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About mePart of my library.

One of my biggest pleasures in life is opening a new book.

I live in the sticks on 8 acres with husband, 2 cats, and a tank full of fish.

21-year old daughter is living in Wilmington, NC after deciding that college is not for her. She's looking for job(s) to cover her expenses.

I work as an "ICT Application Senior Specialist", bullshit title that it is, for a manufacturing company.

It's not a day if I haven't had a chance to read. I am always looking for new authors and areas of interest. I tend more to fiction than non-fiction but still probably read more non-fiction than most.

Book rating system:

Masterpiece *****
Stunning ****1/2
Excellent ****
Very Good *** 1/2
Good ***
Average ** 1/2
Bad **
Very Bad * 1/2
Don't Bother *
Anathema 1/2

karenmarie'2 2014 75 book challenge, no. 2

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About my libraryExcept for 7 books that I keep in LT to keep the Early Reviewer Gods happy, every book in my library is somewhere on a shelf in my house. I don't use LT for wishlists, books I read but don't own, library books, etc.

So. What I own is eclectic. Shabby, brand new. Big, little. Straight, gay. Kid books, grown up books. Fiction, nonfiction, reference, old family Bibles, self-published books of poetry by friends of the family, and my grandmother's records book.

My collection is a combination of what I love to read and books I've inherited from family members. Some books I look at and say "Where did YOU come from?" Maybe they just migrate in.

I'm fortunate to have a husband who knows how important books are to me. The Library is 2 walls of floor to ceiling books. There are shelves upstairs in the parlour and shelves in the sunroom. Being surrounded by books is very important to me.

Groups100 books in 2014 challenge, 2014 Category Challenge, 50-Something Library Thingers, 75 Books Challenge for 2011, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, Agatha Christie, Ask LibraryThing, Book of the month club, BookMoochingshow all groups

Favorite authorsJane Austen, Rita Mae Brown, Bill Bryson, Agatha Christie, Michael Connelly, e. e. cummings, Georgette Heyer, Michael Malone, J. K. Rowling, J. D. Salinger, Dorothy L. Sayers, Kurt Vonnegut (Shared favorites)

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With 600+ mysteries AND a copy of Red Sky at Morning in your library, I had to add you to my 'interesting libraries'!
I joined the '75 Book Thingy'! Nothing posted yet. Made the Stone Ridge school book sale Saturday. Got some nice books but they were $2-3 dollars each. Whaaaa? It's been in place for 46 years and last weekend was the last.
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No more dinosaur days!
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Good lord. That looks like the coming home shot in a feel good movie. Really beautiful.
Hi Karen! There's no thread yet for the Frederica group read. I'd look for it in early February.
Help help this ignoranus of a disorganized mess has done gone and lost your addy! I need it to send you my ARC of Collins' book so you may revel in same.

Help help please to provide again help!
Thanks for the info on wholehouse. (One of my favorite LT names!)

You can also congratulate me on my new job. I will be the new pastor for a church in Oregon. (I cannot release all the details yet, because there is one more procedural step, which will be taken on Friday.) But I had a great interview with the committee, preached and was enthusiastically offered the position.
Ooo it IS gorgeous! So purty!
Thanks, Horrible! *smooch*
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What a beautiful library!
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I want it! Waah!
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Love them! I am green with envy...well, not really, but I'm drooling anyway!
Hi Karen, I wonder if it would be better to try to get some folks together after it warms up a bit. I've got a lot of busy weekends between now and the end of March. Wanna try to pick a time after that? I can post an invitation in a couple of the NC groups (or you can if you'd like to). best, Jim
Karen, use the threadbook wiki at the top of the challenge page, that's the easiest way to find someone, I'm probably a good five pages back by now.
Karen! I don't know how great a mystery it will turn out to be but I started listening to Junkyard Dogs by Graig Johnson on the sub'emway last night and the opening had me laughing out loud. I'd just found out about him and the story seems more character oriented rather than plot, but it's been great so far. I finished Headhunters by Jo Nesbo a few days ago and liked it.

I got a reading chair for Christmas and it's actually helped me to improve my reading habits. I guess it's a sense memory thing from back in the day when I inhaled books and never even thought about reading mysteries other than Christie on the plane.
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NOW I see how you get so much reading done.

