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Groups1001 Books to read before you die, 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up, 50 Book 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, Ancient Historyshow all groups

Favorite authorsKate Grenville, Wayne Johnston, Henning Mankell, Iain Pears, Chaim Potok, Steven Saylor (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresArty Bees Books - Cuba Street, Bider & Tanner, Marsden Books, Parsons Books and Music - sadly, now 'retired', Pegasus Books, The Children's Bookshop, Unity Books, vicbooks (Kelburn Campus)

Favorite librariesCentral Library, Wellington City Libraries, Karori Library

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Real nameCushla

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Member sinceSep 24, 2006

Currently readingA Life in Secrets: Vera Atkins and the Missing Agents of WWII by Sarah Helm
Masters and Commanders: The Military Geniuses Who Led the West to Victory in World War II by Andrew Roberts
Reformation : Europe's House Divided 1490-1700 by Diarmaid MacCulloch
The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914 by Margaret MacMillan
The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken: A Vish Puri Mystery (Vish Puri Mysteries) by Tarquin Hall
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Thanks Cushla! I shared your message with your Santa.
I hope your upcoming holidays give you some free time! I love the new Thingaversary module for the home page — it's the little bird that tells me about these things. :-)
Hapy Thingaversary, Cushla! Many more.
Happy Thingaversary, Cushla! I enjoy reading your posts in the 75-Book Challenge group. You read some very interesting books.
Hi Cushla!

We got an offer yesterday, and it looks like we can consider this crazy move. My husband feels like he needs to work with a consultant to make sure that he has a solid contract and to help with the final negotiation. Do you happen to know anyone there who does that kind of work? If not, that's fine, we have a few leads, but I thought I'd ask anyway. We are a little out of our depth negotiating the international move, etc. and it would be nice to work with someone who knows all the ins and outs.

I will be coming with my husband in September to look around. I will let you know when we have those details. I would love to meet you for lunch or dinner - maybe even visit your school if it's possible.

Hi Cushla, are you interested in doing a Christmas book swap? Amongst NZ, Aus, and SE Asian dwellers from the 75 group.
My idea is for names to be drawn out of who is interested and whoever is designated the giver, makes a list of 10 books they are willing to part with, and the receiver picks the one most to their liking. All done through private messaging once I have drawn and allocated the people involved.
Me (megan)
Lisa (KiwiFlowa)
Alex (roundballnz)
Leonie (kiwinyx)
Kerry (Avatiakh)
Paul (PaulCranswick the SE Asian contingent)
Prue (PrueGallagher)
OK, now I need help. Who else have we got out there in the region?
Now I know you were my VSS - and I wanted to thank you again for The Stranage Fate of Kitty Easton. I just finished reading it - and I loved it. Here is my review.
So pleased it arrived safely!

You're the best! Let's hope it gets back across the pond faster than the trip over (8 days!!!!) Lucy
Cushla some of us discussed having a month of reading Nobel winners. I've started a thread for this and hope you can join in my struggles!
Thank you for all the recommendations - I will check them out. I must say I spend way too much time online and try not to join new groups, but I will check out the Reading Globally group. I should read more books I already own, but as most people here - can't resist acquiring new ones:)

Talking about The Stranger's Child, I gave 3.5stars because apart of the language and some bits I didn't like much more. I loved other Alan's books, but in this one the lack of plot and a main character let me down. Paul as a character came in in the middle of the book and took over, and in addition of his weaselling I disliked him as I felt he took the stage away from the Valances and Sawles. But the writing style and actual language - most beautiful!:)
Just finished The Stranger's Child and can't wait to hear which character you couldn't stand:)
Hi Cushla, I'm slowly catching up on your last thread (only just reached post no. 90), and as it's not possible to comment as you go along, and I don't want to skip to the end in case I miss something else good, I just thought I'd send a message at this point.

I'm finding the ongoing discussion of the Dawkins book interesting - all the more resolved that I must read it too and see what I make of it.

And I've just read O Pioneers! - I hadn't realised you'd read it recently too. It had been a long while since I read any Cather (Death Comes for the Archbishop, about 20 years ago) so I was not really sure what to expect. I loved it, and I didn't know there was a film too.

Anyway, I hope to continue through your thread and catch up properly eventually!

Bye for now

Cushla, we were discussing on Prue's thread to have an "August" reading month next month on modern fiction - I have made a group for this and the thread is . Feel free to join in!
Thanks for your post on my thread regarding the Tate Museum. It is my dream to go there! I so want to see the J.W. Waterhouse painting The Lady of Shalot.

It was great to see the photos of the recent meet up and know you all had such a wonderful time.
Hey Cushla,

A friend of mine is going to be in Geneva next week for work -- she is addicted to the theater and wondered if there is any English-language theater happening there?? I know this isn't your city, but thought you might be able to provide some guidance...

Hope all is well!

Hi Cushal, lovely to meet you yesterday. I hope you got to your next engagement on time!

There's a photo on my thread of four of us, which I've also made my profile pic for now. More photos to follow when I get home.

Enjoy the rest of your stay, and I hope you have room for all the books when you travel home...

High Cushla! I just noticed your note in my thread now (I am a bit behind lol). Glad you found me! I hope you enjoy Nurtureshock. I see we both own Year of Wonders. I have yet to read my copy, how did you like it?
Hi Cushla!

I'm glad you're having fun! The Magician's Nephew is wonderful, but I fell in love with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe when I first read it at age 7. So I might be biased :-)

It's been a long long time since I read Anne of Green Gables or Little Women, but if you're more into realistic fiction than fantasy, you might enjoy those more.

Let me know if you need any help or info on books you're not familar with :-)

Have a lovely day!
Hi Cushla : ). Thanks for stopping by my book thread. I laughed when you wrote it might be an "expensive" one for you ... I SO understand what you mean! It's fabulous that you are reading books in both English and German. I hope you are enjoying War and Peace; I took it on as a summer project a few years ago and found it well worth the time. Glad you liked the review on February; it's a beautiful book.
Hi!I saw your comment re the Postmistress -and I wanted to reassure you that it is at least an easy, fairly quick read -and not really a slog - just disappointing in what it could have been. What is the name of your thread on the 75 books for 2011 -they are so hard to find!

Just know the book, while disappointing -it's an easy read!

Hi!! By all means, yes, do try to find the rest of the series that the Draining Lake came from! I purchased all 6 I think it was - and just have one to go! I have very much enjoyed them! I see that you like Henning Mankell - I do too! I've read a number of his Kurt Wallender series -and eventually plan t read them all! Ohh - and I see you have added Major Pettigrew's Last Stand! That was one of my last year's favourite books for me!! Enjoy!!

Deborah from Vancouver BC in Canada
I am so glad you received the book - safe and sound! I always wonder when I ship something overseas! =) Thanks for participating in Orange January and hope to see you back for Orange July!!! =)

Liebe Cushla!
Dann schreibe ich Dir am besten auf Deutsch zurück! :) In der Schweiz Deutsch zu lernen, ist eine enorme Herausforderung! Nach meiner Erfahrung sind die Schweizer nicht wirklich gewillt, ihr "Schwyzerdütsch" für Nicht-Muttersprachler zu mildern!

