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Member: mstrust

Collectionsabandoned (1), Your library (1,044), Currently reading (3), All collections (1,044)

Reviews339 reviews

Tagsnon-fiction (217), travel (113), humor (76), British Lit (69), art (62), British (61), British mystery (61), history (60), American Lit (58), mystery (47) — see all tags

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About meI'm a collector and writer in Phoenix. I have no idea how many years I've been hoarding books, but at last count I had over 3000 books. I'm an Anglophile and about a third of my books are British novels. I also love Agatha Christie mysteries.
In non-fiction, I have a collection of books on pirates, shipwrecks, the sea and world travel. In art, I lean towards surrealism, pop art and the Renaissance, especially Botticelli and Albrecht Durer.
I'd love to hear from fans of the Ramones or British actors such as John Castle, Robert Shaw, Oliver Reed, James Laurenson, Kenneth Haigh and Alan Bates and The Professionals.

About my libraryI'm a former make-up artist, but I have also been the editor of an on-line literary site, a late-night deejay and ran a dessert business. I spend time cooking and in Vegas. I also read a whole lotta magazines about cooking, travel and fashion.

Groups18th-19th Century Britain, 2014 Category Challenge, 2015 Category Challenge, Aboard the Jolly Roger, Agatha Christie, All the World's a Stage, Anglophiles, Awful Lit., Baker Street and Beyond, Barbara Pymshow all groups

Favorite authors, Jane Austen, Nick Bantock, Stephen Vincent Benét, Ambrose Bierce, Charlotte Brontë, James M. Cain, Arthur Conan Doyle, Neil Gaiman, P. D. James, James Lileks, Brian Moore, J. K. Rowling, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jim Thompson, P. G. Wodehouse (Shared favorites)

VenuesFavorites | Visited

Favorite bookstoresChanging Hands Bookstore, The Poisoned Pen Bookstore

Other favoritesVNSA Book Sale

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Real nameJennifer

Locationphoenix, az

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceMar 25, 2008

Currently readingThe Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill
Mad Kings & Queens by Alison Rattle

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Thanks, I'll have to give it a shot. I really like those Hammer and Amicus brit horror films. The monster club has got to be on YouTube, if it isn't available on Netflix streaming. My favorite movie of all time is a horror movie, in 1974 version of Black Christmas. God I love that movie.
I haven't seen Monster Club, but it's available streaming somewhere; I know I saw it listed.

I can't believe the weekend is almost over. Sheesh.
I think I've got a book or two by him, but he mostly showed up as an anthology editor.
Yes! Halloween in Vegas ROX! Get a fake cold sore, too. Great town.
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Happy 6-year Thingaversary!

Have a good good reading day.
It's almost time!!!
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Another Oliver Reed fan! Outstanding!
Happy New Year! Ready for VNSA tomorrow?!
I've been wanting to read a book by David Sedaris and I was surprised to actually find one.
I came away with 26 books this year, a few from my wishlist and a few from authors I like. That dj cracks me up sometimes.
Maybe I'll run into you today! Good luck!
Here it is:

Carolina Peach Sangria

2 bottles pink wine
1 cup raspberry vodka
1 cup peach schnapps
1/3 cup thawed frozen lemonade concentrate
a few tablespoons sugar
a good pound of sliced peaches
a good cup of berries

Mix 'em together and let it sit in the fridge for a day. I serve it with club soda or with lots of ice.


Don't use white zin! I use whatever french rose is available at World Market or Trader Joes. TJ has a good one this year called La Ferme Julien.

Any berry works. I use blackberries because the kids pick them for me just when the peaches are being sold on street corners here.

Anyway, play with proportions. I just eyeball everything (which means an occasional batch will be on the *strong* side).
You haven't read The Thirteenth Tale yet? I liked it!
Yes, and this time I tagged my books as I entered them! I got 23 total and a few were from my wishlist. Did you go? Did you have any good finds?
I just mooched a book from you! I was so surprised to see it come up, as I've been waiting for it awhile and had thought I'd be mooching it in from Canada. Anyway, I thought I'd mention it since it made me smile.
You got some really good ones! I didn't make a list but I was considering tagging them...

