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About meI'm 40+, going on 15, but I'm responsible for two little boys, who absolutely turn my world upside down (sometimes, unfortunately, literally). They seem to think I'm their age, so we have lots of fun together.

I seem to have successfully introduced my eldest to books - though his favourite time for reading is a minute after lights-out. My youngest loves his board books, which he usually flips through in any order, and preferably upside-down. As you can see, they rule my world, and so books (which had hitherto been my first love) must take a back seat.
I may have to rethink the 75 Books Challenge - unless Mr Men books count?...

About my libraryWhen I was still at school, I fell in love with certain of the books I borrowed from the library, and decided to buy my own copies. If it was a series, since I couldn't afford to buy the whole series (which, in those days, were usually trilogies, or occasionally duologies), I would get the last book in a series - you might notice I've only got book 3 of some of the earlier published books, and, unfortunately, most of those series are now out of print. Once I started earning, of course, I could buy them all, so now, I try to get the whole series, if I like it (or, sometimes, just to complete the collection, even if I'm not that enamoured of the books). I try to get all the books in a series from the same publisher, and in the same binding, because I like my shelves to look neat (and I'm a bit pedantic that way!). I like to buy my books brand new, so they are pristine when I first open the cover with much anticipation for my next adventure. (And, if you haven't guessed, I'm a fantasy fan)

I do regret the out of print ones, though, because those were my early library, when I was being more selective, and they bring a sense of nostalgia; but now I can't re-read the rest of the series.

Oh - and I'm attempting the 75 book challenge: my thread is here:
for 2010:
for 2011:
for 2012:
for 2013:
for 2014:

My wikipages :

Wish list :
Location wiki :
Series & Sequels 2012 wiki:

And on FictFact :

I took the book quiz, and apparently :

You're Jurassic Park!

by Michael Crichton

You combine all the elements of a mad scientist, a brash philosopher, a humble researcher, and a money-hungry attracter of tourists. With all these features, you could build something monumental or get chased around by your own demons. Probably both, in fact. A movie based on your life would make millions, and spawn at least two sequels thatwouldn't be very good. Be very careful around islands.

Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

I've not actually read it yet; maybe I should. Or I'll just make a biopic ...

I've travelled around the world a lot :

visited 29 states (12.8%)
Create your own visited map of The World
visited 17 states (34%)
Create your own visited map of The United States

Groups75 Books Challenge for 2010, 75 Books Challenge for 2011, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, All Things Discworldian - The Guild of Pratchett Fans, Australian LibraryThingers, FantasyFans, I Survived the Great Vowel Shift, LibraryThing goes to the Chalet Schoolshow all groups

Favorite authorsJane Austen, Susan Dexter, Patricia A. McKillip, Robin McKinley, L. M. Montgomery, Jennifer Roberson, P. G. Wodehouse (Shared favorites)

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No problem, Nina. Sounds like you've had quite a globe-trotting life. I did as well, but now I am s.e.t.t.l.e.d. in Vermont and have vowed never to move again.
Hi Nina....thanks for your inquiry about small library circulation/catalog systems. We us for our library. It costs us $395/year - works in the cloud and we just love it. However, I'm not sure how they'd work overseas.

You might also take a look at LibraryThing for Libraries - I hear good things about it but don't personally know any library that uses it. I'm sure they'd be able to point you in the right direction.

I realize that's not very helpful, but can highly recommend Library World ( if you have the $ and they work overseas. ......Just took a look and they say they are being used in 40 countries, so this might be your answer. We found them very easy, and we now have over 40 libraries in Maine ( all stand=alones) using this system.

Hope this helps. Tina
The mechanics of combining are easy. The worst you can do is to combine things that don't belong together, because that makes a lot of work, but the worst cases are no longer possible.

I like to keep tabs up for each book I have separated out until it is combined back in somewhere. Otherwise you can lose them. (Search does not work immediately.)

With any luck some of the combining may be doable from the edition page. Others will be doable from the author page.

If I'm around when you want to try, I can walk you through it. (I tend to check LT fairly often during the day if I'm home.)
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Thanks, hummouress.

Your idea has merit. Why don't you start a Group Maintenance thread to discuss it? If the group consensus approves of that idea, I'll add it to the directions on the group's main page.

