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About meWhat can I say...I love books. :o)

About my libraryNow that I have kids...the library is no more. The books are once again all over the house. :o)I now have a am exploring different types of libraries. Nothing beats the feel of a real book though.

GroupsAncient Egypt, Archaeology, Early Reviewers, Egyptian Fiction Galore, Esoterica, Evolve!, Historical Fiction, Historical Mysteries, Midwestern Readers, PaperBackSwapshow all groups

Favorite authorsKage Baker, Fiona Buckley, Lois McMaster Bujold, Tracy Chevalier, Lindsey Davis, Jeffery Deaver, Sarah Dunant, Teresa Edgerton, Janet Evanovich, Jasper Fforde, Neil Gaiman, Pauline Gedge, Philippa Gregory, Susanna Gregory, Diana Wynne Jones, George R. R. Martin, Anne McCaffrey, Christopher Moore, Toni Morrison, Elizabeth Peters, Terry Pratchett, Douglas Preston, Candace Robb, Lynda S. Robinson, James Rollins, J. K. Rowling, J. R. R. Tolkien, Kurt Vonnegut (Shared favorites)

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Ooh, I'm excited you added The Red Necklace! Let me know what you think of it, whenever you get around to reading it :-)

Just finished Poison Study, by Maria V. Snyder. Have you read that one? It was good :-)
"When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds; Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world.
Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be."

~ Patanjali
You are showing up all over my LT newsfeed- must be updating your library!! Hope all is well. Miss you!
Getcher Michigan memoirs at my website or on Amazon. - Tim
I do like A Feast for Crows, despite what others have said. It is a bit slower than the other three, however, and I miss some of the main characters.

I've heard A Dance with Dragons has been pushed to Spring 2009 now. So I have plenty of time to finish A Feast for Crows. Thought I was going to have to rush and finish by the end of September.

Always nice to find other fans of Martin. I still have A Feast for Crows left to read in ASOIF. I'm about half-way through it now. How did you like it?

And of course, you have to love Tolkien. I see you have him listed among your favorites.

Thank you so much for adding me as an interesting library. I looked a bit through yours....I barely touched the tip of it, but it looks very intriguing! We have a lot of similar interests. Egypt, history, historical mysterys/fiction. I am surprised we only share 264!

Take Care and Happy Reading!

You're welcome. I'm intrigued by libraries that have a lot of diversity. I sympathize with the problem of space for books; mine have taken over a whole room and are now expanding outward. My carpentry skills are not all that great so all my bookshelves look a little sloppy; however the books themselves make up for it. You can always think of them as exceptionally thick wallpaper.
I definitely will!
Thanks, Nichole. I am sure I will be back once things settle down. I'm like a bad penny, always coming back. :-)

Hi nichole - I really enjoyed the Eyre Affair. So much so that I found the next two books in the series on and bought them. I can't wait until the arrive to that I can read them. The book just made me laugh out loud. I had also just read Jane Eyre a few books before this one and it was so easy to picture Thursday running around in the background. lol
Nichole, how ARE you? How are the wedding plans? How's the reading? The library? I hope all is well and happy new year!!
Hello Nichole:

Catching up on LT correspondence, and wanted to wish you all the best for the holidays! My relatives all know what to expect from me as presents--books, of course.

Have you acquired/read the new McCullough book "Antony and Clepatra" yet? It's quite good, very literate and not particularly sentimental. I plan on reviewing it, but want to re-read it again first; part of my initial read was at the airport, which is not so good for a book that makes one think!

Otherwise still slogging through the Atkinson WWII series, and trying to get caught up with cataloging books. How about you?

Hi Nichole:

I haven't got the Follett book yet but I am looking forward to it. I really enjoyed "Pillars of the Earth." Right now I am finishing Greenwald's book "A Tragic Legacy: How a Good vs. Evil Mentality Destroyed the Bush Presidency;" an interesting and well written although depressing read. I am also re-reading Dunnett's "Disorderly Knights" as a diversion.

