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About meI can buy books faster than I can read them.

Like that makes me stand out in this crowd. Ha.

About my libraryFor my first 3 years on LT, I only added books I was actually reading to my collection. For 2014, I'm going to catalogue all the books I own (To Read) as well as create an active Wish List.

Also for 2014, I'm starting a newly articulated rating system.

5 = Amazing! Perfect!
4.5 = Wow, this was great, among my favorites of the year!
4 = Very good. Definitely recommended and I'll certainly read more by this author.
3.5 = Quite good, has several redeeming qualities, I'm likely to read more by this author.
3 = Pretty good, with a few things done well. If you like this kind of thing, this is probably worth reading.
2.5 = Average. This didn't kill me, but I probably won't seek out this author in the future, as life is too short to read average books.
2 = A bit below average. A waste of time.
1.5 = Nearly no redeeming qualities. Really rather bad.
1 = Among the worst books I've ever read.

Groups2013 Category Challenge, 75 Books Challenge for 2011, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, Author Theme Reads, Booker Prize, Club Read 2011, Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Fifty States Fiction (or Nonfiction) Challengeshow all groups

Favorite authorsKate Atkinson, Geraldine Brooks, Michael Connelly, Dave Eggers, Jane Gardam, Barbara Kingsolver, Donna Leon, Jacques Poulin, Kate Southwood, Wallace Stegner, John Steinbeck (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresElliott Bay Book Company (Seattle), Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe, Powell's City of Books (Portland), Ravenna Third Place Books, University Bookstore

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Member sinceJan 20, 2011

Currently readingThe Best American Essays 2013 by Robert Atwan
The Dog Stars (Vintage Contemporaries) by Peter Heller
The Narrow Road to the Deep North: A novel by Richard Flanagan

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what a great picture!
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Okay, so you have to turn your computer sideways but this photo of me at the top of Rattlesnake Ledge looking at the cutest little dog (her name is Zoe) just has to be included in my gallery.
At your service, Ma'am. Here is what I have (in no particular order):

* I Who Have Never Known Men by Jacqueline Harpman (French, dystopian novel. Very excellent. Also, I have a copy for you, so don't buy it.)

*The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin (Fantastic.)

*Xenogenesis trilogy - the first book is called Dawn (wildly complex aliens, space travel, awesomeness)

*Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy (I read this last year and loved it. Please note: It helps to have a place in your heart for preachy, 1970s feminism when reading this. I happen to have one. Others do not.)

*A Memory of Whiteness by Kim Stanley Robinson (Involves a music-oriented society and a bizarre instrument that only one person masters at a time). His Mars Trilogy (the first book is Red Mars) is actually more fantastic (maybe the most fantastic thing ever), but I don't know if you're into that kind of thing.

That's a good start, right?
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My hair is no longer this brown and this little boy has gone to the big playground in the sky, but it's still one of my favorite photos.
Feel better soon!


I hope your presentation to the Bd. of Regents went well! Congrats on such a high profile deal! Hopefully, they heard you loud and clear, and what you said will stick in their memories. Then, let's hope they know which appropriate actions to take.

How big was the group? Did you picture them in their underwear? Or with "bed hair" ?

Here's the link to the final schedule
no, no.... not Guard, Guards for January.

The Dovekeepers for January.

I started a brand new thread with the final list.
Ellen, _Zoe_ has given us the go-ahead on [Crusoe's Daughter]. I'll list us on the wiki page . . . Happy reading partner!
Did you see this in today's Seattle Times? Cool.
Quite welcome :)

From your easily entertained friend ~ LOL

Oh boy, the end of that message got a bit wonky! Sorry:-V! In looking at your fantastic kitty pics, I noticed Edgar who was mentioned to have passed away. He was very handsome and looks a great deal like my cat Miles who is a Bengal/tabby mix and an indoor/outdoor cat and loved dearly by the entire family. My heart goes out to you for your loss. MB
Hi, I see you around on the 75 book challenge posts and so checked out your library. My name is Mary Beth. I see we share The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney. I was wondering if you read it yet? I loved it! If you haven't, I strongly recommend it. It is unique in both style and content and I didn't want it to end which is my way of knowing it really worked for me! If I remember correctly I did not care for the next book nearly as much but I am ver slEepy so I can't be positive :-)
yes, we usually sit at one of those tables although a little farther away from the food vendors, closer to the stage. I don't know how many will show up, I've not heard from any one. It might be me, and Mary Estelle, and then we'll have to wait and see....
Hi Ellen,

Ever so glad to be able to brighten your day with Green Plums. Books in the mail seem to take away some of the pinch we feel at the sight of bills. ;-)

Love the pictures of your kitties. I just got from my library Ghosh's book "Sea of Poppies" . Elaine in Maine
PS found your library through the reviews of "Salvage the Bones".
It turns out that this was fun! :-)

Totally awesome! :-D
And Oh, yes, looking forward to tonite, too
No apologies needed. Lots of LT people who I've met in RL call me Maggie. It is hard to change a name once you've associated it with someone, and that name is not so far from wrong. My middle name is Margaret, as was my Mother's. She went by Maggie until she became a bookkeeper, then she was Margaret (said with a deep, serious tone!) Ha ha ha ha ha!!!

Still hoping you'll be able to join our bookgroup.

aka Maggie1944
i live in Knoxville TN. i taught at the University till disability changed my plans. i'd never seen the Lady vols play until after i couldn't play around physically myself anymore. how lucky was i that not too long after that, they began to televise women's hoops and i began to follow the sport and the Lady Vols in earnest.

was able for a while to attend practices during the era of 'the 3 meeks' [Chamique, Tamika and Semeka.

i'm a 7th generation Californian raised in so Cal, went to school for ages at Cal-Berkeley during the 60s and early 70s and came to TN b/c they hired me and allowed me time to complete my dissertation. i was thinking it would be a temporary stop on the way to elsewhere. then met my partner of 35 years and now moving isn't really an option unless we move locally.

i still miss the Pacific something awful as i grew up pretty much in the so-cal surf and then spent so much time on the northern Pacific coast, especially around the Russian River, at Mendocino, and Big Sur.

did you grow up in middle TN then?

i notice you've recently read Pat Barker's Regeneration Trilogy. i own Regeneration in audio narrated by Peter Firth. the entire book is superbly done and his voicing of Rivers is especially noteworthy. i've probably listened to it 10 times.

enough wittering.

oh, thank goodness. you're a Washington Husky and not a UConn Husky. i said out loud, 'oh NO,' because of course Geno and UConn are the bane [banes?] of my existence. i was proud of Cal. i like their new coach a lot. i liked watching her ragging at the official.

in re: spelling Pat's name, never mind me. we've gotten very protective of her. it's been a hard, hard year. visions of The Iron Lady. tough to watch. would so love to see her, and these young women, make the final 4.

oh Ellen, i just saw the post below mine. you recently lost Edgar? i'm so very, very sorry. what a heart breaker. he was a beautiful boy. it takes a long time to stop looking for them and thinking you see them.

wishing you peace and freedom from suffering,

Oh Ellen, I'm so sorry. Edgar was such a beautiful kitty - those eyes - and to lose him so suddenly at such a young age. My heart goes out to you. And it is still recent...

Ellen - thanks so much for your review of "The Elephant's Journey"

I wanted to read that one very much and just bought it this past weekend.
Saramago is an excellent writer - but my first exposure to him was "Blindness" a very hard book to read... it offended my sensitivities at times.

So now, I can open "Elephant" with good anticipation. :)
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