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About meEnglish Lit degree; wild about BookMooch, COLOURLovers & LibraryThing. Life prevents me from reading nearly as much as I'd like - my 'To Read' collection is scary (and exciting!). I'm proud to say I've read Ulysses cover-to-cover and readily admit I understood about 5 words.

When I'm not reading, look for me in my garden!

About my libraryShelves by IKEA, but not enough of them. Currently catalogued by the esthetically pleasing "Roy G. Biv" system (orderly yet disorderly).

I wish my shelves actually reflected more of what's listed on LT, but I'm limited by what my garage, bedroom, office, hallways, family room, and living room can handle -- and by what my husband is willing to lift each time we move.

Fiction is my mainstay. Particular weakness for CanLit, gothic, Victorian or historical thrillers.

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, Board for Extreme Thing Advances, Bookcases: If You Build/Buy Them, They Will Fill, BookMooching, Booksellers, Canadian Bookworms, Canadian Fiction/Non-Fiction Reading Challenge, Canadian Literature, Gardening, Historical Fictionshow all groups

Favorite authorsJoan Aiken, Isabel Allende, Ivo Andrić, Kate Atkinson, Jane Austen, Louis de Bernières, Enid Blyton, Charlotte Brontë, Margaret Wise Brown, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Angela Carter, Michael Cox, Roald Dahl, Timothy Findley, Anne Giardini, Jessica Grant, Kate Grenville, Joanne Harris, Khaled Hosseini, Helen Humphreys, Sue Monk Kidd, Barbara Kingsolver, Nicole Krauss, Jen Lancaster, Erik Larson, Marina Lewycka, Steve Martin, Stuart McLean, Rohinton Mistry, Kate Morton, Lilian Nattel, Laurie Notaro, Beth Powning, Annie Proulx, Edward Riche, Salman Rushdie, Mary Doria Russell, Lisa See, Vikram Seth, Diane Setterfield, Carol Shields, Miriam Toews, Sarah Waters, Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresAlbany Books, at Second Glance, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Southpointe, Bell's Books, Black Bond Books - Lansdowne Centre, Blackberry Books Ltd., Chapters - Richport, Characters Fine Books & Coffee Bar, Cheese Freaks And Book Nuts, Coles - Bentall Centre, Fireside Books, Gerry's Books, Hager Books, Kidsbooks on Broadway, Lawrence Books, MacLeod's Books, Munro's Books, Powell's City of Books (Portland), Stillwater Books and Art, Tanner's Bargain Books, Tanner's Books, Ted's Paperback & Comics, The Book Shop, UBC (University of British Columbia) Vancouver Bookstore, Wendel's Bookstore & Cafe, Wilkinson's Automobilia

Favorite librariesBlow Me Down Public Library, Calgary Public Library - Fish Creek, Lac du Bonnet Public Library, Richmond Public Library - Brighouse (Main) Branch, Richmond Public Library - Steveston Branch, River Heights Library, UBC Library - Walter C. Koerner Library, Vancouver Public Library - Central Branch

Other favoritesKnox United Church, Museum of Vancouver

Favorite listsFavorite Childhood Books, Top Five Books of 2013

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Currently readingHow to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber
What's a Disorganized Person to Do?: 317 Ways to Unclutter Your Home and Streamline Your Life by Stacey Platt
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The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

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This is jefbra again. Some how I entered the same thing 4 times. I looked for a way to archive
or delete but could find neither.

I notice you have posted info on my neighbourhood Little Library. I live a block away. Glad to know there are other Thingers in the neighbourhood.
Thanks for the guidance. I did notice that my Tattered Book Cover entry kept disappearing and wondered why. In fact, I had no idea there were three such stores, having blundered upon the Colfax Avenue one whole visiting Denver last month.
Hi there -- thanks for the nice reply. So did you originally think the tree was a Rubinette (as per your post but changed your mind? If your tree has a pink label on it with some cryptic pencil marks, you may be able to figure it out, if you care... ie JF=Jonafree, KS=Karmijn de Sonnaville, etc.

