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TagsKindle (383), Mystery (230), Novel (208), Nonfiction (193), Audio Book (121), Fast fun read (96), Memoir (59), Books and Reading (32), Bible Study (32), Tudor Times (29) — see all tags

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About meNewspaper reporter, missionary to Korea, librarian, retired!

About my libraryFavorite authors: Mary Doria Russell

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Member sinceJan 21, 2007

Currently readingNRSV Harper Study Bible by
Holocaust by Angela Gluck Wood
Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression by Studs Terkel
A Guide to Prayer for All Who Seek God: Paperback edition by Rueben P. Job
Finding God: A Treasury of Conversion Stories by John M. Mulder
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Thank you so much—and librarians are my favorite people. I dedicated The Body in the Sleigh to them and wrote an Author's Note
about libraries I love (and have loved starting with one in an old farmhouse in New Jersey where I grew up).
Your comment prompted me to update my profile and get back to this terrific site. My best wishes...
Thanks for the kind words about my review of TILT-A-WHIRL - I'm still enjoying that series but always in audio format. If you get a chance to listen to one of them I hope you enjoy it, I am a huge fan of audio books but that series is a particular favourite.
Thanks for your wonderful compliment, Martha! I really like Strachey's colorful style. In fact, Michael Holroyd's Lytton Strachey: The New Biography is on my TBR list. I've gotten lazy, of late, about attempting reviews, and mostly just add a little commentary in my 50 Book Challenge list Perhaps, you may have inspired me to write a few more in the future. Of the authors I've read this year, Elizabeth Bowen, Elizabeth Taylor, and Antonia White certainly merit reviews, if only because they are undeservedly obscure and could use new readers.
Thanks for stopping by, Martha. I finished Benediction. I haven't had time to put up a review but I didn't like it quite as much as I did the first two. I liked it but didn't love it. I think the problem was that I didn't empathize with all of the characters as much as I did previously.

Hi Martha.

I'm jealous of your visit to MK Rawling's home...if I read your comment correctly (on Cross Creek). Thanks both for the comment about Team of Rivals and for finding my library interesting.

Hi Martha, thanks for your comment about "Help Thanks Wow"! I notice you're reading Studs Terkel; you remind me that I want to get to his oral histories in "Working." Happy reading!
Thanks for your comment on my review! :)
We share 100 books - we must have good taste.
Thanks for the information. That's good news.
Hi Martha

I like the sound of fiction reading like non and non-fiction reading like fiction! Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction anyway, isn't it? I'm going through a phase of reading Eric and Leslie Ludy and several of their (non-fiction) books would fit your definition.

I've not read The Dry Grass of August although it is on my wishlist so I'll be interested to hear what you make of it.

Hope you have a peaceful Sunday :)

Hi Martha

Thanks so much for commenting on my review of 'Howard's End is on the Landing.' You've really hit the nail on the head with your comments - although I'm British my education is very different to Ms Hill's and I suspect from reading the book that she'd think mine inferior!

I'm going to be nosey - what kind of books do you write?

God bless.

