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About meI love visiting libraries and bookshops. It's like going on a treasure hunt. I never know exactly what I'm going to find.

I blog about the books I read here.

"Do you find it easy to get drunk on words?"
"So easy that, to tell you the truth, I'm seldom perfectly sober. Which accounts for my talking so much."

-- Harriet Vane and Lord Peter Wimsey, from Gaudy Night

About my libraryThese are books I've read. I didn't start recording everything I read until 2001.

My comments and reviews should be spoiler-free. Ratings are very subjective and occasionally arbitrary - based on quality, how much I liked the book, how it compared with other books or a combination of the above. (As a guide, often 3 stars = good book.)

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Shortlist is an attempt at a shorter list of my favourite books. Wishlist lists books I've read and particularly want to own. Connect contains books I want included in connections and recommendations.
Books are tagged by with the year I read them.
"Publication" information is accurate for all books I own and also those read since ~2009. Ensuring ISBNs are accurate is a work in progress.
"Publication date" intentionally lists each book's original publication date. The edition's publication date is included in "Publication" info.

Please feel free to leave me a comment, even if it's just about a typo in one of my reviews.

GroupsDiana Wynne Jones Fans, Read YA Lit, The Brontës

Favorite authorsJane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, Lois McMaster Bujold, Isobelle Carmody, Jasper Fforde, Catherine Fisher, Elizabeth Gaskell, Diana Wynne Jones, Robert Jordan, Robert Jordan, C. S. Lewis, Melina Marchetta, Ngaio Marsh, Patricia A. McKillip, Robin McKinley, L. M. Montgomery, Jaclyn Moriarty, Tamora Pierce, J. K. Rowling, Brandon Sanderson, Dorothy L. Sayers, Sharon Shinn, Sherwood Smith, Mary Stewart, J. R. R. Tolkien, Megan Whalen Turner, Connie Willis (Shared favorites)

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Currently readingReflections: On the Magic of Writing by Diana Wynne Jones

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Oh, and peeking down at my previous comment in November... have you had a chance to read any Heyer yet? :)
Hi Herenya, and thanks for your comment! I think my review may give more of a negative impression than I actually intended. I enjoyed the lectures and history and lit stuff quite a bit. It was just everything else that bothered me!

Have you read any other Tam Lin retellings? I've read Patricia McKillip's Winter Rose (though it's been ages and I don't remember much). And Diana Wynne Jones' Fire & Hemlock has been highly recommended.
Hi Herenya, and thanks for the comment! I'm glad you enjoy my reviews. I love writing them! Who knew it could be so fun?

Ah, Georgette Heyer. I first heard of her here on LT, in an Austen thread. Intrigued, I purchased a few that I saw at a library booksale, and started one of them (Lady of Quality). Well, apparently it was the wrong one to start with! The characters seemed too modern to me and I just couldn't get into it. And yet everywhere she was mentioned, Heyer received unconditional, gushing accolades from other readers here. I didn't understand it!

So one day I bumped into LTer ChocolateMuse, over some other book. She's now one of my kindred spirits here! I noticed that she had Heyer listed as a favorite author, so I asked her what I was missing. She gave me a list of titles to start with, and eventually I saw Cotillion on audiobook at my library, and decided to give it a try. It was amazing! Funny, witty, intelligent, with wonderful characters and a truly authentic Regency setting. Even the narrative voice uses Regency terms! (It also helped that the reader of the audiobook, Phyllida Nash, was fabulous.) From that moment on, I was hooked.

And yet I haven't really read enough Heyer yet to be authoritative on her. My favorites so far are Cotillion and Friday's Child, and so from my limited experience, that's where I would point you. I want to binge on Heyer, but I also want to ration myself, read her books here and there, save them up, savor them.

I do think it's unfortunate that the romance genre has tried to claim Heyer for its own. The newer editions of her books feature forewords by well-known romance authors, and it's annoying because Heyer's books contain none of the smut and explicit stuff of modern romance :(. I never thought I would find anything I loved in the romance section of library booksales, but now I comb them and have been rewarded with a Heyer or two here and there. She is NOT like the modern Harlequins though, have no fear. Let me know if you decide to read anything by her; I would love to hear your thoughts as you go.

I read Gaudy Night first, actually. I had read a couple of the Lord Peter mysteries before that and enjoyed them a great deal, but I didn't know the order of the Harriet Vane books, and just picked up that one because I had heard of it before. I wish I would have read them in order because I think the character arcs are brilliant, and Sayers does something that most mystery authors can't by developing her characters so realistically. I read... let's see... Gaudy Night, Have His Carcase, Strong Poison, and then Busman's Honeymoon. Eventually I want to reread them all in the proper order!

It's nice chatting with (or at, lol) you :). Hope you have a great weekend!
There is a new Anne book by LM Montgomery given to her publisher on the day she died! It is called _The Blythes are Quoted_!

http://lmmresearch.org/lmmontgomery/the-blythes-are-quoted

It certainly sounds interesting!
Hi Herenya! Perhaps I started with the wrong Sherwood Smith book; it's happened before and then when someone sets me on the right book, I fall in love. That's what happened with Georgette Heyer for me, and it's quite possible it could happen for Smith too! I will keep my eyes open for more of her books at the library sales and thrift stores I frequent. Thanks for sticking up for her :)

Gaudy Night absolutely blew me away. I wish I had read the Lord Peter/Harriet books in their proper sequence because I think the emotional build-up would have been even more amazing, but it's a testament to Sayers' powers that the characters and story were so enthralling to me all the same. Have you read her book The Mind of the Maker, on the triune nature of creativity? I read it recently and really liked it for the most part. That woman could write!
Hi Herenya, and thanks for the comment on my JE review. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I have the feeling that JE is the sort of book that only gets better every time you read it! I noticed the Brontes group that you're in and have joined. Thanks :)

We share a lot of favorite authors! I see you're reading Sherwood Smith at the moment; do you like it? I'm reading Wren to the Rescue and am not finding it particularly good. Of course, it could also be suffering from being read too close to genius literature like Jane Eyre...
Is your profile picture from the cover image of East, by Edith Pattou? I love that book! Looks like we have fairly similar taste. :)

~Jenny
Hi I dropped in because I really liked your review of 'Gaudy Night' - my fav. Sayers, closely followed by Busman's Honeymoon and the 9 Tailors. It looks as if we have a lot in common, so I'll mark your library is 'interesting', if you don't mind!
Best wishes
GG
Heylo! *pokes* You changed your books around! *shifty eyes* Now we don't share as many books. Bah!
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