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CollectionsYour library (719), To read (135), Read but unowned (17), Favorites (3), All collections (736)

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About meI love to read, and I read a lot. I haven't been tracking numbers lately, but I am still spending a lot of time reading, and acquiring way more books than I could possibly get to. Tell me, when I have so many books I want to read RIGHT NOW that I have trouble settling on any one book, why would I buy more? I don't know, but I keep doing it.

About my libraryI like a lot of different genres, but my favorites are science fiction, mystery, and general fiction. I especially like books with a feminist viewpoint, or at least good stong female characters. If it is well-written, I like it. There are so many books out there to read, I think I could read for hours every day and still have a long list of books I want to get to next. Not to mention the books I want to go back and read again! I am always buying books, so I never really get to the point where I have read all the books I have.

I am making some progress entering books, but I am still organizing the books I have. I was finally able to get most of my books out of storage this past year, but I quickly overfilled the available space, so I need more shelves again. I really want to add more shelves to my living room anyway, though, because I love the feeling of being surrounded by books, and I currently only have shelves on two walls.

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Groups50 Book Challenge, Atwoodians, Bookcases: If You Build/Buy Them, They Will Fill, Club Read 2009, Club Read 2011, Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Early Reviewers, Feminist SF, Girlybooks, Go Review That Book!show all groups

Favorite authorsKate Atkinson, Margaret Atwood, Jane Austen, Greg Bear, Truman Capote, Orson Scott Card, John le Carré, Agatha Christie, e. e. cummings, Barbara Delinsky, Philip K. Dick, Barbara Ehrenreich, Jasper Fforde, Karen Joy Fowler, Al Franken, Neil Gaiman, Elizabeth George, William Gibson, Ursula K. Le Guin, Carl Hiaasen, Kazuo Ishiguro, P. D. James, Jhumpa Lahiri, Julian May, Isa Chandra Moskowitz, Terry Pratchett, John Scalzi, Carol Shields, Amy Tan, Sheri S. Tepper (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBarnes & Noble Booksellers - Ladue Rd., Left Bank Books

Favorite librariesSt. Louis Public Library - Central Express

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Real nameSusan

LocationSt. Louis, Missouri

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Reminder: The Missouri Readers Group will begin discussion of King of the Hill: A Memoir by A. E. Hotchner on April 1, 2010. No Kidding! The discussion thread is at I look forward to chatting with you all again!
Just a reminder! One week from today, on February 1, 2010, we will begin our Missouri Readers discussion of “The Moonflower Vine” by Jetta Carleton. We’ve started a thread, but try to avoid spoilers until next week!
Reminder: The Missouri Readers will start discussing The Death of Sweet Mister by Daniel Woodrell next Monday (12/28)! Come visit with your questions and comments!

Merry Christmas!
Here's the newest addition to my library.
Sending books out today in two packages, media mail. - Lois
Susan, I left a note on my Club Read thread, but if you send me your address again, I'll send the Kit Reed novels to you:-) Best, Lois Would you like the latest Jonathan Carroll also?
Hey Susan

thanks so much for help!

greetz C
Hey, I was just curious, did you finally finish [War and Peace]?
Thanks for your words of consolation. They are appreciated greatly.
Hey! Thanks for your comment. I finally finished More than Human, definitely a very interesting book. Didn't see that ending coming, very nice. Reminded me a bit of Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke, have you read that?
No problem - just to let you know that when you're done with it, you should send it on to thetometraveller (on LT). I hope everything goes well with the house move!
Hi there. Have you received The End Of Mr Y yet? I sent it airmail, so I hope you have got it by now!
Posted it today. Hope you get it soon!
Sussabmax, you're up first for The End of Mr Y. If you leave me a private message with your address, I'll send it off!
Hey Sussabmax!

For bookcrossing, you can sign up pretty easily on If you don't want to, that's fine too - I'll can add you to the list anyway.

Just a couple of questions - what country are you in and what countries would you be prepared to send the book to after you've finished it?

Once I've got a few people I'll make a list (trying to keep people from the same country together so it doesn't have to be sent internationally too many times). When it gets to your turn, the person before you will contact you and get your address for posting the book.
I appreciate your review of "To Say Nothing of the Dog".

It kept putting me to sleep.

Only one question (since you finished it, I think), where was the Bishop's Bird Stump?

