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About meI love reading and finding new books through discussions here on LibraryThing, and talking with my friends. I also enjoy spending time with my family, knitting, watching old movies, and playing with my dog Pippin.

We are a military family and have moved many times across Canada and each time the movers complain about all the books, it's definitely the constant family story. I always feel like we're finally home when all my books are unpacked and sorted out.

I keep books because I love them and want to read them again, because they offer fond memories of who gave them to me or who owned them before me, for reference, or to up my count on LibraryThing ;-)

"Even when reading is impossible, the presence of books acquired produces such an ecstasy that the buying of more books than one can read is nothing less than the soul reaching towards infinity...we cherish books even if unread, their mere presence exudes comfort, their ready access reassurance." A.E. Newton

"A well composed book is a magic carpet on which we are wafted to a world that we cannot enter any other way." Caroline Gordon

"Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book." Unknown

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About my libraryMy collection is pretty eclectic, mostly fiction, my preference, but non-fiction too, biographies, references, art, history, crafts. Before the advent of collections, all the books catalogued were physically in my library. Before the advent of LibraryThing most I'd read. Now you can see I have an extensive Wish List collection and an equally extensive To Read collection. It's a living thing, always growing, sharing and comparing with friends and family.

GroupsAnglophiles, Audiobooks, Banned Books, Barbara Pym, Canadian Bookworms, Canadian Literature, Early Reviewers, Folio Society devotees, Ghost Stories, Past and Present, Hugotontheonbiquiffinariansshow all groups

Favorite authorsLouisa May Alcott, Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, Pearl S. Buck, Lois McMaster Bujold, e. e. cummings, Charles Dickens, C. S. Forester, Pauline Gedge, Ursula K. Le Guin, P. D. James, Guy Gavriel Kay, C. S. Lewis, John Masefield, L. M. Montgomery, E. Nesbit, Elizabeth Peters, Barbara Pym, Miss Read, J. K. Rowling, Dorothy L. Sayers, Alfred Lord Tennyson, J. R. R. Tolkien, P. G. Wodehouse (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresArgosy Books, Blue Heron Books, Bolen Books, Bygone Books, Laughing Oyster Bookshop, Munro's Books, Nearly New Books, Nicholas Hoare, Third Place Books

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Real nameKatherine

LocationOttawa, Ontario, Canada

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Member sinceAug 26, 2006

Currently readingThe Clumsiest People in Europe: Or, Mrs. Mortimer's Bad-Tempered Guide to the Victorian World by Todd Pruzan
Letters to Vicky: The Correspondence Between Queen Victoria and Her Daughter Victoria, Empress of Germany, 1858 - 1901 by Selected and Introduced by Andrew Roberts
Written in My Own Heart's Blood (Outlander) by Diana Gabaldon
The Making of a Marchioness (Emily Fox-Seton, Complete) by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Mister Slaughter by Robert R. McCammon

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PS. I love your notepaper.
Hey, Katherine, how are you? Have you had the second knee surgery yet? I am hoping that it will/has been successful!

I think of you often, and hope all is well with you and your family.

Happy Canada Day to you, and Fourth of July to me!


You realize now that I have to purchase Half Way Home. Are you proud of yourself?

I'm so glad you're enjoying the books. I haven't Howey's his other books. Please let me know what you think!
Dear Katherine,

Thank you for such a heartfelt and humourous message! Your words really touched me and it thrills me that my book selections have found a new home!

As a Canadian, I'm not sure if you had heard of Diane Schoemperlen before. I discovered her "Our Lady of the Lost and Found" quite by happenstance in my local Indigo several years ago. Although I'm not quite religious, the novel was a lovely introduction to her world - leaving the reader mesmerized, complacent, and just one with the protagonist whose life is turned upside down with the sudden arrival of the Virgin Mary in her living room. I highly recommend it!

"La's Orchestra Saves the World" is a quaint reminder about our tenuous human nature. It resonated deeply with me, though I have been swept away by the rest of Alexander McCall Smith's world too. I'm pleased that you like them.

I see that among the many books we share, Tracy Chevalier's novels are also in your library. She's a favourite of mine!

Happy Reading and please send my excuses to your family - specially your new grandchild! ;)


Thank you for the recommendation on "His Majesty's Dragon." It is wonderful! I'm sorry we didn't try it sooner!

Katherine, thank you! I'm really drawn to Hortense's story.

