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Member: littlebookworm

CollectionsYour library (2,251), Kindle Books (287), Read but unowned (268), Favorites (48), All collections (2,805)

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Tagsunread (550), historical fiction (515), fantasy (512), historical romance (323), read 2009 (283), non-fiction (249), read 2010 (249), ya (232), read 2011 (187), read 2008 (184) — see all tags

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About meNot sure where I'm going in life these days, but I know I'll be reading.

About my libraryI read almost everything.

Groups1001 Fantasy Roadies, 20-Something LibraryThingers, Algonquin Readers Round Table, ARC Junkies, Bloggers, Books Compared, Brandeis University community, Brandon Sanderson Fans, Early Reviewers, Elizabethan Englandshow all groups

Favorite authorsJane Austen, Jacqueline Carey, Bernard Cornwell, Robin Hobb, Kazuo Ishiguro, Guy Gavriel Kay, Stephen King, George R. R. Martin, Robin McKinley, Michelle Moran, Sharon Kay Penman, Brandon Sanderson, Leo Tolstoy, Edith Wharton (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresBack Pages Books, The Harvard Coop, Waterstone's York (old location)

Favorite librariesCentral library, York, University of York - Borthwick Institute for Archives, York Minster Library

Homepagehttp://medievalbookworm.com

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Real nameMeghan

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Member sinceDec 7, 2006

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Hi, littlebookworm. I see you read my novel, An Involuntary King. Hope you enjoyed it.

Nan Hawthorne
I'm glad you like Ella Minnow Pea! I've started thinking seriously about getting other Mark Dunn books, but the TBR pile is just so huge already . . .
I don't know if you've gotten to Ella Minnow Pea yet, but I hope you enjoy it! It's a pretty quick read.
Hi! I have just discovered Cynthia Harrod-Eagles 'The Founding' and enjoyed your review. I read a lot, but not usually historical fiction. Could you suggest any other books about Yorkshire or its history that you have enjoyed?
Thanks!
i just loved 'elegance of the hedgehog'!!!!
Why do you think I picked them up? :P

I haven't gotten to them yet, because of course I have this giant pile to deal with and school starts in a week. (!!!) I think I might try the first one before school starts, though. Just to get out of trying to write reviews or organizing my room, of course.

Was it you who recommended The Apothecary Rose? I read it a week or two ago. Pretty good!
My TBR pile is over 100, AND I'm in a reading funk.

I blame work.

Maybe I can get some sort of compensation. :-)
Okay, girlfriend! Let's see what you got... :)
check out this review of Big Sid's Vincati
http://fish.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/14/fathers-sons-and-motorcycles/
Thank you for participating in my new thread
Hey there, I see you responded to a post of mine back in April (http://www.librarything.com/topic/61021#1211577) and I forgot to go back and check the thread. Thank you for the input. I can well believe that medieval Spain is still a wide open field of scholarship. Sadly, I am just an armchair historian and this is something I dabble in during my spare moments. Good luck with your studies. It must be fabulous to be pursuing a degree at York.
Hi this is Amanda, another member of historicalfictiononline.com. I added checked out your blog and it looks great, and I can see myself stopping by often! I am a LT addict too. As soon as a new book comes in the door, I am itching to add it to LT.
Noticed that you liked The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here (as well as on a few other book-related sites). I thought you might like my novel since it's been compared to that novel by a number of reviewers. I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like. Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:

http://christophertusa.com/

Thanks,

Chris
thank you! I have sent it to you.
Hi littlebookworm,

And many thanks for joining us and contributing.

When you say-I'm learning how to set myself in the Middle Ages- it reminds me of [Sarah Waters] and her sense of time and place in her books like Tipping the Velvet, etc. I think her settings were great.

Have you read her? Do you think her settings hold up under the scrutiny of your evaluation?

