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About my libraryFavourite Books Read in 2014

Prague by Arthur Phillips
Empress Dowager Cixi by Jung Chang
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler
Rouse up O Young Men of the New Age! by Kenzaburo Oe
The Riddle of the Labyrinth by Margalit Fox
Winter in Madrid by C.J. Sansom
The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud
Sacre Bleu A Comedy D'Art by Christopher Moore
Between Friends by Amos Oz
Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell
The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Tastemakers by David Sax
Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho
A Thousabd Years of Good Prayers by Yiyun Li
Origins a memoir by Amin Maalouf
Unscrolled 54 Writers and Artists Wrestle With the Torah edited by Roger Bennett
George, Nicholas and Wilhelm Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War 1 by Miranda Carter
A Man Without Breath by Phillip Kerr
Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking by Anya Von Bremzen
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Gold Boy, Emerald Girl by Yiyun Li
Journey to the Abyss The Diaries of Count Harry Kessler 1880-1918 edited by Laird M. Easton
The Invisible Woman by Claire Tomalin
All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
The Hired Man by Aminatta Forna
The Marrying of Chani Kaufman by Eve Harris
The Bees by Laline Paull
A Basket of Apples Stories by Shirley Faessler
Tracks by Robyn Davidson
The Harmony Silk Factory by Tash Aw
Longbourn by Jo Baker
The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson
Old School by Tobias Wolff
Caught by Lisa Moore
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
Baldwin Street by Alvin Rakoff
The War that Ended Peace-The Road to 1914 by Margaret MacMillan
A Tale for The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes
Stone Mattress- Nine Tales by Margaret Atwood
Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

Favourite Books Read in 2013

Dance of the Happy Shades by Alice Munro
The Churchills in Love and War by Mary S. Lovell
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
Crossing Borders Hebrew Manuscripts as a Meeting Place of Cultures edited by Piet van Boxel and Sabine Arndt
The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng
Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder
Dirt Candy a cookbook by Amanda Cohen
Walter Benjamin The Story of a Friendship by Gershon Scholem
After Midnight by Irmgard Keun
Yiddishkeit edited by Harvey Pekar & Paul Buhle
The Orientalist by Tom Reiss
Where'd You Go,Bernadette by Maria Semple
Last Friends by Jane Gardam
Railsea by China Mieville
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
The Black Count Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and The Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss
Ryszard Kapuscinski A Life by Artur Domoslawski
The Property by Rutu Modan
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
Gotz and Meyer by David Albahari
Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel
The Street Sweeper by Elliot Perlman
The Exile Book of Yiddish Women Writers edited by Frieda Johles Forman
The Magic of Saida by M.G. Vassanji
The Suitcase by Sergei Dovlatov
TransAtlantic by Colum McCann
The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer
Merivel A Man of His Time by Rose Tremain
Harvest by Jim Crace
The Sea by John Banville
Maddaddam by Margaret Atwood
The Daughters of Mars by Thomas Keneally
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
The Quiet Twin by Dan Vyleta
The Crooked Maid by Dan Vyleta
Astray by Emma Donoghue
Pavel and I by Dan Vyleta
Dear Life by Alice Munro

Favourite Books Read in 2012

When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
MetaMaus by Art Spiegelman
Scenes from Village Life by Amos Oz
Stalingrad The Fateful Siege 1942-1943 by Antony Beevor
The Pity of It All: A Portrait of the German-Jewish Epoch by Amos Elon
The Reinvention of Love by Helen Humphreys
Hot Breakfast for Sparrows: My Life with Harold Town by Iris Nowell
Ashenden by Somerset Maugham
A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel
Walking since Daybreak: A Story of Eastern Europe, World War II and The Heart of Our Century by Modris Eksteins
The Tragedy of Arthur by Arthur Phillips
The Quiet American by Graham Greene
The Stranger's Child by Alan Hollinghurst
The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life's Work at 72 by Molly Peacock
Gillespie and I by Jane Harris
Kolyma Tales by Varlam Shalamov
Stalin The Court of the Red Tsar by Simon Sebag Montefiore
Suddenly A Knock On the Door by Etgar Keret
The Birth House by Ami McKay
The Same Sea by Amos Oz
The Liberated Bride by A.B. Yehoshua
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Zoo Station by David Downing
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
Kraken by China Mieville
Painter of Silence by Georgina Harding
The Dream Life of Sukhanov by Olga Grusin
Foreign Bodies by Cynthia Ozick
Leo the African by Amin Maalouf
The Fall of Berlin 1945 by Antony Beevor
Metrostop Paris History From the City's Heart by Gregor Dallas
The Blondes by Emily Schultz
Embassytown by China Mieville
Catherine the Great Portrait of a Woman by Robert Massie
Ru by Kim Thuy
Almost Dead by Assaf Gavron
Love and the Mess We're In by Stephen Marche
Ivan's War Life and Death in the Red Army 1939-45 by Catherine Merridale
Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie
Skippy Dies by Paul Murray
The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy
One Good Hustle by Billie Livingston
Restoration by Rose Tremain
Siege 13 by Tamas Dobozy