I'm looking forward to Thanksgiving and a little bit of quiet time for more reading.


Hi Nichole:

I saw you just added Penman's mystery. What do you think of it? I've read most of her older "thicker" historical fiction, but have not yet sampled her mysteries.
Thanks for visiting my library and saying "hi." For how many books we both own, I'm surprised how few we share. You must read authors I've not yet heard of (a thought with frightening implications on so many levels.) But the ones we do share are good ones. It looks like we may share a similar number of "tbr's".

Right now I'm working on "American Gods" and am enjoying it. I used to never read fantasy/sci-fi until last summer when I read "The Chronicles of Narnia" and it got me really interested. Then I read "Terror" by Dan Simmons - loved it! - and discovered he's written a bunch of sci-fi/fantasy stuff. Recently I also read "Ender's Game" - now I'm really, incurably hooked. This has opened a whole new genre to me - dangerous! More reasons to grow my book collection.

May I never get into mysteries!

My physical library is divided between read and unread books. The already=reads are in my bedroom and guest room. The unreads are in my diningroom on 8 bookscases - not nearly enough room. It is as much of a library-space as I can reasonably expect to have until the kids are grown and gone.

Take it easy! - Linda
Thank you! I enjoyed looking through your library as well. Yes, I have finished reading Burning Bright, as I gave it a rating. The ones that don't have a rating I haven't finished yet.Burning Bright is on a par with the rest. The most interesting part is the location. Not too many people write about the poor of Lambeth.The early circus that appears within is interesting too,eapecially if you compare it to the ones that appear in Meridon and Water For Elephants.I'd forgotten how much I liked Blake,so I went out and bought a book of his poems.He was definatly "different".
Hi Nichole:

I've gone a bit nuts with the LT lately! In catologuing my books, I've now found more than a few which needed replacement--mostly due to depradations of various creatures (cats, birds and silverfish seem to be the cief culprits). In any case I just bought a new copy of Dunnett's Game of Kings, and am inspired to start the whole series over again. I think this is rather like Penelope waiting for Odysseus; I am never destined to finish!

Hi! Cupcake and I appreciate the compliment! I'm sorry it has taken me so long to answer, but my husband and I are traveling cross-country and my time is kind of full right now! Cuppy is traveling with us in our RV. We had no idea how this was going to work out, but so far (since July 10)so good! She has adjusted very well. She doesn't like days when we travel because she has to go into her carrier, but now hardly "says" anything at all when I put her in there. Right now we are in Medford, OR, about to start south and then east. We're having a fantastic time. I somehow believed before we started that I would have all kinds of time to read--it's not happening! However, I've visited many bookstores and added many books to my library. So it's not all bad! Is that one of your cats--absolutely adorable! BTW, now we share 191 books! Happy Reading, Rebecca
Thank-you for wandering through my library :) Tags - I'm constantly trying to figure out somehow to add the most information as I can, and to link as many similar books together as I can. So thank-you for enjoying my tags. I just love strolling through a used book store, or picking through the books for sale at the library and finding either authors I hadn't heard of before but seem to have some interesting books, or hard to find books by authors I already read. And, of course, have some fun with a good book.

Okay is that Stardust the same as the film with Claire Danes? I really want to see that.

I took care of my snarky commenter. I really don't have time for idiots anymore. They were just trying to get some kind of reaction. whenever someone leaves a provocative comment on a blog they always come back to see if you posted it. This person, whoever they are, lives in my city which is quite small. I told them I would agree to stop purchasing books when several criteria were met including Americans becoming independent of fossil fuels, not needing 5,000 sq. ft. houses for two people, every industry becoming ecofriendly, etc. I also pointed out that we had planted several thousand trees on our property up north over twenty years ago. They just thought they were cute. But they weren't. I used libraries extensively throughout my entire life until several years ago when I finally realized that our library here is really bad. I used to work in bookstores and found I was not alone in that opinion. That is when my library began to swell and then with the advent of Amazon well you can imagine. Now that Amazon has a feature of used books I can obtain twice as many for the same cost. I buy a huge portion of my books used, or recycled.

