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I am a bibliophile with an eclectic taste in books. I read in virtually every genre. My daughters are both prolific readers, and I share books back and forth with them.

Some of my favorite modern authors are: Chuck Palahniuk, Ridley Pearson, Michael Connelly, Ursula LeGuin, Margaret Atwood, Amy Tan, Barbara Kingsolver, Billie Letts, Harlan Coben, Tony Hillerman, Eoin Colfer, Jasper Fforde, Sue Monk Kid, Lisa Gardner, Lorna Landvik, and Kim Harrison.

Some of my favorite classic novels are: Wuthering Heights, Main Street, Moll Flanders, Jane Eyre, To Kill a Mockingbird, Sister Carrie.

I also enjoy historical non-fiction, biography, and any type of literary "theory." I LOVE drama from the Elizabethan and Restoration periods. I usually love anything from Britain, specifically England.

My dissertation was on Clemence Dane (Winifred Ashton), who was an early 20th century British playwright, novelist, screenwriter, painter, and activist. I am ALWAYS looking for her books and plays. If you have one you'd like to sell, (or you just feel like sending me something) I'm your gal to contact!

Some of my plays have been produced locally, though no one ever gets the idea to PAY THE AUTHOR!!!!! I write plays and short fiction including a historical young adult novel set in London.

Besides reading, I enjoy movies--especially foreign and independent ones! I am an English and theatre teacher and have taught at both the high school and college levels. Currently, I teach K-12 in Jefferson County, Kentucky.

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Books (in order) I have read in 2017

*denotes I highly recommend the book

1. *Wednesday Wars--Gary D. Schmidt

2. A House Full of Letters--Kit Steinkellner

3. Julius Caesar--William Shakespeare

4. Harmony Romance--Ron Hill

5. Best Boy--Eli Gottlieb

6. Immortal Nights--Lynsay Sands

7. Night Shift--Charlaine Harris

8. We Are Legion (We Are Bob)--Dennis E. Taylor

9. Furiously Happy--Jenny Lawson

10. Chasing the Scream: First and Last Days of the War on Drugs--Johann Hari

11. Othello--William Shakespeare

12. The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred the Vampire Accountant--Drew Hayes

13. Exit, Pursued By a Bear--E. K. Johnston

14. *14--Peter Clines

15. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library--Chris Grabenstein

