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About meI am a reader, writer, and list-maker.
My profession is as a model, ironically.

My life has always been intricately entwined with both the reading of and the collecting of books. They take up a large portion of my life, a fact that I am quite happy with.

My favorite book of all time is "Collected Fictions" by Jorge Luis Borges, who is also by far my favorite author.
I used to say that it was impossible to choose just one favorite book, but that was before I found Borges.
Thanks to him, my world of books is forever changed.

My goal with reading is to read a book per day. Sometimes I am more successful at this than at other times. The thought of never reading this or that book before I die depresses me, and so I resolve to read as much as is humanly possible. Even if I am ridiculously busy, I make time for my reading, no matter what. I read while walking, while in taxis and on buses, with meals, but not while driving... anymore.

I live on the beach outside sunny Miami, where I never actually go to the beach but do spend time lamenting the lack of bookshops and intellectuals in the area. Anyone in rain-dusted Europe want to trade?
My house is a library, a rice factory, and an Arabic coffee/tea room. So I call it.

Besides reading, I go running, do the stock market, walk long distances, go to obscure authentic Thai restaurants, learn languages, do photography, and theorize about philosophies and musings and whatever else in the form of my writings.
I am currently writing a never-ending encyclopedia.

Besides books, I love history, medicine, music, the idea of rather than the solving of mathematics, learning new things, travel, and much else.
I fall in love with places easier than with people. The great loves of my life are Venice, Paris, New York, Buenos Aires, Alexandria, Marrakesh, and Barcelona. An ethereal recent trip to Chicago may have recently seduced me as well.

About my libraryBest Book of 2013 - Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood
Best Book of 2012 - Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
Best Books of 2011 - Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
The Island of the Day Before by Umberto Eco

My book collection is my most important possession. I also consider it one of the most important things about me. I have been collecting books for as long as I can remember, though, not many of the books I had as a pre-teen or earlier still exist in my collection, as my tastes have changed.

I buy books that I have read and particularly enjoyed, books that I have an interest in reading, and always any classics or works of pre-20th Century literature that I come across. I also collect old or curious books, some of which are worth quite a lot, some of which are worth something only to me.

I dream of eventually putting together a notable library consisting of any book worth noting from Ancient Times to present, as well as books on every topic imaginable, especially history, and allowing people to come and study or explore. I think that as digital books become increasingly popular, enormous physical libraries will become a rarity, and I'd like to be known for possessing one of the notable ones. I love sharing my books, though my generosity with letting friends borrow volumes hasn't always worked out so well in the past.

Currently, I am trying to read through all of the books that I own (isn't everyone?). I'm going down the shelf book by book. I can't resist going by the library every now and then, though, so it will most likely take me a very long while to read every single book on my shelves. And of course, I am constantly buying more.

Since I do have the odd hobby of meticulous list-making, I have kept a record of every book I have read since 2004.
All of those are entered here, and the ones that I read before that are entered whenever I remember them.

I mainly read classics and/or literary books and historical fiction. However, I'm always open to broadening my horizons. In the past few years I have started reading far more non-fiction - lots of history, medicine, and biographies. I love memoirs, and books about obscure scientific topics.
I usually don't care for fiction set in modern times, time travel books (they annoy me), or sci-fi.
I like fantasy, but I am extremely picky about it, and I don't go looking for it. Most of the fantasy I've read is because it was recommended for people who like Tolkien. But still, it's never the same. I have to admit that I am unabashedly taken with Harry Potter, though. They are a guilty pleasure that I feel no guilt about.

About My LibraryThing Collection

I am a devoted list-maker. My catalog of books here on LT is one of my favorite lists to expand.
If you are browsing through my collection, I recommend that you view it using my suggested style.
I only tag books that I have already read. In the comments section, I detail anything and everything that has to do with that particular book, from memories and places associated with it to where I purchased it, when I read it, previous homes, conversations about it: really anything. Some are short, some get pretty lengthy, depending on the book.
In the summary section (I couldn't find another column that was like a 2nd comments section, so I mangled this one), I tag places and people associated with this book. For instance, if it was shipped to me from Chicago, I'll tag Chicago. If a friend gave it to me, or recommended it, I'll tag their name.

