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About meMy profile pic is of my friends and I on our annual book sale date! 2/16/14

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Last year I read 50 books, and once again my 2014 goal is to read 50. If you want to see if I'm on track you can check my progress on this thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/163600

I also started a new Alphabet Challenge. The Alphabet Challenge, 26 books with authors all beginning with a different letter of the alphabet, can be found here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/82120

Other challenges I want to complete in 2014:

Eclectic Reader Challenge
Award Winning
True Crime (Non Fiction)
Romantic Comedy
Alternate History Fiction
Graphic Novel
Cozy Mystery Fiction
Gothic Fiction
War/Military Fiction
Anthology: The Granta Book of the African Short Story by Helon Habila finished 4/26
Medical Thriller Fiction
Travel (Non Fiction): A Woman Alone: Travel Tales from Around the Globe by Faith Conlon finished 7/1
Published in 2014: The Taste of Apple Seeds by Katharina Hagena finished 3/16

Take It or Leave It Challenge
Challenges #1-6
1. Read a book whose title names an object usually found in the kitchen
2. Read a book from your 'average' year (on average my books were published in 2000)
3. Read a book that has a connection with the number "14": The Taste of Apple Seeds by Katharina Hagena finished 3/16 (published in '14)
4. Read a work of fiction from the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2013: The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer finished 2/15
5. Read a book set in France before the 21st Century
6. Read a book by a Yorkshire Born writer

Challenges #7-12
7. Read a book you received as a present: Darwin: Portrait of a Genius by Paul Johnson finished 2/21 (from my nephew Kyle)
8. Read a book that has a glossary: I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai finished 3/7
9. Read a book by the author of one of your favorite books of 2013: Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King finished 3/23
10. Read a book that you discovered on an LT thread in 2013: Everything I Need To Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book by Diane E. Muldrow finished 3/7 (Thanks coppers!)
11. Read a book that has two of something in the title
12. Read a mystery book where the lead investigator is a professional sleuth, but not one employed by law enforcement

Challenges #13-18
13. Read a book by an author who died in 2013
14. Read a book that is about an athlete or athletes: Horse People: Scenes from the Riding Life by Michael Korda finished 5/25
15. Read a book that takes place during "The War to End All Wars" (1914-1918)
16. Read a book with an ugly cover
17. Read a book about the city, state, or country in which you live
18. Read a book by an author from Sub-Saharan Africa: The Granta Book of the African Short Story by Helon Habila finished 4/26

Challenge #19
19. Read a book with a walking or standing figure on the cover: Something Missing by Matthew Dicks finished 2/6

20. Read a book by an author called Elizabeth or a version of that name

Interesting link, The "Mad Men" Reading List: http://www.nypl.org/blog/2012/02/27/mad-men-reading-list

About my libraryUsually I only keep a book after reading it if I love, love, love it (or as I like to say, it becomes a part of me). What you see in my virtual library are those books, an embarrassing amount of books waiting to be read, and a few books from my classroom library which is far too extensive to even begin entering in earnest.

I also enjoy wasting time using the "Read but Unowned" category. I have been a chronicler since I was a kid and have pieced together some of my reading life pre-LibraryThing through photos, journals, and lists of books I read during my summer breaks as a child. It's been fun entering them here and seeing which ones I remember!

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, 50 Book Challenge, A Pirate of Exquisite Mind: Fall 2008 Reading Group, Aboard the Jolly Roger, Alphabet Challenges, Arizona Trading Post, Banned Books, Happy Heathens, King's Dear Constant Readers, LTers with dogsshow all groups

Favorite authorsTracy Chevalier, Alice Hoffman, Barbara Kingsolver, Stephen King, Haruki Murakami (Shared favorites)

VenuesFavorites | Visited

Favorite bookstoresBookmans - Mesa, Chautauqua Institution Book Store, City Lights Books

Favorite librariesChino Valley Public Library, Phoenix Public Library - Burton Barr Central Library

Other favoritesVNSA Book Sale

Favorite listsFavorite Literary Love Stories, Top Five Books of 2013

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Currently readingThe Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
30-Second Elements: The 50 Most Significant Elements, Each Explained in Half a Minute by Eric Scerri
Unions For Beginners by David Cogswell
11/22/63: A Novel by Stephen King
Banksy: You Are an Acceptable Level of Threat and if You Were Not You Would Know About It by Gary Shove

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I do have several good reads to share.

