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About meI'm a cool weather, food-loving, software company worker- bee living in Massachusetts. I'd be happy if the weather alternated between Spring and Fall all year. I'm still trying to cultivate a green thumb but despite my efforts, I seem to be failing miserably. I am thus thankful for any plant choosing to survive my pathetic attempts to keep them watered and free of weeds.

I travel internationally on a regular basis on business, and when I'm not stuck in multiple, lengthy meetings, I welcome the opportunity to learn more about the different cultures I'm exposed to. Currently I manage business in the Asia Pacific and Latin America for my company, and the foodie side of me has been relishing in all the different foods I've been introduced to during my visits.

All the long distance flights give me much welcome uninterrupted reading time.

I'm married to a wonderful if somewhat dotty man who keeps me laughing, even on my bad work days. I'd love to have a couple of dogs and cats, but with our travel schedules, it would be terribly unfair to have to kennel them so often. So I remain pet-less for the time being.
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About my libraryI enjoy mixing up my reads. I don't enjoy straight romance, but I do enjoy romantic mysteries for light reading. My main reading genres include history, historical fiction, biographies, murder mysteries and police procedurals, gritty thrillers, humor, fantasy, science fiction, graphic novels, sociological studies, philosophy and non-fiction.

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Books Read in 2014
The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman
The Shameful Peace - Frederic Spotts
Room No. 10 - Åke Edwardson
Uncle Fred in the Springtime - P.G. Wodehouse
Still Foolin' 'Em - Billy Crystal
Eva's Eye - Karin Fossum
Drowning Mermaids - Nardia Scrieva
Fathoms of Forgiveness - Nardia Scrieva
Boundless Sea - Nardia Scrieva
Song of the Lark - Willa Cather
The Gauguin Connection - Estelle Ryan
The Trickster's Hat - Nick Bantock
The Last Runaway - Tracy Chevalier
On Chesil Beach - Ian McEwan
The Italian Wedding - Nicky Pellegrino
Somewhere in France - Jennifer Robson
A Pale Horse - Charles Todd
The Tortilla Curtain - T.C. Boyle
Mrs Somebody Somebody - Tracy Winn
Abyssal Zone - Nadia Scrivea
Tides of Tranquility - Nadia Scrivea
Maelstrom - Nadia Scrivea
Toby's Room - Pat Barker
Quicker than the Eye - Ray Bradbury
The Whale : In Search of the Giants of the Sea - Philip Hoare
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats - Jan Philipp Sendker
To Touch a Wild Dolphin - Rachel Smolker
Stormbird - Conn Iggulden
Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name - Vendela Vida
The Great Fire - Shirley Hazzard
Codex Seraphinianus - Luigi Serafini
The Constant Gardener - John Le Carre
Cutting for Stone - Abraham Verghese
Concealed in Death - J.D. Robb
Purple Hibiscus - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Guest Cat - Takashi Hiraide
Sinfest Vol 1 - Tatsuya Ishida
The Man on Table Ten - Luke Smitherd
Slammerkin - Emma Donoghue
Lullaby - Ed McBain
The Immortals of Meluha - Amish
How Excellent Companies Avoid Dumb Things - Neil Smith
An Ice Cream War - William Boyd
Devices and Desires - P.D. James
Every Day is for the Thief - Teju Cole
The Food of Love - Anthony Capella
The School of Essential Ingredients - Erica Bauermeister
The Tooth Tattoo - Peter Lovesey
The Ian Fleming Files - Operation Armada
47 Ronin - John Allyn
Asterios Polyp - David Mazzucchelli
Double Cross - Ben McIntyre
Sweet Tooth Vol 1: Out of the Woods - Jeff Lemire
The Rainmaker - John Grisham
A Long Shadow - Charles Todd
The Sports Gene - David Epstein
Boy, Snow, Bird - Helen Oyeyemi
The Edwardians - Vita Sackville-West
Cold Treachery - Charles Todd
Out - Natsuo Kirino
Omega Point - Don DeLilo
Devil in the White City - Erik Larsen
Candle in the Darkness - Lynn Austin
Selected Stories of Eudora Welty - Eudora Welty
Red Skies - Kate Bratt
Jerusalem : Chronicles from the Holy City - Guy DeLisle
Palace of Justice : Susanne Alleyn
A False Mirror - Charles Todd
The Old Fox Deceiv'd - Martha Grimes
Seven Patients - Atul Kumar
The Sleeping Dragon - Miyuki Miyabe
A Blunt Instrument - Georgette Heyer
Agent ZigZag - Ben McIntyre
The Stone Cuter - Camilla Läckberg
The Dirty Duck - Martha Grimes
Singapore Noir - Cheryl Tan
A Call to Arms - P.G. Nagel
Hyperbole and a Half - Allie Brosh
The Snowman - Jo Nesbo
The Braque Connection - Estelle Ryan
The Flinck Connection - Estelle Ryan
The Hanover Square Affair - Ashley Gardner
A Regimental Murder - Ashley Gardner
The Glass House - Ashley Gardner
The Sudbury School Murders - Ashley Gardner
The Necklace Affair - Ashley Gardner
Body in Berkley Square - Ashley Gardner
A Covent Garden Mystery - Ashley Gardner
The Gentlemen's Walking Stick - Ashley Gardner
Death in Norfolk - Ashley Gardner
A Disappearance in Drury Lane - Ashley Gardner
Skinner's Box - Lei Mi
Forgotten Fatherland - Ben McIntyre
The Woman Destroyed - Simone de Beauvoir
The Dark Vineyard - Martin Walker
Mission to Paris - Alan Furst
The $64 Tomato - William Alexander
A Land More Kind than Home - Wiley Cash
The White Lioness - Henning Mankell
Five for Sorrow Ten for Joy - Rumer Godden
Book of Shadows - Alexander Sokoloff
Tin City - David Macinnis Gill
Thai Horse - William Diehl
The Leopard - Jo Nesbo
Black Diamond - Martin Walker
Maxwell Strangewell - Matt Fillbach
The Blind Contessa's New Machine - Carey Wallace
Solo - William Boyd
Savage Altar - Asa Larsson

Groups100 Books in 2009 Challenge, 2013 Category Challenge, 75 Books Challenge for 2009, 75 Books Challenge for 2010, 75 Books Challenge for 2011, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, Asian Fiction & Non-Fiction, Author Theme Readsshow all groups

Favorite authorsDouglas Adams, Louisa May Alcott, Donna Andrews, Jane Austen, Steve Berry, Anthony Bidulka, Joanne Fluke, Karin Fossum, Jostein Gaarder, Kerry Greenwood, Arnaldur Indriðason, John Irving, Donna Leon, Ed McBain, Louise Penny, Nora Roberts, Mark Salzman, Fred Vargas, Susan Vreeland, P. G. Wodehouse (Shared favorites)

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Real nameCaroline Lim-Brown

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Just dropping in to say hi! I've added several books to my wishlist based on your list above. What did you think of Out? I read it several years ago and loved it! I'm going to look for The Sleeping Dragon. Your review made it sound really good. Have you read any other Jo Nesbo besides The Snowman? I've read about 3 of his books and I think Harry Hole is an adorable drunk detective. (I wouldn't want to work with him in real life, though.)

Take care!
perfect! Any time 12:00 or later works for us.
A very happy 6th Thingaversary to you, Caro! It's been a pleasure getting to know you a bit here on LT, and picking up lots of good book recommendations from your thread. Here's to another 6 years!
Hi Caro,

I finally got around to reading 69 (by Ryu Murakami) which you sent me last year. I thought it was great. Thanks again for sending it to me. I'll probably release it in my Little Free Library or pass it along to a fellow BookCrosser.

Hope all is well with you,

No, nothing yet. I;m not overly surprised, it's a resident-to-resident delivery, and that's not who they're wooing. I'll advise as soon as I get them! *smooch*
Stella is frolicking with puppymommy ATM and I'm laid up! The storm's low pressure is making me *miserable* and I'm not even going downstairs for dinner. I don't want to eat. Later I'll force myself to have prosecco and a nibble of cake to celebrate Ariana's birthday. But honestly, it's all I can make myself do!

Oh boy oh boy oh boy I can't wait!! Is there Sunday mail delivery?!

Hi Caro, I just thanked Catherine (qebo) for books via the Xmas Swap but she says it wasn't her. I don't know any other Katherine. Help!
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You look stunningly beautiful! All good wishes to you for a lovely holiday.
Thank you, Caro!
I think it would be interesting to have my mother in my Facebook circle. I'd love to kn ow how it's going in Hell!