Schön zu hören, dass es Dir wieder etwas besser geht! Dann kannst Du dich ja mit vollem Elan wieder "Krieg und Frieden" widmen! Ich bin auch sehr froh über diese Lesegruppe! Es ist eine wunderbare Möglichkeit, sich auszutauschen und die Meinung von anderen zu hören. Außerdem ist es ein großartiges Buch, und ich habe durch die Gruppe endlich die Motivation erhalten, mich an diesen Wälzer heranzuwagen!

Alles Liebe in die Schweiz,

Hello Cushla! I read in the War&Peace-Thread that you're ill. So, get well soon! All the best, Kathy
Just a note to say I hope you are feeling better today.
That sounds great. Treffen wir uns um 12.00 Uhr unten in der Cafeteria. Ich freue mich. Bis dann
Yes, next week Wednesday, 9th February would be the best day for me. Any suggestion where to eat or what? I am looking forward to catch up a bit again.
Hi. My husband rang me and said "who do we know in Switzerland? A parcel has arrived." So I guess that's from you! It's nice to know it's there waiting for me. I might be going home tomorrow, and was wondering what to read next, so it MIGHT be that.
Hi Cushla, I didn't sleep much last night, so I read some more "Freedom". I am now in the 'Joey part'. Can't say I feel sorry for Walter (or anyone else). He wormed his way into Patty's life and she let it happen. Not that Richard would have been the better option. Alltogether it feels like reading incredibly detailed and to-the-point observations of a bunch of people I'd rather know nothing about. In [The Corrections] I felt Franzen still liked his characters with all their faults. Here I am not so sure.
Should we discuss on the profile pages or better on our threads?
Hi Cushla, I just found an interesting review for "Freedom" on the online site of the German weekly "Die Zeit". Unfortunately it contains spoilers but no warnings, so now I roughly know what is going to happen on the next 450 pages. Nonetheless I think it is a great analysis and you might be interested in reading it after finishing the book:
Oh that is what it is. So you passed it on to me so I may know...
I just made a hot soup and then herbal tea with honey again.
Hi Cushla

I am very sorry but I got a nasty cold and so stay put. I gonna miss lunch with you and the Christmas dinner with the library staff... well, I feel too feverish to enjoy it anyway. So I can sit at the computer near the heating, covered with blankets, some hot herbal tea nearby and do LT, and then go back to bed again.
Ja, genau das. Unten ist ein kleines Kaffe und Take-away sandwiches, sonst hat es noch Boutiquen, Coiffeur, Musikinstrumente und Kleider, zuoberst gibt es ein Restaurant. There are some youngsters there who failed their first training so they get a second chance in finishing a professional training
12 Uhr ist gut. Sollen wir die Post beehren (give the honor) oder kennst Du Jobfactory, ein Warenhaus und Restaurant von Jugendlichen in Ausbildung geführt?
Hi Cushla

Did you receive my previous message? The library computers had some malfunctions.

I write again because of next week
Hi Cushla, I had to really think hard to remember what the girls were reading at that age but our biggest thing was putting in place a routine from before they could walk of reading an hour a day to them, usually just before bed, and this is what really cemented them both into becoming bookworms.

I tended to go with many books a night rather than chapter books, just because we didn't have many for the kids at that stage. Having said that though, we did read Enid Blyton's The Magic Faraway Tree books, a little at a time which they loved, and also we have a few large compendiums of all the classic fairy stories which we read repeatedly and they loved, some of them were also quite long. Maia's favourite was the Grimm telling of The Wolf and the seven Kids where he eats the goats and the mother then has to cut his stomach open to rescue them. A bit grisly but she loved it and was probably about 3 at the time.

We reread many Dr Seuss as well, also books I'd sourced like Vincent von Bear and Picasso the Green Tree Frog, things which referenced my loves as well as being a great story. Really, I think to just have a variety of books available, at least 10 a day, and be prepared to reread favourites as this is what really fosters that love of books and what they will remember most fondly. I really don't have title suggestions, just read as often as you can squeeze it in. It sounds like they are both smart kids and yes, I definitely think that young kids 'get' books meant for older children. Don't believe the recommended age, kids always surprise us.

Hope that help, thanks for asking me - I am very touched. Enjoy the books.
Hi Cushla,
Love the new pictures!
Hello Cushla, thanks for the offer re the Jacobson and other books on Bookmooch. Yes please - I'm particularly keen to get hold of The Shape of Water.

Not sure what the weather is doing today as I've not been out at all - having a low energy couple of days after a busy weekend. But I did notice a frost a couple of mornings ago...

Anyway, I'll look out for the reserved books on BM (not sure if I get an email or just need to go direct to mooch from the website, I don't think I've had a book reserved for me before).

Best wishes,

Thanks, that's not me in the IHT I don't think. I'm not a freelance writer, alas, I'm a council worker. Lucy was a very popular name the year I was born (1969), and I would guess it remained popular for a little while after.
We share quite a few books. Did you bring them all along?

I had a friend when we were living in Germany who wanted to walk the Jakobsweg. There was much discussion over whether the logistical issues would make a mule more trouble than it was worth.

Basel! What a beautiful place to spend a few years.
Cushla- Should I mooch it now and you will send it in a couple weeks or should I wait? Let me know! Thanks for your kindness!

Hi Cushla,
I would be very happy to receive anything you've finished with - but there's no rush at all for anything on the Bookmooch wishlist. I've had a spate of sending books out recently, but now have just about emptied my inventory, so I'll be gradually mooching some new books back over the next months with my accumulated points. It's a nice way to acquire books, isn't it!
Well, in two years I will still love to hear your thoughts! :) Pickwick Papers is a great book for Dickens newbies because it's just so utterly hilarious (and yet with some pathos too). I read it on one of our vacations at the beach a few years ago and was laughing aloud right there on the beach. My other favorite is Bleak House — one of the handful of books that has made me cry. Dickens is just such a master.

Do you enjoy film and miniseries adaptations of classic novels? If so, you can't go wrong with the recent BBC miniseries of Bleak House and especially Little Dorrit, which is one of the best miniseries I have ever seen. It's pretty long at almost eight hours, but my husband and I enjoyed every minute of it. We didn't want it to end!
Welcome to Dickens! He is one of my favorite authors and it's always wonderful to see other people discovering and enjoying him :)
Ja, treffen wir uns am Bahnhof beim 11er Tram, 13.15 Uhr
Freue mich
Yes, the Naughty Little Sister has been around for a long time. A few of the children's series titles I gave you, came from when I worked in a library, and those books were extremely popular with the younger patrons. I'm so glad I found out about, though I try to add books to the wishlist rather than the shopping cart.

