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CollectionsUnfinished (9), Buy Paperback When Available (13), Currently reading (17), Maybe will read (12), Poetry (1), Wishlist Fiction (Don't Own) (58), Wisthlist Non-Fiction (Don't Own) (28), Fiction Read (172), Non-Fiction Read (55), Short Story (6), Short Story Collections (6), Chekhov, Anton (4), My Library (Cook, Knit, Plants and Quilt) (25), DNF (7), Own To Read (45), Knitting (42), Quilting (32), Cookbooks (5), All collections (602)

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About meAvid and hopefully thoughtful reader. Love knitting (mostly socks lately), some quilting -meaning I buy fabric. I am Boston sports fan --baseball, basketball and football which doesn't help my reading time but does help knitting. I lived with one old dog until the winter of 2012 when most sadly she had to be put down. Have traveled extensively hoping for trip to Egypt in the next year or so. Enjoy a local book group which I have belonged to for 11 years.

I use Library Thing to track most recent books, some old favorites, knitting, quilting, art and other miscellaneous reference books. Once in awhile I go back to the many other books I've read over past years but sure many will be left off as I've forgotten all about them.

The picture on this profile is me on 81st Birthday 2015

About my libraryFIVE FAVORITE BOOKS FOR 2012

1. So Long See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell
2. Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
3. Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
4. Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
5. The Fish That Ate the Whale by Rich Cohen


1. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens (Published 1861)
2. The Secret History – Donna Tartt (Published 1992)
3. The Submission – Amy Waldman (Published 2011)
4. Jamrach’s Menagerie – Carol Birch (published 2011)
5. Salvage the Bones – Jesmyn Ward (Published 2011)

Classic literature, new authors search out different books from the NY Times and other review sources as I come across them. Like to try books from the Booker Prize, Impac Award including the short list of these awards. I'm reducing the number of books I own and using my local library more mostly to conserve on space. Also love audio books. I have a great many books still not catagloged including a number of presidential biographises. Some of my favorite authors are Jane Austen, J.M. Coetzee, and Toni Morrison. My wish list includes re-reading some of the Russian authors I have enjoyed in the past.

My Rating system for all but reference books:

5 -- Excellent perfect book
4.5 -- Almost perfect
4 -- Thoroughly enjoyable book but unlikely to re-read
3.5 -- Some parts very tantalizing so not quite a mediocre book
3 -- Mediocre book
2 -- Mostly dreadful but a few sparks
1 -- Read 50 to 100 pages and personally disliked so much did not finish reading

Rating for narrators of audio books
Superior, Excellent, Medium, Poor

Rating system for reference books:

5 – Numerous patterns or instructions that I find very helpful
4 – Quite a bit of useful information well worth keeping
3 – Only refer to this work occasionally
2 – Nothing much of use -- give to local book sale ASAP

Groups75 Books Challenge for 2011, 75 Books Challenge for 2015, Knitters Inc., The 12 in 12 Category Challenge


Favorite librariesAuburn Public Library

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Real nameElaine

LocationAuburn, Maine

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Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceMay 12, 2007

Currently readingThe Other Dickens: A Life of Catherine Hogarth by Lillian Nayder
The Burgess Boys: A Novel by Elizabeth Strout
The Chimes by Charles Dickens
Barbara W. Tuchman: The Guns of August & The Proud Tower (Library of America) by Barbara W. Tuchman
Still Life (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache Mysteries, No. 1) by Louise Penny
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