You may be surprised. My entire bookclub hated the book so you may not be in the minority with your feelings. I certainly wasn't.
Hi Karen,

My bookmooch name is fakeplants, and thanks so much!
Wow, The Sense of an Ending was fantastic. I've reserved it for you over on BookMooch.
That semi against Djerko was amazing. He looked as good as he ever has. So great that he is back on top!
Woot, Roger!

I have not been around LT much lately, occasionally I lurk. I miss the people, but many are on my facebook feed.
Yeah, thanks! It couldn't have happened to a nicer guy than Cain.

I'm so rarely around LT anymore, it's weird. But I think of you all often.
Karen, I momentarily lost my copy of The Sense of an Ending when I moved it to remind me to read it soon! So it's back in my hands and I'll have it read by the end of July. Does that work with your book group schedule?
Thanks for the kind comments about my Death Comes to Pemberley review! What a stinker. I tend to finish books, so to give up after 80 pages was rare for me - and I just had to vent my feelings in a review.
thank you Karenmarie

I have been trough this before, so at least I knew this could happen. And I know now that it won't be forever, only a couple of years.
On the present meds there are other things I can do better, win some, lose some, a price I am willing to pay for a life without depression...

Try this one -, or for lighter and more FUN try Full of recipes, failures and wit!
Hi Karenmarie:

I'd only read a short story by Joyce Carol Oates, but am currently reading "The Gravedigger's Daughter." Somehow that made your name pop into my head and made me wonder if you've read anything by and what you think of her as a writer.

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Hi Karenmarie,
I completely understand your need for books around you. I guess I don't keep a lot of mine because my mom was a hoarder, and when she died it was a lot of stuff to go through. I've never liked acquiring a lot of "stuff" of any kind (it makes me anxious) and it is probably for that reason. I always have and always will love books, but I guess I'm more sensitive to what the living will have to deal with when I'm gone, if that makes sense. Not that I'm that old (or that young). Thanks for the reply. I think when I discovered LT it was one of the highlights of my life to be able to connect with so many like minded people. Hope you have a great Thanksgiving. Oh, your Kitty William looks a lot like my Mattie (Matilda) who showed up at my daughter's several years ago and wouldn't leave, so I got her as a birthday gift (?). Take care.
Sounds great - put them on BM and I'll grab them. Thanks!
Sure! I wasn't particularly looking for them, but they sound interesting, and I have the points to spare. I'd be happy to take them. Thanks! I'm jjmcgaffey on bookmooch, too.
Wait. The force receive button will only show up six weeks from when you sent the last reminder. It will seem that you've waited much, much longer than that before that button shows up!
I thought it was funny, thanks for sending it. And of course you can't post it- what if your daughter read it? My folks are all over the net, which is one reason I'm not on facebook. My brother has an account and his pic was of him in the woods in Canada, high as a Georgia Pine. That didn't last long.

How's your sister doing? Has her condition stabilized?
I'm fine thanks, lost power for all of five minutes.
I'm fine and hell yes I felt it. Home now. Did you feel it?
Thanks KM. He'll probably have to go back for another round, but this is the sort of thing that surgeons are supposed to be good at. I've heard of hip replacements going bad and then being redone, so finger's crossed.

Have enjoyed your comments in a couple of threads I'm following and wanted to drop in and say hello : ). Wonderful photos! Indeed, your house is a very fine house : ). I gather that snow pic is not one you take every winter in North Carolina! It looks beautiful, but ...

