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About meKentucky girl living in Georgia. I have so many interest, we love to camp in our 5th wheel both at the lake and also on the road. Our home is shared with 1 Golden & 1 mini Doodle as well as 3 cats. Spare time is spent quilting, playing in the dirt, planting, as well as crafting, cooking, and reading. Oh yeah, that work thing..I work in accounting.

About my libraryHere's the 75 Book Challenge for 2012

The authors and topics I enjoy vary greatly. Watership Down, The Book Thief, The Thirteenth Tale and Watchers are favorites.

Groups50 Book Challenge, 75 Books Challenge for 2011, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, Amazon's Kindle, Audiobooks, Books in Books, Cookbookers, Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Freebies, Book Giveaways and Contests, Knitters all groups


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Hi Bonnie,
I can not believe it was 2011 when we last touched base.
To say life has kept us busy is an understatement. Hope all is well with you and yours.
We lost our Abby over a year ago and recently Noah our big jolly guy. Belle our hound is left alone
and sad. We are considering adopting a 6 years old bloodhound to be her friend.

Just have not had a chance to check in here in so long.
Give Ben and all your crew a hung from us!

Hi Bonnie - somehow stumbled on your site, and love your dog. We live in Dunwoody, so not too far from you - always good to know people who love to read are nearby. Hope you are reading something noteworthy and enjoying our beautiful weather.
Take care,
Actually, I don't have it yet - I mooched it from someone at Bookmooch and I'm still waiting for it to come in the mail. Might not even get to it this year. I've pretty much got my reading planned for this year. I've just started Night Circus but am enjoying it so far. Thanks for stopping by.
When I saw that picture, and the look on the lamb's face, I thought of myself in that lamb's the loving arms of the Saviour.

Thanks for sharing how you found your picture, and how it helped you. :)
I bought my picture at a Christian book store, years ago. It was just a print, so I matted and framed it. It is currently hanging on my living room wall. :)

How did you find yours?
Hi Bonnie, I hope you are doing well. I wanted to let you know I just started Pictures of You and am really enjoying it so far. I'm also reading Puppy Chow is Better than Prozac. Theresa
Hi Bonnie--

Based on your recent activity and the books we share, I'd say we're compatible readers! Hope to see more of you. : )
Hello, no I have not read winter Garden yet. I just got the book, but sounds like I should move it up on my reading list. Thanks. Ellen
I was in Atlanta today -- Marietta.

I got the copy of the Hiding Place today and it is in terrible condition. If you just want to read it, I'll send it to you (no points required). All the pages are there, for now, and I think it will last a single reading, but if you hoped for something to put on the shelf, you're out of luck here. If you don't want it, I'm throwing it away.
Dear BONS, Thanks for your comment on my 75 book challenge postings. I think you will like [Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts]. It has romance & dogs which will be a fun read when you have a moment in your busy life. I also recommend another dog related series: Raine Stockton Dog Mysteries by Donna Ball. The main character is a dog trainer who does search and rescue with one of her dogs. Good stories but the most recent is available only for Kindle. I don't have a Kindle (yet!) I wonder if author's less popular series will soon only be available on ebooks. I can see why publishers might go that route from a $ standpoint.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving with your dogs, cats, hubby, and grandbaby.
Psst...hi...See you have found a second to do some reading.

Recovery is a great time to read but I finally got the go ahead to drive after 6 mos. Woo Hoo I'm hitting the road.

A friend gifted me A 1001 Books to Read Before You Die tally for me yet but fear my classics total will be low...So many little time...sound familiar. :)
About that picture: what a small world it is, hmm?

I found my copy in a Christian book store, about 11 years ago. It was matted but not framed, so I bought a frame and hung it on the wall.

I love how that little lamb is smiling. :)
Ah-hahaha! Nice picture! Good books need a good guard dog right? I am jealous of the sun porch, I would love to have one of those :)

ps- Love the Canadian mug as well :P

I seem to be at one of those places where you just need to read some 'easy' books. Books I have been wanting to read for a long time I seem to be slogging through slowly, and I figure there is no point in pushing myself if I am not enjoying a book. Will put in some easy/light books and then come back.

