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About my libraryBooks, books, books! At Christmastime and birthdays, no one in my family bothers to ask me anything but what titles I want this time around. I'm the easiest person in the family to buy for. Some years I get every single one on the list! To me there is nothing better than the getting of books. The days when the big boxes from Scholastic showed up are just about my only good memories from grade school. Daddy's flashlight always disappeared on those nights. I just couldn't go to sleep with all those unread books in the house.

Most of the books in my library are ones I have collected. A few of them belonged to my parents, (that explains the coffe table books - my father loved coffee table books), grandparents and - in the case of a very few - great grandparents. In general, once I've acquired it, I cannot bear to get rid of a book which would explain a few of the very rotten ones that appear here. One time I did dispose of a book about vampires in S.E. New England in which the author appeared to be so desperate for things to write about that he actually used up a paragraph or so describing the upholstery on the chairs in the library where he was supposed to be doing research.

I love historical fiction and history, but I'm not really picky. I've got a few poetry books, but I must confess that I don't really like poetry much at all. I've got a number of odd little books that people seem to beleive that I must have strictly because they are about cats and I have a cat. (I have a car but I don't want any books about automobiles.) Nevertheless I will probably always keep the cat books. And the poetry books. And the coffe table books.

I don't much care about the condition of a book when I'm in a buying mood - which is almost all of the time - just so long as there isn't any actual blood or barf on or in it. The neatest thing I ever discovered in a book that I bought was the unexpected autograph of the author - one of my favorites - Nigel Tranter. I was very thrilled. The strangest thing I ever found in a book was a cash register receipt belonging to the original purchaser of the book WITH HIS ENTIRE MASTERCARD CREDIT CARD NUMBER printed on it!!! I hope that the bookstore in the Edmonton International Airport has since changed this feature.

I've tried to rate most of my books. The ones that I have not are ones that 1. I haven't read yet or 2. ones that I read so long ago I can't quite recall what it was that I thought about them at the time. Probably some of the ratings are a bit over-generous and I may re-think them at some future point. There are some books tagged Not Mine that are, well, not mine - ones I read at the urging of friends or family but that I don't want to own.

Here is the link for my 2011 75 Book Challenge thread:

Groups50 Book Challenge, 75 Books Challenge for 2008, 75 Books Challenge for 2009, 75 Books Challenge for 2010, 75 Books Challenge for 2011, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, All Things Cricket, All Things New Englandshow all groups

Favorite authorsElizabeth Chadwick, Tracy Chevalier, Bernard Cornwell, George Eliot, John R. Erickson, Lynn Flewelling, Diana Gabaldon, Elizabeth Gaskell, Parke Godwin, Thomas Hardy, Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, Robin Hobb, Dewey Lambdin, George R. R. Martin, Louise Penny, John Prebble, Judith Merkle Riley, Mari Sandoz, Tom Rob Smith, Josephine Tey, Nigel G. Tranter, Barbara W. Tuchman, James Welch (Shared favorites)

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Favorite librariesMattapoisett Free Public Library, Millicent Public Library, Wilks Library (New Bedford Free Public Library)

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Frankenstein (Penguin Classics) by Mary Shelley
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Will be my pleasure Charlotte. xx
You're very welcome, Charlotte, I'm glad you like them!

Hi again Charlotte!

Wow, you were fast! In fact, you are the first to respond. Thanks so much for your recommendation of Zealot. I just downloaded the audiobook from the library last week, and there's a good chance it'll be among my first reads of 2014 as I've been wanting to get to it soon. I've been raiding the OverDrive selections available through the national library network, and have obtained quite a lot of great audio titles in the past week or so. I'll be listing my haul on my thread soon. Coco and the kitties are all doing great. Right now, Mimi is sitting with her tail just slightly over the edge of my laptop—so that I can barely manoeuvre with my mouse—and purring, a gentle habit she has to remind me not to forget to put out her beloved tinned food. Ezra prefers the dry stuff I put out at night, and though I leave it out till 6 pm when the wet stuff comes out, she is adamant about wanting her Wellness brand! Lol. Cats are such funny, strange and wonderful critters, aren't they?

Anyhow, I'm thinking of lots of things I'd like to share, such as the fact we've had our first freeze during daytime today and I just came back from a walk with Coco a short while ago which truly felt like a winter outing. Apple crisps: I think I'm made three so far. Maybe only two, but I've got plans of making another any day now. I've actually become totally addicted to a stovetop rice pudding recipe I've adapted with brown rice, which I devour almost as soon as it's made. Not good for the waistline, but so delish it seems wrong to deprive myself.

I should have mentioned in my earlier message that I'd like my friends to make their recommendations on my thread, and I'm fairly certain you won't mind if I copy that part of your message and share it there so others can see where the recommendations came from and why I should read those specific titles. The kind of thing I think we all in the 75ers like to read about, and while my thread isn't all that active, I do know I have occasional lurkers who might enjoy that sort of thing.

Hope all is well in your part of the world, warm greetings from Montreal,


Ooh you're down on the South Shore. Nice ... I usually head down to Hyannis around September for a triathlon. Wouldn't take much to swing over near you for a meet up. :-)

Oh, family. I lived in Danvers for about 22 years, FL for about 35 (quite a culture shock when we first got there), and now in Alabama for 6 or so years--yet another culture shock. I still miss Mass. a lot, especially the water. But one does what one must!

Looking forward to your thread this year.
Same, definitely. Must be related then.
Haha! Well, it depends. What kind of paws do you have?
Charlotte- I'm glad you found us! I'm trying to contact a few people but it's not always easy. We have a nice bunch this year. It should be fun. I LOVE your profile picture!

Hi Charlotte! Thanks for your kind message. I loved Burning Marguerite and am so happy to know that you loved it, too :) Happy reading!

Merry Christmas, Charlotte!

Just wanted to thank you for the nice selection of books you sent me for Mark's Christmas Swap. I hope to get started on them in the coming weeks.
All the best in the new year!
Charlotte- I got your message! I'm glad you are joining us!

