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About meI teach toddlers so I go through at least five board books or picture books a week. My commute takes up any where from one to two hours a day so I listen to a lot of audiobooks. I'll read from just about any genre in the limited free time I have, but my favorites tend to be mysteries, science fiction, comic books, nonfiction, and the classics canon (especially Victorian-era British novels).

About my libraryThis isn't actually a catalog of books on my shelf, but of books I've read, as I am reading them.* Therefore, there are books on here that are not actually mine while there are also many books on my shelves that are not included here.

*Some of the time, I am making (slow) progress toward reading the books listed in 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. (Note: The original list has been revised to take away/add titles. If you count the number of books on both lists, it totals 1,297.)

GroupsAnglophiles, Baker Street and Beyond, Banned Books, Books that made me think, Children's Fiction, Children's Literature, Comics, FAIFEBookClub, Feminist Theory, French Connectionshow all groups

Favorite authorsJane Austen, Charles Dickens, Candace Fleming, Ernest Hemingway, Kazuo Ishiguro, Karen Katz, Kathleen Krull, Steve Martin, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Toni Morrison, Jane O'Connor, Leslie Patricelli, Sylvia Plath, David Sedaris, William Shakespeare, Lemony Snicket (Shared favorites)


Favorite librariesPrinceton Public Library, South River Public Library

Other favoritesCentral New Jersey chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America (CNJ-JASNA)


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Currently readingMaran Illustrated Piano (Maran Illustrated) by maranGraphics Development Group
A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel
Intellectual Freedom Manual by Office for Intellectual Freedom
The Paris Wife: A Novel by Paula McLain
A Christmas Carol (Campfire Graphic Novels) by Charles Dickens
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I belatedly realized you might enjoy the thread I do in the 75ers group, sweetiegherkin:

No worries if it's not your cuppa.

- Joe
Thanks for the invite, sweetiegherkin! I look forward to participating in the group. and no doubt learning a lot.

- Joe
Thank you! Normally I'm really skeptical when someone compares a book to Gone Girl because nine times out of ten, it's just a marketing ploy for a psychological suspense novel, but in this case, I felt the comparison was accurate.
Ha ha! Right on. Putting down A Tale of Two Cities was my tipping point for finally creating a "Did Not Finish" tag for my books. I can be a stubborn reader, knuckling through whatever book commitment is before me, but where's the joy in that? I thought it was time to rethink things.

We should start a LT thread called "The Worst of the Best" or something like it. And there we can roast the classics. Maybe one already exists?

Thanks for the David Copperfield recommendation.
Thanks! I do need all the best wishes I can get. :-)
Yup 2012 was a tough one for me too. Was hoping 2013 would be better but no such luck so far. Emotion wise, these three months have been, by far, some of the worst times I have ever had. However, I manage somehow.
Hello! Thanks for checking up on me! Yeah I am still around LT but I don't have a thread or any reviews this year. I am doing okay I guess. Hope you are fine.
Thanks.. Its easy to do over at the website

I admit its a bit if a hybrid.. mostly author nationality but sometimes a book like [The Feast of the Goat] comes up which is about the an era in Dominican Republic history but written by a Peruvian author and I stuck it under Dominican Republic.
The 101 things about Jane Austen looks interesting. I'm beginning to think I ought to look for a book that tells you anything and everything about cats. A few months ago, I had one who adopted ME and brought her three friends (all girls)with her)! Maybe I should start reading Cat in the Hat again ..
Thanks for the suggestion, I never mind another book jumping on my never-ending TBR list :)
Hi! Sorry it took me so long to reply as I was knee deep in grading papers the past few weeks. :-(

I am loving Bleak House but then Charles Dickens is one of my favourite authors so it's no surprise. :-)
Thanks! It's been an exciting and interesting adventure so far! You're the first person to follow my collection on LibraryThing, so that's exciting as well!

I haven't even READ Persepolis yet, but it's on my To-Read pile.
Hello! I didn't want to take over the Comics thread. The Avengers trailer looks like a fun summer movie heavy with your typical action-packed sequences. The focus seems to be on Stark, but I'm interested to see how all of the actors mesh together. I didn't see any of Black Widow though.
Just read your review of "The Shadow of the Wind." We came to a lot of the same conclusions (so did my wife). My review appeared in May, I think. It seems to me that misogyny is not uncommon with a lot of the Hispanic male writers. But, indeed, groan-worthy. My wife and I would read out loud our favorite awful passages. At least we got a few laughs...
Thanks! The sneezes are a bit under control now but the cough is as nasty as ever. Hope the medication kicks in soon!
Hello! Sorry for not getting back to you earlier. I have caught a nasty cold. Having to grade papers and working full time while coughing and sneezing isn't all that pleasant!

