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Member: beserene

CollectionsYour library (3,885), Read but unowned (2), Lent (1), To read (17), Currently reading (1), All collections (3,885)

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About meIn this good company, it's easy to say that I love books. That's the obvious point. But the fact is that if I won the lottery tomorrow, the first thing I would do is go straight to the nearest bookstore and, for the first time in my life, buy everything I want. After I returned the rental truck used to haul my lottery-money-paid-for books home, I would buy a bigger house (for my books), perhaps a hybrid car (for use in traveling long distances to seek out more books), and many, many more bookshelves.
The work of my life is reading (I have an M.A. in literature and I teach English and mythology--as an adjunct--at two local colleges), though I do not consider myself well-read enough (can one ever be?). Reading is joyful work--it's nice to love my job. I also enjoy sitting, eating, and sleeping, and can occasionally be convinced to put my book down long enough to watch a movie, play a videogame, or even go outside to play tennis.
My favorite books are those novels that pull you in so completely that finishing them is like waking from a dream; upon emerging you find yourself surprised that the surrounding world has not changed while you were away.

About my libraryI'm nearly done cataloguing my books here on LT -- after six years, you'd think I'd have gotten there, but it's a process. Only about 500 more to go, I think. With 3000 or so books, my library is pretty varied, but it does seem to be mostly fiction, which is more a matter of habit than any antipathy toward true stories. The books have pretty much taken over the house because the book room is quite full. Someday I will get them organized. At the moment, I know where most of my fantasy and science fiction books are, I have coherent sections for pre-twentieth century classics, Irish literature, and global myth and folktales, but the other genre sections have mutated and sprawled to the point that one never really knows what one will find on a given shelf (or floor-stack). What can I say? My library is an adventure.

Groups75 Books Challenge for 2008, 75 Books Challenge for 2009, 75 Books Challenge for 2010, 75 Books Challenge for 2011, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, Books in 2025: The Future of the Book World, Hogwarts Express, Read YA Litshow all groups

Favorite authorsLouisa May Alcott, Jane Austen, Patricia A. McKillip (Shared favorites)

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Member sinceAug 31, 2006

Currently readingCultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories from History and the Arts by Clive James

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Hi Sarah,
Thank you so much for your SantaThing choices (and sorry for the late thank you note!). Not too long before Chrismas, I put To Say Nothing of the Dog on my wishlist, so you read my mind (or, rather, read my mind before I had even made it up). Three Men in a Boat has also been on my radar for ages, so thank you very much! And I look forward to the Tim Powers book, I've got a long train ride to take in a few days, and that's going to be my travel reading. Thanks again! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season!
Hi Sarah,

Thanks for the brilliant SantaThing selection, very much appreciated :-) Enjoy the holidays!

Ryan
Hello Sarah, I spotted that it is your Thingaversary today! May you have many happy returns.
You are quite welcome! I hope to meet both you and David some day.

Happy Reading! Happy New Year.
Hi Sarah! I wanted to pop by to say Thank You for my SantaThing books! They were excellent picks for my tastes, and I'm especially happy to see His Majesty's Dragon because it's totally new to me. Thanks again!
Hi Sarah

Thank you for recommending Roddy Doyle's Greyhound of a Girl. I added it to my tbr list in August and read it tonight. What a wonderful book!
I was wondering if you might be able to assist me with something. It looks like we share a book by Lynn Hall called "New Day for Dragon". I just received my copy, used, and it starts directly on page 7 with chapter 1. Am I missing a preface or forward?
Oh, yeah. It is supposed to be that way. I wrote that review for TeensReadToo. GeniusJen is the organizer for that site so she posts on behalf of TeensReadToo. Thanks for the heads up though.
Nope. It's not supposed to be that way. I'll go check out GeniusJen. Thanks for the comment.
Your latest review makes me eager to start that series!
Hi, Sarah! I'm sorry but I already sent my copy of Fire off to someone else. As far as which to read first, I don't think it really matters. Fire is technically a prequel to Graceling, but I don't think it really matters what order they are read in. They take place in the same world, but in very different countries within that world and feature different heroines and sets of characters. I read Graceling first a few years ago, and enjoyed it, and then I read Fire in 2011 and loved it even more.

Marcia
I'm so glad you like them, Sarah! Picking books for you was an adventure; you already have all of my favorites!

