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A propos de ma bibliothèque

My library consists of many of my favorite books of the past twenty-five years or so with several all-time favorites added for good measure. I own many of these books, but I am also a supporter of the local library.

Rating Scale:

5* Superb
4.5 Outstanding
4* Admirable
3.5 Good
3* Satisfactory
2.5 Fair


Favorite Fiction from 2023:

The Covenant of Water - Abraham Verghese

Prophet Song - Paul Lynch

The Post Card - Anne Berest

Good Night, Irene - Luis Alberto Urrea

Somebody's Fool - Richard Russo

Hello Beautiful - Ann Napolitano

Demon Copperhead - Barbara Kingsolver

The River We Remember - William Kent Krueger

Stone Blind - Natalie Haynes

Small Mercies - Dennis Lehane


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Favorite Fiction from 2022:(in order read)

Emily Alone - Stewart O'Nan

Cloud Cuckoo Land - Anthony Doerr

The Time of Our Singing - Richard Powers

[The Sixteen Trees of the Somme] - Lars Mytting

The Book of Form and Emptiness - Ruth Ozeki

Zorrie by Laird Hunt

Still Life - Sarah Winman

Remarkably Bright Creatures - Shelby Van Pelt

Driftless - David Rhodes

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow - Gabrielle Zevin


Donna’s Dozen: 2021

The Eighth Life (for Brilka) by Nino Haratischwili
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
Bewilderment by Richard Powers
Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy
Watership Dawn by Richard Adams
Cloudstreet by Tim Winton
A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson
Lightning Strike by William Kent Krueger
The Lost Garden by Helen Humphreys
Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stewart
West With Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Most Notable Books of 2020
The Bell in the Lake by Lars Mytting
Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy
Birds Without Wings by Louis DeBernieres
Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell
The Fall of Light by Niall Williams
The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson
The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea
Little Big Man by Thomas Berger
All the Devils are Here by Louise Penny
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

Top Ten of 2019 (in chronological order)
History of the Rain by Niall Williams
The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkah
A Catalog of Birds by Laura Harrington
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson
Deep River by Karl Marlantes
The Women of Copper Country by Mary Doria Russell
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
This is Happiness by Niall Williams

Top Ten of 2018 (in chronological order)
Fools Crow by James Welch
Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck
The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne
*The Overstory by Richard Powers
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson
We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
Virgil Wander by Leif Enger
Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

TOP TEN of 2017:
Jimmy Bluefeather by Kim Heacox
War and Turpentine by Stefan Hertmans
The Blue Hour by Laura Pritchett
Seven for A Secret by Lyndsay Faye
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
At Home in the World by Tsh Oxenreider
*Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish

TOP TEN of 2016:
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
This House of Sky by Ivan Doig
The Orenda by Joseph Boyden
Wintering by Peter Geye
Miss Jane by Brad Watson
*A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles *My only 5-star book for the year*
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

TOP TEN of 2015:
Flood of Fire by Amitav Ghosh
Did You Ever Have A Family by Bill Clegg
The Razor's Edge by w. Somerset Maugham
A God In Ruins by Kate Atkinson
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
We Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride
Empire of the Summer Moon by S. C. Gwynne
Lamentation by C. J. Sansom
*Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden
Dinner With Buddha by Roland Merullo

TOP TEN of 2014:
Lila by Marilynne Robinson. This book achieved perfection in my opinion. My only Full Five Star Book!
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
*Independent People by Halldor Laxness
The Painter by Peter Heller. *Bonus* I got to meet the author at Booktopia in Boulder, CO, in May.
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan.
Doc by Mary Doria Russell
Suttree by Cormac McCarthy
The Last Chronicle of Barset by Anthony Trollope
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin.

TOP TEN of 2013:
Sorry by Gail Jones
*Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Son of the Morning Star by Evan S. Connell
The Big Rock Candy Mountain by Wallace Stegner
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

TOP TEN books of 2012:
Woe To Live On by Daniel Woodrell
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
River of Smoke by Amitav Ghosh
Go Tell It On the Mountain by James Baldwin
Truman by David McCullough
In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck
The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
*The Round House by Louise Erdrich
The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

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Twenty-One Books That Have Impacted My Life...in no particular order…
To Kill A Mockingbird
My Antonia
The Grapes of Wrath
The Bluest Eye
The Good Earth
A Prayer for Owen Meany
Jane Eyre
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Sophie's Choice
Doctor Zhivago
The Poisonwood Bible
Walden
The Great Divorce
The House of the Spirits
Lonesome Dove
The Diary Of A Young Girl
Plainsong
The Shipping News
Angle of Repose
Gilead
A Fine Balance


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