It's kind of funny; I'm clearly not destined to find Rubinette wood but I'm certainly meeting some lovely people along the way. As for the mildew, I have not had this issue with my trees, but I actually built a greenhouse for them, so that may have helped. They have repayed me by not blooming or producing any fruit (so ungrateful!) but that is another issue. If you can't build a greenhouse, this link has some other ideas, mostly of the "spray the hell out of it" variety, which may not be your thing:

Thanks again for being so gracious, and good luck with your reading and apple growing... ZF
Good to know, apologies for bothering you about it. Weird.
Hi starfishian,

I was confused to see archived as a bookstore, pointing to use as the user who archived. If you're responsible can you send me or point me to an explanation? For now I have restored it, as I use it for all my books purchased on the website.

Wear with pride! :)
Hello there! I was surfing through the member list of the Canadian Lit group and stumbled on your profile. I wonder how many people reading it actually know what "Roy G. Biv" stands for? LOL
We share 185 books! Sweet!
Starfishian!!!!! We have 47 books in common. WOW! How did you like Sister of My Heart? Wasn't that SUCH a good book? I also LOVED Ozma of Oz, Anne Frank, and Memoirs of a Geisha.
I found you on colourlovers. Have you ever read the Hunger Games series? It is my favorite!!!
Ahh... old dogs... how I love 'em. Our current "old girl" is going on 13 and showing it of late, sad to say, and the profile picture is "Hedgehog", one of her toys that we bring with us on trips so we have a piece of her with us... Taking photos of "Hedge" in front of the Mona Lisa or on the Amazon River attracts attention, but it's worth it :-)
Hi, I see that you've just added A Pigeon and a Boy. I loved much of the book, but was really thrown by the ending. When you read it, I would love to discuss it with you and see what you make of it...

It is wonderful to meet you and to find out that we have so many books in common. I'll be checking back to see what you've read that is highly recommended. Thanks so much for the message....Heather
A Night on the Moor and Other Tales of Dread has arrived. I have reserved it for you.
Did you by chance see my email asking about 3 other books before I mail your package today? Just checking.
It's reserved for you already. I have a trip tomorrow to the Post Office.
I have The Bottoms for you ready to mooch!
Pat has accepted to send A Night on the Moor and Other Tales of Dread to me. I will reserve it for you once it arrives.
hey star, I mooched The Bottoms for you---did not notice we were on a closed thread....Please send me the PM on LT listing the book and your BM name....just to stay organized a bit.
Yes, the Escape Clause reading went well. I enjoyed it. Everyone read well and the room was not empty, which is always a bonus!
Um. I was in the Aussie army, and I do remember eating some SPAM like substance. Wasn't all that bad. I guess when you'r hungry...
Love your DOG, though I am a CAR person myself, but love your SPAM killing even more.
Ah, good. Well if we do meet, remind me that you are a LibraryThinger, as I have a horrific memory!

Well, Seastar, methinks I must know you SOMEHOW or will if I don't already, since I will be reading at the Escape Clause do you listed. (Thanks for the reminder!) But far be it from me to try to resolve mysteries for the ages. (Such as your real identity.)

Glad to meet a local Thinger. LT is my joy.

(Well, part of it.)

Merry Christmas! And thank you for the holiday smooch. I promise to use it soon. I do miss the picture of your big, bad dog. Enjoy the quiet of the after Christmas break.
What a good looking dog. Is he the fearsome book nibbler? He does have grumpy old man eyes.
Thanks for regarding my library as interesting. I love the photo of *evil dog* and yes he does give a menacing first impression LOL I have read through your reviews and there are quite a few authors that are unfamiliar to me but I was pleased in regard to The Thirteenth Tale, March and Sweetsmoke as I have all three on my tbr.

4 stars for Nightwatch is also good to see. Have you read her latest? I have only read Fingersmith which I loved and have Nightwatch, Affinity and The Little Stranger begging for attention from my shelves. Oh so many books , so little time......

Bad Land, so far, is excellent. It was interesting to discover that the part of Montana described in the book (The Big Open) actually has harsher weather than I grew up with in Edmonton. The author mentions pictures he looked at and I found that it helped to look up the photographers he mentions on the internet and see what he was talking about for myself.

