Search stringcat3's books

Members with stringcat3's books

Member connections

Friends: annamorphic, MsLynne

Member gallery (5)

(see all 5 pictures)

RSS feeds

Recently-added books

stringcat3's reviews

Reviews of stringcat3's books, not including stringcat3's

Helper badges

BookstoresCoverGuess

Site design selection

Use the new design

Use the old design

The old design is no longer fully supported nor does it get full attention when we roll out new features. We strongly recommend using the new design.

 

Member: stringcat3

CollectionsYour library (3,067), Wishlist (11), To read (252), Read but unowned (1), All collections (3,080)

Reviews13 reviews

Tagsfiction (1,036), history (637), biography (258), food (214), classic (185), poetry (173), cookbook (151), short stories (145), kids (128), Sherlock Holmes (119) — see all tags

Cloudstag cloud, author cloud, tag mirror

About my libraryThe books that stay on my shelves tend to be those that I will read again, that have personal associations, are old or rather hard to find - although I have nothing terribly obscure or very valuable. Many years ago I had to abandon the practice of keeping every book I read (I mean, that I legally acquired - I wasn't ransacking public libraries). My mother, landlords and several cross-country moves underscored the wisdom of that decision, and the availability of online books put a nail in the whole topic. Where once it could take years to find a copy of something out-of-print, now it takes some minor clicking and a credit card. I tend to be a binge reader - if I find an author I like, I usually hunt down all his or her books.

FAVORITE DESCRIPTION OF BOOK LUST:

"She herself was a victim of that lust for books which rages in the breast like a demon, and which cannot be stilled save by the frequent and plentiful acquisition of books. This passion is more common, and more powerful, than most people suppose. Book lovers are thought by unbookish people to be gentle and unworldly, and perhaps a few of them are so. But there are others who will lie and scheme and steal to get books as wildly and unconscionably as the dopetaker in pursuit of his drug. They may not want the books to read immediately or at all; they want them to possess, to range on their shelves, to have at command. They want books as a Turk is thought to want concubines - not to be hastily deflowered, but to be kept at their master's call, and enjoyed more often in thought than in reality."

From TEMPEST-TOST by Robertson Davies

-------------------------------------------------‚Äč
TOP BOOKS FOR 2013:
o Jeeves and the Wedding Bells - Sebastian Faulks
o The Great Silence - Juliet Nicolson
o Washington: A Life - Ron Chernow
o Thinking, Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman
o Pomfret Towers - Angela Thirkell
o Last Friends - Jane Gardam
o Bring Up The Bodies - Hilary Mantel
o The Sense of an Ending - Julian Barnes
o Telegraph Avenue - Michael Chabon
o The People on Privilege Hill - Jane Gardam

TOP BOOKS FOR 2012:
o Old Filth - Jane Gardam
o The Greater Journey - David McCullough
o This Republic of Suffering - Drew Gilpin Faust
o The Man In The Wooden Hat - Jane Gardam
o Bertie Wooster Sees It Through - P.G. Wodehouse
o I Thought My Father Was God - Paul Auster
o Samuel Johnson: A Biography - Peter Martin
o The Yiddish Policeman's Union - Michael Chabon
o Fludd - Hilary Mantel
o The Memory of Blood - Chrostopher Fowler

TOP. BOOKS FOR 2011:
o The Pursuit of Love - Nancy Mitford
o Love In a Cold Climate - Nancy Mitford
o Uncle Fred In the Springtime - P.G. Wodehouse
o Lords of the North - Bernard Cornwell
o The Pale Horseman - Bernard Cornwell
o A Game of Thrones - G.R.R. Martin
o Chatsworth - The House - Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire
o Girl In Translation - Jean Kwok
o The Turquoise Ring - Grace Tiffany
o One of Our Thursdays Is Missing - Jasper Fforde

TOP BOOKS FOR 2010:
o Fool - Christopher Moore
o My Life In France - Julia Child
o March - Geraldine Brooks
o How's Your Drink? - Eric Felten
o The Fortune Cookie Chronicles - Jennifer 8 Lee
o The Monsters of Templeton - Lauren Groff
o Three Men In a Boat - Jerome K. Jerome
o A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
o Kitchen Confidential - Anthony Bourdain
o The Island at the Center of the World - Russell Shorto

TOP BOOKS FOR 2009:

o Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her - Melanie Rehak
o The Code of the Woosters - P.G. Wodehouse
o Joy in the Morning - P.G. Wodehouse
o The Widow's War - Sally Gunning
o Seventy Years of Irish life - W.R. LeFanu
o Our Own Snug Fireside - Jane C. Nylander

TOP BOOKS FOR 2008:

o Inside the Victorian Home - Judith Flanders
o Leaven of Malice - Robertson Davies
o Mr. Scarborough's Family - Anthony Trollope
o Collected Ghost Stories - M.R. James
o Phineas Redux - Anthony Trollope
o Blood & Thunder: Kit Carson and the Epic Conquest of
the American West - Hampton Sides
o Madam Crowl's Ghost and Other Stories - J.S. LeFanu
o The Uncommon Reader - Alan Bennett
o Eventide - Kent Haruf
o Tempest-Tost - Robertson Davies

Groups50 Book Challenge, All Things Discworldian - The Guild of Pratchett Fans, Baker Street and Beyond, Barbara Pym, Historical Fiction, HMS Surprise, I Love Jane Austen, Loitering with Intent, Non-food Books with Food or Beverage-related Titles, Trollope lovers unite or fight

Favorite authorsTerry Pratchett, Anthony Trollope (Shared favorites)

VenuesFavorites

Favorite bookstoresSpare Time / 2nd Hand

Membership LibraryThing Early Reviewers/Member Giveaway

LocationPhoenix AZ

Account typepublic, lifetime

URLs http://www.librarything.com/profile/stringcat3 (profile)
http://www.librarything.com/catalog/stringcat3 (library)

Member sinceMar 6, 2007

Currently readingPrince of Pleasure & His Regency 1811 20 by J B Priestley
At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson

Comments

Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Contact | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 89,440,204 books! | Top bar: Always visible