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About meWife.Nerd.Zombie slayer.

I'm addicted to reading, stamp collecting, cooking, making friends and Second Life.

About my libraryI'm very eclectic about what I read and will generally give anything a chance....well,almost anything. I love discussions and controversial reads. I've an obsession with history and historical fiction as well as ancient subjects. Addicted to Kindle and online loaning.

Groups18th-19th Century Britain, 30-something LibraryThingers, Amazon's Kindle, American Civil War, American History, Ancient and Medieval Manuscripts, Ancient Egypt, Ancient History, Anglophiles, Archaeologyshow all groups

Favorite authorsOrson Scott Card, Julia Child, Philip K. Dick, Sarah Dunant, Ken Ham, Zora Neale Hurston, Madhur Jaffrey, Tim F. LaHaye, Jhumpa Lahiri, Beverly Lewis, Cook's Illustrated Magazine, George R. R. Martin, Debi Pearl, Michael Pearl, Victoria Holt, Laura Joh Rowland, Lisa See, Kay Marshall Strom, Amy Tan, Gail Tsukiyama, Michael Wallace, Jane Watson, Laura Ingalls Wilder (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresBarnes & Noble Booksellers - Gallatin Valley Mall, Country Bookshelf, Family Christian Stores #226, Hastings, MSU Bookstore

Favorite librariesBozeman Public Library, Livingston-Park County Public Library, Montana State Library

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Member sinceSep 10, 2012

Currently readingThe Plot Against America by Philip Roth
The Error World: An Affair with Stamps by Mr. Simon Garfield

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Hi Ann,

I am wondering if you changed your profile name back to Retronatrix and whether LT is beset with bugs. I saw no notice that you had replied almost two weeks ago and didn’t see it until just now. (I have been here frequently lately.) Well, in any event, I figured that you were very busy. Me, I’m still in Chiapas, about to start teaching my second year here. I hope you’re reading some awesome stuff! I am moving in the direction of Gnosticism.

Hi Ann,

We haven’t communicated in a hundred years, so I was just wondering how you’re doing. I’m getting ready for a little vacation here, and I’m still reading as much as I have time for. Hope you’re doing great!

Hi Ann!

Well, I hope you’re still hanging in there. I am so sorry to hear about your husband! I hope he’s doing O.K.! Yeah, I can relate as far as not being able to get online very often. (I do what I can, you know?) I hope you’re settled into your new apartment. I am busier than [naughty word] here. I hope to do some serious reading during the Christmas break!


