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About meReader. Librarian. Part-time student working on MLIS. Former grad student in English. Now happily follows reading tangents without people breathing down her neck and telling her what to read. Books read in 2013 in folder accordingly named.

About my libraryThe library represented here is not my library in full. Most of the books I owned prior to joining LibraryThing are not entered, because I'm lazy like that (and because there are about 1,000 of them). This means that a large portion of my books from my English and philosophy majors and graduate work are not entered, which I'd really like to get around to doing. Volunteers?

Read in 2012, with possible omissions:

1. Deadly Decisions by Kathy Reichs
2. Prague Fatale by Philip Kerr
3. Goodnight, iPad by Ann Droyd
4. Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs
5. The Flight of Gemma Harvey by Margot Livsey
6. Our Paris by Edmund White
7. Christopher and His Kind by Christopher Isherwood
8. Bob the Book by David Pratt
9. Inferno: A Poet's Novel by Eileen Myles
10. Dancer from the Dance by Andrew Holleran
11. The Chelsea Whistle by Michelle Tea
12. Helsinki White by James Thompson
13. My Lives by Edmund White
14. The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff
15. Chelsea Girls by Eileen Myles
16. People in Trouble by Sarah Schulman
17. Man Seeks God by Eric Weiner
18. Gideon's Corpse by Preson/Child
19. The Retribution by Val McDermid
20. The Beautiful Room Is Empty by Edmund White
21. The Farewell Symphony by Edmund White
22. City Boy by Edmund White
23. The Chalk Girl by Carol O'Connell
24. 77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz
25. Down the Darkest Road by Tami Hoag
26. Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell
27. Valencia by Michelle Tea
28. A Boy's Own Story by Edmund White
29. Cool for You by Eileen Myles
30. Shatter by Michael Robotham
31. The House at Sea's End by Elly Griffiths
32. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
33. The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett
34. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
35. The Harrowing by Alexendra Solokoff
36. Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson
37. Sleepyhead by Mark Billingham
38. Scardey Cat by Mark Billingham
39. Strip Tease by Carl Hiaassen
40. All I Did Was Shoot My Man by Walter Moseley
41. I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett
42. The Russian Debutante's Handbook by Gary Shteyngart
43. My American Unhappiness by Dean Bakopoulos
44. The Broom of the System by David Foster Wallace
45. Lamb by Christopher Moore
46. The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews
47. A Void by Georges Perec
48. The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
49. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for A Hat by Oliver Sacks
50. And the Band Played On by Randy Shilts
51. Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett
52. A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett
53. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
54. The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
55. On a Pale Horse by Piers Anthony
56. Unadulterated Cat by Terry Pratchett
57. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
58. Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said by Philip K. Dick
59. Neuromancer by William Gibson
60. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
61. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
62. All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
63. The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel
64. Fatal Voyage by Kathy Reichs
65. Tango: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels by Justin Vivian Bond
66. Grave Secrets by Kathy Reichs
67. Bare Bones by Kathy Reichs
68. Cross Bones by Kathy Reichs
69. Monday Mourning by Kathy Reichs
70. Break No Bones by Kathy Reichs
71. Bones to Ashes by Kathy Reichs
72. Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs
73. Spider Bones by Kathy Reichs
74. Flash and Bone by Kathy Reichs
75. Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio
76. The Swimming-Pool Library by Alan Hollinghurst
77. Children of Wrath by Paul Grossman
78. The Infernals by John Conolloy
79. If It Die . . .: An Autobiography by Andre Gide
80. God Says No by James Hannaham
81. Rent Girl by Michelle Tea
82. A Queer History of the United States by Michael Bronski
83. Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel
84. The Sleepwalkers by Paul Grossman
85. Gender Outlaw by Kate Bornstein
86. More Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel
87. Susie Says by Gina Garan/Justin Vivian Bond
88. Genet by Edmund White
89. New Improved Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel
90. Stonewall by David Carter
91. Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers by Lillian Faderman
92. She's Not There by Jennifer Finney Boylan
93. Dykes to Watch Out For: The Sequel by Alison Bechdel
94. La Batarde by Violette Leduc
95. A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Mariana Lewycka
96. Unholy Night by Seth Grahame-Smith
97. Last Will by Liza Marklund
98. What Doesn't Kill You by Iris Johanson
99. Cloudland by Joseph Olshan
100. Our Lady of the Flowers by Jean Genet
101. Naked in the Promised Land by Lillian Faderman
102. Death du Jour by Kathy Reichs
103. 206 Bones by Kathy Reichs
104. Afterwards by Rosamond Lupton
105. Conundrum by Jan Morris
106. Foreskin's Lament by Shalom Auslander
107. The Naked Civil Servant by Quentin Crisp
108. Spawn of Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel
109. At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O'Neill
110. A Queer and Pleasant Danger by Kate Bornstein
111. Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
112. Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel
113. Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman
114. Unnatural Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel
115. Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
116. To Believe in Women by Lillian Faderman
117. Some Girls by Jillian Lauren
118. Fat Girls and Lawn Chairs by Cheryl Peck
119. Heresy by S.J. Parris
120. Hot, Throbbing Dykes to Watch Out for by Alison Bechdel
121: The Last Testament: A Memoir by God (Javerbaum)
122. My Red Blood by Alix Dobkin
123. Deadfall Hotel by Steve Rasnic Tem
124. Split-Level Dykes to Watch Out for by Alison Bechdel
125. The Red House by Mark Haddon
126. Jack Holmes and His Friend by Edmund White
127. Queer by William Burroughs
128. This Is How by Augusten Burroughs
129. Post-Dykes to Watch Out for by Alison Bechdel
130. Prophecy by S.J. Parris
131. Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander
132. Big Sex Little Death by Susie Bright
133. Who Is That Man?: In Search of the Real Bob Dylan by David Dalton
134. Beebo Brinker by Ann Bannon
135. Dykes and Other Sundry Carbon-Based Life Forms to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel
136. In One Person by John Irving
137. Odd Girl Out by Ann Bannon
138. The Hunger Angel by Herta Muller
139. The Inquistor's Key by Jefferson Bass
140. Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
141. Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
142. Invasion of the Dykes to Watch out For by Alison Bechdel
143. The Married Man by Edmund White
144. Kindred by Octavia Butler
145. A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
146. John Dies at the End by David Wong
147. Caracole by Edmund White
148. Boston Marriage by David Mamet
149. Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts
150. The Reckoning by Jane Casey
151. Burn Down the Ground by Kambri Crews
152. Outlaw Marriages by Rodger Streitmatter
153. Faggots by Larry Kramer
154. Andy Warhol by Victor Borkis
155. The Indelible Alison Bechdel by Alison Bechdel
156. Miracle of the Rose by Jean Genet
157. Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
158. I Am A Woman by Ann Bannon
159. Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
160. Spring Fire by Vin Packer
161. Women's Barracks by Tereska Torres
162. The City and the Pillar by Gore Vidal
163. Fledgling by Octavia Butler
164. Trouble and Her Friends by Melissa Scott
165. The Girls in 3-B by Valerie Taylor
166. The Case of the Not-So-Nice Nurse by Mabel Maney
167. The Case of the Good-for-Nothing Girlfried by Mabel Maney
168. Nancy Clue and the Hardly Boys and the Ghost in the Closet by Mabel Maney
169. I Am A Pole (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert
170. Two Serious Ladies by Jane Bowles
171. Women in the Shadows by Ann Bannon
172. Journey to a Woman by Ann Bannon
173. Stonewall by Martin Duberman
174. Complete Hothead Paisan by Diane DiMassa
175. Ascending Peculiarity [Edward Gorey on Edward Gorey]
176. The Immoralist by Andre Gide
177. Highsmith: A Romance of the 1950s by Marijane Meaker
178. Gone Missing by Linda Castillo
179. The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
