shakespearean) (92), English History (93), Literary Studies (197), Virago Modern Classics (352), Persephone Classics (25), Favorites (96), Read but unowned (819), To read (221), All collections (3,729)

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TagsFiction (1,319), given away (802), British (767), 20th Century (497), 20th century (376), American (360), Historical Fiction (202), Virago Modern Classic; given away (165), Nonfiction (154), Literary Criticism (150) — see all tags

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About meI'm a recently retired professor of 16th and 17th British literature, particularly drama. I read a lot of fiction--historical novels set in many places and time periods, contemporary British fiction, classics, and more. I have started to write a historical novel, something I've wanted to do for a long, long time.

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Best of 2018 (so far):
Circe by Madeline Miller
Florida by Lauren Groff
Lighthousekeeping by Jeanette Winterson
Transit by Rachel Cusk
A Slant of Light by Jeffrey Lent
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck
The Golden Legend by Nadeem Aslam
Winter by Ali Smith
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao
Mrs. Osmond by John Banville

Best of 2017:
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
Autumn by Ali Smith
Human Acts by Han Kang
The Wonder by Emma Donahue
Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
The Good People by Hannah Kent
House of Names by Colm Toibin
You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir by Sherman Alexie
Grace by Paul Lynch
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott

Best of 2016
Wanting by Richard Flanagan
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet
Nutshell by Ian McEwan
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
An Unrestored Woman by Shobha Rao
The Little Red Chairs by Edna O'Brien
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Clever Girl by Tessa Hadley
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Best of 2015:
Galore by Michael Crummey
The Vizard Mask by Diana Norman
The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman
The Green Road by Anne Enright
How to Be Both by Ali Smith
Stoner by John Williams
Cold Mountain by Charles Fraser
The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler
Fever by Mary Beth Keane

Best of 2014:
History of the Rain by Niall Williams
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel (reread)
Restoration by Rose Tremain (reread)
Territorial Rights by Muriel Spark
Welding with Children by Tim Gautreaux
Regeneration by Pat Barker
Small Island by Andrea Levy
Old Filth by Jane Gardam
Astray by Emma Donoghue

Best of 2013 (in order):
Transatlantic by Colm McCann
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
The Hired Man by Aminatta Forna
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Merivel: A Man of His Time by Rose Tremain
Honour by Elif Safak
The Cooked Seed: A Memoir by Anchee Min

Best of 2012:
The Secret Life of William Shakespeare by Jude Morgan
Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie
NW by Zadie Smith
The Man of Property by John Galsworthy
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Imagined Lives by John Banville, Tracy Chevalier, Julian Fellowes, Alexander McCall Smith, Terry Pratchett, Sarah Singleton, Joanna Trollope, and Minette Walters
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Five Bells by Gail Jones

Best of 2011:
There but for the by Ali Smith
Gillespie and I by Jane Harris
Coventry by Helen Humphreys
An Unsuitable Attachment by Barbara Pym
A Far Cry from Kensington by Muriel Spark
Memento Mori by Muriel Spark
Reading in the Dark by Seamus Deane
Elizabeth I: A Novel by Margaret George

Best of 2010:
Don't Cry: Stories by Mary Gaitskill
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name by Vendela Vida
In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin
Solar by Ian McEwan

Best of 2009:
The Frozen Thames by Helen Humphreys
The Children's Book by A. S. Byatt
The Cellist of Sarajevo by Stephen Galloway
Music and Silence by Rose Tremain
After You'd Gone by Maggie O'Farrell
Regeneration by Pat Barker
No Fond Return of Love by Barbara Pym

About my libraryMost of the books in my LT catalogue are for my leisure reading. I have barely begun to add scholarly books related to my research and teaching.

Groups2016 Category Challenge, 2017 Category Challenge, 2018 Category Challenge, 75 Books Challenge for 2008, 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 2014show all groups

Favorite authorsPeter Ackroyd, Nadeem Aslam, Margaret Atwood, Jane Austen, Pat Barker, Geraldine Brooks, Michael Crummey, E. L. Doctorow, Roddy Doyle, Theodore Dreiser, George Eliot, Sebastian Faulks, Richard Flanagan, E. M. Forster, Ariana Franklin, Jane Gardam, Elizabeth Gaskell, Stephen Greenblatt, Kate Grenville, Lauren Groff, Thomas Hardy, Seamus Heaney, Edward Hirsch, Helen Humphreys, Henry James, Ha Jin, Ben Jonson, Galway Kinnell, Karleen Koen, Milan Kundera, Hari Kunzru, Jhumpa Lahiri, D. H. Lawrence, Chang-Rae Lee, Hilary Mantel, Christopher Marlowe, John Marston, Valerie Martin, Ian McEwan, Thomas Middleton, Lorrie Moore, Jude Morgan, Maggie O'Farrell, Barbara Pym, Michle Roberts, Salman Rushdie, Simon Schama, Rachel Seiffert, Vikram Seth, William Shakespeare, Joan Silber, Ali Smith, Zadie Smith, Muriel Spark, David Starkey, D. E. Stevenson, Tom Stoppard, Elizabeth Taylor, Rose Tremain, Anthony Trollope, John Webster, Alison Weir, Edith Wharton, Oscar Wilde, August Wilson, Virginia Woolf (Shared favorites)

Favorite listsBest Books of the 21st Century (So Far), Best Early Modern Plays Not By Shakespeare, Best Historical Fiction, Books Read in 2016, Historical Fiction, Recommend the 20 best books you've read in the last five years, Top Five Books of 2014

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LocationChambersburg, PA

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Member sinceJun 17, 2007

Currently readingA Glass of Blessings by Barbara Pym
Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
The Leavers: A Novel by Lisa Ko
Salt Houses by Hala Alyan
Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken
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