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Member: moonshineandrosefire

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About meI'm obviously an avid reader who was dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century by my daughter adding me as a friend here. :) It has opened up a whole new world to me. She has been blogging for three years and had added me as a guest blogger on her site under the alias Rosefire. Now I'm taking baby steps on my own by setting up my own blog. I truly never realized that there were so many people on the Internet who shared my same obsession with reading but it's wonderful to meet you all. By the way, my daughter is RubyandtheTwins on this site.

I'm a former English teacher who was born in Derry, Northern Ireland but I grew up somewhere close to Manchester, England as my family moved there when I was three years old. I taught English at my own former primary school and was surprised to learn that my husband - a former Math teacher turned professional Irish singer also from Derry, Northern Ireland - taught at the same school that I did, although he had left teaching by the time that I met him.

My husband and I met when my best friend and roommate at the time winkled me into going out to a local pub where there was nightly live Irish music. I was never much of a party girl, but if I hadn't gone out with my girlfriend that night, I would never have met my future husband! :)

We married about five years after that first meeting, had a lovely baby girl who was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland as my husband and I were staying there while my husband had a series of shows. We lived in Dublin until our daughter was about four years old and then moved to America when she was five and a half.

We initially settled in Warwick, Rhode Island, then decided to become restaurant owners in 1988 after my husband sang at an Irish restaurant that the owners were hoping to sell in Dennisport, Cape Cod. We bought the restaurant in 1988, and for the next seven years we spent summers running the restaurant on Cape Cod, and spent winters in Rhode Island. In December of 1991, partly because Mareena (my daughter) was entering high school and partly because we wanted to live in a settled place for her as she grew up, we moved to Albany, New York.

We now live in Albany, upstate New York (Loudonville) and have been hosting an Irish radio show called "Proud to be Irish" for twenty years. After my husband passed away in 2004, Mareena and I took over hosting the show in his memory, although Mareena had been involved in the radio show in some capacity since she was 13 years old. Both my daughter and I are avid readers, teatotalers and are happily owned by three adorable rescue cats who have lived with us since July 4, 2011. Their names are Ruby, (so named for her reddish gold fur), Leila (so named because she has the exact same temperament as former female boxer Layla Ali) is slightly pugnacious, but our Leila turns into a marshmallow as soon as you show her a little loving and cuddling! :) We kept Lollipop's name because she and Leila look and act completely alike - they are both tortoiseshells whose mannerisms are so duplicated that it's eerie to watch them sometimes! :) Lollipop loves to lick - us, Leila or Ruby, or even her reflection in my bedroom mirror. Whenever she licks her reflection, we call it "Lolli's Daily Affirmations" - "I'm sweet enough, cute enough, smart enough and, doggonit, people like me!" :)

About my library"Hello, my name is Rosefire and I'm a bookaholic." I'm not too sure exactly how many books I may have in my library, (probably over 1,000) but I honestly cannot pass up a monthly visit to my local library's book sale where paperbacks are fifty cents and hardcovers are one dollar. Before my husband passed away, he never minded how much I read, but for the sake of his sanity, I never shared with him the exact number of the books that myself or my daughter bought from thrift stores, library book sales or bookstores. She and I could easily spend two hundred dollars between us at the library book sale - I don't think that we ever have - but from the stack of books that we'd borrowed or bought from the library we generally 'debuted' each book about a week or so after each library visit. We never actually lied to my husband about where we acquired our most of our new 'stash'; he knew the books were primarily from the library book sale - we just might have stretched the 'period of acquisition'. Or my daughter might have claimed a book as hers when it was actually mine.

With my introduction to the 21st century, I've also discovered the joys of book swapping - every week we mail off books that we have finished reading. :) We generally acquire many more books from these sites as well!

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, 15,000 for 2013, 15,000 Page Club for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, A Quieter LibraryThing, Agatha Christie, Alphabet Challenges, Anglophiles, ARC Junkies, Audiobooksshow all groups

Favorite authorsMaeve Binchy, Jere Cunningham, Barbara Delinsky, Monica Dickens, Judith Guest, Stephen King, Norah Lofts, Daphne du Maurier, Mary Alice Monroe, Rosamunde Pilcher, Belva Plain, Anna Quindlen, Anita Shreve, Anne Rivers Siddons, Bari Wood (Shared favorites)


Also onblogspot, BookMooch, PaperBackSwap, Wordpress

Real nameMary McGirr

LocationLoudonville, New York

Account typepublic, lifetime

URLs /profile/moonshineandrosefire (profile)
/catalog/moonshineandrosefire (library)

Member sinceJan 31, 2012

Currently readingPresumed Innocent by Scott Turow

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You sound very much like me. I too kept the number of books I bought from my husband, preventing a stroke. Although he had to know when I kept filling shelves and closets with books. Now I live on a farm, with a large house and many, many places to keep books. Although my husband died seven very long years ago, I have a daughter who reminds me continually to STOP BUYING BOOKS. I no longer have the money to spend as I did when I was working and am too old to drive around looking for book sales; I do love the internet sites with used books for sale. It is a pleasure to share information about great books that I have read.
Thanks for checking out my library, as if you need additional hints as to what to read. Sounds like you're drowning in books as it is. I have no cats but do have 5 dogs. I keep trying to convince them to organize my library so I can find things. So far no luck. The book tsunami has definitely invaded my house.
Hi Mary. I am pleased to be friends with you! I love your cat's 'daily affirmations'. Have you read the new cat classic [I Could Pee on This]? :)

Mary Ann
Hi, Mary.

Could you do me a favor and on the ROOT ticker thread, edit your message so that it just shows the ticker? It would be a big help to me.

Are you going to add all your books some day? I'd really like to see what you're reading.
Hey, thanks for the friend invite and welcome to the 21st century ;-)
Hi Mary - Both a thank you for the friend invite and the thumbs up for my library. I'm kind of all over the place as a reader! Lucy
Hi Mary and thanks for the friend's invite! As we are both members of the BOMBS challenge, I guess we both are trying to keep some kind of control over our bookshelves. I hope you're enjoying your LT experience so far, I think it's an amazing place. I can usually be found hanging out on the 12 in 12 Challenge and/or the 75 Books Challenge, in fact, I probably spend far too much time here on LT, but it's such a pleasure to connect with fellow booklovers. Happy reading.

I just noticed you live in Loudonville. My sister-in-law lives in Latham. Small world.
We live in N Kingstown now. I grew up in Narragansett and my husband grew up in Warren. Gald you liked it here.
Dear Rose,
I love to make friends here at LT and to be your first friend is very special, so thank you for that honor!

BOMBS stands for Books Off My BookShelves - as to what denotes them for you that depends on what you want. For me, I have too many books that I have acquired that have been on my bookshelves unread OR have been given to me for a review and I haven't read yet. So I won't necessarily dispose of them but just getting them read for me is the detonation. They are really, "THE BOOKS THAT SHOULDN'T BE SITTING UNREAD ANY LONGER!" They can be E Books, audio books, or, as I like to call them, ARDs (antique reading devices-books!) - any combination you want. What ever you want to recognize as a book that needs special attention.

But be careful how you decide what makes a BOMB for you - because as you acquire more books, you could be acquiring more BOMBS. Even though I'm reading BOMBS, more are landing on my shelves everyday! My BOMBS include books I get for review, so even if they arrived this year, they are still BOMBS because they should be read in a more timely manner. I get future BOMBS almost daily for my NOOK because they're FREE! who can turn down a free book, I ask you? But, just be careful, and have fun with it!


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