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About meReading has always been my "safe" place.

My favorite L.T. group is The Virago Group.

My favorite authors are John Steinbeck, Virginia Woolf and Alice Hoffman.

My favorite poet is A.E. Housman.

My threads can be located here:

Orange January & July:
http://www.librarything.com/topic/163775

100 books in 2014 Challenge:
http://www.librarything.com/topic/163259#

ROOT - 2014 Read Our Own Tomes:
http://www.librarything.com/topic/162287

BIG FAT BOOKS: http://www.librarything.com/topic/167533

My favorite bookstore is Book n Brush in Chehalis,
Washington.

I am currently reading:
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

About my libraryMy library is pretty diverse with the exception of horror and science fiction. I read a lot of War books, both fiction & nonfiction. Books by & about women, books of, by and about people of Africa and of Africa itself. I enjoy memoirs, some nonfiction depending on the subject matter, the classics and I am beginning to enjoy mysteries of the lighter nature.

Groups100 Books in 2013 Challenge, 100 books in 2014 challenge, BIG FAT BOOK CHALLENGE 2014, Bloomsbury Group and their friends, Cozy Mysteries, Iris Murdoch readers, LibraryThing Gatherings and Meetups, Orange January/July, Persephone Readers, ReadaThingshow all groups

Favorite authorsOrson Scott Card, Anita Diamant, John Grisham, Wally Lamb, Charles Martin, Audrey Niffenegger, John Phillips, Kris Radish, Anita Shreve, John Steinbeck, Mary Stewart (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresBook 'n' Brush, Bookhaven

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Real namebelva

LocationMorton, Washington

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceAug 30, 2007

Currently readingThe Early Life of Stephen Hind by Storm Jameson
Under the Green Moon by Maree Giles
In the Company of the Courtesan: A Novel by Sarah Dunant
The Hidden River by storm jameson
THE LOVED AND ENVIED by Enid Bagnold
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Dear rainpebble, thankyou for your email. It was interesting reading about your library and preferences. I too like A. .E Housman and John Steinbeck among others. My life is very busy and I do not have time to really enjoy library thing as I would like to. I use it to keep in touch with my friend Emillia Lorde so we can see what each is reading. Women authors have made osme of the best contributions to literature for centuries, also to the other arts. I am glad Virago is or has been publishing their works.
Sincerely dandipratt.
Dear Belva,

When I suggested the WWI theme, I never dreamed that I would learn so much. I always knew vaguely that WW2 was a continuation of the issues of WWI. What has shocked and absorbed me is the utter futility of the war. From the fact that there was absolutely no reason for the damned war in the first place to the arrogance of the leaders and generals who kept sending young men to their deaths for no good reason. There was no strategy, no way for a winner in their trench warfare scenario, just body after body. And the best and brightest of their generation got wiped out, along with the poor kids who joined for patriotic reasons or were drafted off the farms and out of the little villages.

My husband makes a point of visiting the war memorials when we wander the English countryside and stop at the village churches. And last summer I took pictures for him of the WWI war memorial at Magdalen Chapel in Oxford. 19 plaques, each with 25 names on it; entire graduating classes almost wiped out. And this was one college in Oxford.

I think the books which have most affected me are the ones closest to the war, like All Quiet, Not So Quiet, Diary with Dates. The later ones, like First of July and Regeneration Trilogy are very, very good, but lack the immediate, gut wrenching view of an eye witness or someone close to people who were there. That's why Cather's One of Ours didn't work for me. She used news reels which were a part of the propaganda machine for her sources and even when she interviewed soldiers she was looking for the glory, not the grimness. (Hemingway hated that she won her Pulitzer for that book because he knew it was fake patriotism. He always said she should have won for one of her prairie novels.)

Yeah, this year's theme read is an eye-opener. We are still paying for those mistakes.

Oh, if you have not Read Julian Grenfel, please do so. It shows how one woman, Julian's mother, typified all those deluded women who gloried in their sons' deaths.

Elaine
Hee-hee. Actually, I took up that birthday just because it's CB's. Anyway, why don't you post something today. Self-promoter that CB is, I don't think Em or Annie would look favorably on ~that~ level of self-promotion!
Dear Belva,

Thanks again. love. but I have found my copy of Wharton's Summer. Why it didn't get added when I did all the others remains a mystery.

Elaine
Hi Belva, lovely to hear from you. I've seen your name on the Virago forum - have loved their books since they first appeared in the 80s, but am trying to intersperse them with modern literature. I find the librarything site is a boon in hearing about other authors I might enjoy - I can spend all evening trawling about! Never get anywhere near catching up with TBR books - always getting yet more Kindle freebies and never return a library book without getting more.
Yes the puzzles site is highly entertaining, especially the 'Silly Book Game' (on Booktalk site) and 'Hijacking a silly Book Game' (on Puzzles site)!
Kind regards, Sally

Hi Belva,

What a wonderful surprise to read your comments on my profile page but you are way too kind. And your timing could not be better as I have been mulling over a review for my latest Trollope read for several days and have drawn a complete blank. Maybe your comments will inspire me. I'm glad you have found my reviews helpful.

My Buddy is a Pomeranian and is a very independent little dog. However, I don't believe he's eating from a piece of Blue Willow china. I think it's just a cheap grocery store knock off. When he goes out to do his business during heavy snows he doesn't venture very much beyond the garage door and leaves it up to us to clean it up. Your Abby Labby sounds like a fun-loving dog. My son had two black labs but recently lost one of them and was beside himself for awhile. Our pets are such a big part of our family, aren't they?

Have fun camping. I hope you were able to find some good "Oranges" to take with you.

Cheers,
Bonnie
Hi Belva - I do so hope I have found you on LT after our connection at PBS. I see that we share 650 books, and I will peruse your library for more to share. We also joined LT at about the same time - what a relief to throw away all the pieces of paper that held book recommendations and know they were all safe in one place. Hoping I have found the right person...
Take care,
Pat
Hi Belva!

I'm closest to Mount Ashland in the Siskyou mountain range and very close to the California border. I'm about 6.75 hours away from Mt. St. Helens and I currently live about 10 minutes away from I-5!

The snow managed to just avoid us, but we got some much needed rain. The terrain here is more like "high desert" ringed with mountains. The weather is generally very mild, if dry!

The farthest north I've been has been Seattle and Bellingham, WA, though I would like to head back up that way for some kayaking with the Orcas. I had originally planned to go up this June, but I may have to postpone owing to an unexpected business trip that I may have to take in May :-/

If I do head up that way, I'd definitely love to meet up! :-)

I'm sorry that I took so long to respond! I had somehow missed your message in the midst of LT Early Reviewer notifications!

