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About meMy husband and I live in Healdsburg and own a flight school in Santa Rosa, CA. We have one lovely daughter, 2 chatterbox cats, 3 ridiculously loving dogs and 3 muddy horses with many pesky deer and wild turkeys around the ranch. And now we have feral pigs! So destructive, Grrrr. We also are volunteer puppy raisers for Canine Companion for Independence and are currently raising our 6th puppy for them. Her name is Puzzle and she's doing great.
I love to read but have so little time between work and all the animals - I'm a lot slower than I used to be:( My goal for ALL YEARS! is to finish all the books I started last year and to try to curb the oh so delicious, yet expensive, habit of buying new books. I listen to many audio books on my computer while doing other things - this does nothing for my music library of course but audible.com does love me dearly;) This helps me read a lot more than I normally would be able to do time wise.

I recently discovered the Sonoma County Free Book Mobile (http://sonomacountybookmobile.org/) which gives books away to people who could not otherwise afford them. I have been happily donating books to them ever since thus creating more shelf space for more new books! A win - win situation:)

About my libraryI have always loved to read - my taste is all over the place, but mainly I just appreciate a good story. I choose books mainly for entertainment and escape from everyday life - but sometimes find that I actually do learn something. Cannot stand books by Danielle Steele or anything of that ilk, no mush please! And no VAMPIRE dreck. Anne Rice or George R. R. Martin are OK, but that's about it.

I made it to 49 books in 2010! So here we go again!

Books read so far 2011:

1. 'Sweetie' by Kathryn Magendie ****.5 ARC
2. 'The Constant Princess' by Philippa Gregory *****
3. 'The Distant Hours' by Kate Morton ****
4. 'Star Island' by Carl Hiassen ****
5. 'Matched' by Ally Condie ****
6. 'Fall of Giants' by Ken Follett ***
7. 'Soul Catcher' by Michael White *****
8. 'Emily and Einstein' by Linda Francis Lee ****.5 ARC
9. 'And I Shall Have Some Peace There: Trading in the Fast Lane for My Own Dirt Road' by Margaret Roach ***.5 ARC
10. 'House of Prayer No.2: A Writers Journey Home' by Mark Richards ***** ARC
11. 'A Dogs Purpose' by James Stinson ****.5
12. 'The Queen of Last Hopes: The Story of Margaret of Anjou' by Susan Higginbotham ****
13. 'Vaclav and Lena' by Haley Tanner ************** Great Book! ARC
14. 'Mama Day' by Gloria Naylor **
15. 'Tassy Morgan's Bluff' by Jim Stinson **** ARC
16. 'Drop Dead Divas' by Virginia Brown ***.5 ARC
17. 'Fluke' by Christopher Moore ****
18. 'American Gods' by Neil Gaiman *****
19. 'Bossypants' by Tina Fey ****
20. 'The Last Song' by Nicholas Sparks ***.5
21. 'Hector and the Secrets of Love' by Francois Lelord, ARC **** ARC
22. 'Remarkable Creatures: A Novel' by Tracy Chevalier ****
23. 'Georgia Bottoms' by Mark Childress ****.5
24. 'A Clash of Kings' by George R.R. Martin RE-READING NOW
25. 'Kindred' by Octavia Butler ***
26. 'Alas Babylon' by Pat Frank *****
27. 'Velva Jean Learns to Fly' by Jennifer Niven ***** ARC
28. 'All Cry Chaos' by Leonard Rosen ****.5 ARC
29. 'Married With Zombies' by Jesse Peterson **.5
30. 'The Good Thief' by Hannah Tinti *****
31. 'One Mississippi' by Mark Childress ****.5
32. 'Dirty Little Angels' by Chris Tusa ****
33. 'Sweetwater Creek' by Anne Rivers Siddons ***
34. 'I Still Dream About You' by Fannie Flagg ***.5
35. 'The Whistling Season' by Ian Doig ***.5
36. 'The Night Circus' by Erin Morgenstern ****.5
37. 'CLUMP - An American Splatire' by S.Redman White ****
38. 'Agent to the Stars' by John Scalzi ***
39. 'In a Dog's Heart: What Our Dogs Need, Want, and Deserve--and the Gifts We Can Expect in Return' by Jennifer Arnold - **** ARC
40. 'Soloman's Oak' by Jo-Ann Mapson ****.5 ARC
41. 'Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter' by Tom Franklin *****
42. 'Nefertiti' by Michelle Moran ****.5

