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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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Currently readingThe New Yorker Stories by Ann Beattie
The Guns of August: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Classic About the Outbreak of World War I by Barbara W. Tuchman
Sula by Toni Morrison
The Last Train to Paris by Michele Zackheim
The Imperfectionists: A Novel (Random House Reader's Circle) by Tom Rachman

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Had to look over your choice of books, from 2013 & 2014, after I read your review of "The unnecessary Woman," which, I might add, was one of my favorite recently published books I read this year. Since I read, from time to time, books not published this year, I don't count them.

You're one voracious reader. You either, one, have a lot of time on your hands or, two, you are a fast fast reader. I read mostly the newly published ones, and occassionaly something by Saramago, so that restricts my reading choices.

Some of the books you listed, like the one by Jose Saramago, Jim Crace & Barbara Kingsolver, are ones I also enjoyed immensely. I was complely blown away by "The Harvest" by Crace. Since I had never heard of him before, I was just left in awe. I have since read many of his other books.

I'll be checking your list, maybe twice, just to find out whether your, no, not naughty or nice, but, rather, authors I might have missed on the book trail.
where oh where is your 2014 link, please? you've been much on my mind w/ the mudslide and all. ta!

Ellen, I can't access your new thread because there was malware in it. My browser won't let me get in. Others have reported the same problem.
Thank you, I think he is too! but he doesn't photograph well - I have a lot of pictures of the carpet with his tail all that's left in the frame.
Happy Thingaversary, Ellen! Here's to more happy years of LT membership.

Here is the link to the 2014 Challenge Group. The wiki pages to the CATs are listed including the GeoCAT

I hope you join us for a few. In addition to each geographical area in the challenge there is a focus challenge. All of this is optional.

January is Canada and the U.S. focus challenge is immigration.

Take care both you and P.

That sounds good--I will probably skip the brew-pub, as it sounds like I will be prepping for a dinner party that day. But I am on for lunch and shopping, and look forward to meeting you.
The "genius" was fine. A young man, and he frequently said "I'm glad you asked that question". I ended up buying a new printer, which really is what I sort of knew was going to happen.

I do love my Apple store. For $99 they give me a years worth of hand holding and tutoring. Next I'm going to be involved with learning Aperture which is Apple's answer to Photoshop and the like. Whoopeee


I don't want to take too much space up on your 2013 thread for 2014 book planning. Yes, Their Eyes Were Watching God is our shared January read. Would you like to start it off as our first read of the year? If that doesn't work for you then as long as we start in the first half of the month. I can't wait for this book and for my first Willa Cather either.


PS of course I will remind you of our October shared read, but a handwritten calendar of planned reads is not a bad idea.
I agree. There will not be much talking time, when we hit Powells, (crazy book nuts!) so a quick visit would be in order.
Ellen- I didn't realize it was over 3 hours from Seattle. Wow! That is so nice that you are willing to drive down. I thought we could meet up at a coffee shop first, just to say our hellos and then hit Powells, especially if there is somewhere close.
Kim is working on picking a place for beer and food. It looks like Pat might make it in too. And Lisa. How cool.
Is there another Seattle or Washington LTer, we should invite?


The spoiler feature is done the same as strike except you place the word spoiler and /spoiler in the brackets instead of the world strike.

Count me in!
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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.
Ellen- I sure hope you can make it. Any questions. Let me know.

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?
Ellen- Thanks for the postcard. I LOVE it! I hope your week is going well. Hugs!

OK, thanks, Ellen. Karen says she can do it, so I'll remain hopeful that your schedule will work. Late afternoon would be fine if it makes any difference.

If it doesn't work, no worries. This surely will not be our last time visiting your part of the world.

