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About meDoctoral student in Northern Canada. I love tea, books, and cooking. Going to participate in my first 11 in 11 Reading Challenge this year! I am also participating in the Cross Canada reading challenge and the What is Stephen Harper Reading challenge.

My 12 in 12 challenge thread can be found here:

Cross Canada fiction/nonfiction challenge thread here:

The forum with my website runs its own bookclub!

About my libraryEclectic. I am reading quite a lot of Canadian literature and dystopian literature right now. Received a kindle over the holidays, so am reading a lot more of the free classics as well.

Groups2013 Category Challenge, Atwoodians, Book Nudgers, BookCrossers, BookMooching, Canadian Bookworms, Canadian Fiction/Non-Fiction Reading Challenge, Canadian Literature, CBC's Canada Reads Fans, Chango Booksshow all groups

Favorite authorsJasper Fforde, Pauline Gedge, George Orwell, John Wyndham (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBooks and Company, The Final Chapter


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Real nameJanice

LocationToronto,Ontario, Canada

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Member sinceJan 7, 2010

Currently readingHeart and Soul by Maeve Binchy
What Is Stephen Harper Reading?: Yann Martel's Recommended Reading for a Prime Minister and Book Lovers of All Stripes by Yann Martel
Stowaway to Mars by John Wyndham

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My pleasure. Hope you enjoy it. :-)
I stalled on the Harper's Reading challenge so definitely up to finishing that sucker once and for all.

I think I will pass on those but thanks! I have Snow somewhere (packed away) and until I move, I can't bring anything else home. Even then, I need to re-evaluate space this year :)
Any interest in 1Q84? I have the 3-volume set and am just starting the last one so should be finished this weekend. It's weird but really good so far - can't wait to see how it wraps up!
I can send those on the 6th... we move on the 15th.

We were really lucky and the storm missedus. In fact, we spent the day baking and watching old movies and didn't until bedtime that there a storm. I was checking out FB and saw a lot of people without power and wondered what had happened! Glad you escaped in time :)
Merry Christmas! Hopefully all is well over your way and you didn't lose power or have a tree fall down on your place. Crazy eh?

I was packing and found a copy of February by Moore. I think I set it aside for you but can't remember. I also have some Q&Q's to send over so if you want February, I can send it all now. We move Jan 15th so I am clearing stuff out fast and furious :)
Thanks for reading and reviewing my book. Also thanks for the recommendation.
Greatly appreciated!

Rick Revelle
I Am Algonquin
No problem! I have those set aside for you (plus February by Moore I think). I just finished Small Ceremonies by Shields (and will probably have Box Garden by Shields finished as well) if those interest you. I can send them whenever you settle in (or hand deliver if that works). Keep in mind that U of T starts their awesome sales in September (each college does one in Sept/Oct and they are fabulous).

Alaska sounds lovely. I am watching Amazing Race Canada and now want to visit Yukon & Northwest Territories... that area of the world is gorgeous. Have a great vacation!
Sweet - congrats! No hurry :)
I have a bunch of stuff to donate but before I go, I figured I'd see if you had any interest (can send wherever, whenever).

Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Diaz (HC)
Little Stranger by Waters (HC)
Wordstruck by MacNeill (HC)
Confederacy of Dunces by Toole (HC)
Story of O by Reagre (PB)
Disgrace by Coetzee (PB)
Strait is the Gate by Gide (PB)
Here is New York by White (HC)
Boys in the Trees by Swan (PB)
Master by TOibin (PB)
Kestrel for a Knave by Hines (PB)
Life and Times of Michael K by Coetzee (PB)
Moon Palace by Auster (PB)
Interpreter of Maladies/Namesake by Lahiri (HC with both books together)
Oh man... I'm doing alright. A bit overwhelmed with work and sickness and trying to go back to school but I'm keeping my head above water which is about all I can ask about now. How about you? How is school going for you? If I remember correctly you should be done soon... I think? lol
Yes please! I love Wyndham :)

So does the move mean that you are almost finished your thesis and will be gainfully employed in the near future? If so congrats! I can stockpile whatever you are interested in and mail it later on once you move if you want. And maybe at some point, we can plan a Toronto area meet and great with all the other posters in this area.
Any interest in Elizabeth Here and After by Cohen? I also have February by Moore which hubby is reading right now but I will be purging soon if you want.
Stats? Ugh... that brings back some interesting memories of my psych BA :) Good luck for all that! Is this the home stretch then?

That book sounds lovely - yes please!

I have a couple Orange winners if you are interested - Case Histories by Atkinson, Lacuna by Kingsolver, On Beauty by Smith or Fasting, Feasting by Desai. My aim this year is to read what I own so I will have more stuff to purge as I go.
Thank you! I really enjoy the whole collecting thing, and am proud of my collection =) Thanks for taking a look, and leaving a comment!
No problem! It will take me four times as long to read it so no hurry :) I posted Chocky on Bookmooch for you - not sure if I hit the 'send an email button' though... anywho... I can send that and some magazines to SK or BC for you. It will be a light package so either/or. Hope you had an awesome Christmas... I got spoiled again this year!
Oh, and yes to the PEI one!
Yup Chocky is Wyndham so I will send that over. Any interest in the new JK Rowling one - Casual Vacancy. I am just about finished that one. Good but man, that is one crazy dysfunctional community!
Did you need Chocky by Wyndham?
Yes please! I don't have that one. I think I have one of his that I was going to read and pass along to you... The Kraken maybe? I will check tonight and let you know.

I figured school might be the reason for your silence these days. I am officially done (but I wasn't silly enough to continue on with graduate work!) :)
congrats... my husband did his PhD in history and it was a looooong haul. He basically hibernated for months afterwards because he had no energy left.

I have Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is you need that one. And something else that escapes me... another Harper one... hmmmmm.....
Thanks, I'd be interested in reading the last in the Mad Adam trilogy.
I haven't started the Blind Assassin yet, it's on my to-read list for this year, so I've got 1.5 months left to get to it. :)
Just making sure all is okay. I haven't seen you around for a bit. I have a few books that I set aside to ask you about - can't for the life of me remember the titles but they are Stephen Harper ones that you might want. I also have some more Q&Q. I will post later on :)
Thanks so much for your recommendation of "The Year of the Flood", I grabbed a copy from the public library and just finished it. I enjoyed it a lot more than "Oryx and Crake" and it was interesting seeing what the rest of the world looked like. :)
Don Quixote has sat on my shelf untouched since march so I think I have given up... but I hope not forever.

Born Naked is typical Farley but it is even more obvious that he is stretching the truth pretty much all the time. It was a good read but I do wonder how much material he used from Owls in the Family and The Dog Who Wouldn't be, two books I have not read yet.

My summer was good as we hardly did anything planned or structured. The kids wanted to hang out in the backyard and local park more than anything else which was fine by me.

How was yours?
I see you just added another Farley Mowat (Aftermath). It is very good. I read his three war related works last year. I have only read one of his this year (Born Naked). I really need to try and fit in another.
I dont think so, but thanks for the offer. I really haven't had much time to read lately and must practice restraint. :(
Thanks but I will have to show some restraint and say no (you might not be allowed on the plane with your luggage if I keep saying yes!). I have a bunch of amazon stuff on route that need shelf space as well. Oy!

I have a copy of Casino and other Stories by Burnard if you want. I really liked it - it was a Giller runner-up.

I sent BM requests for your stuff too. If I send them to SK, you are okay to haul them back to BC?
Ever heard of this novel? I saw someone mention it on a thread and thought you might find it interesting...
Hunh, I thought Red Leather Diary was on my wishlist but apparently I read it last year. Good grief... I guess it left an impression! So thanks for the offer but been there done that!
Yes please! I have yours all bundled up and will send requests soon. I don't mind sending them wherever so if you will have to pay extra to cart them back from SK, I will hold off and send them to BC. But if you prefer them earlier rather than later, I can send them to SK. Either or let me know and I will send them off :)

I am not in any hurry for mine so if you want to send them from SK or wait until after, that is cool.
Hi Janice, glad you got the book ok. Enjoy!

Heh. We went to Buffalo NY for the weekend and saw a pamphlet on a jell-o museum! We were heading to Seneca Falls to see the Women's Rights exhibit so we stopped on the way back and learned all about jell-o (never noticed the hyphen before). It was a lot of fun and I had to buy the book :)

I will pass on that one - only because we ended up with about 20 new books from our trip (had to hit the Book Depot on the way down). Sigh...

Do you want me to mail your package out now? I have everything all ready to go and couldn't remember why I hadn't mailed it yet!
No, I'm not on Bookmooch, but that's ok, I'll mail it to you sometime this week.

Hi Janice,

If you leave me a pm with your address, I'll mail Iceberg Tea to you. We'll be moving again soon and I'll probably give away any books I won't be reading again in the near future. I'd rather give it to someone who wants it.

I'm so sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Life has been more insane than usual lately. I'm going to pass on the books, thanks!
Yes to both Vassangi and Ondaatje please! Sorry for the delay... my brother and his wife just had a baby girl last night (2 days of labour!) so I am an aunt for the very first time (first grandkid on either side). I am patiently waiting for my dad to figure out how to email a picture from his photo so I can see her :)
Ooh, thanks for the note about Year of the Flood, I'll give that one a shot before I give up on Atwood. :)
Hi Janice,
thanks, but given the size of Mount TBR, I'd better just stick to the first lot.
Hi Janice,

the only one I have is Tomorrow When the War Begins.
Thanks so much for this!

The user guide says EPUB and PDF among other things. I have only tried EPUB and HTML so far. Sadly my Nook is full of e-books so now I have another 'bookcase'... it never ends does it?!?

Thanks but I will pass on that one. Zombies just don't do it for me. Plus I am doing well with reading/purging :)
I think I will pass but thanks! I am drowning in books and have made a pact with myself to read and purge. At this point, I think I need professional help :)
Not sure. I have been downloading pdf & epub files but haven't tried anything else. I haven't bought anything yet but have made fine use of Project Gutenberg! I like the whole 'lying in bed thinking about a book, clicking a button and oh! there it is' thing. As someone who has never had a smart phone or laptop, portable internet is a new experience! :)

Yes please! Julys cool.... I am trying toread and purge what I have but I replace stuff faster than I purge. And I bit the bullet and bought a nook so now I have ebooks to read. Ahhhhh the life of a compulsive reader :)
No problem! And no hurry... I am just trying to find my brain again after my vacation. :)

I also have one called Literary something or other. Its the second one by Larry McMurtry and it follows Books. Interested? I didn't think it was all that great - its more a "who I know & what I have published" kind of thing but it does follow the one you mooched before. He also has a third one that is either coming or published... it looks more at his movies.
I am having a blonde moment and can't remember exactly what I have promised you.... I have Nadirs by Muller, Ficciones by Borges & Sweeter than all the World by Wiebe set aside already. But now I also have: Leaning, Leaning Over Water by Itani, Ella Minnow Pea by Dunn, Funny Boy by Selvadurai (I think I offered but can't remember your response), The Sentimentalists by Skibsrud & Good to a Fault by Endicott if you are interested. Plus I have a number of Q&Q's to pass along so I will get a package ready soon. Just let me know what you would like/not like and I will mail'er off! Thanks :)
You bet! Thanks for thinking of me.
Any interest in a hardcover version (in good shape too!) of Sweeter than all the World by Rudy Wiebe? I just bought a copy for $1 (great deal) but of course, already have a copy (not so great of a deal). The silly thing is that I got a smartphone specifically so that I could have an electronic list of stuff I have (instead of carrying around a large pile of paper and looking like a book nerd) and NOT buy duplicates but it was dead this morning and I couldn't find the cord to charge it before going to the sale. The good news is that of the 22 books I bought, I only have one duplicate so I suppose it could be worse! :)
No for What Not to Wear (I could be a candidate on that show!). But yes for the residential school one. My sis teaches up in Moose Factory on a native reserve so she would love that one. Thanks!