So very glad to hear you enjoyed Ox-Box Incident. The film with Henry Fonda and Dana Andrews is superb and I recommend that as well. The story and film are among the best of the westerns, IMHO.

Hi Charlotte my dear friend,

don't you know procrastinator is my middle name? I surprised myself when I realized I hadn't thought of it sooner. And then when I did, I figured I'd better act on it quickly because forgetfulness takes over the second after I've had a thought if I don't act on it immediately. Which is what usually happens, which leads inevitably to... procrastination. I look forward to looking over your WL again. A bit fearful too since there is sure to be plenty of damage to my own WL and wallet!

Hope you're having a wonderful day!
Hi Fourpawz2,
I spent some years looking for a favorite book from before I could read, and finally found a copy of it recently. It is called The Golden Book of Nursery Tales, by Werner, and, since I was born in 1950, it must have been the first edition that I had. The copy I acquired looks exactly as I remember it! In other words, it is complete, but lacks any vestige of a cover, just like the copy my family had.
I did a quick Google search to see if I could find out what the cover looks like, and I found it pictured here on this LibraryThing site.
Since you are the only other member who rated it, and the image was a member upload, I thought perhaps that might be an image of your copy on the site. If it is, would you be willing to make a higher resolution scan of it for me? (front and back) I would like to have a facsimile cover made for mine.
It is such a pleasure to look through this book and notice that I remember every picture, and even the words, though I have never read it before on my own. It was certainly my favorite storybook, and the images are just as riveting as I found them as a child (The black and white ones more than the color). It's funny that I did not remember that all these stories were from the same book! I suppose it is because I could not read, and I remember the way the title page and book block looked, completely separate from the way the pictures were impressed into my consciousness as my mother read the stories to me and my brothers.
If you do have a scanner and are willing to share the images with me, I can be reached via email at
Thank you!
Quick hello! I'd love if you provided links to your threads here, would be so much easier to reach them that way... (hint hint) ;-)
Hello to you as well!
Yes, we seem to have a good bit of books in common. I still have a lot more to add. It's going to take time. A lot.
I love to collect books, it's one of the few things I can justify collecting and spending time and money on.
My fur-babies say hello as well.
Poor Abbey, I think she is deprived of attention.
I don't know what's worse though, cat or dog hair. ;0)
About the multiple cat thing, I certainly never thought I would have 1, much less 3. I love them sure, but it was a slow process. Cats can be...well strange to be owned by.
I had horses when I was little, but they were working horses, so I rarely was able to ride for pleasure. Owning one now for myself is a pleasure, but wouldn't you know, I am always trying to find time to ride her. They are pretty to look at, but they can be rather high maintenance some times.
I hope to see you around as well!
Hello Fourpawz2,
Your note about my comments has inspired me and every once and a while I go through a page or two of books in my library and add some comments. You have a heavy duty currently reading list. I enjoy Gibbon but still haven't finished it. I remember a section about a dispute in early Christian theology that went very slow. I think that instead of asking why Rome fell the real question is why did it last so long. It is a very good book and I look forward to your thoughts when you finish it. I bought a used copy of the Folio edition and was surprised to see that it appears they abridged the footnotes. There was a discussion about that fact on the Ancient History group. I have read Savage War of Peace by Sir Alistair Horne and have his book on the fall of France on my wish list. He was a very good author and I would like to know more about the Battle of Verdun. Earlier this year I read The World Undone, which you have in your library. I thought it was excellent. Enjoy and Be Well.
Hi! It was great to hear from you.

I hope all is well!

Thank you! I aim to be useful.
Hello Fourpawz,
I wanted to let you know I am flattered to be selected for your interesting libraries list. I see that we share a number of history books and the Josephine Tey books. I started reading Josephine Tey out of my mother's library when I was much younger. In addition to the books you have by Josephine Tey I have The Man in the Queue and an historical fiction named The Privateer. I am sure you can get good copies of these books used, if you are so inclined.
Be good and do well
Dear Fourpawz:

I noticed that you have James & Patricia Deetz's "The Times of Their Lives" on your reading list, so I thought you might be interested in a book I wrote, "Thanksgiving: The Pilgrims' First Year in America." It's been getting very good reviews and ratings here at LibraryThing and over at

You can read excerpts at . You can order it there, too, at a special discount offered to anybody who agrees to write a review of the book.

Note that is NOT a book about a holiday. it's about a bunch of PEOPLE and everything they did, everything that happened to them, in every detail I could find about them.

Let me add that this would be a good Father's Day gift for any fathers you happen to know who have an interest in history or the founding of America. What could be better for fathers than forefathers? If you get it as a gift, I recommend the hardcover edition, which has a red ribbon bookmark in it - the kind of book a father will want to pass on to a daughter or son. I'll be glad to sign the book and write a dedication in it. Just let me know what to write ("For my favorite forefather," for example, or "For my nephew the father" or whatever you like.)

As you'll see from the excerpts, it's a different kind of history - very graphic and dramatic but always sticking strictly to the facts. It's a book for everyone, not just historians. It covers just about every known detail about what happened in that crucial year between the landing of the Mayflower and the famous harvest feast of the following autumn.

I hope you get a chance to read it.


Glenn Alan Cheney
Hanover, Conn.
Hello! You came and said lovely things on my thread, so I thought I'd head over to check out your library and generally be a bit nosy... We have some interesting books in common, some of the ones I don't see around as much in the shared books thingy. I'll be stalking around your library if you need me, k?
Ellie x
Its been too long and I am sure that by now you are wondering if I ever really existed or I was just a figment of your imagination. Many, many apologies. I will send you a long email tomorrow.


PS: Oh my lord, I just looked at my last email to you, it was Feb 24th, that is just unacceptable. Many more apologies.

