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Member: _Zoe_

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About meI'm a PhD student in ancient history.

Feel free to leave me a comment about my books, my reviews, or anything.

About my libraryI'm not very good at getting rid of books, so there are a lot of childhood series here. My reading tastes are better reflected by my Recently Read collection, which goes back about five years. Or to get a sense of the books I'm reading right now, you can visit one of my challenge threads:

75 Books Challenge for 2014
75 Books Challenge for 2013
75 Books Challenge for 2012
12 in 12 Category Challenge
2014 Category Challenge

My ratings are based on how much satisfaction I personally derived from the book.

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Features that would improve my own LT experience

Groups2013 Category Challenge, 2014 Category Challenge, 2015 Category Challenge, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, Ancient History, Arr, me hearties!, Board for Extreme Thing Advances, Books in 2025: The Future of the Book Worldshow all groups

Favorite authorsEdwin Abbott Abbott, Paolo Bacigalupi, Gillian Bradshaw, Gail Carriger, Robin Hobb, Diana Wynne Jones, Naomi Novik, Tamora Pierce, Brandon Sanderson (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresBMV (Annex), Chapters - World's Biggest Book Store, McNally Robinson Booksellers - Toronto, Politics and Prose, Strand Bookstore

Other favoritesTrinity College Friends of the Library Book Sale

Favorite listsTop Five Books of 2013

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Real nameZoë

LocationNew York, New York

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Member sinceJul 24, 2006

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Thanks! I'm not going to be able to make the National Book Festival, alas - we have a birthday party to go to.
Hi Zoe. Just finished Before The Dawn, and found it excellent. You'll have to suggest another one for fall reading -- a bit of mainstream history/science goes a long way to breaking up the stuff I normally pass the evenings with. romis78.
Hi Zoe. Just finished Before The Dawn, and found it excellent. You'll have to suggest another one for fall reading -- a bit of mainstream history/science goes a long way to breaking up the stuff I normally pass the evenings with. romis78.
Oh good! I promise he will like it.
Will-do. No worries, I'm not missing it.
Love your "20 best books" list!
I was a little surprised by how tiny the exhibition was. But when I read the book I came to see the significance of what was in the exhibit - and that made it worth it. It must have been much cooler for you since you could explain the significance of all the iconography and the historical context. :) Could you read the cuneiform?
I see that we are two of four people who have John Curtis' book "The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia." Did you see the exhibit too? :)
Our Baltimore meet-up is going to be 23 November, correct?
I never knew why it wasn't showing up! Go ahead and make the RSI. I'm not comfortable with marking all LFLs as "libraries" because I don't think they are what people have in mind when they think of the generic term "library". :)
Group Reads: Check in the" Group Reads Literature"
Group Reads: Check in the" Group Reads Literature"
Happy Thingaversary, Zoë!
Happy Thingaversary. Seven years ago was a good day for LibraryThing :)
Hey, happy Thingaversary!!
Happy Thingaversary!
Happy Thingaversary, Zoë! It a pleasure to read your reviews in the 75-Book Challenge threads, and to see the photos and reports from your many LT meetups. I also appreciate all of your thoughtful commentary on ways to make LT an even better place to hang out. I hope you enjoy your day.
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love this photo!!!!
Awww. Well, see you another time.
This is dangerous information. Thankfully, I am unable to go. But thank you for letting me know. :)
No problem. I was pretty surprised to see that it was JtP.
Hi Zoe! May 4 is up in the air - that day is my brother's birthday so I will probably be with him. But August would be great - I am not going anywhere this summer. :) How goes grad school? Any thesis topic ideas yet?
Another one - have you heard about this?
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Like! :)
I really need a "like" button on LT for your idea about the GoodReads Refugee group. That was brilliant!

Hi Zoë,

I would be happy to share my favorite New Orleans restaurants and sites with you. I'll post a message sometime this evening, or possibly tomorrow.

I'm also looking forward to seeing you again in Philadelphia! I'm still waiting for my group's May work schedule to come out, but our scheduler said that I will be off from at least May 17-20, so I'm all but 100% certain that I'll be there.

Best wishes,

Hope you can read German. :P
Hi Zoe! It's the Santa Clara stop. See you Saturday!
Thank you for letting me know! I'll try to make it.
Zoe, that's about 3 hours in heavy traffic one-way for me, so much as I would love to see you, I'm going to have to wait for another opportunity.
That's it. I'm off down the pub for a pint and then I shall return and send links to EVERYONE to get to EVERYWHERE. * big grin *

Thanks again Zoe.
Into The Wild
by Jon Krakauer

Hi Zoe: You are talking to a guy with only one lonely braincell here.

If you were to post a sentence with a link to the LT page for the above book with the usual note to click HERE. What would HEAR actually contain.?
Thanks Zoe: Here I go.........................
I've done that walk; trust me, it's not as fun as it looks. I'll pick you up. :) You still have my number, right? Text me when your train is approaching.
Hi Zoe,

I got your emailed article and have yet to look at it (my email inbox tends to fill up them I go on a cleaning frenzy, lol).

I propose we meet at Recycle Books on the 12th at 1 pm. There are good restaurants within a block. Do you have a car? If not I can give you a lift from the Caltrain station.

Also, do you know of any books on divination/astrology/cosmology in the Bible?
I've had that problem in my History of the Jesuits class. The book we have is horridly written, very shallow and meandering accounts with little analysis. Our professor admitted there isn't much better. I say just ditch a primary textbook, give lots of secondary sources and primary sources and supply the tertiary through lecture!

Can we do December 9?

HI Zoe

How very nice of you to remember me. Thanks ever so much. How are you? How are your studies?

I think of you often.

Hi Zoe - you mentioned wanting to talk more. I actually have a class in Berkeley every Sunday. (Masochistic I know.) It's a Biblical Hebrew course through Lehrhaus Judaica, a wonderful Jewish adult ed network. (My teacher, Jehon Grist, graduated from the Near Eastern Studies program at Cal - small world.) If you'd like to meet Sunday afternoon that would be do-able.

I'm also very curious - what texts are you teaching for that course you've heroically picked up mid-way?
Hi Zoe! I'm new to Attic Greek - this is my first quarter. See you tomorrow!
Also, I just noticed we are part of a very small group of people who share Geannikis' Greek Paradigm Handbook. My professor assigned it, though I haven't used it yet. Although my goal is New Testament and early Christian literature, the only Greek my school has is Attic Greek in Classics, no Koine in biblical studies. I notice you have BDB. Do you study Biblical Hebrew?
Hi, Thanks for stopping by! I am sure I could get to Philadelphia also. My daughters go there all the time so they could come (and help me not to get lost) and meet some LTer's too (after all they hear about them all the time, like extended family we never get to see.) I cannot even imagine how awesome it would be to put faces to the names of the folks I have come to know and love on these pages and threads! Off to work on NanoWrimo! Mary Beth
Yep, I believe Saturday will work. Dad needs to check that he's not teaching a class that day... This will be great, lots of LTers meeting up!
By the way, thanks for checking in on me. It means a lot. More than I can say really.
Yeah, I tend to avoid posting when I gain. But I'm on the right track again and plan on posting today.
Hi, Caught up with you on the lovely Linda's (Whisper1)thread and popped by to see your LT meet-up pics.(Thanks for posting those great pics!) I wish I could have one around here! (The Jersey Shore) Especially now! We have been visited by Sandy, now we need to be visited by a storm of fantastic friends raining down on us. I don't think there are many New Jerseyans in the 75ers thread though. I assume we would meet up in New York, which would be fine by me. Mary Beth (I would love everybody to meet my pack of pooches, that's all.)
My next unreviewed book is from the Nov 11 batch, so I only have 1 that qualifies for the challenge! Woohoo!

