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About meI am a SAHM with four kids from high school age down to elementary school age. I love to read all of the time and don't feel quite right if I haven't read for at least a small amount of time each day. I will read nearly everything and can usually find something that I like in every type of book. I am also a movieaholic and really like to read a book and then see the movie - although it is rare to find a movie as good as the book (and sometimes that even follows the book). All of my children seem to be following right in my footsteps!

About my libraryMy library is only a small sampling of my actual home library which consists of two tall bookscases in the living room full of books, a tall bookcase in the dining room full of cookbooks, two bookcases in the basement full of books (about to become three bookscases in the basement) and one tall bookcase and two short bookcases in my bedroom, you guessed it, full of books. My children's room are also full of books and there are boxes full of books in various places through the house. Someday, I hope to catalog more of my books but right now I am too busy on this website and reading all of those books.

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I'm so glad they finally got there! Happy ValentineThing day books? I enjoyed them both very much and hope you do too!


Thank you so much for my Santa Thing books! They got here today and they are exactly what I wanted!

I know what you mean about The Death Instinct. I had to actually read other people's reviews first to see if I was just totally off base. A lot of readers seemed to like it but since I had the same reaction to his first book, I felt justified in my reactions!
Thanks for the friends invitation - sorry it took so long to respond. One can never have too many friends!
I love your saving-for-the-dog story!!!! See you in 2011 over on 75.
Hi there,
Have you read Stieg Larson triology. Iloved them the two films are as near the books as you will get I agree it is rare to find a movie as good as the book but in this case the films are good
I completely agree with your review of A Call From Jersey. I hope more people read your review than mine and not waste their time with this book.
No problem! Enjoy your weekend too! Today has been great. Shopping at Global Market with a friend, Dinner with my brother & friends. :)
I haven't heard anything bad about It's Me or the Dog. I don't have cable so I haven't seen it. I do volunteer work at a dog training school, so I think I would have heard if it were bad. The Loved Dog by Tamara Geller is a pretty basic dog book that has sound advice. Other trainers have recommended Sophia Yin's books. I haven't had a chance to spend a lot of time with it, but that looks like a really good one to look at. There's also an out of print book called "How to Raise a Puppy you want to live with" that is pretty good. Trainers that are gentle and considered good are Patricia McConnell, Ian Dunbar, and Karen Pryor. Karen Pryor was a dolphin trainer who basically brought clicker training to the dog world. Her book "Don't shoot the dog" isn't about dog training, but it is about positive training be it for your mother-in-law or your pooch. Jean Donaldson's book "Culture Clash" is also considered a classic, but she harangues a bit so I am cautious about recommending it.

The general rule for dog training though is follow your instinct. If someone has asked you to train your dog in a way that makes you uncomfortable, it probably isn't right for you & your dog.

Good luck & you can ask me questions anytime.
I also wanted to let you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers! Hugs!
A rescue is a great option! They are not cheap dogs. So many of them have joint issues and allergies. Gwennie has to take Benadryl (sp?) every day for her allergies. I wouldn't trade her for anything though...she has been wonderful for us and worth every penny we have spent. I hope that one day you can get one. They are great dogs. :)
Thanks for the picture compliments! Gwennie is an English bulldog. She seems smaller than most bulldogs but she is the size that English bulldogs are supposed to be. Most people want the big, wrinkly bulldog look but it is so unhealthy for them. We learned that after Gwennie had to have 5 knee surgeries due to her weight on her knees (and she likes being the combination was not good). Bulldogs have such great personalities. She has been a wonderful dog. I would say my only compliant is when she wants attention and I am reading...she tries to pull the book out of my hand. :)
I really appreciate the note. My daughter is struggling again and just when we started to learn about a treatment that might help, we found out that my husband's company has decided not to cover out of network costs. And this comes after almost $1500 this year that we've already spent, based on their promise in December. So we are scrambling to come up with a solution. I know that there must be some way out of this, so we are praying hard - and working hard - to figure it out. In the meantime, I am so frustrated and upset I could scream.

I'm so glad I can vent here. Plus, LT has members with such a broad range of experiences, it really helps to have someone to talk to with a different perspective. Most of my RL friends are raising young families and aren't dealing with the same issues.
I'll probably read Parallel Play someday, but from the looks of my tbr pile, it won't be anytime soon. I clipped the excerpt that appeared in The New Yorker and I have been thinking I should read it again.

I did have a nice Thanksgiving -- didn't do any shopping, though, and I still have Christmas gifts to buy. I guess I need to get busy.

I'm reading Valerie Martin's new book -- just started so I can't say much about it yet, but I usually enjoy her work.

Basingstoke is way south of Derbyshire (well, 'way south' in British terms - not that far to many people, I'm sure!). Derbyshire's right in the middle of England, and we live in the beautiful Peak District National Park to boot. Our shop is in a little town with a river running through it, next to a 700 year-old stone bridge. Bakewell is surrounded by fields and countryside and it's full of little tearooms, a farmers' market, and all sorts of other suitably wholesome things... Sadly most of us youngsters eschew it in favour of the shopping towns nearby, but me and the coachloads of older, wiser ladies and gentlemen who flock here just love it! :-)
Ooops, just deleted your friend request by mistake! So I've sent you a new request back instead. Just one of those absent-minded moments...

It IS nice to be reminded of humanity's better side every once in a while isn't it? It's amazing how sometimes a shopload of vile customers can be forgotten in the face of one really nice thing -a lovely chatty customer, or a nice message waiting for me on LT. I think this winter's going to be a long, dull one at the shop sales-wise (it's a real tourist town), but on the other hand it means lots of time to sit and read (VERY welcome sometimes). I don't really mind it so much, as long as we can pay the bills!