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2012 50 BOOK CHALLENGE

1. 'A Good American' by Alex George ARC ****.5
2. 'The Underside of Joy' by Ser�© Prince Halverson ARC ****.5
3. 'The Search' by Nora Roberts **
4. 'Northanger Abbey' by Jane Austen ****
5. 'State of Wonder' by Ann Patchett *****
6. 'All Different Kinds of Free' by Jessica McCann, ARC ****
7. 'Innocent Traitor' by Alison Weir ****
8. 'The Bird Sisters' by Rebecca Rasmussen ***
9. 'A Vacation on the Island of Ex-Boyfriends by Bierlein, Stacy ARC, ***
10. 'Between Heaven and Earth' by Sue Kerman ARC **.5
11. 'The Girl Below' by Bianca Zander ARC ****
12. 'Sophie and the Rising Sun' By Augusta Trobaugh ARC ***
13. 'A Grown-Up kind of Pretty' by Joshilyn Jackson ****
14. 'The Elegance of the Hedgehog' by Muriel Barbery ***
15. 'You Don't Sweat Much for a Fat Girl" By Celia Rivenbark ***
16. 'Picture This' by Jacqueline Sheehan ARC ***.5
17. 'Bel Canto' by Ann Patchett ****
18. 'Juliet in August' by Dianne Warren ARC *****
19. 'Wildflower Hill' by Kimberley Freeman ****.5
20. 'The Moonstone' by Wilke Collins ****.5
21. '1Q84' by Haruki Murakami ****.5
22. 'East of Denver' by Gregory Hill ARC ****.5
23. 'The Sisters Montclair' by Cathy Holton ARC ****.5
24. 'The Glass Castle' by Jeanette Walls *****
25. 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close' by Jonathan Safran Foer ****.5
26. 'The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry' by Rachel Joyce ****.5
27. 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children' by Ransom Riggs ****
28. 'Gone Girl' by Gillian Flynn ****
29. 'Playing With Matches" by Carolyn Wall ***.5
30. 'The English American' by Alison Larkin ***
31. 'Widow of the South' by Robert Hicks ****.5
32. 'Breathing Water' by T. Greenwood ARC ***
33. 'Love Saves the Day' by Gwen Cooper ARC ****.5
34. 'Mimi' by Lucy Ellman ARC **
35. 'The Secret of the Nightingale Palace' by Dana Sachs ****.5
36. 'The Secret Keeper' by Kate Morton *****
37. 'Wild' by Cheryl Strayed *****
38. 'The Twelve' by Jason Cronin *****

2013 50 BOOK CHALLENGE

1. 'Dark Places' by Gillian Flynn ****.5
2. 'Cleopatras Daughter' by Michelle Moran ****.5
3. 'Snow White Must Die' by Nele Neuhaus ****.5
4. 'The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club' by Duncan Whitehead ARC, **.5
5. 'Temple of a Thousand Faces' by John Shors ARC, *****
6. 'The Undomestic Goddess" by Sophie Kinsella ****
7. 'The Birth of Venus' by Sarah Dunant ***.5
8. 'Broken Harbor' by Tana French ****
9. 'The Lost Gate' by Orson Scott Card **.5
10. 'Telling the Bees ' by Katherine Center ****.5, ARC
11. 'Relic' by Douglas Preston ****.5
12. 'The Name of the Wind' by Patrick Rothfuss ***
13. 'The Lost Husband' by Katherine Center ****ARC
14. 'Wedding Night' by Sophie Kinsella ***
15. 'The Philadelphia Quarry' by Howard Owen ARC ****.5
16. 'Love Potion Number 10' by Betsy Woodman **** ARC
17. 'The Memory of Running' by Ron McLarty ***** excellent!
18. 'Flight Behavior' by Barbara Kingsolver *****
19. 'The Silver Star' by Jeanette Walls ****.5
20. 'The Storyteller' by Jodi Picoult *****
21. 'The Twelve Tribes of Hattie' by Ayana Mathis ***
22. 'The Boogie Trap' by Kerry Copeland Smith **** ARC
23. 'The Likeness' by Tana French READING NOW
24. 'In the Woods' by Tana French ****.5
25. 'The Boy Who Could See Demons' **** ARC
26. 'Cries of the Lost' by Chris Knopf **** ARC
27. 'And the Mountains Echoed' by Khaled Hosseini *****
28. 'The Husbands Secret' by Liane Moriarty *****
29. 'The Trial of Dr. Kate' by Michael E. Glasscock III ***, ARC
30. 'Unmentionables' by Laurie Lowenstein ****, ARC
31. 'Bellman and Black' by Diane Setterfield ****

