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When I was One,
I had just begun.
When I was Two,
I was nearly new.
When I was Three
I was hardly me.
When I was Four,
I was not much more.
When I was Five,
I was just alive.
But now I am Six,
I'm as clever as clever,
So I think I'll be six now for ever and ever.

A.A. Milne

I am a laid off mom to 3 kids ages 25,24 and 20. I now have 2 in college at the same time!The 23 year old took some time off to work. We also have a cat named Edie that we are supposedly babysitting! That was 19 months ago! In my parochial school my last name started with W so I sat in the back of the class room hidden behind Carol Wicktor who was about 6 ft tall. This was in 6th grade. The bookcase was right behind me. So for an entire school year I devoured all the Nancy Drews(My fav),Cherry Ames & Dana Girls Books. This is where my love of reading occurred. Later that summer I saw Gone With The Wind and promptly went home and read my Mom's 1939 copy! I never read another kids book again! I spent most of my adult life reading things from word of mouth around the office,etc. and the best seller list. Then came the internet and various message boards I have been going to for 12 years. My tastes have been so expanded and I am happy to say I have been exposed to books I never,ever would have heard of and have loved them.

About my libraryI have a bookcase and piles of books I have not read yet(TBR's). My tastes are varied but I seem to really gravitate toward books with any kind of WW II theme. However, I read contemporary fiction,some pop stuff like thrillers and serial killer books. I also like some historical stuff other than WW II and auto and biogs too!

Groups50-Something Library Thingers, Cats, books, life is good., Historical Fiction, Progressive & Liberal!

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Hi Meenie - thanks for your comment about my review of The Explanation For Everything by Lauren Grodstein. You are a lucky duck to have met the author! Very sad, but understandable, to hear that she doesn't read on line reviews for fear of trolls. I never thought these vicious types show up on book review sites - though I see them very often on the progressive political sites I frequently visit.

I only post reviews for books I enjoyed. If I just add it to my collection, it means I didn't have enough good things to say about it.

105 books in common is a lot! I am a dedicated reader of literary fiction and especially of the new "domestic thriller" genre - Defending Jacob, Gone Girl, Husband's Secret, Silent Wife.

I also do a monthly show "Book Stew" on local cable TV - here's the link:

It's great fun, and you gave me a good idea for an episode: to have some local readers join me on the show!

Best wishes,


ps - I'll be posting my review of Susanna Kaysen's "Cambridge" today - loved it!

Thanks for the hello. My cats are so precious to me. That's Baby and Sasha in the picture, just 2 of the many cats I've had over the years. Looking through your list of books, I see that we have many books in common, and rate most of them similarly.

Happy reading!
Hi it sounds like you and i like to read some of the same genres - the girl in the blue berret sounds like something I would like to read .well I hope you would like to be friends , Im in my 50s too ringy dingy LOL !!!btw Im cathy
I hope you have gotten back to work since you wrote this.

Stopping by to say hello and to look around and to tell you about two giveaways on my blog.

I have two separate giveaways going on…one is for NIGHT TRAIN and one is my Blog Hop giveaway of HOW TO READ THE AIR.


Hiya Meeniereads,

I'm afraid I didn't finish 'the Likeness'. I found it insupportably dull and self indulgent. I'm sorry - I wish I could help. I suppose it's similar to 'The Secret History' in the sense that involves a clique of (generally) upper-class University aged friends harbouring a secret. Infact, there's almost a sub-genre of that kind of novel. 'A Fatal Inversion' by Barbara Vine (aka Ruth Rendell) is a variation on the theme. It's interesting that they almost always involve characters in their late teens, early twenties and when executed well (unlike 'The Likeness')subvert the idea of 'arcadia' and have a focus on place and belonging. Apparently, the first Tana French is much better - I've skimmed through the first chapter at work (I'm a librarian) and certainly found the character less irritating. Of course, 'A Secret History' is an excellent novel so the two don't realy compare.
Good luck with it,

Cheers, Johnny
I hope you do read Unfinished Desires. It is an intense and memorable experience. And if you do read it I hope you will let me know your reaction.
That made me smile. I could just visualise the scenario! Hope you enjoy the Lisa Scottoline. I have read a number of her books now...some better than others...but usually an easy read when you fancy something not too "demanding". The finest book so far this year (for me) is "Beside the Sea" by Veronique Olmi. An Early Reviewers "prize",it is a wonderful and insightful short story. I can not praise it enough and I am urging everyone to read it this year.

I have made a request for you to be a friend on Librarything.......we do share quite a number of books don't we?

Best wishes

Love your tags, you must be a woman with a sense of humor and a love of literature! You are a type of friend who would never ask what I do for fun besides read. Fun is not measured in the miles you run or the balls you hit but the books you read.