Ur.
Meghan -

I figured that Etsuko married Keiko/Mariko's father on the rebound and because she liked his father so much. Somehow, sometime during her pregnancy she became disillusioned and left him I think; or possibly he was killed (there was something odd about those business partners of his who show up to the house drunk one night) Then she struck out on her own, was not a very good mother at that time, resented Keiko/Mariko, during this time she met the Englishman/American, coerced him into marrying her, moved to England and had the second daughter -- but obviously permanently screwed up her first child in the process. In her mind reflecting back, she is looking at herself before and after this big split in her life; two disparate realities, coexisting. I imagine much like people in Hiroshima thinking about their lives before and after the bomb. Thats how I put it together, but have no idea whether that is a correct interpretation - I haven't really read any other internet theories. I am not much of a computer person, where does one even look to find such things?

I'll have to try 'Remains of the Day', although I already saw the movie long ago. I definately recommend 'Enduring Love.' It seems McEwan is very hit or miss, though. Jen
Hi! I read your review of Pale View of the Hills - I just read it a few months ago, but unfortunately it is not fresh in my mind anymore. It certainly left alot unsaid and it is hard to know what really happened. I figured that Etsuko was actually her "friend" Sachiko and her daughter that committed suicide, Keiko, was obviously her "friend's" daughter Mariko. But how and why did she move to the U.S.? What happened to the husband in the early part of the narrative? Who is the father of her younger daughter? When or did she ever work in the noodle-shop? What about this broken engagement and a former life of privelidge? It is hard to piece all of this together. What was your take on it?

Anyway, it mas my first Ishiguro and although I liked it -- it was almost too vague to leave a lasting impression.

Happy reading! Jen
Thanks for the advice Little Book Worm. I have read so many books but failed to enter them. Need to do that! Good advice!
I read your review of Run. Please let me know when you've finished Bel Canto. I'd love to know what you think of it.

regards,
Valleymom
I am expecting to have a great time. And I am very interested to note and share how the Kindle does.

Talk with you on return.
Hi. I just sent you a friend invite. I recently stumbled on your blog and really like it! It seems like we have a lot of books in common.
Hey, Marie-Therese came today. Thanks, I can't wait to read it!
I just read your review of _The Hero and the Crown_ by Robin McKinley. Since you enjoyed it, I thought that I would also recommend _The Blue Sword_ and _Beauty_ also by Robin McKinley. Beauty has the fairy tale feel you remember. In fact, it is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast that is also somewhat similar to Disney's Beauty and the Beast (especially the library). Blue Sword is in the same universe as Hero and the Crown and also has the feel of a historical romance. Happy reading!
Thanks again for posting about the Hyperion Schooled giveaway. I didn't snag a copy through ER so I'm a happy camper :)
Thanks. I spotted it yesterday through Goggle reader and got it posted. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Take your time! I actually bought the previous two used from amazon and got them this week, but there's no way I'll have time to tackle all three before the book gets published. I'll be sure to link to your review once it's up!
Of course I wouldn't mind :) And you don't have to loan me anything- I already have too many ARCs to read. Just send me a private message w/ your address.
I definitely want to read the Arthurian series next. Hopefully, I'll get around to starting it this year. So many books to read; the pile just keeps getting bigger. I have to add London now too, and Roma by Steven Saylor (not heard of that one).

I am very interested in classical history. I love to study any ancient civilization (Greece, Rome, Egypt, Mayan, etc). The history from ancient to medieval times simply fascinates me, especially all of the construction projects they managed to build given the technology and tools they had.

Steven
http://steventill.com
I have been enjoying the Saxon Chronicles. The Pale Horseman was kind of slow but it really picked up near the end. I really started to dislike Uhtred's character, as well, but I think that is what makes Cornwell such a good writer: his characters definitely have flaws. I also really enjoyed the Grail Quest Series. That was the first series of Cornwell's that I ever read. A friend of mine recommended the Archer's Tale, and ever since, Cornwell has been my favorite.

