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CollectionsYour library (687), Currently reading (4), To read (239), eBooks (271), Audiobooks (4), Short form works (26), Reference (15), Wishlist (38), To Borrow (219), XMas Swap 2013 (9), Read but unowned (386), All collections (1,383)

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About meI spent 18 years as a newspaper reporter and editor. I was so sure that journalism was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life that I dropped out of college after one semester in order to go work for my hometown newspaper. Awesome! Which is an excellent reason for not believing any 19-year-old who tells you they know exactly how their future is going to be. :-)

Once I realized that the newspaper industry was changing too much for me to enjoy any longer (not awesome!), I was supremely unqualified to do anything else. So back to college at the age of 39. At least this time it stuck, and I graduated magna cum laude in 2007 with bachelor's degrees in history and geography. Awesome! You'll remember, perhaps, that 2007 was just about the time the wheels came off the world's economic bus, yes? Not so awesome!

I grabbed in desperation at a job in the study abroad office at the university where I work, and found to my surprise that I loved both the work and the people I had the privilege of working alongside. Awesome! Of course, the only constant is change and we've had our share of turmoil and staff turnover (not so awesome!), but I still find the work rewarding and enough friends remain to make the days bearable.

Besides reading (just about anything except graphic novels), I am learning to knit. Well, to be perfectly honest, I have learned to knit 4 times. I have also forgotten how to knit 3 times. Perhaps this time it will stick ...

I also love music. My most fervent devotion is reserved for Bruce Springsteen, whom I've seen in concert 28 times. I grew up on country music (the real stuff), and I still listen to a lot of really good country and Americana music (I define "good" as "not what you hear on the radio"). If you'd like some suggestions, just ask!

About my libraryI have been woefully unmethodical about adding books. I started my LT library by adding textbooks from the last couple of years of college. I've since added a random selection of the books on my shelves as I pull them out to re-read them (or read them for the first time). I catalog books I borrow from the library or from friends in my Read But Unowned collection, and I do not count them in My Library.

Ever since I got my iPad and my Kobo Touch, I've been on an ebook reading binge (most of my reading time is on my commute where the convenience of an e-reader is invaluable). More than 90% of the books I read in 2012 were ebooks, and more than 60% were borrowed from the library. I've gotten very good about limiting the number of paper books I bring into the house, but I cannot lie: I am a sucker for an ebook sale.

My rating scale (with thanks to girlunderglass for the inspiration):
★ - hated it/possibly didn't even finish it (lousy)
★★ - it was okay, I suppose (mediocre)
★★★ - enjoyed it (good)
★★★★ - loved it! (very good)
★★★★★ - all-time favorite (amazing)
Average rating: (3.54)

I participate in the 75 Books Challenge group:
2011 thread
2012 thread
  Shakespeare's Sonnets tutored thread
2013 thread
2014 thread
2014 Category Challenge thread

Groups2014 Category Challenge, 75 Books Challenge for 2011, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, Bookcases: If You Build/Buy Them, They Will Fill, Books on Books, Bug Collectors, Crambo!, Crime, Thriller & Mystery, CueCat questions and helpshow all groups

Favorite authorsMaeve Binchy, Lawrence Block, Bill Bryson, Dick Francis, John Irving, Stephen King, Margaret Maron, Flannery O'Connor, Marilynne Robinson, Rex Stout (Shared favorites)

VenuesFavorites | Visited

Favorite bookstoresPrairie Lights Books, The Haunted Bookshop, University Book Store

Favorite librariesHerbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, Iowa City (Ia.) Public Library, West Branch Public Library


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Real nameJulia

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Member sinceDec 9, 2005

Currently readingMistrial : An inside look at how the criminal justice system works and sometimes doesn't by Mark Geragos
Season Ticket by Roger Angell
Talk About a Dream: The Essential Interviews of Bruce Springsteen by Christopher Phillips
Writing the Novel From Plot to Print by Lawrence Block

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Oh, wow, thanks! I didn't even notice. I'd love to buy seven books to celebrate it....
Thanks for letting me know, Julia! It's been quite a few years since I read "Grant" but I do remember it being a solid read. Looking forward to Booktopia. Hugs!

Thank you so much, sweetiedarling! *smooch*
I would like to get back to reading presidential bios. I was doing very good for awhile there, until LT came into my life. LOL. I've read 20, including the first 11. It's on my To-Read list.

Yup, I am definitely hoping for a new, improved Iowa meetup with 100% fewer automobile accidents. At this point, I think the January race has not been svheduled yet, but I will keep you posted on plans.
Oh, my goodness!!! I completely forgot, but you're right! Thank you so much! So many other things going on!

Although it would be delightful to go out and buy 8 books, our library Book Fair is in 2 weeks, and by volunteering, I get a free bag of books, and by being a Friend of the Library,I have a coupon for $10 in books, and the 17th is $5-a-bag day. I think I'll probably wait for that and probably do DOUBLE Thingaversary books!

