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I am first and foremost an artist/writer/bibliophile/bibliomane... which means I spend a lot of time Here in My Head, and also inside books, libraries, book stores, music stores, art stores, etc. I have a voracious appetite for words and art... in fact, I think there are some who could verily present a most productive argument that I spend more time outside of reality than in it. They just may be right. I think even I could easily come up with a much more interesting reality.

oh wait... I already did.

In any case, although my personal collection is a rather ecclectic and strange one, I am first & foremost an AVID reader and welcome any comments, suggestions and observations any of you may have. Please feel free to leave an imprint on this page, or ramblings of the ink-style; all forms of communication on here will be most welcome! That is, if you should be so inclined. *smile*

About my libraryYES I do own all of these books... Except for the ones under My Wishlist Collection. Yes, after 3 years of not having a Wishlist on here i finally relented and made one. Mainly to appease that insatiable "Ooooh! Gimme Gimme!" urge those of us with the Bibliomania/Bibliophilia gentle madness are prone to.

All items on here are present in my library and accounted for. (Well, *sideways smile*. Almost all of them!) I've been collecting books since I was about 5. No really, I have. I even have my first Dr. Seuss book. It's all here somewhere, everything is. Sometimes it just doesn't want to be found..."unripe mind apples"... do you think books have ghosts? Well, I suppose if you believe in Vitalism as it pertains to books, then when they fall off shelves, it means that they are trying to commit suicide (like I read in one of my many philosophy books somewhere) then maybe they -do- have ghosts. Which would make sense (to me, anyways) because there has always been a kind of ephemeral sense hanging around my library, a personality, and all those voices humming and singing and whispering their esoteric thoughts to me. Something to ponder on, in any case.

I can remember almost every book I've ever had in my library, although some of them have not been with me for quite sometime now and may not, unfortunately, remember me. They have since been placed into hands other than mine, in locations unknown. I am quite sure Lucien would know, I must remember to ask him next time I run into him in Dream's library.

As for My Library, it has recently spent a huge amount of time in boxes being relocated to another house, another bedroom, and different bookshelves. A new home. *sigh* So I am mostly using this website to catalog my books and enter their names as I go about my slow but deliberative pace of delightedly unpacking and shelving them. A bit like welcoming back old friends, no?

This is by any comprehensive means a rather minute representation of my expansive Library, so far... and the works cataloged are firstly recent purchases, or recently read (or devoured) so, for the present time, the most "accurate" glimpse of my taste would be to take a look at my tags and or/authors, I suppose.

They -are- an eccentric bunch, but then again so am I. :O)

RECENT UPDATE: Still wandering, wondering & pondering... Ever the ethereal enchants me and follows my hallows. I am still adrift and nomadic as ever; but aspire to carve myself a brighter future... Hopefully soon I will have time to update my reading thread with more but for now, Please don't give up on me. Comments are sometimes the sunshine that keeps me going, so please, Please, PLEASE KEEP LEAVING ME COMMENTS!!! (For the MOST CURRENT INFO READ MY GD READING THREAD). I apologize if it takes longer than usual to respond to any comments left! Please forgive the delay & know it's never intentional! :)



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Favorite authorsMortimer J. Adler, Tori Amos, Margaret Atwood, W. H. Auden, Nicholson Baker, Nicholas A. Basbanes, Charles Baudelaire, Ray Bradbury, Mikhail Bulgakov, Tim Burton, George Gordon Byron, Baron Byron, Lewis Carroll, G. K. Chesterton, Kate Chopin, René Descartes, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Arthur Conan Doyle, Umberto Eco, Harlan Ellison, Anne Fadiman, Clifton Fadiman, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Fowles, Robert Frost, Brian Froud, Neil Gaiman, Edward Gorey, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Madeleine L'Engle, Charles de Lint, Daphne du Maurier, Friedrich Nietzsche, Joyce Carol Oates, Mervyn Peake, Edgar Allan Poe, Terry Pratchett, Ayn Rand, Arthur Rimbaud, David Robinson, Theodore Roethke, William Shakespeare, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Irving Stone, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Hunter S. Thompson, J. R. R. Tolkien, Serena Valentino, Bill Watterson, Evelyn Waugh, Hank Wesselman, Edith Wharton, T. H. White, Oscar Wilde, Terri Windling, William Butler Yeats (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresAcres of Books (Long Beach, CA), Ames' Bookstore, Bargain Books, Henry Berkelouw Books, Iliad Bookshop, Powell's City of Books (Portland)

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Hi PandorasRequiem, Are you still here on LibraryThing? Haven't seem any updates from you in a long time. Hope all is well and the nomadic life is not too hard on you.
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That's why I like this picture. It feels like she'll just blink and all those books will jump at you.
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It's so haunting with the snow and all.
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This too much! I love those eyes in the dark. He truly is a library cat. Imagine, he has favorite authors. lol
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Oh, that is such a wonderful dream! I had one of an endless garden, but I'd really rather be in an endless bookstore.
Happy new year and great reading for 2012! - Karen
Did you read Marilyn Among Friends already? I'm always looking for a good Marilyn book to read - or sometimes even a not so good Marilyn book to read :)

I recently saw My Week with Marilyn, which was pretty good. You might be interested in checking out!

Happy holidays!! :)
Thanks for marking my library, I've marked yours also with the number of shared books we have. How did you find my library?
Learning to swear in French are we? Good times. I can only hope that your book includes Québécois profanity as well. We have such an exquisite variety.
I noticed you added "Good Omens". I got a signed copy - I found it in a used bookstore signed by Terry Pratchett, and (gasp) Neil Gaiman came to a local con and I was able to get his signature, so it actually has both their signatures. You gave it five stars! I am SO looking forward to reading it. I just wasted my time on a book by Malanie Rawn, 'Diviner'. I've seen her name on a number of books and the plot description sounded interesting. I sat at the bookstore and read the first 25 pages or so and wanted to see what happened, so I bought it. After 125 pages, though, the negatives I saw originally are continually present and keep bugging me. Everything seems like a caricature of life, just kind of contrived for the sake of filling in details of a plot framework, and I finally became so unenamoured of the style that tonight I finally said "to heck with it." I won't finish it. It's a bummer, because I think 100% of my other books are now packed in boxes for the move! Can't lay my hands on something else around here. Maybe I'll go to the bookstore and buy a paperback copy of Good Omens. I know that will be good!
I read your note again today, and I just can't get over how sweet you are! I hope life is treating you as well as you deserve.
I'm getting closer to the home purchase and all is definitely NOT going smoothly, but I think it will be fine and in a few weeks I'll be in a house. Wish you could be, too!

