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CollectionsYour library (2,575), To Read Shortlist (20), To read (488), Wishlist (20), Library Books (1), Returned Library Books (166), Oo, oo, oo, Wishlist (5), Read (881), Unread (909), Read in Part (110), Abandoned, Try Again (89), Abandoned (63), Read but unowned (62), Secondary Wishlist (54), MPG (404), Pratchett (44), Dragonlance (152), Thirkell (20), Tolkien (95), Star Wars (40), Star Trek (284), Favorites (12), Not Here (279), All collections (3,138)

Reviews338 reviews

Tags20th century (1,573), american (1,295), british (895), 21st century (745), science fiction (467), fantasy (347), not here (275), star trek (249), 19th century (197), borrowed (167) — see all tags

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About meI'm an early-thirty-something living in a house nestled into a tiny slice of countryside right at the edge of the city and with a lovely man who likes to sit and read almost as much as I do. I have a BA in English and history, an MA in Creative Writing, and a PhD in Creative Writing and currently work as an editor. These facts are only partly responsible for the proliferation of books.

My 2014 Thread at the 75-Books Challenge

My Blog, where I often talk about books and reading.

Older Reading Threads at LT:
My 2013 Thread at the 75-Book Challenge
My 2012 Thread at the 75-Book Challenge
My 2011 Thread at the 75-Book Challenge
My 2010 Thread at the 75-Book Challenge
My 2009 Thread at the 75-Book Challenge
My 2008 Thread at the 50-Book Challenge

About my libraryThe books in this catalogue belong to both me and my husband. For this reason and because we both read widely, you will find all sorts of books here. There's heaps of contemporary fiction (skewed to the British side) as well as significant collections of Tolkien criticism, writing craft theory, literary theory and criticism, history, science, science fiction, Star Trek, Dragonlance, and Pratchett.

With the exception of some composition textbooks lost in boxes in closets and the odd library book, every book that lives at or has passed through my home is in my cataglogue. Most of the books in my catalogue are in my possession, but a few hundred (returned library books, books loaned to me and returned, wishlist books, etc) are not.

My Tags:

I tag all of my books with century written and nationality of the author. I only add additional tags if I think it likely that I should like to be able to find that book along with similar others using a certain topic, such as "science fiction" or "ya" or "sexuality." Books tagged "bubblegum" are lighthearted, fun, easy reads that probably have little nutritional value. Books tagged "LW3" are those books belonging to my mother with which I have squirrelled off.

My Collections:

Favorites: My all-time, mostest of most favorite of favorite reads. Also those books which meant a great deal to me at some point in my life (many of them still do).

Wishlist: Where I put books I'd like to read. I remove books from this collection once I've acquired or read them.

Oo, oo, oo Wishlist Where I put books I really, really, really want to read, soon. I remove books from this collection once I've acquired or read them.

Secondary Wishlist Where I put books I may still want to read but am no longer very excited about. I'm not actively looking for them, but I don't want to forget about them. I remove books from this collection once I've acquired or read them.

MPG: Books belonging to my husband, most especially those he owned before we merged households but also any he would consider his and would like to be able to find easily in the catalogue.

Tolkien; Thirkell; Pratchett: Each of these authors has his or her own collection so that we can easily see which books we have by or about him or her. My collection of Tolkien criticism is significant, and my husband's Pratchett collection is large. The Thirkell collection is new to me, and grows slowly.

Star Trek; Dragonlance: I recently "finished" my Star Trek book collection. I have every TOS numbered novel through #88, as well as most of the novels that came out before they started numbering them and many of the hardcovers. Husband has an extensive (though nowhere near complete) Dragonlance collection.

To Read: Those books which I have been considering consistently in the last year or so whenever it's time to pick a new thing to read. The collection represents only a very small fraction of the books in my possession which I have not read. I remove books from this collection once I've read them.

Read: A quite accurate collection of books from my catalogue which I have read.

