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About meAlthough I love libraries, I have the unfortunate costly need to keep copies of books I've enjoyed. I love everything about books: the decorative covers, feel of the pages, even the smell. My library reflects my love of Heritage Press Books, Folio Society Editions, SF/Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction, Fiction, and Roman History.

Started November 2, 2012

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GroupsAncient History, Books on Books, Cats, books, life is good., Dystopian novels, Folio Society devotees, George Macy devotees, Japanese Culture, Library of America Subscribers, Persephone Readers, Read YA Litshow all groups

Favorite authorsJane Austen, Neil Gaiman, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Homer, George R. R. Martin, J. K. Rowling, John Steinbeck (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresMidtown Comics Times Square, Strand Book Annex, Taschen Store New York

Favorite librariesNew York Public Library - Columbus Branch, New York Public Library - Donnell Library Center, New York Public Library - Mid-Manhattan Library, The Morgan Library & Museum

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Real nameMichelle

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Member sinceAug 16, 2009

Currently readingThe Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
The Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
Complete Letters of Vincent Van Gogh by Vincent van Gogh
Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician by Anthony Everitt
Plutarch's lives of the noble Grecians and Romans by Plutarch.

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very good taste !!! ...please add me in facebook.
:( I understand being swamped. If you want to peak in at us, we're at:

Good luck with your school work.
Hi Tanglewood,
You mentioned a while ago that you might be up for a small group read of The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter. Are you still up for that? We'd said June, and it fits right in with the women in sf & f challenge going on right now. Let me know.

Hi! Thank you so much for your Santathing choices, I can't wait to get through them :)
My cat looks like a great hunter on the Africa plains... he's 18 lbs of yellow stripes and alternates between being a funny hunter and a total fat slug-a-bed.
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Your cat is so funny! I love this picture.
You are more than welcome! The Library at Night is fascinating, really one of the best pieces of non-fiction I have ever read. C. J. Samson is huge in Britain, but I get the impression he's not as big in the States. Dissolution is an excellent piece of historical fiction, and they can be quite hard to find through all the rubbishy ones out there! I haven't read the Pullman, but you really can't go wrong with him. Enjoy, and Merry Christmas!
Yes, I have read that one. One of the libraries that they omitted (I KNOW they couldn't do all the great libraries) - but I think they should have included is the Parliamentary Library in Ottawa, Canada. Beautiful library.
Tell me about the book Beautiful Bookbindings...there are no reviews and ratings vary from 2 to 5... but I am curious!
I meant Thucydides. I got my Landmarks tangled. Wish they had edit buttons for comments.
I just noticed you're reading Herodotus and Kagan. The landmark series is wonderful and Kagan has a four volume work on the Peloponnesian war that really rocks. He condensed and abridged it for [The Peloponnesian War]. take care.
yes, finally after over ten years of searching. I spent all night last night reading it. Thanks for your help.
Thank you so much. This sounds exactly like the book I had. I've spent years looking for this, it was my favorite as a child. I'm off to order a used copy.
Hi, I just noticed that you have The Giant All-Color Book of Fairy Tales by jane Carruth and i think this is a book whose title I've been searching for for years. Could you possibly tell me the names of some of the more unusual stories, was Donkey-skin included? or Ali-baba and the however many theives. Thanks so much if you can do this.
Aye, that Herodotus is a nice set. I need to acquire those myself. Hopefully next time I go shopping they will still be at the shop I love to frequent!

Thanks for the compliments, too - it's always nice to know that the work I'm doing is helping collectors out! ^_^
Thanks so much Secret Santa - your picks were perfect! I'm looking forward to trying recipes from both. Best wishes for a very happy 2012! -Lynn
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Thanks! Her name is Kitcat because she is so sweet and loves the crinkly sound of the wrappers.
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Cute! Has he/she got a name?
and thank you. I love my library but I still end up doing half my reading in bed.
So pleased to hear that the Santathing books arrived and just in time for the Readathon! Hope you enjoy them:)

Thanks for your kind messages on my thread. It means a lot.
Hi Tanglewood -- Just read your bio on the 75 2011 and had to mosey over here. How are you enjoying the Charles Yu? I bought that on a total impulse and know so little about it, only that I loved the title! Happy New Year. Lucy/Sibyx

-- I am one of the stubborn ones so I am still posting on 2010 and haven't made a 2011 thread........
On the shortlist were

Mary Renault's Mask of Apollo (historical fiction)- I think she is a wonderful writer and given your love of Greek Drama I thought you might like this fictional account of an actor. Actually she was one of the author's that inspired my love of Ancient History.

Chitra Banergee Divakaruni's Palace of Illusions (mythology - retelling)- I've only read a couple of her books but I liked this retelling of the Maharabata from one of the female character's perspective.