2014 50 BOOK CHALLENGE

1. 'A Life Apart' by L. Y. Marlow ARC ***.5
2. 'What Alice Forgot' by Liane Moriarti ****.5
3. 'The Hypnotists Love Story' by Liane Moriarti ****.5
4. 'Vengence Follows' by Scott Lax **** ARC
5. 'I've Got Your Number' by Sophie Kinsella *****
6. 'The All-Girls Filling Station's Last Reunion ****.5
7. 'Drinking and Tweeting: And Other Brandi Blunders' by Brandi Glanville ****
8. 'Sharp Objects' by Gillian Flynn *****
9. 'Remember Me Like This' by Bret Anthony Johnston ARC *****
10.'Emeralds Included' by Betsy Woodman ARC ****
11. 'Where'd You Go, Bernadette' by Maria Semple *****
12. 'Still Life With Bread Crumbs' by Anna Quindlen ****.5
13. 'Sundance' by David Fuller *****
14. 'The Untold' by Courtney Collins ARC, *****
15. 'Becoming Clementine' by Jennifer Niven, *****
16. 'American Blonde' by Jennifer Niven ARC *****
17. 'I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends' by Courtney Robertson ***
18. 'The Stone Boy' by Sophie Loubiere, ARC, READING NOW



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Hi Erin, thanks so much for the Bleak House movie recommendation. I will look for it (right after I get caught up with Downton Abby).

Cheers,
Bonnie
I'm glad you enjoyed it! Michelle Moran is one of my favorite authors - her second novel, 'The Heretic Queen' tells the story of Nefertari, wife of Ramses the Great and daughter of the main character in 'Nefertiti' - it's definitely worth checking out!
So glad you liked your SantaThing books! I had fun thinking of what you might enjoy. Best wishes and Happy Hew Year!

- Candice
Glad you liked the book! I hope the others arrive very soon and that you like them too. I work in a library, so one factor that went into choosing the books was that I know that other readers (not just me) have loved them, too-- so I'm hoping you will as well! Best wishes for the hectic holidays, and a happy New Year, filled with many good books!
My Secret Santa books are perfect! Thanks so much, I hope you'll enjoy the books you received as much as I'll enjoy these,

Luanne
Thank you so much for the Santa Thing books, Erin. I can't wait to get started reading them! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family! ~Debbie
Thank you! Oh no, Harlequin sex scenes on audio... I've always wondered how that would work. I have never listened to a book on audio before.
Hi Erin, wanted to let you know the book arrived yesterday all safe and sound. I look forward to reading it - thanks again!

Diane
I FINALLY received both of my SantaThing picks. Thank you so much for being so thoughtful! I hope you enjoyed your holidays!

Denise
Hi Erin, glad you got the Dixie book, and yes, I'd love to have the Morton one. I was looking at it the other day wondering if I'd like it. How nice of you! Thanks so much!

Diane
At least I know where I get my addiction from :)
Hi Erin - I was going to say, "Oh, a new bride, but all brides are new!" Best wishes to you and your groom.

I haven't read Anthropology... yet. I won it in a contest about three months ago, and it arrived late yesterday via UPS. I have noticed in reviews that it is "full spectrum" with respect to ratings. Will definitely let you know when I finish reading it.

Thank you for adding me to your interesting libraries! I notice you have a number of books listed above that I have read and also some that are on my TBR list.

Stay cool, and have a great weekend, Mrs. Newlywed!

Keep in touch!

All the best,
Irene
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June 5th,2010. My wedding day! It was the best wedding I've ever been to:)
Sorry to disappoint, but I've never been to Walnut Creek and spell my name with 2 n's. Thanks for the welcome, though. :)
Hi Erin, Look on my profile page and click under the profile pic of Boston. I just put the newest pictures in there. It is still a bit up in the air as to whether we are getting her for sure! Keep you fingers crossed! Isn't she a cutie?MB
Hi Erin, I wanted to let you know that we are supposed to be getting an American Bulldog puppy from friends of my husband. Usually I prefer to take a rescue but this was an offer we couldn't refuse as these dogs are supposed to be wonderful with children, cats, other dogs and just all around good dogs. We are hoping to get a female that has the coloring of a boxer, you know, the red and white coat with the black edging around the face. She is so cute. Not sure how it is going to work out though, you know how it is when people say they will give you a living thing. Any number of things can change and since they are not asking us to pay for the puppy, only her papers and shots, we can't be demanding in any way. Anyway, we shall see. I will keep you posted. I can try to put a picture on here but I don't know how successful I will be.My best, MB