Thanks for being so loyal, Julia, when I've been such a slacker!


Thanks for the Thingaversary wishes, Julia! I confess I hadn't even been paying attention. As for a meetup, I am tentatively planning to do the Triple D race again in January. Maybe a second annual January meetup?
Thanks Julia! I was just on Audible picking out a few things. I have been spreading my book buying out over the week, I will post to my thread when I have it all together. :)
Thank you so much for the kind words! I've loved being on here, and look forward to many more years of chatting with wonderful people like you!
Julia, thank you so much for the Thingaversary wishes! I had completely forgotten until I received your thoughtful message. It was lovely to meet you in person last month after enjoying your company on LT for so long. I appreciate you very much!

Thanks, Julia, for the kind words. We are very lucky to be a part of this community. It was very nice, to be able to meet you in April and I hope we can do it again. Hugs!

Thank you for my Thingaversary wishes Julia! What a blessing to get to to know you my fellow mystery lover and all around good sport. It has been a joy to get to know you and I keep my fingers crossed we meet one day either in a Texas winter or an Iowa summer. :D
Hi Julia,

Thanks so much for the thoughtful, encouraging answer to my lengthy comment. I was a bit worried, I'll admit. It occurred to me, after I posted the comment, that it might seem a bit creepy to have someone randomly regurgitate their career existential crisis on your profile. But I've found bibliophiles to be generally quirky people, usually in the best ways, and banked on that to see me through any Internet faux pas. Phew, glad that worked out! :-)

Believe it or not, the $300/month I pay in student loans *is* consolidated. I did just ask for an income-based adjustment, however, and that brought me to $0/month. Which will be a huge help. I don't resent my loans. After all, I did get the education and it did, in fact, land me my first gig as a staff reporter. But I do think industries should be willing to recompense for the degrees they demand, and that includes medical and law school degrees. Ah well.....

I've been doing cursory job searches as of late, but if I'm totally honest I can't say it's an all-out abandoning of the ship. I keep getting suckered back in by special sections and the like. I think ultimately it will be the commute that does me in, though as of yet I don't mind it too much.

And, I've added the Lawrence Block books to my wish list, which has grown exponentially since I've been active on the social side of Library Thing. Thanks for the suggestions!

Well, I'll let you be in peace. Again, thanks for writing back. I really appreciate it.


Hmm, well I'm glad it's just not my little thread that's having an issue! LT gremlins!
Hi Julia, Thank you! We are very relieved! We still have to figure out why she is limping, but I think the worst reason has been ruled out! Ears have been scratched! :)

(It took me several attempts to post to Suzanne's thread tonight. I'd hit post and nothing would happen...)

Hi there! Just "met" you through a post on Whisper's thread. I notice that you are a Springsteen fan, and if you like mysteries also,you will absolutely love the series by Chris Grabenstein featuring Detective Joe Ceepak and his sidekick DannyBoyle. They are set on the JerseyShore, and both of the main characters are constantly quoting the Boss. I think you might enjoy them.

Tina (aka Tututhefirst)
Ha,ha! That's funny. It hadn't occurred to me that a woman would be a best man at a wedding, but of course, it makes perfect sense now, and is one of those great sociological changes that have happened since we were young.

Yes, of course, you're right that the wonderful sonnets are Will's doing.

Hi, Rosalita,

I was thinking of sending a note at the same time to Cynara, but then I got confused in Part the Third when Cynara said she was going to the best man at a wedding--and I didn't see her(?) real name on her profile page. So I decided to write to you first, since I thought you could explain this. (Not that I care what sex a person is, but I prefer to know if I'm writing to a man or woman.)

So, thanks. I'll write her a note tomorrow, probably.

As for Cynara contributing more than you--no way. You each took a role: tutor or trainee and you both stuck with your role, making the exchange very readable and interesting. I loved your asking all the questions that most of us readers had, too.

And, oh, some of those sonnets are glorious. Diane
I can't believe that we haven't done this sooner!
Why thank you! I honestly didn't even notice it was today!

Thank you and thank you for the nice comment! It's nice to know that people still follow my thread ...

All the best to you for the holidays!
Thanks for your message, Julia! Three years has flown by - EEK! I have so much fun here, especially thanks to people like you and others in our group. Here's to many more!

Thank you kindly. Glad my thread provides reading enjoyment. :)
Thank you so much, Julia. I had not realized you were reading all the Travis McGee books when I recommended MacDonald's The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything. I think I read a couple of those way back when as well.
Hi Rosalita! Thanks so much for reminding me of my Thingaversary! I can't believe how this site changed my reading life and all for the better. So glad I was able to recommend good reads to you.
Have a great week!
Thank you Julia! It's very kind of you to notice my Thingaversary.
Thank you so much Julia! I've enjoyed getting to know you too and am so pleased to have you back with us in the 75ers :-)

Oh hooray! Thanks, Julia! I am hoping that we do get to meet some day - what fun that would be!
I just wanted to say thanks so much for your message. It made me smile - what a lovely compliment. You are also one of my favorite people here. Missed you so much when you were gone - so very happy that you are back. And why aren't we friends officially?
Thanks for your lovely message, Rosalita! I have had a crazy week at school and I had totally forgotten my Thingaversary - I remembered last week but then it left my brain. I miss being on here as much as I used to be but should get time to catch up on threads during our school holidays in another 3 days.
Thank you, Julia! I appreciate the good wishes.

