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Member: msf59

CollectionsYour library (1,896), Currently reading (2), Audiobooks (231), Wishlist (41), All collections (1,933)

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About meI am a married man from the Midwest and I have a passion for reading. My love of books started at an early age. A family friend had handed me "The Light of the Western Stars" by Zane Grey. I was around ten years old and I was hopelessly hooked. This infatuation has continued, unabated, for nearly 40 years. I've been on Library Thing for over five years and it has changed my reading life in so many positive ways.

About my libraryI love all styles & genres of writing. I aim for above-average quality and with this lofty goal I am rarely disappointed ! I especially enjoy crime fiction, literary fiction and non-fiction. I've read all the books in my library.

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My 75 Book Challenge Thread 2014:

Part 3:Here
Part 5:Here
Part 7:Here
Part 9:Here
Part 11:Here
Part 13:Here
Part 15:Here
Part 17:Here
Part 19:Here
Part 21:Here

My 75 Book Challenge Thread 2013:

Part 25:Here

Groups2014 Category Challenge, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, ARC Junkies, Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Freebies, Book Giveaways and Contests, LibraryThing Gatherings and Meetups, US Presidents Challenge (USPC), What Are You Reading Now?

Favorite authorsMargaret Atwood, Russell Banks, Ken Bruen, Raymond Chandler, Charlie Huston, Jon Krakauer, Jhumpa Lahiri, Cormac McCarthy, Larry McMurtry, David Mitchell, Haruki Murakami, Richard Price, Mary Doria Russell, John Steinbeck (Shared favorites)

Favorite listsTop Five Books of 2013

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Currently readingUnfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell
The Book of Strange New Things: A Novel by Michel Faber

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Hi Mark,

Donna is interested in reading The Lobster Kings so I will pass it along to her when she's out here later in the month. Thank you again for sharing - I really did like it! Although I do wish the Newfies had played a larger role. :)

Do you have any interest in Winterson's Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit? I liked Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal more, but it's worth a read (and short). I'd be happy to send along my copy to you. Let me know!

Have a wonderful time in Hawaii! And really, Isabella Bird's book is charming!
Thanks Mark. I accept your offer. Is there something in my library that I own that you would like me to send to you?
Thanks, Mark. Yeah, I thought about bringing her. She's a reader,and a lurker on LT, but she'll be here with her professor husband who's giving a talk, and I'm guessing they'll have their own plans. We'll see. I just emailed her about scheduling.

Looking forward to the meetup!
Mark, the meetup is Saturday, April 19, right? From when to when? I'll have a sister in from out of town, and we're trying to figure out our schedule that day.

- Joe
Hey Mark,
It doesn't look like anyone has set up the Atwood thread yet (we normally get them up at the beginning of the month), so if you want to go ahead, that'd be great. Then, if you could PM me the link to that thread, so I can link to it on the group page, that'd be even greater! :) I'll not be participating this year, unfortunately, but she's definitely a writer I need to read more of.
Thanks for the info about the Irish place. Baked Apple is on Ogden, near Main St. I went on mapquest and nothing seems like more than a few minutes apart. Our event is from 11 to 2 and the Baked Apple is only open til 3 so not sure about going there.

This Tivoli Theater looks like one of those old fashioned theaters with an organ and 1,000+ seats. It's sold out with Blackhawks fans.
Hi Mark!

Below is a link to the 2012 tutored read for The Warden. Liz (@lyzard) provided really thorough background on the English church during that time, and some other cultural references. While The Warden is a fairly easy read, this info added a lot to my understanding of it.


Thanks so much for the invite! I'd love to come, of course. I'll check with the boss (haha - 'the boss' - hilarious!) to see what his work schedule will be, but hopefully we'll be able to make it. We've been talking about making a weekend trip sometime soonish to Chicago...

No problem Mark! Happy to share a good one. Glad you had such a great time in Portland too!
Mark, I sent the book today. It's coming via media mail so might take a few days longer. Stay warm!
Great Mark, I'll get it out to you this week -- probably Tuesday since (as you know) there's no mail tomorrow!
Thanks, Mark! I'll let you know as soon as I can about dinner.
Mark, I'd love to have Little Failure. Thank you! Can you mail it? No rush. I'm planning to buy a lot of books at Powell's since my birthday and thingaversary are just around the corner from February 1st. :-)
Hooray for milder weather, Mark. Relish it .. who knows when the cold front will return? Can't wait for my happy package in the mail after I return home. :-) You're such a sweetie.