I wouldn't start the thread unless it was a couple of weeks past...but thanks for the "go ahead"!
Hi Nicole!

What a funny coincidence! I just picked up "Everything I Need to Know" from the library today and added it to my library here this afternoon. I did mention it on my thread a while ago (last year sometime), but I forget where I first heard of it. The library had had it "on order" for months but it finally came in.

It's so cute! I wish I had a classroom full of kids to read it to. It brought back a lot of memories of golden books from my childhood. I still have two well loved editions from way back when, but I wish I had kept them all (although I was the 4th kid and most of my golden books were hand me downs and well worn).

Thanks for the well wishes!

Hope you have a great weekend!
Joanne
I'm both sorry and relieved to know you also found The Interestings uninteresting. I can't understand why so many people have given this book acclaim. At least I'm not alone in my dislike, bittersweet consolation that may be to you who read it, too! Of all the books I finished last year, it is my biggest regret; should've just walked away. Sigh.
Thanks so much for checking in! I had a bit of a rough patch a couple weeks ago, but am doing fine now, though my platelets are too low for another chemo, so my next chemo is on hold. The sooner I get it over with, the better!

It's so kind of you to think of me! I really apprecicate it!
Thanks for the good luck wishes! I'm just home from the hospital after almost a week, but they don't think it's chemo related. I seem to have caught a vrey nasty intestinal bug that's been gong around. As always, my timing is impeccable, LOL! It's so good to be home with my cat and my books! Even my reading mojo is returning!

Thanks, again, for the good wishes! :)
Thank you, you too. And liked your gallery. :)
Hey, a happy New Year to you and your husband also. Love the Halloween pics. My favorite holiday.
Hey there! Sure, I'd be happy to continue making the monthly threads on KDCR, I don't mind at all. And thanks for setting up the year-at-a-glance list!
Thanks PP! Wow, you really liked it! I will have to decide whether I am emotionally up for the task (since I see that weekly). Just had an awesome dog adoption and the kitten is doing great! Both are incredible animals. Have a great evening! Carolyn
Thanks! I told him that I followed him here. :)
Thank you, my friend.
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It is as good as "Homer's Odyssey" and I SOOOO wish I could have gone too!!!!
For the "What's in a name challenge" can I 1. borrow your copy of "When You Are Engulfed in Flames" and 2. what are you going to read for a book with lost or found in the title?
You met Gwen Cooper! What a great picture. I'll be checking your thread to see what you think of her new book!
The 2nd event was at a larger indie bookstore. He read a different story from the new book & the same diary entries as the previous evening. He was, as always, so gracious & happy to meet everyone & chat with each and every person there.
No, although he did mention that he was on it and that John Stewart is really nice and stopped by his dressing room to chat and hang out for ten minutes before he went onstage. Last night he did a reading at a bookstore. He read "Atta Boy" and diary entries. He introduced the designer of the cover, which he loves, who happens to be his boyfriend's niece. Today I'll see him at a ticketed event at a larger venue.
Hi, saw your posting. How was the David Sedaris reading? Did he read his diary entries? I got tix to see him in a couple of weeks. Isn't he a sweetheart?
Nicole ... nice to hear from you, though pardon the delay, as I haven't visited LThing lately. Yes ... two days of volunteering, again, but it was bittersweet. Days before Columbia U hauled away almost all of the archives, including Mr. Wright's library. There aren't many of the old gang around, either ... so it's beginning to be a very different place. Only the week before I attended a memorial service in Phoenix for a former Fellow who died all too young.

Just read Priscilla Henken's "Taliesin Diary" ... a record of her year at Taliesin (East) in 1943, during WWII ... certainly a difficult time everywhere, but cooped up in Wisconsin during a bitter winter (tire/gasoline rationing) the little group almost came to blows, if not with themselves, with J. Edgar Hoover and his minions. She was a good soldier, though ... a sophisticated New Yorker getting her feet into the mud from which bricks are made.