My Collections:

My Library: Here means, all of the books that I have read. I know that this may not be the typical meaning of the "My Library" collection here, but it's simply how things turned out.

Lost Library: My old library, now gone.

Books I Own: I think that this is pretty self explanatory.

To Read: Books that I don't own, and might forget about if I don't tag them. This is a very incomplete list that I make of books I see on LT that catch my eye. In truth I have a word document on my desktop that is 47 pages long listing books I want to read. And that's not including the ones waiting on my shelves!

Next 5 to Read Off My Shelves
need to update...

Groups18th-19th Century Britain, Ancient and Medieval Manuscripts, Ancient History, Antiquarian Books, Book Care and Repair, Book Collectors, Egyptian Fiction Galore, Historical Fiction, History at 30,000 feet: The Big Picture, History: On learning from and writing historyshow all groups

Favorite authorsJorge Luis Borges, Umberto Eco, T. S. Eliot, Atul Gawande, Thomas Hardy, Ernest Hemingway, Hermann Hesse, Homer, Milan Kundera, Vladimir Nabokov, Sharon Kay Penman, J. K. Rowling, William Shakespeare, J. R. R. Tolkien (Shared favorites)

VenuesFavorites | Visited

Favorite bookstoresBack in the Day Books, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Aventura, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Chesterfield Town Center, Bauman Rare Books, Blue Whale Books, Book Exchange, Book X-Change, Borders - Fort Lauderdale, Daedalus Bookshop, Dead Poet Books, Dunbar Old Books, Heartwood Books, Idle Time Books, Selected Works Used Books and Sheet Music, Virginia Book Shop

Favorite librariesBroward County Library - Fort Lauderdale Branch, Broward County Library - Hallandale Beach Branch, Chesterfield County Public Library - Midlothian Branch

Other favoritesHemispheres Book-Swap

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Real nameJordan Richardson

LocationMiami, FL

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceDec 31, 2009

Currently readingA World of Curiosities: Surprising, Interesting, and Downright Unbelievable Facts from Every Nation on the Planet by John Oldale

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Hi Jori,

Yes, Heartwood is still there. I haven't been there in a while. Living next to it must have been hard on your student budget.

Unfortunately, the quote is not mine, although I did add the post script. You can find the full quote at Rosemarie Urquico's Goodreads page: I liked it so I added it to my page. I quoted it but should add an attribution. Charlottesville is a nice town, but I prefer the weather in Miami and the beaches. I just got back from Cancun...that was nice.
Your library is AWESOME!
I consider it high praise - what you said on my reviews. Thanks, a bunch. I am always keeping an eye out fir yours as well and always read them. Looking forward to your review on the Atwood.
Great review of The Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey - it's one of my favorite books. I love Gorey's darkness - I can just see him smirking as he drew the illustrations.
Hey! Just got your message- very nice to "meet" you, virtually, anyway. Godspeed to your sister at VCU- I had a great time (which of course means I spent most of it in my dorm reading or at work). I'll be sure to check out your blog!

I like your blog.
Thank you, Jordan for the LibraryThing friend invite; your blog, A Labyrinthine Library, looks brilliant, I look forward to reading it. I love your enthusiasm for reading. I am just starting a project to set up a Book Club in my home city of Wolverhampton in the UK. It's going to be open worldwide, via the web, as well as holding events for people in Wolverhampton - so I hope you'd consider signing-up when the website is up and running.

My half dozen bookshelves are overflowing with some 1500 books, I can't resist buying new ones online, in bookshops or from charity shops - so I've always got an enormous TBR pile to select from when I'm ready for a new read.

I see from your list of favourite authors (great picks by the way) there are two names I don't recognise: Atul Guwande and Sharon K Penmen. Hurray, two more authors to investigate!