PS. Sorry, I re-read and did see what you were reading. Let me know about the Pat Conroy. I've heard mixed reviews, but I loved The Water is Wide. Have you ever seen the movie they made of that called Conrack with Jon Voight. It is one of my favorites. He is a teacher in an extremely impoverished school on an island in the Carolinas, I guess. Anyway, it is so funny and touching. Hume Cronyn is in it also. Well, I'm trying to get in a little cataloging. Good night, MB
Hi Erin, It was so nice to hear from you. Thank you for remembering about Olive Kitteridge. I haven't been able to find it so it would be appreciated but don't go crazy looking for it. If you see anything in my library let me know! Well, right now I am pleased to say that I am really enjoying two books that I am alternating between. I took "Wolf Hall" out at the library and an LT author sent me her first novel to read and review and I have to say at this point I would highly recommend it. I am not quite half way through but I find I don't want to put it down so that is high praise for me.It is about an alternate universe but not hard core SF, more contemporary fiction. Well, more about that when I am done with it. Have you read "Wolf Hall?" The best way I can describe it is "dense." The author fits so much into a paragraph, you really have to think when you read. And you have to go back if you are not paying attention or you miss the point. I'm finding it interesting, though. What are you reading now? My best, MB
Hi Erin, Hope all is well with you and yours. Unfortunately we did lose my mother-in-law about three weeks ago. It was awfully hard for the family as we are very close. Things go back to normal quickly but we all feel the loss. I find myself making a mental note to share something with her and then remembering that I can't. Its hard. I read on a post from you a while back that you were unable to go to my blog. I tried it and I went right to it so if you get a minute could you try it again? I would like to know if you have a problem. Others have said they got right on, so I'm not sure what it could be. You are clicking on the LadyLazarus blog right? Ok, let me know what happens. What are you reading right now? I have joined the 75 book challenge and I have started and rejected The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver. I just couldn't get interested. So now I have an ER book to start, "Romancing Miss Bronte" and I want to read "The Witches of Eastwick" for the Books off the shelf challenge. Hope to hear from you, MB
Thank you so much for the recommendation! Funnily enough, I was just going through HF lists on Amazon the other day, and "The River God" kept coming up. I'll definitely check it out! :)
~ Jori
Oh, and I meant to tell you I agree about Outlander series. I always take breaks between picking one of those up, and they do have racy sex scenes, that Claire, and Oh, that Jamie!
Thanks for your kind reply and for the book recommendation. I finished Shanghai Girls this morning and knew I was in for further "anger" at the ending having read lots of reviews that hinted at that.
I have to read the 512 page THE POWER OF ONE by oct. 23rd for my book club. In the meantime I am going to read either a quick romance or a thriller like Vanished by Joseph Finder. A picky reader pal said it was good!
I am leaving this comment on Shanghai Girls as you appear to be the most recent reader of this book. How I agree with you! I am 3/4 of the finished this book. It is such a downer. While I think the writing is very good and the story compelling it is just so,well,hopeless!!!!!! I am presently unemployed and this book is making me feel worse!
Also,maybe it me but in the beginning they say jei,jei is the little sister and moy-moy or mei-mei is the older sister. I swear they mix that up much later in the book! There are so many editorial errors these days in books that I question this. It was not always like that in the printed word! I have two daughters the same ages as Pearl and May when the book begins,18 and 21 that is why I focused on on this error???
meenie
Thanks for the recommendation Erin!! I'll put it in the TBR list!
Take care!
~rachel
Thanks for the comment. I was definitely surprised by how much I enjoyed Sweeping Up Glass. After your review of The Forgotten Garden seems like I will have to pick up that one next.
I'm glad to see I wasn't the only one surprised that The Carousel Painter is a Christian lit book. I was wondering if I'd missed something when I requested it on Early Reviewers.

Also, that giggling was completely insanely annoying.
You're quite right, I'm sorry! I removed Lowboy from your list of books, so you're set now.

Abby
Yayy! Bozo finally arrived :oD
And worth the wait since it was signed by the author.
How are you liking it so far?
I did finally get my copy of Bozo and the Story Teller, thanks! I didn't realize it was shipping all the way from England. :P
Thanks! Got mine too :-)
Thanks for the note Erin. It came all the way from England? No wonder it took so long!
Yesterday was a holiday, but today I'll start haunting the mailbox :o)

Cheers,
Sandra
I found a link to an audio of Bozo. I haven't listened to it yet but I'm considering it and doing the review from it.

http://www.bozoandthestoryteller.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=artic...

Is that Ariel in the picture? (Ah, I see your note up above and it is her.) She's pretty :o) Is she adjusting all right? How long will she be with you for? What happens to the dogs that don't make it to becomine CCIs? Sorry about all the questions. I find it interesting. I've seen working dogs and been very impressed at how well they do their jobs.
It must be hard as well as uplifting to see these pups graduate and move on. I guess that'll be me several years from now when my boys graduate. One is 8 and the other is 5, so it's still a long time away for me.

Happy Mother's Day, Erin.
Sandra

Noticed you liked She's Come Undone, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here as well as a few other book-related sites. Thought you might like my book since it's also about a disturbed young girl's downward spiral and a bit dark. I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like (I'm out of physical copies at the moment). Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:

http://christophertusa.com/

Thanks,

Chris
Still no sign of Bozo. How about you? I emailed Abby about it and she said we could consider it lost in the mail. Too bad :o(
Hi Erin - Our pup's name is Loki, albeit a nine year old pup. She likes to act dumb but we suspect she is brilliantly smart. We know she can understand what we say, she just doesn't always chose to listen. And she can always let us know what's on her mind. Are all the dogs you have yellow labs? Betsy is a cutie.

