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About meI'm a 41-year-old bibliophile and sometimes editor living in San Francisco, California.

I read mostly fiction: literary fiction, comic novels, thrillers, mysteries, general fiction, and a little bit of everything else. For nonfiction, I like cookbooks, science, travel, the arts, and a little bit of everything else.

About my libraryIn a past life, I was the editor of Discover Diving Magazine. I read a lot of really bad unsolicited submissions to my scuba magazine. At that time, as a joke, I started the "trashy underwater fiction" collection. I believe I am the world's foremost authority. I read "normal" books, too. ;-)



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Makes me sad to think that show would go away!
I'm so glad that I wasn't the only one to see the Chuck influence in Baldacci's Sixth Man. That's why I love reading reviews after I've written mine, a little like bookclub to see everyone else's opinions too. You're review was great.
Hi Susan
thanks so much for your lovely reply, it's good to make contact! I'll keep an eye on your reviews and let you know my thoughts on Freedom when I've read it. If I could afford it I would come to SF next year for the's hoping it comes to London!

I enjoyed your review of Franzen's Freedom. Like the plaque above the Swarthmore college "Use Well thy Freedom", The character in this novel were not exactly good at that. I too thought the hype was worth it and that this was a great read.
Hi Suetu
I've just finished Mary Ann in Autumn and read your review after writing mine. I'm really curious - who is your friend who makes an appearance?? I went to SF in September and wished I could 'pull a Mary Ann' but wasn't quite brave enough, so I'm very envious you've pulled it off!

I see you're read Freedom which is my next book so will check out your review after I've read it (I find reading reviews before may contain spoilers and influence my opinion too much sometimes!).

Morwenna (Tixylix)
Hello Sue,

Thanks for stopping by with the nice words, I'm horribly slow to reply. Thanks for the encouragement on Last Night in Twisted River, I've been unable to stop thinking about it for days now, and found myself crying into my soup remembering Dominic remembering - I have been pondering the many twists in the plot and the author connections as well. I could write on and on about it and keep wanting to revise my review. Sigh.

Happy 2010, and happy reading, I'll be checking your blog for reviews.

I'm hoping to read more this year than last!

Hi Susan,

LOL! Getting Michael Chabon to sign that book for you sounds like a *much* better plan than giving it away!

Looking forward to seeing you on your next visit back East,

Hi suetu,

I didn't know you were here on LibraryThing! I found your review of Manhood for Amateurs (thumbed it!) in the list of today's book reviews. I, too, like reading what Michael Chabon has written (but *not* The Yiddish Policement's Union - which I disliked intensely!).

Any plans for visiting Maryland in the near future? It would be fun to see you again at another Bookcrossing meeting.

By the way, Manhood for Amateurs is on my wishlist.

Happy Holidays!

LOVED your review of Irving's latest novel: Last Night in Twisted River. I just finished the book...and like you I am a huge Irving fan and found this to be another of his great novels.
I have to admit, I got to the end of the first section and am appreciating it much more, connecting with the characters and falling into the rhythm of the story. My previous three reads were young adult, which tend to make me less patient for longer novels. Thanks for the encouragement and happy reading. Can't wait to see your review,

Hi, thanks for stopping by - sorry about the illness, hope you're on the mend.
True confession - I cried actual tears of joy when I got the email about Irving's new book.
I'm currently stuck on page 78, ready to cry tears of boredom or frustration, as it's the most tedious thing I've ever read by him. I know I need to dig in and read, it has to get better, right? He writes in an oddly familiar voice filled with asides and boring details about the logging industry, and what I really need right now is a good story. I'm curious to hear what you think.

Thanks for the recommendations, and happy reading.

Take care,

I just wanted to tell you that I loved The Hunger Games, inhaled it in a day and can't wait for the sequel!
Happy reading,
Dear Susan,

Thank you for your lovely note as well, and thanks for the compliment. I am completely mental about my reviews, which are not yet craft, but more reflex and response to what I’ve read. I can get pretty caught up in what a book means to me, and I’m not sure I have the objectivity to review for others than myself, but I soldier on!