Happy Reading and Best Wishes from across the Pond,

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Thanks for the recommendation of "The Lost City of Z." I've seen it mentioned before and it looked intriguing. I may give it a read someday.
Thanks for your comments about my reviews. I guess the answer is I review a lot, because I read a lot, and particularly a lot would show up in the last few days because:

1) I abandoned some books not my cuppa--and yes, I do review those, and for the same reason I review the books I complete--because I write the reviews really for myself more than anything, and I find I remember and get more out of the books I read when I review: learn more about writing (and myself) if I try to think why I like or don't like certain books. Which can be rather revealing at times and thus a bit scary to put the reviews out on the internet as I do. Although I find LibraryThing draws few trolls.

2) I had read some really dense difficult books lately, and I think they acted like weight-lifting exercises, because recently turning to light reading I just flew through them. Reading Young Adult fantasy of 300 pages in large print not being the same thing as say 800 page trade paperback in tiny font with challenging structure, subject and vocabulary.

So yes, I have recently gotten through an embarrassing amount...
Hi Jordan, thank you for finding my library interesting and for your friend request : ). I invite you to join our busy group: 75 Books Challenge for 2013.

Hi Jordan

I was browsing my comments so I don't remember replying back to you, but thanks for your kind message.

I'm trying my best to show her how beautiful and wonderfull the world is intellectually. She's already attending ballet and piano lessons (and I'm learning something on the way, piano that is). If I get a pay rise, I would love to send her to French lessons!

She's eager to see Paris so I'm trying to plan to take her and her mother (my sister) in the summer, which is great as I need to change the habbit of being solo at the Eiffel tower 8 times a year. I know it's wrong but the view is breath-taking. Paris is my favourite city!

And yes it is the 11th edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica. I got it pretty cheap in near fine condition. I have been trying to find a decent copy since 2009 but it's much rarer here in Europe than in the US. I think you have a better chance of finding a good copy.

take care

Hi, you have a very interesting antiquarian collection. I hope it's okay that I've added you to my iteresting library. I'm surprised by the prices you've paid for them. I'm just starting out into this area - having bought my first antiquarian 3 volume edition of the polar explorer Knud Rasmussen.

Miami must be amazing with the beautiful weather.

Oh and I like the story about the Mozart book. I hope you find the composer.
Yay! You read 'My Antonia'! That will always be one of my favorite love stories. What did you think of it? :)
I found myself here by checking out who posted Daedalus as their favorite bookstore. I used to live in Miami, still go to the beach there now and then, but I had to smile when I read: 'I read while walking, while in taxis and on buses, with meals, but not while driving... anymore.' Especially the last part.
Hi Jordan, made any interesting finds in the book stores lately?
Thanx for the reply

I vary. At first I did awards but its now hard to find any new ones besides some really obscure ones, although I try keep the 2012 ones updated. I am currently working on medals that have been awarded to zoologists and botanists. I find also there is little detail on the person eg DOB education etc so I try do it all. Of course while doing this I get a lot of combiners and distincts.


I see you just behind me in CK stats. Which items do you like doing,,, just curious.

I love your page!
I am a little jealous of you! you live near the ocean and I desperately miss the water. Not a lot of it in Tucson you know! ;)
Thank you so much for the compliments on my library. It really is my prized possession. I am not a huge materialistic person but I must admit I cannot resist a book store. I purchased most of my collection from used books stores here in Tucson. Despite it's relatively small size, Tucson has quite a few books stores. In answer to your second question, I have found many interesting little things inside the books I purchased. As an example, I bought a used copy of "The Mediterranean" by Emil Ludwig for $6.00. When I looked in the book later that day, I found out that it had a personal letter from Emil Ludwig to his editors asking if this advanced copy of "he Mediterranean" met with their expectations. So I now have the very first copy ever printed of said book. My copy was the personal copy of the author and includes personal correspondence. I was happy as a clam! I also found a first edition of Alfred Rosenberg's "Myth of the 20th Century" with photographs of several people in the Nazi party tucked into the book as bookmarks.

