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CollectionsYour library (2,188), Read but unowned (2,022), E-books (38), Audio books (15), Currently reading (6), To read (359), Favorites (187), Bookstore (89), Wishlist (33), Replace (57), Check out (49), On order (2), Unread e-books (Reader) (139), Unread e-books (Kindle) (22), Unread audio (21), Needs work (34), Books I didn't like (27), Passed through my hands unread (43), All collections (4,579)

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About meI love books. I like looking at them, handling them, browsing through them, sorting them, holding them, stacking them, sharing them. Sometimes I even get around to reading them.

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About my libraryMy "Your Library" collection is my listing of books that I physically own. I consider this my main collection. My other collections are fun stuff for my own entertainment (but you are welcome to browse in them if you feel so inclined).

Wishlist = I know that I want to buy it.
Check out = It seems interesting, but I don't know yet whether I want to buy it.
E-Books = I have read it and it is stored in my computer or reader.
Replace = I have the book in a tattered paperback edition, and would like to replace it with a hardcover copy.
On order = I'm standing by the mailbox.

The rest of my collections are either obvious, or just for housekeeping purposes.

Star ratings are based on mood and whim, and are subject to change.
A 5 star rating does not necessarily reflect the quality of the writing, it just means that I like a book a lot, and have probably read it many times.

*Please let me know if you notice any errors in my data.

GroupsAlmack's, Ancient History, Cheese!, Children's Fiction, Children's Literature, History at 30,000 feet: The Big Picture, Hugotontheonbiquiffinarians, LibraryThing goes to the Chalet School, Medieval Europe, Name that Bookshow all groups

Favorite authorsCharles Addams, Sarah Addison Allen, Gene Ambaum, Lucilla Andrews, Bill Barnes, Elizabeth Cadell, Georgette Heyer, Lynn Johnston, Jean Little, Charlotte MacLeod, Margaret Mahy, Anne McCaffrey, Oliver Sacks, Dorothy L. Sayers, Nevil Shute, D. E. Stevenson, Elswyth Thane (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresChapters - North London, Fincher's - Goderich, Goodwill Bookstore, Phoenix Books, The Village Bookshop

LocationOntario, Canada

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Member sinceNov 22, 2008

Currently readingDelight by J. B. Priestley
Countdown! : or, How Nigh is the End? by Patrick Moore
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Lavender Laughs in the Chalet School by Elinor M. Brent-Dyer
Why We Buy: the science of shopping (updated and revised edition) by Paco Underhill
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Books are on their way. I assume the quoted five days is five working days so they might be with you next Friday!

Thank you for uploading the cover image to Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales! It seems you and I are the only ones who have entered it on LT so far. I'm going to listen to it today.
I included a description:
hope that's self explanatory.
No. It's fine if they only wrote an autobiography.

Autobiography means the person the book is about wrote it themselves, it's the true story of their life. Therefore yes it's the autobiography of the author who has a disability/ies.
There's another list on my profile that is for a disabled author's fiction that includes a disability too, if that's relevant.

I really appreciate your frequent notes on my reading thread. Thank you.
Thanks. Mailing costs are just odd. Is it warming up where you are at all?
I'm so glad you like Wicked Plants! It seems like a terrific read for most anyone.

I see that you uploaded a cover for The Wind in the Willows which I don't recognize. Can you identify the illustrator for me, please?

Thank you dear.
You're welcome Sylvia, I hope you enjoy them and have a wonderful holiday :)
Thank you, Sylvia. Today is a fairly good day. Husband is getting around better, which makes it easier on me, too. :-}
Sylvia, we didn't have any luck with the book sale: There was a big lineup, it was really cold, and I had hurt my leg a few days ago, so we didn't stay in line. Better luck next year!
I haven't gone yet, I forgot all about it. Maybe I can get there Sunday. I hope to find some large print books for Gateway Haven. And maybe something for me too! Thanks!
Thinking about it and I may. I've only read one of the books, which are hard to get here.
That's a good idea. I know that there is a group of people who'd be interested and would be delighted to know about it. That might be the most straightforward way to go about it.
I see no reason not to continue using the thread. Curiously waiting to see your titles...

