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Tagsthe drama (1), the tragedy....excellent book. (1), i guess i really didn't read this...only read 50 p (1), i loved the book....couldn't put it down....the love (1), very light and enjoyable...great for the summer an (1), but interesting. (1), very intense (1), excellent book. (1), read this a long time ago...loved the book. (1), sad (1) — see all tags

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About meTook off my blurb about my trip to Barcelona the summer of 2009 and the Shadow of the Wind Scavenger Hunt...more adventures to report this summer.

First of all, check out my blog:

http://silversolara.blogspot.com/

Business Teacher....Italian...Love to Cook.

Back in Scotland again this summer visiting my son...a lot of new things to see...old houses from the 1600's and quaint settings. We also went to London to see LOVE NEVER DIES...it is Andrew Lloyd Weber's sequel to THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Went to the Isle of Skye...what beautiful green hills, waterfalls, sheep, mountains...just fantastic. Stayed in a Bed and Breakfast in this most adorable, remote town called Portree...check it out. Went to York, England also...very quaint as well. The only thing I didn't like was the weather...definitely not summer weather to me...I need HOT temperatures. :) Also heard the Rod Stewart concert while standing on the Royal Mile....he was at the Edinburgh Castle in a stadium-like outdoor stage and we could hear it from the street.....pretty awesome.

Had fun in Scotland with my son Thanksgiving, 2009,....cold and rainy, but very quaint. We saw The Elephant House....the restaurant where J. K. Rowlings sat to begin her Harry Potter series and the castle that was in the Harry Potter movie...Hogwarts....was also there. You can't go into Hogwarts because it is an actual school

Groups50-Something Library Thingers, Pittsburghers, What Are You Reading Now?

Favorite authorsIldefonso Falcones, Kathleen Grissom, Lisa Scottoline, Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Shared favorites)

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Hey Elizabeth,
That was me on your blog! I am not good at following blogs as of yet. I so enjoy them but rather unorganized as to following. I do enjoy your reviews. The last 19 months we managed to go from zero grandchildren to 4, with 3 grand daughters in 10 months...yes my reading has suffered = ) Although, my Mother with dementia lives with us and what therapy they have been for her when they stay over! So with a bit of luck, I'll be popping in more regularly to see what you're cooking or reading! I'm on my 6th book for this year AND amazingly my husband has started listening to audios and reading as well! Chat soon.
Bons....Bonnie
I have been selected as a nominee for the Top Writing Blogs Award! Voting for the competition beings today, January 24, 2012!

Visitors may vote as many times as they’d like during the voting period, which will continue through February 3, 2012, at 5 PM EST.

Please go to my blog and click on the button in the top right corner. Once you get to the voting page, you will see a list of nominees. Please put a check mark in the box next to my blog name: Silver's Reviews.....and press the VOTE BUTTON.

My blog's address is: http://silversolara.blogspot.com

If you don't mind, please ask friends to vote.

THANK YOU.

Elizabeth
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Hi Meadowmist!

Thank you so much for the tip! And the sweet compliment :)

-Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com
Hi Elizabeth - thank you for stopping by to tell me about your blog and your give-away books. I have recently read Faith by Jennifer Haigh, a remarkably talented writer, as you probably know if you've read her books. I just finished Independence Day by Richard Ford - another noteworthy author, particularly if you enjoy very detailed character development. I look forward to reading Next to Love and Silver Girl - thank you for your reviews. Your trip to Scotland must have been great - my husband leaves soon for a golf outing with his friends at several courses, including - of course - St. Andrew's. Thanks for staying in touch, Pat
It is a picture I took of THE CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOR ON THE SPILLED BLOOD in St. Petersburg, Russia. Amazing site.
Thanks for saying my profile pix are neat. I will stop by to see about your giveaway.
Thanks for letting me know about your giveaway!

