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About meFor some people, it is alcohol. Or gambling, or cocaine. For me, it's books. That's right, my name is Suzanne and I'm a biblioholic...
When I don't get my fix, it can get ugly. I have been known to learn new languages in order to supply myself with reading material.
So, don't get between me and my books...

My views and opinions of the books I read are simply that: my views. I'm not aspiring to be an arbiter of literary taste, or a judge of what is "good" or "bad" in absolute terms. The more I read; the more I see how others read, the clearer it becomes to me that one person's great book can fail to engage the interest of another reader; that what might be to me a bad book can be to someone else something that they love, because what they are looking for in a book is different than what I seek. There are some absolutes -- incoherent, vague writing, risible scenarios, a plot as full of holes as a piece of lace -- but beyond that, it's all subjective. What do I like? In fiction, a novel with distinctive characters and vivid writing, that gives me the sense of inhabiting the same world as the author's fictional creations. I have no objection to unsympathetic protagonists -- I don't need to "like" the main character or identify with them, as look as they are convincing and the story is well-told. In reading non-fiction, I respond to writing that flows smoothly and makes the book as un-put-downable as any novel, a clear narrative arc, and a subject matter that I find interesting. What do I dislike? Trite, formulaic narratives stuffed with cliches like a Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey.

Oh, and I like to travel:

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About my libraryEclectic. And rapidly overtaking the amount of available space in my apartment.

Best books of 2014:

An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine
The Ruby in Her Navel by Barry Unsworth
Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
Bluffing Mr. Churchill by John Lawton
Gossip From the Forest by Thomas Keneally
Young Money by Kevin Roose
Cairo by Ahdaf Soueif
Dark Invasion 1915: Germany's Secret War Against America by Howard Blum
Longbourn by Jo Baker
Dragnet Nation by Julia Angwin
The Raj Quartet by Paul Scott
The Balkan Trilogy by Olivia Manning
Regeneration by Pat Barker
Caught by Lisa Moore
The Angel of Darkness by Caleb Carr
Notes From an Exhibition by Patrick Gale
Glorious Misadventures: Nikolai Rezanov and the Dream of a Russian America by Owen Matthews
The Rise & Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman
The Impossible Exile by George Prochnik
The Trigger by Tim Butcher
One Night in Winter by Simon Sebag Montefiore
Twelve Who Don't Agree by Valery Panyushkin
The Everything Store by Brad Stone
Merivel by Rose Tremain
A Colder War by Charles Cumming
The LIkeness & Faithful Place by Tana French
The Zhivago Affair by Peter Finn & Petra Couvee
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Unruly Places by Alastair Bonnett
Linnets and Valerians by Elizabeth Goudge
Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson

Best books of 2013:

Cold: Adventures in the World's Frozen Places by Bill Streever
The Big Truck that Went by by Jonathan Katz
Frances and Bernard by Carlene Bauer
The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin
Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay
The Golden Scales by Parker Bilal (also sequel, Dogstar Rising)
A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell
A Question of Identity by Susan Hill
The Greengage Summer by Rumer Godden (re-read)
Daughters of Mars by Thomas Keneally
The Longest Road by Philip Caputo
Through the Windows by Julian Barnes
The Deadly Sisterhood by Leonie Frieda
CJ Sansom’s Matthew Shardlake mysteries (series -- reread)
The Watchers by Stephen Alford
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour bookstore by Robin Sloan
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
The World is a Carpet by Anna Badkhen
Former People by Douglas Smith
Under the Wire by Paul Conroy
The Hired Man by Aminatta Forna
Stone’s Fall by Iain Pears
A Fort of Nine Towers by Qais Ahmed Akbar
A Question of Identity by Susan Hill
The Beekeepers’ Apprentice by Laurie R. King
The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin
The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud
The Black Russian by Vladimir Alexandrov
The Round House by Louise Erdich
The Lost Carving by David Esterly
Child 44 by Tom Robb Smith
The Good House by Ann Leary
Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher by Timothy Egan
Gun Guys by Dan Baum
Krakatoa by Simon Winchester
Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
The Opium War by Julia Lovell
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Lawrence in Arabia by Scott Anderson

Best reading in 2012:

Before the Poison by Peter Robinson
Maphead by Ken Jennings
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
The Free World by David Bezmogis
The Emperor of Lies by Steve Sem-Sandberg
Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh
Catherine the Great by Robert Massie
Stories About Storytellers by Douglas Gibson
The Man Within My Head by Pico Iyer
Winter King by Thomas Penn
Gillespie & I by Jane Harris
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
The Man Without a Face by Masha Gessen
The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones
Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Waiting for Sunrise by William Boyd
1222 by Anne Holt
Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
Hood Rat by Gavin Wright
People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd-Parry
Moth Smoke by Mohsin Hamid
Trapeze by Simon Mawer
The Noble Assassin by Christie Dickason
The Last Waltz by Anne Enright
Darkmarket by Misha Glenny
White Gold by Giles Milton
Doublecross by Ben Macintyre
Defending Jacob by William Landay
The Radetzky March by Joseph Roth
In The Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner
Wanted Women by Deborah Scroggins
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Doc by Mary Doria Russell
The Headmaster's Wager by Vincent Lam
The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
Divorce Islamic Style by Amara Lakhous
A Dangerous Inheritance by Alison Weir
The Watch by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya
A Dream of Ding Village by Yan Lianke
The Line by Olga Grushin
Above All Things by Tanis Rideout
Restless by William Boyd
The Green Shore by Natalie Bakopoulos
Ayn Rand Nation by Gary Weiss
An Agent of Deceit by Chris Morgan Jones
The Graves Are Walking by John Kelly
Born With a Tooth by Joseph Boyden
Mortality by Christopher Hitchens
HMS Surprise by Patrick O'Brian
Best books of 2011:

Ravel by Jean Echenoz
The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
Kean by Jean-Paul Sartre
Defiant Spirits by Ross King
Case Studies by Kate Atkinson
Zennor in Darkness by Helen Dunmore
A Widow's Story by Joyce Carol Oates
Three-Day Road by Joseph Boyden
Objects of Our Affection by Lisa Tracy
The Storyteller of Marrakesh by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya
The Last Summer of Reason by Tahar Djaout
Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon
In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar
In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
A Writer's Diary by Virginia Woolf
The Memory Palace by Mira Bartok
In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut
The Panic Virus by Seth Mnookin
The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
To End All Wars by Adam Hochschild
Death to the Dictator by Afsaneh Moqadam
Rondo by Kazimierz Brandys
Chasing the Devil by Tim Butcher
In Defense of Flogging by Peter Moskos
Theodora by Stella Duffy
Unnatural Selection by Mara Hvistendahl
Death and the Penguin by Andrei Kurkov
The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna
A Most Dangerous Book by Christopher Krebs
Island of Bones by Imogen Robertson
The Pericles Commission by Gary Corby
Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer
Outwitting History by Aaron Lansky
Cooking with Fernet Branca by James Hamilton-Paterson
Snowdrops by A.D. Miller
The Summer of the Bear by Bella Pollen
March by Geraldine Brooks
Midnight Rising by Tony Horwitz
The Magician King by Lev Grossman
The German Mujahid by Boualem Sansal
Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch
The Good Muslim by Tahmima Anam
A Jealous Ghost by A.N. Wilson
The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje
Evening in the Palace of Reason by James Gaines
Elizabeth and Hazel by David Margolick
All That I Am by Anna Funder
Waiting for Robert Capa by Susana Fortes
Hand Me Down World by Lloyd Jones
Molotov's Magic Lantern by Jenny Polonsky

Best books of 2010, in no particular order:

The File by Timothy Garton Ash
Enough: Why the World's Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty by Roger Thurow & Scott Kilman
War at the Wall Street Journal by Sarah Ellison
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel
Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
Autobiography of an Execution by David Dow
The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
The Calligrapher's Daughter by Eugenia Kim
The Girl who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Children of Men by P.D. James
Passionate Minds: The Love Story of the Englightenment by David Bodanis
The Cello Suites by Eric Siblin
Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art by Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo
The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor
The King's Touch by Jude Morgan
Thirteenth Night by Alan Gordon
The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
Death of a Red Heroine by Qiu Xiaolong (and later books in the series)
Map of the Invisible World by Tash Aw
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
Ordinary Thunderstorms by William Boyd
Mrs Adams in Winter by Michael O'Brien
The Last Stand by Nathaniel Philbrick
The Music Room by William Fiennes
Austerlitz by W.G. Sebald
How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in one question and twenty attempts at an answer by Sarah Bakewell
In Pursuit of Silence by George Prochnik
The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova
Love Songs from a Shallow Grave by Colin Cotterill
Methland by Nick Reding
Last Train from Hiroshima by Charles Pellegrino
Magnifico: The Brilliant Life and Violent Times of Lorenzo de Medici by Miles Unger
The Dark Vineyard by Martin Walker
Guilt About the Past by Bernhard Schlink
The Long Stretch by Linden MacIntyre
Hot Time in the Old Town by Edward Kotman
Cain's Field: Faith, Fratricide and Fear in the Middle East by Matt Beynon Rees
The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas
Wild Grass by Ian Johnson
Becoming George Sand by Rosalind Brackenbury
Packing for Mars by Mary Roach
Madame Proust and the Kosher Kitchen by Kate Taylor
The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson
Miss Buncle's Book by D.E. Stevenson
The Bishop's Man by Linden MacIntyre
Heartstone by C.J. Sansom
Dreaming in Chinese by Deborah Fallows
The Whites of Their Eyes by Jill Lepore
Your Republic is Calling You by Young-ha Kim
The Romantic Revolution by Tim Blanning
Room by Emma Donoghue
The Fall by Albert Camus
Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
On The Spartacus Road by Peter Stothard
How to Read the Air by Dinaw Mengestu
Must You Go? by Antonia Fraser
The Siege by Helen Dunmore
The Betrayal by Helen Dunmore
Every Man in This Village is a Liar by Megan Stack
Gilded Youth by Kate Cambor
Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
The Post-Office Girl by Stefan Zweig
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
The Memory Chalet by Tony Judt
A Novel Bookstore by Laurence Cosse
The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths
Atlantic by Simon Winchester

