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About meMy 75 Books Challenge for 2014 Thread

About my library"The truth is, I have bought a great many books lately to a great value; but I think to buy no more books till Christmas next, and those that I have will so fill my two presses, that I must be forced to give away some or make room for them, it being my design to have no more at any time for my proper library than to fill them." ~Samuel Pepys, January 10, 1668

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." ~ Groucho Marx

She looked at the three tall firemen in their shining helmets, standing among the smoke and cinders and dissolving snowballs, and she said, "Would you like anything to read?" ~ Dylan Thomas, A Child's Christmas in Wales

When I am dead, I hope it may be said:
'His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.'
~Hillaire Belloc

"Big book, big bore." ~ Callimachus, 310-240 B.C.

"I cannot live without books." ~Thomas Jefferson

George Bernard Shaw finds a copy of one of his works in a used bookshop and quickly notices it is signed: "To ___, with esteem, G.B. Shaw." Buying the volume, he subsequently returns it to the original owner with an additional inscription: "With renewed esteem, G.B. Shaw."

"There is no robber worse than a bad book." ~ Italian proverb

"Definition of a classic: a book everyone is assumed to have read and often thinks they have." ~ Alan Bennett

"Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?" ~ Henry Ward Beecher

"Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten." ~ G.K. Chesterson

"We shouldn't teach great books, we should teach a love of reading." ~B.F. Skinner

"When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left, I buy food and clothes." ~Erasmus

"It would be a good thing to buy books if one could also buy the time to read them; but one usually confuses the purchase of books with the acquisition of their contents." ~Arthur Schopenhauer

"I've developed a great reputation for wisdom by ordering more books than I ever had time to read, and reading more books, by far, than I learned anything useful from." ~Marilynne Robinson, Gilead

"He has the finest collection of shabby books I ever saw; such a number of first-rate works in very bad condition is, I think, nowhere to be found." ~ Henry Crabb Robinson, Jan. 10, 1824, re: Charles Lamb's library.

"The best fame is a writer's fame. It's enough to get a table at a good restaurant, but not enough to get you interrupted when you eat." ~ Fran Lebowitz

"It may be said of me by Harper & Brothers, that although I reject their proposals, I welcome their advances." ~ Edna St. Vincent Millay

Groups75 Books Challenge for 2014, All Things New England, American Civil War, ARC Junkies, Ask LibraryThing, Book reviewers, BookMooching, Bostonians, Common Knowledge, WikiThing, HelpThing, Cookbookersshow all groups


Favorite bookstoresBarnes & Noble Booksellers - Framingham, Borders - Ann Arbor - Downtown, Harvard Book Store, New England Mobile Book Fair, The Harvard Coop

Favorite librariesBoston Public Library, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Morse Institute Library, The Boston Athenaeum, Ypsilanti District Library

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Well, well, well. Lookee here who is celebrating a 4th Thingaversary today! It's been great fun getting to know you this year, Marianne. Perhaps someday we'll have an LT meet-up at a Springsteen concert. :-)
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What a lovely photo.. Where/when was this taken?
Great that works for us too. Let's settle on the time closer to the date.

Hope you're enjoying this gorgeous weather!

I'll send the Reliable Wife to you on Monday. I hope all is well with you.
I shall dig out the Alan Furst books. Those are prime candidate for addition to Kindle, if they haven't been already... Unfortunately, the newest one is a NetGalley book, and so were some previous ones.

Do you have any titles already that I should be aware of? No probs re encumbering myself. I'm planning to grocery shop at Trader Joe's on Boylston before I hop on the train home. Saves me the effort of doing so here, sans car, as they are out in the 'burbs.
I highly recommend Under a Wing by Reeve Lindbergh. She is very honest about her love for her father, and also his tyranny. She mentions that the family breathed a sigh of relief whenever he left.

