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About meI am an actor, writer, director, musician and former librarian, and part-time book buyer for an independent store. I am married to a practicing librarian who I met in library school. The fact that she is undoubtedly the most popular person in our town says quite a lot about her, the library she directs and, indeed, the nature of our small community. At one time, Mrs. Kitten and I ran a rare and used book business, specializing in women's history and literature and children's and illustrated books.

About my libraryOne of the things I love about this site is that it allows me to catalog not only those titles I choose to keep but also those I've read and chosen to return or pass on to someone else, which I do more and more frequently these days. I'm not as much interested in enumerating my possessions as I am in being able to track the continuing progress of my reading life.

My 2011 75 Books Challenge thread can be found here:

My 2012 75 Books Challenge thread can be found here:

I was asked to give a talk about books in September of 2011 and decided to do a variation of the long-running BBC program, Desert Island Discs, in which a notable figure is asked to name the eight discs they would take to a Desert Island. You can usually tell when a subject is being honest about their choices and when they've chosen music they think they ought to choose. So in selecting my eight Desert Island Books, I tried to be as honest as I could about the books I truly love and would welcome reading over and over again. Here then are my Desert Island Books, in alpha order by author.
1. Dickens, Charles, Great Expectations.
2. Grahame, Kenneth, The Wind in the Willows.
3. Jerome, Jerome K., On the Stage and Off
4. Ormondroyd, Edward, David and the Phoenix
5. Potter, Beatrix, The Tale of Tom Kitten
6. Stevenson, Robert Louis, Treasure Island.
7. Tolstoy, Leo, War and Peace - This is the only one on the list I haven't actually finished, but I figure I'll want a challenge, in addition to all the comfort reading.
8. Twain, Mark The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

At the end of Desert Island Discs, the interviewee is asked to name the one selection out of the eight they would choose if limited to only one. I think I'd have to go with Great Expectations.

Groups1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up, 75 Books Challenge for 2011, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, Actors Who LibraryThing, All the World's a Stage, Bloomsbury Group and their friends, Booksellers, British & Irish Children's Fiction, ZB's Literary Adventure

Favorite authorsJane Austen, Aphra Behn, William Boyd, Peter Carey, Charles Dickens, Tove Jansson, David Lodge, E. Nesbit, Mervyn Peake, Beatrix Potter, Arthur Ransome, Claire Tomalin, Virginia Woolf (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBrookline Booksmith, New England Mobile Book Fair, Russell Books

Favorite librariesWatertown Free Public Library, Wellfleet Public Library

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Member sinceMar 8, 2010

Currently readingWar and Peace (Oxford World's Classics Hardcovers) by Leo Tolstoy
Middlemarch (Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics) by George Eliot

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Stephen, I very belatedly caught up with your answer to me on Linda's 75 Challenge thread, re Lee Miller. Your friend must have had many interesting stories to tell. I am adding the biography to my Amazon basket.

Best wishes
Thanks for stopping by my thread Stephen!

I hope to follow your thread more closely in 2012.


thank you so much for your detailed response, which has taught me a lot about the commercial aspects of books of which I had not the first clue. It certainly helps me understand why there are so many great book deals to be found out there for perfectly good hardcover versions of bestselling titles on sites such as BookCloseouts, for example to name just that one. I can also see why and how the whole topic of 'weeding out' could be the cause for passionate discussions.

My mum is an as-yet unpublished author who's just finished her fifth novel, and I hope to take up writing in a serious way too someday, so I tend to look at books purely from the perspective of the authors and readers and do often balk at how difficult it is to get published to begin with, and then to actually have a successful title with staying power. No wonder there are so many unknown authors out there.

No need to apologize for the length of your message by the way. I don't do pithy myself and really appreciated you sharing that information with me. Might prove useful someday!
Thanks, friend. I think you're interesting too!
I'm still here. I'll tell you quickly that I love, love, love and adore The Road Home, love and adore Music & Silence, and love The Colour. As I say, I'm saving the rest for when I need something I know will please me!
Good morning, TK, friend of our Lucy!
I see that you've been at LT for almost a year but are just now joining the 75'ers. Welcome!
I'm glad to see that you had the same kind of problems with *Suspect X* that I did. I think your 2½ stars is really a more accurate evaluation than my 3. I too have found the attraction of mysteries weakening as I have had time to read more and better in retirement. That's too bad in my case because I bought old series at a much faster rate than I could read and have masses of pb's hanging around demanding to be read or dispersed or something.
OH! And you love Rose Tremain!! *Restoration* is one that I'm saving for a rainy day. I confess that I was disappointed in *Trespass* but otherwise, she is my discovery of the decade.
So, well-met! I look forward to hearing from you on the treads!
Oh yes, I adore Stoppard. I have not yet had the honor to work on any of his plays though. Alas. If you like British women writers you may want to check out the Virago and Persephone groups. I have loved being members of both of them and always discover amazing new authors through them.

Cheers, Maren
Hi TomKitten,
I'm another New Zealander and noticed your question regarding NZ authors on Lidbud's page. Sorry to be presumptuous, but I am happy to make some recommendations. Maurice Gee, is considered to be one of our master storytellers and I feel reflects middleclass New Zealand well. From a Maori perspective Witi Ihimaera, particularly his earlier books e.g. Bullibasha, or Alan Duff, who writes more contentious, but sadly accurate, portrayals of some urban Maori. Patricia Grace is another. Of course, there is also Owen Marshall and Lloyd Jones...We are quite well served and new writers are emerging all the time.
Hope this is of some assistance to you.
Happy Reading, Helen.
Thanks very much for adding me to your interesting libraries. We share some very good books, too!
Thanks very much for adding me to your interesting libraries. We share some very good books, too!
Hello TomKitten, I see we share a love of Virginia Woolf as well as Tove Jansson. Thank you for adding me to your interesting library list.
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