Absolutely NO surprises with this...

All time favorite reading:

The Island of Lost Maps by Miles Harvey
A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf
Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz
The Fourth Part of the World by Toby Lester
In a Dark Wood Wandering by Hella Haase
The Lone Pilgrim by Laurie Colwin
Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey
The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
Slowness by Milan Kundera
Enemies of Promise by Cyril Connolly
Enigma of Arrival by V.S. Naipaul
The Perpetual Orgy by Mario Vargas Llosa
How to Cure a Fanatic by Amos Oz
Occidentalism by Ian Buruma
Watermark by Joseph Brodsky
In the Name of Identity by Amin Maalouf
The Other by Ryszard Kapuscinski
Utz by Bruce Chatwin
War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning by Chris Hedges
Medici Money by Tim Parks
Building a Bridge to the 18th Century by Neil Postman
A Desert in Bohemia by Jill Paton Walsh
The Jane Whitefield series by Thomas Perry
the Ian Seraillier series by Susan Hill
The Grave Tattoo by Val McDermid
Representations of the Intellectual - Edward Said
Conducted Tour by Bernard Levin
From the Holy Mountain by William Dalrymple
The Future of the Past by Alexander Stille
The Rites of Spring by Modris Eksteins
The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson
Terror and Liberalism by Paul Berman
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
A Time to Keep Silence by Patrick Leigh Fermor
Virginia Woolf by Hermione Lee
The John Madden mysteries by Rennie Airth
Portrait of an Unknown Woman by Vanora Bennett
China Court by Rumer Godden
In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden
The Balkan Trilogy by Olivia Manning
The Hours by Michael Cunningham
The Mountjoy series by Elizabeth Pewsey
Copenhagen by Michael Frayn
Arcadia by Tom Stoppard
Slaves in the Family by Edward Ball
The Common Reader (2 volumes) by Virginia Woolf
Table Talk by William Hazlitt
Elia by Charles Lamb
Defining the World by Henry Hitchings
George Orwell in Burma by Emma Larkin
Land of Green Ghosts by Pascal Khoo Thwe
84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
Q's Legacy by Helene Hanff
The Boat Who Wouldn't Float by Farley Mowat
Among the Believers by VS Naipaul
King Leopold's Ghost by Adam Hochschild
A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor
The Reckless Mind by Mark Lilla
Oh Canada! Oh Quebec! by Mordecai Richler
A Secret Alchemy by Emma Darwin
Coasting by Jonathan Raban
The World, the Flesh and the Devil by Reay Tannahill

Groups1010 Category Challenge, 2013 Category Challenge, 2014 Category Challenge, 75 Books Challenge for 2010, 75 Books Challenge for 2011, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, Europa Challenge, Historical Fictionshow all groups

Favorite authorsPeter Ackroyd, Norman F. Cantor, Laurie Colwin, Colin Cotterill, Murray Davies, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Rumer Godden, William Hazlitt, Kazuo Ishiguro, Milan Kundera, Charles Lamb, Stephen Leacock, Bernard Levin, Hilary Mantel, Val McDermid, Stephen O'Shea, Terry Pratchett, Reay Tannahill, Josephine Tey, Barbara W. Tuchman, Virginia Woolf (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBookCourt, Daunt Books - Holland Park, David Mason Books, Foyles, Hatchards, Librairie Champlain, Sleuth Of Baker Street, Strand Bookstore

Favorite librariesProvidence Athenaeum

Other favoritesNational Book Festival

Membership LibraryThing Early Reviewers/Member Giveaway

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Member sinceOct 9, 2006

Currently readingAfter Flodden by Rosemary Goring
Travels with a Tangerine: A Journey in the Footnotes of Ibn Battutah by Tim Mackintosh-Smith
Empires of the Dead: How One Man's Vision Led to the Creation of WW1's War Graves by David Crane
A Burnable Book: A Novel by Bruce Holsinger
In Paradise: A Novel by Peter Matthiessen

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I wanted to let you know I finished The Quick in a marathon session today just because I couldn't put it down. It'll probably take me awhile to put my thoughts together about it other than, "Wow! What a writer! I can't wait for her next book!"

