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About meWhen I was sixteen, I left home -- with seven boxes of books. It would have been more, but my childhood books had been lost in a flood 3 years earlier. When I was 19, I got married and it took a small U-haul to move my stuff. 90% books. Now I have been living in one place for 17 years and even though I move books through my life quickly, more are always coming in than going out.

About my libraryI've managed to re-acquire most of my beloved childhood books, both the lost ones and the ones that I read at the library and never forgot. I still have some of my university books - representing a degree in Classical Chinese with a concentration in linguistics - although my single course in Children's Literature may have had more of an effect on my library over the years! My husband's books reflect his interest in Chinese medicine and in architecture, and they are getting catalogued too.

In the process of reading picture books over and over to my children hundreds of times, I've renewed my love for beautifully illustrated books and collect them for myself now. I homeschooled three children for 12 years, which was a chance to give myself the education I always wanted, and a lot of the Classical and Icelandic books came into the house and will never leave - unless my kids plunder the shelves. I have multiple copies of many books - sometimes because if it's a joy to read a book with Tasha Tudor illustrations, it must be a joy to read the same book with Ernest Shepard illustrations - but most often because one or more of my 3 kids, now adults, wants their own personal copy... but still keep the book here. Sometimes, of course, I have multiple copies by sheer accident; LibraryThing is helping weed those out.

I haven't even mentioned my crafts books. Knitting is far and away my favourite craft because I can knit and read at the same time.

Like many addicts, I eventually took up dealing to support my addiction. I was lured into it by another bookseller... it's a long story. But, I do sell books now. I am reminded of my alcoholic aunt who bought a tavern.

Stars mean, more or less:
***** If I could take only one crate of books with me...
**** Outstanding, re-readable
*** Worth reading
** Okay
* Possibly not a keeper

Lack of stars implies nothing about quality... they may not be my books, or I may not have felt like making value judgments that day.

GroupsBook Arts, Book Design!, Bookcases: If You Build/Buy Them, They Will Fill, Canadian History for Canadian Kids, Catholic Homeschoolers, Catholic literature, family & homeschool, Catholic Science Fiction, Catholic Tradition, Combiners!, Essex County/Windsor Library Thingersshow all groups

Favorite authorsMitsumasa Anno, Jane Austen, Mary Burchell, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Eileen Dunlop, Edward Eager, Elizabeth Enright, Eleanor Estes, Rumer Godden, John S. Goodall, Elizabeth Goudge, Giovanni Guareschi, Hergé, Georgette Heyer, Mollie Hunter, Tove Jansson, C. S. Lewis, Charles de Lint, Terry Pratchett, Arthur Ransome, Gerald Rose, Kate Seredy, Rosemary Sutcliff, J. R. R. Tolkien, Meriol Trevor, Charles Williams, Eva-Lis Wuorio (Shared favorites)


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I hope to look for the sweater I'm remembering. It's a pullover style. Your sweaters are wonderful!
Oh I wonder. Do you still have your sweater? I think I know where mine is. I have a lot of my grandmother's creations, and my mother's too.
Also: I loved hearing the back story about her!
But you were in the top 25 for taggers? I should look at your tags, I guess!
I just checked: there are almost 4,000,000 covers which have been uploaded by LT members. Staggering. I just loaded 15 covers. It feels like 50! I'm reading a vintage YA book by a Finnish author, Priska. It's quite good.
It's the first time this has happened: adding two books - of Chinese and Finnish origins. Ha! Got your attention, I hope!

Fun With Chinese Characters, and Lingonberries in the Snow. Lucky finds at a thrift shop with seriously cheap prices. :)
re The Pink Maple House. I just found out it is the first book of three, and the other two have also been reissued. Perhaps you saw it on FB - Dianne brought it to my attention, but depending on her privacy settings, maybe you didn't see it.
Maria Chapdelaine...I haven't read it yet! Someday, someday.
I just found out The Pink Maple House has been reissued! $13.95. I've ordered a copy from Book Depository.
"2013 Reprint of 1950 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software." I hope that's good - but the new cover isn't the same as the old one I've seen on LT.
OK, found it. 97. Boring. Too bad all my early covers don't count.
I still can't figure that out, but I did discover that about 1/4 of my books have a cover from Amazon. The rest are "member uploaded".
403!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 I forget though - how do I find that out?
Wow, you have 25 of Frances Parkinson Keyes' books! Did you ever meet her?
Oh, Don Camillo. Of course.
Wow, thanks! You've listed most of my favorite authors: Goudge, Stevenson, Godden, Shute. But I'd never heard of the Italian one, Giovanni Guareschi. Gotta check him out. I have tried to read Frances Keyes...and have not been able to, except for her book about St. Anne which I love.

I think I will suggest Gentian Hill. And Trustee from the Toolroom. They'd probably like or love both. Trustee, partly because of the connection to Hawaii and the South Pacific...that is such a great yarn. I listened to it on tape on a car trip years ago. Awesome. And have read the book a couple of times, too.
Maybe they would like another Goudge.
You know The Scent of Water by Elizabeth Goudge? My s-i-l read it for her book group after I recommended it, and is asking me for another book along those lines. I LOVED that book...just realized, I don't have my own copy. So, send me a couple of ideas, if something comes to mind.
Well, yeah it was pre-seatbelt days! Although, I can also recall as an adolescent, cramming twelve into our VW bug...and my mom was driving. To the pool, you know. No child left behind!

Coastline of Scotland is yours.

re Bulgy, I continue to be intrigued by The Pink Maple House, which is so horribly rare and expensive if a copy is ever for sale (I've never seen one). But that's a book I would love to have! And at least half a dozen LT accounts that have it as their one and only book. What's up with that!
Would you like The Coastline of Scotland? It's way too academic for me. I could send it with Torten in September.
A one-room school! I might have liked that kind of school. I went to public schools, and they were big ones. Plus for K - 3 I had to take a bus, and it was about an hour each way picking up kids on very narrow dirt roads, a scarey ride in more ways than one.

Bulgy the Barrage Balloon came across my mother's path when she worked at a Humane Society Thrift Shop, as a volunteer pricing things - she mainly did the nicknacks. I have no idea if she knew its status, but she's given me various odds & ends of books over the years. Unfortunately, if I asked her about it now, she'd probably not remember anything about it.

For Love of a Donkey sounds wonderful - and I see you recently added it.

Today when I was getting gas, a fellow in a very spiffy new black VW bug convertible pulled up behind me. I had to tell him - my parents had a black VW when I was a kid and all five of us kids fit in there. He nodded, and perhaps hoped I'd go away before I put a fingerprint on his car.
We went to the library every two weeks. It was a bit of a mom didn't drive, so we could only go on Saturdays when my father could take us five kids plus mom in the VW bug, plus it was at least a half hour away.

(And I had to walk uphill 5 miles in 3 feet of snow both ways to school)

I know I wanted to read everything in there...but never even came close, I'm sure!

Have you perhaps heard of a children's book about barrage balloons, published during WWII, and the author had to get LOTS of secret permissions in order to write & publish it: Bulgy the Barrage Balloon?
re the 3 double-E's...I WISH I'd noticed that as a little kid. I didn't, though. Some of my favorite books as an 8 year old that I rediscovered as an adult were the Indian tribe books by Sonia Bleeker.

Oh - about the helper badge for covers. I am only at 60 covers, as the great numbers I loaded early on don't count. I'll probably never make it to gold.
My memory is getting quite ragged...I wish your comment I'm replying to were in front of me, because I forget what I'm answering soooo quickly.

A disconcerting thing just happened. I loaded 45 pictures from my camera to my laptop. About 10 of the pictures were for LT covers. It finished loading, announced it was done, and then ZIP it went and erased ALL of the pictures from my camera, and apparently, from my computer, too, as I can't find them.

Not being able to find pictures on my computer is not unknown to me, but usually I have to ask for assistance to remember how to delete them from my camera.
Long time ago I remember you mentioning the "3 E's" and I asked you about them. But maybe it was "the 3 double-E's". Yes, just to keep a little secondhand bookshop in business I bought two newish editions of Edward Eager books, which I didn't have already. And now I'm enjoying reading them, along with Home Life by Alice Thomas Ellis AND a melancholy novel set in Berlin, Germany, This Must Be the Place. Or a title sort of like that.

