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Tags#places (351), .have dimensions (344), .my cover (314), ^^ LC/Dewey from book (208), .unread (124), .tbr (118), history (118), fiction (117), broken subject headings (97), @ PR (77) — see all tags

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About meAbout My Picture: No, that isn't me. It's a painting in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Here's the link. If you want some idea of what I actually look like, I can be seen in costume here.


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About my libraryTaggage:
Anything tagged ^^ LC/Dewey from book has its Library of Congress and Dewey Decimal numbers pulled from the cataloging-in-publication stuff that can be found in the front matter of some books. If you need this information for a book so tagged, feel free to copy my numbers. Just lop the year off the LC number if you have a different edition than I do.

I use .unread to denote a book I've cataloged but haven't yet read -- regardless of whether I can actually get at it. For unread books that are on my shelves, not in storage, see my .tbr tag.

I have a Short List and a Shorter List. Everything on the latter is also on the former, but not everything on the former is on the latter. (One's short, the other's more short.)

As for my other tags, you'll notice that there is a sizable group (a pair of them, really) of tags near one end of the list, all beginning with an "@". These can be understood as Dewey and LC numbers. These come from all sorts of sources (not just front matter). The first section of these, tags ending with a three-digit number, are Dewey numbers. I have hotspots at 973, 942, and 746. The second group, ending with (generally) a pair of letters, is a ballparking of the LC number. The largest hotspot is @ PR (which in Dewey is spread out over a portion of the 800's). Other hotspots include @ DA (mostly 940's), @ E (mostly 970's), and @ TT (mostly those 746's).

Last Ten Books:
* H. W. Brands, Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times.
* Simon Armitage (translator), Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
* Joseph Plumb Martin, A Narrative of a Revolutionary Soldier.
* Lisa Hilton, Queens Consort: England's Medieval Queens.
* Christine A. Lunardini, From Equal Suffrage to Equal Rights: Alice Paul and the National Woman's Party, 1910-1928.
* Erik Larson, Thunderstruck.
* David McCullough, The Johnstown Flood.
* P. D. James, Death Comes to Pemberley.
* Diana Gabaldon, The Fiery Cross.
* Anne Somerset, Ladies in Waiting: From the Tudors to the Present Day.

Groups15th Century Europe, 18th-19th Century Britain, American History, American Revolution & Founding Fathers History, Art History, Arthurian Legends, Astronomy & Astrophysics, Audiobooks, Biographies, Memoirs and Autobiographies, Bloggersshow all groups

Favorite authorsMargaret Atwood, Jane Austen, Norman F. Cantor, Emily Dickinson, Alexandre Dumas, Joseph J. Ellis, Jasper Fforde, David Hackett Fischer, Antonia Fraser, David McCullough, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, Régine Pernoud, William Shakespeare, Barbara G. Walker, Alison Weir (Shared favorites)

VenuesFavorites | Visited

Favorite bookstores7th Avenue Books, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - 86th & Lexington, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Court Street, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Park Slope, BookCourt, BookPeople, Borders - Manhattan - Penn Plaza, Borders - Manhattan - Wall Street, Elliott Bay Book Company (Seattle), Heights Books, Park Slope Books, Penn Books, The Park Slope Community Bookstore, WEBS - America's Yarn Store

Favorite librariesBrooklyn Botanic Garden Library, Brooklyn College Library, Brooklyn Public Library - Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn Public Library - Central Library, Brooklyn Public Library - Park Slope, The Morgan Library & Museum, The Seattle Public Library, Central Library

Other favoritesTexas Book Festival 2008, The Cloisters (Metropolitan Museum of Art), Old Stone House, Brooklyn Book Festival 2008, Brooklyn Book Festival 2009, Texas Book Festival 2011, Brooklyn Book Festival 2010, Brooklyn Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Book Festival 2011

Favorite lists"I'd Group-Read That", The American Revolution -- in Parts, Best Arthurian Fiction, Best books about Joan of Arc, Best Books of Knitting Patterns, Best History Books about Disasters, Best U.S. History Books (1754-1828), Books about Elizabeth I, Disaster Books, French and Indian War through the War of 1812 (non-fiction), Good Nonfiction about New York City, Non-Fiction Worth Reading, Women and American History, Works with inappropriate subject headings on LibraryThing


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Member sinceMay 1, 2007

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What a pretty kitty! Her coat looks like a 'muted' sort of tabby.