Unread: A somewhat selective collection of books from my catalogue that I have not read. A very different collection than "To Read," and not including books I have started and abandoned, books read in part, unread books still in my catalogue but no longer in my possession (such as returned library books), unread books I do not consider ones I would ever read in the whole (such as dictionaries, guidebooks, and other reference works), and books which belong to my husband and which came into our collection without my ever intending to read them. Perhaps the least "useful" of my collections, and existing mostly as a reminder that I do not necessarily need to go out and buy any more books. *snort*

Library Books: Books borrowed from the library and currently in my possession.

Returned Library Books: Library books I have returned, whether read or unread. If I subsequently acquire my own copy of one of these books, I remove the book from this collection.

My Rating System:

I think of my books in terms of the reading experience, not necessarily in terms of the quality of the thing itself. In other words, I might give Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire five stars because I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, while I might give Heart of Darkness three stars because I have had to force myself to keep going each time I've read it. Those ratings do not reflect any assessment on my part regarding the quality of the work (accept as far as enjoying a book suggests it is a "good" book). It doesn't, in other words, necessarily mean I hold Harry Potter above Heart of Darkness in terms of literary merit, writing quality, et cetera.

Zero Stars: I haven't read it.
One Star: The reading experience was wretched. I wouldn't touch it again if you paid me.
Two Stars: The reading experience was poor. I probably won't look at it again.
Three Stars: The reading experience was fair. I may not have liked the book, but I either learned something from it or concede that it is an important work despite my dislike of it. I would also put under this rating books that I enjoyed while reading but of which I had little meaningful recollection afterwards.
Three and one half Stars: The only half-star rating I find myself using frequently. These are the books I enjoyed quite a bit, probably do remember well and fondly, but probably wouldn't read again.
Four Stars: The reading experience was good. I liked the book quite a bit, and might read it again. I would probably recommend it.
Five Stars: The reading experience was fabulous. I love the book, and likely wouldn't object to dipping into it at any point--or maybe even rereading it in its entirety several times. I recommend it.

NB: The system, obviously, works best for works of fiction and creative nonfiction. For reference works, think of the ratings in terms of usefulness. Five stars indicates a reference I find indispensable. One star indicates a completely worthless reference. Three stars indicates usefulness, but not to any special degree.

Groups20-Something LibraryThingers, 50 Book Challenge, 75 Books Challenge for 2009, 75 Books Challenge for 2010, 75 Books Challenge for 2011, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, Anglophiles, Graduate Studentsshow all groups

Favorite authorsJane Austen, Stephen Fry, G. W. Hawkes, Robert A. Heinlein, Barbara Kingsolver, Jhumpa Lahiri, Jamie O'Neill, Robert Louis Stevenson, J. R. R. Tolkien, Sarah Waters, Virginia Woolf (Shared favorites)


Real nameLaura


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Member sinceDec 2, 2005

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So I can donate it to the liberry, then?
I'm organizing and purging today...I seem to have two identical copies of Pete Hamill's Snow in August. Is one of them yours, by any chance?
I just finished Eight White Nights. And clicked on your review to see what your feelings were. I put a reiew on Amazon which I truly never do. My review in a nutshell: You know those questionnaires of who might be your least favorite book characters ever? I finally have my answer.
I could have at least enjoyed the scenery, since I am familiar with that area, but dear god, they made me nts. I wish I had read the last page first. I could have saved myself a lot of reading. And really, I like Aciman!
I just wanted to say... you have a very amazing taste in books! Heh
Just a note to say how much I love - and agree with! - your review of David George's Star Trek Crucible: McCoy novel, even four years after the fact. I was feeling a bit mean about being so negative, so I was glad to find that someone else picked up on the same issues ('though I will say that at times the restored time line story line felt a bit like Guess Which Episode I'm Cleverly Summarizing for My Own Purposes Now'). Very witty, and very true! Thanks.
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2x well done: for a great set-up and the clever use of "echoes" :-)
I like this idea:

"I tag all of my books with century written and nationality of the author."