Well I shall have to check into Neil Gaiman. This is one of the great things about the internet and Library Thing in particular.

Cheers and thanks.

What is Stardust? I don't know that author.
Do you know they have made a film of "The Golden Compass". I believe it will be coming out soon. Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig play Lyra's parents. I can't wait.
I am not really an advocate of slowing down the purchase. Gives me a reason to live for a long time. Ha ha. Actually I learned several years ago to purchase nonfiction when I see it. I read an article about some new books on Hitler (new at the time) so I purchased the first one. By the time I had finished that I couldn't find the others. Finally found the last one on ebay. Now I just buy them and get to them when I can. It is a little easier to find old books now that Amazon has a used option. I love having books around me anyway. I have a blog and a snarky commenter came on there yesterday and asked me did I know you could get books from the library. Obviously an idiot.

We have the worst library system I have ever been stuck with. The last novel I tried to get from them they had to purchase first. Then I purchased it anyway because I wanted to read it again. We have a brand new library bldg with nothing of interest in it. Okay I will get off my high horse now.

I do really think a book addiction is a lot better than drugs, and cheaper.
I have heard of Niles. As I said, I don't get out much, I have health issues, but I used to. You must be close to Chicago. Lucky you. I would much rather be close to Chicago than Detroit. I am glad to see I am not the only one whose reading cannot keep up with purchasing. I have great determination however and if I just slow down I may get them all read yet.

Take care.
I found you on BarbN's page and I see you are in Michigan. We have some fiction interests in common. Where are you in Michigan. I am in GPWoods. I don't get out much so it is fun to find some book people online.

Hello Nichole:

I like your library listing a lot; I have just started my listing and have rather a lot of books yet to enter. (I am delighted by the site and the opportunity to talk books!)

I am very fond of Dorothy Dunnett; I think she was a wonderful writer with a gift for complex characters and tales. Carey has a similar writing style, but lacks the close tie in to historical events that Dunnett provided. Dunnett recommended starting her Lymond series before the Niccolo series, I concur, with the caveat that "The Game of Kings" as an initial effort is less well developed than some of the later books in the series. But it provides very useful background to the principal character, and it does not lack entertainment value. As Dunnett's writing matured, the depth of her writing increased significantly, as did her research into the historical frameworks for her stories. The two reference books or Dunnett Companions are actually quite useful for providing additional details on her rich and varied source material and on the historial characters interwoven in the stories. This is particularly true for the second reference volume, to which Dunnett herself materially contributed. I found with the Niccolo series that I liked reading each book through, and then going back and looking up the references or untranslated quotes that I was unfamiliar with, and then re-reading in an iterative process. It speaks to the quality of her imagination and erudition that this was a pleasure and not a chore!

Personally, I think "King Hereafter" which draws on the historical Macbeth is her finest work, but it is a difficult and somewhat dark work, and I did not really appreciate its quality until after several re-reads. Thus I would not recommend starting with it!

I suspect that when (or if ever)I finish listing we will find more works held in common. And I very much appreciate any recommendations you may have for historical fiction or historical mysteries.

Hi! Have you read your copy of Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia by Gilles Deleuze yet? I am presently in the thick of it and am seeking others' evaluations.
I have heard of Bakkar, yes. I think his first book is the Prince of Nothing or something like that... Or maybe that's the name of the series. I've not read him, though. Let me know what you think, if you've given him a try!

I still haven't really been reading much! I've got a really good book on the table, but just can't seem to open it. I guess it will just have to wait until I get home.
I have heard of Bakkar, yes. I think his first book is the Prince of Nothing or something like that... Or maybe that's the name of the series. I've not read him, though. Let me know what you think, if you've given him a try!