Btw, have you seen the tv series - James May's Toy Stories. There is one episode where they build a house out of lego.
Well, that depends was ihr essen wollt. Burger? Chinesisch? Gut bürgerlich? Wie wäre das Personalrestaurant der Post (Buffet)? Da hat es genug Platz, Kinder stören nicht, wenn es warm ist können wir draussen sitzen. Das wäre auch gleich beim Bahnhof.
Montag wäre nicht schlecht - allerdings kann ich da erst um 13.00 Uhr weg. Wenn Du solange hungern kannst? ;)

Jetzt muss ich weg. Bis später
Hallo Cushla

Ich hoffe, Du kommst vorwärts mit Deinen Hausaufgaben.

Am Donnerstag muss ich bei der Bank vorbeischauen (Änderung der Hypothek), aber Freitag wäre machbar. Ich kann um 11.30 Uhr hier weg. Wir können uns im Personalrestaurant der Post treffen oder bei Manor oder Mac oder ... Ich sollte nach ein Uhr im Kleinbasel sein.

Friday would be okay, I can leave here 11.30 am. We could meet at the restaurant of the Post Office here near the station oder somewhere else. I should be back in the Kleinbasel after one.

Would be great to catch up. Maybe I go to the economic talk - but there are other things to do, but I hope to go the Galilei eveniong.
See you
Hi! Interested in a talk about Galilei and the drawings here at the university of Basel? Look here
I will be there, would be great to see you again.
Oh, I'm sorry you didn't like Guernsey more. I loved how books both sustained and transformed people. Plus the history, as I'm a bit of a WWII nut. And yes, I loved Hedgehog! One of my new favorites. I bought the one she wrote first, but got translated second (Gourmet Rhapsody). It has some of the same characters, and it's made me not want to read it, for fear of ruining Hedgehog for me. Have you read The Housekeeper and the Professor? It reminded me very much of Hedgehog. You can see my comment on my 75 books list if you like. Hope all is well in Germany. Best, Lisa
Hi! You've been adding some books with interesting titles lately: The Mezuzah in the Madonna's foot and A Guide to the Birds of East Africa (interesting because my daughter just decided to do her animal report on an African bird of prey). And I LOVED Guernsey Literary; I would love to know what you think when you finish it. :)

Hello again, I just left you a message on 75 books about Middle East memoirs, but I had to stop in to see what you were reading. Interesting that you just added [The Rape of Europa], I am reading [The Monuments Men] about the US army guys who tried to protect cultural artifacts and art from bombing and then starting hunting for and retrieving stolen art from the Nazi's. I actually knew one of the Monuments Men, Walker Hancock, but didn't know about this aspect of his life until I started reading the book!How lucky for you to be in Switzerland! The Berner Oberland is heaven on earth. Where are you staying?Have you seen the serendipitous nature of our shared books? From Make Way for Ducklings to Diana Gabaldon to Tolstoy and Geraldine Brooks. We must be kindred spirits, as Anne would say!Lisa
Belated Happy Birthday Cushla!
I had little time with the computer the past few days, our little one, Eoos, shares your birthday, she and her littermates turned one ;-)
Happy Birthday to you!

I hope your day is a very special one!

Hi Cushla

Wie war es an der Fasnacht? Habt ihr euch gut amüsiert?

Am Wochenende sah ich einen Dokumentarfilm über die Fjorde Neuseelands - sehr interessant.

Hier noch die Homepage von Vagalume:

Bis dann
Hi Cushla,

Actually I didn't make it to Paris during my visit to London last summer. I made plans to go (hotel reservation, Eurostar tickets, etc.), but backed out at the last minute. I hope to make it to Paris later this year, which will be my first visit, as I am hoping to go back to London, maybe this summer or fall. I'd love to hear what you end up seeing there. Have a great time!


P.S. I'm thinking that tomorrow's "blizzard" in Atlanta will keep all but the truly sick kids from coming into the hospital. We tend to get a lot of unnecessary (social) admissions to the hospital on Fridays, which my partners and I all dread.
Nee, WWZ ist keine Kirche, im Lesesaal sollte Ruhe herrschen, aber Deine Tochter wird ja nicht herumrennen.

Dein Deutsch ist gut. Bin mal gespannt, wie das mündlich geht.

Am Montag bin ich 9.30 - 12.00 und 16.00 - 19.00 Uhr in der Bibliothek. Dienstag von 12.00 - 16.00.

Bis dann
Hallo Cushla

Hast Du Dich gut eingelebt in Basel? Die BIS ist nicht weit weg von der WWZ-Bibliothek. Melde Dich mal vormaittags in der Bibliothek (061 267 3220) und frage nach mir. Ich kann Dir eine Bibliotheksführung anbieten.

Ich würde mich über einen Anruf freuen.

Thank you! I thought I should give you some encouragement because I also started off thinking it was another No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, but I decided it did have a little bit more edge - I liked his drily sarcastic take on life and his unlikely gaggle of allies.
Cushla, I just opened my secret santa present. Thank you so much. I did not own either of the Storm Jameson novels and Howard's End is on the Landing looks just splendid. Perhaps it will inspire me just to finish my unread books next year. How thoughtful and perfect of you and I was careful not to look too closely at the package when it came so I had no idea it was you, and I loved Teresa's addition to the book!

Thank you dear friend! and I hope your holidays are splendid.

Cush - the first photo is Colmar. Sorry I have said less about Switzerland than other places. Don't get me started on Lakes Garda and Como...
Hey Cushla

My favorite things about Switzerland? Well I spent as much there in a week as I did in 6 weeks in Italy so it was both expensive and a quick tour last time I went. I hitched through French Switzerland as a much younger woman and have a wonderful memory of Lake Geneva. As a teen (living then in Adelaide) I sat in class staring a whole year at a calendar of a little red sports car climbing a hill outside of Geneva and in particular passing a vineyard. As we hitched out of Geneva on the way to Italy in 1974 I passed the same vineyard.

The next time I went was the whirlwind week and I hit Zurich (meh), Lucerne (fantastic), Bern (super fantastic) and Basel (fantastic).

The third time we drove through Switzerland on our way to the South of France and on another occasion we dipped in and out while touring in the east of France.

In Zurich you have to see the Marc Chagall windows and then over a weekend do a trip up the east of France and see the Marc Chagall windows in Metz. On the same trip you must see Colmar and Strasburg both of which are wonderful and which are sometimes German cities, depending on who won what war. Colmar looks ugly as hell until you find the old section, Strasburg is wonderful at first glance and has a Marks and Spencers. Close to where you will be are some wonderful French wine places and of course Grenoble, Lyon and the walled city of Vezelay. We drove down through the mountains to the South of France which is also a wonderful drive.

North to Germany you must see Freiburg which is just across the border and Baden and then there is Austria which is fabulous. We loved Innsbruck, Salzburg and particularly Hallstadt which is just outside of Salzburg and picture postcard beautiful. The Italian lakes are also unmissable. And from there it is just a short ride to Verona and Venice.

