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About meMy 2014 75 Book Challenge thread is here.

My Fifty State Challenge thread is here.

I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'If this isn't nice, I don't know what is.' - Kurt Vonnegut

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read. - Groucho Marx

It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them, and every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog and I will become as generous and loving as they are. ~Anon

About my libraryThere is no reason why most of the books I own but have never actually read should be more or less in one place. They just are. Maybe they quietly gravitated into the sitting room one by one, to sob and huddle together for warmth. - Susan Hill, Howards End is on the Landing

All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. - Ernest Hemingway

Groups50 Book Challenge, 50-Something Library Thingers, 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, Books off the Shelf Challenge, Colorado Bibliophiles, Crime, Thriller & Mysteryshow all groups

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Currently readingDog Songs by Mary Oliver
A Crime in the Neighborhood by Suzanne Berne
Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place by Terry Tempest Williams

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Hi Joanne, I've seen you around the threads for years now too, but I guess this group is so large that it can take some time to get in touch with any particular individual sometimes. I was really glad when Suz gave The Quick a thumbs up, because I was really impressed with it at the beginning of the year and hope it gets good exposure. I guess for some people it'll never transcend the vampire genre, but I think it's much more than that. Hope you agree if/when you get to it, but otherwise, no harm done! :-)

Hope you're having a great day, and thanks for adding me to your Interesting Libraries too—always an honour, that!

Ilana
Done!
That is a bizarre coincidence! I love all the illustrations. My books were hand me downs too, but loved just the same.

Thanks for helping me solve the mystery. Try to stay warm this weekend!

XOXO
Hi Joanne!

Today I got Everything I Need To Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book by Diane E. Muldrow which I thought I had heard about from you. I've been looking back on your threads but I don't see it. Am I imagining things? I see it in your library so I think I'm on the right track...

Glad to hear your girl is on the mend!

XOXO
Nicole
As Lilly is outside romping in the snow, I'm thinking of you and our shared love of our beloved animals.

I am ever so glad that Cooper is going to be fine. It is a tremendous relief to you and your family.

Recently, thanks to Amber, and Brenda (Brenpike), I've discovered the wonderful art of illustrated books.

You might want to read The day Tiger Rose said Goodbye by the wonderful author -- Jane Yolen. It is a story from the perspective of the animal. And, it is incredible. It was my #1 read in 2013. I direct you to this book, not to make you sad, but rather to confirm that our animals love us deeply, just as we love them.

I hope your day is a good one. We are once again snowed in. I returned to work last week, and thus far Lehigh cancelled classes four days.

All the best,

Linda
Thanks for letting me know the good news re. Cooper...I thought of you this evening and now, I found a message from you...I'm so very glad that the news is good. I can only imagine your relief

Love
Linda
Yes, that's exactly what it's doing to me on your thread. But I can post on other people's threads just fine. Mysterious doings in the LT innards this evening...
For some reason, I cannot seem to post on your thread tonight, Joanne, but I wanted you to know just how very happy I am about the good news you and Copper got today! How happy and relieved you must be. I know I am, and I only know Copper through your photos and stories. :D :D :D

Skritch her ears for me, will you?
Just a note to let you know I'm thinking of you and Coopers today.

Much love
Linda
Thank you!I did have a good day....and you continued it. Esta
Thanks, Joanne! I checked out the group you suggested, and it looks great. Not only is it lower commitment, but more of my "Top 100 similar libraries" hang out there.
Hi Joanne. Thanks for the nice comment! I am not planning to have a thread in the 75 group this year. But I'm still going to drop by some of my favorite threads. Like yours. :)

Give your pretty doggies some big hugs from me.

Carol
Joanne-

Drum Roll please....Just got the Booktopia email:

April 11-13, 2014: Manchester, Vermont in partnership with Northshire Bookstore Registration opens on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 12 noon Eastern Time

May 16-18, 2014: Boulder, Colorado in partnership with Boulder Book Store Registration opens on Friday, November 22, 2013 at 12 noon Eastern Time

August 22-24, 2014: Asheville, North Carolina in partnership with Malaprop's Bookstore Registration date has not yet been announced; it will likely be January 2014.