You are FAR to nice a person to forget about! I certainly did understand you not getting back to me. I hope things are more or less OK for you at this moment in time. I forget how I happened to read that thread - it surely had SOMETHING to do with trying to find out how you were, though!
I just bought a house and am very busy these few weeks, till I'm settled. The closing is August 26th and I'm just gearing up for the packing stage. One thing I won't have to pack is all my books, seeing as they are all in boxes! And after I'm moved in, I'm determined to cover one room's wall(s) with bookshelves with nice glass covers, enough bookshelves to unpack all my books. I imagine myself going into that room and sitting in an easy chair drinking a glass (bottle?) of wine surrounded by all these wonderful books, deeply engrossed in some great plot with delectible language.
Well, that's my fantasy, anyway. It may happen! With some other fantasies as well. I am buying an Irish accordion and will work hard at learning to play it. I'd love to get good enough.
Your art - I'd love to see it. Do you have it online anyplace? I've seen some cool photos you took - but is there other art?
Anyway, I was so glad to hear something from you, something a little upbeat. If you're at your computer, you must be a little settled in somewhere, at least. :-)
Yeah I think a lot of phrases come from latin. I know I learned the phrase "Veni, Vidi, Vici" somewhere in some History class, but I forgot who said it. Could it have been...the Spanish person Cortez after he conquered the Aztecs? It's logical.

OK, confession time. I haven't been following your Thread. It was an accident actually. You see, a few months ago, I decided to star everyone's Thread regardless if I'll respond or not. Well, I must've missed you on accident, but I just assumed that I did and you haven't posted anything in awhile. But looking on it now, I'll respond to yours soon. It's very nice looking!
Nice seeing you again!

That explains why I couldn't translate it properly. Latin translators are never with other translators. Never, I don't know why. That makes sense though.

Yup, I think the majority of the people lurk, sometimes I do it so much I don't say anything on Threads for months, or never at all. Thanks for responding, you pretty much made my day.
Lol I'm so glad you enjoyed it! :D I'll definitely check out your reading thread. :D
Oh no, sorry to hear that you have a "long and sad story involving family and some traumatic recent events"! Hope things are looking up now.
Hi Pandora,
I thought I'd say hi! I hope 2011 is going great for you. It's been really something for me. I wouldn't say great, but quite an amazing year so far.
On a more bookish subject, I just finished an absolutely wonderful book. Funny and imaginative and a little scary and with the MOST interesting characters. I bet you'd really like it! It's "Dancing With Bears", by Michael Swanwick. It came out just this year, not sure what month, from Night Shade Books. It's the best book I've read in the last 12 months, I'm sure. I also read a book by Nelson DeMille, "Up Country". Not funny. In the vein of spy stories, but it takes place in VietNam and a lot of it was a reminiscence of what that war was like, from the present. I thought it was darned good. I listend to a book on tape by him a few years ago, "Charm School," and thought that would have to be in the 90th percentile of books I've read. "Up Country" wasn't quite as good, but it was pretty worth reading. I think I'll try to read more of his books.
Have a nice summer!
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Great photo. can't see much of him, be what there is looks perfect. :o)
I see you added a biography of Hunter Thompson ... Recently I finally made it through all of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. He seems like quite a character.
Oh, you read Girl With the Dragon Tattoo? Are those worth reading? Is saw the three movies. THEY WERE GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!
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what do you mean by this ur art ,pardon my negligence, is it ur painting or sculptor or did u photographed it.anyway its beautiful,how much imagination and talent one need to come up with something like this.
Oh don't worry about any delays in responding. No offense taken. Listen, you keep writing reviews like that first Hot one of yours and you'll undoubtedly be frequenting the HR list. Hopefully I didn't over hype The Magus as I'm prone to do when a book moves me just so. Do let me know if it's as good the second time around and I'll take another look too.

Good luck with finishing up your move!

oh but this is an old picture which I must change. go to my thread in le salon, and you can see recent ones!
superb! I want to to read this book! NOW!
Hello Pandora!

Thanks so much for your cool and kind comments on the review! If there's any book that will make a person pretend to be shelving in the stacks when in fact they're covertly reading, it's the Magus. Great testimony there to its magnetic pull. So mysterious and mesmerizing, that book. Think I may need to read it again.

I noticed you're in CA. Me too. Whereabouts?
P.S. I saw you recently finished The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo also. What did you think?
Thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries list- what a compliment!

I get alot of recommendations through the Girlybooks group- if you like feministy reading and talks it might be worth joining.
Pandora, I'm so glad you're back with us in the GD, I've missed you. And your cheerful posts make me smile everytime I read one. Thank you for you!

Many thanks, Pandora!
Hi, Pandora. Good to be connected with another eclectic reader!

The Night Bookmobile has been recommended by other LTers; I haven't read it yet either.

One I have recently read that I can recommend is The Tale of One Bad Rat by Bryan Talbot. Beautifully illustrated tale of overcoming abuse (I know, odd but very effective) mixed with references to Beatrix Potter and her work.

Here's to good reading!

Best wishes - Joe
I'd be happy to check out your thread on 75 but couldn't find it. Sib
I'm honoured to be added to your List of Interesting Libraries. Not an exclusive club from the look of it, but surely a distinguished one. :)

Lorsque quelqu'un porte un nom aussi distingué que "Terence Hanbury," on se doit de le mettre en valeur une fois de temps en temps !
Did you just LOVE the Weird Sisters?

I did.

Check out my blog if you like:
Thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries.

I'm very fine, thank you! Am I right in thinking it had been while since we had seen you in the GD, or is that just my old brain leaking?
Thank you for the comment on my art work "Pretty in Pink". I haven't yet named her and I am about to add more art work later. ;0)
Thanks so much for the IL add. My, my, my; might I say you have an awesome assortment of books too, my fellow book junkie. I hope one day to aspire to have books in the 1,000s. Though I need a bigger house for that. Moving from a 4br house to a 2br little condo is rough. I however REFUSED to put any of my dear, dear little dead tree friends into storage. I too have a lot to sort through and unpack. Every box unpacked is a surprise of books I forgot I had. I am adding you to my IL as well!
Happy Reading!
I am first & foremost an AVID reader and welcome any comments, suggestions and observations any of you may have.

Well, you did ask for it, whatever you true name is. Pandora? So here's a plug for my first book:

which has been reviewed often, on amazon, B&N, and also on LT:

And my latest:

Both, alas, are only available through Internet outlets, though the psychedelic memoir will appear in Italy next month; but then, you'd have to read Italian to appreciate it.

Thanks for adding me as an interesting library, PandorasRequiem! Looks like we have a whole lot of books in common. I've added yours as an interesting library, too. What did you think of the Night Bookmobile? I've had it recommended.

Best wishes - Joe
you write above 'if you believe in Vitalism as it pertains to books, then when they fall off shelves, it means that they are trying to commit suicide'

several other less dire possibilities occur to me: leap of faith, trying to get your attention, always wanted to fly and decided to try, want to see what it's like to be a book on the floor, feeling cramped and wanted to expand horizons, trying something like Clovis's unrest cure. or possibly it's one of those 'i didn't jump i was pushed' kinds of things. well, that is a bit dire unless you consider that some books are undoubtedly pranksters and mean no harm. and on and on.

thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries collection.

like your handle a lot.