It feels like I *never* review the books I win, but my actual numbers say I have 3 unreviewed out of 15. That makes me feel a lot better.
Are you still planning on making a TIOLI challenge to fit the Quackenbush book? I can probably manage to finish it in October (after the 5 million books I have to read in the first 3 weeks...)
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Capitol Hill Books! browsing there is a daunting task where the possibility of a "bookslide" exists at every turn but it's worth it. i've found some amazing bargains there by looking at the stacks behind the stacks. Glad you had a good time in my hometown.
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This picture is the best. "OMG, a cupcake!!!"
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I didn't notice the Langston Hughes quote above my head when I sat down there! I like it!
Sorry. I think it was because i mentioned you when I did it. I'll bring it back sometime in a radically altered form.
Dear Zoë; please see . Thanks for any support!
I saw you read the Gallagher girls series, one of my favorites! I haven't been able to get my hands on the last one, but when you join our "series" group we would love to hear your opinion on all of the books.
Dear _Zoe_; I found . How did you add the poll. Is there a description about it? Thanks for any help in advance!
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Enjoyed the pictures. Thanks for putting them up.
Hi Zoe

Thanks for sending the list. I love it!
Hi Zoe! I did come across another member, Roro8, reading The Book Thief who wants to discuss. Did you ever start a thread? I didn't see one but I thought I'd check with you. I've been known to get click-happy with those little Xs from time to time... Are you enjoying it? It's different than I thought it would be. thanks.
Sure, feel free if you'd like.
Today's the day! Looking forward to The Book Thief. Have a great weekend Zoe!
How about the 10th? I think I can wrap up the two I'm working on by then.
Is that the newest from GRRM? If so, my SO has been working through that for months. I haven't dipped my toe into GRRM yet. Good luck!
I know, I saw it the other day on my shelf and felt guilty. But I'm not in any great rush, so whenever you clear your plate is fine.
Hey Zoe,

What feels like ages ago, we thought we might read The Book Thief together. Are you still interested? I have no particular time table in mind, just wanted to be sure we're still on. Have a great weekend!

Hi. Katharine (Qubo) suggested you were the one to ask about this question my sister and I have. We would like to be able to search by our LT name and find out what we've posted. I can do that a little in the search screen, but it's hardly complete. Was this a feature that was discussed? I'm not talking about the stepped-in reply thread feature, just a list of what our most recent posts were, by name. I looked through the thread titles on the recommended threads, didn't see anything.
Of higher and lower, respectively?
I think Jeremy had better find a better photographer then...or he might just lose his job! :)

I wish I could have been there. It's always fun to get together with LTers. Where's your next LT meet-up spot?

Zoe, that picture Nora took of you and the "psychotic" Tim is hilarious!! It looks as if all of you had a great time in Boston.

Well, the pace is about right. :-)
High five on message #59 on you know what thread!

I'm sure the hotel would store my stuff for me, but it's still kind of a pain in the butt. Especially if I end up staying somewhere not close to the convention center (or wherever this thing is).

Americans say "huh". Or "eh", but without a Canadian accent ;-)

Can I just stand around and drink coffee and wave at you while you run?
I'd really rather not spend two nights, especially if there's not going to be anyone I know around on the second day. There are no late-nite flights from Boston to DC (nothing that leaves after 6pm) so I'm pretty sure I'll arrive early on Saturday and leave whenever on Sunday. But that means I'll have to drag my stuff around with me all day Saturday (and I'm NOT a light packer).

I've been to Boston twice, but did not have much free time. I know an epic consignment clothes store in Cambridge, and a dim sum restaurant in chinatown. But I also know vaguely how to use the T and that's all that really matters :-)

I'm up for whatever extra stuff you want to do. Museums, shopping, sightseeing, wandering around aimlessly, etc.
Thanks Zoe :-) Unless someone else is taking the train or bus and wants company, I will probably fly and stay in a hotel. Money is not really an issue, and flights are well under $200. Mostly I just wonder about when to get there, where to stay, and what to do.
I'm glad Jeremy's jumping at the chance to do more LT RL social things. Boston is a bit far from DC so I'm not sure about me making that particular meet-up.

Have you seen this?

Good job! :)

The 3rd brother:

It looks like I'll skip reading his books ;-)

- N
Hi Zoe,

No circles aren't for everyone, or at all moments in life. You've got more than enough reading demands in your world just now, I should imagine, to make adding others unpalatable.

I'm not going to DC, I fear. My first wife is paying a visit. It's likely you'll read about me in the pages of the New York Post, they like sensational murder stories.

hey friend! :D

I just wanted to drop you a note and say thanks for all you do here at LT.

No, I'd never heard of that Sweet Valley book! After reading the reviews, I think I might have to read it out of pure curiousity, whether or not it's any good. :) Thanks for telling me!
Me again.
I think I am selecting a book of yours from your tag mirror. So, I have to say, this will push me outside my comfort zone. :-)
I'm thinking about the bold tags: Ancient Near East or Mesopotamia.
Thanks Zoe.

How are you?
Zoe -
I'm intrigued by the Tag Mirror challenge, but -- 2 things: I've never tagged a book (have not ever really used the tags or the cloud...) so I'm not sure if that would work. Also, I'm still quite new to LT so my library is not very large. I worry that the person after whom I post would have much from which to choose..... your thoughts? (I guess the first question is a technical/LT question; the second I can decide about).

Have you seen it yet? You've been incorporated into the new LT e-reader! ;)

Hi Zoe
Nice to hear from you. I think you will like The Book Thief.

Hi, Zoe,

I hate to bother you, but when it comes to items that might make LT better, you're the lady I think of.

Is there a way to determine how many people have a book wishlisted?
I know that I can go to the work and see how many people have it cataloged, but how can I or is it possible to tell how many actually have it and how many have it wishlisted?

Any help would be appreciated.

Oh well, it wasn't all that exciting. Most people agreed on the book's qulaities, so there wasn't a lot of fun conflict. Next time it's "The House in Paris", which we'll discuss on 4/14. Elizabeth Bowen. Hmmm.

Hey Zoe, I wanted to let you know the SantaThing books you picked for me came today and I'm excited about both of them (Nigger & Religion in Ancient Mesopotamia). I saw that you had tried to squeeze in Soulless as well, but some some BookMooch jiggery pokery removed it from the mix. Either way it's good to hear that you liked that one and I'll keep and eye out for it on my own now that it's got a proper endorsement.

