Thursday, July 30, 2009

LT Birthday

It's been a year since I joined LibraryThing as a way to track both my collection of volumes and the reading I had done. When I discovered I could also keep books I didn't own yet but wanted to read and I could talk about books with like minded people, i truly had met my match. During the past year I've read 165 books, added 2367 books to my account, joined 15 groups, led an online book discussion (and participated in 4 others), and posted 98 reviews. In case you're curious, here's the list of books read. I'm in the process of constructing a sidebar to track blog reviews, but these titles are linked to mine or other interesting reviews on LT.

I'll start the list with my BEST OF THE YEAR (they may not have been originally published during this time, but they were the best I read during this period:

Non- Fiction:


1.Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

2. In a Sunburned Country, Bill Bryson

3.Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.

4.Marley and Me by John Grogan

5. Free for all: Oddballs, Geeks and Gangstas in the Public Library by Don Borchert.

6.1001 Books You Must read before you die

7.People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks.

8. Purrfect Murder - A Rita Mae Brown mystery.

9.The Thirteen American Arguments by Howard Fineman.

10. The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule Thomas Frank

11.Bulls Island by Dorothea Frank

12.The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

13.Suite Francaise

14.Whole Truth David Baldacci

15.700 Sundays Billy Crystal

16.Don't Know Much about History Kenneth Davis

17.Friar and the Cipher Lawrence Goldstone

18.Tales from the Rhapsody Home John Gould

19.R is for Ricochet Sue Grafton

20. T is for Trespass Sue Grafton

21. Playing for Pizza by John Grisham

23.Constant Princess Philippa Gregory

24. Boleyn Inheritance Philippa Gregory

25.Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

26.Man in the Middle Brian Haig.

27. Third Angel by Alice Hoffman

28. Comfort Food Kate Jacobs

29. Friday Night Knitting Club Kate Jacobs

30. Children of Men P.D. James

31. Careless in Red Elizabeth George

32. Mermaid's Chair Sue Monk Kidd

33. Secret Life of Bees Sue Monk Kidd

34.Bootlegger's Daughter Margaret Maron

35.Eats, Shoots, and Leaves Lynne Truss

36.Remember ME? Sophie Kinsella

37. The Good Husband of Zebra Drive Alexander McCall Smith

38. Senator's Wife Sue Miller

39.What Happened Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception Scott McClellan

40. Teacher's Funeral: A Comedy in Three Parts Richard Peck

41.Three cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time Greg Mortensen

42.Julie and Julia:365 days,524 recipes Julie Powell

43.The Water's Lovely Ruth Rendell

44.When you Are engulfed in Flames David Sedaris

45.Innocent Traitor Alison Weir

46.The Bush Tragedy Jacob Weisberg

47. Best Defense Barbara Wilhelm

48.In the Land of Invisible Women Quanta Ahmed

49.Life on Wheels, the A to Z Guide to Living Fully with Mobility Issues by Gary Karp

50.Crocodile on the Sandbank Elizabeth Peters

51. Camel Club by David Baldacci

52.The Collectors by David Baldacci

53. Sweet Potato Queens Big Ass Cookbook and Financial Planner

54. 44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith.