I see above that you really liked Heretic's Daughter. I'll have to check it out.

Take care,
Sandra
Hi Erin - I looked to see on which day I got the congrats message and saw a note that it could take as long as 8 weeks to get the book. Yikes! I've never even noticed that note before. I get to the part about which book I'm getting and immediately go to the book page to remind myself what I've requested. I guess I've never gotten around to reading the rest of the message! That means 4 more weeks until we need to panic. Already getting antsy though :o)
Thanks. I really appreciate it.
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:

http://christophertusa.com/

Chris
Hey Erin,

Thanks for you comment. Sometimes I reread my reviews and I think I'm being too harsh. Anyway, I would only brave the film if you have a serious tolerance for corniness. It's almost as if the director's intentionally wanted to make it bad, so it is quite funny. Mystery Science Theater 3000 comes to mind.

Ben
Erin,

I'm so glad you loved The Heretic's Daughter! I'll definitely keep an eye out for Sweetsmoke. It does sound right up my alley. Thanks so much for the tip!
Erin, Never mind, I clicked on your most recent activity and read about the book and saw who the author was. It does look interesting. Just thought I would let you know. Bye, MB
Hi Erin, So nice to hear from you again, The last Stephen King I did was an audiobook and it was "Duma Key." I really enjoyed that one. It was not overly long, and I liked the main character and narrator. It had good characters, and a unique story line. Have you read it or listened to it? I find that I often enjoy Mr. King more when I listen to his books. Of course, I loved reading his early stuff, like "Salem's Lot," and "The Stand," but his more recent stuff I listen to. Who wrote the "Heretic's Daughter?" It sounds familiar. I just finished a non-fiction book so I am looking for something a little lighter right now, and am enjoying my magazines for a change-up. Hope you and the family and the animals are all well. MB
Yes - actually "Lowboy" is a UK only book. Sorry!
I'm so glad you gave Joe Coomer 4 stars--I think he's so under-read, and I just adored that one.

Thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries!

Becky

PS We have three pound puppies--a 5 year old chihuahua, a 3 year old shih tzu, and a 1 year old weenie dog mix. Yay dogs!
Hey E, I haven't started it yet. I'm inundated by books. I've gotten one everyone month for the last few months but I'll still waiting for my copy of Rocket man to show up. I've got Hotel on the Corner of Bitter And Sweet in my hot little hands now waiting for Shunned. So many books I can't hardly make a choice what I want to read first. Something I've had in my pile or something new! Oh Choices, choices.

Cath
Thank you so much for the SantaThing books you chose for me Erin! They both look great - I'm looking forward to reading them. And thanks for the list of other titles you'd recommend - I'll be checking those out eventually too.

Rachel
Erin, Thanks for writing. I miss my LT friends. From Secret Santa I got "Special Topics in Calamity Physics " and the one about Nicholas Flamel, The Alchemyst, I think, anyway, can't wait to start those. I was very interested in "Loving Frank," by Nancy Horan, historical fiction about Frank Lloyd Wright and his affair with Mamah (read Maymah)Cheney and I was all ready to buy it at B&N and there it was in my closet of loved things (all books) I just now found it! I'm afraid I am not close to my 50 book mark, but there are many audiobooks I didn't count, just due to forgetting them, when they come back to me I stick them on the list, but, better luck next year. My husband has been sick for months now with upper respiratory yuck, and I had a stomach virus on Christmas. It passed quickly but I have this weird recurring fever. I have to review my ER book, read one more,review it and then I guess I will be considered for books coming my way again. It's okay, I am trying to submit short stories and it takes up a great deal of time, staring at the screen, and wishing I could talk to Joyce Carol Oates, or lunch with Stephen King. "Come on, fess up, what is the secret!? Stephen, Stephen, I'm speaking to you...Happy New Year Erin and family! Mary Beth
Yoohoo, Erin, Are you there? Merry, Happy and all that stuff! Drop me a line, won't you? Any new puppies? Nobody has time right now to be on LT too much but I miss talking with my friends! Hope all is well. I got some books from SantaThing this year. Did you take part? What are you reading right now? I am finishing an ER book so I can review. It's "The Museum of Human Beings" by Colin Sargent and LT author. It's good, no complaints other than a kind of weird stream-of consciousness approach that I don't always get, and also seems very modern when it set at the turn of the 19th century. Bye now, Mary Beth
I hope you enjoy The Heretic's Daughter. It's been one of my favorite reads this year. It was a pleasure peeking through your library and looking for something you might enjoy. I'm glad to hear I got it right :-).

