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About meParalegal by day. Reader by night. Opinionated always.

I am the proud human of a pretty black kitty named Stella. I also occasionally moonlight as entertainment for a rambunctious border collie, Riley.

About my libraryMy library is a hodge-podge of books that I've been assigned for school over the years, books that I am personally choosing to read, and some that I read as an escape from the assigned books I preferred not to read. My tastes as a reader have changed over the years, but I am always looking for stories, characters and language that will captivate and entice me.

This list also includes books that I have checked out from the library, but don't technically own. If nothing else, it's a way to keep track of what I have or have not read.

I've got a book blog, where I used to review all of the books I read (or tried to, at least). You can find it at Reading and Ruminations. I occasionally pop back in there, usually around the times of Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon.

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Favorite authorsJane Austen, Sarah Dessen, Charles Dickens, Alexandre Dumas, Diana Gabaldon, Philippa Gregory, Kazuo Ishiguro, Jhumpa Lahiri, Megan McCafferty, Ian McEwan, L. M. Montgomery, Haruki Murakami, Sarah Waters, Lauren Willig, Sandra Worth (Shared favorites)

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Currently readingThe Inheritance of Rome: A History of Europe from 400 to 1000 by Chris Wickham

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HI - I'm so glad you like your selections! One's relatively quick and the other's a chunkster, but I loved them both, and they have the historical and literary angles. Hope you enjoy them! And I had more ideas than money so I made those suggestions - glad you're enjoying Lady Julia!
Thank you for the SantaThimg books! Love them! :)
...erm...ignore that bit about "if that's your cat" >_> It's all coming back to me. Your cat love was part of the reason I added you.
Hiya. Thanks for the add :) I'm in a "friend" collecting stage of developing my librarything account and you seem lovely, so I collected you. Hope that's not terrifying.

PS your cat is adorable...assuming that's your cat
I've been adding books to my library (since I'm so far behind) and now we share 119 books. Hm - funny! I still thought it would be more. :) I have been awful at adding books here over the past few years. I'm trying to fix things and make sure I add tags *as* I add the books.. haha. Why I didn't do that from day 1 - I don't know! :D After 3 years or so - you would think I would learn!

I am working on making a list of what I want to read this summer.. (I had a Spring list - but I wanted to modify it) I have some work to do! :)

Hope you are doing well! The Summer Challenge has helped speed up my progress. :)

Take care! Hope you had a good day!

I was just adding books (I'm SO behind) & I was tickled that it listed you as someone under "top 50 similar libraries". :)

Amusing! You have great taste! ;)
Noticed you liked The Virgin Suicides, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here as well as a few other book-related sites. Thought you might like my book since it's also about a dysfunctional family and a bit dark. I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like (I'm out of physical copies at the moment). Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:


Is The Little Stranger an ARC? Is it another historical? I'd not heard of it until I saw you add it the other day.
If you're combing my library, it would probably be more useful to browse specific tags only and sort by star rating - otherwise you'll get an avalanche of cooking and craft reference books. :)

This has not been a very good year for books I've read so far. There were several I thought were very good, but none blew me away.

Just off the top of my head, I think you would enjoy Society of S (there are like new hardcovers going for under $1 - plus $3.99 shipping - at Amazon). It's not as additive as the Twilight books, but better written IMO. Society is my favorite vampire book to date. There's a sequel, but I haven't gotten around to it.

Anthony Trollope? I've read the first couple in the Barchester series - the first was satisfying, but the second much more so! He's as wordy as Dickens but with a Jane Austen eye.