Belva, Old New York arrived yesterday. Thank you so much!
Thanks, Belva. Just posted.
Thanks for your lovely compliments on the kitties! I'm so sorry for your loss. Kitties are wonderful companions.
Well I can see your point Belva but I do wish such things didn't happen. A bit simple of me., as I know it was just such an accepted part of people's world view. On the other hand, it does remind us how easily we divide things, first by words , they are very powerful aren't they.
Hope things are ok where you are, weather extremes abound, too cold for you, too hot for me. Hence lots of reading time!
Bye now
Anne
Hi Belva
I have just read High Rising, and your own comments on it. I agree with all you say and look forward to more. I used to think she was an Aussie, because of her novel "Trooper to the Southern Cross", but having read her wiki, she couldn't wait to get out of Australia!
Anyway, I am troubled by the 3, only 3 times I saw the word Jew or Jewish , used by a character to be very horrible to someone else. Isn't it strange how that anti semitism was so ingrained, I found one of Rose Macaulay's very early novels had a blast of it. I wish modern reprints would be edited to remove it.
What you think?
I am sorry for not being able to reply earlier. I'm very happy that you liked my picks for you and please feel free to tell me your further comments once you read them. I wish you a wonderful new year and all the best in 2014!
Belva, I've read William on my Kindle, but that's the only edition I have. I got it on Kindle for instant gratification. Here's my 3*** review, but it's got SPOILERS so don't look at it unless you've finished William yourself. Mike
Julian Grenfel is really as much about Etty Grenfel, Julian's society mother. What a hypocritical group the Edwardians were! It is her rather oedipal relationship with her son that is the basis for his glorying in the conflict. (I wanted to slap her silly!)

William is also a powerful read.

You can definitely have my share of the snow!

Elaine
Belva, there a copy of the Regeneration trilogy (hardcover but no dust jacket) listing on Abe for under $10 (but I don't know how good a condition it's in). The Abe listing is the same one that I bought, but mine would have been a deal more expensive because of the better condition and nice dust jacket. This less-than-ten-bucks copy is actually only $3.25 (plus $6.28 UK-to-US shipping), so it's probably a bit tatty.

Thought I'd send this to you as a message rather than post it on the VMC board in case someone else wants to beat you to it.

And Happy New Year to you too.

Mike
Hi Belva.
Thank you so much for the books that you chose for me! I already devoured The Graveyard Book and have just started the Tailchaser book. I hope you had a nice Christmas and wish you the best for 2014!
Kind regards, Simone
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At 50, trying to learn how to use make up.
A dismal failure. Too much time & effort
but I must have thought it fun.
Hi Belva
Thanks again for the photo of that cake - did you make it? Your range of cake photos is amazing.
I am so glad you loved Cold Comfort Farm, it is a very longtime favourite read of mine. I enjoyed revisiting it in your review. I have to say I have never read anything else like it. I suppose that's a good thing really, it's good to have unique books.
I read it last week but haven't yet digested it. "Ed King" is a modern adaptation of "Oedipus Rex" updated into the Information Age. The characters are complex and Guterson manages to make them seem real. I enjoyed the book as an audio on a long road trip. Think it enhanced my reading experience more than reading the text. Book's strength may be more as experimental fiction than as prose styling, but it left me saying, "Wow!"
Saw your review of "Cold Comfort Farm" appearing on my review page as a book I've read reviewed by others. You asked if there are other books that might be enjoyed by you in its vein.

If you haven't read John Kennedy Toole's "A Confederacy of Dunces," I suggest it for the similar cast of weird misfit characters. Also laugh out loud funny.

More subtle and ironic and sans the slapstick qualities, but wickedly humorous in a more literary way is Jane Austen's "Northanger Abbey." I really think it's at its best in audiobook form.

If you like Southern mystery fiction with no redeeming social value but plenty of laughs, try Deborah Sharp's Mace Bauer series. "Mama Does Time" is the first in that series.

Hope I haven't mentioned titles you've already plowed through but ones you can enjoy. Though, I freely admit, only "A Confederacy of Dunces" surpasses "Cold Comfort Farm" on that list.
Hi Belva
Thank you very much for your offer and comment. I would be delighted to be on the birthday list!
Thanks for your kind offer, but I'm concerned it would be too expensive for you - I'm in the UK. I can buy it here on Kindle for £4.99, which may well be less than the postage, and certainly it's not much more.
Thanks so much, Belva. Yes, I did love Running the Rift, I thought the author did an amazing job of taking such a difficult, brutal subject and writing such a moving and beautiful story. The characters were so real that it's hard to believe that they only live in the imagination. Thinking about it now, I don't know why I didn't bestow a 5 on this book. I may have to go back and change that number!

Judy
Hi Belva,

Check out Queen Anne: The Politics of Passion by Anne Somerset. I just stumbled across a copy last night at B&N when I was in to get hold of something else. It looks really great and I bought it. It seems to be a brand new release (at least here in the U.S., though it has a 2012 copyright). It's obviously got enormous amounts of material on both of the Churchills and primarily on the Duchess.

I was disappointed to see no reference to Alexander Pope in the index, despite....

Here thou, great Anna! whom three realms obey,
Dost sometimes counsel take—and sometimes tea.


At least I don't think there's anything on Pope, but the book's out in my car as I type this. This does lead me to suspect that Somerset is focusing on the political aspects of the realm and not the literary. But I guess I can't have anything.

Anyway, I remember your interest in Sarah Churchill and how Cariola and I had suggested you watch the "First Churchills" miniseries rather than look for any books. It looks like there's now a book out there, just out, that you might want to check out.

Hope everything's going well with you otherwise.

Best,
Mike
Belva,

I think you've got your name/address book muddled: I'm Kerry and Verity is Mrsvjdw!

Kerry
Belva,
Thanks for the thingaversary wishes. I haven't bought my books yet because I am waiting for the second-hand book sales at the university of toronto this month.
my main thread is in the Canadian Bookworms Group

http://www.librarything.com/topic/158171
Happy Thingaversary, Belva! May you have many more happy years on LT!
I wonder where it is? Hopefully someone has it who will enjoy it. I will let you know if it appears!

I got my copy at at bookstore called Balfour Books, here in Toronto. I just discovered Balfour after reading an article that I stumbled across online that listed a bunch of second-hand stores that were new to me. I have gone twice now and that is how I have gone to virtually no VMC's to 40. I haven't even read one of them yet and I have 40! Am I a book addict or what?!

Cathy
Belva,

Cathy here.

Did you ever send me the VMC you were planning to?

If you did not, no problem. But, if you did, I just wanted you to know that I did not receive it and was not just showing poor manners in not letting you know.