Hi Charlotte. I saw your message to Linda (aussicowgirl) about "Old Jules" which I read last month. I thought it was a fantastic book. I still plan to review it for LT, but haven't felt much like writing lately...I sometimes have a hard time starting a review. However, I would like to introduce Sandoz to more readers. We share quite a few books despite my small (so far) catalogue. I will enjoy looking through your library.
Thank you for your outreach. I'm very sad this evening and therefore your message means a lot to me.

I appreciate you.

I left you messages on my thread then thought oops. Any etiquette things like where people customarily respond would be much appreciated. Lucy

I greatly enjoyed yr comments on yr vile books list. I am fascinated by what triggers like and dislike of a book. I wrote my senior thesis on James Boswell..... my goodness! That was a long time ago. He still fascinates me. oh dear I hadn't even thought of putting all of those books in.
addendum: Helen Humphries is on my wishlist too -- I had someone passionately recommend her books....
only problem, what if your kitty learned to throw up under the rug? ew
Thanks also for your comments. Reading the book has not put me off reading Dickens's fiction, though when I next read one I will be looking for paralells to his life and persona in a way I would not have done before. It has made me view him in a more critical way as rather more (or less?) than an advocate of social reform. On Christmas day I read Dickens's Christmas by Simon Callow, which was a lovely read, though it took a more rosy view of him, for example pointing out his criticism of slavery in America delivered on his 1842 visit, but not mentioning his view of black people or his support for the South in the Civil War, or the shcoking "wipe them out" comment during the Indian mutiny.
Hello, I just wanted to say how much I agreed with your review of Dickens by Peter Ackroyd, which I finally finished today. Your own review summed up my feelings much better than I have done in my shorter contribution. As you say, he does not emerge as a likeable man. I suppose all I would add is that, although his views are repellently racist by our standards, would they have been regarded as outside the mainstream of views in the 1850s?
Hi Fourpawz2,
Great review of Winnie and Wolf! Just wanted to let you know.

I am so glad you liked your Santathing presents! Happy Reading!

Jenn :)
Dear Charlotte;
It was me and I hope you enjoy/appreciate "The God of Small Things".
Yes, the bookswap is a very clever idea. I don't know who came up with it, but it is wonderful. And such a surprise as you have no idea what will be in that little package.
I had a lot of fun on my end with my letters. I talked to ladies of the church and we had a little tea here at my house. They brought their books and I provided the packaging and tape, etc. So I know each and every book their recipient is going to receive. And we had such a nice time of it and just chatted and laughed the afternoon away until time for the kids to come home from school.
Well, thank you for the note letting me know the book arrived safely. And again, I hope you haven't already read it and that you will like it.
Honestly, I'm a bad person and haven't even started it yet. I've heard one person say it was terrible, which didn't really motivate me, plus it's a hardcover so I don't want to carry it around. On the bright side, though, I did see a positive review just this morning, so I think there's hope. I'll let you know what I think when I do get around to it!

But I don't think you're under any obligation to finish an ER book, as long as you give it a fair chance. You can just write a review saying that you didn't even like it enough to finish it.
I see you also got Winnie and Wolf.
Hi Charlotte
Many thanks for your good wishes re. my daughter's wedding. I appreciate your kind outreach!
Fall in NE PA is lovely, though we have had a lot of rain and thus the leaves are in wet piles on the ground.

My daughter is getting married on Saturday and I'm hoping for nice weather.

Hi Charlotte.

I'm glad you liked to card. Fall in Mass. must be so incredibly beautiful!
It is listed for Holy River Secret.
Happy Sunday to you!
Congratulations on your "hot" review listed on today's home page.

I consider Lady of Quality to be one of her weaker books; it is basically a rewrite of The Black Sheep, which is a stronger story. So I wouldn't recommend you to read it next.
I would recommend either [The Unknown Ajax] or [The Toll Gate]. Both are less "frivolous" than [Friday's Child], with older protagonists, and with some mystery involved. Other possibilities might be [The Reluctant Widow] or [The Masqueraders]--the first also has a mystery but is more light in the humor, and the latter is a Georgian rather than Regency with interesting characters and lots of intrigue. One of the things to remember is that Heyer researched extensively, so when she uses words, it IS as they would have been used at the time. Sherry and his pals would have been much like the teens of our day, using cant MUCH more extensively than would older characters or those from the country. Some modern regency writers have borrowed the language found in Heyer and basically written a modern romance using the cant to give it regency trappings--very irritating! I hope you enjoy some of these--if you don't, then it could be Heyer is just not for you. What is the other book you already have?
I just wanted to say I enjoyed your review of "The King's Privateer" and to thank you for choosing "The Bone Doll's Twin" for me! I'm re-reading Flewelling's "Traitor's Moon" right now and ought to be in good shape to read your pick! It is my understanding that there are subtle references from one series to the other.
> I suppose I could, but doesn't it look a little - thin - shall we say?

It wouldn't be one of LT's best reviews, but better than a lot of them. It's hardly any thinner than my review here. What can we do if we find a book unreadable? It's only fair to warn potential readers that at least a few people found it unreadable. WiW has a few even shorter reviews.
> O.K., I give up. I surrender. I cannot even bring myself to pick up The Woman in White again. I have been at page 262 - exactly half way through this book - for about five weeks and I cannot - repeat cannot - go forward.

Why not just put that up as a review?
dear friend !Thanks for accepting my friend request
Thank you for joining my new thread. It looks like it may be a hit. Looking forward to hearing from you often. Don't work too hard. :)
Hi- I haven't heard a word back from gumbowriter. If I do, I'll let you know.
Thought you might be intersted in joining my new thread. Check it out.
Hey Friend,
LOL, it was hilarious to hear about Willie and his newest nesting spot. Look at it this way, he is constantly on an adventure as he walks around your house, despite having lived there this whole time.

I am glad to hear that the market is really bustling in your neck of the woods. Signs of life like that are a good indication that eventually, the rest of the country will catch up.