Sorry to be a little slow to respond to your note. I'm not on LibraryThing often enough!


Sandra Gulland



Hello Sandra,

I just read on Facebook that you're writing a new book about Hortense as a teen. Just thought I'd drop by, let you know I'm a huge fan (love your Josephine books!) and am looking forward to reading this new one tremendously.

Best of luck with the writing.
Hi! I would just like to say a big thank you for reading and reviewing my book. I really appreciate you taking the time and I'm glad you enjoyed it too. Thanks!
Our nephew and his family came over last night. The last time we saw Leo, our great-nephew, was on his first birthday, 3 weeks ago. I can't believe how much he's changed in 3 weeks! He was sitting in his car seat, looking up at me, when he grinned and said, clear as can be, 'Up!'. It's his first word, started saying it just a few days ago, and can mean anything from 'Pick me up', 'Pass me over because I'm trying to get over there', to 'I want the Mama.' And he's also started saying wa-wa (water) and Mumumum. He's also making all kinds of crazy sounds and walking around, none of which he was doing 3 weeks ago. He got REALLY excited when he saw Loki, trying to catch her to pet her and gabbling at her. Can you tell I'm smitten? Little ones are so much fun aren't they?
~~~Hope I'm not too late to wish you this delayed Happy Birthday!!
And, of course this will be a BIG hello since we've been out-of-touch.

I looked at all your pictures and could not pick a favorite (Pippin almost stole the show!). Yesterday I changed the one on my profile page. Esta
Thank you Katherine! Thank you for your kind words and understanding, and also for the friend request. I have accepted that (as far as I can tell). You have a good circle of friends, many of these are people I like to read on LT, and you have excellent taste in books.

I have also moved a lot in my life. I see now you are living in Ottawa - I used to live in Ashton and Carleton Place many years ago.

I did enjoy reading Lucifer's Hammer again (3rd time) and I was delighted to see that I have at least one of the books that were hidden in the old septic tank, and several others that would be useful in such a situation. Larry Niven taught me a lot of things. If I ever need to build a Ring World, I will know how, and how to set up the living conditions too. You never know!
Thank you! I've been pleased at the enthusiastic response to the news!
Good news is that Jeremy has been really great about contacting Powell's to get this sorted out. There might be a replacement package coming this week so hopefully I will get to see the books after all! :-)
Hi Katylit! Thank you so much for picking out SantaThing books for me! Unfortunately, the shipment never did reach me. :-( Do you happen to remember what the books were? Hope you have a wonderful February!

-- epist (Sara)
Congratulations! I recently sent you a Smashwords coupon for my debut novel, Dark Remains, through member giveaways. If you experience problems (spam detectors etc) receiving the email, please let me know. Happy reading.

Happy New Year, Katherine! Hoping your 2012 is filled with much joy and good books... And a visit my moi! LOL
Happy new year, and here's wishing for many a good read! - Karen
PS. How are you finding Drood? I've been wondering about reading it. Sounds intriguing. Would it be better to read The Mystery of Edwin Drood first? I could do it, if I really had to ;o)
Brilliant! Thanks so much, Katherine.

All the best for Christmas and the New Year,

Hi Katherine,

I hope you well and happy!

I'm writing to let you know that my new book is now available. 'A World Possessed' completes the trilogy about Rebecca, and I am now writing a new, very different book - no alternate world this time, but still something 'other' ...

'A World Possessed' is available now from Amazon (ISBN: 978-09564432-2-9), and I do hope you decide to give it a try. If you do, I'd love to hear what you think of it in due course - I had one stupendous bit of luck with the story line and would love to know if you guess what it was!

Have a lovely Christmas,

Joanna O'Neill
Ah yes. There is potential for great evil in their knowledge of their power over us. Luckily they haven't figured this out and are happy with headphones, wine and motorcycle rallies.
Hehehe. The Stupidest Angel - Not one I can share with the kids. Come to think on it, not many adults I could share that one with either...
I am absolutely shameless. I'll chase people down in the streets to show off my babies.
Right back atcha, girl. Are you getting to spend Grandma Time?
Wrote your address down 6 times today. Know it by heart now :oD
Hi Katherine, thanks for visiting. I'm a Kathryn too. I spent much of my childhood in Glen Ellen, as my grandfather built a home on the creek there. How did your sister end up here?? I've found relatively few Canadians who've heard of our little towns in Sonoma County. Have you visited? If you should ever come, we must meet.