Glad to know your Santa Thing books all made it (I'm one of the people who still hasn't gotten anything!). I had a lot of fun picking your books, since there's enough overlap in our collections that I could think, "Hm, what have I read this year that a person who has all this in common with me might love?"

Hope you enjoy them!
Hi Zoe

Thanks for your kind comments and your outreach. I think you will really like No and Me. I'll be sure to offer more YA books to you as I finish them

For an older Mormon mother book, try "Recollections of a Handcart Pioneer of 1860" by Mary Ann Hafen. You might also like "The Shakeress" by Kimberly Heuston (mostly Shaker, some Mormon).
Hi, Zoe,

Your SantaThings selections arrived for me today, and I'm delighted by all of them! The girls at reception are holding them hostage until I get some work done, or the end of the day, as the general consensus is that I'd get lost into one of the books rather than working! ;-) I am really looking forward to the Doomsday Book, that seems like a really intriguing concept to me!

I hope your SantaThing gifts are as well-chosen, thank you very much.

All the best for the season, and may 2011 be a year of great reads!
Hi Zoe,

Just a quick comment on your post regarding Under the Banner of Heaven. I read it last month and commented here:
As a member of the LDS church, I found much of the book very disturbing, both the horrific stories he recounts and the inaccuracy and bias regarding the history of my church. My comment on my thread led to a very lively discussion that you might find interesting.
If you are interested in reading an accurate account of the history of the LDS church or the real beliefs of the faith, I would be happy to recommend some great books. Just in the name of balance :).
How very nice of you to remember how much I liked The Wednesday Wars! Thanks for alerting me that a follow up book is in the works.

How was your Christmas in Canada?
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OMG!!!!!!! luv this pic!
I think I might have spent too much time posting on the big tents thread but I love working through a problem with other people. I with people could see that we're just trying to improve on Tim's idea and not just trying to tear it down.
Infrequent posters: Please feel free to create a companion thread; I pretty much expected someone to create a somewhat broader one. :) I expect to get very few responses to mine, and over a much longer period of time, but I still think it was worth creating.
Add links between the two conversations?
Done. Have a ball!
So I gather. Wow. Talk about hoof-in-mouth disease. I had no idea it was Verboten to mention Other Sites! Duly noted.
Thanks Zoe! I'll look into that one, and leave Linda a message. :)
Hi Zoe

Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Greaves book: Seems since the evil empire removed the book I cannot add it to my library or add a review. But I am glad someone level-headed like you reviewed it here. :)
Greaves book: Seems since the evil empire removed the book I cannot add it to my library or add a review. But I am glad someone level-headed like you reviewed it here. :)
I have to say *thank you* for writing a real, non-biased, non-mob-mentality review of that book. I was amazed at how many of my usually level-headed friends reverted to the crazed "horrid person, horrid book, take it down now!" mindset when they hadn't even read the book. I've always been concerned about the slippery slope of book censorship; Censoring a book about an illegal activity seems fine until you dig into what the book is actually about, what it actually says... And what people define as illegal/immoral. Thanks for taking the plunge and giving us the truth about what the book says.
I, too, would like to read the book; So I can form my own opinion. But now I am prevented from doing so. This could be seen as the thin end of the wedge. Sure, the subject matter might not be 'nice', but then where do we stop? Whilst we are protecting the children, are we infantilising society as to what we can cope with and what might be beyond our scope?
I liked your recent review of The Pedophile's Guide. If a book is poorly written and someone says something about it people will think twice about reading it no matter what the content. People are smart enough to choose the books they want to read or the movies they want to see without censorship. Unfortunately, others may want to read this book because of the controversy not because it is a well written book. It will become a big seller wherever it is sold and if it is in demand and supply is low the price will go up and up. That's to bad when someone could write a serious thesis on the subject for people interested in studying the condition or trying to overcome it.
Your review is spot on. The only reason it's a controversy is because it's being "sold" as a book, rather than posted on a website. It comes down to whether or not Amazon should allow people to self publish whatever the hell they want, as long as publishing it doesn't literally break the law (nuclear secrets, incitements to kill, etc). It's about whether what you consider a legitimate book should have the same status as what I consider a legitimate book.

I think the most apt comparison is this: for every pamphlet by Margaret Sanger, every poetry book by Allen Ginsberg, we'll get 1000 pieces of trash and a few that really do turn our collective stomachs. In the end we have to pick; is groundbreaking, transformative speech worth the price of upsetting and disgusting speech?

Given the historical record, I think the answer is a pretty clear one.
I've become much more discerning about my book purchases over the last year or so, and won't buy new/full retail unless it's a tried-and-true author. I made the mistake of picking up a handful of Christopher Moore books (not new, but not exactly cheap, either) on several friends' recommendations, and couldn't get into the first one I tried. Having already made the investment I'll give him another shot, but I won't be doing *that* again!
I didn't want to completely hijack the review bug thread, but don't you wish you could un-read books you didn't enjoy and get the reading time back?? I also wish I'd found Gathering Blue and Messenger used instead of paying retail, expecting them to live up to The Giver...
Thanks for the support. I don't often get accused of making personal attacks. Sorry for making you break your vow!
"Okay, I'm going to see if I can go one week without posting in RSI, because this is getting crazy! Do you think I can manage it?"

Nope! :)

I think I'll rename the group. I don't want you to break your vow, but I can't stand the thought of not hearing your side. :)
Thanks Zoe. I didn't really want to add to that thread, but it was the only place it made sense to post it.
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Wow, that's a beautiful picture!
The thanks is not really in barnstars. It's in seeing people having fun and watching them *actively* participating in this great (and underappreciated) website.

I'm still on a quest, though, to get more real life meet-ups for LT members. It was so great you got to meet the group in NYC at Richard's party. It must have been so much fun!

I had a nice number of people together here in DC at the National Book Festival, but no one stuck around long enough to really get to know them. Jim (drneutron), however, agreed to try again for a better LT meet-up at the Gaithersburg Book Festival which happens in the DC suburb of Gaithersburg this coming spring. I'll post more about it when the time draws near.

I actually started TIOLI mostly to amuse myself. I was starting to get bored on all the groups.
I just uploaded a picture with no problem.

I'll go try to upload one. Stand by...
Wow, Zoe! You talked Tim into 250 pictures. I'm very impressed!

So now, of course, people who have no intention of posting pictures are going to say why they don't like this feature. I'm sure that if the LT servers couldn't handle that load, Tim would not have capitulated.

I like this idea most of all because it keeps us from having to search through threads to find pictures. Secondly I like it because it can bring to life what a social place LT can be. Third, I like it because GR doesn't have it (er, yet)! :)

Oh, I *am* sorry you won't be there tonight! But next time, next time...and I'll make sure we pick a good'un for you.

Yes, I do believe it is *the* Canonical Author bug! I haven't found one to try it on yet, and don't want to mess around for the sake of it, but it sure sounds promising.

