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*****= An all-time favorite
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Sonderbooks Back Issues

Below are the issues of Sonderbooks that I've posted so far.  I'll list a few of the top-rated books in each issue.

Sonderbooks #107, June 30, 2006

Diary of a Medical Intuitive, Three Cups of Tea, How We Choose To Be Happy, Jane Austen in Scarsdale

Sonderbooks #106, April 24, 2006

Ptolemy's Gate, NOT "Just Friends," You'll Never Nanny in This Town Again, The Unmistakable Touch of Grace

Sonderbooks #105, March 5, 2006

The King of Attolia, You Don't Have to Take It Anymore, Waking the World, End of the Spear

Sonderbooks Stand-outs 2005

Sonderbooks #104, January 2, 2006

A Writer's Paris, The Script, How One of You Can Bring the Two of You Together, These Three Remain

Sonderbooks #103, December 11, 2005

The Divorce Remedy, For Women Only, Parnassus on Wheels, The Folk Keeper, Unlikely Pairs

Sonderbooks #102, October 31, 2005

Once Upon a Midlife, Animals in Translation, The City of Falling Angels, The Shamer's Signet

Sonderbooks #101, October 6, 2005

The Foretelling, The Horses of Proud Spirit, The Phantom Tollbooth

Sonderbooks #100, September 13, 2005

The Confessions of Super Mom, Across the Wall, Talking to Dragons

Sonderbooks #99, August 27, 2005

Q & A, A Generous Orthodoxy, Love & Respect, The Widow and the King, The Big Over Easy

Sonderbooks #98, August 2, 2005

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, The Cup of the World, The Sphere of Secrets, Princess Academy

Sonderbooks #97, May 12, 2005

Best Foot Forward, A Good Yarn, Calling on Dragons, Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude

Sonderbooks #96, June 20, 2005

Zorro, Carry On, Jeeves, Michael Rosen's Sad Book

Sonderbooks #95, May 12, 2005

In the Coils of the Snake, Permanent Rose, Searching for Dragons

Sonderbooks #94, April 22, 2005

Knitting, In the Company of Cheerful Ladies, Something Rotten, Miracle, Dealing with Dragons

Sonderbooks #93, March 29, 2005

Leaving the Saints, Over Hill and Dale, Vanishing Acts, Emily's Quest

Sonderbooks #92, February 23, 2005

My Descent Into Death, The True Story of Hansel and Gretel, Girls in Pants, The Golem's Eye

Sonderbooks #91, February 3, 2005

Writing About Your Life, The Well of Lost Plots, Gifts, By These Ten Bones, Emily Climbs, Ish

Sonderbooks Stand-outs 2004

Sonderbooks #90, January 10, 2005

The Inescapable Love of God, If Grace Is True, A Year with C. S. Lewis, The Prince of the Pond

Sonderbooks #89, December 20, 2004

The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness, The Shamer's Daughter, If You Want to Write

Sonderbooks #88, November 18, 2004

Count Down, The Eyre Affair, The Middle of Everywhere, Enna Burning, The Sunday Philosophy Club

Sonderbooks #87, October 26, 2004

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Close Kin, Nights of Rain and Stars, Sixpence House, Emily of New Moon

Sonderbooks #86, October 1, 2004

An Assembly Such as This, The Spellcoats, Chasing Vermeer, Unexpected Magic, Indigo's Star

Sonderbooks #85, September 12, 2004

Letters to a Young Therapist, Running on Empty, The Beast, Wren's War, Mister Seahorse

Sonderbooks #84, August 24, 2004

Bel Canto, The Grand Tour, The Pentagon's New Map, Drowned Ammet

Sonderbooks #83, August 3, 2004

Seven Blessings, Wren's Quest, Unspoken Sermons, Raising a Reader, Rhinoceros Tap

Sonderbooks #82, July 21, 2004

Expecting Adam, Wren to the Rescue, Cart and Cwidder

Sonderbooks #81, July 7, 2004

Love in the Driest Season, The Alchemist, Gift from the Sea

Sonderbooks #80, June 23, 2004

A Circle of Quiet, The Opposite of Fate, The Fairy Godmother

Sonderbooks #79, June 5, 2004

The Sunbird; Eats, Shoots & Leaves; Burned Alive; City of Stars; The Great Impersonation

