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CollectionsYour library (2,103), Cookery (44), E-Books (203), Historical Fiction (159), LTER (54), Mystery (448), Non-Fiction (299), To read (600), Read but unowned (471), Romance (3), All collections (2,307)

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About my libraryWhen I rate a book it's done on a scale from 1 to 5 based on the criteria used by my favorite online group, the Book Bunch reading group at Book Chat Central (

5 = Fabulous, probably will be an all-time favorite
4 = Excellent, among the year's best
3 = Better than Average, a good solid read; I'd recommend to most
2 = Fair to Good Read, worth the time; would recommend to some but not all
1 = So-so, barely finished, several quibbles
1/2 = the Dorothy Parker rating: "This book should not be tossed lightly aside. It should be thrown with great force."

But I don't rate everything (particularly not mysteries) so just because I don't click any stars for a book, doesn't mean I don't like it!

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Groups(BOMBS) Books Off My Book Shelves 2012 Challenge, Early Reviewers, Historical Fiction, Reading Globally, ROOT - 2013 Read Our Own Tomes, ROOT - 2014 Read Our Own Tomes

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Member sinceJun 28, 2006

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Thanks so much! I actually just picked up a copy of The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox so I should be breaking into that soon!
Saw your post in the unrecieved books thread. The January books are indeed officialy late. When I first posted, they were hours from being officially late. I think you don't need to ignore them when calculating your overall received rate of the people who posted. In fact, recently, I seen more posts by people who haven't received the latest two or three books they've won.
You're welcome! I was happy to actually know one of those books for once!
Hi Karen,
Yes, you are welcome to appropriate the picture. If you go to your picture gallery and click on popular pictures, along the left hand side, you will see where I originally obtained the picture.

I used to live in Boulder for many years, and that is where I started climbing all the 14'ers and many more. Now I live down south in Walsenburg.

Best, Donna
Hi, Karen,

I didn't want to spoil anything for other readers an d it didn't really impact the story but at one point they reference that Churchill was with Queen Elizabeth.
Elizabeth didn't become queen until 195? Her father George was King at the time.

Hope you enjoyed it!

Love the bookends in your profile. We share quite a few books. :)

Stopping by to say hello and to look around and to tell you about two giveaways on my blog.

I have two separate giveaways going on…one is for NIGHT TRAIN and one is my Blog Hop giveaway of HOW TO READ THE AIR.


I'm sorry to say I haven't read it, only collected it based on some review I read somewhere. I'm no help at all. Sorry, Karen.
It's Here! It's Here! It's Here! It's Here! It's Here! :D
Thank you for the heads up. Yesterday when I got home from work I looked all over the porch, in the box where we keep the doggie supplies (maybe the UPS driver would put it there to keep out of the rain) under the bush (maybe the UPS driver was a creep and tossed it) and whatnot. All scenarios proved fruitless, so, I wait.
Yep, Red Bluff is pretty small compared to Denver, but rather large when compared to the community I grew up in, which had a total of 350 people. :) Let me know when you receive the book, then I'll know to expect it in a day or two! I enjoyed perusing your author cloud, lots of my favorites in there.
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I was wndering who Karen was but then I saw your avatar!!
I've only been a memeber for 1-2 years. My college roommate who is a publicist asked me if I'd review for her. She suggested this site so here I am.
re: Apologize, Apologize

Have you started/finished yet? Overall, I liked it, but I thought it started getting long after about 3/4 of the way through. I wrote a review, if you want to read that. Let me know what you think of it!
Hi Karen,
didn't realize we shared so many books. You can find me under my library thing name, Risa15

Hello there;
I notice in your To Be Read pile you have Beloved, Nickel and Dimed, Oryx and Crake, and The Sweet Hereafter - all excellent books! They are all in my Extreme Favorites section. I hope you enjoy them once you have read them. I also see that you recently added The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Everyone I know who has read it (probably about 5 or 6 people) has adored it. Their faces light up when they talk about it. Have you read it yet? I haven't read it and don't own it - I tend to wait for paperbacks (which can be kind of tough sometimes).
You also have Five Smooth Stones in your To Be Read pile. I remember reading that in high school and really loving it. I'm not sure what happened to my copy. I must have stupidly sold it in a garage sale. Sheesh! And now it's out of print.
Happy reading,
I am glad that you recognized me. I have been on this website almost two years now and I enjoy it!! Between this and BS&L board I am kept on my toes.