If you're looking for nonfiction, I highly recommend Michael Dirda's books (about books and reading).
Do you have specific books in mind for your tax return spree, or are you just going to head to a bookstore to wing it? :) Sounds fun either way.
I may have requested the Zafon book, but I didn't get anything this time around. I still need to finish and review All Other Nights.
Did you get A Reliable Wife as an ARC? It's up on the Indie Next newsletter as an April pick, so I came her to see what LTers thought and saw that you have it in your catalog but unrated.
Yeah, the more I think about it, the more I think it's a better idea to get it from her website, because the last time I stepped foot in my favorite bookstore, I walked out with a dozen books, only one of which has been read so far.
Come to think of it, I think Libby said Colleen Gleason was selling signed copies on her website, so maybe I should get it there. Anyway, I should be reading A Year Without Made in China for book club Friday, so really I have no business getting new books. :)
Ah, the new Gardella! I'll probably pick it up Thursday.
Hope you don't mind, but I've added you as an 'interesting library' (I'm sure you won't!). I've enjoyed reading your reviews and look forward to reading more in the future.

I just had Persephone on the brain for some odd reason, so not only did I call over four picture books on the myth for E, but I put on reserve Psyche in a Dress for me (YA fantasy). As for light weekend reading, I'm going to finish Marked (YA vampires).

I've still yet to finish a 999 book. The Library at Night was so good, but it came due, so now I'm 5th in the queue.
I saw you added a book by Kris Waldherr. What a coincidence - just today I reserved a library book for Eliza from the same author (a picture book about the Persephone myth).
If you'd like to know more about the program please let me know. Are you looking for an in-person program or distance learning?
You are a fabulous SantaThing!! I love what you picked for me! Thank you, and have a wonderful holiday!
Shauna, I am so glad that you received your books and are happy with them. I'll be excited to hear what you think when you've finished. Happy holidays!

So I like the Edward Rutherford books, but they are vastly different from most of the historical fiction that I read. They are a lot like I imagine the Ken Follet books to be. The first one I read spanned a place from pre-history to in 1970s. You obviously can't get a lot of character development in that sort of setup. I do like them as a history of the place, though. It is sort of like telling the history of Russia and London through a series of somewhat related (you often follow a family line) vignettes.
Welcome to the 2009 75 Books Challenge group. Thanks for joining in!
*grumble* Twitter and its character limits. *grumble*

I noticed McEwan sprinkled linguistics terms in unexpected places (e.g. parting lips making a soft "plosive" sound). This highlighted the lack of communication between Clarissa and Joe, and that's where I sensed the beginning of the end. (Also, it hit a nerve in me.)

I noticed McEwan listed Pinker's The Language Instinct in the bibliogrpahy. I've never read it (although recently acquired it), but I heard so much about it at the university. (UCSD professors have an academic antagonism toward Pinker and Chomsky.) Anyway, in TLI Pinker asserts that humans are born hard-wired for language and explores its origins. So much in the novel dealt with obscure origins and characters trying to identify the tipping point of events - balloon tragedy, marriage breakdown, madness - and no one ever getting a good grasp on it, but still they struggle to make sense of it, as if pinpointing an origin would grant control.
I think you do have to have a Google sign-in name in order to post to the blog we've set up. I'll add your 999 thread to the side bar.
That's a funny story about Chrissy and you. I get a little jittery when one of my series has a cliffhanger, but it's even worse knowing it's out on DVD when I don't happen to have the next one around.
My jaw dropped when I saw it was $69. I had to pounce on it, even though it means I'll have to cancel trips to my favorite bookstore. Just last week it was $189 (yes, I've been stalking it for months, thinking perhaps I would get lucky if it dropped to the $99 I saw mentioned in Amazon reviews).

Angel is still $99 even though it has 2 fewer seasons. I'll bide my time on that. At least I have a much easier time getting Angel than Buffy since the latter often has long waits (and my favorite part... finding out they sent me the wrong disc after weeks of waiting and having to go back to the end of the line).

I know most fans watched Buffy over years, whereas I've seen 6.5 seasons in under a year, but I have this strange sensation of having "known" the characters for years. It might be trippy to see them as 15-year-olds again!