I'm going to steal it.
Welcome, welcome to Le Salon!
Hi! I just wanted to drop you a line and let you know how much I enjoyed reading your reviews. I came upon your writeup of Fellowship of the Ring after I finished reading that book and posting my own review, and was so impressed that I checked out all your others too. They betray the kind of intense insight I wish I had. Especially enjoyed your reviews of the Twilight series. Thanks for taking the time to post your very well-formed thoughts. Have a nice day!
I see you succumbed to The Water is Wide on the second go-round.
Also, I really dig your review of What Jane Austen Ate... Exceedingly helpful. May have to actually purchase it instead of just stealing the library's copy.
I upgraded. I will try to be more present on the LT now.
You read "Cherry Ames". I read those as a girl myself but only a couple. I have picked up a few here and there since.
*snerk* I was searching "tags" 'steada titles. Too many options, see.
Yup---just did it again. "All collections" No books cataloged it says.
I swear, I searched your whole catalog and it said "no books found" under that title.
Love the new profile pic.
I added that crate of hardcover Star Trek books to your catalog today. No tags, though.

2nd part tomorrow.

Mark and I have been discussing the possibility of another group read in November and want your input. We have narrowed it down to two books at this point. "The People of the Book" by Geraldine Brooks and "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield. So chat it up with friends or us and let us know if you are up for it and what you think. Probably the same plan as with "Pillars of the Earth" which seemed to work out perfectly for almost all of us.
Think it over and give one of us a shout.
hugs and looking forward to hearing from you,
Hi, folks!

This is a general announcement that I’m sending to LT profile pages, FaceBook walls, and email addresses, in order to get in touch with everyone as soon as possible and as efficiently as possible.

I just returned from the Potrerillos library, where I turned over 34 books to the absolutely delighted librarian, Sra. Enilde. On Monday, I’m going to return there to take pix to send to you, so that you can see the fruits of your labor of love.

My only regret--and it is a deep one--is that I couldn’t have done this sooner. But the fact of the matter is that I have only been walking any distance except for around the house for about a week, and only within the past few days have I built up any endurance; even a short walk has left me wiped out.

But today was the day! She had been told beforehand by our friend Maricin that we were going to do this, but let me tell you, she was blown away by both the quantity and the beauty--as she put it--of the books. She kept saying, “Que lindo, que lindo” (How beautiful, how beautiful) as she pulled the books out of the boxes.

So thank you once again fro your generosity; you’ll get pictures as soon as I get them. And we may have the representante there--she mentioned talking to him about it.


Having a marathon of Star Trek reading?
P. S. Ahem. I see you have!
I loved your Breaking Dawn review. It expresses so much of what I feel about the series; great pleasure in the books mixed with suspicions that aren't entirely allayed by a close reading! I'd love to see you review the Aidan books you've just added.
Thank you so much for your wonderful comment! What an insightful question. Most of my favourites (and least favourites) have been divorced from their definitions in my mind; it's really about their sonorousness (or lack thereof), the visceral reaction they spark, or their mouthfeel (to steal a wine tasting term). How about you? Do you have any particular favourites -- or are there any skin-crawlingly awful ones you avoid?

Best wishes,

P.S. You have a great library! :)

Saw you liked Trainspotting, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reading my new novel and posting your comments here (as well as on a few other book-related sites). Thought you might like my novel since it's also about a group of disturbed kids and a bit dark. 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:


I've been meaning to read The Moon's A Harsh Mistress. Your post has prompted me to move this further up on the to be read pile.

Hi Laura
Thanks for posting on my LT 75 book challenge thread. And, welcome to the 75 challenge group. We are VERY chatty, engaging and well read and it is nice to have you with us.

Is the photo on your home page that of C.S. Lewis, or Tolkein? I note a Robert Heinlein book on your ten top favorites. He truly is a great writer! Have you read The Green Hills of Earth? Russell Schweickart, The Apollo 9 astronaut quoted Heinlein when he looked down on earth from space.

We pray for one last landing
On the globe that gave us birth;
Let us rest our eyes on the friendly skies
And the cool, green hills of Earth.

