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CollectionsYour library (163), Wishlist (24), To read (178), All collections (341)

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Tagshistorical fiction (62), female detective (61), mystery (59), chick lit (51), cozy mystery (51), fantasy (49), young adult (45), humor (43), read in high school (36), autobiography/memoir (36) — see all tags

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About meThis personal introduction was taken from my blog (so it doesn't quite apply here, but it tells a little about me and what's up in my life right now):

I'm a 23 year old girl who loves words, photographs, board games, and a good episode of Grey's Anatomy. Typical, right? Well, unfortunately, my life is less than "typical" these days, due to my ongoing battle with late stage lyme disease and all that it entails. This blog chronicles my journey with Late Stage Lyme, Dysautonomia, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, and the rest of the trimmings. Lyme disease may be infectious, but so is optimism, and we all need a little optimism to get by.

About my libraryMy 13 in 13 Challenge:

Groups20-Something LibraryThingers, 2013 Category Challenge, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, Cozy Mysteries, Freebies, Book Giveaways and Contests

Favorite authorsJennifer Donnelly, Janet Evanovich, Harper Lee, Lois Lowry, Jodi Picoult, J. K. Rowling, J. D. Salinger, Kurt Vonnegut (Shared favorites)


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Member sinceOct 31, 2010

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LOL. Definitely not up for a swap - I think the books breed at night. I'll check my shelves and see what I have after #12. I might not have read much farther than that, but since you're on #6, I have time to read them before they fly away. I'll be in touch.
Hello Candice!

I'm so happy to hear from you. I've been a little 'out of it' lately; sorry for not writing sooner.

I read Water for Elephants a little while ago. I know everybody's raving about it, but honestly I failed to understand the appeal. The characters are interesting, yes, and the plot is far from stagnant, but still it didn't strike me as particularly riveting. It's not a bad book, though. I like the writing style. And the end is so sweet. I hope you enjoy it. =)

I hope things are on the okay-ish side for you, at least when it comes to books. Any particularly enjoyable reads, recently?
Thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries list. My husband also suffers from a chronic illness which at one time was thought to be Lyme so I understand a little of what you are going through. We have to monitor his diet on a daily basis. I look forward to checking in to see what you are reading. Right now I am participating in an Agatha Christie read along over at Book Club Girl. I thought you might like it because I can see you are a fan of the cozy mystery as well. For some reason I though AC was going to be boring because it was written years ago. I couldn't have been more wrong, the stories are really fun and interesting.
Best Regards,

Thanks for the friend request. It is great to find people on here with similar reading tastes. Original Sin looks like a book I am going to love. Hopefully it will arive soon so that we can get lost in it. I am going to go have a look at your library to see if there are any new books or authors I could add to my wishlist.

Thanks for adding me to your list! I agree on our common reading interests; I have read quite a few mysteries, but have not added many to LT yet. Evanovich still makes me laugh, even after all those books. Jenny Cruisie is another good writer with crazy, busy plots--but less car disasters. Good luch with your 11 in 11 Challenge!
Thanks for adding me to your list of interesting libraries. I can see we have a lot of common reading interests. I love historical fiction, crime/thrillers, YA and, last year through the Challenge, discovered fantasy. Looking forward to seeing you fill your categories in at the 11 in 11 Challenge this year!
I thought you may be interested in a new thread of mine. Check it out.

happy new year BTW

Hey Candice!

Sorry I didn't reply yesterday. I am *such* a bad correspondant! I hope you don't mind if I take a little time to get back at you every now and then: I promise I haven't forgotten, I just get distracted so very easily! :-s

You're right about people our age not being too much into reading. That's one of the reasons why I love Library Thing so much, as you get to interact with people of all ages and literary tastes who have something in common with you: a love for books.

There is this group aimed to people around our age, even though it's not that very active. Here's the link, in case you want to take a peek: Another one you might like is "Read YA Lit":

And hey, thanks for the book suggestions. I'm setting out to find 19 minutes, because where I live, Jodi Picoult's books are easier to find than Meg Cabot's, for some reason. Plus that one sounds really interesting!

I've been in doubt about The Outsiders for a while, after a couple of not-so-nice experiences with books mostly about male characters. Plus my TBR is already huge, so adding books I'm not 100% sure I'll read is almost criminal. I'll think about it, though. =)

A Northern Light... Do you mean the one by Jennifer Donnelly? I haven't read it yet. LT compares it to Speak (my favorite YA book so far) and An Abundance of Katherines (which I couldn't get into, even after several tries). Which one would be correct?

Cozy mysteries... not really my department. Although I absolutely love Agatha Christie's books, even though they are a little dated and not in the least aimed to Young Adults. I just love how she sketches her characters! They're all wonderful. Have you read any of Christie's books? Which ones?
Hi Candice,

Thanks for the Interesting Library add! I'm adding you back: your shelves are pretty interesting, too. I have questions about a couple of your books, but we'll get to that later. ;)

I wanted to say that I took a peek at your blog, and I'm absolutely marveled at its contents. Your posts are amazingly detailed, and I've learned more about Lyme Disease in a few minutes than I ever thought possible. =) I'm most definitely subscribing.

Would you accept my friends add, please?

Girl from Shangri-la.

Welcome to LT and thanks for the Interesting Libraries add. I've been reading some of your blog and am amazed that your outlook has remained so positive with all that you've been through. I wish you well in your continued endeavours to get well.

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