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About meI have been a fanatic reader for, well, ever since I can remember (and I can remember pretty far back). I work in publishing, but for puzzle magazines, so not for anything I actually read.

NOW READING:
The Nine Tailors, Dorothy L. Sayers

LAST 10 BOOKS READ
Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee
Yes Please, Amy Poehler
The Lives of Others, Neel Mukherjee
A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal, Ben Macintyre
The Invasion of the Tearling, Erika Johanson
Murder Must Advertise, Dorothy L. Sayers
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra
Have His Carcase, Dorothy L. Sayers
Juliet, Naked, Nick Hornby
Sharp Objects, Gillian Flynn

About my libraryTOP FICTION 2014
The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton
The Hand that First Held Mine, Maggie O’Farrell
The Buddha in the Attic, Julie Otsuka
A Tale for the Time Being, Ruth Ozeki
Salvage the Bones, Jesmyn Ward
Stoner, John Williams

TOP NONFICTION 2014
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, Sheri Fink
The Queen’s Necklace, Antal Szerb

TOP CLASSICS 2014
Our Mutual Friend, Charles Dickens
The Queen’s Necklace, Alexandre Dumas

TOP "YOU'RE ONLY GETTING TO THIS NOW?" 2014
The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner
East of Eden, John Steinbeck

TOP REREADS 2014
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Agatha Christie
The Princess Bride, William Goldman
Point Counter Point, Aldous Huxley
The Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling

TOP COLLECTIONS 2014
Seeing Further: The Story of Science, Discovery, and the Genius of the Royal Society, Bill Bryson, ed.
New York Stories: Landmark Writing from Four Decades of New York Magazine, the New York Magazine editors

TOP BIOGRAPHY OR MEMOIR 2014
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things that Happened, Allie Brosh
My Life in France, Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme
Twelve Years a Slave, Solomon Northup

TOP IN TRANSLATION 2014
The Bridge on the Drina, Andric Ivo, translated by Lovett F. Edwards
The Dinner, Herman Koch, translated by Sam Garrett

TOP HISTORICAL FICTION 2014
Paradise Alley, Kevin Baker
Gillespie and I, Jane Harris
TransAtlantic, Colum McCann
Brooklyn, Colm Toibin

TOP MYSTERIES 2014
Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
The Secret Place, Tana French
The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm, Robert Galbraith

TOP WESTERN 2014
The Whistling Season, Ivan Doig

TOP LGBT 2014
The Price of Salt, Patricia Highsmith
The Paying Guests, Sarah Waters

TOP CREEPY 2014
The Little Stranger, Sarah Waters

TOP FANTASY 2014
A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, and A Feast for Crows, George R.R. Martin

TOP SCIENCE FICTION 2014
Blindness, Jose Saramago
Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel

TOP HUMOROUS 2014
Hark! A Vagrant, Kate Beaton

TOP FUN READS 2014
The Talisman Ring, Georgette Heyer
Miss Buncle’s Book, D.E. Stevenson

TOP LETTERS 2014
Letters of Note, Shaun Usher, ed. (also Most Beautiful)

TOP YA 2014
Two Parties, One Tux, and a Very Short Film about the Grapes of Wrath, Steven Goldman
I Love You, Beth Cooper, Larry Doyle

TOP TITLE 2014
Is That a Fish in Your Ear?: Translation and the Meaning of Everything, David Bellos

TOP FIRST LINE 2014
“I blame Charles Dickens for the death of my father.”—This House Is Haunted, John Boyne

HONORABLE MENTION FIRST LINE 2014
“I don’t remember either of my parents ever reading me a story—perhaps that’s why I’ve made up so many.”—Books: A Memoir, Larry McMurtry

TOP FICTION 2013
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner

TOP NONFICTION 2013
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Island of the Lost by Joan Druett
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

TOP CLASSICS 2013
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

TOP MYSTERIES 2013
Broken Harbor by Tana French
Strong Poison and Have His Carcase by Dorothy L. Sayers

TOP COLLECTIONS 2013
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2012, edited by Dan Ariely
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012, edited by Dave Eggers

TOP TRANSLATION 2013
Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin, translated by James E. Falen

TOP HUMOROUS 2013
Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption and Pee by Sarah Silverman
The McSweeney’s Joke Book of Book Jokes
Sleepwalk with Me by Mike Birbiglia

TOP HISTORICAL FICTION 2013
The Untouchable by John Banville (also Top Spy)
An Unfinished Season by Ward Just
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
(near history--I didn't read a lot of pre-1900 historical fiction in 2013)

TOP CREEPY 2013
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

TOP REREADS 2013
In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
Lord of the Flies by William Golding

TOP THOUGHT-PROVOKING 2013
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
Bailout: An Inside Account of How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street by Neil Barofsky
The Gate of Angels, Penelope Fitzgerald

TOP WESTERN 2013
Dead Man's Walk by Larry McMurtry

TOP FANTASY 2013
American Gods by Neil Gaiman

TOP FUN READ 2013
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

TOP "YOU'RE ONLY GETTING TO THIS NOW?" 2013
Shame by Salman Rushdie
From Here to Eternity by James Jones
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Jewel in the Crown by Paul Scott
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

TOP EAVESDROP ON A CONVERSATION 2013
As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto, edited by Joan Reardon