180. Kiss the Girls and Make Them Spy by Mabel Maney
181. The Girl with the Golden Bouffant by Mabel Maney
182. Rose of No Man's Land by Michelle Tea
183. World of Women by Carol Caine
184. Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
185. Olivia by Dorothy Strachey
186. Rubyfruit Mountain by Andrea Natalie
187. Salvation of a Saint by Keigo Higashino
188. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
189. Tallula Rising by Glen Ducan
190. Genet: A Biography of Janet Flanner by Brenda Wineapple
191. Cats, Cats, Cats by Andy Warhol
192. Shoes, Shoes, Shoes by Andy Warhol
193. Stranger on Lesbos by Valerie Taylor
194. Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson
195. Hay Fever by Noel Coward
196. Dyke Strippers ed. Roz Warren
197. The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
198. Murder at Lanterne Rouge by Cara Black
199. Nina Here Nor There by Nick Krieger
200. The Passionate Mistakes and Intricate Corruption of One Girl in America by Michelle Tea
201. The Demands by Mark Billingham
202. Vlad by Carlos Fuentes
203. Innocent Victims by Minette Walters
204. The Young Visiters by Daisy Ashford
205. The Confusion by Neal Stephenson
206. Akward and Definition by Ariel Schrag
207. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
208. Broken Harbor by Tana French
209. Bloodline by James Rollins
210. Let the Devil Sleep by John Verdun
211. The Nightmare by Lars Kepler
212. Rat Bohemia by Sarah Schulman
213. Potential by Ariel Schrag
214. The Flaneur by Edmund White
215. Fiction Ruined My Family by Jeanne Darst
216. The Wurst Is Yet to Come by Mary Dahiem
217. A Room Full of Bones by Elly Griffiths
218. Wings by Mikhail Kuzmin
219. The Well by Elizabeth Jolley
220. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
221. Sacrilege by S.J. Parris
222. My Gender Workbook by Kate Bornstein
223. The System of the World by Neal Stephenson
224. Paris Was Yesterday by Janet Flanner
225. Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue
226. Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman
227. Carson McCullers (Historically Inaccurate) by Sarah Schulman
228. The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue
229. The Pure and the Impure by Colette
230. Ubik by Philip K. Dick
231. Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg
232. Likewise by Ariel Schrag
233. Swann's Way by Marcel Proust
234. Shimmer by Sarah Schulman
235. The Devil in Silver by Victor LaValle
236. Off The Grid by P.J. Tracy
237. Don't Let the Republican Drive the Bus! by Erich Origen
238. Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima
239. The Vagabond by Colette
240. VALIS by Philip K. Dick
241. Bitchy Butch by Roberta Gregory
242. The Ladies by Doris Grumbach
243. Kitty Libber ed. Roz Warren
244. A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
245. The Prison of Her Skin by Violette Leduc
246. The Night Audrey's Vibrator Spoke by Andrea Natalie
247. The Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen
248. Bones Are Forever by Kathy Reichs
249. Every Love Story Is A Ghost Story by D.T. Max
250. Some Kind of Peace by Camilla Grebe
251. Kill You Twice by Chelsa Cain
252. Last to Die by Tess Gerritson
253. The Confusions of Young Torless by Robert Musil
254. Forbidden Colors by Yukio Mishima
255. Autobiography of A Family Photo by Jacqueline Woodson
256. Life's A Bitch by Roberta Gregory
257. The Passion by Jeanette Winterson
258. Rude Girls and Dangerous Women by Jennifer Camper
259. The Friendly Young Ladies by Mary Renault
260. Sister Gin by June Arnold
261. Bitchy Strips by Roberta Gregroy
262. Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson
263. SUBGurlz by Jennifer Camper
264. Kiss of the Spider Woman by Manuel Puig
265. The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison
266. The Absolutist by John Boyne
267. Where'd You Go, Beradette by Maria Semple
268. Rughum & Najda by Samar Habib
269. A Visitation of Spirits by Randall Kenan
270. Jokes and the Unconscious by Daphene Gottlieb and Diane DiMassa
271. NW by Zadie Smith
272. Bitchy's College Daze by Roberta Gregory
273. Wittgenstein's Mistress by David Markson
274. Breed by Chase Novak
275. Talking to the Dead by Harry Bingham
276. After Delores by Sarah Schulman
277. Outrage by Arnaldur Indridason
278. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K. Dick
279. The Dream of Dr. Bantam by Jeanne Thornton
280. The Jazz by Melissa Scott
281. Girls, Visions, and Everything by Sarah Schulman
282. Women's Glib ed. Roz Warren
