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GroupsARC Junkies, Bloggers, Combiners!, Early Reviewers, Feminist SF, Girlybooks, Graphic Novels!, Knitters Inc., Montreal Bloggers, Orange January/Julyshow all groups

Favorite authorsIsabel Allende, A. Manette Ansay, Ivan E. Coyote, Deborah Crombie, Lorna Crozier, Michael Cunningham, Carolyn Elliott, Sylvia Fraser, Elizabeth George, Elizabeth Gilbert, Malcolm Gladwell, Gail Godwin, Natalie Goldberg, Joanne Harris, Janette Turner Hospital, Laurie R. King, Barbara Kingsolver, Nancy Kress, Anne Lamott, Margaret Laurence, Harriet Lerner, Nancy Mairs, Patricia A. McKillip, Kate Morton, Mark Nepo, Kathleen Norris, John O'Donohue, Susan Olding, Mary Oliver, Ann Patchett, Brenda Peterson, Mary Rosenblum, Marisa de los Santos, Sark, Maggie Scarf, Dani Shapiro, Anita Shreve, Joan Slonczewski, Alexander McCall Smith, Amy Tan, Alice Walker, Jennifer Weiner, David Whyte, Kate Wilhelm, Terry Tempest Williams, Connie Willis, Robert Charles Wilson (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresBeazley Books, Livres usagés Notre-Dame Used Books

Favorite librariesBibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec - Grande Bibliothèque

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Hi Avis,

I see we share "Rebar: Modern Food Cookbook". I used to love to eat at the Rebar restaurant in Victoria but found the cookbook just a bit too complicated to have fun cooking.

Your little cat is just adorable, and looks completely exhausted from reading all those books!

Welcome to the 75ers Avis! I noticed you joined the group very recently. I look forward to seeing you there as well as in real life! :-)

Wishing you a very Happy New Year filled with everything your heart desires!

Avis, thanks for the Europa challenge links. We currently have an Europa challenge of our own this month with the 75ers group, which I'm not participating in as I'm overbooked for the month (as always). But it has inspired me to look into it. I've already put aside a bunch of their books on my library's wish list so I can get a feel for what they're all about. Aside from the quality of the authors, I've also heard a lot about the visual presentation of the books and can't wait to see them for myself.

Hope you got some good sleep about that late night. I know I did. :-)

Hi Avis, thanks for making me an LT friend. I'm up at an ungodly hour because have been spending hours looking up The Gallery of Regrettable foods site I blogged about and also Europa Editions books, because I keep hearing about them and want to find out for myself what all the chatter is about.

Calling it a day now as I'm about to keel over.

Take care,

How cool! I didn't realize anyone but my mom, dad, and a couple of buddies were reading my blog, like, ever! LOL
Hi, thanks for the add :)
I know you already did so, but I thought I might as well comment back. Sorry again!
I apologize for the late reply, school has kept me busy.

I have no problem with you reposting the covers that were on my blog. Post away. ^_^
Hi ~

A while back, I co-edited a series of zines called Fire & Reason. I noticed that they are catalogued with LibraryThing because this information shows up under various entries when I google my name. When I visited the page here at LibraryThing, I noted that you are listed under "members".

I would appreciate it if you could please contact me. My email is

With thanks,

No, sadly I wasn't able to go to BEA. My company distributes the book in Canada so we have ARCs. Haven't had a chance to read When Autumn Leaves yet, though.
When Autumn Leaves looks interesting, eh? Email me about it when it comes out.
Your user name caught my eye. Should I be interpreting it as "Avis Ann Schild", or "Avis Ann's child" or "Avis, Ann's child"?

I'm wondering because my mother's name is "Avis Anne", making me "Avis Anne's child". :-)

