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About meI find reading lists really fun, even though I usually don't follow them. I'm currently reading books from these lists:

All the Unread Books in My Closet
1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
The Best of Canadian Literature (inc. Giller Prize Winners & Nominees)
The Best of Sri Lankan Literature
Booker Prize Winners & Nominees
Read Around the World Challenge
Orange Prize Winners & Nominees

Starting the summer of 2013, I'm doing a personal challenge of Reading London Through the Decades ~ Novels set in London, by decade:

2010s: London Train, Hadley
2000s: A Long Way Down, Nick Hornby; Before I Go to Sleep, SJ Watson
1990s: A Cupboard Full of Coats, Y Edwards
1980s: Hawksmoor, Peter Ackroyd; What a Carve Up!, Jonathan Coe
1970s: An Experiment in Love, Hilary Mantel; Sweet Tooth, Ian McEwan
1960s: Offshore, Penelope Fitzgerald
1940s:Life After Life, Kate Atkinson, The End of the Affair G Greene
1930s: I Capture the Castle, D Smith
1900s:The Children's Book, AS Byatt; Night & Day, Virginia Woolf
1880s:The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle, What Alice Knew, Paula Marantz Cohen
1860s:Fingersmith, Sarah Waters
Pre-1850s:Sense and Sensibiity, Jane Austen
1700s: Slammerkin, Emma Donoghue
1600s: Conceit, Mary Novik

About my libraryThe books in my library are books that I've read; many of them I don't own, and hundreds of books that I do own are not included (book ownership is all very nice, but not the reason I use LT).

On LibraryThing I track my reading at

Previous years:
Club Read 2012
Club Read 2011
Reading List 2010
Here is 2009,
Here is is 2008, and
Here is my list from 2007.


Groups100 Books in 2010 Challenge, 1001 Books to read before you die, 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up, 18th-19th Century Britain, 2013 Category Challenge, 2014 Category Challenge, 888 Challenge, 999 Challenge, Anglophiles, Art is Lifeshow all groups

Favorite authorsAyaan Hirsi Ali, Kate Atkinson, Margaret Atwood, Jane Austen, Julian Barnes, Douglas Coupland, Roald Dahl, Charles Dickens, Margaret Drabble, Jennifer Egan, Penelope Fitzgerald, Mark Frutkin, Michelle Goldberg, Edward Gorey, Henry James, Thomas King, Katherine Mansfield, Ian McEwan, Alice Munro, Michael Ondaatje, Heather O'Neill, George Orwell, Michael Pollan, Salman Rushdie, Carol Shields, William Styron, Elizabeth Taylor, Roma Tearne, Jane Urquhart, Rebecca West, Edith Wharton, Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstores32 Books Company, Armchair Books, Black Sheep Books, Blackwell's Oxford, Blue Heron Books, Daunt Books Cheapside, Elliott Bay Book Company (Seattle), Kidsbooks on Broadway, Laughing Oyster Bookshop, Mosaic Books, Munro's Books, Russell Books, SFU Bookstore

Favorite librariesNew Westminster Public Library - Main Branch

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Hi Joyce, thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries list!
Why, thanks!!
Joyce, Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the Henrietta Lacks book. I enjoyed your review and the links. While reading this, I keep wondering to myself whether I should just chill out and whether I am being overly critical, so it was nice to know that I am not alone (not by a long stretch, based on some of your links) in feeling that this book is terribly problematic.
Not me, I have a copy of O'Brien's book, but I haven't read it yet. But the plot does sound like In the Woods. Tana French can write, can't she? I love the way she takes a character from a previous book to be the main character of the next one. Scorcher was so unsympathetic in Faithful Place that I wondered how that would work, but she kept his personality but let us into his mind. I did love the rookie, but someone told me that the lead of the next book is not him. Hopefully, there'll be a later book with Ritchie. I'm glad you like her and I'm envious that you still have a few to read for the first time. The Likeness is my favorite. It shouldn't work, but French pulls it off.
Hi Joyce - I stumbled across this article, but I'm hoping Jargoneer will recommend something more thoughtful. This seems very dismissive of the pro-independence camp.

Is 2014 the Year Scotland Finally Gains Independence?
Forgot to ask my question based on your profile, but I think I've figured it out. I like the "ticker" you have. I clicked on it, and it looks like - if I want one - I can create it there. I assume it would then give me something to post so it would show up? How does it stay updated?
Thanks, again! :-)
Hi, Nickelini! Thanks again for posting a review in that thread. That's exactly what I was hoping for there.

Anyway, I had a couple of questions from your review (that are more LT "format"-type questions, and I might have one more for you, based on your profile (I've only been on LT for a short time, so there's still lots to learn).

So, you're using bold (in your post and I see in your profile, as well). 1. How do you bold (at shelfari, we can use the html for bold - is that the same here?) And 2. Can you do that in your reviews, as well? I'm not sure how often I'd use it, but it would be nice to know if/when I'd like to.

And, you posted an image of the cover of the book you reviewed at the start of your review in that thread. How do you do that? (And I was just so excited to discover that using square brackets around a title will link to the book's page! I love that! Can't do that on shelfari! Don't get me wrong, I do love shelfari; it's been my book site since 2007, but I wanted to set up something here as a backup. I've also got Goodreads as a backup, but I've found I like it here better.) Adding the cover image is pretty cool, too. :-)

Anyway, thanks so much!
I'm glad that worked for everyone! Did your girls see the life-size blue whale? The V&A is my favorite museum -- from the arts & crafts tea room to that room full of plaster copies of sculptures, it's just random and fun.
Thanks, Joyce. I've been interested in your London trip since my visit there in June was painfully brief and regimented. But now I'm off to reread that review to see what I did right.
Thanks! I will definitely be checking out those books. Vancouver is an incredibly beautiful city, isn't it? I haven't been up there since my children were small, but still remember how kind people were there especially to children. At the tourist spots people aways made sure my children had the best view of whatever was happening. It made quite an impression on me.

We have some great books in common, don't we? I'm enjoying your Club Read thread. See you there.
Hi Joyce,

Sorry it took so long to get back to you. Our electricity was out for a few days and then our ISP went down for a few day. Then my son took the service down to run a scan due to computer quirkiness. All is now back (so far!).

Re Pinterest:

The sharing part of Pinterst comes from when you click on the work "Pinterest" (in red letters). That shows the pins ONLY of those you follow. I look at them sometimes, but not that frequently.

When I first set up my boards on Pinterst, I found that it was linking all my pins to my Facebook account. I hated that and stopped that right away. For some FB users, you'll see every time they pin something on their FB wall. I, personally, think that's incredibly annoying. I like my social sites to keep their distance from each other. :)

"So did it just hook us up all on its own because we're FB friends or something?"

I have no idea. You can actively "follow" or "unfollow" individuals, but Pinterest does not make its instructions for anything too clear. You just have to play with it although there is a help section.

For what its worth, this is their tutorial/help section:

Let me know how it goes!

Hi Joyce!

Pinterest has tunred oot to be a lot more useful to me than it seemed at first glance. I find it useful to organize items I find online without have to resort to printing or bookmarking. I have various folders of quick visuals with either all the information I need or a quick link back to the information I need. The fun of it is that others can see your categories, and you can see the categories of others. They can help you with collections by making suggestions or can post a "pin" which delights your own eye so that you, too, will add it to your collection.

I found you on Pinterest because there is a display of those who "follow" me. Since I "know" you, I just "followed" you back! :)

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