Whoa, this is so crazy. I can't believe you just read The Indifferent Stars. A friend of mine's boyfriend is a publicist for Harper Collins and said I could pick a few books and he would try to get them for me. The indifferent stars was one of my picks. What are the odds that a few days later I discover you have read it? I went through a period where I was watching so much on cannibalism. It was fueled mostly by the History channel and boy was it fascinating and disgusting at the same time. Buts lets be honest, if one is in a dire situation and has totally been depleted of resources and has no other option whatsoever, what is a man to do? But my understanding is limited to those who are forced to eat dead bodies not those who kill people to eat. The thought of cannibalism disgusts and repels me but I am not one of those people who will say they will never, ever do something cause one never knows. I would probably need years of counseling once I return to civilization and I would probably become a vegan!

Life has been crazy to say the least and I will send you a private PM telling you all that has been going on. But I am by nature a very happy and hopeful person so I am not letting it get me too down. Anyway that has affected my reading and I have not been able to read as much as I would like.

Alrighty,I gotta run but take care of you and I am happy that we are back in contact.


Great! Hope you enjoy it. Writing it was a real labor of love for me.

I did read The Woman in White and found it a bit slow as well. The mystery was vaguely interesting but I wasn't at all intrigued by the insipid love story. I'll never understand why the weak and helpless females were supposed to be more attractive than the ones who could actually manage themselves. I'm reading La Reine Margot right now and relishing Dumas's strong sly heroines.
I ordered my copy of Dickens online without paying enough attention and I was appalled when I received it to see that it was an abridged edition. I never buy abridged editions of anything! But after I read the book (and your thorough and entertaining review), I started to think that this abridgment was not so bad. I had a general idea of the progress of Dickens' life from book introductions and a television documentary but Peter Ackroyd really gives it a memorable shape (the unsettled childhood, the cranky mistreatment of Catherine, and the constant to-and-froing). The abridged version seemed pretty detailed so I'm guessing the full version was quite a journey!

Have you read any of Peter Ackroyd's other books? I've enjoyed both his history and his novels (though his novels can veer into pretentiousness at times).

Happy Almost Birthday! I hope tomorrow is a great day for you!
You share the same birthday as my twin grandsons, who will be six on Saturday, and one of my dear friends.

Happy Almost Birthday to you!
ok, fess up Charlotte. I saw the post on Stasia's thread that you have a birthday in March...
When was it/or when will it be?

Hi Charlotte...

I know what you mean about O'Brian's Aubrey/ Maturin books. My son turned me on to them when they first came out, and then I read through them one after another with no other books in between. One really gets into the characters that way, but, as you say, there sure are a lot of tecnicalities and "sea speak" to deal with. I think one must really like the "age of sail" culture to get into the O'Brian and Forester things while with Lambdin, one just sails along and enjoys Alan Lewrie and the action. This is kind of over- simplifying it, I think, in that Lambdin makes even some of the simplest and mundane events important so that the reader hangs on to every word... I specifically think about his description of Lewrie taking HMS Jester (his first admiralty appointed command) out of the harbor for the very first time and the resulting awareness that he actually has a ship!

Other age of sail series that I will guarantee that you will like are the "Ramage" books by Dudley Pope (also Brit navy with a character similar to Lewrie) and Julian Stockwin's series. Tom Connery's "Markham of the Marines" series is also a group of top flight sea stories.

I have quite a few age of sail books listed on librarything. My books listed on LT are only hardcover first editions (I hold on to my paperbacks but don't list them until I can find (and afford) the HC edition), so there are so many more books of this kind around. Unfortunately, quite a few of these books come from British authors (of course, that's the Nelson influence), and it is often difficult to find them here in the States.... but then I guess that the thrill of the hunt is part of book collecting.

I've only had time to list age of sail things, books about books, and some modern fiction titles. I need to list my collection of Mexico, Great Britain, Arthur Rackham, and other modern first titles that I just haven't managed to get around to. I list only the books that I know I will keep.... seems that a book becomes a "friend" after it shares whatever its message happens to be, and one can never have too many "friends"!

So many books to read.... so little time!

I enjoyed hearing from you.... please keep in touch if you discover stunning books, and I will do the same! Take care...


Hi.... I read your recent comments in the "75 Book Challenge for 2009" and noted your praise for Lambdin and Ariana Franklin. We are "soul mates": I just finished the "Mistress of Death" tale and it was a top notch read. I also just finished Lambdin's "HMS Cockerel" (which I didn't care for as much as his first five books... I think that it was because I wasn't particularly enamoured of his use of French accent in his dialogue: annoying at times in the manner of Joel Chandler Harris), but it will be off to #7 after I wrap up "The Gaudi Key".

Anyway, I wanted to 1.) tip you off to Lambdin's just released 15th Lewrie book (check it out on "" if you haven't seen a promo on it), and 2.) recommend an enthralling book entitled "Shadow of the Wind" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon... a thriller... a mystery... a love story... a horror story... all wrapped up into one. It is a novel that really drew me in and kept me riveted within its well-crafted plot. If you get a chance to read it, drop me a line and let me know what you thought!

Take care.... have a great week of reading...


once I get them in my greedy little paws I hate to give them back Believe me - I understand! That is the primary reason I do not have a Bookmooch account - because once I have them, I do not want to have to give them away.

I do not smell my library books, either (with the exception of the 1896 printing of Lady Susan by Jane Austen that I brought home last year - wonderful! I do love old books), but my dog Panda does.


If I may make a suggestion as far as using the library - use it to vet books, like I do. That way you know beforehand if the book is something you would really like to keep or not. I will buy the book if I know I will re-read it, but if it is something that I enjoyed but do not think I would ever re-read, I won't buy it. Maybe if you try that approach at the library you will actually stick to your plan of only buying 4 books a month :)

And yes, I am hopeless too and proud of it!


I just took a cut in both pay and hours and will still pre-order it, too. I would rather go without food. Let's just face it - we are hopeless :0)


Thought you might be interested in this post I found on the Outlander thread:

Just peeked on and they are taking preorders for the book and it's scheduled to be released Sept. 29th 2009

Do report on how you find Miss whoever's and her suitors :)

I have no doubt that you and I will have a heyday going through those books! I have not had time yet to go through her library at any length, but I imagine I could probably add just about every title to mine without hesitation.