I am in the middle of posting new pictures of my library so if you check back in a few days, there should be at least ten more.

Since you mentioned Barcelona, I must ask, did you make it to Madrid, Zaragoza or any of the cities in Andalusia? I lived in Spain for almost seven years and I am deeply, hopelessly in love with the whole country.

One last thing, your library is quite impressive as well, so take heart, you are well on your way to having your own little Alexandria in your home.
You'll have to tell me what you think of 'The Hunger Games'! I enjoyed those books so much. Are you reading it in anticipation of the film coming out or was in just on your bookshelf?
I'm a huge fan of reading books before seeing the movie adaptation--even if it makes me like the movie less--but then the book is always better anyway. ;)
Oh, I see "Fishcakes" listed in your library so I assumed you owned it, but maybe it is on a wishlist of yours? Well, when you do read it you will be impressed. Anyway, I would be happy to share book recommendations for Ancient Greece with you if you like -- I have been focusing on that era for some time now & I'm currently getting my Masters in Ancient & Classical History.

Have a great day! -- Garp
Seems like a have a lot in common, in terms of classics and history/historical fiction, and categorising our books.
Hi Jordan, I'm so impressed with your library as well as the volume of reading you are able to accomplish. I have added you to my "interesting libraries" mostly because you have so many books that I would love. When I need inspiration I will simply browse through your books and comments.

So glad I'm not the only person in the universe who doesn't like Tom Sawyer! Other than maybe "Prince and the Pauper", I don't like Mark Twain's writing at all. Give me Robert Louis Stevenson any day! :)
Thank you for replying - I must find time to actually visit bookshops, as opposed to buying online, and perhaps discover some random reads of my own! And I'm always tempted by titles on your list, too.

From what I recall, I enjoyed 'Cold Comfort Farm' - although my copy was gathering dust on the shelf for years before I finally got around to reading it! The connection with 'Emma' is what prompted me to give Gibbons a try, even though she is apeing Bronte and Hardy more than Austen.

Hello! I must ask - how do you select the books you read? Every time your name pops up on the 'connection news' page, I think, 'Where on earth did she find that one?' Your books are an inspiring list of classics and popular novels, whereas mine seem to always revolve around a theme ;) Hope you don't mind me asking, I'm just curious.

It's Jorge Luis Borges b'day! Look at google--
Thanks for the kind words about my manuscript. Hopefully an agent will pick it up and you'll actually get to read about Briseis someday in print. Yes, it's definitely fiction, although I write a fair amount of history about the Troy, the Mycenaeans and Hittites on my website I also do a lot of historical fiction and author interviewing on my website also. I look forward to seeing you around Librarything. I'll request you as a friend--our reading interests clearly run in the same direction. So nice to get to know you.
Thank you!

I'm so pleased we agree about the beauty that is My Antonia. I'm a Nebraskan, so Willa Cather holds a special place in my heart. (In college, I lived in the building named after her!) It's always assigned reading here, and so under-appreciated.
Saw your review of Outlander and thought I'd check out your library. Looks like we have a lot in common...except the Outlander series is one of my very favorites. :) To each his own!

