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About meI'm a bibliophile from the states. I love reading (obviously), traveling, art and theater. I always welcome book and travel suggestions.

I also have a book blog, Avid Reader's Musings, listed below.

***** a must-read
**** liked it a lot
*** nothing special, but OK
** not my cup of tea
* a waste of time

About my libraryI've got a little bit of everything.
A Few Favorites: Ender's Game, Empire Falls, The Phantom Tollbooth, Falling Angels, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Time Traveler's Wife, Anne of Green Gables, Pride and Prejudice, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, A Moveable Feast, Little Women, Lord of the Rings, The Princess Bride, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Nine Stories, The Hours, On Writing, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

My top books for 2007:
The Book Thief, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Jane Eyre, The Shadow of the Wind, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Water for Elephants, The Thirteenth Tale, Me Talk Pretty One Day, A Man Without a Country and All Over but the Shoutin'

My top books for 2008:
All the King's Men, Bridge of Sighs, Watchmen, Travels With Charley, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Glass Castle, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The Nine and A Prayer for Owen Meany

My top books for 2009:
The Brothers K, The Hunger Games, Anna Karenina, Peace Like a River, Here is New York, The History of Love, Atlas Shrugged, The Portable Dorothy Parker, The Things They Carried and 84, Charing Cross Road

My top books for 2010:
I Capture the Castle, The Handmaid’s Tale, Great Expectations, The Remains of the Day, Maus, O Pioneers!, Still Alice, The Little Stranger, The Angel’s Game, The Pillars of the Earth, Columbine, City of Thieves, Briar Rose, The Polysyllabic Spree, The Help, Room

My top books for 2011:
David Copperfield, Good Omens, Sweet Thursday, The Sparrow, A Visit From the Goon Squad, Gift From the Sea, The Forgotten Garden, Persepolis 1, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, The Woman in Black, The House of Mirth

My top books for 2012:
The Count of Monte Cristo, The Fault in Our Stars, The Submission, Rilla of Ingleside, Raise High the Roof Beam Carpenters, First Among Sequels, The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street, The Sign of Four, The Stand, The Yearling, The Likeness, In the Time of the Butterflies, As You Like It, The Return of the Native, The Prisoner of Heaven

My top books for 2013:
Cold Sassy Tree, The Night Circus, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Eleanor and Park, The Green Mile, Mythology, True Grit, A Song of Ice and Fire, Song of Achilles, The Brothers Karamozov, Divergent, The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Where'd you go Bernadette, Native Son, In Harm's Way, The October Country

Groups100 Books in 2010 Challenge, 1001 Books to read before you die, 1010 Category Challenge, 20-Something LibraryThingers, 50 Book Challenge, 999 Challenge, Audiobooks, Author Alphabet Challenge, Early Reviewers, Favorite Bookstoresshow all groups

Favorite authorsDouglas Adams, Jane Austen, John Berendt, Maeve Binchy, Bill Bryson, Roald Dahl, Charles Dickens, E. M. Forster, Tana French, Neil Gaiman, John Green, Nick Hornby, Jhumpa Lahiri, C. S. Lewis, Dorothy Parker, Ann Patchett, Richard Russo, J. D. Salinger, David Sedaris, Kurt Vonnegut, Oscar Wilde, P. G. Wodehouse, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Markus Zusak (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresA Room of One's Own, Anderson's Bookshop - Naperville, Beehive Coffee and Books, Big Hat Books, Capitol Hill books, City Lights Books, Elliott Bay Book Company (Seattle), Foyles, Globe Bookstore & Café, Half Price Books - Avon, Half Price Books - North Indy IN, Indy Reads Books, Parnassus Books, Powell's City of Books (Portland), Strand Bookstore, White Birch Books

Favorite librariesIndianapolis Public Library - Central Library, Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library


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I love your nesting book end tables!
I posted my own review of The Goldfinch and then read a few others. Funny how in all of that sizable book, we chose the same brief quote.
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My dream library is more of the "floor to ceiling with movable ladder" variety but I have to say yours looks good too.
Glad you enjoyed the Anaya book - the new independent movie from the book is very good, you should try to find it when it is available to rent/stream/view.
Nice review of the Hemingway
Hi, Melissa,

I came by after reading your blog and see that you like Young Adult books. But I didn't see the series by Michael Scott or any of Rick Riordan's books - Percy Jackson, etc.
I highly recommend both. My friend's son (14) and I talk about them both, we've even borrowed from each other.

