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About my libraryI choose books pretty carefully, so a rating under two is just me being mean - it doesn't mean the book is bad, it just means I really didn't enjoy reading it. Or maybe I've had a bad day, or it's raining or something.

I hope there's no objection to putting short quotes from the books in my comments box - it just helps me remember my faves.

Also, I don't know how to catalogue things, so my tags are a mess. I hope that doesn't matter.

"Children's" refers to books that came from my children's shelves. It spans the years from picturebooks to Young Adult. I'm that kind of pack-rat....

GroupsAustralian LibraryThingers, Sydney

Favorite authorsMarilynne Robinson (Shared favorites)


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Up to 23 now. I must say we have some terrific titles in common.
I was about to say I've got it, but haven't read it yet, until I realised that what I have but haven't read is 'All the Birds, Singing'. In my defence, I haven't finished this mug of coffee yet.

*adds 'Mateship with Birds' to list of books to read*
Oh yes! I've read it three or four times now! I haven't read anything else by the same author. Not yet, anyway.
I'm sure we share lots of titles! I've only just started entering my library. There are hundreds of books still to go. I thought I'd do 50 a day, but I haven't thought about reviews yet.

Just looking at the random books on your page, we both have 'Rage to Live' about the Burtons and 'Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul'. I'm sure there are plenty more.
Ooops - sorry. I'll try that again:

Hello! It's me! Theo, from AW (formerly with the horse outside)! I haven't logged in there for a while because I've had a hectic few months - I meant to send you a PM (still do in fact, which begs the question why I'm writing this instead of that) - but here is an LT friend request. Which you've accepted. Hooray!

Umm... hi *waves*

Also, I'm not so great at stringing sentences together at the moment, so forgive me for making little sense.
*waves* I keep meaning to message you on AW but suddenly 3 months have gone by. Here's an LT friend request instead.
Glad you liked it so much. I can't pass on your kind comments because he does not talk to me anymore. Somehow - based on just the blog entries you've just read - he got it into his head that I was enemy No 1 and threatened to sue me! A very good writer he certainly is, but not without his demons.
Sorry I jumped down your throat. Here's a review I wrote of Rehman's book.
Of course I don't mind your adding me. Glad you liked my review. I pop in here only regularly but it looks like we like similar things so will add you to my list too.

Like you I rarely rate a book low - in fact I've hardly rated any below 3 because I try hard to choose books I think I'll like. Life is too short!
A year in France sounds wonderful - get the creative juices flowing. I'd love the book. I'm also in Sydney in Roseville so could pick it up or you could post it, I guess. Thanks
Thanks for finding my bookshelf interesting!
I'm jealous – or I would be if I wasn't such a homebody. A tiny walled village sounds great. Make sure you keep the door to your garage shut, though, as passing men who are caught short are likely to pop in for a quick wee. We saw this happen in Avignon.
You're very welcome to follow my blog. It will give me an extra impetus to include bits of Sydney news.
Just had a quick look at your "books to be buried with" (great category) and 'Tirra Lirra by the River',(have you read the poem by 'The Lady of Shalott' by Tennyson) along with 'Gilead' are two of my all time favourites. Will have to check out your others. Thanks.
Thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries.
No, I hadn't even heard of it. I love the news item I just read when she nearly threw the iron at the radio when some publisher said, 'No novels about sheep.' I guess that's another one for my TBR pile. My 300 reviews is a bit of a shock to me!
Yup, loved Foal's Bread ... may read it again later in the year
Hi McCardey. I haven't read Foal's Bread yet. I gave it to my daughter in law for her birthday and am expecting it to be passed on to me when she's finished. I'm keen
It is our next read on the ANZ LitLovers online book group. Maybe you should consider joining our group. I have been in it since early last year, hence the large number of Australian titles. My only complaint is they lead me astray with all their wonderful book recommendations and I think my collection has quadrupled in size.
I have never read her books before. I won this copy from Lisa Hill's blog and it just didn't grab my interest.
I'm sending you an email reply to your comments
I'd love to see it! And as for feeling compelled to say nice things, I've reread a couple of blog entries where I thought I was saying nice things about books I felt lukewarm about, and I've come to the conclusion I'm incapable of lying.
No I haven't read Berlin, but will one day, and then his book on the Spanish Civil War! He really does wonders at making the war intelligible without losing sight of the human dimension. And now you're telling me I need to look out for Mary S Lovett – is there no end to this reading?
Gee, I feel flattered. My library has expanded hugely in the last 12 months thanks to LT. But I have also increased my reading rate. I would love to read Gilead one day, but I am currently trying to curb my buying and focus on what is on my TBR shelves.
How amazing to have Francis Webb in the family! I've just been having a binge on books about him. Today I finished 'Francis Webb, Poet and Brother, by Leonie and Peter Meeres who I guess must be your great-aunt and -uncle or similar. It's a very very sad book - mostly his letters to them. You can tell how deeply they cared for him, from the letters themselves but also from the fact that they kept them all those years and got them into a book form in their 70s; and how he counted on that, but also how his deepening paranoia came into the relationship. I'm now struggling to write a blog post ...
I'v just seen that you've listed Marilynne Robinson as a favourite writer. I've just read 'Home', which I'd been told wasn't much when stacked up against Gilead. Maybe thats true but what a wonderful book!
Thanks, M. I had heard of it but not seen it. It's such a delight. Apparently the boy met Billy Collins recently, but I don't know any of what happened there.
PS My tags are a mess too *grin*
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