I haven't seen Girl with a Pearl Earring, the movie but have caught glimpses of it. It seems sort of different from the book in small ways.
Hi, thanks for your interest. I learned about the book yesterday and noticed that my library had it, so I took it out today. I will post my review both on the Feminist Theory group (under a thread called something like contemporary non-fiction), and also on my ClubRead thread. I'll have my comments up when I finish, which I expect to be in a week or two.
Your reviews of The Poisonwood Bible, Edgar Sawtelle, and The Shadow of the Wind are all just right!
I hope to enjoy A Red Herring without Mustard too but must read The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag before that one.
I loved Susan Vreeland's Girl in Hyacinth Blue! I really want to read her Luncheon of the Boating Party. Have you read that one?
Hello sweetiegherkin! Thanks for finding my library interesting, we seem to share similar tastes. :)
Hi, sweetiegherkin. You'd asked about Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard. I enjoyed it like I did Mouse Guard Fall 1152. It's hard to think of what to compare it to, but it's little like a mashup of Beatrix Potter and C.S. Lewis's valiant Reepicheep the Mouse and his followers. The Mouse Guards are noble and brave, and those they protect have human (mouse?) flaws. Beautifully drawn and fun if you like to occasionally get into a youngster frame of mind.

This particular one is a gathering of drawn stories by authors other than David Peterson, the creator of Mouse Guard, strung together by a storytelling competition.

These books would make a great gift for kids of the right age, too.

Best wishes - Joe
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I haven't gotten to The Shadow of the Wind yet. With my crazy new schedule God only knows when and how I'll get the time to read it.
Thanks! I enjoyed Mrs. Lirriper's Lodgings. It was short and sweet, just what I need right now!
Nice review of V for Vendetta! I've always wanted to read this one.
I bet you get this all the time: You haven't read The Sandman? :)

I understand. It's been so built up, they ruined it for you. Gaiman's fans might be effusive, but they didn't bestow their favors without cause. It really does merit a reading.

Damn. I just peeked at the ending of The Blind Assassin.

One can hope. Oh, I hope it's not the case that they've been burned.

About Gaiman, he's on that list because I read the Sandman and The Books of Magic when it mattered, at that golden age, around 12 or so. The Sandman was the first non-Superhero comic book I read. And c'mon, his fans might be a little too fervid, but he's not a hack. And I really really like Anansi Boys (the BBC Audiobook version; Lenny Henry is a lively performer).

The Blind Assassin has been back on my "To Be Read" shelf for a while now, but it'll be a while before I open it up again. Not because I think it's bad or anything, but I have several book's I'm currently reading, as well as a few library books I must get through (they're due in a few days). But Atwood will be read. Thanks for the recommendation. But any specific reasons why? I notice it's not included in your (whoa) reviews.
Hiya! Thanks.

But if you're really interested, chooseth the "Meaningful" collection and they shall rock thy world.

Thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries. We do seem to share some interests, don't we?
I think Mockingjay is the most realistic of the three books, thus the most disturbing. But I think this is what made it such a good coment on the horrors of war. It's good to hear from someone who agrees with me.
Thanks! I hope so too. :-)
Oh no I went nowhere. Just too much work pressure keeping me away from LT. I do wish I could go for a holiday away from all this. But that’s not possible at the moment. Ah well, maybe someday.
Hi sweetiegherkin! Sorry for the delay. I have been away these two weeks.

Oh yes I've been looking forever for Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day! It had been on my wishlist for years. Now I've finally managed to find a copy. I haven't seen the movie but from what I've heard about the book I hope to enjoy it.
Hello my friend! :) (and a very belated Happy New Year's as well)

How have you been? Did you have a good holiday season? Just thought I would stop by and say hello and sneak around your new books. *grin*. OK, it's not really sneaking if I tell you about it, is it? Haha. :)~

I'm intrigued by "The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog and His Friend Marilyn Monroe", which I see is a new addition to your collection. Very interesting premise. You must let me know how you like it after you read it... Unless, of course, you already DID read it, in which case: What did you think of it? LOL. :)

Much Bliss,
Hi, sweetiegherkin! Happy New Year!
i have a one and a half year old. hes amazing.
do you have kids or just like children books?
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Well, Hard Times is not funny per se. Some of Mrs. Sparsit’s activities are kind of funny. But overall the book is more of a satire, which is darkly funny, not ha-ha funny. The writing is good and the book is not as bad as some make it out to be.