I will hold off and send everything when you are in SK then if you are okay. But if the pile gets too big, I will send before so you don't have to buy a new piece of luggage :)
I'd have to say yes and yes! I love Harris but don't have that one. And Windup Girl had to go back to the library unread because I just didn't have time but it looked interesting. Thanks!

I think I have two for you plus some magazines. Would you like them now or shall I wait to add more to the pile? I don't mind either way so let me know! :)
Sorry! I somehow missed that offer! Yes please. I would love that one - thanks :)
Heh.. I waited all month for it to come in at the library and then ended up returning it because I won't have much time in april to read! D'oh...

I will add it to your pile :)
How about a copy of Ficciones (in english) by Borges? It's another Stephen Harper one and I don't think you have it. I can add it to the pile if you would like.

I have exams the end of April and then I am off to Boston for a week. And then, maybe then, I will get some real reading done and finish the Harper list. I know I have a few more kicking around so I might have some more to mooch if interested :)
Any interest in Nadirs by Muller? It's on the Stephen Harper list and I just finished.

Are you back in BC yet or still visiting the 'rents?
Hi! Welcome back to the prairies. When do you want to meet? I am free any day this week except today after 3pm. Let me know!
I should have known that you were aware of the series! I even did a search and did not come up with them in your library.

Our house is in a state of tea emergency. We typically have two whole shelves full of loose tea in all sorts of odd containers. On the weekend we discovered that all the good stuff is gone so we are drinking less than acceptable stuff until our tea lady opens early tomorrow morning when I can call and get something in the mail!
Hey thanks for the hi! Mine is belated. I had a very busy week last week. This year is going fairly well so far. I'm quite excited for my younger son, who is graduating from UBC this spring , in computer science, and he already has a job waiting for him at TELUS as an developer / analyst. I have no idea what he actually does in that capacity.

You are getting very northern with your survivalist books. ;)

I'm enjoying my kindle very much! I still prefer a " real book" in that one can flip through it and make notes etc to review it, but my last three books have been right off my kindle. So easy to just push a button and have the book of your choice land on your kindle. Cheaper too! I'm getting better at getting second hand books via - stop laughing - through amazon ca. I've purchased several for 1 Cent plus 6 bucks shipping. Not bad.

Talk to you soon!

I spent some time poking around in my local bookshop and found a series I had never heard of but made me think of you. They are by Laura Childs and called "A Tea Shop Mystery". I picked up the first of the series, Death by Darjeeling. I have no idea if they are any good or when I will get to it but thought I better tell you before I loose my copy on the bookshelf!
The new year's been pretty good so far. I hope yours has been too. All good books and no stinkers!

Good luck with your reading challenges - I see you've got a bunch of them in progress. I'm trying for 150 books this year (but I'm allowing manga & graphic novels to count otherwise I'd just go for 75). It will be tough, but I did it once before so I know it's possible.
That sounds really good too! I'm trying to avoid getting books that aren't on my wishlist, but the subject matter is, so it kinda counts, right?

Either way, yes please! :)

When is Reading Week this year?
Books are packed and ready to go! This mild weather in SW Ontario has put me in a spring cleaning kind of mood. I have books to purge, free furniture posted on kijiji and I have even cleaned out the mouldy bits in the back of the fridge! I think my husband is getting a little about what is going next :)
Thanks, Janice. It's always nice to know that what you write about a book is both being read and sometimes, appreciated!
You can thank hubby for the stamps 'cus he was nice enough to mail it! Usually they slap a boring white sticker on it so it must have been a new person :)

What did you think of Drown? I can't say I am a big fan but he is supposed to be a great writer so I am wiling to try again. I found it just a little disturbing.
No problem! I finished it last night so I will post the three and get them sent this week. I quite enjoyed it but am trying to stay focused on purging books instead of keeping and acquiring them. Sounds like a good plan but it is oh so easy to get sidetracked but all those pretty books out there that need a good home :)
I am well into Cool Water by Diane something (Warren?) and me really liking it. Any interest? It's about homesteaders/farmers in Saskatchewan so I immediately thought of you. It won the GG award so I am reading it for the 12/12/12 challenge. Its a bunch of short stories about various people in a very small town in SK but all the stories intertwine.

I am determined to get some stuff off the shelf this year and have even cut down on library reading to do it. So, I will probably have a lot to mooch so get ready! :)

Hubby is finished with Kevin so I have that and Swamplandia! (if you still want it - wasn't my cup of tea but it was an interesting premise and if you like magical realism, you will probably like this one). Do you want them to go to SK then?
I have read a number of Atwood's books, but looking up publication dates, mostly in the early 80's. I should do some re-reading. I know I really liked [Lady Oracle].
[The Year of the Flood] is a good book--I have really thought about it since I finished it. I was wondering about the third book also--I didn't see any information on her website, and you would think it would be coming out soon. Have you read many of her other books?
Cool - I will set them aside for you. Hubby is in the middle of WNtTAK right now but both should be ready to ship when you arrive in SK. Blue Flower is the Fitzgerald one - can't say I was impressed with it. I also read Bookshop by her as well and didn't like it so I think I am about done with that author. I loved Kevin and found Swamplandia to be really weird. Not bad but not my cup of tea. I'd be interested in seeing what you think of it. :)
Is Drown by Diaz? And is a bunch of short stories? If so, I read that one last year. I think I got it from the library. Not all that impressed but I have a copy of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao so we will see if that one is any better.

No problem! I had meant to mail it earlier but kept forgetting to bring the package whenever I went near the post office. Are you interested in any Orange Prize books? I have a few that I have finished and will be getting rid of. Swamplandia!, We Need to Talk About Kevin, BLue Flower...

I was going to do Fforde February. I want to reread the first few in the series so I can get to the last few that have sat on the shelf unread. I moved up a category in my 12/12/12 challenge just for that!
Too late - hubby mailed everything today. I was just logging in to update that! Appreciate the offer though :)
No problem... I will add those to the pile and hopefully get that shipped this week. I am in a purging mood so I slowly decluttering my life (and adding new books in the meantime - not sure how well the two activities go together but c'est la vie).
Just got home from Toronto with a few new acquistions and of course, I bought duplicates because I am an idiot who forgot my list... d'oh! Any need for Family Matters by Mistry, Fault Lines by Huston (read in the hotel while there and it is an excellent book) or Island Walkers by Bemrose? All Canadiana stuff in good condition. I am so buying a smartphone this year so I will have all my lists at hand at all times :)
I work in insurance so I am working towards a designation that requires 10 university business courses. I just wrote the exam for course #8 (business law) and #9 (economics). I think they went well but will have to wait a week or so to see. I know I passed and that is all I care about! Course #10 starts next week so I am taking this week to breathe and get caught up with life again :)
Yup, I have to get organised again. I will have those up to mooch soon. I had two exams last Saturday (saturday exams? really?) and I am slowly recovering :)
I saw the temperature out your way! Yikes!! I think I remember reading on one of the threads that your parents had water problems? Hopefully everything is fixed now. Not the best way to spend holiday time with the reli's is it?

I have lots of magazines and a couple books so if you are ready, I will get them bundled up for you. :)
Welcome home! :) I would be free either wed or thurs during the day to meet up. Let me know what works best for you.
I actually got a freebie copy of Happiness years ago, misplaced it without reading and then picked up Generica this year. It wasn't until I was trying to log it here that I realised that it was the same book!

I will save Gilgamesh for you. I might even have one or two more Harper books if I can find some time to read them.

I have no problem waiting until you return to BC. Those luggage fees are stupid! I paid a fortune to bring my book haul home from the UK years ago. :)
Okay, so I have: Generica by Will Ferguson (loved it), Pao by Kerry Young (meh, but not bad), Word Craft by Alex Frankel (interesting but not quite what I was expecting), The Diagnosis by Alan Lightman (very good), Gilgamesh by Derek Hines (on the Harper list), Hirosmhima Mon Amour (also on the list but I think you have this one?), April & Oliver by Tess Callahan (read it awhile ago and accidently bought another copy - d'oh!).

I also have your copy of Everything that Rises Must Converge ready to go along with 2 Q & Q's (or maybe three... will have to check!). I can send them to SK if you want or wait until you return to BC :)
Thanks Janice! I'll go mooch them shortly. :)
Thanks for the heads up about the hot review for We Always Lived in the Castle. I didn't like my review that much, but I sure did like that book. It's a very quick read so don't miss it.

Regards from Rockville, Maryland,

Thanks for the well-wishes. I'm begining to feel human again so thats a start. Good luck with getting work out of the way. Are you teaching this semester?
About the same, lol. Everyone has been getting sick at work, which left me to pick up the slack, until I got sick too. I've been taking it easy this weekend, sleeping lots so hopefully I'll get better soon. On the plus side, being sick means more time for reading, lol.
Would you like a copy of The Virgin Secretary's Impossible Boss by Mortimer? Its on the list and yes, it is as horriblly sexist as it sounds. I have NO idea whatsoever of why its on the list other than maybe Martel was stuck in a beauty salon over seas and had nothing to read except a pile of Harlequins? Very weird choice and his reasoning really didn't help explain it. But its short :)
I'll take them both :)

Thanks, Janice! I must have a huge pile already at your place lol.
Did you figure out how to load pictures onto your profile? I'm looking for them and I cannot wait! I think I just went to my profile page and clicked on my profile picture and that lead me to ad a new picture to your profie -and LT just picked up the jpgs from my computer. It took me a few minutes to figure that out for myself!

Let me know if I can help any further!

I might off for a while , my DH want's to use the computer

I think I will pass on that but thanks! I have more than enough travelly type books and can't seem to find the time to read those... I need to win the lottery so I can hire myself to be a full time reader.
Yes plesae! Sounds interesting :)
Thanks for the Hot Review congrats. Read that book! :)
Thanks. I tried to be diplomatic but honest. Thanks for your kind words! :)

Thanks for the heads up re the mystery in the giveaway ebooks. For now, I'm still waiting for the arrival of my two early reviewer books - so I'll leave it at that. My husband has to go in for some surgery on his foot in mid November - they have to remove a cyst from a tendon / nerve area - so I'll likely be waiting on him hand and foot for a well at least a while. They tell us 4-6 weeks recovery time. OH DRAT!!!! And he'll have to be in bootcast. I'm figuring I won't get a lot of reading done then. And if we're lucky , it will heal faster. What a great wife I am !!!;)

Yes, we are getting scary alike! Next thing I'll be reading Grain by Robert J.C. Stead or maybe reading something by Jasper Fforde like Something rotten! ( They are in your feed :}

Thanks for the heads up on the graphic novels. I need to go the library for those. They tend to be pretty quick reads.