Favourite Books Read in 2011

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday
A Dead Man in Deptford by Anthony Burgess
Cleopatra A Life by Stacy Schiff
Mordecai: The Life & Times by Charles Foran
Annabel by Kathleen Winter
Berlin Noir by Philip Kerr
Your Sad Eyes and Unforgettable Mouth by Edeet Ravel
Shadow Maker The Life of Gwendolyn MacEwen by Rosemary Sullivan
Irving Layton A Portrait by Elspeth Cameron
The Mitfords Letters Between Six Sisters edited by Charlotte Mosley
The Balkan Trilogy by Olivia Manning
The Better Mother by Jen Sookfong Lee
The Road by Vasily Grossman edited by Robert Chandler
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
Netherland by Joseph O'Neill
The Impressionist by Hari Kunzru
A Rage to Live A Biography of Richard and Isabel Burton by Mary S. Lovell
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson
Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
Grace Williams Says It Loud by Emma Henderson
The Boy in the Moon A Father's Search for His Disabled Son by Ian Brown
The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obecht
The Tiger A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant
The Sisters of Sinai: How Two Lady Adventurers Discovered the Hidden Gospels by Janet Soskice
The French Father by Alain Elkann
Alone in the Classroom by Elizabeth Hay
The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt
The Song is You by Arthur Phillips
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance by Edmund De Waal
Cool Water by Dianne Warren
Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
Lost and Found by Shaun Tan
The Glatstein Chronicles by Jacob Glatstein
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Drood by Dan Simmons
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Favourite Books Read in 2010

Molly Fox's Birthday by Deirdre Madden
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
The Amazing Absorbing Boy by Rabindranath Maharaj
A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution 1891-1924 by Orlando Figes
Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro
The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
George Steiner at the New Yorker edited by Robert Boyers
The Painter of Battles by Arturo Perez-Revert
The Golden Mean by Annabel Lyon
Writing in the Dark: Essays on Literature and Politics by David Grossman
The Waterproof Bible by Andrew Kaufman
The Emergence of Memory:Conversations with W.G. Sebald edited by Lynne Sharon Schwartz.
The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Nikolski by Nicolas Dickner and translated by Lazer Lederhendler
The War Memoir of (HRH) Wallis Duchess of Windsor, a novel by Kate Auspitz
The City and The City by China Mieville
In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin
Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt
Old Filth by Jane Gardam
Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel
Forever Flowing by Vasily Grossman
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell
Gulag: A History by Anne Applebaum
Come, Thou Tortoise by Jessica Grant
The Angel of Forgetfulness by Steve Stern
Other Colors: Essays and a Story by Orhan Pamuk
Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi by Geoff Dyer
Sanctuary Line by Jane Urquhart
Light Lifting ( stories) by Alexander MacLeod
Far To Go by Alison Pick
Fool by Christopher Moore
Vermeer's Hat:The Seventeenth Century and The Dawn of the Global World by Timothy Brook.
Songs for the Butcher's Daughter by Peter Manseau
The Collected Stories of Isaac Babel edited by Nathalie Babel
Bess of Hardwick by Mary S. Lovell
Great House by Nicole Krauss
The Bishop's Man by Linden MacIntyre

