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CollectionsYour library (1,216), To read (591), All collections (1,216)

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TagsTBR (733), ARC (195), Vine (151), Contemporary Fiction (133), Africa (108), Asia (89), Middle East (74), British literature (66), Contemporary fiction (66), American literature (56) — see all tags

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About meI'm a therapist and avid reader; I could spend an entire Saturday curled up with a book in front of the fire. I also love to cook, garden and spend time with family. My wonderful hubby and I share our home with our cats, Rudy and Sam, and our newest cat Max. I was a bookworm from the time I was small, and love books for their transportive and transformative power.

About my libraryMy collection is steadily growing; I enjoy reading modern literary fiction as well as the classics. I am also fascinated by literature about other countries; this interest was inspired in part by my husband's deployment to Iraq in 2006 which fueled a desire to know more about the Middle East. My collection has been slowly expanding to include literature from and about other countries.

"Even when reading is impossible, the presence of books acquired produces such an ecstasy that the buying of more books than one can read is nothing less than the soul reaching towards infinity… we cherish books even if unread, their mere presence exudes comfort, their ready access, reassurance."-- A.E. Newton

"Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers." Charles W. Eliot

"A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul." Franz Kafka

"Lord! when you sell a man a book you don't sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue - you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night - there's all heaven and earth in a book, a real book." Christopher Morley, The Haunted Bookshop

"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one." George R. R. Martin

GroupsAgatha Christie, Arab, North African and Middle Eastern Literature, Asian Fiction & Non-Fiction, Early Reviewers, Reading Globally, What the Dickens...?

Favorite authorsMargaret Atwood, Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, Edwidge Danticat, Charles Dickens, Ralph Ellison, Khaled Hosseini, Zora Neale Hurston, D. H. Lawrence, C. S. Lewis, Sinclair Lewis, Philip Pullman, J. K. Rowling, Lisa See, Lalita Tademy, Mark Twain (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBarnes & Noble Booksellers - Chesapeake

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Thank you very much for your review of The Auschwitz Violin, which captured my feelings much better than I could describe them.

Great! Send over your e-mail address (mine is, and I'll send you a pdf.

Thanks so much,


Not sure if you remember me or not, but you reviewed my novel, Dirty Little
Angels, a while back. I'm writing because I'm almost done with my new novel, In
the Valley of Falling Stars, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in
taking a look at it and giving me your opinion. I can send you a complete
summary, but it's essentially about a mentally-ill man living in post-Katrina
New Orleans who becomes convinced that his wife is pregnant with Jesus Christ.
The book is still in process, but the entire book is sketched out, and I
currently have eight chapters that I feel are done. If you're too busy, I
understand. Just thought I'd ask.

Hope you're doing well,

I have asked my daughter for [Solo] for Christmas as we will be reading and discussing this in our online book group. It sounds very promising.
And 'Under Fishbone Clouds'... Oh dear. Might have to check out Book Depository.
Stacie I can see you are going to prove hazardous for my book collection. I am very tempted by Caribou Island...

Hi Stacie, I, too, love travelling the world in my reading. Where to start with NZ authors...
This year's NZ Post Book Award is a good starting point 'As the Earth Turns Silver' by Alison Wong, I loved this and am going to reread it twice this year for my f2f book group and my online one.
For a Maori perspective, there are Witi Ihimaera, Alan Duff, Patricia Grace and Keri Hulme for starters.
For a broader perspective Maurice Gee, Lloyd Jones, Fiona Kidman. I will ponder this further.
Hi Litfan, I have only just discovered your library, although we appear to have similar reading tastes.
So I will now try and keep up with your reveiws. I love your quotes on books and reading above. So true!
You have a wonderful library collection, but I don't see any New Zealand authors. Perhaps I can encourage you into our world?
I thought Mornings in Jenin was brilliant!
I've read a few Arab/Israeli fiction books but this one explained the course of events much better.
Living here we are aware first hand of the problems in Palestine - many of them live here and I don't blame them!

Just finished Najood - Divorced at 10, also an excellent read. It's had a few poor reviews but I really can't see why.

Also recently read The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind - I'd recommend that one, set in Africa, Malawi, I think.

Off to UK tomorrow night for the annual duty trip!
Would rather go somewhere interesting - like Malawi!!
Thought I'd pop in and say hi!


