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Kitchen Chinese: A Novel About Food, Family, and Finding Yourself, by Ann Mah. I edited that book. Out of curiosity, what did you think of it?
Yes, I did see later that you had reviewed it. I bought her other book, which I think was her first, that was rereleased last month.
Hi skrishna, we share a lot of the same books, although your library is much larger than mine. I checked out the link to your blog and your blog was terrific. Anyway, I perused your books to get some good ideas (which I did). I also have one unsolicited recommendation - Michelle Richmond's The Year of the Fog.
Hello Skrishna,

Thank you for accepting my friends invitation. Given the books we share in common, I thought you might be interested to know about Thomas Jefferson’s translation of Volney’s Ruins of Empires. I’ll be glad to answer any questions about Volney you may have. Sometimes I've found learning about a new author is like learning a new word—once you learn it, suddenly it begins to pop up everywhere. If that happens with Volney please let me know. All Zee Best, TCW

PS--Be sure to look up the references to Volney you have in your library right now: see chapter 13 of Shelley’s Frankenstein, as well as the Index of Tocqueville’s Democracy in America.

PPS--If you don't mind my asking, what prompted you to read the new Kitchen Chinese book by Ann Mah?
I hope you don't mind that I've added you to my interesting libraries. You have some excellent books, and I love reading your reviews. I wish I could get through books at the speed that you do though!

Hi there. I noticed my book, Love and Other Natural Disasters, was in your library, and I wanted to let you know I'm doing an author chat for the next two weeks. It'd be great to see you there!
Holly Shumas
You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it.
That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies,
that is why you must sing, and dance, and write poems, and suffer,
and understand, for all that is life.

You can find our pictures at, right on my myspace. If you don't have a myspace, but DO have a facebook, you can add me there and see them. Search for Ashley Kollar at Suny Plattsburgh (it's in NY). All the pictures are there too :) This is, by the way, the first of 2 weddings. This one was a small one we had to do before the big one for paperwork purposes, my husband is from Slovakia. You wouldn't believe how crazy things can get when you marry a foreigner!
Sweet Love is my first Strohmeyer as well. I'm looking forward to reading her others (I don't think my library carries her, though. I may have to use interlibrary loan to get them).
hahaha well I'm glad I'm not alone there! My mom loves scary books, that's all she reads. I can't do it. You just got married too?? Congratulations! My husband and I were married on August 1st this year... I would love to see some pictures from you wedding! Some of ours are up on my myspace, theres a link in my profile.

I'm going to check out your blog when I get a chance... looks very interesting :)
Thanks for accepting my friends request. I've been reading some of your reviews on your website, and it seems that we have similar tastes in books. I enjoyed your review of Sweet Love by Sarah Strohmeyer especially; it was a bit similar to my review.
Thank you, Skrishna.

Congratulations on your marriage. The photographs are georgous!

Hi, I'm sorry its taken me so darn long to respond! It seems like the past month has been mostly preparing to leave to visit family in Montana, going to Montana and coming back home! I'm so glad to have my life back into some semblance of normalcy! I checked out your blog a few weeks ago, and was mighty impressed! I hope to get caught up soon and spend some serious blog time, gotta get my blogroll set up! When I do, I'll be sure to add yours!

We share a lot of books in common, we must both have exquisite taste!

Hello again. I just visited your blog and it's great. It sounds like you have a lot going on this summer! I still haven't given up on reviving the book club, maybe I will have better luck strumming up interest the fall.

thanks for stopping by my library! i checked out your blog and will do so from time to time. happy reading!! :0)
Your welcome. I have looked at your blog several times and read through various reviews. I just went and read the review on Pemberley Remembered and it does sound like a book that would interest me, I will look into getting a copy.
I had better luck with last year. I think the chances of getting an arc have declined as the number of subscribers has increased. They recently started advertising on shelfawareness. Or, maybe it's just a round of bad luck....
for some reason Wordpress stuffed your comments in the Akismet(spam) folder. I check it less often than the regular comments, but I do check it. Your comments are up now. :-D Thanks for letting me know. I shall now slap Akismet with a rubber chicken.
Hi: I am curious to find out where the picture in your profile is from? I love it. Thanks. TINA
I will add you tonight when I get home; for some reason, this computer's Internet Explorer won't work properly with Livejournal.
I really like your blog - want to exchange links? You've got several of my wishlist books on the site, so it made for fantastic reading :)
Thanks for adding me to your blogroll! I'm going to update mine tonight.
Hello to my fellow Virginian LibraryThinger! :) I'm not a native of this commonwealth, but we don't live too far apart. I will be checking out your blog - and congratulations for making the leap! It's a great world out here with some great readers.

The best suggestions I can give are to join the blog rings, I've got them listed on my blog site In the Shadow of Mt. TBR, comment on as many other blogs as you have time for, and use as many tags as make sense. Also, never underestimate LibraryThing! Always make sure to write a review for each book, then post a link in the "what are your reading now?" section, saying just finished reading Hope's Boy (or whatever the book is, here's my review. I also write a short review for the book's page, then include the URL at the end.

Other things that drive up hits are: Review popular books and ARCs, have giveaways and contests (there's one, Maw Book Blog, giving away a complete set of Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series, and she's got over 300 entries for it!), make LT friends and add them to your blogroll (they'll usually do the same.) Try to enter a post everyday, which is where the blogrings come in handy because I've got one for Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, then usually post a review in between. Today, I'll post a review of Sense and Sensibility and explain my Jane-a-thon.

That's about all I can think of, you might ask a few others, too. kegsoccer has a good one, Kathleen's Book Reviews

Thanks for the message. I too have been looking for a book club in the area forever! I don't know how much fun it will be with two members, but it's a start! If you are still interested when do you want to start? I mostly read fiction, but I am trying to incorporate more non-fiction into my reading so I am up for anything.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Hey! Thanks for the add!! :-D
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