Sure, I can wait til September to mail Torten. And back to Langton, were the Alcotts in that religion also?
heh heh, just happened to see The Dante Game by Jane Langston on your sidebar of Random Books (a book you rated 1.5 stars, and tagged Gone)...and thought, now don't I have something by her...and I do: The Diamond in the Window, which is one of the strangest YA books I have in my house, and I've sometimes thought I should get rid of it. It happens in Emily Dickinson country, and there's some tie-in to Unitarianism or something Hindu, I forget.
Hello Muumi,
Bought any book treasures lately?
I finished Memoirs of a Midget. Yay, me. Yes, I liked it. I like De La Mare's poetry, too.
I found a children's book I can live without that you might like me to send to you: Torten's Christmas Secret. Let me know.
I didn't tell you, but I was able to get Memoirs of a Midget. Haven't read it, though. I'm listening to The Brothers Karamazov on CD...very enjoyable. I'm nearing the end (28 CDs, and I'm on #22). The one annoying thing about it is, the translator used the word "kids" for children repeatedly, and the very proper (and excellent) British reader could not help himself. He emphasized the slangy term, without pity for his listeners.
I was out shopping yesterday, and stopped in at a giant, fairly nice thrift store...bought clothes, mainly for my daughter who was with me, and briefly looked at their books. And WHY I didn't snap up the beautiful copy of Memoirs of a Midget I can't say, except that I was so tired from shopping.

Also...while I had heard of the author, I had not heard of that book....oh I'm just lamenting that I didn't TRUST my intuition!!!

I'm going back there today, in the hopes that that book is still there.

From The Poetry Foundation's website:
Even though it contains no fantasy in a strict sense, Memoirs of a Midget includes a strong ingredient of the unusual and is considered by many critics to be a masterpiece. Storm Jameson in the English Review called the novel "the most notable achievement in prose fiction of our generation," and J. C. Squire, in his Books Reviewed: Critical Essays on Books and Authors, judged Memoirs of a Midget "a poet's book. I can think of no prose book by an English poet which is a more substantial achievement." The definitive de la Mare novel, Memoirs is a study of the social and spiritual outsider, a concern central to the author's work.

I forgot all about your Nepi beata...who is it?
And what is St. Benedict Joseph Labre's connection. Is he the saint who was basically a pilgrim his whole life?
Well the first book I read by her, A Welsh Childhood, got me hooked. It helps that she made a "name" for herself as a troublemaker of sorts...accused the bishop (or cardinal?) of Liverpool of being the cause of the loss of Catholics there, in the early years after Vat. II. Actually, it doesn't help, but it's one aspect of Ellis...she wrote a number of novels. They're short - less than 200 pages, and just amazing. She was raised in a kind of Unitarian type home, and bagged all that to become a Catholic at age 19. She died about ten years ago. Her columns, Homelife, for a newspaper (England) were compiled. I hope to read those, too.
re Scholastics, did Puffins publish them, too? Or was that another series entirely.
Agreed, it was a slightly disturbing book. I rather think the author held back quite a bit. Thankfully.
I don't think I have EVER seen FGM mentioned in a work of fiction, though. That really struck me...that was Sofia/Safia's whole reason for earning money - to help her sister with a very costly surgical repair. (Which is another thing, I didn't realize that was even possible)
I added covers to all my books, except just a few that I can't locate, and may not even have any more. Yay!
I figured you'd find familiar scenes in Divorce Islam Style, because of your Italian trips.
Ha! F.O.B. - what's that stand for?
Oh, I wasn't offended. It's been a cordial discussion as far as I'm concerned! Their covers - without dustjackets - are SOOOO boring, I agree! But inside...Feodor Rojankovsky! Roger Duvoisin! Robin Jacques! Maud & Miska Petersham! And others, but those are the illustrators I can think of off the top of my head.

When I first came across a BiCB with a dust jacket, I was quite surprised...I had not even thought they'd have covers. Now about half of mine have their jackets.

Well, I have a soft spot for them, nonetheless. I have one or two that my godmother gave me when I was little. I didn't appreciate them then. But now - some top illustrators and authors have their work in them, and once I realized that, I buy them if they're nice and cheap: these were only 33 cents each.
Do you like shabby "Best in Children's Books" without their jackets? (hmmm. Didn't YOU send me some a while back, now that I think about it?)
...the store downtown sells crafts & coffee, I meant.
I went into a new thrift shop, one that's called Global Thrift. They donate all income to medical missions in distant places, and also have their headquarters in my town, along with a little store in our historic downtown area that sells crafts & coffee. All very new to me - I had never heard of them, or seen their store in "Old Town". Anyway, I bought a bunch of vintage children's books. I don't know why. Do I need help?
Excellent sleuthing, my dear, re your covers added. I have five or ten to do. Not very many, really, as there are so many more covers to chose from now!

Happy New Year!
Thanks for your comment. It is certainly a great struggle to keep my head above the ever increasing number of books entering the premises. Even though I continue to clear a few,these are just the tip of the iceberg.
A Happy New Year to you too.
Ah, covers. I know, I was looking at my award for doing covers, and I was like, 44? More like a thousand.
I used to scan, but now I take a picture, and then somehow retrieve it out of my computer. It's hard for me to remember how to do anything on the computer, including that.
So, THIS is what my life has come to: fooling around on LibraryThing on New Year's Eve. My husband, a son & a daughter are watching The Dark Knight Rises on video downstairs. I'm upstairs, with a hot fire burning in the woodstove, Christmas tree lights, ON.

A cup of coffee and some Lindt milk chocolate truffles...
It's not even caffeinated coffee, either.

A singularly quiet New Year's Eve!
Oh, thank you, but I'm not the one for the Advent calendar. I bought a Chinese literature-in-translation book today and thought of you.
Right. But not only do I doubt all those libraries-of-one-book actually have a real copy, I also think they could all be created by the same person, or most of them.
The Pink Maple House is the single book in a dozen different LibraryThing libraries. That's the book mystery I was referring to. It seems pretty odd. Setting up an LT account and then listing ONE book.
I meant to say, I have *never* been able to get a copy.
Hi Mummi!

A book mystery has come to light, and I wonder if you are interested in it, too.
It has to do with The Pink Maple House, a book I've long wanted to read, but have been able to ever get a copy. Even Amazon has none for sale.

Have you read it, by chance?

Right! Where ARE the netsuke? Saved for the illustrated edition, I'm guessing.
Hello Muumi!

I'm borrowing my sister's copy of The Hare with Amber Eyes...have you read it yet? I was interested in the book when my sister told me about it. She read it for her book club, and I ask her what she's reading, because occasionally I'll want to read their picks. Well, this one had a lot of connections for me: one of my b-i-l, an author, is Jewish-Christian, collects netsuke, and his ancestors came to the US from Austria.

So, listing that book today I saw your recent add, "The Wedding Procession...". One of the reviews for it said, apparently in all seriousness, "Not much of a wedding book in terms of teaching about ceremonies and love."

Glad to be of her help Muumi. I had a proof copy for reviewing so apart from some disappointing reading time it didn't cost me anything. :-)
Hi Muumi!
I just saw your note about the I hadn't added anything I hadn't noticed. Is it fixed now? Yes, I'm too lazy to check it myself, until I need it and so forth.
Bye for now & Happy Memorial Day,
Your books, and reasons for getting them are SOOOOO interesting to me! I just love books. Tonight I visited the Soylent Green of thrift shops. Yes, the one I said I wouldn't go to again because it's too disturbing.

I found Asterix in Belgium in PERFECT condition. My daughter and I were in Belgium for a whole week last fall. It was incredibly fun. So, she's reading the Asterix right now.

I got an old fiction, A Sword from Galway (Mayrant), 1948. I'm not sure but I think it's about an Irishman who ends up sailing with Columbus. I'm pretty sure my husband will like it.

I got a Barnes & Noble reprint of 1905's Sabina: A Story of the Amish (perfect condition hardcover), again, thinking my daughter would like it...but she wasn't interested when she saw the new Asterix.

