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About meI've been keeping a list of books read since 1991 - and I'm slowly entering them in this library in chronological order by year read. I don't own most of these and rarely buy books anymore except for special needs or reference. I love reference books. I lost most of my owned books in a flood which were temporarily in storage years ago. I'm limiting myself to two or three bookcases now.

"La Natte,"(Suzanne Valadon) Renoir 1887 (Langmatt Museum)

About my libraryAll of my ratings are generally based on my personal enjoyment level and don't reflect my estimation or anyone else's on literary merit. So they may not be reliable recommendations for others.
I generally don't rate books marked NF (couldn't finish), Shakespeare(he doesn't need my ratings), or non-fiction.


Favorite authorsJane Austen, E. F. Benson, Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Georgette Heyer, Victor Hugo, Henry James, Doris Lessing, Walter Mosley, Haruki Murakami, Iris Murdoch, Vladimir Nabokov, Ann Patchett, Leo Tolstoy, Anthony Trollope, Edith Wharton (Shared favorites)


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Real nameGeorge

LocationFlorida, U.S.

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Member sinceJun 20, 2008

Currently readingThe Cheese Chronicles: A Journey Through the Making and Selling of Cheese in America, From Field to Farm to Table by Liz Thorpe
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Brewster: A Novel by Mark Slouka

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Hi bolero, thank you for the kind message you left on my Profile Page. Ah yes, Trollope. What an absolute delight. I am so glad I found him, even though it's so late in life for me. I am thoroughly enjoying The Barsetshire Chronicles and will be reading Framley Parsonage in June. As a matter of fact, you might be interested in this thread: for that Group Read, even if you just lurk.

I just finished Queen Lucia and almost went straight on to Miss Mapp. But then I thought I'd rather stretch them out and savor the six of them. So very charming and even though the characters are so, well, busybodies, they become so endearing. I had such an emotional reaction to Georgie's response to Olga when she suggested that he accompany her and her husband to the U. S. for four months. Oh my, you're right, Benson is certainly underrated.

I see you recently read Less Than Angels. Pym has been another author that I have recently discovered. I joined the Virago group and am reading one Pym book per month all year and I'm thoroughly enjoying them. It's her centenary this year. I saw this interesting article--- points out how similar Pym and Trollope are.

Anyway, if you are interested in good recommendations, you should join the 75 Books a year group and follow the threads. Your TBR list will become overwhelming. That's a double-edged sword:)
Hi bolero! Thanks again for the Lucia recommendation. I'll start with Mapp and Lucia as you suggest, and will let you know what I think.

Georgette Heyer is just great, isn't she? I haven't yet read The Grand Sophy but it's on my high to-read list. Cotillion and Friday's Child are currently tied for my favorite. I listened to them on audiobook and absolutely LOVED the experiences. If you can find or interlibrary-loan them, I highly recommend them.

I like that link! Sylvester was really good but I wasn't as big a fan of Venetia. I haven't read nearly enough of her books yet. It's interesting to see how other fans rate them. Are you planning on reading all of them eventually?
bolero, you won't believe this, but I went to a library booksale tonight and found Make Way for Lucia!!! I couldn't believe it. It's a nice big hardback, a former library copy with plenty of reads in it still.

I just stared at it and laughed when I saw it there. What are the chances?! I think I am destined to read this author! So thank you for the recommendation, and I'll let you know when I've dipped into it :)
Hi bolero, and thanks for the comment! I'm sort of newish to Wodehouse, having only read ten of his books so far, and I look forward to the next seventy+! I have never heard of E. F. Benson's Lucia books, but they sound fantastic. Similar to Wodehouse, you say? Sign me up! I appreciate the tip about the omnibus. I've added it to my wishlist at BookMooch, and I hope it pops up soon. I will be certain to let you know when I get my hands on a copy!

We have a lot of favorite authors in common! And I see you are reading The Shadow of the Wind. How are you liking it? I would have liked it much more if it didn't have the explicit sex, but that's just my personal preference. Good story though.
Noticed you liked Lovely Bones, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here, as well as a few other book-related sites. Thought you might like my book since it also contains a young female narrator struggling with a series of tragic circumstances. I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like (I'm out of physical copies at the moment). Here's a link to a summary (and a sample chapter) in case you'd like to read more about the book before you commit:


Thank you for adding my collection to your interesting libraries - it took me a long time to answer, but I've been quite chuffed since noticing :). Manuela
Dear Bolero: Thank you for the Tao Te Ching translation links. I always wanted to learn classical Chinese, but at this point it's unlikely!

Yes, Doris Lessing has been a fascination to me since the 70s. Nice to hear from a guy who liked Golden Notebook. My husband really likes the Shikasta series, but can't get him to read much else.

I recently retired from an academic library cataloging job, so LibraryThing is kind of like 'fun work' for me. Wanted to get my own books in order.

Dear Bolero: Thanks for adding the David K. Reynolds interpretation of the Tao Te Ching. (It showed up in my 'Connection News'.) I like Reynolds a lot, but had missed this one.

Thank you for adding me to your list of interesting libraries. I like your idea of using NF for not finished, something that happens to me fairly often. Life is too short to finish a book that doesn't appeal to me.

Your great grandson is very impressive!

Thank you for adding me to your interesting libraries list. Your great grandson is very handsome. I look forward to checking in on your library every once in awhile. Welcome to LibraryThing.
Oh dear - I'm ashamed to admit I don't think I've read any Benson at all. Then again, if you're comparing him to Wodehouse, I have to say that I enjoy Wodehouse now and then for a bit of light relief, but I can't take too much of him. I guess, if we're talking humour in books, one of my all time favourites has to be Cold Comfort Farm (by the way - I joined the Anglophile group because I love English lit but I'm actually more of an Anglo than an Anglophile).

One of the courses I studied at uni was on Victorian literature and I do love it -partly for all the great books (of course) and partly because of the way so much of it informs and foreshadows modern literature. I'm quite a history fan anyway (especially of the Victorians and Tudors) and I completely believe that we get a far better understanding of anything if we know something about the history that led up to it.

I'm also very fond of contemporary books set in Victorian times. My absolute favourite - about which I've drooled endlesly on LT - is Michel Faber's The Crimson Petal and the White which, in my opinion is one of the best novels ever written about the Victorians. In fact, I'd put any of his books at the top of all my lists, he writes so beautifully that Id be perfectly happy to read his shopping lists.

By the way, I haven't read the Dale Spender book you mention either and it looks like yet another one for the wishlist. I love books about books anyway so this one can't posibly fail! I think I may have to add some E F Benson too now.
Thank you for considering my library 'interesting' - I'm always flattered when people do that! I'm shocked to read about you having lost so many books in a flood - what a dreadful thing to happen. When people ask me 'what would you save if your house was on fire?' (always assuming all living people/creatures were safe, of course) the true answer would be 'all my books' - and, of course, that is never possible. Two nights ago my local library was burned to the ground (probably by arsonists). Even though I rarely use it, it really upset me to see the newsreel of all those books, still on their shelves and recognisably still books - but black, charred and unreadable.
Hi Bolero
Thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries list - it's always good to know that someone else appreciates the same books that you do. Sorry to hear about the loss of your books - it'd take me some time to get over that if it happened to me. Re your ratings, I always feel that personal enjoyment is the best recommendation for any book!
Esteemed grandson looks a cracker - you must be very proud.
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