Hope all is well

Cathy
Hi Belva, I just came from thumbing your excellent review of The Sweet Dove Died. Thanks for the shout out:) I am soooo enjoying reading Pym's books this year and will be very sorry to see the year come to an end. I missed the first book, Some Tame Gazelle, so I guess I'll read that one in January. I'm pretty sure I will be rereading these so I've been collecting them so that I will have my own copies.

Hugs,
Bonnie
Thank you Belva, for adding my b'day to the VMC group list - but especially for the belated cake. A lovely surprise!
I meant Paggiolli, not Byron's doctor!

E
Hi, Belva
Thanks for explaining the friend thing.
As for VMC's. The editions that I have are the more modern ones. I don't have any greens. Someone else has offered me a Black Dial Press book. I am such a neophyte that I had no idea what that even was but I looked it up. I would be happy to receive / hear about any books that are available.

One of the issues though is that I live in Toronto, Canada and shipping might be quite costly.

Cathy
Belva, you sweetie! The Travellers arrived today in great shape. I have some selections duplicated, but a lot of them I'm not at all familiar with, and I'm tickled right to the core to have the book.
What a lovely place LT is! And you help make it so!!
Thank you for your dear note too.......... The sun is actually shining, so I'm going to take the opportunity to swim my laps.
Love,
Peggy
Belva, could you explain to me what the friend request is for. I accepted you as a friend but I don't understand what it means exactly.
Thanks
Cathy
Oh you wonderful woman! I look forward to receiving it. But you didn't have to! You shouldn't've etc etc. But thank you so much!!!!
That's our Belveeta! None Sweeta!
Opps, I forgot to add that I'd like your home address. Can you please post this on my home page?

Hi Belva, It was nice meeting you as well (sorry for the late reply on your comment-- I've been really busy these last few weeks). I hope you had a nice flight back home, and I'm glad you had fun in the art museum!!
All best,
Flori
I posted suggestions on the meet-up thread. Remember? "Don't read the book, see the movie." It's the 1969 twelve-part BBC miniseries The First Churchills. Problem is, if you go with books, I think you'll find that John dominates, as in Winston's biography.
check out the photos I just downloaded on my photo gallery. There is a wonderful photo of you and me!
Yes, I figured out who you were as you came in but our respective locations at the table made conversation impossible. Like you say, maybe next time. I hope the weather today doesn't mess up your plans and you enjoy the rest of your visit in Philly.
Belva,

It was so nice to meet you today! Just thought I'd drop you links to a couple of the book podcasts I mentioned:

CBC Writers and Company - May 12 featured Kate Atkinson
Books on the Nightstand

Both are weekly, and you can get the episodes via the websites above, or subscribe through iTunes.
I hope you enjoy the rest of the meetup!
xoxo
Laura
Hi, Belva! I don't really have anything to say.... I just like to feel that I'm communicating with a friend in almost real-time!
Hi Belva

Can you please send the link to your thread. I'd like to check in and see what you are reading.

I hope all is well with you!

Hi Belva! Saw your name pop up over in the 75 threads and thought I'd say Hi!! Haven't talked to you in ages. HOpe all is well. Life has been very hectic on my end, but is finally settling down. My husband is making me practice the word NO, so I can be more even keeled in my commitments. ;) Miss talking with you. Enjoy the sunshine this weekend and Happy Easter!! Hugs
Hi Belva,

Thank you! That was very kind. Every week might be just a bit of an exaggeration though! :-)

Have a Happy Easter if you celebrate it; have a great weekend if you don't.

--Tad
Thanks again Belva. It is a really fascinating read. When you see the forged paintings next to Vermeer's original masterpieces you will not be able to figure out how this forger managed to pull this off. The story behind makes for quite the page turner.
Belva, How nice to hear from you! And thank you for letting me know about the hot review. I chose not to have that feature on my home page, so I never know what's 'hot' and what's not. Well, I hope the book gets some attention, it was very good. Hope you and yours are well! Thanks again. -- Lois
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Elizabeth von Arnim
You are so kind, Belva! I've been meaning to let you know which of the long listed " Oranges" I'm planning to read. I've got The Innocents by Francesca Segal at the ready, as does Lit Chick and I think maybe ctpress. For some reason A Trick I Learned from Dead Men by Kitty Aldridge appealed to me and I've sent away to the Book Depository for that.I've read and very much enjoyed The Light Between Ocean very much, so I've got that one read. I have one more on my radar for now - but I can't think of the title.

I'll get back to you. By the way, you write great reviews - I've thumbed several.

I have to walk the dog - an urgent activity for her!

Chat with you soon here on LT

Deborah
Thanks so much Belva!!!
Thanks, Belva, appreciate the thumb! Doc was a fabulous read. I hope you've also read it and enjoyed it as much as I did.

Nancy
Thanks for the thumb Belva. I am really enjoying Pym so am thankful to have this centenary which has pushed me to read her books. Can't wait for the next one:)
Hi Belva--

Thanks for the welcome -- I thought about joining the group but I didn't know if that was okay. It would be interesting to gauge my reactions compared to those of others.

This is my current hold list:

Small island / Andrea Levy

This is how you lose her / Junot Díaz

Private London [sound recording] / James Patterson Mark Pearson

Suspect / Robert Crais

Windows 8 all-in-one for dummies / by Woody Leonhard

A concise Chinese-English dictionary for lovers / Xiaolu Guo

The lacuna : a novel / Barbara Kingsolver

Purple hibiscus : a novel / by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Hi Belva,

Just to let you know that Lord Peter was shipped today! I sent him by surface mail so I hope he will not take too long to reach you!

Enjoy!

Karen
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My granddaughter, Rachel, Viragoed herself per my request. I think she did a fine job.
You are very welcome! I will send that off this weekend for you. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I just loved Kwan!
A Particular Place arrived today - thank you very much, and for your note. I see, from the blurb, she is a successor to Elizabeth Taylor and Barbara Pym so it will fit my current reading very well!

Kerry
Belva, I had to thumb your wonderful review of Sorry. I read it just before Christmas and also loved it. I went looking for your thread to leave you a comment, but your thread is not in our threadbook.

Nancy
Thank you Belva for Good Behaviour - I think it arrived on Monday, I was out of town, but my husband was saying "you've got Media Mail" over and over...I loved the picture, wonderful that you get to see a view like that everyday in the winter. I think I will dig right into my new VMC!
Thank you, Belva. Yes I am still at the same address. There is no rush as I have a number (ahem, a large number)of, as yet, unread books in my possession. 'Letters from Constance' by Mary Hocking was an important book at one stage in my life and I look forward to more of her writing.
HAPPY NEW YEAR, BELVA!!