And, a map of Ontario. Dh & I are coming to Ontario for our daughter's end-of-the-year/not-a-graduation ceremony in late April.

The author of Sanctus is Simon Toyne. He's a Brit.

There's a pilgrim from Denver who's gone on just about all the pilgrimage routes out there that I've ever heard of. She just got to Jerusalem after walking across as much of North Africa as they would allow her to. Her blog is Winter Pilgrim: I have met her several times when she's done a speaking engagement locally...she walks all by herself, carries water, but not much food, no GPS or cell phone or any electronic device.

I'm sure I'd love Little Known Museums - the very idea is charming, and right up my alley.

Hi Catherine, tell! What is the Meriol Trevor title you found?

I have barely started (deep sigh) The Glassblower's Children...but it reads well. (I have such an unwieldy pile of TBR books on the floor next to the bed. You?)

I've allowed myself to be utterly swept away by Sanctus. I could hardly read anything until I finished it: a religious thriller set mostly in a fictional town, Ruin, in Turkey.

Your recent adds - Come Walk With Me and Little Known Museums - I'm gonna have to check them out!

His is the last story in the book, by the way.
We have a Polish priest. He has a wonderfully rich voice and sounds VERY much like Pope John Paul II.

Hmmm. Just noticed my previous message to you, "What are is their order about?" Argh. Sorry about that!

Oh, processions! So beloved by the commoners (like me), and by Our Lady, and bring such glory to God. I wish we had more of them.

There's a really neat story in Saga of Saints by Sigrid Undset about a man who was converted because of a Corpus Christi procession, and became a Barnabite priest.
Have you an opinion of Witness of St. Ansgar's?
I was a member for 20 years of St. Ansgar's Scandinavian Catholic League; when I was tidying up my ultb's I came across Witness...and see you're (horrors: I actually wrote *your* and then happened to glance back at what I wrote!) one of the members with that book, which I'd never heard of before.
Thanks for your comment re. Mulan.

I still look a bit askance at the implication that the "Legand and Legacy" of Mulan in the US is somehow significant. As it is rather specialized, I don't think a general awareness of the Mulan story was achieved in the US until the Disney film.

My way to the story was as a fan of figure skater Michelle Kwan, her having starred in a special about the Disney film, her skate to "Reflections" being available online (; youtube), and then buying and watching that. (Which film I like, but do wonder why it has Mulan sneaking away at night, instead of -- as shown in the Chinese versions -- having got her parents' blessing.)

I only learned of the Maxine Hong Kingston story "about" Mulan as result of research -- on Mulan (whether she existed or not, etc.), the poem, the many Chinese film versions.

As for film versions, I recommend "Lady General Hua Mu-Lan," which can be had from such as, if one can deal with Chinese opera. But the version I most want to see is "Mulan Joins the Army," made during the Japanese occupation.
There's indeed a shortage of Lost Genoveffa on most library shelves, I think :)
If Book Depository belongs to Amazon, then I'm assuming shipping will no longer be free. Sigh.
Hi Muumi - sadly, I didn't make the Abe meet in York, so that's 2 I've missed. You are right, we do share a lot of authors. My mother started me on Frances Parkinson Keyes, and I've collected almost all those I have from second-hand shops over a long period.
Hi Muumi,

Just thought you'd like to know that 'The Tiger-Skin Rug' has just been republished here in the UK!
Hello Muumi,

Yes, I really enjoyed 'The Girl in the Painted Caravan'. When I saw it for sale in the supermarket I thought it would be a read-once-and-throw-out book, but I'll be wanting to read this again.

I'm fine, spring has come here in the UK, which is lovely :-)
Hello Muumi,
I recently acquired and read The Ship That Flew. What a wonderful story! I wish I had it with a dust jacket, but other than that, I have a good fairly old (1950s) hardcover copy. And I see you've recently added a Rumer Godden book. What a writer - she's in my top five, for sure.
Hi Muumi,

I knew I'd be back. I see that you are the only user of the tag "Presepio." It's a term I just learned last week, and it is taking me to all sorts of interesting insights. I spent two days restoring the plaster of paris pieces for my church's nativity, and it was an intensely spiritual time. My family had a beautiful nativity collection which my uncle brought back from Italy. It didn't fall to me as an adult, so my children and I built our own, complete with scenery for the wise men to travel through.

I'm re-energized to return to that passion. Now I want to visit Naples, especially, not that I ever will have the chance. But one can dream...
It sounds irresistible - especially Free Shipping. Gotta go shop, now! For one thing, the Murderous Maths are only available by ordering through someone else, who then ships it to me. Hmmm. What else do I want?!
The Book Depository? Is it a company like Amazon?
Well, I went to see the Pere Castor books you were telling me about. Yes, they look quite charming! There's a bit of Combining which could be done there, but I'm not up to it. Ooooh. Just saw your recent add: An Eye on the Hebrides, and I'm going to take a look at it!
Because I noticed your comment on the I Survived the Great Vowel Shift group, I came over to your profile and, as you state that you obtsined "a degree in Classical Chinese with a concentration in linguistics", I thought perhaps, by contacting Belle Yang, she might introduce a wide variety of Chinese speakers to you.
You might want to check out
oh YES Barbara Hambly! She is hard on her characters, but so is life! I've learned that wisdom come at a high cost; enough to, in some fashion, embrace the hard times when they come. (might as well!)

You MUST read the sequels! Jenny struggles with menopause. I doubt there's an author who writes better about the nitty-gritty of life.
And we may share a lot more - I'm still in the process of loading my titles. I started doing it rough and rapid, but I quickly picked up on the need to be precise and do clean up as I go. I get very lost in all of the other fun things to do at LT.
One of the most fun features is being able to look at all my beautiful book covers. (tagged "cover") so I've been hauling a box of books at a time into work and scanning them. That has slowed me down considerably, but who cares? It's all entertainment.

I haven't even STARTED on children's books, just what has landed in my otherwise adult shelves.

Yes, illustration and book design are so important. I've been lucky to find treasures cheaply.

I've visited your shelves before, and you keep appearing on my home page with your recent additions - must be because our libraries share so much. So I thought to let you know I've been here.
A few of our common interests seem to be Catholic theology, doll houses and beautiful books!

I look forward to visiting with you again.

Glad to hear how you appreciate the tartan collection. I thought it was really neat, too...just not something I needed to keep. And since I knew you collected Scottish books...well!

I forget where I happened upon these comments, but when Benedict XVI was made Pope, and created his ensignia, there were heraldry folks discussing it online, and one of them was a priest, who I think was in SCA. I still need to mail you those books - thanks for your new Michigan address.
"Unicorn Pursuivant of Arms in Ordinary is a current Scottish officer of arms. The title was created after 1381, and derived from the unicorn. These beasts were used as supporters for the royal arms of Scotland, and as a royal badge. The badge of office for Unicorn Pursuivant is A Unicorn couchant Argent gorged of a Coronet of four Fleurs-de-lis and four Crosses paty proper.

The current Unicorn Pursuivant is Alastair Lorne Campbell of Airds."

Almost makes me want to join the SCA.
That's great! I'll have to find that book over the summer. My tag was pure commentary on the likelyhood of a close relationship amongst me and my brothers. We're too many years apart for that to ever work, but Mum and Dad will never give up hope. ;) --Emma
I just saw your note today- glad someone else puts a little humour into their tagging! :) Happy Reading--Emma
thank you for the extended and detailed comments about various books by Elizabeth Goudge. At the moment I have no books available to me to read besides the one I found by happy chance some time ago. I will look in other libraries and e-books and on line or at ABE books. Thank you for your time and attention; it is very much appreciated.
I notice that you have quite a few books by Elizabeth Goudge. I have just read The Reward of Faith and was quite taken by it. I will definitely read some more books by her. I wanted to check with LibraryThing members with many works by her in their collections if they have any comments or recommendations about which is a good Elizabeth Goudge book to read next, or if you have a favourite from among her works. With thanks in advance for considering this request, even if you decide not to reply.
I wonder if LT will figure out a way around that "feature", of deleting reviews if the owner deletes the book. That's simply ridiculous! They want the LT name to be Out There, don't they? Especially, the ER books - I mean for goodness sake, some of those books really are NOT keepers.

