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TagsBritish mystery (386), British literature (274), be (184), History (164), Biography (161), Canadian (158), British fiction (154), bc (145), Read 2013 (143), bea (138) — see all tags

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About my libraryWith a few exceptions, my physical library is constantly changing. Every time we move - and we move often - the collection I own is severely reduced. I wish I still had every book I ever owned and a home big enough to hold them! My collection in LibraryThing contains books that are either currently in my possession or that I have read recently but do not own. I have probably read thousands of books before I joined LibraryThing that are not listed. In recent times I have tried to remember to add a tag indicating the year I read the book but have been inconsistent. Some were re-reads. Although I read all kinds of material I particularly enjoy history, the classics, biography, natural history, travel, feminist literature, and mysteries.

If you drop by, feel free to leave a message. I'd love to hear from you.

As well as hanging out in various groups, in 2014 I will be participating in:
   • Club Read 2014
   • 2014 Category challenge
   • ROOT - 2014 Read Our Own Tomes

Books read in 2013
   • Club Read 2013

Using LibraryThing Lists feature, these are lists of books I hope to acquire sometime soon:
   • Fiction/Non-fiction
   • Mysteries
   • Virago Modern Classics

Completed challenges:
   • Commonwealth challenge - completed 2013
   • Europe Endless challenge - completed 2013
   • Canadian Fiction/Non-Fiction challenge - completed, ongoing

I'm trying to keep track of the countries where my reading has taken me. Not all the books are in my library.
These are the 181 countries visited so far. The list includes Antarctica, which doesn't show on this map.

An explanation of my rating system:
Outstanding, highly recommended
Excellent, minor reservation foiled a 5 star rating
Very good, recommended to author/genre fans
Above average
Not worth reading

Obviously, my personal taste is the crux of the rating. Although it's difficult to rate books that are essentially different, my rating simply indicates how much I enjoyed them or how memorable they were. I also consider if I would recommend the work, and to whom. I try not to use half stars.

Groups2014 Category Challenge, 2015 Category Challenge, British & Irish Crime Fiction, Canadian Bookworms, Canadian Fiction/Non-Fiction Reading Challenge, Club Read 2013, Club Read 2014, Commonwealth Challenge, Mac Users at LibraryThing, Richard IIIshow all groups

Favorite authorsElizabeth von Arnim, Kate Atkinson, Jane Austen, Colin Bateman, H. E. Bates, Alan Bennett, E. F. Benson, Pierre Berton, Michael Bond, C. Alan Bradley, Charlotte Brontë, Agatha Christie, Deborah Crombie, Robertson Davies, Colin Dexter, Michael Dibdin, Gerald Durrell, Gwynne Dyer, Kim Echlin, E. M. Forster, Dick Francis, John Galsworthy, Jane Gardam, Elizabeth Gaskell, Germaine Greer, Christopher Hitchens, Kazuo Ishiguro, James Joyce, Margaret Laurence, D. H. Lawrence, Laurie Lee, Henning Mankell, W. Somerset Maugham, Daphne du Maurier, Denise Mina, W.O. Mitchell, Alice Munro, George Orwell, Beatrix Potter, Peter Robinson, Vita Sackville-West, Ian Sansom, Carol Shields, Muriel Spark, Anthony Trollope, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Evelyn Waugh, Oscar Wilde, P. G. Wodehouse (Shared favorites)

VenuesFavorites | Visited

Favorite bookstoresAudreys Books, Greenwoods' Bookshoppe, Munro's Books, Otter Books, Pack Rat Annie's Used Books, Russell Books, Waterstone's Belfast Fountain

Favorite librariesEdmonton Public Library - Strathcona Branch, Grant MacEwan University - City Centre Library, Linen Hall Library - Belfast, Northern Ireland, Scott Polar Research Institute Library, University of Alberta Libraries - Bruce Peel Special Collections Library, University of Alberta Libraries - Rutherford Library (Humanities and Social Sciences)

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Real nameVivienne

LocationBritish Columbia, Canada

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Member sinceMay 23, 2007

Currently readingKnots and crosses by Ian Rankin
To love and be wise by Josephine Tey
Enigma by Robert Harris
The emperor of Paris by C. S. Richardson
Hidden moon : an Inspector O novel by James Church
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Hi Vivienne,

Thanks for the comment on my picture. I took a trip around with a dog-sled company operating at the time as I managed to get there on a couple of occasions when I was doing some travelling and absolutely adored the area. Hope you live close enough so you can spend as much time as you want to there.

