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CollectionsYour library (1,999), Wishlist (332), Read in 2014 (22), ARC/ER/Galley (138), Unread (980), Comic Books (4), Purged (23), ebook (32), Read but unowned (109), Read in 2013 (69), Read in 2012 (82), Read in 2011 (94), Read in 2010 (145), Read in 2009 (89), Read in 2008 (32), Currently reading (3), All collections (2,483)

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TagsFiction - Fantasy (211), Fiction - Children's (209), Ancient History (72), Fiction - Young Adult (64), Christian Living (56), History (53), Reference (45), Fiction - General (44), Classics (41), Dave's (38) — see all tags

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About meEducation:

BA, Wilfrid Laurier University - Near Eastern Archaeology & Classical Studies

MTS, Heritage Seminary (on hiatus) - Master of Theological Studies

I'm currently working as a freelance writer for both my own clients and through contracts for my husband's web development business ( I've got 4 novel manuscripts on the go (two of them complete and in revisions), and tend to spend more time on those than my "real" work... but since writing fiction is what I want to do with my life, it's not necessarily a bad thing!

I am a professional Bollywood dance & Egyptian bellydance instructor & performer (yes, Bollywood and Bellydance are completely different things!).

I'm also a perpetual student, always taking at least one course on *something*.

Hobbies (aside from reading): Gaming, organizing my library according to the LC catalogue system, buying more books, learning defunct/ancient languages, spending time with my parrot, cat, rabbit, & husband.

About my libraryMy library is a plethora of genres and styles, with a little bit of randomness inside just to throw everyone off... I have kept nearly all my books since junior high age, and have included them in this catalogue as well... after all, I can't bring myself to purge even a single volume and will undoubtedly one day be crushed under a pile of books that simply could not be fit onto any more shelves...

Groups75 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 History, Baker Street and Beyond, Fairy Tale Readers, His Wondrous Works to Beholdshow all groups

Favorite authorsOrson Scott Card, Gail Martin, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Terry Pratchett, Louise Rennison, Rex Stout, Patricia C. Wrede, Sarah Zettel (Shared favorites)


Also onFlickr, NaNo, Twitter

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Real nameFaith

LocationOntario, Canada

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceMar 1, 2007

Currently readingThe Count of Monte Cristo (Modern Library Classics) by Alexandre Dumas
The Quran and the Bible: In the light of history and science by William F Campbell
Star Wars: Death Troopers by Joe Schreiber

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It looks like things are going ahead with the Toronto meetup (—I really hope you'll be able to join us, after you set the whole thing in motion!
Faith! It's your Thingaversary today, and I almost missed it. Happy bookbuying.
Loved your review of Robb Wolf's Paleo Solution!
I saw you surfaced on the 75'er group and posted a couple of reviews. I've been luking about wondering how things are going after your cool announcement?

And I'm curious who the author is that penned Thieftaker under a psuedonym? The book sounds really interesting.
Thank you very much Faith for your thoughtful message!! much appreciated :) xox
Welcome to LibaryThing, dk_phoenix...
I read Stiff. Is there another?
Thanks for recommending Packing for Mars. I loved it!
Thank you for the help on my posting! Truly appreciated. :)
Hello! I just now caught your review of Mockingjay after posting my own. You said everything I had thought of (and more) but said it better. It's comforting to find people who were also disappointed with the book, though not enough to make up for the disappointment, necessarily!
i saw belly dancing outfits yesterday at a bazaar -- wsihed I'd known your size.
Thanks for the follow-up on the ice cream. It sounds delish! I love coconut. I may have to try that--you've made an excellent pitch. I've been in a quandary because I have typically made smoothies with yogurt, so they've fallen by the wayside. Plus it's been winter, and I have that whole cold food in cold weather aversion. We've also been experimenting with gluten-free etc, though not quite as stringent about that. I've started experimenting with coconut oil and coconut flour for baking. Used to be I loathed small appliances and preferred to do everything by hand. But now I'm middle-aged, and I have a profound appreciation for the dehydrator, rice cooker, slow cookers in assorted sizes, spice grinder, and more that are steadily accumulating in my appliance cabinet. I'm still debating what to replace my old and unsatisfactory blender with. It simply failed with pesto, and hummus only in my dreams with it. Sigh. I hope the revised diet has helped you without being too much of a burden.
hmmm just thought it might be fun to have a book full of shorts wherein each author has the same prep idea -- it would be fun to see just how different they'd be :)
will do. I decided a while ago that I wouldn't be writing. Seemed to me that just because one could doesn't mean one should :) Anyway unless I getting a big nudge from on high, I have no plans to pursue that.