Happy holidays!
Thanks, Erin but Amy beat you to it. But I appreciate the reply.
Erin! It's been so long! Hope all is well with Rista and the family. Any new puppies on the horizon? What are you reading right now? I am almost done with Pillars of the Earth, and definitely enjoyed it, and am looking forward to World without End. Looking at your other posts I would like to add that Eye of the needle was a good film with Donald Sutherland as well as a good book. I read it sooo long ago, I can remember liking the combination of thriller and romance it contained. I think I am going to read a quickie next though so I can concentrate on some writing. I have only submitted one story recently, I think I'll be reading Sue Grafton-B is for Burglar, I am so anal I have to read them in order. Does everybody do that? I have gotten so many books from used piles lately that I can hardly walk around the stacks in my room. Its a wonder my husband doesn't throw me out. I guess there could be worse vices. (I also like cotton candy)I have passed on The Translator, adding your name and mine to the inside cover and suggesting the future readers do the same. So, please write me and let me know what's new! Mary Beth
I guess I read mostly medieval historical fiction and medieval non-fiction ... and fantasy. Right now, I'm reading a sci-fi book. I can't remember the last sci-fi book I read, or if I've ever read one, so I thought I would try a different genre for a change.

Can't say that I read too much "Chic Lit." :) The closest thing I've read -- I suppose -- is Nicholas Sparks. I've read The Guardian by him and Nights in Rodanthe (sp?). The Guardian is more of a psychological thriller; it was really good. I do think Sparks is a good writer. What other kinds of "girl" books do you read? I used to work in a bookstore, so while I probably haven't read them, I've more than likely shelved them.

Steven
http://steventill.com
Erin, thanks for the suggestions on Martin and Follett. I do think Follett tends to write more spy thriller type novels and that Pillars and World are the exceptions. I've heard his spy thriller are really good, and I will have to look into Eye of the Needle.

I think that is a great service you are doing with cci. I know it is very rewarding. I would have a hard time giving the dog back as well :) But like you said, it's worth it.

For suggestions, if you like the medieval history period, I would suggest reading Bernard Cornwell. Start with his Grail Quest Series (The Archer's Tale is the first book in the series), or if you prefer the Napoleanic period, Cornwell is famous for his Sharpe Novels. But I'm a huge fan of medieval history and highly recommend his medieval stuff.

I also notice you have Susan Higginbotham listed. Which novels by her do you like? I'm a subscriber to her blog: http://susandhigginbotham.blogspot.com/. Thought you might find it interesting.

Any particular genre you are more interested in than another?

Steven
http://steventill.com
Always nice to find other fans of Martin. I still have A Feast for Crows left to read in ASOIF. How did you like it?

Also, which novels by Follett have you read? I've only read the ones set in the medieval period: Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. If you've read them both, how did you like World Without End compared to Pillars. I haven't read any of his other stuff and was wondering how good it was.

I like the picture of your dog :) How old is he/she?

Steven
http://steventill.com
Hi, little behind in reading my messages! Glad Rista is back. We got the same book about Brooklyn. I'm just about ready to start Black Storm that I got last month.

love,
Cath
Hi Erin, I just wanted to let you know that I am ready to send "The Translator " out if you know anybody that wants it. I have been so busy lately it is all that I can do to catalog my books. We are renting out our other house, thank goodness. But it's quite a bit of work. Anyway, what are you reading? I am reading "The Historian," and "Eric" by Terry Pratchett. Also, trying to get some short stories submitted. Historian is good, Pratchett is confusing, and listening to "Duma Key" on audiobook, that's good too, but as with all Stephen King, it is long.Hope all is well, drop by, Mary Beth
WHAT, WHAT, WHAT Rista is back? When did this happen. I thought she was doing well at graduate school?

re books,
I just received Black Wave today AND got another book from this month's haul.