The cat is our cat, who showed up in our neighborhood in August as a very small kitten. We were the only people willing to take her, but it's worked well. We have two dogs and one of them, a mutt who was abused before we got her, fell in love with the kitten and they remain very good friends. Cats read with there butts, you know. She likes to read whatever we're reading.
I'm glad you liked Those Who Save Us. I hated, hated, hated that book and felt a little guilty sending it to someone I like, even if you did ask for it. We have such similar tastes, so it's interesting to find that we had completely opposite reactions to the same book.

I have a copy of A Song for Nettie Johnson. When are you planning to read it?
I feel better knowing that Rocket Robin was not a shared hallucination with my brother.

I have places in the house that would be perfect for new shelves, but my SO wants to make them, so it may be a few years. How is it that I keep buying books despite the multitude in my house that I haven't gotten to yet.
I have a copy of the Keep--let me know what you thought about it when you're finished.

I went to my library book sale and managed to keep myself $6 under budget and well within the one box limit I'd imposed on myself. Of course, fitting them onto my bookshelves feels a little like Noah getting all the animals onto the ark and I'm doing it without divine help.

Do you remember from your childhood a cartoon program that was on Saturday mornings called "Rocket Robin Hood"? Just wondering. It doesn't seem to have existed in the US, but I have very fond memories of it.
Black Swan Green is amazing. I really hope you like it. I admire your restraint, even if it were only a teaser sale! Fortunately, the library book sale occurs but twice a year here (October 24, not that I'm paying attention). I go with a friend who has much better restraint, a different taste in literature and is willing to stay for hours and hours. But I really am trying to reduce the number of unread books in the house, sisyphian task though that may be.
How many books did you tote home from the library book sale?
How was Pride and Prejudice and Zombies?
I'm reading Mrs. Mike and really enjoying it. I think that my recent reads have all been so dark or convoluted, that I'm thrilled to be reading something straight forward with no moral ambiguities.

We have added one fierce kitten to our household. All three pets are arranged around me sleeping on a rainy day.
I was angeling the Halloween Howls poetry book for you, but I got a rejection notice today saying her account has been permanently closed. I have put it on my wish list and I'll let you know if it comes available again.


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It misses a little of the desperation of Child 44. I honestly couldn't see how anyone lived for more than a few months in that environment. The Secret Speech was more overtly historical, with lots of interesting stuff about Hungary and the gulags. Leo is a difficult protagonist, given his past. It really made me think about what I believe about redemption, with some scenes in which the victims get a chance to take revenge on their persecutors and what that says about humanity. I did like it and it was a surprisingly quick read. Maybe that's a comparison with Possession, which is proving to be a bit of a slog. A worthy slog, but an effort nonetheless.
Aren't they cute? I remembered you had mentioned something about owls and I've had that picture awhile. I like to change my pictures all the time. I have two different ones for some reason. Can't seem to get rid of Super Squirrel.
Went to a booksale today and picked up some vintage Horatio Alger books for 25 cents each. Another booksale next weekend. Bought new Rick Mofina book today as he was signing copies at a store in The Glebe area of Ottawa (similar to Kits). I have all his books and I spoke to him about getting onto Library Thing. He came to my group a couple yrs ago and his books are really good. Scary and thrilling.
Oh I see you gave 4.5 stars to The Uncommon Reader!! Cool. That's my Dec book for my group. I wanted something funny and light. I have to find a copy before then.
It's super hot and humid here lately. Looking forward to cooler temps.
Happy Weekend!
Did you get anything from the Aug batch? I didn't... :( Me Sad...:( There was lots of good stuff. Oh well, gonna put in an order with Chapters!
Happy long weekend!
I only wish I had had an imaginary squirrel as a kid! I had an imaginary planet, but we did not manage to include a glamorous jet-setting lifestyle anywhere in there. Just aliens. :)
You're right, we do have a lot in common. I see you added Day the Falls Stood Still which I recently received as an ARC. I won't get to it for a few weeks but I'll be interested to see what you think of it.
I think we'll all be happy to be back in the school year routine. My youngest is having his birthday party Sunday, and we are frantically getting ready for that, while hoping that it won't rain -- I don't have an indoor back-up plan. So a busy few weeks and then things will calm down again. I'm uninspired in my books right now. I have a few on the go, but nothing exciting and no great desire to read anything on my shelves.

