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About meI'm in my 60s and a former New Yorker and corporate attorney, now happily retired and living in Idaho. I have a husband who I love spending time with, no kids, and a very spoiled cairn terrier. I’ve always enjoyed literary fiction and non-fiction but LT has expanded my reading horizons and in 2010 I began reading poetry, graphic novels, mysteries and children’s/YA books. I thought I read a lot before but my reading has really exploded since I joined LT and the “bj” (book junkie) part of my screen name turned out to be a self-fulfilling prophecy.

About my libraryMy Library consists of books I've read (but may not necessarily own) as well as books I own (some of which I haven't started or finished reading).

My current thread for my 75 Book Challenge in 2014 is here.

Groups75 Books Challenge for 2010, 75 Books Challenge for 2011, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, Magazines!!!!! New Yorker, Science, Atlantic, Mad......, Non-Fiction Challenge / Journal, Reading Globally

Favorite authorsWilla Cather, Jhumpa Lahiri, Ian McEwan, Lionel Shriver, Wallace Stegner (Shared favorites)


Favorite listsTop Five Books of 2013

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Currently readingAMPHIGOREY Fifteen Books by EDWARD GOREY
Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey
To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 by Adam Hochschild

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Hi Pat, I'm glad to know that you aren't bothered by my lack of appreciation for Olive. As you say, there is never any knowing how each person will react to any given book. Sometimes I go with the flow, and sometimes not, but all the same I really appreciate you having taken the time to look through my collection and making a selection for me. David Wiesner certainly is inspiring!

Happy to see your house coming along so nicely.

xx i.

This is a Holy Day of Obligation! Sally forth and procure otherwise-resisted temptations!

Happy fourth Thingaversary, Pat! What five books will it be?
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Our lot on a foggy morning two days after breaking ground (1.1.14)
Yes, we were in collusion on this one, Pat! I'm glad you are enjoying it. It had been sold, just like I said, right? I hope you are feeling better quickly.
Happy Thanksgiving Pat!
Pat, I think of you often. How are you doing? Any more testing? I admire your courage and fortitude. You are indeed a very special soul.

I note that you liked the images of On This Island. Would you like this book? I'm happy to send it your way!

Pat, I just wanted to thank you so much for picking The Remains of the Day for me to read this year. If you hadn't, who knows how long it would have taken me to get to it, even though I knew it was a great novel by reputation. I just finished it last night and I now count it among my all-time favourite novels, which I'll definitely want to revisit more than once in future.
Pat, I saw your question just today (I've been off LT for a bit). Prof. Weinstein is truly an amazing teacher. He also offers several courses through the "Great Courses" program, which are available at Audible for low prices or 1 credit each. I put them all on my Kindle. I've never learned so much from one prof.
Wow - thanks so much!!!!
Thanks, Pat! Sometimes I think my reviews are too lengthy. It's great that my efforts are appreciated.
Before you get a print version, let me know. My niece may have convinced her son to read it, and after he is finished I'd be happy to mail it to you. No biggie. I just want to give her a chance to get him to read the book. It may only be a week or two from now.

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Love your dog! What kind of terrier? Cairn?
So glad that you got them - and so soon! When I ordered them , amazon estimated Dec 4th as the delivery date! I really hope that you enjoy them! Go ahead and enjoy them right away, if you like! That is what I would do! :)

But I'll leave it up to you! Nice to meet you!

Merry Christmas very early!


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Love those terriers!

If you are heading this way when Paul comes to the US. I think he might be coming to NYC, then, please feel free to stay here in my house. We have a separate bedroom, full bath, off our downstairs kitchen area.

It would be lovely to have you, and certainly your husband should he come with you!

We are bracing for one heck of a storm. Lehigh University closed for two days - that is unheard of. In the 29 years I've worked there, they have only closed 3-4 time at the most.

What are your reading now?

I'm so glad you are doing well. I'm better and recovering enough to now get back into the habit of sending notes and cards -- something I love to do.

Please know you are very much on my mind and in my heart!

Hi Friend
I'm checking in to see how you are. How are your spirits? I know so much has happened in the last year and I admire your courage and strength.

Much Love
So glad you're doing better! I think breast cancer is so traumatic that it probably takes longer to recover psychologically than physically. Maybe. Anyway, it can't be bad to be healthy. I need to go back to WW too. I've been really lazy all summer. No excuse really...
I'm glad the hat works. I have a big head too - I know how it goes. Most hats look goofy on me because my head is so big. :)
I know we'll meet up one of these days.
Take care!
Hi Pat!

How are you? I thought of you this summer as we flew past you. My husband's uncle passed away and we made a quick trip to Oregon for the funeral. We stopped in Eagle for about 2 hours to visit my Grandma who is 97, and then we left. If I ever get back there with more than a couple of hours, I'd love to meet up with you.