So happy to have found another Adult who likes Young Adult books.

Hi Melissa,

I would love too- my blog alas,is sadly neglected. I will check out yours though, and maybe be inspired. And check out some of your reviews too.
By the way, if I can recommend you one book- not having read your reviews, only your profile, try My most excellent year. It is pure fun, and there is theatre, which you will like, and baseball, which you might understand as opposed to me.

I have a big pile of to read books, but am in a state of re-visiting old favourites, but if you have any tips, I will be very glad!


Dear Melissa,

I see that you and I share quite a few books, also those not read by too many - and also that you have a bookshop in Prague as one of your favourites. You do not happen to be in Prague? I am, and I miss somebody to share books with, so please let me know! I have also addedd you to interesting libraries, I hope that you do not mind?

I loved the Goon Squad, Fried Green Tomatoes, Good Omens, Charing Cross Road, The story of love, Remains of the day.. And Princess Bride, Pride and Prejudice, Anne of Green Gables & Hitchhiker´s Guide are among all time favourites... so I think we have lots in common!


Thanks so much for the Cloud Atlas invitation! I wish I could participate. I hope you all have fun!
Thanks for the invitation to join the Cloud Atlas discussion. I'm too busy with other books at the moment, but appreciate your thinking of me.

Thanks for the heads up about Cloud Atlas! Hopefully I find the time to join in!
Hey yourself, Melissa. :') Ah, I WANT to read Cloud Atlas...I really do! If you were doing it sometime after March, I probably could, but I'm behind more than usual this past month or so. I'm behind with my ER books (had 3 not yet finished as of about a week ago, but am now down to 2...), which is the main problem at the moment. If I could get my hands on an audio copy, I'd say it was doable, but I can't seem to find one of those at any of the libraries. Crap! Keep me on your invitation list, tho. I'd like to join in the near future!
Hi Melissa, thanks for the Cloud Atlas invitation! I'm not sure if I still have my copy. (I did at one time, but have done a serious purge since then). I'll check, though, and if I do, I'll see about joining in.

Hi! Thanks for the invitation to join the group read of "Cloud Atlas." I put that book on my wishlist because I'd heard good things about it and hoped I could get around to reading it this year, so assuming I can get a copy in time, and nothing unexpected comes up, yes, I will join you with pleasure!

Why thank you! I don't remember exactly what I said; must be time to revisit that thread.

And thanks for the invite. I'm not sure if I will have time to join in, but yes, that title is definitely up there on the sparks-good-discussion-and/or-controversy list :)
You'll find your review sparked a bit of discussion in our last thread on Moby-Dick over there, though, being an attention-deficit deprived bunch, we're easily distracted in many directions.
You've been blogging on the white beast! I'm going to link to your blog in our Moby-Dick read.
Very nice Moby-Dick review! Had you seen our group read of it going on over at Le Salon?
I am currently reading A Monster Calls and found your excellent review. Oh, my, I am so sorry that your mother suffered from cancer and you walked this path with her at such an early age.
(from the 75 Challenge group).

Stop on over, you might like the folk you find there!

Thank You so much for telling me that. It's nice to know you're not alone about not liking a book, especially when all around are rabid fans. Lol Hey, at least we can say we read it now, right? Even though some scenes are stuck in my mind. Gah.

I see you like Ender's Game:) Have you heard that Harrison Ford is set to play Colonel Hyrum Graff?
Thanks for letting me know about my error.
Always wondered about Fried Green Tomatoes the book. Nice review. And nice vintage copy of Jane Eyre above!
It's been forever since I've been on LT, but thanks for the comment! I'm glad you liked my review!
Wow on your roomful of books.....aren't book wonderful. :) You can add more to your stash if you stop by my blog. :)

Stopping by to say hello and to look around and to tell you about two giveaways on my blog.

I have two separate giveaways going on…one is for NIGHT TRAIN and one is my Blog Hop giveaway of HOW TO READ THE AIR.


So glad you loved it! It was just stunning.

