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About meReading whenever I can (usually when I can least afford to).

About my libraryIncludes books I've read, books I own but haven't read, books I want to read someday...basically it's a bit confusing, but I've tried to use tags and collections to keep it somewhat organized. I try to categorize things like time period for historical fiction, country where the book takes place, whether it's a retelling or based on something else, and whatever else it occurs to me to include.

Groups20-Something LibraryThingers, 50 Book Challenge, 75 Books Challenge for 2009, 75 Books Challenge for 2010, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, Early Reviewers, Fairy Tales Retold, FantasyFans, Girlybooks, Group Reads - Literatureshow all groups

Favorite authorsJane Austen, Shannon Hale, Kazuo Ishiguro, Madeleine L'Engle, Tamora Pierce, Terry Pratchett, Edith Wharton (Shared favorites)

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aww, what is going to happen to the book club without your unifying/organizing/presidential presence??? you'll still be the pres, just in abesentia. maybe we can skype. or something. i've been on a fantasy/paranormal kick. finally read daughter of smoke and bone. no words. so amazing/wonderful/beautiful. thank you so much for getting it for me (oh so long ago.) still hoarding days of blood and starlight and holding off on reading it. i'm so weird about books sometimes : P have you read it yet?
i LOVED it!!! it was brilliant, wonderful, beautiful! and i listened to it on audiobook, and the narration was amazing. i can't gush enough about it. and i bought the book to read it over again : )
Okay, you have to tell me: what is it with the "Rory Gilmore" tag? LOL!
Hello, Remember when you dropped by my 50 Books Challenge thread? You had said that The Tale of Terror: A Study of the Gothic Romance by Edith Birkhead sounds really interesting. I had said that I have added some Gothic books from Birkhead's lists. Well, I've read and reviewed Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock. It's a satire on Gothic romance like Northanger Abbey. I liked it very much. Like me you've also read Northanger Abbey. So, I thought you'd be interested to know.

The review is on my 50 Books Challenge thread here,


Thanks for picking out my SantaThing books! They both look good and I'll be reading them soon.

Happy holidays!
I'm so glad you like them! I had a hard time picking and ended up going with what I loved, since we seem to have similar tastes. Enjoy, and happy holidays!
Hello, I found your review of The Concubine's Daughter interesting, especially as nobody else seems to have noticed the flaws that you point out, so I thought I'd pop in and tell you.
Our books in common include many of my favourites - I'll look out for more of your reviews.
Noticed you liked The God of Small Things, 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 grief-stricken family. 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). Here's a link to a summary (and a sample chapter)in case you'd like to read more about the novel before you commit:


no no no, it's not rude at all, i'm awful at picking out gifts. specific is awesome. perfect - hope you don't mind not being surprised : ) as for me... a book a book any book would be great! ummm... The Kestrel (Lloyd Alexander), The Beggar Queen (Lloyd Alexander), Unaccustomed Earth (Jhumpa Lahiri), Waiting for the Barbarians (Coetzee), Enchantment (Orson Scott Card), North and South (Gaskell). haha, I could go on forever, take your pick, or anything you can think of would of course be great. i'm starting on the Explosionist and LOVE it!!!
gah, right, i knew that! i need to do shopping too. what do you want for christmas?
hola, some of the "to read" tags mean I have the book and haven't gotten around to reading it yet - but most of the "to read"s are books i don't own. there are way too many of them! excited for the song contest this week? : )
Welcome to the 2009 75 Books Challenge group. Thanks for joining in!
p.p.s. i was skimming through reviews of never let me go and someone described it as chick lit!?!?!?! color me baffled.
oh my god, just finished never let me go and let me tell you that book has put me through the wringer - practically sobbing i was - am! argh! ishiguro is two for two in leaving me an emotional wreck by the end of his novels. i love how he filters through layer after layer of memory. brilliant, but so heartbreaking. is artist of the floating world as bad - because i don't think i can take much more. have you seen equilibrium btw? nlmg just reminds me of it a bit...

p.s. on a completely different note, saw twilight (rachel made me!) and it was HILARIOUS. the sparkling, oh the sparkling! poor cedric diggory how you have fallen : P
Thanks for the reminder about the alternate version of the 1001 spreadsheet. I downloaded it once, but the program crashed on me. I'm going to try again, because I simply love its simplicity of use.
just finished the remains of the day... oh my god that book is amazing!!! at first i was like, what? a butler? what could be interesting about a butler? silly silly me. i actually cried. what's another book by ishiguro that you would recommend - you're a big fan of his right?
Boy, am I going to be a horrible English teacher with that kind of grammar!

"your faith in me" is so much better! Sorry for posting twice but it won't let me edit...grrr..
Thanks for your enthusiastic congrats!...and you're faith in me!

It was a such expedited process that my head is still spinning. I found out about this particular program/partnership in March, applied in May, took the GREs about 3 weeks ago, interviewed last Monday, and by Thursday I was in! I start taking classes in August and start teaching/taking classes in Sept! Now I just have to learn how to breathe again...

I really enjoy your list, and I hope your reading pace doesn't have to suffer the way mine did. I sort of go insane when I can't read the things that I want to read..."But I've been sane for awhile now, and change is good." - Wash, Firefly
indeed very clever and very procrastination-y, and now i will join you in procrastinating....
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