16. Ten Tiny Breaths--K. A. Tucker

17. Plague of the Dead--Z. A. Recht

18. Ex-Heroes--Peter Clines

19. *The 5th Wave--Rick Yancy

20. Spill, Simmer, Falter, Wither--Sara Baume

21. *Born a Crime--Noah Trevor

22. Two Witches, No Waiting--Pat Cook

23. *The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry--Gabrielle Zevin

24. Leviathan--Scott Westerfeld

25. Most Likely To--Michael Tester

26. *The Marriage Lie--Kimberly Belle

27. The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao--Junot Diaz

28. Lady Anderly's Rose--A. J. Watterman

29. HIV Positive--J. Harben

30. A Raisin in the Sun--Lorainne Hansberry

31. Harmony Holidays--Ron Hill

32. The Blue and The Grey--R. S. Paulette

33. Nick Tickle, Fairy Tale Detective--Steph DeFerie

34. *Crimes Against A Bookclub--Kathy Cooperman

*35. The Spellman Files--Lisa Lutz

36. The Essential 55--Ron Clark

37. *Spinning Into Butter--Rebecca Gilman

38. Lacey's Last Chance--Gabriel Davis

39. Cow Country--Adrian Jones Pearson

40. Call Me Tuesday: A True Story--Leigh Byrne

41. The Breaking Light--Heather Hansen

42. Sordid Lives--Del Shores

43. *Harbour--Chad Begueline

44. Call Me Cockroach--Leigh Byrne

45. *Where We Belong--Catherine Ryan Hyde

45. White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of our Racial Divide--Carol Anderson

47. *The Hate U Give--Angie Thomas

48. *Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis--J.D. Vance

49. Raven Rock: The Story of the U S Government's Plan to Save Itself

50. Allegedly --Tiffany D. Jackson

51. Big Bad Bite--Jessie Lane

52. Dead Certain--Adam Mitzner

53. Feminist Fight Club--Jessica Bennett

54. 1984--George Orwell

*55. My Dead World--Jacqueline Druga

56. Underground Airlines--Ben Winters

57. This is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare--Gabourey Sidibe

58. small great things--Jodi Picoult

59. Dark Matter--Blake Crouch

60. Trifles--Susan Glaspell

61. The Couple Next Door--Shari Lapena

62. The Book of the Unnamed Midwife--Meg Elison

63. The Book of Etta--Meg Elison

64. White Trash Zombie: Unchained--Diana Rowland

65. Fight Like a Man--L. L. Akers

66. *Abandon--Blake Crouch

67. *Kindred--Octavia E. Butler

68. *Stillhouse Lake--Rachel Caine

69. Beside Myself--Ann Morgan

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I read 66 books in 2016 and these were my favorites:

3. *Fuzzy Nation--John Scalzi

5. *Still Missing--Chevy Stevens

11.*Etiquette & Espionage--Gail Carriger

19. *Agent to the Stars--John Scalzi

25. *The Life We Bury--Allen Eskens

26.*Bossypants--Tina Fey

28. * Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools--Monique W. Morris

29. *The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness--Michelle Alexander

30. *For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood . . .and the Rest of Y'all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education--Christopher Emdin

33. *The Ways of White Folks--Langston Hughes

47. *Heft--Liz Moore

51. *Luna Gale--Rebecca Gilman

52. *What She Left Behind--Ellen Marie Wiseman

53. *You--Caroline Kepnes

55. *Unmentionables--Therese Oneill

59. *Mr. Bundy--Jane Martin

61. *A House Full of Letters--Kit Steinkellner

64. *Where The Hell is Tesla?--Rob Dircks

65. *A Man Called Ove--Fredrik Backman

I read in 82 books in 2015 and met my goal of reading 1000 books in a decade!

the following are the books I recommend

3. *I Am Malala--Malala Yousafzai

6. *The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared--Jonas Jonasson

7. *The Movement of Stars--Amy Brill

8. *The Last Anniversary--Liane Moriarty

18.*The Girl on the Train--Paula Hopkins

20. *The Boston Girl: A Novel--Anita Diamant

22. *11/22/63--Stephen King

25. *The Patron Saint of Ugly--Marie Manilla

26. *Fairest--Marissa Meyer

39. *What Alice Forgot--Liane Moriarty

40. *Everyone's Got Something--Robin Roberts

46. *The Ladies of Harmony--Ron Hill

48. *Urning It--Ed Vela

60. *The Kitchen Witches--Caroline Smith

64. *Valley of Amazement--Amy Tan

68. *A Pearl in the Storm--Tori Murden Maclure

69. *The Rosie Project--Graeme Simsion

*82. The Girl With All the Gifts--M.R. Carey

I read 90 books in 2014:

* denotes I highly recommend the book

1. *Ready Player One--Ernest Cline

3. *The Martian--Andy Weir

16. *Divergent--Veronica Roth

18. *Monument 14--Emmy Laybourne

20. *My Life as a White Trash Zombie--Diana Rowland

22. *The Casual Vacancy--J. K. Rowling

24. *Death by Golf--Gregg Kreutz

27. *Cress--Marissa Meyer

31. *Just One Look--Harlan Coben

34. *Rot and Ruin--Jonathan Maberry

37. *Afterparty--Daryl Gregory

39. *Snapshots--Cynthia Mercati

46. *Gone Girl--Gillian Flynn

>51. *The Rules of Civility--Amor Toles

52. *The Invention of Wings--Sue Monk Kidd

55. *Big Little Lies--Liane Moriarty

59. *Fever--Mary Beth Keane

66. *The Fever Tree--Jennifer McVeigh

68. *The Miniaturist--Jessie Burton

79. *The Jesus Trip—David Muschell

81. *Dark Aemelia: Novel of Shakespeare’s Dark Lady: A —Sally O’Reilly

82. *The Hitman’s Guide to Housecleaning—Hallgrimur Helgason

85. *The Wintersmith—Terry Pratchett


I read 35 books in 2013. The following are my recommendations:


1. *Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil--John Berendt

3. *The Dance of Anger--Harriet Lerner

11. *Spark: The Revolutionary New science of Exercise and the Brain--John J. Ratey

18. *MaddAddam—Margaret Atwood

29. *The Husband's Secret--Liane Moriarty

32. *Immortal Ever After--Lynsay Sands

I only read 34 books in 2012. Here are the ones I recommend:


3. *Daughters of the Witching Hill--Mary Sharrat

12. *Grand Expectations--James Patterson

15. *Outliers--Malcolm Gladwell

17. *Winter's Bone--Daniel Woodrell

18. *The Five Love Languages, Singles Edition--Gary Chapman

24. *Clay's Quilt--Silas House

28. *Belong to Me--Marisa de los Santos

31. *Bartimaeus: The Amulet of Samarkand--Jonathan Stroud

32. *Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore--Robin Sloan

33. *A Parchment of Leaves--Silas House

I read 86 books in 2011. These were the best:


1. *The Book Thief--Markus Zusak

2. *Have Mercy On Us All--Fred Vargas

12. *The Last Witchfinder--James Morrow

16. *Unwind--Neal Shusterman

22. *Last Queen of the Gypsies--William Cobb

23. *The Help--Kathyrn Stockett

35. *The Boneshaker--Kate Milford (reviewed)

36. *The Company Man--Robert Jackson Bennett (reviewed)

43. *Mr. Shivers--Robert Jackson Bennett

50. *In the Next Room--Sarah Ruhl

55. *Ruined--Lynn Nottage

66. *Last Lists of My Mad Mother--Julie Jensen

67 *The Radiance of a Thousand Suns: The Hiroshima Project--Anne V. McGravie

78. *Once Upon a Wolf--Steph DeFerie

79. Southern Fried Murder--Billy St. John

80. *Employees Must Wash Hands . . . Before Murder--Don Zolidis

81. *An Evening of Culture--Mark Landon Smith

86. *Dragonswood--Janet Lee Carey


I read 80 books in 2010. Here are my recommendations:

9. *Under the Dome--Stephen King

12. *The Girl Who Played With Fire--Steig Larsson

14. *The Strain--Guillermo del Toro

16. *Betrayal--Lily St. Crow

22. *House Rules--Jodi Picoult

25. *The Male Brain--Dr. Louann Brizendine

28. *Major Pettigrew's Last Stand--Helen Simonson

35. *Open House--Elizabeth Berg

52. *The Coal Tattoo--Silas House

56. *Be the Pack Leader--Cesar Millan

60. *Mockingjay--Suzanne Collins--reviewed

65. *275 Acting Games--Gavin Levy--reviewed

75. *The Historian--Elizabeth Kostova

80. *Packing for Mars--Mary Roach

I read 110 books in 2009. These are my recommendations.