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With more than two cats in the yard, I reckon
hey km, cool pic. I love Graceland, too. Have you heard any Ladysmith Black Mambazo? I think you'd like them.
Karen, do you read fantasy? If so, you should try The Name of the Wind, the first in the Rothfuss canon. If not, ???
Every single time I come I mean to comment on our both owning Diddie, Dumps, and Tot. I can't believe somebody else read this awful little book. I absolutely adored it as a child.
love your pictures! :)
beautiful house !
sent the book today :)
hope you like it !
thanks anyway :-)
Thanks, Karen! There's no rush. Enjoy your upcoming weekend.
You're welcome. My eyes might be failing a tad, but he looks paler than any I've ever seen. All the kitties are beautiful.
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I especially love this one! Never saw one quite like him.
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Beautiful sky!
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All gorgeous!
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That one looks like my son's Boomer.
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Wow! It must be wonderful to have a whole room dedicated to books.
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How sweet. She looks like my sister's Hannah.
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Beautiful. You could use that for a Christmas card.
I didn't say, so I will now - "Beautiful kitties! Beautiful setting! Beautiful house!"
Hey Karenmarie, just thought I'd say Hi! How's life treating you in NC. Not much going on in Okieland. I'm reading all about the Romans now. Just finished a book called "Caesar's Legion" which is about the 10th legion. This was a very good book. It really gives you a good understanding of just what the Romans were all about and especially during the time of Christ and the destruction of jerusalem in AD 70. Now I'm reading on titled "In the name of Rome which is very similar to the one above. It is also a great read. Well, i hope all is well with you. Can't type very well anymore as i've lost a lot of mobility with my left arm.
Hey, just wanted to drop a note and tell you we've missed you in "Book of the Month Club". We'd love to hear what you've been reading and what you recommend!
Hey km- I avoided going to the dentist for years because I'd cracked a crown and was sure it was going to have to be pulled. (Didn't.) I picked my new dentist because he was close to where I live and, despite a quick search, couldn't find out much about him but none of it was a red flag. He turned out to be pretty good but he carried out this ongoing battle with his wife on the phone. When he was putting in the new crown, the tech and I started to talk about horror movies. Finally he asked if we'd seen Hostel and both of us said 'hell no'. Then I had to know, so I asked him if he had and he said 'Oh yeah. Hostel, the Saw series. The new Saw is going to be in 3-D, that should really be something.' I spit out all the cotton swabs I had in my mouth, looked at him and said 'Doc. I wouldn't open with that if I were you.' I think it takes a special kind of person to want to be a dentist.
Morning Karen- Yes ,thanks! I just left a msg over on the "Pimp" thread. Of course I'm msf59 over there too! Have a great day and a Happy New Year!

Glad to hear from you. Doing okay here. The writing is going pretty well, slow but steady. Wrote a first draft of an off-the-wall story. Will let it simmer, then take it up again.

Yes, I've been here for a couple of weeks, trying to get settled in. I cannot believe how happy I am to be back. I didn't realize quite how much I disliked NY until I got back down here.

Don't have a car yet, so that's kept me tied to other people's schedules, but I have managed to get to the Co-op and the General Store.

I hope we have a chance to get together soon :-)
Hi Karen:

Really like your new profile picture. The cat by itself would be nice and the leaves by themselves would be interesting, but together they make a special picture.

No problem! I'm doing an MA in English Lit - lots of reading to do for that but not really my usual kind. For the past month or so I've been up to my neck in about a million different versions of Antigone, which is okay but I'm really itching to get on to the next block which is Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea, both of which I love - unfortunately I have to get my Antigone assignment out of the way first and I'm currently doing everything I can think of to put it off - procrastination is the true friend of mature students!
Wow. Five works by Stephen King in your "most recent activity" section. Do I remember right, not that many months ago you hadn't read anything by King and didn't particularly want to?
has your daughter decided where she's going to school next?

Love your cats; we're stuck with one...Grey is ~20-21 yrs old and has managed to cagily outlive all her...umm rivals. And she's always so damn happy when another cat has met its demise that we finally gave in and essentially told her she can be the sole monarch of N. Small Street, P'boro till her demise. Which doesn't seem imminent. It's not as if she's the sweetest or smartest or...anything cat that's lived with us...but she's the queen and she is the survivor. Mostly she's very bossy.
Grey and others can be seen here:
from the heart of downtown p'boro. P'boro now boasts a steampunk store, although their book selection is mighty scanty at this point.
Oh well...the last library booksale -> 40 books for $12.00 - i had my doubts about the new library, but it's really very nice.
Hi, karenmarie.

Thanks for your note. It's good to know that someone else had the same reaction. I just couldn't accept the coincidences, etc.

On to [hopefully] better things ....

Karen...thanks for getting back to me. Print it out. DUH....what a great idea. I think I have about the same system you do for solving the puzzles, and I especially like the mega ones.

Happy solving. Tina
Hi Karen...

I noticed on Richard's thread that you too seem to enjoy Sudoku puzzles. I have great difficulty with the Wash Post online one because I have not yet been able to see if there is any way for me to make "pencil notes" about possibilities in a single square. I can get the hints filled in for all of them by pressing the space bar, but that sorta takes the fun out.
BTW, you might enjoy this version They let you pencil mark on your own. They don't have the mega puzzles, but I still find these enjoyable.