Looks like you finished Northanger Abbey. What were your thoughts?
Finally back here to visit LT. I find I spend more time of Rav these days as I have more time for knitting and am doing enough technical reading for uni to suffice. I need to add my name to rav don't I. will try to work it out.

See you there!
Hi Pandora,

Thank you for your delightful communique. It is wonderful to meet a kindred spirit. And thank you for your kind words about my "review." I got a bit carried away, but sometimes this happens.

Regarding the quote from Jean Rhys, I must confess that I saw a more extended version elsewhere, and glommed onto it immediately. Like you, it evoked a familiar response and caused a flood of reading memories to burst forth. The confession is that I have not actually read the story it was from, which is called "Till September Petronella," published in a collection of Rhys's short stories entitled Tigers Are Better-Looking. It wasn't on the shelves at B&N or Borders, and I was going to order it on line, but never got around to it. But I too am curious about the backdrop to the delicious quote, and perhaps I'll try to find it on line, thanks to your prodding -- unintentional to be sure.

In my haste to respond to your note, I only gave a cursory glance to your profile and need to examine your library more closely. I'll do that now.

Thank you for the book recommendation. I will watch for that one. It sounds interesting.

Again, thank you for communicating, and I hope we'll be in touch.


I think it is intriguing that you chose me for your "interesting libraries" list. Of course, you have chosen a great many people, but here is what is surprising in my case: I, too, am interested in literature *and* art. I taught both subjects for many years, and am into both in a very passionate way, both separately and also where words and pictures join. BUT my art books, which are many, are not cataloged. I am also a writer, but my professional books in that area are not cataloged either! So ... how did you know? :-)
I'm pretty eclectic in the audio books while knitting. I just finished Alex Cross's Trial by James Patterson. It was much more than I expected, called fiction but I feel it was based on real events in the South in general in the early 1900's. Lynchings by whites of the "colored" population to "keep them in their proper place." Having lived in the south for 15 years, I believe these things really happened because, even today, where I lived in North Carolina there is still a definite racial divide.

Next, something lighter, I think! I couldn't find the book you recommended. I download most of mine from Central PA Libraries so I'm somewhat limited though they have a very large catalog. I'll keep looking for something Tim Curry narrates - I adore him.

Hi, I'm very flattered that you've added me to your interesting libraries. Thanks!
No problem, I'm not usually known for my quick replies :) so I never get bothered when people take a while to respond to me. Sorry to hear about your laptop woes. That really stinks :( I don't have a touch screen phone, but then again, I still hate texting even with a keyboard phone so I get not wanting to write long messages via cell phone.

Northanger Abbey is definitely slow-moving (although come to think of it, as much as I love Jane Austen, none of her books are really page-turners in my opinion. But NA is definitely slower moving than the others.) The first time I read NA, I think I was just out of high school and I really didn't appreciate it much. I had already read P&P and Emma (and probably S&S) and I thought JA missed the mark with Northanger Abbey. Then when I was a junior in college, I took a class in Romantic Lit and NA was required reading. After getting a better sense of what other literature was around at the time, I appreciated NA a little more. Most recently, I stumbled upon a graphic novel version of various Gothic tales, including The Mysteries of Udolpho and Northanger Abbey. Finally reading Udolpho directly before NA (even if both were truncated versions) kind of helped, too. Still not my favorite Austen but I appreciate it better now. And, perfect timing, I saw this post up today on reading Northanger Abbey: You might want to check out some of the resources when you're done with the novel.

Oh, and BTW, I was freaking out for no reason. I later realized that I lent my copy of NA to a co-worker after PBS had made the NA movie and my co-worker said she had never actually read NA. So not lost after all!!

Hope you are well and happy reading!
Hi - thanks for adding me to your list of interesting libraries. I see you found Ravelry; once you find your way around, you will enjoy it as much as LT. I am amazed at your favorite authors list, which includes many that I haven't read, and some I have never even heard of!
How are you liking Northanger Abbey? It's not usually everyone's favorite Jane Austen book. I just realized last week or so that my own copy is missing! I've already read it twice and have no plans to read it again soon, but still ... I hate when that happens.
Thank you for accepting my friendship request and for your kind comments about my collection. It means a lot to me coming from a fellow book lover. I enjoy and never get tired of exploring your amazing library. :D



Thank you for finding my library interesting. Yours is equally engrossing and HUGE!!!!!! And where do you find the time to participate in all those groups!

How are you enjoying the Nabokov?

Nice to meet you!

Hello! Thank you for saying such wonderful things about my Nightmare Abbey review. I really appreciate it! Always glad to be able to help add more books to my fellow readers’ libraries (especially little known books or forgotten classics). I hope you enjoy Thomas Love Peacock’s wit as much as I did.
Hi Pandora,

Thanks for your lovely message. Yes, we do share some amazing books, and I always enjoy it when tastes are shared with other book lovers.

Thanks also for the comment about the reviews. I do love reviewing books and talking about them too :)

Happy reading,

I agree that The Book Thief was a little slow going at first. It was hard to see in the beginning how it was all going to come together and make sense.

I didn't entirely dislike the idea of Death narrating - in fact, I thought it quite ingenious at first. My issue was that he was narrating this story (supposedly) based on Liesel's own writing of her story. I found this dual narration thing odd. I would have rather had 1) Liesel's story in her own words or 2) Death narrate without having to tack on this bit about Liesel having already written this all down. I couldn't even quite understand either how Death was privy to how other people were thinking at any given moment when he was working based on Liesel's impressions. I think there was some slight mention of this at some point when Death notes that he sees through a person's eyes when he collects their soul or something to that effect, but it was just a blip that wasn't fully explained. You have a good point that Death gives "a more detached viewpoint of Nazi Germany than he could have done with just Liesel's voice alone." I hadn't thought of that but it makes perfect sense. I read some reviews that didn't like Death's comments but I found them a snarky interlude here and there from the drama of the situations. He was also quite deep at moments though, too. A part I like was in the chapter called Parisians in which Death thinks about talking to God about why so many are dying in this war but God doesn't answer him and he comment something to the effect of "you thought it was just you he doesn't answer?" I found it interesting that with Death narrating and all there wasn't really much discussion of God/religion or the afterlife. I haven't read Prachett's books before but I've discovered I'm not really a Gaiman fan even thought everyone else loves him. I find that I like the ideas of his books but when I actually read them I'm not particularly thrilled. I haven't read any other books that contain Death as a character (at least not that I'm can remember at the moment) but I have read books where a dead character narrates for at least part of the time: As I Lay Dying and more recently, The Lovely Bones and The Sledding Hill. Interesting stuff. Of course, Death as a character reminds me of Cartoon Network's show The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy in which Death is a character hanging out with the titular child characters. Oddly enough Death has a Jamaican accent, although not entirely surprising considering it's a bizarre show all around, in my opinion.