Thanks Janice, for your advice re the Kindle. I think I'll do what you've done.

Just starting an autobiography - Stoney Creek Woman - a biography of a woman born in ? 1910 or so and member of the Carrier Indian Reserve in the Vanderhoof area. I get such a great selection of books to read from my sons GF who is in 4th year at UBC, Canadian studies.

Thank you. I should really review all of them but I have 400 Barbara Cartlands (oh the shame). i think I might go mad if I did.
As they say here, "builders" (short for builders' tea) - strong, milk, sugar. What can I say, I'm a simple girl :)
Tenderness of Wolves is going really well - I'm listening to it (and have been since about March). I think it's going to be a solid 7-8/10 - there have been a few little twists towards the end (I'm in track 69 out of 80).

I changed the name to line up with my blog and twitter handles :)
Believe it or not, I own Tarot cards (not sure I could locate them right now but I do!).

We do seem to exchange quarterly care packages don't we? Good thing we have similar tastes isn't it? :)
Yes please! If it's still there, I'd love a copy. :)
Hi Janice!

Just a quick question of Early Reviewer Books. I've won a couple now. One was in August - can't remember the title off hand, but it's the memoirs of woman caring for her mother who suffers with Dementia. I've not received it - is that usual? I just won another this month, to my surprise - A Furry Prayer - a non - fiction book about dog rescue . Well - I've got a dog that was arescue. It's kind of amazing how well the algorithm works.

Anyway, I wondered how long is usual to wait for the Early Reviewer books.

Thanks Janice!

I would love the copy of The Trudeau Decade. Please add it to my pile :)
Hi Teagirl! Good to see a line from you. I've been well. Staying way too rushed though. Enjoying our Southern summer weather passing. Nothing like slowing down with comfort food and a nice book.

The Three Bags Full was just added on my wish list. Not sure where I read about it but I thought it sounded quirky enough that I'd like it. Glad to see you did! I'm reading The Girls from Ames now for book club. It's only average but holding my interest a bit. The third person writing throws me off. I have tons of books on my tbr mountain that are whining for me to hold them. We've just started building a sleeping porch so they must wait but maybe we'll make a hanging bed to tempt me with those books!

Check out my home page and see who is doing the reading at my house. It's a new pic. Be well
Ha! Thanks. :)
I can't remember if I ever responded to your offer of Spin by Catherine Mckenzie. It sounds like a good light read, but I am trying to limit my tbr to books that will get read this year. Saying that, since it will probably be quite late in the year before we meet up again, I would love it. :) lol. Thanks for the offer!
I'm doing good! Recently re-discovered Beetle Bailey after finding the book in the bottom of one of my book-boxes. I've never read Little Lulu, it looks pretty funny though! I've been trying to cut back on my mooching for awhile and get some of those TBRs read, which... is going very slowly. lol Hope you are doing well!
Yup, I think someone mentioned it on a thread so I looked it up in eager anticipation. Have you read it? I saw it wasn't Wyndham and lost interest...

If Kraken Waves isn't an all time fave after hubby and I finish it, I will save it for you. I think I ordered it off Amazon for 1 penny (plus $6.49 shipping!)
And now one more... The Kraken Wakes :) I can't believe that I read The Chrysalids in high school and loathed it. I re-read it last year and it's one of my faves now. Strange how that goes...
In terms of recommending other books about Canada's aboriginal people, you can check my library where I've tagged books "Aboriginal". Some that come to mind:

Beyond the Indian Act by Tom Flanagan, which is about restoring property rights to individuals. Mr. Flanagan's first book on aborignal issues, "First Nations, Second Thoughts" was a objection to Canada's aboriginal policy that most First Nations objeted to. This second one is supported by many in the First Nation leadership.

A New Look at Canadian Indian Policy by Gordon Gibson, which argues for a move away from collective to individual rights.

And Dances with Dependency by Calvin Helin. Mr. Helin is Aboriginal and he speaks for change through greater use of Aboriginal traditons and cultural practices -- unlike writers like Mr. Gibson who tend more towards assimilation.

I'm glad I read this book (Night Spirits) which explains the history of the Sayisi Dene of Manitoba and the devastating impact of their forced relocation to Churchill. It is told mostly in the voice of the Sayisi Dene themselves. It's a very sad book to read but provided me with a deeper understanding of the claim the community has brought against the federal government.
Thanks Janice. Yeah if it was in pretty rough shape, I'll pass. I'm sure another copy will come along :)
Hi Janice,
I'm fine thanks, how are you? It's great to get the kids back to school. I love the peace and quiet at home!

I've always got a few on the go....especially now that I have a Kobo - no excuse to not have a good book on hand, now :)

Reading "Always Something There to Remind Me" - the latest from Beth Harbison. I'm not a huge fan of the Shoe Addicts series, but this one has a great storyline about a first love re-appearing on the scene.

Also working on "The Naked Lady who Stood on her Head" - non-fiction, about a psychiatrist's interesting cases...and the Larry King autobiography. About to start "Room" someday soon. I've been dying to read it since forever, but it is finally at the top of the TBR pile because of book club.

Speaking of which, our last book was "Honeymoon in Purdah" by a Canadian, Alison Wearing. Have you read it? It was great!

What are you reading?

Talk soon,
Thanks Janice. You'll receive the book next week. Anxious to hear how you like it!!
That would be lovely! I'll take a look at your list too before I head out and see if I can help you out too. I'm working nights now, so daylight hours are in short supply lol. Thanks for your help!
Thanks Janice! I'm doing okay, adjusting to the new job and going back to school. I'm taking classes through Athabasca University this time, hoping to finish a degree is Health Admin. Right now, I'm not really looking for anything specific, but an area that has become more interesting to me is non-fiction/memoirs of women from Iraq/Iran/Gaza/Israel/Afghanistan/Pakistan areas. Also interesting is anything from a humanitarian standpoint from those regions.

What about you? Anything you are looking for? I know of your love for Canadian Fiction and homesteading stories. Anything else? :)
Hello! I would love the Dear Canada book if you wouldn't mind finding room for it in your suitcase. I haven't had a chance to get out to the local used book stores lately, so I've been rather stuck with regards to collecting the series. Thanks for thinking of me! I hope things are going good with you.
I think I will pass this time but thanks! I am on a roll reading and purging books (and well, to be perfectly honest, ordering things from ABE to replace said purged ones). :)
I'm midway through War of the Worlds and enjoying it, though I'm starting to get tired of the ongoing scenes of destruction. It doesn't seem as dated as I thought it would be. I'd be interested to hear what you think about it, too, when you get around to it.
I wonder, do they get better if you let them age? I try to pick an old one for every other book -- otherwise I feel deprived. Strange, because often that old one is fantastic and I end up wondering why I didn't read it sooner.

Are you enjoying the Kite Runner? I have one of his books around somewhere, and I really loved The Bookseller of Kabul, but I have to brace myself before I read anything emotionally wrenching.
I'm not really good about planning what I read ahead of time. I do try to keep the 11 11 category challenge in mind, but mainly it's what throws itself from the shelf in my direction. I tend to read two or three at a time because I hate not having a book in which I'm already invested around. It's easier to give a book a fair chance to grab me when I have another book on hand that has already caught my attention.

I am behind on my Canadian reading. Maybe something chilly from the True North Strong and Free, eh?
I'm so excited about The Garneau Block! And also that one set in Newfoundland that you liked. It's so fun to read your description, think "my, that sounds intriguing" and know that I'll get to read it. No to the Monoculture, I think. It sounds interesting, but would sit on my shelf until it reached obsolescence.

You know, it's easy to eat only local foods this time of the year! I'll never manage the winter months. Although I think we may be getting a little tired of perfect, juicy peaches. Time to freeze a bunch and make cobbler.
Thanks for the comment you left on my 11-11 thread about Expendable by James Alan Gardner. The really embarrassing thing is that this author and I have both lived in the same city (Waterloo, Ontario) for decades and I'd never heard of him, though it seems that a lot of other people have! I picked up the next book in the series, Commitment Hour, and hope to get to it soon.
True enough! But I would be willing to bet that his copy probably has pencil marks in the margins showing all the errors and inconsistencies. He is still mad that he wasn't asked to write it. :)
Hooray! Although I will pass on the Star Trek book :)

Thanks, Janice. had a massive sale on cookbooks a few months ago, so I stocked up. :) I just got around to updating my inventory now. Thankfully, the north end didn't get any of the rain/hail nightmare the other parts of the city got. We were in the south end of Albert St when the rain started, and by the time we got to the north end, it was dry.
I've put my copy of Earth Abides up for mooching. It's on your wishlist, so I've reserved it for you -- it's a battered copy, so feel free to pass if you'd like a nicer copy!
I'd like both of the Canadian books, but not the Annie Proulx, as I can't stand her writing. Ugh. I'll take that back if you like her. :)

Yes please! (to both actually.. I can't find Read All About It anywhere and don't want to pay full price). I have a copy of Anthem that I will be getting to soon so I can pass that along if you want. I will have to check the list and see what else is coming up.
Got it for you - thanks for both messages, I saw the email but forgot about it when I got home!
Thanks but I have a copy of that. I actually all her older ones so once I finally read them, I will have some to pass along if you want them :)

I have your stuff here to mail. Now that the mail strike is somewhat over, I will get that ready to go. I am expecting a Q&Q soon so I will include that as well.
I've read that one, but thanks.

The two other books have been marked sent. Yay!

I hope you're enjoying your comfortable summer. Any mosquitos? The local peaches are almost ripe here, which just about makes up for any sweat.
Happy Canada Day! True patriot love and all that...

I've mooched the two books and I have Cosm here for you. I'll hold it until the other two come in. You have three mooches left with me, so that works nicely.
I'm 3/4 through the Edible Woman, and so far I'm saying "hmmmmm." I will definitely comment over on my ClubRead thread. Definitely mixed thoughts. Please come over and comment yourself! Or do you know nothing about it, and are just curious?
Yah, I figured you would want the fruit book :) I will save them all for you and send shortly. I am due for a Q & Q soon so I will wait for that to arrive.

My problem is not space (we have a decent sized backyard). My problem is my apparent black thumb - I kill things that NO ONE can kill. I have never tried planting fruits and veggies so mabye I should give that a go. Everything else I make my husband do because his thumbs are a bit greener than mine.
Is that a yes to all three? Or Madame Zee and the fruit one... :)
The Canada Day release challenge (which actually starts before Canada Day) is described here: I hope you can join in the fun!
Both sound good! But don't worry if you finish and decide that you can't give it up. I do that too when reading :)

I think I am ready to mooch Madame Zee by Luke and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Torday if you are interested. Madame Zee is set out west and I loved it (hardcover in like-new condition). Salmon Fishing was a freebie trade copy I picked up and finally got to. I really liked it and apparently, they are making a movie of it this year. It's not Canadian but its a really good story.

I also have a second copy (they changed the cover!) of Fruit Hunters by Gollner which you might like. Its a non-fiction account of how fruit travels around the world. Its a brand new remaindered hard cover.
Ohh I'm so excited to see you have won Westsiders!! Congrats and let me know what you think! That was one of two books I put my name in for Early Reviewers!!! Best wishes with your win!!

hugs! Deborah
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Are you kidding? In this political climate, were the USPS workers to strike they would be lumped in with public school teachers as the-freeloaders-who-are-destroying-society. Did you know that teachers down here earn more than the average high school drop-out? Astonishing, eh?