thanks for your kind comment on my profile scrap :)
don't know it m'dear. poo. thx.
Hi Faith

Thanks for your outreach. It means a lot.

Congratulations on your hot review listed on today's home page!
Pleasers sounds like it deals with the same issue as Edward Welch's When People Are Big and God is Small. I would recommend that one HIGHLY — I read it with a group last summer and it helped change my thinking dramatically.
Comment on this image. Image comments only appear on your own profile page and the image page itself.
Wow, is this you?! Your photos are brilliant, by the way...
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Hehe, brilliant photo!
Hi Faith...I'm just taking a few minutes to catch up on some libraries I'd marked as interesting. We certainly seem to have several books in common. Best of all tho, I found your really interesting blog and have put it into my feeder so I don't lose track.

I also note you're reading "Designing Your Home on a Budget..." Are you building a home? We went through that evolution about 6 years ago when we moved from DC to Maine. It was one of the most fun, exasperating, and enriching experiences of our 43 year marriage. Hope you enjoy it if that's what you're doing.

Regards, Tina (aka Tututhefirst)
Hey Faith. I posted this on my thread, but thought I'd respond directly to be sure you got it:

Elizabethan corset pattern generator: I love that thing.
Hi. We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy "Once Wicked Always Dead," but we would like to remind you that the book was offered and clearly marked as an uncorrected proof copy. Naturally, pre-release books from the publisher will contain print errors which are corrected before final printing. We hope this provides some clarity to the content of your review.
Stopping by to say hello and how much I appreciate you!
Hi! Sorry I never responded to your last note about the Alvin Maker books (way back in March). You probably thought I was ignoring you or had dropped off the face of the earth!

The later is closer to the truth! I've been dealing with personal and family illness since then.

You asked if the series stays equally good throughout and I would have to say yes. The characters are well-developed and the author takes you on a journey with Alvin as he discovers his purpose in life and works to fulfill it.

I definitely recommend them!


thought of you :) Thx for the prayers yesterday!
My pleasure - glad you enjoyed them... Yes, Jonathan Ross is a funny man!
Thanks for the kind soul you are!
Faith congratulations on your hot review listed on today's home page. And, thank you for stopping by my thread and leaving such wonderfully kind comments!!!
Ops, cut and pasted your message in there too. Hmm...didn't mean to do that:)
Ancient Greek (a variety of the dialects), Latin, Hebrew, and tiny bits of Egyptian hieroglyphs (which I really need to learn more of!). While these aren't necessarily useful in everyday life, I have to say that at least it gives me a small advantage at Museums and historical sites... LOL!

Wow! That's so cool:) Being a history geek myself I can totally relate to that! When I was younger I wanted to be an egyptologist. I did end up with a MA in history, though more local medieval history as a special field. Who would have known? I had to learn some old norse though, and I had a subject with nordic runes. Translating them into the alphabet was the easy part, but to actually interpret them was the problem. I am terrible at cases and unfortunately old norse have four of them. I think I lack the language gene, I probably would have been a lousy egyptologist, not understanding the hieroglyphs at all. How do you like it?

church library
yup, it's me again. I was just on AKbookwoman's profile and saw that she has set up an LT acct for her library...
Do you read Foxen's thread? a bit above that she reviews The Rape of Mesopotamia. Wondered if it would be of interest as a read.
another mystery rec I'd hate for you to miss

Have you seen ThePam's blog? I had a peek and thought of you.
Started a new thread for church librarians in our group which you may or may not find helpful.