Yah, Joanne!!
Thanks for the compliment! I follow Homer on Twitter and he told me his mom was going to be in town. I hope I like the new book as much as the last...
Hi Joanne, On second thought, maybe you should avoid Wild Dogs. There is one scene that will stay with you for quite awhile at it did for me. I find when animals are involved I can say to myself "it's just fiction." Maybe that's harder for you, IDK. Just a semi warning.

Take care,
Bonnie
yes, there will be photographs!
p.s. love your pictures of coppers

what a beauty!
I will add Remarkable Creatures to my ever growing list of must reads..
I trust your advice :)

Thank you !

It was so fun to visit two breeders of Shelties who obviously love the traits of these lovely animals. The photos posted were re. the first breeder we visited. We had a very nice visit with her. She had four-five of her own grown Shelties, two 11 week puppies and then a new litter of three. She directed us to a friend who lived 15-20 minutes away who had two litters of puppies born shortly together. Both females were wonderful, quiet, calm dogs who were good mothers to their puppies. Of seven puppies, only one is taken thus far, so basically we have our pick from the litters.

Will is supportive but also reminds me that it is a 12-15 year commitment and we are both getting older. He is 67. I am 59. Being dog free means we have the liberty of traveling without finding someone to watch a dog. Then, he states he understands my need and also would like a puppy.

This would be a costly venture -- $900 for a pure bred, healthy, show quality puppy.

I'm looking at my income tax refund as a means to pay for the puppy. Its been a long time since I trained a puppy so most likely we will need to buy a crate as well to assist with this endeavor.

I cannot replace Simon. The house feels so empty without him.

Thanks for your outreach. You are a dear person!
Thanks for the book recommendation. I see that Amazon has this in stock. I'm hoping my library has it.

It is wonderful to chat with someone who deeply appreciates the sorrow of losing a beloved pet.

Thanks again!
Thank you for your lovely card. It arrived on a day when I was really missing Simon and your outreach cheered me tremendously.

I appreciate you!

Hi Joanne. I don't know if it would qualify for "recently" but the tabby on my profile is Edgar, whom we lost very unexpectedly last May. He was but nine years old and was the feline love of my life. He had a heart disorder about which we knew nothing until it essentially killed him in the space of a week. We had, honestly, always said that his heart was three sizes too large; it turns out that it was true. I still miss him every single day.
Joanne, I see that you added "Coping with Sorrow and the Loss of Your Pet." Has it been helpful?
Thank you so much for your outreach. It means more than words can express
I am so sorry about your kitty. I understand! Knowing you love animals, I wanted to share my grief. It is amazing how these pets bring so much unconditional love to us.

Thinking of you Joanne and sending love!

I posted this on my thread:

Dear Friends:

My heart feels so heavy and sad. Ann, my friend of 30 years, died last Monday and today (this Monday) Will and I had to take our beloved dog Simon to an animal hospital where, because of our love for him, we knew it was best he was given an injection to pass along.

We awoke this morning to quite a mess on the carpet. We bathed Simon but he did not object as he usually does. He was lethargic and unable to walk.

Luckily our vet was able to see him right away and then paved the way for us to take Simon to the animal hospital. By the time we arrived, Simon was badly bleeding internally.

An ultra sound indicated mass cancerous tumors throughout his kidneys. The kind veterinarian explained that it is not unusual for sudden onset symptoms to occur and that many people are left with guilt because they believe they should have known when truly there was no way to detect this until it was too late.

We were able to spend a short time to pet Simon and say goodbye. Will was crying and opted not to be in the room when Simon was given the injection. I stayed and it was ever so difficult.

Simon was with me through a lot of transition. I will miss him.
And because Ann and I traveled many journeys, I am still mourning her.

Because Will is retired, Simon was his buddy throughout the day. Will comments that somehow he "never thought of Simon as a dog." This is a tough loss for us because for 12 years it seemed that Simon followed us everywhere and now, we somehow expect that he is at our side or happily walking behind.

I cannot stop crying. I'm a mess. Thanks for the fact that I know you care. It helps!

Love
Linda
Joanne, I wanted to tell you again how sorry I am to hear about your kitty. It's amazing how these little creatures quickly find their way into our hearts.