Enjoy Saskatchewan! Your fourth book has been accepted, but delayed two weeks.
Woo-hoo! Thank you! You are a fantastic stalker.

I have the Wal-Mart book and will mail as soon the others have arrived. The Wizard of Id and So Many Books... are both on their way to me. I'm surprised that So Many Books... was sent so quickly. She wasn't accepting mooches and I asked to mooch with the understanding that I was willing to wait, so it's nice to see it mailed quickly!
Forgot to mention... I will still join the group read (I will just be ahead of the crowd for the first time!). Which thread is it for? I will see if anyone wants me to mooch them a copy :)
Suite française was that good, eh? I haven't read it, partly because i tend to be pretty skeptical of WW2 books. I have heard really good things about this book though, and i like what i've read by Némirovsky. Good to know you thought it was so great!
D'oh! I knew it sounded familiar :) Oh well, I will give this copy to the people we are travelling with and then my hubby can read your copy when it arrives. I really need to pay more attention to things!
Do you want my copy of Alas, Babylon? I just picked it up the other day and I am about halfway through. Its an apocalyptical book that I saw someone chatting about on the dystopian thread. Its interesting so far but very dated (written in 1959!). I bought it new so it will be in good condition.
Hi Janice : ). I think EPL could have been a good book about finding one's self in travel. But there was very little in it about Italy, India, or Bali; it was "all about me"!! (gag) I don't know why authors resort to this stuff ... must be lucrative.
Thanks but my library has that one (it doesn't have much but every once in awhile it surprises me!)
Sounds good! But honestly, post it and I will throw you a point. Truthfully, after the hubbub before, I don't use BM much any more so I still have points that I will probably never use up.
Cool! Hey, do you want my copy of Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora something or other. It's on the list too and I just finished. It's a used trade in very good condition. I didn't see it in your tags...
That would be great if its not too big. But if its one you read and like, don't worry! I will keep looking :) One the one hand, I want to completely finish it but on the other, there are ones that I know I won't really like. But knowing that something is unfinished will bug me so you can guess what I will do!

I have created 3 blank listings for you if you'd like them. They are Book #2, Angel Book, and Angel Book #1. If you want to mooch them, the easiest thing would be to mooch directly from the recommendation emails.

It was a good time, just very busy. I am going again today with some of my friends, and I'm hoping it's not quite so busy. I can't remember what book it was, it was one of the sci-fi/fantasy books that I picked up. I found it quite hilarious tbh. lol.

Hopefully your folks will find lots of books for you too! I noticed there was a huge shelving unit of "Canadiana" so hopefully they will find a few gems for you.
I liked The Handmaid's Tale very much. Atwood's dystopian society, as eerie as it was, I found believable. I know what you mean about books following you home. Just this past week, I arrived home with 1001 Books You Must Read (VERY heavy, but wonderfully smelling!); I ordered a collection of Jane Austen hardcovers from Amazon, and also a copy of Celebrity: How Entertainers Took Over the World and Why We Need an Exit Strategy (this last one would have been a public library read, but didn't have it) ... it sounds like a hoot, so of course I needed a copy! And I'm trying to re-purpose my spare bedroom ... oh, well.
Hi Janice, Just browsing some threads and caught your remarks about The Book of Negroes and Gabrielle Roy, The Tin Flute and other such precious CanLit. Laughed at your "accidentally' bringing home some more treasures. Funny how that happens! Nice to "meet" you. Nancy

I have NOT received Blackbird Singing that I am angeling for you. In anticipation of receiving it and to keep the price at 2 points (I don't actually know when it goes to 3 points), I have posted it to my inventory (turtlegirl on BM) as Angel Book #3 reserved for you. I am posting a lot of Angel books, so I am recycling numbers, so just find the one reserved for you and go ahead and mooch it now. If the mooch falls through, I hope you will be willing to cancel so I don't have a rejection on my record.

I so thought I'd like it because I generally like memoirs but this one was way too confusing. Oh well! I have one more to go to get caught up.

I am just finishing Kiss of the Fur Queen by Thompson Highway - would you like it when I am done? It's a trade copy, slightly used but it good condition.
Not yet. I have a dozen nice little online tasks to do some evening, but for now I am unable to do much but read Skippy Dies, a book utterly unlike what I usually read, but it is brilliant. Also, it is over 650 pages.
Hi, Janice. I see you've read about the relocation of the Sayisi Dene....are you studying Aboriginal issues? I, too, have read it. I work on negotiation of land claims and self-government.
You're quite welcome for the book! I haven't read Letters to a Young Poet yet. After I finished 150 books for 2010 I'm taking a bit of a needed break from reading so much (only 13 so far this year). The book stares at me from my poetry self. I will get to it eventually!

Things are going pretty well over here. Nothing of note to speak of, but no news is good news :)

The book depocalypse medal was given out to those of us who participated in LT's secret santa exchange (Santathing). All the books were ordered with the intent of having them arrive before Christmas, but all the bad weather and customs hangups caused many of us not to get our Christmas gifts until almost February! Tim gave us all a book depocalypse medal for surviving the hoopla :)
Heya Janice,

Thanks for the message... Josiah and I are chilling to "Gilmore Girls" on DVD. Ever since The Great Flu Disaster of 2011 (we had 4 straight weeks of someone in this family being ill), Josiah does not sleep until 1 or 2 in the morning. Unfortunately, he is not satisfied to be by himself... he must be entertained!

So now that we are all healthy, (mostly) I am packing for the big move on May 1st. I am so looking forward to living in my own house!

And, of course, I am astounded and shocked by the pictures coming out of Japan... it makes me cry.

How are things with you?

Not a problem at all, I can't read fiction in hardback unless its small and light, poor pathetic wrists and reading in bed means they are too uncomfortable for me LOL

I'll go list it for you now :D
I was given a hardcover copy of 'Cloud Atlas' today and was wondering if you would like it instead of the paperback copy which is not very forthcoming.... Let me know, no problem either way :D
Well, definitely recommend The Bride of France too - it has a most wonderful style of writing. It is simply lucious! I just wanted to point out that it did not maybe have the depth and breadth of the The Book of Negroes - but even there, perhaps I am wrong. It cover the life in France in the dorms, the life on the boat, and then into what is now Montreal. There was much sadness - but what I loved about it was that the author gave time for that - but did not get caught up in too much sorrow. That was one of the strenths of The Book of Negroes too. I sometimes have trouble reading on and on about brooding thoughts and find taht some Can Lit gets really mired in that. Bride of France is definitely sad -but the author avoids that pitfall.

It's always so hard to recommed a book! I do so with my family and friends -with the caveat that if you hate - just pass it back - no worries! As Joyce always says, - your mileage may vary.

BTW - I was giving serious thought to joining you in reading the Stone Diaires -but the library was out of it last night. I may yet get it in the next few days. If so - I'll let you know!

Oh thanks so much for your kind words about my review. Really, I have not idea what I'm doing when I write a review. I really enjoyed it very much - and now I've gotten a book out from the library - non fiction - on the history of French Canada. As for what to recommend to your fried that enjoyed the style of The Book of Negroes - one recommendation I have is The Kitchen House - if you search for that - you will see that both me and and someone else recommended that as a read for those who liked The Book of Negroes. They cover somewhat similar topics, though the Kitchen House deals with an orphaned white child who becomes an indentured white slave in the US - and lives in between the black and the white families -but more with the black. It's an excellent book. Bride of New France is fabulous read - and yes, in some ways similar to The Book of Negroes. My only caution in recommending it for someone who liked the Book of Negroes is that it does not have the same depth or broad sweep.The Bride of New France reminded me a little of The Birth House - not in writing style, nor subject matter, but in that it is what I call an accesible read - that is - I think it has the possiblitly of appealing to a broader audience - not just those of us who are keen on the Canadian Literary canon- whatever that is! That said - Bride of France has similarities in the protaganist is a very stong person and does not dwell long on sorrow - similar to The Book of Negroes.

Another book I'd recommend to your friend might be Born Under a Million Shadows. It has a different writing style -but it's about a young man born into war torn Kabul Afghanistan -and while it tells a wonderful and tragic story - the narrator , the young boy, is always positive. I hope that helps in some way.

The list exists only in my brain and is always changing. It's just CanLit books that I come across . . . through class reading, LT recommendations, prize nominees, author recommendations, newspaper and magazine reviews, etc and so on. Where ever I hear of promising CanLit, in other words. Once I've read something, if I think it's worthy, I put it in my collection called "CanLit: the Canon According to Me." Sorry to disappoint you that there is no official list.
For CanLit probably going to try Anne of Green Gables and Late Nights on Air (I've been looking for a NWT Book, and finally got my hands on one!)I my have to check out the harper list as well. What about you?
Hi Janice, thanks for dropping by, it's always nice to meet another As we are both members of the 11 in 11 Challenge, I suspect we'll be bumping into each other often. I also see we have at least 100 books in common, so I would think our reading interests are somewhat similar. You know, I really stewed about giving "Beside A Burning Sea" a 5 star rating. It was a great read for me, but the plot did have some major holes. It's one of those books that some people give 5 stars to, and I see some give only 1 star. So much goes into ratings - from personal taste to your mood when reading the book. See you on the Challenge.

Yes please! I have no idea if I ever responded but yes please! I would like that one.

I will save the other two for ya :) I am halfway through River Queen but should have it ready at the end of the weekend. Hubby is away so I am reading and eating bon-bons. Pure bliss....
Oh for crying out loud... I just typed a message and lost it halfway through... sigh...

Would you happen to want either Moveable Feasts by Murray (a non-fiction book about food and how it travels the world to get to us) or The River Queen by Morris (a travelogue about a woman who travels along the Mississippi River in a houseboat)? The first one is a brand new trade book - I bought two copies in error. The second is a hardcover that has only been read by me so its in like new condition.

Oh, and I have a copy of The Club Dumas by Perez-Reverte as well. It's a used trade copy that is in good condition except for a slightly crumpled corner.

And again, I have 2 Q & Q's for you next time we exchange stuff :)
Janice- I have received Rush Home Road and Recipes for a Small Planet that I am angeling for you. I have posted them to my inventory (turtlegirl on BM) as Angel Books #1 and 2 reserved for you. I have so many angel books to send out right now that 1 and 2 are also currently being used for another book each, but I have used reservations and condition notes so you should be able to tell what is yours.

