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About meI'm a children's librarian in a medium-sized Ohio town.

Favorite quotes:

"To create one’s own world in any of the arts takes courage."
– Georgia O’Keeffe

"A thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed,
but a thing created is loved before it exists."
- G. K. Chesterton

"I am not young enough to know everything."
– Oscar Wilde

"You can’t get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me."
– C.S. Lewis

"Don’t instill, or allow anybody else to instill into the hearts and minds of your girls the idea that marriage is the chief end of life. If you do, don’t be surprised if they get engaged to the first empty, useless fool they come across."
– William Booth

"In a sense sickness is a place, more instructive than a trip to Europe.
It's always a place where there's no company, where nobody can follow."
- Flannery O’Connor

"Acquire the spirit of peace, and thousands around you will be converted."
– St. Seraphim of Serov

"How the intelligent young do fight shy of the mention of God! It makes them feel both bored and superior."
- "The Vicar," I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

"And now, with God’s help, I shall become myself."
– Søren Kierkegaard

"Vocatus Atque Non Vocatus Deus Aderit"

About my libraryA personal library is such an intimate thing, isn't it? You can know more about me from seeing which books I collect than you might glean from an hour of conversation. If I'm interested in it, it's here: the children's and young adult lit that you might expect from a children's librarian, as well as all of the other stuff -- random paperbacks of various classics, slightly more impressive copies of the Little, Brown & Company editions of Louisa May Alcott's works from the early 1900's, fantasy, theatre books, mysteries, Shakespeare, Eastern Orthodoxy, cookbooks, "Calvin and Hobbes". . .

"My Library" consists of books that I own, as well as books I have read since joining LibraryThing.

GroupsBoard for Extreme Thing Advances, Board Game Geeks, Children's Fiction, Children's Literature, Crambo!, Diana Wynne Jones Fans, Fairy Tales Retold, Fforde Ffans, Gardens & Books, Hogwarts Expressshow all groups

Favorite authorsDouglas Adams, Louisa May Alcott, Jane Austen, Dave Barry, Devin Brown, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Lewis Carroll, Agatha Christie, Charles Dickens, John Donne, Alexandre Dumas, Margaret Edson, Robert Frost, Robin Jones Gunn, Kevin Henkes, Diana Wynne Jones, Jan Karon, Steven Kellogg, Gordon Korman, Madeleine L'Engle, C. S. Lewis, Frederica Mathewes-Green, Peter McCarty, Hilary McKay, Robin McKinley, L. M. Montgomery, Sara Pennypacker, Terry Pratchett, Rick Riordan, Edmond Rostand, J. K. Rowling, Dorothy L. Sayers, William Shakespeare, J. R. R. Tolkien, Megan Whalen Turner, Mark Twain, Bill Watterson, Oscar Wilde, P. G. Wodehouse, Patricia C. Wrede (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresHalf Price Books - Hamburg Pavillion, Joseph-Beth Booksellers - Lexington

Favorite librariesBartlesville Public Library, Chesapeake Public Library System - Central Library, Lexington Public Library - Eagle Creek Branch, Perry Carnegie Library


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I finished Out of the Easy and I'm stopping by to say how much I enjoy your review.

I'm simply stopping by to say how much I enjoyed your review of Counting by 7s.

'Tis done:
Thanks, Santa. You did a spectacular job.
Good review of Longbourn, foggidawn. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

- Joe
If your dad has any interest in history, I can recommend the Falco series. It has a nice lighthearted tone, sort of like Philip Marlowe in ancient Rome. Falco gets around the ancient world quite a bit, too, which is entertaining. Despite the tone, my impression is that Davis does her research.
Hello, fellow librarian. It's always nice to meet another :)
I knew that fluffy dog looked familiar. How's everything been? It looks like you are still very much involved with LT. I recently rediscovered massive amounts of time devoted to reading and knew I needed to get back on here!
I saw your introduction on the LT One Book group and I swear I know you from somewhere (Hogwarts Express?) but we aren't friends so I'm not sure. If we do know each other then Hello again! If not, just hello lol
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I love your costume! I had a guinea pig for a class pet and her name was Strega Nona.