3. *The Graveyard Book--Neil Gaimen

6. *Pandemic--Daniel Kalla

16. *Who Moved My Cheese?--Spencer Johnson

19. *In the Shadow of the Pali: A Story of the Hawaiian Leper Colony--Lisa Cindrich

24. *Out of Captivity: Surviving 1967 Days in the Colombian Jungle--Marc Gonsalves, Tom Howes, Keith Stansell, Gary Brozek

28. *Doubt--John Patrick Stanley

29. *Salem Falls--Jodi Picoult

32. *Beat the Reaper--Josh Bazell

37. *A Confederacy of Dunces--John Kennedy Toole

48. *The Mystic Art of Removing all Signs of Death--Charlie Huston

49. *Long Lost--Harlan Coben

50. *Bonk--Mary Roach

51. *The Hunger Games--Suzanne Collins

65. *Pygmy--Chuck Pahlinuk

71. *Souless--Gail Carrigar reviewed

78. *Shanghai Girls--Lisa See

83. *The Elegance of the Hedgehog--Muriel Barbery and Alison Anderson

84. *The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane--Katherine Howe

88. *Relentless--Dean Koontz

96. *The Lady and the Unicorn--Tracy Chevalier

100. *The Blue Nowhere--Jeffery Deaver

104. *Say You're One of Them--Uwem Akpan

105. *Push--Sapphire

I made my goal of reading 150 books in 2008! Here are the ones I recommend:

2. *Night--Elie Wiesel

3. *Terrible Things--Eve Bunting

12. *The Pillars of the Earth--Ken Follett

13. *Bloody Jack--L. A. Meyer

14. *The Great Gatsby--F. Scott Fitzgerald

19. *Mississippi Jack--L. A. Meyer

25. *The Outlaw Demon Wails--Kim Harrison reviewed

39. *Bitten--Kelley Armstrong

47. *Dime Store Magic--Kelley Armstrong

48. *Industrial Magic--Kelley Armstrong

54. *Certain Girls--Jennifer Weiner reviewed

55. *Mindhealer--Lilith Saintcrow reviewed

59. *Twilight--Stephanie Meyer

62. *The Quiet American--Graham Greene

64. *Night Shift--Lilith Saintcrow reviewed

69. *Actor's Choice: Monologues for Teens---Erin Detrick reviewed

77. *The Survivor--Susan Nanus

81. *All Souls Night--Jennifer Armintrout

86. *Dear American Airlines--Jonathan Miles

87. *The Ten Year Nap--Meg Wolitzer

91. *Beach Road--James Patterson & Peter De Jonge

96. *Iphiginea--Euripides/P. Seth Bauer

100. *The Harvesting--John Bishop

101. *On Borrowed Time--Paul Osborn

102. *Pig--Tammy Ryan

105. *The Double Bind--Chris Bohjalian

107. *An Arsonist's Guide to Writers Homes in New England--Brock Clarke

108. *The Alchemist--Paulo Coelho

109. *Will the Vampire People Please Leave the Lobby?--Allyson Beatrice Bookray

114. *The Learners--Chip Kidd

117. *The Quickie--James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge

120. *The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon--Don Zolidis

122. *Steelflower--Lilith Saintcrow

123. *The Story of Edgar Sawtelle--David Wroblewski

128. *The Art of Racing in the Rain--Garth Stein

137. *Cross Country--James Patterson

142. *Anathem--Neal Stephenson

149. *Kitty and the Silver Bullet--Carrie Vaughn

150. *The Demon in the Freezer--Richard Preston

I read 140 books in 2007, and these are the ones I recommend:

1. *A Fistful of Charms--Kim Harrison

6. *Getting Mother's Body--Suzan-Lori Parks

7. *The Dogs of Babel--Carolyn Parkhurst

12. *The Bitch Posse--Martha O'Connor

13. *The Knife Man--Wendy Moore

21. *Minion--L. A. Banks

22. *The Awakening--L. A. Banks

24. *The Great Plague and Fire of London--Charles J. Shields

25. *Possession--Jennifer Armintrout

30. *Loimographia: An Account of the Great Plague of London 1665--William Boghurst

32. *The Talisman--Stephen King

37. *Roses are Red--James Patterson

38. *Pop Goes the Weasel--James Patterson

42. *I Love Everybody (and Other Atrocious Lies): True Tales of a Loudmouth Girl--Laurie Notaro

