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CollectionsYour library (1,724), Currently reading (25), To read (78), Read but unowned (3), Favorites (9), Read in 2000 (8), Read in 2001 (7), Read in 2002 (17), Read in 2003 (16), Read in 2005 (5), Read in 2006 (2), Read in 2007 (39), Read in 2008 (51), Read in 2009 (97), Read in 2010 (66), Read in 2011 (56), Read in 2012 (105), Read in 2013 (84), All collections (1,973)

Reviews93 reviews

TagsDoctor Who (414), children's book (202), audio drama (191), Big Finish (184), children's shelves (183), science fiction (174), fiction (165), paperback shelves (137), fiction shelves (122), novelization (92) — see all tags

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About meMy name's Sarah. I'm a graduate English student and a freelance writer.

About my libraryI've loved books since I was a little, little girl and (I am so told) my parents sat me down and read me my very first chapter book, "Charlotte's Web" by E.B. White. In fact, I probably even loved them before that, when I was reading the labels off of crayons - I just didn't know it yet. Now I'm older, I like darker and sadder books than I once did, but my tastes remain largely the same: classic science fiction, modern dark fantasy, humorous and slightly off-kilter novels, British mysteries and high quality children's books. Add in a few scripts and plays and you've got a pretty good cross-section, right there.

What's listed here is only what I can fit in my apartment, which fluctuates a bit due to space and having read books I simply didn't end up liking. I do borrow a lot from the library these days, especially now I have less time to sit down and require audiobooks instead, but every once in a while I still get the urge to run out and buy three or four new hardbacks, especially when I pass a nice big remaindered bookstore. Feel free to recommend me one of your favorites!

Groups50 Book Challenge, Banned Books, British & Irish Children's Fiction, Children's Fiction, Easton Press Collectors, Lesbian Bookworms, One LibraryThing, One Book, Science Fiction Fans, The Oz books, What Are You Reading Now?

Favorite authorsL. Frank Baum, Ray Bradbury, Lewis Carroll, Roald Dahl, Philip K. Dick, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Neil Gaiman, Graham Greene, C. S. Lewis, E. Nesbit, Zilpha Keatley Snyder, P. G. Wodehouse (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBarnes & Noble Booksellers - The Avenue at Murfreesboro, Hasting Bookstore, Mr. K's Used Books & CDs - Oak Ridge, Sherlock's Books

Favorite librariesLinebaugh Public Library, MTSU James E. Walker Library

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LocationMurfreesboro, TN, USA

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Member sinceDec 31, 2006

Currently readingThe Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham
The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt
The Borrowers Avenged by Mary Norton
Self Portrait: My Journey as an Actress, Wife and Mother in the Swinging Sixties by Anneke Wills
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84! Just think - in 1983 we were two bookless babes in arms, and now we've not only got possessions of paper and parchment but eighty four of those possessions are the same! Across miles of water, stories and ideas unite us!

Thanks for your reply about the Oz books. It’s hard to call me by my name when I tend to not use it on LT. I just received my set from EP today and thought you might be interested in reading about them.

First, after seeing the binding for Ozma of Oz I find the current binding to be very disappointing. Second, unlike the Folio Society, the Easton Press has not identified these as third (or later) editions or when they were actually printed and bound. I also wish that they had an index to the full-color plates similar to FS titles. However, they all do have afterwards by Peter Glassman. Also Wonderful Wizard is the same size as the other four books. Overall I am very pleased with the books.

Wonderful Wizard does not have endpapers, but full-color plates are wonderful (even if I do not W. W. Denslow’s Dorothy all that much), but the two-color drawings imbedded with the text are amazing, as is the full-page drawing on the copyright page. Marvelous Land likewise has no endpapers, but full-color plates are again wonderful, but I was slightly disappointed that rest of the drawings are b&w (which also prohibits them from being imbedded in the test). As you mentioned Dorothy and the Wizard and Emerald City both have the endpapers. They also have what I think are the best full-color drawings of all the books, although I like the drawings in Dorothy slightly better than those in Emerald City. However, the green metallic ink used in the latter book a fabulous touch and is usually used to stunning effect.