Hi Bcteagirl,
Does your name mean that you live in BC and like tea? I'm a BCer, too. However, I am group-illiterate. I can't seem to find out how to join the Steven Harper group and I can't find my first post on the Canadian challenge group. Can you help educate me on how these group sites work? Thanks for your warm welcome.
Let me check on the postage cost and get back to you on this. I think I'll be able to send it you directly... it's a fairly skinny book... but I'd like to make sure. :)
I know! I've found myself avoiding people that I haven't seen in a few years, just so they won't ask that question. The irony being that if I avoid everyone long enough, I'll have no-one to celebrate with when it's over!
My original supervisor retired and I'm not sure my second supervisor remembers I'm around. I started off wanting to teach, and then went through a while where it was the last thing I wanted to do, but I've had a good class schedule this semester so teaching's back in the good books. The children's lit community is small here though, and travelling any further than the UK is not really an option, so the general economic downturn here may make my decision for me. I've been tempted to consider another masters but that would not go down too well with my extended family!
Well, I'm covering all the texts you mentioned! Not a bad bibliography for someone not in the field! PhDs are structured differently here, so I've been working on just the thesis since the beginning. Which, for lots of reasons, was quite a number of years ago. I hope to finish this year, fingers crossed! Any plans for life after? In my quiet moments, I'll admit to fantasising about guilt-free cinema trips, not having to hoard coins for the photocopier and living a life free from paper mountains.
Hello there! I'm always happy to make the acquaintance of another PhD student. I work on the representation of forced migration in children's literature. There are a number of Canadian texts involved but nothing that requires me to make frequent 'research trips', mores the pity! What is it you work on?
I have read both and loved them. You really don't need to read both in order even though they are connnected. But, if you are anything like me, I have to read everything in order. :)
I read the Birth House a few years ago and while I enjoyed it, there was something missing. I just didn't get the hype surrounding it. I'd have to reread it to tell you why I felt that way!

I just picked up a copy og Year of the Flood for $9.99. I am a happy little camper today :)
I heard that you've finished The Birth House, so I've posted my comments over in the Canadian Challenge. Let's discuss (and argue, and throw wineglasses, etc..)
Thanks! You have no idea how relieved I am!!! I work in insurance and am working towards a particular designation which means that I have to take 10 university level business courses. It's interesting and I am enjoying most of it except.... accounting. I have to take it as it's one of the mandatory courses and I really didn't think it would be that bad because I took accounting all throughout high school (albeit 20 years ago) but man, I now know that I will never be an accountant! The exam was supposed to be in December but I got it deferred thanks to my lovely bout of bronchitis. But now it's finally over... except for the grade :)
Property arrived today - it's in beautiful condition (as new). I'll add it to the pile for you!
I have not read any of the books so I'm not sure if they're all set in Canada. I have A Colder Kind of Death, Deadly Appearances, A Killing Spring, Murder at the Mendel, and The Wandering Soul Murders. If you want any of these I'll list them and reserve them for you. They were going to be going to a used book store or thrift shop so I'm happy to offer them to someone who might want them.
Hi Janice,

I saw in the BM group threads that you might be looking for Gail Bowen mysteries? I have 5 paperbacks of hers that belonged to my mom that I was planning on getting rid of. Not sure if you're interested?

Charlene (sparingqueen on BM)
Janice - I could see the from the hot topics that a lot of folks were very upset about the changes in bookmooching right here on library thing. I'm not sure I understand it - but I thinkk the gist of it is that people are no longer awarded more points for shipping books internationally - and that change is retroactive rather than giving people say - 3 months warning. It does not seem fair to me - because shipping internationally costs more generally speaking, thought within Canada, I think we pay more to ship in Canada than small packet to the US. I know how involved and invested you and many others are in Book Mooch -so it seems very sad to me too.As for a hot review - I don't exactly know how you get a hot review. I did not actually know that mine was hot until dear RidgewayGirl told me! I think it's review that gets a fair few thumbs up quickly and then gets onto the bottom of the page under - Hot Reviews.

I really did love Motorcycles and Sweetgrass! It was fabulous! So was the non fiction book on the Klondike.
Hmmm I see Ridgeway girl has made some comments about the BirthHouse. I remember quite a bit -but not too many details - but I have a broad takeaway on the book!;)

Hey there Janice! So sorry for all of the book mooching troubles, just wanted to come on over and send you some sympathy and hugs. What a big nightmare!! So sorry!! Okay - I just peeked and I see that you and Ridgeway Girl are both reading the BirthHouse. I so enjoyed that!! Let me in on your discussion! I found it so readable - it was fascinating on so many levels.

hugs! Deborah
Then we'll have a great discussion. I'm enjoying the history bits, but the book is feeling a wee bit preachy to me. Have you noticed how only the good guys are allowed to be multi-dimensional? And Marie Babineau's speech patterns are driving me nuts! She belongs at Dollywood, Tennessee as "local color". So if you love it, we can have a spirited dialog!

Just an update on your book. The giver has accepted the mooch, but she said that she won't be able to send it out for a month or so due to a high volume of requests. :( I hope this is okay. If anything changes, I'll let you know!
That's fine. I wasn't sure what end of the dystopia spectrum you were on, so more on the straight sci-fi/far-future end?

Hmm. I think White Noise is darker than I tend to read. I added it to save-for-later though. :)

Right now, I'm trying to make books go away more than use up my points. Using up my points would be very bad for my available space.
As I said, I read those genres (dystopia/homesteading/survival) along with a lot of psychics/magic/orphans/spaceships.

bookel reads even more widely in survival, so you might want to check hers out.

Let me know if you "run out" of recs. :D

I do have a spare copy of Mind-Find available... and a rather hokey sci-fi book about two people stranded on a moon. I just need to see where they are if you want them. Hmm.

I'll get some packed boxes mailed this weekend, list the pile for Jennifer, sort and list the pile for Selene, pack the envelopes for rainbowgirl28, and then go through the listable boxes to see what I can find. *pause to breathe* Maybe next week sometime? Possibly the week after.
Ooops... did I get my provinces wrong? I bet I did! I'm actually in Ontario... born and raised in Newmarket. I went crazy when I was first married and lived in Markham but I'm back in Newmarket now. I haven't really been anywhere in Canada except to visit my parents and brother&family in Calgary. We did a side trip to the West Edmonton Mall and that was it.

I want to visit BC so badly... I had a great-aunt who lived and died on Mayne Island and a second cousin on Salt-Spring Island and would love to do the ferry thing!
Sweet, thanks! If I can't find a copy before I need it, I will listen to the audio. I find audio a bit easier to understand with the older stuff, lol.
Hello again from the Maritimes! I just bought Lost in the Barrens (on your recommendation)....I know I will like it because I have read a few Mowat books and enjoy his writing. The edition is a nice paperback size published by McClelland and Stewart....
Yes it looks like Britain to me too.
As far as Readers United goes there is a place to ask questions. It doesn't seem to be addressed to anyone in particular. I'm considering asking them who runs it, where they're based etc but I kind of wanted to know what other people said first.
Thanks! I appreciate you saying something. I was completely blindsided. It was an unpleasant feeling to say the least. Then trying to explain to my husband why I was crying over a book trading site. For me it is more than that. I have met some truly wonderful people because of it and I would hate to have to leave it. I would still be here on LT though!

Thanks again my friend!
Yep you can definitely have Between Two Worlds! I'll let you know when Moose Jaw arrives and then you can let me know if you want me to hang onto it and build up a box for you, or send those two off straight away.
Happy Sunday!
I liked both Food Rules and Ella Minnow Pea. I noticed that Ella is on Lman's WL, so I'll reserve it for her since you already got it.

I'm just checking to see if you ever received Ella Minnow Pea that you were trying to get. If not, I can send it with Food Rules.

Awww, thanks for taking the time to leave a message. I will definitely let you know what I think of the Mailbox and in return, would you give me some pointers on what Canadian authors I should be reading? I think the last Canadian book I read was Miriam Toews... and I don't remember the title. How sad!

Thanks for your support!
I just read your post here. You did very well too. :) I was thinking about this whole issue as I was putting away my laundry and was just getting more and more mad and concerned. I just care so much about BM and want to see it improve, and I do not see how these changes could improve the site. Babysitting members works well for PBS, but there are so many members on BM who are on BM for the very reason that they are trusted to behave as adults, and are respected as such. Blah! I'm going to try to get some sleep now, and we'll see where this situation stands in the am. It's rather interesting that we have not seen any responses from John yet...
Thank you! And my friends thought my social science classes were a waste of time! lol
Nope, I haven't followed that at all but yikes - interesting discussion to say that least!
You have some interesting moochable books! (interesting in a good way) I'd like to mooch Candide, Mysteries of Udolpho, Portrait of the Artist, Almost Japanese, and Gatsby's Girl. Thank you!
I even have a librarian in mind to send it on to -- after I read it, of course! :)
Janice, could I possibly please mooch:

My Family and Other Animals (Durrell)
You can tell your kid will grow up to be a librarian (Lee)

Thanks so very much!
Thanks for your inivitation to the 11 in 11 Challenge! I think that might be to daunting for me right now. I'm excited that I managed to place a ticker counter on my profile page for the 75 books in 2011!:) Congragulations on getting a kindle for Christmas!! What a fabulous gift! I was reading your 11 in 11 challenge thread. I got myself so many Henning Mankell Swedish mysteries - that could be a 11 in 11 category in it's own!:) If you read the read across Canada thread - I read an interesting review about a new book that takes place in the the Yukon, so I listed it. That's is one of the few places I have not read for the challenge yet. I think I'll keep my eye out for it. It's called Gold Diggers: Striking it Rich in the Klondike by Charlotte Gray. For some reason it is listed both as Gold Diggers and the full title that I just typed out here on library thing.Anyway it's on my wishlist!

Hope you have had a wonderful Christmas and the rest of the holidays are wonderful for you!

Thanks for the Christmas present :) My rather large box of stuff arrived today and I am happily giving each one a new home. Hope your holidays are going well. I am hosting the in-laws this year so it might be interesting! Let me know when you are home and will send your 'care' package.
It was great seeing you again!

Here is a little info about the 11 in 11 challenge, and a link to my thread.

Have a great Christmas! Thanks for the book!
BCtea- I have received (and carefully read) Food Rules that I am angeling for you. I have posted it to my inventory (turtlegirl on BM) as Angel Book #4 reserved for you.

I am keeping an eye out for Lost in the Barrens in a few used book stores....I think I would like it. I loved his Owls in the Family.....used to read it to my middle school kids.
Thanks for the tip! Got Under the Dome! Woo Hoo! ;-)
Hi again....I really liked Oryx and Crake....probably one of my favorite Atwood books. I lent it to my nephew who likes science fiction and he loved it. You SHOULD read it first. And you will LOVE Who Has Seen the is a beautiful piece of writing. What have been your favorites? I'm always looking for recommendations.
Yes, I used to teach Canadian lit at the high school level and although I am retired now, I am a great promoter of it. My favorite Canadian novel is No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod. Just a beautiful story about family and loyalty set in Cape Breton. Gives one such a sense of the Scottish heritage and the importance of the clans. I also love Who Has Seen the Wind.....another beautiful book. I teach ESL now so don't have as much time as I would like to read anymore, but I bought Atwood's Year of the Flood the other day and will begin it soon!

There is the link! :)
Well, as far as paying back the 1.6 million - here is an article I found on that. It does seem complex. I'm not sure that the government had made money with the HST hand over fist - as I've no info about that. I do know that it would seem to simplfy things for small business and really, any business that has to submit taxes to both the province and the federal goverment. It's a complex thing. I follow politics quite closely - but we may have to agree to disagree on this one.

I'm probably more outraged that the Liberal government has sold off publicly owned resources, and I very much dislike the fact that we have legalized gambling in BC. That I see as a socil evil. And they have it online as well. Now, that's helping create problem gamblers and illegal money lenders, etc. I really disagree with that.