I just finished A Year of Miss Agnes. I read your review and loved it!!!

Ooo, that really is close! I would definitely want to do that!
After reading your review, I put Breathing Room on my list of books to be on the lookout for. Thanks for the tip!
Thanks for your frequent visits to my thread!
Thanks, foggi. I made the post.
Hi foggidawn! Just want to run something by you. When we are entering the Texas Bluebonnet Award Nominees, we don't need to enter the winners there, because they are on the actual award page, right? Like, I won't add Cleary's Ramona and her Father to the nominees, because the book won in 1981, right?
I only just found it via Miss Snark's blogspot :) I only wish she was still writing...
Thanks!! :D I can't beleive I didn't learn about this sooner!!!

I found this on LT
Have you read Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolfe? It is another book I read today and enjoyed very much. Would you like this one?

And, thanks again for your excellent review of Strings Attached. I couldn't put the book down. Have you read all three of her books?
Hi There

It was an overcast day and I stayed in my pjs all day and read. I finished the book The Afterlife by Gary Soto. It may be something you would like to read. If so, I'll send it your way.

All the best,


I finished reading Strings Attached and read your excellent review. I liked this one more than her previous book.

Hi, Foggi,

I can't find a 75er thread for you, and I wanted to post my status, in the dying embers of international book week; so here it is:

It's international book week (third week of September). The rules: Grab the closest book to you, turn to page 52, post the 5th sentence as your status. Don't mention the title. Copy the rules as part of your status.

"She heard of a young horse at the farmhouse over the river, and though a lady had never ridden him, she resolved to try, because he was handsome and spirited."
Hi foggi, miss you guys too. Sorry for the long absence, just too much on my plate at the moment, especially workwise, so had to go cold turkey from the internet. I expect that things will slow down in a month or two and i'll be able to visit again. Nice to hear from you!
where in Ohio do you live (i love Ohio, most of my family lives there).
Hi, foggidawn! You piqued my interest in Eva Ibbotson when you mentioned her in an HE thread. Some of the titles sound as if they would be a series. I tried (unsuccessfully) to find a full bibliography (with dates). Do any of her books need to be read in order? I'm not even sure my library has all of them.
Thanks for thinking I'm interesting (well, my library)! Makes me feel warm and fuzzy.

Thank you so much for your kind words about Shades of Milk and Honey. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. If you are near Portland, Oregon, you should come to the launch party on April 10th.
I missed one.
Are you interested in Crispin, The Cross of Lead by by Avi?
Hi There

I'm on a mission to organize my books one shelf at a time. During the last few days, I've discovered duplicate copies of some newbery books.

Are you interested in:

The Westing Game
A Little Princess by Frances Burnett (not a Newbery)
Homesick My Own Story by Jean Fritz
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
Dragon's Gate by Laurence Yep
King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry
The Wanderer by Sharon Creech
Onion John by Joseph Krumgold?

If you are interested in any, or all, please let me know. Can you please resend your home address to my LT home page?

All good wishes for a lovely New Year
You are welcome. I'm glad you rec'd the book. More will follow in 2012.

Happy Holidays!
I'm glad you like your book! Thank you for adding me to your interesting libraries. :)
Thanks for showing me to the thread. That is was a wonderful tradition on LibraryThing, and thank you for mentioning me. It is so appreciated! :D

Oh my God, foggidawn! You are the nicest, sweetest person ever! You upgraded my account!!!!!!!!!???????? You are so awesome! I cannot thank you enough! Thank you, thank you, thank you! A thousand blessings and many happy years upon you!!!!!!

Thank you so much. :D One of the best Christmas presents I have received - cataloguing my books makes me happy. :D Merry Christmas to you, foggidawn!!!!!!