I'm glad you liked Child 44. I loved it, but lots of people didn't. P&P&Z is fun and there's another--here's a clip...
I just mooched a copy of The Book of Negroes. Thanks for the recommendation.

We are eating fresh, home-grown tomatoes, planning a birthday party for my youngest (who is turning six) and enjoying the last week of vacation before the kids start back to school.
I heard your heat is going to continue thru the long weekend. It's not humid tho. Yuk. I can hardly breathe right now with the sticky icky humidity. We had wicked thunder storms today. I ate my lunch in a quiet room that has one wall of windows and watched the lightening flashes instead of reading! We had window cleaners that had to cut short their day.. Unreal. Whitehorse has had the heat too. Seems it's all over on that side of the country! Supposed to be nice tomorrow, rain Fri etc.
I'm liking 13th Tale and hope to dive into it this weekend. Maybe I can get out on my bike for the first time this summer.
Picked up some more books today and I'm up over 1700 now.. Everywhere books, books, books!
Good luck with the painting and good for you! - that is hard work and esp when it's hot.
I finished L'il Bee today. It was so good. After you read it, we can discuss it. Started The 13th Tale. A bkgrp at another public library that runs yr round is discussing it mid Aug so for the 1st x in 5 yrs I will drop into someone else's grp to see how they do things.
I hope you get time to read Reliable Wife. I really liked it a lot. Have you read the 10th gift? I saw it at Costco recently and it looks interesting. Did Waiting for Gertrude in my group awhile back. Met him when he read from it at the YVR writers fest on granville isle. That has to be the best all-time author reading I have ever been to. He had opera singers dressed as cats that were just incredible, some playing piano as well. It was a jam-packed room and a tremendously fun night. I showed him pix of my kitty at the time when he signed my book - how nerdy is that??! For all the times I have been in Paris, I have never been to the cemetary of Shakespeare & Co. Next time I guess.
Rained for a good part of the weekend. It's humid and sticky and disgusting. My tomatoes are probably water logged. The weather looks to be clouds/rain/blah all week. Yay. With all this wierd weather, I wonder what the outlook is for the winter? I think we are due for a mild one here. Well I better get things ready for work tomorrow. Have a great week in the sun!:)
You're welcome!
Oh, I hope you like it! I had to find a time without distracting activities and the children had to survive some benign neglect and hasty meals, but it was worth it. I'm longing to visit Barcelona now...

I've added "The Book of Negroes" to my wishlist, since it's fairly certain that if you enjoyed a book, I will as well.

You have a copy of "Sense and Sensibility and Seamonsters"?! Have you seen this?:
Hi again
I picked up a copy of Child 44 today! I went on a quest for books this afternoon to a couple of my fave haunts and found two copies of it! One was the LP hardcover version then I found a paperback so bought that one along with about 15 other books... I am looking forward to reading it.
Hi Star,
Yes, I did plant tomatoes. I have 4 types at one stalk each. Limited space. I have about 14 showing and no bigger than a cherry..Be a wee while yet. My basil is doing very well. That's all I planted this year and the rest is all flowers. tons of flowers. It's raining today (big surprise). It's been miserable here. I heard about your 30C weather yesterday. I am glad it's nice somewhere! It really has been a rainy summer so far but hey, there is always August! My b-day is Monday so am hoping for a nice day as I took it off and the office is playing golf on Thurs so a lot of crossed fingers. Everything is lush.
Exams and school are over. Wrote my last one on the 15th. Next class starts on Sept 16th so have lots of reading time. We decided to discuss what we read over the summer at the first bkgrp meeting in Sept so that is a bit more of a break which is great. So far I have read and loved: The Reliable Wife, Last Night in Montreal (fantastic new writers), Ian Sansom's The Mobile Library: the case of the missing books. This one was absolutely hilarious. Now reading Little Bee which is just stellar writing. I was impressed just 2 pages in. It's really very good. I'm trying to read the books I've gotten from LT as I'm behind on them. This month's selection for Canada was disappointing and for the first time, I did not select anything. Last month wasn't so hot either but I got The Embers. I'm sure it will pick up going into the fall.
I looked up The Forgotten Garden and it looks interesting. I have her previous book. Child 44 sounds like something that would keep me awake all night.. and I would like to read. I just got a copy of The Little Book, first time author at 68 and it took him 30 yrs over his career as a teacher to write it! Supposed to be very good. Oh so much to read.
I've been to a bunch of book sales but they have tapered off, although there is one going all summer that I should go back to soon.
I hope the rest of the summer is as good as it's already been for you, your garden sounds lovely. Any predictions yet on what the winter will bring? Have you decided what to do during the Olympics? I can't wait. I will watch as much as possible but will wish that I still lived there..
Take care!
Hello from a fellow gardening lover and Canadian fan (my husband is Albertan). I see we have similar tastes!

