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I'm excited about hosting my first book challenge, The Welsh Reading Challenge, which now has it's own blog :-) Check it out!

I am a single mother of three beautiful daughters, ages 10, 15, and 16. I read with my kids almost everyday (I shoot for everyday, but sometimes life gets into the way of that.) I've got a broad interest in books, from Junie B.s I've fallen in love with the series from reading it with my 10-year-old, and we are heart-broken because we've read all of them!, to Stephanie Plum hilarious!, and authors like Lois Lowry, Harlan Coben, Ray Bradbury, and Stephen King. I also have a deep love of the classics.

I'm doing the 75 Book Challenge, and I'm reading about 2-3 books a week. I only wish I was a speed reader with a photographic memory... sigh... so many books, so little time!

About my libraryCurrently Reading

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Holly Roller by Julie Lyons

Ranma 1/2, volume 1 by Rumiko Takahashi

The Crying Tree by Naseem Rakha

Aberystwyth Mon Amour by Malcolm Pryce

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkein

The Corner of His Eye by Dean Koontz (recommended by and on loan from a good rl friend)

JANE-A-THON in progress!!!
Sense and Sensibility
Pride And Prejudice
Mansfield Park
Northanger Abby

Books on Deck:

Tainted by Brooke Morgan
The Triumph of Deborah by Eva Etzioni-Halevy
Fragment by Warren Fahy
The Art of Listening Prayer by Seth Barnes
Red Letters by Tom Davis
First Daughter by Eric Van Lustbader

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, 50 Book Challenge, 75 Books Challenge for 2009, 75 Books Challenge for 2010, Anglo-Welsh Literature, ARC Junkies, Asian Fiction & Non-Fiction, Awful Lit., Banned Books, Barnes & Noble First Look readersshow all groups

Favorite authorsAdrienne Ehlert Bashista, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ray Bradbury, Harlan Coben, Roald Dahl, Andrew Davidson, Janet Evanovich, Nikki Giovanni, Khaled Hosseini, Stephen King, Bentley Little, Lois Lowry, Richard Matheson, George Orwell, Chuck Palahniuk, Christopher Paolini, Barbara Park, John Steinbeck, J. R. R. Tolkien (Shared favorites)


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Member sinceFeb 3, 2008

Currently readingThe Prince (Bantam Classics) by Niccolo Machiavelli
From the Corner of His Eye by Dean Koontz

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Just a short note (and my only one, I promise) that I've launched my website at I've also created a page called Michelle Hoover's The Quickening on Facebook. If you're interested in further updates about the book, you can check out the site or join the page. You can also look at my Librarything author page for more info. In any case, I hope you're well and happy reading. And if you have similar news, let me know.

Hi, Alisha,

Thank you for your message about the illustrations in James and the Giant Peach. I once owned the 1961 first edition, but it was sort of loved to pieces in my classroom (by the kids and by me) and I tossed it away without a thought when the thing fell apart in my hands one day. I went to the bookstore and ordered a new copy only to find that there was a new edition and a different illustrator (I believe there have been several down through the years) -- great illustrations but not the ones I was used to. How I wished I'd saved those pictures from the first edition!

When you mentioned Sponge and Spiker I could see Nancy Burkert's version of them so clearly in my mind, and it reminded me again to be more careful about such things.
I would imagine an illustrator would see James and the Giant Peach as a feast at which they could display their talents. I'm sure Quentin Blake and the other illustrators of the book have done a beautiful job . . . I was just once again longing for the old edition.

I hope you and Maggie have a great time with the book. I've enjoyed visiting your profile page.

We're less than 2 weeks away from the final season premier of Lost in the US. Come discuss Flannery O'Connor's Everything That Rises Must Converge in The Island group!
Welcome to the Green Dragon
got my books JUST in time for christmas, they look wonderful! my first thought when i saw homer's odyssey was 'wow, how did this person know i love cats?' haha. thank you so much, i can't wait to read them both.
I sent you a friend request, saw we have 61 books in common, though you have a lot more than I do in your library! I also loved The Glass Castle and Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat who Touched the World. I have a 5 year old who I am trying to get to share my love of reading with!
It sure is
I live in Elkhart.
I wish it wasn't a library book. It sure makes a person stop and think about their own life situations. I would certainly want to reread it. I will have to look for the book.

Hi there,

I was looking at some of your past reviews and books on your shelf and I thought you would be interested to know that there’s a new book by Vikas Swarup the author of Slumdog Millionaire called Six Suspects out today. In fact Minotaur Books is giving away free signed copies!

They even have a Q&A with Vikas Swarup---
and you can meet the “suspects” in the story. It has gotten great reviews and promises to be a thrilling summer read.