I've never been to Eastern Canada but have spent summers in much of the western third, particularly on Quadra Island, between Vancouver Isl. and the mainland. It's a ferry ride from Campbell River on Van. Isle. One of my very favorite places in the world.

I've been following your posts since before you got the bookstore job...definitely a dream job.

Later, eh? Or should I say a biento? Thanks for stopping by.

I came home from work today (just as snow was starting to really fly before the big blizzard), and lo and behold - there were SantaThing books in my mailbox! THANK YOU sooooooo much for "Shades of Grey" (was seriously considering buying that one some time in Feb), and for "Jane Austen: The World of Her Novels". It looks absolutely A-Mazing! Can't wait to dive into that one. Excellent choices, and I couldn't have wished for better books from Santa!


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Ooooh! I love Love LOVE this image! It reminds me of how I pictured Sabriel in the Library from the [Abhorsen] series. Only the Disreputable Dog is missing, LoL. Perhaps she is hiding in the wings around the corner or chasing Moggit around. :)

Much Bliss,
Pandora, I'm so glad you're back with us in the GD, I've missed you. And your cheerful posts make me smile everytime I read one. Thank you for you!

posted by katylit at 9:57 am (EST) on Jan 17, 2011

Awww! This has to be THE SWEETEST comment I have ever gotten on LT!
Thank you so much, Katherine! You've just made my day, my week, no! My year! :)

*Big Hugs* and a Very Special Thank You for being YOU!!! :) After all, it is the YOUs in this world that make the MEs feel special. And right now I feel downright elated and full of smiles that you not only noticed my absence but actually missed me! Aww. I feel loved. (And very happy that my posts make you smile.) :)

Much Bliss (and purrs),
Let me know what you think of the Murdock mystery. For myself, I preferred the TV show. Somehow the book just wasn't as charming, but I think I only read the one. Not a bad mystery, though.
Many thanks for your review, Katherine - very much appreciated!

Hope you are now enjoying 'A World Denied'.

Delighted to hear that you enjoyed 'A World Invisible', Katherine. Thanks so much for letting me know - I'm sure I don't need to tell you how much I appreciate feedback! If you feel you might add a review on LT, that would be great - and one on Amazon would be great too!

I'm well into the planning stage of the final Rebecca story and expect to start writing very soon. This will put me a month or so ahead of last year's schedule, with the aim of releasing the book well before Christmas 2011 - fingers crossed, anyway!

All the best,

Great minds with but a single thought...*giggle*

I always thought Merry Mary might be an old English pub. Or a bordello.

Thanks for thinking of me. Mary Lou
Woo Hoo is right! Whew! I'm so glad they got there. I hope you enjoy them, whenever they happen to float to the top of your TBR pool.

Merry belated Christmas, and Happy New Year!

Hi Katherine!

Glad that you are looking forward to the Wodehouse - but did you get the other 2 books yet? Just curious...

Hope you are enjoying your holiday break!

Happy Reading,
Hi Katherine

Your card arrived a day or so after we got back from the wild blue yonder, but I've only now sat down and read the whole message (shame on me!).

I can think of few better pleasures than welcoming you and your husband to South Africa and showing you around. Early November wouldn't be too good -- it's too late for the Cape spring flowers and too early for the rains in the eastern half. Rather come late November -- early December or January-February. And if/when you do, I'd love to take leave and show you round! Although there's nothing faked about my post the other day in the weather thread, please be aware that that was not a standard shade temperature; Skukuza recorded "only" just over 40°C (105F) that day, and the pictures I'm working through show that the weather was then unsettled for a week, followed by continuous rain (at least here in Durban) ever since, with temperatures in the mid 20s -- low 30s C.

Hope you had a great Christmas and that a wonderful 2011 is in store for you.
Thank you for the Christmas greetings! That was a very nice surprise!

I'm doing OK given the reality of taking care of my dad. I don't get on LT as often as I would like these days.

How are you doing? Still enjoying your new job? I don't know how you handle all that temptation, that would be worse then a candy store for me!

I hope you also have a wonderful Christmas - Carol
Hi Katherine,

This is to let you know that my second book, 'A World Denied', is now out and available through Amazon and other on-line booksellers. As you might guess from the title, it continues the story begun in 'A World Invisible', and I am now in the planning stages of the third and final novel in the sequence.