Handwritten letters?! I got one the other day and had to think a minute how one handles them. Beautiful stationery, too. Sadly, I can't write by hand anymore. It's a block-printed scrawl. I bless the modern world more every day!

Just imagine how much easier life will be for you now! All those email addresses tidily organized.

Pity no one uses email for personal stuff anymore. It's all Facebook, Twitter, and specialized social media.

But you go, girl! Ignore that report! Heaven knows I would.

Hi Caro:

I sent my package to my swap partner on Monday. I'll get to the page and post a comment.

thanks for helping me out.
LOL, yes. I was trying to avoid having it posted to the site.
Thank you!

Have a nice Thanksgiving,
Yea! and Thank You!
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You look stunningly beautiful!
Hi, Caro,

Ah, you REALLY meant The Ghost Road--but I got it! I think Regeneration is the best of the trilogy, although the last won the Booker Prize, so what so I know?

I was very impressed that a woman could write so well about wartime experiences

Hi Caro,

I'm so glad you loved Regeneration by Pat Barker—just read & thumbed your review. It was one of my favourite books of the year in 2011 and still remains among my all-time favourites now. I don't know if you are aware that Pat Barker won the Booker Prize for the third book? I read them all and while they are all excellent, Regeneration is the one that stands out in my mind, so I don't quite understand why she didn't win the booker prize with that one, but it was certainly well-deserved.

Wishing you well,

Caro- I figured you would be interested in Iron House. It's looks like your cuppa, that's why I thought of you. I'll get it out later next week. Have you read Hart yet?
I am so glad you have a copy of "Nagasaki". I hope you can bookhorn it in soon, so you can help spread the word. He reminds me of an American Murakami and you can tell he loves Japanese literature. Have you read Shūsaku Endō? I have not and he is also mentioned several times in the book.

Caro- Initially, I was going to decline your book offer but then saw you gave it 5 stars, (rare for you)and I loved your description of it, so YES! Thanks again, my friend. When do you return?

Caro- Thanks for letting me know! I'll be watching for your thoughts on that one. Have you read Dark Places by Gillian Flynn? I started it today. This is going to be one dark & creepy ride. Hope the week is going well.

when I looked at your profile, I knew I was in trouble too.. :)

Just stopping by to say hello!
Hi Caro- I can't believe you also requested Hope Factory, received it and can't remember why you requested it. We definitely have similar biblio-minds. LOL.
The Burgess Boys has your name on it. I'll get it out later this week. When do you return?

I bet we could do that, Caro. Sounds like a good idea.
Caro, I'm really not that familiar with steampunk, surprising as that may be. I've read Tim Powers' The Anubis Gates, which was written before the term was widespread but is considered one of the books that led to its creation. Leviathan and its sequels, which I am reading now, is also considered steampunk, and I am enjoying its creativity. The Parasol Protectorate series is also considered steampunk and were lots of fun. Here's the article on Wikipedia about steampunk--you may find it helpful.
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Great picture of you and Edd!
Hi cameling!

Thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries. Feel free to browse my library and ask questions!
Yes, I did like it. It wasn't a classic for me--I think in part because the protagonist was so obviously of a much younger generation--and I didn't get as involved as I did in Ready Player One, but it was still very enjoyable and fun. Thank you again for sending it my way!
Hi Caro!

I just set my new thread up for 2013.
Have been soooo into my new book -
"Kafka on the Shore" !!!
You know which one I mean???? lol
Can't seem to put it down!

Here's my new thread:
Happy New Year!
Hi Caro: I'm glad you liked some books you got, though they weren't from me.

The ones I ordered included: In the Garden of Beasts, The Moonflower Vine, and A Share in Death. I loved the first two and have read and enjoyed some of the Deborah Crombie mysteries though I don't recall that particular one.

Unless you got several shipments, I'm confused by this. Did you do Santa Thing, too?
Caro, this is worrisome. I didn't order any of those books that you mentioned.
Hi, Caro! Now you've got me interested in making eggnog, and we don't have a recipe. Would you share yours, or is it an old family secret?

- Joe "Inquiring Minds in Chicago" Welch
Holy cow, I must be tired. I meant to type see message 3 in tads directions.
While tad uses the term img width, I type img height=

I'm not sure I'm clear enough. If you still need help, please let me know.


Please forgive my delay in responding to your request. It was a bear of a week at work. the end of the semester is energy draining.

TadAd (Tad) was the one who taught me how to import covers. He was ever so gracious in helping me. Here is the thread (see message #2)

When I import the covers in a series, for uniformity I use img height="150"

When importing a series of covers, continue to process, but do NOT put a space between the next book you are importing...

Does this help?
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awww! you know a unicorn! I now have unicorn envy....
I'm happy to help if you want to post your book covers.
Hi Caroline: No note? Those three were from me and I asked for a note to go with each book. Enjoy!!
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Lov the shot! Wish U had labeled it's location. Great power n color.
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Ohhh, The power of these waves. Nice shot!
Oops - I don't think I made that last note private, so please erase it after you copy down the info. Thanks. Judy
Caro, book arrived yesterday, in pristine condition. Thank you so much!
And very nice reveiws lately, deservedly thumbed.

Hugs from Gail
Thanks, Caro! It's always a treat to get a book in the mail! This one was riding low on my radar, so it'll be great to get into it and take a look!

Caroline, I should be sending you Round Mountain this week. I loved it so much that my husband has begged for a few days in which to read it. Sorry to have taken so long. I did, in fact, forget about it. I'm glad I remembered. Lucy
We will, no doubt, be delighted to have you join our discussion of Team of Rivals.

Here's the link to the thread which people have been using to "sign up"


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Thanks, Caro. I will start with Penny's first book. I believe it is Still Life and I have it in my collection. I'm glad that you like my library and you are welcome to browse as much as you like as long as I can tiptoe into your library in the wee hours and explore. Lol.

Caro, thank you for the lovely compliment of adding me to your interesting libraries. You have an impressive list of books that you've read. I almost bought Trick of Light last week. Is it good?
Caro, somehow I lost my star on your thread, so I don't know if you're in town this weekend. And I'm kicking myself for not telling you before this. Jim and I will be visiting friends in Arlington - anywhere near you? If you have time for a meetup, even just a quick coffee (or something more interesting), would you give me a call? My cellphone is 646-522-2919.
P.S. She asked that we connect, so

her name is Francine Perlman


Your friend's daughter can explain that she got Francine's name from me, Judy Astroff. Francine is a lovely woman with many interesting friends, and although about my age, very hip, both artisticly and politically. Transportation in the area is excellent, and I suspect the young lady might be able to walk to work.
Caro- Welcome home, my friend! I received "A Handbook" yesterday. Thanks again. I'll get over to CFP soon. Russell Banks does the forward, huh? Impressive. Good night!

I took a look - it's great! Here's a link to a wiki page on wiki markup language. It has both strike through and how to post pics, as well as other neat tricks!
Caro- Good job setting up the CFP thread. The link you made on my thread was bad, it looped back to my thread. Once you go to the CFP site, right click on the logo and save image like you would do for any picture. That should work. I do like that logo.

Caro- Thanks for letting me know! It was a good introduction for me, into the dark southern world of O'Connor. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of her SS collection. Enjoy!

Caro- Maybe we could do this with the Concord Free Press. One of us request it and then pass it around. Just a thought. Thanks again and have a good week!

Hi There

Congratulations on your excellent hot review.

so sorry to be out of touch. I hope you are well and that you are able to stay put this summer and not have to travel so much.

Love you lots,

What a bummer about your recent attempt to get to DC! Just follow this thread for the lastest news about the DC meet-up the weekend of Sept 22-23. It will be planned by norabelle414 (Nora) and or drneutron (Jim).

See you in September then!


I had no idea that I had someone sheepishly lurking on my thread and drooling over some of the books in my library. How incredibly fabulous!! I love to find new authors and discover books that seem too tempting to resist - lurk away!

Thank you so much for the Interesting Library nod! What a wonderful compliment. I remember from Mark's Murder and Mayhem thread that we both love Jo Nesbo, and I see that you have Dr. Siri in your stacks, which tells me that I need to investigate your library because I will probably find some excellent candidates for my WL. I loved your review of Dandelion Wine, by the way. Thanks again,

Hi Caro- You've been gone so long I completely forgot about the book. LOL. I hope you like it. And I hope you had a relaxing day off!