Favourite Books Read in 2009

The Clothes on Their Backs by Linda Grant.
The View from Castle Rock by Alice Munro
84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
The Girls by Lori Lansens
Property by Valerie Martin
The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia by Orlando Figes
The Outlander by Gil Adamson
The Cobra's Heart by Ryszard Kapuscinski
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
Fabulous Small Jews:Stories by Joseph Epstein
Ghostwritten by David Mitchell
Frida's Bed by Slavenko Drakulic
Dangerous Laughter: 13 Stories by Steven Milhauser
Farthing by Jo Walton
Klezmer: Book One: Tales of the Wild East by Joann Sfar
New Orleans, Mon Amour. Twenty Years of Writings from the City by Andrei Codrescu
Ha'Penny by Jo Walton
The Girl on the Fridge: Stories by Etgar Keret
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
Flights of Love by Bernhard Schlink
Annie's Ghosts by Steve Luxenberg
A Scandalous Life: The Biography of Jane Digby by Mary S. Lovell
Land of Marvels by Barry Unsworth
Lucia in The Age of Napoleon by Andrea di Robilant
Dictation by Cynthia Ozick
Chess by Stefan Zweig
The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood
When I Lived in Modern Times by Linda Grant
number9dream by David Mitchell
February by Lisa Moore
Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden
From The Fifteenth District by Mavis Gallant
Aleppo Tales by Haim Sabato
Galore by Michael Crummey
The Wife's Tale by Lori Lansens
The Disappeared by Kim Echlin
St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
The German Mujahid by Boualem Sansal
The Glass Room by Simon Mawer
Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro
Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada

Favourite Books Read in 2008

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
A Writer at War by Vasily Grossman
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
The Translator A Tribesman's Memoir of Darfur by Daoud Hari
The Nimrod Flipout by Etgar Keret
Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay
Shining At The Bottom of The Sea by Stephen Marche
Triangle by Katharine Weber
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
A Delightful Compendium of Consolation-A Fabulous Tale of Romance, Adventure and Faith in the Medieval Mediterranean by Burton L. Visotzky
The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak
The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood( a reread but well worth it!)
The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit by Lucette Lagnado
A Journey to the End of the Millennium by A.B. Yehoshua
Conceit by Mary Novik
Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O'Neill
Travels with Herodotus by Ryszard Kapuscinski
Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones
A Royal Affair George III and His Troublesome Siblings by Stella Tillyard
Troll a Love Story by Johanna Sinisalo
The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews
Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler
The Dark Room by Rachel Seiffert
Cultural Amnesia by Clive James
The Last Train to Kazan by Stephen Miller
Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson
Continuums by Robert Carr
Outwitting History: The Amazing Adventures of a Man Who Rescued a Million Yiddish Books by Aaron Lansky
Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan
The Secret River by Kate Grenville
Love's Civil War: Elizabeth Bowen and Charles Ritchie Letters and Diaries edited by Victoria Glendinning

Really Favourite books read in 2007

The Ruby in Her Navel by Barry Unsworth
Death of a Monk by Alon Hilu
Bodies and Souls-The Tragic Plight of Three Jewish Women Forced into Prostitution in the Americas by Isabel Vincent
Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
Istanbul, Memories and the City by Orhan Pamuk
Moral Disorder by Margaret Atwood
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte ( not the first time nor the last time read! )
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon
Six Wives of Henry VIII by David Starkey
The Foreign Correspondent by Alan Furst
The Rabbi's Cat by Joann Sfar
Trickster Travels-A Sixteenth Century Muslim Between Worlds by Natalie Zemon Davis
The World to Come by Dara Horn
The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al-Aswany
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
The Archivist's Story by Travis Holland
Exit Wounds by Rutu Modan
No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
The Arrival by Shawn Tan
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Tyrants by Marshall N. Klimasewiski

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You're welcome--enjoy!

Are you able to get to the home page now?

My pleasure. Looks like we have quite similar taste.
hi, Cyrel - you're most welcome! cheers, Joyce
Hi, torontoc,
I'm very impressed by the many books you're somehow managing to read. From the 2012 ones, I guess I read a couple about 40 years ago. I was born back in 1930 and everything is slowing down.
I'm not sure, but I think that Yotam OTTOLENGHI, the author of your recent Jerusalem Cookbook, is the brother of Marco. who lives in Milano and gave several very successful courses of Bible and Talmud exegesis at Milano State University and at our small synagogue.
Anyway, I wish you HANUKKAH SAMEAH,
Happy New Year to you, too, Cyrel!
May 5773 be especially sweet...

