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About meNot about me exactly - about my Favorite Authors list:
In general, for a writer to make my favorite authors list, I have to have read (and enjoyed) more than one of his/her works. (Except, of course, for Harper Lee.) So the authors of some of my favorite books may not have made my favorite authors list if I've only read one of their works.

For my list of all-time favorite books, see this post:
My Top Ten List of 59 Favorite Books




My 12 in 12 CATEGORY CHALLENGE thread









My List of EARLY REVIEWER books read and reviewed

My List of EARLY REVIEWER books requested

My PERSONAL WIKI PAGE is HERE, although at the moment it's empty

Here at LibraryThing, I use the following:
✭✭✭✭✭ My "desert island" category - all-time favorites that I wouldn't want to be without; not many get this rating
✭✭✭✭ Loved it, would read it again
✭✭✭ An enjoyable read, but probably not something I'll return to; most books will fall into this category
✭✭ It was OK, but I probably wouldn't recommend it to others
✭ Mediocre; disappointing; had trouble finishing
DNF (Did Not Finish) Books I started reading and then abandoned. This doesn't necessarily mean I didn't like a book, just that I wasn't able to finish it or didn't feel like continuing with it. Might or might not finish it later.

I think I've rated every book I've read since joining LibraryThing. I'm also in the process of rating all the books I've read in the past, but since I'm a VOB (very old broad), I've read a lot of books, and I'm really really slow, it's going to take me a while to complete that project. So just because a book in my library has no star rating doesn't necessarily mean I haven't read it or didn't like it. Also, since this is technically a joint account and my husband's books are listed too, a few of the books have been rated by him.

Currently Reading:



Once again, I'll be trying for at least 50 books in 2013. Here's what I've read so far:

1. Coup de Grâce, by Marguerite Yourcenar ✭✭✭
2. The Universe Versus Alex Woods, by Gavin Extence (ARC) ✭✭✭✭
3. The Hundred Dresses, by Eleanor Estes; illus. by Louis Slobodkin ✭✭✭✭
4. Fog Magic, by Julia L. Sauer ✭✭✭✭
5. The Only Problem, by Muriel Spark ✭✭✭
6. Andrew's Brain, by E.L. Doctorow ✭✭✭½
7. The Book Boy, by Joanna Trollope ✭✭✭
8. Ten Lords A-Leaping, by C.C. Benison ✭
9. While Beauty Slept, by Elizabeth Blackwell ✭✭✭✭
10. The Innocent Sleep, by Karen Perry ✭✭✭½
11. The Litter of the Law, by Rita Mae Brown ✭✭✭
12. The Thief of Always, by Clive Barker ✭✭✭✭
13. The Bookman's Tale, by Charlie Lovett ✭✭✭
14. Love Story, with Murders, by Harry Bingham ✭✭✭
15. Midnight in Europe, by Alan Furst ✭✭✭
16. The Antiquarian, by Gustavo Faveron Patriau ✭✭
17. The Lady in the Lake, by Raymond Chandler ✭✭✭✭
18. The High Window, by Raymond Chandler ✭✭✭✭
19. The Quilter's Apprentice, by Jennifer Chiaverini ✭✭✭✭
20. The Collector of Dying Breaths, by M.J. Rose ✭
21. The Good Suicides, by Antonio Hill ✭✭✭✭
22. Doctor Who and the Loch Ness Monster, by Terrance Dicks ✭✭✭½
23. The Colors of Space, by Marion Zimmer Bradley ✭✭✭✭
24. The Weight of Blood, by Laura McHugh ✭✭✭½
25. The Transcriptionist, by Amy Rowland ✭✭✭✭
26. Peter Pan Must Die, by John Verdon ✭✭✭✭
27. Island Girls, by Nancy Thayer ✭✭1/2
28. The Mist in the Mirror, by Susan Hill ✭✭✭✭
29. The Two Hotel Francforts, by David Leavitt ✭✭✭½
30. The Celtic Dagger (Inspector Fitzjohn #1), by Jill Paterson ✭✭
31. The Very Witching Time of Night: Dark Alleys of Classic Horror Cinema, by Gregory William Mank ✭✭✭
32. Children of the Revolution, by Peter Robinson ✭✭✭
33. The Dirty Book Murder, by Thomas Shawver ✭✭✭
34. Murder at the Painted Lady, by Barbara Warren ✭✭✭✭
35. The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches, by Alan Bradley ✭✭✭½
36. Bliss House, by Laura Benedict ✭✭✭
37. James Garner's Motoring Life, by Matt Stone ✭✭✭✭
38. The Days of Anna Madrigal, by Armistead Maupin ✭✭✭
39. The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ✭✭✭✭
40. The Family Under the Bridge, by Natalie Savage Carlson; illus. by Garth Williams ✭✭✭✭
41. My Father's Dragon, by Ruth Stiles Gannett, illus. by Ruth Chrisman Gannett ✭✭✭✭
42. The Light Princess, by George MacDonald ✭✭✭✭
43. Missing May, by Cynthia Rylant ✭✭✭✭
44. The Cat Who Went to Heaven, by Elizabeth Coatsworth ✭✭✭
45. The Reluctant Dragon, by Kenneth Grahame ✭✭✭
46. Voyage of the Slave Ship, by Stephen J. May ✭✭✭
47. Chess Story, by Stefan Zweig ✭✭✭✭
48. With Folded Hands, by Jack Williamson ✭✭✭
49. The City and the Stars, by Arthur C. Clarke (reading now)

