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About meI was a journalist for 9years or so before moving into the world of corporate communications. My love of reading helps keep me sane on long international flights - I usually have more than one novel with me because I can't bear the thought of nine hours or so with nothing good to read. At the moment I'm trying to finish a Literature degree But in my spare time I've also embarked on a challenge to read all the Booker prize winning books and to track my progress in a blog -

About my librarymy library is a mixed bag. There are the classics that I love to return to now and again (George. Eliot is a particular favourite) and the ones I know I should read and will do someday but just haven't got around to yet. Virginia Woolf beckons from time to time. Then there are the Booker prize winners that I am working through - I have read 10 of them so far. I have a pile of books bought for work that somehow I can't find time to read. So In total probably something in the order of 70 titles just waiting for a rainy month or two so I can enjoy them. But I still can't keep myself from buying yet more.

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Groups18th Century British Literature, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, Asian Fiction & Non-Fiction, Booker Prize, Commonwealth Challenge, Geeks who love the Classics, Group Reads - Literature, Monthly Author Reads, Penguin Classicsshow all groups


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Currently readingMedea and Other Plays : Medea; Hecabe; Electra; Heracles (Penguin Classics) by Euripides
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Seeking reviews of Machado de Assis to get me started reading his books (long on my shelf, but neglected) I came upon yours. Thank you!
You are very welcome. I find that sometimes I need those one step at a time instructions, too. I'm glad you've got it, now. Once you do it, it is easy to do it again.
No worries.

1. Go to your picture's main page on Flickr and first make sure you have set the Owner's Setting so Everyone can see your photo. 2. Then at the top of your photograph's main page you should see (left to right) Actions (with a small triangle pointing down); an envelope; a box with a "f" (facebook, I presume); a box with a bird (Twitter I presume); and Share with another triangle. Click on Share and it should open up with a triangle "Share this via..."; a triangle "Grab a link"; a triangle "Grab the HTML/BB Code. 3. Click on this last triangel (Grab a code). At the bottom of this stuff you'll see a way to set the size of the photograph, I use the Medium size. Also, you want to select HTML Code. Then there will be a box with a great long code and you click on the end of it, it will high light and you need to copy that. This code should begin with

Then you go back to your posting in LibrayThing. And you paste your copied code into the middle of your message and the picture should show up.

Give it a try. And if that does not work. We'll find another way. Good luck.
Hi Karen,

Sorry it's taken me a few days to reply. I'm doing Nineteenth Century Novels at the moment. Last time I did Children's Literature, before that AA100 and before that A210. ( I know that's the wrong way around but I did A210 as a standalone course and liked it so much I decided to do the whole degree. Next course I want to do Twentieth Century Literature and then I 'm still debating for my last course.
Hi Karen,

In response to your query about posting in a single thread in the 75 Book group, did you ever create a thread of your own? I've seen you post comments in other threads, but in the meet your fellow readers thread you never actually offered up the link to your thread. So, I'll assume for the moment that you haven't created a thread of your own and start there.

At the top of the main page for the 75 book challenge you'll find these instructions: "Anyone can join. Just start a thread and begin listing the books you have read in 2012... Note: Please put your username in your thread title. This makes it much easier for folks to find you. Thanks!"

In order to start a thread, on that same main page of the 75 book challenge just above the top of the threads themselves, find the link "Post a new topic". Click that--a "topic" in this case just is a "thread" (I think that is where the confusion lies). Be sure to give your topic/thread a sensible name like "Mercury57 (Karen) reads 75 in 2012". And that's about it. You will be the "owner" of your own thread. Start by posting an introductory message in the thread. And then just keep posting. Others will spot your topic/thread and start posting comments in your thread or star it so that they can get an easy reminder when you post something new.

As for posting reviews in your thread, what I do is simply paste the text of my review in the next message I post into my thread (after having added it to the book's page). And that's it.

I hope this helps.


"You make an interesting point about the invasion novel. One article I read suggested this novel was an articulation of the fear of invasion from Ireland that would contaminate English blood."

And the sad thing is views about foreigners haven't changed that much over the past 100 or so years. Mixing your blood with a foreigner or a person from another race or religion is still a big 'No-No' in many areas of the world. Irrational fear and suspicion of anything that is deemed 'different' is what causes most of the troubles in the world.
Hello again Karen,

I thought of another group you might enjoy. Here's one dedicated to reading Booker Prize winners & nominees:

Bye for now
Hi Karen!

Glad you found the "75 group". Since you're interested in Tutored Reads, let me help you find them.
On the 75 Group's main page is a link to the Group Wiki:

If you go there, and scroll down the page quite a bit, you'll find a short section about tutored reads, basically links to threads on how to get started and how to "hook up," and a wiki devoted entirely to this purpose listing volunteer tutors and a directory of existing tutored reads.

Hope that helps!!
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