Caroline, I've seen your comments here and there and now that I've visited your profile I see we share a fair number of books. So, that's why I'm clicking on Friend and Interesting Libraries. I'll see you in Joe's Cafe I'm sure.
Thanks for adding me to your interesting books. Ah, if only we could read all the books we wanted to.
Hi Caroline

Your review of Audition by Ryu Murakami got me interested in reading the book. I was really surprised when I found my library had a copy of it as they have a very limited number of books by Japanese authors. I read the book really quickly and stayed up late into the night to finish it - that was probably a mistake considering the gruesome ending. Thank you for introducing me to this book. I did think that it was a bad translation - very stilted prose, but I did like that the translator left some words in the original Japanese.

Just finished The Night Circus! Loved it! Thanx!
You da best!!
What kind of cuisine will you be up for, what would you like to do? Not the best time to be hitting the book stores, unfortunately.
loved your review of Stradivari's Genius. If you haven't heard it, listen to Regina Carter's CD Paganini: After a Dream. Carter is the only jazz violinist to have ever played the Paganini, and the CD is amazing.
Caro, I left you a reply on my thread, with pictures. I know in the normal course of things you might not get back to my thread for a few days, so wanted to tell you to check it out!
You give so much. I'm ever so glad that you receive the love you rightfully deserve.

How was your special day?

I hope you had a lovely birthday!
No Problem! I think they are finished too but the more people who read the same book for the challenge the higher the TIOLI Points the challenge receives.
Hi Cameling,

Just browsing the January TIOLI, I noticed you were reading [The Night Circus] for Challenge #18. I had also noticed that 3 other challengers are reading it for Challenge #22. I thought that I would let you just in case you wanted to join them in #22

Thanx for the recommendations and for telling me about Salzman! I'll be adding more books to the wishlist! :)
So glad to read that you liked 1Q84. I gave it to one of my lads for Christmas without having any idea of what it was about. You've made me want to read it too. And I LOVED The Night circus!
Thank you! Just added Lying Awake as well. You've read some interesting books lately! :)
The Night Circus was already on my wishlist, but I'm moving it up based on your review! :)
Thank you for the friend request. I'd be delighted!!

I'll send the book tomorrow.

Much Love
and Happy New Year!
Thank you for the spreadsheet. All the spreadsheets and threads are so shiny new. New Year's Day is fun!
Hi Caro- I'm glad you got the books! I was starting to get a little worried! It was nice here today. Sunny, mid-40s. Perfect for late December! I hope you guys have a terrific New Year! Hugs!


Hi Caro,

The book arrived today and I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate it. Not sure when I'll get to it but hopefully sometime soon. Thanks again.

Take care,

Don't kmow why this friend request was pending so long Caro! Going through my spreadsheets yesterday and realised that I had somehow overlooked.
Barring death or dismemberment, the 26th is a go!

Caro- I read more than I buy, so I don't have a problem there. Reading books off the shelf is always my biggest concern. I might still follow along, let me know when you start. Have a great day!

Caro, I don't think I ever got back to you. My husband loved the Baby Eggplant and Cherry Tomato stir-fry so much I never got to the seafood curry! I had to keep making that stir-fry! Thank you so much for the recipes.
Caro- It's so good to hear from you! I hope you are feeling much better. It's amazing how much you can miss your LT buddies. Glad you'll be joining us on the Swap! Hugs!

Hi Caro--I'm stopping by to leave you a belated thank you for adding my library to your list of interesting libraries--I'm honored!

I so much enjoy your travel stories and culinary feats. I can only dream of being such a creative cook as you--and your reading and reviews aren't too shabby either!


Hi There

I'm simply stopping by to say you are a dear, sweet person and I appreciate you!

Thanks! I just registered, now waiting to be approved. It looks like an interesting place. :)
Nice review of the Marquez book.....most reviews don't appreciate the material and focus primarily on the aspect of the main character's personality that brought him to purchase a young girl for sex. I haven't read it yet but I am more likely to after your review. I have a couple of other Marquez books waiting that I'll probably read first.
You are incorrigible
Caro- Thanks for letting me know! It's my favorite of the Mankell series so far. Multi-layered and nicely ambitious. I hope it snaps you out of the dreaded book funk! Enjoy!

Caro- It's nice to have my first graphic! I've read dozens now but have not owned one yet. Hope you get your book in the next day or so. Hugs!

Caro- I received the book today! I love the way it looks. I completely forgot that it was a graphic, which is great. Now I have a better chance at reading it sooner. Thanks again, my friend. Hope you had a nice Saturday.

Hi Caro!

The postal workers have been legislated back to work and are to be back to work on Tueday - tommorow. So - I hope you can soon use the mail! I would think that the US post should be aware of this - though the government in Canada worked right through til Sunday to get the bill passed.

See you on your thread soon! or - stop by mine! :)


I see you were in Boston with all that snow....loved the tunnel. I also thought it was NYC when I saw those red Christmas balls. :) I was there for that HUGE snow last stranded.

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.


I'm simply stopping by to say I think you are a wonderful very kind, sensitive and thoughtful.

Hi Caro!

I noticed your concern over the Canadian Postal Strike, so I thought I'd stop by and let you know as much as I do - and I live in Canada! It's been quite a bother . Anyway, the Federal Goverment is in the process of legislating Canada Post back to work. Canada Post may be back to work as early as next Monday - but of course - we have to wait to be sure it all goes as planned. But I'd say Canada Post will be back to work by Monday - or maybe a day or two later. I'll try to remember to let you know. I know for me I've got about 4 books in the mail/ waiting to be mailed by the Book Depository. I'll be very glad to see them back to work!


Deborah in Vancouver Canada.
Just popping by to say hi!! I see we share a love of Scandavian Mysteries! :) I've read all of Arnaldur Indridason
Detective Erlendur series,and I'm waiting patiently for the next one in the series.I just finished my first book by Karin Fossum - The Water's Edge and I look forward to reading more of her books!

Next time I'll pop by your thread in 75 books in 2011 - which I am also in! It can be difficult to find people there!

Hi Caro!
Great, great profile picture! Love it!

OK... I have a quick question re iPod Classic (if you have time)
When you are listening to an audiobook, does it keep your place when you turn it off and come back?

I was looking at the ratings on Amazon for the "Nano", and someone complained when it was in a "deep sleep" it did not keep the place on audiobooks.
I don't know what "deep sleep" is, but if it loses my place, that would not be acceptable.
So, I looked at the classic.
I went to the Apple site, but didn't see anything about that.

Hope you have a nice weekend! :)
Caro- Sorry to hear that! Major bummer! Thanks for letting me know! I was looking forward to meeting you. I'm sure I'll struggle through and have a decent time, anyway. These will all now be complete strangers. I better drop my shyness and jump right in. LOL. Take care!

Thanks for stopping by my blog....the photo was taken in Portree, Scotland. Head back to sign up the book giveaway and also more Scotland photos at the bottom of the blog.

Stop by my blog for a giveaway of LINEN QUEEN courtesy of Sarah from Hachette Books.
Thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries, Caroline! I've done the same with yours. We share a lot of books!

I see you like Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano series. I've been watchng the dvds from Italy (finally available here) - really good!

Hope you're enjoying the weekend.

Best wishes - Joe
Hi Caroline,

Thanks so much for the offer. I just picked it up at the library yesterday. I'm looking forward to reading it. :)
Simply stopping by to say what a wonderful person I think you are!
hi Caroline, no worries... during your upcoming trip, if you've a chance... you must check out this latest independent bookstore (only opened in Oct 2010) that bowled me over... it's called "Littered with Books" at 20 Duxton Road. They're closed on Mondays and opened from 11am - 8pm, other days of the week. Check it out if you've a chance amidst your busy schedule... ! Relish!!

hooi ming
Hi Caroline, thanks for your message... yeah, if you are next in Singapore, do drop me a note and we can meet up... perhaps I can bring you to some of the latest independent bookstores that have sprouted in the last 2 years!!
Caroline, it's a great idea if you can learn spanish. Especially, as you say, since you travel through Latin America. I found the Rosetta stone system to be fairly good for introductory material (in Chinese at least). But it's just a question of spending time every day- I learned Chinese by spending at least one hour a day reading, translating and writinng Chinese and using the dictionary a lot. Also memorizing characters (that's the tough part).
I hope you do decide to jump into spanish, although i understand the issue with work. I was able to do a lot of reading in December and early january because i was out on medical leave (a surgery)- I enjoyed that part. But now back at work I have not had much time.

Thank you ever so much for your kind, lovely comments on my thread.
Hi Caro- Glad you got the book okay! I'm sure you will enjoy it. In case I forget, have a good safe trip this week and hopefully you can stop by occasionally.
Yes, what happened to the Pats? A shocker! Down by 11 with 3 minutes left. There IS still time!