My brother offered to let me borrow Pushing Daisies, so it looks like I won't have to wait for months for the library do decide whether or not to buy it.
As do I, which is why I'm at a loss to rate them since I don't read anything else like them. (Prose quality always factors in heavily regardless of fiction or nonfiction, genre or otherwise.) In any event, I'd rate them higher than The Search for God at Harvard or Operating Instructions because they were more compelling.
The Truth About Forever was fantastic - probably my best first-time read of 2007. I only managed to finish 5 books in all of October. I reluctantly put aside The 19th Wife in order to finish my book club's selection, then got sucked into the Gardella series, so I've lost my momentum on that, though I restarted last night. Operating Instructions and The Search for God at Harvard were on the good side of average but nothing to write home about. I have a really hard time rating the three Gardella books I've finished. The prose isn't fantastic, but the characters are interesting, and they're breathless page-turners.
Three days remain . . . do you have an October favorite yet? I have Lock and Key at home from the library - it looks like a bit of a downer, but after spending 2 weeks with Buffy, Angel, and the Gardella series, I'm ready to take a vampire break.
Yoo hoo Shauna! Did you tell me that you wanted to do the group read of The Mists of Avalon? I've started threads for the group, and the four books in the Mists. The main, spoiler-free thread is

Hope to see you there in November! Earlier, too, of course, should you want to go boldly forth.

I finished Fingersmith this morning at long last. Last week sapped most of my mental energy. What free time I had was usually spent watching Buffy (just 3 more episodes in season 5 now). Anyway, I just wanted to say Fingersmith was far and away the best book I read in the last month (I'm between 4½-5). The language was beautiful, the plot intriguing.

I'm now 43 pages into The 19th Wife. I'm surprised it's nearly entirely set in the present so far. I'm a sucker for well-written historical mysteries - so far so good. It's especially interesting in light of last month's Big Love viewing.
Not yet. It's just so tiring dealing with Eliza alone 24/7 these last few days that I'm only to page 300-something so far. I planned to read while she was in gymnastics, but in the rush to get out the door, I forgot the book at home (and so had to read the only book sitting in my car - a cookbook from the library). I'd like to say I'll read tonight, but really I'm so fried I'll probably just watch a little TV and turn in.

What are you reading this week?
I'm on season 2, disc 4 or so. Dru turned Darla back into a vampire a few episodes ago. Angel fired his staff and is being a loner. That's about all I can remember since the last episode I saw was over 2 weeks ago (it doesn't seem like a long time, but they all blend together when you watch them one after another).

Re Buffy: You were right about Spike's accent - it has drastically improved since season 2 (I'm a third through season 5 now). I've been stalled with Buffy viewing for almost a month now. I've been first in line for Buffy discs 3-5 for a month now, which shouldn't be possible since the check-out period is only 7 days when there are holds; I suspect the first library that received the request is the branch that's closed for renovations for more than a month (if that's the case, it's too bad its requests aren't forwarded to another branch).

E is at a stage where she can make it through a whole day without a nap, but she ranges from slightly cranky to unbearable. It's even harder on C when she's like that because he works long hours only to come home to E at her worst. I do my bit to get her into bed, but I can't force sleep. Sometimes she'll rattle around for a half hour, then emerge from her room to announced she had a good nap (my eye!). I have been absolutely exhausted and am desperately hoping for a quiet day tomorrow.

I really wanted to read Fingersmith tonight, but after dealing with Miss Crabby, then cleaning for an hour, I just don't have the mental energy. Off to bed for me.
It sounds like you've had two very tiring days in a row. :(

Today was very busy (5 stops total, gone for 6 hours), and E didn't nap for the second day in a row. No nap for her = no "Angel" for me. I am still hoping to finish Fingersmith before 19th Wife arrives tomorrow afternoon.
My TBR list on Goodreads is up to 807 books now - some of them are wish list items, but most of them are owned but unread. What's worse . . . I'd guess there are at least 100 that still need to be changed from "read" to "to-read" because when I imported my LT catalog, books were automatically marked as "read."