Hi, again! We made it. Nice storm last night! Anyway, I just realized how many Hiltons there are here and want to point out that we're at the one in the Financial District on Richmond & University. Talk to you soon!
Hello Cyrel, Thank you for the response. There is something to be said for technology - I am sure there were some very thoughtful responses. A great project, indeed.
Hi Torontoc! Thanks for accepting my friend request. I saw we have a lot of books in common. I saw that you liked Cod too. I love the way Mark Kurlansky mixes history with popular culture. I loved Salt and would highly reccommend it.
Thanks, Cyrel, I received an early reviewer copy quite some time ago & really enjoyed it. I was amazed that the author could develop such a story line from so little information on Hadley.
Can't wait to see Allen's latest. I've never seen a film of his I didn't like.
Cheers!, Judie
Just found your reply!! Yes, it is you!! Yes, a small world. It's the Chapters delivery that's taken a chunk out of my pocket book!
I use LibraryThing only for books I own, not for everything else I'm reading (Library books, books from school, borrowed books, etc.)
Do you actually own all of the books in your LibraryThing Library? If so, that is impressive!
Happy Passover!
Are you the Cyrel I think you are?
Love your taste in books and share your voracious reading appetite!
Debra (formerly from Unionville HS . . . remember?)
Haven't yet read The Sentamentalists, though it is certainly garnering mixed reviews, at least here at LT. I'm in queue at our public library for it. I'm also waiting on Annabel which I can't wait to read; and The Matter with Morris. Alexander MacLeod has me curious too; I love his father's writing.
Landed here following interesting threads, posts, and other LT adventures. We share a lot of books ... nice to "meet" you. I've added you to my interesting libraries. Loved your into "artist-teacher-bookaholic-traveller"; made me think of a childhood skipping verse "doctor-lawyer-indian chief"!

Hi Cyrel!

Wishing you a very sweet year...and stay healthy!!

Hi Cyrel,

Yes, I have had a hiatus from posting. I don't really know why, except I was getting a bit overwhelmed keeping up with everyone and then I felt it was unfair just to be egocentrically posting my own reads. I do intend to rejoin the fray on 75 Challenge, but maybe at a lower pace. I still occasionally check on everyone.

Thanks for thinking of me. I am still reading, of course.


Looks like we share a lot of books.

If you like Bernard Cornwell then you will love [The Iliad], esp. the Robert Fagles translation.
Great! Let me know if you like The Creation of Eve.
Thanks for mentioning my novel Conceit in some of your postings here on librarything. I very much appreciate your comments. I wish you a very happy and exciting year in 2010!

Hi torontoc,

Your Canadian fiction collection is the primary reason for adding you to my 'interesting libraries'. I've decided I must read more Canadian work and your titles particularly appealed to me. I'm pretty impressed with your literature and historical fiction too!

Hello, torontoc -

I recently joined a challenge group, Canadian Fiction/Non-Fiction Reading Challenge. With little prior experience with Canadian reads, and with historical fiction my genre of choice, of course I landed on the topic 'Historical novels about Canada' in the Historical Fiction group, whilst searching out potential reads. (Then shamelessly copied those recommendations into my list of potentials.)

Noticing your 'name' therein, I got to wondering if you had seen this new(ish) group and whether you might be interested in it. I'll leave you the link, just in case ...
Just a quick P.S.
We are doing a mid January follow up to "Pillars of the Earth", "World Without End" if you are available and interested in that. Will get back to you closer to.....
Oh, do pop in on us. We would love that and I will let Mark know that you have already read both books.
Thank you for getting back with me so promptly.
I really appreciate it.
Take care,
I've been wanting to read "The City and the City" ever since i read the first reviews of it. Somehow it appeals to me. However, I still haven't had time to move it up on the TBR list. I would suggest that if you liked City and City that perhaps you might like "Manual of Detection." I read it when I saw it on a new books table at a local bookstore. I loved it. It is on my best books of 2009 list. It's kinda weird but it sucked me in and had me puzzled for most of the book. Its not long but it is intense. I'm taking a college course this fall and along with my job I am afraid that my reading is going to slow down.
Hello all "LG" members! To try to spur us all on to do a bit more on our LG site, I thought I'd write each of you a note.
I have a renewed interest in LG due to the horrid (13degrees) weather here. I was bored & perused my lost generation books where I came upon "Found Meals of the Lost Generation", by Suzanne Rodriguez-Hunter. When I purchased the book, I must admit I looked at the recipes & ignored the accompanying text. In reading it through, I am finding it a delight. Neat little thumbnail sketches of the time with recipes for foods they served/may have served in Paris. The book is dotted with post-its & my Amazon cart has some new things to read, e.g., "Nightwood" by Djuna Barnes.
Am looking forward to some news from our members as to what new relevant books you've read or really, anything to do with the time. Thanks, Judie
Thanks, Cyrel! I hope it provides good company!