Rood

Thank you for your mesage.
Thanks for the suggestion!
I have a Nook gift card burning a whole in my pocket so I need a suggestion from you :) Should I spend it on "The Painted Girls" or "The Casual Vacancy"?
I don't know. Give me/us your thoughts when you read it. I have heard it's incredibly graphic and of course, not all the dogs have good endings. I see SO much of that around here (near Chicago), that I guess I'm not sure I want to read more about it. But I'm kind of keeping an open mind.
I loved it too! Thanks for the note. I am not on Facebook, but I did check out his webpage/blog. It looks like Wallace has cancer :(
I like the "What's in a name" challenge! I think I might take that one on as I can't really find anything on my shelves that will qualify for the Colorful Reading challenge. And yes, you really need to stop finding these challenges, unless you are allowed to double...or triple...dip. Like a Memoir called "Working my way UP the RED Ladder of Success" : )
I have no idea what Urban Fantasy and Dystopian are, but I think you should go for it!
Hi :)
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Love it!
I won an Early Reviewer! The new Gwen Cooper book (you know, Homer's mom : ) I have been reading a lot of sad/serious books lately, so I am excited to read something about kitties!
I loved the "Color" challenge!!!! I failed at the Eclectic Reader challenge, so I think I will try to redeem myself with the color challenge this year : )
I still can't believe you are reading that book! I REALLY hope you like it more than I liked "The Song is You"...because it sucked : )
Thanks a lot for your tip. I'll do it in the next few days. It was really a good story.
That is the most awesome quote!
Dan and I watched the pilot on Netflix and he didn't love it so don't kill yourself to return the DVDs : )
Yes, I saw your archived photos. They were great (I liked how you brought books to significant places).
I am glad your break was relaxing and you were able to do some reading. I did not see your profile pic. I will look at it now.
Thanks for your input on 'Dolores Claiborne' : )
I am working on my "Eclectic Reader" challenge and I am wondering, would you catagorize "Dolores Claiborne" as horror or thriller/suspense? Great seeing you (and the Pack) last night!

-Ang
Hi Nicole,

It has been a good break, although it is almost over. How has it been for you? Did you read anything good?

Alana
Hello Nicole

Sorry for the dead silence my end...frantic with Uni and work at the moment....it should settle down soon and then we can chat books etc. I just scored a full-time job at a library closer to home so am very excited about that...the challenge will now be finishing my Masters whilst working full-time - three subjects to go!!

Hope you are well and happy. I miss not being on Librarything so often and of course blogging hardly gets a look-in anymore.

Alex
Thanks for noticing the hot review. Great book!
You wanted to know if In The Genes won the Thoroughbred Times contest. I didn't even make it in the top 8. I've put it up on my webpage if you want to read it... pardon the sloppy style of the page, I did the thing in a rush and haven't bothered to go back and fix it yet...

http://home.earthlink.net/~mirrani/racing/index.html
Thanks for the reminder about the lectures. Several friends and I saw the FLLW exhibit some weeks ago. You might be interested in the following lecture/slide show. Allan Green promises many never before published photos of the Pauson House.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
March 31
4 - 5:30 pm
FREE! Keynote: Building the Pauson House: Frank Lloyd Wright and Rose Pauson
By Allan Wright Green

Discover the fascinating relationship between artist Rose Pauson and architect Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1940s as they corresponded long-distance to arrange the design and construction of the Pauson House (known locally as "Shiprock"). Lavishly illustrated with photos, letters and even invoices and narrated by Ms. Pauson's great nephew Allan.
I finished the Shorty Rossi book and was very favorably impressed. He has a little too much testosterone going on for me to think we could be good buddies, but he's done quite a bit in life with all the experiences he gotten himself in to. He's a third generation achondroplastic dwarf, his grandmother and both parents have the condition. His father is the only short person in his family and never came to grips with the condition. He pretty much hated himself and everyone else because he couldn't accept his physical condition. Shorty, on the other hand, experienced much of the same social difficulty his father did but the affect on him was to make him completely without racial prejudice - which is not something you can say about most white Americans. It's a good book. I bet you'll like it. Plus it's a very quick read.
I am going to tackle the Eclectic Reader challenge so that I can try some genres I have never tried before! Now, I have never read any horror and I am a big baby, so I am accepting suggestions on this one. Thanks for linking me to your challenges!

