Favorite books read 2013:

**** Winter Count by Barry Lopez
**** Light Action in the Caribbean by Barry Lopez
**** Vintage Lopez by Barry Lopez
**** Desert Notes: Reflections in the Eye of a Raven by Barry Lopez
**** Field Notes by Barry Lopez
**** Asian Journal by Thomas Merton
**** The Intimate Merton by Thomas Merton
*** New Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton
**** Fierce Attachments by Vivian Gornick
**** Sacred Country by Rose Tremain
*** Solitude: A Return to the Self by Anthony Storr
*** The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje
*** The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
**** The Garden of Cyrus (& other essays) by Sir Thomas Browne
**** Downhill All the Way by Leonard Woolf (Autobio, V.3)
** That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Buddhist by Sylvia Boorstein
*** Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf

Favorite books read 2012:

**** Evidence of Things Unseen by Marianne Wiggins
**** Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
*** Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
**** Howard’s End by E.M. Forster
**** The Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard
**** Wild: Lost and Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
*** Canada by Richard Ford
**** Ecology of a Cracker Childhood by Janisse Ray
*** Open City by Teju Cole
** Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
*** The Dogstars by Peter Heller

Favorite books read 2011:

**   The Odd Sea by Frederick Reiken
**** How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts
at an Answer
by Sarah Bakewell
*****Essays by Michel de Montaigne
**** On the Nature of Things by Lucretius
***  Old School by Tobias Wolff
***  Volcano Lover by Susan Sontag
**   All the Names by Jose Saramago
**   All We Know of Heaven by Remy Rougeau
**** Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
***  The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Favorite books read 2010:

***   Peace Like a River by Leif Unger
***   The Echo Maker by Richard Powers
***   Moby Dick by Herman Melville
***   The Plague by Kafka
***   Joy of Man’s Desiring by Jean Giono
***   About Alice by Calvin Trillin
****  The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen
****  The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
***** The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
***   A Curious Earth by Gerard Woodward

Favorite books read 2009:

***  The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
**** The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Disai
**** Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
**** The Reader by Bernard Schlink
**** The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
**** Julia Child, My Life in France by Julia Child
**** Seven-Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton
**** Away by Amy Bloom
**** Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje
**** The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky
*****Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann

Note: I rarely rate a book 5 stars; the last contemporary book I rated 5 stars was Atonement by Ian McEwan, 2005.


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