My specific wish (and it's more for us than for you) is that you'll come back to the Iris Murdoch group, which is enjoying a little new life. Several of us are reading The Bell in January, and you'd be a welcome participant.
Otherwise, I hope that 2013 brings good changes and lots of opportunities to enjoy good books!
P.S. I love the cardinals picture! We have had so many cardinals visiting our bird feeders over the last week - sometimes 3 pairs at a time! We've really enjoyed them.
Hi Belva,
If no one expresses any interest by the end of the weekend, I'm happy to send both Atwood's to you. I don't know if I would trade a hard back for this, I did read it, so it's not brand new, but if you like having a Virago edition, I'm happy to oblige!
Regards,
Lisa
I am glad that you enjoyed your Secret Santa parcel! I had no idea that that was the cover art you wanted for "The Children's Story"....what a lovely coincidence. :) May your Christmas be merry and may 2013 be filled with oodles of excellent reading. Hugs and blessings!
Belva dear,

If you get a book from me, open it. I am not your Secret Santa! It is The Blotting Book by Benson.

I've missed seeing you around, Belveeta, and I'm sorry that you aren't feeling well. Take care of yourself!
Peggy
I'll mail next week!

E
Thanks for the message, Belva. We are high (8th floor) and dry, but the beach outside my window is rapidly disappearing. In the winter the city puts up artificial breakwaters to stop erosion, but this is too early. There will be lots to reconstruct come spring. The waves are truly awesome. But, boy, it is cold out there1

Elaine
Hi Belva

I finally got your book posted off yesterday. It is travelling airmail from one Hull to another!

Dee x
Well I'm coming along with the recovery,my neighbor and long time friend is also rcoverying so we walk together in the mornings and it helps the spirit and the body.The only good thing I've read lately was the Game of Thrones series and the Dragon tatoo series,most of the rest was just filler waiting for something good to come along. Old Charlie came to the end of days just before his 18th birthday,hated it,couldn't help it,he's a legend in my mind and heart ,I'm scared that these pills willmake me gain weight but I don't know yet.You might need to drink some Texas water,couldn't hurt.later,Slim
Hey kid,I don't expect to get an excused abscence out of this but I just had major back surgery and will be home for six weeks recovering,time to rest,read,and splain why I've been conspiciously absent for awhile.Not to mentions I have countless books to record and still don't have one of them electric books,hope yall are well,drop me a line,stating point of view,later,Slim
Belva! That is a current photo of you, right? Lovely collection...

Your box of rather eclectic books was mailed today. I'll send you tracking info as soon as the post office scans the box.

Elaine
They are now in your pile.

Elaine
Hi Belva
Just in case you didn't see my thanks that I posted on facebook - wanted to say again a big thank you for The Life and Death of Harriet Frean - I really appreciate it.
Thanks, Belva. I'll get them off the shelf.

E
Belva - you are a beautiful lady! Thank you so very much for the lovely green Celia by EH YOung - which arrived yesterday. xxx
Racy profile picture, Belva ;-] !!

THE LITTLE COMPANY arrived today in the mail with its gorgeous green cover. Thanks so much, Belva!
Bleh. Today was not the day for stopping at the post office. I will probably be heading back in that direction later this week, and will try to mail it then. Trying to get things out of the house so I don't have to move them!! :)
Is that you up there in the picture? Quick, tell me your diet secrets!! LOL
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What a beautiful young woman! A lot like her mother, I think.
OOOO! Love that cardinal in the snow!!
Thanks for letting me know, Belva. That's what I was afraid of too!
O.K. I read your review, and I'll respect your opinion although mine (as you'd see if you looked down the reviews on the first page) was quite different. de gustibus non est disputandum!
Hi, Belva,

Yes, that's the correct address. Thank you so much for sending on The Orchid House, which is one of the dwindling number of VMCs that I don't yet have.

~Deborah
Hello Belva,

I have opened my secret santa gifts, and I am so touched by your generosity and the care that you have so clearly taken.

To receive a Persephone book that has been so praised, a VMC that was right at the top of my wanted list, an unread title by an author I have recently come to love and a book from the depths of my wishlist was beyond my wildest dreams.

I have posted in the group, I will post on my blog, and now the only words I have left are, "Thank you so much!"

Jane
Belva, I see you just added Miss Hargreaves to your library. I'm almost finished with it and have really enjoyed it. You'll find it a quick read and I hope you enjoy it!
Thanks Belva, I will pass along your comments!
My Dear Belva,

Happy, happy another year. I know it will be filled with good books, good food and good fellowship!

I think I devoured all of Dorothy Eden back in the day. I enjoyed her and Mary Stewart and Victoria Holt. I remember so many of those covers, mainly Baltam and Signet and mainly blue with the damsel fleeing down a set of stairs with the house or the moor in the background. Today she would be pursued by vampires or zombies. Zombies! Imagine what a zombie must smell like!

Elaine
Glad to see you there, Miss Belva! Actually, it was Helen (miss_read) who started the group years ago!
Hi Belva! So, do we dare try this in Nov/Dec or do we go for Jan? I have so missed talking with you. I hope all has been well with you and yours. We had a rough year, but things seem to be going well now. Big Hugs, Kim
Belva,
Mrs. Palfrey arrived safe and sound today! Thank you so much for sending it!!! Can't wait to get started on it, after hearing how good it is and enjoying her other books so much.

Take care,
Christine
That situation contributed to your becoming such a prolific reader. Books are our sanctuary. Cheers.
Dear Belva,

Please don't turn into a mouse! It would be much more fun if we could plan a getaway for some time in the future (provided the world economy doesn't collapse and we end up bartering and taking payment in kind!)I would be happy to have a central meeting place here in the states, even; then work on England!!!

I'm afraid I can't help you with the Kesson question. I've only read one book, the one I sent you. Like you, I enjoyed her but not enough to read more at this time. I'll have to keep in mind your thought that she might reintroduce characters.

Where did you find that LONG list of books that turned up in your mail? You have some real gems there.

Elaine
Alas, I can be no help. I got the Elinor Glyn books because the "It Girls" were referred to in something else I was reading, but I haven't read any of them yet. When you do, let me know what you think.
You won't have to wait that long, Belva. I've noted all the page numbers, I just need to go through the book again to type-and-translate. I can do that in a day this weekend.
-a
Just a quick note to tell you there may be a delay in sending out EvA. I was flipping through it this evening and noticed that there are many, many German words and phrases in it, none of which are translated. As far as I know you don't speak German, so I'm going to make you a glossary before I mail it off.

Cheers,

a
Hi Belva - Henrietta is on her way!
Simon
Hi Belva,

Just wanted to drop you a line to let you know that Zoe is on her way to Washington.

-a
Hi Belva!

Apparently, the books arrived Friday according to the delivery confirmation info on PBS. So they're waiting for you to give them a happy home.