Are you sorry you asked? I could go on and on but you will find all these places by yourself or have already been.

I wish you every happiness and joy on your great adventure. It's a wonderful jumping off spot for revisiting other favorite places in Europe and I am jealous as all get up!

Much love

Hi Cushla,

I loved the William books when I was little too! You're going to love Family Roundabout. I'm sure you can find it either at abe books or the book depository. Thanks for adding me to your list and checking out my blog. I'm really enjoying it actually. It's loads of fun!
Hi Cushla! thanks for adding me to your list. I'm looking forward to perusing your library, I already like it simply for its proportion of TBRs! [can never have too many :)]
Happy reading!
Hallo Cushla,

es freut mich, dass Dir meine Bibliothek gefällt. Herzlich willkommen in Basel.

I am looking forward to seeing you here. I work in the Swiss Economic Archives, just near the railway station in Basel. You are welcome to drop in.

I have just seen that you added a Hunkeler to your library. Did you read it already? Schneider gives some good descriptions of places (and people) in Basel.

Bis bald
Hi Cushla! Frost in May arrived yesterday amd I'm excited. Thanks again!

Hi Cushla! We've found each other on Library Thing! Hope all is well with you guys. See you soon A XXX
Thanks for visiting my profile, Cushla. I hope you find lots of Can Lit in my library to read. Let me know if you would like any recommendations!

Hi Cushla

Thanks for the article on Booker Prize shortlist. Wolf Hall does sound as though it would be your cup of tea. I can't wait to get my hands on it either. I am following you on twitter now but like you don't have much time to stop by. I haven't been to Wellington but it sounds very pretty. Just finished reading Shooting Balibo by Tony Maniaty which was a great read. Good for you doing the 75 book challenge - I am doing the 50 book challenge and will be flat out getting there. I think I set my sights too high!! :)

Hi cmt,

Yes, I am planning to read The Name of the Rose real soon. It is a shame really, I am very interested in medieval history, read many books about the subject (fiction, scientific and popular science), and yet I have never seen the movie or read this book. I have read other Eco books (Baudolino and the start of Foucault's Pendulum). They aren't always very easy or speedy, but you can always be sure that they are very historically correct...

Yeah, the dike between Enkhuizen en Lelystad is very close, we go over it when we visit my boyfriends parents and we want to skip Amsterdam. I live right by the water, Hoorn is a nice old town with a long history. I haven't visited New Zealand yet, the closest I ever came was Australia. We had planned to go to New Zealand on that vacation, but we thought that camping in your winters may have been a bit cold...

I am already loving the 75BC group, many people that react to your topic is always nice, the 50BC group wasn't quite as vocal... ;)

Enjoy your read!
HI, cmt. I'm about 1/3 of the way through Discovery of France. It has a lot of interesting information in it, but I find that the author jumps around so much in time and space, that I often am confused. For example, he goes from the daily lives of rural women, to summarizing the plot of Madame Bovary and on to Bernadette of Lourdes with very abrupt shifts -- transitions and linkages aren't his strongest suit.

But, once I get orientated (unfortunately always a temporary state), I find the stories and information fascinating. The language differences and the loss of dialects seem to parallel the concern over french language minority communities here in Canada, for example.

I'm reading it for a book club, so I will finish it. Then, I imagine I'll be able to decide if the good outweighs the bad.
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,
Thanks, Cushia, I appreciate the support. I'm aiming for the 8th but there is still so much little stuff to get done! Best, Lois
Thanks cushla! I don't have much listed (and nothing in my inventory at the moment), but I'm on bookmooch as tqd.
Hi Cushla--
This is a bit delayed but I wanted to let you know that I'm flattered that you added me to your interesting libraries list. I really enjoy your comments around the various threads, and your reading choices are always interesting.

I saw your comment on the 50 State Challenge that you lived in the US for a while. What brought you here? I know I would love to go to New Zealand someday.


Hello! Thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries list. I hope I'll live up to the label!

I'm always glad to hear that someone else has enjoyed The Colony of Unrequited Dreams - like you, I don't know that many people who have read it. I have two copies in my library, mainly because I wanted my husband to read it a few years ago but was very reluctant to give him my copy. There was definately nothing about sharing books in the wedding ceremony, I checked! I have The Custodian of Paradise waiting to be read one day, while I'm 90% sure I'll love it I have to work myself up to taking the risk. I have truly enjoyed most other Wayne Johnston books though.

Thanks for asking about my research, I'm doing a PhD on the representation of forced migration in contemporary children's literature. I had hoped to be finished this year, but it's getting longer and more interesting all the time. I'm just trying to do the topic justice and worry about real life a little bit later. There are a number of New Zealand texts involved, you might be happy to hear!

Best wishes,
Hi there,

I thought you might like to know, Vikas Swarup, author of Slumdog Millionaire is coming out with a new book July 7th called Six Suspects.

It has gotten great reviews and promises to be a good read. Here is the link to his latest review from The New York Times. Also starting tomorrow July 7th you can enter to win a free copy of the book on the Macmillan website, the link is below.


Yes, I got a bit carried away with the Chalet School. Having converted my paperback collection to hardbacks I needed something else to collect and started buying all the paperback versions - I have become a completist, somthing I used to scorn.
The CD stands for Crawley Down. Until I settled in to Librarything I thought I'd keep an air of anonymity but despite some serious spats on some of the talk threads I've found it a friendly place and I think I'll add to my profile soon.
Glad to hear that you had a holiday and hope things are getting back to normal! I do love the Crawford of Lymond series even though the writing is quite florid - allusive and elusive. I think that the history is probably quite accurate, and Francis is one of those perfect heroes.....lots of adventure, romance, and plot complications in costume!
Cushla, I hope you enjoy Ellen Foster if you haven't read it. Kay Gibbons was once married to our childhood friend; she wrote Charms for the Easy Life while she was married to Frank and said that it was the only book that she had ever written "happy." Unfortunately, that happiness didn't last. You may know that she is severely (if that's the word) bi-polar, and was arrested last year for illegal purchase and use of prescription drugs. I think that *EF* may have some autobiographical elements, so you will see that she has many strikes against her. We certainly wish her well.