When I read that twist, I was kicking myself: "you should have seen that coming!" But I was so swept along by the story that I wasn't analyzing it. Now I'm interested to see how on earth that happened, because it's not clear to me yet whether Maud was in on it from the beginning or whether Gentleman used Maud to turn the tables on Susan at a later point. I guess I'll find out soon.
Great! Now I know I don't have to worry which of your links I click on. I just logged on a few minutes ago for the first time early evening yesterday - the Amazon shipping notice still hadn't arrive at that point (it's time stamped 6:56). I'll definitely get it Friday though, it says. My plan is to finish Fingersmith by Friday afternoon so I can start fresh with The 19th Wife. I read a little from Fingersmith last night. My jaw dropped when I saw the big twist! Now I'm reading the next part about Maud's upbringing.

I see right above this box that you just added What I Loved... My friend "megami" recommended that to me, so I've been meaning to read it.
E usually goes down for naps in the 3 o'clock hour. I save my TV viewing and/or books-I-wish-to-read uninterrupted for then. :)

Amazon lists my 19th Wife order as shipping soon with a delivery estimate of Friday, so it will definitely go out today. You may not get credit until the end of business today or start of business tomorrow. I'll let you know. I look forward to reading it! (I still can't believe I ponied up for the Prime membership. At least this will allow me to get just 1 book at a time instead of 2-3 to reach the free shipping threshold.)
I'm on page 100-something. The gentlemen just proposed to Maud, and Susan is insisting on staying by Maud's side during the elopement.

Even if it works, you won't get credit until my book ships, but that ought to happen before end of business today.
OK, never mind. I see the "readi..." code when I hover the mouse over the link in your review, but it's not part of the URL after I click over, even though it does stick if I click from your Amazon store. I see. Well, I hope Amazon figures it out. :) You'll have to let me know if you see a credit soon.
I clicked through the "buy this book on Amazon" from the review itself. I don't see "readiandrumin-20" in the link. I see the code in the links from your ***My Amazon Store***. Do I need to cancel the book and reorder from your Amazon store for you to get credit? If so, tell me quickly. I get Amazon prime shipping, so I usually only have a half day until something is shipped to me.

Fingersmith has me intrigued! I'm eager for E to nap today so I can continue reading.
Do you think The 19th Wife will be your top September pick? So far in September, I haven't rated anything above 4 stars, but I'm reading Fingersmith now, which is very promising so far!
I have Associates set up for my commonplace journal page: , but I rarely update it. I always use Associates links when buying from Amazon... even on things like tea that has nothing to do with books. The way I see it, why should Amazon get to keep that extra bit when it could go to a friend instead. I just wasn't sure if you were set up for it since usually I see a username within the link, which I didn't see on yours (e.g., mine is "sweetserenity-20", LT's is "librarythin08-20").
OOh, I LOVED Lock and Key as well. Sweet Love is the only Sarah Strohmeyer I've read, but I really want to read more!
August was a bit of a bust. I read 11 books, most were average - none 4½-5 stars. I guess I'd pick Not Quite Dead Enough by Rex Stout, but it's not among my favorite Nero Wolfe mysteries.
August favorite? :)
Hey,there! I like your library and I especially like your profile page. Great job! How are you able to change fonts & highlight, underline, and so forth? I'm curious & jealous. I also see your on Bookmooch. I've been a member for a few weeks and love it so far! Take care! Mark
I'm in love with your cat, by the way.
I definitely plan to add newly released novels at to keep the site as up-to-date as possible. It's not there yet, but I'm working on it! Another goal is to post as many reviews as possible. And as of today there's a new feature - a section for articles. The first is about Mary Renault and her historical novels.
I made it 600 pages yesterday before my eyes got too tired to continue (I would have finished it yesterday if not for our The West Wing DVD break in the evening or if I hadn't lost my concentration daydreaming about Angel while ostensibly reading), but I did finish up this morning. It was my least favorite of the series, but of course, I had to see it through the conclusion.
You're done reading Breaking Dawn already?! :) I still have a little over 2 hours until I can pick up my copy. I think the Barnes & Noble a block away was having a release party last night, but since the indie bookstore was offering 20% off preorders, I couldn't turn away that opportunity to support them (I briefly contemplated doing both, but I figured I'd be too old for the B&N crowd). Anyway, I still have 2 hours and 11 minutes until I get my hands on it. I've already requested several hours alone today to read.
I'm so glad you're enjoying It's been an amazing and humbling experience putting it together. I had thought I was pretty well-read in the historical fiction area! Now I joke that my TBR list has almost 3500 books on it.