283. By Cecile by Tereska Torres
284. The Vanishing Point by Val McDermid
285. Love Is Not Constantly Wondering if You Are Making the Biggest Mistake of Your Life by Anonymous
286. Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar
287. Girl by Blake Nelson
288. Empathy by Sarah Schulman
289. Death at the Chateau Bremont by M.L. Longworth
290. The IHOP Papers by Ali Liebegott
291. Women's Glibber ed. Roz Warren
292. Murder on Rue Dumas by M.L. Longworth
293. The Mere Future by Sarah Schulman
294. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
295. The Haunted House by Rebecca Brown
296. Life Mask by Emma Donoghue
297. A Bitch Is Born by Roberta Gregory
298. The Bone Bed by Patricia Cornwell
299. The Elementals by Francesca Lia Block
300. Naughty Bits #13 by Roberta Gregory
301. The Twelve by Justin Cronin
302. Sleep No More by Iris Johansen
303. The Beautiful by Michelle Tea
304. Say You're Sorry by Michael Robothaum
305. Little Star by John Ajvide Lindqvist
306. The Blackhouse by Peter May
307. Industructible by Cristy C. Road
308. Sister Spit: Writing, Rants and Reminiscence from the Road ed. Michelle Tea
309. Phantom by Jo Nesbo
310. Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
311. Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
312. Coal to Diamonds by Beth Ditto
313. Lost at Sea by Jon Ronson
314. Spit and Passion by Cristy C. Road
315. Kissing the Witch by Emma Donoghue
316. The Creamsicle by Rhiannon Argo
317. Mortality by Christopher Hitchens
318. The Gifts of the Body by Rebecca Brown
319. The Beautifully Worthless by Ali Liebegott
320. Oddly Normal by John Schwartz
321. Chasing America by Katia Noyes
322. Kiss & Tell by MariNaomi
323. I Am Not Myself These Days by Josh Kilmer-Purcell
324. The Sophie Horowitz Story by Sarah Schulman
325. Bird-Eyes by Madelyn Arnold
326. Art & Lies by Jeanette Winterson
327. Report for Murder by Val McDermid
328. Drop Dead Healthy by A.J. Jacobs
329. The Bucolic Plague by Josh Kilmer-Purcell
330. The Door in the River by Inger Ash Wolfe
331. Out of Time by Paula Martinac
332. Bottle Rocket Hearts by Zoe Whittal
333. Common Murder by Val McDermid
334. Marbles by Ellen Forney
335. Pages for You by Sylvia Brownrigg
336. Sexing the Cherry by Jeanette Winterson
337. Aquamarine by Carol Anshaw
338. Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan
339. The Redeemer by Jo Nesbo
340. Just Kids by Patti Smith
341. Home Movies by Paula Martinac
342. The Dyke and the Dybubbk by Ellen Galford
343. Finders Keepers by Belinda Bauer
344. Juicy Mother: Celebration ed. Jennifer Camper
345. Final Edition by Val McDermid
346. The Gods of Gotham by Lindsay Faye
347. The Dark Winter by David Mark
348. Zeno's Conscience by Italo Svevo
349. That's Not A Feeling by Dan Josefson
350. Bad Habits by Cristy Road
351. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
352. The Bat by Jo Nesbo
353. Amateur City by Katherine V. Forrest
354. Mapplethorpe: A Biography by Patricia Morrisroe
355. A Child's Life by Phoebe Gloeckner
356. All We Know by Lisa Cohen
357. New York Drawings by Adrian Tomine
358. Murder at the Nightwood Bar by Katherine V. Forrest
359. At Work and Play with Bitchy Bitch by Roberta Gregory
360. Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution by Linda Hirshman
361. Union Jack by Val McDermid
362. The Beverly Malibu by Katherine V. Forrest
363. Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block
364. Witch Baby by Francesca Lia Block
365. Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys by Francesca Lia Block
366. Missing Angel Juan by Francesca Lia Block
367. Baby Be-Bop by Francesca Lia Block
368. Good Omens by Neil Gaimen and Terry Pratchett
369. Here Lies the Heart by Mercedes de Acosta
370. The Child's Child by Barbara Vine
371. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
372. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
373. Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
374. Look Me in the Eye by John Elder Robison
375. I, Iago by Nicole Galland
376. Baby Huston by June Arnold
377. The Complete Wendel by Howard Cruse
378. Quicksands by Sybille Bedford
379. A Favorite of the Gods by Sybille Bedford
380. A Compass Error by Sybille Bedford
381. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
382. The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl
383. The Girl on the Fridge by Etgar Keret
384. Holding Still for as Long as Possible by Zoe Whittall
385. The Gentrification of the Mind by Sarah Schulman