Thanks for the thumb's up. I didn't find the book too long (although when I was racing to finish it in time for my book club meeting, it did seem awfully long) although as a lot of the beginning part was simply vignettes that didn't necessarily add to the story beyond character development, I could see it being shorter and working just as well. One of the women in my book club did much more research than me and discovered that the author did not intend for this book to be specifically YA or adult; who knows what the publishers were thinking. I'm guessing also the age of the protagonist, but I thought Liesel was too young for most of the book to really make this YA for that reason. I don't really see anything in the book that makes it inappropriate for teens (in fact, one teenager showed up to our book discussion and said she read it six times), but it just didn't scream YA to me.

Thanks for talking more about the book with me. I always enjoy talking about a book that made me think and even with the book club meeting on this one, I still find I have more to say afterward!

Like you, I tend to read more than one book at a time so I'm working through a number of books right now. I'm concentrating the most effort on Dance of the Assassins by Herve Jubert and Demystifying Economics by Allen Smith as well as two audio books (Breaking Dawn and Tree Girl).

*SNIFF* Ahh, thank you so much! I feel loved. :)
It looks like you enjoyed The Book Thief a lot more than I did!
Thanks! I use my "library" on LibraryThing quite differently from many others --- instead of cataloging what I own, I add books as I read them (more often ones borrowed from the library or family and friends than those I actually own). I usually write a review when I finished to 1) process my thoughts on the book and 2) have a written reminder of what I liked or didn't like about the book in case I need to reference it again for some reason. This past semester I had classes in child literature and young adult literature, so I was reading a ridiculous amount of assigned reading every week -- and hence a lot more reviews!

I'm only about 30 pages into The Book Thief, so it's a little too soon to say, but it's interesting so far.

Happy reading to you, too!
Thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries (though surely my library is not as interesting as yours). I noticed you are reading The Book Thief. I'm about to start that myself as it was the book club discussion pick this month.
Thank you for adding me to your list of interesting libraries. You have a great collection of books yourself. I'd be glad to know what about my (rather small) library you found interesting.
Thanks for the lovely message, Pandora!

I never exactly thought about it that way before, as a "collection" or "tag" category, but I have lots of books I Wish I Still Had. Some of them got lost in a move (thank you, US Postal Service!) and some I stupidly got rid of in my move to NC nineteen years ago. Ah well, I still get rid of books, but now I put them on BookMooch and hope they go to good homes. These I have no regrets about, though, and it gets me books I want.

My husband has built me as many bookshelves as there is room in the house. I don't think there's any more opportunity for shelves that wouldn't upset the balance of a room. I need to move a whole clutter of books to the upstairs shelves - ones I don't need to have close at hand - and that will free up more room for more books downstairs. Even with all the shelf space and my library - 2 walls of floor to ceiling books - I've been doublestacking for a couple of years now. Fortunately, I tag them with a shelf location, so can find anything I want! Except for a few misshelved books and the occasional incorrectly identified location, it's working out brilliantly.

Magic is one of 5. Our other kitties are Merlin (his littermate), Coco Chanel, Kitty William, and Inara Starbuck. 5 is almost too many, but we happily cope.

Well, it's off to get ready for work. Husband works from home, daughter is on a 2-hour delay school schedule, so it's just me and the kitties and fish. I'll tippy-toe around getting ready then head out.

See you around.
Oh, hi, Pandora!

My God, it's been ages! How are you?

I'm actually in the US at the moment, and just quickly checking email on a friend's laptop whilst being aggressively badgered by her puppy dogs. I'll write properly once I'm back in England!
Hello Pandora!

Thanks for flagging my library as interesting. You are like me - only catalog the books you own. I, too, have lots of books that I've read that I no longer own, but I remember many of them fondly.

It appears from the books we share that we're both very eclectic in our libraries.

See you around,
no apologies needed. We all get phone calls or just RL calling.

Glad you enjoyed our chat. I try to make it to the chat room on Fridays but I don't always make it. know.

Happy to have you as a friend.

People on LT have the most fascinating usernames, and yours is no exception. Very fun! Thanks for the interesting library add. I'm glad you enjoyed my Peter Pan review... it was really a great experience reading it for the first time. I'm glad I can still enjoy "children's books" so much — perhaps I haven't grown up all the way yet?

We do have a lot in common! I'll have to keep tabs on your library too, I see :)
Thanks for the compliments, and pleased to meet you, as well. I was impressed by your author cloud. I hope to get back to cataloging our someday ... we stalled a year or so back and, like you, have only been adding the new stuff. But soon!

Take care, and I look forward to browsing your purchases.


I just wrote a review of a book I read quite a while ago, and when I added it to my library here I saw hardly anybody owns it. I thought, "What a pity! More people need to enjoy his book! Who else might like it?" - because it has some really wonderful qualities. Not everybody would like it, though. But man, I sure thought well of it. Every once in a while I remember our fun little conversation from (gasp!!!) almost two years ago, which I see you still have kept around. :-) I thought you might be exactly the kind of person who would appreciate the book, because the writing style is pretty amazing, and you have so many superb writers in your Favorites list. And you have a serious creative bent, and it may appeal to you from that direction as well. Plus it's SF, and you sometimes enjoy that - thought this is almost not science fiction. It's more a literary work that takes place in the future. The title is 'The Memory of Fire' by George Foy. Check out the review. I hope it will give you an idea.

How are you, anyway? It looks like you haven't done as much reading this year, judging from the length of the "Read in 2009" list. I took about a one-year hiatus from LibraryThing for some reason, but felt the urge to get back here a few weeks ago. Maybe you're taking a break from it as well? Anyway, I imagine you'll get this message eventually.

I saw you read "Good Fairies of New York" last year. I did too! What a great book! I used to play Scottish bagpipes quite seriously, and though pipes were conspicuously absent from the book if I recall, it was so chock full of Celtic cultural stuff I thought it was a blast. Beyond the general humor! I tried to give it to one of my bagpiper friends, but she already had a copy. Guess I was late to the picnic. :-)

I finally got tired of having just a mishmash of my books in my library here so this last week I bit the bullet and put them all in. I'm on the last box right now. Whew! I'll not enter my "random general" books - just the fiction I buy with intent, if that makes sense. But I'm glad I got it in there.

Well, hope to hear from you sometime.

"I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply all my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy." -- Og Mandino

"I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars." -- Og Mandino
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Hello- Thank you for finding my books interesting. If I may take your call for interesting books to mind, May I recommend (as I write this I am looking out my window at fresh snow falling against a steel sky. When I first read of your addition of my library to your "interesting" list about an hour ago, I was sitting here watching the whitest of snow falling from the illuminated deep green fir trees silhouetted against a pale blue sky. So short a time, so wide a change) to you, if you don't already have them the following: the works of Nick Bantock, starting with the "Griffin and Sabine" books; Donald Evans' book of faux stamps; Peake's Gormenghast trilogy; the little "Postmark Paris" book; the Post Secret books; the My Friends books by Jane Duncan (start with "My Friends the Miss Boyds"); and the "Pity youth does not last" book about life on the Blaskets west of Ireland proper.
Jamie S.
P.S. I like your photo of the Grave Marker- I have some of the same stored away also.
Hi-love your library and your commentary. Hope you don't mind my perusing your book list from time to time. I think that many of us in LT spend lots of time in our own heads and hearts enjoying the books we've read - great to share some of those ideas with other book lovers. I worked at a university for quite awhile, and the whole atmosphere (while sometimes too political) was all about the life of the mind...Take care, Pat
Hi there!
So, I have to ask you -- what was your motivation for adding me (us) to your "Interesting Libraries" list?
I mean, I rarely have the patience to peruse my ~own~ catalog, so I rarely look at others. I'm curious to know what you found that piqued your interest.