Thanks for your reply and nice remarks about my library,which has taken many years to get to attain. However despite great efforts on the part of both my wife and I,it still keeps growing apace.(a bit like Topsy in fact)
Regarding your class on 'Faith and Mystery' ,which I hope goes well,apart from the obvious fact that crime fiction is an extremely moral genre in that good always triumphs over evil,I am unsure how to reply I'm afraid.In my case I tend to enjoy the interaction between the characters,quite as much as the crime itself.If you care to read some of my reviews,I think (maybe) they might help much more than just this message. Sorry I can't come up with a more illuminating answer for you.
With very best wishes
Just read your review of 'Blanche Cleans Up' which interested me as I also own a copy. I throughly agree with your assessment. Can I rather recommend a book by Harry Keating called 'Mrs Craggs : Crimes Cleaned Up' which runs along similar lines,albeit in a more humorous way.
Best wishes
Thanks for your comment on Wolf Hall, fellow librarian! I see lilithcat has noted the work on the sequel is slow, but I guess it is to be expected of a work of such complexity and deep research. I think I'll read this book is overdue while I'm waiting.
Thanks for the kind words about my review. I read an article in which Mantel said that work on the sequel was coming along "slowly". As it took her five years to write Wolf Hall, I'm afraid we're in for a bit of a wait. But I expect there is a lot of research to be done!
Thanks for your kind comment. The ability to write reviews that somebody, somewhere might actually read has got to be my favorite part of the LibraryThing experience.
I'm glad you enjoyed the review of This Book Is Overdue and really appreciate your taking the time to comment on it. Don't look for me on Second Life, though. :->
Oh wow, thanks so much for your kind words about my review! I really think it's an important book to read and helped me to understand some of what went on in Rwanda. Again, thanks for the note!
Noticed you liked The Glass Castle, 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). Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:


That was awfully sweet of you. Thanks! Your encouragement meant so much to me!
Hi, Martha!

Normally, I don't like the hard-nosed detective/cop stuff--it gets boring. But Lehane, I think, is in a class by himself. His books are very disturbing in their themes, but he has a way of putting all views across that I really appreciate.

I have his latest, The Given DAy, sitting on a shelf, waiting to be read! It's a stand alone--but I like his stand alones as well as his Kenzie/Genaro series.

Sorry about the delay in answering--been busy here! But, yes, I have read several of the Hamish Macbeth novels by M.C. Beaton. Once I start on a series, I like to keep going until I'm finished. These novels are very light reading for me, but I do enjoy them if I'm in the right mood. I've never listened to one on audio before. A good friend of mine sent me several VHS tapes with the Hamish Macbeth television series from Britain recorded on them. They are absolutely nothing like the books, mostly played for comedy and very few episodes had anything at all to do with police procedure or murder. I'll have to see if the audio versions are available at my local library. Thanks for commenting on my review! I didn't think anyone but me ever read them. LOL
Thank you so much for the lovely comment!
That made me feel good!
Thanks a lot.
no sorry to disappoint
Thanks much, Martha! How long ago were you a missionary in Korea? I'm curious b/c I've been living in Hong Kong for nearly 20 years now.
I just read your review of The Thirteenth Tale, and you're absolutely right: I'm a man, and I didn't like it at all!
Hi Martha ~ Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know this. I truly hoped it would get better, apparently, I should have hung in there a bit longer. I did like the writing quite a bit, I recall that. Perhaps I will give it another go. I enjoyed reading all your reviews and wow, it's funny how some of our interests merge. I really want to read the Fortune Cookie Chronicles, so will do that soon. I see you enjoyed it. Thanks for the suggestion and keep reading! Carolyn
Thank you for the note.

I want to recommend free downloads at by Baxter Kruger. Good stuff.

Thanks - I really enjoyed reading it.
Wow, sorry I took so long to reply! My low paying work has kept me busy. Yep, my paperbacks have some kind of inhabitants that are kind of white & very tiny, they seem to like the spine of books. I keep the population down a bit by vacuuming. They stay mainly in the books and do not migrate that much. I would have to google bookworms to recognize them, terrible thing for a former biology major to say. I managed to avoid taxonomy classes.

Yep I live in Charlotte newly 55 currently single , like jogging, windsurfing & hope to take up sailing soon.
Hi--I saw that you loved Here if You Need Me and Take This Bread. So did I and for some reason, that made me want to say hello to you. ---Nancy
I'm glad my review of Here if You Need Me was helpful. I found the book compelling, and was having trouble expressing why. It's nice to know it came across :)

