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About my libraryMy catalog is the most complete list I have of every book I have ever read. Since I didn't begin it until March 2009 some of the books don't have reviews, ratings or descriptions because I truly don't remember. I just like looking at my accomplishments.

GroupsCrambo!, Crime, Thriller & Mystery

Favorite authorsJohn Case, Patricia Cornwell, Deborah Crombie, Ellen Crosby, P. C. Doherty, Jasper Fforde, Tana French, Sue Grafton, Jonathan Kellerman, Matthew Pearl, Craig Russell (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresBarnes & Noble Booksellers - Newport News, Book Exchange of Williamsburg

Favorite librariesNewport News Public Library System - Grissom Library, Newport News Public Library System - Main Street Library, York County Public Library - Yorktown

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Member sinceMar 1, 2009

Currently readingHow to Tell If Your Boyfriend Is the Antichrist: And If He Is, Should You Break Up with Him? by Patricia Carlin
Reflections of a wine merchant by Neal I. Rosenthal
All the Pretty Horses (The Border Trilogy, Book 1) by Cormac McCarthy

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You are welcome! I chose these books for you:

Tea With the Black Dragon (a favorite of mine, hope you like it)
Red Tide
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery (Flavia de Luce Mysteries)

Enjoy!

I'm glad you enjoyed Booked to Die. I remember being uncertain about selecting that one, because it seemed such an obvious pick for your library that I was afraid you had already read it. I found it a little too violent for my taste, but I did think it was well-written.

2011 was a good, but not remarkable reading year—I read lots of books, but only a few were real standouts. And I still have some 2010 SantaThing reading to finish, as well as my 2011 ones. This year I'm going to have to focus on catching up on the TBR pile instead of acquiring new books.

Hope you're having a good start to 2012.
2011's Books for THE HIGHLY RATED BOOK GROUP:

1st Quarter): January 1st, (long gone), -- March 31st.
The Outlander by Diana Gabaldon with an L.T. rating of 4.39.

2nd Quarter): April 1st -- June 30th.
Bleak House by Charles Dickens with an L.T. rating of 4.27.

3rd Quarter): July 1st -- September 30.
The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly with an L.T. rating of 4.05.

And for the 4th and final Quarter of 2011): October 1st -- December 31st.
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton also with an L.T. rating of 4.05.

And perhaps, if cyderry would be so kind to get together another list of L.T. 'highly rated' books come near the end of 2011, we will be able to smoothly segue into 2012. That would be such a treat.
I'm glad you finally received them. Mine came a couple of weeks ago. I hope you enjoy them. It was actually kind of hard to pick for you, because although we both like mysteries, I prefer cozy ones, which you specifically don't care for. But I thought of two grittier mysteries I had read that seemed right up your alley. Booked to Die is so popular that I expected it to already be in your library, so I hope you haven't already read it. Free Reign is Canadian, and not so well known, but it is exceptionally well written. I also picked one from your wishlist, just to be sure that you get something you want.

Happy reading.

Sylvia
Thanks for the SantaThing picks! Received today at last :)
Would you please quit strangling that lovely little kitten? What a beauty.
Anyhoo.........why I am writing is in regard to: 'THE HIGHLY RATED BOOKS' GROUP.

I was just on the net checking out info on The Outlander and I am assuming you, cyderry, are speaking of the one by Gil Adamson and not the one by Diana Gabaldon.
It won the "Books in Canada First Novel" award in 2008 for the 2007 book. It also won the 'Drummer General's Award, the Hammet Award, the ReLit Award and the 2009 Canada Reads Award. When I went to look for reviews on it; I found only two thumbs ups and a couple of one thumb up and no thumbs down ratings. So I think this one also would fit within the framework of a 'Highly Rated Book'.
So in my humble opinion, (and I am only one of the group), that gives us thus far five books to choose from:

The Outlander by Gil Adamson,
Empire Falls by Richard Russo,
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton,
Bleak House by Charles Dickens, and
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.