Cath
Hi Erin, So Rista is back! Well, does that mean that you are going to keep her forever now? But you will give Betsy to them and she will be tested and if she makes it, then she won't be back, right? I have discussed doing a similar thing with my husband,(you know, sending him back if he doesn't work out,he he he) Here it is for The Seeing Eye, through the 4-H Club. He said he thought it would work out for us. He can build an agility set so we would only have to pay for materials. I am so tiredright now, if I don't make sense, I'm sorry. OK, I have a question for you. Have you ever seen the ads for Copywriter's through the AWAI, (I think)? You send for the instruction kit for $504.00. and they teach you how to write copy and even hook you up with people who need copywriting done for their advertising campaigns. They tell you to check it out with the Better Business Bureau and it is being endorsed by the magazine I order-Writer's Digest. So, I am wondering if I should try it through this special deal they are offering. For $39.00 they send you the first 14 weeks and you can cancel after 30 days with a money back guarantee, and they give you a $39.00 gift certificate to order books from their selection, probably writing books. So, there is really nothing to lose, but then if you decide to do it, you have to shell out the rest of the money, but they will even finance it for like $14.00 a month or something. I just wondered if anybody had ever heard anything about it? I am getting desperate about working out of my home. They say you can make serious cash, and it is easy to learn. I am having a hard time finding people who need me to type papers, do bills or letterheads, find a medical transcription job, even though I am certified, or ANYthing! I mostly need a response to see if you have hears about the copywriter's course? Thanks for any advice, and congrats at getting Rista back. I think she just wanted to come back to you guys. Maybe she will be a good role model for Betsy, or the complete opposite? Mary Beth
Alas I just released that "Off the Deep End" was last month's book. Nothing for April
I got "Off the Deep End". It's interesting but they don't have the last chapter. Oh well
Hi Erin, Who is the reader for Duma Key? Campbell Scott is reading Cell. I am enjoying it. It is so frighteningly POSSIBLE.I think the reader is about 50% as important as the story. Davina Porter is one of my favorite readrs and so is Barbara Rosenblat. My husband is feeling ok. Nothing can hold him down, anyway, but we hope this is a longer solution than epidurals he has had in the past. Oh, and the latest twisted show on TV, is The Riches. At first I thought, how can anbody like these people but they grew on me. Minnie Driver is in it, starring with Eddie Izzard. They are Travelers, or gypsies, con artists, in short, but give it some time to grow on you. Here it is on FX. I don't know if you get that station. PS, How is your new puppy doing? Have a great weekend,
MB
I'm so sorry, but I'm back again. I noticed you are reading Stephen King. I am listening to Cell by him on audiobook. It's good, actually funny in his dry horribly frightening way. Are you liking Duma Key? Most people say they like it.MB
Hi Erin, OK,Rome, Dexter,Deadwood,Six Feet Under,The Tudors, may I add, Big Love, Carnivale,Hex, Torchwood,Battlestar Galactica, The Dresden Files, but definitely the first five, are my and hubby's favorites. Of course I am reading while I watch and thank goodness for DVR because I generally nod on and off. Love, love,love Dexter, did you read the book, I haven't. Thanks for the info on the Doggy bath place, that does sound like a great idea. Especially when I went to the site and thought of it as a family activity like bowling. Since my husband can build me anything, it's a plus. How about the dog gets bathed while the owners wait at the hot/cold drink used book cafe? No booze, I would feel responsible for those puppies going home then. Owners could still have the choice of washing or having it done. We just threw out two really nice carpets after power-washing them in hopes of removing puppy pee smell. It didn't work. Now we are a carpet free home,except for 2nd floor. Did you say you have 10 acres? That sounds wonderful. Is it wilderness, and did you say you had horses? I'm sorry if you've told me, I have a hard time keeping everybody straight here. How is your newest pup doing? I can't believe my husband called an ad in the paper today for German Shepard puppies. I am definitely not ready for that right now. We were driving home from a yucky procedure done to his back called radio frequency ablation, I think. They burn the nerves for some temporary pain relief. Does that sound like pain relief to you? Yeah, me neither. I think it was his sedation, not having worn off yet. They specifically tell you not to make any major decisions. Anyway when we get them, I want two at the same time, so I want ample time to devote to them. I want it to be something we do together, training and agility, so Idon't see this happening for a while. Financial struggles are in the forefront right now.I'm almost done with The Translator. I read a little every night, I'm also reading The River King and some business books about advertising,keeping books,etc,snore...I've written your name in the book and where you're from and me too. Anyone show any interest in the book? I will mention it in some of the groups I'm in on here.Have a great day tom'w. Sounds like you are having some glorious weather. I just bought some seeds to start, let's see, Morning Glories, Columbine, Moon Flowers, I always start some flowers from seed. Last year my blue Morning Glories did great. Oh, before I go I wanted to tell you the weirdest thing. Today I was looking through some boxes of books that have been around forever. I ahd mentioned Pillars of the Earth to you right, because everybody was saying it was really great. Well, I found it in one of the boxes. It's from 1989. I thought it was a new book. What do you think made them bring it around again. Do you think it is because the sequel has just come out? I was so happy though because I have been watching for it on all the bargain shelves. I had no clue it was that old, though.Anyway,I made my homemade gravy or sauce(for pasta) or whatever you Californians call it and it's put away now, so Good Night! Mary Beth