I already added her to my 'interesting libraries' list. We can keep track of everything she is adding, and then maybe we can figure out where the next book is heading, right?

If you are the girl detective, then I am Gladys Kravitz :)


This is the response I got to my enquiry:

Yes, this account does belong to OUTLANDER's Diana Gabaldon. At this time, the database is being maintained by her assistant to catalogue Diana's personal and research library but she is not actively posting.

Thank you for your interest and we hope you enjoy some of the books she has collected over the years. There are many more yet to be entered.

Well, I took the bull by the horns and just asked her! We will see if I get a reply.


Any luck on finding anything out about Diana Gabaldon? I admit, my curiosity is piqued!

Is the diana.gabaldon here on LT listed as an LT author? That might give you a clue as to whether or not it is the one in question.

I do not know how to just go and look at someone's library without them being on my Friends or Interesting Libraries list.


No, I have not finished it yet. I had to switch horses midstream because a friend and I are reading a book together and comparing notes and I had to catch up to where she was in the book. I hope to finish Crazy Horse over the next week or so.

I agree about Sandoz' books. I have already checked my local library and they have several of hers, so I will probably read through them all eventually.


I currently have my nose buried in Crazy Horse based on your recommendation in 2008. Thanks a bunch, I am really enjoying it!

Stasia, aka AlcottAcre
If you buy 'Curse' and don't like it, I'll buy it off you -- my copy is falling to pieces and I know I'll want to re-read it, again! Of course, if I lived in the States I'd just wear out the library's copy :)
Loser Books, that's pretty funny. I sort of thought it would be ironic to have a group where what the member had in common was not having a common book, or a bunch of loser books. HA. I also thought it would be good to have a less than serious group where you could try things out with out any risk of looking foolish. So enjoy. I think I'll post a discuss thread about ULTB where the world smallest Book Clubs meet and discuss their loser books. HA HA HA.
You may want to check Punctuation practically illustrated... Click on the author. It will bring up the Author page where you'll notice there is a separate copy. You can click on the combine link and fix the book. Of course it won't be ultb anymore. but al the same welcome.
Welcome to Unique Library Thing Book group. You have a very nice library. However, I did notice you have "The voyages of Joshua Slocum" by Joshua Slocum . At first I thought this was the book "Sailing Alone Around the World" which there are a lot of copies. But this is something different. I hope you review it some time. So, anyway welcome to ULTB!
Yes it's really my library---we recently retired--moved to Maine from the DC beltway madness and were determined to have a place to put all the books. However, we did not realize how many books we really have (see explanation on my profile.). Anyway, I'm having a ball grabbing old used bookshelves from anyplace of any style, and building 'stacks' in the attic, adding book niches in EVERY room (I just even got a little shelf for the bath, and now am waiting out the cold to venture to the attic every day (I don't do steps too well-should have put in an elevator instead of the dumbwaiter that does carry boxes between the attic and main floor.

Anyway, thanks so much for your comments. I look forward to seeing what you add. I'm doing the 999 challenge with my sister Cheli so I'm spending most of my time now assembling and refining that list, and finishing the 75 challenge, which I'm just joining today! (Better late than never?)

One last note, while you may envy my library, I envy you being in a state where they have Trader Joe's...

Enjoy, Tina.
Hmm, oops. Half of my comment got eaten up. I wonder how that happened. Anyway, I was just agreeing with you about the Scholastic book orders. I think I spent most--if not all--of my allowance on those things. And finding a receipt with the owner's credit card number on it?! That's just scary. I think the best thing I ever found in a used book was a $5 bill--and the book cost me less than a $1. That sure made my day. Happy reading! :)
Just thought I'd drop by and say, "Hi!" :)

>>The days when the big boxes from Scholastic showed up are just about my only good memories from grade school.
Hope you enjoy the Sheepshanks book. You're right -- it is a great name!
You can check out my fantasy in my library as well if you like. If you like Bujold and LeGuin and McKillip and Fforde, all of whom are in our shared books, you may well like my taste in other fantasy as well.
Nope, the book is yours to keep no need to return it. I agree with you, I love this website. Where else do I get to meet such delightful and ridiculously intelligent people? Alrighty, its on its way to you. Will put it in the mail tomorrow morning. Happy reading!!
Thanks for telling me about A Private Disgrace, Lizzie Borden by Daylight. I was able to obtain a copy of this through interlibrary loan. I'm currently reading it.

Thanks for assigning me The Europeans in the GRTB group. I was having a hard time picking what to read next but now that you've suggested it, I'm getting excited about it.

The Amazon wishlist button is very easy to add. When you're viewing your wishlist, you click on the "Tell people about this list" button on the left. Then you can pick "By adding a button to my webpage" and it gives you the options and the code to copy and paste. I start posting it everywhere when Christmas is approaching!

I love mysteries. They are my favorite form of fiction. (Try saying that 20 times) Lol. I am sure that it is a jealousy thing with cats. Henry never sits in my lap unless I have a book or magazine.
Thanks for responding to my inquiry regarding the "Lizzie Borden conference." I have read several books re. Lizzie and find it a fascinating story.
And, I certainly do know what you mean regarding pets and the love they provide. There is nothing like it!

Take care,
ok, I'm curious...What is the Lizzie Borden conference book?
hi fourpaws2. I wouldn't say that Henry is a great reader but he loves to curl up with a good book (or on it). Lol. Sounds like a good read. I am looking forward to it. Thanks.
Thanks for the nice review. I'm glad to hear you liked it.
"Could it be that this is going to be the ER book I've gotten that I really, really like?"