TOP BIOGRAPHY OR MEMOIR 2013
Joseph Banks: A Life by Patrick O'Brian
Enemies, A Love Story: An Oral History of Siskel and Ebert by Josh Schollmeyer

TOP TITLE 2013
The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them by Elif Batuman (sadly, did not live up to the title)

ICKIEST SEX SCENES 2013
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

TOP 5 FICTION 2012
Shadow Country by Peter Matthiessen
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon
Voss by Patrick White
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

TOP 5 NONFICTION 2012
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2011 edited by Tim Folger
Night by Elie Wiesel
Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff
Joseph Anton: A Memoir by Salman Rushdie
Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss (also most beautiful, uncategorizable read of 2012)

TOP CLASSICS 2012
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (also top reread)
Moby-Dick: Or, the Whale by Herman Melville

TOP MYSTERIES 2012
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
The Crow Road by Iain Banks

TOP COLLECTIONS 2012
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
The Best American Essays 2011 edited by Robert Atwan

TOP TRANSLATION 2012
The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki

TOP ODDBALL 2012
The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall

TOP THOUGHT-PROVOKING 2012
The Wasted Vigil by Nadeem Aslam

TOP WESTERN 2012
Warlock by Oakley Hall

TOP YA 2012
Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie

TOP FANTASY 2012
Little, Big by John Crowley

TOP FUN READ 2012
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

TOP "YOU'RE ONLY GETTING TO THIS NOW?" 2012
I, Claudius by Robert Graves
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Rites of Passage by William Golding

TOP BIOGRAPHY 2012
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

TOP HISTORY 2012
Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature and the Shaping of the American Nation by Andrea Wulf
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowel

TOP TITLE 2012
Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,000 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them by Donovan Hohn

TOP FIRST LINE 2012
"It was the day my grandmother exploded." (The Crow Road by Iain Banks)

HONORABLE MENTION FIRST LINE 2012
"'Take my camel, dear,' said my aunt Dot, as she climbed down from this animal on her return from high mass." (The Towers of Trebizond by Rose Macaulay)

TOP FICTION 2011:
At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O'Neill
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, David Mitchell

HONORABLE MENTION 2011:
Sorry, Gail Jones
Jean de Florette and Manon of The Spring, Marcel Pagnol
The Siege, Helen Dunmore
Fortunes of War, The Balkan Trilogy, Olivia Manning
A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan
True Grit, Charles Portis
Great House, Nicole Krauss
The Cellist of Sarajevo, Steven Galloway

TOP NONFICTION 2011:
Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution, Simon Schama
Just Kids, Patti Smith
The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness and Obsession, David Grann

HONORABLE MENTION 2011:
Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory, Ben Macintyre
A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution 1891-1924, Orlando Figes
The Wordy Shipmates, Sarah Vowell
My Ears Are Bent, Joseph Mitchell
Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks and Big Pharma Flacks, Ben Goldacre
Consider the Lobster, David Foster Wallace
A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson

TOP REREADS 2011:
Arcadia, Tom Stoppard
Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen
The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne

TOP FICTION 2010
Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
Tirra Lirra By the River, Jessica Anderson
Galore, Michael Crummey
The Dud Avocado, Elaine Dundy
In the Woods and The Likeness, Tana French
The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mohsin Hamid
Frederica and Cotillion, Georgette Heyer
The Iliad and The Odyssey, Homer
Ulysses, James Joyce
Palace Walk, Naguib Mahfouz
Ransom, David Malouf
A Place of Greater Safety, Hilary Mantel
As Meat Loves Salt, Maria McCann
The Ice Storm, Rick Moody
The Wizard of the Crow, Ngugi Wa'Thiong'O
Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace
The Book Thief, Markus Zusak

TOP NONFICTION 2010
Fun Home: An American Tragicomic, Alison Bechdel
American Bloomsbury, Susan Cheever
Zeitoun, Dave Eggers
The Lost City of Z, David Grann
The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, Edmund Morris
Judgment of Paris: California vs. France and the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting that Revolutionized Wine, George M. Taber
Eleanor of Aquitaine, Alison Weir

(Top books prior to 2010 in collections.)

GroupsAnglophiles, Annus mirabilis, Arab, North African and Middle Eastern Literature, Barbara Pym, Best of British, Biographies, Memoirs and Autobiographies, British & Irish Children's Fiction, Club Read 2009, Club Read 2010, Club Read 2011show all groups

Favorite authorsChimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Louisa May Alcott, Kate Atkinson, Jane Austen, Pat Barker, Louis de Bernières, T. C. Boyle, Peter Carey, Michael Chabon, Jonathan Coe, Charles Dickens, Roddy Doyle, Alexandre Dumas, Penelope Fitzgerald, Amitav Ghosh, Allegra Goodman, Andrea Levy, Naguib Mahfouz, Thomas Mallon, Ian McEwan, Larry McMurtry, Rohinton Mistry, Haruki Murakami, Joyce Carol Oates, Philip Roth, Salman Rushdie, Vikram Seth, Ahdaf Soueif, Wallace Stegner, Neal Stephenson, Claire Tomalin, Anthony Trollope, Barry Unsworth, Sarah Waters (Shared favorites)

Favorite listsFavorite Georgette Heyer Novels, Ranked

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