Oh, sorry - caps lock Grrr!!
I loved Brick Lane as well, and I rarely start a book and then don't finish it, but In the Kitchen was killing me. Glad to hear I'm not the only one who wasn't thrilled with it!
Yeah, I've been "reading" In the Kitchen since the week it arrived from Vine- I just can't seem to get into it. I think the problem was I started it right after reading Spiced and Waiter Rant so I was kind of ODing on kitchen confidential books. I told myself to start it over in the new year to see if I'm more in the mindset to enjoy it now. What did you think of it?
I see we are the only two to have reviewed The German Mujahid, and I agree with you that it is an excellent, thought-provoking book. I saw Sansal at a Writers' Festival a couple of weeks ago; a quiet, thoughtful, very pleasant man.
Thanks so much for the wonderful review of Dirty Little Angels. I really appreciate it.
Noticed you liked White Oleander, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here as well as a few other book-related sites. Thought you might like my book since it's also about a dysfunctional family (and also a bit dark). I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like (I'm out of physical copies at the moment). Here's a link to a summary (and a sample chapter) in case you'd like to read more before you commit:


I received the book today, before I even received your message. Thanks for that. I think it is one I would like to re-read at some point (I often think that, but only re-read a fraction of my stuff). If you see anything in one of my posts that you fancy reading, and its hard to get hold of, I am always happy to send stuff out. I am thinking of releasing a pile of stuff on bookmooch soon. If I do, I'll let the Reading Globally group know.
I only just posted the book today. Sorry for the delay. I have had a few things going on (job interviews for one) that have sidetracked me a bit. Anyway, it should arrive in a few days.
I will be happy to pass the book along, if you want to send me your address. I would be interested for a second opinion on it. Its up to you, of course, but hopefully Avaland will vouch for the fact that I'm not too crazy.
Glad my library has some stuff to interest you. The one lesson I've learned on my literary travels is just how much stuff from the rest of the globe is out there and accessible. I never thought I'd get as far as I have, and its still going strong!
I don't give star ratings, though I have started to review, so if please feel free to contact me if you want an opinion on anything you find in my library.
I just had a lot of fun browsing your catalogue. A lot of things caught my attention and I added We to my wishlist.

I found you in the Middle Eastern Authors group by the way.
You're welcome for the invite. We always like to have new voices and there is a nice mix of readers in the group, an assortment of conversations on a variety of levels.

We have a really intriguing list of books in common; quite a mix. If you like the No #1 Ladies Detective Agency, you might live Frangipani by Celestine Vaite. I read it for a book group, it's a mother daughter tale set in Tahiti (by a Tahitian author). It's light, but the voice of the main character reminded me very much the No#1 Ladies Detective Agency. Everyone in the group (and this was an Orange Prize reading group; the book was on the long list) liked it and laughed over so many spots it in. A theme of the struggle between the old traditions and modernity also runs through it.

Best, Lois
Hi, Stacie,
It's nice to "meet" you. I joined LibraryThing about a week ago, and am a long way from completing the cataloging of my collection. My reason for owning Courage After Fire is different from yours. I'm a psychiatic nurse and a faculty member in an associate-degree nursing program. I team teach a course in psychiatric/mental health nursing to second-level nursing students. One of my topics is violence and abuse. We focus on individual crime victimization, domestic and family violence, and then broaden our scope to look at the effects of disaster, terrorism, and war. Most of my students will not be working with the severely mentally ill after they graduate, but they will all encounter ordinary persons who experience extraordinary life events. I help them begin to develop the knowledge and skills to care for these persons, whether in their professional or personal lives. Courage After Fire is a good resource. Am open to other suggestions from you or anyone else who reads this. Thinking about starting a group, but first need to make greater headway with cataloging.
Happy New Year to you, your husband, and the cats.
Hello! You are #1 on my list for the most books in common, 32 out of my 58. I have enjoyed reading through your catalog and have found several books to add to my wish list. Thanks!
Welcome to Arabic, North African and Middle Eastern Literature. I remember doing the math once on how many books I have divided by how much i manage to get read in a year and it seemed, back then, that if I made it to around 110 or so, I'd get to them all. At least we can keep them on the shelf for ages and they won't go bad. Like Twinkies that way, they are. BW
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