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About meMy real name is Cathy. I just turned 62 years of age and I sometimes feel much older and sometimes much younger.

I have two sons, 32 and 27 and they live near me with their wives.

I now have a brand new grandson who is the cutest baby ever! He is growing like a weed and so adorable I can hardly stand it!!

And I have a beautiful tuxedo cat and a sweet, tiny Yorkie that keep me company.

I love to read and am often frustrated because there isn't enough time to read everything I want to. I have some health issues and often find it difficult to concentrate (although in the last few years that has been much better) so you will see a lot of 'beach read' type books in my library but I try and get in a lot of classics also. And I read a lot of non-fiction.

I became a member of the Library Thing community in August 2011 and I have have found the LT challenges instrumental in increasing my reading. I am more motivated to make time to read as opposed to leaving it to the end of the day and falling asleep before I can get anything much done.

My favourite places to hang out are at all the threads from the "75 Books Challenge for 2014" and the "Virago Modern Classics Group".

Thanks to Library Thing and all it's members for making reading even more enjoyable!

About my libraryI have so many books I have run out of space. I kept buying another bookcase and another bookcase and another bookcase. I don't have any room for another bookcase!!

Here is my rating system: 'Stolen' and adapted from several LT folks

★ - hated it -didn't finish it
★½ - forced myself to finish but really wasted my time
★★ - a struggle to keep reading; easy to walk away from
★★½ - issues with this book but an ok read
★★★ - not quite good; not bad either
★★★½ - enjoyed it;
★★★★ - really kept my attention
★★★★½ - loved it!
★★★★★ - couldn’t put it down; all-time favourite

I recently found this quote:

"Even when reading is impossible, the presence of books acquired produces such an ecstasy that the buying of more books than one can read is nothing less than the soul reaching towards infinity... we cherish books even if unread, their mere presence exudes comfort, their ready access, reassurance."
--- A.E. Newton

AND another one ...

"Can't garden. Don't want to travel. But can read, must read. For me, reading is the essential palliative, the daily fix. Old reading, revisiting, but new reading too, lots of it, reading in all directions, plenty of fiction, history and archaeology always, reading to satisfy perennial tastes, reading sideways too - try her, try him, try that ... So I have my drug, perfectly legal and I don't need a prescription."
--- Penelope Lively in Amonites and Leaping Fish

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up, 2013 Category Challenge, 2014 Category Challenge, 2015 Category Challenge, 50 Book Challenge, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, 75 Books Challenge for 2015show all groups

Favorite authorsLawrence Block, Anne McCaffrey, Robert B. Parker (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresChapters - Scarborough, Great Escape Bookstore

Favorite librariesToronto Public Library - Burrows Hall

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Real nameCathy

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Member sinceAug 25, 2011

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