We share a lot of historical fiction. I'd like to recomend Jude Morgan, one of my favorite authors in the genre. My favorite has a rather unfortunate title that you shouldv't let influence you: Passion: The Romantic Poets and the Women Who Loved Them. He also has a fine one about the Duke of Monmouth, The King's Touch. I have three others on my shelf but have been saving them up!
Thanks for the detailed review of Outlander. I've resisted recommendations on that one for years, and your review verified all my worst suspicions about the book.
LOL, I've begun Trail-Makers of the Middle Border, by Hamlin Garland as a palate cleanser. That may be going to the other extreme, we shall see, I've never read his work before. It will only bother me if it is the extreme saccharine type of writing.
Wanted to stop by and thank you for your review of Outlander. I also received it through ER thinking it was a fantasy novel and not realizing it was soft(?) porn. I wasn't energetic enough to write a thorough review, but agreed with every point you made. I couldn't finish the book, it was making me not want to read.
We do share a lot and I see that you also enjoyed The Crimson Petal and the White! I'm afriad that I have no recommendations right now - I am trying to wrap up a class and am bogged down with racism/sexism articles and books! Very interesting reading, but I'm ready to read for me. I've semi-started a few books that I can't wait to return to: White Teeth by Zadie Smith, The Distant Hours by Kate Morton, and I'll Take You There by Joyce Carol Oates. Tomorrow! tomorrow I can return to reading for pleasure. Happy reading to you!
Great review of Outlander! Reminds me of another best seller The Time Traveler's Wife. That one had some pretty icky dialogues and bad sex too. I personally don't like reading romances because most of the ones I have read have exactly the same problem as Outlander. Congrats on the review being the #1 Hot Review!
Believe me - the word that comes to mind is 'GHASTLY' Those two were like feral cats in heat! Ha ha;)
Thanks for your review of Outlander! I've never had the faintest interest in the book/ series... but so many do . Now I know why I am not interested in such book. Ugh! Thanks!

Thanks for your review of Outlander. I started reading it recently, but was put off by the rapes/molestations. I have been trying to barrel through it because I keep hearing it is so good and I expected to get better. Now I know not to waste my time!
I could stand Outlander either! Loved your review. I listened to it as an audiobook at work and had to keep turning the volume down due to all the wild and LOUD sex scenes OMG - over the top! Thanks for telling it like it is.
Stereotypical, cliche cultures and Harlequin romance disguised as so-called history? Look no further.

Oh, thank you for this review! I have never laughed so much so early on a morning, and yes, I too am disturbed how popular this tripe is. I won't be reading Gabaldon to find out for myself, however!
i just got ANOTHER memeber giveaway book... (The Orchard by Jeffrey Stepakoff) thats makes FOUR.....
huh weird.... yeah well i got three actually. but that is probably why i got so many..
im despairing that you're gone haha! i miss you
Hi! I came across your library while stalking ladyperte's profile. (Now I'm probably going to have to update mine, the two of you have inspired me.)

I'm a beginning history major, only just starting to really enjoy historical fiction. I like it a lot more once I have a historical context. The ancient cultures are my favorite, especially Egypt... I see you've read my all-time Egyptian favorite, Mara Daughter of the Nile. How about The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan? (Modern-day fantasy based on Egyptian mythology, but nobody makes myths come alive the way he does.)
Haha, why was "Pocahontas" by Susan Donnell so bad?
I'm a very recent arrival, investigating this marvelously meandering wooly-mammoth of a site -- and, enjoying myself immensely. I don't pretend to be going about this in any systematic or organized way, mind you, certainly not when it comes to making notes of what I come across in any way akin to how people classify, categorize, and catalog the books that constitute their library. The small town I was born in had a store called Things & Stuff, Come in and Snoop. That's exactly what I'm doing now.

The books in a library are rather like a chair with one leg, they give you much more than "an idea," but not enough on its own to do much with. But if you put that alongside of another thing or two in their profile, a good deal more begins to emerge. The reviews you've posted, for instance, are quite significant. Not only are you a true reader (who responds to the words taken in -- and not everyone does much of that), but you are obviously a writer as well. I shall be coming back to explore what you've made of your library at greater length. For now, thank you for adding something fresh and worthwhile to my perambulations among these endless aisles and stacks of ventures awaiting those ready to explore. With kindest thoughts ...
Thank you!
Just read your review of an Anya Seton novel...I had a similar experience with another of her second or third-tier novels, called 'Dragonwyck.' It was just a trainwreck - horrible characters, lame plot, and so on.Yet she's one of those authors that appears on every "Must Read Historical Fiction" list. We just missed the good one, I guess!
Hi Jordan :)
It was a pleasure to read your note this morning; I'm glad you find my library interesting because yours is fantastic! I feel like I could spend days browsing your library ;-)

Most of my reviews tend to be pretty long, unfortunately! (Or fortunately, I guess, depending on whether you like 'em long or short!) I've been writing for a book blog for several years now ( and updating that site regularly has forced me to write reviews at least once a week. Over time, it adds up to the crazy number of reviews you see here.

