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About me63, Canada, disabled by poor health and confined to home, I read a great deal and like to recommend good literary fiction.
Much of my reading is borrowed from the public library, and acquired through Bookmooch.

My homepage is a lit blog with Reading Recommendations,
Book News, and Reviews. I love to have visitors leave comments and recommendations.

About my libraryGood literary fiction ONLY is what interests me now. I've read all the non-fiction I'm interested in. My listed library includes read, owned, wanted, willing to swap, to be read, and read but not owned.
I welcome recommendations BUT science fiction, fantasy, Western, genre romance, supernatural, or horror are not wanted, thank you.
I do enjoy original and well-written mystery/suspense/crime
from anywhere, Scandinavian mystery writers are particularly interesting at the moment.

Australian literature interests me very much too.

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, Algonquin Readers Round Table, ARC Junkies, Australian LibraryThingers, Blog the Book, Bloggers, Book Nudgers, BookMooching, Canadian Bookworms, Literary Snobsshow all groups

Favorite authorsPeter Ackroyd, Alexander Solzenitzen, Aharon Appelfeld, Paul Auster, James Baldwin, Walter Benjamin, John Berger, Chris Bohjalian, Albert Camus, Hart Crane, Robertson Davies, Joan Didion, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Umberto Eco, Nawal El-Saadawi, Romain Gary, Kaye Gibbons, Kate Grenville, Torey L. Hayden, Susan Hill, Marshall Hryciuk, Zora Neale Hurston, Kazuo Ishiguro, Nikos Kazantzakis, Jonathan Kozol, Dennis Lehane, Doris Lessing, Primo Levi, Sinclair Lewis, Malcolm Lowry, Thomas Mann, Rollo May, Ian McEwan, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Toni Morrison, Iris Murdoch, Jo Nesbø, Håkan Nesser, Amélie Nothomb, Kenzaburō Ōe, Maggie O'Farrell, Liam O'Flaherty, Tillie Olsen, Amos Oz, Cynthia Ozick, Orhan Pamuk, Ann Patchett, Alan Paton, Iain Pears, Chaim Potok, Rainer Maria Rilke, Marilynne Robinson, Michael Robotham, Joseph Roth, Oliver Sacks, William Shakespeare, Alan Sillitoe, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Susan Sontag, John Steinbeck, William Styron, Jacobo Timerman, Arthur Upfield, Jane Urquhart, Salley Vickers, Alice Walker, Elie Wiesel, Tim Winton, Thomas Wolfe, Richard Wright (Shared favorites)


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I am extremely remiss in writing to thank you for singling out my library for recognition. Thank you. It seems a little odd to receive recognition since my library (as everyone's, I supposed) grows solely according to my taste or interests at any given moment. That said, I enjoy it greatly and am proud of it; it’s just…unexpected-—I’m not quite sure what word I’m searching for here—-to receive the approbation of an “outsider.” None of that makes my thanks any the less sincere. I really do appreciate the time and effort you took to look at my library and then add it to your list.

It seems we share not only a number of books in common but favorite authors as well. Indeed, the breadth of your reading (to judge by your favorite author list) puts me to shame. I notice you've got a blog and I hope/expect to get to it soon. I find LT a wonderfully congenial group and even with those I don't seem to share common (reading) interests, I've always enjoyed some fascinating dialogue. Best of all, it's been a wonderful opportunity to become a little less insular and be in touch with people from all over the world. Always a broadening experience!

I wonder if I may ask, where in Canada? My wife and I seem to have ended up in all sorts of Canadian destinations on vacation and I have always enjoyed our trips there.

Thanks again for your thoughtfulness.

Douglas Arthur Brown (the author of Quintet) invites you to join his Facebook page at
Hello, Sandra,

Thank you for your comments. I'm embarrassed that you're reading such an old blog. I'm working on a new one, and I should put up a link. And I see that your blog is all about books! How lovely. I will have to explore.

I discovered your library when I was investigating whether anyone else had read the Cynthia Ozick book, Trust, which I think is widely underread. I figured that anyone who appreciates that book is worthy of deeper look and thus I discovered your interesting library and reviews, with which I look forward to spending more time.

Yes, depression's horrible and the past year (which I spent mostly in Canada-brrr) was really, really tough with some personal and family challenges, but things are looking up and I'm putting myself back together again. Thank the goddess for books, yes? I've read more books in 2009 than I had in several previous years I'm sure.

Happy reading! and drop by anytime.
I actually found a few copies. Send over your mailing address (my e-mail is and I'll send you a physical copy.


Have you read Tana French? IN THE WOODS nd THE LIKENESS are her only two so far. Set in Ireland. "police" mysteries. Unusual sequence, re point-of-view.
Christopher Boner
i have to say that i am with you on the reading only literary fiction and no sci-fi, romance, horror or western crap!!! i am even more eager to read 'a mercy' and 'the jewel trader of pegu' after seeing your ratings!