Does she/he has five toes on her front paw? I can't quite tell...
Hi AnnaClaire, I was looking for something completely unrelated (really! looking for books for our local kink club!) and saw that you had proposed combining my "%accumulation" tag with the tag "accumulation." I looked at the latter tag and and it appears it is generally related to economic/capital accumulation... whereas when I use my %accumulation one, I mean it to be "collected X," "selected X," &c., i.e. what I think Borges calls a "personal anthology." So if there is a common tag for that idea, that is what %accumulation should be combined w/, as I believe I am the only one using that tag. (;
Thanks so much for the santathing books. They arrived before Christmas and I opened them right away. I was going out of town for Christmas and didn't want to wait. I'm very excited about the Jasper Fford books. I see he is the only author you and I share as favorites. The Three Musketeers I have seen via movies but not reads, may be an interesting read. Merry Christmas and hope your gifts were just as good.
love your profile. I don't know that area well . can I ask something about Brooklyn ?
Nice snowy photo, Brooklyn person. Funny thing, that. Even with my accent, they let me copyedit the Alison Weir book we have in common, plus several more. Deanglicizing them, actually.
I lived in NYC for 5 1/2 years, and loved the mass transit. Down here (Dallas), it's so unreliable, and the stops are soooooo far apart, it's ridiculous.
Thanks for the offer. If I go, I'll probably take a neice or cousin with me to help, and we'll stay in a hotel. That's part of the fun of going out of town. Don't be fooled by it looking like it's only a few hours from DFW. For some reason, once you get to the Austin area, no matter what time of day/night, traffic comes to a standstill. It can take as much as 45 minutes to go less than a quarter of a mile!
I have to use a scooter to get around. Maybe I'll give it a try. Take care,
I was thinking about going to the Texas Book deal in Austin, but from the video, it doesn't look very handicapped friendly, so I guess I'll opt out. Shame, since I live in Texas. Enjoy.
Thank you, I hadn't realized such a system was in place.
One of your badges is for "work spam voting" - can you tell me what that is? I'm just curious :x
ooh, lucky you! (to have great access to fabrics and notions)

And thanks for the festival link. I'm always ready to admire beautiful garb.
I know. It's weird, but the conversation suggested that Penguin Classics is an actual series, whereas Signet Classics is an imprint of Penguin.

I think the thought was we didn't want every imprint getting a series page, unless the publisher chose to do so.
It is sunny here, thanks! Inertia explains it of course. And the US is big enough (and insular enough) that harmonizing with the rest of the world is really not necessary. But wait, Brunei is still using it too! So there's that.
Hi Please see . Regards Reinhardt
Now I'm confused. When I clicked on Jane Austen under Favorite Authors on my profile, it brought me to a Jane Austen page where I do not have her listed as a favorite. The confusing part is that now I don't know how to 'un-favorite' her as you suggest.

Any ideas?
Have you tried a ham and peanut butter sandwich? You might be pleasantly surprised.

I hadn't, but I'll check it out. thanks for the head's up.
Yes I did take the beach rose photo...way back in 1991. It's a scan of a Kodachrome slide. Thanks for the compliment.
Hi AnnaClaire

Mind the Gaffe (from the TPBM-thread) directly jumped to my wishlist.

Thank you for mentioning it. :-)

ps: "About the picture: no, that isn't me" standing nicely above the pumpkin shot at the moment. *giggle*

Your photos are wonderful! (from tbpm thread) - thanks for sharing them!
I saw you are reading Paul Revere's Ride. I loved this book...every chapter was fabulous. I think David Hackett Fischer's writing is superb. I'm going to start reading his new book, Champlain's Dream soon. Hope you enjoy PRR as much as I did.

Always nice to find others interested in medieval history. I found your profile through the Medieval Europe group. Any particular book you would recommend? What's your favorite non-fiction book on medieval history? I'm always looking for new books to add to my library. Thanks.