Couldn't help but notice that you have Mortimer Adler as a Favorite Author -- I'm currently reading his How to Read a Book -- but your single tag with his name is attached to a book by a different author. So, I was going to ask you about how you enjoyed reading Adler, but I can't; however, I ~can~ ask how he got on that list if you haven't read any of his books.

Oh, I scored something like "mostly dorky genuis geek god" (99 in Sci/Math and Tech/Computer, 65 in Sci-Fi/Comics, and 92 in Hist/Lit). Thanks, I needed that!

We have much in common. I, too, spend much time In My Head, and am very familiar with hundreds of books in boxes, tucked away. I have added you to my Interesting Libraries and sent you a Friends invitation. Let's talk books! I see that you are currently reading Kafka. I am, too, along with my usual five other books at the same time. I am trying to spend quality time with him, making notes, and will go to critical materials, and then hope to write a lengthier critical study.
Well Pandora, I'm stomping my feet on your doormat. I've brought some tea and scones and also some flowers because I'm sorry for your loss. It really does take a long time to sort it all out doesn't it? I hope you get to sit underneath some especially nice tree soon. I find trees are great at absorbing our troubles. Take care and visit again soon.

Thanks for the shout out... noticing my library. I'll be happy to reciprocate since we appear to share some common interests and yet there are lots of new areas in yours that I might be interested in exploring.

Even though we only share 5 favorite authors, there are many more in your favorites that I have read or plan to read: W. H. Auden, Nicholas Basbanes, Ray Bradbury, Mikhail Bulgakov, Lewis Carroll, G. K. Chesterton, Rene Descartes, Umberto Eco, Harlan Ellison, Clifton Fadiman, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Fowles, Robert Frost, Neil Gaiman, Madeleine L'Engle, Charles de Lint, Edgar Allan Poe (high school favorite), Terry Pratchett, Ayn Rand, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Irving Stone, Hunter S. Thompson, Evelyn Waugh, Oscar Wilde and W. B. Yeats.

Some authors and/or books you may or may not be interested in exploring: Jack London (note: I read "Sailor On Horseback" by Irving Stone, a London Biography), P. G. Wodehouse, Peter S. Beagle (whoops - just noticed you have "A Fine and Private Place" in your library), "Krakatoa" and "A Crack in the Edge of the World" both by Simon Winchester, Lloyd Alexander ...

Dick Vile in Michigan
Hi There!
What a roundabout way I came to your Library. I was looking at Boxofdelight's page- saw your comment about how you liked that user name, admired YOUR user name at thus found myself on your page, admiring your library. Phew! I, too, am a big fan of diversity in a library. I do appreciate )some might say envy) those who have such complete and consistent collections on a particular topic. But I'm too curious about too many things. WE share some fun books in common. I'm looking forward to perusing your collection in depth.
Just wanted to say hi, 'cause I haven't seen you in a good while. Hope things are going well for ya.
Hi P.,

Thanks so much for responding to my note.

I'm delighted you felt compelled to get a copy of 'A Case of Mistaken Identity' after reading my review. Please do share your thoughts on it with me after you finish it, which time, I suppose, will not be too far off.

Well, I'm glad you do find my library interesting. I wish people could come over and share it with me, but alas I have no friend who appreciates books in the same way. Today I purchased a signed first edition of Robert Holdstock's 'Mythago Wood' which will find a wonderful home in good company with some of my other books. I will be very excited when it comes.

I think Gabriel must be a wonderful companion - a cat who appreciates old books! Perfect. Or I should say, purrrrrrfect. On the subject of pets, I recommend you not purchase a bunny no matter how cute one may be. They also love books - for sharpening their teeth on. No kidding. :-)

I read some reviews tonight on Quinlan's 'How Reading Changed My Life'. I think I should read it. It does sound very neat. Likewise, I think I need to heed your divination on the meaning of repeatedly noticing 'Fairies of NY'. I will buy a copy next time I'm at the bookstore. Thanks for providing a good excuse...

I did go back and give Thumbs Up on some of your reviews. Do write more of them! You do such a nice job.

Have you seen Beowulf yet? You probably know that Neil Gaiman wrote the script with Roger Avary. The 3D effects are wonderful. I was a little disappointed because the plot was overly simple, but nevertheless I've seen it twice now. I highly recommend the IMAX version! The first scene with the dragon becomes life-size and is stupendous in that venue. You have to experience it to understand the effect, and I hope you can. Interestingly, the script has been published as a paperback, 'Beowulf', with Gaiman and Avary as authors. It reads like a script... There is an initial version and a final draft. On a quick glance, I immediatley saw there was more to the initial version that got cut, which I bet would have satisfied my desire for a meaty plot. And the end of the movie was clarified by the script, too. Very interesting! I never buy scripts, only got this one because I kind of collect Gaiman's works, but this one is pretty cool and I think I'll read it. Also, Caitlin Kiernan wrote a novelization of the movie which I am greatly looking forward to reading, because she has a tremendous moody way with words.

And finally, I'm not sure if I read de Lint's story about the pixies in the wires, although it sounds very familiar and I know I've seen reference to it before. I will have to keep my eyes out for it. I take it that it leaves an impression! I hope an impression was all it left, and it was not in fact responsible for delivering the little creatures into your computer. I hope they give you a break for Christmas.

Take care, and Happy Holidays!
Oops! Didn't mean to actually request a friend connection to you. Please feel free to refuse it!

I was looking at your profile and wondering about your friend question in talk. If you look at the Member Connections box, at the bottom should be link labeled (Edit/see other members' connections). That takes you to a page which should allow you to remove them from your friends list.
Thanks for adding my library to your 'interesting libraries' list! What was interesting about it?
I saw you recently read 'Ruined by Reading: A Life in Books'. What an interesting title! What did you think of it?
Also, I keep noticing 'The Good Fairies of New York' in the book store and am tempted to buy it. How did you like it?
I read your reviews. They're very nicely done! Really makes me want to read some of those. I loved your review of 'Walking Tour of The Shambles'. I'm going to have to get it.
A book I read a few years ago but NOBODY else on Library Thing has is 'Twilight of the Fifth Sun' by David Sakmyster. I thought it was an amazing book. I can't believe how obscure it is. If you want to read something unusual and neat, give it a try. It would make me feel good to acquaint ONE other person with a book so deserving of reading. I think it's still available on Here's what it says about it on the book flap:
"Amid the ruins of Ancient Mexico, a prophecy predicts the end of the Fifth Sun, the universal destruction of our own time. Ahuitzotl is determined to fulfill the prophecy, to conquer both the living and the dead, while a ghostly pirate, a journalist and a young boy battle to stop him. Will they be able to stop the Aztec King before he destroys them all?" It doesn't come out too much there, but it's a very warm and meaningful book. If you ever do read it, let me know what you thought of it!
I see that you have added my library to your 'Interesting libraries' list,for which many thanks.I'm always pleased when a LT member does this as it shows that I am doing something right with my collection.I also see that we share 170 books and several favorite authors.
Best wishes from the UK.
Hi. I am pleased to enter your lists of the "interesting." I spend a great deal of my time reading YA for my job - and getting my own copies of those I love - so your library seems much more "grown up" than mine. But you have lots of interesting ideas that I will be browsing from time to time. As you might see, I have lots of my old favorites too - especially all the childrens' books about trains - my daddy was a railroad man. I loved your line about the books "humming and singing and whispering." Mine do too!