Thanks for your note. It's interesting that you see Vivien as helpless, and I can see her that way too, but when I read the book I saw it more as a story of how history weighs on us, and the choices people make are inescapably linked to that history. Vivien has to overcome this in a way, because her history is not her parents' or her uncle's. Of course, the book is more than that, because the personal stories are enmeshed with the history and Grant has such a wonderful ability to make all the characters, however appalling, seem human. Strangely, I didn't see the abortion as a turning point (although of course everything would have been different if she'd had the child), but as an almost natural follow-up to the death of her husband, and what was more striking to me was her mother's confession about her own abortion and the secret she kept from her husband. Rebecca
I'm willing to mooch from the idle person to put her on vacation, if that would be helpful. :)
I'll Angel those two US books for you, if they're still available. :)
Dear Friend!
Many thanks for sending the Charles Higham book regarding The Duchess of Windsor. I rec'd. it today and thank you for your kindness. I know postage is expensive.

I'm writing to thank you for your recommendation re. Lullabies for Little Criminals. I finished this today. What a sad, and very well written book. I simply loved the spunkiness of that little girl who learned to cope with so much.

I don't think I've ever read 1492 even though I've had it since 1991 (I just went and looked at it on the bookshelf). I also see I entered it into LT soon after I joined and before I started tagging, so I'll have to remedy that! It's part of a group of books I have on Jews from Spain, an interest because certain members of my family believe we had ancestors who were fled in 1492.
Did you finish the "Potato Peel Society"? If so, what did you think? I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I loved how most of the book was in letter format, something I did not think I would enjoy, It was a book I didn't want to finish so quickly.
Hi Cyrel,

An art teacher?! My wife taught middle school art and now teaches at a local college. I think I understand your appreciation of The Arrival a little better now. I think I was looking at from more of a literary aspect. The artwork is beautiful.

Llama, Llama, Red Pajama is one of my favorite children's books for younger children. I highly recommend it. It was mentioned on LT by a user who I think must read at library story times. That caught my interest and led me to pick it up from the library, and my daughter (she's almost 4 now) loved it. Actually, I think it's first children's book I ordered from the library. I get them routinely now. My daughter has learned which books are ours and which are the library books that we'll need to return. Anyway, we now own a copy of Llama Llama Red Pajama & Llama Llama Mad at Moma (almost as good). It's really cute, and it's a great story for kids and parents.

Hi Torontoc, I did pick up The Arrival. Thanks for the suggestion, I enjoyed i (I tried on my daughter, she lasted about two pages.) Without words it was kind of like watching a silent movie. I could see, understand it. But I'm almost not sure I actually read it. Cheers,d
Hi Torontoc,

Thanks so much for the children's books suggestions. We've had a lot of fun lately using our library to check out lots of different children's books. I'll follow up on those two if my library has them. If you know the age range of "The Arrival", let me know. Mine little ones almost 4 and almost 2 and might be too young.

I really like your book lists on this page and the one you've mentioned on the "What are you reading the week of" thread. If your curious, that is what caught my interest.

your quite welcome. since we have 244 books in common, i figure i may check in from time to time to see what you are reading. i am reading the history of love right now and loving it. some of your fave books of 2007 and 2008 are some of my all time faves!
I've never seen the Masterpiece Theatre version of The Yellow Wallpaper. I'll have to see if Blockbuster online has it. Thanks!

You have an amazing library. I'm trolling through it for new books to read!


Hi I recently read Wide Sargasso Sea. I note your library contains a book re. her letters. I think I'll check this and read it. Did you enjoy it? Do you like her writing?
Wow Cyrel, you are a traveller.