I actually read Children of God earlier this year. Not as good as The Sparrow (it couldn't be), but I did think it worthwhile. :)
You're currently reading the Sparrow? I LOVED (loved loved loved) that book. Can't wait to hear what you think!
Wow -- we do have an eerily similar taste in books! Of the handful of books on your profile that I haven't read, most of them are on my to-read list. Get out of my brain! :)

Nice blog, too! I'll add it to my RSS feed. Mine is

Hi Melissa
Thanks for posting the review of "Good Omens ...". The book's title answers a questions I wanted to ask a native speaker. In the text I am reading with me English conversation class this week, there is this sentence: "The omens are promising." This sounds a bit weird to me as a German native speaker because in German omens are bad signs. In English, an omen obviously may be both good or bad signs.
Have a nice day and viele liebe Grüße aus Deutschland,
Thank you for the compliment on I Capture...
Liked your End of the Affair review.
Hi Melissa! Thanks for following me! I'm glad you added me; now I can read your blog too!

Nice review of The Time Traveler's Wife. I enjoyed many of the same aspects of the novel as you. And it ended up being a favorite for me last year.
I am trying to get through GREAT HOUSE...I thought it was going to be a great read, but I can't even follow what is going on.

I saw your review...maybe you could shed some light on it for me.

All I have gotten is this desk was hers for 25 years and then it is taken away and then the next chapter she is at a seems disconnected to me...very complex.

Help if you can...does it get better? I am about to stop reading it.
some good reviews of late. I've got a copy of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet sitting in a queue. If you like stories about internment camps, a good but unkown one is Farwell to Manzanar.
Hello! Yes, I love Wilkie Collins. He constructed his novels so well. I marvel at how he could sustain a high level of suspense through 600+ pages. Gee, the 19th century was swell!
Hello! Just an admirer of your gorgeous library here. I've been noticing your reviews on the Hot Reviews list lately, congratulations! The're very well-written. :)
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Very cozy and I like the lights. I also have non-matching bookcases of all sizes and love the way it looks.
Congrats on your hot review of The Book Thief - I so agree, fantastic book!
Hey bookworm12. I saw that you are reading The Elegance of the Hedgehog. I will be curious to know what you think of it. I read it a few months ago.
Hey, thanks for the rec for Peace Like A River! I read it on our vacation a couple weeks ago and finally got my review written: It was very good!
I have added you to my interesting libraries list. Of your top picks, the ones I have read too, I also enjoyed.
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Love your library!
Thanks for the compliment on my all time favorites list. Not many titles end up on that list, less than one a year on average. That's why I have favorites for the year.

we share quite a few titles, and it's a quite ecclectic group of books.
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I wish i a nice library like yours. I am jealous haha
I actually have The Book Thief. I'll move it to the top of my list! Thanks.
Hi, bookworm12. I checked out your library and added it to my interesting library collection. I noticed you are a member of YA lit as am I. Also, some of our shared books are among my all time favorites, so I thought I'd give you an unsolicited recommendation. I recently finished The Adoration of Jenna Fox and found it worthy of a recommendation. Many thanks for sharing your library.

Hey, nice library. Looks like we have a lot of books in common. Nice to see someone reading Roald Dahl's more uncommon works.
Thanks for the recommendations! I've wishlisted both. I've heard of The Book Thief before but never had the extra push to read it. Now I do!

Let me know if you read anything by Pope, McKinley, or McKillip; I'd love to hear your thoughts. And then I'll mention the Attolia books... :)
Hey, I liked your review of Les Mis! Congrats on the hot review. Les Mis is one of my top five books of all time. I've read it three times and oddly enough, the long historical digressions dragged more on the second and third readings. The first time through I was so emotionally absorbed in the book and the lives of the characters, it was so incredibly intense, that I welcomed the digressions as a BREAK from all the crazy tension going on!

In your last message you asked for recommendations. Did you know what you were getting into? :-P I will restrain myself and only mention a few. Have you ever read The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope? Or The Sherwood Ring? Both are wonderful, historical fiction with touches of fantasy and well-written characters. I think you may also like Robin McKinley (The Hero and the Crown, The Blue Sword, The Outlaws of Sherwood, Beauty, to name a few) and Patricia McKillip (gorgeous poetic prose and really excellent fantasy; I recommend starting with either the Riddlemaster trilogy or her latest, The Bell at Sealey Head).