And now, to look up the interesting phrase, "more of a palimpsest", which I've never come across before...
I'm reading How the Scots Invented the Modern World. Certainly there's a lot of detail about how Scotland became such a literate nation - ahead of any other country in fact, because of funding village schools early on. And the ins and outs of the government, wars, Covenanters, and such. It's too dry for me, but I'll try and keep at it. Also, the author says pointedly biased things which annoy me.
I hope you manage to track down copies of Besty stanley and G Bramwell Evens books. I had to go through the Romany & Traveller Family History Society to get hold of Stanley's book. They directed me to a bookseller who specialises in Romany publications. Sadly, I've lost her details for the moment but will let you know when I find them. The Bramwell Evens books are fairly easy to find but I borrowed the copies I have from my library. Hope you enjoy any that you get hold of. :-)

That is no problem muumi, after your description I had to try and find a picture or something as I just could not picture it at all. Now after seeing it I want to try and find a copy of the book!
Try and read the book before they make the film of it :)
I've lost the note from you on how to find my books which need covers. I thought it was via Tools, but can't find anything helpful there. Thanks.

I just read about this book on GoodReads (are you on there too, btw?) and of course thought of you: How the Scots Invented the Modern World: The True Story of How Western Europe's Poorest Nation Created Our World & Everything in It. Have you read it but don't think enough of it to have in your library?

I'm part Scots-Irish -- maybe I'll borrow it from the public library and learn more about my ancestors.
Oh, oh, oh, what a great idea to have a Gone Collection. I'm going to start that one, for sure. Re Collections, when it first started I read the many glowing posts of gratefulness (on the LT blog), and felt completely clueless. Guess I still feel that way, and it's too much bother to find out any more about it.
Fabby! I love Knitting Without Tears, too. One of these days I'm going to get round to making a Baby Surprise Jacket. At the moment it's too hot & sticky to knit, though, so I'm just reading instead.
I see you mention knitting & reading at the same time. From this I can only conclude that you must be an Elizabeth Zimmermann fan (me too!). Looking forward to nosing through your library further, if you'll pardon me doing so! Allie
Acquisition facts about the latest books in my library: three are freebies from one book exchanger, two are from another, and the last (Bhombal Dass, a folk tale of Pakistan) is from my brother. What about yours? Is The Elegance of the Hedgehog an Early Reviewers book? I recently read Escape by Carolyn Jessop -- it's a very compelling story along the same lines as Stolen Innocence.
I'm also making a Norway collection. And I'll probably do Austria, too. But I don't really get why tags weren't sufficient...maybe this is more for people who have multiple, gigantic collections.
Have you your collections in order? I'm not sure what is so amazing about this feature -- a lot of hype imo -- but maybe you can explain to me why LT thinks it's done well. I have started putting books in collections (dh, dd, etc.) What else?

And John Ruskin's only children's book, The King of the Golden River, is, I believe, a re-telling of an Austrian (and Styrian) folk-tale.
I have found out a bit about Paula Grogger - she lived in Austria her whole life, she taught at a university, and her subject was literature & folk tales (based on the few books by her on LT). I think she just loved her part of the world (Styria province of Austra) and so wanted to write a book about it. I got the feeling reading The Door in the Grimming that she put lots of things in the novel that she, perhaps, had overheard as a child (for example), without understanding. Things that made the world an enchanting, mysterious, scary place.

That's my take on it, fwiw.
Far Pavilions is a romance set in India in the second half of the 19th century. Some of it is implausible in the extreme. Not really a bodice-ripper but there is some of that. Poisoning one's rivals seems to be a common pastime, based on how often it's happened in the first third of the book! As MMKaye is a contemporary of Rumer Godden, and with a lot of the same India/English background, I decided to read this book...thinking I may like Kaye as well as I like Godden. Kaye is way more secular...Godden might present baffling conundrums (I'm thinking of Greengage Summer, for example) but somehow, the underlying sense of what really is RigHT, comes through. Kaye is less sure of that, imo.

re The Door...I really am not on sure ground to be able to explain WHY I love it so much.
re The Door in the Grimming. Well, I think the oldest son IS legitimate. Its vagueness is perhaps to show how vicious "village life" can be. I'm trying to remember about the witch and the priest. Although I've read the book twice it's been a couple of years, and I can't remember that part.

Right now I'm in the middle of a huge book - The Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye - I've got to finish it before I look at The Door again!

Say hello to Italy for me.
What does your [grr] tag mean?
I noticed today that you have a copy of The Door in the Grimming. Have you had a chance to read it? I would LOVE to "talk" about the book sometime.
I for one appreciate well-reasoned prose. There are too many "reviews" on LT which are abbreviated scribbles or tags. So - thanks for all your good work!
Hi Catherine,

Thank you very much for 'My Heart Lies South' which arrived today. I'm sure I'll enjoy it when it reaches the top of my tbr pile!
That was so thoughtful of you to send me the message about Mommy Grace. I just got my copy today, actually. Thanks again!
I just realized how many many reviews you've done! And then started reading them - recently I also read Growing Up Tough (Caldwell). I concur with your view, completely. TC would probably not have had much patience with me, however...I've gone through many of the "stages" she abhored!
The chapter headings in my Leekley (King and the Merman) are identical to the book you have, it must be a differently titled re-issue. My copy is 1972, but was first released (doesn't say under what title) in 1956.
no apologies necessary - I'll have to dig it out of the groaning piles when I get home, so it might be a couple of days, okay?
This movie sounds good. Maybe it'll play near you. On an LT Opera group I read about a new movie, Auditions. Here's what the post said:

I saw the movie Audition yesterday. It is a high definition documentary of the 2007 young artists' competition at the Met.

I love rightful triumph, and these young singers were triumphant. One triumph is bittersweet, and all of the triumphs are well-deserved. There is plenty of music and plenty of pathos befitting a movie about opera.

The movie plays twice in Canada in June, and I recommend it to people who are in Canada then.
I'm sure you'll enjoy them. I keep meaning to visit 'Green Knowe' otherwise known as The Manor, Hemingford Grey, as it's only about an hour's drive from here. I've peered into the garden before, when it wasn't open to the public, but the garden is now open every day, and you can book to have a tour of the house.
Gosh, Mummi...I'm just now reading this! How are you doing on the list for Adriano?

You know now how much I love doll books, evil and sweet, both...but evil most. If you don't have cats, I'd love to spend a week reading YOUR books, too!

Thank you for your comment!

I'm learning to knit just now, having toyed with it as a teenager and again about 15 years ago. I've fallen in love with lace weight yarn, which is a bad thing now that I'm at that age where my eye sight is going. I see lots of scarves in my future! The sock book is an ... aspirational goal.

I was a engineering major, so I don't recall much of the Chinese I took way back in college. Studying Classical Chinese is my retirement goal. If I can get into classes at the Uni, I want to work my way up to their class in Chinese opera Chinese. Until then, it's all children's books, subtitled movies, and a dictionary in my spare time. (Mandarin)

Between work and teenagers, I couldn't even keep up with the 3 Kingdoms read-a-long in the Ancient China group here.

I know what you mean about learning other things! I still have days when wonder if I shouldn't have attempted to mix work and kids.
I've been working like crazy on my Ladybird Books. Now they're all Seried, if that's a word:
if you'd like to take a look. Someone else is also working on it, it's not just me, but I've done my 48.
Thanks! Perhaps I'll work on your library when the feature comes back ;)
I have nearly everything catalogued (phew!). I just recently decided to archive my comics digests, and I might add some magazines which I'd like to keep track of. It's the scans that are lagging behind and proving to be somewhat monotonous (I wanted to have my scans finished two years ago!) Oh, and the tagging...
Actually, that's OK about the Moomintroll books, but I may request one from the library just to see what it's like...and why you identify with the Troll mother!
And moomins means...? All I know is the Moomintroll books, which I don't have.
And here I've thought muumi was Finnish.
I just noticed I spelled dunno, duuno. I shouldn't use slang! Can't spell it!
We have a really good county library; I borrowed the movie there. Someday I'll get a copy of my own. Oh, and I sent you a book today, to your ON address.
Ninotchka is one of my ten favorite movies. Have you actually seen it too?
I duuno. "Confession: it's good for the soul" (Greta Garbo in Ninotchka), maybe?
I did read Caldwell's Growing Up Tough, and appreciated her un-PC views, but frankly don't like ranting, even by TC. Given her age when she wrote the book, and my background, she could've been ranting at ME, as I was a directionless person at 18, and never did quite get a "direction" until I got married 10 years later.

