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About meHi, I've always loved reading and also love books - the covers, the smell of a new book, and the anticipation of the stories they contain. I'm addicted to this website and the more I use it the more I realise it does. As most of the books I read are from the library it's nice to have a record of what I've read on here - having the book covers is brilliant. My other addiction is - it's a really friendly forum.

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About my libraryI try to be diverse in what I read - I can very easily get into my comfort zone and stick with one writer but I've found that some of the best novels I've read have been by writers that I'm not so familiar with. Studying literature meant having a set reading list which meant that I was introduced to writers from different centuries and from different countries and cultures. This has been instrumental in changing my reading habits and I've tried to hang on to that since. In particular through studying literature I have developed a fondness for 19th century literature.

GroupsBCF, Books Compared, French Connection, French literature, 19th & 20th century

Favorite authorsJonathan Coe (Shared favorites)

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Member sinceJan 30, 2007

Currently readingThe Conquest of Plassans (Rougon-Macquart) by Emile Zola
The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier
The Fallen: Life in and Out of Britain's Most Insane Group by Dave Simpson

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I see you got a Rachel Cusk early review copy as well!
Hi Judy - just finished reading 'Once Upon a Time in England' - it's a real emotional roller coaster!!
Hello :-)
Hi, I'm really glad to hear you're enjoying Unspoken. I have to say, I personally preferred Blood Ties. :)
thanks Judy! She certainly asked the right person for a recommendation!
"What A Carve Up" was the first of his that I read. A marvellous incictment of Thatchers Britain, very funny too. How are yo enjoying this weather? Its sweltering in London.
Hi again Judy. I too love Jonathan Coe. I think I have read all of his novels. My favourite is probably "The House Of Sleep", but I loved "The Rotters Club" too. How about you?
Hello Judy. I was glad to see you enjoyed Jonathan Coe's "The rain Before It Falls" as much as I did!
Hi JudyB. Lovely to get my first libarything comment. Thank you! I managed to finish 'The Mysteries of Glass' on Friday although it involved a guilty few minutes in the car reading the last two pages before I collected my daughters! It was a truly beautiful novel and I had the feeling afterwards of leaving a parallel world and feeling a little homesick. The setting and the characters kept popping into my head. I hope you enjoy it when you manage to read it.
Just popping by the say hi! xx
Hi Judy

I've just discovered librarything and noticed that you had added Sue Gee's The Mysteries of Glass. I have just started reading it during my precious 25 minute train trip to work (at home I am kept busy with two wee girls)and think it is one of the most beautifully written novels I have read for ages.

Just wandering around and saying hello to people. :)
Hi Judy

comparing parts of 'Pippa Lee' to 'This Book Will Save Your Life' is exactly what I thought too! Interesting the next reviewer sheds some light on the writer.
lol! Sorry - I got her the 'Infinite Wisdom of Harriet Rose' - she started it last night. Recently she read 2 Meg Cabots 'size 12 isn't fat' or some such title which I picked out of the bargain bucket at Sainsburys and she really enjoyed them. The blurb on Harriet Rose looked like something she might read so fingers crossed!
Judy - would a 13 and a half year old enjoy this book? I just picked it up for Helen


I see you also enjoyed Emily Barr's Out of My Depth. Would you recommend her other books?
Hi Judy - I just noticed you were reading Sue Gee - I picked up that one last week as I thought it looked a good read - looking forward to hearing what you think

I am very, very, very jealous of your job:)
Hi JudyB,
I just linked to your shelf after reading your review of "Vanishing acts of Esme Lennox".
I just read the book and thoroughly enjoyed the read. I found it a well written story that was hard
to put down. I am fairly new here and still adding to my library. I just sent a friend invite to you as we have many similar book interests.

Thanks for your note. I did read Dombey and son and my comment was:

4281 Dombey and Son, by Charles Dickens (read 2 Mar 2007) This appeared in 1848 and is vintage Dickens, 848 pages, and one must admit at times it is not too interesting, though the ending chapters held my interest, albeit predictable and long drawn out, with every loose end tied up in full--such a contrast to much of today's fiction. Dombey is a rich imperious businessman, who expects his son Paul to carry on the firm and has no regard for his daughter Florence--the typical so good butter wouldn't melt in her mouth heroine of the novel. Paul dies and Dombey marries Edith, and they do not get along, though Edith loves Florence. There are the usual characters with weird idiosyncrasies such as Captain Gills, Captain Cuttle, Mr. Toots, et al. I will not say the book was not worth reading though it is overly long. I have now read all the Dickens novels except Little Dorrit (1857), Our Mutual Friend (1865), and the unfinished Edwin Drood. I will probably read at least the first two, if I live long enough.