Thanks for taking an interest in my library. You are, without a doubt, a much more well-rounded reader than yours truly, so color me flattered.

It's a small thing, but I really like the fact you used the word "verily" in your opening profile paragraph; it brings me back to my Thor reading days (yea, verily:)

Talk with you later,

Well, I haven't nearly the diversity your library is, but after only entering about 100 of my books we share 14, including some of my favorites, which is amazing considering that almost all my books are fantasy and science fiction and that is only a small part of your library. I suspect we share much in what we enjoy in books, despite my narrower choice in acquisition.
It will be fascinating to see what we share as I enter more of my collection! :-)
Hi Pandorasrequiem, thank you for adding me to your list of interesting libraries. I am happy to return the favor. I think I've seen you around on knitters inc.

We have a lot of intersections in our libraries but enough that is different to give me ideas when I go to a bookstore again.

I love that you have your childhood books. So do I; I don't really separate them because they have had significance role in my reading life.
Your library makes me drool with delight!
Are you really reading all those books simultaneously? I do the same thing - I have about 5 going at a time. Sometimes I'll put one down for a while and never really finish it. I have ADHD reading habits. :D
Thanks for adding my library to the list of the ones you find interesting. I am flattered indeed! I will enjoy perusing through your bookshelves as soon as I have the time. In the meantime.....keep reading! (As I know you are doing, as much as I am).

Paola :-))
thanks for the add, your collection is also a very interesting and eclectic gathering of an avid ink-drinker! I see that we share a number of books in common, and i too have read shadow of the wind and the sense of paper, wonderful books. Very Proust-ian, to me anyway. I know it must be a book-geeky thing for me to pick up a handmade book, and I turn immediately to the paper to notice the texture, the color, then the binding...its then that the crafter smiles and knows that they have a sure sale on thier line.....

well, at the public the library...what's not to love about this job? Books and patrons await!!
Hi there!
Very flattered that you've added me to your interesting libraries. Yours is fabulous!!!!

Hi there,

Thanks for the kind words! And really, whose library is complete without “Hell's Angels” *and* “A Night Without Armor”? ;-)

As for the “guilty pleasure” of graphic novels, I should update that in my profile. There was a time when I could be found reading a graphic novel like some schoolboy sneaking a comic book into his math class, with the comic hidden inside another book, you know, hidden behind Proust, or some other seemingly more prodigious tome. I have since come to read them openly, so I may have to amend that to “formally guilty pleasure”.

And no, I would not want to be cured from my book-toting sickness. While it would make leaving the house a little easier without a bunch of books with me, I wouldn’t know what to do once I left, so I would probably never leave the house, because my house would be where all my books are, then I’d have to find a 12 step for that... Vicious circles.

I am always happy to meet others who read multiple books at once! However, reading your profile made me wish that I still had my childhood books. I have my Peanuts books, but sadly do not know where my other favorites like “Are You My Mother” have ended up. I’m sure some of them were given away, but I think there may be a box or two stored either with me, or perhaps in my parents storeroom. I may have to begin that search some day soon, it would be really cool if I still had some of my “Choose Your Own Adventure” books!
Thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries list. Woohoo ; )
Your library is pretty interesting as well. What a great profile!

Happy reading,
Hi! Just wanted to thank you for adding me to your friends. Quite the impressive reading list you have going - I'm a little envious :)
I dunno what happened in the chat room. I was able to see what you were typing, but I guess you weren't able to see my typing. It was lovely talking to you, too. If you're ever on later in the evening, I'm on then a lot, as well. Hope to see you in the GD Chat more often!
We not only share 200+ books, we are both also on BookMooch. I have to go look at your inventory. Mary
hi, hooking up with bookmooch members

Thank you for adding me to your interesting libraries list :) I see from your profile you are currently reading 'Black Swan Green' by David Mitchell and was wondering what you think of it. I read it a couple of weeks ago and loved it.

Take care,

How charming to be added to your "interesting libraries" list - especially when I don't have nearly so many books as you do. Oh, to have another room in the house just for books!
thanks for adding me to your interesting library list.

i must confess though i am not really sure what the practical difference is between: watch list, friends and interesting library.

david perrings

and thanks for joining the Proust Group.
Hi! Just wanted to say I love your profile, I love all the information you have about your library and such. Under "currently reading", are you actually reading all those at once? I can never even keep track of more then two book plots at a time... wow!
woo, I made your Interesting Library list! :) nifty. I haven't started compiling my public list--and I haven't yet made use of the Favorite Authors feature. ack. this would be a good project for the week, methinks.

your 2007 Reading List is already hefty. you're ahead of me. *grin* I've got my list stored on Livejournal, but I think I'm only up to 17 completed. my to-read pile never gets any smaller, either... *eyes the shelves*

hope you're having a good summer so far. :)

We have a very interesting set of books in common. Usually, when I have so many books in common with someone, they fall into a particular theme, like Celtic, Texas history, Civil War history, historical novels, etc. But the books you and I share seem to be all over the map thematically - except that most of them are pretty high quality books (that says more about your library, I suspect, than mine).

Here's my quickie response to the three books you asked about specifically:

Leonardo's Swans disappointed me. I love historical fiction, but it may just be that this period of Italian history is not my cup of tea. Essex did a fine job of portraying her characters, but I just didn't feel that emotionally caught up in their stories.

I found The Last Alchemist fascinating. I read this as part of a series of history/biography books as preliminary research for a novel I'm thinking about writing in the future. Not long before I read this, I read a superb biography of Paracelsus. Perhaps I should do a comparison review of these for the group. Very briefly, Paracelsus was a medieval philosopher and a sincere student of alchemy, whereas the man (oh, dear, I've forgotten his name) profiled in The Last Alchemist was a charlatan whose goal was to make money by cheating people.