The stories she told of her upbringing, though, are priceless, imo.
Lucky! Paperback, I assume? I think I've only seen pb copies.
Tor (Torminster) wouldn't have to do with the burial place of King ARthur, would it? Isn't that Westchester -- vague memories of YA historical fiction are just out of reach...anyway, I haven't read the books except for TitM, and it Seems Like there is a walk on for QEi -- and maybe Edmund Campion as well.

Someone on LT has the tag Ely for the mash-up of one of the trilogies. Is Ely in the fens? That's where the book DW takes place "according to my friend".
Towers in the Mist is Elizabethan, I'm pretty sure. Thank you very much for all the info about her books! I'm going to copy it for my friend, if you don't mind. I can't remember the characters' names in Towers - I don't own the book. Did I borrow it from my mom I wonder?

My friend is SO taken with Dean's Watch that she wants, badly, to visit Ely Cathedral.
A friend and I were talking about Elizabeth Goudge - she's reading, and loving, The Dean's Watch. And I had read and loved Towers in the Mist several years ago and only NOW do I realize they're part of a trilogy! My friend was wishing very much that EG had seen fit to put dates in her book -- have you ever seen anything which puts her work in a specific historical perspective, if there was one?
Since you're still up (!!!) what do you think of Anatole France's Penguin Island? I've not read it. In fact, I only heard of it today, because it's mentioned in another book I'm reading, Bad Boy by Walter Dean Myers. It's his autobiography and really pretty good: he read a lot of really difficult imo books when he was in high school - one of which is Penguin Island. He's a YA author. I think his most famous book is Monster, about a black kid who gets caught up in a crime accidentally. I am NOT impressed with that book, btw.
I left a comment on the Collector's Manias thread, when I saw your post from last year there. Have you found anything good recently, Hebrides-wise? I see you have The Brendan Voyage, and I was just going to suggest you might like it, esp. the part about the Faroes.
Lol! Her last name intrigued me too, and this is what I discovered about her.

Tracy Tolkien is an American international dealer and author living in the UK. A vintage clothing and accessories expert, Tracy owns a shop, Steinberg & Tolkien, in the King's Road, London. A graduate of the Courtauld Institute, Tracy combines her talent as a writer/consultant with her passion for her subject. Special consultant for Miller's Costume Jewellery: A Collector's Guide she has also written Vintage: The Art of Dressing Up and A Collector's Guide to Costume Jewellery.

I've become strangely drawn to vintage jewellery and am trying to gather a collection of books in that theme.
Speaking of Danielle Steele, the only book I've read of hers is His Bright Light, about her son who was manic-depressive and eventually took his own HARD she tried to save him, but couldn't. Very very sad.
So, for us anyway, with our amazing collections which no one else has, almost a tenth of our books are ultb's. That's a lotta books! So out of the millions of books on LT, about 1/11 of that number could possibly be ultb's then?

Hey, I'm going to try and get Mathographics from the library.
Yes, the lovely ultb, whereby we show off our uniqueness to the world! How many do you have at present? Currently I have 311 ultb's.
The Combiners! are really into it, aren't they. I am happy to let them do their magic - I don't want to know how to do it! Therefore I can't figure it out, either.
I just noticed something new to me on LT: the author page for Elizabeth Coatsworth is now divided because there are apparently two (or more) Elizabeth Coatsworth's.

I have no idea how The Divider did it, of course!
I started The Tall Books.

Pheeww. There are six of the old ones (Christmas, Bible Stories, Make-Believe, Nursery Tales, Mother Goose, and Fairy Tales). And a couple of new ones, some with the same title but probably a new illustrator (who I probably don't care for). I've got Combiners! working on the jumble of titles so hopefully it'll look a bit tidier soon.

And, I was thinking, I could arbitrarily assign number 1 - 6 for the old Talls...and put high numbers on the more recent versions, which have quite different cover designs, and I'm guessing here, illustrators.

Of course they could all end up combined somehow or other, but as it is now, one can see all the different covers, and I like that a lot.
Shall we call the series The Tall Books, then?
I just saw your Combiners request for a Tall Book. Aren't those Tall Books nicely done, and should there be a series, do you think? I have The Tall Book of Fairy Tales, illustrated by Garth Williams, and I have the Tall Book of Bible Stories - a really beautifully done book.
I've started Boy in a Barn. Just finished (did I already tell you this?) Jeremy Pepper by Frances Rogers. It's about a bound boy - at a glass works - in pre-revolution America. The copy I read is borrowed from a library in Oklahoma - nary a copy available in Colorado, apparently.
I have Slaves in the Family by Edward Ball, which I bought after a visit to Charleston, South Carolina, where Ball's family history is centered. While I was there I endeavored to learn more or see Something related to Robert Smalls, a slave cum boat captain who was the first black man commissioned in the US Navy in the Civil War...but the "knowledgeable" guide of our group in the mule- drawn carriage, simply ignored my questions entirely, as he went through his spiel about the colorful houses, etc...

Dorothy Sterling wrote Captain of the Planter: the Story of Robert Smalls, a very well-written YA which is one of the treasures of my library...a book which I enjoyed AND gained understanding from.
Thanks for the postcard. I see you've added a Beautiful Mind. I read that book to gain understanding...but can't say I "liked" it. What do you think of it?
I wonder if you've heard of Eilis Dillon. I have a three books by her, and really like them. They're vintage YA, with settings on the Irish coast and islands, and a dangerous mystery to solve.
It IS hard to sell a scarce book - especially when its "worth" is almost, and unfortunately, nothing! I have a mini-collection of books with Austria in them somewhere. (No, I've never been there, but I'd like to someday) Boy in a Barn sounds SO good!
Someone started the Childhood of Famous Americans series, and I've begun adding to it, too, in case you want to take a look:

There are about a hundred books on there so far, in beautiful, tidy, alphabetical order, since the series isn't numbered.

I see you've added a book - and it's a ultb! - by Ursula Moray Williams. She is a very good writer, isn't she. One of my favorite ultb's is by her, Peter and the Wanderlust. I like her YA books much better than the ones she wrote for young(er) children.
I've actually already bought Dreams From My Father, although I haven't added it to my Library yet. The predictor doesn't think I'll like it, either.

I didn't pay full price for it - it was part of a 3 for 2 deal, plus I used Christmas gift tokens to pay for it, so I didn't actually pay anything for it myself.

I can't remember now just where I found it The Curve of Time, as I've bought lots of books in both charity shops and second hand bookshops over the last 3-4 months. It's a Canadian publication, though.

We get quite a lot of books from other parts of the world around here - we're close to Cambridge, and to several US airforce bases, and of course East Anglia is a very 'touristy' area!

I've finished reading it now, and loved it.
Re the Guide to the Vision Books. On the one hand, its usefulness to people who collect and use Vision Books in homeschooling social studies is obvious, and it goes *with* the series in that sense. On the other hand, it isn't a Vision Book itself, and that's why I wouldn't put it in there with the series.

Certainly, if I had the whole slew of VBs, and the Guide, I'd keep them all together on the same shelf (probably), and that's why you want the Guide listed there. It really makes sense either way.

I'm not going to remove the Guide, though - I never remove things on LT, fwiw.
Good morning!

It's snowy and gorgeously sunny here right now. Personally, I wouldn't add the Ignatius Vision study guide to the Vision books series.

How thrilling to find so many good books at one sale! I'm really impressed!
Meant to add, thank you for thinking of sending me your copy :-)
I just had a rather surreal moment! I came downstairs this morning, took my copy of 'The Curve of Time' off the shelves to read next, then turned on my computer to find your comment about it!!