Hi there. I noticed my book, Love and Other Natural Disasters, was in your library, and I wanted to let you know I'm doing an author chat for the next two weeks. It'd be great to see you there!
Holly Shumas
Love the picture of your cat on your profile! What nice colouring!
Wow that was fast Avis LOL. Perhaps this will work a little better.
It definitely could have very well been me, but it's not. :) I grew up in a house surrounded by woods, in a house filled with books. And I have sort of curly hair. But, nope, not me. That would have been cool, though. :)
Thanks! I can't take credit for taking the photo, though. I can't remember where I found it, but when I saw it I loved it as well! :) Thank you for stopping by!
Sarah's Key is taken already. Sorry.
Don't be embarrased! I have books in my tbr pile that have been there for years! It's been a while since I read Chocolat. Is it worth reading again before reading the new one?
ACK!!! lol! Thanks for letting me know! I revised the review when I was re-posting to my new blog which I shouldn't have done obviously. I probably got books mixed up. Where I got the name Claire from, I don't know! (Time Traveller's Wife? Outlander?? Must be something with time travel involved, because that seems to be affecting my postings! hah!) I'm going to check it and fix the name. I really appreciate you telling me and happy new year to you too!
No problem; apologies again that it took so long. For what it's worth, it doesn't seem as though Penguin has posted my review of "Varieties of Religious Experience" either--they seem to be running as behind on the posting as the sending out of books. The bright side, I guess, is that I may be finished reading it by the time I'm able to add my comments to your review!
I really enjoyed Testimony. It is one of my favorites this year, along with Life After Genius from M. Ann Jacoby!
hey! Nice to see you :) I love the kitty!
I'm glad to hear it made it to you! Enjoy it!
Hi Avis, Yea I think you did thank me. Not sure though LOL..its oaky either way. I will be starting the book probably this week. I want to read songs for the missing as Donna would like to read it when I am done.
I put it in Avis. See you tomorrow.
I keep forgetting to tell you that No One You Know was mailed to you the end of last week. Hopefully it will make it to you soon!
Wow, that's funny - I just saw the message you wrote me this second!! Thanks!! Sheri
Nitestar has just informed me of the other Montrealers on here, so I just wanted to say hi!!

Glad it worked (finally!) Thanks for you patience/persistence with it!
Thank you so much for that information, I was already a member but I hadn't found the place to sign up to do reviews. I've made my request now. I'm so happy to have another souce for ARCs. I've done well with cold requests but they make me nervous and this is better. That was very kind of you. We should hit the 100 mark in books we share any time now. I'm glad to be your friend.

Avis, thank you for the kind words on my blog! So glad you enjoy it. It's such fun for me to run it, and authors have been so generous with their stories. It definitely keeps ME inspired!

I added you on Book Blogs because I love your blog - you're in my Google Reader. Thanks for the friends invitation here.

It's no problem about the book. I understand how it goes, believe me! I hope the move went well and that you are enjoying your fall.

Take care,

Thanks very much for giving it a chance. I hope you enjoy it.

My best,

Just wanted to let you know that I haven't had a chance to start No One You Know Yet. It's up next, but it will be next week before I get it out to you as I will be out of the office until Friday.
Hi Avis,

Thats okay I still have to reply to nitestar. It was a crazy weekend here. Went up north to a friends cottage for the day on Saturday, Sunday I started to get my son's stuff ready for school (double checking) and yesterday went with in laws vegetable picking. Today I take him for an hour and then tomorrow is a half day. The joys of starting kindergarden.

I am going to be posting on my blog the books I have to trade. If any peak your interest let me know and I will put them aside for when we meet up. I will be doing that this week some time.
Thanks for the friends invite! I'm glad to see you here and I've got you added to my book
blog list on my blog. I see from your posts that you are from Montreal. I visited there when I was young and remember that it was a beautiful city.

Hi Avis, yes we should put together a LT Montreal gathering. La BOOK ique is a second hand bookstore on Donegani. Its just off of Sources Blvd. Where abouts do you live on the Island? I am in pointe Claire.
Avis, thanks for the cross post to 1st Books on your blog! I'm glad you're enjoying the blog. I always find stories of how much work it takes to get a book published oddly inspiring too. I think it's because when you're not getting published as an overnight success, you think you can't make it. But even most of the "overnight" successes take years to get there.

Do just leave a short comment on 1st books so I can enter you in the giveaway, if you'd like!

Avis, are you the one who's put The Wednesday Sisters in the people/characters and Place libraries? I didn't even know about that feature. Very cool! Isn't LT wonderful?

Thank you!

I just had to tell you that I loved your book reviews. I have found that many people, avid readers or not, are not all that gifted when it comes to putting their thoughts down on paper. Reading your reviews was a lyrical experience. You're a wonderful writer.
Hi: No problem. Next Thursday at noon would be fine. The street entrance is definitely University. Thanks and have a great weekend. Oh, about the book American Wife, I also received a copy of it and could not finish it - unfortunately, its not really my style of book. But I loved the cover - very beautiful. See you next week. TINA
Hi: I tried getting into the HC site and its very, very slow and acting up again. I can't wait for them to change the site :) I was not all that impressed with the selection, although there are a few I registered for. Thanks for letting me know the books were up.