I will read Little Dorrit next, but when that will be remains to be seen.

I've worked in libraries for about 6 years now, academic and specialist. I do really enjoy it, especially the feeling that you are making information accessible to people. What kind of library do you work in? Is it a public library? I've never worked in one but I use my local library all the time!
RE Cloud Atlas
I just read yr Review comments of the above & would advise you to stick with it! I found the Ewing stories probably the least engaging of the book.
Myself I'm at the opposite end of the book, just starting the last Ewing chapter.
Glad to read that you enjoyed Black Swan Green - just about to get started.
Hi Judy! Thanks for writing. I highly recommend Markus Zusak's novel I Am the Messenger. It was published as The Messenger in Australia, so it may be available under that title in the UK. It's the story of Ed Kennedy, a 19-year-old cab driver who averts a bank robbery. Soon after, he starts receiving mysterious instructions written on playing cards. The cards give him opportunities to meet and help others. As he does so, he becomes more sure of himself. It's a beautiful exploration of ethics, responsibility, and how we gain meaning by helping others. His novel Getting the Girl is also good, for it's about how a teenage boy discovers girls as individuals with emotions and feelings. But Markus admits that as it's one of his earlier books, it's not quite on a par with The Messenger and the Book Thief. Happy reading! Mary
Hi Judy! I am so glad you enjoyed The Book Thief. I agree that it shares common threads with Thousand Splendid Suns, such as how war tears countries and families apart. One reason I love The Book Thief so much is the originality that you noted. I recently met Markus Zusak at a library conference and he's just lovely--very modest and affable. Hapy Reading! Mary
Dear Judy,

As promised, I'm reporting back after reading The Earth. Although it's linked to the Rougon-Macquart family through Jean Macquart's presence (I reckon he must be the uncle of Etienne from Germinal), it's mostly about a family of peasant farmers, and a selfish, greedy lot they are too. It's a tough read in the sense that their lives are often mean and squalid, but a worthwhile one. There is some political talk in the local bar and also references to the forthcoming Franco-Prussian War, foreshadowing, I suppose, the events in The Downfall, which would be the next one I have in the series.

Thanks for motivating me to go back to these books. Are you still reading Zola or have you moved on to something else?

Hi Judy, thanks for your comment about a Thousand Splendid Suns! I agree that we are so lucky to live in countries that are not wracked by war, and Hosseini's books help me not to take our comfort for granted. Take care and please feel free to chat anytime. Regards, Mary
Hi Judy - thought I'd left a message here but now see I haven't! - Happyanddandy
Hi Judy. Have just added you to my watchlist as well :)
Waving hello... :)
Hi Judy
Just playing really!
Hi Judy!

After looking at your page, I have decided to do my own! Thanks for introducing me to here!

Nici xx
Welcome to Books Compared. I'm another Dickens fan - I loved Bleak House, and your review of Dombey & Son persuades me this is another one I must read. Hope you'll find time between jobs and teenagers to contribute a comparison review - we could use a few more short and sweet ones!
Looking through them, I 've actually read a couple more than I thought, so the next one will be The Earth. I've still got a few books ahead of it on the TBR pile, but I'll get back to you to let you know how I get on.

At the minute I'm about 600 pages into Don Quixote (with a good 300 left), and it's fairly slow going, although I'm determined not to abandon it, as it's a pleasant enough read.
Hi Judy,

I came into the Rougon Macquart series through Germinal, which with Nana, remains one of my favourites. After that I read the first eight or nine more or less in order. I really enjoyed the early ones - I like the broad canvas peopled with characters from all levels of society. I don't think any one else really has the same 'social' sweep. I like Trollope too, for the same feeling that you are entering into a world of interconnected characters, where you come across old friends and enemies, but Trollope's characters are mostly from a certain class. The RM novels were also, for me, a way into French 19th century history (although I still get mixed up with the different empires and republics).