I enjoyed reading your reviews. You did an especially nice job with Never Let Me Go. I only wish every reviewer of that book had been similarly considerate. I haven't read the book yet, but I know exactly what the school's mysterious secret is, and now I can never have the same experience reading it as someone who doesn't know.
I'm not as squeamish about shows like Buffy where it's more fantasy - it's the realistic ones that make me squirm. The season 2 episode that most scared me had pretty much no gore (that was the one about the 1950s teen who kills the teacher and is haunting the school as a poltergeist). Still, when watching late at night, it helps to have the lights on and a cat on my lap.

It's promising to hear Spike's accent improves (I'm a language geek and am overly sensitive to accents). Hugh Laurie's House accent is spectacular (well, I'm fond of his usual British accent, too, but that goes without saying); I'd probably assume him an American if I didn't know better. I've been watching that show since day one - I managed to catch a commercial for it, and my jaw dropped when I saw Bertie Wooster as an American doctor. I don't like this current season quite as much as the first three - the new cast members don't have as good chemistry with House.

I didn't start getting into Heroes until the end of season one. It was Chris's show, and often I'd be in the room but doing other things, but eventually I started watching enough to wonder what was going on, and Chris got annoyed with my questions and told me I should pay full attention or none at all. I got the back story on the characters from the internet, but I never did go back to watch the beginning of season one once out on DVD.

Veronica Mars was astonishingly brilliant. I managed to watch three seasons in as many weeks - I was hopelessly addicted. The bittersweet part was knowing in advance that it had been canceled. The whole cast was amazing, really. I loved the relationship between Veronica and her dad, the writing, the atmosphere... wow... not to mention Jason Dohring (it's almost embarrassing to admit the mad, wild crush I had on Logan Echolls). Season three really fell apart near the end, but I understand why. I'm going to have the watch the series again next year. It's a crime VM was pulled.

I'm eight episodes into Gilmore Girls and loving it so far. Actually, I started watching that one because I saw you had rated it highly. That's one advantage of waiting to watch series until they're on DVD - you have a better idea of what's out there that's worth watching. I have this odd compulsion to finish TV seasons even if I find them so-so, so knowing what friends have enjoyed is very helpful to me. Anyway, I hope my daughter and I are still that close when she's a teen, although she turns 4 in a couple months and just started telling me when she's angry that she hates me (*sigh*). It's a bit odd to realize that in season one, Lorelai is my age (32); I can't imagine having a teenager. I find it interesting that the mom is the bubbly one and the daughter the serious book lover - both lovely characters.

Now you see why I'm not making any 888 challenge progress. ;-)
On Pride and Promiscuity, I was between 2 and 2½ stars - below average for sure. It was amusing in places (the chapter with Charlotte Lucas and Mr. Collins was the best) but I'm glad I didn't pay for it.
I've never watched a whole season of any procedural before. My mother watches a million versions of CSI (we joke that all she's missing would be CSI: Green Bay) and other "body bag shows," but I tend to be squeamish about corpses, graphic surgery, and the like. The article I read said that Bones aimed to set itself apart from the genre with more character development (good to hear it has some humor as well).