Enjoy! And I'm delighted to hear any recommendations you might have for me. Isn't LT great? :)
I love A Tree Grows in Brooklyn too. Nice review! :)
Hi! If you go to the Widgets section of LT (next to edit profile), you can create your own widgets. This will give you the code you need to put in your blog's side bar. In order for mine to work, I put a "currently reading" tag on the book I've started. That's what triggers the cover to be added to my widget. I use "to review" to populate my other widget. I hope this helps! Jennifer
Well you should definitely be proud of it! :) I have all my books together in 1 place too... unfortunately, I don't own a lot so it's just a pile of books in the corner. :(
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Of all the pictures of bookshelves I've seen since picture galleries were created, I think this one has to be my favorite so far! :)

Thanks for the add. I hope it's not creepy to be randomly propositioned for friendship by an internet stranger. You're just one of the few people out there who has actually filled out your profile bits - and you seem interesting. So I decided to be forward :)
I was hoping you might drop by the Le Salon thread “Alex Austin: Underappreciated Author” The thread has been up about three weeks and I think the accumulated inteview should be intriguing to anyone interested in books and the writing process. The URL is

Oh yeah...have a nice week!

Just finished Swan Thieves. Not as good as The Historian, but I didn't mind reading it. I would give it three out of five stars. It lacked depth, but the plot flowed along nicely and I got through it fairly quickly.
Hey Melissa,

I'll let you know about Swan Thieves...I loved The Historian, so I'm hoping this one is just as good. You will have to let me know what you think of Les Miserables. I have it on my shelf, I just haven't gotten around to it yet. Talk to you later!

Hi! I just have to tell you that I absolutely love your library. We seem to read a lot of the same types of books, so I'm always "snooping" to see what you are currently reading :) Anyway, just thought I'd say hi.

Erin (noelsbear1)
Hi Melissa,
I just said good bye to David Copperfield and his wife and children. Well, I wasn't too sad to leave them. Nice people, though, glad I met them. I wrote a short review for you and the other members to read.
Sure, go on using my rating system. I am not too sure if it is really mine, or if I saw it on somebody else's profile.
Have a nice Sunday,
Hi there over in the States,
I see you were reading Dickens. I, too, have just re-discovered him and am just reading David Copperfield. I read Oliver Twist, which - like you - I didn't really like either. I remember Great Expectations. I read it at University, which was ages ago. Miss Havisham in her bridal gown - what a spectacular character. I can't tell you much about David Copperfield as I have just started. And stupid me - I forgot it in my car today, and the car is on our company parking lot miles away from home.
Regards, Ulla
Thanks for sharing! Here's mine:
Sounds good. I was surprised at how many books I have with colors in the title.
Thanks! I'm going to give it a shot. Here is the link to the color challenge:
Thanks for adding me as an interesting library!

Would you mind sharing where you found the alphabet challenge at? I'm doing a color challenge in 2010 but I thought it would be fun to do one more.

Nice meeting you!
Anyone who likes Bill Bryson and The Princess Bride is a reader after my own heart. ;-) I notice that you don't have any Barbara Kingsolver in your library, so...if I had one suggestion to make it would be to read Prodigal Summer.
I also see that you have Gone With the Wind (and Scarlett, like myself!) - I've ordered Frankly, My Dear: "Gone with the Wind" Revisted from my local library. I heard some good things about it from a fellow LT user last year. I'll let you know how it is. Thanks for contacting me - I look forward to seeing what you read this year!
Hi Bookworm
Hope you enjoyed your European travels.
Wishing you happy holidays
Mariul (aka Ulla)
Noticed that you liked The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here (as well as on a few other book-related sites). I thought you might like my novel since it's been compared to that novel by a number of reviewers. I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like. Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:



Just stopping by to say thanks for your message! Pleased to hear from a fellow fan of Shakespeare & Co - my husband took me there for a treat and took himself off to a coffee shop while I wiled away a good chunk of an afternoon in there. Loved it!
CONGRATS!!!!! :')
Hoping to hear details.....!
Okay, I've been seeing a few bride-related books pop up on your bookshelf. Do you have news to share...?!!!!!! :')
Me too! I will, and feel free to do the same back; I'd greatly apreciate it.
Merry Christmas, hope you have a lovely holiday!
Thank you for the interesting library add! Wow, we've got 44 books in common, that's pretty cool! =)
Thx for the recommendation. It is now on my Wish List. I am currently reading Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes with My Sisters Keeper by Judi Picoult already in the que, but will probably look for Empire Falls next.

