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About meLove books: borrowing or buying them, reading and reviewing them, and talking about them. Have hundreds I haven't read yet! Mostly fiction, interspersed with non-fiction. Average 1 book per week.

Married over 30 years, and mother of two adult sons, and a grandmother to one.

My husband and I take day trips to New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and my favorite, New York's Catskills to visit restorations, museums, historical sites, small towns with collectible/antique shops, parks and more. He loves politics so we've visited a number of presidential homes as well. We've sadly cut down significantly on the number of Used Book sales we visit mostly because of space shortage.

About my libraryLots of fiction and some non-fiction. I am slowly reading my way through them.

To date I've cataloged the books I own, a combination of my favorite reads, and many unread but-hope-to-get-to-soon. I've also listed the many books I've read over the years, either borrowed and returned, or owned at some point and then donated. Additionally, there is my very large wishlist.


Favorite authorsJ. M. Barrie, Pearl S. Buck, Agatha Christie, Marianne Fredriksson, Kenneth Grahame, Martha Grimes, Ursula Hegi, P. D. James, Faye Kellerman, E. Nesbit, Ruth Rendell, Mary Stewart, J. R. R. Tolkien (Shared favorites)

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Real nameBrenda

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Member sinceJul 31, 2010

Currently readingTrue Tales from the Annals of Crime and Rascality by St. Clair McKelway

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I received a gift Nook. It is not a book and can't replace one. Most of my books are not available online. Nothing is better than browsing my own shelves. I too have stopped counting unread books. That's OK by the way.


Wisconsin has a lot of antique places to poke around in but the amount of books stores is shrinking. There are very few independant stores left. Just closed up a used book store that I worked at for the last 6 years. Was a really nice store....not too small and not overly large (we still have Half Price Books around the Milwaukee area...which are bigger). Was heartbreaking ! The e-book sales this Christmas kind of made the decision easier for my boss.

I too have stacks (and stacks) of books that are waiting to be read. Doesn't stop me from adding to the stack however.

I received the advanced reader copy of Frank Delaney's newest in yesterday's post. Will start it today. I think that "reviewing books online" is today's version of "hand selling a book to customers" so will try to get it reviewed shortly.

Thanks for replying....LibraryThing is wonderful ! So many "book" people in one place ! Love it !

Take care,
Hello Brenda,
I have been waiting for an advanced reader copy of Frank Delaney's newest novel. It has yet to arrive and though it is not a LibraryThing advanced copy, I thought I might poke around and see if anyone else had one. Three people have a copy.
Got all kinds of nosey and went to see who those people might be. Opened your profile page and saw that we shared 211 of the same books.....a lot.

Just thought I would say "Hi" to you....appears we enjoy the same type of literature.

I love Frank all of his books thus far.

Will go back to waiting for my copy...and hoping it isn't lost in the mail.

From a fellow reader,


Bookish59--- Thank you for posting your thorough---and clear---review of "Kosher Nation . . . ", which I now have added to my "WishList".

Though I've had college roommates who kept kosher, (to varying degrees, which, come to think of it, I suppose is like being "a little bit pregnant": either you are, or you aren't). . . but I've never really understood the ins & outs of Jewish dietary law & practice.

Your review alerted me to a way to expand my grasp of what my Jewish acqaintances were trying to accomplish, and why, as they endeavored to keep kosher . . . so . . . thank you, again, for writing & posting your review.

Wishing you & yours,

All The Best,

I am trying to get through GREAT HOUSE...I thought it was going to be a great read, but I can't even follow what is going on.

I saw your review...maybe you could shed some light on it for me.

All I have gotten is this desk was hers for 25 years and then it is taken away and then the next chapter she is at a seems disconnected to me...very complex.

Help if you can...does it get better? I am about to stop reading it.
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