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CollectionsYour library (416), Favorites (14), Currently reading (5), Read but unowned (82), Read and Owned (318), Unread but Owned (8), Coursebooks (51), Bookmooch (62), Formerly Owned (27), To read (5), All collections (561)

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About meWife, mother to three, tea drinker, Anglican Use-Catholic, librarian-in-waiting, board gamer, and baker of bread.

About my libraryThis poor thing hasn't been updated in ages! I do want to rehash it, particularly as some of my earlier books have now been given away. But here's our children's new library.
I've just done a massive-Goodreads sync, which has mucked around with my tags and collections. This does end my long habit of keeping my LibraryThing clean of unowned books, but with collection support, it's nice to keep my reading habits one place. In terms of tags, I've been rather lazy about it. I do have a good chunk of my coursebooks from both college (Hist---) and grad school (INFO---) collected as such, while some of my more odd tags are for various fiction books I group together.

Most of the new books to my shelves have come from Bookmooch in the recent past, while some books have been culled. I have a tendency to get omnibus volumes or sets rather than single books in a series (multi-volume support please!), and I've tried to be as exact as I can with listing the correct editions, at least of books I own. I also do have several repeated books, such as many different versions of the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, four copies of Master and Commander, and an extra spiffy edition of David Copperfield (my first book-love). As a side note, there's some rather heavy overlap with books also seen in my husband's account as well.

Groups20-Something LibraryThingers, Amateur Historians, American Civil War, Baker Street and Beyond, BookMooching, Books on Books, British & Irish Crime Fiction, Catholic Tradition, Church Libraries, ConferenceThingshow all groups

Favorite authorsJane Austen, Wendell Berry, Alexandre Dumas, Jasper Fforde, P. D. James, Laurie R. King, Garth Nix, Patrick O'Brian, Dorothy L. Sayers, J. R. R. Tolkien, Connie Willis (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresA Reader's Corner Bookstore, All Booked Up, Atlantic Book Warehouse, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Montgomeryville, Borders - Bryn Mawr, Carmichael's Bookstore, Harvard Book Store, Last Word Bookshop, Raven Used Books, Strand Bookstore

Favorite librariesBelmont Public Library, Cambridge Public Library, Collins Branch, Free Library of Philadelphia - Central Library, Ludington Library (Lower Merion Library System), The Morgan Library & Museum, University of Pennsylvania Van Pelt Library, Wissahickon Valley Public Library


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Real nameDianna

LocationLouisville, KY

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Member sinceSep 16, 2005

Currently readingThe Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two (Revised and Updated Edition) by William Sears
The Footnote: A Curious History by Anthony Grafton
Following Gandalf: Epic Battles and Moral Victory in The Lord of the Rings by Matthew T. Dickerson
What to Expect the First Year, Second Ed by Heidi Murkoff
Wendell Berry and Religion: Heaven's Earthly Life (Culture of the Land) by Joel James Shuman

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Thanks for looking for the radio show files. Much appreciated.
Thank you for the Santa Thing gifts! Great choices, and I'm glad I'm not the only one who wants to hit Hornblower with a brick sometimes. (I like him when he's Ioan Gruffudd, but the books didn't work quite as well for me.)
Thank you for leaving some suggestions for my Secret Santa. :) The Lindsey Davis' Falco mysteries sound good, I'll have to hunt one down! I'm still working on my Master and Commander books. Savoring them, you know. ;)
Just wanted to let you know that I finally have an LT microbadge, courtesy of the holiday coupons!
Thank you! Being rather stingy, I'm probably going to wait until the December coupons to actually buy one, but you'll get your GG eventually ;). I bet there's some way to combine the two microbadges. I can't remember offhand which admin is in charge of microbadges, but he'd be the one to ask; I'll let you know if I come across his name.
Oh, congratulations on the baby! I'm very jealous.

There's absolutely no hurry on the microbadge thing, I just thought it would be nice eventually--to be honest, I won't be getting any new microbadges until this December's coupons come anyway :). I did try to poke around a bit to see what the procedure is for changing a microbadge, and it seems like the first step is to contact the microbadge admin, username cscottk. The LT icon itself is available for the taking:
Hi Dianna,

I was wondering whether, as the creator of the LT microbadge on boardgamegeek, you'd consider updating it to show the standard L icon that LT uses now? (It's conveniently 16x16 already, too.) I know, I'm anal, but I've gotten so used to looking at the one icon that nothing else seems quite right anymore....
Hi, can we borrow your Patrick O'Brian Muster Book over in this thread?
Wait a minute! I'm reading some of the comments below mine and I see there has been a wedding recently for you? Now I read your profile, duh! Well, congratulations! I'm going to go click on the link up there and see what it's all about. :)
Hi there! Long time no see. :) Sort of. ;) Anyway, wanted you to know that I read Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian and enjoyed it a lot! I think I have books 2,3,4 and 5, but I'm not reading them all in a row. Thanks for the recommendation!
parelle, my husband's account is under rbarkhordar- he's listed among my friends. I am not sure entirely what he has or even if he has entered all his books. I am afraid that collection is not as vast as some of his others. I think we both started with the O'Brian books so I understand you pining after Maturin in spite of my being married and his being fictional. If you like Whimsey have you found Mr. Campion yet? I always had a rather youthful crush on him.