Hi Julia- I appreciate all your help. When I have checked out the digital audios, I think I have 2 weeks. I will double-check. Hope the week is going well.

I assume Amy got my voice mail and you two are talking about whether Wednesday can work. I'm so sorry to do this but yesterday as we were driving down the I-70 in Utah our slide-out slid-out!! We now have it wedged with a table so it only sticks out a few inches but obviously it has to be fixed ASAP. The manufacturer is in Northern Indiana so we're heading there quickly so we can make it during this work week since I have to start working in Chautauqua on Monday. Anyway, we're in Grand Island, Nebraska tonight and plan to get to Iowa City area (probably Newton since there's a KOA there) tomorrow. We would love to see you guys Wednesday morning but if it doesn't work we're going to have to try another time since we need to get to Indiana. Hope you understand.

I'm delighted to be your friend! :)
Hi Julia,

Thanks for stopping by my thread...twice! I'm so sorry for the confusion, but I had a problem with the first thread and then posted another and contacted drneutron but he said he couldn't really help me out. I'm putting a link on my incorrect thread sending people to the correct one, so I hope that will do the trick. As if that wasn't bad enough, then I made another blunder on my categories and said I was doing 13 in 13. I don't think so. Not with my chaotic (but wonderful, all the same)life! So, it will be more like 6 or 7 categories and 13 books in each. I notice you added "What's A Dog For?" I'll be interested in what you think of that. I may pick it up at the library next time I see it, myself.Anyway, I'll be checking out your thread over the next couple days.
Good Reading to you! MB
How have I missed you for two years? I just read Becky's comment about your "about me" when I visited her 75 page, so I came over to see. I love your story too and the telling of it! Then I see that you're a mystery reader and have also just added the latest Caro. Well met! I'll look for your 75 thread and hope to see you talking about books.
With Librry Thing's help finally learned you were my secret Santa. Thank-you so much for my books I'm especially looking forward to "People of the Book" Elaine
Hi: After a half hour in the virtual waiting room, I managed to get 4 tickets to the Bruce Springsteen concert. If you get tickets, we can compare. I asked for the seating bowl (grandstand) higher priced but they gave me seating bowl lower priced.

Over the weekend, when I'm at the ballpark, I intend to go sit in our seats and make sure that there's no problem with the post.

I'm so excited about going!!
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Hi, Rosalita; still looking for a sonnet tutor? I've taught some Shakespeare. Let me know if you're interested.
Thank you! You've just made our Christmas! Thank you, thank you!
We would quite be happy if you'd be willing to sponsor us.
I think the artist is Boris Vallejo. I saw the librarian one with a bunch of his other works. :)
Thanks.... I like it :)
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What is this picture from? Just curious....
it would be a pleasure to be your friend, Julia. :)

interesting you're reading Molly Ivins. i surely miss her columns. gone too soon, gone too soon.
I wish that I had gotten a copy of *Lexicographer* from ER because I'll never buy it, but I enjoyed your review. I'm a prescriptionist at heart and by profession (well, ex-profession, English teacher) but a descriptionist when I look at reality. I wonder how much attention Lynch gives to the social ramifications of proper grammar...... At any rate, I may understand "If you had went when I told you too, you'd of been through by now," but I'll fight it to my dying day, and I wouldn't let a child I loved marry it either!
Meanwhile, as I puttered around here a bit, I see that I'm at the top of your "unweighted members with" list. The only author we share that I'm not crazy about is Sue Grafton. I met Margaret Maron once and had some e-mail conversation with her; she's a real human being.
So....Hello, Julia. Well-met!
Just passing by following your comment in review discussions. I always like to visit the profiles (and libraries) of those I'm chatting with. I was moved to comment by the profile pic which is fabulous.

Hey there - no need to apologize, I'm flattered :)
What you need to do for the "average rating to appear on your profile page is this.
1. Go to your statistics page where it shows your average rating
2. Right click on the stars and click "copy link location"
3. Into the part of your profile where you want it to show insert WITHOUT THE SPACES in the beginning and end. Maintain the space between img and src though.
4. Click once in between the apostrophes and click paste.
The code should now look something like this, but without the spaces everywhere:

The only space that should remain is the one between img and src.
Hope this helped!
How many of your books do you actually have in your LibraryThing? I've still got scads that aren't cataloged yet.

However, I do agree with the basic question. It is interesting to wonder about, isn't it?
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