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About meI read all the time (and by all, I mean while brushing my teeth and drying my hair and folding clothes and walking to pickup my kids from school - the list is endless). I'm a big supporter of our local library. Because of my obsession about reading all the time, I will (and have) read just about anything. I read my husband's golf magazine for a whole year just because it was coming to the house. I don't play golf, don't plan to play golf, and don't have a huge interest in it. However, I can now watch a tournament with at least a little knowledge! Other things I like to do: cross-stitch, crochet, scrapbooking, organizing. Biggest challenges: cooking and doing fun things with my kids.

About my libraryI only buy books that I am interested in reading more than once. However, I share my library space with a spouse who buys books for the heck of it - so some of our books are not ones I would keep. I'm primarily a novel reader, though I try to branch out to non-fiction periodically. My LibraryThing catalog includes books I own and books I have read. I'm slowly cataloging all the books currently in my home, as well as trying to add books I have read over the years as I think of them.

I've outlined my collections and tagging "policies" on my WikiThing Page if you are interested.

Release to Contact Me - in my comments on this page regarding any errors you find in my Library (Combiners - THIS MEANS YOU!), feel free also to contact me via comments if you disagree with any combining/separating I have done on LT.

GroupsBook of the month club, Books and Mormons, Books off the Shelf Challenge, Calvin and Hobbes, Combiners!, Common Knowledge, WikiThing, HelpThing, Go Review That Book!, I Love Jane Austen, Kindred Spirits, LC Classification Challengeshow all groups

Favorite authorsJane Austen, Dick Francis, Dorothy Gilman, Tony Hillerman, Jan Karon, C. S. Lewis, Robin McKinley, L. M. Montgomery (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBarnes & Noble Booksellers - Lone Tree, Tattered Cover Book Store - Highlands Ranch

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Were you the person who fixed the covers for the red Bookhouse series? And did you write that nice explanation, too?

Hello Joanna,

Thanks for taking the time to read and review my debut novel,SPINDOWN. I am pleased that you found the story, themes, and characters interesting. Your comments about the ‘nice layer of ethical thinking’ made me smile as those were my favorite sections to write.

I leave you with a salutation you’ll no doubt recognize from the clones:

“Many days to you, Joanna, many days.”
George Wright Padgett
Hello, Joanna ~ and thank you for the work you do in keeping the review list up to date. I gave permission again today since I believe my name change (to GeneRuyle) was after my initial permission. I checked on Facebook, but it hasn't shown there yet. The settings there indicate the last entry from Facebook was on June 30. Any idea of how (and where) I can look into this and see what's up?

My sincere thanks,

The exclamation point was there but for some reason it wouldn't incorporate into the url address. I've re-jigged so that the url is inside some href s which seems to have solved the problem. - Inigo
Lord! Computer went to computer hospital. Anyway, all done now and I've edited the front page for Go Review That Book. I really have to get back to my assigned book. I wasn't enjoying it which was the slippery slope to disappearing. - Inigo
Hi Joanna. You've done a great job! Yes, of course, I am happy to edit the first page. Do you have some wording in mind? Do you want me to delete all the separate links and have one to the Wiki page, or something else? Leave me a note and I promise to check back every 24 hours or so. - Inigo
Thanks so much! It was a pleasure to write and express my appreciation of Herriot's work. He is a man I would have loved to have known!
Wow! No, absolutely no toes stepped on. I was feeling horribly guilty about how I'd abandoned "Go Review That Book" so I'm delighted to see that someone else has taken up the baton. Thank you and well done.
Thanks for that, but I did understand. I have read one of his books and then made the mistake of watching the movie that was made from it. I guess I wanted to know if it was the same type of book. You answered that for me perfectly. I have a book on my tbr that I am nervous about reading and the only way I will read it may be if someone asks me to. It is book the 6th book in a series and I didn't like the last one. So, yes I get it - putting a book that you are not sure if you would like on the tbr.
But still, thanks for taking the time to let me know.
excellent The Wild Duck review!

Nice review of A Doctor's Visit: Short Stories. Sounds very similar to some other Russian short stories of the time. If only they could have used some of their lyrical prose on happier stories then we would have some really really good books!
That all sounds great to me, I wasn't sure what would be the best way to go. I appreciate your help. I know I am about a month behind even in the links page. Sorry :]
I was going to try to do the wiki page, but it is like 2 years behind and I didn't get much feedback on people wanting it so I have not worked on it very much. I keep wanting to get back to it but it has not been a priority. If you can figure out a better way of posting, I am willing to help.
Oh, spot on! Your review of 'Willoughby's Return' captures my thoughts of the sequel with pith and precision - I just couldn't stop myself from ranting on! Odiwe's spin-off is almost exactly like the original novel, with a few elements switched around - the near-fatal illness, the secret engagement - and Marianne doesn't seem to have moved on at all. I definitely agree, and well said.
Re: Go Review That Book

I went to read [Raiders of the Lost Carpark] and realized it had a prequel. I don't have said prequel, yet, and I'm a little OCD about stuff like that, so I was wondering if you could pick a different book for me to read? Please? (for your reference)
Hi Johanna,

I'm so glad you enjoyed Aberrations and gave it 5 stars! I'd love for you to post your review on Amazon, too! Thanks again!!