Hi. Just browsing through my messages and saw the friend invite. Whoops! Sorry I missed it whenever it was. Happy to be friends!
Hope you have a lovely weekend.
Thanks, Caroline!
Hi Caro- I got your book out today! Once again, you will love it. Wow, the threads are busy tonight. The year is starting with a bang! Have a great weekend!

Caro- I forgot to reply to your last message! Sorry! You were asking about my starting time at the P.O. We work 7 to 3:30, which is hours I really like. The guy you talked to in your P.O. must be a postal clerk, someone who works inside not out. We couldn't start that early, it would be still dark.
I'll try to get "Major Pettigrew" out Thurs or Fri, okay?
BTW- Did you read the 1st 2 Fossum books?

Thank you so much Caro. You are a doll.
Happy New Year, Caroline!

Here's my 2011 thread:

Here's my 11 in 11 thread:

Have you seen the links on the 75-er wiki? Here they are, but scroll way down:

Caro- I always enjoy passing them onto friends. I'll try to get it out in the next couple days. Hope you enjoyed your day off and got some serious reading in. Later!

Hi Caro- How does it feel being back home? Dumb question right? "Major Pettigrew" is yours if you want it. Perfect timing, because I was planning to offer it to an LT pal.

Hi Caroline! I started my 2011 Thread. Here is the link: I'd love to have you stop by.

Happy New Year,
Merry Christmas, Caroline!

Thank you so much for the books. I have been wanting to read The Spare Room since I learned of it on Darryl's thread. I hope you had a fantastic holiday.

I'm so glad you got it OK. I'm impressed that your husband put it on! Mine wouldn't.

Zip code - 80130

Looking forward to hearing where it goes...
Thanks so much, Caro!
What do you think that baht figure becomes in dollars (or even Euros, of which I have a stash... if the Bank of Caro takes Euros, that is...)
And yes, I'd love the scarf; I was def. looking for something that is blue-ish, as most of my scarves for winter have a reddish/orangey/pink tone. No worries about the white silk; I knew it wouldn't be easy. I did find a (already made) off-white shirt on my first trip to Thailand in '81 that I loved and wore to death, so there is some off-white silk around, but I suspect it's hard to find. And bright white is better in cotton than silk!
The blue with white flowers sounds lovely for a skirt. Maybe when you go back I'll ask you to look for some patterns, if you're silk shopping already, that is. Of course, it isn't easy to find people who can make anything v. complicated with a heavier Thai silk than a basic shirt. Luckily, I have one that can serve as a model, so hopefully that will help.
Please have a safe trip back and avoid all heavy-set klutzes with a passion! I don't want to read about some absurd event in next year's Darwin Prize anthology...
Off to Singapore to see family?
Hi Caroline!
I finally finished "Fingersmith" and mailed it off to you today.
I do like Eisner's book "New York". Just started it a few days ago.
My son-in-law was reading it over Thanksgiving weekend while they were here.
Have a good Friday! ;)
I shall pass it on to someone else who will appreciate it. I'm coming to prefer the catch-and-release method for books over the stockpile-and-dust one I've used all these years.

Saturday! Whee! And you'll get to meet my niece-by-marriage Vayram!

Work, ptui.

You are a sweetness to send it me! I am the gratefulness incarnadine.


Is your wishlist up to date with books you'd like to own?

Hi There!

Many thanks for your cards. Today was a painful day and thus when I rec'd. your lovely outreach, it was very meaningful.

You are a special, wonderful person!

In appreciation!
We are one of about 1/3 of Weed & Seed sites across the country still standing. We started as a grant initiative from the DOJ, but became a not-for-profit coalition when grant funds ran out. Most sites wither without the grant. We are actually getting stronger. By focusing more on building relationships instead of the money, we've managed to stay together. However, we still need money for projects and I still need to find a way to cover my salary! I'm the only employee. :)
Thank you!
Southeast Community Weed & Seed, Inc. is a grassroots coalition of residents, businesses, churches, nonprofits, etc. working to reduce crime by getting the community involved in uplifting the neighborhoods. We focus on personal responsibility and giving people the tools they need to change their lives, whether it's education, anger management, communications skills or getting agencies to work together instead of competing for clients and funding. We work with people and agencies, not for them, and ask everyone we help to pay it forward at a future event.
There's indeed no hurry in sending me more books, Caroline. The TBR mountain in my house is composed of literally hundreds of books! Glad Being Dead got to you in good time. I think you'll enjoy the story.

I posted The Earth Hums in B Flat (trade paperback) on BookMooch with a reserve for you as I found it on your wishlist. Go mooch it from me now, or let me know if you don't want it. Thanks!

I can't seem to access BookMooch now. I'll post the book later and let you know when to mooch it. I'll put a reserve on it for you.

Re: Being Dead.

Sure. I'll share it. Give me a few minutes. I'll list it on BookMooch and go mooch it. It gives me points for even more books! :)

Hi Caroline,

I found Being Dead by Jim Crace on your BookMooch wishlist. I have a hardback copy of it at home. The copy has my Bookcrossing label taped inside the fromt cover and a black stamp from The Book Thing of Baltimore on page 1.

Would you like me to reserve it for you there so you could mooch it? If so, let me know. It's really a good book!

I just belatedly noticed your nice comment about my photos in the birthday thread--thank you! I do find it a bit of a challenge to escape from the moment and pull out a camera when everyone starts laughing, but it's definitely worth it. I still ended up with plenty of unexciting pictures too, of course, but those ones don't get displayed for public viewing ;)
Ditz, never! Not you! You have a wonderful sense of humor and your intelligence shines through.
I hear ya about too much screen time eating into life.
There's so many good people here on LT- hard to break away!
I spend a lot of time at home taking care of my mother, so this is one way to keep in touch with the world. And what a fascinating world this is.

"I keep my aura bright and shiny" ...
What a wonderful housekeeping tip for the soul!
Nice thought for today. Thanks! :)


If you liked Kushiel's Dart and Kushiel's Chosen, by all means read the third in that trilogy, Kushiel's Avatar. Reading my review of Kushiel's Scion might have spoiled some of the suspense, but it's still a wonderful completion to Phedre's story. I was warned ahead of time that it goes into some dark places--and it does--but still, I'd recommend it.

From what I can tell, the third series is still in the same "world" as the first two, but with completely different characters. Loved this line from the Publisher's Weekly review of Namah's Kiss, the first in the third trilogy: " . . . their efforts come at terrible costs, not least of which is the certainty of multiple sequels."

It just dawned on me this am that I've been spelling your name wrong! So sorry!
I usually try to get people's names right.
I have a friend named Carolyn so that spelling flows off my fingers when I type -
but that is no excuse.

I just want to say how much I LOVE reading your comments.
Great entertainment. You have the funniest gifs!
Don't know how you keep up with yourself...I love it all!

There are a few LT names I zero in on if I only have a little time - and cameling is right up there!
Have a good day! Claudia


Thank you for your outreach and kind words. It means a lot and I appreciate you!
Morning Caroline. Thanks for adding me as an interesting library. It's really thanks to you and all LTer's who expand my literary horizons on a daily basis. Happy and safe travels, :o)
awesome! thanx! glad to be part of the group and I've got all kinds of shoes - boots, flip flops, sandals, heels (but they might hurt a little), wedges. I'm swimming a lot this summer to increase my upper body strength anyway. Throwing boots will remind me to stretch. :)

Hi Caroline- Thanks for your concern, my friend! Yes, plenty of sunscreen and quarts of water! The East Coast is sizzling away too! Bummer! It's supposed to cool off a little here on Friday. Yah!
BTW- I sent your book today! I also got my Netflix dvd of "Dragon Tattoo". Yah, again! Hope to get to it this weekend! Later!

Morning Caroline- Sure, I'll take the 2nd Mary Russell. It doesn't matter how long it takes, with the book-load I have I'd be real lucky to get to it this year. Hope you had a nice 4th!

Hi Caro! Do you like Caro? Or the long version? The book is yours. I'll try to get it out by mid-week. Me and a couple buddies are going to a music festival (an event we try to make every year), great music, good food & tasty beer. It'll be a long day but should be a blast! What are your plans?