The one and only time that I saw Gone With The Wind on the big screen during the celebration of the centennial of the ending of the Civil War. I went home and begged my mother to buy me a paperback of Gone With The Wind. I had found my mentor, Miss Scarlett O'Hara and found the model of the perfect boyfriend, Rhett Butler. Now over 40 years later, I became no Scarlett and let my Rhett Butler get away.

Would love to be your LT friend.

I listened to the audiobook of The Blind Assassin last summer. It was very heavy. If I hadn't been listening to it, I would have given up, and I don't do that very often... Right now I'm reading the new book by Audrey Heffinegger, "Her Fearful Symetry." I LOVE her writing style!

We have a lot of books in common, and I to am drawn to WWII stories. I see you have "My Enemies Cradle." Have you read that one? I have it on my shelf and wondered if you liked it.

LOL on posting to the wrong place...that is ok.

Hi Meeniereads:

Thanks for accepting my friend invitation...I see we have books in common.

I want to read THOSE WHO SAVE US...thanks for the recommendation...I really liked THE KOMMANDANT'S GIRL.

I am from the Pittsburgh area.

Great on the wedding in Villanova.

Keep in touch.

Thank you for your comment. I was a bit surprised when I re-read my comment on An African Farm, since it was somewhat more negative than I remembered. But that comment was written right after I read the book and has to be what I thought at the time. The book was referred to a lot in one of my favorite books; Chronicle of Youth, by Vera Brittain, and in my memory I think Vera Brittain's admiration for An African
Farm has influenced my sentiment for it more than did the actual reading of the book. I would be interested in your daughter's reaction to the book. As to The Power of One, I hope you post your take on it since I would be interested in your reaction to it. (Reading other comments on your site, I see you did not like it, apparently.) Since you only have nine reviews listed I read every one. I read Above Suspicion back about when it came out and really don't remember much about it but it was very popular at the time and I suspect I liked it. I have read a total of nine books by MacInnes, and some I liked a lot, and others were very unliked.

Thank you so much for your kind words. It doesn't sound like The Power of One would be my cuppa either. :) What are you reading now?
Dear Meenie - thanks for your comment on Shanghai Girls! I was thinking am I the only one who is being affected this way by this book? Thank God I'm not alone:) I think you are right on in using the term hopeless. It really is a good book but so, so, so depressing! I'm not always for all butterflies and sunshine but P U L E A S E - give these girls a break! I would suggest 'Sweeping Up Glass' by Carolyn Wall for your next read - I got it as an early reviewer book from Librarything and I loved it. It's got some tough stuff too but the outcome made me happy instead of ... well you know;) I've got a 20 year old daughter too and I kept comparing her to the sisters - did not sit well with me either. Take care and I hope you find your dream job very soon!

Noticed you liked Ordinary People, 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 struggling with death and mental illness. 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). Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:


Re: Still Alice: I didn't understand how you could see a sunset over the ocean from Chatham. I know Cape Cod curves around in strange ways, but it seems it would have to have a 180 degree hook for that to be possible! Does the sun set over the ocean at your in-laws' house?
OK, Meenie, you're just going to have to endure the fact that being the old fogie that I am, I have no idea who Roger Ackroyd is! Or the Agatha Christie book to which you're referring!! :-(

Hi, Meenie!

Just letting you know that I thought the ending of In The Woods was inevitable, given the way the story developed. I loved the book
HEy Mrs. Honey! Thank you for accepting my request! How is everyone??
I'll behappy to do so, Meenie.

Hi, Meenie--Well, that makes me eager to finish teh book so I can find out why you were so mad at it! :-)

The first book in the Gregor Demarkian series is Not A Creature Was Stirring.

Hi, I plan to read the rest of Kate Atkinson's books. I just need to buy them. Meanwhile, I just got Minette Walters' The Chameleon's Shadow and can't wait to get to it.
Hi Meenie, Here's the link to Every Man Dies Alone on LT, I don't know why it doesn't come up with touchstones; this is the first US edition and the first English translation, and I found it in an NYC bookstore a few weeks ago. Good luck in finding it -- it's a great bookl.
Thanks! I had to have SOMETHING to do while I was sitting around, waiting for the ceremony to start, might as well read to pass the time.
Hi, Meenie, thanks for getting in touch! Yes, Doria Mary Russell is a wonderful writer. I'm behind in getting around to her most recent novel, Dreamers of the Day, but it's on my TBR list. Boudica's pretty fascinating. I really enjoyed researching and writing about her.
Hi-we do, indeed, share many of your books. I'm sure you'll love LT. I spend many hours perusing other libraries and finding many books I'd enjoy reading. Hope you love it as much as I do,
here's the thread I was telling you about

It's in the group Book Talk and called Books that everyone loves and you hate.
Good to hear from you, and of your interest in Paris Underground. I spent some time when I read it trying to determine more about the story.
Wow you've been a busy girl! Watch it this place is really addictive!
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