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Member: ursula

CollectionsYour library (205), Currently reading (4), Kindle (82), Audio (35), Read but unowned (416), Part of a collection (12), Morgan's Books (14), Favorites (11), Wishlist (7), All collections (643)

Reviews354 reviews

Tagsfiction (426), non-fiction (196), 20th century (189), 1001 books (176), 21st century (135), 2000s (107), given away (101), borrowed (80), united states (71), arc (60) — see all tags

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Recommendations10 recommendations

About meI spent years working in bookstores. I have a "to be read" list that is ridiculously long, added to substantially by deciding to try to get through the 1001 Books list. (That "to be read" list has become so long that I no longer keep a list, in fact.) I'd read more, but I have too many other things I want to do as well!

One quirk about my reading: somewhere along about 2012/2013, I decided not to read reviews for books I haven't read. I also don't read the backs of books or other summaries. I practice a sort of "book roulette" for what I read that's not on a list - I go by author, or how many times I've seen the book title come up, or *gasp* the cover.

Things I enjoy doing when I'm not reading - drawing, taking photographs, knitting, cross-stitching, crocheting, and watching tennis (I like Rafa Nadal, David Ferrer, Grigor Dimitrov), soccer (I prefer the Italian Serie A, but the Colorado Rapids will do in a pinch) and football (I'm a Broncos fan by geography).

About my libraryI'm kind of over keeping a lot of books - I have invested a fair amount of time in trying to read and get rid of books on my shelves. Accordingly, I expect the "My Library" category to get and stay small, but the "Read but Unowned" to expand. Eventually, I hope the listings here will really reflect what I have on the shelves, but it's not there yet.

Unless it's specifically tagged with "unread" or "unfinished," I've read it.

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, Asian Fiction & Non-Fiction, Club Read 2013, Colorado Bibliophiles, Fiber Arts, HMS Surprise, Knitters Inc., Made into a Movieshow all groups

Favorite authorsKen Kesey, Haruki Murakami, Tim O'Brien (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresThe English Book Shop


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Real nameUrsula


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Member sinceOct 5, 2005

Currently readingThe Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis
The Man Who Loved Children by Christina Stead
The Captive & the Fugitive by Marcel Proust
Take This Man by Brando Skyhorse

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"fecund fecund fecund ICK."

I wish I'd thought to write that in the margin of The Rainbow. So apt. :-)
Liked your review of Ice Balloon. Wondering about your not reading reviews of unread books? because sometimes reviews the only source of information re potentially pleasing/brilliant obscure books. Wonder as well if Tipsarevic did, as Eurosport has it, wimp out & stop reading books in the dressing room because of teasing (or if tattoo & actually reading books were youthful affections). Cheers.
Hi Ursula, Just wanted you to know I replied to your post on my 75ers thread. I can't believe how the days have gone by so fast since I was last on here. See you soon! Mary Beth
Thanks for posting your thoughts on The Passage. I never noticed before that it's "retch" and not "wretch"! --Jenny
Good luck at your Jeopardy audition! Please let us know if you make it.
Lovely profile picture. :)
Noticed you liked The Virgin Suicides, 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 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). Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:


Thanks for the update on the new Daniel Mason. Every now and again I do pick up a "old" reader's copy...I read Allegra Goodman's Intuition after it came out. I just finished an ARC called "Blood Spilt" by Swedish author Asa Larsson. It's a psychological thriller populated by a fair number of interesting female characters and quite a few animals (wild and domestic). I liked it. I often read mysteries as literary "palate cleansers" between other kinds of books; helps the transition, I suppose. Now I have to decide which one next...
Have you read the new Daniel Mason yet? We are two of three that have it (I also work in a bookstore and I mailed an extra ARC to a LThinger in AUS; she has the third copy). I was a big fan of the Piano Tuner. My pile of ARCs (old and new) is ridiculously yours also must be...
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