Have you seen the reviews on the work's page? They're terrible to say the least. I don't think people gave it a chance once they discovered it was about vampires. Their loss.
Night soldiers and Mission to Paris are the Furst on my shelves...
Excellent library and you are a Rennie Airth fan !!!!
Obstreperous... Yes, perhaps some of that too! LOL
Just wanted to pop in and let you know that I really appreciated your thoughtful comments on Monsanto.
Yes, that's our trip. We return home on June 1, so it's a perfect fit. I can even get you someone to escort you to the apartment and show you around - a friend of mine lives three blocks away and has keys - we serve as each other's backup. So please plan on it, send me your exact dates, and I'll put you in the building system as a guest while we are away. Happy to serve!
Suz, Jim and I will be away on vacation from May 18 through June 1. Want to stay at our place for Book Expo? I can arrange it with the building staff to leave you keys.
Glad you'll be joining the readathon!

Those are two beautiful cats! My big gray and white boy is also named Jasper; his little sib Suki is a brown tabby with white bib, stockings, and mittens.
Thursday is fine!
Happy Thingaversary, Suz! And many happy returns of book-filled years!

Suz, have you run a Google search under "free pattern knit shawl"? There are hundreds of free patterns on the internet, many of them from the yarn sites themselves such as, and I'm sure you could find something that fits your parameters.
---another instance (and this is the last reference, I promise) of the Lizzie dictum that people should read my mind without realizing that they're supposed to. You wrote about dreaming on facebook, and I was reading a book about dreams, hence the connection and the offer.
I must say on reflection that I didn't make it sound very appealing. It's not.
Thanks very much Suzanne,

I was wondering if you'd be willing to do another Wolf Hall Tutored Read with me? I've managed to make it through Chapter I once or twice, but once I get to Cromwell's work under Wolsey's employ I just seem to hit a stumbling block. I know the basics of the era, and have started reading Meyer's The Tudors, but I still am having trouble.

Thank you for any help you can give!
Meeting at a bookshop on Wednesday late afternoon and then going to find Fliss sounds good to me, I'll talk to Mike and my dad about how early one or both of them can take over so I can escape.
Hey, chatterbox. Did you happen to see this thread - ? Post by a new member, who says, "I was lured to LT for the first time when I was reading Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall. I was pretty sure I knew what "breakbone fever" referred to, but decided to check online, anyway. My search led me to Chatterbox's tutored read of Wolf Hall; I was completely caught up in the thread - and I know it's an old thread, but it was great!
So I checked out the rest of the site and had to join!"

Way to lure 'em in!
Yes, I am planning to attend the b'day party. Any idea what to bring? I don't know her well enough to really understand what she'd like - maybe Jim has an idea.

I'll cope with the allergies, and Jim says he will too, until and unless he begins to react badly. There's always Benedril. And his inhaler. He's game. I'm usually ok if I don't touch a cat and rub my eyes.
Suz, hope you're feeling better.

I like your TIOLI idea for April and think that it's finally starting to take off, as we all knew it would.
Hey Suzanne! A TIOLI Challenge #6 discussion thread can be found here: :)
I knew that I mailed it a bit late, but it arrived today?!?!? Good grief.
Merry Christmas, Suz.
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Ohhhh, sweet boy!!
hi, Suz,
I was reading Louise Penney's short story "the Hangman' and wondered if it would count in your game challenge?
Hope you had a great weekend.

Uh oh. If it was the one the other person wanted most, I'll send it right back! Otherwise, I'd love to keep it.
Thank you!
I saw this article and thought you might find it interesting

What got me was that they say these people who destroy our economy actually believe they're doing the right thing. I know you already knew that, but it makes things even worse, doesn't it?
Hey Suzzane,
Has the book arrived yet??
My hat's off to you for downsizing whatever the reason. I have probably read the 80s stuff, but I can't resist taking a look!
Thanks, Suzanne. I was really bothering you only on the off chance that you might be back earlier. I haven't checked your thread yet, but I trust that the ll's visit was O.K.
Good luck on de-acquisition!
hello, I hope that you don´t mind I added your library to the interesting ones I like to keep an eye on- I have come across your reviews a couple of times and agreed, and I think that your library can give me inspiration in times of hesitation. Several of your all time favorites are mine too- such as The uncommon reader and 84 Charing Cross, Arcadia and Daughter of time-also, I see that you are reading the Josephine Tey Mysteries and wonder what you think, I have been thinking about getting them.

