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CollectionsYour library (1,768)

Reviews253 reviews

TagsFiction (1,117), American (392), Non-Fiction (343), 2nd Story (306), Classic (257), Dust Jacket (252), History (212), Romance (161), England (139), Top Shelf (114) — see all tags

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About meI have always loved books, as far back as my memory takes me. My earliest recollection is pre-school. I would amuse myself by sitting in my little rocking chair with a book in my lap while my mother went into the basement to do the wash. I was neither the oldest nor the youngest of 5 siblings and as I grew up, at times when sufficient parental attention was lacking, I lost myself in books: Trixie Beldon, Nancy Drew, Little Women, etc., etc.
Today reading is not only my favorite pastime, but I consider it as essential to my well being as eating and breathing. I'm addicted, as most LibraryThing members must be.

I will read just about anything as long as it is well written, but I especially love the classics. Also, I am slowly working my way through several lists: Pulitzer, Booker, Orange, and National Critics Award winners.

I started seriously collecting hardcover books about 10 years ago, going to used book stores, library sales, yard sales, and I occasionally buy new books although I have great concern that the quality of printing is deteriorating in new books. I recently purchased 2 new books that both split at the binding before I even finished reading them. Pages actually started to fall out. One was a "Modern Library" book. I'm not sure the exact year the standards for printing declined, but this experience makes me want to run out to every used book sale I can find and buy up everything. I know we are the "throw-away society"...but books too?

I don't borrow or lend books, and I have a hard time parting with ones I have already read unless they are worthy of "2 Stars" or less. This leaves me in a continuous chaotic attempt to keep things organized.

My main purpose for becoming a member of LibraryThing is to eventually join discussion groups (when time allows) and take advantage of others reviews and reading suggestions. I would greatly appreciate comments, feedback, and suggestions for expanding my ever growing collection.

About my libraryMy collection (about 1000 books...and growing) varies from classics: Austin, Dickens, Dostoevsky, Fitzgerald, Forster, Fowles (The Magus), Irving, Heller, James, Maugham, Mitchell (Gone With the Wind), Lewis, Rand, Proust (entire collection), Steinbeck, Tolstoy, Wharton, and Woolf.

Among other fiction: Margaret Atwood, Pearl Buck, Judy Blume, Taylor Caldwell, Dunne, Colleen McCullough (love Roman historical novels),Stone (The Agony and the Ecstasy), Anne Tyler, Stephen King's (The Stand and IT), and Tom Wolfe

Non-fiction includes Roman, French, Greek, Russian, German and Jewish history, Holocaust survivor books, Philosophy, Psychology, and various biographies ranging from: Marie Antoinette, Napoleon, the DeMedicis, to more currently celebrated people like Princess Di.

Also, recently passed on to me from my father, a collection of about 50 hardcover books that were printed in the late 1800's and very early 1900's.....mostly American Wild Wild West Novels and French Historical Fiction.


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Just read your reviews of The Life of Jesus and Killing Jesus and marking your profile so I can continue to follow your reading. You do a great job of it!

Hi, just wanted to let you know I loved your review of 84, Charing Cross Road. It's one of my favorite books of all time, and one of the most reread (not hard to do; as you said, it can be read in one sitting.) Have you seen the film? Also, I was wondering if you were going to read Duchess of Bloomsbury Street? It is sort of the sequel, except instead of being in correspondence form, it's a travel memoir of Helene Hanff's first trip to England.


Yes, my review for Look At Me Now is incomplete. I have three kids, so my writing (and reading) is always in fits and starts. Hopefully I'll be able to finish it in the next day or two. Did you get the book from ER?
Thanks! Beware of a lot of books for younger readers which I rated five stars when I was around 10 years old! I only gave Nausea three and a half because, as deep as the philosophy was, it didn't grab me and it was a bit of a slog at times.

The best book I read this year was 'Jasper Jones' by Craig Silvey - I would definitely recommend it!

You're right, I should fill out my profile!

I recently started reading The Promised World by Lisa Tucker. I like it! Do you think it might be a book you'd enjoy reading? Summer time by the pool?

I just tried the raspberry thumbprint cookies! Delicious!
I see we share an interest in books by Halbersham. Started with the Reckoning 2 years ago and just read the Fifties (my decade).Like to exchange views of books too.
Hi...enjoyed your "aboout me" segment. I feel the same way about new books and don't really buy any. Enjoyed reading some of your reviews and have an ever growing collection like you. Cannot part with any books that I've read also and don't enjoy lending them out as afraid I will never see them again. Just thought we had a lot in common and wanted to thank you for your time and effort you put into your reviews. Have a great day!


We're doing an analysis of the end of The Road by Cormac McCarthy, and we were curious about your interesting theory of the hallucination at the end. Could you please elaborate? Please email me at

Thank you so much. We'd be grateful!

I'm going to give your "Dream Lucky" review a thumbs up.
I saw your update to your review of Dream Lucky. I read it as an early reviewer and posted my own (negative) review as well. I simply can't believe the praise it's getting - you'd think it was an undiscovered Shakespeare play. We must have read some other book than the rest of those guys.
I really enjoyed Rosenblatt's op eds for Time magazine. I wish they were collected somewhere in a book but I don't think they are. Rosenblatt does have a book: Rules for Aging: A Wry and Witty Guide to Life (2001). I bought it but was disappointed. I have been in a reading slump lately (something that happens to me periodically) but I plan to read "The Abstinence Teacher" by Perotta and "Bridge of Sighs" by Russo next ... cheers!
Hey, if your'e interested in Jewish books, check out my catalogue. I have many Jewish and Messianic books.
How lovely. I love to read too. Isn't it pleasant to have this gift and wonderful thing that can enrich our lives be presented this way instead of the usual stigmatizing of popular culture.

Ellen Moody
Thanks so much for your very kind comment, LadyLo, and welcome to LibraryThing! The 1001 Books list is really fun (and, as many have found, really fun to criticize , correct and add to), and I am looking at it as a multi-decade project. I am a little afraid that I am going to read all the fun books on it in the early years, and then be left with nothing but "Finnegan's Wake" in the last year.
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