Thanks for your comment re. the primary photo on my home page. It is a recent photo taken by my daughter of her twins (age seven) and their spunky sister (age six).
There is so very much to like and to admire about you!
Good luck in your meeting tomorrow! I'll be thinking of you~
I simply want to thank you for being the kind, sweet soul you are!
Hi Caroline- Hope you had a nice weekend. Here's the link for the registration form:
They should have a link somewhere more obvious! and yes, we have plenty of time to start working on the "others". I mentioned it to Darryl and I'll mention it again to Bonnie (Brenzi), who lives in upper NY. I'm thinking of posting a link on the "What are you reading now" thread also. Have a good week back to work!

Hi Caroline- How are you? I got tied up last night and did not get my reservation in. I'm booked now though! The Inn was full unfortunately but I'm nearby at The Reluctant Panther. Well that makes 2 of us, hopefully we can work on some more of the "crowd". I know it's expensive and a long distance for quite a few but maybe we can get enough East Coast individuals! We'll see! Take care, friend!


BTW- Did you register for the trip on BOTNS? It's a separate form!
Thanks for the compliment of marking me an interesting library. I look forward to more of your insightful comments and choices of great reading. Tina
Caroline- Thanks! Actually I had six books waiting for me and I brought home a handful of new ones. Are we crazy or what? I'm most excited about "The Passage". Have you heard about this one? Not enough time in a day!

Hi Caroline- Yes, I'm home! And what is waiting for me is the Theroux book, in wonderful condition! Once again, thank you very much, my friend! You da best! Take care!

Morning Caroline- Thanks for posting the book for me and letting me know! There was no hurry, you didn't have to run and possibly injure yourself for little old moi! It was also nice to see something positive said about postal workers! (Sniffing back a tear)
We'll be leaving for Oregon later today but I'll be in touch! Taking along "The Girl Who Played With Fire". Have you read the 1st one yet? Take care, my friend!

Morning Caroline- If you liked it, I'm sure I will! Sure I'll take it, thanks! You should be receiving "The Privileges" any day now! Have a great weekend, my friend!

I'll skip on over to BookMooch so I can get it in the mail to you. It's always fun when I can pass along a book I like to others who will also appreciate it.


Caroline, go get Laundry on BookMooch. It's been reserved for you. It's really an interesting book. I hope you like it as much as I did.

Simply stopping by to say I appreciate the kind, thoughtful soul you are!

I love that you offered. Thank you so much!

Truth is only half the packages that get sent to me arrive (ask Angela W and Caty!), so I think we're better off not trying it. But good news today -- found an English bookstore with not outrageous prices -- even got piano music :) LOL

Thx again -- you're a sweetheart!
Caroline- Funny, there are people at work who call me Marky-Mark. "The Privileges" is yours. I'm trying to put together a mini-review on it, so I should have it out in a few days! And yes, very HOT here! But much better today! :-)

Hi Caroline- Welcome back! It sounds like you had a nice getaway! Good for you, my friend! I wanted to mention, that I was planning on posting some books on BM and thought I would check with you first.
I have nice hardbacks of "The Historian" and "The Hour I first Believed". And also an arc of "The Privileges", which I just finished reading and thought was pretty good. Just let me know!

Hi Caroline,
sorry only just seen your message the book about Brunel is called "Is" by Derek Webb, I really enjoyed it and it only took a couple of hours to read as it's fairly short. Hope you find a copy!
Morning Caroline- Hope you a nice normal week back to work! I forgot to mention it to you, I read "Chess" and loved it! Amazing little book! Thank you very much for turning me on to him. I will be looking for more of his work. BTW, what are your plans with "White Masks"? hint hint, nudge nudge. It never hurts to ask, my friend! Have a great day!

Hi Caroline- Welcome home! We missed you! I happen to jump on Facebook for a moment, (I'm not a big fan of that site, for some reason) and saw you leave a current post. I hope to see you making the rounds. I'm sure it's a bit daunting after being away. Hope you are relaxing and have a great weekend, my friend!
Hi Caroline- I got the Zweig book today! Thanks so much! I didn't realize it was such a slim volume! I should be able to fit that in for sure! Ha ha! Take care, my friend!

Hi Caroline- Missed seeing you around for a couple of days! Hope everything was okay? I finally started the audio of "The Help" and it's been very good. Have a good weekend and a great Easter!

Okay, I recognize your name now on BM! I didn't connect the dots!

I love Archipelago's stuff, I do reviews for them now for my blog, but I would collect their stuff even if I didn't. I love translated works, it's so fascinating to read unusual titles and learn about new places. Almost all my reviews and the ARCS I get now are for translated stuff and it's so fun.

I have [Dream in Polar Fog] to start soon, as well as [Spring Tides] and [The Twin]. Looks like Touchstones aren't working here.

So it sounds like you travel alot. How cool is that?

Do you blog about your travels?

You have some great titles in your library! I was browsing it after reading your review of The Salt Smugglers. You have good taste!

Caroline- You can send that book whenever you have a chance, no big hurry and thanks again! And yes, we do have a pretty nice system going! Huston's "Already Dead" is the 1st Joe Pitt, vampire P.I. book and it's an incredible introduction. As you know from "Caught Stealing", these books are not for wimps, it's a white-knuckle ride all the way. The day started out cloudy & chilly but the sun is out now and it's back to the book! Later!

Morning Caroline! Sure, I'll take it and once again thanks for the offer! I'm going to have to start a "Cameling shelf"! How are we EVER going to get caught up, my friend? It's a great predicament to be in but WOW, it can be overwhelming at times! Hope you have a great Sunday!

Pleased that you enjoyed Chess Story as much as you did.
Caroline- Thanks for letting me know! Have a great weekend!

"Still Life" and be SURE to read 'em in order!!

Say hai to the Nipponese from me. *giggle* I crack myself up!
Garshk, Miss Lady ma'am, 'tweren't nothin', but I'm glad you liked gettin' 'em!
Thanks so much, Caroline! It arrived late yesterday, and I didn't get around to opening it (and my Vine book) until this morning -- thanks so much! Am looking forward to trying these out; I see there's a recipe for nasi goreng here, which I love...
Thanks for schlepping it all the way back!
Caroline- Swinging by to say I received the book today! Thank you so much! I'm not quite sure when I'll be squeezing it in, but at least I have it! Later, my friend!
Hi Caroline- Thanks for letting me know about sending the Letham book! I appreciate it! I've been loving both "Small Island" and "Too Much Happiness", which will take me up to the G.R. of "Midnight's Children". It starts the 1st. Are you going to join us? If not, I hope you can on one of my future selections. Love to have you! No, that's not "my chair" on my profile but it looks comfy! I hope work lightens up for you, miss seeing you on the threads!
your pal

Hi Caroline- I just wanted to drop you a quick message and make sure that all is well! I hadn't seen you on the threads for awhile, so I get a tad concerned. Let me know and you take care, my friend!

I would love a copy of hawker food -- but not if you have to go out of your way or it's too pricey. Of course, I'll reimburse you for the cost, but adding a heavy book can also boost suitcase weight, as I have unfortunately discovered...

I lived in Japan in the early/mid 80s, and started traveling to SE Asia then. I had a friend from HS who was studying Chinese and then working with Vietnamese refugees in HK (most of whom were later forcibly deported.) I've been back several times in the last decade or so -- friends were working as journalists in HK and Bangkok, so I knew I would have places to stay in both cities! Then a monthlong trip in between jobs, mostly Indochina & Bangkok. My last trip was after a big reporting trip to China (three weeks, exhausting/grueling) in late 2006; I stayed on for 10 days, and spent Xmas and New Year's in Thailand. It was the year of the king's jubilee, so quite fascinating, despite my heavy cold. Spent Xmas in Bangkok, then headed up to Chiang Mai, where I just ambled around. Looking back, it was the last really peaceful interlude in my life, almost!!

Enjoy yourself while there; you can always be terribly virtuous and work off any excess poundage when you are back in true self-denying New England Yankee fashion.... :-)

Hi Caroline- Hope you have a safe trip! We'll hold the fort down here for you! Did you grab some promising books? If you can find a copy of [Faceless Killers] by Mankell, give it a try! Take care, friend!

Hey Caroline- When are you leaving? And where are you going? Somewhere exotic and warm, I hope? Have you read Henning Mankell? I know you've read some Scandinavian crime fiction. I just started "The Dogs of Riga" and it's quite good! See ya later!

Caroline- I got the Vargas book out today! Just thought I would let you know! Later!

Hi Caroline- I got your messages! I wonder what the problem was posting on my thread? Strange! I see you finally did though and thanks for the sweet remarks. I just wish I could read 3 or 4 books a week, I need to make a bigger dent in these massive piles. I glance at all these great titles and I just shuffle away! I'm glad you will take the Vargas book, it needs a loving home. I really need to get back and read more of hers! I'll try to get the book out Wed.
"China Lake" is the 1st book in Gardiner series, right? I'll probably still start with that one. Later, friend!