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Favorite authorsDouglas Adams, Anna Akhmatova, Woody Allen, Simone de Beauvoir, Alison Bechdel, Vereen M. Bell, Augusten Burroughs, Albert Camus, Pat Conroy, Joan Didion, Marguerite Duras, William Faulkner, Hollis Gillespie, Violette Leduc, Betty MacDonald, Cormac McCarthy, Carson McCullers, Margaret Millar, Haruki Murakami, Sylvia Plath, Terry Pratchett, Thomas Pynchon, Celia Rivenbark, Jean-Paul Sartre, Sarah Schulman, David Sedaris, Michelle Tea, James Thurber, J. R. R. Tolkien, G. B. Trudeau, Kurt Vonnegut, Edmund White, Tennessee Williams, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Thomas Wolfe (Shared favorites)


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Hi Meg!

Wish I'd kept a list. Another New Year's resolution, maybe. And probably another one to break.

What really stands out of what I read in 2012, in random order:
Boogeywoman (
The Monkey's Mask (
The Riding Mistress (
The Carhulland Army/Daughters of the North (

How was The Last Nude? Read it yet? It's on my list.

How in the world did you find time to read 385 books in 2012?! Some truly excellent picks in that list, too.


I am glad that you like what I picked. Looking at many of the books you have in your library and your tastes I thought this would be a good fit. I hope that you enjoy reading them. This was my first time doing this, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Hope you had a good holiday season and have a wonderful 2013.


Nice selections you made for LT Secret Santa, thank you very much!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours,
Oh, oh, oh I am SO very happy that you like what I chose! You are so well read that I was afraid I'd duplicate something you already had read. But it was great fun browsing through your library and coming up with a few unknowns for you. I look forward to the next SantaThing. This was my first experience and it was much fun. Happy (late) New Year to you and may 2012 be a year filled with nothing but the best of books and everything else.
Hi Elvisettey - I wanted to thank you so much for the wonderful choices of books you made for me as my Secret Santa! I have not received all of them yet but I am so looking forward to reading them when they arrive. Thank you again and I wish you a Merry Christmas and a very happy and great reading New Year!

Best to you,

Very much enjoyed your review of THE INSPECTOR AND SILENCE.
Thank you so much, that's super helpful! I guess I'll try to read the Kafka first then. It's been on my to-read list for a while now anyway, so it'll be nice to check it off. Thanks again!
Hey, I just read your review of The Meowmorphosis. I also won a copy from Early Reviewers which I'm really excited about because I enjoyed Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Would you recommend reading The Metamorphosis before The Meowmorphosis? Just wondering if I should read the original before the new one comes in the mail.
Thank you. I can't wait to read your review!
Hi Meg,

A copy of The Haunting of Wolfe Haven is on its way to you. I do so hope you enjoy it and I look forward to reading your review.

Debbie Heaton
"Name that book" forum... can u tell me where is it? sorry but i just joined .. so am slightly clueless
Thanks for the recommendation. I've ordered Beast in View from the library. Can't wait!
I see that you've listed Margaret Millar as a favorite above. I just discovered her (and, actually, the mister as well) this year. So far I've only read one of hers, Ask For Me Tomorrow, which is a later work. Awesome! Clever, with snappy dialog and well-rounded characters, and a surprise ending that I really didn't see coming (though I'm a bit dense and often don't see the surprise coming...).

She was so very prolific...any in particular you think I should seek out?

Hi Meg--

I took the liberty today of linking to your review of All Clear in my weekly New Release Tuesday post on my blog.

Thanks for a wonderful review. Think I'll need to read this one (or these two, since this is the second half of Blackout, according to Ms. Willis).

"Wolf Hall" is beautiful and dense like a decadent cake that one can only eat a thin slice at a time. Good luck with it, from one librarian to another it is a book to recommend to patrons who complain they are always running out of books to read.
Saw you liked Bastard Out of Carolina, 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). Thought you might like it since it's also southern and a bit dark. I'd be glad to 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 for the excellent Christmas gifts. I finished The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher a while ago and I'm just getting into the vegan cookbook. I can't wait to try out some of the recipes!

I just joined LT and read your post about acquiring the Nero Wolfe books. I am a high school teacher on a budget so constrained that buying a new book is reserved for special occasions (birthdays ending in "0"), for example! But like you I am a constant and avid reader (I sleep with two of my 3 dogs and 2 or 3 books in my bed, in case I wake up and want a choice of reading material!). I think I have little dogs b/c that way there's room on my lap for both a book and a puppy!

