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*****= An all-time favorite
****  = Outstanding
***    = Above average
**      = Enjoyable
*        = Good, with reservations



Within each category, the books are listed by rating, with the most recent reviews listed first. 
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*****Q & A, by Vikas Swarup
*****Zorro, by Isabel Allende
*****The Great Impersonation, by E. Phillips Oppenheim
 *****Watership Down, by Richard Adams
*****Caravan, by Dorothy Gilman
****Killer Smile, by Lisa Scottoline
****The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown
****Balance of Power, by Richard North Patterson
****The Prisoner of Zenda and Rupert of Hentzau, by Anthony Hope
****The Thirty-Nine Steps, by John Buchan
****The Four Feathers, by A. E. W. Mason
****Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, by Dai Sijie
  ****China Run, by David W. Ball
****The Curse of Treasure Island, by Francis Bryan
****Learning to Fly, by April Henry
****Drummer in the Dark, by T. Davis Bunn
***The Haunted Bookshop, by Christopher Morley
***Angels and Demons, by Dan Brown
***The Summons, by John Grisham
**Winner Take All, by T. Davis Bunn
*Jester, by James Patterson and Andrew Gross


*****The Great Divorce, by C. S. Lewis
****The Jerusalem Scrolls, by Brock and Bodie Thoene
***Redemption, by Karen Kingsbury with Gary Smalley
***The Garden at the Edge of Beyond, by Michael Phillips
***German Enchantment, by Irene B. Brand, Dianne Christner, Pamela Griffin, and Gail Gaymer
***Stones of Jerusalem, by Bodie and Brock Thoene
***Desecration, by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
***Sarah, by Orson Scott Card
**The Remnant, by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins


****A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
****A Christmas Guest, by Anne Perry
***There's Something About Christmas, by Debbie Macomber
***Deck the Halls, by Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark
***Silent Night, by Mary Higgins Clark
***The Christmas Train, by David Baldacci
***Skipping Christmas, by John Grisham
**Secret Santa, by Robert Tate Miller and Beth Polson
**The Christmas Basket, by Debbie Macomber


*****Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, by Susanna Clarke
*****The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho
*****The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, by J. R. R. Tolkien
****One Good Knight, by Mercedes Lackey
****Till We Have Faces, by C. S. Lewis
****The Fairy Godmother, by Mercedes Lackey
****Stealing the Elf-King's Roses, by Diane Duane
****Sunshine, by Robin McKinley
****The Wolf Hunt, by Gillian Bradshaw
***Solstice Wood, by Patricia A. McKillip
***The Dragon Quintet, edited by Marvin Kaye
***Tales Before Tolkien, edited and with commentary by Douglas A. Anderson
***Paladin of Souls, by Lois McMaster Bujold
**The Dragonbone Chair, by Tad Williams
**Phantastes, by George MacDonald
**Take a Thief, by Mercedes Lackey
*Morgawr:  The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara, Book 3, by Terry Brooks
*Antrax:  The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara, Book 2, by Terry Brooks


*****The Canterbury Papers, by Judith Koll Healey
*****These Three Remain:  Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman, Book 3, by Pamela Aidan
*****An Assembly Such As This:  Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman, Book 1, by Pamela Aidan
*****Beyond the Limit, by Joan Spicci
 *****Cleopatra's Heir, by Gillian Bradshaw
 *****The Scarlet Pimpernel, by Baroness Orczy
 *****The Sand-Reckoner, by Gillian Bradshaw
****The Game of Kings, by Dorothy Dunnett
****The True Story of Hansel and Gretel, by Louise Murphy
****Duty and Desire:  Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman, Book 2, by Pamela Aidan
****Render Unto Caesar, by Gillian Bradshaw
****Legacy of Love, by Joanne Trollope writing as Caroline Harvey
****Five Quarters of the Orange, by Joanne Harris
****Eldorado, by Baroness Orczy
****The Elusive Pimpernel, by Baroness Orczy
****Davita's Harp, by Chaim Potok
  ***Blackbird House, by Alice Hoffman
***The Lady and the Unicorn, by Tracy Chevalier
***Lord Tony’s Wife, by Baroness Orczy
***The Laughing Cavalier, by Baroness Orczy
***Old Men at Midnight, by Chaim Potok
***The Ash Garden, by Dennis Bock
***Cane River, by Lalita Tademy
**Holy Fools, by Joanne Harris
**Master and Commander, by Patrick O'Brian 


*****Confessions of Super Mom, by Melanie Lynne Hauser
****Parnassus on Wheels, by Christopher Morley
****Jeeves in the Offing, by P. G. Wodehouse
****Carry On, Jeeves, by P. G. Wodehouse
****The Zygote Chronicles, by Suzanne Finnamore
***An Ex to Grind, by Jane Heller
***The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs, by Alexander McCall Smith
***Lucky Stars, by Jane Heller
***The Secret Ingredient, by Jane Heller
**A Long Way Down, by Nick Hornby
*The Nanny Diaries, by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus


*****Knitting, by Anne Bartlett
*****Nights of Rain and Stars, by Maeve Binchy
*****Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett
*****My Sister's Keeper, by Jodi Picoult
*****To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
*****The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
*****Life of Pi, by Yann Martel
****Vanishing Acts, by Jodi Picoult
****The Shop on Blossom Street, by Debbie Macomber
****Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture, by Apostolos Doxiadis
****The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
****The Probable Future, by Alice Hoffman
****The Dive From Clausen's Pier, by Ann Packer
****Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons, by Lorna Landvik
****The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold
****In the Stacks, edited by Michael Cart
  ***The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios:  Short Fiction, by Yann Martel
***The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, by Carson McCullers
***The Wild Numbers, by Philibert Schogt
***Good Harbor, by Anita Diamant
***Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen, by Fay Weldon
***We Have Always Lived in the Castle, by Shirley Jackson
***Fatima's Good Fortune, by Joanne and Gerry Dryansky
***The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri
***Child of my Heart, by Alice McDermott
***Coastliners, by Joanne Harris
***Blessings, by Anna Quindlen
**Dearly Beloved, by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
**The Jane Austen Book Club, by Karen Joy Fowler


*****Morality for Beautiful Girls, by Alexander McCall Smith
*****The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith
*****Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier
****Moving Is Murder, by Sara Rosett
****Blue Shoes and Happiness, by Alexander McCall Smith
****Case of Lies, by Perri O'Shaughnessy
****The Big Over Easy, by Jasper Fforde
****Jane and the Wandering Eye, by Stephanie Barron
  ****Eight of Swords, by David Skibbins
****In the Company of Cheerful Ladies, by Alexander McCall Smith
  ****A Moment on the Edge, edited by Elizabeth George
****The Sunday Philosophy Club, by Alexander McCall Smith
****The Full Cupboard of Life, by Alexander McCall Smith
****The Kalahari Typing School for Men, by Alexander McCall Smith
****Jane and the Ghosts of Netley, by Stephanie Barron
****Tears of the Giraffe, by Alexander McCall Smith
****Death of a Village, by M. C. Beaton
****The Curse of the Pharaohs, by Elizabeth Peters
****Crocodile on the Sandbank, by Elizabeth Peters
****Lord of the Silent, by Elizabeth Peters
***Irish Crystal, by Andrew M. Greeley
***Size 12 Is Not Fat, by Meg Cabot
***Friends, Lovers, Chocolate, by Alexander McCall Smith
***Not a Girl Detective, by Susan Kandel
***Died in the Wool, by Mary Kruger
***Cross Bones, by Kathy Reichs
***Suspense and Sensibility, by Carrie Bebris
***The Tale of Hill Top Farm, by Susan Wittig Albert
***Jane and the Man of the Cloth, by Stephanie Barron
***Murder is Academic, by Christine Poulson
***Murder, My Dear Watson, edited by Martin H. Greenberg, Jon Lellenberg, and Daniel Stashower
***Monday Mourning, by Kathy Reichs
***Pride and Prescience, by Carrie A. Bebris
***The Deeds of the Disturber, by Elizabeth Peters
***Snobbery With Violence, by Marion Chesney
***Lion in the Valley, by Elizabeth Peters
***Dead Ringer, by Lisa Scottoline
***The Mummy Case, by Elizabeth Peters
***Rebecca's Tale, by Sally Beauman
***Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House, by Stephanie Barron
***Kaleidoscope, by Dorothy Gilman
**Death of an Outsider, by M. C. Beaton
**A Murder, a Mystery, and a Marriage, by Mark Twain


*****Jane Austen in Scarsdale, by Paula Marantz Cohen
*****Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
*****Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
*****The Blue Castle, by L. M. Montgomery
****The Cinderella Pact, by Sarah Strohmeyer
****A Good Yarn, by Debbie Macomber
****Otherwise Engaged, by Eileen Goudge
****Every Boy's Got One, by Meg Cabot
****Seven Blessings, by Ruchama King
****A Second Legacy, by Joanna Trollope writing as Caroline Harvey
****The Wedding, by Nicholas Sparks
****Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas, by James Patterson
 ****Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen
****Quentins, by Maeve Binchy
***Table for Five, by Susan Wiggs
***Sam's Letters to Jennifer, by James Patterson
***Flowers in the Rain and Other Stories, by Rosamunde Pilcher

Science Fiction

*****The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde
*****Dangerous Notes, by Gillian Bradshaw
*****The Children of the Star Trilogy, by Sylvia Louise Engdahl
****That Hideous Strength, by C. S. Lewis
****Perelandra, by C. S. Lewis
****Out of the Silent Planet, by C. S. Lewis
****The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
****Something Rotten, by Jasper Fforde
****The Wrong Reflection, by Gillian Bradshaw
****The Well of Lost Plots, by Jasper Fforde
****Lost In a Good Book, by Jasper Fforde
****The Far Side of Evil, by Sylvia Louise Engdahl
***The Plot To Save Socrates, by Paul Levinson
***Changing Planes, by Ursula K. LeGuin
***Star Wars:  The Approaching Storm, by Alan Dean Foster
**2001:  A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke

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