Sonderbooks #78, May 25, 2004

Crown Duel; Millicent Min, Girl Genius; Seven Steps on the Writer's Path; Iqbal

Sonderbooks #77, May 7, 2004

Defending Irene, My Sister's Keeper, A Second Legacy, The Oracle Betrayed, The Last Battle

Sonderbooks #76, April 20, 2004

Pooh and the Philosophers, Write Away, The Winter Prince, The Magician's Nephew

Sonderbooks #75, April 5, 2004

Dangerous Notes, The Full Cupboard of Life, The Horse and His Boy, The Working Poor

Sonderbooks #74, March 21, 2004

The Da Vinci Code, The Last Chance Texaco, To Kill a Mockingbird

Sonderbooks #73, March 8, 2004

Madeleine L'Engle Herself, The Hollow Kingdom, Philadelphia Chickens

Sonderbooks #72, February 18, 2004

Lirael, Abhorsen, Bird by Bird, The Wishing of Biddy Malone

Sonderbooks #71, February 3, 2004

Render Unto Caesar, Olive's Ocean, The Silver Chair

Sonderbooks #70, January 20, 2004

Sorcery and Cecilia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot, Sabriel, The Hobbit

Sonderbooks #69, December 20, 2003

Firebirds, The Tears of the Salamander, Glimpses of Grace, The Wolf's Chicken Stew

Sonderbooks #68, December 6, 2003

East, The Princess and the Pauper, Biblioholism, Serious Farm

Sonderbooks #67, November 24, 2003

The Goose Girl, The Tale of Despereaux, River Town, Balance of Power

Sonderbooks #66, November 6, 2003

Run from the Nun!, The Time Traveler's Wife, The God I Love, The Dot, Singing the Dogstar Blues

Sonderbooks #65, October 20, 2003

Sunshine, The Changeling Sea, Stealing the Elf-King's Roses, Bloomability, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Sonderbooks #64, October 9, 2003

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Great Divorce

Sonderbooks #63, October 2, 2003

The Wedding, Sword of the Rightful King, Prince Caspian, Sleeping Ugly

Sonderbooks #62, September 16, 2003

Walking Forward Looking Back, A Coalition of Lions, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Sonderbooks #61, September 3, 2003

Beyond the Limit; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; Officer Buckle and Gloria; Feynman's Rainbow

Sonderbooks #60, August 16, 2003

The Probable Future, After, The City of Ember, The Weekend Novelist

Sonderbooks #59, July 29, 2003

Take Joy, The Prisoner of Zenda, The Perilous Gard

Sonderbooks #58, July 7, 2003

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix; The Kalahari Typing School for Men; Girl in a Cage; In English, Of Course

Sonderbooks #57, June 30, 2003

Morality for Beautiful Girls, Jane and the Ghosts of Netley, A House Somewhere, Rogue Nation, I Am Not Esther

Sonderbooks #56, June 17, 2003

Traveling While Married, Tears of the Giraffe, Millicent's Gift, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Sonderbooks #55, May 25, 2003

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Quest for a Maid

Sonderbooks #54, May 15, 2003

Life of Pi, Yellow and Pink, I'm a Stranger Here Myself

Sonderbooks #53, May 6, 2003

The Second Summer of the Sisterhood, Of Paradise and Power, The Dive From Clausen's Pier

Sonderbooks #52, April 21, 2003

Princess in Waiting, The Queen of Attolia, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Sonderbooks #51, April 8, 2003

Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons, The Thief

Sonderbooks #50, March 29, 2003

The Waiting Child, The Road from the Past, Discovering the Character of God

Sonderbooks #49, March 14, 2003

Feed, The Myth of Laziness, The Case Against Lawyers

Sonderbooks #48, March 3, 2003

Saffy's Angel, Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas, Death of a Village, Pollyanna Grows Up

Sonderbooks #47, February 17, 2003

What Should I Do With My Life?, Children of the Star

Sonderbooks #46, February 1, 2003

The Four Feathers, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, A Wizard Alone, The Rumpelstiltskin Problem

Sonderbooks #45, January 1, 2003

Heir Apparent, Taking Liberty

Best of 2002 Special Edition

Sonderbooks #44, December 21, 2002

Bringing Down the House, The Christmas Box Miracle, The Fairy's Return, For Biddle's Sake, Of Other Worlds