I was pleased when I found a copy, and have been looking forward to reading it.
Have you read this exchange and including links, about how the new lead testing requirements could impact the buying, selling, trading of used (and new) children's books?
And in case you're wondering, the book is The Vinlanders' Saga by Barbara Schiller. (I meant to put that in the message, but forgot. It is late and I should just Go To Bed, already!
0718207920 is the isbn for an old (1966) library discard I just added today - I had no idea that some of these old books would be retrofitted with isbn's. The book hasn't been reprinted, and there isn't an isbn in the book itself. I found out via another LTer's entry.

I'm not sure why, but I don't necessarily appreciate this. Have you come across similar?
Oh, the Council is THE 2nd one, of course.

Thanks for the review of the How to Live on Nothing book :)
re the MLK Landmark, do you have an opinion about the what-I-thought-was-a-Vision Book, Assignment to the Council? I'm the only LTer with it, unfortunately.

How to Live on Nothing popped up on your Random Book list. I love the*idea* of it, but love the comforts of our home, too. Is it a good sample of its genre?
Could the MLK Landmark be, perhaps, the very LAST Landmark, and so it's not included on the lists inside some of the jackets? However, I don't really know - just guessing.
The Landmarks are all done, at least the preliminary work is done. One could endlessly tinker with any of these series.

Is there really a CK badge? I gather you're close to getting one, then?
Something funny happened. I have a book that looks like a Vision Book, and is by the same publisher, and I've had it for years...and just today I found out(!) that it's NOT a Vision after all, Assignment to the Council by Milton Lomask. I couldn't figure out why I hadn't put a series number on it, since I have the dust jacket. (There IS no number, duh.)

Getting tired. bed.

Oh wait, I found a list of American Background Books in the same book of lists I told you about. So now, I only have seven more of them to add to the series, out of 3o total. I just had to tell you.
It might take a few days, but I'll send you a picture by email of my African nativity. I did find this out - the organization, Lalmba,
has aid stations in Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Kenya -- so the nativity is from one of those countries.
Do you know about this,, The History of the Church (the Didache series)? Someone was saying their 16yo was reading it, and liking it...
And the third solution it is.

Hey, I did the American Background Books series today, but I had to leave a lot of them numberless. Check it out - maybe you have some of the ones which are missing their numbers.

Congrats on your on-sale Fontanini's...they are so beautiful. It sounds like your dd will have a lovely, large assortment to arrange.

My mil gave me a truly darling African Nativity this year, from a mission they support. It's small,made of grasses and wire and bits of wood. There are two lambs and the shepherd is holding a third across his shoulders. Two wise men have woven baskets to hold their gifts, the third's gift is in a sack (the gold?) . I love it.

I barely got my Advent calendar out this husband's work schedule, two of my kids' work schedule. yadayada
In the series description for the Credo Books, I note that Hawthorn Junior Biographies is another name for the same series. Is there a place for a disambiguation notice for something of that nature?
I just finished entering the Credo books up to number 25. There may be more than that, however I don't have that information.

And now, hopefully I can stay away from LT - my awfully consuming little hobby! - for the rest of the day!
I have at least 10 Credo books, and studying the lists in them I conclude there are 25 or more titles. And, as luck has it, "19" is stated plainly on the spine of the one Credo I have with a jacket, and it matches up with the lists as well.
I'll see about adding that one Credo to the series you've started.

I may have to hold off on working on it though. Seriously, my shoulder & forearm are hurting.

Is there a way to create the list without going to each book's individual page?
That's what I did with the Visions, even adding a couple of non-existant books to my library in order to add them to the series. (I tagged them as wish list, and fully intend to delete them, as soon as I'm sure they won't disappear from LT -- they were ultb's, after all!)
Seeing how many you'd done already, it was short work to finish the Vision Books!
My right (mouse) arm is killing me, but I just thought of looking in Who Should We Then Read? and on p.326 is an awe-inspiring list of the Vision books, in numerical order. For another day, of course!
I just started working on the Real Books series...
waaa. There's hardly any World Landmarks left for me to do! You said you were taking a break...

How lovely to see the entire (or almost) series all together!
I just did two World Landmark Books (I started the series for them!)
, but had to leave the number off one of them, since I don't have the dust jacket for it (which has the number on it). It's for The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler, in case you do have it.

Are the one who just created the 100+ Landmark series then? Wow!
is where I just started a Series, my second one. No pictures have shown up yet - is that just a matter of time?

I also started this Series

Easy enough since it's only for 9 books total!
I'm changing my mind about tackling the BiCB series -- there's simply too many of them. What about Vision Books - they're numbered...or the Landmarks? Do you think anyone's working on them? To answer my own question I looked at one of my Visions, by August William Derleth. He sure wrote a variety of stuff - several Vision books, and many many ghost stories/sci-fi/fantasy besides. I had no idea. And no, no one has started compiling a Vision Book series.
It's so satisfying seeing the Illustrated History of the Church all together. I don't suppose anyone's tackled the Best in Children's Books yet...if I started it, would I just put the main title ie Best in children's Books, and then book 1, book 2, etc.? And then LT would set it up? And I could copy & paste covers to it?
Send me the URL for the series page of the work, so I can see what you're talking about.
You don't waste any time, do you! I haven't tried to do anything with the Series feature, but based on what I've read in Combiners!, it sounds complicated.
I used to see many more of TC's books than I do now. Maybe up your way she's easier to find, if so, I wish you luck! I bought my copy of GatP online, as it wasn't easy to find a copy even in a library here...and my book club had decided we'd read it last spring.

Merry Christmas, in case I don't back on LT before then!
Taylor Caldwell was a prolific writer of the 1950s-early 1980s. While not all of her books have a Catholic theme, many do. I've also read Great Lion of God: a biography of St. Paul, and her autobiography. GatP is my favorite so far, though, in strict terms of readability and enjoyment.
Have you read Grandmother and the Priests, then? By Taylor Caldwell, who was born in Scotland, but mostly grew up in America...there's quite a few stories in it which happen in Scotland. Or Ireland. Or the outer islands. The first and last time I was in Scotland, I was 17. I wouldn't mind going again!
Have you heard of Saints of Scotland by Eileen Dunlop? I happen to have two books by her (Edinburgh, Fox Farm). (Isn't Scotland another of your interests?)
I really would, and will.
Merry Christmas!
Hmmm, now I've got to back and peruse your ultb's again, to note the Catholic history series I'd not heard of...Builders and Destroyers: God's Hand in History, Book 4. Yes, that's the one.

It sort of sounds like a series I have some of the books for, An Illustrated History of the Church. One volume, The End of the Ancient World an Illustrated History of the Church 381 - 680, has a cartoony (but serious)cover picture of presumably Vandals attacking Rome.
I just hate it when I make silly typos, like, I've NEVEr hear of when of course I meant heard of.
Can you believe it's the 3rd Sunday of Advent already! I just was browsing through your ultb books. Wow. So many. And so interesting. Do you know Chinese? All those unusual Canadian fiction ones. A Catholic history from a series that I've NEVEr hear of. It's just so fun to see what you have! Speaking of Canadian fiction, have you read River and Empty Sea by Louis Vaczek?
I just added your cover to my Margaret book - it's the same as the one I have. I had never heard of the series before. Do you have others?
Were you really up at 2a.m. tagging your singleton books ultb? Ha! Caught you. Isn't it a great idea, though!
Sorry, Unthinkable is already taken.

I also found Fairy Tales by Alexander Pushkin illustrated by Ivan Bilibin. It's a 1997 edition printed in Moscow. Is that the one you have? I hope to get my covers up soon, in case you're wondering.
Mystery at Boulder Point - yes, I just got mine at the county library sale, too! It's an ex-library book, and has a quite rubbed pictorial cover. No jacket, big sigh. Anyway, I'm almost done reading it (I adore good juvie/YA mysteries), and I love it.
Aha, it was you who asked about the Nargun and the Stars - yes, it's a good read, an Australian children's classic. It's been a while since I read it, but I have a feeling it was quite spooky!