OH! You just added a D. Dunnett. I can't love Niccolo as much as I do F. Crawford, but if Dunnett wrote it, I want to read it.
Oh good - however the discussion fizzled out a bit. I was often so completely immersed that I simply read without contributing. I remain convinced that it was the translation that was so enthralling and gave one such an entree into the work. Have a good day - Julie
oh Cushla - sorry about that! I will look again and even try and do a link, but don't hold your breath! Julie
Oh! And Latin! I am obliged to rescue old Latin texts too when they come my way..... And they smell and take up room, but even so, old soldiers deserve a loving place of rest.
So here's now a triple post!
So did my post make it or not?
I just wrote a thank you to you and Teresa for the 2's, and for your coming by to say that the book was snagged. That's great! I'm a good waiter, and I have so much to read in the meantime that I shouldn't have mentioned it anyway, but You Know!!!
So if I've double-posted, I'm sorry.
Cushla, thank you and Teresa for the 2's!
I truly won't miss *NonYP*! I was surprised when I began buying books to find that if I waited long enough, the stuff I wanted would eventually come my way. At that point what I was wanting was Sketches by Boz and Carlyle's The French Revolution - not obscure titles for an academic setting, but WHooo boy! - not readily available in one of S.E. North Carolina's poorest counties. Eventually, they both turned up here. SO -----
I'm sure Ms. Smith will too, and I appreciate your taking time to answer.
Cushla, I'd really love to have Novel on Yellow Paper if everybody else who wants it already owns it. Otherwise, I'll be more than happy to wait. I've been greedy, greedy, greedy, greedy in this group. I'll watch the thread and ask for it if it just sits there for awhile. Meantime, I'm so happy to have found LT and the VMC group and just wanted to speak to another active member. We are a blessed bunch of readers!
Yes, that was me who thought According to Queeney was just so-so. It was my first Bainbridge as well, and I had heard so many positive comments about her. I'm sure that I'll give her another try down the road.

Sorry you're bogged down with lecture notes. I just finished grading exams and submitted my semester grades last Thursday, so I'm officially on summer break.

Hi Cushla,
I wanted to let you know that Up the Junction arrived today. Thank you so much for contributing to the increase of my VMC bunch!!

Paola :-))
Just wanted to let you know that Lark Rise to Candleford arrived today. I'm really looking forward to this one. Thanks so much!

Hi there, your book reached me today! I just listed it here:

Let me know if there are any problems, otherwise mooch away!

Hi darling.

This is as geeky as kicking me off Facebook as one of your friends and then inviting me back.

I haven't read anything by Pears though his 'art' series looks
very interesting. I've picked up The Instance of the Fingerpost
a few times, but never purchased it.

As far as Stone's Fall, send me your address and I'll be glad
to get it on it's way!
Oh my goodness, I just noticed that Iain Pears is one of your favourite authors, and I've just
received the ARC of his latest, "Stone's Fall". I'd be glad to mail it to you if you wish.

Thanks for taking the trouble to do this, Cushla. Best wishes, John
Hi Cushla - I'm avoiding angel mooching at the moment as I have a whole glut of pending mooches that I want to clear BUT if no one else grabs The Girls for you in time, I'd be happy to pick up a copy locally and post it for you. Give me a shout if this turns out to be necessary...
I haven't read any of Donna Leon's books; I have heard great things of that series but haven't managed to work them into my reading schedule yet. I hope you enjoy it.
I understand the problem with the lonnnggggg bios. I'm currently reading a 700+ page bio on Madison and it is taking me a while. Just keep plugging away!
Hi Cushla,

Thanks for visiting my profile. No, I haven't read all the history books in my library, or all of any of the books for that matter. I'd probably estimate I've read about 2/3 of the books I own; I just seem to buy them faster than I can read them.

As for Barbara Tuchman, I somehow had missed "The Proud Tower" until now, but I loved "The Guns of August" (I've read it twice) and "A Distant Mirror." "The Proud Tower" covers a period I'm interested in, so I'm really looking forward to getting into it (it's my subway read, which you, as a former New Yorker, should appreciate!).

I see you recently read "Agent Zigzag" -- I just finished it and really loved it.

Hi Cushla,

Thanks for visiting my profile. No, I haven't read all the history books in my library, or all of any of the books for that matter. I'd probably estimate I've read about 2/3 of the books I own; I just seem to buy them faster than I can read them.

As for Barbara Tuchman, I somehow had missed "The Proud Tower" until now, but I loved "The Guns of August" (I've read it twice) and "A Distant Mirror." "The Proud Tower" covers a period I'm interested in, so I'm really looking forward to getting into it (it's my subway read, which you, as a former New Yorker, should appreciate!).

I see you recently read "Agent Zigzag" -- I just finished it and really loved it.
"Eek, I've been ambushed by real life..."

Hi, Cushla! Got to chuckling about the above comment, but LT wouldn't let me post to your thread, so am doing it here. I always laugh when I read your profile too, especially the "bad, bad mother" part. With my first son, I read to him for hours every day, while with my second one, I sometimes read while I was nursing (to myself, I'm talking about), while he was listening to a tape, and no way did he get even a quarter of the books read to him that his brother got--and I was mostly a stay-at-home mom/student. I don't know how you get even a hour to yourself to read, with teaching three different subjects, and two little ones, but good for you! I sure do miss those early years when you can kiss and snuggle, and even sniff those necks, to your heart's content. You sound like you're having fun! Bonnie
Dear Cushla,

You are wonderful!


P.S. I was already a member of the "Viagro" group, but I had forgotten about it.
No worries Cushla. Will be interested to hear what you think about it when you have time to read it.
Hello Cushla

Sorry not to get back to you sooner - a simple, if embarrassing, matter of not scrolling down my profile page. Finding LT has been a bit of a revelation to me - coming across so many people who enjoy reading as much as I do and are unembarrassed about having many unread books in the house and still buying more! I've been particularly inspired to return to my Virago Modern Classics and add more (She Done Him Wrong arrived by mail today - probably not great literature but should be great fun).

I know what you mean about lengthy non-fiction - you have to be in the right mood to read it and borrowing it from the library applies too much pressure.
You can't get any better than the Childlit listserv. The only reason I don't subscribe anymore is because my e-mail blew up and I couldn't figure out how to get signed up again. And really, I couldn't keep up with the posts while I was at school, so I didn't really try. You can probably find it through googling. It's out of Rutger's and the listserv owner is Michael Joseph. It's a great group of people--I almost never posted, but just absorbed all their info. There's a woman there who is a headmaster of a private school in Manhattan, and she has wonderful ideas. Jane Yolen, Philip Pulman and Julius Lester are also members, and of course I treat anything they say as pure gold (star-crossed author groupie that I am!). From there you can find many blogs and links. There's another woman named Fairosa that has an interesting blog (I think that's where I first found out about the list). Hope that helps!
Good luck and happy reading!
No, I haven't started it yet. I have something like 8 books going right now, and I need to finish at least a couple of those before I start anything else. I'm just worried that he'll be hard on Cicero, and I'm a loyal fan who hates it when people bad mouth the poor guy :)
Hi there, thanks for your comment!
I Capture the castle pretty much changed my life, I hope you'll love it. Good luck with War and Peace, I read it last year and was pleasantly surprised - the writing style is so simple, its reputation is solely based on the number of pages, not on any difficult language. I thought the book was pretty engrossing although the epilogue was a serious letdown (can't believe what he did with Natacha). I'm glad I read it, it gave me a pretty good idea of how one can work with scales.
Have a great week !