Telling Regina and AKbkwmn too. They're the only other church librarians I know of on here.
Oooh that Home design book and the vase book in your current reads look soo interesting! I'll be watching for your reviews. I saw a budget breaker yesterday I'd love to have -- asking price only 16k in euros! It's a 19th century french secretary/jewlery case. So very cool, so very gorgeous -- and it would meet my needs perfectly LOL. I'm thinking that the husband won't go for it :)
Hi! Just wanted to write and tell you that I absolutely agree with your review of The Tao of Pooh. The passage you pointed out in particular made me huffy as well. In his little biography it points out that he got his BA in Asian studies, yet his book tells us that you won't be happy having a higher level of knowledge? Bizarre! Nice review!
Congratulations on getting a story published! You are much further ahead than me--I am still trying to do that writing part. So hard when I'm so busy reading and writing reviews and doing other things like work. What styles of belly dance do you teach? My friend Elinor is a belly dancer who teaches and performs. We both took the same dance class as sophomores in college--she turned it into a career, I turned it into zills gathering dust as yet another minimally acquired skill languishes for lack of practice.
I'm glad you liked the books! I was looking at my SantaThing books from last year and realized you gave me my books last year. Funny coincidence...:) Enjoy!
It's actually on my Amazon wishlist, so you did well to recommend it.

I've been wanting to ask someone and since you have his stuff: what style does Ian Fleming write in? Do his books read like the movies?
That's actually on my wishlist. I keep seeing it referenced by other works that I've read and I'm looking forward to finally getting my hands on it one day. Thanks for your suggestion!
Hi - I've finally got round to reading Patrick Carman's Skeleton Creek and enjoyed it. It's probably not like his fantasy books so I still have to discover those but does a cool interactive feature involving watching videoclips on the web which was fun.

Thanks for stopping by my thread. I definitely recommend Queen Noor's biography. I am going to Jordan (Amman, Petra, and the Dead Sea) in a few weeks, so I would love to hear how your trip was. Also, I see you are live in Ontario. I'm originally from Buffalo, and we had a summer cottage at Crystal Beach in Fort Erie. I love finding people from that area.

Take care,
I have now watched Om Shanti Om twice. What a fun movie! The party scene after the Filmfare is probably hysterically funny when you know who all the people are that are doing cameos. It was great fun to watch not even knowing anyone in the scene. I've got to find the soundtrack. I actually thought I had already bought it after they used Dhoom Taana on So You Think You Can Dance last season. But, no. The people who recommended Om Shanti Om to me just recommended a few other films - Lagaan, Veer-Zaara,Chalte-Chalte, Devdas and Rock On!. Now I just need to find a place to rent Bollywood DVDs. Cheers, Kelly
Read your review of The Crying Tree and, while I know I will never, ever read this book, I'm now curious about what exactly is the big plot twist in it. Hope you'll reveal it (you can make the reply private if you're concerned about a spoiler).

Noticed your undergrad. I have an AB from Bryn Mawr in Classical & Near Eastern Archaeology. Started a master's program in Egyptian Language at U of Toronto but decided I didn't want to be that poor for the rest of my life ...

Cheers -
As promised, here is the Harry Potter link:

It'll actually bring up a google image result, but you can use the page normally of course.
I used the basic version of PCStitch. You can actually download a free trial at, though of course you can't actually save anything on it until you purchase the full version. Still, it gives you a chance to play around and figure out how it all works. If you decide you want to buy, you can do so online and they send you a code to "activate" your copy. You can also pay a couple extra dollars to have a back up disc shipped to you. If I remember correctly, the basic version was around $40, which isn't too bad. You can draw in back stitching, change stitches to quarter, half or three-quarter, right out instructions for the pattern, etc. You can also set the pattern to the type of cloth you're using and choose which type of thread you have. The only real problem I've found with it is the color chart. When you go to export it to print, for some reason, it doesn't recognize the end of a page and you end up missing colors. I'm working on something new and this time I exported the list into a "rich text" format for the actual list of colors, so I'd have everything pulled and then printed the pattern's chart so I'd have the symbols. Occasionally I have to stop and look up a symbol that was printed off the chart, but at least this time I know I'll have it in my project box and won't have to go hunting for it, or make a trip to the store to buy the floss.

