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CollectionsSlightly Foxed (1), Read in 2014 (10), Read in 2013 (23), Read in 2012 (55), Read in 2011 (64), E Book (12), Read in 2010 (82), Read before 2008 (23), Britain in Pictures (20), Archipelago (8), Folio (210), First edition. (136), Signed. (132), Advanced reader copy (3), Read in 2008 (116), Read in 2009 (153), Your library (5,916), Wishlist (30), Currently reading (3), Read and given away (37), Read but unowned (105), All collections (6,121)

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TagsFiction. English. (817), Fiction. American. (398), Fiction. Canadian. (196), Biography. (95), Fiction. Irish. (86), History. English. (81), History. (80), Fiction. French. (66), Fiction. English. Virago. (64), Biography. English. (60) — see all tags

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Books Read 2013:

On Rare Birds by Anita Albus****
These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer ***
Tolstoy and the Purple Chair by Nina Sankovitch***
Topkapi: The Light of Day by Eric Ambler***
Train Dreams by Denis Johnson****
Say Her Name by Francisco Goldman***
A Hologram for a King by Dave Eggers****
A Gift of Stones by Jim Crace*****
The Last Crusade by Nigel Cliff*****
Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household*****
The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman****
The Fall of Kelvin Gray by Alasdair Gray****
Life after Life by Kate Atkinson****
An Exclusive Love by Johanna Adorjan****
The Devil on Horseback by Victoria Holt***
Harvest by Jim Crace*****
The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin*****
How to Host a Dinner Party by Corey Mintz***
Muse by Mary Novik****
The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks****
A Question Of Identity by Susan Hill****

Books read 2014

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton*****
The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Agatha Christie***
What Are You Looking At by Will Gompretz****
Paper: An Elegy by Ian Sanson****
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie****
A Death in the Family by Karl Ove Knausgaard****
Tenth of December by George Saunders*****
The Perfect Nazi by Martin Davidson****
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt*****
The Secret History by Donna Tartt*****
I am a Stranger by John Hackett****
My Grandfather and Father, Dear Father by Dennis Constanduros****
Our Tempestuous Day by Carolly Erickson****
Goya by Robert Hughes*****
Almost English by Charlotte Mendelson

GroupsAnd Other Stories, Author Theme Reads, Barbara Pym, BBC Radio 3 Listeners, BBC Radio 4 Listeners, Bloomsbury Group and their friends, Book Nudgers, Booker Prize, Canadian Bookworms, Club Read 2011show all groups

Favorite authorsJane Austen, J.M. Coetzee, Jim Crace, Richard Dawkins, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Gustave Flaubert, Michael Frayn, Kazuo Ishiguro, Hilary Mantel, Ian McEwan, Susan Sontag, Rose Tremain, William Trevor, Stefan Zweig (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresMacLeod's Books, Russell Books

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Real nameKaren

LocationVancouver Canada

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceMar 4, 2007

Currently readingOur Tempestuous Day: A History of Regency England by Carolly Erickson
The Last Crusade by Nigel Cliff
Legacy (Penguin Classics) by Sybille Bedford

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Hi Karen--
How amazing that we would connect here, with the thousands of people inhabiting the space!

We knew Gerald and Pearl when they lived in Peace River (Pearl's lovely book store was such a welcome addition to our businesses). I think Beulah was a Freeland, which is another family we know here.

We sometimes hike past the Baldwin graves on Misery Mountain. I haven't read Ged's book yet, but must now make it a priority!
Thank you for your kind words about my review of Haffner...and how nice to meet a fellow Canuck! I find that almost all of your favourite authors are also my are you finding the Night Circus? I am intrigued with the generally very positive reviews that I have seen of it.
Hello Karen,

A few years ago you invited me to join Dutch writing in English. Today I found out about the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Netherlandic Studies ( Twice a year they publish a journal, the back issues of which can be found on the website. Are you aware of their existence?

I found a good piece there concerning Hella Haasse's Een nieuwer testament (Threshold of fire) - which, incidentally, Haasse considered to be her best book. It certainly is a fine novel (set in 5th century Rome).

Anyway - I just thought you might like the website.

All the best - Frank
Hi Karen,

I noticed you rating or Emily Carr's Sister and I: From Victoria to London. I have only read one of Carr's works so far and found I really enjoyed the conversational approach she takes in her writing. This one, which completely missed my radar screen, sounds like one I will enjoy reading. I have added Sister and I to my "For Later" list with my local library.

Hi Karen,

I hope you enjoy the Reinvention of Love when you get to it. It is always great to find people from Vancouver/Victoria here on LT. I took a quick glance at your library and LT recommends a number of books there so in true LT form, I am adding to my TBR pile by dropping by to say hi!

Glad you enjoyed it! Have a good weekend.
Hi, Karen

Back in 2009 you recommended a science book by Ben Goldacre, which I ordered from BookDepository, but haven't quite managed to get to yet!--anyway, TED talks just posted a video by him. Thought of you right away and thought also that you might enjoy it. . .
Hi Karen,

Thanks for the welcome. You have a pretty impressive collection too! I'm happy to meet another devotee from Vancouver. I also notice you are friends with Cauterize, who is one of my best friends (and actually got me onto LibraryThing in the first place). Small world :)

Hi--I wish I had it, it was actually veilofisis who posted photos of it! But one day... it shall be mine. (Feels worse than greedy to get another copy so soon after getting the French edition...)

I also like Folio's Sakuntala, that one is bound in silk.
Hi Karen,

Found you in one of the threads, somewhere ... Popped in to say hi and I see that we have well over 100 books in common. Wow : ), that's a happy find for me. I'm going to add you to my interesting libraries.

I'm also in BC, the Okanagan.

Oh, you got that pretty Folio Vathek, Karen! How do you like it?
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