It's so funny In a Lonely Place was on TCM this morning. Anyway, when you get a chance I would love to get a listing of Dorothy Hughes's other works to try and track them down.

Thank you.

I keep LT open at work and then I check it a few times at night. Yes, it's an addiction!
Hello friend!
Glad to see you finished In a Lonely Place, now I can chat about it! Loved the book, the only thing that seemed out of place to me is when he blurted out about killing Brucie at the end. I think Dorothy Hughes is an incredible writer, and surely deserves kudos for being able to hang in there in the male dominated mystery/noir genre during this time period.

So far I haven't been able to find any more of her books, but I will keep looking.

Oh, and read your thread about "Dix Steele" too funny,it made me laugh out loud.

I think you'll enjoy the movie also if you ever come across it.
Oh, and I meant to say, I can't wait to hear what you think of Wide Sargasso Sea. I didn't care for it at all, but many people love it.
I laughed at the part where he went off on the maid. I just had this image of him attacking her and of her defending herself with that vacuum he hated so very much.
Absolutely! What did you think of Dix Steele? Did it seem odd to you that he just blurted out at the end about Brucie? And what about Laurel? I hated that she disappeared halfway through the book. It irritated me that we never knew exactly what happened to Mel. I wanted to know where he was hiding the body or something. I was disappointed in Brub. He didn't seem like much of a detective. But I liked Sylvia. I think she was my favorite character.
I'm starting In A Lonely Place today, can't wait to discuss it with you!
Thank you so much Jennifer. It is such a special time for the entire family. These things bring us closer and closer together. It is truly wonderful.
Thank you again.
Thanks! Post some pictures on your thread when you finally do get it done - you know we'll all be drooling over your shelving! :D
I hope your 101010 goes well for you. I will probably watch and see how it goes for everyone and then decide if I want to try something similar. At times I hear people complain that they are hopelessly behind or that they are not reading the things they are supposed to read for their challenge, and I get discouraged because it sounds like work!
But I do like the idea of making myself try new things and branch out. I'm trying to do the "books off the shelf" challenge, though. Need to clear out some space around here!
Thanks for your input!
Hi, Jennifer! Yum! I'd like to come to your house to eat. And, no, no way are you a hoarder, because if you are, that means practically everyone else in the 75-group would have to admit that they've got a problem as well. You can get a blue link by inserting the "address" of what you want between the quote marks in the code below. And use the pointy brackets (sideways v's on the period and comma keys) instead of parentheses. I just joined the 75-ers, so am looking forward to making lots of new LT friends. Bonnie

P.S. I lived in Mesa for one year when I was 11.

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Okay, well, I don't know how to do a link where you click on a blue word and it takes you to the right page.

However, I do know how to link the pages the old fashioned way. Just go to your 101010 challenge thread (the place that you want to link to) and when you are on your thread, copy the web link in the white box at the top of your browser. It should say something like www.librarything/101010 challenge/topic number____

Then go to the thread where you want the link to be, your 75 books challenge thread for instance, create a new post at the bottom of your thread, and just paste the link in.

It's a pain to switch back and forth between threads, but it should work.

No, i've never done the 999 challenges or 101010 challenges - it seems like it would be too structured for me and too much like work. I don't know though. Do you like the challenges, and why?

Let me know if it works!
Thanks for the comment.
Although not British angry young men, you might enjoy ; "Horseman, Pass By : A Novel" by Larry McMurtry or "The Hustler" by Walter Tevis. Both were also made into excellent movies.
You are certainly welcome to join us in July in reading The Neverending Story!! And anything else that appeals to you...
Hi Jennifer! (Hope you don't mind me calling you that).
We are all set for In A Lonely Place the last week in January. Thanks for the suggestion!
Oliver Travels also has Sinead Cusak. it was a 2 part on BBC America
I would say a mystery/romantic comedy. I may just have to pull it out and watch it again. Looking at the CD the show was 1995 on BBC. Check out, that is where we got the DVD.