Best wishes,
Hi Vivienne,

I am reading a book called [Library: an Illustrated History] by [[Stuart A.P. Murray]]. It's a fascinating book. Here's a quote:

"A shared characteristic of sixteenth-century pioneers in librarianship was a combination of compulsiveness for organization and broad knowledge of scholarly subjects. One of the first was the accomplished Swiss bibliographer, Conrad Gesner (1516-1565). A physician and naturalist who compiled a Greek-Latin dictionary at the age of twenty-one, Gesner produced the Bibliotheca universalis in 1545. This Universal Bibliography listed 10,000 titles by 1,800 authors (including all known Latin, Greek, and Hebrew writers)."

Okay, that's pretty interesting right there. He's like the great, great, great times thirty or so grandfather of Library Thing when you think about it. But it gets even better:

"Typical of the best early bibliographers, Gesner was accomplished in several disciplines and languages, eventually writing or editing more than seventy books. He was an expert in physics and theology and was an outdoorsman who resolved to climb one mountain a year - for his health as well as for his love of nature, and to study plants and animals."

And THAT is when I made up the Gesner Society. The purpose is to climb one mountain a year (at least), somewhere around the anniversary of Conrad Gesner's birth.

I hoped I'd have a few months to work myself up to that, but guess when Gesner's birthday turned out to be? March 26. We were all set to climb Kennesaw Mountain this Sunday (a nice, gentle mountain to start with) and then schedule conflicts came up and four of the eleven people in the newly formed Gesner Society asked me to reschedule. A couple more seemed more interested in the Gesner Society Banquet (to plan the climbing of the mountain and eat a bunch of good food) than in the actual mountain climbing per se.

I suspect that the Gesner Society will end up being me and my friend Debbie. But as you see, your son and his friend are obviously qualified to claim membership should they like. :)

How kind of you to check out some of my favorite music. I love sharing music as much as books. Russian Circle's song 'Harper Lewis' is an excellent one to you-tube. One of my treasured memories of being a school librarian is the imagination/listening exercises we did using that song. Watching the students absorbing the music...indescribable. Watching them come back to earth when the song ended...inspiring. When I told them that all that sound is produced by just three men they were often quite disbelieving. :)

What are some of your musical favorites? I always love learning about new music, particularly the nice hard stuff, but other types, too.

Going to make it to bed before midnight tonight...

Have a good night/day,
Mary Ann

Hi Vivienne,

Wow! I did NOT see the man climbing the mountain in the pictures before. That really takes a beautiful scene and shows clearly how grand in size it all is. Tell your son he can be a member of my newly formed Gesner Society if he likes...I started to head up the stairs to get the book and make sure I'm spelling 'Gesner' correctly (and then tell you what it is all about) and then noticed it's late at night.

Time always gets away from me, but I'm working on understanding it a bit better, thus I'm going to bed so I'll have a more wakeful day tomorrow. I will tell you about Gesner then. :)

Mary Ann
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After a while it dawned on me that you must have BEEN here in order to take this glorious picture. Wow.
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As I look at this picture, I can imagine shimmering colorful fairies standing on each blossom, arms uplifted, singing.
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So beautiful!
Thanks, Vivienne. I'm honored. - Lois

Thank you for your lovely message. I am so glad you liked the book. I just saw your review as well. Thank you for reviewing the book. It is mainly through reviews that independent authors like me can get the word out about our books, so I really appreciate you taking the time. And maybe next time you are back in NI you can visit the statues!

I am working on a second novel - but it is slow going. Hopefully I will complete it in 2014.

All the best,

All the best people are ;)
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Beautiful citrus!
Hi Vivienne
I have just finished reading Tim Winton's latest novel, Eyrie. It's set in Perth and Freo. I wonder what your family there think if it. It paints a very bleak picture of modern city life . I loved it, but it doesn't make a visit there very appealing.
However, I'm sure we'll get there one day.

How exciting to have another Super Fan of Jussi Adler-Olsen around here! He is quite charming in person. His humor comes through in his work and I think that is what makes Carl and company really work. I was so excited he came to Houston and I was able to attend. I hope you get to see him one day too.

Hurry up and catch up with book 3 because book 4 will be available to us soon!

I starred your new thread and will checking in.