43. *For a Few Demons More--Kim Harrison

46. *Out--Natsuo Kirino

48. *The Prophet--Kahlil Gibran

49. *Autobiography of a Face--Lucy Grealy

53. *The Wicked--L. A. Banks

59. *Gregor and the Code of Claw--Suzanne Collins

62. *Booked To Die--John Dunning

63. *Bad Girls Club--Judy Gregerson (reviewed)

64. *Lord Have Mercy Upon Us London's Plague Years--Stephen Porter

66. *Dark Watcher--Lilith Saintcrow

69. *Fire Watcher--Lilith Saintcrow

70. *Cloud Watcher--Lilith Saintcrow

71. *Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports (#3)--James Patterson (reviewed)

75. *The Tooth Fairy--Graham Joyce

87. *Hunter, Healer--Lilith Saintcrow

88. *The Society--Lilith Saintcrow

89. *When the Wind Blows--James Patterson

92. *The Pesthouse--Jim Crace

94. *Nervous Conditions--Tsitsi Dangarembga

97. *Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows--J. K. Rowling

99. *Kiss Me, Judas--Will Christopher Baer bookray

100. *Sellevision--Augusten Burroughs

101. *Heart-Shaped Box--Joe Hill

104. *Sausagey Santa--Carlton Mellick III bookray

109. *The Thirteenth Tale--Diane Setterfield

111. *The Devil's Right Hand--Lilith Saintcrow

112. *Return of the Black Death: The World's Greatest Serial Killer--Susan Scott & Christopher Duncan

113. *A Thousand Splendid Suns--Khaled Hosseini

118. *Redemption Song--Bertice Berry

121. *The Electric Church--Jeff Somers

130. *Saint City Sinners--Lilith Saintcrow

132. *The Golden Compass--Phillip Pullman

133. *Dying to Cross: The Worst Immigrant Tragedy in American History--Jorge Ramos

134. *A Painted House--John Grisham

135. *The Subtle Knife--Phillip Pullman

138. *Tell It Like It Is--Peg Keheret reviewed

139. *The Future Happens Twice--Matt Browne reviewed

140. *The Things They Carried--Tim O'Brien bookray

I read 130 books in 2006, and these are the ones I recommend:

6. *The Doctor's Wife--Elizabeth Brundage

16. *The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants--Ann Brashares

24. *The Bookseller of Kabul--Asne Seierstad

31. *Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister--Gregory Maguire

32. *Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons--Lorna Landvik

43. *In Her Shoes--Jennifer Weiner

45. *Perfume--Patrick Suskind

46. *Wizard and Glass--Stephen King

51. *Patty Jane's House of Curl--Lorna Landvik

54. *Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers--Mary Roach

56. *What's the Matter with Kansas--Thomas Frank

57. *In the Lake of the Woods--Tim O'Brien

58. *Your Oasis on Flame Lake--Lorna Landvik

62. *Many Children Left Behind--Deborah Meier and George Wood

64. *Alone--Lisa Gardner

66. *The Killing Hour--Lisa Gardner

70. *The Survivors Club--Lisa Gardner

75.*The Dark Tower--Stephen King

79. *Inappropriate Men--Stacey Ballus

82. *Goodnight Nobody--Jennifer Weiner

86. *Diamond Age--Neal Stephenson

99. *Dead Man Rising--Lilith Saintcrow

101. *Tabula Rasa--Shelly Reuben bookring

103. *Death of a Darklord--Laurell K. Hamilton

104. *Blood Ties Book One: The Turning--Jennifer Armintrout

117.*The Time Traveller's Wife--Audrey Neffinger

118.*The Sex Lives of Cannibals--J. Maarten Troost

119.*Cell--Stephen King

120. *How I Learned to Drive--Paula Vogel

122. *Fairie Wars--Herbie Brennan

123. *Cunt--Inga Muscio bookray

126. *The Purple Emperor--Herbie Brennan

127. *Dead Witch Walking--Kim Harrison

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