You have quite a few books that I would love to read. I think I am going to make my next book shopping list from some of the things in your library:) Have a lovely day.
Hey! I'm a bit slow on this- asked you a question about it in BB, but have since found the answer. I missed an ER pick this month, but next time! Think I need to reveiw some of my library. See ya over there-

It is well over a month after you made mention of my Franzen review and I just now saw the comment. Sorry! I'm glad you appreciated my review. Good to know I'm not totally off-base.
Hi Karen

I see we have 30 books in common and that you also have an interest in England. Well I live on the south coast of England and thought that might be of interest to you. What kind of books do you write and are they published in England? Happy New Year and all the best for 2008
Howdy Karen
We have mucho books in common including all the Nevada Barr mysteries. If you haven't ever read a Sarah Andrews mystery you might want to try one. Andrews' main character is a woman geologist, who is a little bit of a weaker woman initially than Anna, but the overall themes are on the same track - outdoors, geology aspects to the murders, etc.
Hello Karen:

I see we share a fair proportion of books. I think I have about half of mine entered. I noticed you rated Isabella Bird's book on the Rocky Mountains highly, it is on my to get list because I read her book on Hawaii recently and was very impressed by her.

This site is way too much fun!


Hi Karen, just discovered we share 48 books, gonna take a browse through your library now. Slainte, Jimmy
Hi ya Karen. I just changed your status from "interesting library" to friend. Does that send out the request to be "allowed" to be your friend or do I have to add you for that to happen?

GOOD IDEA by the way!
Hi Karen! Yes, I'm thinking it will be fun, especially with the reviews! Hope I don't get trapped in a time-suck looking at everything! :)

Hi Karen!

Thanks so much for the information about the Early Reviewers requirements. I've updated my review of "Peony in Love" to be 25+ words. I appreciate your looking out for me! :)

We share 75 books! I'm off to check out your catalog now.

Thanks again,
Karen, for your info, I am only recording books I have read or am reading, rather than my library. My book shelf is always in a state of flux, with residents coming and going. So if you've read a book on my list, let me know what you thought. See you over on the book chat central boards.

Wow Karen, we share 48 books so far and I'm not even done putting my library up! Great minds think alike huh?
We share 38 books in our Libraries! Burroughs, Chabon, Irving, Oates, Stephan King, and Phillip Roth are some of my favorite authors. My book club has a site you might enjoy. You can see other books I have read, read reviews, and see where we go to dinner! I have been in the Book Club since December 2003. I received an email response from Augusten Burroughs when I contacted him after reading Running With Scissors! Keep reading! Any suggestions not on my list you particularly enjoyed? I really enjoyed A Confederacy of Dunces by Toole and The Devil in the White City by Larson. Jeff
Hey there, just thought I'd drop a line, since you and I are the only ones that share Bess: A Woman's Life in the Early 1900s - guess it truly is just a local interest right now.
Hi Karen!

This is just a great way of cataloguing books, and it links in so nicely with BCC don't you think?
As usual, I have noted down all your high-star reads in the knowledge that I am likely to enjoy them too. It's so useful to have a like-minded reader! (Doesn't help the size of my TBR pile though LOL!)

See you back at BCC...
Hi Karen!
I'm so sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you....

No. I'm not the one who originally mentioned this site. I thought it was you.........

I'm having so much fun with it. I am going back to when I very first remember being read to before going nite-nite. That's a long, long, long time ago.

And of course, keeping up with BCC..

Love it!!!

Hope you are enjoying your vacation! I actually quit reading Inheritance of Loss. Might be me, not the book, I haven't been happy with my reading choices lately, although I am reading Echo Maker now, a National Book Award finalist and liking it immensely. Doing displays on Horror for Halloween and Chick Lit for the heck of it, neither are quite my genre!
Karen O in Denver...we have 22 books in common, mostly the highbrow ones on my list. I live in Boulder. Are you purposely reading Booker Prize nominees? I have the 2006 winner in my hand! I knew the winner would be announced this Tuesday, so, not having read any on the short list, I took a chance. It's OK so far..about India, which I you could see from my list of books.

I really liked Black Swan Green because I listened to it and the reader was fabulous..all the accents and that.

Anyway, I have to quit playing around and get to work writing a book review.
ta ta
I found you too! Thanks, Karen, for bringing this site up again on the board. I'd forgotten all about it.

Heck...log your library books too!

Hi Karen. I found ya! This is soooo much fun. Thanks for pointing the way

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