On the plus side, that should help fill the 'humour' category in my 11 in 11 challenge a bit :P
How have you been doing? I hope you love Three Bags Full, it is one of my favourite books :)
Well, we are kinda having Spring. Rain for the past couple of days, but tonight the temp. is dropping. Glad to hear you are feeling better. Pneumonia, wow thats pretty serious. Take care of yourself!
Our lives are based around our Big Dogs, Abby (8) is 125lbs. and suffers from Addison's desease. We rescued her 6 years ago and could not place her due to "dog aggression" so she stayed with us. Noah, is (5) 195lbs we got him as a pup to be a friend to Abby. Then came Belle (she's only 85lbs), I visited the local Humane Society and well, what can I say. Just could not leave her there.
They keep our house active and fun. We can't help but look at them and smile.
Ben seems to be very special, you are lucky he found you both.
If you like dog stories, Take out "The Dog Who Came to Stay" By Hal Borland, from your library. Mr. Borland was a naturalist and can seem a bit tough but his writing gives a lot.
Take Care
Hi Bon, It just hit us that the reason Ben learned his trick was because you were sick. HOPE ALL IS WELL WITH YOU!
Dave & Joanne
Hi Bon,
Well a bit more than 250lbs, more like 400lbs plus. Glad you enjoyed the photo.
Ben has inspired us and we are committed to learning a new trick (me or the dogs?).
We have watched Ben's tissue trick over and over and get a laugh every time. You are so lucky to have such a happy, lovable, adorable and intelligent dog. Please give him a hug and an extra treat from us.
Dave & Joanne
Thanks for your comment! I actually did sent the author my review of Emily and Einstein :) Your dog is adorable as well!! I am not too active in the groups here, mainly because I just don't seem to have the time. But you can find me over on my blog at (Caribou was my search and rescue dog...who sadly I lost in 2009 to cancer - BUT, now I have a two year old German Shepherd named Raven who is a handful :))
Thank you again about FInding Jack, this is a very realistic look at the Vietnam War but Jack will help you get through it. If you like virtual book clubs we're going to discuss this novel in May at the General Fiction Book Club at B& here's a link if you're interested this month we're discussing Friday Mornings at Nine oh and an added bonus is the author always chats with us.

Thank you Bonnie, it sounds like we have similar tastes in novels.

Dear Bonnie,
I'm not Stasia, but she's not checking in here much right now. When I saw your note on her profile page, I thought I'd step in to try to answer your question. So.... My experience with groups is that you simply walk right into the group thread and indicate your interest in signing on. People will immediately welcome you, and off you go. Generally, they set up a schedule which the group agrees on. Depending on the group, they will follow it religiously or not at all. If YOU want to start a group, simply start another thread and put it on the Wiki - or ask somebody to do it for you. As they say, it's easy, and you can't hurt anything. (I suspect I'm teaching my granny to suck eggs here, except that I'm the granny and you're young.)
GREAT dogs! I'm off to look at the rest of your pictures. Our house is run by good dog May, senior cat Chibby, and the gray-white family of Elle, the mama and Tully and Hilfy Bit....just so you'll know.
Look forward to hearing what you have to say at 75'ers.
Bonnie, thanks for the welcome! I'll look for the With Dog group. I'm almost always "with dog", or horse, or cat. I love the photo of Ben and Anthony cruisin in the shades. I, too, enjoyed Watership Down particularly, and I have The Book Thief on my "to-read" list. As a child, I read and reread the Albert Payson Terhune stories, which led me to want a Collie. Was it you who sent me the book smooch? If so, many thanks! -Laurel
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He looks like such a character! I don't know if it's the book, but with those intelligent eyes, he seems like a true intellectual!
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So pretty! Maggie and my Mimi could totally be sisters! My Mimi is also a most precious magical girl.
Hi Bonnie,

Thanks I marked them received.
The total so far is 17 which includes 2 copies of The Street of a Thousand Blossoms (I goofed there if you want to keep one copy & post it please do so)
Two more books are due soon & that will be all.
I'm most appreciative of all your efforts - BM has dried up like a desert but my points are about 13
Data is doing great. Pepper totally has him trained he is so submissive to her! Thanks for thinking of us. I'll post a picture of the two of them so everyone can see his growth!