Thanks for the doggie compliment:) She is a sweetie-pie. If you ever get a chance to check out my BC homepage, you'll see one of my other loves, my Scottie. I also have a third dear heart, a westie mix we found at a nearby shelter last winter. The jump from 2 dogs to 3 is huge, but wonderful. (They're a lot less expensive than therapy;)
While on BC, check out the RABCK I've got going on...
Happy Reading:)
Hello:) from fellow BookMooch'er and BookCross'er:)
You might as well mooch Nine Coaches Waiting now. It may be awhile before the other arrives.
Oh that is one of my favourite books. I do hope you enjoy it and I can't wait to hear your thoughts. I have had an arc of her new one for months but haven't been able to bring myself to read it. A & V was a book I savoured. I sold many copies of it only 1/3 of the way into it just describing one poignant scene. Lush!
(no pressure..)
Are you serious??? Lettuce and strawberries already? I haven't even planted my tomatoes yet because it's been so cold. I was told today by a co-worker (garlic farmer) that I should have brought them in last night so not sure what I will find when I get home tonight. I am at school waiting for class to start. I am dog tired and don't look or feel at all well. ugh but I do not like missing class! Took a fingerprinting class on Saturday here. very interesting. Some really cool gruesome parts... Great place to be if you are a mystery writer!
It's been so icky and cold here. And again today. It's raining again and dark. There was hail on the weekend and snow in some parts. Supposed to get better in a few days. And of course the AC is on in the office so everyone is going round with layers like it's winter.
My flowers are so beautiful however. They always make me smile when I look out in the am. Pansies everywhere.
I need Super Squirrel to go run out of dodge the pesky squirrel that has been making a mess of things on my balcony, it drives my cats snakey.
I'm getting yet another book. I love LT. I am trying to get some local authors to join. They are all at something called BloodyWorks2009 this coming weekend. Very $$ event meant for published or wannabe authors really or those who can afford it.
Work is rather boring these days but I have a few make-work projects that are going well. School is great but two classes this term is a lot. I finish in mid July and then have a break till about the 2nd week of Sept. I plan on reading only small books so it looks like I've read so much more to the naked eye..
Suite F was and remains one of my faves. Such a riveting background story.
Not much else new. I have no life. Or energy for that matter.
I watched yesterday (like a Yukon spud) The Jane Austen BookClub. I have the book but have not read it. It was adorable but way too much happy endings to be plausible but it was endearing. The lone male member was Keeee-Ute. Yum. Pure escapism from studying (mid-term on Wed night) I am sooo good at finding more important things to do. (knitting animal blankets for the Humane Society) dusting, moving around my books etc etc yup I can come up with 50 ways to waste more time.
Anyhow I better run, I have to pass thru two bldgs to get to mine.
Hope the sun is still shining and can spare some for us wilting weeds!
Nine Coaches Waiting is here! Would you like me to send it along straight away or wait for the other book? The owner delayed it but has sent two emails explaining that she won't be able to mail it for a few weeks. I have no problem sending them separately. Anyway, I'll go now and reserve the Mary Stewart for you.
Hi Star,
How's things? Lots of rain here and makes me miss YVR. Wierd spring. Weather is all over the place.
I absolutely loved Suite Francaise. The back story is equally interesting. I read a biography that was translated after SF came out. She was an interesting woman if somewhat confused. I have a few of her re-released books but have yet to read them.
I'm reading Salmon Fishing in the Yemen which is fun. Two courses this term so not much time for reading.
Anyhow just wanted to say hello and hope all is well. I hope your garden is coming along. I have lots of flowers out and 2 tomato plants that's it (frost a couple days ago)
Mary Stewart! I haven't read any of hers for years now. For some reason I am hit with an urge to go read some Madeline Brent, who wrote the same kind of stuff. Maybe I'll have to put her on my wishlist.

