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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

Best of 2020

Fiction:

Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell
Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart
Tin Man by Sarah Winman
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
Sabrina and Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine

Non-fiction:

All Things Consoled by Elizabeth Hay
A Promised Land by Barack Obama
Second Hand Time by Svetlana Alexievich

Audio of the Year:

Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore

Best of 2019

Nonfiction

Guest House for Young Widows by Azadeh Moaveni
Fall and Rise: the Story of 9/11 by Mitchell Zuckoff
Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II’s Greatest Rescue Mission by Hampton Sides
A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz
Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe

Fiction:

Transit by Anna Seghers
Siege of Krishnapur by J. G. Farrell
Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout
English Passengers by Matthew Kneale

BOOK OF THE YEAR:

Only Killers and Thievesby Paul Howarth

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

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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Favorite lists1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

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Currently readingFacing the Mountain: A True Story of Japanese American Heroes in World War II (Random House Large Print) by Daniel James Brown
Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller

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