'A World Denied' is published by Wooden Hill Press (ISBN: 978-0956443212) at $12.99. I really hope you will buy it and enjoy it!

Have a great Christmas,

This was part of Milne's introduction to his collection, 'The Sunny Side'. How could I resist?

"I wrote these things for a number of years, and - well, here they are. But just to say 'Here they are' is to be too informal for my publisher. He wants, not a casual introduction, but a presentation. Let me tell you a little story instead..."
You are in my thoughts often, and I am sure your relaxing and adjusting will come soon. Do not feel any guilt about contacting me. I read your posts, too! This is such a wonderful place for us all. Tae good care of yourself and your family.
Yay! spring has sprung! and the beasties are out and about! my sincere thanks and respect to you for appreciating this lovely little beastie, and NOT doing the average South African thing and stomping on it...

Makes me so despondent sometimes that people can be so willfully ignorant... they KNOW that the little snake in the garden is a brown house snake, and that its harmless, and they kill it anyway... because its a 'snake'...

I both LOVE and HATE the warm part of the year, because my reptile friends are back and moving around again! and because humans can now get at them... *sigh*

Congrats at seeing a lovely little garter snake! they ARE beautiful! here's wishing you many more beautiful things to see on your walks! take a camera so you can share with us! :)
I posted my review of Persona Non Grata, not sure how to do lovely links, so here is a link to the main page. I liked the book, and will be seeking out more of hers to read. Some of the reviewers were disappointed with the modern language, and I was too, at the beginning, but then I decided it was her method of making the story connect more with the modern reader and trying to make the Romans seem like real people, rather than make-believe historical figures.
Thank you, my dear. Today is going fairly well. I had a counseling session yesterday, and I'm working on my "homework!"
Glad you enjoyed The War Memoirs! Thanks for reading and reviewing.
I have a new profile picture at last!
NEIGHBOR is word misspelled in note today!
Katherine, I'm so glad you enjoyed it! My favorite of that series is the one that follows it, Paladin of Souls. If you haven't picked that one up yet, you have another treat in store...

Hi Katherine,

Just saying hello and instantly spotted your What-a-mess book! I love What-a-mess, have you enjoyed him? We are fine, enjoying some lovely weather at the moment. How's the big move going?

Lots of love, Jody xx

Some pictures of the makeover are on this thread.
I got your message right after I found the beautiful postcard in our mailbox. I'm glad you like the galleries and it sounds like you will be in a lovely city.

The renovations are going well, not quite finished but a big improvement on the way things were. I'm still waiting for my built in bookshelves though. The makeover show took away a lot of my bookcases and Andrew has taken the rest. I only have one small set left and a wardrobe piled high with books.

But even though the house isn't quite finished I've got my eye on what needs doing in the garden. I have plans for some steps and a low wall near the back gate. At the moment it's an upwards slope that is difficult to mow and I want it tidying up and making easier to take care of.

Talking of the makeover show, it's on TV here on May 6th so I'm hoping I will be able to post a link to at least a bit of it.

As you say, LOTS to think about, digest and monitor. Fortunately we have several years to do it in! Ever so many thanks for all your help and advice. It's all much appreciated and doesn't at all count as rambling on.

Good luck in Ottawa. I know one part-time resident from some botanical committees I serve on, and one full-time one via the same route. One delightful, the other a miserable old PITA. So I guess Ottawa, like most places, houses all sorts.
Ooooh! Look what I found for you :oD
Oh, you are wonderful! I needed to hear that this morning and it has made my day. Thank you.

How can it be FEBRUARY??? Not sure which of us is delinquent correspondent ~~~ hello from here, and hope all is well with you. Thursday night we will be seeing Chitra Divacaruni. Have you read any of her books?
Hi Katherine,
So glad you enjoyed Remarkable Creatures! I need to read it ASAP. We have three more books up on Early Reviewers this month with plenty more to come so keep an eye out!

Happy New Year,
Hi there Secret Santa!

Thanks so much for the excellent books you chose for me! I didn't open the package from Amazon when it arrived (which was...last week, I think?), suspecting it was from my SantaThing; I asked my husband to open and wrap it because I wanted to wait till Christmas--and so he did, and so I did, and I love them! I have not read either one before, and in fact I had only seen the title of "Ysabel" in passing, and had not even heard of the book by Card.