Harper probably troubles me more than does Campbell.
Yes, it certainly does seem wrong to change the number of words allowed in the recall campaign - but given that Campbell is going, I'm not too upset. Personally - I've never voted for Campbell - but he has lowered taxes a great deal during his time as Premier. I'm not sure just how BC will get rid of the HST - and I'm not that we should . I don't mind paying consumption taxes, and in taking the deal from the Feds, BC did gain 1.6 billion dollars (I think that's the amount. If we do get rid of the HST - how are we going to pay it the 1.6 billion to the Feds? I do dislike the way that Gordo initiated the taxes, very much. But overall, I'm okay wiht the HST. I must admit that though I won't be sorry to see the end of Gordo -none of the new candidates appeal much too me. The NDP with Carole James does appeal to me much either. I've lived in BC for 45 years - and I accustomed to our politics, which are always a bit crazy;)

Harper - there's a man that should go. I don't care for his views on social welfare nor his dicatorship ruling of Canada. He's reformed the Senate? I think not. He prorogues parliment when things don't go his way, promises Canada that will get out of the Afghani War in 2011 - and now goes back on his word. I'm not sure where one could move where one would be entirely happy with the government;)
I just added you to my interesting libraries--I thought you were already there!

Where are you in northern BC? I've spent some time around some of those parts--one summer in Muncho Lake (followed by two summers in the Yukon)--that was when I was in elementary school. I also spent some time in Fort St. John around that time too. When I was in grade 12 my parents moved to Chetwynd for three years, so I spent summers and Christmases there. My husband used to travel Prince Rupert to Prince George for work, so he's seen the other side.
I took short stories and poetry in 2nd year - and oh - such man hating stories! I really have found that that a class is so coloured by the prof that you get.

I look back on all of that with great humour! :) Brr it's cold here - and we expect snow!! Dreadful!!
Yes, I've heard of book mooch, but I don't know much about it, other than one sends of unwanted books and recieves the same, though one sends books requested by others, and vice versa. One thing that puzzled me is this : is it not more expensive to pay the postage to mail books than it is to simply purchase the books? You will have to tell me more about it.

As for your PhD - I understand that there would be plenty of stats, but when you say your area is the more of the health end , I'm uncertain of what that means. So, will you stay at UNBC to teach, or do you have to move on once you have your Doctorate to teach? From what I know, most often one has to seek their undergrad degree at on University, their Masters at yet another, then another university for their docotorate and so on. That must entail a lot of re locating on your part!! I such a happy Vancouverite, I cannot imagine,but I have had friends who have done so.

As for Anna Karenina - I read that for pleasure in my twenties. I had the treat, I suppose ,of having a great Grade 11 and 12 English teacher and oh......... if I never ever hear the phrase - Man's inhumanity against humanity, I'd just love that! :)Of course, what are the chances? He was great, but we studied T.S Eliot's Hollowmen poem forever, as well as The Love Song of J.F. Prufrock by the same poet. Oh the dystopian novels I have read! :)Have you ever read the Lottery buy Shirley Jackson, a short story? I suppose that is more horror than anything else.

I'm working on the two books listed as "currently reading" on my profile page... both are quite interesting, but i'm reading them because they're relevant to my new job, not because i was particularly in the mood for them.

I always have some fiction on the go, but i haven't picked my next one yet. This evening i'll have a look at my bookshelves. Hopefully i'll make a better choice this time!

Glad to see your last one was worth 5 stars. That's always fun.
The Utopia review was written with you in mind but i had a lot to say and thought it might a bit much to give it as a comment on your page. :)
Oh yes, I also worked in p/t a bookstore while in highschool and university - so I got some great discounts! I think when I read Shakespeare, I had to read Coles Notes to figure out what was actually going on! ;)
Good way to spend a winter evening. My last ER book, The Poison Tree is wonderful. So good, I even go to bed early (relatively speaking) just to get in more reading.
I'm in Castlegar, in the west Kootenays. The guy at Vancouver Island Tea Factory only sells locally, although he said he'd send me a case and I can pay by cheque. Of his 6 blends, my favourites are Orcas Island, a blackberry one, and West Coast Trail, flavoured with apple.

I heard about your weather. We just had fog and a little light rain down here. Pretty typical. That's why our airport is nicknamed Cancelgar.

Stay warm!
Each time I see your name I am reminded of my favourite tea from the Vancouver Island Tea Factory. When I moved from the island to the BC interior I discovered that it's impossible to find here. Fortunately an island friend visits often and brings me a supply.
Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers looks very interesting. Did you see the week long "Our time to lead" discussion in the Globe and mail two weeks ago? It is worth a look.
I was out at both the library and Chapters today. I've begun the first few pages of my New Brunswick book- Mercy Among Children by David Adams Richard. At Chapter's I purchased Yann Martel's book - what is Stephen Harper Reading. I found the introduction most humourous! I'm not quite sure if I will join the What is Stephen Harper Reading Challenge, but if I do, I will probably do so in January, rather than right away.Just thought I'd let you know! :)
The Natural Foods Cookbook and The Brief History of The Dead have arrived and are reserved for you!
I actually haven't finished Utopia yet. I sometimes rate a book before i'm done, adjusting the rating if needed. It's a fun read so far. It's interesting in a historical sense - obviously the book is dated and More's prescriptions for solving society's ills are more amusing than inspiring, but for anyone interested in political philosophy or even just the history of Western society's attempts to solve the issues of poverty, crime and punishment, etc., it's totally fascinating. And short. :)

A friend whose taste in literature i respect told me the other day that Into Thin Air was one of his top 3 reads of the past 5 years or so. I'm pretty excited to read it, though it remains to be seen when i'll get around to it given that i'm excited about a lot of books these days.
Well, I really loved The Birth House, and it was an intriging book - a good bit of it about midwifery vs the a new obstetrican coming to small town Nova Scotia. It was a great read, not slowgoing at all!

And I LOVED the Book of Negroes. It is one of my favourites. Even though the topic is disturbing, the protaganist, a young girl, is unfailing humourous, and hopeful. I found it to be one of those books I really could not put down.

Of course, everyone is different ,but I think you will tear through those books.

If you can read the Book of Pi - which I don't think I could make my way through - I think you will love these!

I have to chuckle! I got two books through the mail yesterday - a theological book - The Naked Anabaptist and a memoir called The Butterfly Mosque. The Butterfly Mosque is the memoirs of a young woman from the US who falls in love with a muslim man in Cairo. Though personally I am an anabaptist - I love to understand other beliefs and cultures better.

Now, if I can just find a good New Brunswick book!:)
So did you read House of Leaves? Or did it get swept aside in favour of something else?

Glad to see you enjoyed Maus so much. I own volume 1 but haven't gotten to it yet. I've been reading a lot of graphic novels lately though... partly because i'm looking to make a dent in my TBR pile and graphic novels really are the proverbial low-hanging fruit. They're such quick reads, even when they're more literary.
By the way - The Birth House by Ami McKay was a great read. Easy to read too!! I lent it to my mom after I read it - that's always a test of a book that's not too heavy! I shouldn't be to hard on my mom -she's currently reading The Inbetween World of Vikram Lall by M.G. Vassanji - which is a Giller prize winner. But there is no way she will read anything she finds to depressing! ;)

thanks! We all had a nice visit, but oh boy, compared to San Diego, it was brrrrrrr cold!!
Wow at a book exchange, you did well. Ahh trust me if I had found an actual copy of the book it would be in my hands! My wife's work has a book sale every Christmas where I give away as many books as I can. Then I got to the sale and bring home more then I gave away!
Actually they are only on my wishlist but they are at the library so I know that I can get them. I keep learning about new books that I really want to read but I am not sure when I am going to find the time! I just discovered another amazing bookstore just north of where I live... that always means trouble.

I noticed you added People of the book. I read it back to back with The Cellist of Sarajevo and found them both great.
I know that you may not want more ideas to add you your TBR mountain but as you liked Life of Pi so much I had to recommend The White Tiger

I found the island scene the strangest in Life of Pi but that must be the stuffy biologist in me.
Hey, girl! Just wanted to let you know my tentative shipping schedule for your books. After I receive Seeing a Large Cat, it will be the 26th of November before I can send them. (unless things change in the mean time) I am sorry for the delays.

Thank you for your patience!

♥ tc
Don't blame you there.
Yes, that is the one I canceled. Looks like she woke up after I canceled/vacationed her. Wonder what that's all about. 26 days without signing on, a reminder and emails. So, if you get vacationed do you get an email to that effect? She signed on 2 hours ago. Maybe she'll respond to someone else for you? I suppose its worth a try.
For WISHR, I am at Le Petit Prince - would you believe my local library only has the french version? Weird eh? I do have a copy of the winterson one so I might just jump ahead with that one for now.

I did get a few books at the sale but nothing like I normal get. This year was more of a "well this looks interesting and its only $2 so throw it in the bag" kind of year instead of a "I've always wanted to read that!" one. So, once I have time to read again, we will see if I have any treasures! I do love finding treasures amongst the stacks so we will see :)

Hey! I am going to a book sale tomorrow! Its the 2nd U of T sale and my fave so I am very excited. I can't think of anything specific that I am looking for but thanks for asking. I still have your list and will check tomorrow. Oh, and I went to that used store to see I could get that copy of Tuk (can't remember the actual name but it was one on the list). I couldn't find it and the owner was busy but I will be going back soon so I will ask this time... it's still showing on ABE so it has to be there somewhere :)
Yes, I do love the Vinyl Cafe books by Stuart Mclean. They are such fun slices of life . I say - go and see him if he's coming to your area!
Hi! Thanks for leaving a welcome message in my new reading across Canada post! :) I'm just beginning [Annabel] by Kathleen Winter for my Labrador Read. I see you've already read it and left a review. The writing almost seems poetic and the story is so fascinating! Just wanted to hi and thanks!
Wow you are over a 1000 books now! I just finished [An Arctic Man] by Ernie Lyall and I really think that you need to put it on your wishlist. It was an amazing story and he talks a lot about Farley Mowat's book The Snow Walker.
No, I do like Hornsby, but I have two of his which have been sitting on my TBR for awhile.

What do you think about Late Nights on Air?
Hi, janice,

I would love to have them all, but there would be absolutely no hurry to send. Why don't I just mooch them and you can send later if that is more convenient for you. I'm leaving in two weeks to go to Alaska to visit my daughter and her family, so that would give you another month (or more if you need it) to read as desired.
thanks so much for thinking of me!! much appreciated.

I'm also suspending my angel mooching until I return because sometimes those mooches take too long to get to me and then I might not be able to complete the mooches until after Nov 5th when I get back.

- glenda
I have a copy of No Great Mischief. It's embarrassing how many books that I have copies of, really. I'm glad you liked it. Was it more cheerful than Fall On Your Knees?

I'm rereading The Corrections since Franzen's new novel is getting so much attention. He's very good, but it takes awhile, from the way he pokes fun at his characters, to realize that he loves them. Anyway, I should reread more often, but I should also get cracking on that BookMooch-swollen TBR. At least I never wander sadly through the house late at night moaning about having nothing to read!
Thanks! I have "A Game of Scandal", "In the Night", "When Marrying a Scoundrel" and "In your arms again".

While your there, could you also check for Eloisa James? I only have a few of hers and she is another great author. I have "Desperate Duchesses", "Duchess by Night" and "Midnight Pleasures".

