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About meFor as long as I can remember, I've loved books. I think my favorite line from a book comes from Jonathan Hull's Losing Julia, "Like most bookworms I read so as not to be alone, which often annoys those who are trying to make conversation with me."

About my libraryOriginally I was just going to list all the books I've read since I started keeping track in 2002. After I had all those posted though, I started remembering books I enjoyed previously, from my much younger years. So, of course, they had to be added. Then I recalled certain books I've always loved reading to my kids when they were small, again, another list was born. My library is sort of a work in progress, I often think of a book I read in my twenties or beyond that I still need to add.

I tried to remember all the books well enough to rate them, frankly, not all of them were all that memorable, but I sort of had the theory that if I finished it, it must have been at least average.

I don't know how other readers rate their books, but I sort of designated the stars to mean three stars meant the book was average to me, four was great, five meant it was spectacular, two is ...meh..... and one, well, you know....

GroupsAlgonquin Readers Round Table, ARC Junkies, Bloggers, Freebies, Book Giveaways and Contests, Hobnob with Authors, TuesdayThingers

Favorite authorsMichael Crichton, Nelson DeMille, Jonathan Hull, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, William Kowalski, James A. Michener, Jodi Picoult, F. Paul Wilson (Shared favorites)


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please i need some answers... questions are from chapter 1 call of the wild by jack london

1-how is buck described in the beginning of chapter 1?based on bucks description how do u think he will deal with the hardships of the yukon territory?which of his traits will serve him well in his new life?which will he have to abandon to survive?

2-what important lesson did buck learn from the man with the club?what in meant by the line''it was his introduction to reign of primitive law,and he met with the introduction halfway''?

3-how did francois begin to earn bucks respect? from the description of this incident,predict what bucks relationship will be with''a big, snowy-white fellow from spitzbergen .''

4-what is significance of the title of this chapter?
At the end of "One Amazing Thing" I felt the characters were doomed. . . No way out, and could only hope they didn't suffer too much.
I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed your review of Evil at Heart. I really loved the book too and I can't wait for the next one!
Hello, hello

Thought I'd check out your library from your blogger page and here I am : D You can find me at Library Thing as J29x11 - this was before I started my blog. I love your little bookworm : D

BevE -Merry Weather
Noticed you liked The Virgin Suicides, 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 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:


I did manage to finish Last Known Address but barely. To be honest I should have given up on it by the third chapter but I decided to stick it out this time. I say give it up and find a better book to read.
Check out this review of Big Sid's Vincati

Hi! And yes, I do have both a sequel --and a prequel-- outlined for Latter-day Cipher. Please let me know who wins Cipher in your giveaway and how they like it!

Latayne C Scott
Now I see in the same thread (which I am really behind on reading that I'm not bothering to post to the thread) that you too hated Life of Pi - I couldn't finish that one either. Bless you for making me realize I wasn't the only person on the planet that disliked that book. I will definitely need to follow your library closely as we seem to have very similiar tastes.
I just thought I would let you know that I saw where you said you'd disliked Tommyknockers and It, but the Stand is one of your all-time favorites - and I feel the same EXACTLY. I couldn't even finish Tommyknockers. I did read a lot of Stephen King books but about the time of Tommyknockers I stopped - they were just so bad, I referred to them as fast foods equivlent of books.
Kelly, the comments on your Web site about my book Latter-day Cipher made my day! Please make sure that the winner knows I am thrilled for him/her to get it, and would love to hear an opinion about it.

The book I'm presently working on is a first-century historical novel. (I know, not a sequel to Cipher.) But I do have a prequel half-written and a sequel outlined. So, if Cipher continues to generate the great interest that it is getting, I hope to get back to work telling the backstory of Eliza (the Native American woman) and the continuing nefarious deeds of Helaman....

Thanks so much -- Latayne
Hi, Kelly- I've been entering your contest. I just want to make sure I'm doing it correctly. I've been leaving comments on the blog. Are you getting them? Thanks!
(A bit insecure)
Hi ,Kelly- Nice going on your book-a-day-contest! Incredibly sweet of you! Should we post here or on your blog? Thanks!
Kelly, I wrote to simon and schuster Canada. Perhaps I will write to the publicist. Did it take long from the time your cold requested it to the time you got it in the mail?

Your welcome for the friends request.

I still have it! Just send me your address and I will send it right out.