Yeah. I had to unstar lots of threads. Sad, but there's not enough hours in the day to do what I need to do and also play on LT.

I vote that February 1st be declared National Canned Soup for Dinner Day!

Bon appetit! :)

Yes..sharing sounds so much better! Perfect!

Hi Caroline- Yes, we all like "pressies"! I'm glad you got it and looking forward to your thoughts on it! I will also keep you in mind, when I am looking to get rid of a book. I think we might have a good system going here! Later!

Thanks for mentioning Whole Foods as a source for clotted cream--I'm definitely going to try it. I like all things buttery and creamy, so I'm sure I'll love it. B.
I shall tell you all about it. Reminding me that I should unearth "The Mahabharata" for a quick review before it gets here, thanks!

Scroodles of hugs
Hi Caroline- I will send out the book today! Hope you have a great weekend!
hi, Caroline- I received the book today! Once again, thank you so much! I love my giant stack of books but boy it can get overwhelming and what do I do today? I stop at Borders with a coupon and come out with 5 more very promising books (all for $25). Are we psycho or what? I will send you "Thunderstruck" in the next couple of days and I have to highly recommend "Devil in the White City" also! Great book! Take care, my friend! See you on the threads!
Hi Caroline- You were asking about "The Hurt Locker". Yes, it came out last year and I think it might be out on dvd, or will be shortly. Have you read any Erik Larson, from "The Devil in the White City" fame? I just finished listening to "Thunderstruck", which was his latest and it was very good. I have a nice hardback of it, if you would be interested. You can check it out! See ya!

Thank you cameling.
Erin did so great. Came through with flying colors and presented a beautiful little girl.
thanx again,
Caroline- Thank you so much! You are great! I still have to get to "Joker One", which you sent me a couple months ago, maybe I'll try to bump up one of those. Speaking of Iraq, have you seen the film, "The Hurt Locker"? If not, check it out! Very intense! Back to Mills, have you read any of his other work? Take care, my friend!
Caroline- Thanks for the offer of the Mills book! It sounds like something I'll like. I will keep my eye out for you, also! I'm sure we will both be very selective due to our over-flowing tbrs! Another couple of days with "Child 44", which has been excellent and then "A Gate at the Stairs" and then the Group Read. At least we keep busy! Later, friend!
Hi Caroline- Thanks for the book-swapping offer! If we are giving away books, they might as well go to friends! I'll keep an eye on your wishlist! I have "City Of Thieves" floating around somewhere, as soon as I get it back, it's yours! What is your Bookmooch handle? Mine is the same msf59. I have a deep imagination, can't you tell? I'll also check out your WL on BM. The Mark Mills books sound good! I'm not familiar with him. Hope you are have a great Sunday!
Hi Caroline- I have a question! What do you do with your books, when you are through with them? Personally, I don't keep many, anymore. It would just get too crazy! I keep the "special" ones, but they have to meet some tough criteria, to get to that point. I do love passing the books around, when I'm through, to friends & family and once I get them back I usually place them on Bookmooch. Maybe, we could occasionally swap a couple here and there, (like we've done before) just to keep the books moving. Sorry for the ramble, I was just curious! Have a great weekend!

Hi Caroline.

Thanks. The pic is the Amalfi Coast in Italy, which we visited a few years ago.

I agree - some sun and sand would be great right now. Luckily I am going home to New Zealand in a month so I can toss the Vit D for a few weeks.

Thanks for visiting.

Hi Caroline,

Thanks for the compliment of linking libraries!

I see you are from Boston. My hubbie spend three years at Harvard doing a fellowship in paediatric ER. So I commuted back and forth - he lived in one of those Brownstones before it was trendy - rats and all!


Yes, I read Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and just loved it. What a touching story ... it was one I could not put down when I started reading. well, it's been snowing for 2 days here in MA and it's been really windy too. I'm tired of shoveling and ready to settle down for the night with an ER book I received last October. urk... last day of holidays for me and it's back to work tomorrow! boooo..... oh well, i do have bills to pay and books to buy. cheers Caroline"

I couldn't put it down either....we don't have snow here, but it is really cold in PA....windy too.

I won Hotel from the ER...back to work for me today too.

Hi cameling:

Thanks for flgging my library as interesting!

I wish you all the best this year - in reading, work, and life in general.

I actually see that you have read Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. :)
Thanks for adding me to your interesting certainly have an interesting life...great on all the traveling.

I see you plan to read Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and will love it...such a great book.

Thanks also for accepting my friendship have a very interesting library as well.

Stay warm...freezing here in Pennsylvania.
Thanks for the birthday wishes, Caroline! You made my day extra special!
Liked your hot review, Caroline. Thumbs up!
Wishing you a Happy New Year and asking if you'll be my friend?! I always love your LT comments and you are living in one of my favorite places on earth--Boston!! I have lived in MA several different times: Wellesley, Brighton, Sudbury, Amherst, Quincy and a summer at Harvard (organic chemistry -- Ugh!) and my brother-in-law is in Weymouth. So, anyhow, here's wishing you a fantastic 2010 filled with lots of great books, fun new places and yummy food!! Berly
Happy new year!
Hey there! To get two tickers on your thread, you make your first ticker or edit your current ticker, and when you're done with that, you click on "create another ticker" on the last page. The new ticker then comes with its own code to paste into your message.

And a Merry/Happy to you, too Caroline

Be Safe Be Well

Merry Merryy, too, and many, mmany thank yous for the gift card! I loved getting that surprise! I hope you and the whole family will come for drinks on Boxing Day, we'll have nibbles and cheeses and some good old-fashioned booze. Both Claudia and VIcki have asked me to urge you to come and bring the whole clan.

I'll sit by the telephone, sweating with fearful rejection-sweat, until I hear you're pressure or anything, of course...;->
Merry Christmas Caroline - hope there's plenty of reading, lovely food and sweet company to make it a wonderful one after all this jetsetting you've been doing recently! xx
What a great act of kindness by the taxi driver. How lovely to know there are still other directed people in the world.

I imagine you will sleep well tonight.
Hi Caroline

What a travel ordeal for you! I hope you are home safe and sound and resting.

All good wishes for a wonderful holiday. I've so enjoyed your posts and getting to know you!

Merry Christmas.
Zzzzz...huh? what? Oh yeah...weird coffee drinkers, right. Zzzzz.... :-)

Have a safe trip home.

Hi Caroline,
I'm happy to be friends with you. See you on the threads which, btw, have got me totally overwhelmed at this time. LOL


Hope you don't mind I've added your library to my interesting list--I saw your comment on the kitchen/75-book-challenge thread and note we have some overlapping interests. How did NaNo go for you? I fell short of the official goal but feel I reached a personal one, which was to see if I could write more or less daily and get beyond the first chapter! I need to get back to that attempt, though.

Loved your description of the brunch with flowing champagne and chocolate.


Hi. I write from Dayton, Ohio where I am visiting family. I will return late Monday night and will get send Wayward Muse to you on Tuesday. Thanks for posting your address. I hope you are well.


Hi. I write from Dayton, Ohio where I am visiting family. I will return late Monday night and will get send Wayward Muse to you on Tuesday. Thanks for posting your address. I hope you are well.

Hi, I see that you have Louisa May Alcott on your list of favorite authors. I have picked up Little Women and I am reading it at the same time I am reading American Bloomsbury because AB is supposed to be about the relationships between the Alcotts, Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Margaret Fuller. I thought I might get some insigt if I read the non-fiction book with LW. I think the characters are based on that group of Transcendentalists, or at least partially. Have you read any of her other books? Bye, MB
Hi Caroline

I'm simply stopping by to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

All the best to you and your family

Hi Caroline- Did you get the book? Just curious! I see that you added a Karin Fossum book. I've heard such good things about her. I posted a review of "Assassination Vacation". It was a terrific read. Have a great weekend!
Hi Caroline! BTW, I work for the post office, so just send me the cookies...ha ha! I sent it first class, you might have it tomorrow. I don't understand readers not liking "March". I have never read "Little Women" but it didn't prevent me from loving Brooks book. I also have "Year of Wonders", buried in my tbr. Take care, my friend!
Hi Caroline- I was able to get the book out today. I'm not sure when you leave for your business trip, but maybe it'll be there in time. BTW, I'm 95 pages into "People" and I'm loving it. Brooks is the "real" deal!
Hi Caroline- Anytime I can turn someone into a Charlie Huston fan, I will. I think I have made at least 6 or 7 people devout fans,so far. We are building an army! If I had a copy of "Aleady Dead", I would send that also but I sent my raggedy copy to Richard. See if you can find that one! I really enjoy following your reading thread, similar tastes! I'll try getting the book out in a day or two!
Thanks cameling. I'm definitely going to look for more by Kaye! I really liked the setting of Death in Kashmir. Which one is your favorite?
cameling, thank you for your comment on my JE review! It was such a joy to read and review that one. Have you read it?
Opps, I forgot to tell you that it really is an excellent review. I went in and gave it another thumbs up.