Thank you!
Replay has been listed!

I will be able to post it to you next week - hope you enjoy it! xx
Awwww... thank you for the smooches, that was so kind, but you really didn't need to, I'm more than happy to help when I can!

I shall make it my next read and then will let you know when it's listed - probably within the next two weeks.

Thank you so much again!

Tiare . x
Oh well. *steeples fingers*

I looked at your wishlist, and I only have 2 things on it. :/

(Replay and The Uncommon Reader)
Replay is fun, and no, you can't have my copy. :)
Hi Bons,
Just saw your message from 31 December. I use a Kindle (both an actual Kindle and the app for the iPhone). When I set up my categories on LibraryThing, I added an eBook collection b/c I found I was amassing quite a collection of ebooks for my Kindle. I use LibraryThing as more of a list of books read rather than a full on list of books in my library, so when I read books on my Kindle, I needed a place to categorize them. I get most of my ebooks from Amazon, although I've also found a few on smashwords. I love library books and free books, so I follow a blog called Books on the Knob (I think it's at The writer combs the major ebook companies (Amazon, KOBO, etc.) and lists free books. It's a great resource if you use an ereader.

Hi Bons,

Sorry, but I only just saw your message on my page. I've been too swamped to come on here much lately. Here is an interesting link that you may enjoy if you're a big fan of Diane Setterfield:

I found out that she's writing another book at Amazon. If you search for her, the page won't come up though, so it's almost like the page is hidden or you need to search for just the right thing. Anyway, it's very fiddly to get to and I can't figure out right now how I did it as I've got too many projects to complete. The title's as of yet unknown anyway and, if memory serves correctly (I accessed it months ago), there are no details as to what it's about, so really the page doesn't tell you anything.

I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for her next book, but it's worth the wait due to the level of magnificence she puts in a book so I'd rather wait and have it be perfect. In the meantime, I highly recommend an Australian author by the name of Kate Morton. The odd thing is I took it out of the library at the same time that I took out The Thirteenth Tale and the first half of her book seems so much like The Thirteenth Tale. It just goes off in a completely different direction. If you read it, please let me know what you think.

Happy reading.

~ Hermee
Well thank you very much actually even before I became a librarian my reading tastes were always all over the place.I am an equal genre reader!
Daphne Du Maurier's books are great I'd start with either Rebecca or Jamaica Inn I would also recommend Woman in White by, Wilkie Collins its in the same vein. I see we have some books in common. Nice to meet you.
Thanks for stopping by,
Thanks Bons, His last moments were in my arms with the family all around. Many tears were spent and are still in evidence. The house is an empty and gloomy place at present.
Hi, Bonnie! Stalk and mooch away! Though I must warn you that I'm on a review hiatus. I am in the process of moving and should pay attention to boxes. =) I post reviews to my blog ( and on LT.

Happy Reading!
Jill =)
If a Stranger in the Night by Italo Calvino

Sent it to you a few months ago.

More later son & family leaving for airport soon
Hi Bonnie, Are you still looking for Flowers for Algernon? I just ordered it for you on PBS. I figure I can cancel it if you already have it. Won't it be nice when it cools down so we can have a doggie park outing?
Thanks for angeling Big Boned for me it is the last one of the series I needed.
If you ever need an angel in Canada I'm happy to help.
~ Missy
My pleasure, they're all reserved. :)
Thank you for the nice comment about my puppy and fiance. They were in the room when I read them and we all got a smile.
He said he would send it out in the next day or two, so when I get it, I will just post it and reserve it for you.

OK, I was afraid someone else would mooch it first, so I requested it. I can either have it come to me and send it to you...or I can cancel the request whenever you are ready and you can request it instead. I just didn't want you to miss out on it since you have been looking for it for a while.

Someone has Flowers for Algernon on BM!!
Hi Bonnie- I have it reserved for you! Enjoy!