Thanks again
I could talk about this book for days. I liked Adah because of her cynical outlook and wry humor. At the beginning of the story she was a passive observer but by the end of the story she was a active particpant. The scene you described was her turning point (imho) when she decided she wanted to live an no longer just be an observer. At the end of the story reflects on religion and claims that her mother has found religion in a pagan nature-worship form, and Leah has found it in her suffering. Adah also says that Rachel is the only one that has no religion, and that she is the happiest of them all. To me, Nathan is a symbol of the West's overbearing arrogance and presumption of superiority towards other cultures. (again,imho)

See what I mean when I said I could talk about this book for days.

I just finished Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet and thoroughly enjoyed it. Initially I was intimidated by the nearly 1,000 pages but I am very glad I read it. I rated it 5 stars and would recommend it. But I don't think it a good idea to try to tackle a second read while thumbing through POTE,it has a lot if characters spanning two generations and various plots to follow.

How about you? Anything else you'd recommend?
Hi again!

I see you read and rated Poisonwood Bible. I loved that book too. The most memorable part to me was when Ruth May dies and the mother took her body outside causing the other women in the village to morn with her. Adah was my favorite character.
Melissa, Thanks for the comment. I have browsed you immeasurable and impressive book list for some possible future reads. Some books you have completed were already on my TBR list, yet others look very promising. I am new to Library Things and find myself treading water for the immediate future. Thanks again.
Hey Melissa! I DID end up going to the Indy library sale & bought more than I'd intended...(that happens all the time tho...I'm sure you know what I mean!) I found some good ones! Did you??

Our book club generally meets on Friday evenings, usually once a month or once every 6 weeks or so -- sometimes at a member's house, but often at Starbucks or somewhere similar. You can see what we've read the last few years by checking my bookshelf under my "book club" tag. These next two months we're doing a couple sort of off our usual track: The Giver by Lois Lowry and Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Next meeting is on Oct. 3rd. Let me know if you're interested in stopping by. We'd love to have you! :')
Hi Melissa -- thanks for the post! I'm actually going to be in the Indy area this weekend. Hmmm...I might have to sneak into the sale! I did go to one there a couple years ago when I happened to be in town, but I had my kids w/ me & didn't really feel like I could browse like I wanted to, so I didn't end up buying much. I might be able to get over there without kiddos this weekend, so maybe we'll cross paths! :')

I noticed your posts w/ bmdicker re: a book club. The book club I'm in is actually based in Fishers (most of the members living there) -- my good friend Amy started it up -- so I drive down every month or so for it. We're pretty informal & are always open to new members, so if you are interested, let me know! One of our newer members this year I actually recruited here from LibraryThing, so that was kind of cool. Maybe I could do it again! (hint, hint!) What part of Indy do you live in?
I still haven't found a book club that I have gelled with. They seem to be hard to find. Maybe we should start our own?
Thanks for the recommendation, I put it in my "to look for" notebook :)
Oh BTW- the correct name for the Book Arts place I mentioned before is Minnesota Center for Book Arts. You can look it up at
PS- thanks for the information on the bench. I do think it is an absolutely perfect bench. Have you been to the Book Art place in Minneapolis (on Washington Ave. downtown)? They have a fabulous staircase that spirals up to the second level and is designed to look like the pages of a book fanning open. The next time I'm there, I will try to get a picture. Thanks again. - S
Hi Melissa, I'd like to recommend The Camel Bookmobile by Masha Hamilton. It's one of my favorites from the past couple years worth of reading. -Sheila
Hi Bookworm12, I noticed that we share 91 books so far and they are many of my favorites that I have actually read.(I tend to buy books much faster than I can read them.)I have a question about your picture - specifically about the bench in the picture. Can you tell me where that bench is located? I absolutely love it and since I work for a landscape architecture firm, I am always on the look-out for interesting site furnishings. In fact we are in the midst of a library project right now- how perfect is that?
Hi! Thanks so much for the comment! I'm so glad you found me!

WOW! I am so jealous of your library!! Where do you keep it all?!

Tomorrow, I'm off, and am going to compare our libraries so that I can send some recommendations your way [Girlie, I was SO bad this week--I ordered 14 books from Amazon--so much for using that tax refund check for bills and school! :Þ]

Talk to you tomorrow!

