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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 2016 CATEGORY CHALLENGE thread
...My 2016 FIFTY BOOK 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 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 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), 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 2016. Here's what I've read so far:

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 (reading now)
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 ✭✭✭
36. Faithful, by Alice Hoffman (reading now)
37. Cruel Beautiful World, by Caroline Leavitt (reading now)
38. The Atomic Weight of Love, by Elizabeth J. Church (reading now)



1. The Red House Mystery, by A.A. Milne ✭✭½
2. Last Man Standing: Tales from Tinseltown, by Roger Moore ✭✭✭✭
3. As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust (Flavia de Luce #7), by Alan Bradley ✭✭✭½
4. The Case of the Velvet Claws (Perry Mason #1), by Erle Stanley Gardner ✭✭✭
5. The After House, by Michael Phillip Cash ✭✭✭
6. Mike Mulligan and More: Four Classic Stories by Virginia Lee Burton, by Virginia Lee Burton ✭✭✭✭
7. Against the Fall of Night, by Arthur C. Clarke ✭✭✭½
8. The Resurrection Maker, by Glenn Cooper ✭✭✭
9. The Room: A Novel, by Jonas Karlsson ✭✭✭✭
10. The Third Man, by Graham Greene ✭✭✭✭
11. Elidor, by Alan Garner ✭✭✭✭
12. The Book of Speculation, by Erika Swyler ✭✭✭
13. Nightbird, by Alice Hoffman ✭✭✭✭
14. Let Sleeping Dogs Lie, by Rita Mae Brown ✭✭✭
15. The Witch of Painted Sorrows, by M.J. Rose ✭✭✭
16. The Fifth Gospel, by Ian Caldwell ✭✭✭
17. A Fine Summer's Day (Inspector Ian Rutledge #17), by Charles Todd ✭✭✭
18. Wylding Hall, by Elizabeth Hand ✭✭✭✭
19. As the Crow Flies (DI Nick Dixon #1), by Damien Boyd ✭✭✭✭
20. Fear the Darkness (Brigid Quinn Thriller #2), by Becky Masterman ✭✭✭✭
21. Gently Does It (Chief Inspector George Gently #1), by Alan Hunter ✭✭✭✭
22. A Saintly Killing (Faith Morgan Mystery #3), by Martha Ockley ✭✭✭
23. Beethoven's Tenth, by Brian Harvey ✭✭✭
24. The Ice Twins, by S.K. Tremayne (Sean Thomas) ✭✭✭
25. Jack of Spades, by Joyce Carol Oates ✭✭✭✭
26. The Silence of Ghosts, by Jonathan Aycliffe ✭✭✭½
27. Vertigo, by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac ✭✭✭✭
28. Pines (Wayward Pines Series, #1), by Blake Crouch ✭✭✭✭
29. The Tale of Despereaux, by Kate DiCamillo; illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering ✭✭✭
30. A Head Full of Ghosts, by Paul Tremblay ✭✭✭
31. The Truth and Other Lies, by Sascha Arango ✭✭✭✭
32. Tail Gait: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery, by Rita Mae Brown ✭✭✭
33. The Angel Court Affair (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #30), by Anne Perry ✭✭✭
34. The Forgotten Room, by Lincoln Child ✭✭✭½
35. In the Dark Places (Inspector Banks #22), by Peter Robinson ✭✭✭
36. Goodbye Stranger, by Rebecca Stead ✭✭✭✭
37. Ramona Quimby, Age 8, by Beverly Cleary ✭✭✭✭
38. Newport: A Novel, by Jill Morrow ✭✭✭½
39. Five children's picture books, each fewer than 100 pages. I'm counting them as one book:
...(1) One Morning in Maine, written and illustrated by Robert McCloskey ✭✭✭½
...(2) Harry the Dirty Dog, by Gene Zion; illus. by Margaret Bloy Graham ✭✭✭✭
...(3) Harry and the Lady Next Door, by Gene Zion; illus. by Margaret Bloy Graham ✭✭✭✭
...(4) Anatole, by Eve Titus; illus. by Paul Galdone ✭✭✭✭
...(5) Corduroy, written and illustrated by Don Freeman ✭✭✭✭
40. A Man of Some Repute (A Very English Mystery #1), by Elizabeth Edmondson ✭✭✭
41. The Quick, by Lauren Owen ✭✭
42. The Postman Always Rings Twice, by James M. Cain ✭✭½
43. Champagne for One (Nero Wolfe #31), by Rex Stout ✭✭✭✭
44. Slade House, by David Mitchell ✭✭✭✭
45. The Maltese Falcon (Sam Spade #1), by Dashiell Hammett ✭✭✭✭½
46. The Night Sister, by Jennifer McMahon ✭✭✭½
47. The Anger Meridian, by Kaylie Jones (reading now) ✭✭✭½
48. Between a Rock and a Hard Place (Potting Shed Mysteries #3), by Marty Wingate ✭✭✭½
49. South of the Border, West of the Sun, by Haruki Murakami ✭✭½
50. What We Keep, by Elizabeth Berg ✭✭✭✭
51. Backstabbing in Beaujolais (Winemaker Detective series #9), by Jean-Pierre Alaux, Noël Balen; trans. by Anne Trager ✭✭

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, 50 Book Challenge, Alphabet Challenges, Anglophiles, ARC Junkies, Barbara Pym, Bibliomysteriesshow 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, Noel 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, Book Rack, Daedalus Books & Music - Columbia, 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 readingCurtain: Poirot's Last Case (Hercule Poirot #39) by Agatha Christie
The Atomic Weight of Love: A Novel by Elizabeth J. Church
As Good as Gone: A Novel by Larry Watson
Faithful: A Novel by Alice Hoffman
Cruel Beautiful World: A Novel by Caroline Leavitt

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