Great idea that poll thread of yours - it really got things moving!
Yeah. I was hoping the issue would go away...
Morning Zoe, I guess this is the first time I've been to your profile page. Awesome pictures! Were they taken on safari? (The animals, not the ones of Richard's party!) Africa? Very cool.
I agree with your comments re: TIOLI, why mess with perfection. Have a great day, :0) Lynda

Thanks for the offer to teach more feature of LT. I will be taking you up on this.

I hope your day is a good one.

Yeah. Now for the other gazillion people... :)

As far as I know, the puppet shows at St. John are only at this time of year. The company is run by Ralph Lee, and I'm sure they do shows elsewhere throughout the year, but I don't know if any other venues are in NYC. What is nice about that troupe is that the puppets are truly huge - the show takes place out of doors and is often very funny.


I recently read a book you might like. Have you read The Unresolved by T.K. Welsh? If not, you might want to try it.

Hugs to you!
Hey hey Zoe,
Your photos definitely showed everyone having a grand time. I like looking at photos like that, not only because it's finally given me an idea of what you all look like, but because seeing friends enjoying themselves together always gives me the warm fuzzies. :-)

Whenever I'm in a group, I usually forget to whip out the camera and it's only at the end of the evening when everyone's a bit worse for the wear or the next day that I remember I even had a camera with me, and then regret not taking any photos to capture the moments.

It's Friday! whoopeeee

Here's a link. Looks like there's a show on Sunday too.

Do you recall we were talking about an outdoor puppet show at St. John the Divine? You had expressed some interest - it's tomorrow evening. Jim is going with his friend and her son. I'll make up my mind at the last minute.
"our Tim"

Zoe, some good angel suggested I not leave my personal address, etc. on an open message. So I've deleted it, knowing you have my number!
As soon as I hear from Les Girls, I'll call immediately!

Thank you again for coming, it was great fun to meet you!

sure - 12:15 it is. If we're lucky the cable guy will have fixed everything.
"I think he'll look at the list and acknowledge that people want certain things, and then continue to develop whatever he feels like at the time..."

Yep. That sounds like our Tim! :)

Despite all the inconsistencies, you're doing a great job categorizing the RSIs! Now the question is ... will Tim ignore them? :)


After answering all those polls, I didn't realize that one of my questions repeated yours. Do you want me to delete it?

By the way, give my regards to everyone at Rischard's party. I'm bummed that I won't be there to meet all of you. I'll be there in spirit, though. Wish Richard a Happy Birthday from me.

Find out if anyone will be coming to DC for the National Book festival on September 25. Maybe I'll get a chance to meet some of you then.


Your RSI polls are brilliant...and useful!

Did you see the results for comments on reviews as of 8:03pm tonight? There were 18 yes, 37 no, and 10 undecided. Slowly, we should wear everyone down! :)

Anyway, I see that I was overwhelmingly disapproved with "field for pages" and "field for pages read". Guess I'll have to hop over to GR for that then. ;)


Hi. I've heard from Stasia and company - they have a good plan to get to their hotel, so we three are on our own. I suggest the train, if that's ok with you. Richard advised us to take the 1:10 from Penn Station, Babylon line, and get out at Rockville Center - that's about half an hour, as I recall.

It's Richard's birthday - should we bring gifts? I was thinking of bringing something edible, just to be friendly. I don't know him well enough to target a particular gift, unless he has a wishlist in his library. I'd better check.
Hi, _Zoe_, glad you're coming. I'm not sure how I'm getting to Richard's yet. Instinct tells me to take the train and read (of course). I do have a car, but don't mind leaving it at home. I was thinking that if there were enough of us, I might save some folks the fare.

Plans may be complicated because three of our folks are coming in to Port Authority and planning to rent a car to drive to their hotel near JFK. Clearly not New Yorkers. If I end up mother-henning them, my plans may change.

Assuming I will not have extra duties, and you're sneaking off to the Strand first, we can certainly meet no matter which way we travel. As soon as I know more about Alcottacre, Whisper1 and one other traveler, I'll let you know.

I am so looking forward to meeting you at Richard's party!
_Zoe_ - are you going to Richard's party next week? I suspect we live close together, and I thought we might meet on the way. I live at 14th and 5th - as a PhD at NYU, you can't be too far away!
Train directions are simple: Be on the train that leaves Penn Station headed for BABYLON at 1:10p on Saturday afternoon. Get off at ROCKVILLE CENTRE. Look for a tall old man with a gray beard dressed in orange cargo shorts and a small, buff woman, who will no doubt be impeccably turned out. The cars will be at the little brick station-house looking thing. Head for that and, if you don't see one of us right away, look forlorn and wobble your chin a little. We'll find you more easily that way.
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Thanks! It wasn't so bad once the sun came up, but on the way up during the night it was brutal!
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Very cool (cold?) profile pic!
I loved the photos! The setting sun was beautiful, but my favorite was the hippos.
Thank you for sharing the great pics from your trip! =)
Happy Almost Birthday!

You will be 14 on the 14th right?

Hi There Zoe

I hope you are having a wonderful summer. Sorry things are so hectic for you. Alas, summertime doesn't always bring the rest we need.

Thanks for posting on my home page.
You're welcome. A friend of mine enthusiastically recommended Black Ships--it's why I selected Stealing Fire when I saw it offered in the Early Reviewers program. My friend had gotten Hand of Isis and read it while I was reading Fire; she was disappointed too, and for reasons similar to mine in my review. Unfortunately, in an interview at the end of Fire, Graham says she intends to continue in this vein, that before she even penned Black Ships she had envisioned 20 lives for this character. Oh well.
thanks, _Zoe_!

Congratulations on your hot review listed on today's home page!
Stumbled (for want of a better word) into your comment on Neil Gaiman's "American Gods." I had never read any by him, and was curious since he seems to be widely appreciated by members. Bought it from used book store and truly could not understand it. . . Very glad to see your reaction.
No, of course I don't mind. I got a couple of (well, okay, actually a continuing set of) messages and updates from someone I'd not only not added to my friends list, but someone with whom I'd never had contact. We had nothing in common, and some of his posts were genuine reviews, albeit of books I have zero interest in, but some of them seemed to be some sort of salespitch for a kind of coffeeshop cum ice cream parlor he runs. When I spoke up to the folks there, I got shifted to some sort of generic problem-solver address within the site, and I've not heard from them. I've not had any more mail from the stranger either, but still...also, the site frequently experiences glitches of one kind or another. Another problem is that I was/am continuously receivng messages to add a friend, but often the person was/is peddling his/her book (so telling when a person has 612 friends and 35 books listed), but that's more just a nuisance than anything else. Now I've added a "friend question" asking if the seeker has more friends than books. I use it (GR, I mean)mostly for cataloging, and only because I found that site before I found LT. If I can manage it, timewise, in my lifetime, I'd like to transfer all my reviews, etc. here and just quit there, but it's very time-consuming to do that. I find it's too social on the one hand, or much too in-depth on the other. I far prefer it here, where people are truly interested in books, no one (hardly) is seeking to impress anyone else with his/her depth and breadth of learning, and so on. Sorry to be so long-winded.
Re: Friends - Nah, makes perfect sense to me, and I'm not offended in the least. :)
Hi, Zoe, I ran into you (well, you know what I mean) over on one of Stasia's threads; didn't want to hijack her thread, so I'm sort of putting myself forward to ask you, more or less what you mean about not trusting GR. I use a different (not my usual) email address over there and have my own problems, sort of, over there as well. And I'm a big sissy about using the internet. So...anything specific? I'm really quite naive.
Hi Zoe, I wanted to let you know that the LT microbadge on BoardGameGeek has been updated.... and accidentally multiplied. There's now TWO of them! Sigh. Unintended consequences! But they both do have the right icon now, so join on up and send 0.25 geekgold my way :)
Outstanding review of American Gods, Zoe. Succint yet complete.
Nice review of American Gods! I haven't read it, but the two Gaiman books I have read (Neverwhere and Coraline) left me with that same feeling of wasted time. I don't see what the fuss is about Gaiman.
No big rush; Good Omens isn't going away anytime soon and the plots for making it into a movie seem to keep falling through too.