Thanks for the add! I do love Jodi Picoult. I also started with My Sister's Keeper which is one of my all time favorites. I've Vanishing Acts and Mercy. I have several others but haven't circled around to her again quite yet. I've read Life of Pi and really enjoyed it. But I love books that have anything to do with the sea so my opinion may be a little off :) Clan of the Cave Bear is a tough read I think because of the length and the wording but I think worth it. Have you read the others in the series? I made it through The Clan of the Cave Bear, The Valley of Horses, The Mammoth Humters and half way through The Plains of Passage. Never got to the last one! I need to go back and start over from the beginning and then actually finish.

What are you reading now?
I have a list of about 350 books that are on my "to read" list. I do have all of Janet Evanovich's books on my list. Right now I have about 15 audiobooks checked out that I'm working my way through. I've been able to "read" about a book a day while at work these days, and have been really enjoying catching up on James Patterson and Nicholas Sparks recent stuff. My mom (sharlene_w) and I are trying to read the same books around the same time (if they interest both of us) so we can have our own little "book club" discussions about them. I've been using other people's library, such as yours to pick out additional books to read! Thanks for the suggestion on The Plum Series. I do think I'll really enjoy them! BTW, I know what you mean about time flying by... I am always blown away by how quickly Keira is growing up! I'm sure that before I know it, she'll be starting Kindergarten and I'll wonder where the last few years went!

Thanks for the kind words! Adding me to the blogroll is fine. As for the ARCs, I got an email this morning about a new book I might want to review, about discovering new mystical feminine archetypes. If that doesn't get a body back on the wagon and convince you not to request anything, I don't know what will!

awwww Thank you for the invitation... I am thrilled to be friends...
Hi Kelly

I hope that you were out of town for good reasons :)

A signed copy of Lace!!! Wonderful! good for you!
Actually, I did write and ask for a copy of it, and they sent it to me. I was utterly thrilled to get it, and more thrilled to read it.'I had a very nice note from the
author about my review ( I do blog books ) and of course now I love her even more. I completely loved that book.

ARCs are great, and I have been getting them from several places too. The problem I have found is that so many are not my cup of tea, and hard to review, and they push my own reading down the list. I am not sure if I will keep at it or not.

Anyway.. Thanks for writing, and I know that you will enjoy the book. Let me know when you do the review if you remember...
take care :)
Thank you! I will try writing and see what happens!
Not a problem. Just fun to get something.
"The Testament" has always been my favorite Grisham novel. Can't go wrong with that one!

- Shane
Hi! You do have an interesting library! I've read the first few Bubbles books and I'm trying to make my way through them. A friend has enticed me by saying the end of the most recent one is good and she's wondering where its going. So if I can get caught up on my ARCs, I think a Bubbles book is next on my list.

I thought The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon was a good book about books. I always like books about the book world, so Dunning appeals to me too. I haven't read any of Sanford's books. But have heard they are good.

I'm off to check out your book blog!
I see that you just added First Daughter.... I was drooling over that one when I came across it on Amazon...
will you let me know if you review it?

take care

I too have a new blog that I'm trying to promote - Perhaps if we promote each others blogs, we'll all get some readership!
Hi, Kelly.

I hope you're feeling better. I sure would hate to spend too long contemplating my toes - I don't like feet, and I generally just ignore my own.

I haven't started Songs of the Missing, yet. I had been really swamped with work last week, and didn't get much reading done. I'm in the middle of another ARC I got from Harper Collins, and I figure when I'm done with it, I'll start Songs. I've never done the discussion thing, either, and B&N's website is seriously hard to navigate, so I'm not really sure how it all works. I guess I'll learn as I go.

Did you snag a May book? I got The Richest Season, by Maryann McFadden, which looks pretty good. I was really surprised because I didn't think I matched all that well with any of the American books (that algorithm is a curious thing) - I'd have loved to get that Mr. Y book that was only available in England.

Have a nice holiday weekend!
Hi Kelly,

Did you get Songs of the Missing, yet? I got mine a couple of days ago. I had just gotten 5 others the day before (and I had just gotten my April book a few days before that). Which is good, I suppose, but it would be nice if they'd spread out a bit. I started reading one, Rubicon by Lawrence Alexander, and it's just awful. I got through about 80 pages, but it's so bad I don't think I can finish it.

