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About meI'm a fourth generation Californian who always has a book in hand (and one in the bag and one in the living room and one in the bedroom and so forth), but I avoided the e-book dilemma until my son gave me a Nook to travel with and read or watch movies. And Nook offers a free book every Friday and if it sounds interesting, I'll download it. Takes me awhile to get to the reading, however.

But books, the kind with paper pages, please, pretty pretty please!! I support three local libraries with my business and very large stash of to-be-read all over my home and desk at work. I'm being forced to eliminate volumes now (or I'll be a perfect candidate for Hoarders), so anything that I won't reread or pass on is going into the stack for my firm's librarians to pass on to local libraries. It's hard making those decisions!

About my libraryOne of my brothers years ago referred to my book collection as "eclectic." History, novel, science fiction, romance (some standard, most historical), biographical, technical, children's, poetry, mystery are all there.

I've added, since joining LT, teen and teen romance (as Teen Angst in my categories), and much more international and classic work. There's also more contemporary fiction than there used to be on my shelves.

Every book on this list I have read at some point in my life, including any that are shown as complete sets (i.e., the Durants and all the Shakespearean plays!). Some of the books listed are in my library, and some are from reading groups or recommendations from friends. I am also something of a compulsive "list" reader, from high school English classes to series works by various authors. As you can guess, I'm working on the 1001 Must Read--just because it's there.

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, 75 Books Challenge for 2008, 75 Books Challenge for 2009, 75 Books Challenge for 2010, 75 Books Challenge for 2011, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, 999 Challenge, History at 30,000 feet: The Big Pictureshow all groups

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Real nameLaurelyn (Laurie) Bergfeld

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The book arrived, Laurie. Thank you very much.

You're very welcome -- I'm glad she enjoyed them!
Hi Laurie:
I just wanted to let you know that I am finally reading The Ox-Bow Incident that you recommended to me so very highly back in the summer of 2008 and you were right - it's probably the best book I've read so far this year - a fiver for sure. Thank you!
Hi Laurie, I got your book today and wanted to say thank you and let me know if I can ever return the favor.
Thank you, I'll let you know as soon as it arrives.
It should be there Monday or Tuesday.

I'm rather glad you liked The Black Flame. Science fiction from that era tends to seem a little corny now but Weinbaum tried to move it in a new direction.

Condolences on your father.
My mother is also not fully in touch with the world...she's no longer able to speak, and we're not sure what she comprehends. Alas...

All the best to your family.
Hi Laurie,
Hoping life is wonderful for you, and that your family is well.
Our eldest is now applying to college. How time flies.
Keep in touch!
Stopping by to say hi and to see how you are.
I read on your thread that you are having health issues, and your cats are as well.



I'm simply checking in to see how you are.
Well, perhaps I'll do the same, then and give the series a try. Though, heaven knows, I have no shortage of mystery series to read. I don't do 400+ books a year like you're doing. I was actually hoping to cut back to about 150, but it looks like it will probably be a little higher.


Hi Laurie,

I noticed the recent rating of Grifter's Game, but I didn't see notes about it in your thread. I've only read his humorous stuff (Bernie Rhodenbarr stories), which I love. How do these more serious ones stack up? Actually, I'm assuming their more serious given the subtitle of "Hard Case Crime".

Mark and I have been discussing the possibility of another group read in November and want your input. We have narrowed it down to two books at this point. "The People of the Book" by Geraldine Brooks and "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield. So chat it up with friends or us and let us know if you are up for it and what you think. Probably the same plan as with "Pillars of the Earth" which seemed to work out perfectly for almost all of us.
Think it over and give one of us a shout.
hugs and looking forward to hearing from you,
With a few spare minutes today, I was catching up on threads, and I was overjoyed to see you enjoyed "Die Nacht von Lissabon" by Erich Maria Remarque. I'm planning on tackling his "Arch of Triumph" soon, but, such is life, I have little time for reading or reviewing recently. :(

I read your February post in one of the talk groups, recommending The Elements of Style. I thought you might enjoy viewing My Elements of Style Collection.
Noticed you liked The Bluest Eye, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here as well as a few other book-related sites. Thought you might like my book since it's also southern and a bit dark. I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like (I'm out of physical copies at the moment). Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:


Laurie, we need nearly every Philip Roth or Charles Dickens on this list?...

Well, for me the answer would be a resounding "no!" for those particular authors. ;-D

Some personality quirk has me attracted to lists. I don't really need them because my TBR pile is heading in the positive direction simply from recommendations here. Yet, it tugs at me and I want to start checking them off. It's what's got me checking off countries on my quest for 195 books from around the world. Odd, I know.