Happy Holidays!
Nora
Thinking of you and sending all good wishes for a wonderful holiday!

Love
Linda
Yes indeed -- we absorb our Vitamin D religiously!

I was so glad to hear back from you -- it is helpful to know others are out there muddling along.

I'm a little way into Uncoupling -- have you read it yet? It's my third ER book..... I'm never sure of whether it's a good idea to get any of them, given my own hefty agenda, but who can resist 'free'?

happy to be able to get you such a great book :-)
I loved your S&S review! It was my introduction to Austen and you hit on everything — and more — that made me love it. Thank you!
Hi Sweetie!

Hi There. I'm compiling a list of birthdays and sending messages to those whose birthday I don't have as yet. Would you please send your birthday either to the birthday thread, listed below,
http://www.librarything.com/topic/105833
or to my home page:http://www.librarything.com/profile/Whisper1

Thanks.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for the marvelous SantaThing books! They are all wonderful choices for me and reflect quite a bit of thought and care in selection. The truly amazing thing about your picks is that you managed to find three in a genre I read heavily which I had not yet read! I have already zipped through Princess Academy, which I enjoyed very much, and I'm looking forward to dipping my toe into the wonderfully named collection of tales next.

I see from your bio that you teach mythology. One of my favorite courses in college (back in the dark ages) was Western Mythology. My professor was Elizabeth Marie Pope (whose retelling of Tam Lin, called The Perilous Gard, I highly recommend, if you haven't read it.) She always said that she wanted to call the course "101 thing every bright girl should know" but the college wouldn't let her do it.

Anyway, thanks again for being my Santa this year!

Liz (aviddiva)
I see that you are a late night owl tonight.

Thanks for posting on my thread! I hope all is well with you.
Happy New Year!
Sarah,

I thought I started one . . . . I think I titled it Diane's 75 Off the Shelf in 2010. It might also be tied to my member ID name, which is dissed1. Honestly, I was so tired when I joined, I can't really remember. I'll keep an eye out for you; it's good to know there's another Spartan about!
Now that I came to librarything, you should come to goodreads so you can see what my real book list looks like. :)
Melissa
About your The Left Hand of God review:

"It is a book that presents some intriguing characters, but inconsistently and casually changes their nature so that they are sometimes relatable and sometimes repugnant."

That sentence sums up everything I hated about the book. I couldn't finish it and though one rarely says this, thanks for the spoiler regarding the ending. I am glad now that I didn't make it that far. I rather enjoyed the first third, but hit the middle and felt like the book just fell apart.

--Chay
I just read your review of The Magicians and appreciated it enough to come and tell you so. Thank you! I don't think I'll need to read it now. It's no surprise that we're kin of some sort; I've had that "Win the Lottery and Buy Books" dream too. (My husband thinks I'm doing well enough as it is.)
I see that most of what we have in common is fantasy and scifi with a classic or so thrown in to support the snob factor. Anyway, well-met!
Peggy
Hi,

I started a thread in the 75-book group for a group read/discussion of The Elegance of the Hedgehog. There's at least one other person who is interested in doing this!

I put in a request at the library for six books and they have called me to say that four of them are being held for me, so I may be picking this book up tomorrow--not sure.

Looking forward to it.

Elizabeth
I simply want to thank you for visiting my thread and posting such kind comments! You are a gem!
Your very welcome!I had alot of fun picking out the books.I really enjoyed Beastly and hope you do too!
Happy Reading,
Susie
Howdy! I'm sorry you couldn't make it. At this point, I'm afraid the only thing I've got scheduled is a signing at Nicola's Books in Ann Arbor next month.

I'm sure I'll be doing another round of signings and readings when Red Hood's Revenge comes out in July, though!

Best,
Jim
simply stopping by to say hi.
Hi There

Thanks for stopping by my 75 challenge thread.

I enjoy your comments.

Linda
Hey Serene, I too just read the fantasy/sf thread for the first time today. Good stuff.

I gave updated info on flights in the kitchen. I'm afraid I was incomplete -- sorry.

