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About my libraryIt certainly has been a challenge to list and log all my books past and present. Nevertheless, I believe I am getting there. It has been a daunting chore at times to go through my seven huge bookcases to try to find the books I want to list. Many of them won’t be listed because I do not have the patience to go through them all. Some have been sold or given away; a few were library books, much is packed away in the attic and others will be lost in my gray matter forever because I cannot recall all the books I have read; unless I happen upon a book in someone else's library or a topic, I have read about comes into conversation. Only then do I seem to remember a book and list it.

As anyone can see I have a diverse interest in reading material. However, subjects pertaining to the darker side of life seem to dominate my library. I learned early in life things that you fear are best confronted than to suffer the fear of the unknown. I guess you could say I am on a quest to conquer those bogey men who sleep under our beds at night. I believe knowledge helps to dispel most fears I have.

Many of my family and friends have always expressed some surprise in my reading material – especially things pertaining to war, violence and death. I don't come across as one who would read books pertaining to holocausts, wars, murder and horror, (at least that is what I have been told), and sometimes I do prefer the classic romance; an erotic novel or other “womanly” things such as fashion, leisure, travel, the arts, self-help and social topics. Being an artist, I am curious to see what’s under all that fluff we call normal. I have an insatiable curiosity of life as well as death and the unknown.

Distrust a course in reading. People who really care for books read all of them.

~Andrew Lang

1.) The more you read, the better you get at it; the better you get at it, the more you like it;
and the more you like it, the more you do it. 2.) And the more you read, the more you know;
and the more you know, the smarter you grow.

~Author, Jim Trelease

Groups18th-19th Century Britain, Ancient History, Bug Collectors, Crime, Thriller & Mystery, English History - Tudor through Edwardian, Girlybooks, History at 30,000 feet: The Big Picture, History Fans, List Five Books Parlour Game, Military Historyshow all groups

Favorite authorsJane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, Vincent Bugliosi, Truman Capote, Patricia Cornwell, Andy Edmonds, Marian Fowler, Antonia Fraser, John Gilmore, Christopher Hibbert, Zora Neale Hurston, M. M. Kaye, Stephen King, Harper Lee, Jack London, Robert K. Massie, Joe McGinniss, Barry Paris, Sylvia Plath, Joanna Price, Danuta Reah, George Bernard Shaw, Shel Silverstein, Abbie Taylor, Thomas Thompson, John Toland, Henri Troyat, Mark A. Vieira, Weegee, Alison Weir (Shared favorites)

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Currently readingWho Are You? by Elizabeth Forbes

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You may have read it, but it would have to have to have been in Dutch. I wish I could recall where I heard about it, but I was convinced by what I read that the literary quality of the book would be considerable. I have only browsed through it, but it does look very good.

From the publisher:

"First brought to attention when the Dutch historian Jacob Presser-Koker's history teacher in high school-quoted from Koker's diary in his monumental history, published in English as The Destruction of the Dutch Jews (1968), the diary itself became a part of the Dutch literary canon when it was published in 1977 as Dagboek geschreven in Vught (Diary Written in Vught). It has remained in print ever since, and is notable for its literary qualities, weaving poetry and powerful observations of the emotional life of a camp prisoner, including reflections after an in-person visit by Heinrich Himmler. Surprisingly, the book has never before been translated into English."
Hi Cindy

Another suggestion: I just got a newly translated memoir by an extremely articulate observer. The author was able to smuggle his work out of the Vught concentration camp (the only concentration camp in northwest Europe).

At the Edge of the Abyss by David Koker

Hi Cindy -- You may be interested in this book: Life with a Star by Jiri Weil

If you read the review by LizzieD, you should know I find her very trustworthy. I am out to find this book. Evidently an old classic I have overlooked.
Hi Cindy -- I love than book-hugging picture!!
Hi Cindy, Anything by Williams is probably worth reading. Haven't found a clunker yet. The old pbs are expensive and collectible. Some libraries might have old hbs? Not sure what's been reprinted.
If you like Dead Calm check out William's other novels; Hot Spot (Hell Hath No Fury), Hill Girl, River Girl, etc. CW is one of the best of the noir writers.
The pictures on your site get better and better. What is the origin of that picture where the book is hugging the woman? Quite creative. And lot's of fun. I occasionally stop by your site for laffs and/or inspiration or book leads (because we read a lot of the same things.) Gotta run CindyBtes!