Must look up Teazle now. :)
Hi Muumi,
Wow, I thought 2MB had an impressive library, but you beat her by about 200 books! Nice to see more Abe-rs here - like Kehs said, we're taking over the net, one web site at the time. ;-)
Most of my books are still boxed up from the move, so I am just adding a few books at a time, from memory. Not sure what I've got, only that it's not enough! :)
Hello Muumi,
Nice to hear from you and thanks for the message.I'm glad you find my Library of interest as it has taken many years to put together,and what with reading,collecting,cataloguing and just fitting the ever increasing numbers of books in continues to be my foremost interest.
John Buchan has been a favourite of mine for quite a while and I read and re-read 'The Thirty-Nine Steps nearly every year.It is however some of the other stories that are perhaps even more to my taste,as also are the poems and the autobiography.I think some of the short ghost stories are great as well. Although,needless to say I do not know any of your Canadian Governors (sorry)apart from Buchan I agree that he was a man of great stature.
When I have a little spare time I will have to look through your large number of books too.
With best wishes from the UK.

Thanks so much for listing my book on Mormonism. You may be interested to know that Zondervan will release in April an updated version of the The Mormon Mirage, with an additional section of all-new materials. Also in April Moody Publishers will release my first novel, about Mormonism, a literary suspense entitled "The Latter-day Cipher.

I'd be pleased if you chose to visit my Web site:

Thanks again.
Latayne C. Scott
'The Curve of Time' does look interesting - I'll have to look out for it.
Thanks for the positive feedback. I sent the ARC yesterday via media mail, so it will take a week or so I'm sure, but it is on its way.


Just read your comment about not being able to get an SDSHS Press book to Canada this month. Apologies. A mistake at this end not adding the right flag. Please note, I shall send you an ARC of the Prairie-Dog Prince right away.

Apologies again.

Ann Bridge - yes, I like her writing very much. My first book by her was Singing Waters (and it's my favorite), where she waxes enthusiastic about Albania -- a country I'd never given any thought to before. Of course this was all before the terrible dictatorships ruined so much of the country and peasantry. On the back cover it says of her early life, " she spent much of her girlhood visiting relatives in northern Italy, was educated at home..." Another homeschooler...or did they have a hired teacher for her.
Canadian History for Canadian Kids is a new group I just noticed. I noted a few books for their consideration, but I'm sure you'd know a lot more.
Nin hao ma?

Since we seem to be the only two with the Pinyin Chinese-English Dictionary, I thought I'd let you know that I just scanned and uploaded the cover of one of my copies (don't ask why I have a hard- and a soft-covered copy - I'm not sure myself).

Others may have this book but without the Hanzi in the title.

How neat that Victorine & Julia arrived in their new homes almost simultaneously!
Still no other requests for "Home Girl" so it's probably yours to keep. Enjoy

Hello Muumi,
I have added dozens and dozens of covers...but still hundreds and hundreds to go. Something to keep me busy and away from my other projects and keeping the house. I tried to join bookmooch (I see you have a little exchange going on in these comments) but I was thwarted... I wonder if anyone there would want my offerings of ex-lib children's books anyway.

Nobody else has requested "Home Girl" yet except you. I'll send you a message if anyone else is interested. Enjoy your trip.


"Home Girl" was mailed today, enjoy.

I certainly do - I'd love to be able to travel more.
I've tagged all my memoirs now, and the ones I particularly enjoyed I've given 4 or 5 stars. My absolute favourites are 'Married to a Bedouin' by Marguerite van Geldermalsen,
'Gweilo' by Martin Booth, and 'On Hitler's Mountain' by Irmgard Hunt.
The last one is a slightly uncomfortable read, but absolutely absorbing as well. My copy will shortly be going on holiday to Australia with my mum's wonderful lady minister, who's borrowed it from Mum, who had borrowed it from me!
Congratulations on the new baby.

Send me a private message with your address and I'll mail "Home Girl". I'll be going to the post office early next week.

Thanks for the trade offer. I've already read "The Memory Keeper's Daughter" and the other one doesn't really sound like my cup of tea. I'd love if you would keep me in mind for future book swaps and I'll do the same.


Mailing to Canada is not much more than mailing to the U.S. if you'd prefer I send "Home Girl" there. So far you're the only person who has requested it.

Yes, I find I usually prefer memoirs to a lot of fiction, although I do read fiction as well. That's interesting about your family history - nothing like that in my family, although we used to love to hear Grannie's tales of her childhood in a log cabin in Alberta. I have swarms of Canadian relatives I don't know!
Hi muumi/shannon. I love The River Road too - if you haven't got it yet, you'll have to hunt for Vail D'Alvery now. The Chess Players is very different, but I enjoyed it and learned a lot of trivia from it. It didn't improve my chess, though!
Thanks for Totor et Tristan!
hi mummi, glad you enjoyed my book list --- thought yours was interesting too.
Hi Muumi,
Sorry I´m so late in replying. I´ve added more books to my library, so have a peep.

Hi Muumi,

The Lay of Czar Ivan illustrated by Ivan Bilibin... is on ABE for $11.50 and that includes shipping - and it has a dust jacket. I did a little search for Bilibin to see what would come up, as I was moseying around on ebay and ABE, looking for a book I just heard about, "A Little History of the World" by E. H. Gombrich: aimed at children, but not as Protestant-biased as Hillyer's Child's History of the World.

So do you have all your covers on now? if so, I am suitably impressed! I have over 900 to go!
Thanks for your comments, and for adding me to your "Interesting Libraries" list - I'm only about 2/5 of the way through my embroidery books, so watch my space! It's taking a while, though; I thought of leaving the covers and tagging till later, but realised that I'd probably never get back round to it.

It's worth keeping an eye out for the Elsa Gudjonsson book - I've seen it on Abebooks a couple of times. Meanwhile, if there are any patterns you're particularly interested in, let me know the page numbers in the Nye books and I should be able to let you have the DMC key.
Hi - I'm busy adding my craft books, and noticed that you have Thelma Nye's cross stitch pattern book and have commented on the lack of colour photos/key for the Icelandic designs. You might like to know that most of the patterns are charted with key and photos in a book by Elsa E. Gudjonsson (Traditional Icelandic Embroidery) which also has interesting notes on history and techniques, and is well worth getting hold of if you can.
My nine Dandelion books have their covers now, in case you want to change any of your.:)

I had to tell my kids tonight, LT is a *hobby* It's *not* my life, and I could drop it if I wanted to...trying to get the more avid computer gamer of my kids to see the difference. However, if I did drop it, for whatever reason, it would be *so* painful! I just love organizing my books on here, what can I say.
What an excellent idea, to prop Heidi/Babar open for the cover picture, thus showing both covers (albeit one would be upside-down). When I get through my current project (all my books about Indians), I'll tackle my Dandelions.
The scanner worked for one scan and then quit. Back to the camera method.

I'm afraid I don't know how to retrieve images - from ABE or anywhere else for that matter. Even if you tell me, I probably won't be able to follow your directions. (Although your instructions for finding one's coverless books was easy enough even for me). Re combining titles, like for the Dandelion books, I've wondered how to go about it. My preference for one story over the other, however, means I will put a cover of Babar, and not Heidi, for example.

Another set of books I have, Best in Children's Books, defies listing in any fashion that makes sense. (Not that I've ever asked anyone here - or even looked to see how they list them...)Maybe I should list the authors as tags -- I really want to note the authors, especially my favorites.

Sigh, I have over a thousand books without covers. A good many are unique to my library, and another large number have unique covers. Happily, I now have a working scanner. My pictures should be clearer than what I could achieve with a digital camera, as soon as I get the hang of it, that is.