Am so sorry. Looked a real character.They put paw prints all over our hearts as the saying goes. Xxx
Hi Vivienne
Thanks for the welcome. Actually that clean bus is in London, we visited there in May this year. My goal - visit Persephone, tick; husband's goal - ride on an original Routemaster bus, tick. No wonder I look happy.
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What a gorgeous flower.
Hello there! Thank you for calling,by. I read one of Jilly's non fiction books a long long time ago when I was young too :) about rescued dogs and quite liked her. Never read any of her non fiction until Score! Then I was hooked. I think once you get her, in the same way apparently like Jane Austen ( never got her..:).) She is just so fun to read. Her books are so hard to get hold of. She's only one of a couple I've accidentally doubled up on.
A fellow vegetarian and a cat owner too. He/she is gorgeous. Boy or girl? Likes having their photo taken.
And we have another 13 books in common. I'm going to have a read of your Betrayal review.
I've yet to read Chemistry of Death. Tried so hard to finish Moab is my washpot.
Good to meet you. Xx

Thanks for those suggestions. I've been recommended Margaret Lawrence by a relative with similar reading taste. Shall add the others to the list.

Hullo other Vivienne!

It's funny how you can stumble across people with similar reading tastes by seemingly pure chance here on LibraryThing! I'm really enjoying being here--I think in retrospect that LT is a better fit for me than Goodreads was.

Having had a squizz at the scores you've given the various books we have in common, I feel I can confidently recommend to you any and all of the Aussie authors I enjoy. Do feel free to browse my 'Australian' tag. David Malouf is particularly good, and most of Peter Carey's books have hit the mark for me (just the odd miss.) Oh, and I've recently been introduced to a very good Australian mystery writer, Peter Temple, who might be of interest to you.

Perhaps you can point me in the direction of Canadian writers I can add to my (long and getting ever longer) to-read list. So far I've only really latched onto the "big names": Margaret Atwood and Michael Ondaatje.

Toodle-pip from south of the equator,

Thank you! and do keep updating the threads with your global reads, I find the threads a great resource.
Vivienne - very interesting to see your most recent review on Brunei. Would you be interested in posting it to one (or both) of these threads? We don't have any Brunei-related reads yet.

Hi Vivienne, I see we share a love of both classic and current mysteries as well as travelling the commonwealth! I just posted my Solomon Islands book this morning, and I see you have been busy in both the South Pacific and Jamaica as well. I have marked your library as interesting to me and look forward to browsing through it.

Hi Vivienne! Yes, our libraries do seem to have a lot in common, especially mysteries. I've never been to British Columbia, but it's high on my list of places I'd like to visit "some day". I'd love to do a rail trip through Canada. For now I just read about it!

Ohh I just noticed in your feed that you have The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,which I have not read, but I did see the movie and enjoyed it quite thoroughly!

Hi, Vivienne,
Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate that you think my library is interesting, especially when I see the books in yours. You have a much wider reading base than I, but maybe that's because of your location and lack of local bookstore, you take what you can get while waiting for other books to come along. I see that you are much farther along on the European Challenge, so I will be peeking at yours to get some possible ideas for those unusual locales.

Hope you are staying warm in BC.

Hi Vivienne from warm and sunny Phoenix. this is a great srs community with loads of activities every day. e are enjoying the pickleball club and Waalt is doing so very well, just tired at times but moving as well as most players. We are lucky so far. Hope things went well for you in Kamloops.
I used to go to Milanos dancing on a Saturday night! Probably after your time, in the early 70s! No Caproni's was a little bit further along Seacliff road. It has been demolished now. Milano's had been various things, a roller skating centre, a furniture shop, a school would you believe! and now it is a church!
If you are on Facebook at all I think I have a slideshow of old Bangor pictures if your interested? I will have to check. McCreas furniture shop on the Main street has now become an Asda supermarket!
Well that has given me a lift I must say! Our house is also easy to see. It's way up high with loads of steps up to the front door. You would remember The Long hole and Capronies I am sure?
Oh very small world indeed. When we moved to Bangor in 1970, we lived in a house on Seacliff Road!! Number 92 overlooking the sea.
Hello there Vivienne, I am so glad you enjoyed both my review and the book! Colin Bateman is to be seen now and again walking round Ward Park, with his kids! Looking for inspiration? lets hope so! He is indeed a local treasure!
It is interesting to hear you lived in Bangor years ago, where abouts did you live? and where are you now? It is always good to find fellow Bangorians! All the best, happy reading,
Thank you so much for the lovely book! It just arrived today and made my day! :) I hope I can return the favour sometime. I do love the teacup on the cover. :)

Hi Vivienne, thanks for you reply. Walt's neurologist confirmed his diagnosis and recommended the amantadine for his tiredness. The B12 deficiency was discovered through a routine blood test. His gait and posture appear normal now.
My mom and sister, both vegetarian, also take B12 shots. I understand an oral version is available now, one that dissolves under your tongue. Walt needs the shots because his body is not absorbing the vitamin, so the pill won't be effective for him.
Best wishes....
Hi Vivienne,
Just keeping in touch. My husband is doing really really well. He is taking Sinemet and recently added Amantadine which is giving him more energy and alleviating the constant sleepy feeling. He is also taking B12 shots monthly. Things are looking good. How are you both coping?
Thanks for correcting me at
PS, hey, I love Moosewood, and Alan Bradley. I met him here for an evening at the Bohemian Cafe.
Hi Vivienne

Thanks so much for author suggestions for Northern Ireland - I have added them in to the Updated and Collated Mystery Fiction list.