I look forward to seeing you this weekend.

Anne
Happy New Year to you too!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Joanne

Thank you ever so much for your outreach and support this year. I hope the holidays bring you joy, love and, of course, lots of books.

Linda
Thanks Joanne and happy reading - I always enjoy your threads even if my contributions are somewhat sporadic.
Joanne -

We must be on the same page (ha - early morning, no coffee, pardon the pun...)!

I LOVED Buddha in the Attic. So beautifully written- and heartbreaking. I have been spreading the word about it as I did for When The Emperor Was Devine (you read, right?), because I believe so many of us are naive about this part of US history - plus she is great writer.

Montana 1948 is still my favorite LW too. I remember way back in the days at the bookshop when we used have these things called Rep Nights. The publisher reps would come and tell us about lesser-known books that would be good for gifts, but also because they loved them. The rep told us all about Montana 1948 (which had not yet been published - and how beautiful it was. I wonder if I still have my galley. I should re-read it.

I devoured Family Fang. Went to bed on Sunday night and planned on reading only a few pages before I went to sleep - looked up and I was on page 121. Finished i the next night. It is a quirky and engrossing read.

Finally, the other novel I loved recently is I Married You for Happiness. Have you heard of it? Poignant look back at a marriage by a wife whose husband has just died.

Enough rambling. Life is good - we are heading to DC today today see my husband's dad. It has been 2 years - way too long since my daughter is now 10.

Let me know what else you have loved recently!

Take care,
Nancy
Morning!

We haven't chatted in such a long time! Hope all is well with you.

I just finished Family Fang and see it is in your library. Wondering if you have read it yet and if so, what you thought.

See you added American Boy. I have that on my beside table. Larry is a friend - loved his last book.

Looking forward to hearing form you,
Nancy
We will probably get a tropical storm - wind and rain in abundance.
Biggest problem will be Ron out in the storm clearing roads of fallen trees and lines -
then possible loss of electricity (though we have a good generator, many don't).
Cee
Hi Joanne!
Is this profile picture of Copper doing the Happy Dance of Freedom from the dreaded cone?
That dog is so darn cute and lovable!
Thank you for the invitation, Joanne. I went to your thread and enjoyed reading many of the comments there.

mollygrace
Joanne, I'm afraid the reason you come across me only at the What are you reading? group is because it's almost the only place I go at LT. I have explored some of the other groups but I am a little shy about jumping in. I plan to do better, though.
Thank you so much for your message -- you're one of the "voices" at LT that I enjoy hearing.

mollygrace
Hi Joanne,

Thank you for including my books among your "interesting libraries".
I've enjoyed looking at your profile page -- love the pictures.

mollygrace
I didn't go - my husband got home from work at 7 pm - which is very unusual. I would have liked to.
Maybe we should look over the TC signings in Aug or Sept. I think Donna is coming our way around that time - does that sound right? It would be fun to go to a signing and have dinner or something.
My husband is a good sport too - but not enthusiastic.
I planted flowers today too - just finished. I'm a mess.
Oh - clicked post too soon...

did you know about this?

