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CollectionsKindle (29), Wishlist (29), To read (192), Translations (100), Spanish (151), French (84), Italian (16), Polish (40), short stories (43), Poetry (24), Reference (50), non-fiction (75), audiobook (1), Your library (779), All collections (808)

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TagsTBR (195), in Spanish (148), translation (101), in French (83), read in 2008 (73), non-fiction (61), in Polish (43), reference (41), read in 2009 (40), short stories (35) — see all tags

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About meI'm currently reading my way around the world (aiming to "visit" each of the 192 member states of the UN), and I'm recording what I read on my journey in my thread in the Reading Globally group. I decided not to count things I'd already read, but rather to start from scratch; my aim is not to tick countries off as quickly as possible, but to discover new authors and learn about their cultures through their books.

About my library(not about my library at all, but rather things that have been recommended to me recently, so I don't forget).

Caribbean lit recommended by Jamaican colleague:
Trinidad: Samuel Selvon (Lonely Londoners)
Guyana: Wilson Harris (Palace of the Peacock)
Martinique: Aimé Cesaire (Cahier d'un retour au pays natale), Edouard Glissant
French Guyana: Léon Damas (poetry)
Jamaica: Olive Senior (short stories), Erna Brodber (Jane and Louisa will soon come home), Lorna Goodison (short stories, Tamarind Season, I am Becoming my Mother), Colin Channer

Contemporary Polish lit recommended by Magda (Polish teacher):
Katarzyna Grochola: Nigdy w zyciu and others
Sylwia Chutnik: Kieszonkowy atlas kobiet
Sonia Radunska: Kartki z bialego zeszytu
Jerzy Pilch
Andrzej Stasiuk
Jacek Dehnel: Lala
K. Szczuka
Max Cegielski
Krzysztof Varga
Magdalena Tulli
Michal Witkowski
Wojciech Kuczok
Slawomir Shuty
Jacek Zakowski
Tomasz Lis
Olga Tokarczuk
Marian Swietlicki
Pawel Huelle
Stefan Chwin
Krystyna Kofta: Monografia grzechow
Julia Hartwig
Manuela Gretkowska
Joanna Ronikier-Olczak: W ogrodzie pamieci

Croatia (from Anna):
Marin Drzic
Ivo Vojnovic, Dubrovnik Trilogy
Maroslav Krleza

Groups75 Books Challenge for 2008, 75 Books Challenge for 2009, Atwoodians, Author Theme Reads, Board Room, Book Nudgers, Club Read 2009, Club Read 2010, Club Read 2011, Club Read 2012show all groups

Favorite authorsLeila Aboulela, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Leopoldo Alas, Margaret Atwood, Jorge Luis Borges, Kate Grenville, D. H. Lawrence, Doris Lessing, Federico García Lorca, Naguib Mahfouz, Gabriel García Márquez, Ian McEwan, Rohinton Mistry, Alice Munro, Annie Proulx, Vikram Seth, Tim Winton (Shared favorites)

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Congratulations, Rach!!!!!!
Here's the public one. http://www.librarything.com/topic/163343
Well, I have two - one in a private group. There was too much chatter in the 75 book group to keep up, and I got invited to this group. It's a good one, if you're interested. You'd fit right in. Let me know. But I keep a toe in the 75 group still. I just post there a lot less. The other group is much more focused on reading and writing and books.
I was so happy to see you posting reviews, rach. Missed you around here!
Glad you enjoyed NYC! The bookstores can be quite dangerous - I try to limit my visits to one a month. :)
Hi Rachel,

When I saw Orringer's "How to Breathe Underwater" in a shop recently, I grabbed it up immediately because I remembered that you loved it! I have started it, but had to put it aside to get on with the next Belle read. The deadlines come around so rapidly!

But I certainly will get back to it, and will look out for your favorite :) Thanks for mentioning it.

Pity about the novel - I think I saw a similarly negative review about it.

A x
Hi Rachel,

Yes, it's a light read, and I quite enjoyed bits of it, just didn't find it very satisfying overall. Hope you're not too disappointed with your purchase.

I'm in Brussels too, living and working here for about twenty years.

I'm off to check out your other Spanish books, now that I see you have a good collection (it's odd the way Librarything works, isn't it, as you don't appear in my top fifty list - I never understand these things).