Thank you for the book -- and for your comment about my reviews. I am trying to be better about reviewing most of my books as I read them. The facebook integration is helping. I want to show my facebook friends what I've been reading, and that requires a review!
I would love to read Edgar Sawtelle, if it is still available! My boochmooch ID is SugarCreekRanch. Thanks!
I'm in the middle of redecorating the guest room, with a rapidly approaching due date! And I've painted the ceiling of the screen porch. Yet, I'm sure it will all be finished in time.

My dogs are inert lumps. It'll cool down to seasonal levels soon, right?
I have a paperback copy of Garden Spells, if you're not too picky about condition. It's been read several times.
Ooh, I'd really love to have the Lace Reader and How to Read a Book. I'd be very happy to mooch them from you.

The book is now reserved for you. I hope you'll like it as much as I did!

Hello! I saw you were looking for a copy of Garden Spells. I happen to have a copy I'd be willing to part with. Just say the word and I'll reserve the book for you.

All the best,

It's danishenanigans and thank you for the info! :)
Today I went to Barnes and Nobles. It is VERY hard for me to walk into a book store without buying a single book. While walking around a saw a hole STACK of The Book Thief. I was having a conniption. I wanted to grab the books and run out of the store. I know how much you wanted some Zusak books. Then I had some B&N guy following me around the classics, he didn't even ask me if I needed anything. Oh god...the book store, I love it but it can be torture sometimes with no money. I think the guy was probably sensing my desire to run with the books.
Your dog is adorable btw!!
Yay! Thanks so much!!!
I was just curious. I have not reported it yet because I still have 30 days before my 60 days is up. I had noticed that no one that uses the forums has received it yet. I went to the book page and saw about 10 people had recently added it to their libraries and you were the first, so I asked. LOL

I know what you are saying about the TBR pile. I have a pile, plus the hand overs from my sister, plus the library has been ordering off of my wishlist (a few books a month) and of course, I can't not read the new stuff they get! I love to read.

Thanks for answering me, I will wait out my time and hope it comes soon.
Did you receive A Dog's Purpose through Early Reviewers? I haven't received my copy yet and had noticed that no one had said in the forum that they had received this book yet. I ended up seeing that you had just added it to your library on the book page and wondered.
Would love to grab Water for Elephants from you! I am also Bcteagirl on bookmooch :)
Thanks for letting me know!
Yep!Just saw! A lot of books! I just requested some.
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Hi Bonnie,

So happy you liked it...The book had your name all over it.That was very sweet of you to post it as a secret smooch.

Some of the pictures and captions were giggle worthy.

The empty envelope was a bummer but happy to hear she had her receipt but unfortunately that will not get you the book. They will probably just compensate her for the lost book.

Some days the sun shines & mooched books & freebies arrive, other days almost anything is possible.

Keep smiling lady. At least we can vent on LT.
You've got it! Off to reserve it for you now.
YES!! yes yes yes! "jumps up and down"
They should both be reserved for you now :)
Bonnie, Have a great trip to Savannah and Hilton Head. We'll have to talk about those dog friendly places when we meet. Theresa
Good Morning Bonnie,
Thank you for the offer of The Lace reader but I already found a copy. Just need more time to read...Same old refrain but hey 8 hours in the car to Pittsburg will help (well a few stops to

Reading The Poisonwood Bible dor BC & think I started this book before. first chapters sound familiar but I will push on like a good soldier....ohhh the burden of reading.

Gotta run trainer coming soon...Urge to run away or not answer the door but this is supposed to be good for me so they (whoever they are ?) say.

Chat soon.
Hi BONS, I'm bringing my dogs to the BROOK RUN doggie park today in a couple of hours. Theresa
Nope none...2 were already mooched & the others are only to my country India & The Phillipines.

Just in from a faboulous brunch with son, daughter-in-law & 2 year old grandson. Dinner later with daughter & her partner(orwhatever they call a live in boyfriend these days). A new arrangement & to be honest Mom would prefer an engagement or a wedding planned...Makes me sound like a prude but have to be honest about how I face reads like an open book...would make a terrible poker player.