How is your 365 Books Challenge going? I wish I could try to reach that level of reading...lately, it seems like I'm lucky if I can manage to read one book a week!
I finished reading Remembrance and loved it! Definitely the best(fictional) WWI book I've read yet. Birdsong made me want to spit. Bleh.
I've had so much trouble finding Winter Prince, you wouldn't believe. Surely it's not out of print? It seems like a new book! LOL! And you can't find Rebecca? It's a classic! Whenever a friend tells me how much they love Redeeming Love,(another spit-worthy book) I sigh and make them read Rebecca.

I'm having trouble finding Flea in her Ear, too, but I expected that, and I had read Queen's Own Fool beforehand. Jane Yolen is awesome.

Ooh, and I found Kommandant's Girl in your library and read that too. Fairly good,(and I'm extremely prickly about WWII fiction.)Most of the characters were quite sympathetic, (even the Nazi-well almost) except the heroine became annoyingly naive as time went on. I do hope you post a review of that one, I know you would do a better job than I could!)

I saw you had My Antonia and Jude the Obscure in your library. Read those too! (I can get bossy about books, I want everybody to read the books I've loved and burn the books I hated, LOL!)
My Antonia is one of my favorite love stories and my favorite work of American fiction PERIOD, and Jude is amazingly modern. It blew my mind.

And I hope you don't mind if I borrow your format for listing the information about your library? I've been meaning to write mine for a while and yours is a very clear outline.
Hi Jori, Greetings from sunny South Africa. Your book reviews are wonderful. Luv Sandy
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A fellow book lover like me (the cat and the man both haha).
Hi and thanks, glad you found my library interesting - looks like we have a number of books in common, too! I don't own very many ebooks. Just got a Kindle last fall, and I keep forgetting to add those titles to my LibraryThing. Everything in my LT catalog is a printed copy.
Haha, thank you! I'd never written a review quite like that before - from the positive response, I guess I'll have to rant more!
Good morning, Miss Richardson, and thank you for starting my day with a smile! I see from your reviews that you're quite a discriminating reader, with very clear expectations from the books you rare! And how much more pleasurable to receive your kind compliments knowing that.

The quick hits on my profile are books my RL book circle has read over the past 16 years. Right now we're reading Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" to discuss it on the sixteenth. *yawn* I dislike reading plays, no matter how classic they are represented as being.

Enjoy your day today, and I hope I'll see more of you around LT!


How terribly flattering! I'm glad you enjoyed them! I started peeking at your reviews... and let's just say that I now know what I'll be reading over *my* tea for a little while. =)
Hello again! I really enjoyed There Will Be Wolves, Aria of the Sea, and I am Madame X,(especially Madame X-if I major in art history I'll specialize in Sargent)and I'm looking forward to reading The Singer of All Songs, Beneath a Marble Sky, and The Cup of the World.
I would definitely appreciate any recommendations you could give me. I love reading about: royalty-fiction or nonfiction-especially European; WWI(usually from a girl's perspective); art and art history(mainly during the Victorian Era); and there is nothing I love more than a good play or fairy tale retelling! :)
Thanks so much, and I hope these recommendations work for you!
(Ancient Egypt)
Egypt's Queen Cleopatra-Iris Noble(this is out of print, but it's definitely worth buying on Amazon-it's probably my favorite book about Cleopatra)
(Ancient Times)
Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths-Bernard Evslin AND Heroes, Gods, and Emperors from Roman Mythology-Kerry Usher
(Italian Renaissance)
The Smile-Donna Jo Napoli
Rebecca-Daphne Du Maurier(you really have to hurry up and read this-my sister and I LOVE this book...and Maxim. ;)
Dragonwyck-Anya Seton(terrible when compared to the former, but hey, you said Gothic!)
Mistress of Mellyn-Victoria Holt(Somewhat of a cross between Rebecca AND Jane Eyre, fabulous!)
FINALLY, I would recommend 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff. It is THE ULTIMATE book by book lovers for book lovers--excellent--and the movie is sweet as well.
P.S. and WHY, out of all your blessed and numerous tags, do you not have a "young adult" tag? I only ask because I'm annoying. :D
Hey, I checked out your page after reading your post on the messageboard (the one about metafiction) - it makes me happy when people actually fill out their profile pages!