Thank you for all the information on the OZ book in the EP group. In looking online I found a used EP Ozma of OZ for $70 and decided to buy it and the current 4 book set EP offers. EP has yet to ship the set (I recall it taking a month for them to ship the Astounding set I previously ordered), but I just received Ozma today. After seeing the wonderful embossing on both front and back, as well as the design on the spine, I agree with you that much nicer than the current bindings.

I immediately had misgivings about ordering the current 4-volume set from EP. However, after checking on eBay I noticed that there are at least three different EP editions. The original editions from the 6 volume set, with the embossed front (and back?) and original binding designs; a second edition with embossed front and new spine design; and a third with gilt in place of the embossing and the same spine design as the second edition. Looking at the pictures and description on eBay and the descriptions on abebooks I realize that determining EP editions is not easy. As best as I can determine they are also generally much more expensive than the current EP offering and I was lucky to get Ozma for the price I paid.

Hey, I sent an invite to add you as a friend and I thought I would leave a note here as to why so you wouldn't just wonder 'who is this person??'
I saw you through some similar favorites on LibraryThing local (I actually used to work at Linebaugh Library, but I moved to the Smyrna branch because it is closer to me), and saw that we own a few of the same books. I really love Sarah Waters! I've only read about half of her books that I own, though. Have you seen the movies? They've made them for Tipping the Velvet and Fingersmith. I thought they were pretty good.
Oh, thanks, Sarah! Long time no speak! How are you?

And thanks, too, for saying you'll get my book. I'm shyly proud of it - it's the first time I've ever had a book all to myself! I hope you enjoy it!

Hello! How are things? In a bookish mood at the moment, buying new stuff right left and centre (and maybe center too!). Have 3x librarything accounts, a) because you can only get so much onto an account without paying some money, and b) my books are in three different locations - well, four, sort of - Handforth storage, the place we're staying in Anglesey, and Dulwich.

What a long message this is.

Will be adding all I can remember is in Gwynedd to "Gerlanenanenoonoo" this morning. Am in quite a dull job with not much to do - not much that I've been trained to do, at any rate - in Bangor University.
Does the "junior edition" of the Emerald City of Oz have the same text as the original, or is a simplified edition for smaller children?
I agree, the Alanna books did get better as they went along. The 4th book is better than all three previous ones, in my opinion, though it is pretty bloody (though not gory). I also think some of the later quartets are better than Song of the Lioness (Alanna's), but not everyone agrees with me, of course

I think "The Blue Sword" was better than all of them (as was "The Hero and the Crown") - McKinley's simply a better writer than Pierce. Pity she's not as prolific.

Those books I can reread ad infinitum, but I tried to read the Prydain Chronicles you mentioned, earlier this year, and was bored out of my mind. I gave up after just one chapter, maybe two. I think I may have read it before, but I'm not sure. Those are books that (to me) are definitely written for young adults and just don't hold up.
Hi, Sarah!

And welcome to the wonderful chaos that is Librarything. I never thought that maintaining a database would be quite so addictive or fun!

You'll probably have seen from my list that I have what is known as Rather A Lot Of Books. (And I haven't included any Doctor Who ones - because, in spite of everything, I'm a bit of a literary snob.) This does mean, though, that I own in some cases the complete works of writers I haven't even tried yet - and dear old Mr Baum is one of them. I'm just hoping that when I get down to my Oz reading, it lives up to all the shelf space I've granted it! (If you haven't read it, though, do try Geoff Ryman's wonderful novel Was - which is about Baum's inspiration for Dorothy, and Judy Garland's interpretation of it, both as parallel storylines. It's brilliantly done, and should be better known than it is.)

Congratulations on your own writing - I've been enjoying your reviews in Second Flight massively as bedtime reading recently. And I hope you enjoy series three!

Rob xxx
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