I would just love to go to Prague - I hear they have wonderful music and that the city largely escaped the Communist cultural black-out. All those places sound wonderful. Having kids put a damper on travel, but now they are getting older, the travel books are coming out again. My hubbie has done more than me, although I have effectively lived in more places (Malta, Cyprus, England, Wales, New Zealand as a child). One thing I would love to do next is the African safari.


Well - that is flattering Cyrel! Thanks.

...and it gives me a good chance to revisit your very interesting profile page. Great book selection and more food for the brain.



PS where are your travel haunts - we have spent time in Nepal and Eygpt and Asia - but since having kids have been going to Europe and Australasia more!
Hi - came for a visit to your page after reading your post in the Kitchen. You have a great list of books and favourites. Great taste. I must return and take notes!! I also really like Chabon. I am also on Bookmooch and you can put the link on your profile page if you want more traffic!!

Nice to meet you.


I joined BookMooch too! I've been with them for about a year now, and have given away 17 books and received 20. All except one have been in great condition. Yes, I only list small paperbacks too, so I still need a home for the hardcovers.

Gave up on BookCrossing, sad to say, as no-one showed the slightest glimmer of interest. Also, it's a little daunting to think of my books going out into the great unknown to be in all likelihood trashed by non-book people. Yes, rather paranoid, moi... :)
So, all this & recipes too? I'm in heaven! Judie
I see you are about to read Colin Thubron's Shadow of the Silk Road. I have his Where Nights are Longest (kind of dated now), which I haven't read yet...the edition I have is part of a series from Grove/Atlantic called the Traveler Series.
I have another book from that series called East Along the Equator by Helen Winternitz...excellent book that helps to explain the origins of the current plight of equatorial Africa as a result of Cold War maneuvering. Let me know if you get a chance to read East Along the Equator - I'd be curious th see what you think.
Hi Cyrel,

Me again. :)

This month we are reading Consolation, by Michael Redhill. I noticed that you also include Consolation in your library. (We are reading The Road in April - I am looking forward to that one, too!)

FYI: We will also be hosting the author himself until the end February. You can post your questions for Mr. Redhill and he will answer from his current home in France.

If you are interested, visit us at .

I hope you are well,
Thanks for the suggestions! I have added a couple to my wishlist and will continue to follow your challenge.
Hello from across the lake (Steeltown). I see we have 129 books in common so far. Glad to find someone who also enjoys Boris Akunin.
Hi Cyrel,

Welcome back to town. :)
We are just in the juiciest part of the month: the end, when everyone starts really weighing in on the details and ending (and spoilers) of "Custodian of Paradise".

Usually we still have lots to talk about when the next month rolls in, so feel free to pop by and give us your views. We also had a chat with author Wayne Johnston - here's a link to the transcript.

I look forward to hearing what you have to say,
I joined BookMooch today. Will let you know how things go. Thanks for the tip.
-Just finished The Wayward Muse by Elizabeth Hickey, entertaining historical fiction about Jane Burden Morris, wife of William Morris and model+ for pre-raphaelite painter Rossetti.
-ah, Nicholas Hoare Books on Front street, purely for the atmosphere.
Hi Toronto! I linked on your library through your comment regarding the book Madonnas of Leningrad ( an interesting read BTW). We share both a city and many of my favourite books. ;-)

Here's the URL for the official Book Crossing sites in Ontario. There are several in Toronto and even one in North York, where I am!
It's me again. I'm thinking our best bet is Book Crossing. I've been leery of setting free my books into the wild, but I went through the site and found out they actually have several official Book Crossing sites where members go and put their books and other members go pick them up. That's just as good as a controlled release! And no postage involved. There are even a few of these official sites in Toronto, I just checked. Or we can set one up ourselves, using their posters, in a safe public place like one corner of the local library (if they agree). I think this may actually work!
I love this site. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Fascinating to peek into other libraries. i want to read them all!.Can't wait to try your braised leeks.chag sameach.
We share 20 books! I'm a 'reverse' library-user who takes books to the local library (North York, Toronto) every month or so. If you're interested in swapping books, maybe we could tag them so we can see which ones we're willing to part with.
There's a thread on The God of Small Things in Asian Fiction, but most people don't seem to have finished reading it. Did you like it? I just finished reading it for the second time and was blown away (more so than the first time). I'm a bit slow, sometimes. :)

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