I read Pnin because some other contributors to Books Compared recommend Nabokov so highly, and suggested Pnin as a good first Nabokov because the protagonist is more sympathetic than other Nabokov protagonists. I'm still mulling over my reaction. This book seemed a bit like eating vegetables - one does it because they're good for one rather than because they're so delicious. It did seem like a good book objectively speaking - Pnin's character was very clearly and realistically drawn, so much so that he really came to life for me; on the other hand, even though he was sympathetic, I didn't care about him all that much. If I had set the book aside halfway through, I wouldn't have felt a particularly compelling need to pick back up and find out whatever happened to the poor fellow.

How did you like The Thirteenth Tale? I'm thinking of adding it to my to-be-read list.
"make my day and leave me a message! :)"

Just passing by from talk. So I thought I would.
We do share an ecletic mix of fantasy/sf/contempary/classic/reference works, so I've added you to my interesting libraries list. Of the 35 we share I think my favourite would be Good Omens, hotly contested by Jasper Ffordes' works, the least favourite is definetly Eco's pendulem which I really disliked.

have fun!
I think the first one I read by de Lint was The Dreaming Place or maybe Dreams Underfoot. I love Jilly Coppercorn...she is my favorite character. I honestly haven't recommended his books to many people because I haven't met very many who enjoy that kind of literature. I actually have a couple of books signed by him! I love it! Do you know about Subterrenean Press? I found out that's where you can get all of his books. Thank for the comment!
Where is the picture from ?

David Perrings
Danville, CA
Just wanted to say I love your name!
I'm glad to see someone else also appreciates the works of Charles de Lint! I love him!
Hi there! *waves* Thanks for the comment, that was a real day brightener! To answer your question, sometimes I lay on the carpet, sometimes behind the TV, there are times when a small box is comforting, others when I need the whole bed. Then there are the times when nothing but a saddle blanket will do. Of course I do love to find quiet undisturbed nooks and crannies. Under bushes and in trees can be lovely and tranquil.

*disclaimer* That is actually my male Siamese and he would be highly offended if I were posing as him on this site or anywhere. After all, I am only a mere human. :)
Hiya PandorasRequiem! We do share quite a few books. Yowser on your tags! You must have taken quite some time with those. I really need to pay more attention to mine. I need to come back and browse your catalog again when I have more time.

Thanks for the get well wishes. I am starting to feel almost human again.
Hi, thanks for stopping by, nice to meet you. Always glad to meet another book-lover, and always glad for a smile.

- Bob
Thanks, AnneBoleyn!

I found I couldn't leave a response to your comment on your own page (no comments? whyyyyy?), so I am posting one here in the hopes that someday you might return to my page, draw up one of the weathered leather arm chairs in the corner, and read this. *welcoming smile*

Firstly, thank you so much for your comment! I am always most interested in hearing others' responses to books I have read & loved. As far as Diane Setterfield's "The Thirteenth Tale" goes, let me comfort you a bit by saying that I have found that MOST people have a hard time trudging through the beginning. I believe I might have already mentioned something like that in my review, but I wanted to reiterate here.

I have found my hardbound copy here in front of me so as to review my own opinion and perhaps add to it. Margaret Lea, the first person narrator of the novel and also the one who interviews Veda Winter, is only a byway as far as I'm concerned. She is a "scene-starter", like in Shakespeare's plays. Her purpose is merely to get you from place to place.

The only part I liked with her in it was the very beginning, where she describes working with her father in the bookshop. THAT part had my little bibliophile's heart beating in fond rememberence. Other than that, my solid recommendation as far as the rest of the novel is to sludge through the parts with her (Margaret), they are not what is memorable or worth spending time on. It is Miss Winter's extraordinary, ethereal, mesmerizing tale which will weave gossamer webs of enchantment around your conscious (and subconscious) in the end.

I sympathize with your problems with hardbound books. My solution comes from and is called "The Lap Reader". It really works wonders as it has adjustable page holders on both sides, has a wood surface on the top and a comfy padded foam surface underneath to make it comfortable enough to sit on your lap for hours at a time. It is also useful for studying those heavy bug-crusher texts or for a laptop, as the batteries tend to get a bit toasty after a time.

So you are a coffee-store reader? I am always a bit intrigued about those that frequent those shops other than for the caffeine fix I so am addicted to... I am most intrigued by your comment, "and I like to read mostly in coffee shops when I can pretend I'm somebody else but that is another story"...
Please tell me that story sometime! I would love to hear it! I pretend I am someone else all the time. Sometimes I write them down, but mostly it is just a constant running narrative of miscreants in my head. (Another story as well!) *big smile*

In any case, I am glad that you stopped on your travels to visit my page, that you enjoyed your stay and it is my dearest hope that you return sometime to share a cup of coffee with me and share whatever else you care to divulge. :)

Much bliss & Happy reading!
Funny you should ask what the first book I owned was called - it was very unmemorable and was one of the readers that you get at school!! However, for my very own intensely pawed collection as a child, I had three or four treasures - the C.S. Lewis Lion, Witch and Wardrobe, The Doll's House by Rumer Godden (which I still have ) and the Swallows and Amazons book by Arthur Ransome. I adored all of them.

I was one of those kids who was shuffled around alot in the RAF and moved every 9 months until a teen. My mom didn't keep books (my father was the book addict) and so I had few books of my own as a child. Mum thinks this is the reason why I now have so many. In truth, I am unable to pass a book store without going in, and 9 of 10 times I come out with something too good to leave behind. One day I nearly got trapped in a second hand store that was closing - I was so far gone in a book I didn't notice until the door lock was sprung. It would not have been a disaster anyway.

When I was a child, I wanted to be a librarian or a journalist. (I am a family doctor so go figure). Med school is a great way to put a damper on your general reading.

I have read the Anne Quinlen book - it is a lovely and truly - thank god. There is a connection with like-minded people like her that is instant and recognizable.

I also have to admit that I am a 'BOOK SNEAK' - meaning that on many occasions I sneak books into my house, the way some women sneak in new clothes. The frequent buying of a 'must have' title is very detrimental to my existing bookshelf space and hubbie is thankfully mostly oblivious to the addiction. He did make a comment about my closet recently though - half of which is taken with my'must read next' purchases. The trouble is - I also have quite a few clothes that need the space too.

I have put about a third of my books onto Library thing so far - it is quite time consuming - especially as many parts of the books need to be reexamined as I do this.

At present, I am on a bit of a Holocaust jag - which can be pretty depressing and upsetting. Yet the truely beautiful and haunting prose of Kertesz and Levi is unputdownable.

Lastly, I noticed your review of the Thirteenth Tale with surprise. I have noted that this book seems to be univerally enjoyed. I am not sure why, and I did read the whole book, but I just did not get it at all. I found her prose very average and was glad to finish it. Just goes to show you.

Thanks for the wonderful reply and happy reading. Glad to have contected with you.
I was most interested to read your review of Diane Satterfield's 'Thirteenth Tale' that book has been sitting under my bed for six months. I haven't got past the slow beginning yet but after reading your review I am inspired to continue.

The problem is I have the hardback copy which is abit heavy to carry around and I like to read mostly in coffee shops when I can pretend I'm somebody else but that is another story.