The 50% off sale yielded a few books...Were you interested in The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde or am I mixing it up with another book ?

I've started my Er book The Doctor & The Diva & it is a very easy read. I also received an email for another free book from a blog I think but with all these books supposed to be arriving I only have one so far. That's ok as I have some Book Club I'm lagging behind on. Sometimes I wish I could speed read but then would I really enjoy the book.

Laughing at your description of the kitchen reno.I'm definately a shopper & am thrilled to be going to Pittsburg, Pa May 21-24 to visit friend's. (the holiday week-end in Canada). Of course I will be checking out a few used book & thrift stores with lists (both our wishlists)in hand.

Trust you're being a bit spoiled today ....Enjoy...Chat soon.
Done! And you are very welcome... it a thick book and now I have some more room on my shelf for all the new treasures I will pick up in Chicago next week :)
Ack! Kitchen remodeling! My parents did that and discovered that it was more stressful than divorce or dismemberment. I hope you're just going out to eat and not washing dishes in the tub. I had a friend who spent a year with no kitchen as she and her husband disagreed about how much the entire endeavor should cost. She borrowed a scientific hotplate from the lab she worked in and turned the guest bathroom into where the dishes were done. She did eventually win, although I think that she bore the brunt of the lack of kitcheness.

Anyway, good luck and I hope you're done soon.
Thank you for the heads up! Joined and look forward to exploring tomorrow :)
There's a library sale of audiobooks this weekend here. What authors/genres does your mom like and I'll see if I can find anything suitable.
Laughing....of course they arrived just after your trip to the post office. They were hiding in the bushes waiting for you to leave, at least I think that's where my mooches hide !!!

Yes you sent me the site Book Awareness. Great site, I won my first book from there - I Has a Hotdog ...I'll read almost anything if it's free.
I was just thinking about you and that book - thanks for the update. I'm in no rush at all but hope it isn't causing you inconvenience.

Talk to you soon,
Hello Again,

Wow !!! you are a busy lady a trip to Italy sounds wonderful and a new kitchen too you must have been a very good girl for Santa to be so

I feel like Santa has come to my house too. Along with Member Giveaway,I also won a Early Reviewers copy of The Doctor & The Diva. I had a buy one get second 50% off, plus a $10.00 gift certificate for Chapters Bookstore & they had a copy of If On A Winters Night, A Traveler & another on my wish list so I bought both for a great price. Today I was offered The Book Thief from a LT member. It was a longshot request that paid off nicely. I got that idea from you mentioning a LT member mooched you Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.

I had not read nor was I familiar with the author of If On A Winters Night, A Traveler but when i snooped around Amazon I was definately intriqued. I am happy to send you my copy after I read it (a delay as I have some Book Club reading that needs doing) if you have not weakened & bought a copy by then. He has written some other interesting books as well. Always great to find a new author to try but I may need to keep that book truck you're sending for my TBR books or get a second condo with just bookshelves.

My son & his wife bought me a Kindle book reader for Christmas but I asked them to please return it as I still like to hold a book & oh the glory of finding a good condition copy of a wanted book at a deeply discounted price or in a thrift store. There's also the almost immediate satisfaction & ease of online shopping, used when I am in a pinch & need a book quickly.

Hmmmm rehab for book lovers ...probably would be a failure. I don't think we want to be cured.

Well off to bed to read for a bit of course.

Have a great week-end & be sure & tell me all the great places to see in Italy.

Hi Bonnie,

Just in from a amateur production of The Producers. It was really well done & my girlfriend I laughed a lot. I do hope the postage on all those books is not too high. I see that the last two The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel were mailed but I guess they did not arrive yet. Yes beware a truck heading to Canada with books for Gerri. I will definately have lots to read at the cottage this summer.