1. The Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown ✭✭✭✭
2. Cat on the Scent, by Rita Mae Brown ✭✭✭✭
3. Darwin's Ghosts: The Secret History of Evolution, by Rebecca Stott ✭✭✭✭
4. The Heat of the Sun, by David Rain ✭✭✭1/2
5. Farewell, Dorothy Parker, by Ellen Meister ✭✭✭
6. Guilt, by Jonathan Kellerman ✭✭✭✭
7. Cold Remains, by Sally Spedding ✭1/2
8. The Happy Hollisters, by Jerry West ✭✭✭✭
9. Half Magic, by Edward Eager ✭✭✭✭
10. The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club, by Duncan Whitehead ✭✭1/2
11. Clea, by Lawrence Durrell ✭✭✭1/2
12. Seduction, by M.J. Rose ✭✭✭1/2
13. The Flamethrowers, by Rachel Kushner ✭
14. Fer-de-Lance, by Rex Stout ✭✭✭✭
15. & Sons: A Novel, by David Gilbert ✭✭✭1/2
16. A Fearful Madness, by Julius Falconer (not rated)
17. Inferno, by Dan Brown ✭✭✭
18. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum ✭✭✭✭
19. Death By a HoneyBee, by Abigail Keam ✭✭
20. Is This Tomorrow, by Caroline Leavitt ✭✭✭1/2
21. A Fatal Likeness, by Lynn Shepherd ✭✭
22. Pretty Polly Flinders, by Mary Frances Blaisdell ✭✭✭
23. The Good Luck of Right Now, by Matthew Quick ✭✭✭1/2
24. The Book of Secrets, by Elizabeth Joy Arnold ✭✭✭
25. Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery, by Deborah and James Howe ✭✭✭✭
26. The Buddhist Catechism, by Henry Steel Olcott
27. Night Film, by Marisha Pessl ✭✭✭✭
28. The Small Hand and Dolly, by Susan Hill ✭✭✭1/2
29. Ignorance, by Milan Kundera ✭✭✭
30. The Shooting Party, by Isabel Colegate ✭✭✭✭
31. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, by H.P. Lovecraft ✭✭1/2
32. Time Will Tell, by Donald Greig (not rated)
33. Heroic Measures, by Jill Ciment ✭✭✭✭✭
34. Invisible Cities, by Italo Calvino ✭✭
35. Double Indemnity, by James M. Cain ✭✭✭✭
36. Evil Under the Sun, by Agatha Christie ✭✭✭✭
37. The 13 Clocks, by James Thurber ✭✭✭✭
38. Chéri, by Colette ✭✭

About my libraryThe books that I have cataloged here are mostly (with the exception of the "read but unowned" collection) books in our home library - some were acquired by my husband, some by me, some by the two of us together, and some were thrust upon us by friends or family. I have read many of the books, but there are also many I haven't read yet. If I live to be 600 years old, I may be able to get through most of them.