Silas Marner is my first George Eliot book. So far I have slightly ambiguous feelings regarding it. The first few chapters felt very rushed. I feel the narrative and the characters are not developing properly. Let’s see how it goes.
Hey there sweetie! :)

I'm abashed to admit I never finished NA-- I had too many books on my Must Read And Review stack which I had to focus on (feel free to read my reviews & let me know what you think! Thumbs up= instant karma. LoL) and NA just kinda slipped to the wayside and stayed there, I'm sorry to say. That's why I took it off my currently reading list, not because I actually finished it. I don't LIKE not finishing books; it bothers me. I guess it's the completists in me, or maybe the 15 plus English classes I took for my degree, but leaving books unfinished nags at me in the back of my mind. So, my dear friend, I WILL finish it; I just don't know when, haha. :)

However, I took a glance just now at your currently read list and you've got some very interesting tomes going on there. I'm delighted to see the Alberto Manguel, "A History of Reading"; it is a delight to read and get lost in the pages. He is such a brilliant and talented author! I have read several others of his works, but "A History" is surely one of his best! Enjoy it, I'm sure you will.

Also, I am jealous of all the Graphic Novels you have been acquiring! It is so wonderful that the graphic novel industry is taking off lately and finding a broader audience. I went to art school for several years and studied the industry, intending to find employment in the Graphic Novel world, but the economy went south after I finished and there weren't enough jobs to go around. This new interest in Graphic Novel interpretations of Classics gives me hope though. What do you think of the ones you have read? I would be interested to find out your thoughts. :)

Well, I think my ten minutes are up, LOL. My sister and her 3 year old moved in with me recently so my time isn't really my own anymore. Haha. I love them both to death, but it does make it a bit more difficult to keep up correspondence and get my reading and Art done! I will try to keep more in contact with you, my friend. Know that a delay in response on my part is never intentional, as I do enjoy hearing from you and your responses and reflections on what you read!

Much Bliss,
I love Dracula! This is my fourth time re-reading it. Thanks for the recommendation. I haven't read anything by La Fanu yet but I would like to.
I like the sound of Yes, Let's. Good review!
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Thanks for adding BannedBooksLibrary to your interesting libraries. Happy Reading!
Oh the If You Give a Cat a Cupcake sounds so cute! I do like dogs but I absolutely love cats! Thanks for the nice review!
Oh I wish I could do that! I like organizing things. Ever since I’ve figured out how to get the absolute correct editions and other correct info about books, I’ve gone on an organizing spree. I hate seeing anything out of place especially when I know how to fix it! :-)
I’ve got most of it sorted out but not all of it. There are still a few with reviews attached to them that I want to look into. Sigh! This is turning out to be more work than I bargained for.

And thank you for the thumbs! I appreciate it.
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The Name of the Rose is probably one of the hardest books I’ve ever read. It is filled with lengthy conversations on religion, philosophy and things I know nothing or very little about. The book’s length does not help either. Having said that it is a rather remarkable book and it does make for an intriguing read.

From what I’ve heard about Never Let Me Go it seems interesting but kind of depressing.
Good review of When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro. As you know I enjoyed his Remains of the Day very much. I think I'd like to read this one too.
Nope never read The Maid of the North. Although I maybe familiar with some of the stories in the collection. The book looks very interesting.

I’m really fond of reading short stories so Girl in Hyacinth Blue was a good experience for me. I hope you like it too. Always glad to be able to add something to a friend’s wishist! :-)
Thank you for liking my review! My reviews are always about my feelings. I always write what I feel right after finishing a book. In this case I was a little hesitant as this was a re-read. What if the charm of my first read gets spoiled? But thankfully Wuthering Heights has held up wonderfully. True, the characters are not really likeable but the writing is absolutely impeccable.
Oh no! I first read Wuthering Heights as a teen. I’m re-reading it to see how my perception of it has changed over the years.
Hi there sweetie! :)

I am So sorry it took me so long to reply to your kind posts. (You really ARE a sweetie! lol.) The battery in my laptop died 2 days after the warranty expired and it's non-chargeable and also $150 I really really don't have the money for so... I'm stuck with very limited internet access for awhile. *sigh* Which means my iPhone lol. I don't know if you have a touch screen phone, but they can be very arduous to type and search things on. :S

Anyways, enough of my ramblings and complainings! Now, to give a proper reply:

I'm currently about 1/2 way through "Northanger Abbey", I like it alright I guess but it's pretty slow-moving IMO. I just NOW finally got to the part where she's invited to the Abbey for heaven's sake and I'm halfway through the book!!! I mean, geez. That's the only part I'm reading the book for in the first place. LOL. *shakes head* Slow-moving indeed. Ah well, it's a book I've never read and always intended to, so I'm taking my time with it.