Emma Donoghue
Friday, June 3, 7:30 pm, Colfax Avenue
Emma Donoghue, a writer of contemporary
and historical fiction whose novels include
the bestselling Slammerkin, will read from
and sign the new paperback edition of her
acclaimed novel Room ($14.99 Hachette). An
international bestseller and New York Times
Notable Book, Room was shortlisted
for the Man Booker Prize and won
the Hughes & Hughes Irish
Novel of the Year and the
Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction
Prize. This novel is a tale
at once shocking, riveting,
exhilarating—
a story of
unconquerable love in
harrowing circumstances,
and of the diamond-hard
bond between a mother
and her child.
I was just thinking - why aren't we friends??
Hi Joanne - my husband just got off the phone with amazon and they are replacing my kindle for a replacement fee(I think $65) so considering breaking it was entirely my fault, I am quite impressed. My husband said that the customer service guy said that I was "a very good customer.". I am absurdly pleased that someone noticed!
My husband is also buying a cover for the new replacement kindle to help protect it from my knee and any other act of clumsiness.
Thank you for writing. I felt so stupid after breaking the kindle in record time!
What a lovely dog you have! We have three and three cats. And a teenager.
Best,
Diane
(eniad)
Joanne, I just thought I'd let you know that I took the kids to see Lois Lowry at tattered cover. She was lovely. It was really fun for the kids too.
Thanks!
Jenn
Hi Joanne,
You might want to check out 2 other novelsby Kevin Brockmeier thatwere as intriging and beautiful as A Brief History of the Dead... The Illumination and The Truth About Celia. I actually read The Illumination first and then found his other books.
Ellen
Good morning Joanne;
I've not read "The Story Sisters" as of yet, but of all the Hoffmans I have read I recall one that wasn't up to snuff for her. All the others I have loved; even her Y.A. I think I have it but it's in the background somewhere (on the shelf) for a time. I loved "Blackbird House". It is probably my favorite of hers although there are so many I have loved. I love her "Green Angel" which I read while staying with my granddaughter when my son was away on business. I've not yet read the sequel: "Green Witch" but am really looking forward to it. Both are Y.A. I don't read much Y.A. but do seem to greatly enjoy the ones I do read.
Thank you for responding to my little note and I hope you do not get too much snow this month.
hugs,
belva
p.s. love the pic of Copper blazing her way through the snow; her tongue and tail all akimbo. She is gorgeous.
Hello Joanne.
I have missed you. My life has been a roller coaster the past year or so, but I will save that for another time. I hope you and yours are well.
We have been snowed in for almost 2 weeks; have had to cancel 5 Doctor appointments but thankfully they weren't for anything important at this time. But finally got out today and went with hubby for his dental appointment; dropped him off and ran to the bookshop to pick up my book for March's R/L B/C. We are reading "One Amazing Thing". Whilst there, I saw on the new books shelf, a copy of an Alice Hoffman, (my favorite female author second only to Virginia Woolf), entitled "The Red Garden" and just the title took me back to my Hoffman favorite: "Blackbird House". As soon as we got home.........just moments ago......... I entered the titles I had purchased including "The Red Garden". I mean, how could I pass up a new Alice Hoffman?
Then I went to the 'book page' and read the reviews. I was ecstatic when I read your review Joanne. It was exactly what I was hoping I would find over there and within the covers of the book. Now, I REALLY cannot wait to read it. So I thank you for giving this girl what she wanted. LOL!~!
luv n hugs,
belva
P.S. added another Thumbs Up to the 3 already there. U ROCK!~!
Thanks, Joanne! I hadn't seen that. We'll be on spring break that week, so that might be a perfect time to go. I'll add it to my calendar.
Thanks Joanne! I haven't even looked at that e-mail yet. I will definitely put her on my calendar. She is one of my favorite authors.
Joanne

Oh, I'm so glad you liked River of Words. It is lovely, isn't it? Thank you so much for leaving me a message about it.

mollygrace
Oh, I just saw the note with the link at first. Thanks for all the info. I had noticed that she always licks her paws to get all the snow off whenever she comes in the house. She is getting used to the snow, but we never get this much. I don't think she knew what to think of it at first. Now when we put her out, we leave the door cracked so she can let herself back in. The crust on the top of the snow is weak, so she falls through up to her tummy. But the shallow areas she enjoys. Another below zero night tonight maybe then next week up to 70 late in the week. Strange! Thanks again, so much!
--BJ
Thank you!
--BJ
I'm so glad the package arrived. Hopefully it was a mid winter pick up.

Hugs
Hugs to you in appreciation.
Thanks, as always, for your kind comments! I appreciate you.
Happy Birthday Dear One!

I hope your day is as special as you are!

Hugs
Linda
Hey! I see we share about 40 books in common! I too have read Still Missing by Chevy Stevens, and I've read several of Louise Penny's books as well. I am in the the Crime and Mystery Group, and 75 books for 2011. I noticed that you just rated Major Pettigrew's Last Stand with 4 stars. I have to say that was one of my favourite books all year!

Nice to meet you!

Deborah
You are a blessing to me. Merry Christmas my friend!

Love
Linda
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