Goodness if you were in Chicago we'd have you and your husband over to play boardgames.

I hope your honeymoon was as wonderful as ours.

Cheers, Maren!
Always nice to find other fans of Martin. I still have A Feast for Crows left to read in ASOIF. I'm about half-way through it now. How did you like it?

And of course, you have to love Tolkien. I see you have him listed among your favorites.

Hi, for some reason your message on my site has only just come through - oh the vagaries of technology! I hope you have a wonderful wedding day and a great honeymoon and I do hope the weather is kind to you!

Best Wishes
Yes - the overlapping interests does seem remarkable.
Re. Diplomatic History, it's an interest of mine too, mostly medieval but some early modern too (my tag "diplomacy" will have them all, as well as a book on the boardgame!)
Reading rates from the coffee table and the bedside locker has plummeted in the last few month - we have a new arrival (8 weeks) at the house who's eating up the spare time
Well, if you're an Anglophile you can't do better than PD James! I hope you're enjoying her. I just finished "The Chemisty of Death" by Simon Beckett, which takes place in the Norfolk Broads. It was well-written (as English books usually are, have you noticed?) although somewhat predictable in places.
Thanks! That's exactly what I was looking for. It's funny, I just don't think to go to my profile to look for RSS feeds, I expect to see that on the Tools page. I would like it if LT put it in both places.
Happy New Year mates!
My wife & I are just coming out from a long bout of some kinda flu and 2 weeks of holiday company. I hope Santa treated you well, I received an armload of books (Rome, ACW, Napoleonics, WWI, WWII, scifi)…which I’m currently plowing through. Among them were several from the “print on demand” publishers which provide hard to find monographs (WWI in East Africa). I received & read that old classic GOSHAWK SQUADRON by Derek Robinson (better than BLUE MAX to me). Adrian Goldsworth’s CANNAE is a quick read. Sloan’s ULTIMATE BATTLE (Okinawa) is a collection of oral history anecdotes not an operational study but a good one of that genre. I recommend the new STALINGRAD by Michael Jones, lots of new research & analysis incorporated (and corrects some myths along the way). I also finished McCullough’s final Masters of Rome volume: ANTONY & CLEOPATRA, not up to her others in my opinion. Also the newest from Dan Abnett’s “Gaunt’s Ghosts” series, ONLY in DEATH, gripping space opera! I was also surprised to find that my (American) football team, the Redskins, somehow slipped into the playoffs. We’ll see how long that lasts! Well, I’ll be interested in checking to see what yall have added to your collections. I hope 2008 is a banner year for stocking your shelves with goodies. Regards from a damp Maryland, Ammianus
Thanks for the encouragement on Master and Commander series. I am looking forward to starting them. I'm off to the library tomorrow to borrow the first one in the series. I hope to start it next week after I finish the three I'm currently working on.
Have I started thinking about next year? Well, only in the sense that I know it is coming. ;) I did pick out five big books to read. I listed them in the thread someone else started about their reading goals. I'm a bit too flighty to pick more than five. I like to give myself the freedom to be random in my reading.

I'm not hurrying to read the M & C series, because I want to have the first three books in hand before I start. The man at our used bookstore also highly recommended them, but he said a lot of people don't like how detailed the author is about the ships, etc. That's what I like in my sailing books!

I'm in the same waiting boat with Lloyd Alexander's Prydain series. I have the first, third and fourth books.

I'll start the thread, we may want to start a couple, though, if it gets too long?
Thank you! You have definitely sold me. I loved the movie, and have wondered about the books, but have not pursued them until now. I plan to seek them out. Thanks again!
No, I haven't, tell me more! When were they written? Where do they take place? Who are the main characters? Sorry, I know I could look all this up, but it's so much more fun to hear it from someone who likes them.
I loved the book on sailing ships. I would say it is more of a book to read with children, though a child who loves sea adventures and reading could read it easily. I believe his intention was to write it for children, but it is not "dumbed down" in any way. My only complaint was with my eyes and the print size on the illustrations, but the illustrations were very fine drawings. I plan to refer to it the next time I'm reading a rip-roaring ocean tale. :)
Hi, you're picking what is usually the best month to come to NY! (except for that one year...) Anyway, I just happened to visit Tea and Sympathy yesterday and had the afternoon tea. I certainly recommend that, especially if you're an Anglophile. It's in the West Village, in an area that residents are trying to have renamed Little Britain. You can always do hotel teas (St. Regis is really something), but Tea and Sympathy is less formal. Teany, in the Lower East Side, has a totally vegetarian afternoon tea.
Whoops, sorry for the extended delay in replying to your comments... The red books are all from my wife's and my books. She pulled them all out and made the picture. If you have any questions about Drexel's MLIS program feel free to contact me. I graduated a couple years ago from there.
Thank you!
My history class is actually on world history since 1600. My instructor has as of yet to make any mention of pirates. The book "Under the Black Flag" was simply one of seven choices I had available to do a sort of report on, and later, a class presentation. As I'm beginning to read the book tomorrow afternoon, I'm unable to say anything about pirates that I haven't heard in the Pirates of the Caribbean films. If I remember, I'll let you know how he book turns out.
Thanks, I've joined the group
I was just writing to tunarubber and noticed your Reading Resolutions note. What is it? Sounds interesting.
Thanks for the welcome. The group looks like fun and should be interesting and I thank you for starting it. It's been great fun to find so many people who love books as much as I love them and I look forward to enjoying the site and your group for a long time to come. Thanks again.
Hiya --