Janny Wurts's To Ride Hell Chasm (fantasy) - well everything she writes but this one is a standalone, so you wouldn't be committed to a series if you didn't like her writing.

Terry Pratchett's Wyrd Sisters - The start of the witches subset of discworld books (and very Macbethish!) but then I noticed you already had some of his YA books and decided to go for new to you authors.

Then there was deciding which of the books that Charles de Lint and Patricia McKillip had written.

Hope this helps.

Hope you had a happy holiday, Tanglewood.

I don't blame you for peeping! If mine hadn't arrived I would have done the same:)

I hope that they arrive soon and you enjoy the books. I had fun picking for you - the hard part was cutting the shortlist down to within the $25:)

Let me know if you would like the shortlist as I also considered some other authors.


Hi, Tanglewood!
I think your copy of the Folio Tennyson should now be combined with the others at Because of the (Folio) label I could pick it out of the 800+ copies on the editions page of the other work, separate it there, and combine it here. You can get rid of the (Folio) label now if you want.

I enjoy doing this kind of thing: I think the cross-connections between people's libraries are a great feature of LibraryThing, but if the connections aren't right to start with, the benefit is less. If you ever spot any other tidying or sorting that needs to be done, just let me know!

My book came! Thanks again; it's awesome.

Haha, I couldn't think of anything else to call my 'bubble bath' category!

I am so glad you liked The Amulet of Samarkand. The Bartimaeus trilogy is one of my all-time favorites. I haven't read the other book, but it seemed interesting. I wanted to pick out a third book for you, but I couldn't find anything to fit the price range and then I ran out of time. Happy reading.

Hello there,

You were my SantaThing book-picker, so I wanted to come and say thanks! I haven't actually received my book yet (although I've been in communication with Sonya, and it is apparently being reshipped) but I finally went searching for who chose for me so I could say thank you anyway.

I've read Blankets, but I'm excited to own it, and reread it, as I had borrowed it from a friend.

- Peripa
Noticed you liked Light in August, 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). Here's a link to a summary (and a sample chapter)in case you'd like to read more about the novel before you commit:



"Even before I could speak, I remember crawling through blueberry patches in the wild meadows on our hillsides.
I quickly discovered Nature was filled with Spirit; I never saw any separation between Spirit and Nature.
Much later I discovered our culture taught there was supposed to be some kind of separation -
that God, Spirit and Nature were supposed to be divided and different. However, at my early age it
seemed absolutely obvious that the church of the Earth was the greatest church of all; that the temple
of the forest was the supreme temple. When I went to the sanctuary of the mountain, I found Earth's
natural altar - Great Spirit's real shrine. Years later I discovered that this path of going into Nature,
bonding deeply with it, and seeing Spirit within Nature - God, Goddess, and Great Spirit - was
humanity's most ancient, most primordial path of spiritual cultivation and realization."
- John P. Milton, Sky Above, Earth Below
Yes, the devotees group has a wonderful knack for making it's members regret ever signing up to LT . . .
Although not enough to convince them to leave it!
I'm glad to have convinced you to buy a non-FS book - even if it is yet another book! I find it incredibly difficult to muster up the funds and willpower to buy from other publishers these days. I usually end up thinking "But just think, this £5.00 could go towards renewal!" I'm in love with Penguin's Great Ideas series' but at nearly £400.00 for 80 small paperbacks I end up recoiling in horror, yet at the same time think £400 for 2 or more fine edition Folio's is a bargain!
'Warped' just isn't the word. :-)

I've had a good look through them and have decided that indeed I do recommend them, very highly!
The set is officially titled "The Victoria and Albert Colour Books". The blurb on the back describes them as "These four enchanting books are the first in a lavishly illustrated series celebrating the charm of pattern. Rococo Silks, Ornate Wallpapers, Indian Floral Patterns, Decorative Endpapers." And "Each Volume reveals exquisite designs from the Victoria & Albert Museum's unsurpassed collection."
Each book has a 4 page introduction explaining the history of the collection, including the techniques and processes used to design them. They were published in 1985 and doing a quick ISBN search on (I'm not sure which country you're in?) came up with a set for £30.00 -- ISBN is 0-86350-107-9.
Personally I love them. They're beautifully bound and full of inspiration if your're artistically inclined (a scanner is useful in this case) - perfect for Folio lovers!

A few pics I snapped this morning:
Ornate Wallpapers -
Rococo Silks -
Decorative Endpapers -
Indian Floral Patterns -

I think I've about covered everything but if there's anything else you'd like to know, just ask.
Hope this helps!

I see you are not only Jesse's friend and a book afficianado but a knitter as well. Splendid. There is a knitting group too. Knitters Inc. It is only midly active though. Maren
What book do you have in Norwegian? It had better be a picture book!
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