I'm hoping.
Whoa, I am really flattered by your addition of me to your interesting libraries. I am always truly surprised when anyone finds my collection interesting.
I love your library by the way.
Thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries list. I am flattered. I find that letting someone else select my next book to read is a great relief. No more dithering! I hope that you enjoy the book that was selected for you. Have a great week.
If I'm reading this Librarything correctly, you have a copy of the Lizzie Borden Conference book. I just told my two daughters that if anything happens to me, NOT to put my (probably) 4,000 books out in a yard sale, because the Lizzie Borden Conference book is worth about $500 now! Should I keep it in a safe deposit box . . . ? Nyah. :-)
Nice selection in your library. I hope that you don't mind if I add a few titles to my ever growing TBR pile. By the way, welcome to the Go Review That Book group. I know that you are going to love it.

Hope you don't mind I've added your library to my interesting ones . . . this is what happens when I read intriguing titles in the "Another Silly Game" thread.

I'm not sure when I'll have the first chapter, or portion of the first chapter, up on my site. Hopefully later this year if all goes well with editing. I do hope to have some more short stories up on my site within the next month or two. Should have a new one up in the next week.

Personally, I enjoy revising my work. I used to hate it, but I've grown to love it. It's fun to go back after I've let my novel sit for a while and re-read it. It really gives you a different perspective and helps with the editing process. It also makes it easier to mark up with red ink -- which I've done ... a lot.

Your novel does sound interesting. For myself, I tend to focus on ancient and medieval history, but I do like certain periods of American History: The Colonization and Revolutionary period, The Civil War, World War II. I have read the Killer Angels and loved it. That's probably the first historical fiction novel I ever read. I was in 8th grade.

Ravens Beneath the Ash is just a stand alone short story I wrote. I'm working on another short story right now, and I hope to have that posted on my site soon. As for my novel, that is a long process :) I'm between the 3rd and 4th revisions right now, and I thought I would take a break and work on some short fiction and my Web site for a while. I am planning on posting an excerpt from the first chapter of my novel sometime this fall.

Sorry for the delayed response. I was out of town for three days.

What are your Civil War novels about? My dad is huge into the Civil War, and I also enjoy it. I buy him a Civil War book every Christmas, it seems. What historical fiction novels do you like from that period?

Yes, the writing process can be very rewarding (like those 1200 word days you mentioned) or very frustrating. There were some days -- when writing my novel -- that I wouldn't get more than a few sentences down in an hour, and those days are extremely annoying. It requires a lot of self-discipline, and I would just have to make myself keep writing to finish. I just finished the third revision a few weeks back, and I plan to let it sit for a while before going back to it. Give myself a fresh perspective when I pick it up again.

What kind of stuff do you write? I'm always interested in finding writers I can talk to. Do you have a website?

Always nice to find other fans of Cornwell and Martin. I'm currently finishing up the Saxon Chronicles. Still have Lords of the North and Sword Song to read. What's your favorite series by Cornwell? I also still have A Feast for Crows left to read before Dance with Dragons comes out. How did you like Feast for Crows compared to the other three?

Also, I see you have Robin Hobb listed. I've read the first book in the Farseer Trilogy (Assassin's Apprentice). I liked it but haven't gotten around to reading the other two. What did you think of books 2 and 3, if you've read them? Which novels / series do you like best by Hobb?

And Elizabeth Chadwick. I follow her on her blog:, and she's a fairly active contributer to the forums at Our threads cross paths from time to time. You'll find most of her stuff in the medieval area of the forum

fourpawz - in reply to your question about [The Age of American Unreason] -
as I am sure you know, this is an examination of the strains of anti-intellectualism and anti-rationalism that prevade our society and culture today. It is well researched and certainly thought provoking, if not despairing to realize the loss of "middlebrow culture" and appreciation of intellect and serious thought as well as rational science in the lives of Americans today. She particularly diatribes against the fundamentalist religious right and the pervasiveness of dumbing-down-media but thrashes both the right and left for their embrace of junk science and entertainment in lieu of investigation, research, and example.

Her conclusions and opinions are well supported, but much of the book is terribly repetitive and often labrynthine in reaching her resolutions. A book of half the words, more tightly constructed would serve its purpose better, IMHO.
You are most welcome (for the add). I have found so many more historical fiction novels to add to my to-be-read list from your tags.
Hi fourpawz,

I'm relatively new to LT. I think the friends feature is just to connect people with similar interests. I like to look at my "friends" libraries. I also like to explore other libraries similar to my friends. So that's kinda how it works - for me, anyway.

Thanks for accepting the invitation!

I feel a little guilty, but I actually put it up on bookmooch. I wasn't sure I wanted to subject anyone to it, but...
I gave that sucker away before I even put up my review and I don't regret it at all. I'm sorry you suffered through it.
I copied and pasted for you:
Hi Jennifer,

I noticed your post expressing concern about the difficulty of reading "Two Brothers: One North, One South" based on the comment of another LibraryThing member.

It may be helpful for you to consider a comment by the first Amazon reviewer about this title - "A factor which is simultaneously a hurdle and a strength of the novel is that the characters speak like characters in a 19th century novel: formal, ornate, sometimes flowery language quite unlike that of our current day. This sustains an atmosphere that clearly places the story in a different era, giving the novel an unusual feeling of authenticity, but also might be an obstacle to those readers unable or unwilling to cope with the emotional distance created by that language."

The entire review is shown below.

All current reviews are presented on the media page of the author's website:
As you will notice, they are all quite positive.

For a good overview of the book, you might take a look at the book video on the home page:

(name redacted)
I haven't read enough of Two Brothers to call it hideous (the last week I have been consumed by final projects), but it wasn't looking good from what I'd gotten through... so you mean it doesn't get better?
Just to let you know, LTers with Dogs is now a Group. Hope you'll join in!
Hey Four,

Thanks for your concern. It did get a little hairy for me two weeks ago with all the fires. My neighborhood was voluntarily evactuated though I chose to stay home with various items (including my most valued books, natch) packed by the garage door if things got really bad. Not too much of a risk seeing as my home is only 3 years old with stucco siding, a tile roof and no real flammable vegetation nearby. Still, nothing like a natural disaster to make you realize just how few things are really important in your life. I looked at my 10,000ish strong comic collection sitting there in the garage, just kind of shrugged, and realized I really wouldn't miss it if it burned up. All in all, though, I'll say it was a really good thing the wind never shifted and the fire/police departments were so truly capable at their respective jobs.

