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My Year in Books

For as long as I can remember I have been going to the library and reading books. When I was younger it was a weekly trip with my family. My siblings used to joke that I was always reading. I knew that there were times that I would read 3-4 books over Shabbat (25 hours). In many of the places I have moved, one of the first things I have done (if not the first thing) was to get a library card. Even when I was part of the summer reading programs at the library I never actually kept a list of all the books I read. So when I moved to the US last year, I decided why not keep a list of books. They are a mix of fiction and non-fiction; serious books and really light reading; famous books and ones that I found by chance.  So here are the 101 books (I only listed books I read to completion), 29,703 pages, that I read since May 21, 2016. The ones that are bold are ones that I particularly liked.

Title Author Date Pages
What is Not Yours is Not Yours Helen Oyeyemi 21/5/2016 336
Willful Disregard Lena Anderson 208
Eat, Pray, Love Made Me Do It 240
Good Mourning Elizabeth Meyer 24/5/2016 288
The Good Death Ann Neumann 25/5/2016 248
The Version of Us Laura Barnett 28/5/2016 416
The Golem of Paris Jonathan & Jesse Kellerman 512
Astor Place Vintage Stephanie.Lehmann 396
A Life Need Mukherjee 357
Lust and Wonder Augusten Burroughs 6/6/2016 304
The Two of Us Andy Jones 9/6/2016 336
The Awakening of Miss Prim Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera 13/6/2016 (Shavuot weekend) 272
A Short History of Women Kate Walbert 272
Virgin Radhika Sanghani 304
Scary Old Sex: Stories Arlene Heyman 240
Piece of Mind Michelle Adelman 320
A Guide for the Perplexed Dara Horn 368
Yentle Issac Batsheva Singer 64
Peep Show Joshua Braff 266
The Masseuse Sierra Kincade 353
A Lover’s Dictionary David Levithan 224
The Wounded Storyteller Arthur W. Frank 14/6/2016 280
A Woman of Independent Means Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey 20/6/2016 279
The Book of Lost Things John Connolly 23/6/2016 339
The Tumbling Turner Sisters Juliette Fay 25/6/2016 352
Modern Romance Aziz Ansari 29/6/2016 205
Dancing for Degas Kathryn Wagner 3/7/2016 366
Semi-Charmed Life Nora Zelevansky 327
I am Malala Malala Yousafzai & Christina Lamb 313
French Lessons Ellen Sussman 236
Fishbowl Bradley Somer 8/7/2016 304
Anthropology Dan Rhodes 9/7/2016 203
Jennifer Johnson is Sick of Being Single Heather McElhatton 292
Foreign Tongue Vanina Marsot 365
The Great Perhaps Joe Meno 414
Wonder R.J. Palacio 11/7/2016 310
Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All Jonas Jonasson 16/7/2016 298
Devilishly Wicked Kathy Love 267
Enchantress Maggie Anton 368
The Obituary Writer Ann Hood 3/8/2016 292
The Ringmaster’s Wife Kristy Cambron 6/8/2016 340
Paris is Always a Good Idea Nocolas Barreau 296
The Painted Girls Cathy Marie Buchanan 3/9/2016 353
The Newspaper of Claremont Street Elizabeth Jolley 9/9/2016 174
Before Jamaica Lane Samantha Young 13/9/2016 404
Stealing Rose Monica Murphy 20/9/2016 301
The Margaret Thatcher School of Beauty Marsha Mehran 283
Beautiful You Chuck Palahniuk 24/9/2016 222
Return: Daily Inspiration for the Days of Awe Erica Brown 25/9/2016 147
The Final Testimony of Raphael Ignatius Phoenix Paul Sussman   412
Down London Road Samantha Young 3/10/2016 369
Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures Vincent Lam 8/10/2016 337
Watercolours Adrienne Ferreira 15/10/2016 339
The Portrait Willem Jan Otten 18/10/2016 184
Echoes of Scottland Street Samantha Young 316
The Illusion of Separateness Simon Van Booy 25/10/2016 212
The Paper Magician Charlie N. Holmberg 29/10/2016 214
Smart Women Judy Blume 12/11/2016 354
My Grandmother Sends Her Regards & Apologises Fredrik Backman   342
The Other Einstein Marie Benedict 3/12/2016 284
Hindsight Mindy Tarquini 315
The Lonely City Oliva Laing 10/12/2016 281
The 2 AM Principle Jon Levy   271
The Stargazer’s Sister Carrie Brown   323
The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac Kris D’Agostino 328
This is Where you Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live Melody Warnick 18/12/2016 257
Off Kilter Donna Kauffman 24/12/2016 310
Drink, Pray, F**K Andrew Gottlieb 195
Cream of the Crop Alice Clayton 317
We Show What We Have Learned & Other Stories Clare Beams 25/12/2016 174
The Dead Beat Marilyn Johnson 19/1/2016 231
But What if We’re Wrong? Chuck Klosterman 23/1/2016 262
Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlife David Eagleman 25/1/2016 110
In the Country Mia Alvar 1/2/2017 347
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry Gabrielle Zevin 5/2/2017 258
Tell the Wolves I’m Home Carol Rifka Brunt 12/2/2017 360
We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For Alice Walker 15/2/2017 251
The Road to Character David Brooks 19/2/2017 270
The extraordinary journey of the fakir who got trapped in an Ikea wardrobe Romain Puertolas   302
All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation Rebecca Traister 23/2/2017 300
The Red Notebook Antoine Laurain 25/2/2017 159
The Dark and Other Love Stories Deborah Willis 3/3/2017 254
Bachelor Girl: The Secret History of Single Women in the Twentieth Century Betsy Israel 7/3/2017 264
The Motion of Puppets Keith Donohue 10/3/2017 260
Close Enough to Touch Colleen Oakley 17/3/2017 310
Confidence Rowland Manthorpe and Kirstin Smith 2/4/2017 309
Death is Not an Option Suzanne Rivecca 4/4/2017 222
A Man Called Ove Fredrick Bakman 6/4/2017 337
The Yacoubian Building Alaa Al Aswany 20/4/2017 255
The organized woman Christiane Collange 22/4/2017 253
The Best of Adam Sharp Graeme Simsion 367
Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan Ruth Gilligan 26/4/2017 336
love in lower case francesc miralles 1/5/2017 224
The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud Ben Sherwood 5/5/2017 269
Today Will Be Different Maria Semple 6/5/2017 258
The Canvas Benjamin Stein 12/5/2017 342
Dating Tips for the Unemployed Iris Smyles 288
Station Eleven Emily St. John Mandel 19/5/2017 333
Miss You Kate Eberlen 20/5/2017 433
The Heart of Men Nickolas Butler 386
Walking to Listen Andrew Forsthoefel   365
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I am prone to overthinking and not to sharing. I decided to start writing and see what happens. So here are some stories and life situations (sometimes words of Torah) of a 30 something single woman, who happens to be a rabbi (received ordination in 2017- so there are posts of what that experience was like), will be working as a chaplain (and worked for years with older adults), is regularly asked what city she is located in (started the blog while living in Israel, found herself working in Australia, and will be in New York for at least a year), and is just trying to figure out her place in the world.

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