In terms of historical fiction, have you considered Suzanne Frank's Reflections in the Nile et al.? I read them years ago and remember them not being as cheesy as they sound. The fall into the gray area of Historical Fiction(?)/Romance(?), and most people don't know how to classify them. The Silver Wolf by Anne Rice's sister (Alice Borchardt?) is one of my fav historicals for the Late Antique/Early Medieval Rome aspects, although the supernatural element might put you off.

I'm going through a phase of YA, all the time. I have to read so many ancient authors and secondary lit on Classics/Ancient History topics for my PhD that the lighter my pleasure reading, the better.
I'm sorry to read your thoughts on Alcorn's book. I've only read his book Heaven and I found it incredible. I've seen The Treasure Principle but it sounds like one not to bother with. Thanks for your review.
Hi, thanks for me adding me to your interesting libraries. I too love historical fiction and can't stand to read books set in our own times, that is just too boring for me. =)
Hi Jori,

Thank you for the kind comment about my books on LT.

Unfortunately, they don't 'Look Beautiful' in real life. I have run out of shelf space and I have books in piles, boxes and drifts. I live in a small apartment and have no more wall space for more bookcases.


Thanks, I will have to look it up!
Wow! I've found so many great books in your library! You have very detailed tags! Unfortunately the books I found are going to have to wait a while, college only sucks when it interferes with my reading and/or sleep. :(
But I am a huge sucker for classics & historical fiction too,(as well as poetry & fairy tale retellings)and I just wanted to say thanks again for your many tags. I've been a (blissful) librarything fan for 3 years now, and I've gotta hurry up and get an unlimited membership!!! (not that I procrastinate or anything...most of my books are on my virtual bookshelf on facebook, and it AIN'T librarything!) I need to get to work on my tags now too, I'd sure appreciate any advice in that area. And kudos to your "age differences" tag, I've been meaning to do something like that forever, but I wasn't quite sure how to phrase the tag. Thanks again!
Like you, I've often read the "blurb" description of that book and avoided it. But you've put together a very nice review and I may have to find a copy in my travels to read. Nicely done.

You are very welcome. I see there is plenty of 'London books' in your library. The group is new, I also hope more readers will join us.

Hi! Just read your review of 'The Painted Veil' - which I agree with wholeheartedly - and wanted to recommend the film to you. I don't know if you've seen it, but the ending is far more satisfactory! I'm not usually one for Happy Ever After, but in this case, I really wanted Kitty to fall in love with Walter too.

Dropping "The Road" in the post for you today. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Hi jori! The Jeeves and Wooster books aren't strictly chronological; you can start anywhere. Bertie (who narrates) sometimes refers to events in previous stories, but I've found, from my own haphazard reading, that it doesn't really interfere with the enjoyment of the book in hand. And then later when you read the stories that were mentioned, they're even funnier somehow. Kind of like the "oh yeah!!" of reading The Magician's Nephew in publication rather than chronological order within the Narnia series.

Honestly, you can't go wrong with Wodehouse no matter which one you start with. The Code of the Woosters: Jeeves to the Rescue is one of my favorites, partly because I listened to it on audiobook read by Jonathan Cecil and nearly died laughing as I drove home from work :). If you can find a copy of that, it's well worth the listen. Wodehouse and Cecil are a lethally hilarious combination. Bertie Wooster Sees It Through is also great... and The Inimitable Jeeves... and — but I'll stop. I think you're safe no matter which one you pick.

