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Member: kiwiflowa

Books2,761 books cataloged

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About my libraryMy library is not a real life library that I have in my home especially now that I have an e-reader. It's a virtual library of books I have read or want to read.

5 stars = Books in my forever shelf to be reread throughout the years. Not highbrow at all with a lot of childhood favourites.

4.5 stars = Books I very much liked and will actively recommend to others to read.

4 stars = Books that I enjoyed reading from childhood right through to today. Not for everyone, might be too genre specific or perhaps has a flaw which prevents me from actively pushing friends/family to read.

3.5 stars = Books that I'm still glad to have read, but with also with serious flaws. On balance though the good outweighed the bad.

3 stars = Mediocre books that I don't hate but don't like either. I will probably quickly forget most of the plot to this book - or even that I've read it at all.

2.5 stars and below = Books so bad that it leaves an impression and/or makes me angry. Memorable for the wrong reasons.

Favorite authorsMargaret Atwood, Jane Austen, Bill Bryson, Agatha Christie, Michael Connelly, Colin Cotterill, E. L. Doctorow, Neil Gaiman, Helene Hanff, Charlaine Harris, Georgette Heyer, Harper Lee, Frank McCourt, Margaret Mitchell, L. M. Montgomery, Tim O'Brien, Sharon Kay Penman, Rainbow Rowell, J. K. Rowling, John Steinbeck, Donna Tartt, J. R. R. Tolkien, Penny Vincenzi, Jesmyn Ward, Edith Wharton, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Connie Willis, Jacqueline Winspear (Shared favorites)

VenuesFavorites | Visited

Favorite bookstoresBook Barn, Chapter Books Cafe Tea, Jason Books, Time Out Bookstore, Unity Books

Favorite librariesAuckland Central City Library, Epsom Community Library, University of Auckland General Library

Membership LibraryThing Early Reviewers/Member Giveaway

Real nameLisa

LocationNew Zealand

Account typeprivate, lifetime

Member sinceMay 19, 2007

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No Lisa - that one is not the right answer!
Thank you!
I admit to hoping that my husband takes this job. I think it would be such a good experience for our whole family!
If (or really, when) I have more questions, I will let you know. :)
Hi again,
Thanks for getting back to me. Great to have so many keen takers for the book swap. Most of the participants will be from NZ, as oddly, the Aussies have in large not been keen through circumstance or time.
I think as far as the book you give goes, tidy-good condition would be good. Maybe the old adage give as you would have given unto you (@>?) would suit? :)
Definitely used, or new if you are willing to part with it.

Ill draw the names and PM everyone in early Nov with who they have got. Then the giver can PM their person with the list and to get addresses.
See you, Megan
Hi Lisa, are you interested in doing a Christmas book swap? Amongst NZ, Aus, and SE Asian dwellers from the 75 group.
My idea is for names to be drawn out of who is interested and whoever is designated the giver, makes a list of 10 books they are willing to part with, and the receiver picks the one most to their liking. All done through private messaging once I have drawn and allocated the people involved.
Me (megan)
Cushla (cushlareads)
Alex (roundballnz)
Leonie (kiwinyx)
Kerry (Avatiakh)
Paul (PaulCranswick the SE Asian contingent)
Prue (PrueGallagher)
OK, now I need help. Who else have we got out there in the region?

I just noticed you have Cloud Atlas in your library, but it's not rated. If you're up for reading it I'm hosting my first readalong in March with a fellow book blogger and that's the book we picked! You should join in if your reading schedule isn't booked. I keep hearing it's a book that sparks great discussions.

-Melissa (Avid Reader)

Lisa, more than a pleasure to accept your friends invitation. Have seen your name on plenty of threads especially amongst several of your compadres from New Zealand! As you may have read I am hoping to bring my tribe over to your shores for a holiday sometime in the new year and it would be nice to perhaps catch up with yourself, Leonie, Megan, Kerry and Cushla at that time. We do share a lot of books and it will be interesting to see what you are reading in the coming year and beyond. Seasons greetings to you too and best wishes for 2012 and always.
Hi Lisa, instead of posting books we could meet up in January again? Have you got many plans for then? I'll leave a message seeing if Kerry is interested as well.
Hi Lisa, thanks for leaving me a note. Work is still crazy but my hubby bought me a new Macbook Air which is very cool and so I have a computer again - finally. I am now determined to catch up with all the people and threads on LT but there is so much to catch up on!! Sounds like you are as busy at work as me, going into christmas as well! Hope you get some time off to shop..
Hi Lisa, I was just now looking for your 12/12 thread and didn't find it. Have you put it up yet?

Hi Lisa,

It was great to meet you recently and we should catch up again soon. I will be back on LT properly next week so hopefully I'll catch up on everyone's threads soon. (laughing at my own optimism!)