I even find myself wanting to create my version of 660 Books You Should At Least Try At Some Point...though I recognize this for a Stupidly Indulgent Idea (capitalizing these things makes me feel like one of the authors of 1066 and All That).

Thanks again. Good luck with Cryptonomicon. I've already read it, so there's 1000+ pages I wouldn't have to do if I started this quest.


Thanks, Laurie,

I've waffled on that list because I hear so many comments about, "XXXX is missing!" Couple that with the fact that, from my glances, it appears that some authors are on there quite a bit, I wondered how flawed the list is. I.e., does it just represent a couple people's favorite, Western, mainstream authors, or is it really a good stab at a global list?


Is the 1001 BTRBYD listed in rank order (or any kind of order) or are the books all conceptually "equal" in merit?

Hi LaurieB

Just read your name explanation, and thought I'd stop by and say I did the same thing with my email address--included my birth year--we have the same birth year, 1950, and I seem to add 50 to all codes, user names etc. Also used the 1st 2 letters of my first and last names de and ja and q because I'm a quilter so I was dejaq50.

Ok, let's try clearing your cookies.
Go here:

Then click "delete all cookies" at the bottom. That'll log you out of LibraryThing, so then log in again and see if you can fix the sorting...

Love this site, I really do. But somehow, about three weeks ago, all my group listings started showing up in total number of unread messages order instead of the nicely settled order by day of the week
(starting today and working backwards). How can I get my groups back to what was the default listing? Help!

Hi Laurie,
Tim passed your comment on to me. That should be easy to fix! Basically, you changed the sort on Talk. In the header for the list of talk topics (where it says "topics unread/messages Last message") click "last message". That'll switch back to sorting them by date for you.

Hey lady -- I'm with you on typos just about ruining the book! Dropped by to say that Alaska just reviewed a Gaiman book -- seem to remember you were interested in that. (If I made that up, pls disregard!!)

No need to return the favor. I'll get the book out to you tomorrow.
Don't forget to take credit for that Wilson Bio on the Presidents Ticker thread!
Thanks for the great piece on Presidential kids. Having lived in the DC area for over 14 years, I don't envy them the fishbowl. Sure hope the press will leave them alone.
I have not had a chance to try them yet--last week of school here finishing up reports and meetings, plus last class of the semester for the university class I teach plus leaving for the midwest on Sunday and haven't started packing yet. I 'm taking your recipe to my sister's and expect to have some baking time there. I'll let you know when I do.
oh the reason I wanted to know about Old English is because I'm trying to find out if the term for cumtoms officer 'Customer' was ever spelled 'Customar' -- and ideas?

oh we'll be in Missouri at the same time! I wish I were closer to St Louie. Enjoy. Hope it's a super trip.

Hey Laurie -- I can't remember. Are you the gal with a background in old English? If not do you know someone here who is?
Not understanding how the Santathing worked, I signed up so I could be your secret Santa LOL

You would have received books unread by me with the choice driven by our love of movies.
The Winter People by John Ehle (
My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

And for your non-standard romance Inglis Fletcher's Raleigh's Eden (

No doubt your own Santa will do better, but I still wanted to share these with you. If you haven't seen those movies, I consider them some of the best I've seen (even if everyone doesn't agree). Another in that category would be Paradise Road -- so good.
winter people
paradise road
Hi Laurie, I'm the other half of the sister act in the President's Challenge. There's actually a third sister we hope to get in here shortly. I'm married to a native Californian (Modesto boy) and together we always have books all over the house==even with a dedicated library, we can't fit them all in. He's a retired history teacher, so I think he'll be reading some of these with us. We share many books, including several of my all time favorites: Confederacy of Dunces, Clan of the Cave Bear, Thomas Cahill's Hinges of History series, and several others. Eerie sometimes to see others with reading tastes so similar. Anyway, look forward to seeing you in the 999 and the president's challenge.
Hi Laurie!

Welcome to the US Presidents Challenge group!
My sister and I started this and I am so excited that other people are interested in it too.
I think that we are a lot alike. I always have a book on my nighttable, one on the end table in the family room, 1 in my purse, an audio book on my computer in my office and an audiobook on my laptop. I love Shakespeare and I never go anywhere without a pad of paper and pen o if I need to, I can make a list. Where would the word be without list makers?!

Again, welcome, I look forwardto get to know you as we go along.
Thanks! I'll give them a try this weekend and let you know how they turned out.
Happy Thanksgiving to you & yours.
Earlier I posted the wrong link. This one is correct, and the previous msg was referencing your movielist.

Hmmm IMdB shows I have almost 1000 titles... what's up with that. I'm going to have to investigate this. :)
We don't have tv and haven't since we married in 2001, so we just watch movies too :) Yes IMdB is free too which is nice, and easy to use.