Hey. I see you're changing works right now (11:45am). You will find it very slow for the next 30 mins or so, and may time out.
Just wanted to say thank you for your warm review of my book "LARRY'S KIDNEY: Being the True Story of How I Found Myself in China With my Black Sheep Cousin and his Mail-Order Bride, Skirting the Law to Get Him a Transplant ... and Save His Life." It's a delight, and a relief, when people really GET a book, and GET it you did. All best, Daniel Asa Rose
Thanks for letting me know. I wasn't to worried as I know how busy the holiday season is. I've been holding off sending out a couple of things until after the holidays myself. The malls and stores are just to crowded right now. Feel free to hold off until the madness dies down! LOL We were in a mall today and it was crazy!

Happy Holidays!
The suicide remains the greatest question to me. Not talking is a common response, maybe it is Post Tramautic Stress Syndrome. I loved how the French family recoiled around the topic of the war. It was one of the most enlightening undercurrents in the story. I feel there are many uncomfortable people in France and this was a great example that the rest of the world may not understand. The French did this roundup, not the Germans. Remember when they were first taken away from their apartment and the woman at the desk watching them with a smirk while holding her baby?
The anti-semitism was rampant.

The last part of your comment was about can anyone keep such secrets and stay sane? It must eat you up inside. One of things we did at my book group was list all the secrets that were kept. There were many when you think of it. I'll put down a few and see if you can think of some. The secret of her brother being locked up and Sarah having the key. Julia's father-in-law paying the money to Sarah and never telling his wife about the money or the dead child. The wife actually knowing about the dead child and not letting on. Sarah hiding her past once in America. There are more. :)

About Sarah's Key, the most striking alarm I felt was how the story ended. I felt like some editor chopped some things up and ended them too abruptly. First question, don't you think it is odd that Sarah committed suicide? Especially with a living son? I'm no expert, but it doesn't fit with what I know of Holocaust survivors.
I enjoyed the golf-mag-reading part! I get the picture and can identify. Well put!
One of the things that makes me wish I'd written Prodigal Summer is how well it does "science for the people." It manages to work so much information into a novel, without (I think) preaching at the non-biologists. Even if the average reader only retains a fraction of the whole, that's still so much science sneakily disseminated to the general public.

Thanks again for the nice comments on my review! :)
It's so good to know that I'm not alone in feeling the way I feel about The Alchemist. Maybe we should start a club!
Thanks for your nice comments about my review of Into the Wild - and thanks for picking it for me! It probably would have sat on my shelf for a while if I were left to my own devices, but it was a very good read, and it's gotten into my brain far enough that I can't stop thinking about it. I'll have to rent the movie to see how they compare.
I enjoyed your review of Agnes Grey. I'm glad to hear it's a quick read and somewhat distinctive from Emily and Charlotte's work. I might pick it up for train-reading soon. Cheers!

Thanks for your comments about The Host. It's good to hear that I'm not alone in my issues with Meyer's gender politics (if you want to call it that)... sometimes I feel like I'm surrounded by the "OMG I luuurrrrrrve Edward!!1!!" fans, and all I can think to say is "....really? Him? But.... that's not a healthy relationship! At all!" The idea of a bunch of young girls treating Bella and Edward as if they were a model for what real relationships should be like sort of turns my stomach.

I agree that Meyer did better on that front with The Host (ironic that it's the one *not* being marketed towards teen girls, no?) - if for no other reason than I didn't get nearly as angry while reading it... and I was almost certainly hyper-sensitive to that sort of thing when I went in, after raging about the Twilight series for so long.
I didn't want you to think I forgot about reading [Founding Mothers] -- but a bunch of long requested books just came in for me from my public library and I have to get to those first, before they're due back.
Thanks for playing and picking out a book for me to review. I'm on it! Liked your review on THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES.

BTW, your husband's not alone in buying books just for the heck of it. There seem to be a lot of folks on LT who buy books to put in their TBR piles, but never actually get around to reading the books themselves. That puzzles me. I am on a very draconian budget, so I'm like you -- I only buy books I know I'll want to reread. That means I got to the library at least once a week, to borrow books. If I like 'em, I keep an eye out for them at used bookstores or (a great source for used and often out-of-print works).

Almost all the books that are in my library are books I've actually read, even if I do not own them. I only added the few TBR entries so I could play the review game. Hope to finish Founding Mothers by next week, and then I'll post the review.
I just figured out how to do a link. It's easy. Go to the page with your review on it. Look for the little chain-link icon below your review, and click on that. Then copy everything after from the address for that page (should start with a backslash). Go to the thread where you want the link. Type this: type your text here. So the page address always follows the "=" sign, and the text that you want to be a link goes in between the >
My library is on LibraryThing is still a work in progress. I still have lots more to add, so we may find that we have even more books in common. I up to the Ls. Thanks for checking in. Happy Holidays!
Just wanted to say I really appreciate your thoughtful reviews. Thanks!!
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