That doorstop, pardon.. Team of Rivals, is good so far, but I want it to move. I'm not used to reading the same book for multiple weeks. I'm only halfway in.
That was just hilarious that we were writing the same thing at the same time. OUr libraries don't seem very similar for two people who think the same.

The picture currently featured is, obviously, not a dog in a beret. That picture can be seen here.
That pic of your neighbor's dog in the beret may well be the cutest dog picture I have ever seen. :)
Too bad we didn't get to meet at the TBF. We ended up with sixteen books. Six were ARC 'freebies', and they're duplicates, as we both went to the same talk. So, does that really count? I tend to think so, in the weight and shelfspace considerations.

The first event that Karrell had planned to go to was cancelled, so we went to Reading the Classics for Pleasure together - and that accounts for 2 of the books I bought. We also went to America - United We Stand?, in the House Chamber (very comfy chairs!!). In the afternoon, we were fortunate enough to get into the Vintage/Anchor Books Presents: Writers on Reading, where we got the ARCs. It was very entertaining, and fortunately (for me) well-air-conditioned. Prior to this event, we were outside (lunch and the tents), and I got too much sun exposure (which makes me quite ill now), so the venue was perfect. Karrell was kind enough to nudge me every time I started nodding off (an effect of the recovery from overexposure).

Sunday, I was able to sit in on Scott Simon's talk. His book is the only one I was able to get autographed this year. The introduction (by Mary Gordon Spence) was priceless. The other 3 talks I planned to go to were back-to-back, and all within the 60 feet of each other. The first one, A Romance on Three Legs ended up being a no-show by the author, so I read about 60 pages of her book while waiting (which is somewhat extraordinary for me). It's a very interesting biography of Glenn Gould. So, with ~that~ event being cancelled, I went outside and found that the lines for the other two (one of which wasn't going to begin for another 90 minutes yet, were BOTH so long that they exceeded the capacity of the rooms by at least a factor of two. So, I left. Lots of books to get cataloged, you know.

I'm really bummed that we didn't get to meet. Next year, I'm going to have a LibraryThing tee-shirt on -- no excuses.

And how was your TBF experience?


Happy Birthday! May the next twelve months bring you all the yarn you crave and all the fun you can handle!
AnnaClaire - I had read somewhere in Talk that you'd be visiting Seattle, but I got so stressed planning my own trip that it slipped my mind. But just now, I went to the Local page for Elliott Bay Bookstore to add it to my favorites, and saw you'd added it, too. It was WONDERFUL! I was in town for the Special Libraries conference (my first one), and figured out the basics of the bus system so I could get over to the book store, then back to the Convention Center for a session. I wish I could have made a second trip over there, or spent a lot more time - though as it was, I BARELY made it back for my session! I kept checking the time and telling myself, "Just five more minutes, I'll make that bus, no problem." I also shopped a bit in Arundel Books, which was good, but Elliott Bay was just superb.

I hope your trip was good, and I'm glad you got home safely. :-)


I originally clicked on your profile because of the movie comments you made (esp. re: Cranford), and had to add your library to my list of interesting ones based on a shared interest in history. About the only books I've cataloged so far are those dealing with colonial America, but I am also very interested in medieval Europe, the Renaissance, the Tudors, etc.

And, of course, I love the painting you have posted. Gorgeous.

I was in the same boat with you about Marie Antoinette. I majored in Art History and learned most of what I know about the French Revolution there, but it didn't include as much about her as you might think. I really enjoy this book though. I saw that you also like Alison Weir. I love her Tudor bios. I devoured Six Wives of Henry VIII and Children of Henry VIII. I liked her Elizabeth biography too but towards the end I felt sad for her in the way that you can for old people who've lost most of their loved ones and are sort of lingering, waiting for the inevitable. Well, have a good day. -Tanya
What did you think of "Saxons, Vikings and Celts"? It has a decent rating, but not very good (or very many) reviews, but it sounds like something in which I'd be interested.
Are you really looking for a spinning wheel? I know someone who, last I heard, had a one she was interested in selling. I know nothing about spinning wheels myself, so I can't tell you more than that, but if you'd like, I'll ask her about it.
AnnaClaire: Did that charming animal share some of its wool with you for a special knitting project?
Comment is about a photo you took. I saw it in one of the group discussion threads about what wallpaper you have on your computer. It was of beautiful autum trees and a river or lake. I ask becaue how weird is this. My brother in law who lives in NY is a photographer and he send me a picture of what looks like the same spot. Its been my blackberry wallpaper since November. In fact he took it Thanksgiving day. Where is that picture taken? Could it be the same place? I don't know where he took his, I've just sent him an email asking him. Its almost the same exact picture except his doesn't have the building in it.
Wow...Let me know plz
Hi - Thanks for adding my catalog to your interesting libraries list. Always fun to find someone who overlaps the really weird parts of my library. I suppose we will be first in line if Early Reviewers ever gets any knitting or quilting books!