Sonderbooks #43, December 7, 2002

The Lovely Bones, Longitudes and Attitudes, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Sonderbooks #42, November 22, 2002

The House of the Scorpion, The Princess and the Pizza

Sonderbooks #41, November 10, 2002

The Threatening Storm, Crocodile on the Sandbank, Quentins

Sonderbooks #40, October 29, 2002

This Star Shall Abide, The Same Stuff as Stars

Sonderbooks #39, October 15, 2002

In Search of America, All-American Girl, Heidi

Sonderbooks #38, September 30, 2002

Lord of the Silent, Crispin, Walking on Water

Sonderbooks #37, September 18, 2002

Storybook Travels, The Hunting of the Last Dragon, Watership Down

Sonderbooks #36, September 5, 2002

Walking the Bible, China Run, Firesong, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Sonderbooks #35, August 19, 2002

Angles of Reflection, The Curse of Treasure Island, Between

Sonderbooks #34, August 1, 2002

Goddess of Yesterday, Treasure Island

Sonderbooks #33, July 18, 2002

Cleopatra's Heir, The Blue Sword, A Mind At a Time

Sonderbooks #32, July 8, 2002

Water, A String in the Harp, Thunderhead

Sonderbooks #31, June 11, 2002

Love, Greg and Lauren; Shylock's Daughter; The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Sonderbooks #30, June 1, 2002

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

Sonderbooks #29, May 25, 2002

From the Good Earth, In the Stacks, My Friend Flicka

Sonderbooks #28, May 7, 2002

Small Wonder, Learning to Fly, Anne of Windy Poplars

Sonderbooks #27, April 24, 2002

Life Among the Savages, Under the Tuscan Sun, Daughter of Venice

Sonderbooks #26, April 6, 2002

Five Quarters of the Orange, Slaves of the Mastery

Sonderbooks #25, March 22, 2002

Eldorado, Vendela in Venice, Knowing the Heart of God

Sonderbooks #24, March 9, 2002

The Zygote Chronicles, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Sonderbooks #23, February 25, 2002

The Ropemaker, Instead of Three Wishes, Ella Enchanted

Sonderbooks #22, February 11, 2002

Rat Boys, Rebecca

Sonderbooks #21, January 31, 2002

Sky of Stone, Dr. Folkman's War, Anne of the Island

Sonderbooks #20, January 19, 2002

In Code, The King's Swift Rider, Caravan

Sonderbooks #19, January 8, 2002

The Piano Shop on the Left Bank, Dogsbody, Winnie-the-Pooh

Sonderbooks Special Edition:  Best of 2001

Sonderbooks #18, December 31, 2001

One Nation, Pride and Prejudice

Sonderbooks #17, December 16, 2001

Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey; Watership Down

Sonderbooks #16, December 6, 2001

Suburban Nation, The Other Side of Truth, Little Britches

Sonderbooks #15, November 21, 2001

The Hills Is Lonely, Jane Eyre, Rainy Morning

Sonderbooks #14, November 11, 2001

Davita's Harp

Sonderbooks #13, November 3, 2001

The Jerusalem Scrolls, The Other Wind, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Sonderbooks #12, October 24, 2001

Enchantress From the Stars, The Scarlet Pimpernel

Sonderbooks #11, October 17, 2001

Love That Dog, Anne of Avonlea

Sonderbooks #10, October 10, 2001

The Breadwinner, The Lord of the Rings

Sonderbooks #9,  September 30, 2001

The Coalwood Way, Pride and Prejudice

Sonderbooks #8, September 23, 2001

Dark Lord of Derkholm, The Year of the Griffin, The Blue Castle

Sonderbooks #7, September 16, 2001

The Earthsea Books, The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig

Sonderbooks #6, September 9, 2001

Clever Cat

Sonderbooks #5, September 2001

The Oasis, I Had Seen Castles

Sonderbooks #4, August 2001

Eyewitness:  Germany, Drummer in the Dark

Sonderbooks #3, August 2001

The Wolf Hunt, Anne of Green Gables, A Wrinkle in Time

Sonderbooks #2, August 2001

Nickel and Dimed and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Sonderbooks #1, August 2001

For the Love of Ireland, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, The Sand-Reckoner, and Owl in Love

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