Thank you! I got my SantaThing books today! I LOVE THEM!!! I am headed out on Sunday for a 9 hour road trip! I am so happy that my books got here! Now I have some new things to read!
Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!
Subtle little file permission problem - it looks fixed now. Thanks for reporting it!
Hmm - I hadn't noticed. I'll go check.
There are a number of good medieval mystery series; I think Ellis Peters (Edith Pargeter) is brilliant, but others I'd recommend include "The Queen's Man" by Sharon Kay Penman (the main character is a bishop's bastard who investigates things for Queen Eleanor, aka Eleanor of Aquitaine); Margaret Frazer's Dame Frevisse series (I think she's a nun, so no romance on her part, though some of the secondary characters have romances); and this one, which begins with "The Unquiet Bones," by Mel Starr (the main character is hoping to find a wife, but nothing happens on that front in the first book of the series). There's also the "Medicus" series by Ruth Downie, which is set in Roman Britain and contains more humor than the others (and probably a bit more romance, though I don't think it's overwhelming), as well as Lindsey Davis's Falco series, set in the Roman Empire--also funny and with a romance.

I like historical mysteries!

Yep, I was waiting until today to post about it. Should be a breeze this year since I won't also be planning a big trip to Florida!
If you would like, I can send I am Rembrandt's Daughter. I'm on a mission to downsize books as soon as I've finished them.

If you are interested in the book, please post your address on my home page.

All the best,
well, Nikki is a very hungry and demanding baby so MEM is very tired. But Nikki is starting to sleep longer at night and be happy longer when she's awake. She's very bright and alert, She smiles alot and coos, she can hold her head up for several seconds Her coloring is dark like Cole's she's so very adorable!
hey, foggi! How do you like Ohio? I moved back you know, too bad there's no more HP events to look foreward too. But if you ever need anything we're only about 20 miles apart!
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oh my gosh im on too!!! whats your username?
Thanks! Perhaps I should adjust my points for the Cafe naming idea

thanks again for helping with this.
I so agree with you regarding Okay for Now. I'm currently reading it and cannot put it down. I agree, and like you predict it will (or should be) the 2011 Newbery Medal...or Honor book at the very least.

Like you, it is one of the best books I've read this year. Incredible! Thank you for recommending it.

I never would have known if you hadn't told me. :o)
I'm glad the idea came in handy. It seems to have given some new life to the cat group!

Thanks for the preliminary research! It gives me some stuff to go on. Husband is primarily a baseball nut. But he also likes zoos, sight-seeing, hiking and such. We'll keep working on him!
I'll let her know foggi, She's been so busy with the kids and being pregnant I don't know if she'll want to see the movie,as she'll be 8 mos when it comes out!
Hi foggi, it has been awhile since I have been very active on HogX but it looks like you have a new job. Huzzah! I hope you are doing well.

Oh, nevermind... Ignore my last post (except for the end) I didn't read it right :PPP
Dunno how you managed to compare religion and swearing, but I see your point :D
I'll try... But no guarantees that I won't end up leaving as soon as the school year starts anyways... (senior year next year :/)
Ummmm, I don't feel like typing it all again, so just read what I posted on Kerian's profile.... *long sigh*
Do you know... um, the 'biblioholic' person?
I guess I'll try it out, once I have some friends on here... I'm a bit of a loner right now, as I'm so new :PPP
Ugh, lol, you totally just made my plan seem awful :PPP

But I've done this on another website, and it turned out amazing... So, maybe...

Not a HUGE commitment for HoHs... A little more for teachers, coming up with assignments and grading and everything....

.....~Tabby :/
Thanks so much! I guess I'll stick around for a while, then... :P

My idea was to start a new Harry Potter group, but it would work differently... For example:
-It would be Hogwarts!
-There would be a HoH and prefect for Slyth, Puff, Gryff, and Ravie (I would choose trusted members. If someone goes inactive for more than a month or so, they would be replaced)
-I would sort people according to 5 questions that they would have to answer
-There would be classes and teachers. (I'd have people fill out applications, then choose)
-In classes, people would earn points. At the end of the year, there would be a house cup. The winning house.... well, erm, wins :P (obviously...)I would keep track of the points with both a points thread, and a google doc.
-There would be a Yule Ball (this could be quite fun, if I do it right :)
-Various parties (end of year party, 100 member party, 500 member party, christmas party, etc...)
-A library (this would count as a class)People can write stories, poems, songs, etc and we would give them feedback (only if they want it, of course :)
-A welcome discussion
-A notice board
-My office :)

So... yeah that's my 'big' idea in the 'what house are you in' thread XDD
What do you think? Will it work on a site like this?