I had to drop by to say hello having just a comment from you on someone else's thread in Club Read, saying that you used to love the Chalet School and probably wouldn't now. I was a HUGE fan of the Chalet School (I used to pester my mum to take me back to the library that same day to get more, and my dad still tells of how he once found me sitting in bed in the middle of the night, laboriously copying out one that was due back the next day, because I couldn't bear to part with it!) I hadn't thought about them for ages until I stumbled across one for sale on ebay a while ago, at which point I decided that it would be fun to fill in the gaps - bad idea! Some things are best not revisited. I only read a couple of pages because I didn't want to spoil all those memories. (Maybe your little girl will be similarly entranced when she's a bit older!)

Anyway, thanks for reminding me - I shall go to sleep tonight dreaming of Joey, Gisela, Juliet, Robin and Mary-Lou...


Well, wave to Rosehaugh Avenue for me next time you're passing through... good luck with the finance textbook. I'm avoiding washing-up, laundry and general clearing-up right now.
We were down the opposite end (at least I think so, my geography has grown a little rusty over time...) - right next to the cemetery. In fact, I was once on the front cover of the Dominion on ANZAC day putting out the crosses. Wow, this is nostalgic.

Have mooched BR from you just now - thanks again for this.
I don't actually know how much there was in terms of centimetres... but there was enough to close the schools and seriously mess up the transport. My husband had to do an unexpected night shift on Monday as the nights doctor was snowed in 100 miles away... Apparently more is expected today and tomorrow as well - my boys are very excited.

Hadn't realised you were in Wellington! I lived in Karori for a couple of years when I was small and have fond memories... and I've just spotted you have Marsden Books on your favourite bookshops!! That is TOO cool: I have an ancient - as in, over 20 years old - Marsden Books bookmark in front of me right now, recently rediscovered on one of my periodic shelf excavations. I wonder if it's still run by the same people (my bookmark says "Trevor and Maxine Rose"). Oh, I'm smiling happily now. LT is the best.

I'll look forward to Brideshead - thank you! Send as slow as you like, I have loads to be getting on with.
Hi Cushla - sorry it's taken me so long to reply!! Loads of snow over here so we have all been busy struggling to go about our daily lives... honestly. People say the English have stiff upper lips but it's all rot.

Re. Brideshead Revisited, I'm still keen to read it, but please don't feel you have to reserve it for me if you'd rather not post internationally - I always feel a bit bad about international requests as it seems to be quite a bit more expensive to post from other countries than the UK, as a general rule. But if you'd like the points then feel free :) - my "glut" has got worse of late owing to my newfound enthusiasm for angelling (which I'm sure I'm going to regret very soon...)
Dear Cushla,
I just received Fireworks. Thank you so so so so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Paola :-))
I did post about Return of the Soldier, but not in the VMC group (I don't follow that one). I can't remember where we were when we had the discussion though! If I stumble across it, I'll let you know. Love to hear your thoughts on RotS.
I did post about Return of the Soldier, but not in the VMC group (I don't follow that one). I can't remember where we were when we had the discussion though! If I stumble across it, I'll let you know. Love to hear your thoughts on RttS.
I poked through your wishlist and noticed that the two remaining US books were from inactive owners. Once I get more points (adding more books tomorrow or receiving more books on, oh, Monday), are you interested in me mooching these two:

in hopes of either getting the books or, at worst, putting them on vacation to clear your wishlist.

Also, why would you want to read everything you own? Then you'd have nothing new to read! :)
Just thought I'd pop over from Girlybooks and add you to my interesting libraries. Nice to meet you Cushla.

Re: "Postwar" - 800 pages is definitely a commitment, I agree. Many of the histories I have lined up for 2009 run into the 500-900 page range, making a mockery out of my targeted 75 books! But, as they say, "it's the journey, not the destination."

Re: Taylor's "The Berlin Wall" and Judt's "Postwar"

Both are on my TBR list for 2009. However, I have selectively read from "Postwar" and found it to be one of the most interesting, accessable and readable histories of the postwar period I've yet to come across. I look forward to devoting to it the time and effort it deserves.

Coincidentally, Judt is the director of New York University's Remarque Institute, named after Erich Maria Remarque (author of the famous "All Quiet on the Western Front"). I'm currently finishing Remarque's "The Night in Lisbon" - simply superb! Even if "All Quiet on the Western Front" left you cold, this book is a world apart. Look out for a review on my "75" thread in the next few days.

Talking of the Western Front, I noticed a previous post (below) recommends Keegan's "The First World War". I read it last year and thought it very good, but would give preference to "A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918" by G.J. Meyer.

I'm honoured to be included in your "Interesting Libraries". Thank you.

Now that is one hilarious mnemonic!!! Made me laugh out loud!
LOL! Why didn't I get that?! I actually looked through my list to see what matched; I don't know why I didn't catch that. Hmmm! It could be because I stayed up way too late reading. Yawn! That was awfully nice of you to consider doing that! I keep hearing people talking about bookmooch and will eventually do that, but now I have my hands full just keeping up with LT posters--you all are prolific! :-) I'm going to force myself to get off, so that I can finish either [Proust and the Squid] tonight. HR! Bonnie
OK, I give! LOL What's TIOP? :)
Ummm... that VM is BM - I hate we can't edit fields, and I hate I can't type!!!

Hello Cushla, just read your note on my home email (I wrote to you from work, from the VM notification I got as I have both emails on BM; so as not to miss books!.

Ha-ha, I didn't know about all those other Lmans!! How rude.LOL!

Thanks for sending me the book, I am so happy about that series, and thanks for adding me to your IL; I am about to return the favour. I particularly like sending books to members of this site too - makes it more like 'in the family.'

Glad you have everything finished - just in time to start all over again, hehe.
Well, now we can easily keep in touch - ask for any help with mooches from here, won't you?
Hallo Cushla, thanks so much for dropping by!
It's funny, I went through a WWI jag a couple of years ago, reading the Regeneration trilogy and Birdsong and (more recently) the wonderful A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry, as well as the poetry of the time and many contemporary accounts... and now I find myself getting drawn into it all over again! I really have to stop myself going down that tributary, or else I'll never get through the books of 1929 that I'm planning to read...
I do hope you find the group interesting - I expect we'll be discussing the crash eventually, so I'm counting on your expertise :-)
I can heartily recommend Keegan's First World War, by the way - he is one of the most clear-headed and accessible military historians of the period imo.
(And as for the amount of books - I've been unable to find either my wardrobe or my mirror in months, both being hidden by teetering piles, but that may, indeed, be too much information)
*waddles off in her bathrobe*

All the best, Carolyn
I know what you mean about the LT "workload" - but I figured that I would want to review most of what I read in 2009, so posting those reviews in "Club Read 2009" wouldn't be much extra work. Though, of course, there are all the interesting side-conversations ... Anyway, see you on there!
Hi Cushla, how's things in NZ?
I'm still finding my way around in Library Thing - I can't find where my friends are for a start! I can't figure out how to show my list of To Read books either, and that's a bit annoying.
I'm going to add your interesting library too...
Lisa (very busy organising the Annual Birthday Lunch for my husband tomorrow!)
Aha! My secret santa! There were a few virago people in New Zealand so I wasn't sure. Great choices! I'm really surprised about the MFK Fisher myself. I had a rough time finding her in England (apart from Book Depository). Still unsettled, but our stuff is on this continent now and slowly making it's way to Portland so it should arrive after Christmas. Very snowy here in Portland! It's beautiful.