I am from Texas (I FLED the state in '85 when I was I think 22) and I feel the same way about C&W. I just cannot stand to listen to that music and to hear people talk that way. I actually LOATHE Texas although I love Austin. I went to school there and if I was forced to move back to that awful state I'd only do so if I could live in Austin. I have all my life endeavored to not talk like a Texan. It just sounds so ignorant. Southern accents are genteel....but Oklahoma and Texas are plain embarrassing as far as I'm concerned.

Glad you enjoyed the blog. I started it as an marketing exercise for the bookstore and as an experiment. When I started, I did a lot more book reviews/discussion. But things have been so bleak reading wise that I haven't had much to write about. If you go back to the earlier postings there are a lot more book related stuff.

It's interesting but I'm not ashamed at all to read and enjoy any genre. And I think I've read an equal amount of books in 2009 as in 2008. It's just that those absolutely standouts...the one's that you feel true passion about...are farther and fewer between. Any suggestions would be greatly welcomed! I've even thought about going back and re-reading Jane Austen just to get some satisfaction. Or maybe Steven Saylor's SubRosa series. Have you read that?

Cindy, sounds as though we're kindred spirits when it comes to reading habits. I'm all over the map. I read high brow/low brow, fiction, non-fiction. I love chick lit, I love just about anything except for Western. I suppose I'm not a real big espionage/top 10 reader. I've enjoyed Dan Brown and the like, but I long ago tired of John Grisham, etc. and other megawriters. My musical taste is the same. Anything and everything, but country & western.

I just don't know why but it seems like in the last year I haven't had as many truly exquisite reads. It seems the same with movies. Maybe they're not making as many films or printing as many books because of the poor economy?

you should be able to visit the blog site:

Cindy, thank you for contacting me. I'd love to hear suggestions for new reads and it's nice to have a fellow book reader to share with. I have such an eclectic taste that will enjoy watching your library too.

You know I was just 2008 I had a difficult time making up my top 10 list for my blog. It's time to do the list for 2009 and I don't know if I'll be able to cobble together even a top 5 list.

Will go check out your library and maybe find some inspirations.

OK CindyBytes. If you ever get up and running on FB lemme know. It has been great "chatting" with you! Drop in once in awhile and say hi! Tom
Hey CindyBytes:

Thanks for the message. If you're on Facebook and you want to "Friend" email the details at Also here's a YouTube link featuring my cat Dakota watching a NASCAR race.

Just copy it and paste at the YouTube site.

Just wanted to you I just finished one of the most literate and articulate memoirs of survival in the Nazi concentration camps I've read. I know you are interested in such books. Check out, "Say the name" by Judith Sherman.
Just visited your site (because we share a lot of books) and found your pictures hysterically funny. Just wanted you to know that thetymade my day. Very clever.


Hi Cindy, thanks for the return add. We do seem to share some of the same interests. I am intrigued by your crime section although, that's not an area I have explored much beyond case studies of Jack the Ripper. I also am very impressed with your Jewish/Holocaust collection. Mine is just beginning to grow. I look forward to reading some of the books in your collection. Have a good one! Russ

BTW, you said you were an artist. What Medium?
A Little Girl's Prayer
Katherine Mansfield

Grant me the moment, the lovely moment
That I may lean forth to see
The other buds, the other blooms,
The other leaves on the tree:

That I may take into my bosom
The breeze that is like his brother,
But stiller, lighter, whose faint laughter
Exhoes the joy of the other.

Above on the blue and white cloud-spaces
There are small clouds at play.
I watch their remote, mysterious play-time
In the other far-away.

Grant I may hear the small birds singing
the song that the silence knows...
(The Light and the Shadow whisper together,
The lovely moment grows,

Ripples into the air like water
Away and away without sound,
And the little girl gets up from her praying
On the cold ground)

I am adding you to interesting libraries, as I would like to reference your list of Holocaust books. Thanks for joining LT and welcome.
Thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries. We seem to have a number of books in common. I will add you to mine as you have some books that have somehow eluded my wish list. Isn't this a wonderful place! Debbie
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