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TagsRead in 2018 (79), Memoir (77), Read in 2017 (75), Read in 2021 (75), Read in 2020 (72), Read in 2019 (66), American Literature (59), American fiction (58), Birds (42), British Literature (38) — see all tags

MediaNot set (5), Book (1,080), Paper Book (1,038), Audiobook (7), Ebook (21)

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About meI am a retired healthcare worker who reads and gardens in Colorado. I share my physical bookshelves with my husband/travel planner, doko, on LibraryThing. For some years of my hippiedom I was a resident of Sweden.

About my libraryMy library leans mostly toward fiction, particularly global and translated fiction. I seem to always be reading themes of immigration, exile, things that happened before, during or after the war.. As I am a birder I read a lot of environmental and natural history non-fiction.

Reading favorites from 2021:

Vertigo by W.G.Sebald
Snow hunters by Paul Yoon
The Convert by Stefan Hertmans
Afterlives by Abdulrazak Gurnah
Vesper Flights by Helen macDonald
Amongst Women by John McGahern
Memoirs of an Anti-Semite by Gregor Von Rezzori
Job by Jospeh Roth
A World on the Wing by Scott Weidensaul
Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante
Friend of My Youth by Amit Chaudhuri

Some Great Reads from 2020
All for Nothing * Walter Kempowski
The Buried * Peter Hessler
On Extinction: How We Became Estranged From Nature* Melanie Challenger
Coming Up for Air * Sarah Leipciger
My Name Is Lucy Barton* Elizabet Strout
Meet Me at the Museum * Anne Youngson
Nervous Conditions * Tsitsi Dangarembga
Jewel in the Crown Vol 1 * Paul Scott
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous * Ocean Vuong
The Years * Annie Ernaux

Favorite Reads 2019:

White Tears Hari Kunzru
Night Sky with Exit Wounds Ocean Vuong
Underland : A Deep Time Journey Robert MacFarlane
Sepherad Antonio Muñoz Molina
Across the China Sea Gaute Heivoll
Gardens of Consolation Reza Parish
What We Owe Hashemzadeh Bonds
A Month in Siena Hisham Matar
The Man who Saw Everything Deborah Levy
Learning to Die in the Anthropocene Roy Scranton
Tha Sixth Extinction Elizabeth Kolbert

Touching the Ancients:
The Horse The Wheel and Language David W Anthony
Eleusis Carl Kerenyi
If Not, Winter, Anne Carson
1177 B.C. Eric H. Cline


A mix of great reads in 2018:

The Clear Light of Day Anita Desai
The Years, Months, Days, Yan Lianke
On Persephone's Island Mary Taylor Simeti
Educated Tara Westover
Golden Age Joan London
How to Be Both Ali Smith
Warlight Michael Ondaatje
Divisidero Michael Ondaatje
Mayhem Sigrid Rauching
Remembering Babylon David Malouf
Conversation at Curlow Creek David Malouf
All the Names Colm Toibin

Reliving the Aegean Late Bronze Age:

Lost Books of the Odyssey Zachary Mason
Why Homer Matters Adam Nicholson
The Riddle of the Labyrinth Margolit Fox
Homeric Hymns Translated by Apostolos N. Athanassakis

Some favorite reads of 2017:

Everyman Dies Alone Hans Fallada
White Rage Carol Anderson
War and Turpentine Stefan Hertmans
Seven Houses in France Bernardo Atxarga
Cry the Beloved Country Alan Paton
A Gentleman from Moscow Amor Towles
Hand Me Down World Lloyd Jones
Gregorius Bengt Ohlsson
Merivel Rose Remain
Measuring Time Helon Habila
The Account of the Decline of the Great Auk Jessie Greengrass
The Great Derangement Amitav Ghosh

23/75 translated, 4 non-fiction, 2 memoirs 23/75 women authors

Favorite Books of 2016:

Under a Cruel Star: A Life in Prague 1941-1968 Heda Kovaly
Too Late the Phalarope Alan Paton
An Unnecessary Woman Rabih Alameddine
Fifth Business Robertson Davies
In Other Words Jhumpa Lahiri
And After Many Days Jawor Ile
Expedition to the Baobob Tree Wilma Stockenstrom
In an Antique Land Amitov Ghosh
We are Called to Rise Laura McBride
Brother I'm Dying Edwige Danticat

26/78 translated,

Groups75 Books Challenge for 2015, 75 Books Challenge for 2016, Birds, Birding & Books, Reading Globally, Swedish Thing

Favorite authorsLeila Aboulela, Andrea Barrett, Louis De Bernières, Anne Carson, Wayson Choy, John Crowley, Junot Díaz, Per Olov Enquist, Damon Galgut, Amitav Ghosh, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Peter Hessler, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Ha Jin, Nicole Krauss, Jhumpa Lahiri, Edward J. Larson, Barry Lopez, Federico Garcia Lorca, David Malouf, Sándor Márai, Gabriel García Márquez, Michael Ondaatje, Orhan Pamuk, Nathaniel Philbrook, Caryl Phillips, Joseph Roth, Aksel Sandemose, José Saramago, Leonardo Sciascia, W. G. Sebald, Amy Tan, Colm Tóibín, Rose Tremain, Tarjei Vesaas, James Welch, Edward O. Wilson (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresKramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, Powell's City of Books (Portland), Strand Bookstore

Real nameKris

LocationColorado

Account typepublic

URLs /profile/augustau (profile)
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Member sinceFeb 14, 2009

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