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CollectionsYour library (841), Wishlist (257), Currently reading (5), Borrowed From Chris (66), Read but unowned (2), The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (3), The Works of Louisa May Alcott (1), All collections (1,166)

Reviews66 reviews

TagsUnread (417), Kindle (384), Read (182), Audio (112), WWI (79), Read 2013 (69), Chris Shelf (61), TBR (51), Read 2012 (50), Read 2014 (39) — see all tags

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About meI retired at the end of 2011, and finally have time to read as much as I want. I do find that joining LT has made the never ending list of books I want to read miles longer. I did enjoy many audiobooks while working, as I spent a lot of time in the car. A good audiobook needs a good reader, and I have favorites. I know the audio book is an exceptionally good one when I want to sit in the car and listen for just a bit more. I also listen while walking on the treadmill or outside.

I have three grown children and seven terrific grandchildren. My husband and I have very different reading tastes. We both like mysteries, but that is probably the extent of our reading overlap.

About my libraryI enjoy books from many different genres. I love a good mystery and historical fiction, as well as non-fiction.

My "Library" on LT consists of the books I read in 2012 and 2013. I will add my 2014 reads as I go. Occasionally, I'll add books read prior to 2012 that I may no longer own, or those books that I have, but have marked as Unread. I am still trying to figure out how to keep up with all of the wonderful reviews that are adding to my "wishlist", while also making the time to actually read the books so that they can be moved to "read".

I have joined Club Read 2014 for another year, and will record my reading in this thread:
http://www.librarything.com/topic/162119

My reading for 2013 can be found in Club Read 2013 with my threads:
http://www.librarything.com/topic/149024 (Part 1)
http://www.librarything.com/topic/156165 (Part 2)
http://www.librarything.com/topic/161348 (Part 3)

MY STAR RATINGS:
* If you don't have anything good to say, don't say anything
** Not my cup of tea (or coffee, whichever you prefer)
*** I liked it
**** I really liked it
***** Excellent or Fabulous

FAVORITE FICTION 2013

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O'Neill
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Thus Was Adonis Murdered by Sarah Caudwell
Regeneration by Pat Barker
Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates
The Lucia & Mapp series - Queen Lucia; Lucia in London; Miss Mapp; Mapp & Lucia; The Worshipful Lucia; Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson

FAVORITE NON-FICTION 2013

Team Of Rivals: The Political Genius Of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Island of the Lost: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World by Joan Druett
Seeking Palestine: New Palestinian Writing on Exile and Home Edited by Penny Johnson and Raja Shehadeh

FAVORITE AUDIO 2013

The Matthew Shardlake mystery series - Dissolution; Dark Fire; Sovereign; Revelation by C. J. Sansom, Narrated by Steven Crossley
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter, Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini

MY 5 STAR BOOKS FOR 2012:
Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel (2012 Favorite book)
The Shortest Way To Hades by Sarah Caudwell

5 STAR AUDIO 2012:
War and Remembrance by Herman Wouk (2012 Favorite Audio)

GroupsAlmack's, Club Read 2013, Club Read 2014, Virago Modern Classics

Favorite authorsJane Austen, E. F. Benson, Sarah Caudwell, R. F. Delderfield, Christopher Fowler, Tana French, Neil Gaiman, Elizabeth Gaskell, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Georgette Heyer, P. D. James, Hilary Mantel, David McCullough, Dorothy L. Sayers, D. E. Stevenson, Edith Wharton (Shared favorites)

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Real nameColleen

LocationNorthwest New Jersey, USA

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceJan 21, 2013

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Oh I'm so pleased you enjoyed High Rising, Colleen. Thanks for letting me know.

Dee
Thanks for the Cornwell recommendation Colleen. There were quite a few of her books at the library yesterday; we'll have to check them out!
Have a great day! Happy reading.
Susie
Honestly Colleen, I hadn't really noticed a 'non-response' - you don't need to feel bad! I consider you one of my 'mates' on LT, and in Club Read we pretty much joined together - so you can be 100% relaxed with me for ever! (I should've remembered that you'd already acknowledged my Clarke Peters tip, though now that I think about it I was probably thinking of your CR visitors - he has such a great voice.)

Besides, I've been a bit bedazzled by the amount of posts and threads I'm trying to keep up with! I think after last year I pretty much starred all the threads I'd ended the year following, and then added several more! All in all that leads to quite a 'workload'. I've pared it back a little now, and think I'm approaching an equilibrium that I can enjoy in my spare time without it feeling like a chore. I do love CR so hope that it would never become onerous at all! In any case, I think the CR rush of the new year is easing off a little, and those who'll hopefully be in it for the long run are slowly edging along nicely...

PS - Really glad to have added Chris to the interesting libraries - she's already recommended me a couple of great books!

All the very best,

Paul.
LOL! I can't imagine what my grandmothers thought of my name. Doesn't bear thinking about!

Best,
V
Excellent! It's a quickie (unless you get hooked and go off and download the next two!). Happy New Year to you also! Best, Lois
You are very welcome, Colleen. I'm so pleased you like your gifts and that you've been part of our Virago Secret Santa celebrations this year. It's a lovely tradition and always seems to carry a special kind of magic with it.