John Irving is my favorite too, just edging out Vonnegut. I read The World According to Garp when I was a teenager, and have never been the same. Owen Meany is the first character that I could not let go, and that book was the first one that I began to collect copies, just to give away, so I could talk to other people about it. I love John Irving, and am forever spoiled, expecting great characters and laughter and tears in all my books now. I did not know about the new book, and I’m curious to see where he takes us next. I’m only halfway through Until I Find You, which sits in a ridiculous pile of half read books, one of my little guilts.

I’ve already checked out your blog and enjoy it very much. I’m sure to be checking back in to see what you are reading next. Until then, happy reading,

You are funny and you write great reviews, lovely to meet you here! I just bought the Hunger Games and can't wait to get to it. It's hard work deciding who to bump to the top of the pile next. I really love your reviews of the books we share, and envy your eloquence. I wondered if you've read 84 Charring Cross road yet - I think you'll love it as much as Geurnsey Literary...
I was curious about your Irving Books, as they are unrated. I have them all as well, always looking for others who love my favorite characters, Owen and Ruth. I also wanted to mention that Charles Baxter's First Light really got to me, and I thought it so much better than Feast of Love. Sorry to babble, hope you don't mind my clicking you into my interesting libraries to revisit. I'm trying to pare down my collection a wee bit and catch up on the monster tbr pile. Happy reading,
Mel Carroll
It only took me a day and a half to finish The Hunger Games and like you I can't wait for the sequel. I checked and its supposed to be released on September 1st of this year. I just may have to pre-order it.
I just wanted to let you know that your review of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins has led me pick up the book and add it to my To Be Read list.
I enjoyed your review of The Lost City of Z. It really was a good book, wasn't it. At first I wasn't quite sure where the author was going, but gradually it all pulled together into one heck of a read. And I do believe it would take wild horses to drag me into the Amazon basin.

Hi there! This is Rachel from Unbridled Books. I saw your post about not having yet received The Wonder Singer. Has it arrived yet? It was supposed to be mailed via Priority Mail just a few days after I received the list of winners, so I want to get to the bottom of this. Please send me a message or email me at Thanks!
Thanks for the words. I was not fishing for a compliment, but I send kudos when they are due.

I have written books (non-fiction) made a couple of movies (business type) and have on the shelf a novel which I am still toying with after 20 years.

I got into this through a discovery of Library Thing. Getting a book or two was my goal. Now, I have a few columns which I send in weekly and am expanding into magazines. Getting paid for the reviews is a trick I would like to learn more about, I get paid for a few but trying to get more of them to pay is my goal.

The Yiddish thing is a hobby sort of; I speak it and can read a bit. I have some song books which are written in it and play the keyboard with songs that were done during the holocaust and somehow were saved.

I receive many books from a lot of publishers now (somewhere around 5 to 10 per week). My wife is now into doing reviews and we keep them under my byline so as not to confuse. It is a project that we both enjoy and keeps our minds active.
We live in a rural area on a mountain here outside of Kingman Arizona in a log home that we built 4 years ago. If you ever get into the neighborhood drop in and have a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.

Hi Susan:
Being new at this review thing, I found that I really enjoyed your review of Supreme Courtship. I wrote a review and then looked at the other reviews which were posted. I am getting better, I think, but not yet in your league!

At least I find that some folks like to read them and my list of papers and mags is growing so that I am getting in print. Whenever I find a reviewer who has done a better job on the same book, well, my hat is off to you.

Thanks for the friends request, I get so involved in reading/searching/discovering on Library Thing, I totally forgot you could have friends here. :-D.
I'm jealous. I don't have Gentlemen of the Road yet, but I expect I'll have to break down and get it soon. :)

Have a safe trip.
Good review. I like Robinson's books but was afraid there wasn't enough back story in this one for new readers. Banks is a great character. I've only read two or three of the others, but would recommend Innocent Graves and Cold Is the Grave from the backlist.

Yes, everything's fine here. I even went to the Texas Book Festival this weekend. :)

Hope all is well on your end too.

Oh yeah ... this is MUCH better than Shelfari
I am a friggen' addict.
Did you know that you can import your whole Bookcrossing bookshelf? It's very cool
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