Oh, yeah, and if you decide to start a group... er, how do you get people to join?
Thanks! Yeah, I hate talking about religion, as I am atheist, and a lot of people seem to either get really mad at me, or force their religion on me :/

Oh, and I'm guessing hell, crap, and stuff like that are ok? I really never say anything worse online :P
Er, just like... what you can do on this site, what to do, what NOT to do, and stuff like that :)
*Site* I mean.... (Gosh, I can't spell today :P)
Hey... erm, I was wondering... since I can't seem to make any sense of this sight... If, um, you could possibly help me?
Sorry to bother you :P


I'm reading Scout, Atticus & Boo and read a passage wherein the book Self Discover: The Teen Cassics We Never Stopped Reading was mentioned. When I added it to my LT to be read list, I found your excellent review!

(Whisper1) from the 75 challenge group.
Hi foggi,

We got a package in the mail from you! Thank you so much! I had actually requested that one from Early Readers but got a different book that month. I have a few other books before it, and Cat is wrapped up in her studies, but we both look forward to reading it. Thanks again! You are the best!

Thanks, foggi. It always feels better to ask someone when series have more than one order.

You're welcome for the good wishes. I hope both went well! My fingers remain crossed for you. :)
Hi, foggi! I know Diana Wynne Jones has been one of your favorite authors. I'm sorry that she has passed on. She shared so many stories with the world. I've only ever heard good things of her writing. At this time I've decided to begin reading volume one of The Chronicles of Chrestomanci. Taking a look at the book on LT showed me that there's both a published and chronological order for the series. Do you feel one way of reading the series is more enjoyable or beneficial than the other? I ask because I know you must love these books and value your opinion. Thank you for anything you may have to share on this. PS. Good luck tomorrow/today (Tuesday)!
Glad to hear they arrived-- I hope you enjoy them!
I got here through Connections. Looks we share a lot books in our libraries (though I don't have too much yet) and the love for YA books and fantasy books. It's cool to find somebody who has similar interest, so I thought I'd say hi :)
Nice to meet you! I'll be coming back to check on your reading list :D

Could you please post your 75 challenge thread on my home page?

I'd like to keep up with your reading.
The Book Thief is probably a good recommendation for me seeing I've just gotten that book from the library a few hours ago, *before* I've seen your comment! Librarything is full of these charming little coincidences. Thanks!!!
As always, I won't read VDT until after seeing the movie, but I have already had an HE moment with the trailer. It looks really good, but they have Caspian at the end of the world with Aslan, Edmund, Lucy, and Eustace. I was yelling "wrong!" at my computer as I watched it!
okay, Its too bad we can't get together but we will soon be enjoying HPW together. Thanks, we are very happy about it. MEM is angry tho and hurt
Thank you so much for the box tops! We really do appreciate them.
Thanks for letting me know about the movie surveys! I saw them the other day, but I didn't get a chance to vote until now. I have a lot going on right now and it looks like things won't let up until next Friday. I will try to stop by at whatever time everyone decides, but I hate to go saying when it should and shouldn't be when I am not sure if I can make it. When things settle down I will be able to figure out better when I can watch.
Hi! Tongues of Serpents arrived today. I hope Espy enjoyed it! You know, in a college town there are lots of libraries, if you were interested in moving north. Just a thought! :)
Hey Foggi!! Long time no...comment :)

Anyway, just finished reading Mockingjay....and I was wondering what you thought about it?!? I have no one to discuss it with as my brother is taking forever to finish reading it hehehe...well, I hope you are doing excellent!

Hi foggi,

How's your summer going? Are you done with your summer reading program yet? I feel like I haven't talked to you in ages. Loved your pronunciation of souffle on FB. Crazy French words!

Marina and I were trying to figure out ways to liven up the threads. We miss everyone! Seems like everyone is bogged down lately and not posting a lot. At least, that's our excuse.

Finally finished Red seas under red skies last night. For the book being all of 760 pages the ending still felt rushed, and definitely a set up for book 3.
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