Hope this helps your sleepless nights....Tina (aka Tutu).
Our trombonist is just a beginner. He is very excited about playing, and I hope his enthusiasm lasts. The basement seems to work well.

Hi Karen here are some more books which you might enjoy Roofworld. and Spanky By ChristopherFowler

December by Phil Rickman is an excellent novel

about a rock band whose members are all psychics, who record an album amidst the ancient

ruins of an abbey in Wales.

And last but certainly not least, in fact it's probably the best The Ceremonies by T.E.D. Klein

Enjoy your weekend.
That should have readThe Great And Secret

by Clive Barker, Sorry I'm a bit rusty with the code.
Also I was impressed by your Library and was pleased to see you own a copy of Morality Play

by Barry unsworth I've

recently read The Songs of Kings.which

is a lot of fun.
Hi Karen read your thread for Kings constant readers. Two more writers in the same genre you might like peter straub. I recommendKOKO. The other writer isClive Barker.I recommend
Hi Karen.

I stumbled across the thread in 50-Something Library Thingers about first concerts. Yours in January was the last. I thought it would be nice to reinvigerate that thread, so I made 2 posts.

Hi Karen:

How are you? Well, I hope.

I see you're on BookMooch. I've thought of joining that. What do you think?

I wasn't trying to rub it in.... :)

I know, but your TPBM was perfectly timed for me to relate my tale of woe!

Hi! I finally got over to the bookstore today, and could not find anything by David Foster Wallace. I'll keep that name in my book in case I ever do find something by him.
I'm simply stopping by to say how much I enjoyed your review of So Cold the River. It is well deserving of hot review status. Thumbs up from me.

And, by the way, I love the photos on your home page. The one of the clouds is particularly pretty.
Hello Karen. I read your review for The Passage, and saw you were hoping for a sequel. I didn't know until I finished it either, but The Passage is actually the first book in a trilogy! Yep, two more books to be released in the future. :)
Hi Karen:

Haven't talked to you in a while. How're you doing?
Also how does one give a half star when rating?
I finished "Sharpe's Trafalger" and had to give it 3 stars because 4 would be too much and I didn't know how to add the half sign.
If the twilight books are still available and the first book is Hardcover with dust jacket I'd love to have it. It is the last one I need to complete my gift to my sister.
no that was what i meant! thanks! gonna try it!
It is, in fact, a hardcover with dust jacket. In lovely condition, too! I picked it up at a garage sale, so it's been read, but still nice. I'll list it for you - I'm peripa on bookmooch as well.
Hello Karenmarie, how are you doing? I'm back in Texas with my daughter. I suppose I'll be here off and on over the next year as her husband is headed back to Iraq. If the sky stops falling around here and in Oklahoma I'll probably be headed back to Boone, NC, for a short visit in the next few weeks. I might even drive over to Charlotte to visit a couple of friends there. I finally finished reading the Boone book by Robert Morgan and now I'm back on Clive Cussler books although I still have a couple biographies to read. I have one on Aaron Burr and another one on Franklin. Well, just thought I'd stop by and say Hi! Hope all is well with your family.

Hi Karen,

I noticed in the 'Book Search Among Friends' thread that you were looking for a Bloomsbury edition of Prisoner of Azkaban. I have an extra Raincoast copy but I thought I'd check if it's what you might be looking for as all my others, including my Azkaban copy, in the series say both Raincoast and Bloomsbury - it's the only one that doesn't say Bloomsbury as well as Raincoast. But it matches the set.

Anyway, if it's what your looking for I'll put it up for you.
I would be willing to take all of your Heyers.

Thank you very much for offering!
I am very glad it arrived so quickly but, at the same time, I must apologize for the delay. Enjoy!

Paola :-))
Thank you for your kind words, Karen! I love cross stitch and it was an honor to do one for the Bouchercon auction.

I love meeting new people who love books as much as do and understand my obsession. :)

My husband is starting to understand about all my books. I think he is just ready to get the totes out of the dinning room, breakfast area, living room, spare bedroom, master bedroom, etc. I really do have book everywhere. He is sick of seeing them and that is why he is making me a library when the basement is finished.

I hope you have a great week! Thanks for adding me as a friend!!
Karen, The Elegance of the Hedgehog is reserved & ready for you to mooch! Our bookclub discussed this last week and it's ready to head your way if you still want.