Hi Erin, Are you kidding me! You have a place you can go to where you can wash your dog yourself and then they clean up the mess? What is it called? Just today I was talking to one of my daughters about becoming a pet groomer,one of those things I've always wanted to do. I've had a hairdresser's license for around 20 years, but I don't really like that work so much. But I thought since I love animals, and groom my own pooches...by the way, had to wash Kaia today (the other doxie) she got into the same pile of leaves that seems to hide a fragrant mess! Since she has had a couple baths in the last few days she looks like a gold puffball. So, tell me about the dog wash place, is it like a self serve car wash,sort of? That would be cool with a little cafe and used book store where pets can come I'm trying to create a business of my own, and I think my street is actually commercially zoned.Anyway, I will be glad to put your name and where you are from in the book with mine before I pass it on. Hubby and I are watching The Memory Keeper's Daughter. Did you read the book? I have owned it for quite some time but I have not read it. I don't know whether I will read it now or not. I'm not sure about the movie. Nice to hear from you,are you guys having rain? It's been pouring on and off here,and I'm glad because the spring flowers will be great. Bye for now, Mary Beth
Hi Erin, I am actually reading the book at the same time I am reading 2 or 3 others. I keep starting books but not caring for them, that one is the only one I have consistently stuck with. So far it is so touching, because he always reminds the reader about how they would feel if the same thing were happening in their "village" or town. I think part of the problem is that in the US or the UK we cannot really understand what it would be like to have someone we love violated because of our political or religious beliefs. I know that I turn off the evening news because I am so affected by the acts perpetrated on mankind by mankind, that I find it hard to face my personal problems. Sort of...what's the use if we are going to treat each other like offal when push comes to shove. So, I try to keep informed by reading books or articles but not the daily reportage, it can really bring me down. And while the book has the same effect, it's almost as if we owe it to the people in Darfur to be informed and insist that our reps in government keep it in the foreground. So, yes, I have been reading and enjoying the book! If enjoying is the right word. I definitely think it is a book that should be passed on. I think everbodey should sign their name inside as a sort of testament that our positive thoughts and energy are with them. And hopefully we can all donate on our own, even a small amount to help the effort to give these folks what they need to survive and know that somebody cares. Do you know of anybody that wants it after me? If not I will post that I am done with it and it is up for grabs unless you need it back for somebody. Well, have a great weekend, I have to wash my stinky Boston, as she rolled in some disgusting substance that she found in a pile of leaves, and my daughter just gave her a bath yesterday! I'm so mad at her! She was smiling and tearing around, so proud of herself, I just knew it had to be a real stinky discovery. bye for now, Mary Beth
I just read your review. Can't wait to read book.MB
Hi Erin, Just wanted to let you know that I rec'd the book today. Thank you again. Let me know if anybody wants it when I'm done.Did you review it? Mary Beth
Hi Erin, Did you get an Early Rev's book this time around? I am going to review the last book I read, Scott Turow's "Personal Injuries," because I think that they want to see some reviews before they are going to send any books my way. maybe I need to read the rules again, or more thoroughly. I have so many books to read anyway. I just bought 22 books at my local library for 10 dollars. Most of them are pretty new,too. I have to really get going on cataloging though. I have been so busy. It's late and time for bed, but I hope to get on tom'w and get at least 20 books cataloged. Wish me luck! If the weather is as nice as it was today, I'll be taking my dogs out for a walk,they just love it. Bye for now, Mary Beth
It's quite wonderful that you commit yourself to such a caring project. Only 30% make it? What do they do with the others? I guess you wouldn't get them back but someone sure gets a wonderful dog. I always wanted to start a program matching elderly dogs with an elderly owner, and hoped to find funding for vet bills and grooming as well as committed walkers for the pooches. Someday, when my own life is not so demanding! Most people don't want the older dogs but I thought they would be a perfect match for an elderly owner. Nobody should be alone. Have a great night. I'm off to bed.
Who is the cute new puppy in the picture on your site? Is that your newest puppy? SO cute!
You wrote to me long ago about Thunderstruck and I decided to take a look at your profile, we have many things in common. I just wrote about how much I enjoyed [The Blind assassin] today. I love animals, dogs in particular,I own three,it's very admirable what you are doing with your pup (difficult to give them up,no?) and I dislike Danielle Steele books and similar genre, although she seems like a perfectly nice person. Oddly enough I am listening to Oscar Wao on audiobook right now! So far I like it. I marked you for an interesting library. Perhaps a bit narcissistic since I see many of the books I own in your library. Really enjoyed "The Woman In White",did you? Also, LOVED The Border Trilogy, but listened to that on audiobook, read by none other than Brad Pitt. He did a great job.
Hallo Erin and thanks for your message (I've been away for a while...)
I guess Oscar Wao is destined to become one of those love'em or hate'em books, with the majority in the former camp...
oh well, horses for courses, as they say!
All the best, Carolyn
Thanks, Erin ~ "Thunderstruck" gets promoted to the top of the TBR pile. lol
no problem enjoy the books.
Erin, thanks for the books! I got them today (12/24). I'm not familiar with either work but they both look right up my alley and I can't wait to get started! Thanks again and merry Christmas. Jim
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