I have the link I used to get the color drawings bookmarked on my home PC, so I'll try to remember to send you the link to that tonight. It's a marvelous site I found where you can get all the drawings from all 7 books plus the covers (I'm working on the Sorcerer's Stone cover for myself at the moment) in color and can easily save them to your computer and move them to the software program.
I confess that I only follow in the footsteps of others. ILL is the only way to access so many dissertations and theses, though more are becoming available online. After I received one of the two I am currently reading, a friend directed me to a university website that sells it in electronic format for $42.

I saw that you have a degree related to my recreational field of inquiry. I find it amusing/sad that textile technology did not become academically respectable until women entered academia in sufficient numbers and started studying cultural elements dominated by women. Funny that. And how much material evidence has been lost or become too degraded to study because of that oversight over the decades?

I think we have quite a few interests in common. I'm currently employed as an editor, and I used to be a gamer (and many of my friends are still avid gamers). I also have a fascination with languages--most particularly Mozarabic (or whatever the going term is these days). I studied belly dance once upon a time, but it is a skill never mastered and moldering in the closet along with many others I've tried. Not for lack of interest, just not enough time to work at everything interesting.
That is 8 week old Maxine. She is now 1 1/2 and still gorgeous. This is my second trip to Book Expo- this year my sister and I will be spending the weekend in NY and we have tickets to the author breakfast and author luncheon on Saturday. I can't wait.
I went to a luncheon on Tuesday at the Harvard Club in NY hosted by Hachette Book Group. There were 5 publishers at the luncheon, representing 5 publishing groups under Hachette. I thought I would share some of the titles the publishers were very excited about. From Little Brown: "Into the Beautiful North" by Luis Alberto Urrea, "Castaways" by Elin Hilderbrand, "The Way Home" by George Pelicanos and "This Wicked World" by Richard Lange. From Grand Central: "The Disappearance of Irene Dos Santos" by Margaret Mascarenhas, "Santa Olivia" by Jacqueline Carey, "April and Oliver" by Tess Callahan, and "Roses" by Leila Meacham. There were a few others, but these sounded really good.
Okay -- so it's not me. (errors) Nice to know! Thx for the info.

I wouldn't have guessed it was his area of expertise myself, if I hadn't read it :) I enjoyed the theological bits in AoB a bunch. I studied the break between RC and Orthodox some a few years back, and I found Turtledove's tidbits interesting ... wouldn't mind reference work/footnotes myself! :)
okay -- it worked, at least on a profile. Short answer: No sources. Apparently, from the preface, Turtledove is a historian and Byzantine history his field... It would probably be hard to include sources in that case. He mentions that w/o sf he'd probably not been drawn to history and cites De Camp's Lest Darkness Fall about a modern archaeologist transported to 5th century Italy as the genesis of his interest. Thought of you when I read that. Might have to find it for myself :) Would you see if you see messages on my thread? I just see one: fatal error...oops.
Having trouble posting! Keep getting a fatal error...
ty -- means a lot.
Praying for your Dad today.
Oh, love the look of your library - and we share many of the same hobbies it seems...(er, although no belly dancing for me heh).

And at the risk of overstaying my welcome--let me add that the leaves changing colors and dropping from the trees--that process--the leaf shedding--is just a minor variation on what I've already described for winter preparation. In fact, one of the most awe-inspiring things about Nature is just how conservative She is. Not only is She the Great Recycler, but as far as we can tell, there are maybe only a half-dozen basic principles that She employs to manage all of life!!

That's really all you need to know in chemistry, actually--about a half dozen basic or First Principles, and you can understand just about all of it. I'm going to guess that physics is the same.


Believe me, i KNOW about too much to ever learn in one lifetime! That's why I have a hard time understanding people who are bored!!

I'm truly happy that you were able to make some sense out of a very much shortened explanation--I was really worried that I had done a bad job.

I still have in mind to look for a book such as you said you'd like to read.