Here's our mostly up to date list.
So how do you like your movie site? I've got all my stuff loaded already on IMdB -- can't imagine reinputting it. Don't know why though since I've done it with my books x number of times. So glad to have LT -- unless the web crashes I should be in pretty good shape :)
Hey lady,

I see I already mentioned my tastebook -- I'm looking for a proofreader. 20 recipes or so. Would you be she? I worked as an editor for a bit, but proofing your own stuff is hard as you know what it's supposed to say! "not for me" is a perfectly acceptable answer :)
I got started on your 75 book count -- were you trying to cut back this year or did you just foresee that with your new responsibilities it would get cut back naturally? I'm interested because, as you know, I would like to cut back a bit, but don't have those externals to help me, except the ironing and kitchen :)

I craft too! Actually of late it's been more like I collect craft stuff including books. But at one point I did a mess of it, mostly in the crosstitch vein but my own charts. fun stuff.

Right now I'm putting together a Tastebook ( cookbook as a Christmas gift. Working on getting photos for all the recipes I've input and finishing it up so I can get it printed in time for Christmas. After going whole hog as the chef for the last 9 Thanksgivings I decided to take this year off. And I need that time if I'm going to meet my deadlines!

Anyway, didn't comment on your list because I didn't want to lose my place as sometimes happens if you scroll down. And still I wanted you to know I appreciated what you wrote there. I haven't read Marston but I think I'll see if some of his stuff came over in this shipment of books -- still have several boxes unpacked.

Thanks for the note on my list -- here's the reply I posted, just in case you miss it:

LOL -- we don't have a dryer!! And, the dryer we do have in storage in France sucks the water out. In the US they usually blow hot air through. The sucking water out version doesn't leave them wrinkle-free. The good thing is that your clothes wear out much more slowly because drying them removes the fibers (hence the full lint filter). Given the choice, I might choose buying clothes more often than ironing.
Thanks for the suggestions!
Thx for the visit -- where in CA? Three of us were born in Oakland and my mom was born at Shasta Lake -- her dad was building the dam. Til the generation of my folks our family was in Iowa (where most still are) since the 1830s.
Thanks so much for the kind comments. I do enjoy teaching. Unfortunately it keeps me so busy August-June that I don't have as much time as I would like to read or write for pleasure! What a blessing this site is for me! When so many don't grasp how powerful reading can be, I can come here and be amongst book lovers and have hope.
ooh, this is starting to get fun. i found some emergency management readers on here. going to see if i can get some recommendations on "fun" reading for the subject. need to study for my midterm and write a paper... bah... school!
A very interesting library. I'm particularly pleased that it's books you read, since that is the way I use LT and even more pleased that it has as little homogeneity as mine. Though we often don't agree on a particular book, that's perfectly fine—I still enjoy looking through the books.
Hi, Prop2gether!

Thanks for visiting my 75 book challenge list. And thanks for the welcome to California--except this isn't my first time here. (First time living in the Central Valley, though--I used to consider a place to fly over to go from college to visit my folks in Vallejo. My husband, however, was raised in the S.J. Valley so He's "come home.")

I was actually born in San Francisco, my Dad was fourth generation Californian, left when I was 5, game back for a few years 4th -8th grade, came back for college in Los Angeles (Occidental College--between Glendale and Pasadena), first teaching job in Tujunga, then Riverside while my husband went to grad school at UCR--we were there for 6 years, the longest I had ever lived in one place. Then we moved to Savannah, Georgia and lived there nearly 25 years! I raised my children there -- I thought I had finally found a permanent home. But, like a bad penny I keep coming back! And this time it probably is for good.

I enjoyed my vist to your book challenge thread--I see that you also read widely. We share quite a number of books in our libraries, but it is surprising that we bothe like mysteries but only a handful of books we share are mysteries. I guess I'd better get cracking on Marston--my son is nagging me about it.

I saw that you were reading from the 1001 Boos list. I'm going to check that out and maybe pick a few to tackle for next year. I'm definitely doing the challenge again because it is fun and keeps me up to date with writing my comments since I now have a place for people to read them!

I'll keep checking in with your list--I'm getting good suggestion from what you read!
Thanks, Laurie! It's a great collection of books, and I'm going to use it as a way to inspire me to fill gaps in my own! (I've read quite a few posts from you on the 1001 Books thread, so I know you've got good taste!)

All the best

I added Jack the Giant-Killer to the Fairy Tale Series page. Enjoy the series! :)
Quite an honor to be added to your interesting library lists. Thanks a bunch. Looks like we actually share quite a few books!!!
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