I was wondering, how do you get a picture on your profile?
Stumbled across your page, and I just wanted to let you know that your yahoo ID name cracked me up! :)
The two kittens on my profile are just a year old. I also have a Siamese that is 16 years old. We lost his brother the winter of 2008. That is why we decided to get two more. They really keep each other company. I do like your profile picture. Look up Strand book site. I got better deals from them than Amazon. Their shipping is pretty resonable
LOVE the photo!!
Well you are my first friend (on this website at least...probably at least my 5th in real life) and you also happen to be a Hoosier. What are the odds?
I'm not sure I understand what Mount TBR is. I did sign up for the newsletter for ARCs.
Love your reviews, although they have FORCED me to make some purchases. Perhaps I shouldn't be adding you as an interesting library???

Hi! I'm not Welsh at all (more's the pity) but took a class on Welsh history a long time ago and loved the word "hiraeth", so expressive a way to say something there's no real word for in English. :) :)
Did you see Ben Kingsley's Silas Marner? I thought it was so well done--what a versatile actor! I also like the interp that Steve Martin did in A Simple Twist of Fate -- good stuff :)
Your response on the Narnia books was great! Thank you so much. I'm going to go rearrange my set right now, as I read them the way Lewis intended when I was a child.
I saw your post about the Narnia chronicles. Could you tell me what the proper order is? I, too, would like to read them in the order that I read them as a child, but I can't remember exactly. All of the sets today come in chronological order. Thanks for your help and happy reading!
Again, it is good to have you back!

Though my life is very busy, I enjoy the LT posts and the time spent is relaxing.

I'll be sure to check your posts again this year.

Welcome Back!

I visited your blog and thought it was great. Your book reviews are very intelligent and thought provoking. You reviewed more than a few books I am interested in reading.
Hey!!! Sorry about the excessive delay in getting back to you (real life intervened and I haven't been blogging or internetting much for a few months). I've checked out your blog a couple times - neat! I'm going to start reading it on a regular basis. I'm putting a link to it on the book blog I just created at TTYL!
We've just discovered Junie B. when we borrowed an audio CD from the library. The actress reading the books is brilliant and it's nice to not be the person doing the reading! My youngest just started kindergarten so he is relating to her experiences in a very real way and my third-grader enjoys the humor. Anyway, it's fun to find another adult who likes her (lots of people love YA fiction, but we're a long way from there!)
Thanks, Alisha!

I'll definately have to read The Gargoyle now! I was glad to see your review of Holes. My family also loves Lois Sachar's Sideways Stories. Terrific fun!

All the best,

Oh no don't worry about reading the King - I just wasn't sure if you were ok with me sending it! :)
When you have time, stop by my inventory and pick out the Deavers that you want. Do NOT mooch them, you don't have the points and I'm happy to get rid of them. Just let me know what you want and I'll send them to you with the Welsh book. (Just, please don't put the Welsh book up for re-mooching, in good condition it seems to be worth a little bit of money and while I don't really object to booksellers, I don't like handing them somewhat valuable books either.)
I was also pretty sure I passed on "The Necklace" and got it anyway, although I did request "The Terminal Spy." I'm wondering if RandomHouse is just sending some of us stuff? A couple of other people ALSO thought they passed on "The Necklace" and got it anyway. Oh well, I'm not complaining, free books!
Oooooh, you're reading Deaver now! Let me know if you want any older Deaver, I think I still have most of them. (and if you like the one you read, there's a collection of short stories that's well worth reading, Twisted I think is the title.)

I know you're buried in ARC's these days, but I did come across a book at a FOL sale I thought you might like. It's old, pre ISBN and not listed at BM - Title is Tales of the Welsh Hills. It's cute little welsh folk tales. I enjoyed it and I thought you might like reading it with your girls. It's cloth covered and in really good condition considering it's older than YOU are! (but not me!) And it's got a really sweet inscription. LMK when you have a chance.

Did you forgive me for sending you my castaway King book? :)
Hey, I was just listing my ARC of "Stealing Athena" on BookMooch and I saw you were one of the wishlisters, so I reserved it for friends only for right now. Send me a friend request if you want it!
Hi fellow blogger,
I see you and your daughter enjoy Junie B.s, and a book series that is funny and along those lines starts with Meghan Rose Has Ants in Her Pants, by Lori Z. Scott. Just thought you might like it.
Howdy, neighbor!

