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CollectionsYour library (2,302), Biography/Memoirs (178), TBR Library (59), Cookbooks (15), Childrens (98), Movies (16), Non-fiction (581), Fiction (1,168), True Crime (220), Own (445), Read (1,656), To read (503), Wishlist (39), Favorites (76), Favorite Series (4), Currently reading (1), All collections (2,389)

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About my libraryThese are books I have read, own, have borrowed or want to read. Also included is my genealogical library and my collections of books on the presidents and cookbooks.

Groups50 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, Bestsellers over the Years, Biofiction, Book Clubs, Book Discussionsshow all groups

Favorite authorsBess Streeter Aldrich, Christopher Andersen, David Baldacci, Linwood Barclay, Jerry Bledsoe, Jenna Blum, Sandra Brown, Linda Castillo, Harlan Coben, Michael Connelly, Dominick J. Dunne, John Dunning, J. T. Ellison, Joy Fielding, Lisa Gardner, Tess Gerritsen, John Grisham, Andrew Gross, Jennifer Haigh, Kristin Hannah, John Hart, Tami Hoag, Greg Iles, Lisa Jackson, J. A. Jance, Pam Jenoff, Faye Kellerman, Jonathan Kellerman, Anne Leclaire, Billie Letts, Beverly Lewis, Phillip Margolin, Wendy Markham, Steve Martini, Sharyn McCrumb, Kevin O'Brien, Jack Olsen, T. Jefferson Parker, James Patterson, Richard North Patterson, Jodi Picoult, Ann Rule, Anita Shreve, Nicholas Sparks, Erica Spindler, Steve Thayer, David Wiltse, Stuart Woods (Shared favorites)

Favorite listsAdoption and Foster Care, Best Autobiographies and Memoirs, Best Books Set in Eastern Europe, Best family memoirs, Best family sagas, Best Historical Fiction, Best public-transport fiction, Books about books, Books About School, Teachers and Students, Books featuring alcoholics, Books Read in 2010, Books Read in 2013, Books Read in 2014, Disaster Books, Dishonourable Mentions of 2013, Down on the Farm, Family Drama, Female Friendship, Female Protagonist, Historical Fiction, Holocaust, I am sick, I must die . . . ., Lincoln, Main Character is aged 10-19, One Book, Many Authors, Presidents and First Ladies, Read the book and saw the movie, Revenge Stories, True Crime-Unsolved, Unread books

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Thanks Dara :)
Thanks, Dara, for the info on the book! I will check it out! =)
Hi Dara, thanks for the! invite, looking forward to getting to know you. :)
Back in SantaThing time, I noticed how many rather obscure books we share. I'm finally getting around to adding you to my interesting libraries.


Not sure if you remember me or not, but you reviewed my novel, Dirty Little
Angels, a while back. I'm writing because I'm almost done with my new novel, In
the Valley of Falling Stars, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in
taking a look at it and giving me your opinion. I can send you a complete
summary, but it's essentially about a mentally-ill man living in post-Katrina
New Orleans who becomes convinced that his wife is pregnant with Jesus Christ.
The book is still in process, but the entire book is sketched out, and I
currently have eight chapters that I feel are done. If you're too busy, I
understand. Just thought I'd ask.

Hope you're doing well,

45 books in common :)
Hello :)
We share 8 favorite authors and membership in 3 groups
I found my Bess Streeter Aldrich book. It doesnt't show a copyright date so I'm guessing it is the 1958 edition. I'm enjoying reading it now. I like prairie fiction. Can you recommend more? Happy reading.
Yes, I read that a long time ago. I will have to look to see if I still have that book. Thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries. I will try to add a few more books this summer. PrairiePage
I do like Kristin Hannah. I've read only one book by her, can't remember the name though. I almost picked up one at Freddy's the other week! Thanks!!
okay that was one of those blonde moments heheh just scrolled through and saw you already have read it. humm Those who save us looks interesting...ever notice how you always can find more to read even though the to read pile is so large it would take a year to get through it lol...ahhh life is good if that is all a person has to worry bout :)
my , yes, we do have alot of similar taste in books. Church of lies is in my pile of due soon (library) I'm looking forward to reading it. As this pile is huge,it is quite possible you could read it before me let me know how you liked it :)
I haven't had a chance to read the zoo keepers wife yet but I'm hoping soon that I will get to it on my tbr list.