I just read where you are a fan of Alan Bates. Have you ever seen "Oliver Travels"? That was my introduction to Alan Bates and I have been a fan ever since. I was even able to get the movie on DVD. I don't think we see enough of him here in the states.
I think it was the late-night deejay that hooked me! That and Oliver Reed.

Mary Lou
Why do other members libraries look so good?! If I was to post a photo of my library, it would take in my sitting room, bedroom, other room and other room (I haven't yet been able to designate such spaces to actual quarters in my wierd house). I came upon you by some esoteric mode which noticed you were reading 'The Third Policeman' - what a brilliant book - I hope you enjoy it.

I am really glad to have been able to help. I hope you will enjoy your visit.
Thanks for joining the group, Jennifer. I look forward to chatting with you :) Regards, Laura.
I thought the pumpkin tart looked good, but it was those little mini-pumpkin hand pies made out of purchased phyllo dough that caught my eye. And those roasted potato appetizers and the green gooey dips. What fun!
What an absolutely gorgeous library!!! And the books, too.
Hi Jennifer- there are several restaurants in the immediate area of the Strand on 14th and Broadway- there's a Whole foods on 14th Street that has a really great salad bar and there are other restaurants around the Union Square area- there's also a Barnes and Noble and Sephora in the Union Square area as well- I hope this is helpful- have a great time!! carmela
Hey, you're in Phoenix! I lived there for over a decade. I can tell you, having moved to the humid, humid South that, over 110 degrees, it really doesn't matter how dry it is. I'm just saying. There are a couple of places I miss, but I suspect that they're not there anymore, anyway. I do miss the desert in the spring, though.
I think my first taste of his acting was in the musical "Oliver". At least that's the earliest one I can remember. He was so dark and scary in that role. Just an amazing screen presence.

Thanks! I'll check into more of his work.

Dana Jean
Ooo, love your built-in's up there. I would love to have those.

Hey, I just wanted to tell you I will be adding Evil Spirits: The Life of Oliver Reed to my TBR pile thanks to your review. I love Oliver Reed. A wonderful actor who never really got the recognition he really deserved to the extent he deserved. And yes, although he was a boozy pinhead towards women, I can still appreciate the wonderful screen moments he gave us.

Anyway, just wanted you to know that reviews do make a difference so keep reviewing!

Dana Jean
The sale should have about 5000 books and I usually fill one bag when I go. Sometimes I don't buy for myself, but I buy them just to put on Bookmooch or Paperbackswap. Hey, they are only 50 cents or $1.00, so I don't mind buying for others now and then.

I just finished 13 at Dinner by Christie and I thought that was VERY well done. I thought the murderer was especially hard to catch.

Someone I met via Bookmooch is going to take the remainder of my Christie books from me, all in one big box, so I'm trying to finish them up in the next month or two..

I'll be both happy and sad to finish reading all Agatha Christie's books!

Take care,
Oops! I forgot that you asked where I live in Michigan. I live in Port Huron. It's the complete opposite side of the state from Grand Rapids. It's a border town with Canada. Lake Huron narrows into the Saint Clair River and that is where we have a 2-span bridge to Canada called The Blue Water Bridge. I saw that you had a couple of travel books about Canada. I love Canada but have only traveled in the southeast part closest to home.
Hello there,
Thank you for adding my library to your interesting libraries. I looked through yours and you do, indeed, have pirate books and books on travel. Do you travel a lot or are you planning? What got you interested in pirates? I have a thing for gypsies (but I haven't found a whole lot of books out there). I'm going to add your library to my interesting libraries, too. I look forward to your entering the rest of your books! - something like 1000 or so more?
I had to go out of town and I missed the book sale. Sadness. Not like I don't have anything to read. Anyway, how was it for you?!
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