Thank you again for all the Angel mooching.
Bons, Thank you for letting us enjoy your photos. It's hard to believe but Ben was even cuter as a pup.
So sorry about Foxy, she was beautiful.
Culture is all about food, yes, but also customs. I love being in the south because the locals are not all "Hurry up and get it done yesterday." California is like that, and I hated it... I'm happier here with the love of my life than I ever was or could be in California... so, I guess the transplant is a success. :)
Bons, Thanks for the photo's, all I can say is....ahhhhh.
If your really interested in finding Ben's breed(s) ask your vet about a dna test. A friend had it done on her dog (I have never asked what it cost).
Hope you are enjoying as nice a day as we have here!
Actually, I am a transplanted California girl. I still have family out west. My husband is from MS. The Mississippi Story was a gift from my sister-in-law.
My library is public so anyone who wishes to do so might drool over whichever books they might like. I can't wait for you to get your cookbooks catalogued so I can return the favor. :)
Bons, I have been showing Benjamin's pics to friends and the vote so far is.... He's the cutest!
Thank you so much!
Hi Bonnie,
thanks so much. I was one of the lucky ones, Iwas able to keep my hotel room in Berlin to stay in to wait out the ashes. I was mostly stuck in Germany so I didn't get to spend as much time in Paris as I hoped, but that will have to be for another trip I guess.
You will! After awhile on LT, you'll end up with an enormous wishlist and more to mooch than you could possibly read. Enjoy the points while they're there!

I was just trying to remember who I had discussed Elegance with and wondering if I'd messed up and not found a reserved book in time.

You've relieved my mind.

Aack. I just tried to go to Bookmooch, and it appears to be down. I'll try later.

Thank you so much. This is exciting.

Glad to have found this site! Relentlessly collecting vintage style cookbooks.. Only one I know that doesn't seem to mind the multi-stage funny recipes so long as the food is good in the end :P Glad I found librarything and this group! :)
Hi Bonnie:

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan are reserved for you for Gerri.
Yes Bonnie, thanks! Will visit BM now to mooch it.

Have a great day,
Ok,(re: Dragon Tattoo) will do, I will reserve it for you.
Thanks so much for Angel Mooching "The Accident" for me as well. I was checking my wishlist, saw that it had been mooched, traced it back and luckily you have your LT name on your BM bio page, so I was able to discern that you had mooched it for me. Thank you so much for doing that, and you'll see that I have also requested permission to mooch one of your own books too, so three shall keep me busy for awhile!

Thanks for accepting the friend request, too. It helps to jog my memory, especially when we are using LT names, BM names and real names :)

Thanks again,
Hi again,
If you are able to grab this before someone else, it would be a second Angel mooch, which some Angels appreciate having!

Thanks either way,
Hi there,
Thanks so much for requesting "A Northern Light" for me. If and when it arrives, you just need to list it in your inventory and reserve it for me. Then you can let me know to mooch it, either by PMing me here, or through BookMooch (I'm michellereads there, as well).

I promise to mooch it right away and you can send it at your leisure.

Thank you so much, again. And if you care to read it before listing it for me, by all means go ahead. That's an added bonus to requesting books for others :)

The Help is excellent. I just finished it and it deserves all the publicity. It will be a great discussion for your book group.
I don't think your friends really got the point of the book, or they never had a dog that was truly a part of the family. I could only think of how close my family was to our two German Shepherds. Each one, in turn, was so much a part of my now grown children's childhood and as they grew up, left home, my parents and my husband passed away .. they were my comfort and my solice. I knew instinctively when each one was "ready" to move on, and it was a tender sad moment of acceptance.
Yes, there is a sadness to the book but it is poignant, touching, and an original perspective on "man" (and "woman"s) best friend. The story has many levels to it, which makes it a great book. There is the simple story of man who loves his wife and daughter (and dog)loses wife, risks losing daughter. But the Italian car maker who has faith in him, is another subplot. "Pay it forward" someone bails you out, you do the same to someone else. There are also the themes of loyalty, betrayal, and forgiveness. Then there is the eternal question of an afterlife, reincarnation, and life lessons to be learned. And even the smaller philosophical thinking shown by the car racing: everything is connected and we are one with the car/road/surroundings/sky/heavens.

Any book that makes you keep thinking about it after you have read it, is --IMHO-- a great book. I was reminded by another novel "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Racing" about so much more than just riding around on a bike...
sorry this is so long, but you asked my opinion!