Anyway, have you heard of A professor of mine recommended it to me and I use it a few times of year, usually to get readable copies of out-of-print books. Often the shipping costs more than the book itself, but it has been a way for me to afford decent, readable copies of books I could not otherwise afford. Just a thought.

I have had to pause in my library cataloging lately. So many books, so little time. I just got another batch from my local library (the librarians at both the main branch and my neighborhood branch know me well by sight if not by name) and I have been seduced by the pleasure of curling up in my favorite chair, Tucker on my lap, and reading, reading, reading. So even though it is far easier to add books to my library catalog on LT than it was on shelfari (ugh!), I've taken a break for a while to luxuriate in a pot of my favorite herbal tea and a pile of books. Heaven!

Here's a disturbing thing that you might get a kick out of: I was at my neighborhood branch library on Thursday, a fairly small pile of books in my hand, waiting to use the automatic check-out machine (they're fabulous, by the way). An older woman behind me (I'm about to turn 50, she looked to be about 70) looked at the 5 or 6 books I held and said to me, "Oh my, look at all those books. Are you going to read them all? I guess you don't do much housework!" I was literally speechless for a moment. I had to glance around to make sure I hadn't been transported back in time to the Leave It to Beaver era (shades of Pleasantville!) I did muster up the wits to reply, "Actually, I do as little housework as possible. I find reading so much more rewarding than dusting, don't you?" And that ended that little confrontation.

I'm enjoying LT, but finding it a wee bit frustrating that so many people leave such short posts. I live in the southernmost outpost of what is supposed to be an "arts center" in southwest Florida, but I am finding that even my most well-educated colleagues read very, very little -- and almost never for pure pleasure. And even fewer folks seem to enjoy writing, in detail, as conversation -- meaning being open to engaging responsa, about what they read. So I'm looking for e-friends who read and may want to indulge in some lengthy dialogue about what they read and think. That said, would you like to become e-friends with me?
You are very welcome. I never realized there was a movie of Jar City either; that is, until I saw it on the list of "On Demand" titles! I did go exploring on the Book Depository (UK) and they have the 3rd in paperback (it is out in the US in HC), the 4th is also available but more expensive (might be a trade paperback, not sure). Good luck. . . Lois
hi, did you ever get a reply re: Jar City and the others in the series on the Crime/Mystery group? I've read the first two, I think the third is out in the US now but I believe they are only in hardcover. I just saw the movie adaptation of "Jar City" last night on Comcast "on demand" (our cable company). It kept to the book very well and I enjoyed it despite knowing how it would end.

Best, Lois

PS: It might be cheaper to find used copies on ABE or buy from the Book Depository in the UK (free shipping!) where they seem to come out first.

I read your review of "Sephardi Entrepreneurs in Jerusalem: The Valero Family 1800-1948" on the email newsletter from Gefen Publishing House.
Wonderful, thoughtful, educated writing. I am reading the Aaronsohn Saga and am enjoying reading the LibraryThingers reviews. I haven't written my review yet. I read a lot, and read a LOT of professional reviews, but have a hard time cutting down what should be said about the book. Like you, the book has much information I did not know about the beginning of the European Jews going to Palestine to start settelments and the making of the state of Isreal. Great History.

Also, you have many of my favorite books.
I remember liking it a fair amount, but it's been quite a few years. Definitely on my TBR(again) pile. And a very cool nickname nonetheless.
I'm surprised that someone named "elvisettey" doesn't have Jack Womack in her list of favorite authors. Am I inferring the wrong thing from your nick?
Ntozake Shange--obviously my brain is elsewhere--
Elvisetty, I'm so glad you liked the secret santa books! It was a lot of fun to pick them out--hard to keep to the limit, but you know, creative challenge. It's funny you particularly mention Ntozake Strange--I bought one of her books at a used bookstore this weekend, having been familiar with her from the In Fact book and occasional other places. So I have that to look forward to myself as well as the very cool books my SS sent for me. I hope you have a happy christmas and new year!
Hello there secret santa! My books arrived today and I just wanted to let you know that you made wonderful choices. I have not read the Terry Pratchett books, but have been meaning to based on many LT recommendations. The other novel I have not heard of, but looks like great fun. I can't wait to jump in and start reading them. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas (or other holiday of your choosing).
-drsol (Kelly)
Thanks for your message. Yes, LibraryThing is too much fun. How coincidental that you know someone from Puget Sound. Happy reading.
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