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CollectionsYour library (807), Read but unowned (976), All collections (1,783)

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About meMy dad's been a librarian all my life, so I really grew up in libraries. Now that I'm disabled and unable to work I spend loads of time reading. I listen to audio books pretty constantly. My sister and I managed an independent bookstore for a couple years. There's nothing more amazing than being responsible for which books are in the store.

About my libraryI mostly only buy books that I've already read and loved. I re-read a lot but new books I always get from the library. I've started collecting old school books (1900-1930s), which show up with surprising frequency at the local Habitat ReStore, and let me say, mathematics curriculum used to be WAY more useful and interesting.

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Groups100 Books in 2012 Challenge, 100 Books in 2013 Challenge, 100 books in 2014 challenge, All Things Discworldian - The Guild of Pratchett Fans, Ancient History, Audiobooks, Beautiful Game, Charleston WV Non-Fiction Book Club, Feminist Theory, History Fansshow all groups

Favorite authorsCarl Barks, Elsa Beskow, Walter R. Brooks, David Corbin, Shaenon K. Garrity, Allen Ginsberg, Walt Kelly, Maxine Hong Kingston, Juliet Marillier, Jaclyn Moriarty, Daniel Manus Pinkwater, Terry Pratchett, Damon Runyon, Carl Sandburg, John Steinbeck, Donald E. Westlake (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresNice Price Books - Durham, Taylor Books

Favorite librariesKanawha County Public Library


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Loved your review of Forgotten Voices of the Somme. Definitely adding that one to the "buy" pile. I see you're reading Archduke Franz Ferdinand Lives! Did you get that through ER, like I did? I'll be very interested in your thoughts.
So glad that you liked your Santa Thing books - this year was my first time as a Secret Santa so the pressure was on! Happy holidays,and best wishes for the new year!
I've not yet read Snuff - so that the Vimes character story gets tidied up was news to me. I had a bit of an OCD moment when I realised they'd only released the paperback in the large format - whch wouldn't fit on my shelf. Refused to buy it for ages. But I now have it in hardback and am working my way through collecting the rest.

And whle it would be sad to see the end of the discworld, I don't want to see it mangled in someone else's hands - no matter how much they tried not to.
I see that you were able to add this to your library. I'm in total agreement with your review. I only finished it because I felt obligated to do so for my review.
thanks! Tim added it back for everyone, and then I saw in another thread that the trick to it is to click Community in the left nav NOT Talk at the top. Once in the Community view, there are modules that can be added to the Dashboard.
Hi - I am just dropping by to say I totally agree with you. I just finished reading Yokohama Yankee and the lack of captions drove me a bit nutty. Fascinating book, though. I read your review after I had already written and posted mine, but obviously we both viewed the book in similar ways. Isola Blue
Thank you so much for my fun books! The Year 1000 looks especially cool, but all of them are great! Thanks! :)
I'm glad you like the books and hope you enjoy reading them. I will have to re-read the section of American Nations on Appalachia now! Happy reading!
I love your Tintin and Obelix cross-stitches. Knowing absolutely nothing about the craft, I have to ask: Are these original patterns that you created? If you used commercial patterns, where did you get them, and would they have patterns for other comic characters?

Mike, a fellow Pogophile
Hi Meredith- I see you are a Steinbeck fan. There is currently a Steinbeckathon going on over at the 75 Book Challenge, featuring one of his books per month. It's been terrific so far. You should stop by:


thpught you might be interested by an article in Ode magazine entitled "Reading, writing and revelation."

or not. :)


Thanks, again. Will see about getting the books and reading to him. And keeping the books in my possession as he tends to want to devour books . . .
Thank you! We try to remind Mr. Geek in our house (okay, everyone except me and the dog are geeks, but this child even more so) that it's good to explore things, so your recommendations sound like we could get him to start listening and then guide discussions about life and not just geekdom. :-)

Lorca--i have his monstrous 900-page bilingual collected poems. unfortunately, i keep reading over and over Lament for Ignacio Sánchez Mejías. i prefer the translation in the book, actually, but this is the only complete version i could find online. there's a great narration in Spanish of part 1 here. scroll down through the text to the playlist where it says "Recitado por Margarita Xirgu." prepare to have your socks blown off. i'd love to hear her do the entire poem.

i also recommend Pablo Neruda's Full Woman, Fleshly Apple, Hot Moon: Selected Poems bilingual edition.

and one last one, one of my favorite poems, again read over and over and over A disused shed in Co. Wexford by Derek Mahon.

lord, i hope i got the html right.

When you join our "series" group we would love to hear your opinion in some of our many harry potter topics.
Oh, I'm probably too late, but the first 2 adventures are probably NOT the way TO START READING CP.I recon. He gets into his "stride" from about #5 onwards. Yes do read these first 2 adventures later, but to my mind they are NOT definitive.

Hi Meredith,

Thanks for the following post:
"Trying to listen to Mossflower by Brian Jacques. I say trying because it's the *dramatization* style of audio book which different actors doing the dialogue for the characters."

I'm a narrator for the Library of Congress' Talking Books program and this is something I wrestle with quite often. When I began many years ago, our instructions were to "suggest" the characters through our voices rather that give a flat out performance. But since commercial audio books have become so popular, sometimes I wonder if clients expect more of a performance than we're supposed to give.

Hopefully most people do like it when the narrator sort of steps aside and presents the story so the reader can use his own imagination. I know that I do. Your post makes me think that it's probably still the best way to go.

Hi Meredith,

I just noticed that you also have the 1st "Carl Barks".
Will you be getting them all?

I have been waiting for the "complete" POGO for quite a while now :-)
and have just ordered the 1st one, the Sunday Suppliments.

If you find the cartoonist I do love (Arthur Horner) interesting, I can add you to the "members list" (requested by the copyright holders) which gives you access to all 54 of his adventures!

Yours, Guido.
yw, happy reading!
Hi Meredith,
I thought you might be interested in a few of my titles, check in my library under the TAGS:Roman, Roman Britain,&, my fav, LATE ROMAN. Regards & happy holidays, Ammianus
I gather we have in common being West Virginians. I am in Salem WV.
Of your recent books, I have read the Falco mysteries, though I think my copies are not yet cataloged.
Pleased to meet you! The mine wars are certainly a fascinating period.
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