E

USPS DC#: 420983569102969010386469491830

* 5/26/2011 7:55 PM - Electronic Shipping Info Received - CHICAGO,IL
* 5/27/2011 11:27 AM - Acceptance - CHICAGO,IL
* 5/28/2011 3:08 PM - Enroute - FOREST PARK,IL
* 6/2/2011 11:07 PM - Enroute - FEDERAL WAY,WA
* 6/3/2011 12:58 AM - Enroute - FEDERAL WAY,WA
* 6/3/2011 8:37 AM - Arrival at Unit - MORTON,WA
* 6/3/2011 8:39 AM - Notice Left - MORTON,WA
Comfort and Healing for your sore mouth!
I'm glad you have something nice to read!!
Be in touch!!!
Love,
Peggy
Dear friends;
I am so sorry if I have left an impression that I am unwell or something.
Just am being revisited by my old nemesis: depression, anxiety and panic attacks. I think that all the stuff with my mother was not good or mentally healthy for me but it had to be done and my 3 remaining brothers made themselves quickly scarce.
But I am in therapy and my Psychiatrist has tweaked my meds just to see me through this rocky time. My husband is wonderfully supportive and I am so thankful for him.
But I am & will be fine. Thank you for caring. I really appreciate the good thoughts and prayers.
hugs,
belva
Belva,

Hoping you're okay. Praying it's so!

Susan
Just dropping by to say that I've been missing you and hope that everything is going well with you and yours.
Come back soon!
Peggy
Hey Mrs.B.,we're doing good and reading a lot,it actually snowed here and everybody got to stay home for a day,what a novelty! After that the winters back was broken and it's never been very cold since then. A long while back I read Ann Rice's story of Jesus when he was a little boy and found it very interesting so recently I picked up her story of her return to christian life and it was pretty cool,after eighteen years of living as an atheist she came back to the church,strange,I'm glad for her,I couldn't understand how someone that wrote about vampires could tell the story of Jesus but I think I get it now, later,Slim
Belva!! So nice to see a note from you! I've missed you and your bubbly, happy thread comments but understand how life can get crazy. A roller coaster, huh,...well, I hope that whatever part is the good part of the ride for you is the one you're currently on! Snowed in for two weeks... Wow! It seems like everyone has gotten their fill of snow this winter except the Denver area. Oh well, I'll be careful what I whine about here since March is our snowiest month. And Copper does love to run in the snow, but unfortunately, these days she needs meds when she overdoes it. She wags a big hello to you!

I'll be waiting to see your opinion of The Red Garden. I loved it as you know. I was disappointed by The Story Sisters and couldn't finish it so I was very relieved and happy with this new one. Did you read The Story Sisters?

Big hug and happy reading!
Joanne
Thank you so much for Two Days in Aragon and The unlit Lamp. They arrived today and it's half-term and I have a week off work so lots of time to enjoy them!

Kerry
Hi Belva

Many thanks for the list.

How are you doing?

Hugs
Hi, Belva!
Thanks for the list of books. I am going to check the library and bookstore for the first book as I don't have it. I have the other three. Don't know if I will reread Bleak House or not, but it was a terrific book, so I will probably follow along with the discussion. Our library has been closed for over a week due to the heavy snow that our city can't seem to clear off the streets. This is the snowiest winter ever for Tulsa! Kind of exciting. I have heard so many good things about Outlander, so I can't wait to read it. I will also try to come up with some suggestions for next year in November. Thanks again!
--BJ
Thanks for the HRBG update!
Just speaking, Girlfriend. I'm delighted to see that somebody else is finding Major Pettigrew just O.K. I enjoyed it - it was O.K., but it wasn't nearly as good as others' reviews had led me to expect.
Hope you're prospering!
Love,
Peggeeta
Belva, I have just begun on Kafka's The Metamorphosis - since reading your post in The Lifted Veil thread, it occurs to me you would probably like it.


(p.s. long time to speak! Hello!)
Good morning!

Could you read my review of George Eliot in Love AFTER you read the book? I would love your opinion on the book and my review.

Oh, Middlemarch is starting on BBC7. I love to listen to the programs on my computer. If you need the link, let me know.

We are in for a deep,deep freeze and a foot of snow. Sigh....I'm ready for daffodils

Elaine

Glad to see you made it in the end! So should I go ahead and post about this Thursday/Friday on the main thread? You still up to it?
Hi Belva, I thought I'd see you over at the read-a-thon thread but you seem to be away. Hope you can come in and join us soon!
Belva -

So far, group reads have sprung up from conversations on individual threads, so there's no master plan of books we want to do this year. Once a few people agree there's interest, someone starts a thread about it and we link to that thread on the wiki page. So all the reads that have happened or are in the planning stages can be found at

http://www.librarything.com/wiki/index.php/Groups:75booksin2011

It's a good thought that some form of wider proposal thread would be useful. I'll think on it a bit.

Jim
No way Jose,Things are good,it was actually 72 degrees here today,we sat on the porch and had to move cause it was too hot,I love Texas.Just readin' and workin' and lovin' life these days.S
And I found more duplicates for you! Where the Apple Ripens and The Lying Days. I've just finished entering my library except for one small shelf of history (mainly tuchman) and a shelf of Chuck's books, mainly math and science. So I now know what duplicates were lurking on the shelves and I am so happy to send them your way.

E
Great! I'll get them off to you probably Monday.

E
Hi Belva,

Mailed the book to you today. :-) Enjoy!

hugs
Caroline
Well, you may like the book more than I've let on. When I finished reading it, I was so happy to have read it just because I liked Julia so much. I read several other books when I was reading the Child biog, which is one reason it took me so long. In some places, the only way I could get through it was to tell myself I would read 10 pages a night. That worked, since usually I read more, but I never felt like I "had" to read more.
I saw your posts on the 2011 challenge thread and thought of you. Sorry there were so many health issues in your family this year. May 2011 be a healthy one for you and those you love.

Linda
Hi there Belva!

I hope all is well with you.
Of course, you can! I absolutely love that book, although there is no plot or pattern, just lovely
word pictures.
Belva,

What Elizabeth Taylor are you missing?????

Elaine
Elf you too,tee hee, Merry Christmas,the whole family is descending on us for the holidays,I guess we shouldn't be such a cute couple but we are so we're stuck with it. I wish the best for you and your clan.Stay warm,Slim
Dear Belva,

I'm glad you enjoyed The Willow Cabin so much. I have a copy in my TBR box - I'll have to add it to my "Books to Read in 2011" list. Hope all's well with you.