Both books sound right up my alley and I'm looking forward to reading them. Yay! Thanks again, you chose for me very thoughtfully and I appreciate that.

How wonderful that you've met Guy Gavriel Kay!

Hope your SantaThing experience went just as well and hope you had a Merry Christmas today! :-)
Well, the title stuck in my head after you mentioned it... it seems like a month or so ago, but I'm sure it must be longer. My poor leaky brain.

Well, isn't that what we all want for Christmas -- demonic paradox, damnation and death? Seriously, I hope you enjoy them both. Do let me know how you enjoy The Elegance of the Hedgehog -- it's on my wishlist, too. It was really fun picking for you -- the challenge was finding the books I wanted in print! You share some of my "softer edged" favorites like Elizabeth Goudge that no one seems to read any more. One in that vein I thought you might enjoy but didn't send because it's not especially literary is [Coming Home] by Rosamund Pilcher, which always makes me think of Christmas time. I'm not sure why-- maybe because that's when I read it!

At any rate, I enjoyed being your Santa this year. Happy holidays -- I hope Santa brings you lots more books!

Those look lovely and thanks for thinking of me Katy. I'm currently on a book buying moratorium as I'm unemployed. Back in school full time and without any income so I'm trying to be frugal. I've rediscovered the local library system (2nd largest in the US) so I'm not lacking things to read.
Thank you for the parcel, it arrived today to the delight of Scottie as much as me, she was sniffing it hopefully (and in vain, I'm not sharing). There is a small something on the way to you too but I only posted it on Tuesday so I doubt it will be with you just yet.
I figured out my email error. I got all the o's but omitted the h. hehehehe

love, K
OK, I just sent you an email at 10:55 am on Thursday morning. Hope this one works. love, K
we actually had very little wind on Wednesday night; it is still rainy, though. Greta and I went for a short walk and she kept shaking herself...whew, too wet, she says. The other two....they don't like it outside at all.

I'll try the email again.

love, K
hello, hope this finds you well and happy and that the recent rain and wind has not driven you to rash behaviors....hehehe

did you get my email?

love, Karen
will, here I come

Thanks for asking.

love, K
Ooh. Look what I just found. I can't wait. I hope he does another reading in Victoria.

Thank you! One child is doing pretty well, and the other is really ill. Fever went up to 104 yesterday. It's tough because this one can't swallow pills, so chewables have to be ground up and put in a shake. :o/ So far I'm fine. I wonder if/and hope that this bug is one I've had over the years. Half the school is sick with this chest/cough thing. Luckily there are only a few isolated cases of H1N1, so far.

I'll add that book to my wishlist. Thanks for thinking of me.
*waves back* we are fine and got your lovely polar bear postcard, thank you. There are postcards on the way to you too.
Thank you for the smile and the hug. I felt it clear down here! Mary Lou
My goodness, katylit, we have a lot of books in common! I have yet to enter my non-fiction (waiting for the CueCat to arrive) and I suspect we'll share a few of those too as I also enjoy knitting, quilting, general craft stuff. Cheers!
Thanks ever so much! I will be writing soon!

I am so glad you had a happy visit with all. And new books, too! One of the best parts of coming home is the happies the doggies do - dancing, and jumping, and motor tails waggin'

Nicky, Greta Garbo and Buckwheat are all well and happy. Greta is asleep under my right elbow as I type this on my lap top. I've been very busy with way too many activities but I seem to be keeping my head above water.

Your little sculpture doesn't look like a bumble bee but if you say so, we will call it one!

Take care of yourself. And I'll see you soon, one way or another I am sure.


Got your letter a few days ago. I hope to get a reply to you in the next week or so. Bear with me things have been crazy.


Oh no. I checked out the Folio Society devotees group and I can feel myself getting sucked into becoming a member and getting books. But it did also inspire me to read Hansel and Gretel, from the FS Grimms Fairy Tailes, to Tam and Jaden. I love the illustrations. And Jaden's eyes went so round when he realized the witch wanted to roast the kids!

Hope you're doing well.
Hi there. Sorry for the delay in replying..haven't been around too much. I loved 'The Girls', a very sensitive portrayal from an author who has no personal experience of conjoined twins. Hope your niece is still having a good's coming into Spring/Summer now, so the weather has been lovely.

'See you the day after tomorrow!'

Wow, seeing it like that, it smacked me with how soon we'll be meeting up.
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