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CollectionsYour library (727), Currently reading (3), One day you shall be mine (127), Early Reviewer (40), To Be Read (105), Kindle (72), I'm just not that into you (16), Read but unowned (96), Favorites (73), All collections (831)

Reviews48 reviews

TagsMystery (155), Historical fiction (145), Classic (139), Historical non-fiction (115), England (91), 19th century (77), 20th century (73), Kindle (65), Non-fiction (60), Fiction (57) — see all tags

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About meI am everything I have ever read.

What can I say - I have such a passion for reading. I always have a book at hand and stack just waiting to be devoured. To me, not reading is like not breathing; I cannot stop. Over the years my tastes have evolved. Right now I am deep in the middle of devoting myself to historial non-fiction, especially anything that satiates the Anglophile in me. There isn't too much that I won't read, although I don't find myself reading westerns, romance, or sci-fi novels. Having said that, I have a deep respect for Ray Bradbury (his novels are so beautifully written) and novels such as "Little, Big" and "Jonathon Strange and Mr Norrell" (I never wanted that one to end). It's an old saying, but so true - So many books, so little time. My recommendations for readers include the authors Robertson Davies (especially "Fifth Business" and "The Cunning Man") and Nicholas Basbanes ("A Gentle Madness" is a must-read for any true bibliophile). Share your books!

About my libraryThe love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - 1807-1882

Groups18th Century British Literature, 18th-19th Century Britain, 50-Something Library Thingers, Agatha Christie, Anglophiles, BBC Radio 3 Listeners, Books on Books, British & Irish Crime Fiction, Californians Who LT, Cats, books, life is all groups

Favorite authorsLouisa May Alcott, Margaret Atwood, Nicholas A. Basbanes, Ray Bradbury, Bill Bryson, Agatha Christie, Susanna Clarke, Paul Collins, John Crowley, Robertson Davies, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, Lawrence Goldstone, Sally Gunning, P. D. James, David Liss, S. J. Parris, Ellery Queen, Deanna Raybourn, Mary Roberts Rinehart, Edward Rutherfurd, Oliver Sacks, Wesley Stace, Jacqueline Winspear (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresFriends of the Modesto Library Used Book Sale

Favorite librariesStanislaus County Library - Modesto Library, Stanislaus County Library - Turlock Library

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Real nameRenee

LocationModesto California

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceMar 20, 2008

Currently readingThe Medieval Foundation of England by Sir Arthur Bryant
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The Adventures of Ellery Queen by Ellery Queen

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Hi Renee, thanks for the compliment about Requiescat. I'm hoping to finish it by the end of the year, touch wood. I haven't started The Paris Wife yet but I'm really looking forward to reading it. So many books, so little time! I also need more time to put more of my favourites on LibraryThing; I'm sure we have many in common. Thanks again and all the best.
Thank you for your suggestion of Thuderstruck as a possible book for my secret santa to select. Although they did not choose to send me that book, I have looked at it and it looks so interesting I've just bought it. Hope you had a fantastic Christmas and sending you best wishes for the new year.
Hello--Just wanted to let you know that we've run out of our first batch of review copies of "Gold Coast Madam" and your copy will ship some time next week. Thanks for your interest and patience in waiting for it. Happy holidays--Lake Claremont Press.
Hi Renee aka TheFlamingoReads!

I'm so glad you liked my picks! The Book Thief especially was an easy choice. It's one of my favorite novels and I love giving it to people. I so hope you enjoy it. I'm also glad you were pleased with The Paris Wife. I was a bit nervous since it's somewhat of a romance, but I think it is a fascinating look at Paris in the 1920s (not to mention all of the historical characters) so I thought it would be a good match. Lastly, the Kate Morton book is a bit of a mystery for me, as I haven't read it, but it came highly recommended. Might have to be something I check out as well. :-)

I hope you have a great holidays and happy reading!


When I read The Ghost Map, I was impressed by how that breakthrough led to our whole modern system of sanitation and hygiene. Our society would be very different now if not for such tenacious researchers and activists as Dr. Snow.

I hope Cut to the Quick is going well. I found it very easy to read—I felt like I was right there in the regency period.