Or, if you'd rather, revive one of these established Group Maintenance threads:

Group Maintenance: Wording of group description (2011)


My best to you,

I am new here please Guide me connect your group

Please add me back

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I use the spoiler feature on my Mac all the time. It is the same as the strike or bold feature but you substitute the word spoiler instead of strike or the letter b as in the bold feature.

(spoiler) place your spoiler here(/spoiler)

Yeah, right...ever hear of proofing before clicking on "post"?

I am *so* offended...


My real name is hard to spell and pronounce, so I'm used to people messing up, LOL...
You don't have to be in the 2014 Challenge Group to join the Vorkosigan Saga Year Long read. Just star the threads and join in where you please. I'll be glad to have you with us.

Yes, Tuesday 2 should work well for me. Thanks for letting me know.
Wednesday 3rd would work best for me. Or if you'd rather just have the one meet-up I could probably switch my day-off to Tuesday that week and join in with Luci and Heather, but I would need to check my work schedule. I'll do that tomorrow and let you know.
I hope you can get it via the app store--that would certainly be a lot quicker than me mailing it to you!
Shall we start a group read for The Mysterious Affair at Styles?
Yes, we are talking about The Ladies of Mandrigyn! Okay, let me know.
Could you be kind enough to give me a step by step process to add myself to the WIKI about meet-ups. I can be quite slow in understanding and sometimes I need to write everything down so I can check off each step followed correctly. I'd like to have myself included. Thanks.
Yes, many people suggest being careful, and sometimes I am, and other times I just think it is tedious and "who would want to know details about me, any way". So, I'm semi-careful. hahahaha

Doesn't do any good if I don't have a wiki.
Paul put me on to you as a someone who might be interested in doing an Asia/Pacific book swap for this Christmas. My idea was that, for those interested, I would allocate people a person each to give a book to, they would message their person a list of 10 (or 20 or 50) books that they wouldnt mind losing from their collection, and the person would message back their choice, or a list of their preferences. So everyone would send and everyone would receive one book.
Would you be keen? There are about 7 each from Aus and NZ that I am contacting, plus one in Malaysia.
Message me back by 10 November if you are interested!
Thanks, Megan
Thanks! I'll reciprocate with p. 52, sentence 5 of the book nearest me:
"When should I go?"

Huh. Not very exciting or unique, is it? That always seems to be my luck with these memes.

Anyhow, if you ever want to visit my thread in the future, here it is:
Thanks for the tips! I sure hope we can figure it out... mold is no fun :(
Hi there! I was browsing an old topic from 2010 ( - and I saw you had an mold issue back then!! My husband and I just moved to a tropical island, and we're having a huge battle with the evil green as well.

You mentioned using "a damp cloth dipped in a dilute mix of dettol and laundry detergent" Did this work?? We leave windows open for a constant breeze, and we run box fans when we can. The last person who lived in this house said that, when she ran the AC 4 hours a day, it jumped her monthly electric bill up $300. Eek!

Sorry to bug you :) Thanks for any tips!

Nina - she finds out on Thursday - today is her birthday so she is bearing up and putting a brave face on things for now at least.
I enjoyed reading your thoughts on the Riddle master trilogy; thanks for sharing! I wanted, and expected, to love it, given how much I enjoy McKillip's work generally, so was disappointed not to get on with it better. But given how you say it took you a couple of re-reads to get there, I shall not despair!

Your reviews are very good, by the way! We seem to like a lot of the same books.

Best wishes,
Yippeee! I know what you mean. My greed always exceeds my capacity, but I always try. I'll go ahead and sign up and start. It's a L-O-N-G book. If I don't finish this month, I can live with that.
Enjoy your holiday. If the first thing you consider is which books you'll take, you are a right-minded person!!!
Uh oh. (Hi, Humouress.) I don't know what to do. I've read all the recommended ones except the 2 Jordans, and I'm not there yet in the series. I shall go see what the referee says to do. OR I might read one of mine recommended for you. Wonder whether that would work........ Anyway, I was vastly relieved to see that you had entered and I was not the last name on the list. Now we'll hope that somebody will come along for you.

P.S. I'm 66 going on 12 on a good day.
Your challenge on the wiki is perfect!

If you still want to add the Jane Austen challenge to the wiki, do it by October 7th. Just add it directly under Challenge 15 on this page.

Do not fear using the wiki!

Try for your out-of-print series? :)
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