Take care,
Hi, Melissa.
Thanks for your note & your kind words. When I saw that you red-flagged "We Need to Talk About Kevin" and "Water for Elephants" as two of your top picks in 2007, I knew I had to add you to my "interesting libraries" roster. I loved both books.
I'm just finishing "Middlesex" now, which I see you have in your growing library. It's one the best I've read in at least a year. One book you might want to consider (I didn't see it in your collection) is "The Confession of Max Tivoli." Really interesting book.
Take care,
Sorry I never replied about The Ha Ha. Actually, a few days after I started it, I went into labor and gave birth to my first baby a month early and I never got back to it. It's been a crazy 2 1/2 months. I would have loved to discuss it with you and will if I ever do read it all the way through.
Thanks for stopping by. I see that you have "Straight Man" and "Cloud Atlas"--I recommend those a lot to folks. :) Have you read Connie Willis' "To Say Nothing of the Dog"? Since you read some sci-fi (and funny sci-fi, like Adams), I'd recommend it. It plays off of a lot of Victorian fiction, including Wodehouse and Jerome K. Jerome. Another author I don't see in your library is Richard Powers, whom I love.

I'm always up for recommendations, too, so if you think of anything, let me know! I especially want good sci-fi recommendations, as I'm fairly new to reading it, and need help sometimes separating the wheat from the chaff.
Hiya. Thanks for your comment. Yes, the Chunk Challenge tag does relate to the size of the book.I realised I was tending to shy away from thicker books, so I challenged myself to read at least one book of over 500 pages each month this year. All the books that have more than 500 pages are tagged "Chunk Challenge". :)
You and I share more books in our libraries than any one else I have seen. Thanks for accepting!
Just wanted to say have a great Thanksgiving!
Thanks for writing.
I'm only half way through EOE, so I can't say just what my end conclusion will be, but for the most part, I think it's pretty magnificent. Sometimes there's just too much talking or too much description, and the biblical references are way to heavy for my tastes. On the other hand, Lee Hamilton is such an endearing character, that those flaws fade away when listening to him. I'm just at the point of the book where he dies, so I'm wondering what comes next. I also love Lizzie and all of the children.
The character of Adam is somewhat fuzzy to me; self-indulgent in his sadness and always wimpy as a child and as an adult. His lethargy annoys me.
Cathy's psychotic behavior, on the other hand, is mesmerizing, even if I never understand where she's coming from. The narrator tells us she was born without a conscience, which I guess is as good an explanation as any.
It does seem clear to me that the book deserves to be a classic. In the end though, I'm, not sure if I'll love it as much as I've always loved Grapes of Wrath.
Read any good books lately?

I just finished the Looking Glass Wars and its sequel, Seeing Redd, by Frank Beddor. It's a re-imagining of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. I really enjoyed both of them. I also read Here, There Be Dragons: the Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica by James Owen. This was a really fun read, too. If you are looking for something that's not a hard read and is fun, I'd recommend either of these.
It is in a room that doubles as the staff offices at the Hertford College Library, University of Oxford. The seminar I attended was organized by librarians at the Bodleian, and as part of our seminar, we were treated to behind-the-scenes tours of the Bod and various College libraries. Needless to say, it was incredible! At one point on our tour of the Bod, we were several stories (nine, if I remember correctly) below street level and I looked over to see fragments from a sixth century BC Book of the Dead from Asia simply lying on a shelf, with no protection whatsoever, albeit its location in a locked cage! It was one among many, many treasures yet to be processed.
Hello there,

Just popped over to your library again and noticed your that the chained book bench in the lobby of the British Library?? If it isn't, it sure could be! I had the opportunity to attend a seminar in England last year, and we spend one day visiting the BL, which, needless to say for any bibliophile, was INCREDIBLE! If that isn't where you were, you really should go!