I am looking forward to meeting you next week. TINA
Hi Avis:

Tuesday at noon would be fine. Can you meet me at the Security desk in Place Ville Marie (the entrance is on University I think). Right by the elevators going to the 20th floor in 1 Place Ville Marie. I will be the one holding the book :) That works out great. I can scoot down to give you the book and then just head off to my meeting (I have a 12:15 meeting). Hope this is okay. Thanks.
Hi Avis:

I hope you are well. I was on the HC site the other day and noticed that they only have two books this month! I did not find all that many books on this site this time around (sigh!).

I live in Verdun and work at PVM regular business hours. Just let me know if its easier for you to meet me downtown or closer to Verdun and when. The only night I am really committed to something is Thursday night, or we can meet at PVM during lunchtime on Thursday if you would like. Just let me know. Thanks.
Hi Avis,

No, I haven't read anything else by Elizabeth Gilbert (although I have a couple of her other books on my wishlist!). I had to put her on my list of favorite authors because Eat, Pray, Love had such a profound impact on my life, and I thought it was so well-written. Subsequently, I've seen her interviewed in different places, been to her website, and it seems like she's such an awesome person. Enjoy the book! I'm planning to re-read it again before the end of this year.
Hi: I hope you are surviving 'the move'. I had the same HC problem. I was told to send my reviews to:


so you could try that. Apparently, the website is not working properly and they are planning on launching a new one soon. In the meantime, I have been sending my reviews to this person, but this person is only to send reviews to. Hope this helps.

Thank you for the book offer, unfortunately, its not really what I read. However, if we can exchange any other future books that would be great.

I finally heard from some of the publicists on Shelf-Awareness and I am getting two books (YEAH!). All hope is not lost.

I still have your book so let me know when you would like to get it. Thanks alot.
Hi: Thanks so much for the link. I have been lucky enough to get a book for the last 3 months. I got Dating makes you want to die. I just finished it and I am working on my review. I love HC. I have been totally unlucky with Shelf-awareness (as I mentioned). Its sometimes hard to hear about all the people on this site who seem to be getting so many free books from so many different places. I am happy for them, but I have to admit to being a tad jealous!

I have also noticed that there have been a few rough patches on the forum board on this site lately - I find book people can be weird sometimes about their books :) I never re-read most of my books and I don't have the space to keep them all so I like to give them away if I can - so I am always a little surprised when I see so many people being so militant about not giving their books away.

What books have you gotten from HC? Some months, their selection is better than others. TINA
Hi. Can you tell me where on did you see anything about the editorial board? I have been searching on it (I do get the newsletter) and can't find it.

Don't you love how living in Quebec basically excludes us from almost every contest on the planet - except if they are run by loto quebec - talk about a monopoly (sigh!) Thanks. TINA

PS Hope the move is going well.
Hi: Sure, the book is still yours. I work at PVM so anywhere around that area - whenever you are ready would be great. Thanks.

It's not a problem for me to wait for the book. I have a tbr pile that's over my head already! I'll be sending The Wishing Year tomorrow or Saturday. Thanks, and good luck with the move!


P.S. Is the address I have for you still going to be the correct one?
All fixed :)
Hi Avis,

Do you still want my copy of The Wishing Year? I finished it a few days ago. I really liked it, although I didn't fall in love as I have with other books in that genre. I think it's definitely worth reading though. Feel free to read my (and others') review before you decide. If you do want it, just reply to me in a private message with your address. I'm making a big run to the Post Office on Friday, so it could go out then!
Thanks and many happy trails to you as well :}mary
Hi: Its nice to hear from you. Yes, I have to say that I do believe Comtesse de Segur holds up - of course, she is not JK Rowling, but I find her stories are still fully of love, mischief, harmless and depict a kindler time - which, I think, will appeal to some teens. I had a used bookstore for 4 years and it amazing to me the amount of adults around my age who came in to buy these books. The plan was to re-read them and then hopefully pass them along to their kids. My favorite in the series was Les Malheurs de Sophie!!! I have read and re-read that one about 20 times over the years.

As for the Butala book, if you want my arc copy, you can have it, if you want it. I work downtown so maybe I could just meet you and give it to you. Let me know. I am off to Toronto in a few minutes and won't be back until Friday evening. I will try to check my email, but it will be a little tough.
Hi: I just wanted to say hi. I live in Montreal as well. Let's hear it for us Montrealers!!!!
Hey, avisannschild!

I've been posting in the "I Love Jane Austen" group. There's a relatively new thread that's currently discussing Northanger Abbey. What a hoot!

