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Member: FionaCat

CollectionsE-books (82), Read as a Child (180), Folio Society (104), Yosemite & the Sierra Nevada (247), Horse Racing (220), Your library (2,782), Currently reading (3), To read (205), Read but unowned (1,125), Favorites (12), All collections (2,784)

Reviews203 reviews

Tagsnonfiction (1,388), fiction (1,326), read not owned (919), California (356), fantasy (355), horses (340), YA (283), humor (263), nature (255), historical fiction (233) — see all tags

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About meI am a confessed biblioholic and work in a high school library. I read a lot of YA fiction, as well as fantasy, historical fiction, mysteries, and nonfiction.

About my libraryMy library is dominated by books on some of my favorite topics, especially horse racing and Yosemite National Park (and the entire Sierra Nevada). I tend to buy more nonfiction than fiction. I've also listed books that I've read but don't own (since I tend to borrow fiction from work or the public library).

GroupsBooks off the Shelf Challenge, Californians Who LT, Cats, books, life is good., Early Reviewers, Fforde Ffans, Folio Society devotees, Horses, Librarians who LibraryThing, Library of America Subscribers, Montclair High School Library (California)show all groups

Favorite authorsDouglas Adams, Susan Wittig Albert, Jane Austen, Nevada Barr, Stephanie Barron, Nicholas A. Basbanes, Bill Bryson, Stephen Budiansky, Jared Diamond, Jasper Fforde, Dick Francis, Al Gore, Karen Harper, Bernd Heinrich, Marguerite Henry, Michael Hoeye, A. J. Jacobs, Brian Jacques, Haven Kimmel, Mercedes Lackey, Patrick McDonnell, L. M. Montgomery, John Muir, E. Nesbit, George Orwell, Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman, David Quammen, J. K. Rowling, Alexander McCall Smith, Edwin Way Teale, J. R. R. Tolkien, Lynne Truss, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Tad Williams, Connie Willis (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBarnes & Noble Booksellers - Chino Hills, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Montclair Plaza, Borders - Arcadia, Borders - Mira Loma, Borders - Rancho Cucamonga, Mrs. Nelson's Toy and Book Shop, The Book Ladies, Vroman's Bookstore

Favorite librariesOntario City Library, Ontario City Library Colony High Branch, Rancho Cucamonga Public Library - Paul A. Biane Library

Other favoritesLos Angeles Times Festival of Books


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Real nameJulie

LocationOntario, CA

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceMar 20, 2007

Currently readingBefore Green Gables by Budge Wilson
75 Remarkable Fruits For Your Garden by Jack Staub
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (Hardcover) by Cornelia Funke

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Julie, just saw your "Tequila Mockingbird" on the dormant Funny requests list ( and am going to use it for one of the requests in a new novel I'm working on for Random House, which sports a librarian among the three main characters. Love to thank you in the acks for it; if you'd like, send me your name.

One of my two all-time favorite novels, and I about lost my coffee when I read that!

Meg Waite Clayton
Dear FionaCat

Thank you very much for your review of my debut novel, WIFE OF THE GODS. I wanted you to know that I appreciate it and don't take it for granted one bit. Thank goodness for book lovers like you! I notice you're in Ontario, CA, so I hope you'll be able to attend one of my book signings in the Los Angeles area. The dates and venues are on my website

Thanks again for your kind words.

Kwei Quartey
Hi, I'm wondering if we might be related, just kidding, but we have so many books in common. Particularly horse books. Not to mention I live in Chino Hills!I have looked at your library quit a few times and will use it as a source for titles of horse books I have not seen before. It's eerie how our taste in books are so much alike. I'm pretty new to LT and I am still working on my input of books. You are definately on my interesting library list. Bye, Linda
I was reading about your cats in the Cats, books, life is good group and wandered over here...we seem to have a LOT of shared books!
Wow -- four cats. We have two that keep us (and each other) highly entertained. Four must keep you plenty busy!

Do you use your library for reader's advisory much? I've been finding that I remember the titles and authors much better when I've reviewed them, or I can quickly refresh my memory if someone asks about a particular title. For the YA, especially, reviewing them really sticks them in my mind better. I do selection for the J&Y collection here, which is part of the reason I have so many YA titles -- they just look too good to resist when they come in, plus LT is a wonderful review source.

I'm with you on using the public library more. I have to admit, I don't visit it near as much as I used to before being in a library all day. As an academic library with a small budget we don't spend as much on the popular fiction sorts of titles. Which I suppose means I should read more non-fiction. I'll have to check out some of your recommended titles :-)
Thanks! I'm having a great time with YA lately -- I think I missed out on some good stuff when I was the "right" age for it, so I'm making up for lost time, now. LT is making me very happy, but I'm finding it's sort of dangerous. I don't know about you, but I keep blowing my book budget.

Is the cat Fiona? What a lovely face -- my pictures always come out with red eyes!
Hello i'm new to LT and i only have 16 books do you have any good suggestions about some horse books?
Hello! I just joined LT, and only have around 600 books listed so far, be we share 143! And they are all over the map, which is really interesting.

I LOVE E. Nesbit and have never even met anyone else who has heard of her books (except the Railway Children). I think I read ~all~ of her books on the Bastables, etc. Wonderful and magical.

I was also a Yosemite Seasonal Park Ranger for 10 years, so I have quite the Yosemite collection as well!

Are you, by chance, a Nerdfighter? There are lots of librarians on there - we started as fans of Brotherhood 2.0 (which is wonderful, and I see you have Looking for Alaska by John Green in your library, and he is one of the brothers!) It has become a wonderful community of folks that love to read, share ideas, and aren't afraid to show "nerd pride"! So, if you don't know about them already, you should definitely check them out - is the original website, and has links to the new Ning community, and we have a group here on LT, now, too.

Well, I will be checking your library for ideas!

Maggie, aka NatureGeek
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