I hope you have a lovely Christmas. Twelfth Night in New York with your daughter sounds absolutely wonderful!

Dee x
Dear Colleen,
I'm very happy very, Very, VERY, VERY HAPPY!!!! Bless your generous heart! You couldn't have chosen better, and I do thank you more than I can say for the wonderful books.
I'm glad that your first year on LT and in the Virago group has been a good one for you. You have certainly increased my enjoyment of both places both by your presence and now by your gifts. (I couldn't bring myself to write "presents.")
Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Love,
Peggy
Hi Colleen, thanks for adding me to your Interesting Libraries. I've done the same and noticed we both also are in the VMC group. I've belonged for awhile but got more active this year with the Barbara Pym centenary and I'm looking forward to next year's WWI Theme Read.

Cheers,
Bonnie
Best right back to you!
Not a silly question at all.
Unless they make a mistake, which I guess may happen but never to me, you get only a book you've requested. You may request as many as you like, but they send only one per month. (I had to request a pretty bad first one that nobody else much wanted, but it was worth it to get into the system.) If you don't get one the first time, don't be discouraged! Keep requesting.
Hmm. Code got away from me, I see.
I'm still here! I love to talk to somebody in almost-real time.
Of course, you take a chance and sometimes get things that you don't like, but you review them anyway. I don't know what the proportion of bad to good is that I've gotten, but receiving Bring Up the Bodies and Reamde and a bunch of others makes the gamble worthwhile for me.
Colleen, if you go to the Early Reviewers group from the group page, there is a link to the sign-up. You just give them your home address, I think. Then they will alert you when the November list comes up, and you click on whatever books strike your fancy. I think that it took me 2 or 3 months to win a book, but when I did, I read it and reviewed it quickly. Now I normally ask for only one a month, and most months I get them. They really are interested in giving them to people who will write reviews.
Good luck! I hope you get something great!
Peggy
When I was writing a reply to your comment in my Club Read 2013 thread, I checked your profile to see if I needed to convert Celsius to Fahrenheit and noticed you were reading Miss Mapp. I thought anyone who is reading E.F. Benson has to be on my interesting libraries list, so on you go!

I hope you are enjoying Miss Mapp as much as I did.

Cheers,
Vivienne
why yes that does help! Thanks so much! You are magic. Do you belong to that service or is it for general public? I looked in LT,s get this book section which lead me to lots of libraries but none of them had it.
AND....I'm in tipi country right now. Perfect reading.
I got it! I got it! You were so right on! Thanks for thinking of me. It is perfect. and holy moly did you see the ratings? ALL but one reader gave it five stars. Maybe you should be my secret santa! I can't find a darn Dewey number for it so don't know about that part but I could see I wanted it regardless. I especially like in the description that it talks about finding nature wherever you are even if in a city, and about LIVING it instead of griping. That's what I need to do. Thanks a zillion.

Merrikay
Thanks for adding my library as an interesting one. Looks like we share quite a few good books!
Hi - Got a reply on facebook from Orna Ross:

Orna Ross Hi Riley, I'm working on it right now -- but I'm not somebody who writes really fast. It's called "In The Hour". Jo has moved to NYC, her son is 15 years old and Rory turns up on her doorstep... The background to this one is the Draft Riots in New York City in 1863. And we're working on the cover right now. I don't expect it to be out this year though. So in the meantime, you might be interested in my standalone book, BLUE MERCY, that's on offer today (for just 99c on Amazon). Thanks so much for dropping by and if you sign up on the website, www.ornaross.com, you'll be the first to know when ITH is out. x Orna

Orna Ross
www.ornaross.com
Orna Ross Author Website. London-Irish writer of novels, poems and the Go Creative! series.
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(Riley is my pseudonymn on facebook.)
I just left a message on Ross Facebook page. Seems to be pretty active. I can't believe I can,t find a dang thing on the internet about it and I know you have tried also. Sheesh!
and I DID see your review of the other book (Swim) and put it on my list! Thanks.
Oh for God's sake I can,t figure it out!

You say you found those two. Did you buy them? Because Amazon says I can loan you Before the Fall electronically if you send me your email address. I'm sorry to not be more helpful but evidently I never did figure it out. For some reason I thought the Before the Fall one had two books in it but now I just don,t think so. Sheesh.
Hi Colleen! Sorry to take so long to respond. It was VERY confusing when I got the trilogy. I see I have two listed on my kindle but I think when you buy one you get two, but they don,t list it that way (big marketing screwup!) I',m not home but will be later and will double check my kindle and get back with you. I can't believe they don't list it that way and they have gotten enough complaints in the comments on amazon they should fix that. Course if they do, they'll probably charge you for both! I really really loved this trilogy! More later.

Merrikay (and I mean later today)
Colleen, thanks for finding my library interesting! I take that as a very personal compliment.
AND I hope you enjoy the VMC group.
Peggy
Happy to oblige! And will be happy to see you there!!
Peggy
Thanks for the invite - I'm delighted!
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