There should already be a meetup page - I set one up ages ago. As a matter of fact, i set two up, one under Club Read, by accident, and one under the 75 group. Didn't get much response, alas.
There should already be a meetup page - I set one up ages ago. As a matter of fact, i set two up, one under Club Read, by accident, and one under the 75 group. Didn't get much response, alas.
I just arrived home from the library, where I asked Will to please carry in two big bags containing the following:

Lindberg by A. Scott Berg
Loss of Eden
- A Biography of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindberg by Joyce Milton
Under a Wing (A Memoir) Reeve Lindbergh
Locked Rooms and Open Doors by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
The Spirit of St. Louis by Charles Lindbergh
Bring Me a Unicorn by Ann Morrow Lindberg (actually I was haunted by a poem I remembered from years ago
"Everything today has been heavy and brown
Bring me a Unicorn
to ridge about the town"

Now, remember that it was indeed from A.M.L in 1926
I must have read the book a long time ago and remembered this poem.
Anne Morrow Lindberg Her Life by Susan Hertog

Scott Berg Lindbergh? Oh, pray tell me more.

Have you read the bio. of Lindberg?

I admit that the Aviator's Wife teases me to learn much more.
HI Marianne

I just finished The Aviator's Wife. And, I read your excellent review. This book stands above the others I've read this year.

Thanks for your insights.

I'm happy to share. I rec'd. Five Days at Memorial as a birthday present back in September. I haven't read it yet. I'l be sure to look for your comments when you are finished.

I hope you have a restful weekend.

All the best,

Marianne, I finally got on here today and want to thank you for stopping by my thread. There is a post for you there so please stop by. I really enjoyed all your quotes about reading and books. They really hit home, don't they? Readers truly understand readers. Come on over and tell me some more about yourself and how you like Boston, as I grew up in Brockton, Mass. Mary Beth
Oh, I'd make the full recipe. A Dutch oven on low should work just fine!
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Whoops, just realized I forgot to link to the new thread, sorry!
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Hi! I found you because at the moment you have the most similar library to mine. I love this reading nook! I've recently started a thread where people can show off their reading nooks and thought I'd point you to it since you already have such a lovely photo (if you'd like to share it).

Also, I love the photo of the woman being hugged by the page. Where do you find such interesting photos?
Thank you, Marianne. I do appreciate the time you've taken with this review. Wishing you the best in the New Year.

I am so glad you enjoyed the book. Many thanks for the lovely, thoughtful review, and for taking the time to also post it on Amazon. Your description of the book is better than my own. Perhaps I am too close to it to write a good description. I was wondering if you would give me permission to use some or all of your description on various websites where the book is listed? Please do not feel any pressure to agree. Happy Holidays to you and yours.
Go into and search for works by Anthony Trollope. There you will find my book available for requesting. Thomas Jefferson once said "I cannot live without books." "Reading is, for the mind, what exercise is for the body" (Anonymous).

Jim Thomson


Thanks for the comment on my review. The book was a huge disappointment & by the endo of it, I wanted to reach through the pages and just smack the author.

I don't have any credible books to recommend on the subject, although I'm sure they are out there. Most of the information I've gotten has come from the Sierra Club and other environmental groups. When you read things onthe subject, you have to sort of check the sources & make sure that some gront group for the oil & gas industry isn't the source.

And if you think fracking is disturbing, read up on the poposed Keystone XL pipeline from Canada.

Andie Rathbone (ETXGardener)
Just dropping in to say that I read your review of Anne Roiphe's book Art and Madness and gave it a thumbs up. I also received a copy through Early Reviewers and my reaction was very similar to yours. You can check out my review if you have time. It's wonderful to find someone else who had the same reaction. We both shared that same discomfort, felt that same annoyance . . . .

Isola Blue
Thank you so much for taking the time you needed to review Full. We really do appreciate it!

I hardly expected a reply from you, Marianne, and especially such a nice one. I found your discussion of the critique very interesting. In short, I believe that we owe it to ourselves to criticize a book that we didn't like. I think if you'd "kept quiet" about Sawtelle it would have nagged at you—and by your silence, added to its undeserved praise by omission.

Yes, writing is a tremendous gift, but an author can't expect to please 100% of the readers of his or her book. In negative criticism, I don't diss the writer, but rather the book—and I give specific reasons. I've been known to rate a negative review this way: "I give it 3 stars—2 for the author writing it and 1 for me reading it." It takes the sting out a bit.