Many thanks.
When I went armed to post your book, I found that somebody else had already done all of them. They really do look pretty!
Many thanks a head of time!
Peggy/Lizzie and other assorted names as far as that goes
I know - neither were Darryl or Heather for some reason - bizarre!
i'm working on a response to your message to me of the other day about Hochschild and other matters, but i'm bloody slow.
mmm, your post on RD's site about 'fiduciary duty' was very helpful. i noticed in re: BP's tax write-off that they could do it b/c they hadn't yet been prosecuted so at that point it came under losses not penalties.

it is good to have better informed and wiser minds than mine providing info as i can easily fall into justifiable paranoia (yeah, i know, apparent contradiction in terms but sometimes 'they' really are out to get ya).

i'd just put Adam Hochschild's Leopold's ghost into my shopping basket at then i read more reviews. i'm having so much trouble with say you're one of them that i'm not sure i want to know what he has to say. thoughts?

his wife, Arlie, was on my dissertation committee at Cal many years ago. i've read a number of her books but nothing by him. she's amazing! when i was there, TPTB were in the process of denying her tenure b/c, well, basically, because she wasn't Erving Goffman. she scared the living daylights out of the guys in the soc department. too, too good. i had no idea what a privilege i was experiencing to have a graduate seminar with her. vee grow too zoon old und too late schmardt.

I will definitely check out "Find George Orwell in Burma". Thanks for the recommendation.
It isn't often I see someone with the Trouser People book in their library! That was such an unexpectedly good read about a country about whichI knew nothing.
I noted your upcoming DC plans and replied on my thread, but thought it might make more sense to reply here. If you do find yourself with extra time in DC and want to connect, let me know. I think you may have said something a while back about a possible stop at Politics and Prose (always one of my favorite places in the city, though I fear I may have blown through my book quota for the month.)
thanks for your excellent (thumbzupped)review of Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity. i don't know whether i'll read it or not. depends on if/when it gets to and how well it translates to audio. your thoughts are much appreciated.
Thank you for your review of Stories About Storytellers: Publishing Alice Munro, Robertson Davies, Alistair MacLeod, Pierre Trudeau, and Others by Douglas Gibson
ECW Press (2011), Hardcover, 392 pages.
I am reading it right now and enjoying every minute of it. I agree with your statement about picking up some to-be-read titles. I read People of the Deer by Farley Mowat for a book review project in Grade 8 and have read a couple of books since. I want to read more. Barry Broadfoot and Hugh MacLennan are also on my to-be-read list.
Didn't want to take up more space on your thread about this, and I'm sure this whole thing is a major annoyance to you, but I just wanted to note that I appreciate the distinction in the two responses between you and Ms. Macneal/her husband/her friends/etc. You're staying classy and respectful which speaks volumes, while she had a rather nasty, ad hominem comment about you in the comments section of her blog. And that speaks volumes in its own way!
Loved your review of Mr. Churchill's Secretary. It confirmed what I suspected when I read the ER blurb. Glad I didn't request it!
i have yet to review Mr. Churchill's Secretary and now I really don't have to because you said everything that I was thinking when I was reading it! Wait...I just remembered something that drove me nuts and you didn't list. The author describes EVERY single outfit EVERY single character wears Every time the character appears, if only for a moment. (Maggie spots a man across the street sitting at an outdoor table and her eagle eyes recognize that the material in his suit is seersucker. She even describes the clothes the guy who sells her a newspaper is wearing!)
I absolutely loved your introduction in the membership thread. You have a very interesting list of books - I will be back to peruse. I tend to get overwhelmed with my book collection so I won't upload mine yet. Once I complete the read/certification this week - then it is on. I am interested in the thumping good read the guy at the bookstore recommended when you were there to sign books. I am also coming back to find your 4.5-5 star ratings. Any book I should start with? I am just loving this site, especially now that I am finished with my last big client and I am working exclusively from my home office for the next few months. Lovely to meet you. Thanks for the great reviews ... - Malanious, Cincinnati OH. Of note - have a LOT of family all over New York. Can't wait to get back there.
I glimpsed you once in the Strand from afar, crossed paths with Judy and Jim as they were heading to the checkout line, scanned the crowd before I left shortly afterward, didn't think there was any real hope of finding you to say goodbye. Yes, it was nice to meet you and connect the pixels with a person!
Happy Holiday! I've been out of touch. I hope all is well with you and that the migraines are locked in a cage where their nasty biting teeth cannot find you.

All the best,

Hi Suzanne,

I put the Tony Horwitz book in the mail yesterday. I sent it via media mail so you should get it next week sometime I would think. I really enjoyed it so thank you so much.

