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"Every man who knows how to read has
it in his power to magnify himself, to
multiply the ways in which he exists."
— Aldous Huxley

Books Read in 2015

The Martian by Andy Weir
The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson
This is My God  by Herman Wouk
Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo
Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson
Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
Siddhartha by Herman Hess
Illuminata by Marianne Williamson
Manifesting Change by Mike Dooley
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling
Vorge Valley by 
The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom
Virtue and Vice by CS Lewis
The Selection by ??
Tuck Everlasting by??

Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver  (YF) ***1/2
The Posionwood Bible ****
Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner *****
Botany of Desire (NF) by Michael Pollen ****1/2
Help, ??? Wow by Anne Lamott ****
Driving Mr Albert by Michael Paterniti ****
The Continental Divide **
                                                             A Three Dog Life by Abagil Thomas *****
Magnificent Obsession by Lloyd Douglas  *****
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson ***** (NF)
The World and the Prophets by Hugh Nibley ***** (NF)
Under the Net by Iris Murdoch ****3/4
Small Gods by Terry Pratchett ****
Four Essays on Love by Truman Madsen *****(NF)
Dune by Frank Hurbert ***3/4
The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner *****(NF)
Longitude by Dava Sobel **** (NF)
Fluke: Or I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings by Christopher Moore ***
English Creek by Ivan Doig ***
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson ****1/2
Book of Mormon *****
Fizz by Zvi Schreiber ****
MARCH by Geraldine Brooks *****
Gossamer by Lois Lowry ***1/2
The Autobiography of Santa Claus by Jeff Guinn ***
Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks*****
Have A Little Faith by Mitch Albom ***** (NF)
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett ****
Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks****
The Widow's War by Sally Gunning****1/2
Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder***** (NF)
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Sijie Dai****
The Wedding Officer by Anthony Capella ****
The Holy Secret by James L. Ferrell *****
Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith ***
The Dive from Clausen's Pier by Ann Packer ***1/2
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand ***** (NF)
The Art of Love by Erick Fromm (NF) ***
These Records Are True by Monte Nyman (NF) ****
The Passion of Artemisia by Susan Vreeland ***1/2
Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick (NF)
Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard by Kiran Desai ***
The Divine Center by Stephen R Covey **** (NF)
A Wrinkle in Time by Madaline le Engle ***
Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott *** (NF)
The Phantom Tollbooth by ***1/2
Falling to Heaven by James L Ferrell **** (NF)
The Beekeeper Apprentice by Laurie R King ***1/2
Treasure Island by Robert L. Stevenson ***
Papa Married a Mormon by Fitzgerald *****
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman  ****

Dont Leap with the Sheep by S. Michael Wilcox *****
My Hope for Peace  by Jehan Sadat ****
A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute ****
Blue Willow by Gates (JF) ****
What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell ****
Last of the Mohicans by Cooper ** (if you count reading 198 pages)
House of Learning by Richard & Kathleen Walker ***1/2
As I Lay Dying  William Faulkner **1/2
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone  J.K. Rowling ***
Animal Dialogues  Craig Childs *****
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire JK Rowling ****
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban  JK Rowling ***
A Chance to See Egypt  by Sandra Scofield  **1/2
Dracula by Bram Stoker ****
The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron ***1/2
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett ****
The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddon ***1/2
Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool ****
Book of Mormon *****
Little Britches by Ralph Moody ****
Discourses on the Holy Ghost Compiled by N.B. Lundwall ****
Bunnicula by James Howe JF ****
Plan B  by Anne Lamott ***** (some profanity)
A Fine Balance  **1/2
Killing Lincoln  by Bill O'Reilly *****
The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry *** (profanity)
The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B  by Sandra Gulland ****1/2
Thunder Dog by Michael Hingson *****
Her Fearful Symmetry by  Audrey Neffenegger  ***
Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe by Sandra Gulland **** 
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein **1/2
The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart ****1/2
Words I Wish I Wrote  By Robert Fulghum *****
Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz  ***** (but too dark for me)

Books on My Bedside stand...waiting to be read

Call It Sleep  -Roth
Return to Paris   -Rossant

The Girl Who Chased the Moon
Physics and Philosophy  -Heisenberg

Oliver Twist
The History of Love  - Krauss
The Moon In the Mango Tree
A Discovery of Witches  -Harkness

Redeeming Love
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian -Alexie
Before I Go to Sleep  -Watson
Every Last One -Quindlen
The Dry Grass of August -Mayhew
We're Not Leaving (nf) Luft
Between Shades of Gray  -Sepetys
The Little Giant of Aberdeen County  -Baker