- glenda
You know I love Ben! He's such a ham, and will do anything for his momma.
Thanks so much, I'll mooch it as soon as bookmooch comes back up!
BONS - I published the ISBN# on the back of the book when I put it on that thread. When I went to post it on BM it didn't show up under that ISBN# and I couldn't find the correct mass market paperback ISBN#, even after going onto Amazon. I reserved it as a trade paperback, but told the other person it was a mass market paperback. They don't want the mass market paperback.

Do you want the mass market paperback of Guernsey? You asked for it second, so I'll be happy to reserve it for you instead if you want it.

I need to finish a book that was due back at the library yesterday, and then I'll read Olive Kitteridge. I've wanted to read this so I'm happy about the extra push. I'll let you know as soon as I've finished. It will be nice for a book to have such a short trip.

And aren't you eager for a real Southern summer? I have never longed for heat+humidity before, but after this winter...
Hi,Bons, Funny that you mention that " old soul" comment. I was also called that when I was younger and I think it was meant in terms of my being able to appreciate things far beyond my years. I think we are catching up with our knowledge bank though, and that is why I am on a constant search for knowledge. I read in order to learn. I think my daughters are a bit like me in that they are far ahead in maturity than most of their friends, but I still like them to have their friends and their age-appropriate activities. I definitely read beyond my years. But some of the books I read then I don't feel much interest in now, so I guess it was a good thing . It was very nice to hear from you. Today, I went to a wonderful free public library in a town nearby. They had so many of the books that at other libraries you have to go on a list for. It may only take a few days or can take up to a month or more, but it is a guaranteed wait. I got "Wolf Hall", "The Good Thief","Her Fearful Symmetry", "The Day the Falls Stood Still","Brooklyn","Little Bird of Heaven","The Year of The Flood","The Memoirs of Mary Queen of Scots", "The World of Christopher Marlowe", so many good books,so little time. Another rainy day, but I prefer to look at it as another day of water for all those spring flowers. My daffodils are coming up but I don't see any tulips yet, another early visitor is grape hyacinth, but I don't see them yet, either. Bye, MB PS. I really enjoyed "The Thirteenth Tale", also. And I listened to it on audio book.
Hi again B, Did you read the books you posted recently or like me, do you just post your library on a regular basis? I have a huge amount of books to put in still. I was wondering how you liked Sue Monk Kidd? I just read "Traveling With Pomegranates" which she wrote with her daughter, Ann Kidd Taylor, about their travels to Greece and France, and their personal dilemmas regarding aging and decisions on what to do with their life (in the daughter's case)I also read "The Secret Life of Bees" which she references in the book quite a bit. I enjoyed "The Secret Life..." Have you read that one? I have a review on "Traveling..." on LT and maybe on The Secret..."also, but I'm not sure, just go to my review page for those. Have a great day! The weather is stunning on the shore today!MB
Hi, B! I was just wondering what crafts you enjoy. I like what they are calling altered art. I enjoy using found items, from the beach or in old books or magazines to make paper crafts and boxes. I also enjoy making sock toys/animals from socks,obviously! When I get a few completed I will post some pictures. I am going to a new shop that just opened in town for refresher sewing courses asap and want to learn how to crochet because it seems like a soothing sort of pastime and recently received a gift of the most beautiful blanket that was crocheted. It was an inspiration. I have looked at some blogs lately where folks do a step by step of their craft project. One woman was making bread from scratch. I might try something like that if I create a simple project. It was a nice personal way to make something, you know?MB
Sam is still keeping me busy and has attained a very strong odour problem, fortunately I've grown some immunity to it. I've posted some fresh photos on the pics thread.
Hi Bonnie,Okay, that has to be one of the cutest pictures I've ever seen. I take it that is your mixed breed? What a doll! If you have read my profile I guess you have read about my 3 doggies and my two cats although I can't remember if I added our latest addition, a feisty little calico, Maude or Meep as we have nicknamed her for the noise she makes when hungry. Thanks for the nod. See you on the threads! Mary Beth
I'm sure they would like the road trip with Ben. Just think of what a mess he and Finnegan would be together.
No. Thankfully we were in the bubble. There was a tornado about 20 miles north of us, and then 2 tornadoes way south of us. All we got was strong winds and heavy rains. Thanks for checking in on us.
I thought you might appreciate my newest addition to my profile gallery photo and I challenge you to find my wife in the newest photo. (I really have to learn how to post photos on the threads)
There is really far less counting stitches and rows than you might think with needle knitting. A lot of projects can go by measurements (like, make leg of sock 3-4 inches long) rather than row count.

