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About meMother of four, now aged 22 to 29.
Finally I have time to read!
I live in Dubai and am a member of about 6 book groups.
When I'm not reading I'm helping out with Feline Friends, singing in the choir or Line dancing.
Member of Dubai Natural History Group and Emirates Environmental Group.

About my libraryI am using LT to record the books I have read over the last 14 years.
It would be impossible to add my whole library :)

I love Historical Fiction, Asian and Middle Eastern Fiction and authors.
Also General Fiction and some Memoirs.

I avoid thrillers, horror and sci fi.

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GroupsArab, North African and Middle Eastern Literature, ARC Junkies, Asian Fiction & Non-Fiction, Audiobooks, Bloggers, BookCrossers, BookMooching, Historical Fiction, Hobnob with Authors, Indian Authorsshow all groups

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Thank you for your review of American Granddaughter - it's interesting to me to hear about the differences in perception between cultures. I'm also trying to decide which one of several books to buy for MENA's Iraq read later this year, and I think I'll wait on this one, since I suspect it's the one my local library is most likely to buy, since it's written by an American author.
Was wandering about LT & investigating Jodi Picault, whom I have not yet read. Thank you SO MUCH for your note on your ratings of each of her books. I have a feeling, I might agree with your suggestions. I am a mother of one handicapped daughter (age 43!!!) and her 2 sisters (42, & 39). So some of the issues Picault delves into sound very interesting. My bookseller (who is also in my ONE bookclub - how can you manage six ???) told me this week that Picault is OK but formulaic. As do several reviewers on LT.
I must follow a reader from DUBAI! How very interesting. Have you been there long? Do you intend to stay for long? Have you really dragged all your books (which you say are too numerous to list) over there? Fascinating to find you on Library Thing.
Hello, I will have to take a look at your review for Turquoise. I only just learned about Blog Tours myself, when asked to participate in a couple of them. Certain books use Blog Tours as part of their promotion process. They lay out a schedule where on given dates they will appear on various and sundry blogs, one blog per day and the Blog Tour stop will consist of a Book Review or an author interview or perhaps a book giveaway, etc. So I received a certain date as my stop on the tour, and that is when my review will appear.
Sorry for the delayed reply. I just discovered the message from you. I did receive Turquoise: A Love Story from Netgalley and I have read it. In fact, I am participating in a Blog Tour for Turquoise. I have prepared the review and have a certain date given on which to post it. I tried to be as favorable as possible. There were certain aspects of the story I did like, although the writing style did not impress me. I reported one glaring error to the publicist who said she would pass it to the author. The book VERY mistakenly placed Old Faithful in Yosemite National Park in California. Old Faithful is in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. I will be posting the review on here too when my Blog Tour date arrives. I think that is in a couple of weeks from now.
Shirley Worthen
You don't have to pull your review on LT, especially if you got it through ER, regardless of what the publisher requests. In fact it is against the terms of the ER programme here - the deal is an honest opinion.
I'd change it back!

Boo to them!
Flag is gone!!!
*pumps fist*
I have 'unflagged' it in the hope of counteracting the flag - it will always be shown here (unless spam).
We need more people to 'unflag' it too to get rid of the red flag. *sigh*

Did you edit it - I don't remember reading 'psychopath' anywhere - I thought it was a great review...
How rude - and all the others are so similar to yours, so how does it deserve a flag!
*insulted for you*

Sorry you wasted reading time on it - that's what annoys me. :)
Thanks so much for the recommendation - my international reading has really slowed down recently because I've just changed jobs and been mainly comfort reading but hopefully I will feel like picking up something more challenging soon.

Hi DR,
Yes i do have Love Walked in by Marias de Santos, somewhere... in boxes! I will have a look this weekend and if I find it I will let you know. I still haven't managed to unpack my BookMooch inventory after my move from the USA!
Thanks for offering Zelda's Cut :)
Dear Dubai,

Just a note to let you know that your signed copy of The Black Stiletto by Raymond Benson is shipping today. I'm sure you will enjoy it.

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Thank you for entering the Library Thing Early Reviewer giveaway!

Oh yes! I would love to mooch your copy of Beautiful Boy. Thank you so much!
Re your post and query:
If you sort by count your BM wish-list still displays by author, alphabetically, but backwards. I have no idea why John did that - maybe to remind you, though there is a little arrow next to count!
It lists the available books alphabetically backwards too.

I just went to your wish-list and checked - it is in order but backwards (for me). You must be logged in though, otherwise it paginates and does weird things with available books - may not put all at the top of the first page. And if you have weird author listings or no author (courtesy of Amazon) they will be at the end possibly.

It is much better to have it sorted by count when you have a lot listed - even when you don't; much easier to see what you can try to snag.

Hope this helped! :)
I've enjoyed the two Jackson Brodie books I have read though Case Histories was far superior to the 2nd.
That's a shame - it is more a comedy of manners than a crime book IMHO. I thought you might enjoy the writing - I did. I will happily (vast understatement there) take your copy - but is it a big heavy tome perchance? *worried about postage costs*

Maybe it will grow on you?
I can't believe we have such a huge difference in reading tastes - and get on so well! Just goes to show...there is togetherness through differences. Ooooooh - that was a bit D & M. Heeee.

You would HATE my current reads!

Your story keeps getting cuter! I do love to hear readers steered onto books very young...but carrying it around in your bag at the princely age of 4 - that's just gorgeous!

Oooh; I just mooched a copy of Ape House - that was a good move on my part!
I want a BFG to blow dreams at me now....ohhhhhh! How sublime; how cute!
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