Oh and I forgot to mention--in the spring, when the temperatures warm up, the tree reverses that process--those big starch molecules break down, there's not enough water in the tree--and the amazing cycle starts all over again!

I can never stop marveling at this sort of thing.

Ye gods, I haven't thought about a book like that in all too long! I really don' keep up much with science these days, jsut enjoy what I know of first principles.

Let me dig around and see what I can come up with. They do wonderful stuff with YA these days, and taht might be an area to look into. Plus Scientific American used to come out with books--short ones--on particular topics that were quite readable by anyone. some of their articles were classics. But I haven't read teh publication in nearly 10 years!

I'll check it out.

And I'm delighted to see that someone thinks that the chemical world is magic!

A simple but useful description of how trees prepare for winter is to say that it is the reverse of the process of getting sap--liquid--to the top of the tree. In that process, the tree creates an environment in which there are lots of moles of particles--molecules of different things, like sugars, proteins-- dissolved in water--the result is sap. What that does is cause water to go INTO the tree, because now, in proportion to what's outside the tree, there's less water per pint of sap, let's say inside the tree, and the water always tries to even things out--have the same ratio inside as outside. so, water comes in and the resulting pressure forces the sap to the top of the tree. That's because there are so many other things dissolved in the sap. Lots of moles of sugar, proteins, salts--all the things necessary for cell life.

When temperatures start lowering, the tree has to do something to prevent all that water in the sap from freezing and breaking the cells. so--it reverses the process. A lot of those molecules of sugars react to form big molecules of something like a starch--let's say a thousand of the small ones form one big starch molecule. Now there's too much water in the tree per pint of sap compared to the outside environment and the water goes out of the tree. The tree has formed a sort of protective barrier as well, and therefore its cells don't freeze and break.

It all can be described in terms of that weird but amazingly useful concept of the mole. And Nature is unbelievably creative in using that one concept--actually, it's just the way we humans describe the process--in many ways to regulate life's processes.

I hope this description is understandable!! LOL

yes you can see our library by clicking the link on my LT profile :)
Are you guys on IMdB ( -- internet movie database?)
What kind of dance do you do?
Well I didn't find wedding pics on your blog (but did see some tasty reviews! nicely done site!)... flickr? :)

You can see mine on my multiply site. Hubby, then fiance, said he couldn't wait to see me coming down the aisle like a fairy princess. I thought, 'fairy princes? no can do. fairy blimp? maybe.' Then flying to CA by way of Amarillo, my sis dragged me to a consignment shop. There was one dress there in my size (a miracle in and of itself). And lo and behold -- it was the orignal fairy princess dress and for $400! done!

Then back in France I'm trying to rent a hoop for the thing. Quelle epoch? they ask (which period) as they're bringing out these itsy bitsy hoops. Finally I said Cinderella... yup, the big one! Only one thing went wrong. For some reason I felt I needed to wear a bra for the ceremony. we were so late I didn't check the mirror. wish I had. The bra was completely unnecessary and all it did was crease my fat on my back where it had been just a smooth, lineless, fit :( Oh well -- you can't have everything -- and I just about did!

So nice to find someone else about who loves Zettel as much as I do! :)

I see you have her Arthurian series too...which I also loved - a surprise given how I usually don't Arthurian fantasy one bit. I hope she can get the fourth one printed - apparently her original publisher had issues and cancelled the publication of it. :(

Hi Faith
Nice to hear from you. The book was sent today.
Take care,
I'm happy to send the book The Madonnas of Leningrad to you. There is no need to reimburse for postage. If you have posted your full address on my main page, then I can go ahead and get this out to you today.

It is a delightful book and I hope you enjoy it.

Thank you for the books! I can't wait to read them.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Maddie (books_ofa_feather)
Hope you enjoy Alcatraz! :-D
Welcome to the 2009 challenge. Thanks for joining in!
Hi, I read your comment about Brida, agreed!
Even though in the beginning I was not sure why Brida did not choose the teacher, cause in the book, it seems did not make it so clear that her boyfriend is her soul mate, seems it is only guessing. feel a bit regretting to know the result, but I guess this is quite similar to the one The Valkyries.
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