I just finished "Heart-Shaped Box." I can't say I was that crazy about it. I thought "Twentieth Century Ghosts" was much better.

An interesting novel I read recently was "Darling Jim." It's a sort of mystery set in Ireland, written by a Dane who now lives in the USA. Very imaginative.

Hey Karen,

Are you still looking for Elegance of the Hedgehog by chance? I should be receiving two available copies by the 22nd of this month and I thought I'd offer them first to you & Kay (RidgewayGirl) who helped me get started on BMooch. If not that's fine too. Just let me know.
Yes, I forgot to mention that I adore Georgette Heyer. I've got almost all of her historicals.

I haven't heard of the Ramage series, but it sounds right up my alley. I'll have to check it out.

Can't recommend O'Brian highly enough. He's got it all -- a sense of time and place, exciting adventure, romance, intrigue, politics, characters who grow richer from book to book, humor . . .

I'm going to look at your BM inventory too. I'm glad you've found a source for The Time of Terror -- I think it's going to be a keeper.

Truly awful. I couldn't finish it. I meant to mention in my review that you captured many of my specific objections -- we clearly think alike about our historical fiction!

Coincidentally, I'm now reading The Time of Terror, by Seth Hunter, which I also got from Early Reviewers. It also features Mary Wollstonecraft; although she's a minor character, she's much more compelling and true to life than in Midnight Fires. As for the rest of the book, I'm really enjoying it. As a Regency fan, you might like it. Have you read Patrick O'Brian?

I'm a big fan of Mary Balogh, Laura Kinsale, Eloisa James, Jo Beverley, Joanna Bourne, and Judith Ivory. I'm always looking for recommendations, so if you have any other favorites, I'd love to hear about them.

Thanks for your note.
Hi Karen!
How are you, stranger! I saw a couple of the books you were reading and thought I would comment. "Undaunted Courage" I read a few years ago and it was outstanding. One of my top non-fiction books and my first and last by Ambrose. I have "Horns" on audiobook. I've heard good things. I see that you read the Brando book, by Bosworth. I read her bio on Montgomery Clift many years ago and it was fantastic! Have you visited my Challenge lately? See you later, my friend!

Just received the Kristin Lavransdottr books - THANK YOU - you didn't have to go find them somewhere else!! I will start them right after I finish the Chris Moore I'm reading, and then send them back to you so you can read them. Then we can discuss!

You are a sweetie, thanks again. Oh did you see Kim desecrate Venus this morning? Venus couldn't do anything right!
Hey Karen, do you have to change the reserved for name to Bo before I can see the Guernsey Book to mooch? I am still feeling my way on BM! = )
Wow, thank you again, so much. And my Nana thanks you, too, from heaven.

Have you seen any of the Sony Ericsson? Murray/Fish was pretty cool.
Ok, thanks anyway, it's not like I will ever run out of things to read lol!
yes, Karen please still reserve Guernsey for me. I thank you greatly for still thinking of me.
Hi Karen! :)

I spotted you from The Green Dragon, and after our conversation about "The House on the Strand" by the divine Miss du Maurier, promptly went to your page and spent an hour or so blissfully enchanted by the scores of delights you possess in your stacks. So of course I had to add you to my Collection of The Interesting! How could I not? After all, we share 243 books in common (so far). :)

---------"You are like me - only catalog the books you own. I, too, have lots of books that I've read that I no longer own, but I remember many of them fondly."---------

Yes, if I started cataloguing books that I want, books that I wish I still had, books I no longer have, books that got up, walked, ran, or otherwise grew wings and somehow managed to fly out of the window on their own accord I would be at it all day/night long and never have any time at all to get any work, art, or even *reading* done! Besides, I find that by only listing those beloved works *still* in my possession that I can remind myself to go and visit them from time to time. If I do not actually sweep them up and begin reading them again I at least give them a swift hug and place them amongst friends. Books can get lonely too, you know. *smile* And there is nothing quite like the joy of seeing a title pop up on the Random Books from Your Library and immediately being captured by the "Oh my God! I forgot I had that! How wonderful! I'm going to go get it now!" feeling. :)

--------"It appears from the books we share that we're both very eclectic in our libraries."--------

Yes, and isn't that marvelous? Nothing like an eclectic bunch of books to keep me fascinated for days. Or, in your case, Years, since your library is more twice the size of my humble stack of books. *chuckle*

Your kitty seems enchanting, BTW. No wonder you named him Magic. *Pats Magic lightly on the head*. Well, it was Very nice to make your acquaintance (and Magic's, of course) and I hope we shall have many, many more discussions of those eclectic books we both share. :)

Much Bliss & Happy Reading!