Out in the countryside today, took time off from the usual plants and birds to take note of geology (confusing) and tractors. Mostly John Deere, with one or 2 Massey-Fergusons. Confusingly, the garage in Himeville is a Massey-Ferguson agency.
Hi Sylvia

It dawned on me in the middle of the night that your husband was closer than I made out saying the Glenmobile looks like a Chevy. Because what is sold to you as a Chevy truck is label-engineered here, and called an Isuzu. (GM cars are now once more called Chevy, but went through a phase of being called Opel; and in UK the same thing is/was a Vauxhall.) And yes, the bodywork is cribbed from an Isuzu / Chevy.

Hi Sylvia

Hmmmmmz. A townie like me would have to go and read the _Farmer's Weekly_ to give you a proper answer on that one. The names of John Deere and Fordson spring to mind. So does Lamborghini, who were on the Royal Show in Pietermaritzburg; the only place I've seen them working is in Italy. Better Half reminds me of Ferguson and Malcolmess.

Hope that's a reasonable start
Hello Sylvia

Hope you and your husband weren't misled by the canopy, which is a (very) local add-on. Without that, it looks very much like a Toyota (engine is a Toyota clone), although the body panels are interchangeable with an Isuzu. The chassis and electrics are mostly cribbed from a Nissan. Now you're totally confused!

All best
I noticed that too. :) If someone dialed the clock back for me, I'd be sorely tempted to get a medical degree, go into public health and work for the CDC. Fascinating stuff!

And if I turn up anything interesting re WWI, I'll let you know. Thanks!

Hello Sylvia,

You mentioned in a thread on the Grren Dragon that you'd been immersing yourself in the early 20th century...might you have any recommendations for books about the "home front" in America in WWI?

Now I'm going to go rummage through your library. :)

Sylvia, I see that we are both reading the book "Quiet." Well, I'm listening to it. I've got the print book on order because I was so caught by the first few pages, and now I want to read her bibliography. Would you be interested in a discussion thread?
Whoops! Thanks, will fix it ASAP! And thank you! :o)
EXACTLY three words!
I just read Booked to Die by John Dunning. You selected this book for me for Santathing 2010! I just got around to reading it! I was really good. I'm so glad you introduced me to a new author. I just ordered the second in the series. Hope you had a good 2011 book year.
I did make note of the suggestions and have added Sarah Bower, C.J. Sansom, Tasha Alexander, Gillian Bradshaw, and the other authors to my wishlist. I just finished "The Ghost Map" and it was excellent - a totally provocative premise and recommendations for staying alive today. It really made me think and I love books that do that. Tonight I start "Cut to the Quick" and I can't wait!
Thank you, thank you, thank you for my SantaThing books! I am absolutely thrilled with the books you selected for me. These books cover my favorite genre's - historical non-fiction, books about books, and historical mystery. I've already read "Ex Libris" and wish that it was 10 times longer. Anne Fadiman totally nails the reasons we love our books so much (and the much overlooked obsession with menu editing). Right now I'm halfway through "The Ghost Map" and I love it. Who knew the London cholera plague in 1854 could be so interesting? It's just the type of book I love to read. Next up is "Cut To The Quick" and I am really looking forward to it. I read the first book in the series and this one has been on my wishlist for quite awhile.

Again, thank you so much!

P.S. I've added your library to my "interesting libraries" because my wishlist just isn't long enough already. Sigh.
I'm glad you weren't hurt in the storm. I just looked at the pictures. It looks like a war zone. My sympathies. Rox
Yes. You must know about dirt bikes. If you're in town, mention my name at the gate and I may meet you. They can direct you.
I always think the same thing, that someone else already wrote it or I've heard it before, so I began to check. I usually came up with nada, but my 'If Kasha Googoo married Lady Gaga, she'd be Lady GagaGoogoo' actually had been done, like, a billion times.

Yours are original and funny. Nice work.
Thanks for letting me know about The Peach Keeper, Sylvia. I'm glad it has the same charm as the others. Claire and Bay - it will be fun to "see" them again. I think I'm just going to have to get it soon, rather than wait until the paperback comes out!

I just started Divergent - so far it's as good as the press it's been getting.