Here's a list of places we ate - I am trying to put in links for all of them so you can look at menu and location too. SLC is a very short drive from where you live. It takes us about 5.5 hours to go from Boise to SLC. We used to make that trip a lot when we lived in Oregon.

My sister and I were traveling on a budget, so most of these places are $$. Some are even $, like Oh Mai, which was very inexpensive. Others, like The Farm were more like $$$$.

Oh Mai - Vietnamese - - I had the Banh Mi and it was amazing.
Red Iguana - Great Mexican food, been around for a long time -
bay leaf bar and grub - soul food, great atmosphere, right downtown. Great for breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Mazza - Middle Eastern - in Sugarhouse which is a great little district of SLC. Boutiquey shops, etc.
Les Madeleine - French Bakery. Have the Kouing Aman. Seriously. Do not miss that little piece of heaven.
Ruth's Diner - Emigrant Canyon, been there 82 years, good diner food.
Gourmandise - perfect place for lunch and a sweet after.

If you feel like splurging... we ate at The Farm in Park City, UT. It's a fine dining experience. The Farm is in the Canyons Resort. We had a Groupon deal, so it wasn't too terribly expensive, and the food was absolutely amazing.

We stayed in The Peery Hotel, which was fine. It's on the National Historic registry. It was the site of the first Jewish house of worship in SLC, established in something like 1883? The hotel was built after they moved locations in 1910. So, it's a really old building. It is nice because it's near everything. There are some nice B&B's near downtown too.

Hope you make a trip soon!
How are you?
Your kind message means a lot to me.

Thinking of you and sending love. How are you feeling?
Thanks for letting me know, Pat! Enjoy, my friend!

Thanks for your prompt response and very kind words about the ladies in my life! You will have noticed that I do try to have a little fun at SWMBO's expense (my precious spouse of 15 years) but I make sure that even more slights are aimed at myself to even the score. My two daughters, maid, driver, staff, SIL and three cats get more than an occasional mention too.

I have lived in Malaysia since 1994 and am very much a native already. LT generally and the 75ers in particular have been a Godsend in the year I have been a member. Notice that you're from Idaho - I hope the weather is warming up a little for you nowadays.

Will be a regular to your thread and I see that we share 367 books which may increase if I ever get round to cataloguing rather posting!
HI There

How are you my friend? I haven't felt low and pain is high. I haven't been on LT much.

I think of you every day. Again, I want to say how much I admire your courage.

Thanks again for the gift of Confessions of a Common Reader. I loved it!
Pat, it was truly my pleasure. I think about you every day and am glad you liked my little token of affection.

Be well my dear,

Hope all is going well! So exciting to be nearly done with the chemo!

Dear One

I'm thinking of you as you undergo another round of chemo today.

I send much love,
HAPPY NEW YEAR PAT! May this next year bring happiness and good health!
xx Jenn

Thanks for keeping me posted re. your status. I'm glad this latest round of chemo is better. I think of you every day and send healing energy.

How are you feeling today?
Thanks, I took mine out, too. I've added in a nonfiction book set in Mississippi and joined Ivy in a mystery set in Louisiana.

Thanks for letting me know.
Thanks so much for the Deng biography!!! I'm so glad I opened it before I went off for Xmas and overnight as our last stop was Strand this afternoon, and I would have found it imposs. to restrain myself from buying this -- it was def. at the top of my wish list, so must have been reading my mind!!! Hope you enjoy yours as much as I'll be relishing mine...

happy holidays (what's left of 'em...)

thinking of you today...and every day
many hugs coming at you!
Thinking of you alot today. I'm so sorry you are going through all this.

With love
Hi Pat,

just wanted you to know I continue to "click" every day and send a thought to you. Hope you are well.

Lots of hugs—if you want them, otherwise pass them on to someone else. ;-)

xx Ilana
Just a note to say I'm thinking of you today.
How are you feeling?
Hi Pat

I'll be thinking of you as you undergo such a long procedure. Five hours is a long time...ugh.

All the best to you dear one.
Hi there

How lovely to hear from you. Not a day goes by without thinking about you.

You're a sweetie!
I finally got the hang of writing with pen again about the time I put the address on your envelope. I'm going to enjoy it!
Walking the dog with DH is a highlight of my day, for sure! Wet snow, not so much.
Take care, Pat.
Hi Pat
I apologize for being out of touch. I'm in Beavercreek, Ohio visiting my grandchildren this week. It is an exhausting experience, but I'm having good time.

My previous mother in law (my daughter's grandmother) who is 88 is very close to me. She traveled with me. Getting wheel chairs and transportation throughout the terminals is not easy. We had a sudden, nasty snow storm before we left PA. Flights were cancelled, power was out for days. Our original flight out of Allentown was cancelled and rescheduled for later in the day. When we arrived in Philadelphia they changed gates, leaving me to again find transportation from one gate to another way at the other side of the terminal.