Was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here as well as a few other book-related sites. Saw you liked When I was Five I Killed Myself, and thought you might like my novel since it's also about a disturbed adolescent and a bit dark. I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like. Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:



If you're interested in Scandinavian crime writers, Sjowahl/Wahloo (sp)are required reading. You've probably read Henning Mankell?
I sent you email- happy 2009!
I know what you mean! If you can't wait the thread is here
I saw that you recently added A Mery. I'm hoping to get a few folks together to read and discuss over in the African-American lit group. If you're interested, stop by
I mailed "In Hovering Flight" on Monday. Sorry it tooks so long. Have been working late so I had a hard time making the post office. Enjoy!
Welcome to book nudgers, Sandy. Enjoy nudging or being nudged and if you have fun invite yout LT friends to join!
Yours Kevin (dylanwolf)
Sure I can semd it to you. Just leave me your address. I'm not really looking for anything in particular. I have a bunch of things I need to catch up on.
Your book is on it's way. Thanks for the offer to review on your blog. I got so bogged down with ARCs to read and review I'm not requesting any more for a couple of months...or weeks...or days...

Thanks anyways

The Grogan book is yours. Just send me your address and I'll mail it sometime late next week as I'm going out of town for a few days.

By the way, I notice that we have a lot of books in common!
Miami arrived last week. Thanks!
I'm sending out Acedia & me this afternoon...just wanted to let you know that there is some underlining & a few margin notes in the first 50 pages, since I started reading it with every intention to finish and review. Hope it won't bother you.
I noticed we have quite a few books in common, and since you asked for good lit fiction recommendations, I thought I'd mention Jeanette Winterson. One of my very favorite authors, though don't start with her latest, if you don't like science fiction. it's a little weird. I'd start with the Powerbook, if I were reading her all from scratch. I think that one is my favorite.

Good reading!
Hi - glad the book arrived. Hope you enjoy it.
Thanks for letting me know that The Necklace arrived safe and sound! I hope you enjoy the book. I'm going to peruse your library for some good Scandinavian mysteries. I love the mystery genre but haven't strayed too far from American and English writers; time to broaden those horizons!
No problem about Shades of Glory - I've got a feeling it's Thrift Shop material.

Hi Sandy:

This is a very rough ARC - here are the comments I put on BookMooch - Please note: Contents page doesn't have page numbers, just x's. Photos are not very clear and all have the same labeling. Last page says "20 pages of statistics to come. 15 pages of index to come."

If you still want it, I'll be glad to send it to you. Just send me a PM with your mailing address.

I noticed that you have the BookMooch link on your profile but when I go there, you're not there anymore. Is that correct?

Hi Sandy,

I'm so glad you loved Coventry! I haven't read it yet, but am getting the ARC from Goodreads soon. I've loved her other fiction, and Wild Dogs is one of my favourite novels.

All best,

Oh, I am glad! I'll definitely keep a look out for your review/s. Happy Reading!
Thanks! I put yours in the mail last week...let me know when you get it.
Hi Sandy,

I've just entered your contest and looked in your library - have added you to my interesting library list!
Happy reading.
Hi Sandy - I sent your book today, so you should receive it within a week. Hope you enjoy it,
Ok, it's being held under Sandra F, but I will add your user id as well.
What is your bookmooch ID?
I'll go ahead and put it up there now, and will hold it for you. I'll ship it when I've finished it. You should get a notice that the book is being reserved for you.
Hi-you are more than welcome to What We All Long For. Just send me your address in a PM. I may not get it mailed until later in the week, but it will be coming.
sure, no problem. just e-mail them at as I mentioned, the card was from adrienne sparks, associate director of marketing, so you might address it to her attention.

{{that sounds like a job with a better title than paycheck}}

just mention my
you looked at my blog? you think it is nice? i live for any feedback!
No problem! I put it in the mail today- enjoy! It's going airmail, though I have no idea how long that takes.
Don't mind at all Sandy. Very sad about Solzhenitsyn (though he did live a long productive life). I'm hoping his death doesn't alter his publisher's plans regarding the re-release of the First Cirlce. I read also in the LA Times obits that he had been working on a 30 volume set of his collected papers/works, and said when he began at the age of 80 that he doubted he'd be able to finish the work before he died. His editors/publishers will now most likely step in and finish the job. That would be pretty cool to own that eh?--30 volume set of Solzhenitsyn's collected works. Hope it comes to fruition. Hey, let's be friends, what d'ya say?
Hi Sandy, thanks! I'll be sending The Necklace out to you tomorrow afternoon, I hope you enjoy it!
"One More Year" is on it's way. I'd love to hear how you like it. I'm curious whether the stories accurately reflect the experiences of immigrants from the former Soviet Union.