Best - Joe
Thanks, Sylvia. Laura Brooks also mentioned Dear Enemy, and I'm glad to hear you liked it so much. I've got it on order at the library. I'll look forward to hearing your reaction to The Peach Keeper.

- Joe
Hi, Sylvia. Just wanted to stop by and let you know I loved all three Sarah Addison Allen books (Garden Spells, The Sugar Queen and The Girl Who Chased the Moon). My wife loved them, too. And now I've given Garden Spells to my two sisters . . . Who next? I'll have to think about it.

We can't decide whether to go get The Peach Keeper now or wait for the paperback (this is an "own" book for us, not a library one), so for now we're waiting.

Anyway, it's been even a better reading experience than I expected. Well-written, "happy" books are a surprising rarity, and it takes talent to pull it off. I loved reading that she never has the little touches of magic realism in mind when she starts writing, they just show up!

Best wishes - Joe
Thank you thank youo thank you! Finding the title of that book was driving me insane! I really appreciate your help!
only the ones that catch my attention .
Thanks Sylvia for adding me to your interesting libraries. Thanks also for being my Secret Santa. You did great. A lot of the books we share I read back when I was in high school. Four of the books I read recently, Stuck in Neutral I read just last year. About 6 I have yet to read. It will be interesting to see how the list grows.

PS. So glad you enjoyed browsing through! I've been adding stuff constantly (given up on reducing my wishlist!!!)
They both sound very interesting, thanks for the suggestions! I did not know about them, no.
Thanks, Sylvia. Yes, I'm definitely enjoying The Sugar Queen, and you're right, it's a good one for the silly game. I already used it once there, and I'm sure there'll be more.

Hope you're having a good weekend -

re: the croquet mallet in the kidney on silly book game, thanks for the comment. :)

i made myself giggle over that one. ah the memories. having happily achieve menopause abt 15 years ago, i no longer have to contend w/ those aggravations. it's a blessing.

read some comments below and delight to find the 'what books do you reread' thread.
Glad you found some more timewasting opportunities ;)

I haven't bothered with the 'members with' list for a while, as I found the people at the top of the list tended to be skewed into one or another area of my interests. So its nice to meet someone else who reads Shute and Heyer and Sayers and Heinlein! And I appreciate your thoughts on Collections - expect to see some changes in mine soon...
Hi Silvia

I read your comment on 'What book do you reread every year' and discovered that our reading range seems very similar.

Nice to 'meet' you!

Thanks, Silvia. Yes, I'm enjoying Garden Spells a lot, although I worry about David showing up. I'm about 2/3 of the way through.

- Joe
The silly game: "No way in hell!" Hilarious!

Best wishes - Joe
Sister Margaret's sister was going through her things and found Mom's name in her Christmas list and got a hold of her that way. Mom had sent her a card and Sister Margaret had called her around Christmas, she was having problems with her hands so she couldn't write back.
How much is in a case of popcorn??? Does Michael enjoy bike riding???
Are you doing anything for March Break? We may go to PEI if the weather holds up and I think I can handle 4 hours and 15 minutes in the car with two kids.
I'm going up to Mom's soon for the after church meeting, I made Gingerbread Trifle to share, I hope it's as good as it sounds :)
I am so addicted, I should have done soo many more things today....what have you started...:)
Got to do something while I`m watching my shows :) How`s the weather...we are getting rain tonight and suppose to have more snow tomorrow...what a mess we are going to have.
Have you ever seen the website Fantastic Fiction (, it's great for checking other books an author writes
We have 7 in common 'cause I was peeking through your library....what are we going to do when our kids get too old to read kids books???
I got to use "my prince" a few words later. LOL!
Haven't read any of them. I really appreciate your effort to avoid the cozies. I am quite content with my new books and am looking forward to enjoying new authors. The Santathing Algorithm doesn't really work for me. I have a lot of different type of books listed, but I really only read mysteries now. Hope your books were good pick as well. Thanks again. Raina
Thank you Sylvia for my Santathing picks!! Check out my books to see when I add them and rate them. Can't wait to start reading. I hope you finally received your books as well.
I hope you like them! I tried to pick a good variety. I've read the Cat Who series since I was young and enjoy it quite a bit. I have to admit the Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder is not the best written book around, but it was fun.
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