- Joe
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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.
I must admit Ellen I love the giving of books and I get at least as big a kick out of the experience. Will order for you next week. x
Ellen, i just saw your post on my 75 books thread. i obviously don't visit my own thread very often.

yeah, i'm a big women's hoops fan. i'm primarily a Lady Vols and Fever (WNBA) fan but also root for Cal (my alma mater), Stanford, Kentucky, NCState, and Marquette, now that Tyler Summitt is asst coach there. and i'll root for *anybody* who plays UConn.

besides the Fever, who fulfilled my dream this year with the championship for Catch, i like LA, Tulsa (b/c of GloJo), Connecticut, San Antonio, Washington and anybody who's playing Phoenix or Minnesota. i'm deeply aggrieved that, once again, Phoenix pulled the rabbit out of the hat w/ the number one pick and Washington got hosed. just frosts my fritters! the prospect of Laimbeer and Pondexter together in NY is frightening. violence, violence, violence. i miss the good old days of Spoonie, Sue Wicks, Tari Phillips, VJ, Sophia Witherspoon, Kim Hampton . . . byegones.

how 'bout you?
Good luck!
After reading your comment on my thread, I thought I'd pay a visit. I see you are in Seattle, also one of my favorite cities
Your list of favorite books include some of my favorites from last year: The Big Burn, Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Case Histories, and Cutting for Stone. I love visiting other libraries on LT to get ideas for the future. Happy reading!
We had a rousing meeting with 8 of us! The Dovekeepers was finished by only 3 of us, with the other 5 finding reasons for not being able to continue. Too depressing in this time of year, the first protagonist did not win readers attachment, and I don't what else. Mary, Bill and I read it all the way through and although I found much to not like, I also found having finished was important.

Looking forward to Guards, Guards
I am so sorry you caught a rotten cold. I know how awful those can be, especially if the "event" is a little ways away from home. Maybe we should have re-located the book club to your bedside!

Next month it is! By February we may be having our false spring and some nice sunny weather.

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" ?

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" ?

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" ?

OK, how about lunch? Meet there at 12:30, and then shop until we are out of ..... (fill in the blank)
I'll propose a 5:30-6:00 Meet-Up on Friday, January 4th. We can have dinner, and have some shopping! What do you think?

Ellen, Arubabookwoman and I have started chatting a bit about a Meet-up, redoux. When will you be back? When might be a good day for you?


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.
Hope to see you Monday evening


I am glad you have some "downtime" in your future. Being too busy is a drag, I know, I've been there. Life goes by in such a rush, and you forget to notice the sweet litle things. I hope you are able to keep up with some good times reading and running.

Take care of yourself
I am hoping to see you tomorrow evening!
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
Hi Ellen, as I just wrote on the main Steinbeck thread, if you've changed your mind about setting up the thread for EoE or need help, just let me know and I'll be glad to help.
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
Ellen! The thread is up, and you're first to know. I like this one best I think. Hope you do too.

Would write more, but I'm falling over with fatigue.

xx Ilana
You are welcome, and I know we will all be delighted if you are able to join us.

Here is the link to the book group's thread. Karen
Hi Ellen- I got my new bookmark today! Yah! Thank you very much. Great choice too!

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...

And what a beautiful tabby!
Hi Ellen, I would say yes, it has been helpful. I mainly bought it for my son when our cat died and he was struggling with the loss. I left it on the coffee table without comment and I know he read some of it and he told me it helped. I also read some of it, and it discusses end of life care, guilt, final resting place, coping strategies for the entire family including other pets, and deciding on a new pet. There is even a chapter on the lost pet. It's a good little book to help acknowledge those feelings of loss and letting you know that everything you feel is normal and right.

I need to ask, did you recently lose a pet?
Oh, Ellen. Just reading on Pat's thread that you visit your sister in N.C. I'm betting the Triangle, but any chance that she's in southeastern N.C.? I just had to ask!
Here you go Ellen

Thanks for asking
Hi Ellen

I met him a long time ago when a faculty member in our department died suddenly while walking to his first class.

I've heard many good things about Ian.

All good wishes to you.

Can you please send your 75 challenge link to me? I'd like to follow your thread.

HI there

I noted your post on Richard's thread that you have a friend who works at Lehigh University. It is a large place, but I've been there 28 years and just may know your friend.

Please provide the name.