However, I'm very sorry to hear you've lost YOUR copy!!! There is nothing so aggravating as losing a book and realizing it is not just misplaced but actually GONE from your collection just at the very moment you go to retrieve it! I sympathize most heartily, I know the feeling-- it has happened to me quite a bit. Could you maybe have let someone borrow it and they never returned it? I hope you find it!!! *hugs*

Well, that's about all my fingers can manage to tap-tap-tap out on my phone for now. So I will wish you well and hope you find your book (or a better copy appears instead in its place) and all is well with you in Your Kingdom. :)

Much Bliss & Happy Reading,

My literary diet consisted of nothing but fairytales for the first 10 years of my life courtesy of my mother. I didn’t believe in fairytales (I’ve been a cynic for as long as I can remember) but I loved listening to them, especially the Russian, Chinese, Japanese and Arabian folktales. Thank you for the Amazon link. I appreciate it.

I’m finding The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie very entertaining. So far I like it. But I don’t feel that Flavia is a very realistic character. I’m counteracting my scepticism by thinking of her as the voice of Bradley and not as an adolescent girl. And it is working beautifully.

Yes, isn’t the lavender rose beautiful (my personal tribute to the book London Lavender). Rose is the flower for the month of June. It signifies beauty and perfection. Lavender roses convey enchantment and fascination.
The Twelve Dancing Princesses was one of my favourite stories growing up.I'd love to own an illustrated copy (like the one you've reviewed)too. Nice review, btw.

On a completely unrelated note, I've recently read a now forgotten book called London Lavender and it may end up as one of my favourite reads of the year. If you are interested my review is here,
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Hi Sweetie!

Yes, I enjoyed "The Book Thief"; well *slight pause* I actually did NOT enjoy it the first two times I picked it up. LOL. It was slow-going for me, I thought the beginning rambled on a bit and I am a VERY unfaithful reader -- never been faithful to one book at a time in my whole life, sad to say-- so it takes quite a bit for me to plough straight through a book with all those other books I could be reading instead winking at me in the background. ;)

Having said that though, I was much endeared to the idea of the character Death narrating the book and it interested me more coming from "His" point of view. Maybe this is because although he does maintain that he is 'haunted by humans', I think perhaps the author was trying to present a more detached viewpoint of Nazi Germany, than he could have done with just Liesel's voice alone. I quite enjoyed his passing commentary, as well. One comment in particular comes to mind where He says he needs a vacation but will never get one because there's no one else to do his job, lol. Then again I am a big fan of Pratchett, and that part reminded me of a scene involving Death in "The Colour of Magic", the first of The Discworld series, which I am currently nibbling my way through as well. If you haven't read it, I suggest you give it a try! Pratchett is quite hilarious, I first read him by way of "Good Omens", a book he co-authored with Neil Gaiman, which features (of course) Death as a character as well. LOL! Sense a pattern running here? *chuckle*

In any case, I read your review of the book (and gave you a thumbs up) and I agree with your viewpoint for the most point. I -do- think the book could have been cut down by at least 100 pages, seemed a monstrous amount of pages to me, and I think he could have made the same statement a bit more cohesive with less space. But, that is just my opinion. I can see what you mean by it not being an obvious YA choice, although I have read it has been labeled a YA novel repeatedly. Frankly, the only reason I can think of why that is the case is that the author's other novels have been marketed towards the YA age group. The subject material in "The Book Thief" however, is arguable as to whether it is age-marketed... perhaps because of Liesel's age? Usually the age of the main protagonist has a great deal to do with who the book's main audience is addressed to... but then again, given that Death is the narrator *chuckle*, it could be then argued that Death is the protagonist in which case it would be aimed towards an audience of say... a million years old (and change)? LOL. Who knows. These publishing chaps these days. ;)

Well, I much enjoyed comparing notes with you! What's on the menu for you next, I wonder? :)
Have a great (rest of the) weekend!

Hi there Sweetie!

Thanks for the interesting library add-back, and let me just say that while my Library may have more "ïnteresting books" in it as you say, yours DEFINITELY has more interesting reviews! Phew! Makes me tired just looking at the sheer number of your reviews, Lol. What a lot of work you have put into them, as well. Quite impressive. :)

Yes, I am about 3/4 through "The Book Thief" right now, it is a very good read. I will be interested in your take on it, for sure. Let me know what you think of it.

