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CollectionsYour library (4,087), Currently reading (5), 150 Books in 2014 (100), Stopped Reading 2014 (7), 150 Books in 2013 (141), 75 Books in 2012 (117), 75 Books in 2011 (112), 75 Books 2010 (89), my top ten novels by women (13), my top ten fantasy (6), my top ten novels by men (14), top ten of my childhood (14), my top ten nature reads (12), my top ten funny novels (5), my top ten dog books (8), extraordinary books (20), underappreciated novels (8), Tolkien Collection (32), Wishlist (181), All fiction (1,051), All collections (4,294)

Reviews256 reviews

Tagsfiction american (526), fiction british (461), sf (271), fantasy (267), k studio (230), memoir (105), poetry (86), virago (85), j fiction (62), sculpture (59) — see all tags

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About meI'll read a Pony Club Manual if there's nothing else. When I am not reading I'm striding the woods with my dog or playing Irish music on harp and concertina (at the same time, naturally, I'm very talented).

About my libraryRated books have been read, but might not be in my physical library. Unrated books likely ARE in my house. The Spousal Unit has a lot of art, architecture and design books, listed because I am sure I am acquiring their contents by osmosis.

BLT I used to finish even bad books, but now I have so many waiting to be read that if I can tell a book will rate less than a three I move on.
ALSO Some ratings might make no sense to you and are based entirely on my own enjoyment!

*** Readable but flawed in several ways. B, B- rating
***1/2 Very readable but lightweight - not necessarily a bad thing. OR it can also indicate a lesser book of a great writer. B+
**** Very glad to have read and likely will seek other books by this author. Or, very glad to be done however I want to acknowledge originality or other kinds of worthiness. If I have been hugely enjoying a genre book that I know is not really literature in any sense of the word that might also warrant this rating. A-
****1/2 Terrific read, admirable, almost a five, but somehow not quite. A
***** A five is subjective -- either GREAT book challenging, upsetting, transforming or I may have loved it as in Could. Not. Put. It. Down. You might hate it. A+

Groups75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, All Things New England, Atwoodians, BBC Radio 3 Listeners, Bloomsbury Group and their friends, Bully's Tavern, Hebzibah's reading adventures, Infinite Jesters, Iris Murdoch readersshow all groups

Favorite authorsJames Boswell, Lois McMaster Bujold, Bruce Chatwin, C. J. Cherryh, Elizabeth Enright, Richard Ford, James Hillman, Robin Hobb, Diane Johnson, Sterling E. Lanier, John Cowper Powys, Thomas Pynchon, Muriel Spark, Edith Wharton, Virginia Woolf (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBear Pond Books, Book Trader, Bookhaven, Joseph Fox Bookshop, Monroe Street Books, Pandemonium Books and Games, The Red Wheelbarrow

Favorite librariesHuntington Public Library, Richmond Free Library, Wellfleet Public Library

Membership LibraryThing Early Reviewers/Member Giveaway

LocationHuntington, Vermont

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceJan 5, 2010

Currently readingUlysses (Penguin Modern Classics) by James Joyce
The Message to the Planet by Iris Murdoch
Blueprints of the Afterlife by Ryan Boudinot
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Lewis Creek Lost and Found (Middlebury Bicentennial Series in Environmental Studies) by Kevin Dann

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