Melissa
Hi, I use the computers at the local library which really limit my time on this site. I try to have my reviews written ahead of time so I can come in and type them and then spend some time on other people's threads to see what they have read and what they have to say about those books. Not being able to work on my blog is a real bummer though but I am trying to get a business going at home making cards and other papercraft items, also, making what they call felties, little creatures out of felt. I never let myself be idle it is just not my way. So hopefully, if Verizon comes into our area we will have an opportunity to get cable and internet connection at a lower price at least for a while. Thanks for asking. Mary Beth
Hi, thanks for contacting me. The $200.00 a moth is my cable bill, it includes cable and internet conection but that's it! It's crazy and because of not being able to pay that I can no longer do my blog which I really miss because I was hoping to really expand it. I wanted to become famous for my blog, darnit! Anyway, I will certainly keep in touch and hopefully be able to reconnect my computer in the near future. Mary Beth
Publishers Weekly gave Great House a starred review, and Kirkus Reviews did not ("...Krauss is an acquired taste.")

I am curious.

Unfortunately, I do not have a copy of The Blind Contessa's New Machine. If this changes, I will let you know, and a future trade may be possible.

Thank you.
Well, first thing you should know is that each chapter is told from a different perspective, so when you shift to the funeral chapter, you're in the perspective of someone totally different from the first. I understand that the book is not for everyone necessarily, but I think it was a truly beautiful read. The stories are loosely linked and if you need answers and for everything to click together, then you'll want a different book. Someone mentioned that it was like small novellas and I think that seems somewhat accurate. Think of them as short stories where you get a reprise of the characters, but ultimately each person gets their own acknowledgment. I hope you stick with the book, because I thought it was exquisite.
Should you decide to trade Great House, I am very interested! Thank you.
A riddle in the sense that Krauss doesn't simply hand you the answers. You have to find the key within her writing, and then find the lock to truly understand.

I believe the "gist" of Great House is how emotionally powerful our memories are; how some of us live in the past, in our memories, not being able to move forward, while others try to "hide" their memories, (of people they hurt, of devastating decisions made), not processing or working through them. Both are unhealthy and painful. Perhaps this is a warning of sorts, for the sake of our sanity, to come to terms with our memories and feelings.

Hope this is helpful.
Hello,

Definitely not an easy or quick read but I hope you don't give up on Great House yet. For the beauty of the language alone it is worth it!

I found it helpful to create brief summaries of each narrator. After reading the first section, I decided I also needed a timeline, then added arrows between connected characters. The book is definitely a riddle, and while I believe I got the gist of it (after one reading), I KNOW there are nuances and layers I missed. I intended to donate Great House to my co-op library but I realize I need to read this book again.

This experience has taught me that in general I need to slow my reading down a bit so I can fully appreciate the subtleties, and more the writer's efforts.

Thanks for asking for my input.
re: Great House

I would agree w/ the comments of the last few members. It's like 4 separate stories VERY loosely drawn together. The writing is beautiful & the potential is there, but the linking together of it all was a little too abstract for me. I would've enjoyed it more had it been linked more obviously where I didn't have to think so much & wonder if I was interpreting things the way I was supposed to be. Have you kept going with it, or given up??
I can understand why you're struggling with "Great House." It doesn't proceed in a straight line and doesn't have much of a cohesive plot. You might be better off thinking of it as four loosely linked stories or novellas, each told in two segments (the chapter titles reveal the structure). I appreciated it more when I stopped trying to figure it out and just paid attention to the story told by each narrator and Krauss's beautiful writing. That said, I believe that there are too many books in the world to spend time with one that isn't one's cup of tea. This one may not be yours.
I struggled with Great house a bit too. Each of the four sections (All Rise, True Kindess, etc.) deal with different characters. The woman who loses the desk at the beginning is not in the next section at all. It's confusing, but pay attention to the chapter heads to figure out if you're in a new section.

I'm happy to help if you have more questions. I wish the plot was better with this one, I just love the writing so much.

Happy reading,

Melissa
Be honest about it. Warn readers that it's a poor book and why you hold that opinion. Even be frank and say you could barely get yourself to read on. The only thing an ER has to do is review the book in a timely fashion. You don't have to like it. A review is just that. It isn't necessary to praise a book you find poor. In fact, to do so, encourages bad literature. Bad reviews are good when they are deserved.