I need to start 6th target and after I'm done with that one I need to buy the next ones. I figure since I have most of the series might as well complete the collection.

I haven't read My Sisters Keeper yet but I have been trying to fit Jodi Picoult into my books I just finished Sixteen Minutes by her. It was good but also sad and a little bit of a twist of an ending. I wasn't thrilled with it but it was good.

Thats cool about the phone conferences i wish we did something like that or even had real book clubs around here. How many grandkids do you have?
yeah it's always fun to find someone that you share an interest in some books with. I've had a hard time finding people to talk to about it.
Hi how are you? What part of Iowa do you live in? My brother used to be a radio broadcaster in okoboji.
Wow! 212 books shared. Great minds think alike!

Thanks for the friends invite!

Hello Dara.
I thought it would be fun to see how how shared books grew as well.
Thank you for the friendship invitation. I always appreciate it someone is interested enough in my library or conversation to want to "spend" more time with me.
I will talk to you later on down the line.
Thank you again.
Thanks for the invitation to become friends. I'm delighted!

As of today, we share 94 books. I was reading your list, and thought, Oh, he/she has read some GREAT books. Yesterday I finished 102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers and noticed this was on your list, too. What a book!

If you'd like to see what I have been reading, you could do a tag search on "read in 2009." The books without stars are books I have not yet finished. Everything else I have rated. I've read so many amazing books this year.

I checked out your 5-star books for just a couple minutes, and I'd love to read some of the books you've read. I'll have to see what our local libraries have.

Interesting that you're from Iowa. I lived in Des Moines and Muscatine in my childhood (until third grade) and have many relatives still living in Baxter, Iowa. So I have a soft heart for Iowa. :)

Happy Thanksgiving!
Thanks for the friend invite, you can never have too many avidreader friends.
Dara....Thanks for the recommendation of Mary. I have seen this book, but thanks for the heads up.
I will definitely look into getting it. Wisteria
Thank you for joining my new thread
Thought you might be intersted in joining my new thread. Check it out.
No problem I'm glad to accept any friend request through librarything. I like your picture the bugs reading are really cute! I have a strong interest in true crime although I read lots of other books too. I am thinking of getting a degree in criminology but I'm not sure yet. I have a bachelor of fine arts in graphic design, and I have a masters in library science. I could try for another bachelors or a masters degree in criminology and then perhaps work for a crime library somewhere instead of public. I'm finally living on my own and away from my parents so I've got to support myself and pay rent, so I don't know if I will be able to go for an extra degree just yet. So enough babbling about me, tell me a little about yourself.
Hi, Dara!

Thank you for the reccomendations! I read The Book Thief last year and loved it! Stones From the River sounds interesting, I'll check it out. Is it anything like The Book Thief? 'Cause then I'm going to love it. :)

My book lists tend to be not only a list of books I have read but books I want to read. In the Lake of the Woods is in the TBR pile. I've read the entire Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series (and have seen both movies.. book 1 is movie one, book 2-5 is movie two) and Testimony. One of my co-workers frequently recommends Anita Shreve to patrons, but I hadn't read any books by her.

I'm curious about your book club with the Talking Book Program patrons. Is it teleconference? How many patrons participate? How do you go about building excitement for participation? Any other details that you think might be helpful if I were to do something similar here? I think that is a great idea and would love to hear more about it.
Take care.

P.S. I work for the Talking Book Program in Texas.
I've read two out of the four books on your list of best of quarter. I'm curious as to which ones stand a chance at being on the list at the end of the year. I agree it has been a slow quarter of reading for me.
Hopefully some great reading ahead.

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