Hee. Well, I do like making recommendations. Feel free to let me know if any of the books I recommended didn't work for you, and why; then I'll try to find some better ones.

I do have more trouble figuring out the wording on why one book goes well with another book, unless I have a specific person in mind. *shrug* I tend to let the books speak for themselves...
Oh, you should definitely read Good Omens then. If you like that, try one of these two, depending on which appeals. (The Discworld books are not always sequential.)

Color of Magic

Equal Rites

You might also like Dragon Precinct by Keith R.A. DeCandido.
Good Omens is good and funny, but it's admittedly part Pratchett.

Anansi Boys is lighter than American Gods, but I don't think it's light enough for your qualifications. Neverwhere is also on the darker side. Do not read Mr. Punch. Don't.

The main other things he has are Sandman, which is not light, and the kids' stuff (Coraline, Graveyard Book, Dad for Goldfish, The Books of Magic, Interworld, Frost Giants).

Um, yeah. His lighter stuff is technically for kids, but it's worth trying. :)

You might like Stardust. It's definitely out of the real world and shorter than American Gods too.
You can't "win" against a guy playing Socrates.
Great rebuttal. I recommend ignoring him from now on as a philosophical troll, which is what I plan to do myself. :)
I randomly got an Early Reviewer book apparently. It's the first one I've requested in a while... Would You... it's Canadian and YA so I figured it could be worth reading :)
Ha!Ha! I have been known to do that very thing myself ...
Heya, I just name checked you in the 'You know you're addicted to LT when ...' thread ;-))
Thank You:)
I think you're the first person who spotted "A Fine Balance" and commented on it. Duh! :)

Eeeek! That group call Reviews of Early Reviewers Books is making me beserk!!!!!!! I simply can't figure out, for the life of me, why there can't be comments on reviews and why ER books can't be toggled out to show by themselves. I need my own website!!!

Just wanted to vent! :D

Hope all is well with you...

Wanna know the answer?
Mock? I never mock!

Yeah, I saw it too. I think the deeper problem is the confusion between groups and forums, group membership and posting. But yeah.

Lola's comment: "Getting into"? Did you pass from Masters to PhD program?
Congratulations on getting into grad school and I hope you enjoy everything NYC has to offer! A wonderful place for study.
Hi Zoe

Congratulations on your hot review listed on today's home page!
Hi there,
Always happy to see another BGGer :)

It's been a long while since I made the badge, so I'll have to look into how to change it, and I've a one-month old (though I've now figured out how to type while holding him, which is a big plus). I'll get back to you on it!
Thanks for the second yes. I went to bed! Have to go to work today :)

Happy New Year! May we continue to butt heads throughout 2010 ... although I have a sneaky suspicion we agree more often than disagree but let's just not let on ;-))
I think that you may wish to replace 'comment' with 'comma' here.

And a Happy New Year to you.

And thank you for being part of what makes LT so special to me.

Theo ?
Seriously, start that thread. Contextualize the issue a bit too?
Two stars? I hit the wrong button. Thank you for pointing this out!
Hey, that was way too easy. Nevermind!
Hi Zoe:
I was wondering if you'd had a chance to start "Across the Endless River" yet and if so, how you found it. It's pretty slow going for me - can't bring myself to care about any of the characters in it. If it weren't an Early Reviewer book I think I would stuff it back on the TBR shelf - way at the back!
I'm simply stopping by to say how much I enjoy your posts on the 75 challenge thread!
Thanks! I'll keep The First Hebrew Primer in mind. :) My Hebrew is pretty well limited to dreidel terms.
Hrm. I'm only idly interested in Arabic as is. Alas.

I rated Gatekeepers high because I'm interested in how things work/how people live in general, and education as a subtopic. I hope you like it. :)
Do you have any recommendations for books that will teach Arabic in a more interesting fashion?
Thank you for recommending the ARC Junkies group, Zoe! Much appreciated.

Bronwyn / Penguin Canada
Got your request, but I knew you figured it out already! :)

Your examples of possible areas of study both sound interersting. And I think I understand that you are primarily studying history - is that right? Are there many differences in the way that mathmatics has developed over time, and the development of other technologies? I hope you will, from time to time, keep us informed about the progress you are making through your studies.

Thanks for the reassurance about "popular" science. I'm not sure I understand it, either, but it's not unique to science. My sons are both musicians and they feel the same way about popular music. We keep trying to tell them that, as musicians, it's hard to make a living unless lots of people are willing to pay for your work. I imagine the motivation is slightly different in science, but if you're doing something truly wonderful, don't you want as many people as possible to know about it so they can sing your praises? (Not all intelligent people in the world are scientists, just because we can't do what they do doesn't mean that we can't develop an understanding and appreciation for what they do.)

I think it's fascinating that you are studying ancient mathmatics (and that certainly explains your nonchalance when discussing the Euclid book), but I have to ask, what kind of research can be done in a field that's already progressed onto something else? In any case, I'm intrigued and impressed. After I left that message last evening, I added 3 more wishlist books for a total of 24 for the day - a record, I think!

Hi, Zoe

Here are the 14 books that went on to my wish list today as a direct result of your conversation about Euclid's Elements:
1. God Made the Integers by Stephen Hawking
2. Annals of the Former World by John McPhee
3. Oceans of Kansas by Michael Everhart
4. Climate of Extremes by Patrick Michaels (I also looked at, and dismissed, The Coming Global Superstorm because it was written by television talk show people instead of real scientists)
5. Smithsonian's Earth ed by James Lohr
6. Magick, Mayhem, and Mavericks by Cathy Cobb
7. A Measure of All Things by Ian Whitlaw
8. Longitude by Dara Sobel
9. Physics for Future Presidents by Richard A Muller
10. The Drunkard's Walk by Leonard Mlodinow
11. Science and Technology in Colonial America
12. Science and Technology in Nineteenth Century America (both are part of the Daily Life Through History series - didn't catch the particular authors)
13. New Theories of Everything by John Barrow
14. The Structure of Evolutionary Theory by Stephen Jay Gould

Quite a few more caught my eye, but I was attempting to be discerning (and realistic) and trying to spread my list out over several subjects.