Andrew
Morning, Belva - or what's left of it!
I guess I mean to say, "Have a great afternoon!"
I can't seem to get anything done but hang around LT and read stuff. What a life! I'm off to swim with hopes of continuing The Lacuna when I return (not to mention reading it on the elliptical). Looks like the Humane Society is going to have to do without thank-you letters again today.
Peggy
Good night, friend.
I had a nice ramble through your pictures ---- I taught dozens of kids with that white cat's attitude.
I'm off to read The Lacuna until sleep overtakes me. It won't be long.
Things are going well,I'm up for a job at UT as carpenter,200 applicants,it's now down to 2 and I'm still in the running for America's next top carpenter,they have in their hands only one photograph and I hope it's mine. After a spin through the classics,I've been reading trash to cleanse my pallet. Have you ever read Fenelon? He was a religious minister to a King in the 14th century and he was way ahead of his time.Great mind,big heart,lot of humility,probably when that was in short supply. We are well and happy and trying to get too chubby,fat chance,dough! Later,S
Dear Belva,
Weren't we friends? How could I have missed that!??? Anyway, it is lovely that you dropped in on me. Bedside is exactly where I keep my current Traveler. At the moment it's the one about the Dolomites which I have only just started.
Happy Reading!!!
(I laughed out loud when I read Barbara's post that she had a case of Belvitis....or however she spelled the word.
Happy Reading!
Peggy
Belva,

If you need PBS credits to grab some books, let me know. I'll gift you some.

Elaine
I mailed off the Keane and the data base today. Hope it gets there quickly.

Elaine
No problem, Belva. I have some things to mail Monday and I'll print out the list and also send along
Two Days in Aragon.

Do you have a PBS account? What is your name there? I'll friend you and will be able to keep up with what your wishlists are.

I'm beginning to list my medieval and ancient history. I am surprised that I am coming up with books where I am the only owner!

How is your husband progressing?

Elaine
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This is a wonderful picture, Belva.
Cute fruit,how ya doin'? I'm really enjoying life these days,being an old married man and all. Seems I've married some one that reads as much as me,oh no!!!! It's o.k. could be worse,(nonreader)oh no!!!! It's all good,weather is beautiful,later,S
Dear Belva,

This is actually a crazy two weeks for me! I went overboard and got 22 concert tickets for the Chicago Symphony. I have two series in Friday afternoons and added five extra concerts, mainly because we have Ricardo Muti as music director now! Alas, he had become seriously ill and has cancelled out of his autumn concerts and won't be back until Feb. So I've caught his first two concerts (I am in love!). Last night's was Mozart/Haydn with a guest conductor who did admirably considering he had three days notice. Friday's concert will be a guest conductor from Israel.

Today is a matinee of Hedda Gabler; Friday the symphony; Saturday the U of C book sale and Comedy of Errors matinee; Sunday is Complete Shakespeare Abridged; next Monday is doctor; Friday is CSO with Pierre Boulez filling in with Mahler; Saturday is Measure for Measure.

All these events clustered together is unusual. Beginning of the autumn theater and symphony seasons and three added concerts. But it is the reason why we left the beauty of Williamsburg VA to move back to Chicago's downtown. Now from Nov 15 to Jan nothing much. The theaters are into Christmas Carol and the music groups into Handel. One Messiah a year is enough for me; I usually do the sing-along in a rather rusty second soprano!.

Is there any books you particularly long for? I'm not promising, because book sales are sometime things, but if I spot a title I'm grab it,

Elaine

PS I do like Gospel music. We have wonderful Gospelfest during the summer.
Good evening!

I just got back from a concert so I'm too wired to go to bed yet.

You acknowledged all the books I've sent you, so I don't think you should be expecting any more from me.

However, Saturday is the last big book sale in the area so I'm hoping to pick up any Viragoes I spot.
I'll check your library before I post them on PBS.

Maybe we should do another group read in a few months. I really enjoyed The Lifted Veil.

Elaine
What I absolutely loved from your comments were how you honed in on Latimer's mental state and how he was trying to cope with it. I believe now I totally midread him. I was looking at a not-very-successful formula horror story and that's what I found.

Then you pointed out how anguished Latimer was; how his ability to read the minds of others must have made his existence a living hell. And you were right! How could he act like a normal person when he couldn't even find peace within his own consciousness.

As a horror story, it sucks.

As a study of a man who is hanging onto his sanity by his fingernails and winning that battle, it is totally something else.

And now that I have been thinking about it, I have a theory about the awful final so-out-of-place scene. What if Eliot (I love 'what if's!} started out to write a Victorian horror story and the end product was a neat, little psychological drama told from the point of view of one man, the narrator.
He sees into the future but his visions are not horrifying, rather there is enough doubt that maybe they were not really visions. An odd view of Venice; a three second vision of his future wife and a vision of said wife hating him. The first can be dismissed a picture he might have seen and really forgotten; the last two explained away as false memory (he is recalling two visions of the future but maybe he just "thinks" he envisioned them. Does this make sense??) His mind-reading he keeps entirely to himself except for the incident of his brother. He doesn't act on any knowledge he gains.

What kind of horror story is this? It would hardly horrify a susceptible child!

So.....and here my imagination takes off..... Eliot has to add something horrifying to qualify it for publication as a real horror story. She goes back and introduces the good doctor on page nine. Doesn't interrupt the flow of the story already written. She then adds, at the very end, the reanimation scene. BINGO! Genuine Victorian horror!

See what your comments have wroth! You should be given the VMC "Makes You Think Twice" award.
Belva,

If you feel like it, please read my comment to my own review of [Lifted Veil]on my livejournal. Hugs...

Elaine
I am so glad you posted your comment on [The Lifted Veil]. Maybe this will start a discussion of the novella which I think could be fascinating. You made me think about looking at the narrator from the point of view of someone so paralyzed by his condition that he is incapable of action. Since my primary criticism was of his inaction, I can really see how this interpretation could work!

(However, I don't think that anything could dissuade me from thinking the last few pages were necessary to the novel!)

Elaine
I don't have a thread anywhere. I was drawn to your family photo. I have a similar photo with my siblings and parents.. I think it is the only photo with all of us together. It's hard to say what I found similar as we are Black and the photo is in New Orleans where I grew up.
Hi, Belva,

I'm happy to send you Family Money but probably won't get it in the mail until after payday (next Friday). I have some Book Mooches that also need to get to the P.O., including some going to Europe, so I'll bag yours up with them. If you're still in Morton, WA, I have your address.

~Deborah
Did you hear the one about the guy that fell off the 50 story building and about half way down a lady asked how he was doing? He said so far so good, same here, the lady is a little noivous but we're hanging,my puter has been sick,this is the first time to get on in a week,I hope hubby is doing better,feed that boy some chicken soup,that'll fix just about anything. I'm reading the unabridged version of Anna Karenia,it's killer,take care,S
Hi Belva
How great to hear from you. I hope all is well!

While I don't have a series in mind regarding YA, I know that some readers love the 39 clues series. I've not read them yet.