What are your thoughts on these choices?
belva
Hi Raina - always good to connect with other 4MA'ers. I'm not sure if there was a group created or not.. but then some days I can't remember my own name :)

Hope you find some good Aussie (and New Zealand) crime fiction around - now Random House Australia at least are doing more ebooks it might become a little easier to get your hands on!

Regards Karen C
The Jan Fabel series sounds interesting...thanks for the hint. I don't know when, but I'll check Blood Eagle out as soon as I can (even though I accumulated quite a few books at the moment).
With straight forward detective fiction I meant something like the good old Poirot series. In most cases there is a crime and then Poirot steps into the scene and investigates one step after the other ("with order an method" as he likes to put it...) So police procedural fits quite well, I guess. I just used the term to differentiate between the typical structure of a suspense thriller and one where the result is the origion of investigation.
Thank you for the recommendations. I will definitely check those two series out. It doesn't matter if they are not Amish I love mysteries no matter what they are well almost :). So far I have not found one I have not liked. I am anxious to see what comes in the mail from Santathing should be fun.
Thanks for the reading suggestions :)
I have read the first book in the series Stray, unfortunately it was right after I had read Kelley Armstrong's Bitten which I loved, the similarities between the two books were very apparent it felt like Vincent had just copied the book and changed it to Werecats. But thanks again for the suggestions :)
Crossing my fingers for Santathing I cant wait to see what arrives....hope you get a good batch as well.
Thank you for the mystery read suggestions; I will look into them!

As for yoga book recommendations, it may depend a little on which style of yoga you are practicing. Sometime the 'same' pose has different names in different kinds of yoga. A good starting place in many cases is How to Use Yoga (http://www.librarything.com/work/639027/book/46473104). This book talks about the Iyengar style of yoga, which emphasizes precision and modifications to meet students where they are in their bodies. It also has great color photographs of the basic poses and a 10-week suggested course of sequences of poses. I also recomend a similar publication, Yoga: The Iyengar Way (http://www.librarything.com/work/7361/book/46472143).

I also like Yoga For Beginners (http://www.librarything.com/work/177874/book/46473070). It has good photographs and is in a spiral bound book that is meant to be a reference during practice: It opens and stands like an easel.

For another source, check out the Yoga Journal online pose glossary (http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/finder/browse_categories). It lists many postures with information about other poses to help you work up to the given pose when it is advanced.

I hope that helps!
Cheers
The book you mentioned sounds like something I'd enjoy. I'll look for it. Thanks for suggesting it to me.
Sorry! I haven't been around for awhile as we've been moving. There was a lot of confusion with my SantaThing account and I got confused in who actually ended up being my Santa. Did you pick out the Gail Carson Levine books and the Rachel Vincent book? If so I enjoyed them much and thank you!
G'day Raina,

I'm not surprised we have so few books in common. I went beserk when I set this thing up and started to list every book on my sheleves and then stopped part way. Many of them I haven't read yet.

There was a big gap and I started up again last year and only listed the books I have read. I figured that made more sense. I do tend to read a LOT of Australian crime fiction and true crime so that might account for the fact we have so few books in common.

I listed the Patricia Cornwell's when I was still doggedly strugging through them - I dont' read her any more.

I see you read Shatter, did you enjoy it?
Hi, I saw your post about 4MA on another LT profile page. I'm a long time 4MA member though I've drifted into lurkdom over the last few years.
Hi! I enjoyed picking the books for you. It wasn't too hard, as I did work with a wishlist. I did find it hard to narrow it down to which ones I would like to get for you though! While I was checking out your wishlist I added some titles to my list! I had never heard of any of the books you had on it! They do sound like good reads so I will be reading them!
I have not yet received my package! I am hoping I get it soon. I can't handle the anticipation much longer! Merry Christmas!
I see the books we share are all 4MA reads!
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