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Love that moment when you finish a book, look around, and realize that everyone is just carrying on with their though you didn't just experience emotional trauma at the hands of a great book. (Quote from Gutenberg Project, edited.)

About my library2/12/12: “Sometimes I sensed that the books I read in rapid succession had set up some sort of murmur among themselves, transforming my head into an orchestra pit where different musical instruments sounded out, and I would realize that I could endure this life because of these musicales going on in my head.”
― Orhan Pamuk, The New Life

"A room without books is like a body without a soul."
— Marcus Tullius Cicero

"One sure window into a person's soul is his reading list." - Mary B. W. Tabor

"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of Library." -Jorge Luis Borges

"Even when reading is impossible, the presence of books acquired produces such an ecstasy that the buying of more books than one can read is nothing less than the soul reaching towards infinity... we cherish books even if unread, their mere presence exudes comfort, their ready access, reassurance." - A.E. Newton

"It would be a good thing to buy books if one could also buy the time to read them; but one usually confuses the purchase of books with the acquisition of their contents." -Arthur Schopenhauer, 'On and Books
Writing' (1851) in A Book Addict's Treasury

"When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is
left I buy food and clothes." - Erasmus

"Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere." ---Jean Rhys

"A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors."
Charles Baudelaire

GroupsAuthor Theme Reads, BookMooching, Read Mo Yan, Reading Globally



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Hi Beth-

Thanks for making mine an interesting library. I'm flattered! Yours looks interesting too, and I've marked it as an interesting library for me too.

I see you've been posting on Author Theme Reads--do you keep track of your reading in any other groups?

Thanks very much for the tips, I'll look these books up.
Hi Beth
Just a quick message to say I thought your review of Emergency in Slow Motion... was great. I have just finished the book and always try to write my own review of the books I've read before reading other people's reactions and reviews, so it was really interesting to read your take on it and to agree with it all! You make some interesting points and back up your challenges to Schultz's interpretations - really insightful to read.

Am also just finishing "Miss New India" was very excited to read, but am also disappointed. Don't care too much about the characters, writing is not bad, just anti-climatic. Did you win in the LibraryThing Reviewers too?

Love your book quotes, would like to add you as a friend!

Stay cool this week and read!


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Hello BALE - in my book, anyone who has read almost all of Anne Tyler's beautiful novels can't be all bad - I think you have a very interesting library. I was especially intrigued to note that you had Road to Coorain. This is a book that isn't even tha big here in Australia, and jhardly an international best-seller. May I ask how you came to read/own it? from Prue here on the farm in Australaia
I sent you copies of my other two books, one is an ex-library copy hardcover, one is a paperback, in addition to Trixie.--I like your library!

You won a copy of my novel Trixie in the member giveaway on Dec 25th. I'm sorry but I can't remember if I sent you a copy or not. Things were busy for me right around the 25th! Happy to put it in the mail today. It looks like we have some reading interests in common.

Tori Alexander
I am honored by your comment and appreciate your support. I have found my blessings in humble little corners where I once would walk pass. I am currently reviewing the first draft of the Editors Copy and excited at the new upcoming release for December 15th, 2009. Im going to post a give-away later today so be sure to sign up and tell your friends. I am amazed at the love you and others have shown.

Also, be sure to check out my new webiste revision. The content and display has been Flash Updated

Bless you much,
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