All the best,

Don't yet know how to add a comment to your thread, but I loved the story about reading books to you. I had forgotten that.
:) very welcome ~
Hi Ellen! thanks for stopping by my profile! We love Iowa City. I was here for 5 years working on my PhD, then left for 3 years, but jumped at the opportunity to come back. I think Prairie Lights is the bookstore you are remembering. It is only two blocks from where I work - so dangerous for the book buying budget. Here the link to my thread in the 75ers group in case you want to stop by:

Amy's thread

Ellen, it'll be a good while before I get to Wolf Hall. I believe last time Suz and I talked about it we were aiming for some time in the spring, but we'll need to confirm that. I was hoping to be able to fit at least one or two other books about the Tudors in preparation first since I'm really out of my depth with that topic. So if it's a question of matched reads with me, I'd definitely recommend you go with Bel Canto and/or The Tiger's Wife. Both excellent choice obviously! :-)

xx i.
Happy new year, and may you have many happy good reads in 2012! - Karen
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. :)
Ellen, I'm not as strong in the mystery side of things as in fantasy, but I love Blue Balliett's 3-book series starting with Chasing Vermeer. If those seem a little much for her, has she read the classic Bunnicula books--The Celery Stalks at Midnight, Howliday Inn, Bunnicula? Not so much mystery, but with a mystery in several of the four books, Patricia Wrede's The Enchanted Forest Chronicles (Dealing with Dragons, Calling on Dragons, Talking to Dragons, and one more, not necessarily in that order). She might also enjoy some of Eva Ibbotson's fantasy--my favorite is Dial-a-Ghost.

Hope this might help a bit.
Hi Ellen, thanks for your note, it's always lovely hearing from you. I'm sorry that you're so overwhelmed with work right now and hope you can make the time to kick back and relax. Believe me, I know only too well the dangers of being overworked and overstressed. Coco is as adorable as ever. He was a smash hit today as I was making my way around downtown and various shops.

Hugs to you my friend,

Don't be shy to ask anytime you have a question Ellen. Always happy to help if I can! And always nice to hear from you too! :-)


Hi, Ellen.

I noticed on the wiki that you were reading Case Histories in September. I am too, but I'm doing mine for the prime color Challenge. Since we both have others for the#1 Challenge, would you consider switching to Challenge#6 for the points? I'm really looking forward to reading it, especially since it's for my local ladies'book group.

Hope you enjoy it!
From looking at the edits, it looked like it showed up when you marked the book below as "COMPLETED." Maybe if you did it from your phone, it managed to copy the text? Weird...

Glad it wasn't info that you needed right away or anything!
Okay . . . now I'm a little worried that I can't remember much about the dog. Will you let me know if I slept through some critical portion of the story? ; ~
Hi Ellen. Honestly, I don't remember that the dog was referred to much. I'm sure nothing heinous happens to Reba though, so read on . . .
: ) brenda
Ellen, he was a beautiful cat. I know I said it before, but I'm so very sorry for your loss. You've picked a perfect way to memorialize him though: look at all the pleasant reading his memory has led to.


Hi Ellen

Thanks for the friend request. I haven't actually read Mrs Dalloway myself but I can definitely recommend Kate Atkinson.

Happy Reading!

Hi Ellen! Thanks for stopping by my thread. I was looking for your thread in the 75 books in 2011 - but I could not find it. Is it under EBT1002 or under Ellen? I did notice that you were reading along with the Group Read with the Thousand Autumns. I've not got much of an imagination when it comes to creating a name. Just my city and my name. So you too have suffered a cold spring -and really summer so far too. It's quite cool and rainy here at the moment. Good for you - making it through the Lacuna! I've read several of Barbara Kingsolver's books - my fav being The Poisonwood Bible. I've not been able to get through the Lacuna though. I see you also just read Middlesex. Last year I read Annabel by Kathleen Winter. Annabel has been up for a number of awards - including being shortlisted for the Orange Prize. It too involves a child born as an intersex person. I'm doing an Orange July - perhaps you are too?

Must run to take my dog off to the vet - great to meet you - I'm a really insomminiac myself.

Best -

Let me start over. Thanks for the friend invite! I'm looking forward to exchanging book views and assorted other stuff with you. Do stop by my current thread:

Saw your message on the TIOLI thread; my sincere sympathy on the loss of your pet. Nothing makes it easier.
The link to the Third Place Thingers thread is here -
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