My screen shows the review for the Kat Atkinson book it still there. Perhaps if you edit the hot reviews to indicate you want to see ten of them at a time, it will show up. Simply click on the pencil icon to the right and you can edit how many review you want indicated.

Caroline- I got the book today! Thank you very much. I owe you one friend. I'm not sure when I'll be able to squeeze it in but I will give it a valiant try. I started the new Jon Krakauer today and it looks to be a very good read. I need more cheer in my literary diet,first Katrina and then the war in Afghanistan, oh joy! Just over 2 weeks for the Group Read! You are joining us, correct? Take care and thanks again!
Caroline- Boy, it sure sounded like your day started out wonderful and then what happened? You injured your arm? I'm very sorry to hear that and I hope that you mend quickly and it does not impede your reading. Are you reading "One Good Turn"? She's such a good writer. I still have not read her latest, which sits patiently in my tbr. Thanks again for sending the book. Very kind of you!


I've twice received the wrong book when buying used books through Amazon. The first time, it took me a couple of weeks to make contact with the seller to correct the situation. (The email address on the invoice was incorrect.) Use Amazon's feedback mechanism to contact the seller. It may take them a couple of days to respond, but they will get back to you. I handled the situation by getting the seller to contact the other party with my book and ask them to exchange our books directly. In both cases the seller refunded our money. In one case, I had to fight with the seller to keep them from paying me extra to compensate me for the inconvenience. Just remember when dealing with them, that it was an accident. They will want to correct the situation as much as you do.
Caroline- Thanks again! What mountains are you visiting? I'm sure it's beautiful this time of year. Take care, friend!
Hey Caroline,
I'm also a Farmville/Farmtowner! I'm going to try and find you.


I imagine the weather in Boston is chilly and that the leaves are turning to beautiful color.

I miss that area. There is so much history, American literature and culture that years ago I dreamed of retiring there.

Thanks for your kind comments on my 75 challenge thread.
Hi Caroline, Thank you so much for remembering that I asked about Plum Wine and then taking the time to send me the link to your review. It sounds like a great book! I must have heard good things about it to have bought it but then I just forgot about it for some reason. I'm going to visit your thread and see what else I've been missing! Thanks again, Joanne
I hope you enjoy it!

You should be getting The Glister in a couple of days. I put it in the mail this morning.

Thanks for the friends invite and adding me to your interesting libraries. I noticed that we both love mysteries, crime and romances!

Don't worry about sending me a book, a kind LTer sent me The Glister just because I had it on my wishlist. We have to take care of each other!

I'll let you know when I get it in the mail.

I liked the book. It was dark and the mystery was interesting. I would recommend it.

I found it! If you PM me your name and address I will put The Glister in the mail by the end of the week.

C, Hi, I saw your comments on richarderus page and saw you were from Massachusetts also. I grew up there but live in New Jersey now. Did you grow up there? I was born in Brockton. a town famous for Rockie Marciano,Marvelous Marvin Hagler and shoes. My family still lives there.

Thanks ever so much for your outreach to me on my birthday. It means a lot.

Hi, I think that I have The Glister somewhere around my house. I will try and find it and send it to you if you like. I'll let you know,

Thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries, Caroline!

Best wishes,
Thank you for the invitation, I am honored to accept!
Will do darlin'
First of all I want to thank you for adding me to your interesting libraries. I am very flattered that you would be interested. And also for the friend invite. I am thrilled!~! One can never have too many friends and I follow you on the threads quite a bit. So I am very happy to become a friend of yours.
Secondly, thank you for your timely response regarding the group read. I understand your predicament but hope you will feel free to peek in now and then anyway. You may be surprised at what you might have to offer.
I will get word to Mark that you have already read both. Thank you for your input. I appreciate it.
Mark and I have been discussing the possibility of another group read in November and want your input. We have narrowed it down to two books at this point. "The People of the Book" by Geraldine Brooks and "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield. So chat it up with friends or us and let us know if you are up for it and what you think. Probably the same plan as with "Pillars of the Earth" which seemed to work out perfectly for almost all of us.
Think it over and give one of us a shout.
hugs and looking forward to hearing from you,
okay..i requested Friendship...21 books in common??? whatever..but we have RICHARD (richardderus) in common..and i am finally able to talk to him over the PHONE...which means are have sense of irony..wanna be Friends (my adolescent persona creeped in there.)
Hello Caroline,

Thank you for your kind comments about my reviews. I do try to make them as balanced and interesting as possible. When people appreciate them, it makes it all worthwhile.

~ TT
Why wait? Start now! It's a great tool. "Little Caroline's Readie-Weedies" strikes me as a good heading...

*ducks and runs*

Coolio! I predict you'll enjoy it, as disturbing as some of it no doubt is...too much good character development for you not to, I predict. Have a safe flight.

Hi Caroline,

Thanks for adding me to your list of interesting libraries! I think both your library and your life are interesting! I love reading your posts where you mention the far-off places you travel. Hope you're having a great weekend.

I can't believe I've just *now* added you to Friends! I had no idea it took me this long, and no idea why ever!

Hi Cameling,

Thanks for the add. I have done the same. We can be interesting together :)

On the Cons I gave you links for: If you are interested you should sign up sooner rather than later. The fee goes up the closer to the date it gets. Also the hotels fill up before the event, if you are planning to stay over.


Thanks for the interesting add :) I am going to add you right back.. should have done it before, since I always follow your posts :)


Caroline- I give you credit! You had me swayed to pick up "The Book of Lost Things". I went digging in my tbr piles and I couldn't find it. It must be a title I thought I had. Wow, that's a first! So, now I have to find a copy and then I'll read it. Thanks anyway for the incentive and you have a great weekend! Oh, btw, I had already started "Await Your Reply" and plan on starting "The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo" after that. It's been getting such great praise!
Caroline...are you still alive? I haven't seen anything from you in a long time and am getting worried. Has business finally robbed you of your will to read?

RMD hug
Hi, Key Lime Pie Murder was just as good as the others. I recently finished the series and can't wait for the next installment this september. Though, most of the time I figure out who did it before Hannah does, way before. Oh well, they are still entertaining.
Thank you for joining my thread.
Inviting some people to the thread I just started. Thought it might be of interest to you.
Hi Cameling!

Glad to see you've joined the Tennis, Anyone? group. I usually just get active around the majors, so it's my time of year.

littlegeek and I had fun in the Green Dragon Chatroom during the men's final and will probably hook up again for Wimbledon... join us if you get the chance!

Thanks for stopping by my 75 thread today! I've been missing your "voice" on LT and wondered where you were. I know you get busy with work sometimes. Hope all is well with you!

You are so welcome! I hope it works for you :)
I was browsing LifeHacker ( good site) and when I saw it thought of you.
Fingers crossed!

Was it you lost photos?

sorry.. in a rush ( at work) hope it helps if it was you
The best time to visit Cyprus, in order to avoid both crowds and heat is spring -- April/May or early fall -- Sept/Oct. Spring was my favorite time of year when I lived there because there are so many flowers. June isn't bad, either -- it's not too hot yet (it can get up to 115 or 120 degrees in August) and most Europeans don't take their holiday in June. Your label "Pizza Hut Traveler" made me laugh because Pizza Hut opened its first location in Cyprus when we lived there, and it was a hot destination -- for awhile it was THE place to go. So was KFC when it opened, and it was pretty fancy, with marble and fountains... we would laugh, as Pizza Hut to me is somewhere you stop after skiing, or after a kid's soccer game. Those were the first American restaurants there (they always had Wimpy's) but now McDonald's, Starbucks, etc are everywhere.

