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About my libraryI love the public library, and almost all the books I read come from there. I own very few books, and they are all in the "owned" collection. "My library" contains books I've already read, plus those I currently have in my possession and available to read. "Try again" are library books that had to be returned before I could get them read. "Abandoned" are books that I gave up on in the middle and don't want back again.

Also, I love audio books, but don't generally differentiate between audio and print versions of a book. It makes no difference to me whether I "read" a book in print or audio, and it's none of your business, either. ;-)

Right now, my book world includes these titles:




Groups(BOMBS) Books Off My Book Shelves 2012 Challenge, 1001 Books to read before you die, 1010 Category Challenge, 2013 Category Challenge, 2014 Category Challenge, 2015 Category Challenge, 75 Books Challenge for 2009, 75 Books Challenge for 2010, 75 Books Challenge for 2011, 75 Books Challenge for 2012show all groups


Favorite librariesMid-Continent Public Library, Mid-Continent Public Library, Lee's Summit Branch, Odessa Branch (Trails Regional Library)

LocationKansas City

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Member sinceMar 10, 2008

Currently readingThe whistling season by Ivan Doig
The pillars of the earth by Ken Follett
The ornament of the world : how Muslims, Jews, and Christians created a culture of tolerance in medieval Spain by Maria Rosa Menocal
The mill on the floss by George Eliot

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I'll join you in September for [Go Tell It on the Mountain].

Thanks for the encouragement. I'll keep an eye on the voting and see what gets chosen. I'll try to join in at least one before the year ends. I've signed up for way too many challenges this year - I'm trying to reduce the size of Planet TBR by reading books on it for challenges.
I saw your message on the 1001 voting board - I haven't joined in any of the 1001 group read books, but I've been enjoying reading 1001 group reads on the 75'ers board in Mark's American author's challenge. There are at least a dozen people reading Eudora Welty's The Optimist's Daughter this month, and of course, others reading other of her works. I know I've seen you on the 75'ers, so maybe you've seen it and decided it wasn't your cuppa, but here's the url for the upcoming authors:
Happy sixth Thingaversary, Sandy!
Happy 6-year Thingaversary!
Great! Tuesday is usually my best get out and about day, but any one will work for me. I'll be getting back from my trip to Hilton Head Saturday or Sunday, so I'll probably have oodles of laundry to do on Monday. We have plenty of time to finalize our plans. I'm really excited to see you!

Hi, Sandy!
Just checking in to see if the travel plans are still on.
With all this crazy weather, hope you have backup plans for those days you are expecting to be in DC.

It's been a hard winter here so plan f or CCOOOLLLLDDDDD!

I'm so glad you are happy with the Santa books! Thanks for telling me about the annual Missouri meet up, I'd enjoy meeting the Missouri group and will try to meet with "ya'll" sometime in the future. I've lurked on the Missouri readers site (there is no Arkansas group) and even read a few of the group reads although not at the same time the group was reading. One of my favorite bookstores is near you, Rainy Day Books. I used to have a relative in KC and visited a few times a year when she was there and we always went out to a couple of bookstores. I am jealous over the author visits Rainy Day has. Oh, if only being a bibliophile could be a fulltime and fully funded endeavor, wouldn't that be the life?
I've started Bleak House before and put it aside soon thereafter. I think I'll give the group a try but there's no guarantees I'll get any further this time. I doubt I can finish it during January or whenever the group is reading it.
I knew when I saw it on your "to read" group that my first suggestion would be [One Thousand White Women] by Jim Fergus. It was one of my top reads in 2011 and I've recommended it to many people since I read it. I can also recommend [The Guernsey Literary and Potato peel Society] by Mary Ann Shaffer. And for a third choice, I think I'll suggest [March] by Geraldine Brooks. I hope one of these will interest you and that you'll enjoy it. I'll be waiting to see what you choose.

I also noticed that you have a lot of gardening books on your list and I'd like to add another if you haven't read it yet - [Animal, Vegetable, Miracle] by Barbara Kingsolver

I see a lot of books in your wishlist collection that I have too. Probably took BBs from the same people.
I took a quick look at your books last night, and see a lot of good ones on there. Might be hard to narrow it down - do I pick one that I've read and liked, or one in my own TBR, or one I know nothing about? Needs more studying.
I picked up my copy of the Dec Missouri Readers book at the library today. Looks short. Hopefully, I'll be joining you on this one.
Thanks Sandi- I'd love to pick a book or 2 for you. I'll check over your lists and see what looks interesting later tonight or tomorrow and let you know. The. I'll just need to decide if I want to pick a potential BB or not.Betty
Yes, there's still time!
Would you be willing to pick a book from my "To Read" collection for my November "Draft Day" read for my category challenge? Anything in my "To Read" collection is fair game. The TBRs already on my November reading list are:
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
Marie Curie and Her Daughters by Shelley Emling
Mrs. Miniver by Jan Struther
The Children of Willesden Lane by Mona Golabek
A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid
A Killer Plot by Ellery Adams
Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope
Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey
Thanks Sandy.
It is very exciting. The best part will be going through the book shelves to see what I have that will fit the focus challenges AND fit my categories. Luckily I had already planned UK, Europe and Asia categories. I'll have to find places to squeeze in the rest of my global reading. I haven't put up my 2014 thread yet because I know I'll be so excited about setting it up and planning books that I'll start to ignore this years reading.
Hi Sandy,
I just wanted to check with you about the GeoCAT. Polar Regions overlaps with Canada and the US. I was thinking of having one of my potential focus challenges be about The Inuit and Eskimos of Arctic North America. I want to make sure that this won't be stepping on your toes (so to speak) in case you were planning a native peoples focus. Thanks.