Have you read Harrie Rose's Therapy: A Novel? It's not expensive -- under $12.00 on Amazon and maybe even cheaper on Barnes &Noble. That really zips along. On Amazon, search for Harrie Rose. (If you search for Therapy: A Novel, you'll get too many hits). You'll immediately see her book listed. Click on that and you can read the reviews and look into the book. It's even on Kindle.
It really is not a good book. If you got it as an Early Reviewer, you are ethically bound to write a review, but you certainly can write an unfavorable one. The book does jump around. Each chapter or almost each chapter is about a different person. With one glaring eception, never explained, the person is somehow involved with the desk. They have it or have had it or are responsible for getting it. So, what you have to do is start each chapter anew, as if it were a separate story. The ending is when the son of the original owner of the desk finally gets it. Big whoop.

The author of this novel did write an excellent one called The History of Love, and even this one does have good phrasing. The writing is competent, but I thought the characterization, the plot, the motivations of the people were all done poorly, and the characters themselves are the most unlovely bunch I've come across in a long time. Not one is able to have anything remotely like a warm human relationship with anybody else.
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This is Portree, Scotland...a beautiful, quiet, quaint town.
To be honest, I'm not 100% certain as to when school starts back this year. That may be something I need to find out, but I'm still in denial and think summer will last forever. :) It's usually around August 19.

As for my hair, I use Garnier Fructise Surf Hair to finger style it while it's still wet. Then I blow dry it and use hairspray to set it. It's the best hairstyle in the world because it takes about 5-10 minutes, which leaves so much more time for reading! LOL
Thank you for the compliments; you've homed in on my two vanities: my product-reliant hair and my reviews! :) No, I'm not a writer, but I teach English at the high school level and have dabbled from time to time in writing for my own amusement. I'm glad you enjoyed my reviews!
The chat is going on in our Talk forum for the next two weeks. It's not in "real time". So you can stop by ask a question, and he'll stop by later and answer it, etc. Check it out here:
http://www.librarything.com/talktopic.php?topic=91194

Best,
Abby
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Thanks so much for your comment on my review! I just read yours, it was great! I see we share 111 books - obviously we share the same tastes in reading.

Thanks again for your kind words...I always enjoy seeing that little yellow comment box when I come to LT!
There's a glitch on the picture & comment thing. Had the same thing happen to me after I left a comment on Tim's profile a few months ago. I got updates afterward, but I had never check the comments box. I thought he fixed it, but I guess it's still an issue.
You should report that missing review in the Bug Collectors group. Sometimes glitches do delete things.

Clare
I'm going to post about it in the Bugs forum. It will probably get more attention there.
Why do you get messages when someone leaves a message about sonya's picture?
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Looks like this has happened to you twice!
I will tell her something is up
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Thanks! That was nice of you to say!
John Hart is a fantastic writer. Three books written, three Edgar award nominations, and one win. This is a guy to keep an eye on. I've still got to go back and read his first book, "King of Lies."
Hi Meadowmist!

I have not yet read The Kitchen House, but it is going to be the next book I read. I have also heard wonderful things about it and am going to be really excited to get to it! I have also spoken personally to the author of the book, and she is very friendly and helpful. If I read it before you get to it I will write you back to let you know what I thought of it.
Hi Elizabeth, nope I haven't read Little Bee yet. If you read it soon, let me know what you think.

Rachel
A new feature! Apparently, LT adds the ER Logo to the reviews...
RE: Listing books on the HOME page vs. our personal PROFILE page. LT'ers add books to their library, and some of them appear under CONNECTION NEWS. I don't recall every seeing a book I added, listed there (here I would do a frown, but am at level one in "emotes?").