Thank you.
Hi Martha, I did live in Japan for about 7 years while I was in the Air Force. I was also privileged to visit other countries such as Korea, Thailand, Singapore and Australia. I enjoyed those places immensely, but Japan and her culture and people will always hold a special place in my heart. In fact, I met my wife in Japan and we have been married for over 18 years! I liked your insightful comment about the two shared books we have being about “sampling” and that the experiences one encounters in other cultures staying with them for the rest of their lives. We are very much products of our own environment and our life experiences dictate who we are to a large degree. Encounters with other cultures and ways of thinking coalesce into what eventually becomes our own outlook on life. I think that the more one travels, the smaller the world becomes. Have you had much of an opportunity to travel? I was wondering if you had ever been to Korea, seeing as you have published a book on that subject. Please keep in touch, as it is a delight to talk to you. Best Wishes…
I hope we can keep in touch! keep an eye on my profile, too.. if ther eis anything you would like, don't hesitate to ask! I have no one per customer rule..

Hi Martha. You asked how I liked how I liked "The Year of Living Biblically". I did enjoy reading it and found it whimsical and engrossing. I guess on the surface, any religion would seem rather trite and anachronistic if one were to follow only the external trappings and rituals. I think that's one of the reasons that Jacobs never really experienced any religious "epiphany". There is so much more beneath the surface, and rituals and practices are just one of many ways for humans to come closer to the divine. I also enjoyed his foray into the more extreme fringes of these two great religions. I really admired A.J. Jacob's wife for having so much patience with this rather peculiar project of his. I enjoy reading about different religions. I am Jewish myself, but have also read about Christian Protestant and Catholic history and the reformation. It is a fascinating subject as I am sure you would agree, seeing that you yourself have written a book on the subject!
A six-word review of Six-word Memoirs
Way to get in the spirit!! It's a fun and (for a writer) inspiring read. Thanks for your comment.
It's not so much that I'm very active, just that I have lots of time on my hands - thank God for LT or I might be reduced to dusting!
I just had a quick look through your library and I see you have a book by Martha Huntley - is that you? Congratulations if it is! I am one of those many LTers with an unpublished novel in the back of the cupboard so I bow to no-one in my admiration for anyone who has managed to get published! Maybe I'd better take a look at that one.
You need to click on Groups (top RH corner of screen). That will take you to a long list of the many millions of groups here. One of the sections is headed 'Groups with the most members' and about three or four down that list you will find 'Where did you LT name come from?'. Click on that and it should take you to all the pointless chitchat that has been going on there. It's an interesting one and please feel free to join in (though I'm guessing Martha Huntley may actually be your name?) Any time in future that you want to get back in there you should just be able to click on 'Talk' (at the top right of your profile) and the groups you have visited should be listed for you. You should also come join us on What are you reading now?: First line game Vol 4 - another good one. Look forward to 'seeing ' you around.
Hi Martha! I think the first historical fiction I ever read was about Anne Boleyn and I guess first impressions are the ones that stick. Being the least ambitious person in the world, I suppose I have a sneaking admiration for the kind of ambition that drives a person to be Queen. I was always interested in Anne's early life and got the impression that she would probably not have been interested in Henry at all if it hadn't been for Wolsley's interference in her affair with Henry Percy so everything that followed I blame on Henry. Yes, she was (allegedly) pretty cruel to Catherine and Mary (though, when you look at the rest of Mary's life, you can't help feeling a certain lack of sympathy) but I always felt that, having got herself into Henry's life, she had little choice than to fight like a cornered rat for herself and her daughter. My main sympathies, though, lie in the way she was so ruthlessly set up once Henry had decided to get rid of her. When in the Tower, Anne was made to sign a paper (sorry, you probably already know all this) declaring that, because of her engagement to Percy, she had never been legally married to the king. Having never been married, of course, she could never have committed adultery (not, it seems, that she did) and could have been released to live a private life, as later happened with Anne of Cleves - probably the luckiest of Henry's wives. The only reason Anne, and her alleged 'lovers' had to lose their lives was so that Henry did not have to be constantly reminded of her - and, presumably, of his own duplicity.

By the way, I just finished Sansom's Dark Fire and loved that too, so thanks again for the recommendation.