Ran out of steam a little with L'assomoir which I found irredeemably depressing, but maybe that was the point?

A couple of years ago, I began, but didn't finish, The Dream. That's it so far, but thanks to your message, I might just promote one of the unread novels (I don't have the whole series) to nearer the top of my TBR pile - any particular recommendation?. I'll have to reacquaint myselves with the characters though; I seem to think I have the family tree in one of the earlier novels, so I'll start with that.

We'll see you never know!!!
Just the one but you never know!! maybe I can convert you?
I have The Interpretation of Murder waiting on my shelf! It definitely sounded like an interesting story, I will read it next. I am currently reading Tanglewreck by Jeanette Winterson, I like to keep changing genres!
Hi Judy. Yes I am following R&J, I started to read Semi-detached by Griff Rhys Jones but didn't find it that interesting! I still waiting for the others from the library though! Have you read any yet?
the Rougon-Macquart, yes they were delivered in order and I read them in order, apart from Germinal which I studied at university. Favourites? - I think it's easier to tell you the ones I didn't like so much, La fortune des Rougon, La Curée... They are very diverse in fact and all have their different moods and merits.
Hi Judy, yes we do, and also the Alexander McCall Smith, Jean Rhys, I Capture the Castle, etc. Isn't it interesting to see what books we have in common with others! I bought all the Zolas about 20 years ago, used to get one a month and read them right away.
Of course you can Judy, i will add you to my watch list too :D
Hayley ~XxX~
Hi Judy. Glad you like the picture. I tried to do a link as in the forum siggy, but there was no way I could do it, so just had to do an ad! The problem was getting it big enough to read, but it does enlarge!
Susie xx
many thanks for your comment, judy. yes, you're definitely right about narayan and mccall-smith and their respect for life. i love this in paul auster's "the brooklyn follies" which also gave me the warm fuzzies, and also in some of steinbeck e.g. "cannery row", "sweet thursday"

the reviews? a useful reading record. most of them i usually post up on my blog too. i also review for a malaysian newspaper and am trying to get better at it (guardian or new york times standard!)
Hi Judy. I will have to think about this, as it took me a bit of time and fiddling.
1) Download the pic you want to use for the link (I did mine avatar size via resizing on Photobicket)into sig box
2) copy librarything link.
3) insert your piccie into top sig box and highlight. While highlighter hit the add link button (think it looks like a ball and chain!!!)
4) preview, and add script if you want it, (e.g Judy's list)
5) Save, and it should come up. Any probs get back to me. Should really do one for BCF on here. Might try and sort that now.
Hope it works, if not, get back and I'll go through what I did by myself and get back to you.

Susie xx
Certainly! This is becoming a home from home!! :) ...I'll be watching you too ;)

Jane xx
Hi Judy - you asked about the watch facility on my profile. If you go tosomeone's profile and would like to list them on your "watch" list (bascially, it's a "buddies" system), there's a bit up at the top-right-hand corner of their profile that has an add sign & says "add to you watch list". If you click on it, it will add that person to your watch list for you. If at some point in the future you decide to remove them, you go to the same place where it will now have a minus sign & says "remove from your watch list".

Hope that's of some help. :)
Hiya Judy...Catkintails here, (otherwise known as PP or Susie). Hope it ok to add you to my watch list?
See you back on the board.xx
I started reading them in the middle too. I haven't read Earth yet but it's on my TBR pile. I am reading the Gulag Archipelago right now and it's a huge set to get through but I am going to read The Earth this year for sure. Hopefully soon after I read the Gulag. I may take a break after Volume 1 and read it before I go to Volume 2 and 3 of the Gulag. The Earth is going to be great, I just know it :) Let me know when you finish it.
Hi there! It's so nice to meet another Zola fan :) I haven't read all of the books in the Rougon-Macquart series yet either. I have read some of them. I couldn't find several of them but I have just discovered that our public library has most of them so I guess I will borrow them. I do wish I could own them because they are so good and I know I will want to read them over and over. Every time I read one I swear that the next one I read can't be as good as this one but then when I read the next one I feel the same way about it! LOL
Please let me know when you read another Zola, I would love to read your review :)

Oh, welcome to Library Thing too!
Hiya, Judy - just thought I'd add you to my watch llist. :)
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