No problem Suz e-mail away.
I have two e-mails:

I use the 2nd one the most

btw - sooooo impressed by your rate of reading and by the fact that you are still able to analyse the books so eruditely whilst chewing up so prodigiously! Cornwall really is a fabulous place SHE-WHO-MUST-BE-OBEYED and I spent an idyllic few days there in 1996 before the kids (probably begetting the first if truth be known) and I would love to own a spot there. The photo I put up was from my scouring the housing listings - cut down on my spending on books I may be able to stretch to a deposit!)
Not a problem Suzanne. I'll be on the lookout for Tony Horowitz;-)
That's what I get for reading other people's mail.
Hi Suzanne!
London free press eh? That's kind of cool. But I bet living in New York is much nicer than London!
:) Chelle
No problem. Let me know when you're ready!
Suzanne - (The cat's table) - happy to follow you to Challenge #9. Anna
Hurrah for The Chalk Girl! Let me know if you want to read it/discuss it together.
Suzanne, are you hosting the readathon today? Do you have a thread somewhere?
Yes, that is good to know, although knowing it wouldn't change my feeling of mistrust for his sense of events which was a reaction to the book itself and not really a comment on his factual knowledge. I certainly wasn't saying that anything was falsified or factually untrue.
I love the MoMA and that's one exhibit I wish I had been in NYC to see. Now that you mention it, I do recall that being the catalogue. I know they have quality standards, but still, how are the paper and printing? Good, Very Good, or Outstanding? Did you get the hardcover of soft?

Gee, strange they wouldn't let you walk out with the prints though, eh? ;-)

Hi Suzanne,

All kidding aside, I can send you the book if you'd like. Let me know your address and I'll pop it in the mail.

Thanks for your note, Suz. I am about 100 pages into The Tiger's Wife ... will be a few days yet before I finish!

Just wanted to reiterate my Book Depository offer - let me know when you want me to put in an order and I'll send you a wishlist. One request - that they not be hardbacks if that's okay with you.

Hi Suzanne ... let me know when there are details about the Perec read. Thanks! /g
WE WEREN'T FRIENDS?!? AND I NEVER NOTICED?!?! Well, my god, I'm glad you *did* notice and took care of it. How bizarre!

Suzanne, I know I asked you before for the title of your book, and I then immediately requested that my library buy it. I thought I put it into my wishlist as well, but can't find it, so am requesting the title again, please.
Heading to bed in a few minutes. How was your birthday?
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Somewhere in the tins of old photos, I have a pic of meself on the Rideau Canal with almost that same sun-in-the-face squint. Dow's Lake to the train station!
Hi Suzanne, Below is the PM I rec'd from Jim. The main point is the photo must come through the web. So rather than grab a pic from my downloaded pictures I used one I had already posted on facebook. By clicking on the pic you want click on it again to bring up window and click on properties, copy the url and add to the front of it when you post it to your thread. ie.{img src=" insert url "} Hope that helps you.

"Ah. The picture needs to be somewhere on the web where a server can serve it up someone clicks on it. Unless your pc is acting as a server, which is unlikely to be the case, the LT site can't find it when trying to load the thread. The usual method to get around this is to open a free Flickr account, upload the picture and use that URL. Facebook also works (if you set the privacy restrictions correctly) or any other picture sharing site.Also LT allows users to upload some pictures to their user account. I think that would work as well."
To post a picture:

Find the picture on the Internet. If it's on your computer, use your "Trash" tray to upload it to LT by accessing upload pictures from your profile. Select "Trash" as your destination.

Whenever you find the image, right click on the image to get the menu that always comes up. Select "Properties." You'll see a "URL" section with a long, long (usually) file name. Be sure to copy the *entire** file name, down to the last ".jpg" or ".gif"!

Back to LT. Open a new message, and type {img src="FILENAME PASTED HERE"}. If the pic is *huge* and you don't want it to me, use {img width=200 src="FILENAME PASTED HERE"}.

When you're typing the lines, use the open- and close-pointies in place of the braces I've used. ">" y'know.


I note that you list Peter Ackroyd as one of your favorite authors. While at Barnes and Noble today I obtained Thames, The Biography.

Did you read this one? If so, what did not think?
Hey there Suz,

You're just in time. I head out to Bangkok tomorrow morning and I have a meeting at a building just next to Paragon, so I'll definitely have shopping time after my meeting to look for your fabric and scarf. I love those scarves .... I have a few myself, as well as some skirts made from those gold trimmed Thai silks.

I'll be bringing both the Kindle and some dead tree books with me for my trip and this way I won't have to carry quite so many books with me. I still prefer to read bashed tree books over e-books, so as long as I have 2 or 3 with me, I'll have the Kindle in case I finish all 3 before my trip's over.