I can recommend a wonderful author. I highly recommend Lois Lowry. You 13 year old might gain a lot of insight from her book Number the Stars. In addition, The Silent Boy is a top read of mine.

http://www.loislowry.com/books.html

All good wishes and hugs,
Linda
I have a copy of Summerhouse Trilogy for you and I will get it in the mail this week if you still need it. I posted on the wishlist thread, also.

Hope everything is still continuing to improve.

Elaine
Hi Belva, I was wondering if you like Sarah Dunant. I see you are reading one of her books I have quite a few of them but I haven't begun to read them yet. Mary Beth
Hi Belve, Thanks for your nice post. I am glad that I could help with your decision about the Aussie Shepard. I do suggest, though, that going to the local shelter and trying to find a dog that you like there is a great idea. I volunteer at our local shelter and this is what I have discovered. First of all, I realized that shelter dogs from a well-run, reputable shelter get a great deal of exercise and socializing. It is hard to find a dog that has not been walked many times by the time I get into the shelter. There are many volunteers and so the dogs are exposed to many personalities both male and female which is one of the most important aspects of any dogs life. Socialize,socialize,socialize! They learn to walk well on a leash, they learn that humans are kind (if they have been abused prior to their stay)they are observed for any behavior problems and the staff can relay those details to potential owners. People always say that shelter animals behave as if they know that they have been saved from a bad situation and behave accordingly. Of course there are dogs that have behavior issues in shelters but I would not suggest that you take a dog that has issues which the staff should be very aware of. So, what I would do first is ask around about the local shelter and make sure it has a good reputation. Then go to the shelter several if not many times to meet the dogs and make sure for yourself that the shelter is run well. If you are comfortable with the shleter the visits are also for you to visualize the dogs. You woill be amazed at the variety a shelter gets and how quickly they come in and are abandoned. The most important thing for a potential owner to realize is that they should look at this as a forever commitment so get the size you want and the personality you can deal with. Finall, I would take your grandson only after you have visited yourself and have a few dogs in mind. Remember the shelter will check your situation out thoroughly,history with your current pets vets, how you talk about your pets,whether you own or rent your home. They are looking to provide these pets with a forever home. You can find out about their shedding habits and breed specific behavior also. Energy levels and habits, like some breeds are diggers, or runners, or barkers,or one man dogs. The staff should know all this about their dogs, even after having them for only a few days. I hope I have helped, Belva. If you do get a dog from the shelter, you can also avoid those puppy months, because it sounds as if you have enough to care for right now. My daughter works at the front desk at a veterinary clinic right now and she is at present, nursing a tiny kitten that was abandoned by its mother. It doesn't seem to have anything wrong with it,other than it was very small and starving and dehydrated. It is doing quite well, she did a great job, around the clock with this tiny ginger kitten, rare, because it is a female, they are usually males, and also, because she seems to be a medium coat and they are usually short coated.My dream is to start a rescue for dogs and cats and to have it physically attached to a bookstore/coffeehouse for writers and poets and musicians to come to and use the profits to raise money for the shelter. I am an aspiring writer so I like to think of how I can combine the loves in my life.Since my husband built our home and has done construction for 25 years, I think he could build me what I need if we could find the right location. Well, Belva, I hope your search is successful and I hope that your husband is on the road to good health. Please keep me updated on your dog search especiallyif I can help with any info.
Dear Belva,

Finally, I mailed out your four books today. The Oak Park book sale was not good this year and I only got one Virago for myself. Well, there is always next year.

You have probably forgotten that you will be getting:

The James Lees-Milne biography
Losing Battles-Welty (a really nice copy of a VMC original!)
Mary O'Grady
Sugar Mother

I sent delivery confirmation because I think the post office just handles the box better and more quickly. Here is the confirmation number:

0310 0480 0002 4682 8822

Hope everything continues to improve.

Elaine
Hi Belva, Thanks for your reply. I'll check out the AH fan site then. I wanted to comment on your grandson's wish for an australian shepard. My dogs are actually dachshunds (2) Chinese Crested (1) and American Bulldog (2). You are probably referring to the picture of the dachshund who is dappled silver and has a black and tan coat. I wanted to say that Australian Shep. is a great dog and I do believe they have a small version of the breed. The thing to keep in mind though is that they are working dogs (herding). They have an incredible amount of energy and if they are not given the proper amount of exercise and the proper amount of guided play (agility, obedience classes, flyball, frisbee)they become destructive while trying to entertain themselves. They can't be left alone for long periods and they can't be crated for long periods, although all dogs should be given a crate that is their own where they will sleep and go when they need to be out of the way in the house or for brief periods when the owner can't be home with it. All dogs love their crate when it is used properly. My bulldogs go into their crates to sleep without being told and we never put them in angrily, even if they just pooped on the floor or are running around like nuts. At the point they are put in the crate we use kind voices and often give them a treat to chew so they learn to love their crate. It should never be a source of punishment. I don't mean to preach, I just am very passionate about animals and hope that any dog owners I come into contact with can benefit from my knowledge. I would be happy to give you any advice I can. There are several breeds that might be easier for a 13 year old if he doesnt think he can commit to that kind of dog, but if he does feel he can devote time and energy to it, that is an excellent dog.
Hi Belva, I was wondering if you ever started a group read of "The Story Sisters?" I don't notice a thread anywhere on your site for it. Can you send one to my page so I can take part? I am going to start the book tonight or tom'w anyway. I hope all is well with you. I have been quite busy with my two puppies. One of them has been very sick with an upper respiratory infection. She is taking doxycycline but she has been sick for a little over two weeks. Poor baby. All five of my dogs had the sniffles and sneezes but she ended up being the one who got really sick. She has this horrible wet cough that shakes her whole body. She is getting better though. They are so expressive with their wrinkly faces and they have such lovely dispositions. If there is not a group read going on for "The Story Sisters" I'd appreciate you letting me know if there is any other group read going on. Hope you are having a lovely summer. Mary Beth
Darn it, Belva. I couldn't get to the post office so now I am deliberately waiting until after the big Oak Park book sale Friday. I might be able to fill more holes in your collection. I'll mail your books for sure on Monday.

Elaine
Well you can bet your lifesavers that things are going well to medium fine. We added 600 square feet to my house,correction our house and my new family is already moved in. Our wedding is in three weeks and everyone is all excited,except maybe my bank account,it now has an echo. To books,her dowry(laughing) included 100 books that you must read by Easton Press,leather bound no less,so ,,,,,first was Ivanhoe,the original uncut,next was The Sea Wolf,same,what a delight.I'm considering Anna Karenia next or Lord Jim. I'm in some strange heaven that I couldn't even concieve.One discordant note,her little dog got killed in a freak accident so all our smiles turned upside down until I came home with an adorable little black guy a week later,Dozer stole their broken hearts and a new chapter begins. I'm sorry to here your husband is having trouble,you've got to stop all that dancing and give that man a break!Glad to hear from you,remember,no matter what,you're my pal and yes my nose is buried in book most of the time,her's too,thank God,a reader,my new spouse is a reader!!! S
You're very welcome. This batch I am going to send with delivery confirmation. I think it gets books to their destinations faster! You will really enjoy the Milne biography.