Re the names - you need to make a visit to the thread Where did you LT Name Come From? My explanation is at number 1 and Cheese's is at number 55, but I dare say you will find a lot of the others interesting too.

Thanks for getting in touch - nice to 'talk' to you.
Just to let you know that I went ahead and read Dissolution on your recommendation and enjoyed it very much. I find that books about the Tudors seem to fall into the two camps of pro or anti Anne Boleyn. As I have always been quite a fan of hers I get rather annoyed when they are the 'anti' sort. The whole premise of a lost relative of Mark Smeaton's fascinated me and I think it made for an extremely interesting and plausible story. I am now looking forward to continuing with the series. Thanks for your advice.
Hi Martha,

Thank you for your comment on my review of "Peace Like a River." There is so much I liked about the book. I still remember it vividly. If you expect too much from a book, it can easily disappoint. And as I said in my review, 3/4th way through the book, it started to disappoint, and then it all went downhill from there "Books are mirrors. You only see in them what you already have inside you" (from "Shadow of the Wind" by Zafon). I do not have faith inside least, not any more. I have great spirituality and morality...but no faith, and certainly no belief in miracles. One of my favorite books of all time is "Gilead" by Marilynne Robinson. Now that's a "religious" book that I absolutely loved. I looked at the books we have in common and was happy to see you gave them all either a 4- or 5-star rating--so did I.

I'm curious what you might make out of the bestselling, but controversial book "The Red Tent" by Anita Diamant. I positively loved that one, but many devout Christians do not. It is written by a jewish woman and the book contains many characters from the Old Testament. It is Diamant's vision of who these "real life" characters were that I found so interesting, and that many Christians found offensive. The story is absolutely of those rare books you never want to end. If you read it, write back and let me know what you thought.

Concerning Myers Briggs, I have no idea what I am. I remember taking the "test" perhaps 20 years ago at work along with all the other employees, but it made no impression on me and I cannot remember what my personality was. I reread the types on
and find that I identify with at least six of them.

I am in the process of finishing the last 100 pages of "The Thirteenth Tale." So, I'll go back to that know. I just HAVE to find out how it all ends. I read your review. I would agree only partially with the man. Yes, it is more likely that woman would enjoy this book, but I'm sure there are plenty of men out there who would also love this marvelous contemporary Gothic novel.

Thanks for writing,

Thanks for that, Martha!
Hi Martha! I just bought [Dissolution] and it is my first book by C J Sansom (can't imagine why as it looks just my thing) so I turned to your review, only to find it is one of a series. Should I read the rest of the series first, or is this the first one? I can't find any of this information in my copy so hope you don't mind me asking. I do know my way around the Tudor period reasonably well, so i dare say I could figure out what is going on but I do like to read a sreies in the proper order.
Best wishes
Hi Martha, I just finished The Constant Princess and logged on to read some reviews. I couldn't agree with your review more. I'm glad someone else feel that this dragged on far too long and was repetitive. I am going to add you to my interesting library list. Take care!
Hi Martha!

We live in Bartlesville, OK! Where do you hail from?

Our congregation is mixed politically, although is fairly conservative. Somebody like Sara would certainly shake up our church!

We had the unfortunate experience of hiring a pastor some years back who once railed at our session about baptizing a baby of a family that didn't attend church regularly. He absolutely refused to do it, stating that just going the the motions of a baptism (that HE judged improper) would "throw open the church doors to fornicators and adulters". Wha..?? (!) Uh, isn't that what we WANT? Needless to say, he didn't last long, and last I heard was inflicting his own brand of fundamentalism on some unwary church in Florida.

For Lent a couple of years ago I read "A Clearing Season" with a small group I was in. Have you read it?


Kathy Stewart (nevusmom)
Hi Martha!

I liked your comments on "What it feels like...." I will have to pick up a copy! I'm a big fan of those types of books; often I don't have time to indulge myself in anything longer than a chapter, so this sounds perfect.