My mom's website is It's still a work in progress - there's not much on it right now, and actually it's not open for sales (shoppers could place items in their cart, but they couldn't actually check out). I'm hoping to have it fully functional by Monday or Tuesday.

Hope your books come soon!
Boy, do I know what you mean! I'm beginning to worry that the pile of free books is getting so big that I'll never get to the piles & piles of UNfree books that I have around. If I live to be 110 I'll never read them all. Ah well, an embarrassment of riches!

LOVE your bookworm!!
I did like it, but my favorite genre is historical fiction so I guess alot of description comes with the territory there. If I am wrapped up in the story I can forgive a certain amount of wordiness, I'm a fast reader and I think I sort of skim over the too descriptive parts. I'm excited about getting the ARC's because I think it will bump me out of my comfort zone. I tend to pick books that are historical and set in England, mostly. Time to branch out!

I do appreciate when those publishers send a note to let you know the book is coming but it seems to not be the norm!
You're gonna laugh, the "magic words" in the email for The Gargoyle were nothing at all but my name and address. It was my first one! Now I, like you, write a short sentence about how I would be glad to receive an advance copy, or something along those lines. Nothing elaborate. I have only had one email response saying that they were going to send it, that was from Bloomsbury for The Aviary Gate. The copy of The Gargoyle came with a little card from Doubleday saying that they would be glad to send a copy to any friend or colleague in my name if I email them the address. So they must still have copies available. I'm sure you will be receiving your copy soon. Thanks for the info on the Kennedy book, I must have missed that one in the posts!
Hi Kelly,

I just got the Gargoyle on Monday. I emailed them and never got a response but the book did come. Do you have the email and subject line for the Pagan Kennedy book? I must have missed that somewhere. I just posted the email info for two new ARCs on the "other places to get ARCs" thread. Thanks much,

Hi, Kelly.

Nope, I haven't gotten the B&N book, yet, and I'm still waiting for my April book, too. I started tagging those ARC's with 'Waiting' so I'd be able to keep up. I got one from Harper Teen's First Look that I'm waiting for, too, though I'm not looking forward to that one quite so much. It's gotten terrible, because my mailman always comes around 3:00, and I find myself counting down the hours til the mail comes every day. It's so sad. Not like I can't go out and buy books, but it's just so cool getting free books in the mail before anyone else gets to read them. Well, assuming my April book comes before it's actually published. Did you snag a bonus book? I don't think I did - with all the mix-ups on this month's messages, I'm not entirely sure, but I'm not looking for one.

I did design all the patterns for the books - my co-author does all the actual writing. I looked at your quilts, and they're great - I love your roman blind idea. I've got a bargello in progress (I've been working on for about 2 years) - it's a twisted bargello, done in mauves and greens and golds. I think it'll be pretty if I ever get it finished. If you get your snowmen finished and want to do them commercially (the sombrero snowman sounds adorable), let me know - I'd love to look at them. My mom has a quilt shop in Georgia (I do the website), and we're always looking for the next new thing.

I'll let you know if my mailguy comes bearing the gift of books!

Hi! I'm looking forward to the BN First Look book, too. It was my first attempt there, as well, so I was really pleased with that. The Wednesday Sisters will be my third ARC from LT - like you said, assuming it arrives. I never realized that companies gave out free books to people willing to review them. It's perfect for me, as I'm incredibly opinionated. :-)

I've got loads of 'kids' books like the Garth Nix. I buy them saying they're for my kids, but I usually get to them first. I'll have to look up Orson Scott Cards - I've not heard of him.

My quilting books are more functional quilts than museum 'don't you dare touch that' quilts. My attention span is far too short to spend the kind of time it takes to make those. I love looking at them, though, and I aspire one day to make one, but not today. I like projects you can finish in a day or a weekend. And I've washed vomit out of my quilts before - and worse, so, yes there's a place for both.

I do like Fannie Flagg - especially Fried Green Tomoatoes. Her writing is smart and funny, and very heartwarming. Jan Karon is another who has a similar style - I prefer her early Mitford stuff. I haven't read Hannibal, but I did see the film and wish I hadn't. Ick. I like intelligent and suspenseful stories, but gory doesn't do it for me at all. I just finished The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver, which I really enjoyed - kind of along the lines of Silence of the Lambs.

Edited - I was thinking I was getting Mercedes Coffin, but I'm getting The Wednesday Sisters. Too many books - hard to keep them straight. I'll let you know if the BN book arrives.
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