That said, it's nifty indeed to be able to see them, the coverless ones.
By the way, I just started a thread on Book Talk (I *meant* to start it on the Fans of Russian Authors group - don't know what happened), Children's Books with Russian authors and illustrators. And yes, I misspelled *illustrators*, the shame of it.
Maybe you can get the word out about Ivan Bilibin...I wonder if any of these book artists knew each other?
My profile picture of the moon lady is from The Little Humpbacked Horse by Peter Yershov, illustrated by N. M. Kocherin. The story is in rhyme; the illustrations are amazing.
I just put a different picture on my profile page, from one of my Russian folk tales.
Please take a look!
Thanks for letting me know about your covers! I tried to make pictures of some of mine the other day, but couldn't get them to upload on LT. Someday I'll get my husband to loan me his scanner and get this thing figured out. In the meantime, between you and Amy I'll get a lot of my books covered. (And I totally agree with you about knitting and reading!)
I've added some covers -- like Bzzz: A Primer for Beekeeper's, and a number of titles by de Angeli and van Stockum. Others, too, but I can't remember them all.
Here I am, in the mood and with the time to add more covers for the books we share, and wouldn't you know it, the Change Cover feature isn't working. I noticed it wasn't working last night, either.
Hmmm. I never thought of that - color copying a jacket to put on my jacketless book. I don't see anything wrong with that, especially for personal libraries.
Thanks, Muumi, for telling me about all the covers you've just added, that we share. Surely some must be the same ones as I have. A lot of my books are vintage, though, hence their covers are not the more recent editions. Or else mine don't have a dust jacket.

I've been busy elsewhere - haven't done as much of my LT thing lately.
What a friend! Thanks very much for telling me about the covers. I have dozens, hundreds, without covers...just haven't had time to go through them all yet, with my digital camera in hand -- currently loaned out to son #4 who took it on a trip. I completely agree, the illustrations make the book...funny you should mention Alice. I got rid of my copy because the illustrations weirded me out more than the story. I have such a visual memory it truly jars if I put the wrong cover up, just for the sake of having a there are some books, owned by 1000s here, that I haven't put a cover on, because none of the LT ones match what I have. Gradually working through it all.

Happy Easter!
Mary Reed Newland also wrote "The Year and Our Children" about living the liturgical year at home. It is back in print, from Sophia Institute Press. I recently got a used copy but haven't gotten into it yet.

I think you are right about needing good Catholic friends. We have found ours through homeschool support groups. It does make such a difference when you can see other people living out the faith in their homes and lives. It gives a good example to follow.
Gould's "The Catholic Home" was okay. It would be most useful for someone new to the faith, or new to creating a Catholic culture at home. There was really very little new there for me. But, I read the Catholic Culture website, and some Catholic homeschooling blogs, so I have some good ideas already!
Thanks for your comment. The Enid Blyton thing seems to be happening so widely and to so many people it has to be a bug. I can't believe even Amazon's data is THAT bad. Very weird.
Pictish history is fascinating, not in some small part because there is so little really known about it, but more becomes available every year. If you are ever headed back to Scotlans and touls like some recommendations of sites to see, please feel free to ping me!
Hullo, muumi! Thanks for the comment you left for me. Your library is one I would love to browse through, and I love the story of how you became a bookseller: "Like many addicts, I eventually took up dealing to support my addiction." Ha. Excellent!
I just got the Coatsworth book about Greenland, Door to the North, and another by her, The Golden Horseshoe.
Thanks for letting me know about the cover for the miniature book, Scriptural Rosary.
While searching for the right book I saw you have a copy of Michael Buccino's Rosary Album. I too have that book, but when I tried to combine your single copy (on the author's page) with the other seven copies on LT it wouldn't combine. I'm sure they're the same book -- I knew the artist's niece in fact, and asked if I could meet her uncle, but he was too frail. Her uncle died only a few years ago. Maybe you'll have better luck combining (or else tinkering with your title so it matches exactly), because then I'll be add the cover for it.

Wow - two more rooms to go...I am so relieved to have all my books listed, because I am trying to cull them to under 3000, a rather painful task.
Thanks for letting me know about the cover for Jon the Unlucky: I put it on my catalog immediately...I just love seeing the covers. About Door to the North, well I just haven't come across a copy yet. I am enamored of Greenland for some reason -- have you read Jane Smiley's The Greenlanders? I really liked it. And Nevil Shute has written a few about Greenland, too.
I was drawn to the sheer depth and breadth of your collection - particularly the children's books, which my budget won't let me indulge myself in (as I don't have kids to justify it - dammit). I was surprised to discover, not how many books we have in common, but their eclectic nature... I could spend hours browsing your 'shelves'.
One children's book I don't see, and would utterly recommend you get your hands on, is The Arrival, by Shaun Tan. It doesn't have any text, just pictures, and is all the more beautiful for it - it still manages to tell quite a complex, moving tale. I love it, and will be getting more of Tan's work when I've run out of books on my to-own list that I can actually justify buying ;)
Hi - Thanks for the comment on my library. John Goodall and Elizabeth Goudge in common must be pretty unusual. I do have Lavinia's Cottage but it seems not to have made it into the list, will have to find it and add it! I'm just getting used to using this space so stay tuned we may have more in common to come. All best wishes, MissHavisham
Thanks for the comments on my library. I study Pictish history rather seriously and have a better library on the subject than many Universities. :) The asterisks denote the subject heading the book is shelved under. A book may have multiple tags (ie: Pictish, costuming, shoes, medievalbritain, for example. If it is more about shoes than anything else, the list will also include *shoes. If the book is just on the general topic of the Picts and discusses clothing and shoes in passing, it will include *pictish.) This is also helpful because some books have *lenttoX as their location, so I can remember who has things checked out. :)
Thank you very much for the in depth (for me at any rate!) look at Charles Williams. Have you read Marion Lochhead's Renaissance of Wonder, which is an analysis of the work of some of the Inkling crowd and other authors? I've not read anything else by her, or anything quite like her book for that matter. (I see quite a few titles by her owned by other LTers) That one book is wonderful. Pun intended, I guess.
Charles Williams? He's new to me as well. What would you suggest by him?
I've read The Emperor's Winding Sheet and I've tried to read Parcel of Patterns. For some reason I couldn't get into the story. And I read an adult novel by her, but I've forgotten its name...about three Catholics, one a priest who falls in love with one and she with him. (Looking at her books on LT I wonder if it was Lapsing) It was Not what I was hoping for, after reading TEWS. Have you read everything by her, then?

New to me is Muriel Spark, and I see you have The Comforters, which I'm reading right now. I laughed a lot at the beginning of it, but it's getting kind of creepy imo.
I just noticed we share The Emperor's Winding Sheet by Jill Paton Walsh. That is one of my favorite historical fiction books. Favorite books, period. If you've read it, what do you think of it?

And, thanks for the chuckle...I reread your profile..."like many addicts I eventually took up dealing." Hah! I used to think I could support my insatiable appetite for more books by selling. It's a lie. I need a 12-step program.
I just noticed that you've included Berthe Amoss's Advent Calendar -- so I'm going to add mine as well. I wish she'd get back to designing them again -- they're the most beautiful ones out there, imo.
I have no magic algorithm for "least interesting libraries". I just worked my way down the list, calculating percentages as I went: which is why the list doesn't get updated!
My interest was aroused by the more unusual books we share, such as the ones on St Frideswide and Skye. I may add Tove Jansson to my favourite authors when I've had a chance to re-read her stories. (I once visited the Moomin museum in Tampere, Finland.)
Can it be that you and I have the only books on Assisi embroidery? It appears so! And thank you for adding the covers -- I've picked them up, now. From your library, it looks like you're a quilter. I love to look at them, but never had the patience to make more than one, and it was small.

Yeah, I think the stats are kinda fun -- useless, but fun. I specifically avoided HP and LotR at first, to see how small I could get the obscurity ratings. I'm now at 4,370 books, with obscurity of 18/268. I see you are at 13/238 with just over 1,000 books. Still a pretty unique library. My numbers went up a lot when I added my science fiction/fantasy books.

I've enjoyed browsing your library, too!
Thanks for your kind comments about my library. Out of curiosity, how'd you stumble across it?

What a happy childhood memory to have: being able & allowed to walk to the library by oneself at the age of seven. Amazing. When I was seven, we would go every two weeks - a big family expedition, requiring a whole morning, as it was quite a drive to get there.
I think your library is interesting, too. I like your "double e's" tag -- I have a lot of books by those authors...they're not pseudonyms for a single author, are they?
Isn't Brink's Winter Cottage a great little story? Amy
Hello there....

Hmmm, I think I know you from ABE---heh, heh, heh! I'll have to check out your reviews; you have a nice way of summing up a book. Perhaps I should write a few myself, but at this point I've still got tons of material to enter; suppose I should do that first before the reviews...

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