I had 'Fifty Grand' by McKinty listed under Cuba and Colorado but I've now added another title to Colorado, Three to New York and Three to Northern Ireland, does that sound about right?

I haven't read the 'Inspector Devlin' by McGilloway series but I currently have it listed under Ireland as it says he works for the Garda - Since the Borderlands are effectively falling under both jurisdictions I have now altered the listing to include it in both.

Have you read any of the McGilloway books?, I've nearly bought the first one a couple of times when I've seen it second hand, I think next time I see it I may give it a go...

If you think of anymore suggestions, for anywhere, please let me know.


Thanks again
Hi Vivienne

Thanks so much for kind words re my review of The Siege. And thank you for recommending The Betrayal - but I am lucky enough to have already started to read it! I'm only about 30 - 40 pages into the book , but I'm really enjoying it!

Thanks again for your kind message!


Thank you for your note, Vivienne. I see we not only share a lot of books, but many of your favourites are books I'm very fond of myself. I see you have a lot of EF Benson books. I listened to Queen Lucia on audio book this year and really enjoyed it, so I'm looking forward to discovering more.

Robertson Davies has been a great discovery for me, glad you like my reviews, thanks.
Hi, Vivienne - you're right - I work for the gov't. My photo was from the Folk Fest, which is my main summer festival - the Fringe is second best for me :)
Hi, I hope you enjoy the book! Nice to hear from you
Thank you for the comment. I don't like to give poor reviews but I was truly disappointed.
Thank you for the comment on my shelves, and yes I do love the Floyd. I use that album cover as my wallpaper on my computer at work where I'm a photo editor, it seems fitting.
Thank you. I had no idea there were even reviews on the Home page until someone told me to look. I almost never review because I just don't have time but this book took me right back to my childhood.

I belong to the Persephone group but mainly post on the Virago group. If you are interested in British and feminist literature that is the place to be!
I noticed on that you were planning to read (A Fine Balance). If you have done so, what did you think? If not, I can't recommend it highly enough. One of the best books I've ever read. His characterisations are superb.
Enjoy, Vivienne! We'll have more books up in the March batch of ER tout suite.
Thanks for adding BannedBooksLibrary to your interesting libraries. Happy Reading!
Thanks for adding us, Vivienne! We have one book on offer in the Early Reviewers program this month and I think there should be three scheduled for January.

Hello, VivienneR!

I have not read The Wife's Tale. Your reading list on the Canadian challenge was so interesting, that I opened every link on it to look at those books. The Wife's Tale and Mamie's Children both called to me! So, I've added them to my wishlist, and hope I can find them to read for this challenge.

Funny you should mention "interesting libraries" for tagging. I am always adding members to "interesting libraries" or "private watch list" for one thing or another - their tagging structure, their collections concepts, their profile helpfulness, the 'interestingness' of their books, if their reviews are ones that I want to check back on periodically... I would LOVE for "Connections" to have modules for all those other member facets.

Oh, and about my tagging - I'm not satisfied with mine, either! On the one hand, I want to see all my (for instance) 50 states together in one spot on my tag page. So I use a kludgey prefix to gather them together. On the other hand, its not intuitive to do those prefixes whenever I enter a new book, so there is endless housekeeping that 'should' be done on my tags page, to keep it up to date with its concept. I would LOVE to be able to order my tags page to my own liking and be able to dispense with the prefixes.

But Tim hasn't hired me as a consultant yet, so I'll just go on loving LT like it is!


(For continuity) you said:

"I have added your library to my "interesting libraries" because I really admire your tagging. I'm not satisfied with mine so I may drop by now and then to get some tips.

I see you have added The Wife's Tale which I snagged from the ER program. It was better than I thought it was going to be. How did you like it?"
A person who loves CATS and hates "very unique"
Need I say more.
What a beautiful cat! Welcome to Women of Mystery, by the way, and feel free to post!
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