55. 1st to Die James Patterson

56. 2nd Chance James Patterson

57. 3rd Degree James Patterson

58. 4th of July James Patterson

59. Stern Men by Elizabeth Gilbert.

60. Off Season Anne Rivers Siddons

61.Chocolate Chip Murder Mystery Joann Fluke

62.Pawing through the Past Rita Mae Brown

63.Shakespeare: World as Stage Bill Bryson

64.Bestseller! Jane Daniel

65.Prince Mammoth Pumpkin James Adams

66.The Gift of Story Clarissa Estes Pinkus

67.Love Letters of a Portuguese Nun Myriam Cyr

68.Sonnets from the Portuguese Elizabeth Barrett Browning

69.The Coffee Trader David Liss

70.America's Hidden History Kenneth C. Davis

71. Hard Row Margaret Maron

72. Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader Ann Fadiman

73. The Spellman Files Lisa Lutz

74. Plato and a Platypus walk into a Bar Thomas Cathcart

75. Ella Minnow Pea Mark Dunn

76. A Few Quick ones P.G. Wodehouse

77. The Blackford Oakes Reader William F. Buckley, Jr.

78.Pillars of the Earth Ken Follett

79. Portuguese Irregular Verbs by Alexander McCall Smith

80.Comforts of a Muddy Saturday Alexander McCall Smith

81. Ship Fever Andrea Barret

82. Geography of Bliss Eric Weiner

83. Corduroy Mansions Alexander McCall Smith

84. The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin

85. 16 Lighthouse Road Debbie Macomber

86. Misquoting Jesus: The Story behind who changed the bible and why Bart Erhman

87. The Shape of Water Andrea Camilleri

88. Sixpence House Paul Collins

89. The Little World of Don Camillo by Giovannino Guareschi

90. One Man's Meat E.B. White

91.Year of Living Biblically A.J. Jacobs

92.Christ the Lord: the Road to Cana Anne Rice

93.Being Catholic Now Kerry Kennedy

94.Sarah: A Novel Marek Halter

95.Dating Jesus Susan Campbell

96.Mere Christianity C.S. Lewis

97.Suffer the Little children Donna Leon

98.Blood from a Stone Donna Leon

99.Stupid American History a stupid ER book

100.Heart and Soul Maeve Binchy

101.The Lady Elizabeth Alison Weir

102. The Inferno Dante

103. Amazing Grace Kathleen Norris

104. The Shack Wm. P Young

105. So Many Books, So Little Time by Sara Nelson

106. Here Lies the Librarian Richard Peck

107. The Girl who Loved Tom Gordon Stephen King

108. Bad Blood Linda Fairstein

109. The New 50 Simple Things Kids can Do to Save the Earth

110.There is a Season Joan Chittister

111. Delectable Mountains by Earlene Fowler.

112. NIGHT by Elie Wiesel

113. Mysteries of the Middle Ages the Rise of Feminism, Science, and Art from the Cults of Catholic Europe by Thomas Cahill

114.Summer in Tuscany by Elizabeth Adler

115. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo.

116. The Other Queen Philippa Gregory.

117. Longitude Dava Sobel

118. New England Tales Sarah Orne Jewett

119. Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam Edward Fitzgerald

120. Scarecrow and his Servant Philip Pullman

121. Lethal Legacy Linda Fairstein

122. Last Night at the Lobster Stewart O'Nan

123. Soldier's Heart: Reading Literature through Peace and War at West Point Elizabeth Samet

124. The Frozen Thames Helen Humphreys

125.Girl of His Dreams Donna Leon

126. Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay Nancy Mitford.

127. Taste for Death P.D. James

128. The Curious case of Benjamin Button F. Scott Fitzgerald

129. Our Lady of the Artichokes and other Portuguese-American Stories. Katherine Vaz

130. Ants on the Melon Virginia Hamilton Adair

131.The Link Colin Tudge

132.Mint Julep Murder Carolyn Hart

133.Scarecrow Michael Connelly

134.On What Grounds Cleo Coyle

135.Tea Time for the Traditionally Built Alexander McCall Smith

136.Reading Lolita in Tehran Azar Nafisi

137.Losing Mum and Pup Christopher Buckley

138.Morning Poems Robert Bly

139.Lobster Chronicles Linda Greenlaw

140.Cream Puff Murder Joanne Fluke

141.Short and Tall Tales – Lilian Jackson Braun

142.Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World – Vicki Myron

143.Cemetery Dance Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

144.Food of Portugal Jean Anderson

145.Dinner at Mr Jefferson’s Charles Cerami

146.All Other Nights by Dara Horn

147.Executive Privilege – Philip Margolin

148.Little Fingers – Filip Florian

149.Deadly Nightshade Cynthia Riggs

150.The Alchemist Paulo Coelho

151.American Lion Jon Meacham

152.Fatally Flaky Diane Mott Davidson

153. Yellow-Lighted Bookshop Lewis Buzbee

All in all, it's been a very exciting book year. Join me in another one.


  1. Tina, I can't believe how many of the same books that we have read and the variety of genres that we both seem to like. Loved Joan Didion, like the same soft mysteries as well as my all time favorite P. D. James. Too many others to mention.

  2. I'm surprised that we actually had 11 books the same that we read.

  3. Only 11??? I would have thought it was more....but I guess it's same genres different books....


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