See you around,
Hi Karen:

I'd like to recommend MR. SHIVERS, a sort of literary/horror novel. A darn good debut novel by an early twenties kid. I expect to hear more from him. There are three pretty good reviews of the novel on LibraryThing.

I'm about to start HEART-SHAPED BOX.

Hope all is well.

btw, check out the latest "what are you reading" thread on GD.
Hi Karen - Laurie here from ArbeitenZeit Media, publisher of NO INSTRUCTIONS NEEDED: AN AMERICAN BOYHOOD IN THE 1950S. This is to let you know that your ER copy, as promised earlier, was shipped today, 2/16, via PRIORITY MAIL with confirmation and should reach you within the next few days. Thank you again for your interest, and we hope that you enjoy the book.
The books arrived safe and sound. Thanks!

Thanks for sending those books. I really appreciate it. I'll be sure to let you know when they do arrive.

I totally understand your sending it via media mail.

Thanks again.
Congratulations on the hot review for Cranford! I have had Cranford on my TBR pile for a while now - must bump it up. In the UK the BBC have made a really good adaptation of Cranford starring Judi Dench as Miss Matty. I don't know if it's made its way over the pond yet though.
Hi Karen – Laurie from ArbeitenZeit Media here. Thanks for participating in Library Thing’s Early Reviewer program, and for winning a copy of Robert Hewitt’s NO INSTRUCTIONS NEEDED: An American Boyhood in the 1950s. This is to let you know that the books are on their way to us, and we expect to mail your copy, via USPS PRIORITY, on 2010 February 16. We are very pleased to be publishing this delightful look at one boy’s experiences, and look forward to your input.
Saw a couple of your posts (Comment on Beatles) There's currently a Librarything thread ( ) that's doing a month-long interview with me about my novel The Red Album of Asbury Park Remixed. The Beatles and their music are woven into the story. I think you might enjoy the Q&A. Please drop by. If you'd like to read/browse the book online as a PDF (or download) the URL is

Hi Karen,

The Risk of Darkness has arrived and I have added it to my inventory as an angel book - you should also have an email. It's on very good condition.

I've also sent you a friend request.. hope that's ok!

Hi Karen

Sophie has sent your book to me so should be winging its way to you in a few days!

Thanks for your response about my links Karen! I think I was leaving out the = sign. I don't know how I missed it twice, but it's working fine now. :)
Just a note to say I'm thinking of you.

I'm spending this morning trying to catch up on threads. I just finished yours and want to say how badly I feel for your spot of bad luck, both regarding your back problems and the property woes.

You are such a wonderful person and I'm sorry this is all crashing down on you.

I just saw your post on "the last two books you read" thread. That was the one where you mentioned Joe Hill. I just finished "Twentieth Century Ghosts." Loved it. When I finished "The Widow's Breakfast" I thought 'that's the best short story I've read in a long time.'

I'll be looking to get a copy of it (the one I read was from the library) and to read "Heart Shaped Box."

Hope all is well.


"...if he had a brother, I'd introduce you! I think you'd be a wonderful brother-in-law."

Thagks, Kared, thass tha dicest thig addywud ever sed to be!

*choo* MMust rud frub cat dow
Bonne année 2010! Happy New Year!
Sorry, they're the paperbacks of HP!
You probably won't remember this but over a year ago you recommended Stealing Athena to me - you even offered to send me your copy. Well, at long last it came out over here and I have just finished reading it! Just wanted to say thank you again for the recommendation. I so enjoyed this book. I knew a bit about Pericles and also about Elgin and the eventual fate of the marbles (I visted them in the British Museum a few years ago and spent the whole time muttering under my breath about thieving British pirates), but I knew very little about either of the women involved and I found both their stories really absorbing. Such strong and interesting characters, yet both constrained by their very different, yet basically similar societies. Not only that, but to have so much of the book set in my beloved Athens was a real treat! So glad I got round to reading it at last!
Karen - I received the book "The Merry Month of May" on Thursday. Unfortunately it is not the one I wanted. Thanks anyway for trying to help me. I appreciate it. I will see that someone else gets the book and will look into Booksmooch after Christmas. If I ever find it I will let you know - who knows, you might like to read it yourself.
Hey Karen- any word on The Merry Month of May that was being sent to you through Bookmooch? I haven't tried Bookmooch out yet. Maybe after the first of the year. My niece and I do Children's Personalized Music CD's and the season for shows is best from September through December. We just have one more show this year.