Sorry you didn't like the Kemp book as much as the Cornwell; I had the opposite reaction, but at this many-years-removed date, I really don't remember many details of either book. I do remember reading Kemp first, then Cornwell, so maybe it's partially a matter of liking what you're used to more??

I just picked up Michael Chabon's "Gentlemen of the Road" (working title "Jews with Swords," which I rather liked as a title). If you're not familiar with it, it's a swashbuckling historical fiction novel set circa 950 A.D. It was serialized in the New York Times 9ish months ago and I read a few of the parts there, and enjoyed what I read. Chabon's a great writer but a bit of an aquired taste given his love of vocabulary. I haven't read the book yet, but will do so soon, I think. I just finished off Steven Erikson's 7th Malazan Empire book, "Reaper's Gale" and I'm now reading Joe Abercrombie's "The Blade Itself" because so many people either think his writing is terrible or fantastic with amazing fight scenes, so I finally decided to read it; 80 pages in, I'm generally enjoying it, but it hasn't "rocked my world" with its fight scenes, so I'll have to keep going and see if it gets better.

Gotta run now. Take care of yourself, too, if you're in one of those hurricane states, especially.

Aha, I see you've received the first Kemp book! I just happened to click on that "connection news" link at the top of my profile page for the first time in months and, lo, it showed you entered the book on LT today. I've got my fingers crossed that you like it.

I hope all is well with you? Not much happening here. I'm on vacation and trying to read some books I've had sitting around for a year or more, but nothing of a particularly historical nature, though I just started Martin Limon's Jade Lady Burning, first in a series of mysteries set in Korea somewhere in the 70's, I think. The protagonists are U.S. Army investigators. There are 4 books in the series so far and numbers 1,2 and 4 are supposed to be really good.

Anyway, that's all the news that's fit to print. Let me know what you think of Kemp when you're done.

Fourpawz2, you make me laugh, but in a good way, when you can so blithely say you've ordered the second book in the Alan Lewrie series (glad you liked it, by the way). You see, back when I "discovered" the series, circa 1999, book 2 was out of print and, man, was it hard to find a used copy that was reasonably priced. I would look online virtually every day and, finally, one evening I spotted someone selling a copy in Pittsburgh, I think (at less than $10.00, even) and I immediately pounced (well, e-mailed, actually). I called the next day to see if I got the book and I was the first of 5 e-mails the bookstore owner had already received, all for a spine-cocked, exceedingly spine-creased mass market paperback reading copy; but damn, I was happy to get it after about 9 months of searching. Then, a couple of years later, McBooks Press (I think that's the name) put The French Admiral out again in trade paperback form, so now it's easy to get.

Regarding Daniel Hall, wow his books have gone up in price quite a bit; sorry about that. They were mildly expensive when I bought mine, but not like this. Good job if you found a reasonably priced one here in the US. It won't help you much with used books, but there's a place called that sells most new UK books but DOES NOT charge shipping to the USA (thanks again to Romanus here on LT for bringing the site to my attention). I just ordered two hardcovers and a MM paperback and they arrived in pretty much perfect to "as new" condition, which is more than I can say for many of the books I've received from Amazon UK in the past, plus, with the typical discounts on the site and no shipping fee, the hardcovers were actually slightly cheaper than buying a comparable new hardcover over here.

Now, ARC's and where to get them. Well, you may or may not know that many publishers send out advance copies/gallies of their books, sometimes 6-9 months in advance of the publication date, but usually just a few weeks ahead of time, to bookstores, reviewers and anyone else they think will help sell the books (see also LT's "early reviewer" blogs for some information). Authors will also, sometimes, get ARC's of their books from their publishers and, if you've met them at a signing and/or e-mailed them (i.e., built up a bit of a correspondence), they will sometimes send you an ARC if you ask or, even, a copy of the actual book, signed and everything. So, those are some ways to get free ARC's. Now, if you absolutely love an author and can't wait for the actual publication date, you can usually buy an ARC on Ebay or from an independent bookstore near you, even though they're not supposed to be re-sold. Of course, every once in a while, especially if the ARC is out way before the publication date, there may be changes made to the story (in which case the ARC can sometimes becomes a minor collector's item).

Okay, time to shut off the computer and actually read a book. Talk with you later,

Hi Fourpawz2,

Well, I think it's time for me to put aside the King Arthur story burnout I've been nursing for many years now and buy the Warlord Chronicles, as well as the 2nd and 3rd of the Saxon Chronicles, though I'll undoubtedly read the Saxon books first. I just can't get excited about King Arthur anymore, but I know these books have lots of other characters besides him, so I'll read them eventually.

I completely know what you mean about Sharpe having lost something in the last few books. I also no longer eagerly await the release of each new title from the UK. I'm content to wait for the US release (which may now be simultaneous anyway; at least it was a couple of books ago, I think). Hey, I just remembered another historical author you may want to track down--Daniel Hall. He wrote two novels of The Hundred Years War starring reluctant longbowman Martin Kemp. The books are Kemp (The Road to Crecy) and Kemp (A Passage at Arms). They were written before Cornwell's longbow series and are better than his book 1, anyway, (I don't think I've read the next two books in that trilogy so I can't compare them). Daniel Hall went on to write some pretty good nautical fiction set in the mid-1800's under the name Jonathan Lunn (first book is Killigrew, RN).