I think I mentioned that I knit a lot of socks. If you have a Ravelry sign in, you can see my project page here, which is very dominantly socks. What's your Ravelry name so I can friend you?

If you're not on Ravelry yet, I do have a blog which has several but not nearly all my projects.

Thank you for the kind review of my novel Hunter's Moon. I'm glad you liked it.
If you're into knitting, you HAVE to check out It is the LT of knitting and it is amazing. Endless free patterns and ones you can buy too, though I mostly stick to free ones. I haven't used a loom, just needles, for knitting. Mostly I do socks. I am crazy about knitting socks! It's the tiny needles -- I just love them. It helps that I also love to wear socks. I quilt too and have barely started to learn crochet. Since I mostly do socks, I haven't gotten into crochet much. If you have questions about the loom knitting, there will be hoards of people on Ravelry who would love to help out.

As for never getting off LT, well, what else is there anyway? Er, besides pups. ;)
Hi Bonnie! I'd be happy to help direct you to some used bookstores in Cleveland! My favorite place of all is just 5 minutes from the Cleveland Hopkins airport. It is a little treasure chest of used paperback books. It's called The Bookrack and it is located in North Olmsted which is one exit away from the airport. They even give you half-price trade in credit for your old books. They are very well stocked on different genres. I think you will love it! There are also thrift stores that I can direct you to as well.
Don't know how the weather is in Atlanta but as of late, if you come here you will probably want to be snuggled in with a good book or
I love the picture of your dog on your profile. That is just too cute! Yes, that is my dog in my picture, but he isn't that little anymore. I'll have to update the picture because he is now just turned one year old and is a whopping 112 + lbs! What is the group of LTer's with dogs? I am interested.
Oh and I hope your hubby gets out tonight before the next round of snow we are expecting starting today. I'll talk to you soon! Linda
CUTE doggie pictures, Bonnie! :-) You've got some great books to read this year. I wasn't that fond of The Elegance of the Hedgehog, but loved [The Help]. It was my number 1 favorite book of the year actually. I'll read romance novels (like Sparks) but I felt like I could see everything coming almost before he did. The ending especially so annoyed me! But some of my LT friends hated [The Time Traveler's Wife] or [The Outlander] by Diane Gabaldon--2 books that I've actually read twice. That's the fun of joining an LT group. You can always find someone to agree with your tastes. Not many Bonnies out there--we'll have to stick together. Have you introduced yourself to Brenzi? She's a Bonnie too. Take care, and happy reading! Bonnie
Hello Bonnie
1st I love the dog, great pictures. I am reading Swimsuit right now and I am enjoying it. I love how James Patterson's books are written, they are a quick read, great for vacation reading.

One of my new favorite authors is Lisa Unger. She tells a story well. As you can see from my library I enjoy reading series. I am extremely fond of suspense, thrillers, or mysteries. I am very board with sappy stories.

We live in Bay City, Michigan on the Saginaw Bay of Lake Huron. It is about 150 miles north of Detroit. A great place to live. We are fortunate to have a white sand beach without weeds.

Have a great trip.
I agree that maybe too many personal things have gotten in the way of Macomber writing a better book in the Cedar Cove series this time...I was a bit disappointed. I like her books, but I have come to expect a bit more from her. I have my fingers crossed that #10 will be better...otherwise, I am probably done with the series.
Great! Let me know when you're coming our way. I'm going to be out one weekend, but I'd love to get together for lunch or dinner.
No, I never did try any of the low carb recipes. But I think I will give it another try once it cools down a little more.
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