I still haven't really been reading much! I've got a really good book on the table, but just can't seem to open it. I guess it will just have to wait until I get home.
Hi, Nichole! It's fun comparing books, isn't it? We do have a lot in common! I've been wanting to catalog all my books and Library Thing was the perfect excuse to do it. The downside is that now my husband knows exactly how many books are in my TBR pile. I guess I can point him to your library's tbr list if things start getting tense. LOL
Hey Nichole! Looks like we have a number of books in common--now THERE'S a big surprise! LOL Good to see you here too. I'm still finding my way around but it sure looks like an interesting site--what could be more interesting than books??

Somehow we're up to 166 now! I think for 2007, we might have fun with our buddy reads. Maybe you should pick three and I should pick three that we both have on the TBR pile- all of our picks are subject to veto by the other person (meaning, if I pick a book you really don't want to read, then you can veto it, and I'll pick another one in its stead). And then we can read those throughout the year. I think it would be fun, as we haven't done a buddy read in a while :-) What do you think?
Wow, 154 books! That's very impressive. Which should we read together next? You can pick, as it's your birthday (well, barely not your birthday any more). But it might not be for some time as I just started book six in Dunnett's Niccolo series. And it's dense and long and I probably won't understand it very well!
Hi, I see that you have "Mammoth: The Resurrection of an Ice Age Giant" too. I own its Korean translation, and it's currently listed under "You and none other"! How cool.
I went to see King Tut at the Field Museum today and thought of you! Now I'm really wanting to read some Egyptian fiction- do you know of any? Besides Amelia Peabody, that is. I don't know when I'll get to it- but it would be nice to have something on my shelf to look forward to!
Oh YOU!! Now I have to read it next! I am going to finish the Astonishing Splashes of Colour tonite. So assuming you don't get so into it that you pull an all nighter tonite and finish it in one setting we will be reading it at the same time.. so we can let each other know what we think of it.. I can't wait to read it!!

Oh hey guess what I have coming to me from PBS? Danse Macabre by LKH!! I can't wait.. I have heard it isn't as good as some of her previous.. but as we both know they have been on a serious decline anyway.. that doesn't make them any less addicting for me though LOL sometimes bad books are still good.. or at least I hope so..
I'm glad you bought it, Nichole! I think you'll enjoy it, especially as you like dragons. In fact, I think reading the third book has restoked my interest in the French Revolution (which, granted, was about ten years before the books start) and which is why I've bravely decided to put aside my fun Falco book and take up the MASSIVE book by Hilary Mantel, A Place of Greater Safety. It's seriously huge. But that period is so fascinating! I guess August is my month to try huge books. Which means my list of books read isn't very large at all :-) But it's ok. It's nice when you feel like reading a book, that it's right there, isn't it? I just bought seven more books from today- but six were wish list books so I feel justified.

I owe you an e-mail- and will write you tomorrow, I hope!
We share a nice stack of books. Glad to see you in the Esoterica group. It's been a while since anyone has commented. I probably just need to come up with a topic more interesting than "Wow, do I own some weird stuff."
HEY, I thought I was your book twin! ;o( LOL Maybe You, Aarti and I are book triplets.. although.. I think maybe I am your Fantasy/Sci-fi book twin and Aarti is your Hist. Fic. book twin..
Wow, were almost up to 200!! When I finish inputting all my books maybe we will get there..
Have you read Hitchhikers Guide yet? I see it on our "in common" list.. that would be a great one for a co-read.
I just finished visiting a site he inspired and co-founded called You would love it, Nichole.. it is a encyclopedia completely written by members.. it's huge.. If you visit be prepared to stay for a while.. it is completely addictive..
Later girl.
Are you done inputting now? If so, we now share 128 books. Which is almost exactly 1/5 of my library. So yes, I think we can safely assume we are book twins :-)