And I'm sorry about our current unwillingness to send out of the country. We are all so panic-stricken here and with no social safety net, it's probably justified. Give us a few years...
My usual post office is staffed by a couple older guys in charge, everyone teasing each other. They no longer try to sell me anything extra, and are excited when I send a book somewhere really exotic, the winner by far was Iran. So I like to go there, and the dogs like it too since it's near a dog park.

I hope your books reach you quickly.
Another push to read Possession. Five stars, eh?

Your books are in the mail. I went to a different post office and realized why I am so partial to the one I usually go to. Even after I'd asked for the cheapest possible shipping option, she tried to sell me the deluxe overnight versions. I hate that.

Anyway, King Leopold's Ghost is not a beautiful copy, but it is the best book of the bunch on its way to you. Really gut-wrenching and sad, but it illuminates what's happening there now. Maybe read it along with What Angels Fear, which is pure entertainment.
Astrid and Veronika just arrived! I'll put it up for you, and I should be able to send it next week. Or the week after next week. Various factors, etc.
I see you just added Child 44. Funny, that. ;)
King Leopold's Ghost is fascinating and very readable. My copy, which was an earlier mooch, is in questionable shape. I'll enclose it in the package with the Blum book -- it's a fine reading copy, so you can read it and if you want a pretty copy for your library you can put it on your wishlist.
I just put up "Those Who Save Us" on my BookMooch inventory and noticed that it was on your wishlist. Do you want it? I would wait to send it until I'd finished "King Leopold's Ghost", which will probably be mid-week (it's a surprisingly fast read). I've reserved it for you for a week.
An enormous thank you. I had a terrible day yesterday, and didn't sleep well, but you just made me feel a lot happier. Thank you.
I tried mooching and got a "no one is willing to send this book to you" message. While I am generally very much against complaining about BookMooch, I do think that the recent changes have made it more difficult to see what's going on. Would you give me the title and I'll try to go at it that way.
Yes and yes. Give me the details and I'll mooch it for you happily.

Found a book called "Book Crush" which is an excellent guide to books for kids. The young adult section is particularly good.
The Penderwicks on Gardam Street, rather
There's also a sequel, if you hadn't heard? The Penderwicks on Gardham Street. Some people think Penderwicks is too close to Little Women, but really, they're just both in the same fluffy genre. :)
The Penderwicks is an excellent book. I hope you enjoy it when you manage to find a copy. :)
So I mooched The Penderwicks for you, but I wouldn't be too hopeful. She's never sent a book and The Penderwicks showed up because someone got tired of waiting. I sent her a very nice email, so maybe she'll feel guilty about the books she's received and send a few herself. At least it will be a chance to put her on vacation in a week!

Oh, wow, you have The Kindly Ones. You'll have to let me know what you think about it.
I've reserved the Laurie Notaro book for you on BookMooch.
Your Laurie Notaro book is here! I went to school with her (in that we were at the same enormous university) and I loved reading her weekly column in the student paper. She had one on the stages of getting stinking drunk (reprinted in a slightly different version in the action adventure club) that my friends and I swore by.

I'll list it reserved for you on BookMooch after I get the kids fed and in bed.
Hi! I recieved both of the books today, but The Colour does not have a dust jacket (wasn't mentioned in condition notes). Do you still want it?
PS: Have you read 84 Charing Cross Road? It's lovely - the movie too.
The book is here. I have it reserved for you on BookMooch.
The Singing Fire was mailed to me today. Hopefully, it will reach me in the next few days -- I'll let you know.
I've received Gentlemen & Players and it is now reserved for you. It will get sent out toward the end of the week. Hope that's ok.