By the way, thanks for sending me a comment about "Take This Bread". I have passed around my copy to several of my friends at my proper and staid Presbyterian church (which I love), and have gotten good responses about it. It does make one think...

Kathy Stewart
Hi Martha,
Thanks for your nice comments on my review of "The World is Flat." It is an eye-opening book and one I'll have to add my own collection (I borrowed the audio version from the library).
Hi Martha,
How was have been lately and how were was your Holiday? I have been looking for some books to pick up for the next few months. I am thinking of buying "The Middle Place", "The Sparrow", and "Garden Spells". Have you read any of these? Any other suggestions? Hope all is well.
I have pretty broad tastes in reading. The Parker/Evanovich style books are great for vacations, but I also have the feeling that life is too short to read bad books. Lately I have been reading more serious literature -- I re-read Tale of Two Cities, and found it far more rich than I had remembered it from 30 or more yhears ago. Bonfire of the Vanities was another recent standout -- my first Tom Wolfe novel. I will have to read more of his work.

I think George is a stretch too, but I was trying to pick someone who looked Italian. In my head I have a young John Travolta.

Oh for the part of Sally Sweet I picked Harvey Fierstein. I think he would be a hoot.

I also like to check things on for all things movie/tv/theatre related.


For the Stephanie Plum book series, so far, in my mind I have the following actors in the "cast". I'm taking into consideration that the main characters aren't in their 20's.


Stephanie Plum......Minnie Driver
Joe Morelli........George Clooney
Ranger.............Dwayne “The Rock”
Tank...............Michael Clarke Duncan
Grandma Mazur......Betty White
Mrs. Plum..........Doris Roberts
Mr. Plum.......... James Cromwell? This one I'm not sure about

I still haven't come up with actors for:
Cousin Vinnie

Any idea's?
Thanks for the Alison Weir recommendation - I'd heard of her, but wasn't sure whether her books were a good place to start.
I've got the Dave Barry book on my list for my Christmas book this year. I always like to try and read at least one during the holidays, and I've always loved Dave Barry. Tudor times are definitely very interesting - I've been meaning to read more nonfiction about them.
Hi Martha,

Thanks for your note. So far I've read 29 books, mostly for blogosphere reading challenges and new YA books that I've ordered for the library. I've had a bit of trouble getting back to the older books, which was the plan, but I've put many of them on my to-read list for next year. Also, a few have been bumped off the list, I must confess. Some that I actually abandoned and some that will remain on the backburner for the future.

I see we're both Boleyn Girls fans! :)
Hi Martha,

My grandmother was Sarah Harvey Nourse and my grandfather was Arthur Garner Welbon. Why don't we correspond by email. Mine is I have visited with Eileen and Sam several times. Write soon. Priscilla
Thanks Martha. Yes, the generations idea has a very universal appeal. Strauss and Howe did a pretty good job of making what could be a very complex subject, assessable to most everyone. Although our main book collections don't correlate very well, the fact that we can still connect on the generational wavelength speaks to their success.

Take care,
pamur (Bill)
Hi Martha,

My grandmother went to Korea in 1899 and my grandfather in 1900 as Presbyterian missionaries. Currently I am writing books about the family which are a compilation of diaries, letters, documents and pictures which have been saved in the family for many years. In 2006 I traveled to Seoul to see the grave of my grandfather who is buried in the Seoul Foreigner's Cemetery beside two of his children. I would be interested in hearing about your Korean experience.
Thanks Martha! I love Elizabeth I, she's one of my favorite historical figures. I've seen the original Elizabeth movie with Cate Blanchett, but not the sequel that's currently out. I'm very glad you liked my review. I'm working my way towards completing my degree, but it does get in the way of my reading. =)
Martha - I'll email you this, but the site you need for series is It's totally addicting if you like mystery series. You can search by author or series character. Check it out!
Thanks, Martha. As soon as things slow down at work, I'll try to get Tin Roof Blowdown. I believe it. And Burke writes so beautifully.
Hi Martha,

I'm a big Douglas Brinkley fan, so I was really interested in his comments in The Great Deluge. He still talks about it on BookTV at times. I was lucky enough to have Douglas Brinkley speak for me when I was booking authors for a reading festival in Florida. He's a very nice, gracious man.