Enjoy! And do let me know what you think of Wodehouse :)
I'm glad you like the photo. That is my library at our last house. Sadly we no longer have an alcove/room that I an turn into a cozy spot like that so my books are scattered all over the house. I do miss my nook!
Hey chumbly!
Suggestion for a book Ali and the Golden Eagle, published by Sonlight Curriculum. It is targeted for a young audience, but I am finding it very interesting as I read it aloud to my 9 year old son. Setting is Saudi Arabia, a autobiographical account by an American meeting a young Saudi and his family, and their attempt to find and train a golden eagle.
I'm going to catch up to your CoverGuess score one of these days, you can't hold that spot forever! >:P
Hi Jori - If you like fictional books about ancient Egypt I recommend [River God] by [Wilbur Smith]. It has EVERYTHING. I could not put it down:) And everyone I have lent it to just loved it. Hope you do too!

I just wanted to congratulate you on your all-time victory, before it goes away!

Just wondering, do you own all the books in your library or is a list of books you've read?
Dear joririchardso

Rosemary (Sutcliff) - a close relative - loved clothes, style, fashion and dressing up. She transcended her rather severe disabilities, as you can see for example on the cover of the original hardback edition of her autobiography Blue Remebered Hills

Kind regards
Hello, and thanks for the friend request! From your list of favorite authors, it looks like we have a lot in common. I see you are new-ish to LT — welcome! I just love this place. I've gotten so many great book recommendations and learned so much from the people here. It brings out my inner librarian :)
Thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed my review of 'The Iliad'. I really enjoyed reading it, perhaps that's why my review turned as well as it did. A good review needs good inspiration, though I'm not sure whether I'm more inspired by books I really enjoyed or books I couldn't stand; either way, it's motivating.
Yes the library on US1 across from the racetrack! Come and visit - my real name is Arlene. We have a book discussion group one a month too. Right now we are taclikng The Lost City of Z.
I am in Hollywood just north of Hallandale. In fact I work at the Hallandale Library! Drop in and say hi, I always enjoy a good conversation about books!
I am in Hollywood just north of Hallandale. In fact I work at the Hallandale Library! Drop in and say hi, I always enjoy a good conversation about books!
*blush* Thank you! ^-^ I'm glad you like them.

By 'texture' I mean pretty much what it says on the tin. ^-^ I have a (weird) form of synesthesia that has me attaching textures to sounds. Unfortunately, also sounds of languages. Sometimes/With some things, it's stronger than others. For example, I struggled quite a bit with describing the texture of Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper, but The Dead Zone (King) was a piece of cake. That one was so strongly present... Sometimes it really sucks, though, because I'll come across an author I really like in every aspect but how I experience the way the book is written. (Robin McKinley is a good example. I loved the stories I read, storywise. I could see the beauty of the lines. But... Texture-wise it just felt like wading through treacle. I hate that, possibly even more than reading a book that just needed a good edit, or two, to shine.) I hope that answers the question, but please don't hesitate to tell me if it doesn't!

(Also, I hope you don't find this presumptuous of me, but since we don't seem to be sharing any of his books I thought I'd throw the name out there: Guy Gavriel Kay. He doesn't, sadly, write straight-up historic fiction so if you absolutely hate any and all forms of fantasy now he's not for you. But he writes stories quite firmly based on real historic events. His latest book is based on Chinese history, so I thought it worth mentioning. Might be it's something you'd be interested in and wouldn't have heard of for a while otherwise. If I am stepping over some sort of line - I always feel a little awkward randomly recommending books or authors. It makes me feel like some spambot. *sigh* - but, if I am being presumptuous, I apologise. I didn't mean to be. From your profile it just seems like something you might find interesting. You're welcome to return the favour at any rate. ^-^ Wishlists can't be big enough!)
Hmm. Well, we've got all sorts of ranking , by books, reviews, etc. but no overall rank. People would claw each others' eyeballs out over what should and shouldn't be included. :)
Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken
hey did you read this book? i need a chapter review for each chapter i dont have time to read unfortuanlly lol and its due on monday ! please help !
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