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About meI am a full-time copyeditor and a constant reader.

About my libraryMy collection here at LT contains all the books I've read in recent years, all the books I own, and some that I just want to read.

I have a pretty small house, so as a general rule I only keep books that I expect I'll want to reread, that I want to keep for reference, or that complete a set. Currently, I have collected several shelves full of books that I haven't actually read because I keep getting distracted by new finds at the library, so I have a large TBR stack that I'm trying to do most of my reading from at present. As I work through my TBRs I'll be trading them away at Bookmooch and Paperbackswap, and giving them away on my blog.

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, And Other Stories, ARC Junkies, Bloggers, Book reviewers, Comics, Folio Society devotees, Freebies, Book Giveaways and Contests, Go Review That Book!, Literary Snobsshow all groups

Favorite authorsJane Austen, Thomas Hardy, Dorothy L. Sayers, J. R. R. Tolkien (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresAlready Read Used Books, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Potomac Yard, Book Bank, Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, One More Page Books, Politics and Prose

Favorite librariesAlexandria Library - Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library


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LocationAlexandria, Virginia, USA

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Currently readingSome Prefer Nettles by Junichiro Tanizaki
Under My Skin: My Autobiography to 1949 by Doris May Lessing

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Now my Christmas guests have gone I am attempting to get my house (and my life) back to normal. First task on the list is, of course, my thank you letters: the books you chose for me look lovely and will go close to the top of my TBR list. The book of essays looks particularly interesting and just right for dipping into; the two novels will be good for when I have time for a good solid read. I work at a school so I don't go back to work until next Monday and with the current weather - heavy wind and rain - likely to last, reading in a cosy armchair may be the best way to spend my time.

I love the annual SantaThing and really regretted my decision the year I didn't take part, and I have always been lucky with my Santas, who have all taken care and thought over their choices for me.

I've had a look at your library and we do have some good books in common, don't we?

Thank you again
Hi Teresa,

I saw you left a recommendation on my SantaThing page, and thanks for that. The Sparrow looks very interesting! Yet another BB!

Oh, I'm so glad you like them! Flannery O'Connor's letters were my introduction to her many years ago, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. The Saramago was a lagniappe, because I had a little extra to spend, you like him and I love Peter Sis, who did the illustrations. It was fun being your Santa, and I got to read your blog, too, which I really enjoyed.

Merry Christmas!
Thank you for offering, but I'm on hiatus from Morland-land right now. (Now I see why you only read one a month; I didn't and now I can't seem to get into them.)
Thank you very much for the books; they arrived today. I look forward to reading them!
Hi, Theresa! I was just wondering if you'd be willing to send me some more Morland books? If you are, I'll send you my address via Library Thing, so we don't have to bother with going through BookMooch (unless you'd rather). Thank you very much for your time!
Just popping in to say how much I enjoyed your review of Harrison's The English Major which I just finished. I had ignored the jarring non sequiturs you mentioned writing them off as the mutterings of an alcoholic. But, you're right, the style in general doesn't fit his personality and he just didn't seem like that much of a drunk. I'm not a prude either but I was also irritated by his constantly being "in rut". I don't think this fit his age or personality either. What fun I had reading your review.
Yea! I am glad your books finally made it and that they are ones you will enjoy. Happy Reading!
Hello Teresa, I just received two packages from Book Depository today - thank you so much! I'd already heard about Sea of Poppies and it was one of those titles which I had brewing in my mind to read at some stage, so that's excellent. I've never heard of Dorothy Dunnett before, but I'm a big Shakespeare fan and love historical fiction, so it was also a great choice on your part.
Many thanks! Niamh :)
I've followed your blog for quite awhile and just discovered you on LT because of a book we both reviewed. I always enjoy your reviews and will definitely keep reading them!

Hello Teresa,

I saw your name as a co-possessor of Ann Radcliffe's The Italian. And you are a co-Faiorfax Countier (oiks). I used to work in Old Town (various bookstores and newstands). You are familiar with Roger Lathbury's Orchises Press in Old Town? Interesting guy, GMU prof., ... conducted correspondence with J. D. Salinger for years and blew it all with a rather avoidable indiscretion.


I see you are a fan of the Beatles. There's currently a Librarything thread that's doing a month-long interview with me about my novel The Red Album of Asbury Park Remixed. The novel is set in the late 60s/early 70s and the Beatles’ music, which is woven into the story, should be a big part of the discussion.


I saw your review of Classics for Pleasure by Michael Dirda. I am a librarian with Montgomery County Public Libraries, and luckily was able to get Mr. Dirda to appear at White Oak Library in Silver Spring on December 16, 2009 at 7 pm. He will discuss Classics for Pleasure and his work reviewing books for The Washington Post. Books will be available for sale. More information can be found by going to the MCPL website and clicking on the "Meet the Author" link in the Spotlight section.

Or check the page for White Oak Library in Silver Spring.

Please consider attending. It should be an interesting evening.

Andy Gordon
I just wanted you to know that I appreciated your review of "Middlesex". I had much the same reactions to the book as you did and liked your treatment in the review. Awesome.
love your review of Oryx.. really want to reread it now!
Whoa thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries.

I read some more of your reviews and it seems that we are in agreement about many books we have both read. I totally agree with your assessment of Never Let Me Go. I absolutely loved it and the fact that its contemporary rather than futurist made it even easier to relate to.

I also LOVED your review of Persuasion:
This novel demonstrates the power of the tiniest movement between lovers. A flick of the eye or a turn of the head can be pregnant with meaning. Anne scrutinizes every move that Captain Wentworth makes and every word that he says. Any woman who has had a crush knows this experience. When the object of our affection is in the room, can we ever be fully aware of anything else? Austen’s ability to capture the tension inherent in encounters between potential lovers is, I think, one of the things that makes her novels so popular today. Even knowing how the novel would end, I felt Anne’s tension. That’s how good the writing is. All I can say is amen!!!
I really enjoyed your review of Deliverance Dane. I too had much the same issues as you did with it.
Hi Teresa,

Just to let you know I posted Good Behaviour today. Hope you don't have too long to wait for it!

Hi Teresa,

Posting to the U.S no problem at all. I'm planning to read my copy of Good Behaviour soon so we may well end up reading it as the same time!

Good luck with your future Virago searching!

Hi Teresa, Thank you for reading my blog, and particularly for commenting. I really, really appreciate it.

I do read Shelf love most days too, and yours/Jenny's was one of the first to be added to my blogroll when I started - could I ask you a favour to add mine to yours - thanks in anticipation.

I've added you to my interesting libraries, and one day when I have a bit more time I promise I'll explore in a bit more detail.


Well, I hope you do like the books and I hope you get them soon!
Yeah, I also noticed both Persepolis books were recommended or bought for Secret Santa folks. It kills me to be part of popular trend, I have to admit Marjane Satrapi is a good writer.

The only thing I hate about the book is not knowing how things turned out. Like I wonder what happened to the young lady who was the family maid. The one who fell in love with a boy across the way. A few pages later, they have a middle aged woman maid. So we never found out what happened to the young woman when the flirtation ended.

Or maybe I just haven't read far enough.
Thanks for recommending The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi for me to my Secret Santa. Thank goodness she didn't pick this book after all. I was going to get it for my own Secret Santa recipient but I liked it so much I ran out and bought it for myself. I am enjoying the book quite a bit.

What a good picker you are.
Hi, I think you were my secret santa - if so, thank you! I loved Persepolis 2, and Payback looks like it is going to be great too. Thanks again, and hope you had a great time over the holidays. Happy New Years.
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