I used to just watch a few shows a year - in recent years, I've followed House, 24, Heroes and Lost - but this year my TV viewing has exploded thanks to the city library making internet reserves free (in my defense, my reading has doubled over recent years). So far this year, I've finished 3 seasons of Veronica Mars, 6 seasons of Sex and the City, 2 seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 2 seasons of Weeds, and 2 seasons of Rome (though that one was from Netflix). I'm currently watching season 1 of Gilmore Girls with Big Love and more Buffy to come soon. I heard Jason Dohring of Veronica Mars was playing a vampire on a new show but that it's not out on DVD yet (what is it with me and vampires? On a side note, somehow I'm worried Twilight won't live up to the book though).

I have to say I didn't care for Spike in season 2, and I really couldn't "abide" Drusilla. O think part of it was the clearly fake accents (that gives me new respect for Hugh Laurie on House) and part was that occasionally those characters just got too corny. I hope they grow on me in season 3 because I hear they're coming back season after season. I have seen spoilers for the series, so I do know when Angel leaves the series and also that something develops between Spike and Buffy down the road (I heard that tidbit alongside "jumped the shark" a few times).
Just moments ago I found out that David Boreanaz is on Bones. I intend to try out Angel after I finish the third season of Buffy, but it's good to know he's still on TV. I didn't see the appeal of the Angel character in the first season, but gradually I came to be very impressed with Boreanaz (end of season 2 ripped my heart out). It looks like you've seen just about everything he's in. :)
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It couldn't be helped. ;-) I was neurotically wondering each time I passed within a few miles of that bookstore whether it would be gone from the shelves the next time I went in, so I just got it anyway and hoped I wouldn't be disappointed. I also picked up a mystery about violins set in Italy and another Victorian historical fiction/mystery by Stephanie Barron (her newest - not from her series about Jane Austen as a sleuth).
Before I forget, how was The Dark Lantern?

Flute was my primary instrument for 8 or 9 years (I picked up clarinet and sax later to participate in marching and jazz band, respectively), but I haven't played a note in many years now. I still have my old flute, but it's so badly beaten up that it can't play (and was cheap in the first place), so I plan to buy a new flute this summer: solid silver head joint with silver-plated body. Mostly I'd like to play for my own pleasure, but I'd love to join ensembles eventually.

The flute books I checked out from the library cover quite a wide range. There was one too-basic teach-yourself book that would have been suitable only for children and complete beginners. Another was this amazing handbook about anything you could want to know about classical flute from history through performance (it was good I had to buy a used copy because I could picture myself forever renewing it from the library). And just yesterday I read a slim volume that included folk flutes alongside the "Western" flute and had a new age vibe (not my bag, but the book was decent). Anyway, I just ordered a few flute books from Amazon, so I have the materials I need . . . all I'm missing is a (non-broken) flute. :)

Do/did you play anything?
Thanks for the lovely comment about my belated 888 challenge. I have no idea if I will manage to fit in 64 books this year, what with work, home, husband, knitting, the million and one weddings I am attendng this year etc. but I liked the idea of the challenge. It gives me a purpose/goal and I like thinking about the links between the books I am reading and coming up with categorisations, even if they are only arbitrary like Books from Mount TBR.

I noticed that you read Amsterdam earlier this year - did you enjoy it? Ian McEwan is one of my favourite authors - I don't recall reading one of his novels and not really enjoying it (even Saturday, which I found a little difficult to get into turned out to be a really gripping read).
I meant to read the Gabaldon book, but it came due at the library before I even started, and I haven't yet checked it out again. I'm really trying to prune my pile of library books. They allow me 40 at a time, but I need to keep it much lower if I hope to get to all of them.