Irene
In its series on “Underappreciated Authors,” The Librarything group Le Salon Litteraire du Peuple pour le Peuple is doing a month-long interview with me about my novel The Red Album of Asbury Park Remixed. The interview starts February 1. If the intersection of fiction and music interests you, please drop by. The URL is http://www.librarything.com/topic/82398 Alex
Hi Elizabeth, I saw you in one of the threads I think, Ive been on for a long time today so I'm not sure anymore...I noticed we've got quite a few books in common. I have "Shadow of the Wind in my TBR list and "The Gargoyle" but I have heard good things about both of them although you clearly like "Shadow..." I love your LT name, very connotative, delicate and dewy, like a meadow in the morning.Mist is just one of those words that makes anything sound good!
Elizabeth

I noticed we like the same type of books - I am happy for the invite and look forward to talking with you.

I loved Shadow of the Wind and I also love Barcelona.

Lillian
Hi Elizabeth,

Thanks for the invite. I look forward to discussing books with you!

Lynn
Hi Elizabeth,

Yes, I read Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and just loved it. What a touching story ... it was one I could not put down when I started reading.

well, it's been snowing for 2 days here in MA and it's been really windy too. I'm tired of shoveling and ready to settle down for the night with an ER book I received last October.

urk... last day of holidays for me and it's back to work tomorrow! boooo..... oh well, i do have bills to pay and books to buy.

cheers
Caroline
You are right!! I truly do need to read The Shadow of the Wind. I have read so very many wonderful reviews of it. I do have The Angel's Game...not sure if I have it listed yet. Still not up-to-date on cataloging.

I noticed your picture immediately, and then I read your profile. A friend of mine (this is a long time ago), went to Spain every summer. He loved Barcelona too. How wonderful that your son was able to go with you. The best learning experience (besides books), in my opinion, is travelling. I also belong to two book groups; one is online. A friend who is in our Saratoga Springs' book club lived in France for three years with her husband and her daughter. She operated a "Tour de France," every summer. The limit was 12 women. Our book group had planned to go, but alas, the liability insurance became astronomical after 9/11, and she was forced to terminate her business. Such a shame...

I also read The Brutal Telling and one other book by Louise Penny. Also would like to go back and read all of her books.

Keep in touch!

Irene
Elizabeth,
After I accepted your friend's invitation (thank you so very much), I plodded through a rather short review. I clicked off without even noticing the bright yellow sign that usually brings the anticipatory, "Oh, I wonder who is leaving a comment, hooray!"* My apologies.

Yes, we do have a number of books in common. And I shall peruse your library further to jot down even more titles for my TBR/wishlist. Books I never intend to keep, I usually obtain from the Library (we have a fantastic one). I also tend to give a very large number of books away. Am downsizing as I get older...

It always is nice to meet another LT member in this forum.

Happy New Year to you!

Irene

*Very often it was from Abby, and now from Sonya with a comment, "Sorry, you didn't snap a copy of ..., but don't despair..." Those comments always end with a deep sigh from me.
Yup, its freezing here in Kitchener! It was quite nice until yesterday and then the deep freeze hit. I finally had to give in and find my winter coat!

When you are adding books, it should show 'add to collections' so whatever one you have on top will be the default. If you click on 'edit collections' it will show you all the ones there and allow you to add your own or move them around. You can drag them to whatever order you want.

Congrats on the upgrade! Now you are officially a LTer :) And now become obsessive like the rest of us...
If there is, I would love to know! I just plunked them into different categories as I upload the title. When I have finished, I go back into that title, rate it and amend it to show read. I know you can move certain labels to the top of the list - I moved 'your library' to the top so even if I forget to re-assign it, it doesn't end up anywhere weird (before I had Childhood Faves at the top so everything defaulted there. Some of the titles I was adding were definitely not childrens books!)
Apparently, you can also choose a yearly membership for $10. I am not sure why one would do that when the lifetime membership is $25 but whatever. And I just checked. You are capped at posting 200 books. Not a bad deal either way!
I think with a regular membership you are capped at 200 books meaning that you can only add up to that number (I think it's 200). A lifetime membership costs $25 and let's you add as many as you want. I wanted this to be a place where I can log everything I own/read so upgrading was a definite must for me!

How are your holidays treating you? I have eaten turkey, opened presents and visited with family for 3 days now. It is fun but I am very happy to be home and finally relaxing in my pajamas. :)
Thanks.
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