Now, as to where one puts 5K+ books, well, it is a challenge, especially when one's spouse is a neat freak. Add 10K of comic books into the mix and you've really got the start of a geekfest waiting to happen:) Anyway, 99.9% of my mass market paperbacks are in 45-50 comic "long" boxes lining the left hand wall of the garage; the back wall is primarily lined with an equal number of long boxes containing comic books. Inside the house, I've got 7 72" (I think) IKEA "Billy" bookcases with glass doors that are currently overloaded with my hardcovers and trade paperbacks. I need to buy another 2 Billy's to give each shelf some room to add books and to get trade paperbacks off the tops of my upright books. 6 of the Billy's are downstairs taking up 75% of my office wall space, while the newest bookcase (just assembled a week ago) is in the guest bedroom on a wall with room for 3 more Billy's. Also, the guest bedroom closet has many bags of advance reading copies (ARC's--one of them being Cornwell's The Last Kingdom, so I'll have to dig it out to get started on that series). My dream in life is to someday have all my books out of boxes and onto shelves where I can peruse them at my leisure, but it doesn't look like it's going to happen in this house. We tentatively plan to move someday to a less expensive area of the country for housing where, maybe, I'll have a basement I can convert to a library or, if no basement, simply enough square footage to actually have a library; but, that's a few years off, at least.

Well, gotta go take a beauty nap before work. I hope your cat is all better.


Hey Fourpawz2,

Please accept my apology for my delay in responding to you. Sometimes I just seem to operate in a state of perpetual lack of sleep where I avoid any writing where I have to put some actual thought into a response, but it's still no excuse for taking this long to get back to you; again, my apologies.

"Do you find it strange, as I do, that there are more nautical Napoleonic era series vs. land based series? You probably noticed that I have yet to fill out the O'Brian and Forester series - mostly because all that nautical-ness is practically like a foreign language to me (in spite of the fact that I live right next to the bloody ocean ) and makes it less enjoyable to read. I hope to fill them out in the future, but next to Cornwell they pale a little for me. For me, nobody writes a battle scene like BC."

I hadn't considered it before, but I believe you're right. Maybe nautical stuff sells better?? As for the "nautical-ness," I usually just skip over those descriptions (I still don't know which side is Starboard and which side is...whatever the other term is because I can't remember it right now; Oh yeah, Port, I think:). Don't let the terminology stop you from reading O'Brian, though, he's truly excellent, but you do have to read him closely. On the other hand, Forester I haven't finished even the first book yet--kinda dry, I thought, but I should probably slog my way through at least book 1 and give him a real shot. After all, I didn't much like Sharpe's Rifles until I got to the fight between Sharpe and Harper, and then it was "wow!!" and I never looked back. Strangely, though, I've yet to read the Warlord books which I hear are excellent.

"I do have another category tagged "not mine"...Perhaps I'll just try and keep run of them in the card catalog. Thoughts?"

I don't know what operating system you have for your computer, but you probably have Word or some similar program installed, so maybe just open a "not mine" page and back it up onto a disc? Or use Amazon's wishlist function as a "not mine" list, instead? Whatever you decide, I wouldn't worry too much about it since it seems--based on various recent posts--that Tim & Company may actually break out collections, wishlists, etc., sometime this year.

"I've been on LT for several months and have felt quite invisible til now."

When I was briefly in the Top 50 libraries, people were contacting me all the time. Then I fell out of the Top 50 and I felt like a child movie star who's all grown up. All of a sudden tumbleweeds were blowing through my profile page:) Then along came "Groups" and "Talk," and I began posting here and there, which got the occasional response/comment coming back my way. Basically, and I'm sure you already know this, without a huge library to attract people, you have to interact with others via Groups, Interesting Libraries, etc., or you just get lost in the shuffle of 200,000+ members. Or, you could just post a picture of a cute, cuddly animal on your profile page; that never seems to fail to draw comments:)

Well, I've got to go run errands now in order to get back in time to watch the U.S. Open finals, so I will bid you a temporary farewell. Hopefully you've received the Lambdin book 1 and given it a bit of a read by now. If so, let me know what you think and, in the meantime, I'll try to come up with some other recommendations for you if I think if something, or if something catches my eye.


Hello, Fourpawz2,

Thanks for your support in my informal quest to get LT'ers to "do the right thing" with their libraries. Once my work is done here, I'll move onto the people who think it's okay that a steroid user now holds the major league baseball home run record:)

Part of the fun I have on LT stems from the Zeitgeist largest library listing. When I first completed loading all my books onto the site, I peaked at number 41, but I've pretty much been steadily dropping since then and I'm waging an undeclared war with a few other members with numbers very close to mine to stay in the top 100; hence my irritation with wish/want listings, cd listings, dvd listings, sheet music listings, magazine listings, actual check-out-a-book libraries, bookstores, etc., that are pushing me, you and almost every other home library lower on the largest libraries list. Hopefully Tim will make separate categories more of a priority soon, but I'm not really holding my breath.

Regarding your loaned out/never returned book scenario, I faced that exact dilemna and decided not to include the book in my library. However, I think there's a valid argument for--or against--inclusion of the book in one's LT library. I just decided that even though I "own" the book, the fact I have no hope of laying my hands on it made it very similar to a "wish/want" listing. There's a slim possibility, though, that I'm overly anal about some of this stuff:) After all, I don't even enter books I've ordered off the internet onto LT until they're actually in my hand, even though I technically own them as soon as my credit card's been billed. I just think it's a bit more fun to enter the books when I have them in hand rather than in advance of their actual receipt.

Now, enough of my whining. I see we have just under 10% of your catalogue in common and you appear to enjoy Napoleonic Era fiction, as do I. If you don't mind a recommendation, track down the first 5-6 volumes of author Dewey Lambdin's Alan Lewrie nautical series (the first book is called The King's Coat). The protagonist is a bit like a young Sharpe with a touch of Flashman, but on the high seas; they're good fun.

Talk with you later,

you have a couple of books cataloged without author that do have known authors. One is Fellowship of the Ring. This is doing no harm, except that when you (or anyone else) looks at your library sorted by author, it doesn't show up among the other Tolkiens, so you might prefer to fix it. Books don't have to have an author, and lots really don't.
Regards, Jim Roberts
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