Before these, I had already added a few books today based on LT reviews (including your comments about A Long Way Gone), and then afterwards I felt like "oh, what's another one?" and added even more that caught my eye - all together I ended up with 21 new wishlist books today!

I see that you are working on your PhD - what is your field? (Probably some kind of science and now you are cringing at my selection of a dozen lightweight/popular science books!) Thanks for letting me "blame" you for such a delightful day!

Hi There Zoe

I noted your comments on Ronicats thread regarding The Adoration of Jenna Fox. I loved this book. It is very thought provoking. I enjoy your thread and reading your comments posted throughout LT.

(Adol. lit. course. Good class. I had avoided the entire idea of YA books for years before I took the class.)
Thx. I sort of fixed it following #36's advice, but tried to make it obv. it was an edit.
Sho sho sho! that'd be great! ;D
It's just an act; I'm basically copying the vulgar and comedic style used in articles on the pop. new journalist website

(Still dislike Meyer a LOT. And I'm still embarrassed on spelling her name wrong. Ugh. That sort of thing is one of my biggest pet peeves.)
Hot Review! Way to go!
Congratulations on your hot review listed on today's home page
Thank you for trying to explain that! You seem to have a far better handle on the concept of 'I am never going to read this' than I have. I still believe fervently that I will sooner or later read every book I buy. I imagine some post-nuclear date in the future when I may be confined to the house with nothing to do but read my way through my TBR pile. In fact, I've just been a bit confined like that since having surgery a few weeks ago which meant I haven't been able to drive. I thought that might do the trick but what did I do to beat the boredom? Went online to order a pile of books I may never get round to reading!

Must admit that also, as far as non-fiction goes, I do suffer a bit from believing in literary osmosis - there's a bit of me that thinks as long as I buy the books about a subject, the information will creep off the shelves in the middle of the night and find its way into my brain without me actually having to read it.

I've tried all kind of strategies to beat the habit, from 'no buying until I've read at least ???? from the pile' to reading my books in order of those with the smallest number of pages (so that I just might read a bit faster than I'm buying). None of them really work. I'm just stunned with admiration for anyone who can exercise that kind of self control! My only consolation is the knowledge that I really am lately findng fewer and fewer books I want to buy, because I've already got most of them so maybe it'll be self-righting in the end. Fingers crossed, anyway!
Do share the secret,Zoe - how on earth have you managed to control your book-buying? In the past, I've given up smoking, drinking, even sex (and I haven't yet returned to the smoking) but book-buying?! If you've got any tips I'd dearly love to hear them.
Look at all your Latin!!!! And now I see that you are pursuing a PhD in classics. I'm envious of your youth and your persistence. One goal for my retirement (now going into its second wonderful year) is to read Latin so long that I finally can read Latin. My great-grandfather could, but I still have to translate. I wonder whether I can even do that since I haven't read anything to speak of in the whole first year. I haven't practiced piano either, but I trust that I will eventually return to my better self - assuming that I have enough time!
(I came here because I was interested in your comment on the "Pedants" thread. I'm sure that you know more grammar than I do.) The sad thing is that the young teachers now can't teach what they don't know - witness that experience of the teacher agreeing that a sentence had to be compound-complex because it was long. Oh my!
Well met!
Now I get it--now my library is de-cloaked again, though it could use a bit of updating.
Thanks for explaining the 'pony' thing, Zoe. Now I feel were all speaking the same language at last - I was feeling quite left out there for a while. Am I getting over-sensitive or is LT getting more and more contentious by the day? These scraps seem to break out all the time on the most unlikely threads. BTW, you have a great library!
Love your library in the new cover mode—a sea of Green and Yellows, Oxfords, Teubners... gorgeous!
You misread what I wrote. It is you who are skinning readafew alive.

And, may I ask, why on earth would you 'lower yourself' to read threads in a group you don't believe should be allowed to exist?
Hi Zoe,

Well, we do post the upcoming author chats on the main author chat page. But I agree, we need to make it more visible. I'm thinking we need to add it as a homepage module somehow...

What? People are saying you can't talk about the Twilight books?
Just saying "hi", I live in Toronto too.

If you were to die today what do you think would be on the other side?
The Lord My Pasture Shall Prepare
by Joseph Addison

The Lord my pasture shall prepare
And feed me with a shepherds care;
His presence shall my wants supply
And guard me with a watchful eye;
My noonday walks He shall attend
And all my midnight hours defend.

When in the sultry glebe I faint
Or on the thirsty mountain pant,
To fertile vales and dewy meads
My weary, wandering steps He leads,
Where peaceful rivers, soft and slow,
Amid the verdant landscape flow.

Though in the paths of death I tread,
With gloomy horrors overspread,
My steadfast heart shall fear no ill,
For Thou, O Lord, art with me still;
Thy friendly crook shall give me aid
And guide me through the dreadful shade.

Though in a bare and rugged way,
Through devious lonely wilds, I stray,
Thy bounty shall my pains beguile;
The barren wilderness shall smile,
With sudden greens and herbage crowned,
And streams shall murmur all around.

good post about face book
Lol why are you up at the crazy time of 7.30?
yeah, that is true, but I want to do it a bit later in life. I don't want that degree just for the sake of it, I want to pursue it when I will be able to get the maximum out of it and that might also include taking a break from corporate life for this purpose.
I know the kind of people you are talking about. I am happy that you are doing something you like. As much as I do like finance, I would like to get a degree in philosophy/literature/classics later in my life. Anyways, with the current economic turmoil, everyone is looking at bleak employment prospects, specially fin people like me.
23 and already working on a PhD in Classics!!! You make my life look so very miserable, I am 24 and still toiling my way through a MBA in Finance.
yo whats up so u know u have no picher i like pichers so ill be nice if u have a picher so later

love, perkydakota
We got the same Early Review book? That's hilarious.

