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About meRetired teacher and frustrated librarian. Occasional avid gardener, enthusiastic cook. Odd, not to say bizarre sense of humor. Book hoarder.

At last, a life-time goal is close to accomplishment: I want to run out of life before I run out of books.

Weaknesses:

1. Mysteries, but only certain types. I especially appreciate mysteries with a good bit of humor, those set in schools of one kind or another, and those with a limited suspect list. I also enjoy exotic settings.

2. Personal essays, particularly those about books and reading;

3. Victorian novels, with a heavy emphasis on Anthony Trollope

4. William Faulkner

5. George Orwell

6.Cheesecake

About ratings: Every author deserves an even chance at the first page, so I mentally rate all books at 2.5 stars, or dead average, before I read them.

I choose books fairly carefully (stop the unseemly laughter in the back, please), so many books get bumped up to a three; quite a few get to four stars, and a five star rating means I buttonhole strangers and say, "You must read this book!"

The occasional clinker does show up, or a book whose aesthetic, plot, or character development I can understand, but which I despise anyway.

About my libraryI've more books than I have room to store adequately. This is very slowly being improved buy heavy Kindle and Nook purchases, combined with reluctant culling of physical books.

I'm trying, almost always in vain, to get the TBR section smaller than the I Just Bought This on Impulse section. I like things that are new, different, or oddball. My collection is both eclectic and Byzantine.

I usually avoid romances, dystopian novels, or thrillers, but am open to persuasion.

Groups2013 Category Challenge, 2014 Category Challenge, 50-Something Library Thingers, 75 Books Challenge for 2009, 75 Books Challenge for 2011, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, A Pearl of Wisdom and Enlightenment, A Quieter LibraryThingshow all groups

Favorite authorsLouisa May Alcott, Lewis Carroll, Agatha Christie, R. F. Delderfield, Peter Dickinson, Michael Dirda, Arthur Conan Doyle, Anne Fadiman, Shelby Foote, P. D. James, Peter Lovesey, Arona McHugh, Larry McMurtry, A. A. Milne, Louise Penny, Dorothy L. Sayers, Josephine Tey, Anthony Trollope, Barbara W. Tuchman, Edith Wharton, Virginia Woolf (Shared favorites)

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Real namegail

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Member sinceDec 28, 2008

Currently readingTime Bites: Views and Reviews by Doris Lessing
The Best Poems of the English Language: From Chaucer Through Frost by Harold Bloom

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Okay to call after dinner?
OK!

xo
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"This window is very satisfactory." Such pretty markings...calico and tiger mixed.
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"Whatchu mean, cats don't sit on the table?" (My cat has the same expression.)
I didn't say anything more, yet. I am going to turn it into a visual experience.....soon, very soon.
LOOKING 28 would, BEING 28 wouldn't. ICK!! Never, ever again, thanks.
Seconds! 40,000 seconds = 28 years.

*smooch*
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You look terrific! Hardly a day over 40,000! xo
Gail, thanks for taking the time to let me know you enjoyed my rant/review. Books I hate are my favorite ones to write about!

Take care,
Katie
It's a fantastic community we have in the 75 group! I hope that knowing we are all thinking of you lends a small bit of comfort as you are dealing with such difficult issues.

Best to you, Heidi
Gail, thanks so much for the recommendation for Arnold Weinstein. I looked at The Great Courses website and some of his courses and some of those of the other literature professors. He clearly seems to be a superior teacher. I'm not really an audio book person so I may purchase one of the sale courses he taught on American literature. It's $49.95 and has something like 32 lectures on books that I mostly want to read. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that he does something else on Coursera soon.

I hope you and your DH are doing OK these days and are able to find joy in quiet moments.

Take good care.

Pat
Hello, Gail - how lovely to find a message from you this morning! Your Catherine Aird recommendation is noted.

They seem perfect for reading when one can't think

That's the best description of the Fu-Manchu books ever! :)

I know you're going through tough times, so take care, and remember that your friends are thinking of you.

Liz
Hi! Yes i love book snooping. E-books have largely taken away the ability to look at the cover of what strangers are reading. But LT lets me look at their whole library. I discovered your 2010 thread when I was looking for comments on Martha Grimes mysteries. I liked you and your friends. We seem to have a similar relationship with books and your choices all sounded interested.

Hi, Gail!

That's a fascinating piece of connectivity - and a disturbing one, too, to note that evidently nothing had changed much during the sixty or seventy intervening years. Well spotted! I'm very much looking forward to the group read of Framley Parsonage, and to having you along for the ride. :)

Liz
Sweetiedarling, think no more about it! I'm just worried about you. I so wish I lived closer so I could do something practical. Until then, I send love and hugs.
I seem to be following you around today on the threads so I thought I would pop in and say Hi!
Yes, one does (do what one must) and I can well understand the culture shock. I briefly - very briefly - toyed with moving to Florida back in the 70's, but it was just too different from home for me and I scuttled back to good ol' New England. Guess I am a born and bred New Englander and can never be any different. One good thing - at least you are out of the freezing cold - those days when it is 30 degrees ALL day and the wind chill makes it seem about ten degrees colder than that with a brisk 25 mile an hour wind out of the Northwest. Bracing! (aka "I can't feel my ears anymore!!")

I'll be checking out your threads, too, this year - this time with a whole new perspective.
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