XOXO
Here I am.....http://www.librarything.com/topic/130976
Wow, I love to read, but it appears you love to read x 10. I'll be able to start Shorty's book on Wednesday. Trying to restrain myself until then.
you're welcome, pbp. :)

i notice your witchy books and wonder if you've considered Terry Pratchett's discworld books about witches. the first is Wyrd sisters, just in case you're not familiar with them. you probably are but i'll risk it. if you go to the wiki page i've linked, scroll down to the quotations link. if the quotations even make you smile, you'll like Pratchett. he's a genius.

ellie [aka mirrordrum]
Saw the Dragon Tattoo movie yesterday and it was great, though I still think the Swedish version was superior. Rent'em! They are worth it.
Ha, dig the new pic up there. My wife finds me postcards and art that have people reading sometimes. My favorite is an Edward Hopper with a guy immersed in a book while everyone else around is looking elsewhere.

Trying to finish up The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo befor the American movie version is released? I just finished it, but I saw all the Swedish films before I read the first book. Have to let me kiinow what you think.
Nicole: Nice to hear from you ... and Thanks ... giving was great ... about 20 of us. If the past is any guide, Christmas, though hectic, will be even more enjoyable.

Sleeping in a tent was a great experience ... the problem was always in walking through the desert at night in hot weather, when snakes were active. I never encountered one, but the possibility always existed. Then, once in winter we had a slow, cold rain, which froze the zipper shut during the night. I had a heck of a time getting out in the morning.

Not having a camera, I never did take a photo of "my" tent. However, both it and me are/were featured in a BBC film on Taliesin West. The scene opens with a close-up of the outside of the closed tent ... when suddenly the zipper moves upward and I step out ... throwing the tent flap open to reveal the interior's red-carpeted floor and golden, blanket-covered sleeping platform, a bowl of flowers on the triangular table in the far corner. The contrast between the harsh whiteness of the exterior with the very colourful interior was almost breathtaking. Except for a private showing at TW, I don't believe the film has ever been shown in the USA ... only in Britain.
Just saw your message on the 'What Are You Reading...' thread - I'm glad to know it's not just me who's horribly behind with six weeks to go! I doubt we're the only ones, but I'll be kicking myself if I don't give it a good shot now my reading slump's finally well and truly behind me. Makes me glad I read some of the longer ones earlier on, ha! Good luck... :)
Ellie (Musings of a Bookshop Girl)
I know, the ending was great, and a total surprise. I hope Lehane writes more thrillers, as he clearly has a talent for it. It sort of felt like the movie "The Sixth Sense" to me, where I got completely caught up in the story and then was blown away by the truth of what was happening (don't want to spoil it in case you never saw it).
Good morning! (Switzerland 9.10am)

Thanks a lot for your mail. Yes, I'm reading the books (95%) in English. I always intend to read the books in its original language. In Switzerland we have four official languages ((Swiss) German, French, Italian and Romanic) so we have to learn different languages to be able to communicate with other people. My first language is Swiss German.

Have a nice day
Sorry PbP, when my answer sounded rude. As you probably already found out: English isn't my monther tongue. I'm really happy when other people help me with IT stuff, because I'm just learning to use the features of LT. So thanks a lot.
I hope you too are enjoying the reading weekend.
Greatings from Switzerland
Hi!
Thanks for your notice. I only put ( ) whereas are comments to time or to verfy something specific. The book I'm reading also the author is put in [ ].
I hope you are enjoying your reading. I defenitely have a lot of fun with my reading.
I love how you scrap the books you read! And Captain Skippyjon Jones is adorable. My partner teaches first grade also and her kids love the Skippyjon books.

I see you didn't rate "The Night Circus"; did you like it? I think it might be next on my TBR list.

a little jealous of your trip to City Lights.
Look at you winning another "Early Reviewer"! I am almost done with mine "Half a Life" and it is fantastic!
Nine job applications sent off today and a phone call from the Census people last night so if the interview goes well tomorrow night that should be about two weeks work in August for the Census at least.