Happy Thanksgiving!

R.P. Hallliburton
Hi Karenmarie,

Yes, "great minds" indeed - well, I wish, anyway!

Looking at your LT profile I see your daughter plays in a band. My sons both played enthusiastically in bands during high school, although here in England that kind of music tends to be organised by a separate local youth music "service" rather than individual schools. They are both now in their early twenties and still keen amateur musicians - such a brilliant occupation, I think, and such a wonderful combination of mental discipline, group responsibility and good, plain FUN!! I don't play anything, but I sing in a (large) amateur choir which gives me my performing 'fix'.

We have horses in common, too, although I have yet to add my horse books to LT - waiting for the CueCat to arrive. If you'd like to see pictures of my horsy activity, go to and follow the link. I guess your daughter rides with you?

All the best,

Good to hear from you.
I'm reading "A Fine Balance," by Rohinton Mistry as part of one challenge in exchange for "Dandelion Wine," being read.

I asked if anyone would like to do a non-fiction challenge and am now reading "A History of Reading," by Alberto Manguel in exchange for "The Art of Learning," by Josh Waitzkin being read.

I got the first two Lord Peter's for our trip to South Carolina and my husband liked the first so much, that he didn't want to wait for the trip back to start the second. I said they weren't long enough to keep going the whole trip, and he said "we'll just play it again." High praise from someone who doesn't like books.

Thanks for stoppoing by.
Hi Karen- Yes, it never hurts to ask. I know you have read "People of the Book" and that is our next group read and then the 2nd Follett, so it'll a few months before we tackle anything else. Stay in touch!
Many thanks! I am anxiously waiting.

Where do I go to find out about Bookmooch?
Hi Karen- I saw your comment on Charles profile page, about [World Without End]. If you can wait, we are having a Group Read of it Jan 15th. Think about it. I'm reading the latest Krakauer book and it's been very good. Hope you are having a nice weekend!
Karen: I just read your personal comments about your library and your family. I have 20 feet of 8 foot bookcases that are double stacked with books, plus books everywhere in the bedroom. I recently "inherited" about 500 books and have been reading every minute possible.

I have received 7 books from Early Reviewers and 2 from Good Reads.

I trade books with my daughter, granddaughter, and cousin. We like romance, mystery, quilting and sewing books, and a small amount of non-fiction.

I have about 100 Nora Roberts novels (mostly paperback)that I haven't read and don't intend to until I run out of anything else. I would give them to anyone who wants them but I don't know if I could pay the postage. Any ideas?

Thanks for letting me chat.....


I don't know if the book you found is the one I want but I am willing to take a chance. What do I do to get it? I'm new at this and don't have the slightest idea. This is the firt time I have ventured into this section of Library Thing. I have loaned out books that I want to keep three times now and have not gotten them back. Maybe I have learned my lesson. The Merry Month of May was heart-warming and heart-breaking at the same time.

Thanks a million. Let me know what to do and I'll do it.

World Without End is definately a good read.
Hi Karen:

I'll be doing a challenge with bonniebooks and a non-fiction challenge with AnnieMod.

Just read an amazing book: Douglass' Women by Jewell Parker Rhodes. It's a novel about Frederick Douglass and his wife and his mistress. It focuses on the women. A compelling read.

How've you been?
Hi Karen- It was nice to hear from you and thanks for stopping by my challenge! Please drop by anytime. And no, I have not got to "The Sparrow" yet. It is at the top of my tbr but keeps getting bumped. I hope to get to it soon. Later friend!
Hi Karen- How are you? We have not chatted in a long time. What happened, did I dismiss a book you loved? Ha Ha! Thanks to LT I've been reading like crazy, which of course is a great thing. I finished "The Likeness" by Tana French and I just started "Zeitoun" by Dave Eggers. Have you read "People of the Book"? We are having a Group Read on it, starting Nov 1st. Let me know and stop by my 50 Book Challenge some time and see what I'm up to. I hope all is well, with you and the family! Stay in touch!

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