Hi, Suzanne,
I am rather new to this site so forgive me if I should not have sent you the message--I certainly did not mean to exert any pressure at all, or to be sort of "stalking" you! I was just honored that you added me to your already extensive list of "to-read" books, and wanted to let you know you could find those images if you like. I always like to know what the people I'm reading about look like!

Anyway, happy holidays, and good luck with that list! I'm hoping to read Simon Winchester's newest soon too--he's very good.

Hi Suzanne,

I put the book in the mail today. You should get it on Saturday. Thanks again. It really hit the spot:)
Just came across your review of What Goes Up: The Uncensored History of Modern Wall Street as Told by the…
by Eric J. Weiner

I think you have the book "right on".

Interesting to see the variety of books you have just read.

My selection seems to be what is on the latest thrift store shelves....but takes me places I would have missed.
Hi Suzanne,

The book arrived today. Yay!! Let me know if you want me to return it soon, otherwise, I'll queue it up to read within the next month.

Thanks so much,

How are you feeling today? Is the migrane gone?
Hi Suzanne,

Just wanted to let you know I really enjoyed Chasing Goldman Sachs. I've just started following your thread on the 75 Book Challenge and was wondering if there were any other books you'd recommend on the recent financial crisis. (I've read "House of Cards" about Bear Stearns' collapse, "Freefall" by Joseph Stiglitz and "The Big Short" by Michael Lewis.)

Also, do you have any plans to write other books? I hope so.



You might find some books for your little chatterbox on this site. I bought a lot for .99 for my grand daughter.

Ok, heading out now and ducking the arrows you are shooting my way.

Smiles and hugs
A new cheaper version without the 3G, too.
Well, the good news is that your book got on people home page for the Hot Reviews. The bad news is that LibraryThing has a bug and isn't showing the title properly at the moment.


I'm excited about Richard's party and the fact that I'll get to meet you!
Loved it! I'll get a review up later; I'm a bit under the weather today. I'm definitely in for the next one.

Just finished Death of a Red Heroine. Your review of a later book in the series pushed it up to the top from where it had been buried.

Just started your book (a few pages into Chapter 2). Comments when I'm done. ;-)

Hi. Just to let you know I did write a review of CGS for, but I couldn't post it until this week because the book wasn't for sale yet. It's there now. Thanks again for sending me a copy - I enjoyed it and I am mentioning it to my friends, including some banker types.
I can empathize with the smog-induced sore throat. Coming home was a real relief in that regard. Here was the air quality while I was there.

I do miss the food, though. I knew going in it wasn't like the food we get in Chinese restaurants in the States. However, people led me to believe it was worse. I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. My hosts there made sure I tried a wide variety of cuisines and, except for one fast-food place, I loved every bit of it.

As dearly as I'd love to let you think the PO is that awful and thus keep this so-far really good book for myself, no, not really. It's here and in fine shape, and I'll returnez-la when I've finished and reviewed it.

*sighs in sadness for own honesty*
Oh Suzanne...the *worst* news...a package arrived from Brooklyn, all tattered and torn, little bits and shreds of paper dingle-dangling here and there...but no book, nope, none, not so much as a page folio, inside it! Some orangey-colored plastic fluttered futilely from the shreds, too.

I just don't *know* what could have happened! I'm positively *sick* with worry!

Yes, please, yes indeedy do, and you chose the right ones to have me swear on since I can watch either one die without turning a hair! Now if you'd picked the *dog* we'd've had a problem.

;-P My address is still below, I see. I'll put it ahead of all others, promise!

So what is the name of your book? You should have a LT author page link on here somewhere!
Very exciting. How are you holding up?

Kindle delivery is usually at 2 am on the morning of the release date, I think. Five and a half hours, roughly speaking.
Well, for some reason it wouldn't let me add a comment to my friend request, or I would have included a note...facebook has been doing some weird things lately!
Take care,
Good luck with your new book!
Good luck!! I will look for it. Looks like there's a Kindle version.
Hi Suzanne: I read somewhere that you've got a new book coming out. Info please.

How exciting!!
Okay, Ducks into thread for Parrot book made me smile..

Do read the Parrot book... and you might also like Enslaved by Ducks by Bob Tarte .
Another good and funny read.
Wonderful read, Nice to see you in my thread...
I have had a rough time keeping up with folks this year, and I miss
doing so !
What are you reading these days...?
I received the Bass book. I will get to it as soon as I finish Every Single One and A Distant Melody. I am 200 pages into each. Every Single One is about a family triple murder. A Distant Melody is a WWII love story.
Hi Suzanne, Yes, I just received and added "Enough" and I'm probably bringing it, and another of your recommendations, "The Information Officer" on a trip to visit my sister in Arizona this weekend. Lots of airplane and airport reading time. Thanks! Rebecca
You're very welcome, Suz. I'm glad the book made it to you safely. I hope you'll find the time to make some nasi goreng. :-)

Hi Suzanne,

Did you receive the cook book yet?