Elaine
Belva

Alas, I fear I lost your thread. I so enjoy keeping track of your reads and happenings in your life.

Can you please send your link on my home page?

Hugs to you,
Linda


I posted that just to see if anyone was interested in James Lees-Milne. For a specific reason. Believe it or not, I have two hardback copies of the biography. I reserved one on Amazon prepublication and it arrived on the day of publication. Then a friend of mine surprised me with a copy because she knew how much I liked him.

So, long story short. You have your own spanking new copy of James' life! You'll love it!

Look for it with the others.

Elaine
Hi Belva- It's always great to hear from you! I'm glad you and your husband are doing well! I hope it continues. I finished "The Once and Future King" today and hated to set it down. It was an excellent read. What a writer! Glad you could enjoy it with us! My next Group Read will be "Blindness", which begins Sept 15th. If you are interested, mark your calendar. I see you recently finished "Tinkers". This should have been a great book! Some of his prose was out of this world! It just lacked consistency! BTW- I loved "The Sparrow"! Were you a fan?
Take care, my friend and stay in touch!
Mark

Dear Belva,

I hope your husband got really good news from the doctors.

I sent off Symposiium and Sunflower today. I found out why I couldn't find Sugar Mother. I loaned it to a friend who has yet to read it! But she promised to read it and return it to me so I'll mail it off sometime within the next few weeks. And since there are two very important used book sales in the next three weeks, I should be able to find some more books for you.

Take care,

Elaine
Is there a post yet for the group read? I'm trying to get to the library frequently so I can get on line and catch up. I miss it so much, but in reality I am better off being here and getting on line because if I was home my puppies would demand so much time and they would never let me get on the computer.It is a good thing they are so darn cute. The female, Lyla, let's me kiss her on her wide wrinkly nose which feels like a crew cut and has her doggy smell which I don't mind at all because it is not a dirty smell, rather it is her own special puppy smell. Her brother's nose smells all together different and his fur is like velvet. So when I'm kissing them and they patiently wait through all the baby voices and the smooches I forgive them for cutting into my LT time. So I'm gonna pull out "Story Sisters" and start reading it but from what I can see there is no thread for it yet? Thanks for getting in touch and I hope that things get better for your husband. Mary Beth
Hi, I can probably do the group read for August for the Alice Hoffman book "The Story Sisters" as I just obtained a copy at a sale! I think I paid a dollar for it! I have acquired many of her books this summer also. I do not have as much access to the computer as I did previously but I will try to keep in touch with the group read if you all go ahead with that. Mary Beth
Hi Belva- How are you? "The Once and Future King" is a single volume. There are a couple other books in the series but that's the main book. Have you found the General Thread? Have a good one, my friend!
Mark
Morning Belva- I always enjoy your messages! I think the majority of the group liked "Norwegian Wood", some just more than others. I loved it. Please try to find more of his other work, especially "Kafka on the Shore". Next up for my G.R.s is "The Once and Future King", starting July 1st. It's an excellent King Arthur tale. Try to join us. Another one for your list, is the NF book "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks", which I recently reviewed. It's excellent!
and once again, I'm totally enjoying "The Privilges". Thanks for that one! I have not talked to Berly for quite awhile but Ruthie is doing well, shoot her a note! Take care, my friend!

Mark
Hi Belva- The baby is beautiful! I wanted to let you know, I finally started "The Privileges" and it's very good. I really miss seeing you around and stopping by the threads, you always brought some sunshine along! Hope all is well and have a great weekend!

Mark
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what a complete doll baby. beautiful
Adorable picture!
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My middle granddaughter, Haley. She & I are joined at the hip. She is almost 20 and she still talks to her nanny almost every day. Talks to me about all of her guy problems, etc. She is one great kid.
P.S. The photo of Chrissy is beautiful. What a miracle!
--BJ
Hi, Belva!
Just stopping by to say Hello! and Happy Spring! Hope all is well with you. God bless.
--BJ
Thanks , Good find. I was somewhat concerned that my name originated in Australia being tagged for a baby Kangeroo
My name(Joe) goes back a a couple of generations..my sister ( Jo) My Dad, Great Uncle , couple of cousins .. wonder who the first Joseph was .. hmmmm, need to search Goggle
Recently ,Iv'e been thing of changing my name to Fred .. or maybe Henry :)
Thanks B,Like I would date an atheist? No way Jose,we loved the card,really cool.We've all been under the weather with this oak pollen robbing everyone of energy and oxygen,I actually broke down and took some pills for the first time and it's still bad.The day the choir did it's songs,I was supposed to be in the sound booth,so my sub forgot to press record button,cool huh? We actually went to a sound engineer buddy of mine and rerecorded so sometime in the future I will have a copy and so will you,the aleluia is breath taking,I can't wait to get it,later,S
Hey there B,We're all fine and crusin' towards the end of my bachelor days.Yes it's true,I'll probably be married by the time it gets cold again and I'm just as happy as a little pig in the sunshine.Sorry to hear you weren't feeling well on the Sunday that all those people that never go to church show up.Our choir did the Aleluia chorus,11 pages long in four part harmony and it was awesome,I have been unable to get a recording of it but if I do,I'll turn you on.Later kid,feel better,that's an order,S
Viral pneumonia?!! so sorry. Praying.
Yes, I meant His Wondrous works. Nope the cat who ran away is still away. we have 2 now as one died in December.

If you send me the link for where you post the most about what you're reading (didn't find your thread in the 10 10 10 group), I'd love to keep up with you that way.

Blessings,

Susan
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how idyllic!
Hello my book snob friend!! I am so sorry. I have not been seen in these parts in soooo long, but all is well if not exactly under control. What are you doing catching viral pneumonia?! Silly girl. Hope you recover quickly and hop out of bed. ;)

I left a funny message on my thread, so go read for a good laugh. Don't laugh out loud though, or you'll cough. Just do it silently. Missed you tons.

Big Hugs!! Berly
Hi Belva- How are you, my friend! Since you have shown such faithful interest in my Group Read choices,(maybe after the Rushdie, things have changed, ha ha). I decided to do a King Arthur read for July. I put up a voting ticker for either "The Once and Future King" or "The Mists of Avalon". You can find it in MSG #23, in my current Challenge! Stop by and vote! Later!

hugs
Mark
Glad you like my library Belva!
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