I haven't had a chance to read much this month, but hopefully I'll get going soon.
Thanks for your lovely message regarding my SantaThing recommendations. Sarah Bower really is a wonderful writer. I think she has three books out so far - I've read The Needle in the Blood so far, and I look forward to reading the rest!
Dear Flamingo,

Thank you so much for the book you chose for me! I really appreciate how you found one title that speaks to so many of my interests, and introduced me to a new author, too. I started it today and am excited to read more! And then I might read her others….

Thank you again for your thoughtfulness.

Happy new year!

I'm glad you like your books. I had a wonderful time choosing them. The hardest part was narrowing the selection down. Did you check out the recommendations on your SantaThing profile? It was nice to be able to choose books that I enjoyed myself. (I received The Ghost Map for my SantaThing gift two years ago.) Enjoy reading!
Dear Flamingo,
I love the books you gave me! Thanks for your note - and I can't believe you don't have experience
with textile books. You chose really nice ones. I haven't been to LT in a while & am just about to catalog
your gifts...(Your secretsantaperson was from Finland? Wow!)

I love LT & have enthusiastically, well, bored friends by going on & on about its many virtues. SantaThing
was really fun & I'll do it again next year, too.
Happy reading, cataloguing, and all the rest,
I saw that you are a member of the LibraryThingers Central Valley California group and I was wondering if it is still an active group, as I cannot post a message I was hoping you might know. I am local and am eager to talk with others in my area about all things books.
Dear, dear Reading Flamingo,
I was your SecretSantaGiftThing & I love the books you got me: "Navajo Rug Designs" & "World Textiles: A Concise History".
I provided embarrassingly little help, but somehow you found terrific books. Thank you so much. (Wasn't ST fun, despite the delays?)

You've added "The Woman in White" - I have wonderful memories of reading that book, & think I enjoyed "The Moonstone", too.

All best, Renee, in every genre of your life,
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"Fifth Business" and all others
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"The Coffee Trader" and others
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"Sixpence House" and "Banvards Folly"
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"The Private Patient" and others
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"Maisie Dobbs"
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"A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books"
Yes. My friend turned me on to it and I'm so glad. But it will take me a long time to enter all my books!
Anne Perry is one of my favorite authors. I've read all of the 'Pitt' series up to the most recent ["Buckingham Palace Gardens"] as well as all of her 'Insp Wm. Monk' (her 2nd series) and her, recent,
five-book WWI mystery/suspense series (very good BTW).
I enjoy her series as much for the period 'flavor' and insights into the workings of society of the period as for the mystery being solved. I don't really have a favorite 'Pitt' title, although the later titles are more interesting to me. The Insp Monk series starts off strong with ["The Face of A Stranger"](1990).
If you haven't already discovered it, you might enjoy Anne Perry's website:
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Robertson Davies
there certainly seem to be few people my age, who are not canadians, who even know who davies was! always delightful to make the acquaintance of more fans. what have you read? most recently i read the book of his letters, "For Your Eye Alone," which was absolutely marvelous.
So glad you liked the books I chose. P.D. James is always a good choice. I was just on the point of recommending Jaqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs series, but I see you already have those. You might check out Will Thomas's Cyrus Barker series--top notch stuff. Or Christopher Fowler's Bryant & May series--a little weird in places, but always very good.

Happy Holidays. Keep in touch.

Me? Interesting? I'm flattered, Flamingo. Thanks for asking.
Noticed you liked She's Come Undone, 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 about a disturbed young girl's downward spiral 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:


Yeah, I loved the Phantom Tollbooth!
That picture bothered me more than anything else. I don't think he ever found a picture of Annie. Certainly, the picture on the cover could not be her. His mother never seemed to have any fond feelings for Annie and the women on the cover clearly are fond of each other...they might have been friends as children, but certainly not by the time of that picture. The picture also did not fit the physical description of Annie.

I think it was just to draw people in. I'm really glad it bothered someone else!!
I just wanted to say thank you for the compliment to my library.

Another Renee
Thank you for inviting me to be your LibraryThing friend. I have added you to my "interesting libraries." I look forward to browsing your collection.

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