Cindy's to-read book recommendations, reviews, favorite quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists

Books Read in 2010
The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig *****
Savvy by Irgid Law ****
Walking On Water by Madeleine L'Engle****
Little Bee by Chris Cleave ***
The Handmaid and the Carpenter by Elizabeth Berg ****
Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell ****
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown *****
The Road by Cormac McCarthy *****
Peace Like a River by Leif Enger *****
Digging to America by Anne Tyler (after 40+ pages...DUD!!)
Heart and Soul by Maeve Binchy ***
Dear and Glorious Physician by Taylor Caldwell ****
Hidden Empire by Orson Scott Card ***
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull ***
Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party by Ying Chang Compestine ***
The Help by Kathryn Stockett *****
The Real America by Glenn Beck *****
A Train to Potevka by Mike Ramsdell ***1/2
Christmas Jars by Jason F Wright ****
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer ***3/4
All The Little Live Things by Wallace Stegner ****
Book of Mormon *****
Far From Cactus Flat by Lyman Hafen ****1/2
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley ****
Where Rivers Change Direction by Mark Spragg *****
Blade Runner by Phillip Dick ***
The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
by E.L.Konigsburg ***
Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley ****
Precious Jeopardy by Lloyd Douglas *****

...I learned the comfort that can be
taken from the pages of a book, and
all the friendship that can be found
in a story.
from: The Book That Changed My Life
by: Chris Bohjalin

Its been a wonderful year for me and books!!
Here's to hoping that 2010's bedside stack of books brings as much satisfaction.
I pledge to be even more discriminating
I will look to others for recommendations.
I have people.
I have a LONG 'to read' list.
Im excited to begin a new tally for 2010.
And Im 'publishing' last years list for posterity.
And again, I send out many thanks to Cathy for recommending what is possibly my favorite read of the year- The Book Thief
But wait....
thats too restricting to isolate just one book...
there were many delightful, intelligent, escapist reads this last year!!
Bless all talented, gifted authors!!!
And may 2010 bring more treasures!!
Happy Reading Friends!!!!
The 1st book on next years list-- THE WHISTLING SEASON by Ivan Doig (I've already read the first few pages...I cant wait to really dive in!!!)

# Blue Shoe by Anne Lamott ***
# Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott ****
# The Enoch Letters by Neal A Maxwell ****
# All God's Critters Got a Place in the Choir *****
# Dont Bite Me, Im Santa Claus by Tom Plummer *****
# The Book Thief by Markus Zusak *****
# The Book of Mormon (again) *****
# The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins ****
# Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho ****
# These Is My Words by Susan E Turner *****
# Harvest Home by Thomas Tyron
# The Big Fisherman by Lloyd C Douglas *****
# The Book That Changed My Life edited by Coady ****
# Yearning For the Living God by F. Enzio Busche *****
# The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan ***
# The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold ****
# The Virgin Queen's Daughter by Ella March Chase ****
# Nick of Time by Ted Bell ****
# Jumping Off Places by Laura Stratton Friel *****
# The Princess Bride by William Goldman ****
# Refuge by Terry Tempst Williams ****
# Collect Stories by Wallace Stegner *****
# The Necklace by Cheryl Jarvis NF ****
# Two Old Women by Velma Wallis ****
# Chocolat by Joanne Harris ***
# Shosha by Isaac Bashevis Singer **
# Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster *****
# Pioneer Voices of Zion Canyon by Jean M. Smith-Carros ***
# The Peacegiver by James L. Ferrell *****
# She Touched the World by Sally and Robert Alexander ***
# Laddie by Gene Stratton-Porter *****
# The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne ****
# Blink by Malcolm Gladwell *****
# Bird Lake Moon by Henkes **
# Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale ***
# 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson ****
# Crispin by Avi ****
# Dave at Night by Gail Carson Levin **e
# Chains by Laurie Anderson *****
# Body Surfing by Anita Shreve ***
# The Shack by Wm Paul Young *****
# Missing May by Cynthia Rylant *****
# The Day They Gave Babies Away by Dale Eunson **
# Geology Underfoot In Southern Utah by Richard Orndorff ****
# The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch ***
# Half Broken Things by Morag Jos *


Anonymous said...


what's that book i read of yours when i first moved there about coincidences? i cannot remember it, but this subject has popped up in one of my classes, and i want to read it again.

it's the one your friend wrote. i'm not sure if you even know what i'm talking about. hmmm


Pam Hill said...

Oooooo, I love getting your book list, especially the ones with your star rating. I have enjoyed many of them already. Two other books I recently read and enjoyed were the Book Thief, and the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. How grateful we are for books, and the time to read them.