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CollectionsYour library (2,310), Currently reading (5), Read but unowned (61), All collections (2,352)

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Groups50 Book Challenge, 75 Books Challenge for 2010, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, Anglophiles, Biographies, Memoirs and Autobiographies, BookMooching, Christianity, Dewey Decimal Challenge, History Fans, Name that Bookshow all groups

Favorite authorsAristotle, Jane Austen, Andrea Barrett, Graham Greene, Carl Sandburg, Diane Setterfield, William Shakespeare (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBarnes & Noble Booksellers - Charlottesville, Books and More Books of Santa Fe, Daedalus Bookshop, Green Valley Bookfair, Strand Bookstore, Tattered Cover Book Store - Colfax Avenue (Denver)

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Currently readingPatriots by A.J. Langguth
Handbook for Today's Catholic: Fully Indexed to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (A Redemptorist Pastoral Publicatio by John O'Connor
Bible Day by Day Minute Meditations for Every Day Based on Selected Texts of the Holy Bible/No. 150/09 by John Kersten
Discovering God: The Origins of the Great Religions and the Evolution of Belief by Rodney Stark
Denial: A Memoir of Terror by Jessica Stern

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How are you doing? I hope Bennett is doing well.
Thanks! How are you doing?
Hmm, I realized I never responded. We represented the owner of an office building against a tenant who moved out 5 months into a 13-year lease for 2 floors. We got a jury verdict for about $17 million.

How are you doing?
We both need this!!
Did I? I don't see it, was it about a Thaddeus Russell book? Hm, wonder how that happened?
I just read your review of I Capture the Castle and loved it! I read the book for the first time last year and was a huge fan. I've always loved the work of both Austen and the Brontes and I agree that Castle feels like a blend of their work.
Check out the weird comment someone left on my page.
Hey V_R,

Glad you want to discuss Castle! You know, I rather liked the book, but not so much for the story in itself as for Dodie Smith's writing talents. I loved all the beautiful, detailed descriptions, not just of landscapes and places, but also of people and their behavior. Reading Smith's words feels like observing the scenes evolve right in front of one's eyes.

What I didn't like much was how Cassandra started becoming more and more childish as time went by, instead of the other way around. I kept wanting her to snap up from her teenage passions (and for her sister's fiancé no less), but maybe that's the Jane Eyre connection that I'm missing. I understand that the Brontes (Charlotte mostly) were more of the romantic sort of writer. I much prefer Austen's style of heroine: witty, perceptive, and at some point, aware of her own flaws.

I am intrigued by this line of your review: "I could definitely write an essay comparing the works of Austen and Bronte, especially Pride and Prejudice, Emma and Jane Eyre, but will refrain from doing so here." Well, I am way behind in my reading of Jane Eyre, but Emma and Pride & Prejudice are two of my favorite books ever. It would be interesting to hear your thoughts on those two, and even more so if in comparison with I Capture the Castle. Go ahead, type it all down. Essay-like lenghts don't scare me. ;-) Seriously, I'd love to discuss any similarities you found between Smith's and Austen's works.
Hi there, Voracious_Reader!

I stumbled upon your review of I Capture the Castle and found it very, very interesting. You were far more generous toward it than I was, but you made very good points that are worth mulling over.

Also, I'm an Austen fan myself (who just started reading Jane Eyre, by the way), so I thought, if it's not 'too forward' of me, perhaps I could offer myself for discussing this book and hearing your ideas on it. I promise you won't have to bribe me first. :-)

I'm sending you a friend invite. Do you mind it terribly? It's just that I think anyone who gives five stars to Austen's novels must be very interesting to talk to. ;-)

Looking forward to hearing back from you,

Girl from Shangri-la.

PS: Loved your review of To Kill a Mockingbird. I agree with every word.
I like to peak around LibraryThing and keep track of people that read similar books to mine, but also lots of many others. A great way to discover other great books to read. You have a very diversified library.

The reading challenge was an idea I found in LibraryThing and decide it would encourage myself to add a little more variety to my reading habits. I'll peak once in your library to find good recommendations. :)
I haven't read that one, but it sounds good.

I'd like to read Roads to Modernity at some point, but I'd hate for you to send it to me now; I just bought a bunch of new books and have piles of things to read (including an Early Reviewers book I just got yesterday). And I should really finish Anna Karenina sometime soon.
I actually had never even heard of I Capture the Castle until after St John's, I'm pretty sure. I remember reading it at the house on Cochiti St, after I moved back to SF at the end of 2001, and I think that was the first time. I don't know where I first came across it, but it's definitely the sort of book that stands out to me in a crowd. :)
If only I were even close to seeing all my books in one place! This is going to take forever--but I'm completely hooked. :)
Thanks for stopping by! I look forward to following your challenge in 2010. Happy new year, and happy reading!
I'm a Santa Fean.
You have a great library! We've got quite a bit in common, as well. Now if only I could find some more time to read the othe half of my library!
Woo woo! We actually share fewer books than you might think.
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