Thanks so much! Please let me know if there is anything that you are looking for. I hope to go back to Buy the Book this weekend.
Looks like a used copy of The Day Tuk Became a Hunter is available at a local bookstore here if you really want it. I will check at the sale but if not, I can always swing by and pick that one up. Its cheap and the guy at Old Goat Books is good at giving discounts :) He is actually the one who sold me the Elizabeth Smart book!
I will add these to my list :) With several sales coming up, I am sure I will find something for ya!

If I find that poetry book, it's all yours... I hate poetry (I know... I know). This is why I refuse to pay $11 to order it from book depository. I have tried every library around and can't find the silly thing. I did break down today and ordered the Marquez one. It was only $6.50 and it's one I will probably end up liking and keeping so I figured it was worth the price. I got The Watsons from the library so that will be next on the to-read list.

Is it bad that I look at the publisher when determining how good/bad something will be? I think I've turned into a publishing snob! :)

I will be going to the U of T sale next week so anything particular that you are looking for? I mean other than the usual cooking/storage stuff? I will look for that too (and might have some luck in that department because the sale seems to attract just about everything!). The first sale is particularly good for Canadiana and classics along with mass market fiction.
The End of Food looks quite good, actually. I just hope you'll still be willing to part with it after you've read it :)
I've already got Toast. I think it's a lovely book, but one is enough ;)
He is a history nerd (naval history to be precise). He is the 'RLD' tag in my book list and the reason why I get so many weird recommnedations.
Our public inter-library system here doesn't have it but you did give me an idea! Hubby works at the local university so I will get him to check. Their system is linked to 2 other universities in the area (we seem to be awash in them!) so someone should have it. Hmmm.. will have to hound him when he gets home. Marrying a prof has got to have some advantages right? :)
No Great Mischief is one that I got free a long time ago and never paid attention to until last year when I started this whole Read Canadian kick. I quite liked it.

I will be starting Ape House soon as my hold came in. I loved Water for Elephants so we will see how this one compares. I also got a copy of The Watsons by Austen for the WISHR Challenge. I gave up on doing it in the exact order but will try to stay as close to it as possible. That Short and Sweet poetry one is proving hard to find... not sure I want to pay the $11 for it from the Book Depository...
Your books are on their way. I included another Q&Q for you (or maybe two.. can't remember). I packed it awhile ago so I can't really remember what all is in there :)

I owe you a copy of The Arctic Daughter. It just didn't fit in the package (you will understand when it arrives!) but I will save it for next time and send it with more Q&Q's.

I am so glad that you enjoy them and have found a good home for them afterwards. I really hate throwing them out but no one I know reads them.. I have bad, bad friends!
The one on 13th, Buy the Book. It's the bookstore/recordstore/sports trading card store. Of course, I went to the one by VV first and spent some time in there. lol :)
You are so welcome!! Even though I live in "sunny California" my veggies and herbs did not do well this summer. WE never actually had a real summer, never got very warm and mornings were foggy and misty, just as though we went from spring directly to autumn, so the tomatoes had difficulty ripening and most of my veggies were rather anemic. Although some of my herbs do beautifully out doors ( I have a laurel tree for bay leaves, for example, and I grow parsley, garlic and oregano outdoors) I always have basil, lemon grass and some others indoors all winter. Such a lovely smell, I can't pass by the basil plants without pinching and sniffing!! lol

glad the books arrived okay, I tried to time it so they would arrive about the same time you got back.

- g

I'm not on BookMooch, should I be?

I thought that Drifting Home was a great book. It is the first I have read about the region and it was wonderful. I recommend moving it up mount TBR! As there was no review I added a quick one.
I have to be very careful that my TBR pile doesn't cause an avalanche, so I'm not looking for anything that desperately ;)

But as you are asking...
Short wishlist: Tarthang Tulku, Francisco Varela, Lynn Margulis, Mollie Katzen (cookbooks but some are very thin). Even if I already happen to have a book of theirs I won't mind getting a spare copy.
Longer wishlist: (as said in my profile) books about: philosophy (esp. phenomenology), science (esp. biology and mathematics), psychology, linguistics, Buddhism, and cooking, and ESPECIALLY combinations of those (philosophy of biology, biology of meditation).
Really long wishlist - you know where to look ;) I actually have it on LT as well, and they are tagged by general category. You might want to take a look at the tags childrens and fiction.

Is there any particular kind of book you think will be easy to find?
I am pretty sure that they only give one book a month to someone so I guess we both got the other one instead. It would have been neat if we got something different and could exchange eh?

Sometimes they do have a bonus batch but this time its Mockingjay (and not available in Canada which sucks!)
I will make sure and let you know what I think of Drifting Home. My wife thought it was great and I am about a third of the way through and enjoying it so far.
LOL! I like my Red Rose and Herbals and that Seattle Market Spice, but you got me there, teagirl! ;-)
Oh yeah, I just found that Seattle Market 'Spice' blend of tea I mentioned earlier on google. Now to find somewhere local to buy it again. ;-)
Got the Canticle for Leibowitz for you, my tea drinking friend. Let you know when it's accepted/arrived. ;-)
I haven't for years. There was a shop in Bend about 13 years ago that sold loose tea and my favorite was a Seattle Market blend. Of course, now that I live up here again, the shop is gone and I cannot find the bag label I kept for years to remind me of the name. *sigh* One of these days, I will hunt them down and beg for more! ;-)
LOL! That is too funny! That photo was in 1974-75 when I was 14 or 15, so I have to assume it was hot cocoa. I never noticed that before. ROFLMFAO! Good eye, girl! The funny part for me (and the joke of the family) is the book I was reading; Honor Thy Father by Gay Talese, because I have a pretty contentious relationship with my father and I think that is why he snapped the pic.

I have to say, that these days, especially now that autumn is rapidly approaching, I love tea as well. Especially Red Rose with any number of herbals steeped together. mmmm... it's chilly this morning. I think I will have to have some after my coffee.

Mooched! Thank you. It's gotten such intriguing reviews here. Thanks for offering it up.
Welcome home! I would love to have both volumes of Fernand Braudel's "The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World of Phillip II" if you haven't already offered them to someone else. If they are available to me, I can mooch right away, but please don't worry about rushing to send... I have plenty of reading to keep me busy!!! (also glendaham on BM)
I did too! I didn't realise it was the Cape Breton one though... yah!
Decisions... decisions.... Is it just because of all the other great stuff you received at this convention that you have no room for additional books? Or are the bookstores in Montreal just THAT good?
Heh... hubby & I went to TO to celebrate our anniversary and our 'free' internet only came with a $20/night upgrade (it also gave us a better room with a king sized bed but still). They really do get you don't they?

That's cool! Gotta love it when the books practically jump into your bag! We hit a few used bookstores in TO and I got a bunch of stuff for my Canadian and 1001 books challenges. I got a copy of Highway's Kiss of the Fur Queen (which seems to be highly recommended around here) along with King's Green Grass, Running Water (one I have always been interested in but never got around to reading).

Now to quit my job so I can attempt to catch up :)
Yaaaaay! Thank you so so much!! :D
Hello Janice, thanks for your note. I enjoyed browsing your collection of Canadiana. I've never been great with reading lists but I'm getting to the point where I'm seriously considering them, given that my wishlist is getting unwieldy.
I picked up a copy of The Search for Joyful at a booksale yesterday. I noticed that it's on your wishlist and so I went ahead and reserved it for you if you'd like it.
Heh! No kidding... but he describes his book complex (and its really a complex not just a store) as something similar to Wye-on-Hay in Wales. I was giddy just reading about it. :)
I just added Welcome Home to the pile. Would you also like Books by McMurtry? It's on the Stephen Harper list (albeit far down the list). It's a brand new hardcover that I just finished. Very fast and easy read!
I arrived home today to find a lovely surprise! It's been a pretty good week for books and this topped it off. Thanks! Let me know when you are home and ready to receive your 'care' package. I also just got a new Q&Q so that should be ready to go with it...
No joke, I just found a second copy of Letters to a Young Poet in the boxes so we can both get one. It's the only duplicate! :)
Don't worry :) If you'd like the book, I'll send it to you. I'm interested in it, but I have SO MANY books on the TBR pile, it would probably be a very long time before I got to it anyway.
Book karma. Or do I mean kismet? Well, kismet has improved my book karma anyway. :)
Well, alot depends on the mood for me. When I was an undergrad, I used to drink a lot of green tea (the very cheap kind)--I was a lot more mellow back then. Now I drink a lot of the generic black tea stuff that comes in 100 boxes, I guess because I tend to be more stressed out lately. But I think chamomile tea probably ranks the highest up there. I've also had the privilege of drinking chocolate flavored tea in Japan, which was I think my most exotic tea experience.
Saw your comments on the tea chat group. I find Earl Grey a bit bitter as well, but like it because Captain Picard on Star Trek drank it. Hope to see more of you on the Tea group.
I will hold it & reserve it for you in Sept.

Have a great trip.
Although I am not a big fan of short stories I enjoyed all the ones in Blackbird's House. It was an interesting twist to have all the stories connected to one house.(I'm a tad behind in my reviews on LT) I am finished with the book but have bot posted it on BM yet if you would like it let me know.
That's weird! I signed up for that you too but didn't realise who the author was! It just sounded like a really good book... If I win, I will pass it along your way okay?

I haven't been reading much with exams this week but I did manage to finish The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and it was good (my very first Agatha Christie novel). I have Death of Ivan Ilych on order from Amazon so once Thursday is done, I will have time once again to read and will hopefully make some progress on WISHR (interesting acronym for Stephen Harper eh?)

I am also in the middle of the Catch by McCormack (not very good though) and that is my last province. I will continue with that challenge because I love Canlit and think its cool to see where each one is set (never paid much attention to that before!) but I can successfully check it off my list. :)
Thanks for dropping by for a browse! I too will enjoy looking through your canadiana library... and will check out the groups you suggested as well. I just finished Inside Out Girl by Tish Cohen which was a good fun read. Might mooch some titles from your collection for my next read!
Yes I did like turtle valley. Read it for my book group and most liked it. I have not read her other books though. One of these days!
Yup! I mooched Agatha.. I do plan to work on that challenge at some point but these days, I am caught up in the 1001 challenge. Way too many challenges and far too little time :) But yes, I would love those if you are giving them up.

Welcome Home! Yes, I forgot about that one! I will add it to the pile for you. Just let me know when you are back in BC and I will get my stuff together. I know I have one Q&Q for you but will probably have two at that point.
It is nice to have more tea books to look for. I get almost all of my tea through a small tea store in Sidney BC as the prices are excellent for loose tea and Janet is amazing with her suggestions when she gets new stock. Plus shipping is at cost. Lately my wife and I have been drinking a lot of her "Highlands" and "Lovers Leap" both from Ceylon. There is a whole cupboard in our kitchen dedicated to tea.

I only just came across Yann Martel's Stephen Harper book and it has been fun to see what is in there (and how little of it I have read). That is what led me to Ivan Illych. I only finished it yesterday morning watching my daughter at her softball camp. I enjoyed the writing in the book but you are right it did get a little depressing at times. It has caused me to consider one of Tolstoy's longer books but I will have to sit with that for a while and see what happens.

