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CollectionsCurrently reading (14), Wishlist Fiction (Don't Own) (48), Wisthlist Non-Fiction (Don't Own) (26), Fiction Read (145), Non-Fiction Read (48), Short Story (5), Short Story Collections (6), My Library (Cook, Knit, Plants and Quilt) (25), DNF (3), Own To Read (28), Knitting (42), Quilting (32), Cookbooks (5), All collections (500)

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TagsSt. Mary's Book Group (39), 2010 (32), 2013 (28), 2008 (26), Socks (18), Knitting (18), 2012 (17), 2009 (14), 2014 (14), Mystery (14) — see all tags

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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 my house in Maine (spring)

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, Knitters Inc., The 12 in 12 Category Challenge

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Real nameElaine

LocationAuburn, Maine

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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
Long Man: A novel by Amy Greene
The Hired Man by Aminatta Forna
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Thanks for the welcome!
Hi Elaine, My Secret Santa took you up on your recommendation of "The Harvest." Thank you for that. I dove into it yesterday and I am quite enjoying it. I also appreciate the recommendation of "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" and put it on my wish list. Dogs are my favorite. Best regards to you and Happy Holidays.
Hi Elaine

Thanks for the friend request.

Hi Elaine,
Wow -- I love the books you sent! Great picks! I do not have that William Maxwell, and I'm really looking forward to it. And I didn't know anything about Love that Dog. What a beautiful and original little book that is! Fantastic.
I hope you had a happy and peaceful Christmas and are enjoying this light snow. I guess we're going to get socked with some more tomorrow!
Again, thank you SO much for choosing such great books for me.
All the best,
Hi Elaine, it's always a good thing when I log onto LT and see a comment from you. We had a broiling July but August has been rather far. I'm ready for fall and all the new books coming out, especially the ones by Lehane, Barbara Kingsolver, and Louise Erdrich. I look forward to reading new books by old friends.

Enjoy the rest of your summer,
Happy New Year, Elaine!

Take care,
My apologies, Elaine. I was scrolling down my messages and see that I somehow overlooked yours. I think that happens when I get two messages (which is a lot for me) in one day. Right above your last message was the LT Early Reviewer reminder. I probably got excited about looking for a new book! The last book I read in the ER program was Nightwoods by Charles Frazier. If you liked Cold Mountain, you'll probably like his newest book.

I am still "knee deep" in Edith Wharton. In my class we're about to finish The Custom of the Country and will move into Summer. I don't think I'll take another class on one author. I like to mix things up a bit.

It looks like I liked State of Wonder more than you did. On my talk thread, I went into detail about the author background that was in the Wall Street Journal. The book didn't seem so outrageous after I read that Ann Patchett had actually experienced river travel in South America and even had an anaconda in her boat!

I hope you're reading something good. I'm thoroughly enjoying Lonesome Dove which I'm reading madly trying to finish it before my book group meets Thursday night. I took it to Texas with me over the weekend. We were there for a quick birthday party with the newest granddaughter who recently turned ONE! Fun stuff - but I got very little reading done. ;-)

Take care,
Hi Elaine, it's always good to hear from you. I'm pretty certain you will love Wesley the Owl with your affinity toward them. We have a pair of owls in our neighborhood that keep us entertained, although the squirrel population doesn't seem to be affected by having them around.

Sorry about your book funk. It happens. Maybe all your rain is affecting you. It's been a strange spring here, too. I seem to be on a nonfiction binge; very unusual for me as I can go months without reading NF. Right now I'm enjoying a biography called Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckly. Lizzy Keckly (an ex-slave) was Mary Todd Lincoln's dressmaker and became her good friend.

Thanks for staying in touch.
Hi Elaine,

It was good hearing from you again. Regarding Winter's Bone, I don't think Woodrell intends the reader to know the answer to your question. It's frustrating not to know for sure, isn't it?

I'm sending you the link to the Missouri Readers' discussion on the book and movie. There were some interesting comments and conjectures. I don't know who "Hydrangea" is but she certainly had an interesting view on the book and movie. I wish I could be more helpful to you. The link is here.

We still have autumn leaves clinging to the trees here in MO, but we have had a couple of hard frosts so winter is definitely on the way.

Happy Reading,
Hi Elaine,

Thanks for the friend invite. One can never have too many friends who read! I hope you continue to enjoy The Moonflower Vine. I haven't heard of Stoner, but I'll definitely look into it.

Happy reading up there in Maine. I'm sure it's much cooler than our humid temps here in Missouri that have been bordering on the 100 degree range for way too long. We're off to Colorado next week in search of cooler air!

Stay in touch with your reading comments...

Hi Elaine,

I just realized I mis-spelled the name of the LT member I mentioned in my comment--it's nittnut (not nittnutt). Oops!

Hi Elaine,

The only reason I finished "Three Cups of Tea" was it was a Christmas gift from my brother-in-law who knows I love to read and it was one of his favorite books. He was due for a visit in April and I knew he'd ask me what I thought. Now, that I've finished it I'm glad I read it for what I learned but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

I see you like to knit. I've been toying with knitting (I'm a beginner) but have been distracted lately with all my reading but it just occurred to me (duh!) I could listen to audiobooks and still knit! I've just never have gotten into audiobooks.

The other think I wanted to tell you was that another LT member (nittnutt) has a thread on the 75 Book Challenge where she discusses her reading and she's been quoting from a book of essays called "Free Range Knitting" by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee which sound wonderful. She also has a blog where she discusses her reading, knitting and cooking which I often check. There's a link to it on her LT profile page if you're interested.

Happy Reading (and Knitting)!

Have you visited Edith Wharton's home in Lenox, MA? It has been beautifully restored, but is unfurnished. The gardens are lovely.
I love looking through other people's books. This used to be the main reason for visiting friends. Now I can do it on-line! I enjoy reviewing books, too, because it makes me focus my thoughts about what I read. I used to run a book group and I found I concentrated so much more when I knew I had to discuss the book.

Best wishes on your summer reading!
Hi Elaine! Nice to "meet" you and thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries list!
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