Hi Lisa--I'm back in Seattle now--rainier and colder than Aukland, but good to be home.

I really enjoyed meeting you, and it was interesting to talk politics with you. Keep me advised on your elections.

Could you PM me your email address if you would like me to send you copies of the pictures?


Lisa! I just noticed your post on my thread! Yes, we do read a lot of similar books - you are quite correct!I'll have to go visit you on your thread!

Thanks so much for your good wishes Lisa - and for the great compliment of adding me to your Interesting Libraries! I am so excited about my holiday, I can hardly breathe!
My goodness, Lisa - we could almost be twins we have so many books in common! And so many odd choices in common, too. Love your library - happy reading!
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.


Hi Lisa,

I was going to ask you if you'd mind moving a TIOLI entry for points - my copy of The Death Maze has no city name on p 17 so I've had to list it in challenge 4.


Hi Lisa!
You seem to always show up on my similar libraries / groups list so I came to check out your library- very impressive, I love your Jane Austen collection and I didn't even know about the Pamela Aidan series about Mr Darcy so will have to read them! Good to see another Kiwi on here too :)
Hi there!
I think your library is brilliant, you've got some material here! That's why I added you as one of my "Interesting Libraries".
I've also checked your 2011 TBR list and I think you should consider "The tennant of Wildfell Hall" by Anne Brontë in your classics. I see you've read Jane Eyre and you liked it, so I guess that book is a sure shot for you. I also noticed " I capture the castle", I loved that book, such an elegant and sensitive tale!
I also read The Book Thief last year and I was really moved by that story and the way it was told.
I'd be great to have some recommendations back, I'm sure you could help me broaden my reading views!
See you around!

Got it! Thanks.
I think I need your whole name to address the package:-) Believe it or not, I found that I had a lovely paperback copy of Bellefleur in my collection. It's an early 80s mass market ("pocket") size one, so I'll send it along. It's in fab shape considering its age. - Lois
Lisa, what a great list of books on your wiki! I've read quite a few of them, and there are many that I want to read. I'll also be checking out the new-to-me books. Here's to a wonderful year of reading to you. When will you find time to cross-stitch?

We share too many books and reading interests not to have you marked. Sure. Besides I like the international flavor on my friends and interesting libraries.
Thanks for the interesting library add! I'm always curious; how did you bump into me?
Oops, never mind. I just read your TIOLI post. Sometimes weather is our friend.
How's it going with the weirdo. Are you staying safe?
Hi Lisa,

Looks like we have some of the same taste. I wandered over here from the Speak thread. I live in the US, work with 11-13 year olds in a school, & write YA fantasy.

Talk to you later!
It looks like we have very similar taste. If you have any great recommendations send them my way!

Hi Lisa. Thanks for picking my library as interesting. I must say, it's growing leaps and bounds what with BM and LT. Mine is mostly virtual as well;I haven't yet read most of what's listed as much of my "real library" is in boxes and uncatalogued. Someday....
You have such eclectic tastes. I enjoyed looking through your books. I was long stuck in a rut but since joining LT, my reading interests are expanding almost exponentially.

Hi Lisa, wow you have a lot of great books! Good to see other fans of Jean M Auel out there. I just finished reading Stephenie Meyer's book The Host, I recommend it. And Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman is one of my favorites too. Great Library!
Hi Lisa, Thanks for adding me to your Interesting Libraries list. By the way, I also loved The March, which is on your best of 2009 list. Rebecca
I read Brave New World earlier this year. It is a stressful story, so I think having stress will only immerse you into it more. Hope you like it and your week goes well!
I see you have Shadow of the Wind on your list...that is why I added you to interesting libraries along with the fact that we have a lot of books in common. :)

Shadow of the Wind is my all-time favorite profile photo is of the courtyard where Nuria son and I went to Barcelona to find all the places in The Shadow of the was such fun.

Going to check out other books on your shelf to see what you have...I bet I will like all of the ones you have. :)

Keep in touch.

I'm just stopping by to ask how you are feeling and to say I hope you are better.

Take care,

Thank you for reading my rant. I usually don’t give this kind of extreme reactions for books which I don’t like, but this book was different. I don’t just dislike it. I absolutely hate it! I had to finish it just to see if there are any redeemable points in this book. I thought “so many people like it must be something good about it”. Oh how wrong I was! I’ve just started reading The Historian. Let’s see how this one goes.
Hi Lisa in New Zealand,

I'm honored that you listed me as one of your interesting libraries! And I see you also list my good mate, amandameale; whom I visited in person in Sydney last August (she's a fab person!) I hope you are getting all of what you hope to from your LT experience. It is what you make of it.

Just out of curiosity: Are you originally from the Netherlands? I ask because I saw you added a book by Ayaan Hirshi Ali. She used to live in the Netherlands and I never knew she was 'known' or that her books were published outside of Holland.
Thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries!