As for Rutherfurd, I really enjoyed Sarum. Now, I've only read Sarum and The Forest, so of the two, I liked Sarum much better. The first half of Sarum is a lot better, in my opinion, than the last half. The first half focuses on ancient to medieval England, so maybe that's why I liked it more, but the characters also seemed more interesting. How far back does London start? Sarum begins in about 10,000 BC or so.

Steven
http://steventill.com
Always nice to find other fans of Cornwell and Martin. I'm currently finishing up the Saxon Chronicles. Still have Lords of the North and Sword Song to read. What's your favorite series by Cornwell? I also still have A Feast for Crows left to read before Dance with Dragons comes out. How did you like Feast for Crows compared to the other three?

Steven Till
http://steventill.com
Those a great prices! I would have gone nuts, too.
:o)
You are adding books like crazy!
:o)
Wow, I didn't notice how many books we share! I'm glad you like GWTW, too. I tell people I can't be friends with them unless they've seen it, hehe.

~Jenny
Hello! Found you through The Green Dragon. :)

I just bought Kushiel's Dart today because it looked interesting. How do you like that series?

~Jenny
Meghan,

I haven't been to York, alas, although I'm sure I'd enjoy it. I did some traveling--spent a week in Scotland, a weekend in Bath, a weekend in Paris, and made a little trip into Wales. Each one its own little bit of heaven . . .

Almost all the history in my LT library is colonial/early American history; I have quite a few books I haven't entered yet, including, of course, the ancient, medieval, and Renaissance stuff. Most of those are probably from my college days, but the colonial material reflects a more recent interest in that period.

Aside from that, I obviously read a lot of fantasy and mystery books! (And like to cook.)

I entered graduate school (at UCLA) with five other hopeful medievalists; I believe only one of us survived in that program, although I think another one went to Cambridge. One guy became an accountant (!) and my best friend in the program studied international relations and economics, and now works for the government. I ended up in (mostly reference) publishing. Life is a funny old thing!

Good luck--having a good handle on languages is enormously important for medieval studies, as you already know.

Cheers,
Elizabeth
Hi,

I had to add you to my interesting libraries list based on what you said in the thread about whether/how you shop in bricks & mortar bookstores--and then I came here and read your bio and really had to add you! Once upon a time, I also intended to study medieval history, but eventually realized I just didn't have the aptitude for languages that seemed necessary (especially Latin!). Fortunately, I remembered that I like my native language, so I ended up with a master's in English Literature ;-)

Good luck--your plans for your education sound very exciting! I was able to spend some time in Oxford (not as a student, but connected with my work) and I loved, loved, loved it.

Elizabeth
Hi

I saw you on the Green Dragon group. I was looking under blogs for someone. When I came here I saw you were listening to Villette. It is one of my fav, how do you like it?
Congrats on finishing your thesis - such a big undertaking. Must be a weight off your shoulders!

I really liked Lady of the Roses, so much so, that I ordered her other books right away! I think your library will give me a ton of ideas for the TBR pile (mine is quite large as well).
We have quite a lot of books in common! I checked out your blog and loved it! Your reviews are great. Good luck with your schooling - your senior thesis sounds very interesting!
How was Through a Glass Darkly by Karleen Koen? I have a copy of it floating around somewhere but haven't had a chance to start it yet.
Hi!
After reading your review of The Venetian Mask I popped over to check your library out. We seem to have some pretty similar tastes at times. Your major/minor sounds fascinating; good luck in school!
Hey littlebookworm, if you're planning an MA in medieval lit, you should check out the website Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog. Smart and funny at the same time. There's a t-shirt that says, "got medieval?" Among others. :)
Thanks for the tip, Meghan. (I love that name, btw.) Yes, I was serious, but have resigned myself to delayed gratification. I enjoyed reading your profile and wish you luck in your studies. I'm not a history buff, but medieval (and renaissance) history sounds fascinating. I also enjoyed looking at your blog. I just started my own and have not gotten very far yet, but I'm sure I'll get the hang of it. See you soon!
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