-- Robert A. Heinlein

Read your review of "The Princess Bride" and I have only one thing to say: TRUE BLEVE! HE SAID TRUE BLEVE!

Congrats on getting a "hot review"!
Do you know about this one?

Caught it on the 100 Book Challenge group.
Just passing by having read some of your reviews.

Do you not know or not like Terry Pratchett? He would seem to be an author whose books you would enjoy.
All RIGHT! I thumbed-up (thumb-upped?) some of them. (Beginning of History Boys wants fixed. Just so you know I really read it.)
I've just popped in to protest your lack of reviews. Post some of 'em on the book pages, whyncha?
Have been enjoying reading your posts on the 50-Book Challenge, so thought I'd pop over and look at your library. Like what you have to say about ratings, especially: " I think of my books in terms of the reading experience, not necessarily in terms of the quality of the thing itself." I found that I couldn't go back and rate my books, so just decided to recognize the ones I go back to when I need some guaranteed satisfaction (my 'comfort food'), but like you I don't mean to say that those books are necessarily better than the ones that aren't starred. Happy reading! Bonnie
Hi Laura,

Your mother says I need to look for you when I come to McKays. She says you need to keep an eye out for Viragos;-) I keep snagging all the McKays copies. I'm guessing that you go to UT. I got my MA and PhD in English there (specializing in Early Modern literature). I worked with Rob Stillman and Allen Dunn. Allen is my hero. I live down the road in Maryville, TN. I hang out about once a week at the Golden Roast. I hope you're having a nice day.

Happy belated birthday Laura from yet another friend of your mom's. It's neat that you both are on LT. XXXXLois
Happy Belated Birthday, Laura, from another RR friend of your mother's!
I hope your day was exciting and full of laughter! You're a lucky gal
to have a mother like our dear Linda.

May the coming years bring you health, happiness and more books!

Happy belated birthday, Laura. Hope it was terrific, and full of books! I am another of your mom's friends, and thus one of yours, as well. Love the picture!
Happy belated birthday from another of your mother's LT friends. I think getting a Phd. in Creative Writing and teaching are the most wonderful career choices that there are. Lucky, lucky you. I wish you much success and happiness in the future, and hope that your previous illness is all healed. miriam
Happy Birthday Laura from another of your Mum's friends! I trust your birthday brings you lots of books...
Happy birthday Laura. I am a friend of your mother. She is quite wonderful so too must you be if it's true apples don't fall far from the tree. May you have fun and joy and enjoy your special special day.
Happy happy birthday, Laura -- from one of your mom's RR sisters! Have a fabulous day.
A very happy birthday to you, Laura!
May your life be full of happiness and an ever increasing number of books.
Paola :-))
Happy Birthday, fellow January baby! Wishing you a wonderful, literary year.
Happy birthday Linda's Laura! And best wishes for the year to come!
I hear it's your birthday! Happy birthday from another Laura...
What a wonderful explanation of your use of rating stars. I admit, I've been perplexed by any system which demands I quantify an experience with numerical ratings; it makes a vast amount of sense to quantify it to suit your purposes. I'll have to think about why I choose a number of stars and then devise my own system. Thank you!
Hey, Laura in Tennessee, this is Laura in Milwaukee. I read your profile, and except for that one geographical dissimilarity, our profiles could be the same. And I'm pretty sure I could import most of your 505-book catalog into mine, ratings intact, and it would pretty accurately reflect my tastes. Right down to the rating for The Price of the Phoenix. Funny how some books, bubblegum though they may be, can make a huge impression on you!

Happy reading!
You know I love you, right? You didn't have to include a volume of Faulkner (or any American) just for me! Reconsider the Norton--it will drive you'll all the time be wishing you had somethin-er-nother listed in the bibliography. Of course, that and the Shakespeare are probably what made your boat sink in the first place!! And Austin is in Texas---Jane spells it with an "e". ;>)
Laura, thanks for explaining your rating system. Very sensible.

PS how long have you been smoking a pipe? ;>
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