With visitors in all week, I haven't had a chance to read. But, looking forward to reading tonight!
Hey there! Meant to ask you -- how far are you with The Wednesday Sisters?
Yay! Yay! Yay! Me too!
Hiya! Very excited that someone has received The Wednesday Sisters. No, I didn't know about that link. I just checked it out... will probably write a line or two, if I've read the book by then, which I hope I have. Thank you, Avisannschild!
Hiya! Nope! No Spanish. I watched the whole thing this morning. I think I've seen it before... years ago on PBS. Makes me want to re-read her books and definitely finish Mrs. Dalloway.
Hello Avis:

I hope to start Weaving a Way Home this weekend.

I'll try to think of ideas for threads for Women of Mystery. I just read Elizabeth George's new book (which I think is one of her best in quite a while)so maybe we could use that book as a launching point for a group read/discussion?

I had no idea they were making a movie of The Secret Life of Bees. I'm thrilled. When I read the story, I imagined Jena Malone as the main character. She may be too old now... but it will be difficult for me to imagine someone else in that role.
Hi Avis,

We do indeed share a lot of books - particularly on the topic of writing. Are you a writer? I'm looking forward to delving further into your library, as I expect I'll find lots of ideas for good books there (as if my tbr pile isn't already the size of a small mountain!). I was very excited to get [The Wishing Year]. Assuming I'm willing to part with it after I read it (which I never know, of course, until after I finish it), I'd be happy to send it on to you. How are you liking Weaving a Way Home? That was my March book also, but I haven't received it yet.
She may very well be a candidate for one of my favorite author's also. I would love to read her short stories!
Perfect! Thank you! In a way, I'd be curious to see what you'd think of this book, but I really did mean what I said in my review.

I've just started reading Wit's End. So far I love the voice.
Thanks. Next book I'm working on is a photo-narrative. Big fun.
Sorry it took me so long to respond. I have no good excuse. :) I've been on SSI 8 years to answer your question.

I notice you got Weaving finally. YAY! Still waiting for mine...
Hi there. Yes, I archived all of my comments. It was getting quite full! Start the Plath group and I'll be the fist to join! Would love to read the book you've just finished. I'll have to add it to my list. I finished Chocolat and have added Joanne Harris to my favorite author's list. Just love her prose! Believe it or not, I am reading Terry Goodkind's Wizard's First Rule. It's not my usual fair, but easy reading and, at the moment, fun, though on the gory side at times. We'll see.
Thanks for the welcome to Women of Mystery group and nice comment about my cat photo. Chrissie, the cat, also loves books. Because I read in bed she is under the impression that it's mandatory and always has a look through my book before curling up to sleep.

I have added your library as an Interesting one to watch, but I am afraid to look through it too much! I already have so many books I want to read and buy, and I have already found two more I want to add to the list just looking at what you are currently reading. And, I just realized I was reading your username totally wrong all this time--I totally missed the s in the middle. I am sorry, I think I have been going around calling you aviannschild!
RE: Ann Patchett.....

No, I actually haven't read all of her novels, and here's the funny thing - it's hard to recommend a specific one, because they are very different. I have read "Truth and Beauty" (that's what actually got me started), "Bel Canto", "The Patron Saint of Liars", and "Run". I don't even think that any of them would make my favorite books list, but she is still one of my favorite authors. I think it is because of the way she is able to, every so often, write a sentence or paragraph that just takes my breath away. I also find her characters very interesting - they always have lots of dimensions to explore. So I don't know how helpful that was *grin*, but I think if you liked "Truth and Beauty" you should definitely try another - I think "Bel Canto" is probably her most well know, "Run" is the most recent.....again, not very helpful, I know. =)

I enjoyed looking at your library - we seem to have a shared interest in feminist spirituality, as well as sci-fi. It was interesting to see lots of books in common. And thanks for the compliment on the user name! =)

PS...Just kidding.

Love the new pic. I almost used that one on my profile! Now, don't bug me - I am reading. LOL

OOPS! Me again. I forgot to answer your question about the picture on my profile page. I love Edward Gorey so I did a Google Image search for Gorey pictures and found this one. Thought it was appropriate!

Avis -

What a lovely name! Don't worry about the second message. If that is the worst thing you have done recently, you are doing quite well. I know what you mean about LT. I have never been a "social" Internet user... until LT. Now I am talking to people and spending more time online and finding tons more books to add to my wish list. So, like you, I have tripled my book list and spend even less time reading. Whats up with that?? LOL

Thanks for adding my humble catalog to your interesting libraries. I have added you to mine, as well. Hope that is agreeable. I love to see what everyone else is reading. It does really expand my book sale list, though. LOL

Hope to chat with you from time to time.

Wendy (aka wcath)
Thanks for the invitation, I've added a few new titles to my list of books to be read!
Carol's non-Mallory book, Judas Child, is also good.
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