Jane
Rachel, Are you sure? That's really generous of you. I don't already have Granada in my library. If you are still looking to pass one copy on, I would be more than willing to take it off your hands. :)

Great reading challenge. A suggestion for your Caribbean list: The Polished Hoe by Austin Clark for BARBADOS.
Well, it struck me that I'd get plenty of ideas from your library for when I want to stretch myself and read in another language! I must confess that if I do tackle a book in Polish this year, it's likely to be 'Dziennik Bridget Jones', but if I manage that then perhaps I can graduate to an actual Polish novel...
I wasn't being entirely accurate in my post, since I know I commented on a book you read last year (and on your apparent half-star rating of Women in Love!), but it seemed quite a leap to me to discuss 'real life' on the Internet as opposed to books alone.
Anyway, there must be more language schools in Poland than we think, as I haven't heard of the ones you mention! I did my first course at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow (lots of activities laid on, but not ideal for learning - lots of bored US/UK teenagers forced by their Polish-speaking parents to discover their 'roots' during the summer holidays!) and my second was one-to-one tuition in Wroclaw, which was much better suited to me, although a little solitary. Working for an NGO sounds like a particularly rewarding way to improve your Polish. I'm sure with all that time spent out there and the fact that you've managed to finish several books in Polish (I'm in awe!) you'll be fine by the time you come to work from it, but good luck!
Hi, Rachel . . . I was doing some LT cleanup yesterday and noticed that I didn't have you in my interesting libraries yet, although I've been following your reading for as long as I think I've been at LT. I find the feature really useful when I'm looking at a particular book--I like to see who I know who has also read it (or at least owns it), and it may even lead to more discussion about the book. And that's what I'm looking for--more great book discussion!

Have a great day,

Joyce
Thanks, Rachel for your reponse on "[Train to Trieste]". I had forgotten about my post. I am a rail buff. A book like Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand has a great train ride, but it did not take me to a love of objectivism. Mark Helprin has a pretty good description of a streetcar ride in "A Soldier of the Great War." However, I don't expect great transportation in novels I read -- otherwise I'd be dealing with a great deal of scarcity.
hi rachel,

i've never really tried to find out what those features do actually. my guess is that interesting libraries mean just that -- some kind of a reminder. with the "friends" thing, i can easily see my "friends'" recent activities, e.g. adding new books, reviewing. to see that, go to your home page, go to "connections", then go further to "friends." referring to it is more handy and manageable, with the info already filtered. otherwise, i don't know what else these features offer...
hi rachel,

my apologies for this very delayed reply. i have been very busy these last months and like you, traveling and working outside my home base. i've only just returned to Lisbon and getting back to routine, including catching up on those reads I've had to set aside since March. i didn't even have time to follow the Portugal thread which I set up -- something i regret very much. anyways, hope you were able to finish W&P while you were in Poland and managed to get some Polish reading done while there. are u back in Brussels then? will surely look up your Polish reads recommendations as it's a gap in my reading map waiting to be filled.

best,

deebee
Hi Rachel,
Actually, it was your excellent review in Belletrista that made me want to read I'd Like. Your review motivated me to buy a copy of the book. I enjoyed it very much, and I'm sure I'll reread it before long. I'm happy to hear that you had a similar experience, of being left with the sense of having read a larger novel -- I wasn't sure if I was just imagining that!
I'm looking forward your next review!
Best regards,
Maggie
The holiday was fab - I miss the sea and cream teas.

Thanks for the add info, I'll give it a go.

Char
Baba Yaga went in the post today - not yesterday, unfortunately, of which I spent a large portion in bed feeling sorry for myself - but hopefully still in time to reach you. Fingers crossed! Sorry for the delay.

Rx
Hola Rachel

LT somehow deleted your comment to me when I hit reply. I may have accidentally deleted it myself but I'm sure I didn't click the pop-up confirmation box.

My father and his parents were all born in the U.S. so I don't know where in Poland they are from. I doubt my father knows but I'll ask him next time I see him and we don't talk to his parents very often. I'm not sure how much further back they emigrated. On my mom's side, I know it was my great-grandparent and my grandparents were the first born here. But that doesn't help.

Chrine
In that case, I'm glad I drew your attention to it ;) And I'll also give the book (and DH Lawrence in general) another try at some point. I think I was too young the first time.

Yes, I love the way the books are arranged at Daunt and will explore the 'flagship' store when my TBR pile's a bit smaller! The Holland Park branch is fairly new, I think. I discovered it by accident one day. Needless to say it was a very good day!
Hi! I'm intrigued by your half-a-star rating for Women in Love. I tried to read it about 10 years ago and made it to chapter three before deciding to cast it aside. Does it really not get any better then?!
Hola Rachel

I've added several books to my wishlist from your Talk threads so I figured I'd add you to my stats. I like looking at the Top Books from Interesting Libraries that you don't own list for recommendations.

I see you have "Read in 200x" collections too. I've been checking out how people are using them since they arrived and recently added several of my own beyond the defaults. I'm Polish through my father's side but don't speak the language and haven't read much from there. I've also enjoyed books by several of your favorite authors. My books on LT are only what I've read since I joined two years ago.

Chrine
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