As I said, Cyprus is very different from the way it was in the 50s. The war resulted in 200,000 Greek-Cypriot refugees-- not sure what the number of Turkish refugees is, but there was a massive popluation exchange when the country was divided. That really forced the Greek side to change rapidly -- from a mostly agricultural/village economy to a tourism/city one. Cyprus became very rich very fast, with tons of development which was not controlled like it has been on Greek islands. Many parts of Cyprus look like they could be anywhere, so you'd want to avoid the huge tourism center of Limassol or Ayia Napa -- I'm sure you would anyway. There are still very charming villages, and wonderful things to see. It's perfect for someone who is interested in archaeology, as everyone has owned it at some point, and left a mark: you'll find neolithic sites, ancient Greek and Roman ruins, Frankish castles, fortified Venetian ports, mosques, byzantine churches -- it's all there, and very reasonable to visit. (Cyprus is in the EU, and switched to the euro in January of 2008). My favorite parts are from Limassol to the west -- particularly Paphos and other towns up the coast from Paphos. We lived in Nicosia, which I loved. It has turned into a very cosmopolitan (read: expensive) city with wonderful old neighborhoods in the old walled parts of the city. We could recommend a few great places to eat, and put you in touch with my husband's family for more suggestions.

To see the Cyprus that would be like the 50s you would need to go to the North/Turkish area, which has been open for some time through a check point. We all went not this past year when we visited, but in 2004. It was the first time my husband had been able to go back since the war (he is a refugee). We visited his old neighborhood (his house is now the parking lot of a hair salon) and went through the Pentadachtylos mountains to Kyrenia, which is beautiful and largely undeveloped. To me, that's kind of the bitter irony about the situation there: it is so painful to visit those beautiful northern areas lost to Greek Cypriots, yet if they still did own those lands they would be developed and wouldn't look like old Cyprus.

Probably more than you wanted to know... I will say that Cyprus is a good base for visiting other areas -- there are lots of cruises from there to Rhodes and other Greek islands, to Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Israel. You might be able to visit Turkey from the north side -- you can actually see it on a clear day. The Greek islands are unbelievably beautiful.

Now I need to read Bitter Lemons! My husband read it recently, and it's in my pile. As much traveling as you do, you probably know where to look and what to ask, but feel free to ask if you have other questions or decide to plan a trip.
Best wishes-
HI cameling, not sure if you saw my earlier post on "What are you reading the week of..." I used to live in Cyprus -- let me know if you do plan to go there. It has changed a lot since the 50s, a lot even since I lived there in the 90s, but I still think it's well worth a visit. The last time we went was a year and a half ago -- we took our girls for five weeks, and stayed the whole time with relatives. Bellapais is in Turkish-occupied Cyprus.
Hallo :)
I just had to pop by and leave a comment after reading your post in the 'what are you reading' group! Your comment about The Weight of Water kind of brought to mind how I feel at the moment being 300 pages into The Idiot! Just made me laugh a little!
Happy New Year!
It turns out that we can now see the entire string of comments on our Santa submittal. So click on Santa Thing and scroll down the list to your entry. You'll see comments from your "secret santa" and others, if any were made. (Some folks had some great suggestions.) There you'll be able to identify your Santa, and can post directly to them.

Once I found that out (DUH) I asked LT to close the Thank You group. They'll delete it when they can take time for clean up.
Welcome to the 2009 75 Books Challenge group. Thanks for joining in!


I saw your comment on the New Books thread about a Used Superstore in Burlington. Can you tell me where ? I get down that way occasionally. Is it near the Mall ?


You mentioned an aunt who you were reading too.. and who hopes to be able to fend for and read again. Have you heard of the Talking Book Program? It is a free service for patrons who either can't see to read a book or physically can't hold a book. It is run by the Library of Congress. I work for the Talking Book Program in Texas, but each state has their own Talking Book Program.. while you didn't elaborate as to what prevents your aunt from reading, if this can be helpful to her, please pass it on and happy reading to you both.
Hello Caroline,

Thank you for your kind comments about my profile - I find it is a good way to track my reading.

Your enthusiasm for my 1001 choices is very encouraging - thanks.

- TT
Ahoy, me hearty! I see you have a copy of “A Pirate of Exquisite Mind” in your library. The Highly-Rated Book Group is boarding the Pirate Ship of William Dampier and heading off into the high seas for a rollicking Buccaneering Adventure in the wild blue yonder. We are splicing the main brace and trimming the sails to set off with the tide on 3rd November 2008. So don’t be a landlubber, come and swash some buckles by climbing on board at:

As you have already read it and rated it highly I thought you might like to read it again with us.

I absolutely LOVED The Sixteen Pleasures (although it's been about 12 years since I read it). I'd be interested to hear what you think when you're done.
I love, loved, LOVED!! [March] by Geraldine Brooks. It would be a great follow up to [Little Women] since it says what Mr. March was up to during the war.
We need more players... might you be interested?
Ah...matey! But I already *am* the Most Fearless Captain of All Time! I have provisioned me ship with supplies, nary knowin' which crew will arrive.

An' d' ye mean to tell me ears that ye ain't interested in the "Navigator's Prize"? (horrified expression inserted here)
'Tis a tempting offer you make, Lass! But a Stowaway tis' still a STOWAWAY until they've walked the gangplank. And me's not sure about a mate who is content with a thimble of rum instead of hoistin' a mug with the rest o' the crew. Ye might want to consider makin' your captain happy 'fore the voyage starts, as we be lookin' for a 'Navigator' very soon.

The Captain.

Wonderful news! We are so glad you will be joining us. Be sure to march up the gangplank and make your mark, if you haven't done so already. Or else you will be deemed a STOWAWAY and be banned from the Rum and offered ship's rats for dinner!

How about grabbing a Library Book and joining us? It's free! :)
Since you read it two years ago, please join us in reading A Pirate of Exquisite Mind at the Fall 2008 Reading Group again! We consider persons who have already read the book to be experts. :)

Thanks for the congrats on our 20 years of marriage -

Yes, please do send that book list. I'll be very interested.
I think it sounds pretty good! I won't be able to make the first meeting, 10/24, however, as we'll be leaving for Costa Rica that day, 20th anniversary celebration trip.
Hi, I saw your posting about potentially forming a Mass. books-and-wine club...

I live in Chelmsford. I love books. I love wine. I love talking about books and drinking wine. Would be interested in hearing more!


Hi, Caroline,

For what it is worth, I have posted my review of Was Hinduism Invented?


Hey there Caroline, when you get set to visit, give me a profile or email shout and I'll give you whatever cell number I have at that point. It's been a crappy few days with moving drama, but very nice to be here overall.

Hi Caroline, I'm glad you've got the dear departed one in a happy memorial place.

I haven't moved yet. I was Talked To by my brother and Mr. Man when I seemed determined to go ahead with the idea of driving my worldly good across the country by myself, and ignoring the vertigo problems I've been having plus the gout issues that come from long stretches of immobility such as driving. Upshot: Movers are coming on Wednesday. I will fly to NY on Friday. Husband and brother and daughter are all fanning themselves with relief.

I like the idea of LT gatherings! Must look into implementing this next year.

I know this is a marriage destined for success, that between the two of you. How do I know this with such certainty, being unacquainted with either of you? He let you finish your book before getting the picnic packed up, and you noticed and are grateful.

It satisfies the sentimental side of me to know that good people find each other in this world. Japan ho!!

Delights and excitations attend you
I never saw the movie [Kite Runner] but boy did I love the book. I wasn't really expecting to like it as much as I did.

Funny you should mention trip books...I was setting some aside as the days went by, and Mr. Man asked what made these books so special. I said I was taking them with me in the cab of the truck as reads. He tossed them all into a box and said "don't bother, darling, I have your books all picked out to remind you of me" and wouldn't give me any details! The sneaky devil has an entire Amazon box taped up six ways from Sunday hidden in the closet (once I knew I was getting a surprise I knew where to look) that he won't give me until I leave!

I never really *got* that little Latin poem that begins "odi et amo" until just now. So I don't know what I'll be readong on the trip. It's really very touching, and very sweet, and it makes me miss him before I leave.

Ahhh, sushi in the fatherland of exquisite...and I am revoltingly jealous of you! I adore quail eggs and crab. Since I am a very large man, over 6ft, I don't envy you the accommodations. I found Japan uncomfortable because of my height and my breadth. It was completely worth it, though, for the sheer astonishing gorgeousness of the place. Well, not tokyo so much, but Kyoto was breathtaking, and the villages we drove through were just...right, somehow, exactly and precisely *right* in a way that other places I've been just aren't.

I'm rambling. Good night, Caroline, safe journeys and happy returns
You are absolutely correct. I put the reviews against the wrong books. Thanks for noticing the errors and pointing them out to me. :-) Did you read these books too? What did you think about them?
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