Groups2013 Category Challenge, 2014 Category Challenge, 2015 Category Challenge, 50 Book Challenge, Alphabet Challenges, Anglophiles, ARC Junkies, Barbara Pym, Bibliomysteries, Blog the Bookshow all groups

Favorite authorsEdward Albee, Woody Allen, Margery Allingham, Kingsley Amis, Aristophanes, Louis Auchincloss, Jane Austen, Alan Ayckbourn, John Barth, Ann Beattie, Robert Benchley, Jorge Luis Borges, Ray Bradbury, Anita Brookner, Truman Capote, Lewis Carroll, Raymond Chandler, Agatha Christie, Arthur C. Clarke, Noël Coward, Will Cuppy, Len Deighton, Peter De Vries, Colin Dexter, Emily Dickinson, Joan Didion, John Donne, Arthur Conan Doyle, Lawrence Durrell, Edward Eager, Harlan Ellison, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Janet Flanner, E. M. Forster, John Fowles, John Gardner, Edward Gorey, Caroline Graham, Ann Granger, Graham Greene, Dashiell Hammett, Thomas Hardy, Moss Hart, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Robert A. Heinlein, Joseph Heller, Lillian Hellman, Ernest Hemingway, Hermann Hesse, Hazel Holt, A. E. Housman, Shirley Jackson, Henry James, M. R. James, P. D. James, George S. Kaufman, John Keats, Carolyn Keene, Garrison Keillor, Jean Kerr, Milan Kundera, Harper Lee, Doris Lessing, Ira Levin, Elinor Lipman, Penelope Lively, H. P. Lovecraft, Alison Lurie, Ngaio Marsh, W. Somerset Maugham, Daphne du Maurier, Larry McMurtry, James A. Michener, Arthur Miller, Steven Millhauser, A. A. Milne, Jan Morris, John Mortimer, Kate Morton, Iris Murdoch, Vladimir Nabokov, Joyce Carol Oates, Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Victoria Holt, Edgar Allan Poe, Anthony Powell, Douglas Preston, Barbara Pym, Ruth Rendell, Mary Roberts Rinehart, Philip Roth, J. D. Salinger, Dorothy L. Sayers, Rod Serling, Dr. Seuss, William Shakespeare, Robert Silverberg, Clifford D. Simak, Neil Simon, C. P. Snow, Muriel Spark, Elizabeth Taylor, Angela Thirkell, Dylan Thomas, Hunter S. Thompson, James Thurber, Anthony Trollope, Mark Twain, Anne Tyler, John Updike, Kurt Vonnegut, Irving Wallace, Evelyn Waugh, H. G. Wells, Eudora Welty, Patricia Wentworth, T. H. White, Oscar Wilde, Tennessee Williams, Angus Wilson, P. G. Wodehouse, Larry Woiwode, Thomas Wolfe, Tom Wolfe, Virginia Woolf, John Wyndham, Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBarnes & Noble Booksellers - Main Store, Blackwell's Oxford, Book Rack, BookPeople, Daedalus Books & Music - Columbia, Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, National Gallery of Art - Concourse Bookstore, Recycled Reads, Second Story Books, Strand Bookstore

Favorite librariesAlexandria Library - Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library, Austin Public Library - Faulk Central Library, Folger Shakespeare Library, Library of Congress, San Antonio Public Library - San Pedro Library, University of Texas Libraries - Classics Library, University of Texas at Austin

Other favoritesThe Cloisters (Metropolitan Museum of Art), Museum of Modern Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Museum Store - Washington National Cathedral, The Blanton Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art


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Currently readingOne Lucky Bastard: Tales from Tinseltown by Roger Moore
The City and the Stars by Arthur C. Clarke

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