When we got there, a few minutes later they announced that a bird had flown into the engine and the flight was cancelled. At 11:00 p.m. we were told to go from gate 5 - 45 and get a hotel voucher and rearrangement of flight for the next day. Again, I would have needed transportation for my mother in law and there would have been long lines. Fortunately, a very nice agent provided the voucher and tickets so that we didn't have to go to another location and wait.

Then, I needed transportation for her from gate 5 to the shuttle to the airport and then a wheelchair when we got to the hotel.

At 1:30 a.m. we arrived at the hotel, weary, tired and somewhat frustrated. We took it all in stride though and laughed. The next day I arranged transportation from the hotel back to the airport. The driver of the shuttle dropped us off at the wrong terminal -- A instead of F-- the exact opposite side of the huge terminal.

I paid a wheelchair assistant to get us through security and to the shuttle for terminal F. Whew, we got to terminal F, got on the plane and then when my mother in law was settled in the seat a very rude person asked her to leave because she also was ticked for the same seat. The airline agent from the previous night made a mistake and booked two people in the same seat.

By that time, I knew I was not leaving the plane. We were going to stay on the plane!!! Someone agreed to get off the plane for a free ticket for the next flight.

We arrived in the airport in Dayton, again I needed wheelchair assistance and hoped the luggage arrived because of all the confusion. Luckily the luggage was there. Since we arrived a day later than originally planned, my daughter was at work and my son in law was out of town and they couldn't get us from the airport.

$65 later a taxi driver took us to my daughter's house, where I finally could laugh at the whole experience.

I certainly hope that our flights tomorrow are smooth and we get home without a hitch.

Now, enough of me. How are you? I haven't been on LT a lot because I'm busy helping with three children (8 year old boy twins and a 7 year old girl),

How are you feeling? How is the treatment? How are your spirits? I think of you everyday.

Lots of love
Oh, a meet up would be fun. If I get to ID to visit my Grandma sometime, I'll let you know too.

I was in Dallas over the weekend and we went to a TCU/BYU football game. The whole halftime show was devoted to breast cancer awareness and survivors. It was really neat. Those of us who have been affected by or who have friends who have been affected by breast cancer stood the entire half time. There were a lot of people standing. It was really amazing. I'll post you some photos tomorrow or Tuesday.

Take care!
Pat- Yes, I have your address. I'll try to get it out in a day or 2.

Hi Pat! I am so glad the brown hat is working. I hope the pink one works too - it seemed a little small to me - but I have a big head LOL.
Did I send the washing instructions? I can't remember now. Pretty much hand wash then lay flat to dry. If they go in the washing machine/dryer they will fit a chihuahua in the end.

We got about 6 inches of snow here and it's really cold, about 27 now and supposed to be 15 tonight. Yuck. Too cold for me.

Are you still going to yoga? Are you liking that?

Hooray! I'm glad they arrived. I hope you enjoy Cotillion. It always makes me laugh.

We usually get snow sometime in October, though not usually the first week. It warmed up again into the 80's this last week and it's been beautiful. Chillier weather coming though. The leaves are gorgeous right now.

I'll be thinking of you Friday. Hard to say on the haircut isn't it? :)

Take care.

Well. I didn't get the package in the mail on Saturday, and I completely forgot about the holiday today. It's at the post office, but it won't go out until tomorrow. I hope you get it this week. :)

Take care,

Good luck tomorrow!

Hi Pat, just want you to know that you are in my thoughts as you approach your surgery. You've done everything you possibly could to ensure a good outcome, so relax, keep calm and know that you're in my prayers.

Lynda :)
You are reading my mind. I'm going to start a new thread letting people know how you are doing. And, I'll post on your thread.

I love you dearly. I'm sorry to be out of touch today. It was a crazy, busy day at work.

Can I call you tomorrow night to see how you are doing?

checking in to see how you are feeling and how your spirits are.

I send lots of love
How are you today?
How are you feeling today my dear?
It is great to hear from you. I'm thinking of you. I care and thus deeply appreciate your keeping me in the loop.

Pat- Nice to hear from you! And thanks for keeping up with my thread! All you guys are great. I'm going to try whipping up my "Kevin" review in the morning.

Hi Pat

Sorry I missed your calls. A neighbor had severe back surgery and is elderly and lives alone. I visited with her and made dinner.

Can we connect Tuesday night?

Take your time!!!!
I'm good.
Never mind. I went back and wished for the hardcover too, so I think we're good.
i look forward to your review. I read this book probably 25 years ago and am interested to hear your reactions.

Captain Cook provided a number of place names in New Zealand. Alas, he displayed little imagination in doing so, and we have North Island, South Island, etc. Upon seeing this gorgeous spot, he said "Doubtless a bay." And so it is! After searching for several years for the perfect rural location to buy property and move from Auckland, we came here, and, doubtless, this was the spot.
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