The books I got last week were Kept: a Victorian mystery and The Secret Adventures of Charlotte Brontë.
I saw you just added The Dark Lantern. I came *this* close to buying it the other day, but I figured I already had two Victorian historical mysteries in my arms and a third would be overkill. :)
ooh, The Tower. Thanks much for picking that, one of my favorite Welsh authors!
Thank you for the add, yes I agree we do seem to have a lot of the same interests! No problem!
DD was looking over my shoulder and wanted to know what your cat's name is. :)
Sigh. The Winter's Tale. Hmmm. Not my favourite Shakespeare, that's for sure. I actually saw it performed at a Shakespeare festival a few years ago and I really didn't like it, but then I thought maybe I'd had too much to eat and drink at dinner and I was just sleepy. Well, studying it now, and watching the BBC production, I didn't like it any better. And I had to memorize and recite 20 lines of one of Hermione's speeches too, which wasn't fun. BUT, by the time we had been through four classes on it, I didn't dislike it as much as I had, and I could see some merit in it. Here is what I learned that made me like it a bit better:
-Paulina is a great character. Takes no guff, speaks her mind, stands up to Leontes (the jerk)
-Look at it as a fairy tale, as the little son starts telling near the beginning. When I view the characters and events as elements of a fairy tale, they make more sense.
-Shakespeare was playing with the audience when wrote the first half as a tragedy, but then turned it into a comedy in the second half. Everything in the story turns with the stage direction "exit pursued by a bear".
-the statue scene at the end is supposed to be ambiguous. 68/70 people in my class voted on it as being Paulina's trick and that there was NO magic involved. Two people thought it was magic. Our professor said the 68 of us had no literary imagination and should drop our English majors and all become accountants. :-)
Does any of that help? I've been meaning to message Cariola about the Winter's Tale, because I believe she teaches it. She was very helpful when I started my Shakespeare course. You may want to ask her (there's a thread about Shakespeare and this play under the What are you reading now? group What Came Home With You Today December 2007.)

I hope that helps! What did YOU think?
I had never heard of Kate DiCamillo until earlier this year (I read ...Edward Tulane and Because of Winn-Dixie), but that's only because I hadn't read YA books except for the Harry Potter books for nearly 20 years. 2006 was the first year I started getting into YA and older children's fiction, rereading old favorites and discovering new ones, so I'm always up for recommendations.

The two books I just reserved should be at my branch by Tuesday. For sure I'll let you know what I thought.
I still need 14 more books to make my goal for the year, so I browsed your library to see what you thought was good that I haven't yet read. I just called over The Tale of Despereaux and The Truth About Forever. I'm so looking forward to them as it's nice to have something to go on. :)

Hi! Good to see ya on here. (I figured you would be! hehe) SO much to catch up on! :) Nice library, btw! You do have great taste, IMO.
I just listened to the audio version of Iam McEwan's On Chesil Beach and noticed your comment about "what happened to Florence?" McEwan is interviewed at the end of the audio version and describes how in an earlier draft he explained more about her and decided that it was important to sort of follow just one person's later life. The earlier draft had her father in jail (!) later on for molesting a young woman---to possibly help explain Florence's problems. And, of course, that part about her looking at the one particular seat in her audiences was important. The interview went on a little long but it was fun to hear him talk about writing it.
The first V.C. Andrews book I read (one of the few she actually wrote) was Flowers in the Attic. I got it from the school library when I was in elementary school. I figured if it had flowers, I just might like it. I had no idea what was in store for me!

I'm trying to get better about giving away books. The public library here sells 99% of donated books for a quarter rather than adding them to the collection, which is fine by me when you're talking about a mass market paperback you didn't like in the first place, but it can be a bit disheartening when I donate a fantastic book in mint condition (e.g. because I had a duplicate) and it gets tossed aside.
I see you gave V.C. Andrews scathing ratings. :) I have to admit I used to have a few of those in the house.
Are you taking classes this summer, taking a break, or graduating very soon? I was awful about assigned reading in college - I'd read just enough to get by, but curiously enough, as soon as the class ended and I was free, I couldn't get enough (including the works I neglected to read just weeks earlier).

We're all doing well, although I'm turning meshugge having been housebound with DD for the last two months due to DH's bike accident. There are a few photos of my girl here.
Hi there! Of course, I remember you. :) I haven't posted to LJ in ages. We definitely have the English major library in common. I see you joined the "50 books" challenge. My goal this year was 100, but I'll be lucky to make 50 at this rate.
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