I actually haven't read it. It arrived after I left for England, so my mom read it and then dictated her review because I told her the purpose of the book was so it could have an early review. She's so cute.
Zoe, I'd like to do some more development of the timeline too. We've recently hired some new programmer types so maybe I can get to doing some more experimental development. I'm not sure.
Regardless, the timeline only has two optional arguments
view=USERNAME which allows you to view another user's timeline
tlmode=x (where x=0 or 1)
tlmode=0 shows dates based on start/finish in the record, or, if none, date purchased
tlmode=1 shows entry date into LT

LegallyPuzzled has a good wikiThing page for the timeline in it's current form:
Oh, no, that's fine! Makes perfect sense. Will put you on my private watch list, too. :)
Oh, I hope it arrives today! We've only had two mail deliveries in the past two weeks. Our mailman refuses to come up our street if there is any snow on the ground, and we've had lots! The UPS guy has only made it once, and the only thing he brought was my SantaThing gift. I had to go out and buy presents on Christmas Eve to make up for stuff I had ordered online and didn't get. The Seattle area just doesn't do well with snow.
Hi! I am just checking to see if you received your SantaThing gift. If so, I hope you like it! Regards, Jan
OK, I've taken up you invite and 999. BUT, I'm going to use unlimited overlaps. So I figure I'm getting an extra category at no extra charge. Thanks!
Thanks for the 999 invite, but I'm sticking to 888 unless someone creates a 777 or 666 group (and, indeed, I'd be up for the 111 group if anyone wants to do it). 8 is enough stress, especially as I panic over filling out my last category this December! Even when I say I don't care about keeping score, well, I do. Though what I really need is an 8-8-16, given how many overlaps I have to weed out, as well.

Thanks for the post, and good luck on the Arabian Nights category - I'm going to be watching that one, and may imitate it someday. Great idea.
Zoe: You're absolutely right, it was unwarrented. My deepest apologies. If you've seen me around the site, I hope you know that post was really unlike me.

I thought you were responding to my "I feel stupid...What am I missing?" post.

Due to my dad's recent stroke, I've been off my meds for two days. My own fault, but it made me hyper-sensitive (not to mention paranoic, weepy, and generally looney tunes).

I just took my pills (had to find them), now if I can make things right with you, I'll feel much better. I am so sorry. Mary Lou
Zoe, thanks for the invitation. I am going to approach this slowly, and with no timed goal, but what a wonderful way to expand my mind, organize my tbrs and see how much I've already accomplished. I have officially joined as of today, and look forward to seeing what's happening with this group.
I've actually acquired quite a few from BookMooch, now. I think I have.... 30? Somewhere around that number. Most are Sweet Valley Twins, a few are High (omg I have the full mini-series about Margo again!), and a few are even SV Kids. And yes, you are crazy, but only as much as any other serious LTer. :)
Zoe, I so appreciate your Talk comments about privacy options (the lack of) on LT, thank you for your efforts to be heard. - ER
I can't remember the Orientalizing Revolution well enough, but, when I read it, it was an eye-opener. I'm also a fan of his Creation of the Sacred.
Whoops. Hit that too quick. I was pasting in "Have you read it yet?"
Just finished Babylon, Memphis, Persepolis while waiting for a script to run. Left a review. Burkert persuades, but it still left me feeling empty.
I think it was due to those two party poopers who invaded the group. I really told the one member off and he has now dissapeared :)

But, so did everyone else

I am going to send messages to the other members and try and revise the interest in the list.
Hi Zoe

Are you coming back to Lt's list of interesting reads? Everyone seems to have abandoned the group and I thought we were having fun.
The grey stars were done per request from Tim. Just following orders.

We're up and rolling on the GEB read at
Looking forward to your comments. Jim
_Zoe_, thank you very much for your advise about how to enter acquired dates faster. That will same me a considerable amount of time!
Oooh, thanks for letting me know about Dewey Decimal Challenge. I joined and am looking into it. I need to read more NF anyway. It isn't that I don't like it, but that I largely gravitate towards novels. This will be a good way to expand my horizons, I think.

Thank you so much for the kind words on my profile page. It's hard not to give up, I requested over tweleve books...sad. But, true....

I'm happy that you got your book. Again, thank you for being so sweet.

Thanks for the invite, Zoe, but I am going to decline for now. We are in the middle of house hunting and I am looking for a job, so I am a bit overwhelmed at the moment. I will probably take up the invitation at a later date, though. ~Stasia
Most LT data isn't really deleted when it's deleted. "Deleting" data piecemeal from a database is a bad idea usually—it leaves holes in the files that get filled up, leaving the data fragmented. Instead, you set a "delete flag." When the delete flag is set, you don't show it. And then every once in a while (every couple months for books, for example) you delete everything with the flag and pack the data back together to fill in the holes.

So, if you went deleting like mad, we could restore.
Incidentally, I absolutely reject the idea that Latin or any other language gives someone the right to pontificate on good or bad grammar. Latin is a language, no better or worse than Abkhazi or Cree. Latin has no special relationship with English not shared by, say, Albanian. And while Latin borrowing—much of it through French—is one of the things that makes English English, excessively Latinate English is more often a sign of bad writing than good.

Anyway, as a serious scholar of languages I hope you agree that there is no such thing as "bad" grammar anyway.
I am not saying et cetera but the English word etcetera, which, while derived from the Latin, is not the same thing. (Etymology is not meaning!) When used as a noun, etcetera means "A number of unspecified persons or things." English even uses the plural "etceteras," which is bad Latin, but good English. Anyway, etcetera is bad *PIE.

But then, the hoi poloi irks me. We are all irked by what irks us.

Thanks for the link!
thanks for givibg me the title for the books i couldn't remember, you're a star
Victoria is very cool and her classes are always great - enjoy!
Thanks for taking care of things this month for February's book. I don't know what happened I guess I got busy over the holidays and now that I am not working with YAs I have to make an extra effort to keep up on YA stuff. So, thanks again!!
Hi Zoe, Yikes! I have just realised that I never responded to your very kind invitation. My sincere apologies. I will be happy to join the group. I have promised myself to not spend so much time at work this year and to spend more time reading and on LT! All the best.

I just read your post on the Reading Goals thread, and had to come check out your profile, since I'm a Classicist and had my suspicions that you might be too. And now I see that you're at Toronto - my dissertation adviser and one of my secondary readers just moved to your department in the last year (Erik Gunderson and Victoria Wohl, respectively)! Also, one of my advisees from Kenyon College (where I teach) is currently in the MA program in the Medieval Studies program there (Kelly Henry). Small ol' world, innit?
I just opened a new thread on the “New Features” group to highlight the loss of tag vs. book searching. Feel free to respond. Hopefully if enough people jump on board we can get the functionality returned to how it was before.
I've been following the bug you have been discussing in the groups (no longer have the ability to search by tag vs. title). I was wondering if you have started another thread on this as I would like to speak up about it. I think the loss of search ability is a major pain.

Today I received this very new The Blackwell history of the latin language. So far, I have only glanced in it, but it looks great. It's a more modern version of the classical The Latin language by Leonard Robert Palmer. A description of the book can be found here:

Higly recommended for those interested in the history of the latin language.

Best regards
Editing can be lots of different things, depending. I've mainly done specialized nonfiction book editing for small publishers (medical, computer programming, and numismatic books) - this is probably very different from, say, magazine work, or corporate communications. Much of it consists of making the commas and hyphens conform to some rulebook of choice, but if one is any good at it (and is good at picking up knowledge quickly) there can also be a fair amount of involvement in developing content - I'm in effect writing a book for a client at present. At big companies it can be a lot more rigid and controlled, though - it really varies a lot.