Merry Christmas Mark! I'm glad you received and enjoyed my selections. I do hope you enjoy the Trevor. I read a huge tome of his Selected Stories (a compendium of four other collections, including After Rain) a few years ago and it catapulted him to favorite writer status. I have [Dear Life] myself (I'm ashamed to say it was a 2012 Christmas gift!) but haven't gotten a chance to dip into it.
I had to do a lot of swapping in and out of the Amazon shopping cart to make the math work out just right, so as a result I have several of your other selections (most of which I was unfamiliar with) in the "save for later" section--very tempting to buy them for myself.

Here is the group read thread for Un Lun Dun
I will be thrilled if you book horn it in and join us. It is my first hosting duty.

Here is the group read thread for the Vorkosigan Saga
Paulina (mathgirl40) went ahead and got started on the thread when she heard there was interest besides the two of us. She hasn't decided on creating a separate group for it like the Sandman group this year, but for now the thread is the place to start.

OK I just reread your message. Did you resend the book to the same address? No that can't be right. See my previous message.
Well the last book you sent me got to me with no problem so I don't know what happened. I don't want you to have to pay anything extra so I can get it out of the library. Don't worry about it. I have plenty of books to read haha.

Have fun with Bleak House. I read it last year and loved it. Then be sure to watch the BBC miniseries with Gillian Anderson. Excellent!
Hi Mark!

Weird question: A while back we had a conversation about winter boots. You told me which brand that you wear, but I forgot the name. What was that again? (It's winter boot-buying time.)


Mark, I have just a few pages left in Let Him Go. OMG! What a great book. I'm reeling.
Bleak House in January, is now added to the wiki. Cheers, Lori
Hi Mark,

There is growing interest over on the 2014 Category Challenge (yes, we start planning things in the category group well in advance of the year starting) to read Bleak House so I thought it would make sense to have the 75 group and the Category group all take part in the same group read.... the more the merrier, as they say. You mentioned on your thread the group read would occur in January, so let me know if you want me to add Bleak House to the 2014 group read wiki which can be found here ( or if you will add it.

The plan so far is to share the wiki between the two groups just like we did for 2013.

Looking forward to the group read!


Sci-fi/fantasy suggestions for you, Mark, some of which I suspect you've already read: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Tolkien's Lord of the Rings (warning: my kids found it tedious. Not me.), Ender's Game, Dune, Asimov's Foundation Trilogy, Neuromancer, Stranger in a Strange Land, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Snow Crash, Sirens of Titan (Vonnegut), The left hand of Darkness, Flowers for Algernon, The Great Books of Amber (Zelazny) (or just give the first one, [Nine Princes of Amber], a try), The Speed of Dark, The Mists of Avalon, Childhood's End, Neverwhere, ah, I'd better stop.

If you want more, just let me know. I'll also take a closer look at Jo Walton's books referenced in Among Others and pick out some from there.

Hope that helps! If you particularly like any of the above, I can probably suggest more good ones from that author.
I was shocked, shocked I tell you, to see your post that you're reading zero graphic novels right now. What the heck is going on in your part of the world?

As a community service, I tried to think of some suggestions.

Have you read Darwyn Cooke's Parker books,, starting with Parker the Hunter? Right up your alley, and if you've read the first one, you'll like the next two, too.

How about Box Office Poison by Alex Robinson? Mirror, Window by Jessica Abel? Jimmy Corrigan by you know who? Pride of Baghdad by Brian Vaughan?

Those of us who are members of PWR-GN (People Who Read Graphic Novels, pronounced "Power GN")are concerned, and hope you get back on that graphic novel highway asap.

- Joe
Yay for Benediction! What a wondrous book. One of those that stays with you. Feels good just to think about it.

We've been seeing the warm temps in Chi-town. It's been cool here but sunny, and it's warming up. I'm just glad to miss the commute snarl up from their fixing the 2d half of the Wells St. bridge.
You probably got pretty fired up when I finally read Grapes of Wrath, among others, Mark. I'm pretty darn fired up that you're on your way with Benediction!

PM me your address and I will send you In the Darkness when I'm done.

Hi Marky-Mark,

I laughed when I read your post that you had forgotten why you requested 'The Hope Factory' too. What are the chances of that happening again? ;-)

Take your time mailing The Burgess Boys. I won't be back from Tokyo until next Sunday evening.

Hope you have a better week next week (weather-wise at least)

Glad you rec'd. the book. You took a lot of time and energy to pull together the holiday book swamp. This is simply my way of saying thanks...and that you are such a wonderful part of our 75 challenge group!
Great review of the Alexie book. Been trying to get one of his in my TBR stack for awhile now. I have some experience with the Rez - different ones - and I want to read his stuff.
Yay! That was a long time! Whew. I accept your hug with gratitude! I had a big ole fight today with B&N who were supposed to give me $50 of credit when I bought the tablet, and I've yet to see it. Perhaps I've come to live in a world of R E A L L Y S L O W....

I hope you enjoy the book!
It worked! Thanks so much Mark!
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