Happy reading!!
HI Bookworm12, I really liked The Thirteenth Tale. Being a twin myself, made it all the more interesting. I can relate to the statement made in the book, that being without your twin is like being an amputee. I never thought of it like that, but it's true. The Sacred Romance is an excellent book and I would highly recommend it. I read it when I was in a place of discouragement from too much "doing" and trying to be something everyone else wanted. That book really opened my eyes to some new truths.
Thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries list! As I'm looking through your catalog, I see that we have a lot of books in common - personally, I think we have *great* taste in books...:)
The Shadow of the Wind was amazing! Once I was able start it, I couldn't put it down! I've already lent my copy to my mom, and have recommended it to all my friends. I would be anxious to see some of his other books translated in to English, as I think Shadow is the only one available; at least it's the only one in English that I've been able to find so far.
Yes, I loved Lonesome Dove. I was surprised I liked it as you were. I too thought it was just a western/romance, something I'm not usually interested in. I finished it couple of weeks ago. I'm thinking I should rent the mini-series now. I heard that was good. We share 45 of the same books, although your library is much larger than mine. What did you think of the Thirteenth Tale? Did you like The Sacred Romance by John Eldredge?
WOW! You were right about The Shadow of the Wind! I wasn't able to start it when I thought I was going to, but once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down! I honestly don't know that I've enjoyed a book this much since The Thirteenth Tale. Everything, from the story to the characters to the actual writing itself, is superb - great recommendation! Thanks! I'm now rereading Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in preparation to start The Looking Glass Wars.
Hi Melissa... re: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil -- I, too, really loved the book. In fact, I went to Savannah just after I finished it. I couldn't wait to see everything! Then, when his next book came out, I went to see John Berendt at a booksigning, and was very excited about meeting him. I think what surprised me the most was how distant he seemed. It felt like he was very detached both from the crowd that was there as well as from the stories he'd written. He also came across as more than a little arrogant; like he was way above everyone else. I go to many many booksignings, and I'm always very impressed with how congenial the authors are... even those who have sold tons of books still seem very grateful to their readers and are always willing to chat, etc. This one was horrible. And it might just be that his personality is such that he's not very sociable (which is odd, given the story of Midnight) but I just was very turned off. I wouldn't make the effort to go see him again. (Sorry! Maybe he was just having a bad day when I saw him!)

However, he's a very good writer, so I'll just focus on that!!
Hi, Melissa ~ Thanks for your comment. Yeah, the late 60s/early 70s in Chicago were something else. I wish I could say I understood it all while I was going through it, but only in hindsight do I comprehend how the turbulence of the times shaped my reading habits (and life) and how the books I read then reflected the times and helped me to incorporate the things I witnessed and in which I participated (peace marches, not violence against the civil rights movement) into a mostly coherent value system. Maybe that's one reason I hold LotR in such high regard, but I also love it for the story, the writing and characters and the world Tolkien created.

BTW, love your pic. Where was it taken?

We both have a lot of books by Maeve Binchy & also J. D. Salinger. They are 2 authors that don't have a lot in common, but I have tried to read all of their books. Maeve, to me, is a "comfort author". When I want to get away from it all, I can just lose myself in one of her books. It's always good news to hear she has written a new one.
J.D. Salinger is different. In hi school, I wan influenced by Catcher in the Rye, & then the 9 stories, reading them originally in the New Yorker. I also became immersed in the lives of the Glass family. A few years ago, when Joyce Maynard came out with her "tell all" book about her life as J.D.'s mistress, my first reaction was to feel sorry for her, but then, thinking it over, she was not just some young kid that had been taken advantage of by an older man. There was something calculated in her actions. A few weeks ago, I bought the book "Dream Catcher" Salinger's biography written by his daughter Wendy. I haven't read it yet, my TBR pile is humungous. Have you read any books about JD? However one looks at him, he is certainly interesting.
Well, I've been struggling through an Early Reviewer's copy of Tipperary by Frank Delaney, and finally had to give up on it. I had read his previous novel, Ireland, and had LOVED it, so had high hopes of enjoying Tipperary just as much, so was a little disappointed in it. As such, I'm starting the Shadow of the Wind tonight!
Went to see the film version of Stardust last night, and while it doesn't follow the book 100%, it is a faithful adaptation, and I think the changes that were made were well done and didn't really detract from the book. I'd recommend going to see it!
Well, as it happens, I own The Shadow of the Wind. I picked it up at my local library sale last year, and just haven't gotten around to reading it yet. Maybe I need to add that to the pile of books to read sooner than later. I just finished reading The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho. Amazing book! You might want to give that one a try!
Oh yes an e-mail addy would be handy now wouldn't it?

I'm new at this, so do you need an e-mail address or is it something you can forward or send to me internally on this site?

Please let me know.

Thank you.
Hi lindsacl aka bookworm12,

Thank you for your comment that I just received from July 3rd, I've been busy reading so I haven't visited the site lately.