Honestly, I just appreciate an out-and-out spoiler. Maybe it would have made a good short story. -- Or am I being too harsh?
Hi Susan,

Did you happen to finish War & Peace yet? What a great book, or really several books in one. I'll never pull off 100 books in a year but I've decided to go after at least one really ambitious project each year. This year it's the Bible, with all its Old Testament requisite violence. War and Peace was much more sedate.
Hey Susan,

Thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries! I'll do my best to do it justice :)

And you're absolutely right: dystopias are just the best. I've been trying to figure out what it is about me that makes me nuts about a usually pretty gloomy type of book (since I'm not a gloomy type of person), but I just don't get it. The more upsetting the book, the more I seem to enjoy it (I cried at the end of On the beach and I loved it). My boyfriend teases me about it and tells me I shouldn't read any dystopias anymore, only books about my little ponies...I got him to read 1984 though and he loved it! ^^

Hi Susan,
thanks for considering my library 'interesting'. I will add yours to my list as well, so as to be able to get back to it and browse through when I have some more time.
Having been a single mother of three for quite a while (mine are 20, 18, and 14 now), I can just imagine how busy you are. Reading, for me, has always been a necessity, and helped me through many difficult periods.
Like you, I keep buying books, even though I have humongous TBR mountains. I can't stop and, since I became a LT member, it has almost become a compulsion.
Enough talking!
Nice of you to stop by. Happy reading!!
Paola :-))
So far, I've pretty much stuck to that "non-buying" goal.

In the last two weeks I've begun my quarterly rearranging of bookshelves since I put a small dent in the "not read" shelf, and have actually donated a couple of boxes of out-of-date reference books to the local library (no sense keeping almanacs from the 1990s around, or holding onto a science book that authoritatively states that we will in all likelihood not discover planets around other stars).

Tam has suggested that I remove some of the posters and pictures in my room to mount more of the "bracket-type" shelves. I initially pooh-poohed her idea, but you know there is this one bare spot...
Looks like our messages crossed each other!

I know what you mean about having a backlog of books to read... As you can see from my profile, I'm well into the hundreds of books on my TBR pile... and I can't seem to stop buying more!

No worries about missing the "s" in my username. :)

We seem to have overlapping tastes in SF, as well as mysteries. I'm actually a big fan of Tepper too, though I don't list her as a favourite author because I'm less keen on her more recent novels (though I haven't read quite a few of them yet, including The Margarets). I'm curious to peruse your library further because I'm definitely on the lookout for some new SF writers to be introduced to...

Glad you joined the Women of Mystery group!

You're right.. that is an exception in my library. And I do plan to read some Jane Austen as well... probably Northhanger Abbey. That's pretty much the only story of hers I don't know... 'cause there hasn't been a fancy film adaptation of it yet... ;-) I do enjoy the richness of her language, along with the relatively light, romantic plots. Don't tell the "guys at work".... just kidding!
However, given our 15 books in common, there is some interesting variety... from Janet Evanovich and Carl Hiaasen to Neil Gaimen and Terry Pratchett ;-) I'm a relatively slow reader and I tend not to read drama or classic literature. I have to be pretty entertained by a book otherwise I run out of steam fast.
Hey, sussabmax...

Thanks for the LeGuin recommendation. I will definitely read The Dispossessed at some point. I like sampling different authors knowing that if I enjoy their book, then there's a whole new treasure trove to look forward to. I'm interested to read some of her fantasy as well. I have quite a few authors in my library from whom I've only read one or two books, but they are on my "to read more of" list.

hey girlie I was trying to peek at your challenge list what's your header. i updated mine I'm @ 17 w/ 4 in the wings
Thanks for your encouraging words for my book challenge. I used to live in the Midwest and always enjoyed going to St. Louis. I went to Left Bank Books (I think that is the name) and thought it was pretty neat.
Thank you for the good luck message on the 50 book challenge. And I offer it back to you for your own daunting challenge. :)

Hi Susan!

Yes, I read Boys from Brasil, I enjoyed it very much! I'm planning to reread it, but first I have to make a dent in my huge TBR pile ^^ I also read Rosemary's baby in school, which was one of the few books I didn't mind reading for my reading list.

If you're into dystopias, you really should read This perfect day, it's an excellent read. I was through it in no time!

Thank you for pointing out my obvious mistake. I have six girls and three boys. I am horrible remembering all their birthdays and stuff; heck, I even get their names mixed up half the time. If one of them do someting wrong and I have to corrent them, I usually go through all their names before I get to the right onw. LOL Thanks for asking.

Since I am so proud of my little angels, here's their names and ages (hope I can get all this right! lol):

Aubrey 20
Chris Jr 19
Zacharey 18
Addison 11
Evan 9
Emma 9
Katie 7
Jaedyn 4
Molly 18 mos.