I don't find that editing gets in the way of reading all that much - like any job that uses the brain it eats time and saps the will to do anything that involves thought, but after a day of reading a dull, badly written manuscript it's a relief to relax with something interesting and well written. I think teaching has somewhat the same effect only more so - it's a very tiring and time-consuming job, but something intellectually engaging can be a good escape from it by contrast.

Depending on research topic, a PhD can be death on free choice of reading, but OTOH it's a great way to avoid the real world!
Are you just doing a masters or also a PhD? If you find yourself trying to become employed with an MA in classics, you'll find that you're as suited to various forms of professional dilettantism as anything. At least that's how I think of editing, for example. People pay me to read stuff. Some of it is even interesting.
Thanks for the invite, it looks fun! I love obsessing over lists... I'm currently doing this but I'm already about halfway through so I'll need new ones ;)

I think we wouldn't want it any other way!
Thanks for the invitation to the Dewey Decimal group. It's a great idea for a group! But my reading list is already hopelessly (or hopefully?) long. I'll peek at the group posts now and then, however, to see what people have been reading. I'm sure many people will uncover great finds that they wouldn't otherwise have sought out.

I guess doing a degree in classics you end up reading the same sorts of things in large quantities; one can read only so many citations of the Aeneid before footnote fatigue sets in. Being kind of a professional dilettante, I spend more time reading about stuff I don't really know all that much about, so there's usually an element of exploration for me in the citations of what I read. Often they sound a lot more interesting than whatever it is that I'm actually reading :)
I have joined rather a lot of groups - fortunetly (or not) most of them are rather quiet. I'm aware of DD challenge, but I don't feel it's really for me. I don't read much non-fiction, and there is more than sufficient fiction available to sate even the fastest 24/7 reader, which I'm not. It is a worthy goal to broaden one's reading horizens and attempt genres that don't intrinsically appeal, but not today.
Continuing from the TBR list thread, but moved here since this part has become personal chatter that no longer relates much to the idea of a DDC challenge TBR list....

I like reading the citations - I find all sorts of interesting stuff in them :) I find it irksome when they're put in the back, because I have to keep the book open two places at once to follow along the endnotes. I'll confess that I don't read the critical apparatus on editions of ancient texts, though, unless I really need to be picky about the wording of a particular passage.

Regarding the Annals, it's that indeterminacy of translation thing. The translator made an analogy on one point, which is the number of soldiers - a legion of 5000 soldiers is reasonably close to the size of a British WW2 brigade, for example - the problem is that the system worked differently enough that using some other point for the analogy would give a different equivalent. For example, the legion was the largest permanent focus of identity as a unit, so the British WW2 analogy there would be a regiment rather than a brigade. But it was a self-contained combined-arms force, so the best British WW2 analogy for that would be a division. And so on. It's an interesting problem really, because the same problem occurs even with less technical terms that people normally do translate, but it is a lot worse when it's a technical term like "legio" or "primipilaris" or whatever.

Thanks for inviting me to the Dewey Decimal Group - what a great idea! I won't be joining it (I have enough problem reading the books I've got, and controlling my growing wishlist, without trying to complete a challenge like this) but I'll definitely watch some of the threads (and I've added Dewey categories to my library...)
Zoe, thanks so much for inviting me to the Dewey Decimal group - this should really help me to branch out and read a little outside of my comfort zone.
Hi, Zoe ~ Thanks for the invite to take the Dewey Challenge. It looks like a lot of fun. I've joined the group and will be checking out the posts periodically, but, until December 1, I'm going to be pulling way back on my reading and LT participation to do the NaNoWriMo challenge. Until then ~ happy reading!
Hi Zoe, and thanks for the invitation to the Dewey Decimal Challenge - might keep an eye on that group and perhaps pick up this challenge in the new year - it sounds like a lot of fun. :)
Thank you, Zoe. It's not as wide a variety as I'd like - so this should be perfect! (And what a neat way to structure it!)
Thanks, Zoe, for recommending the YA Reading Group. I have joined. I am also hoping to bring together educators who read, teach, discuss, booktalk, recommend, etc. YA books, that's why I created YA Fans in Education. I plan to present LibraryThing as a tool and groups as strategy for connecting and creating community at the North Carolina School Library Media Association conference next month. Love it!
Thanks for your help with the poll on Read YA lit. Thanks too for all the posts. It seems lately, I can't keep up with anything and I am lucky if I get to spend time reading posts on LT.
Funny you should mention that, I just mooched 4 Sweet Valley books from BookMooch today!
That is so awesome! Where do you get Harry Potter in Latin and Greek?! I would love a copy!
I can't believe you also have Regulus and Le Petit Prince. I thought I was the only one crazy enough to have one book in more than one language! Of course, I am worse-- I've got it in German and Filipino too!
I haven't looked at them at all yet, *goes to look*.
Sorry about that. Not anymore it isn't. I was looking at the code and was amazed by that. I think it was just me--that it wasn't happening before--since the code was broken. When I un-broke it, it revealed the fact that--although working--it did completely the wrong thing...
Thanks for joining the group! Feel free to invite your friends, start topics, and generally be as involved as you're interested in being.
Random Comment - from someone passing by in Talk. Finding you have a new comment always brings some fun back into LT for me!

We seem to share a fairly eclectic mix of books - a bit of fantasy a bit of classics and a bit of "others"!
changed your mind about me zoe or just worried that anything that is said on that thread will just dig a deeper hole.
Thanks for the invitation to the group.

How is your 50 book challenge coming?

I'm on my 17th and 18th books....both non-fiction and am anxious to get back to some fiction, but can't see starting a third at this time!
Hi Zoe!! I had no idea about "Dark Visions!" Thanks so much!! I'm a huge LJ Smith fan as well! :O)
Oh, wow, I would say that some more people need to read Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures and get some better suggestions! Those are not really related at all! haha I am about to browse your books. :)
I finally catalogued all the books in my room, including all the books from this year's booksales. Since it was inevitable that I'd go past 200, I decided I'd might as well plunk down the $25 US. Today, I felt the need to get out of the house and see for myself that BMV store on Bloor. I also stopped by Annex Books, which is probably closing around mid-January. You can see the results of my shopping binge for yourself.
Thanks! I'll let you know if I do read it. :o)
I saw your post in a group somewhere and thought you can possibly help me. I've just finished 'A Great and Terrible Beauty' and I am not really sure if I liked it or seems incomplete, and I can't really decide yet. I'm trying to decide whether or not to read the sequel. What didn't you like about Rebel Angels?

Thank you for the suggestion _Zoe_!! Uglies is a wonderful option. We read it for our YA book club last spring and the students loved it! I would love to do it again.
Zoe!! This is unbelievably awesome! I didn't think anyone else would use this library thing, I thought I was such a dork! Wow, looking at yours, you're completely dominating my library, I'm so jealous! My dream is to have the library from Beauty and the Beast, haha, but for now I guess I'll just have to keep accumulating. I don't work at Second Cup anymore which makes me sad because honestly, it was like the best job I've ever had. I don't care about the minimum wage! Do you know if you or anyone else will be going to any part of the International Film Festival? I'd love to join you if you are!
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