Even though I've already read [[Ami McKay]]'s novel [The Birth House], my bookgroup is reading this book for our September meeting.

So, I would love to take you up on your offer of providing me with the Q&A that is made available to you because you or someone from your paper had the lovely opportunity to interview her.

I am interested in the content and perhaps my book club would also like to see it as well.

Thank you, you're very generous.

Hi there, thanks for your comment. I went to Purdue -- graduated 1984, I think I'm older than you are :)! I'm originally from Cincinnati.
Thanks for your comments. Eat, Pray, Love is worth listening to I feel - most folks seem to relate to the first part on Italy the best; I liked India better for her friend Richard's pull-no-punches style. I recently posted my Jan - June 2007 reading on my page; the ones with asterisks (they're tough to see I know) were audiobooks, so feel free to ask about them. Also, I can list the ones for 2006 I thought were pretty good audios; I started keeping a record in the middle of last year.
P.S. As you review plays, I saw "Uncle Vanya" the other day, and it was as good as productions of "Three Sisters" and (the short story) "Lady with a Dog" I'd seen previously. Who knew I'd become a Chekov fan!
I thought I was the only one who's ben known to read more than one audiobook at once!
I take it from your post (June 9 week, #111) that you started reading The City of Falling Angels. I still have a sticky note on my desk reminding me to share with you my thoughts of the book, which you asked for the week of May 12th! I actually only finished the book a week ago (life has a remarkable way of getting busy all of a sudden, eh?), but even though I couldn't get through it as quickly as I hoped, I loved every moment of it. I am hoping to post a review at some point, so I won't share much here. Besides, if you're already reading it, hopefully you're loving it as much as I did! I'd love to know your thoughts on The Aspern Papers.
We do indeed share a lot of great books - I've added you to my watch list as well, I think I could get many more great books out of your library. =)
I've added you to my watch list too. :)
I am reading Middlesex too. Parts of it I really found funny. The interbreeding made me cringe.

My last book was Shantaram, about Bombay's underbelly set about the time of Indira Gandhi's assassination. Much more fascinating.
Fellow Reader, Is this of any interest to you?
Dear chick-lit reader,

I’m a belgian university student that loves chick-lit. Would you like to help me with my thesis and write to me why you (personally) like reading chick-lit? What is it about chick-lit that appeals to you? What are your favourite books and why? Your help would mean a lot to me!

Best wishes,

Ester Wellens
I beg to differ with Mr. McNugget. I've read all of the Hitchhikers books and the two Dirk Gently books and while I liked them all, I think the Gently books are much better than the others. To come entirely clean, I did listen to them in audiobook form, read by Adams, before reading them, and I think that it improved the experience. But the Gently books are just better crafted, in some ways. All of the seemingly random events and jokes fit together better, fewer get left behind on demolished planets. I suppose that since they take place, largely, on Earth and involve, mostly, humans, the satire is closer to home. Adams probably had to work harder to ground the absurdity in something believable because he couldn't just attribute it to funny aliens, but the result is wonderful because the characters are easier to relate to and the story is more cohesive.
you asked about the Dirk Gently books. I haven't read them myself, but someone else had and told me they weren't very good. I am reading Good Omens right now (by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchet). It's very similar in style to Hitchhiker's Guide, though it moves a bit slower and there isn't the same randomness.
Is First Knight: A Novelization any good?
It's so strange seeing someone with so many of the same books. Cool but strange.
Hi! I see my book on your random list. What a beautiful sight--right by Shakespeare and Shelly! Now, you really must get to reading it....:)
Hi I have just discovered LibraryThing and started updating my library. You are currently no.1 on my shared list so thought I'd say g'day.

:) Pleso
I've personally read Shadow of the Hegemon and Shadow Puppets, but I'm not sure if I would like Speaker for the Dead or not. It was always the politics and strategy that I loved about Ender's Game.

BTW, curious incident is a fantastic book. It has a really unique structure but it makes it hard sometimes to follow. It's great, just don't read it at bedtime.
Just saying hello, we seem to share quite a few books. I was wonderign if you've read all of the Ender series books, and which ones you found to be the best. Looking to read more of them, but not so sure.
We have a lot of books in common, so I just wanted to drop by to say hello :)
I like your collection....but do you own Goodnight Moon? It's a fantastic classic! :)
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