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About meThis picture is of a (much)(somewhat) younger me, in school tunic. I am now a high school teacher, and try to keep my hair neater. Have always loved to read; basically it's an addiction. Also a mother of three. Canadian.

About my libraryEclectic - historical fiction, murder mysteries, "comfort lit", CanLit, non-fiction (history, biographies, anthropology), good stuff and some not-so good.

Groups50-Something Library Thingers, 75 Books Challenge for 2008, 75 Books Challenge for 2009, 75 Books Challenge for 2010, Awful Lit., Barbara Pym, Book Nudgers, BookMooching, British & Irish Crime Fiction, Canadian Bookwormsshow all groups

Real nameDiana

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Checking out your books...we share a lot.
Hello, just saw one of your posts in the Green Dragon and thought I would stop by. You're a Sayers fan? She is my all time favorite mystery author. We share a lot of great books!
Just a note to say I read your post on the kitchen thread. I'm sorry you are not feeling well. It seems like there is a lot of stress in your life right now. I'm sending good wishes your way.

Hi changes are always hard on people! Even the good ones cause stress, and if I've ever heard a mixed bag, it's the one you describe. I wish you ease and comfort as these transitions occur, and good fortune in your economic life.

I hope you have a great time when you go see your daughter! Vancouver is a city both Jim and I want to visit again--together. When I was in high school in Oregon I went on a trip to Vancouver with my parents and fell in love with the city. When Jim was about 13 (before I knew him) he accompanied his Great Aunt on a trip to Vancouver and the surrounding region by car. Every morning his aunt would give him the money for the day and he was responsible for handling the affairs for the day. It is one of his fondest memories and he, too, wants to visit again. We know it will have changed a lot but I understand that it is still beautiful. I'd love to hear about your trip when you go.

Isn't it fun to have an excuse to visit interesting places? Our older son and his family live in Chicago so we get to go there pretty often. That's another very interesting city!

It's all good. I can certainly under the constraints
of time, other commitments, and also other books to be
read. So not to worry.
I thank you for your quick response and I will see you
on the threads, my dear. (although yours kills my
TBR listing. I know everyone complains about alcottacre's
reads nailing their TBRs, but with me it is yours!~!)
I live for the day you quit reading "good books" hee hee
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,
I'm sorry to hear that news.
Your mum really was a pioneer in recording this important piece of history.

Just a quick check in since I had not talked to you in a while. I hope everything is OK up there. Are you thawed out yet?

"Author-my mother" - a VERY unique tag on Librarything!

I'm not a War Bride, but have had the recent pleasure of meeting
several and enjoying their stories.
Hi Diana

The Janis Ian autobiography Society's Child will go out to you today.

Happy Holidays!


Thanks for letting me know about the Lodge book. I look forward both to receiving and reading it!

Thanks, his name's Dexter.
Just thought I'd let you know that if you do decide to listen to "Wuthering Heights" as read by Michael Kitchen, it's available for download at, as is his reading of "The Two Towers" by Thomas Hardy and a freaking amazing (and, I believe, award-winning) BBC Radio adaptation of "Bleak House" in which he plays John Jarndyce, and which I've listened to about a dozen times.
I have recently joined Librarything and enjoyed looking at your Library. Quite a few of your books are ones that I have read in the past but are not on my shelves because they were from the public library or I have passed them on to people in my book group/family/whoever.

