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About meSurely you've seen me? The woman vacuuming with book in hand? You know, the one who arrives early for appointments so she can read in the waiting room. Who hangs out at the bookstore and forces herself to drink a peppermint Italian soda (with whipped cream)so she can 'browse' while she drinks? Who stuffs at least two books and two magazines in her carry-on and then hangs out at the airport book kiosk? That's me!

About my librarySome of the books that I have reviewed here at LT were given to me by the Amazon Vine Program; the books were free but the reviews are my honest, and, all too often snarky, opinion.

The books in my LibraryThing library are all books that I read - some are much better than others.
***** is outstanding.
**** is good enough to re-read.
*** means that I finished it and enjoyed it.
** is thank goodness that's over.
* is omg, I spent $ on that?

GroupsAwful Lit., Girlybooks, Historical Fiction, What Are You Reading Now?, Women of A Certain Age Seeking Books and Conversation

Favorite authorsDeborah Crombie, Dorothy Dunnett, Diana Norman, Tana French, Annie Hawes, Karleen Koen, Elinor Lipman, Laura Lippman, Sharon Kay Penman, Judith Merkle Riley, Anne Tyler (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresMcKay Used Books and CDs

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Real nameDiana

LocationKnoxville, Tennessee

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Member sinceAug 13, 2006

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Hi! I too read Murder in Thrall by Anne Cleeland, and I agree that it is creepy and uncomfortable (and not in the good way that Jo Nesbo's Police was--where you have a premonition who the next victim will be, and it truly frightens you BUT makes you want to read the next book as soon as possible).

The "romance" in Murder in Thrall is highly disturbing because it is an emotionally abusive one--and the abused individual seems to believe that she is in love and must "save" her abuser. He admits to stalking her, orders her to violate work protocol, admonishes her to quit her career, photographs her in her sleep, refuses to confide in her--yet SHE is the one who apologizes all the time to HIM! That the mystery itself was rather daft just added insult to injury. I will read no more books by this author.
Thank you so much! If I wasn't already a romance novel fan, that book alone would have sealed the deal for me.
The problem for me is that it really altered my feelings about the book. It seemed like such a betrayal for Gen to marry Roxanne! It created such dissonance -- almost a lack of depth. The book lost a star for me because of the ending. And yet... I don't know how it should have ended! Maybe a lack of depth was just what everyone needs after such an experience.
I suppose it makes sense that surviving this ordeal would bring them together because no one else would understand, but I just imagine myself -- the intensity of always being around people with whom your shared such a painful episode forever and ever... I don't think I could do that. I can see wanting that closeness in the beginning, but eventually wanting to select companions based on more cheerful associations to get beyond my fear. I wonder if this is how other people who survive massive disasters -- the holocaust, kidnappings etc. feel. Have any holocaust survivors married each other? I don't know... I can't help thinking that their marriages are mistakes and would not be likely to last in real life.
Hi Diana;
(Woman who reads with a vacuum in her hand)
I enjoy your profile and see we have many books in common.
Let's be friends here.

Good to hear you enjoyed Wolf Hall, but I suspect that its on the back burner until the worst of the MA is over. Its in English by the way, I'm still in the taught section and wrestling with Brecht (who may be winning, but I will not submit but somehow I can't see him coming up as a subject for my dissertation). A Place of Greater Safety is supposed to be superb and sounds like perfect plane reading.

So many to choose from - probably my most favourite moment comes from Riseholme, Daisy and her Guru - but I have such fondness for everyone in Tilling, but at a push I'd have to opt for Mapp and her Major. Have you read any of the Tom Holt follow uos? Sadly not a patch on Benson, but then who would be?

Georgette Heyer sustains me through my darkest hours - I've never read any of her detective novels, but the siren folk at the UK Book People were selling the set at an extremely cheap price (plus the Hamish MacBeths, the Daisy Dalrymples and the Patricia Wentworths, shhh) which all look to be great fun and as far away from Brechtian as you can get!
Hi Diana

Thank you for your comment, its always nice to hear when someone agrees with my assessment of a book, or even if they disagree. I am looking forward to the next Julia Grey, but do wonder if they will have lost some of their sparkle now that she's married them off.