Hi Sandy: Just thinking of you. The Cubs/Sox game is in a rain delay so I put on the Cards/Royals game. It's the KC broadcast, complete with KC commercials. Just saw one for the Shawnee Mission Hyundai, I think it was.
Glad to see that you've jumped right into The Twenty-Seventh City, Sandy. I've just started a book that isn't a mystery and isn't nonfiction so I figure I'll start The Twenty-Seventh City after I finish Life After Life.

You've been reading some great books lately!!
It was an ok book but I would've preferred more in depth stories and less on the reporting and fewer photos and blank pages.

I knew next to nothing about it and learned a lot from it.

Sad but since I wasn't introduced to the victims much, I didn't have my typical reaction. More detached from what happened.

Interesting but I wanted a whole lot more.
It is: The Last Dance: The Skywalks Disaster and a City Changed. I think it's from a KC newspaper. No author named.
Sandy, that KC disaster book came in from ILL. I will probably pick it up on Sat and read it later next week.
Enjoy the final four!! I noticed that they were up by 20 and, the next thing I looked, it was only a few points so I put it on and watched the last 45 seconds of tension.

Congrats to your Shockers. Who's next? Ohio State?
That would be wonderful. Im waiting with bells on for the garage selling to beginning again, since that is how I feed my TBR stock pile. But yeah I will keep my ears open and let you know.
Hey Sandy,

I would love to met up with people that is a book nerd just like me in the KC Metro area and would be honored to join everyone.

HAHA I had an ex-boy friend that always refered to the Liberty Memorial as "The Slong in the Sky" because of its shape and he said that use to be a meeting place for "connections" at one point. How much that is true I dont know (But he does work with the sheriff's department so who knows). Yes I have been in the mueseum but he has been a long time and I just may take my 12 year old daughter there. I love history and I had both of the grandfathers serve in WWII. But send me an email any time and maybe we can met real soon for book chit chat and coffee, Im noramlly out and about on Sat afternoons.
Hi Sandy, yes the meet up will be in Lawrence on Thursday, June 13. Terri and Chris will try to make it and take in the JoCo sale (on Friday?) before a family function that weekend. I'm looking forward to getting our little group together again. We'll make more concrete plans when the time draws closer. Go Shockers!
If I had to bet, I'd guess that the book you mentioned was The Phantom Tollbooth. I'm not sure if, subliminally, I'm worried about driving home in the snow tonight on the tollway or whether I actually remember it...
Hi Sandy: When you were visiting, you mentioned a YA book that you said was your favorite. What was it? I thought I wrote it down but, if I did, I can't find it.

I've changed one of my 2013 category challenge categories to YA/children's books.

Amazingly, even as a kid, I read very little in this, unless it was assigned.

Any suggestions would be welcomed.
Thanks for saying okay about the change.

I already had Christmas with the kids at Thanksgiving. 2 Grandbabies are in Louisiana, and 2 are in SC. The new ones will also be in SC. It's going to be tough to see them all during the holidays in the future, but skype will allow Nonna to see what Santa brought.

Enjoy the time with your family, they are the most important part of the holidays, IMHO.

Looks like me might have a slight white Christmas, it's snowing now.

Sandy, I just opened my Santa Thing books and love the selections. Three World War 1 books (all tops on my wishlist) as well as a mystery I don't remember adding to my wishlist (though it's there) yet is written by one of my favorite cozy authors who is writing under yet another name).

Love these!!

Merry Christmas to you and your family!!
Hi, Sandy,

We're signed up to read In The Shadow of Wounded Knee in July. There are a group of readers that are trying to read according to month designations and November is designated as American Indian history month, so I was wondering if it would be a problem to switch from July to November?

Hope you and your family have a great holiday!

I'm happy that you're happy! Check back at the blog every so often -- I am seriously giving away books at the end of each month. Starting in January, probably more than usual!

have a happy holiday!
Yes, I was back at work today. I got kind of tired by the afternoon but, overall, it was ok.
You will very much in my mind on January 4th. I will send lots and lots of prayers your way.
I'm starting the 2013 challenge tomorrow!!

My goal is 130 books, with 13 overlaps or less.
My heavy Santa Thing box just arrived from Amazon via the USPS.

I'm not planning to open it til Christmas Eve, along with my Mark's Christmas Swap box.
UPS just came by with an Amazon package for me. However, it was some DVDs I ordered as Christmas gifts. No books yet.
Well, you're very welcome. I hope you like it... I like to read books that for the most part aren't trendy, so I often feel like a lone stranger!
Thanks for your kind thoughts. Recovery is painful and slow, but in the end it will be worth it. I'm simply amazed at what the surgeon could do.

I hope you have a lovely time in Joplin. I plan to be there next year. Unfortunately the surgeon said I cannot fly for a full six months post surgery. My nine year old grandson is very sad because I won't be able to go to Dayton Ohio for Christmas.

All the best to you. Thanks for keeping in touch.

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