As far as my health, I don't have a heck of a lot of it left. Reading has been a life-long love, and I continue to read shorter works on a Kindle—not nearly the same as a real book, but the only alternative I have.

So there you have it from a long-winded Irish-American who lives in the Arizona desert. You may call me Brain (one LTer calls me Charlie Brain), or Charlie, my given name, or nothing at all.

Just a thank you from an LT stranger who totally agreed with your review of Edgar Sawtelle. I thought it was a snoozer until about page 300 . . .
Yes! Definitely some comfort in knowing we've got something in common with our elder literary statesmen. ;) Poor Pepys. I don't know if he had a wife, but I wonder what she said about all the books.

Thanks Michigan,
The Pepys quote was absolutely perfect!
He Marianne,

I'm back after a lovely trip--luckily we got back on Saturday night before this strike business became really bad. I had some very nice food in restaurants and one mean that was cooked by a friend who used a fabulous chicken recipe from a cookbook by Yolem Ottolenghi, who's big in Britain. I ordered it from Amazon as soon as I got back. Turns out he's got a blog as well.

My friend who lives in Chelsea's kids had a teacher who went ballistic and shot and killed the principle of the school and another teacher, I think. Was your best man there when that happened? It was so awful!

One of the books I took with me on our trip was "Room" by Emma Donoghue, which I loved. She's from Ireland, lives in Canada, but set her book around some vague city in the U.S., which I though a bit strange. Anyhow, I'd definitely recommend it!

I see you seem to be in a Hemingway phase. I thought of him when I was in Spain.


Hi Marianne,

The one-book-in-and-one-book-out policy would not work for me, although I've been trying hard to get rid of all kinds of stuff in this house, including books. I go through them and realize I've forgotten I even owned them and think, Hmm this sounds good!

I have two connections to Michigan. My oldest friend and her family live in Chelsea and my brother-in-law lives in AA, so I get there every so often. My husband went to grad school in Boston and his uncle and aunt used to live there before he passed away, so we used to go up there fairly often, too. A cousin of my husband's and his family are there in Waltham. I miss getting up there.

I am an anglophile, for sure, and always enjoy hearing about contemporary British fiction (as well as not so contemporary). I've loved England since I was a little girl and used to read E. Nesbit and then later during the "British Invasion" (now I'm dating myself). They publish their share of junk, too, though. What do you like that's French--old or new? The only French book I've read lately is "The Elegance of the Hedgehog," and "Suite Francaise," a couple of years ago. I'm actually going to be spending a couple of days in France next week--my husband and I are going on a 10-day France/Spain vacation.

I've bookmarked Carol Blymire's blog to go back and check out. I do love cookbooks and reading about food, but don't have time to cook as much as I'd like what with working full time. I can enjoy vicariously, though.


Hello Marianne! and I add my welcome to Millie's. This is a wonderful site although it often gets me in trouble with the Budget Master. Yes, I was in Boston in April for my second Boston Marathon. It was exhilarating although I had forgotten how many inclines there were before Newton! And the reason I can read and run so much is...that's about all I do these days. My addiction to books has been life-long. There's nothing else I'd rather be doing.

Try the 50-page rule just once. You may be surprised at how easy it becomes after a while. I agree with the motto, "So many books, so little time..." and have a fear of missing something good.

Our daughter is getting married in about a week so I'm a bit frazzled. Also puzzling as to what to bring along on the cross-country trip. Book-wise, of course. I do look forward to hearing what you're most excited about. And please - eavesdrop to your heart's content. Best, Ellison
Hi Marianne. Welcome. I love LibraryThing. I'm glad that you think my library is interesting, though I have to admit that I have lots of books that I own that I haven't read yet. I'm ever the optimist, though. I love the ipad, though I don't use it for reading books. I started using an iphone about a year ago and got hooked. This is kind of like that, but I can actually see the screen! And I like the fact that I could use it for books, movies, etc. These are my first experiences with Apple products and I can see why some people swear by them.

What do you like to read? I see we share a lot of cookbooks! Do you work at the University of Michigan?

Take care. Millie

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