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Tagsa (62), around the world (54), short stories (47), New England (41), '08 (40), 50 states (33), crime (27), '09 (26), reference (25), '10 (24) — see all tags

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About meI'm a librarian. I'm a reader, obviously. I'm a 2006 Appalachian Trail thru-hiker and still exercise my bragging rights. Yes, I've read A Walk in the Woods. It's more fiction than fact. There was no Katz. And, as in his other books, Bryson is very disrespectful of people he met in his travels.

A favorite reading experience: I carried a copy of Cold Mountain while hiking through the Smokies. If not obstructed by a blizzard I would have had a good view of Cold Mountain itself. While out there I took time to go whitewater rafting on the Pigeon River which flows off the mountain.

About my libraryMy reading interests are all over the place. Right now I have focuses on, but not limited to, the outdoors, things Maine and New England, and short stories. The library is a work in progress.

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, 50 Book Challenge, Best Anthologies, Bestsellers over the Years, Books off the Shelf Challenge, Build the Open Shelves Classification, Gay Men, Librarians who LibraryThing, Mainers, Outdoor Readersshow all groups

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Homepagehttp://trailjournals.com/boulder

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I have indeed heard of the film version--I'm just determined to try the book first! Thanks for the review as well as the note! Good reading! --whitewavedarling
Hi, I often use the interesting libraries button to bookmark somebody who I would like to check in on occasionally. I don't necessarily equate having a lot of the same books with being of interest.In fact, sometimes it is more mind expanding to know someone who has very few books in common with me. You are a librarian, and I am considering going back to school for library science. I also find I can learn a great deal from librarians. I was born in Massachusetts, so I am always happy to befriend another New Englander, and I am a short story reader and writer. So I thought we had a lot in common. I have used the int lib. button a lot this year to keep track of folks I meet in various threads I take part in also, since LT doesn't really have another method and friending everybody freaks some people out. I have been given a lecture on why someone did not want to accept me as a friend and the person was quite serious about her reasons for not doing so. It made me feel a bit bad so now I find if I use the int. lib. choice people don't feel quite so...ummm...violated?
Oh, do I envy you that hike thru the Smokies with Cold Mountain under one arm. That book has lived in the back of my mind since the first time I read it. I set my first short story in the NC mountains so that I had a reason to (mentally) stay there longer.
I have read two of William Least Heat Moon's books "Prairyerth" and "Blue Highways." I have read two of Bryson's "Walk in the Woods" and "I'm a Stranger Here Myself." I like both writers. I think the thing to remember is that an observer is always going to make somebody mad with his observations. In general Heat Moon is less humorous than is Bryson, but I think they are both good. My book discussion group just read "Blue Highways" and everybody there liked it. Thought it was not in the least dated even though it is 25 years old. We were amused to see a 25the anniversary edition at our local B&N. I think you will like "Blue Highways."
Hey,

Noticed you added my library to your interesting libraries list..I'm honored! Looks like we're neighbors also. I work in Brunswick with the homeless. I'm frequently in Portland for fun, meetings, etc. Perhaps we could talk books sometime.

Dave
Hello, again!
Well, I went back over to the Build the Open Shelves group, and it turns out that I did not actually join it but only am watching it. However, I think that I will probably not follow it after all. It is too complicated for me. So, you don't need to try to explain it to me. Have a great day!
--BJ
Hi!
I tried to find your thread on the 50 book challenge, but I could not find it. Can you give me a link or web address? Also, I see that you joined the Build Open Shelves Classification group. I joined that group, but I do not participate. I don't exactly understand how it works. I guess since you are a librarian you probably do understand it. Can you explain it to me? I realize that I might not be able to participate since I am not a librarian. I just joined because I thought it could help me sort my own books at home.

I just finished Cold Mountain. It must have been great to read it while in the Smoky Mountains. I lived for a brief time in Knoxville and it was truly beautiful. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by my thread.
--BJ
Have you heard about Before Green Gables by Budge.. It's a prequel (authorized by the author's famiy) to Anne of Green Gables. I thought it stayed really close to the spirit of the original, and thought it was a great read.
A much delayed response. I love Esther Forbes. As a young person read most of her novels in the library (New England town, so there was a wide selection) and in the past few years I've found copies of her books online. Johny Tremain and Rainbow on the Road are my favorites, but I also like O Genteel Lady and A Mirror for Witches.
I'll have to check out Palahniuk's non-fiction soon. Portland, Oregon rates high on my list of cool cities merely for being the home to Powell's bookstore. It's a great train ride from Seattle to Portland, but I cannot come home without a bag (or two) full of books.
Hello and thanks for adding me to your "interesting libraries" list. I grew up visiting relatives in Palermo, Maine and lived in Auburn for a short while in the mid-90's. We share some interesting titles. I just finished "Choke" and thought it was the best of the four books I had read by Palahniuk.
I forgot to mention that I also have read A Walk in the Woods and agree with your opinion of it. I continually mention to people how the book does not correctly portray some of the people he met.
I just returned from the AT where I completed my 2000th mile while in Maine. I have FINALLY added some information to my profile to give some of my background. I see you are a librarian as well as a Thru-hiker. Where are you working as a librarian? I had not worked on my book collection in a long time and decided, while hiking this summer, to start adding books again. 3 a day is my goal. It is slow but progress is being made.
Hey boulder_a_t. Yes, I thru-hiked the AT in 2001, NOBO. My trail name is Bad Ass Turtle. My husband, Footslogger, thru-hiked in 2003. Very cool to meet another thru-hiker who loves books!
No, just an overweight dreamer. I have been reading trailjournals.com for about eight or nine years. I have done a few miles on the Ice Age Trail but only as day hikes.
Hey boulder_a_t, Thanks for adding my library to your list of interesting libraries. I noticed you had "America's National Parks" in your library and realized that I had forgotten to add that one to mine. I have used it over the last several years to help choose where I would like to go on vacation. Have fun with LibraryThing!
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