Hi Suzanne

Congratulations on your hot review listed on today's home page!
Hi Suzanne,

I tried looking for the book 'Singapore Hawker Food' by Jimmy Chua but the bookstores don't seem to carry it anymore, which was pretty strange. Maybe they only published a certain number.

However, I did find one titled 'Singapore Food' by Wendy Hutton which has recipes of typical Singapore food, including some familiar hawker center favorites such as Satay, Otak-otak, Nasi Lemak, Laksa, Indian Mutton soup, Hokkien Mee and others. Would you like to have this book instead? I'm supposed to head back out there for a few days in March, so I can get this for you if you'd like and mail it to you when I get back. My mom's got a copy and said the recipes are true to the real food.

I still haven't had time to reply properly to your message the other day, but just had to say that I have spent ... hang on, I think 100 euros ... today on books and 4 of them are your doing!!! Free shipping from Amazon is going to be good, although Book Dep beat them on nearly everything.

I will kill off all comments to my thread soon though because I think 4 of the 6 books were finance-y ones. (Zuckerman, Rogoff & Reinhardt, Cassidy, and the Lords of Finance (not your doing)). Plus the Cello Suites, and something I've forgotten. A very good day and I can pass 2 of them off as presents for Tim.
Hi Suzanne,

Thanks so much for the comment you left me. The books all sound like ones which would interest me. I've already ordered a couple (The Crusades through Arab Eyes and Borderland). I'm resiting the urge to buy more, as I'm a pretty slow reader of non fiction, and who know how long it will take for me to get through them!

I'll certainly let you know what I think of them as I go :)

Hi Suzanne,

The book isn't heavy all and neither is it very large. It weighs less than my case of power charges ... it's amazing how quickly these things add up ... charger for phone, camera, laptop, iPod, electric toothbrush. sheesh!

You're really fortunate in having traveled so extensively in SEAsia, and I'm envious that you got to live in Japan for a spell. I would have loved a term in Japan, but I tend to travel there just for a week at a time for work. I did get a posting to Hong Kong where I lived for a couple of years and really loved it. On the whole I'm still fortunate because I get to travel all over the Asia Pacific region for work and have developed some very nice local friends over time. More importantly (for me), I'm introduced to some fantastic eateries by the locals.

I would love to retire to Thailand if I could .... living on Koh Tao for example or Koh Yao Noi over on the Pangna Bay side of Phuket would be idyllic I think.

There is seriously nothing like the food of Asia, in my opinion, in terms of diversity and flavors. My husband loves it here too. In fact, he's coming out to Singapore next week and will be staying here for 3 months for a project he's working on.

I grew up in Singapore before I moved to London in the early 80s and then to Boston in the late 90s.

You're right ... I intend to make full use of my time here to enjoy the gastronomic delights of the island (exceedingly crowded these days ... I'm wondering this island doesn't sink under the weight) and I can work it off shoveling snow when I get back to Boston.


I saw in the kitchen thread that you recently had a birthday. Happy Birthday. I hope it was a good one. Normally, I'm on top of sending members birthday wishes. I apologize for being late. I'm struggling with bronchitis and haven't had a lot of time to devote to LT.

All good wishes.

Hi Chatterbox!

I just saw one of your posts in the history fans group, and looking at your profile and friends, I'm guessing that you are the same chatterbox as on Historical Fiction Online. I am Amanda on there.
Hi Suzanne,

Here is another biblioholic, also suffering from abibliofobia, i.e. scared of being/going anywhere without a good to read at all times.

I have recently also read a lot about the Enlightenment, Diderot and d'Alembert. Michel Onfray's Les Ultras des Lumieres lead me on to Holbach, Helvetius, Maupertius and others less known. If you read French, I can also really recommend Elisabeth Badinter's Les Passions Intellectuelles. I have also read several books about the famous French Salons, run by quite some interesting ladies.

Take a look at tag "enlightenment" in my library if you are interested.


Hello, Chatterbox. When I added "The Perfect Summer" to my library today, I noticed your name among those who'd read it. For me, it was a helpful introduction to the Parliament Act and other interesting developments of that era. I admit, tho, that the passages on Lady Diana Manners were slow going. But I'll put Nicolson's engrossing bibliography to good use.

I see also that we share "Brat Farrar" (which I'm just beginning), "Mr Calder and Mr Behrens" (which I absolutely loved), and "The Pupil" (which I enjoyed thoroughly and reviewed today). I look forward to browsing your library and to any conversation that may follow.

Happy New Year!
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