Susan
Funny you should say that about hearing it in her voice - one of the things that sticks in my mind about the reading is that she introduced the second story saying, "This one was written for the voice - not *my* voice!" I still haven't read my copy of Taking Pictures - signed after the event and still wrapped up in its plastic bag, the mark of a book junkie I fear. I think there's another collection out this year - has Weather in the title, possibly Yesterday's Weather? - but I also have a feeling that it's an anthology of existing stuff rather than new.
Having enjoyed your thoughts on The Gathering, just wanted to share a link to a reading and Q&A that Enright did last year at the London Review Bookshop:

http://www.lrbshop.co.uk/news/15/Anne-Enright---Taking-Pictures.html

She reads two stories from Taking Pictures, then answers some audience questions.
"Dudeness"? I think you need to lay off the decongestants for awhile! And I agree, the GG's were rather lame. I went to bed at 10; didn't even finish them.

Of course I'm going to the Hines reading! With you, I'm hoping. I picked up my book yesterday to try to have it read by then.

And I'm assuming that you have internet now?
With six classes, it has to be difficult to do much else but grade papers! Ya know, if you enjoy teaching, you could do worse than a PhD. You'd stand a much better chance of a permanent post if you went for it.

In terms of short story recommendations, I don't really have any. I've been reading long fiction lately (3/4 of the way through Cory Doctorow's "Little Brother" atm - a great read!).
Still in Michigan, though we're heading for an LSD trip (don't get excited, it stands for Look, See, Decide) to Scotland next summer. We're still looking at relocation there in 2010, which is grand, since that's about the time my nephew will start summer college prep work at St. Andrews.

I should probably mention that I've sold all my Clarion stories but two; one is slated for revision for the short story collection I'm working on, and the other is out right now (cross yer fingers). I'm really happy with the way my writing career is progressing, largely thanks to you and the rest of the staff who were so good to me.

How fares your own writing?
Thanks! And yes, I'm totally cool with that.
Hello you!

All is well on this end. Do love this resource, though I'm sure I'll have to cough up my $25 very, very soon...

How are things in Lansing, m'dear?
Hi!

To the best of my knowledge, I have no relatives in Lansing. *g*
Apparently your phone decided we were done with the conversation, so I'll just see you tomorrow after work at my place, 6ish, with movies in hand. See you then!
Well, as a matter of fact, I already started a thread in the original discussion group, and you can go here to see that. I just wanted to keep everything in one place. And I was going to try to keep it to only books that I currently own or received for the Holidays, but yeah, 12 days into the year, and I've already broken that rule (Absolute Sandman anyone?). Which reminds me, I've got some reading to do.
Thanks for the notes on Pelevin's [Helmet of Horror] - regretfully, it will be a while before I can get to it! Best, Lois
Hello, fellow book-lover!
Well, as soon as I am back home, you shall have to come over and we'll have a grading slumber party one night!
OH! Is that MORE books I have listed than you do??
Hello!
Silly goose - you can write a review for a book under the Edit menu option on the right when you click on a book. See you later tonight!

**lots and lots of hugs - sounds like you need them today**
I've started a group thats dedicated just to discussing HP and the Deathly Hallows. its called HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS ONLY. We could all post about the last book there so that is will be contained and we won;t have to worry as much aobut spoilers. Join when you finish the book.
Thank you, I'll check them out!
Hi! I just noticed your comment about Marjorie Liu on the "What did You Buy Today" group. I will definately let you know what I think of Red Heart of Jade. I absolutely loved her short story in the book Dark Dreamers, I believe called A Dream of Stone and Shadow, which was why I bought the other book. It was a fantastic story about a psychic and a gargoyle. You're so lucky to have met her. I'm going to have to start paying more attention to who is coming around to do book signings. People don't usually get up into my area. I had to travel for 2 hours to go see Stephenie Meyer.
Well, I'm a little familiar with Ancient American and Middle Eastern mythology, otherwise I am open for everything. I would love to learn more about Irish mythology, though :)
Good morning, as you are a professional mythologist, can you suggest a few books for me?
You work on the hats, I'll work on t-shirts. I'm thinking something in black with the white outline drawing of a fridge on the front then on the back it says "Not just for food anymore." OH MAN! We're gonna make MILLIONS!!

And then turn around and spend it all on books.
The Fridge, a.k.a. The Giant Magnet Retainer. Also refered to as The Condiment Cooler.

-Your companion in hunger from the "What Did You Buy Today?" 'Cause It Definitely Wasn't Groceries Group
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