Hope things soon get better for you,

Ellie X
I just read your post over on this week's 'What are you reading?' thread and just wanted to drop by to say: Hope your family crises are soon resolved and settled, and that order, happiness and reading are restored. I too find myself vegetating in front of a DVD when rubbishy times strike, so I know how that feels!
Best wishes, and happy reading when the time's right!

Yeah, I live on the shore. Nice quiet town that doesn't have a boardwalk and is more known for fishing and crabbing. LBI is only minutes away though.
Thanks for adding me to your friends list. I do look forward to your review of Page's book -- I have a feeling I shall be reading it myself someday. As a teacher I saw such a wide variety of behavioral and learning disability that I began to believe we're in the very early days of understanding it all -- and then of course there's doing something about it. I think about the children I grew up with in a small Texas town in the 50s. I know that school was hard for some of them -- very painful and frustrating -- and yet there were no special classes or aides or counselors to help them. There was a boy named Larry who sat across from me in third grade. He was the happiest kid on the playground but I would watch tears roll down his cheeks when he saw the grades on his arithmetic papers. The teachers did what they could to help him and goodness knows he tried, but he needed more help than they knew how to give.

I was an anxious child -- very shy -- and I wish there had been more help for me, too. I loved school and books and my teachers, but I think back to how frightened I was -- how much I worried about every little thing -- and I wish I could do something to ease that child's mind.

Thank goodness your children live in more enlightened times. Thank goodness for you, too. I know my father worried about me, but in those days there was such a stigma attached to seeking professional help. He and I were very much alike -- and I think he could have used counseling himself.

I see we have some books in common . . . several recents book like The Housekeeper and the Professor and When You Reach Me . . . I enjoyed both of those so much.

Write again when you can . . . I hope you and your family have a lovely Thanksgiving.

on 75 books, that is ;->
Hope everything is going well in your part of the world. Noticed you hadn't posted in a while and thought I'd let you know we noticed.

One of the things you might consider is seperating the books like I do:

The very heavy or expensive books I list on Bookins (send me your email address and I'll send you an invite) or they will go to a used book store.

For lower-priced books, books in less than steller condition, or books the bookstore has refused, you can list those on Bookmooch with condition notes.

This is pretty easily accomplished if you just put two boxes next to each other somewhere at home; one with Bookmooch, and one with Bookstore and plop books into them when convenient. When full, dispense and repeat. ;)

I think you will find this will be a fun read. Many of our members are returning book group readers and are *amazing* in their insightful comments.

Added to the fact that The (oh-so-fantastic) Tortoise and I have arranged for PRIZES what could be better?

We have many prizes not mentioned yet, so hopefully you will win one of them while reading with the group.

I saw you had many kids; have you taken a look at Bookmooch yet?

Lots of books to trade!

Welcome to the The Highly-Rated Book Group!

We are so pleased you could join us, and hope you have fun reading with us.


It's probably a PG-13 so the youngsters could go see it. I don't think there's a "scary factor" for the ratings, just sex, violence and language. It's more suspenseful and intense than terrifying, actually. PLUS, it has a great message to it, one that the book did not have. Watch it during the day, put on a nice happy unicorn movie afterwards to distance yourself from it to prevent sleeping with the lights on, you know. :-D It is a good movie.
Yeah, in my opinion, the movie is even scarier than the short story. So you might not want let the little'uns watch it. ;-)
Those were the two I didn't like, either. I just didn't get the point to the carnival one. I kept waiting for the carny to drop dead, or the contestant to become a moster or alien or something. And the whole Loopy one just was so "eh", though that one has been made into a movie with Robert Englund Freddy Kruger of Elm Street fame as the barker for the Loopy.

My favorite ones were the funeral with the fictional monsters in attendance, the one with the hunter/doll, and the Witch Doctor one.
I'm curious to know which of the Legend stories you didn't like. I'm wondering if their the same as mine. :-D
If no one has snagged The Guardians I will take it.
Hi, I sent her a message. Thanks again.

Actually Pushing up Daisies came in the mail today. As soon as I read it I'll pass it on to the next interested person if you message me the name and address. Thanks again.

No problem. I appreciate you taking time out to send it to me. I will send it out to someone else. I think books are made to be passed around. Thanks again for the book.

I was gonna ask for Pushing Up Daisies, but looks like someone else did. If they don't want for some reason..let me know!! :-)
Hi, If noone has asked for Pushing Up Daisies, I'll take it.

Thanks, Carrie
It was difficult for us when I was a stay at home mom, too.. but I suspect it is even harder now. We had zero money for extras like vacation and fancy clothes. Even books were hard come by, but we were in walking distance from the library ! I promise that you will never have a moments regret. A school is perfect, as you are able to be with the kids when they are home. I too started working when my youngest was in second grade.. I worked "mothers hours" at a couple of places when we lived in Massachusetts.. we lived there for 3 years when the steel mills shut down in Pgh ..It was easier to find that sort of job there. Then when my youngest was in 6th grade we were back home in Pgh and I went back to work, mostly in medical sorts of environments which gave me good hours. I wish that I had known then about the job that I have now!perfect schedule...tough job though. I imagine that it would have been easier when I was younger.

It is very hard having the kids far away. Very hard. I miss them every single day. But they are doing what they want.. and having lives that they enjoy. Still.. I often wish they were close..

take care and have a great weekend.
I am so glad you liked your present! YAY! Hope you had a great holiday and have a Happy New Year!

Glad you loved the books!! :-)
I'm glad I mentioned the other 2 Sarah Prine books for you! Hope you do get a chance to get and read them! I just moved this past March from Tucson,Az to Missouri, so I can relate and know alot of the places mentioned in the book!!
Enjoy! :-)
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