Hi Ann! I hope you are doing well. I spent the summer with my folks. Finally, I got a new job. I'm teaching English in extreme southeast Mexico, and loving it here. (I'm about as far south as you can go and still be in North America.) How was your summer? (Unfortunately, I don't have much time to read or to be on a computer here!)
I am fairly new to LibraryThing, but saw this group and thought it would be a good one to join. I hope we can get a good group going with Montana book lovers. I know there are lots of readers in the state, the problem being the lack of numbers of base population.
Look forward to further news and discussions.
I just stumbled across this group. I, too live and read in Montana. Billings(actually Shepherd) to be exact. I see that this is a rather small group and hope by joining we can get more people interested. I am always curious to see what others are reading.
I read many different types of books but mainly mystery, thriller, police procedural, historical fiction and literature. I read some non-fiction and am just starting "Team of Rivals", which is the monthly pick for the book club I attend monthly that is connected to the Billings Public Library.
I enjoy " journaling" the books I read on a spreadsheet.
I look forward to checking in to this group to see what is current.
Hey Ann. I did put A Thousand Splendid Suns on my “to read” list per your suggestion. But that’s about it, for me, with Khaled Hosseini.
Hi Ann. Yeah, I wondered if I had already asked you about discussion groups! (I can’t he’p it, I’m old!) Seems like a great idea. Starting one up, that is. Just not the time for that, for me, anyway. Who knows, maybe after I’m “settled,” we or I can kick the tires on that. Google+? Hmm. Don’t know anything about that one. (I always use Metacrawler for my searches, because they, allegedly at least, don’t track your every move in the evil empire way that Google allegedly does.) Hope you’re having a great summer.
Thanks Ann. Well, I hope things level off a bit for you. I’m trying to get disciplined to read four hours a day now for awhile, since I have the time to do that. But you know how that goes! Are there good book “clubs” here at LT where people actually read an “assigned” book and debate or discuss it, so to speak? I haven’t noticed anything like that, although I haven’t looked around very many groups lately. Later, Brian. : )
Hi Ann. Please accept my apology for not getting back to you in so long! Let’s just say that I went through some life-changing stuff in the past couple of months. I’m no longer in South Dakota, but elsewhere in the U.S. with family, making my arrangements to move back to Mexico in June. Aarrgghh! My original job that I had lined up (or so I thought) did not go through. But I still feel I can get back down there to resume teaching English soon. Um, yeah, Rushdie. I hate to admit that I got sidetracked and haven’t finished The Satanic Verses, but such is the case. (Doncha just hate how that sometimes happens?) Anyway, yeah, light reading it is not, but that’s O.K., right? I mean, we’ll get through it when we’re supposed to. I hope you’ve been doing great lately!
Ann, very cool. I will put that one on my to-read list. Tomorrow, I am finishing up The Satanic Verses. (I figure you know the following, but in case you don’t: It’s not satanic. It’s a reference to some questionable verses in the Quran.) Rushdie mocks the heck out of religion here. (Islam in particular; “organized” religion, though, in general.) My goodness! How many postmodern attributes can one author put into one novel? It is an allegory, a satire, and a parody. It has magical realism, hysterical realism, metafiction, involvement with supernaturals, and intertextuality, all in one novel. I may have to go out and have a drink when I’m finished!
See how I am! LOL. Hi Ann. Well, I don’t mean to be a showoff or an upstart or anything like that, but I’ve read—and finished—The Grapes of Wrath three times. (I think. It’s been a hundred years ago; I don’t remember for sure now!) To be fair, though, now, I’m going to have to read A Thousand Splendid Suns. I’ve heard that it’s really good.
Hi Ann. Hope you’re doing well. That book that you read (The Fragility of Goodness) looks like it might be quite interesting. I just finished White Teeth. Wow! What an extravaganza. Everything bit as good as Underworld by Don DeLillo. Later!
Thanks for the friend request. I hope you enjoy Leviathan, the boy and I both loved the trilogy.
We have a poll about the proposed Book Island LibraryThing Library you can participate in: :-)

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Hi Ann. How are you doing? I am hoping to get in three or four hours of White Teeth by Zadie Smith today. What are you reading? I have spent way too much time setting up my tags, but wow, I love this capability! Running them in conjunction with my collections is almost as much fun as working with a pivot table on a spreadsheet. (I know, I need to get a life! lol)
Well, I have never read anything else by Gaiman, but American Gods was incredible. I was on a roll yesterday with writing and posting reviews, so I did one for it as well. Lately most of my time has been spent getting ready to move, and getting caught up with files and piles, so I know exactly what you mean! And my “must read now” list is huge. Oh well, one day at a time, or something like that.
Thank you for the request! Well, I’m feeling a little more “settled in” around LT. I took a look at some of your reviews. Wow! The steampunk genre! Have I been hanging out with Dickens and Dostoyevsky for a bit too long? I guess I’ll have to broaden my horizons, huh?! On another topic, cookie-cutter twins we’re not; yet we share some interesting books in common. What did you think of American Gods?
Thanks for the welcome Retronatrix. You know, this looks like a wonderful website. I have the sense that it’s a bit more difficult to learn your way around at first, but that you can also do a lot with it once you learn. And yes, it’s great to find fellow bibliophiles. Good luck with your Italian. (I have enough trouble with English and Spanish!) :)
Thank you so much for putting The Almond Tree in your interesting library. If you have any questions about it or want to know the inside scoop behind the book, please just contact me.
Thank you for the interesting library tag.
Mostly cookbooks, huh? I can't read those... they make my grocery bills go up! ^_^
Hey there, Thanks so much for tagging me as an interesting library! It looks like you've read some interesting things yourself. ^_^ Read anything good over the holidays?
Hi Retronatrix. Thank you for the friend request and finding my library interesting. I really like your library as well. We have a lot of books in common!
Dear Ann,

You’ve won “Total Secession” from LibraryThing!

Would you like to receive your copy in the Kindle format, the NOOK format, or as a PDF? Please let me know so that I can get the novel to you as fast as possible.

Your Author,

Adam Connell
Here is one for your Kindle if you have not yet discovered Thomas Merton:
It's great!

So Ann, I see your living the dream out of Livingston, MT. So, is it what we 'wanna-be-there' folks think it should be -a place away from everywhere else where time runs slow and the moon shines large just over the mountains?

-middle of the US, just east of the great divide (Colorado) ~Steven
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