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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. (Assuming, of course, that he/she has produced more than one work.) So the authors of some of my favorite books may not have made it onto my favorite authors list.

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

...My 2017 CATEGORY CHALLENGE thread
...My 2017 FIFTY BOOK CHALLENGE thread

...My 2016 CATEGORY CHALLENGE thread
...My 2015 CATEGORY CHALLENGE thread
...My 2014 CATEGORY CHALLENGE thread
...My 2013 CATEGORY CHALLENGE thread
...My 12 in 12 CATEGORY CHALLENGE thread

...My 2016 FIFTY BOOK CHALLENGE thread
...My 2015 FIFTY BOOK CHALLENGE thread
...My 2014 FIFTY BOOK CHALLENGE thread
...My 2013 FIFTY BOOK CHALLENGE thread
...My 2012 FIFTY BOOK CHALLENGE thread
...My 2011 FIFTY BOOK CHALLENGE thread
...My 2010 FIFTY BOOK CHALLENGE thread
...My 2009 FIFTY BOOK CHALLENGE thread
...My 2008 FIFTY BOOK 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:
✭✭✭✭✭ Loved it. My "desert island" category - all-time favorites that I wouldn't want to be without; not many get this rating
✭✭✭✭ Really liked it - an author I might consider reading again
✭✭✭ An enjoyable read, but nothing extraordinary; 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), and I've read a lot of books (and I'm also 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 2017. Here's what I've read so far:

1. Faithful, by Alice Hoffman ✭✭✭✭
2. The Vanishment, by Jonathan Aycliffe (started in 2016) ✭✭✭✭
3. Smooth Talker: Trail of Death, by Steve Jackson ✭✭✭
4. As Good As Gone, by Larry Watson ✭✭✭
5. Devil Sent the Rain (Detective Billy Able #3), by Lisa Turner ✭✭✭
6. The Roanoke Girls, by Amy Engel ✭✭½
7. Magic by the Lake (Tales of Magic #3), by Edward Eager ✭✭✭✭
8. Rosemary's Baby, by Ira Levin (a re-read) ✭✭✭✭✭
9. The Ballad of Peckham Rye, by Muriel Spark ✭✭½
10. The Blazing World, by Siri Hustvedt ✭✭✭
11. Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot #10), by Agatha Christie ✭✭✭✭
12. The Secret Room (Zoe Goldman #3), by Sandra Block ✭✭✭
13. The Fix (Amos Decker #3), by David Baldacci ✭✭✭✭
14. The Fifth Petal, by Brunonia Barry ✭✭✭½
15. Anything Is Possible, by Elizabeth Strout (reading now)
16. Tell Me How This Ends Well, by David Samuel Levinson (next up)


1. The Lesser Bohemians, by Eimear McBride



1. Lilies That Fester (Mrs. Malory Mysteries #11), by Hazel Holt ✭✭✭✭
2. The Last September, by Nina de Gramont ✭✭✭½
3. The Children's Home, by Charles Lambert ✭✭
4. The People in the Photo, by Hélène Gestern ✭✭✭½
5. Dreaming Spies (Mary Russell #13), by Laurie R. King ✭✭½
6. My Name Is Lucy Barton, by Elizabeth Strout ✭✭✭
7. A Christmas Escape, by Anne Perry ✭✭✭½
8. Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, by Kate DiCamillo; illus. by K.G. Campbell ✭✭✭✭
9. Daisy Miller, by Henry James ✭✭✭✭
10. Beanie and Tough Enough, by Ruth Carroll and Latrobe Carroll ✭✭✭
11. Far From True (Promise Falls Trilogy #2), by Linwood Barclay ✭✭✭✭
12. Miller's Valley, by Anna Quindlen ✭✭✭✭
13. Picture Miss Seeton (Miss Seeton #1), by Heron Carvic ✭✭✭✭
14. Villa Triste, by Patrick Modiano ✭✭½
15. The Disappearance of Signora Giulia, by Piero Chiara ✭✭✭
16. A Fine Imitation, by Amber Brock ✭✭✭✭
17. This Too Shall Pass, by Milena Busquets ✭✭✭
18. Lovely In Her Bones, by Sharyn McCrumb ✭✭✭
19. To Have and Have Not, by Ernest Hemingway ✭✭
20. The Swimmer: Poems, by John Koethe ✭✭✭½
21. Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke ✭✭½
22. Walter the Lazy Mouse, by Marjorie Flack (illustrated by the author) ✭✭✭✭
23. I Am No One, by Patrick Flanery ✭✭✭½
24. The Port-Wine Stain, by Norman Lock ✭✭½
25. The Invoice, by Jonas Karlsson ✭✭✭✭
26. Vinegar Girl, by Anne Tyler ✭✭✭✭
27. Dark Matter, by Blake Crouch ✭✭✭✭
28. Tainted Tokay (Winemaker Detective Series #11), by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noel Balen ✭✭✭
29. The Vanishment, by Jonathan Aycliffe ✭✭✭✭
30. The Book That Matters Most, by Ann Hood ✭✭✭
31. The Nightwalker, by Sebastian Fitzek; trans. by Jamie Lee Searle ✭✭✭
32. The Girls, by Emma Cline ✭✭✭✭
33. Knots and Crosses (Inspector Rebus #1), by Ian Rankin ✭✭✭
34. The Clocks (Hercule Poirot #34), by Agatha Christie ✭✭✭
35. Curtain: Poirot's Last Case (Hercule Poirot #39), by Agatha Christie ✭✭✭

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, 2016 Category Challenge, 2017 Category Challenge, 50 Book Challenge, Alphabet Challenges, Anglophiles, ARC Junkies, Barbara Pymshow all groups

Favorite authorsEdward Albee, Woody Allen, Margery Allingham, Kingsley Amis, Aristophanes, Louis Auchincloss, Jane Austen, Alan Ayckbourn, Linwood Barclay, 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, Jonas Karlsson, George S. Kaufman, John Keats, Carolyn Keene, Garrison Keillor, Jean Kerr, Milan Kundera, 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, Jean Plaidy, 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 People, Daedalus Books & Music - Columbia, Half Price Books - Cedar Park, Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, National Gallery of Art - Concourse Bookstore, Recycled Reads, Second Story Books, Strand Bookstore

Favorite librariesAustin Public Library - Faulk Central Library, Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library (Alexandria Public 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 readingTell Me How This Ends Well: A Novel by David Samuel Levinson
Anything Is Possible: A Novel by Elizabeth Strout

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