Much Bliss & Happy Reading,
Hi Sweetie. I'm a school librarian in Sheffield, England and I've recently been doing A LOT of work on graphic novels and manga both for my own library and for the local Schools Library Service. How's your information gathering getting on? Are you UK based? Schools or public? :-)
Hello, sweetiegherkin! Thank you for the info but I doubt I'll ever watch the movie. As it is I don't particularly like romance. But what you say about the movie makes me hopeful about someone somewhere having some sense. More sense than the writer that's for sure.
Thanks for your suggestion about the audio books. I'll look them up.

And yes for a novel where nothing much happens The Remains of the Day is certainly engrossing.
Hi! You know, I’m enjoying The Remains of the Day much more than I thought I would! Kazuo Ishiguro’s writing is certainly very lucid and pleasant.

Being a fan of the mystery genre, I’ve wanted to read The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie for quite sometime now. Finally managed to add it to my TBR pile. After waiting for so long I’m trying to get to it soon but many other books are vying for my attention at the moment so we’ll see.

Isn’t it wonderful that there are so many facets of to each of Dickens’ works? I love A Tale of Two Cities for certain reasons and you do not and I disliked David Copperfield whereas you liked it. And yes it does seem like we love Dickens for different reasons. That is why Dickens is such a great writer. Everyone loves him for their own separate reasons. And if you don’t like A Tale of Two Cities no reason for you to re-read it. We’re all not supposed to like the same things anyway. Besides there are so many books and life is so short!

Hope the next Dickens you pick will turn out better. :-)
I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy A Tale of Two Cities, sweetiegherkin. I do see your point about Charles and Lucy Darney. I don’t like them that much either. Also, the multiple story lines and seemingly unrelated characters can be a bit confusing for some.

But on the other hand, I re-read it a while ago for the umpteenth time and loved it as much as I always do. Did you see my review of it? Maybe you can check it out to see what I love about the book. The link to my review is here,
Thank you SO MUCH for my SantaThing books! They both look like wonderful reads - I can't wait to start reading them! Thanks again, and I hope you had a very Merry Christmas!
Sorry for the late reply, I didn't notice till just now that LT has an email component!

If it's not too late, I'll be happy to respond to your questionnaire.
I'll be glad to fill out the questionaire, too.
Sure, I'll be glad to fill out the questionnaire.
I received your comment. I would be happy to fill out your questionnaire.
No problem on your comics survey, sweetiegherkin. One of my favorite topics! Just let me know.

- Joe
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You are welcome! Good to know someone else feels the same way about The Pillars of the Earth.

Yes, I see we share Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. My first Dickens was, as you already know, A tale of Two Cities. It was difficult for me too. It took several subsequent re-reads for me to take it all in. The one thing I can say about Dickens is that no matter how intimidating his books may look to everyone, once you’ve finished a Dickens, you are left with a sense of great satisfaction and a longing for more.

As for Austen, my first one was Pride and Prejudice, at the age of 12. Incidentally, it was given as a wedding present some 13 years before that to my mom and dad from one of my aunts. I remember staying up way past my bedtime and my mom telling me to go to sleep, as a storm raged outside! Ah, memories of books.
Thank you for adding me to your interesting libraries. You are the first person to do so. I'm also adding your library to my list of interesting libraries. The first one for me. And not just because you've added me. But because I've looked around in your library and I must say I am rather impressed with your collection of humorous books as well as some non-fiction books I myself would like to read someday. Once again, thank you.

Noticed you liked White Oleander, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here as well as a few other book-related sites. Thought you might like my book since it's also about a dysfunctional family (and also a bit dark). I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like (I'm out of physical copies at the moment). Here's a link to a summary (and a sample chapter) in case you'd like to read more before you commit:


Hi Jen,

Thanks for the note. No worries about the chat. I know how work can be. :)

If you want to check out the transcript of the chat, I have posted it on the Book Buzz site here:

Happy Holidays!

Hi sweetiegherkin,

I saw your note on josbookshelf's page about the painting in The Time Travler's Wife.

My name is Dawn and I am a librarian and the host of Toronto Public Library’s online book club: Book Buzz and a fellow LibraryThing member.

We will be hosting an online chat with the author, Audrey Niffenegger, on Book Buzz:
Monday, December 15, 2008. 7-8 pm (Toronto time). Maybe you could ask the author herself! :)

If you are interested, visit us at .

Thank-you for your time,
Nope-I have a turtle. All the gecko's are in my garden. :)
I figured you were looking for more people who've actually done the work. Since I don't work in a public library, it's never been an issue for me, but it is one I do outside work on, and just felt like helping however I could. Good luck with your work and I hope one day it won't even be an issue. :)
MeowWow was a good one- I was surprised to find new stuff there.
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