I have not heard of bookmooch until now. This is not a big suprise as I only just got onto Library Thing about a month ago when a friend told me about it. I will have to check out bookmooch now.
Thanks! I just received a smooch from someone so I guess I have two friends around here Oh, and poor Patrick who got the brunt of things I'm afraid. Being friends with me can be a dangerous pursuit :)

Away by Urqhart? I did read that one and liked it but I haven't enjoyed her other stuff. Never read Galway Bay though...

Right now I am reading Madame Zee by Pearl Luke and I am really liking it. It takes place in Saskatchewan and BC (with a little England thrown in for good measure) and it's a fictionalized telling of a true story. Madame Zee was the wife of a cult leader out your way -- an island in BC (not sure which one). I just started so right now it's all about her history growing up in England and then her life teaching in the prairies. It takes place around the turn-of-the-century so you can imagine the backlash she gets when she orders books on magic and the occult! I will post an official review when I find the time to finish!
I'm so glad that you like the stamps!

My mother died a year and a half ago, and along with her large book collection (at least 1000, probably more) she left many, many, many possessions. I do mean many - we knew she was a pack rat, but until we started going through her closets, spare rooms, garage, etc. we didn't realize how bad it had become, that she was a hoarder.

The stamps were amongst so many other things that I don't necessarily want to throw out but don't have a home for. When I read your BookMooch bio before sending the books it made the little light bulb above my head go off and I dug out the stamps.

I'm glad I was able to pass them to someone who can appreciate them :)
Thanks for your post! You summed it up nicely and much more fairly than I did. I'm afraid I posted again with my two cents so I will probably pick up more anti-fans :) Oh well, I'm Irish so I was born to rebel!

Your 'heartless bastard' comment made me laugh...
About the stuck Ontario thread ...
I think that the button for posting at the end of the thread isn't working because the spam message was flagged, and consequently the post (and the button) must be locked.
Try doing a reply to one of the previous legitimate messages instead, and I think that should work.
OO I will go request it now!! :)
I am reading Trade Mission by Andrew Pyper if you are interested in a decent Canadian thriller (although set in Brazil). I quite enjoyed his Lost Girls (read way too long ago) and I just realized that I have had this one on the shelves for 8 years! It's an ARC from BookExpo but in great shape (never read until now) :)
I have collected a few Findley's but not that one (although, despite partially reading The Pilgrim, I haven't actually his stuff). But yes, yes, yes, I would love that one! Thanks :)

Is there anything that I can look out for for you? Hubby and I are always hitting bookstores looking for bargains and we are lucky where we live because we are right between St Jacobs (tourist town #1 with a great remainder book store called Riverworks) and Stratford (tourist tow #2 with a great new/remainder store called Book Vault). And, because we have 2 universities in town, we have a few nice used bookstores around here. Plus, we are only about an hour from Toronto see we occasionally make a trek there for a weekend. Man I love this area!

In September, U of T has some awesome used book sales. Each college has one and they run from September through October. Because it's all donations from students and friends/family of students, you can get some good stuff for cheap.

So..... let me know if there is anything specific that you are coveting and I will keep my eyes peeled. :)
Someone pointed me to a thread about it, but I don't still have it marked. What you have to do is paste this HTML code where you want the picture to show up. (You have to enclose it in the greater-than/less-than brackets)


The book=######## when you click on the book in your library to go to the work page (in your library is important, because it's YOUR cover you want to show) and look at the address at the top, you'll see 'work/2312/book/######.' Copy/paste that # number in place of the #'s. You can change the size of the picture by changing the width=###. 150 pixels is the size I'm using on my profile.

Give it a try and let me know if you have any problems.
Nope, mine is Arctic Daughter. But oddly enough, I just saw yours at Chapters and thought, hmm, that looks interesting. They have really gone downhill in terms of bargain books! I did get an interesting history of tea (figured you would appreciate that one!) and a travel book (seem to have a weakness for those).
I am REALLY trying to purge stuff as I read but sometimes things just jump back on the shelf. At this point, I keep Canadian stuff that I love (I gave away my ARC of Sea Captain's Wife because although good, I know I will never read it again) and I keep classics. The rest I seem to be okay giving away (although I am fickle and that rule changes daily).

My biggest problem is that I bring home way more than I can read so I have no hope of ever catching up. I figure if I am buried with my books, perhaps then I will finally have the peace and quiet I need to get the TBR shelves cleared off. :)

So I checked your wishlist on BM and I have a few that I haven't read yet but I can move up the list if you want them. I have Arctic Daughter by Aspen (I have a lot of literary travel type books and probably a few more Arctic types ones that I can pass on once read), Year of Wonders by Brooks (I also have March - both in hardcover and both will probably go once read as I haven't been all that impressed with her), Stonehenge by Cornwell (have had a pb copy forever and will probably never read so you can have this one whenever) and Welcome Home by McLean (plus I have Stories From the Vinyl Cafe - I don't have the one you are looking for though). So at some point down the line, we can do a cross Canada trade!

The ER that I have pending is Backseat Saints by Joshilyn Jackson. I liked her last one and this one looks good but its about domestic violence and I can't say that I am in the mood for that right now (not that one is ever in the mood for that!)
You just let me know about a Self-Suffiency group, thanks, lovely!
Yes please!!!! I have a few of his and like to collect them. I was checking your list the other day and would like Obasan as well if you still have it. No hurry for anything(as you can tell by my TBR list, I have a few to keep me going!)

Nope, haven't started Annabel yet. I really want to but I still have an ER copy from last month so I am forcing myself to read them in order. It's funny all the 'rules' one makes up to regulate (or justify) what gets read and when. I am making a concerted effort to read the old ones but the new ones are all shiny and pretty...
Hi there Bcteagirl,

Welcome to Self-Suffiency Thingers. Hope you find something of interest here.

All the best,

Gavin (Gdeadtrees)

PS - you have an awesome library!
August is fine - and feel free to delay it if you need to on your end. I'm in no rush on this - just a fun, fluff read to read whenever it arrives. It's just one I can't find here in the US
Reserved the Alexander McCall Smith series for you on BM. Mooch away!
LOL yep. I did too for a bit. Darn ear worms
Thanks for angeling! The book is Melissa Nathan's The Nanny. My BCID is SKingList as well. Thanks again!
Sure do! Just let me know the BM name of the angel and I'll list it and reserve for them since you're in Canada.
I think that Pilgrim is only out in hardcover? Anyway, its reserved for you over on BookMooch.

I still haven't heard from Pilgrim's owner, but I've got another copy for you. It's a hardcover in good shape. It is ex-library, but the only sign of that is a stamp on the top of the book. Will this be acceptable? I have it reserved for you over on BookMooch.
Thank you so much for the offer to mooch The Brain that Changes Itself - I hope it is still open, I was away for the weekend.
I've added your inventory to my RSS feed now, so I'll find out when you add books. Unless you add them during my next vacation, but then I'll find out when I come back.
My BM name is wester as well - I like to keep the same name everywhere if at all possible.
Thank you again for thinking of me!
I am participating in the Stephen Harper challenge although probably more as a by-stander until I get my library book problem under control! They come in fast and while I could put a hold on them for a bit, I think about all the stuff that others are reading when it's my turn and I don't want to give up my place in line. It is sad.. I know... But, once I get caught up I will tag the ones I have read (not many at this point).

I think overall my problem is that new challenges are like shiny cars to me. I see them and think "that one looks interesting. What's one more?" Around here, that seems to be a common affliction :)
Yeah, most of my wishlist is on BM too.

The Stories of the North book was actually an option for a second mooch for you, as I have a listable copy.

*ponders on books I want* *continues pondering* too too many. :)
The Emeril book is 1 pound 12 ounces, so medium heavy? A 2nd mooch would be nice, but by no means required. (and yes, I did see you were in Canada)

*inspects your wishlist* No, I don't have any of those.

Hmm. Jack London's Stories of the North?

If not that, I'm sure I can find something suitably interesting.
You might like The Girl from Johnnycake Hill by Virginia Francis Voight (self-sufficiency, homesteading, and some cooking too).

On a more random note, any use for an Emeril cookbook?
I've located Hellstrom's Hive for you - boxed up in the attic!
Hey, thanks for letting me mooch so much from you! Where in BC are you? I was born in Dawson Creek.
If it's not already taken I would like Colored Pencil Step by Step. My bookmooch ID is the same as here, awriterspen. Thanks!
If you need me to mooch some more let me know. My dad is a heavy romance novel reader (sounds odd but I swear it is true). I could always mooch them from your list if you need me to request more.
Hey Bcteagirl,
I will take Worst Case on Audio CD
and also Pay it forward sb if available.

You can reserve for Bo and I will mooch. Thanks
Glad you enjoyed the foodie haven of Cookbook Co! A tempting place, to be sure...
Oops! For USED bookstores, try 17th Ave SW - there are several west of 8th street. There are also several Fair's Fairs, including one on 14th street near 17th Ave SW and one in inglewood on 9th Ave SE. Fairs Fair is an undiscriminating warehouse of used books, so you have to be ready to sift through the crap... Good luck!
Good bookstores In Calgary? Sure - Pages Books in Kensington for a general bookstore, Another Dimension for graphic novels and illustration, Cookbook Co. for food books, Monkeyshines for kids books. The usual supply of Chapters for the generic big box experience. Sorry to reply so late - I was in California. Hope you enjoy your trip!
Thanks for letting me angel this for you. It feels good to be able to send you a book after you sent me the ultimate in relaxing reading and tea to enjoy with it!
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is here and I'll go reserve it for you over on BookMooch in a sec. It's well used, but intact and the binding is secure.
Hey Janice, The Anything Culinary Book Group..when you get a spare sec. pop over & take a look at the threads. You might find it "your cup of tea"!

I've sent your books, so hopefully they'll arrive soon! I'm not sure how long it would take a book to mosey its way up there though... :)

Also, as per your first message, it's nice to know that I'm not the only one that grows (or, tries to grow) things with tea leaves!
I sent you a herb butter recipe through the BM email. Wasn't sure if it would make it through but maybe it will be something new and enjoyable for you.

Enjoy your day.
Happy to be your friend on here - keep in touch :)

Hi there,
Here's how you get to the Canadian reading challenge:

You may recognize Ridgeway Girl from the Bookmooching boards - she's a great girl.

You'll see that I'm not making great progress with the numbers, but I'm really just there to socialize anyways (and hear about books set in Canada)

What's your thesis on?
Thanks for pointing out the tea group. My husband is a coffeeholic, but I don't drink it at all. I love lots of different kinds of tea. My preference is loose tea, but I will drink bagged tea as well. I like it hot or iced, and my favorite depends on my mood. There is a local seller I buy several blends from. My favorites are the black blends. I also drink green tea and herbals. One thing I love about tea is that there are so many varieties that there is something for every mood.
BTW, I was looking at your profile and have to say how nice it is to find another tea drinker in this coffee drinking world. :-) Also, my grandmother was born in BC and grew up in Alberta. I still am in contact with a great aunt and some cousins up your way.
Hey Janice,
I hope you like CookBookers. I am a mess, it's not enough that I am hooked on books but add cookbooks to that and chaos insues! I have added you as friend here & will also on BMooch where I am Bo. Maybe we can share a recipe or two!
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