I Live near South Bend.
I've never joined any of the groups because I doubt I'd have time to contribute. With keeping track of four blogs, plus all my other "online personas," plus trying to work once in a while ;) (oh, and see my wife from time to time), it's difficult. I'm on a few groups with Shelfari, but even there, I don't really have time to contribute like I should. I think I just have to limit how many more things I can join.
Oh no, I am sorry, I just gave it to the first person who posted on the thread. If I get any more gift copies of the book - everyone knows how much I love her books, you will be the first on the list. :-)
I discovered you while reviewing comments on The Kite Runner (just completed it). Enjoyed your blogg. Where do you find so much time to read. I envy you. I have two boys 12 and 14 and even with a book always in my pocket I'm always behind in my yearly goals.

I just wanted to pop over and tell you how much I'm enjoying the reviews from your Jane-a-thon that are up on your blog. It's such a great idea, and I'm looking forward to hearing what you have to say about Emma! Oh, and I hated Wicked too!
My personality flaw is similar: I am too darned argumentative, especially on the 'net. Trying to curb that these days, but a pithy sarcastic comeback now and then won't hurt me, eh? :)

I'm afraid that you are awesomer than awesome. The awesomest, in fact.
Still laughing over your "awesome" response and that dog picture.
Happy birthday :).

Hey I just read your comment on Candide. I wasn't really railing on it, I don't think. You kids with your new-fangled slang! Is railing bad (I sound like Frankenstein's monster...railing BAD!)? Not if you need to support yourself while using stairs or to prevent yourself from falling off a high balcony...

But I digress...

Um...oh yeah, I rated it 3/5 stars, which is average. Maybe I am just not a big fan of Olde Timey satire. I didn't like Castle Rackrent and I haven't liked anything by Jonathan Swift. Candide was the best of the bunch, though, so that's saying something.

-- M1001
I noticed it was your birthday, so I dropped by to send my best wishes. I hope you get lots of lovely books.
Also I hope you don't mind that I sent you a friend request on BM.
Is that an actual picture, or did you Photoshop in the seal?

And if you didn't, why are you so damn cool?

Are you an Asian female or is that that picture.

-- M1001
To be honest I never really got a chance to get involved with the story and the characters in the book before a trip to the library and finding Gone with the Wind totally sidetracked me! The little I did read though reminded me, in a way, of Angela's Ashes. It's beautifully written, that much I know! =) I'll pick it up again later, I got a feeling it's a good read.
No problem - I'll move it to the top of my TBR pile. It's small enough that I should be able to get it finished while I'm sitting in the Newark airport this weekend. I'll be gone for 2 weeks, but I'll send it out when I get back. Glad to share the wealth!
I guess it's a book I'll have to reread again. Part of the problem might also be that I'm not wild about modern apocalyptic stories, where a small group of people band together in abandoned houses and gas stations to battle some unknown zombie-like creature. But then again, I'm willing to give Stephen King a second chance on just about anything, so I'll add it to my ever growing list of books to read and reread!
It never did, but I'm going out of town in a couple of days and when I get back it will be t minus 14 days 'til my wedding, so I'm going try one more time to subscribe, but don't bother sending anything because I won't be around much to read it anyway. I may have to start back up after the honeymoon, though.

Thanks, by the way, for sending it all the time!
Basically it is a way for everyone to get together and talk about what they're reading. You sign up and your post is included in a feed on their site, so that people that don't normally read your blog can check you out. Here's the link.
Awesome! You're on mine now too. I can't wait to see more and more posts. I know you have wordpress as an 'also on', but I would also add your URL to your profile. I've gotten lots of hits that way.
That's great about your new blog (because you have so much free time in which to blog, of course). I'll add you to my blogroll. It's actually quite a self-discovery adventure to see what you decide you want to be posting to the world, for their edification or your own expression, and how you choose your audience. Enjoy.
I tend to be meticulous about organizing information. If only my house were as clean as my profile page!

I don't even bother with a TBR pile. I have my "to purchase" but the LONG list of that is in the "I want to read that!" group just to keep my sanity (and then I can look up the touchstones.) My TBR pile is anything that doesn't have stars and/or a review. Some I've read and just haven't gotten around to yet.

I also like having a quick glance at what I've purchased and/or read in the last few books. (That way I can see that I purchased something that I should be reading, but haven'

Your page isn't disorganized. And with three little ones I can understand not having time or being able to even think about updating!

How are the kids liking Wrinkle in Time? I remember reading it as a freshman, but I was so traumatized by the experience I had with that teacher that I disliked it very much. Lately, I've thought about giving it a second chance but there are SO many other books I want to read that I don't see it likely any time soon.
I'm sure you'll enjoy "Nim Chimpsky: The Chimp Who Would Be Human". Let me know what you think once you've read it.
We can do a happy dance competition! For the goofiest!! ;)
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