We were meant to meet up last night for Bookclub and talk about The Hare with Amber Eyes but I didn't get it from the Library in time to read it. Sigh. It's meant to be very good. Have you read it? Next up we thought we might tackle The Paris Wife as that has also had great reviews.
I didn't request anything this month (I haven't even unpacked my books from the VNSA yet, so I need to stop collecting books for now :), but that being said I did win one last month! It is 'Half a Life' which sounds a lot like a story I heard on 'This American Life' so I am curious to see if it is the same one.
Did you request the Early Review that is about a horse? I just read the title a minute ago and I already forgot the name : ) So, a while ago I was lamenting the casting of Emma Stone as the lead in 'The Help'. Well, a couple of weeks ago I watched 'Easy A' in which she is the star and now I think she is perfect! Very clever and excellent timing. If you have not seen it, you should. And I think we should go and see 'The Help' together when it comes out : )
I asked the same question, myself, about those books, but I have never investigated the matter. Years ago, when I first entered the Studio in Wisconsin, there were a lot of books lining one wall, big books, but when I returned, a year or so later, the shelves were empty. They may have been put in a storage vault for safe-keeping.

I do know that FLLW's signed copy of Whitman's Leaves of Grass, 1860 edition, is stored in the archive vault at TWest, at least it was several years ago, when I had it brought out. Another volume belonging to Mr. Wright is in the Foundation's W.W. Peters Library at TWest (Ernest Flagg's "Small Houses ..." from 1922) which may indicate that the collection is scattered here and there. The latter volume, by the way, is where Mr. Wright discovered the potential of building walls of stone and concrete within wooden form-work.

The books may well have been catalogued. When I was in residence, every scrap of paper FLLW ever touched was being copied and/or catalogued ... a tremendous job, as he seldom threw anything away. For instance, the Foundation still has the prints of English Cathedrals which his mother hung on the walls of his nursery ... before he was born.

However, I'll talk to the archivist about the books. Unfortunately Bruce has not been well. He didn't attend the Easter celebration and I didn't have an opportunity to see him.
I'm glad you enjoyed the tour, and it was great to meet both of you ... and it would be nice to get together again. I'm only sorry it was impossible for me to take you around, myself. Easter is always characterized by a whirlwind of activity at TWest, and though it's already late Monday afternoon, I'm still in recovery mode. Happily, of course, as everything went well. The weather co-operated, too, which was the icing on the cake.

Good luck with your Read-a-thing hours!! I'm off to bed and will do my bit tomorrow !!
I think I see what the problem is.

At the very end of the HTML code for Early Spring, you'll see this: / MMM > Recently Read

Replace the

/ MMM >

with

>

and it should work. I just put the triple MMM's there so that it would show up correctly in the comment.

Let me know if that works.
Hello, PaperbackPirate!

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you on posting images. I'm no expert in HTML - I figured out how to post covers with links by piecing together info I found all over LT.

One thing I know that's changed but that I haven't yet incorporated is how LT deals with images. Using my way, there is a chance some of your images may not show on your page. One of these days I'll update the way I do things to match with the "official" way LT handles images, but I haven't taken the time yet.

Okay - here goes. No promises, but hopefully between these instructions, Noisy and GreyHead, you'll get it figured out!

On your Profile page, open the Edit Profile link. Go to either About Me or About My Library and copy the almost-working-link below into a blank area. Once copied, delete the (spaceMMMspace) - that is, delete the three MMM's and the space directly in front and directly behind the M's (I added these so that the HTML shows up here as text). Then delete the two ()'s and the two ()'s (I added the bolds to show you what needs to be replaced). Unfortunately, LT now truncates links in comments, so the stuff that is blue bold doesn't show all the way here in the comment. However, I'm pretty sure that it will work when you copy in your full link (instructions below).

work=45161&book=20076527" MMM >http://images.amazon.com/images/P/034546..."/ MMM >

Now, open another window or tab and go to the LT book page for the book you want. In the URL for the book you want, copy the the stuff after "work=" (in my comment it's bolded and says "45151&book=20076527") and replace my text with the text you copied into the profile edit page.

Next, go back to the book page and right-click on the book image. Choose Copy Image Location. Then go back to the edit profile page and replace my text with the link you just copied (blue bold link in the example - should be between quotation marks - starts with http:// and ends with .jpg).

Now try saving your profile page edits to see if if worked. Try clicking on your image and hopefully it takes you to the book page (fingers crossed!).

If it worked, you can add more. If you want your covers to show horizontally on your profile page, then go back into Edit Your Profile Page, copy your brand new link, go to the end of the link and hit Space once, then paste the link in. Replace the two things that need to be replaced, save the page, and see if it worked.

If you want your covers to show vertically, then after your new link hit Enter then copy the link and make the edits.

Good luck - please let me know if it worked!!
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