I'll have to read The Tin Roof Blowdown sometime. I've read and enjoyed a few of Burke's books, but not too many of them. Thanks! Warmly, Lesa Holstine
Hi Martha,

No, I haven't read any of the Sandra Scoppetone books except for the Faye Quick ones. I was intrigued by the time period, and the idea of a secretary taking over a detective agency. Let me know what you think if you read any of her other ones! Warmly, Lesa Holstine

I was interested in your comments to Devenish regarding Alexander Mccall Smith and C J Sansom. I have also enjoyed the Botswana and the Edinburgh stories. I did find multiple copies of one of Smith's collection of short stories ( for $1)--bought it but did not like it at all.

I just finished Dissolution and enjoyed it greatly. Hope to great the rest of C J Sansom's from

I borrowed most of the Smith books from local libraries or gave them to book sales--so we do not show those in common.

Hi Martha, I'm currently reading The Year of Magical Thinking and Nineteen Minutes. They are both just ok. What are you reading now? ~Kris
Hello Martha
Many thanks for putting me on to your list of 'Interesting Libraries'.I'm glad that you find it useful and (er) interesting. Thanks also for doing the same on the 'Friends' list,and as you will see I have just put that through as OK,with pleasure.
Looking at the books that we share,I see that you have all three of C.J. Sansom. I have just completed 'Sovereign',which I thought was just fantastic,one of my books of the year in fact.I also see that you have some McCall Smiths.Love the African ones and some of the Scottish.Some of the others less so.
Best wishes
Well thank you! I LOVED that book.. it was simply fantastic.

I run an adult learning center here, with most of our classes being ELL or ESL. It's a wonderful way to be introduced to all types of cultures.

Have you read any of Dave Eggers other books?
Yes, I agree she probably is a relative. You'll have to ask her to contact me if she's interested. Thanks for your interest! --Kate
Martha, thanks for your thoughtful comments regarding my review of "Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading." Your points are well taken and you hit on some of the things that I did enjoy about the book. Overall, I was probably most disappointed with the book because my expectations were so high coming in. I do find it sad that Corrigan wrote this entire book through her feminist eyes. It could have, and should have, been so much better than it was. ~Sam
Hi Martha,
Thank you for contacting me. I've googled my last name and turned up Victoria ByRoade before and wondered if she was a connection of mine. All I know about my last name is that my ancestors anglicized their German family name before the American Revolution. It's believed to be a taken from the German city of Bayreuth. All the family papers I've ever seen have spelled it the way I do, that is, with a small "r". They lived in Pennsylvania. My great-great grandfather Otho Byroade served in the Civil War and lived in Johnstown, PA. If Victoria's family is of Pennsylvania Dutch extraction, then she may very well be my relative.
The Queen's Fool was probably my favorate out of the bunch. I just picked up Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood and am also re-reading Owen Meany by John Irving. I just started Oryx and Crake - it's strange but all her books take time to get into. Oh - so, out of all your "to read" books you listed on my site, I would read The Glass Castle first and then Year of Wonders. I loved them both - they are completely different. I really loved Year of Wonders for all the Plague information. Books that take place so far back in time really keep my interest. My email is if you ever want an easier way to write back and forth about books. Oh, and I completely agree with you about the perfect vacation being a book a day! That would be so nice.
Hi, thanks for taking a look at my catalog and the nice comments. We have similar tastes in books. I live in Falls Church, VA and work in a hospital but try to read about a book a week. Right now I am reading Shadow of the wind - its really great. We should stay in touch through email. ~Kris
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