I'm also always pleased to meet another Benson fan - the man was a genius - and there aren't enough of us out there. I've been rummaging in your library and am delighted to meet another Heyer fan and pleased to see that you like the Shardlake mysteries. Have you started Wolf Hall yet? I keep picking it up and putting it down, its just a bit too dense for me with all the reading for the MA.

I'm going to add you as an interesting library, if that's OK (well you can always say no if you want - and no you don't have to reciprocate.)

Thanks for the comment. I'll be interested to know how you like the book.
I just read your posts on Girlybooks where you mentioned working your way through the Tess Monaghan series. I read By a Spider's Thread over Christmas and hope to catch up with the two most recent books in the series soon.
Thanks for the info! I'm currently reading "In the Company of the Courtesan" (apparently, "The Botticelli Secret" inspired a Renaissance Italy binge!) so I'll try "The Glassblower" when I'm finished!

~ Joanne
I just finished "The Botticelli Secret," read your review, and posted mine... I definitely agree with your review and was wondering if you thought that "The Glassblower of Murano" was worth a read...
Hi, Diana. Thanks for adding my library to your list of interesting one. Hope you find a good suggestion or two there!

Hiya ! I loved The Guernsey Literary... novel ! It is a beautiful light-hearted story . I'm in the middle of reading Sugar Queen . So far its pretty good . You have a very interesting list too !
Hiya ! Thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries ! I'm quite flattered !
Noticed that you liked The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here (as well as on a few other book-related sites). I thought you might like my novel since it's been compared to that novel by a number of reviewers. I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like. Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:


Thanks skankycat. That is Abby and she is one of our babies. We have many. Oftentimes there is one curled up, or in Abby's case OOOOFed, up in/on my lap while I am reading or on the computer. (7 of you (skankycats) plus a very vocal lovebird)
I like your pic too. She has my dream job, how about you?
Happy trails.
P.S. very interesting library you have there so I highlighted you. Okay?
later days babe
Hey Diana,

Saw you post on the romance new members. Welcome. I see we have 18 books in common, so far, let me suggest Kathleen Dante, Jaci Burton and Stephanie Laurens.

Do not worry--I often have what I call "brain freeze" moments. Of course, I can attribute it to advancing age! And if I were to attempt Yoga, I am sure it would induce some sort of mental deficiency.

Thanks for the offer to photocopy. Your first post gave me the idea to see if I can get the "Quebec to New Orleans" book through interlibrary loan at the Chicago Public Library, so I will try that. It sounds like an interesting history, so I would like to check out the entire book. Then, if I like it, I can buy it.


Saw your post in the Dante thread in Club Read, came to your profile, saw the book "From Quebec to New Orleans" and had to comment. My mother's side of the family was French Canadian, ultimately settling in the Kankakee, Illinois area. Is that area covered in the book? You rated it highly--what is it that you liked? I see that I can get used copies for around $25 to $30, but sure would not want to spend that kind of money if I don't think I will like it.


North Georgia Mts.--Dahlonega,Ga.area--so we're probably on a line with each other--our woods are the same as yours--when I read a good book or find one worth the effort to read--I rejoice and share--I hope for the same--sifting thru to find good reads with what's out there is hard for one person--or two but eventually thru discussions I might find another source of a good read--I am also at the point where I can do what it is I want to do--books and good reading--in front of a nice fire with my wife,and dogs,no T.V.and a comfortable chair--what more can I ask--in the near future I'll visit your
5 star selection and look forward to it--if I can help you find something in gardening--ask.Corkster at your service--may the God of good books bless you
Your profile picture--reminds me of Wilkie Collins covers --Have you read him--would be interested in your opinion--of his works "The Woman In White"(for example)any suggestions are thought out-guaranteed--good reading no waste of money here
Hi, this may sound very odd but I think we've both left our review for the new Liz Carlyle book on and Library Thing. Always nice to find another historical romance lover! :-)
re: Frances Parkinson Keyes

I have only read a few of her books, they're really difficult to find around here! Obviously new bookstores won't have them, but the library and thrift shops usually don't, either. And used bookstores? No way!

I've managed to get quite a few through the Internet, thankfully, so I'm hoping to go on a FPK-blitz this summer when I'm not in school! Her books are so much fun :)
I bought all Cadell books (as are available or reasonably priced) in hardcover. Some of her's are above $200!
She is like eating "comfort food"....when I get sick of so-so books I grab one of her's.
I have re-read her books multi times.
Glad to meet another Cadell fan...
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