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Member: bluesalamanders

CollectionsYour library (560), Wishlist (305), Read but unowned (199), Reviewed (478), Unreviewed (243), Audiobook (101), ebook (31), Early Reviewer (29), RM (35), DD (49), SW (1), TP (4), Amazon (284), Jewelry (21), All collections (1,195)

Reviews478 reviews

Tagsgenre: fantasy (357), age: young adult (330), type: mass market paperback (193), genre: science fiction (192), strong women (155), read 2009 (146), type: hardback (134), read 2007 (132), read 2012 (132), read 2011 (132) — see all tags

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About me50 Book Challenge lists: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
75 Book Challenge lists: 2011, 2011.2, 2012.1, 2012.2, 2013.1, 2013.2, 2014.1

About my libraryHow my collections are used:

Your Library: books I physically own
Wishlist: my TBR list (books I don't own and usually haven't read)
Read but unowned: what it says on the tin
Reviewed: ditto
Unreviewed: Books that I have read but haven't reviewed (more or less; usually not up to date)

Audiobook: Audiobooks I've completed. Not included in "Your Library"
ebook: Ebooks I've completed. Not included in "Your Library"
Early Reviewer: Self-explanatory.
Amazon: Books with Amazon as the data source. I'm slowly re-entering most of these books from library sources.
RM/DD/JS etc: There are several authors whose work I collect, which often includes books they've contributed to or otherwise aren't listed as primary author. This is a trial run way to list those books.

I don't use "to read", "currently reading", or "favorites".

Groups50 Book Challenge, 75 Books Challenge for 2011, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, All Things New England, Bookcases: If You Build/Buy Them, They Will Fill, Bostonians, Doctor Who, FantasyFansshow all groups

Favorite authorsDiane Duane, Robin McKinley, Tamora Pierce, John Scalzi, Scott Westerfeld, Patricia C. Wrede (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresHarvard Book Store, Porter Square Books, Wellesley Books

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LocationNew Hampshire

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Member sinceMar 21, 2006

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Thanks for the tumblr link :)

Haha, I've always travelled with an as-empty-as-possible suitcase so I would have space for books on the way back... So I never really brought books with me on holiday (maybe only 1 thin book to read at the beginning). This summer I'll probably do the same, but I did make a list of books I want to buy there, as I am cleaning out my bookcases in preparation for my next move (I only want to move books with me I like and want to re-read... which is still a lot though).
I'm already following her on Dreamwidth:
I'll keep an eye on the discounts ;) Nice that those books can be legally downloaded 10 times, I didn't know that! I like to share books with people, and with paper books that's so much easier..!
That does help, thank you :)

As DD is not one of the authors I want to collect ALL the books of, I'll wait with buying the ebooks :) I like reading on paper too (I read ebooks on my phone...). I do wonder how she has updated some things, but the stories probably haven't changed too much (though I heard from someone else that she improved the descriptions of autism in book #5).

I saw in your review on "High Wizardry" that you thought the new millennium edition was better than the original. Did you read all the old editions as well as the new editions? I have all the old books, so I'm a bit hesitant to buy all the new editions as I do have the entire series already.
If you've read all of them, do you think it's worth it?
I love toby! I can't believe its taken me this long to find these books.
Happy New year to you and your Blue! Divergent and its second book are both very good they fly along and you have to know what happens next.
Thank you so much for being my Secret Santa this year!! I can't wait to get into these books!
Yes I do live there. It is a great place to get books. They also sell art supplies which I purchase there as well. Did not grow up here, retired here. I worked at Barnes & Noble for 10 years and I do miss ALL the books, but small book stores are so much fun. Especially "up north" bookstores!
Understandable; The Way of Kings is a commitment in and of itself, without even considering the fact that it's going to be part of a series! If you're jonesing after Sanderson's books, though, he's got a new Mistborn novel coming out soon (next week, I think?) that's set 300 years after the original trilogy.

Also, thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment on my review! :)
Oh yes, Divergent is very good. It is my favorite YA read of the year, so far. Strong writing there. Characters that jump off the page, a riveting plot, beautiful imagery, quotable lines, an original dystopian world... It's definitely a must, IMHO. I'm only hoping that the rest of the series is just as good. Just in case, this one doesn't end in a cliffhanger either. That made it even better, I think. =)

sorry I've been away so long :) Life has been massively busy and i just don't have any time for anything right now. Still doing good and trying to keep my chin up. Some days I'm better at that then others, but I guess that's the same for everything.

I should be in the chat room next friday if you wanna chat for a bit :)
If you've had to give up dairy (oh my do I miss regular cheese...) then you need to know the vegan shortlist of replacements:

If you're in the US -- blue diamond unsweetened original almond milk is your friend. It tastes 'neutral' and not sweet. You can use it in ANYTHING and it will be milk-like. Cereal, mashed potatoes, you name it, it works. It's white and creamy, like a real milk.

MimicCreme is also really great for the super-creamy recipes that you want that are savoury.

Cocoa Butter left out in a 'warm' area (like a warm kitchen in spring or summer) will be soft and easy to use as a spread. It doesn't have much of the 'butter' taste unless you add a bit of salt. Now, the secret to a pretty good 'whipped butter' from cocoa butter is to have it be just 'soft' add a bit of salt and use a whipping attachment to whip it. Some humidities and temperatures and even some cocoa butters will need help to make them into proper 'butters' ... so you can use things like coconut oil (this should be stocked in any house that doesn't use dairy), coconut milk or coconut cream.

Coconut oil, if 'cool' will be solid and you can just use a knife on it like it was butter. Add a bit of salt, if you need, and it works like a charm.

Since both cocoa butter and coconut oil are well, vegetable oils, they will act similar to butter. Also, there are plenty of 100% vegetarian butters out there, made with nuts and other plant oils.

Soft tofu works as a cream as well -- also, so do avocados. If you want to make things like pudding, you can use avocados as the 'cream' base, add your flavourings (like chocolate, cocoa butter, sugar or agave syrup) and poof, instant pudding / creams / fillings / etc. You can make GREAT cream pies using avocado as the base of the filling.

As for the beloved cheese.... there are soy, rice, and almond replacements. There is also something called 'nutritional yeast' or 'savoury yeast flakes' that you can sprinkle as if it were parmesan cheese, or use as a powdered cheese base. It's pretty good as a replacement for some kinds of cheese sauces and such.

Most of it comes down to experimenting and experience, I've found, at this point.
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