I love your library and your profile I am with you on other realities being more interesting.

Best Regards,
Sounds like you - and a few others leaving comments - have a similar 'third dimension/book altered reality' to their lives. I also have strong memories of reading as a young child and even remember the first book I owned, which was memorable for it's new smell rather than it's contents.

Glad to keep company with like minded biblio-addicts.

Could you tell me if you are currently 'hooked' on any particular author or genre?
Welcome to Books Compared. Hope you'll join the discussion and feel inspired to contribute a comparison review - you look like someone who will have interesting insights to share!
Good, it would be nice to hear more about your life soon but it's more important to live it than write about it I imagine. But I am happy and charmed just to get even a little note from you from time to time which you do! Hope you've been having plenty of fun - James
helloo again, Pandora. :D (and here I was worried my reply was too long & rambly--I guess I shouldn't have been concerned, what with the sort of books we share. hehehe.)

my library is a dream for academics & a nightmare for those who enjoy "light reading." my own mother once asked me if I had anything "light" she could read one evening. I said I had just finished Anna Karenina, if she was interested. *wicked grin* okay, I'll admit Tolstoy is a bit tough (I had to take a break from Anna while I was in school because I couldn't concentrate enough after studying, blah), but the overall principle is the same. I like wordy, meaty, fat-spined books, especially of the Victorian era. what can I say? *sigh*

lately I've been indulging a fascination for cheesy 1970's pulp gothic paperbacks. I've collected a few over ebay & ABE & whatnot; some are enjoyable (some are writhing on the floor in their cheesy agony--those I gave away to a friend :P), but most of them only take 2 or 3 sittings to read. I like the sort of book you get lost in. right now I'm reading Villette, which took a few nights to get into, but now I'm utterly hooked.

I'm very emotional about my library. I don't have any kids (nor do I really want any--someday I'll be a crazy dog-loving spinster lady), so I'm obsessive about taking good care of them. I try my utmost to avoid creasing spines or covers, yada yada. (once I ordered a couple books & they were destroyed en-route to my house. literally. the box was in tatters when it arrived. I cried. fortunately the customer service sent me a new package, but those poor other books...alas.) but speaking of adopting new I caved & took Lilith (George MacDonald) home from the back office at work. *pets the spine* I just got an order of three from a mail-order bargain website, & a couple more at Border's...I need to take a break for a month so my credit card will recover. hehehe. the irony is only two of this recent splurge were books from my amazon wishlist. it's horrible. I think there's 75 items on it right now (not counting 25+ out-of-print ones I keep on a separate list). maybe four of those items are dvds, and another two are CDs--the rest are books (one of which is The Name of the Rose, oddly enough. ;))

*eyes the list warily* but it sounds like you should sympathize with this sort of problem. hehehe.

I've looked more closely at the books we share, so before I can't resist slipping into recommendation mode before I leave you in peace to study. did you enjoy Rebecca? if so then you must find a copy of Treveryan by Angela DuMaurier (Daphne's sister). I thought it was better than Rebecca, actually. in some ways it's a more complicated story. ooh, and also Hill House by Shirley Jackson. that's one of my most favorite modern novels. :D

until next time,
Though my library is tiny compared to yours (375 vs 1475? you win. ;)), I share the burden of being a bibliophile who works in a book-oriented environment. even as I type this there are two books sitting in the back office of the store that I desperately want for myself. I used to think it would be the greatest thing in the world to be employed at a bookstore...but I neglected to factor the toll my bibliophilic nature would take on my paycheck. ack. to make matters worse, I work at a used bookstore--so I'm often seeing lost books that cry for a new home. (I feel safe confessing this to someone who claims their library whispers to them as they sleep. I can hardly point my finger, seeing as how I never pick the next book to read--they tell ME which I should start. :P)

ah well--we can but try our best to read our entire libraries, right? heh.

what are you studying at college? I love being out of school because it gives me more time to neglect normal human interaction & curl up with my books, but sometimes I do miss academic life.

Well I still have some updating to do, but I got on this site because it seems like a good idea. Damn I'm a literary Poser compared to you, I'm sure allot of people are. I can only name 60 something books off the top of my head and your over a 1,425 I mean minus the 582 unread but I'm sure you didn't even get to everything anyway. Too bad I can't always have access to your wisdom when I'm needing it. - James
Thank you for the kind words you left on my profile page, they really made my day! As I'm sure you've figured out, I'm a Gaiman afficionado as well, and it's always great to meet another. I also haven't really made any attempt before these to sit down and review a book thoroughly, so your comments certianly gave me a dose of confidence in that area! So thanks!

I've checked out your library too, and it seems we have quite simmilar tastes! I'm always adding books, as I'm sure you are as well, so I'll watch for your reviews and new additions!

Thanks for the kind comment, PandorasRequiem! (What a lovely username!) I would be interested to hear what you thought of "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall," if you get a chance. I am just excited to have finished two of the "1001 Books I must read before I die" already this year. At this rate, I will finish the list in, oh, 30 years or so. :)
Greetings. With a big smile on my face, I confess now that you are responsible for my having taken on a new activity (an account here I hope not to neglect) ~ Mostly because I found I couldn't post the following warm handshake and smile at your LJ:

Very cool...

Having either the rare spare moments, or more likely enjoying a diversionary break, I followed my interest here and then to your "Library Thing."

It was inspiring. Time must certainly be set aside during the coming year to at last complete my first book of owed sharings for your discretionary travel. My best wishes are very much with your own artistic endeavors and new "Bayest of Bays" adventures. May the spirit of Vancouver, British Columbia, also embrace you.

Cheers. :~)
Hello, Pandora! And thanks for leaving a mark on my page!

I've always thought that if you have to have an addiction (and why not?), then a book addiction is just about the most exciting one there is. And it gives me such utter joy. I know, realistically, that at the rate I find books (either in the hidden corners of Amazon, or on the foreign language shelves when I'm abroad, or just in good second hand shops here in London!) I'm never going to read all I've got. But I do try! And I can't resist it - if something looks especially odd or interesting or original, and it's sitting gathering dust at the back of a charity shop somewhere, I need to rescue it and give it a loving home!

I'm rather jealous of your collection too. So many things that sound downright odd that I've simply never heard of - which always gets my tastebuds going! I shall have a proper perusal very soon!

And you're a fellow writer as well! It's fun, isn't it, adding to the mountains of stories already out there! What sort of things do you work at?

Have a great Christmas - and I hope there are lots of book-shaped parcels under your tree!

Rob xx
Well, goodness, if you've only got one comment, hidden as it is, then I've got to leave another! :-)

Where in California are you at, PandorasRequiem?

And don't worry about chiming in even if you're not going to come to our book club readings. I created the book clubs on as a way to connect with other folks who love books and love talking about books. If anyone wants to cross-post book club events, all the better! We can post them on our calendar from anywhere in the world, and it's a great way to meet new friends who love books as much as you do. :-)

Keep in touch and please join the conversations - it's a fun way to share our thoughts.

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