It's a good feeling when others share your love of books. Thanks again for participating
If you like reading about Mormons, I recommend Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer. I learned so much (disturbing) Mormon history from that book!
Thank you for joining my new thread
Aahhh this is probably how you found me, we're in the same NZ group together ^_^
Noticed you liked She's Come Undone, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here as well as a few other book-related sites. Thought you might like my book since it's also about a disturbed young girl's downward spiral and a bit dark. I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like (I'm out of physical copies at the moment). Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:


I just learned how to do "bold" and "italic" scripts. Go to Squeakychu if my explanation doesn't make sense.

You're going to use these brackets below but I have to show you with parentheses ( ) so that you can see the process rather than the product.

(b)bold(/b) for changing a word or phrase to bold, but use the brackets instead of parentheses.

(i)italic(/i) for changing a word or phrase into italics, but, again, use the brackets shown above.

Note: the / before the b or i within the second bracket. I missed that the first time I tried it. Good luck!

Hi Lisa - thanks so much for the offer of The Rose Grower on BookMooch when you're done. I'd love to take you up on that, if you're sure it's not too far to post? The last book I got from NZ made me feel v guilty as the mooch was accepted without a whimper - at least, not from the sender, for that's just what I did when I saw the postage price on the label when it got here!!

I was intrigued by your comment on my book nudge thread that you were lacking in NZ literature and had no desire to change this - may I be cheeky and ask why? (I have a theory that the word "dreary" is going to turn up somewhere in your answer, but I'm ready to be proved wrong!)

Just saw your post to Jim53 about the 44 books from the sale, and had a random thought you should book a trip to Wellington for the annual Downtown Ministry Seconhand book sale. It's held over a weekend in September. I don't think there's anything as big in Auckland and you'd be in heaven! It's massive - the events centre is filled with books and most of them are $$2 each, with really good fiction around $5. I came home with 3 boxes full and that was from an hour of buying...I tagged them all DCM bookfair 2008 if you want to see!

Hi, Lisa. On Go Review That Book!, I've created a group Wiki page to keep track of the progress of the game and the reviews that have been generated. Some may find it easier to read the reviews by having them in one handy place. There's a discussion thread in the group and this is the first Wiki page if you are interested in having a look. To avoid any difficulties with copyright, I'm seeking your consent to add your reviews to the group Wiki page.
Thought I'd bring our conversation on the NZ High School English curriculum over here! Funny you should mention "To the Is-land" - I got a copy of that as a prize in 7th form. I'm trying to remember what we did as far as novels go... I remember doing "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" (6th form), and "The Catcher in the Rye" (4th form?), and a few Shakespeares (The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth, and another tragedy, whose name escapes me). As far as NZ lit went, we did "The God Boy" I think, but I don't remember any others. Mostly I went off and read it by myself. My biggest bugbear was the so-called "English Comprehension", which I loathed. Although I did alright in English at school, I didn't love it. In fact, in 7th form I did some tutoring of a 4th form boy who was struggling in English, and his assignments smacked of bad planning and an uninspired curriculum. Sorry - got on my hobby horse a bit there - Rant over!
Hey, I was just reading your review of We Need To Talk About Kevin, and I wanted to make a quick comment. I thought it was surprising that you especially hated Eva--I really hated her husband! I thought her ambivalence was a bit disturbing, but understandable, given how completely her life changed, and what a possessive, domineering jerk her husband became as soon as she got pregnant. And, it seemed like she really did *know* Kevin better than Franklin did. All that stuff about how difficult he was couldn't have been just her projecting, given the way nannies quit and no other children would play with him from a young age. And, she did try her best to do right by Kevin, taking good care of him, even though she didn't much like him. You can't force yourself to like someone, as she points out herself. I do agree, though, that I liked her a lot better at the end of the book. It really was a fascinating one.

Anyway, I just wanted to throw this out there, because I like talking about that book, really. It was very nuanced and interesting, if not exactly enjoyable, due to the disturbing subject matter.
I've noticed we're both pretty avid Gabaldon fans! So I thought I'd say hello!

Hi Kiwiflowa,

I just read your comment about not being able to find many Booker long list books at Borders - I stumbled on the Welsh Girl at Parsons in Wellington a few weeks ago. Haven't read it yet but will get there! If you're in Wellington, you're welcome to borrow my copy.


(too chicken to post on the discussion group when I have yet to read any of the books!)
Hello, I just read your post on the Prizes group about reading past Booker winners. I am part of some reading groups outside of LT, and a few of us have joined together on a long-term project to read all of the Booker winners. I set up a "group blog" where we can post reviews of the books as we read them (you do not have to have your own blog to do this).

Check it out here if you're interested, and happy reading!
I've recently read all the books you are working on. I liked March a great deal, but they were all good.
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