I am so blessed! I noticed that you have two little one's yourself. Being a single mom to 2 little ones, working a challenging job, and being able to read 93 books last year is quite an accomplishment! I am overwhelmed with the idea of reading 50 this year... I've got a good start, I think, but it is a challenge, even though I love to read.

Take care!

Thank you for your support on the 50 book challenge. I can't even think about 100 books LOL. Maybe when the baby is older. I am hoping to get more reading in later on in the year, hopefully during the summer. Good luck with your goal!

I really enjoyed A History of the Wife. Yes, it was a tad dry at times & very western centered, but I found Yalom's analysis interesting and very enjoyable.
I enjoyed your review of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle so I had to go check out your blogspot.

I hope you keep it up! I know you must be short of time, now that school has started--I've added it to my favorites and will go read all the previous entries when I'm not in my morning rush.

Although I'm not a vegan, I'm drifting into having a vegan main meal or two a week. I'm also looking into more organic and local options; actually I live not too far from the Canadian border, and I am beginning to believe that it may become a choice between eating locally/organically or vegan. I was heartened by Kingsolver's claim that even eating 10% local food would have a big impact on oil usage and local economies. 10% is easy! 10% I can do! And perhaps I can slowly expand my more conscious food choice options. Tonight I am going to an 'alternate voices' book club with Kingsolver's book featured,so I am hoping to learn more local options.
I had to go back and see which Marley book I mentioned ~ I guess it's the one I'm still reading: "The Maquisarde." About 2/3 through it and still enjoying it very much. Last year I read "The Goddess Child," I think it's called, and earlier this year I read a YA sci-fi by Marley. BTW, I have been reading your posts in the 50 Book Challenge group and notice that we seem to have very similar taste, so, if you're interested, here's the link (I hope) to my thread on that group:
Have you read "Beauty" by Tepper? It's sort of urban fantasy rather than sci-fi (I think), but it had elements of both. It was my first by her and I still think it is one of her best, though "Gate to Women's Country" tops my list too. I also thought "Grass" was pretty darn good. I like Tepper (and Marley) because of their writing styles and social insights, and because they write great women characters. Hard / techno /macho sci-fi is all well and good and I've read my share in my time, but these days I find I prefer sci-fi that focuses on people and the social conditions in which they find themselves and how they resolve the issues. (If that makes sense.)
Hi, Susan ~ I was rereading some old posts on one of the boards and saw your message about The Margarets by Tepper and that you wanted to know what I thought about it when I finished it, so here I am. I have to admit I didn't enjoy it as much as I had hoped, though it was very good writing and a very interesting plot. I just felt the heavyhandedness was a little more than sporadic and that she did a little too much preaching (and telling) rather than showing. Nonetheless, I'm glad I read it and hope another book is coming soon from Tepper as I believe she is one of the strongest of the female sci-fi writers around today. Speaking of female sci-fi writers, have you read anything by Louise Marley yet? She's a bit uneven, but her writing is top-notch (at least what I've read so far) and her characters and plotlines and themes are wonderful. She also writes a lot about social issues.

Take care!

This place is HIGHLY addictive, isn't it. It's one of the few sites I've found where the addiction doesn't wane after 6-8 months, either. Instead, it seems to grow in proportion to your library acquisitions and wish list:) But don't worry, we have a 12 step group here somewhere in the forums...of course, that went down too.
You're very welcome sussabmax! I've read so many great books mentioned on LT that I'd never heard of before, or had forgotten about, or was wary of trying. It's nice to think I'm doing the same for others. I'm looking forward to more from Tepper, including The Gate to Women's Country. My problem is finding time for all the books I want to read! I hope you enjoy The Visitor as much as I did. Please let me know.

hey, thanks for your feedback on The children of men, definitely adding it to my 'to read one day' list now!
Hi, Susan - I just got your message regarding "The Myth of You and Me". It was a good book, I enjoyed it...think I mostly read it over 2 nights.

Good Morning, Susan

Just got your message on the Tiptree book. It is a very good biography of a person who has fascinated me ever since I read Angel Fix in a Best from IF Anthology. The fascination deepened when I found that Racoona was Tiptree was woman.

In the Eighties I started reading less sf. Then, recently I stumbled on a review of the Tiptree biog, and was stunned to find out about the murder suicide and about the specifics of Alice Sheldon's life.

What an amazing person, not necessarily a lovable one, but a person who truly lived, who achieved much, who did things most of us can only dream about, and who left soft great sf for all of us to enjoy, as well as a circle on pen friends who are people we may7 all secretly envy.

The book is very good. It does not pull punches, the warts are there as are the severe emotional problems, some of which I hope are anachronistic today.

Try it, you'll like bring back a lousy cliche.

Take care.

Dave in Duluth
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