Responding to your question about 26 Gorgeous Hikes on the Western Cote d'Azur and Women Astronomers pointing to the same publisher on the LT site. Each title has its own separate publisher (AzurAlive Press and Stone Pine Press, respectively) but they share a common book distributor (Beagle Bay). That's one mystery solved :).

Hope you enjoy your virtual hiking tour through southern France!

-Florence C., author of 26 Gorgeous Hikes
Thanks for recommending Ravelry! I'm having a lovely time there!
You have an interesting list of books read. What did you think of the book on the circus fire? My mother was a Red Cross worker at that disaster and she's never forgotten what she saw there. One side effect, I've never been to a circus!
Thanks for that post in Green Dragon pointing to! I will be investigating that! -=Cadlib=-
I'm not dressed up as anyone specific. In fact, the era is a bit broad. Fashions did change regularly enough among the upper classes (and the somewhat more modest classes with a whim to dress rich). But that's a fairly basic kirtle pattern, apparently, and could work for anything from the 12th century through about the 15th (I'm told).
so, what character were you in that haloween costume?

we had a gang of high school kids come to the house, all dressed up as, well,
high school kids.

i gave them all my old cliff notes, they looked at them like

"we can do better than this online."
AnnaClaire--I read your thoughts on the [Circus Fire] and since I work in Hartford where it took place, I had to go out and buy it at Borders. At a quick glance it looks like a fascinating book. Can't wait to start it, but have to do my ER book first, [Every Last Cuckoo].
Sorry to have confused you. Earlier entries on Green Dragon explain my situation and I thought I might get help if anyone lives nearby. Esta1923
I like your "Last 10 Books" and "Recent Acquisitions" profile lists. I may steal that...if I can really keep it updated. Maybe a "Current 10 Books"...
I actually posted a link in the "about me" section, pointing to the painting's page at the Met's site. But here's the info, anyway. (And the link again, too.) The page gives the credit as follows:

Samuel F. B. Morse (1791–1872)
Susan Walker Morse (The Muse), ca. 1836–37
Oil on canvas; 73 3/4 x 57 5/8 in. (187.3 x 147.4 cm)
Bequest of Herbert L. Pratt, 1945 (45.62.1)
Hi, AnnaClaire. Thanks for adding me to your IL list. It looks like we share an interest in UK history and historical novels. I'll be adding you to my list as well.

BTW, lovely painting on your profile. Who is it by, and who is the subject?
Flattered to be added to your IL list. I hope you don't mind if I reciprocate as your history books are very interesting. Nice to make contact.


Hi Anna,

I see you added common knowledge about some characters I'm interested too (Eleanor of Aquitaine, Richard III). Have you ever read any books by Sharon Kay Penman? Judging from your library I think you will enjoy her novels as well. My favorite is 'Here be dragons'.

Hi Anna,
Thank you for adding my library to your list of favourites. I am interested in your list of ten books recently read. I would like to add your library as well and look at your books on history.
Hi Anna. Just to say I like your profile page - I'm getting a link to my flickr account too - and like your history and auto/biographies. Who would be that wonderful woman writer, your icon?
I saw from one of your messages that you are reading Triangle. I read it last month, after being disappointed with the Katharine Weber novel of the same name. I thought the Drehle book a marvelous piece of social history.

I am amazed that the Asch Building still stands and is part of the NYU campus. I've walked past it hundreds of times in graduate school and had no idea what had taken place there.
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