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About meI am a library/media specialist in the Northeast. I am an avid reader and can't wait to read my next book. The only problem I have is deciding which book in my "to read" pile will be next. As far as I am concerned there are never enough hours in a day to read. My perfect job would be reading and writing reviews... without a doubt.

My job is a teacher/library media specialist, but my passion is all about the kids and their learning to acquire a love of reading. I purchase children's books for K-5 and have been involved with young adult literature as well. I believe strongly that children who love to read will succeed, whether they read online or in a book.

About my libraryI am most drawn to reading historical fiction and history which I include biography. I also enjoy a lot of contemporary fiction.
However, I read nearly every Stephen King book written(yet usually hate horror books). I am not particularly interested in fantasy books, but have read many of the Terry Brooks "Shannara Series" and of course CS Lewis and Tolkein.

Therefore, I would say I am always looking for a great read. I have an open mind and read reviews often. PLEASE, recommend any books you think were your absolute favorites!!!!!

As a library media specialist, I read The New York Times Book Review. I always look at School Library Journal, Booklist, Amazon, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly and especially read my fellow Library Thingers reviews out there!!!!!

Please write and recommend your favorites.

I still have books to add to my account, just never have the time.

Groups100 Books in 2009 Challenge, 50 Book Challenge, Aboard the Jolly Roger, Algonquin Readers Round Table, American Civil War, American History, Historical Fiction, Librarians who LibraryThing, Librivox Listening Community, ReadaThingshow all groups

Favorite authorsIsabel Allende, Sharon Creech, Charles Dickens, Margaret George, Philippa Gregory, John Irving, Sena Jeter Naslund, Ayn Rand, Susan Vreeland (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBorders - Danbury, Deer Park Books, Elm Street Books, More Good Books, R.J. Julia Booksellers, The Hickory Stick Bookshop


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Currently readingThe Birth of the Republic, 1763-89 (The Chicago History of American Civilization) by Edmund S. Morgan
An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America by Henry Wiencek
The Canterbury Papers: A Novel by Judith Koll Healey
Caesar's Column: A Story of the Twentieth Century by Ignatius Donnelly
I, Claudius : From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius, Born 10 B.C., Murdered and Deified A.D. 54 (Vintage Internati by Robert Graves
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Yesterday I picked up Lady of Hay at my mailbox. Thank you so much! It sounds like it will be an intriguing read. :-) I hope you are well.

Hi, Wisteria! Guess what came in today's mail? Thank you so much for selecting For the King's Favor by Elizabet Chadwick for me through the SantaThing program. It took a little while to arrive, but it finally made it. :-) I am looking forward to reading it! Thank you!

The Little Stranger really was great, wasn't it? I just picked up a copy of Affinity, so that will be my next Sarah Waters read. Have you read it?
There's something else we have in common then! Sarah Waters is a relatively recent discovery for me. I have now read Fingersmith and The Little Stranger and loved them both. What are you reading now?
Hello! Thanks for dropping me a line. I look forward to following your library and reviews.

I actually found a few copies lying around my house. Send me your e-mail address (mine is, and I’ll send you a signed copy.
Noticed you liked The Glass Castle, 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 dysfunctional family (and also 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:


I liked the book better than the movie. The book has so much more life than the movie, plus they left out the most important part in the movie that was in to book...Lol have to love when they make a book into a movie and leave out the best part!
I think you might like the stroy "the boy in the Stripped Pajamas" its about world war 2 its a quick read like maybe 100 and some odd pages!
Hi Wisteria,

You asked for recommendations. You and I have two of the same favorites on our lists The Glass Castle and A Thousand Splendid Suns.
Since you are an American history lover, I think you might the historical fiction, Mary by Janis Cook Newman. I loved it and it is one of my favorites.

Your bio asks for recommendations of favourites, so I'll give you one suggestion for now: Stone Junction by Jim Dodge. I thought it was brilliant. There are many elements of the fantastic to it, but equally it feels quite grounded. Great fun.
Now that I have been here to visit and read your bio I see why our tastes are similar in some ways. I was an elementary middle school librarian for 6 yrs and loved every minute of it.
So I did my first review, and it's short sweet and too the point. I did not want to give to much away about the book but i just didn't know how to do that, so leaving it short and sweet seemed the way to go lol!

I just wanted to let you know that I responded to your query in the Author Chat a few days ago, though I wasn't sure I gave the answer you were looking for. I'll still be answering questions tomorrow if you'd like.

Thanks for your interest in my work!

Best wishes,
Dara Horn
Ahhh thank you very much that does help me. I will get started on the reviews I'm excited!
I was trying to play around to see how i could review them...But i cannot figure it out?! How do i do that lol...And I've read so many i can't remember half the books i read... I need to go through my library at home :)
Thanks. Nice interview. I had read the book before the interview and loved it. Wonderful to hear the author's thoughts.
Our local library actually sent me Hand Rhymes (and a few other books) as a present when Jasper was born! Glad to hear it's a good one :)
Thanks for you comment, It was awhile ago, but you recommended your blog with Sandra Worth's interview. Thanks for hte heads up! I have added your site to my webblog
I would love it if you could link me too.
Thanks alot!
Good interview!
Hi, I just joined this site. Are you a writer too?
Nice interview! I haven't read King's Daughter yet but know Sandra and am looking forward to reading her latest book. As for where I put my book collection, right now the overflow books are on the floor next to my desk! :)
Thanks for the note! I'm glad you found the interview with Efrem Sigel interesting!
Hi. I saw you just read "The Disappearance" by Efrem Sigel. I thought you might be interested in the author interview I just posted with him. The link is:
Absolutely....I'm reviewing it for a magazine and will be posting it on my blog. The book is excellent and chronicles his life prior to the trials and on through his repentance.
I'd love to hear more about Salem Witch Judge whenever you get to it (although I suppose I'll probably see the review on your blog). Please shoot me a message about it if you happen to remember. Thanks!
Hi-haven't yet read Ahab's Wife, but it is highly recommended by someone whose book opinions I usually share. Let me know what you think if you get to it first.
Hi-saw you're looking for recommendations. I mention The Condition by Jennifer Haigh to anyone interested in excellent writing - also loved Crossing to Safety by Stegner. You are absolutely right-too few hours in the day and too many books. So nice to be among fellow book lovers: a lovely oasis. I am so glad that you are bringing a love of reading to children. It always seems odd that there are people who don't love to read. There is a sign on a school marquee here that says "Remember to read during the summer." I always think that is like saying "Remember to breathe."
Sending it now to the address.

I did send you my address, correct?
Just stopped by your blog. Love that you've joined The Sunday Salon!

J. Kaye
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