Thank you for adding me as a friend. One can never have enough books or enough friends. I am wondering where in Canada you might be from? Ontario here. Nice to meet with fellow Canadians on here.

I see that you have read a book by [John Robert Colombo] Did you know he just registered with LT and you can be one of the first to send him a message or add him as your friend?

You can find him under "jrc"

If you have any trouble get back to me.


I'd love to send you "One More Year". I'll probably go to the post office midweek. The stories are well written, but sad. I hope you enjoy it. I don't mind sending to Canada because I know none U.S. residents are unable to participate in many ARC/ER programs.

You're quite welcome Sandy. Glad you liked it. And thank you for the above-and-beyond courtesy of letting me know you liked it -- that makes my day! I see that Aleksander Solzenitsyn is listed as one of your favorites (one of mine too), so you may be interested to know (assuming you don't know already) that his documentary novel, The First Circle, will be re-released next spring with an additional 6-8 chapters included which were originally censored out by the former USSR. I'm surprised, considering The First Circle's blatant condemnation of the former Soviet gov't (allegorizing the regime as one of Dante's first circles of Hell?) was ever published in the former Soviet Union in the first place; so these half dozen or so re-inserted chapters must be incredibly damning and should make for an even more compelling read. Can't wait till it's out.

Happy reading Sandy!

Hello! I went favorites only on my diary. If you'd like to still be included there, please let me know! Take care!
Hi-I've enjoyed browsing some of your library, and noticed that you have not read (or, at least, listed) Stegner's Crossing to Safety, which I highly recommend. I am drawn to your library because I also have an aversion to those you have listed: sci-fi, fantasy, romance. I hope we can exchange recommendations from time to time. This is a wonderful site for exploring books and authors and so very addictive.
Hi Sandy,

Thanks for your kind comments re. my library! Do know I've enjoyed perusing your massive encyclopedic selections of fiction. My knowledge of Australian Lit is fairly limited, but there's three others writers out there I'm aware of worth mentioning: First, Nevil Shute. He's most famous for his post-apocalyptic novel, "On The Beach" (great movie too btw), but I've read that most of his novels are excellent as well. Secondly, Elliot Perlman, whose novel "Seven Types of Ambiguity" is a long, more contemporary, psychologically-based tour de force. And thirdly, there's J.M. Coetze, whose nationality is listed both as South African & Australian. I read his prize-winning novel, "Waiting For The Barbarians," for a college class way back when, and recall it being one of those few have-to-read-books I actually enjoyed.

Warm regards,

Hi Sandy, just passing by to see how you are doing?

I have the Christina Stead mentioned below in one of my piles, perhaps I will bring it up a bit!

Hello there,

You mentioned in your profile being interested in Australian Lit. Have you "discovered" Christina Stead yet? Her novel "The Man Who Loved Children" is one of the great underappreciated novels of the 20th century.

Happy reading,

Thanks! I love your choices too!

I try to predict the Booker every year, and do a "Wisdom of Crowds" group every year to help predict the shortlist. If you would ever like to be a part of this, please let me know!

I like reading books that are difficult, that challenge me, and prize winners can usually fall into this category. Not always, though.

What did you think of The Bone People by Keri Hulme? I know a lot of people hated it, but I thought the writing was beautiful and different.
Hi there, and greetings from Salt Lake City! I love your library, and we share a ton of books, too! I love Canada and hope to retire to Victoria BC someday if possible. I love McEwan too, and am currently doing a continuing ed class at Oxford that focuses on Atonement, Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel, Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, and White Teeth by Zadie Smith. It's an amazing course, and a great way to connect with book lovers around the world.

Take care,
Sorry, of course I wrote before I looked; you have a couple of Reginald Hill in your collection.
If you like mysteries, you might try Reginald Hill. He is quite articulate and most of the time you do not figure out “who done it” in the first few chapters. He spins a good yarn. I have bought most of mine through but living in Canada, you might be able to get them more easily. Jasper Fforde is sort of fantasy but more alternate reality and if you enjoy literature you might enjoy his books. Start with “The Eyre Affair”.
Oh -- you do have Atonement! (What did you think of it...?)
Novels we don't have in common, but which you might find interesting based on your bio info:

"Ragtime" by E.L. Doctorow... "Atonement" by Ian McEwan (I haven't seen the movie yet, but the novel was excellent)... Nabokov's "Lolita"... "Shame" by Salman Rushdie... Jeanette Winterson's "Written on the Body," and "By The Sea" by Abdulrazak Gurnah.

I'll definitely seek out a few of your titles.