I really hope you're enjoying The Book Thief. That is well on track to be the best book I've read in 2006. Much like The Shadow of the Wind was the best book I read in 2005. Though both these years have been truly excellent in terms of reading for me (and you, I think). I'm all up for a buddy read in a few weeks. Maybe we should do SKP? It might be a nice change of pace to do one that isn't fantasy this time around. And then we can tackle Lions of Al-Rassan for you ;-) Only if you want to, of course. And only if you can bring yourself to cross over that 50 page mark!
Thanks for the comment about my graphic-- I like the kitty in yours! I would have put my kitties on my profile, but the little book grabbing at a shopper's leg was too fitting to pass up.
I just checked our in common list, wow we have a lot of the same classics, we are definitely going to have to do some buddy reads.. I have so many classics and I haven't read but a handful of them.. All those Linda Howard, Evanovich and Barbara Michaels books were definitely the reason we got so many in common. I just put all those in yesterday..
I am seeing several books on the list twice though, i wonder if that means I have accidently input them twice, or have duplicates and just didn't realize it or if you did one or the other on your list.. I am going to go check for duplicate books on my shelf..
Talk to ya later
Cool, I hadn't checked how many we had in common since the last batch I put in.. I need to go see what they are.. I found another box of fantasy and sci fi though and some historical fiction.. so something tells me those were the culprits.. And I made it onto your list finally!! Your 4th on mine.. I was starting to feel left out LOL
I still have a few pages of books I have written down that I have to put in and then I will be done with the TBR. My back is killing me from sitting in this chair inputting books all weekend, pretty much around the clock... My husband hates when I get a new obsession.. I told him he would be loving it if this were a cataloging site for DVD's.. I wonder if they have a similar one for movies.. that would be cool..
I just finished entering a few hundred more and finished with all but the boxes.. of my TBR.. and now we have 100 in common.. I still don't show up on your list though.. your near the top of mine..
Wow Nichole! Almost 2,000.. I have been inputting in my free time for three days and I am still not even to 1,000.. I just finished up and went to my profile to check who I had the most common books with and you were near the top of the list.. we have 75 books in common now.. sadly.. you've read far more of them than I have.. I am hoping to finish inputting all of mine this weekend.. well at least all of my TBR.. which is what I am most concerned with. I think I am about halfway done now.. Got all the vampire, chick lit, sci fi, fantasy and some of the horror and lit. fiction.. Only a few more genre's and five boxes and a shelf to go LOL Then I can start on the my permanent collection..
Are you putting in books you don't plan to read or keep, like PBS books or books you plan to donate or sell? I am debating the wisdom of doing so.. on the one hand it would be nice to have somewhere to look and see what I have and on the other, it might just muddle things up.. I am also debating on whether I should put in books I have read but no longer have, just to be able to review what I have read and maybe start writing reviews for them here..
Have a great weekend.
Your TBR pile is almost three times as big as my entire library. And you're not done yet. Wow.
Hey Nichole,
I came in the check out yours and Aarti's shelves.. This is the first time I have had a chance to do anything on here other than log books onto my shelf.. there are a lot of cool features.. I really like that you can look up a person and see what books you have in common.. I noticed most of mine and your common books are vampire.. mostly Jim Bitcher and Kelley Armstrong.. I was surprised to see some chick lit on Aarti's shelf, I didn't think she was into that stuff.. We had a couple of chick lit books in common..
Are you loading all your books, or just your TBR.. for now I am only loading TBR and PC and I have only gotten through my Vampire library and part of my chick lit library.. it's difficult work.. because most of them are on shelves... so I have been going and making a list of them and then listing them in here.. it will be better when I get to the boxes, I can just carry those in here and load them on.. That is when I ever get time..
You totally kick butt.. You have like over 1,400 listed already.. Always the overachiever.. LOL
Can't wait to see how many I have in my tbr.. it will be interesting.. I think it's around 1,500.. but we'll see maybe I will be surprised and it will be less. that'd be nice..
Have fun loading books.. I am SURE you have more LOL
Hi Nichole :-D
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