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About meI am a former elementary school principal. Retiring in June of 2011, has afforded me much more time to read. Previously, I was a teacher and encouraged my students to love reading. There's nothing quite as fulfilling as seeing a child wrapped up in a good book and transformed to another world/time/galaxy.

About my library"It would be a good thing to buy books if one could also buy the time to read them; but one usually confuses the purchase of books with the acquisition of their contents. Arthur Schopehnhauer, 'On Books and Writing' (1851) in A Book Addict's Treasury (stolen borrowed from bonniebooks thread)

Best of 2018

Fiction
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
The Last Crossing by Guy Vanderhaege
In This House of Breed by Rumer Godden
The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton
The Friend by Sigrid Nunez
The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

Book of the Year

Paul Scott’s 4 book series The Jewel in the Crown

Nearly as good

The Cazalet Chronicles by Elizabeth Jane Howard’s 5 book series

Non-fiction

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isobel Wilkerson
Educated by Tara Westover
1947: Where Now Begins by Elizabeth Asbrink
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyou
American Mirror: the Life and Art of Norman Rockwell by Deborah Solomon

Best of 2017

How Green Was My Valley - Richard Llewellyn
The Timothy Wilde Trilogy: Gods of Gotham, Seven for a Secret, The Fatal Flame - Lyndsay Faye
The Beggar Maid - Alice Munro
Commonwealth - Ann Patchett
Late Nights on Air - Elizabeth Hay
Magpie Murders - Anthony Horowitz
The North Water - Ian McGuire

Non-fiction

Red Notice - Bill Browder
Sudden Sea - R.A. Scotti

Best of 2016

Stoner by John Williams
King Leopold's Ghost - Adam Hochschild
Miss Jane - Brad Watson
This Must be the Place - Maggie O'Farrell
Mothering Sundays - Graham Swift
The Birth House - Ami McKay

Best of 2015

1. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
2. H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald
3. The Hare with Amber Eyes - Edmund deWaal
4. A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
5. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier
6. My Brilliant Friend
The Story of a New Name
Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay
The Story of the Lost Child
Elena Ferrante's brilliant four book series, taken as a whole

Best of 2014 - Fiction

1. An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris
2. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
3. The Last Chronicle of Barset by Anthony Trollope
4. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
5. Not So Quiet: Stepdaughters of War – Helen Zenna Smith

Best of 2014 – Non-fiction

1. The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchmann
2. In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides
3. The War that Ended Peace by Margaret MacMillan

Groups1010 Category Challenge, 50 Book Challenge, 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 2014, 75 Books Challenge for 2015, 75 Books Challenge for 2016show all groups

Favorite authorsKate Atkinson, Andrea Barrett, Amy Bloom, Joseph Boyden, William Boyd, Harriet Doerr, Louise Erdrich, Jane Harris, Khaled Hosseini, Helen Humphreys, Wayne Johnston, Hilary Mantel, Barbara Pym, Richard Russo, David Sedaris (Shared favorites)

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Currently readingThese Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore
Finn: A Novel by Jon Clinch
Dark Saturday: A Novel (A Frieda Klein Novel Book 6) by Nicci French

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