Yeah, it really does have a lot of options. And even more that are hidden and not open for general consumption just yet. I also got Unicode support working today. Tim is doing the setup page to generate the link, which will make things a whole lot more useful.

Thanks for trying it out!

Thanks, for the welcome! I found the icon on the web.
Hey, thanks for creating Reading Resolutions. :)
Hello there! So wonderful to meet you!! Thanks so much for posting a message, love getting them.

I see your a history/political science major, so am I!! Crazy. I have 18 classes to finish my bachelor's but am taking a little break. I take classes online and had three classses for five weeks (because the terms overlapped), and I was going crazy. Top it off with homeschooling, hubby deployed and the holidays. I need a little break to get caught up on some reading of my own. Books stacked to the ceiling!

Yes, we loved [Treasure Island] and [Kidnapped] is on the list to read also. I have to get through Peter Pan and an abridged version of [Three Musketeers] first. We had a lazy day and watched the Disney movie, he loved it. The best part is that he knows the book will be waaayyyy better than the movie was. I had tried to read the originial a few years ago and got lost in the first few pages, its still on my list to conquer one day.

How fun that your parents are in Tokyo!! That's about an hour from me. We often take trips up there to the New Sanno and tour some of the museums and such. Have you been over here yet? Its a wonderful counrty to live in. The people are fantastic and so gracious.

Hope to "chat" with you some more!
Wooty McWootness! Thanks so much-I know a portion of them were used in the sequel to Thrones,Dominations,but not all of them. Thanks again.
Thanks-i saw it on LJ and thought it might be fun. Yes,for all that there are a ton of people with the Wimsey novels,almost no-one has that. What I'd really like to have are the Wimsey Papers
Thank you! I saw the group announced at LiveJournal and decided to take a look.
Thank you! I was browsing the 'all topics' list shortly after you created the group, and it seemed like too good an idea not to pounce on and enjoy :).
Oh, thank you for the link. I'm thinking Merry Christmas to me!
Thank you for the comment. I love seeing that yellow message at the top of my page :) I actually picked out some of the people who made comments I liked and looked at all their groups to join. Does that make me a stalker or a follower? I can't express how wonderful it is to finally find people who read books and like to talk about them!
Yeah Colby actually could be another choice for me as Im unsure still.

I have a friend whose parents used to live in Philly. They went to Temple. Wow you should see the book I found today, see my dad is an Antique Collector so he has millions of old book, I think I have the history gene. The Book, called The Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War by Benson Lossing is huge. It is 4 inches from front cover to back cover. Although it is really old, 1870's, I might read it I bet you would like it.

On another note just thought I'd mention that the other day I found an autograph book from the 1870's. Looking through it I think I got something good. Autographed by Winfield Scott Hancock, Jefferson Davis, Mark Twain, Hemingway, Horatio Alger, Rutherford Hayes, and about 30 other big named people from the period. Hey I gotta pay for my new books some how, this will probably be the way.
I have narrowed down my college picks. Im from Maine. So Im looking at the University of Maine, Southern Maine, McGill College in Montreal, and Boston College. Where do you go??

I am just finsihing Of Human Bondage by Maugham today, ever read it, not history but very good piece of lit?
Oh it helped alot. Im a senior in high school. I have taken two AP US Historys, and am now taking a AP Euro History. I got a 3 on my Ap US test and loved the class. Now I changed my mind about what I used to wanna do and I want to go into Poli Sci w/ history minor. I think I want to stay in American Politics, I saw you read Killer Angels and Gods and Generals. I also read those, soem good books unhh. I have Master and Commander and am about to start it. Thinking I might be confused on the parts of the boat though.
Thank you for joining the Political Conservatives group. Welcome!
I want to go to college for history/ pilotical science also. Can you tell me some more about that?
The picture on my sight is the brig
Pilgrim that I was on for about a year. She is located approx. 1 hour north of San Diego and the old
Rose. I am hoping that the rumors are true that the HMS Rose/Surprise
will be reconfigured into sailing/training condition again. Have you tall-ship sailed?
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