And...Mooched! I'll let you know as soon as I get it.

I just finished "The Worst Hard Time" which was one of the best books I've read lately, but left me somewhat melancholy. I'll have to watch reruns of "My Name is Earl" or read brightly colored chick-lit tonight in order to snap out of it. Anyway, depression aside, I highly recommend it as it's a compulsively readable account of life during the Great Depression and what farm life actually entailed less than 100 years ago.
Frosty Vancouver! I grew up in Edmonton, where Vancouver was seen as some fantasy of Canada -- extra British and pleasant weather all year.

I would be pleased to angel whatever you would like. Let me know what to request.
LOL thanks! You're another easy-to-find like me with the same screen name :)
Hi and thanks for the nice review of Doctor Olaf!

Happy Halloween!
I didn't know anything about the Cathar Crusade until reading Kate Moss's Labyrinth, which was good (if you like time travel). So now the word Cathar catches my eye whenever I see it. What have you been reading lately? I've been enjoying the Jaspar Fforde Thursday Next novels--what a great concept!-- but I got bogged down in the third one. It's just not keeping my attention, or maybe I'm just distracted.

I just added "The Treasure of Montsegur: A Novel of the Cathars by Sophy Burnham" yesterday to my collection! Funny...
Hey, we share 10% of our libraries! I grew up in Edmonton, but have moved around a fair bit since. Now that we're firmly planted (at least until the children finish school) I have lost all sense of reality in that I am mooching at a much higher rate than I read. And I keep a fair proportion of the ones I do read...

I hope you are enjoying the brief but glorious thing that is a Canadian summer. And that the mosquitos are leaving you well enough alone. Here the summers are long, hot and humid. Lovely in their own way, but wearing by August when humidity solidifies its tyranny over us.

I see we share a fondness for Laurie Notaro and Kate Atkinson.
Just came in from gardening, and found you on LibraryThing. We share 119 books :)

I love your comments about inadequate shelving! We are planning to redo our living room, just so I can put in floor to ceiling book shelves! Gotta dream bit right?

I too read Ulysses (and the entire Divine Comedy) cover to cover. Both for a professor that I now look back on fondly, but at the time...!
i just finished "the history of love" and loved it! i am starting "the thirteenth tale" today, which i am excited about. i am really enjoying "the portable dorothy parker" as well. i have "behind the scenes at the musuem" but haven't had a chance to read it yet! and yes, i am loving the new home page. only problem is that i am spending even more time on here now and my books i want to read list is growing way too fast!
eat pray love was definitely worth the read. i went out and purchased it after seeing the author on oprah. although i didnt think it was quite as amazing as everyone says, it was still a very good book so i think u should give it a try!
lately i have been reading alot of oprah recommended books: eat pray love; into the wild; the road; love in the time of cholera. and i read reservation road. was pleased with each one of them. i recently bookmooched a few i can't wait to read as well. how about you? read anything good lately you think i should check out?
a way too early in the morning smile.

feel free to use 6 stars!, no need to give me the nod. i'd be happy to trade it for a story about your love for starfish.
too funny about Ulysses. i must have read that first page a thousand times.

the second, maybe twice.
Garden when it's light, read when it's dark. I didn't understand Ulysses either. ( Mind you he was Irish!)
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Anyone who has a book collection and a garden wants for nothing -Cicero

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I am currently ploughing my way through Kate Long books, she is a relatively new writer having a few best sellers in the UK and her novel 'The Bad Mother's Handbook was recently made into a TV series. However I think she is yet to crack the international market. Anyway she lives near my neck of the woods and is running a creative writing workshop in a couple of weeks which I was lucky enough to get a place on.

I am also about to embark on Blake Morrison's 'When did you last see you father?' Which is my Reading Groups book for this month.

Your reading list sounds very hectic and action packed. I too love Joanne Harris~ another great English Lady Writer!

I like your phrase 'putting the veggie garden to bed' -you obviously have a well loved garden.
Hey there LT Friend! Are you reading anything interesting at the moment? Or anything intellectual or even both?!
Hello, I like your way of tagging books as TBR or Own&Read, etc.
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