Thanks again Santa!

Are you familiar with Bookmooch? A few of our members are there too. A good way to source books you want and that is where I got my copy of 'The Devils Advocate' by Morris West. I have included the link if you would like to take a look.

Welcome Cushla

I have just read your post at AnzLitlovers and found you here at LT. I see we share 50 books. Most of the books I have listed are on my TBR and one day I might list all of my *read* books also.
I noticed you have recently read 'A Thread of Grace' by Mary Doria Russell. Did you enjoy this? I have read 'Children of God' by the same author.

Look forward to getting to know you better between our two groups =)

Hi Cushla,
Re: The End of Poverty, I often buy books by authors whose values/beliefs are similar to mine. I love it when smart people can say so much more articulately what I am feeling or thinking. In this case, I wanted to become more informed about how I could volunteer and/or donate more globally. I think it's going to be a great book to read. I didn't read it because I was totally obsessed with Obama and all things political this year. My average time reading newpapers and political sites online probably averaged 4 hours a day--no, that was probably the minimum! Anyway, it meant that I wasn't reading books as much, so am really looking forward to 2009, both to catch up on some good books I've already purchased, as well as reading a bunch of good books that I've found out about on LT. Happy Holidays and Happy reading!

P.S. Looking forward to spending more time hanging out in your library!
I started grad school in 1994 too, but that was before my Department (Penn State) started using this as a textbook. A couple of years later they started using it for first-semester Macro and I heard so much about it I thought I'd better buy a copy. Fortunately, I only plowed through a tiny portion of it, because I've never used any of it my research!
Hello Cushla - you are so very welcome - only ten days to go till you will find out! I guess you really need to tell little Teresa that though. Are you going to be in trouble for outing your SS though - that is the question!! Seriously, I do hope that you enjoy the books ... they have travelled a loooong way. Warm wishes to you and your lovely family - Julie
Thank you. I'll check that book out.
I am so sorry; it's on its way to Atlanta. If my brother is willing to give up his copy, I will let you know.

All the best,

Irene Yeates
hi Cushla

Thank you for your kind welcome and your hint about the book depository. I love the Persephone books but I can see that it might prove to be a very expensive habit. I am reading Someone at a Distance by Dorothy Whipple. i will put my Persephone books into my library tonight.


tanks for the advice! i never new that the books on the profile page are recommendations! thank you very much!

from igeorgiev
You answered my question. This hardcover will fit in a flat mailer.

Thank for taking the time to respond to my questions; I really appreciate.

Love your picture with your little one!!

Saw your comment about Angels/Bookmooch and postage to New Zealand. How about Australia? I agreed to post a hardcover book through bookmooch; about how much postage is necessary?

Thanks much.

Just as well; much closer. Thank you for your prompt response.

Oh, didn't realize you live in New Zealand... Do you ship to the US? I am in the process of sending a book to Australia; my first off-shore shipment.
If no one has snagged, [The Idea of Perfection], I would love to give it a new home while I read it. Then I will pass it forward.

The 2nd book arrived yesterday and I've reserved them both for you on bookmooch (my userid is beautifulmuse). I should be able to ship them to you tomorrow afternoon!

Thank you for the offer to let me read them before I send them! However, my tbr pile is getting a tad overwhelming (in a good way!) so I should probably try to make a dent in that before I borrow any more books =)

- Cynthia
Hi Cushia,

I just wanted to give you a little update! The Bernini Bust came today and it looks great, it doesn't even seem like the previous owner read it =) The 2nd book was shipped about two days ago, so I'll wait for that to get here before I reserve the books for you on BM.

I was reading the back of the book, it seems like a really interesting series! I might have to pick it up the next time I go to the library!

Hope you're doing well,

I have just wandered over from the book nudging group to say hello.

That is a lovely picture of you and your daughter.

I hope you enjoy "Fugitive Pieces" - I loved it.

Oh and I am a finance person too - a finance officer in the voluntary sector at the moment.


Hi Cushla.
Teresa is absolutely gorgeous!!!!
Nice meeting you in the Nudges group, by the way.
My daughter is a Accounting and Finance major in college, and plans to study for an MBA eventually. I greatly admire people who are proficient in scientific subjects, as I always was a total disaster.
Anyway, the purpose of this short note was to say hallo!

Paola :-))
Hi Cushla - good to see you around and hope you enjoy the Nudges group.


Hello Cushla,
I like your picture - New Zealand looks very sunny! I saw that you'd commented on the nudges group I started up yesterdays. Thanks for that - mind you I wish I'd taken more care over the groups title and now LT doesn't seem to let you amend it! I see you've already nudged Karen (kiwidoc); are you going to post your own tbr stack?
From your recent reads I ummed and arred over a copy of Fried Green Tomatoes in a charity bookshop yesterday beofre leaving it - did I miss out on a good read? The Poisonwood Bible annoyed me by being a bit middle-American preachy - I wonder what you thought, lots of people seem to be bowled over by it.
I'm sure the Kate Grenville will be good.
Greetings and Happy Reading from Kevin (dylanwolf) in the UK.
I do think Harry Potter is really aimed at 8 years old and up. The books are much more descriptive than the films, and can be quite scary. What about trying Jill Murphy's 'Worst witch' series?
Hi Cushla,

I tried to get a meet-up in Auckland, but there were no takers, so I'll raise a glass to you all on Friday night!
My job is cool - I've spent yesterday and today grubbing around in warehouses choosing books for two new schools, and tomorrow I get to do the same!
I have a gorgeous little person in my life too, and I've got an LT account for him too - raising_a_reader, which is supporting lots of parents with preschoolers who aren't very confident with kid's books or in libraries.
I love 'Fried green tomatoes' and am waiting for Fannie Flagg's new book from my library, and looking forward to that.
Thanks for trying :-)
Very sorry Cushla, only one of the books has been mooched and that is "Things Fall Apart" Someone from England has asked for it and it is reserved for them now.
Hi Cushla,

We have put back the start date to 3rd Novemeber, so if you have finished KL by then, you may need something to fill up the vacuum!

If not, happy reading!

Next Group Read

I should be grateful if you would visit the attached thread and kindly indicate if you would be interested in joining us in the next Group read.

I went to both B&N and Borders today--luckily they are across the boulevard from each other--and they both had the same translation I have and not the new one. I guess I'll try my version and see if I can stick it out. If I wait to get it from Amazon I won't be able to start this week. I'm really torn--because everyone is saying how wonderful the new translation is.
I forced myself to finish Book III last night before I went to bed. There is a lot I like about this book--but it does get oppressive. Normally I would have probably read it in a week, but I keep taking breaks. I'm determined to finish it by Thursday.