Jean Plaidy was definitely my favourite author when I was 15 or 16. I don't know whether I would want to re-read those books now (in the same way that Wuthering Heights will never be the same for me now that I'm an adult) but I can still remember crying myself to sleep after finishing the Lucrezia Borgia volumes (circa 1964)! Did you ever read Margaret Trouncer's books? She was the other author whom I used to borrow regularly in the 1960s. I remember reading about her death (I seem to recall it was the early 1980s) and you don't hear much about her books now.
I've added you to my Interesting Libraries too! Feel free to visit mine and reciprocate if you want.
hello Diana,
I saw your comment about The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford. The book's far better than the movie, which was a bit too 'cute' for my taste. Have you read Bel Ria, also by her? I also recommend Blitzcat by Robert Westall for a good animal story for YA readers.
I see you have Anne of Green Gables ... I read that back in the late 1950s when I was at primary school. I still have all my Anne books. Dated but charming reading.
I have more sf and fantasy then you, but we still share a number of books. I enjoy historical novels and have just read The Reluctant Queen by Jean Plaidy, about the wife of Richard lll.
We actually share more than listed on here as I have
listed only a small number of my books. The full list is on my own website.
My book club has just read something quite different: Death of Red Heroine by Qiu Xiaolong - a police detection story set in 1990s China.
Regards from Busselton in Western Australia
Thanks for the suggestions of books by Wright, I'll look for Adultery today. Lucky you and daughter for visiting Chawton! My cousin lives just outside of London and recently visited Bath and sent me all sorts of pamphlets and paraphanalia regarding Jane in Bath *sigh*. Someday, I hope.

I think you will have a wonderful time in the Green Dragon, but be warned, it's highly addictive! ;-D
Hi again, I've never read Away, A Map of Glass was my first Urquhart book and I loved it, but maybe that was because she was writing about Prince Edward County and it took me back to old favourite haunts? hmmmm, not sure, but I did like the way she wrote about it too, it was an intriguing story. I'll have to give Richard B. Wright a try, I've heard his name mentioned before and I am trying to read more Canadian authors these days. Thanks for the recommendation.
Hi Diana, just dropped in to visit your library and see we have quite a few books in common 103 :-)

I'm from S.E. Ontario originally, but gave up on the climate and now we live on Vancouver Island. I recently read A Map of Glass and it brought back lots of wonderful memories of Prince Edward County. If you enjoyed Mary Lawson which I gather you did (excellent books aren't they?), I think you might really enjoy Jane Urquhart, awesome writing.
Hope you don't mind my adding you to my Interesting Libraries list. We seem to have similar taste in novels.

Hi, we also share many books so I decided to hook up. Greetings from San Diego, CA.
I loved The Other Side of the Bridge, and think it may even be better than Crow Lake. Quite a feat, since I usually find first novels are the best. In one way, you spend your whole life writing your first novel, and about 2 or 3 years writing your second. First novels cannot be published on reputation or past success -- they have to be really good.

And, yes, I am in Ottawa -- a small town just west of Ottawa actually. I'm on vacation so I am missing all the endless production of briefing notes for our new Minister and tackling my TBR pile, which is taking over my husband's shelf space.
Yes, Canadian authors are always popular. I remember my mother & her friends reading Mazo DeLaRoche's "Jalna" books. I think i have read everything Alice Munro has written. She has to be the best short-story writer in North America. I haven't discovered Mary Lawson yet, but will look for her.
What part of Canada do you live in? I live in Ohio on the Marblehead peninsula on the shores of Lake Erie & when I was young, we could look across & on a clear day, see Pelee Island which is Canada. Now the air is too hazy & we can't see Canada anymore, though we still take boat trips to the islands. I can also remember when the Canadian $ was worth more than the US $.
I have a copy of "Nights of Rain & Stars" but I haven't read it yet. I don't like to read the same type of book or author right in a row, so I'll read a few non=fiction. I like to read memoirs, too, though one wonders how much is really fiction.

We share 82 books including everything Maeve Binchy has ever written except her short stories which I have & you don't. Actually the novels are better. Yes, she is also a comfort reader to me. I've tried to find similar writers & it seems they are all British, like Rosamond Pilcher & Catherine Cookson (Though not all of their works are what you would call "comfort" just some of them. With Maeve, you know what you are getting. i think "Firefly Summer is my favorite. I've read it several times. I gave "The Glass Lake" to my sister-in-law who just had a foot taken off due to Diabites & it looks like I will be shaaring the rest of my MB collection with her.But that is what books are for, I think. To comfort. Do you have other comfort authors? Sometimes mysteries can take us away from our problems. I like the Brother Cadfael mysteries & others that have settings different from my life.
I agree with you about On Chesil Beach. McEwan was on fine form with this novella. Seemingly simple prose but each word meticulously placed.
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