A fellow BookMoocher,

Elizabeth ("fullmoonblue")
Hi there, and greetings from Washington, DC! I took a look at your library and it's great! We seem to have much in common, and I noticed you even listed Amos Oz among your favorite authors... Have you ever read Meir Shalev? His book THE BLUE MOUNTAIN is incredible, and so is ESAU.

If you're looking to read a good mystery/detective novel, I recommend IN THE WOODS by the Irish Tana French. I loved this book, it was a breath of fresh air!

Anyway - I added your library to my interesting libraries list - I guess I will be "seeing" you around then.

Hello there!

we do share similar reading tastes in reading don't we! When I popped over to have a lookie at your library thing, I noticed that you also have a lot of books I've not got around to adding to my library yet, so I suspect that the figure would in fact be much higher than 19/60 when i eventually get around to updating!

Absolutely add me to your interesting libraries, I'd be quite chuffed in fact! As for Australian lit recommendations, let me head back to my lair and peruse my shelves and get back to you! I do love a good challenge :D
Hey! I just joined and you appear to top my "shared favourites." I have to say I admire your disposition (not interested in fluffy reading material, just good literature) and your overall outlook on literature in general. A few names on your list are reminding me of things I forgot to list when I signed up, even.

Anyways, since you say you're interested in suggestions, I'll say you ought to read "Descent into Hell" by Charles Williams. That's all.
Thanks for marking my books interesting too - I had just discovered the Favorite Writers thing - and you came out at the top of the shared list, with 5 in common.
Oh, dear! You poor thing! I was wondering why you weren't posting so often, but then sometimes people disappear for a while when life gets hectic! Sorry to hear you were in the hospital, but happy that you are back out again!
Thank you for putting me on your interesting library list- I do like Boris Akunin and am waiting for his latest novel to be published in Canada- I think in Jan.( I checked on Amazon UK. )
Nice to meet you, Sandy, and to connect with a fellow Canuck.

I will return to your profile in the future and take a look at your reviews. They look interesting.


Nice to hear from you Sandy. Isn't LibraryThing a joy for all the connections it permits. I'm currently enjoying a book by an Australian writer called "True Pleasures: a memoir of women in Paris" - I picked it up in Shakespeare and Company when I was working there earlier this week - some fascinating historic/literary women are included.

Kind regards
Good to hear from you, glad you like the blog!
For an Australian writer with a Canadian connection, inasmuch as she lived many years in Kingston, Ontario, and parts of some of her books are set in Canada, you might try Janette Turner Hospital, say, BORDERLINE or CHARADES.
Hi Sandy, Your library looks much more interesting than mine!
We may actually have more than 5 in common - I've only put a few on so far.

I think if you were going to like The Unconsoled you would have done so already! Its not to everybody's taste - far from it. I think I'm one of the few who rate it hightly.

Ella Minnow Pea is unusual but so clever - far from conventional literature!

I am sure you'd like the Stefan Zweig (he said rather arrogantly!).

all the best Tom
I note you didn't give a star rating to Kazuo Ishiguro's The Unconsoled. Did you read it? If not, its worth a try - going by which other books you've read.

Also, a mustread - Beware of Pity by Stefan Zweig. A deeply engrossing novel.

For light relief, English writers James Hamilton-Paterson is good, also John Lanchester.

Thanks for your message. I notice you are interested in Australian Literature. You might enjoy a book called The Running Man by Michael Gerard Bauer. This was his first book and it won the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year: Older Readers Award for 2005.

This is a well-written and moving book. It is one I would like to have in my permanent collection. I highly recommend it.

Hi Sandy
If you're looking for Australian literature go to What Are You Reading Now and look for "A Year of Australian Literature". Also Reading Globally- Fiction group.
Sandy - thanks for adding me to your library watch list. I have just read through your profile and the books we share, and you ask for recommendations, well of those we don't share some of the best I have read over the past year include:

PURPLE HIBISCUS Chimamanda Ngosi Adiche
THE KITE RUNNER Khaled Hosseini

Anything by Pat Barker - especially her WW1 trilogy REGENERATION/THE EYE IN THE DOOR/GHOST ROAD - they are not so much trench detail, as the psychological impact of war. The first fictionalises the war experiences of the war poets and their psychologist, and the remaining two novels continue with the psychologist but with fictional characters. Her other early novels are also worth a read, gritty northern English for the early ones, and the other latter ones often have some them that relates to psychology, including other war experiences, as with her latest LIFE CLASS

Among those we do share (in case you haven't read them):

SUITE FRANCAISE Irene Nemerovski

Hope there is something of interest to you there.
Take care
Kind regards
Oh, look! We're up to 27!
Yes, I am. Are you one as well?
Well, 12 is better than none! *smiles*
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