I'm dying to start Kristen. I have a 1923 translation in 3 volumes. I have to go into Fresno tomorrow to pick up some music for my students and I will go the "extra mile" and go to the book store to see if they have the newer translation--I would like this one to be an easier read than Poisonwood. Going to the music store is a about a 60 mile round trip; the bookstore is an 80 mile round trip; if I try to do both it becomes a little over 100 mile round trip because they are about as far from each other as you can get and still be in the same town!

I hope you like Fried Green Tomatoes--it's very Old Southern! It's been years since i read it, but I remember laughing and crying and then getting everyone I knew, including my California Mother-in Law to read it. Somewhere in all this I never got my copy back. I may have to buy it so I can read it again.
I enjoyed visiting your library.

I saw several great books marked TBR--quite a few of them are on my TBR list, also. What a good idea to use that as a tag! Then you don't have to have huge piles standing around your house. When I have time I think I'll put that tag on my TBRs.

Here are 4 you marked TBR that I've read and loved:

The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad some people find this bizarre but I really liked it--and it is short!

Fried Green Tomatoes by Fannie Flagg--my favorite of her books, and just a favorite for me period. I lived many years in the Deep South and have eaten many a fried green tomato--and this book captures the South.

Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy--I read this years ago and loved it--it is on my "to be re-read" list.

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton--on my list of top 20 favorites.

Hope you come up with something to read soon--one is bereft without a book to read!
Very kind of you Cushla - Kiwi generosity is the best in the world....

Cheers, Karen
Hi Cushla,

Thanks for making contact. It is great to network with some like-minded Kiwis. I read more that I should considering I have two teens, a dog and a job. I do really enjoy bibliomania!!!

I am probably flying home to Wellington this week-end as my dad is really sick in hosptial. So I won;t probably be around much in LT in the nest couple of weeks.

Thanks for adding my library - it is getting a bit out of hand!!!!

Cheers, Karen
We had an avocado tree in the backyard in Los Angeles growing up. All during the avocado season we had a huge bowl of them on the kitchen table and we could just eat as many as we wanted. I'm a complete avocado whore to this day, LOL.
If he says to wait a few months to mooch it until he gets his books out of storage and you dont mind having a point tied up, would you ask him to let the mooch stand until he is ready? I really really want this book very much.

I cant thank you enough for doing this for me!

I was intrigued by the title A Thread of Grace that you rated 5 stars so I checked it out and it is now on my wish list. I have a birthday coming up and that one is going on the list.

Isn't it fun to explore other libraries and discover new authors and new genres! Of course, it can be hard on the pocketbook--but what better way to spend your money. Someone famous is supposed to have said that when he got money he bought books, if any was left over he bought food. I can't remember where that came from, but it sounds to me like a good way to diet. :-)
I hope you enjoy them. When you finish Sunne in Splendor I'd love your opinion. I haven't read it yet because I don't have it, but I'll be visiting my Chicago son over Thanksgiving--he's the one who recommended it to me--and he would be delighted if I borrowed it from him. He's a huge Sharon Kay Penman fan and really wants me to become one, too.

I think they'll both fit as "A Short History..blah is paperback. I'll reserve for you.

Yeah, I'm about a third of the way through Dragonfly - they're fun books.

To put the images in your profile, you just need to put in a little HTML, and update it when you change books. Here is the HTML:

[a href=""][img style="height:80px; border:1px solid black;" src="" /][/a]

Change all the brackets to (i.e. instead of [a href... it would be
Ack, I feel like such a heel!! I have the Inheritance of Loss, not A Thousand Splendid Suns - I had a brain dead moment. I am so sorry to disappoint you!!
Thanks! Ha ha ha, my kids get a touch neglected if I get into a good book too sometimes.
Hi, I'd love Water for Elephants if it's still available (and if you are willing to send to Canada - no worries if you aren't!).
Okay, your book is on its way!
Dear Cushla,

Thanks! There's actually a couple of paragraphs missing from "Win a Day" as it appears on "Read at Work", so I'm glad it still worked for you. To borrow a term from TV, the version of the story in "Transported" is 'canonical'.

Hmm, if you've only read the first one and the cows gave you trouble, then I'll just warn you to be prepared for some more frustration. However, as you said, even as you're rolling your eyes, you can't seem to put it down! ;o)

My profile picture was taken in a room that doubles as the staff offices at the Hertford College Library, University of Oxford. I attended a seminar that was organized by librarians at the Bodleian Library, and as part of our seminar, we were treated to behind-the-scenes tours of the Bod and various College libraries.
Hi cmt,

I noticed on this week's "What Are You Reading Now?" thread that you felt that some of the things that happened in the later books in the Outlander series were a little too impossible. I, too, felt that way at times, although I always rationalized continued reading with the fact that if I can buy into repetitive time-traveling, the rest shouldn't be too extreme! Seriously, though, even when the plot got a little too convoluted, and the geographic details got a little inaccurate, I still enjoyed the series for it's fascinating take on historical fiction, of which I am a picky reader. Hope you stick with it!

I'll have to send it to you as soon as possible so my fiance doesn't steal it. He was a math major and loooves math.
I got your book today and it is reserved for you. It will probably be the end of the first week of July that I can send it, but go ahead and mooch away! I don't think it is too heavy, and it is beautiful (red cover w/ gold lettering) and in very good condition.
Okay, the dude still hasn't sent your book,but he swears he's sending it in the next week. I'll be out of town for a week at the end of this month and then in and out of the office the three weeks after that because of my wedding. Hopefully it will come by the end of the month so I can get it sent to you! I'll keep you updated...
Hey, just so you know, I changed my username from jlcardwell to DevourerOfBooks to match my blog. As an update on the mooch, he approved it but doesn't seem to have sent the book yet.
I found a weight of 2.6 pounds on Amazon. I can ship that for either $12 or $20, depending on whether or not it fits in the flat rate. If it is $12, that's not far off from the normal price point. If it is $20, another point wouldn't be sneered at. I just mooched the book from him, so I'll keep you posted.
I'll try to email the guy and find out and let you know the size, etc. of it.
Re: Water for Elephants - Sure I'll send to New Zealand. I usually only ship international once a month, and I just shipped. But I don't want to make you wait over a month for it - it's a pretty good book. So, I'll list it reserved for you on Monday - what's your BM ID?

Brenda (ealaindraoi on BM)
It does get better as they get older! I read a lot with my older two--just sitting on the couch with them while we each read our own book--so I get more time in that way.

You seem to have a pretty eclectic library, and we have a fair number of books I've really enjoyed in common!
Hi--just saw your post about abandoning London. I had a vacation week when I read it, so had lots of uninterrupted reading time. I don't know that I could have gotten through it otherwise. Rewarding, but a huge commmitment. I hope you're getting more enjoyment out of what you're reading now!

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