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About meMum of two, have self-diagnosed myself as a "compulsive reader" this morning after seeing a lot of myself in Sara Nelson, author of So Many Books, So Little Time, lover of movies and cooking (and eating!) when I'm not reading or chasing after kids.

About my libraryAin't books grand?

I'll read pretty much anything, but not romances or horror. (Although there are always exceptions.)

I'm using LibraryThing as a way of keeping notes on books I've read. I may not have them in my possession any more (library books, or books I've released through bookcrossing), but they should be tagged as such.

Reading log for 2009:
Reading logs for 2010:
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Reading logs for 2012:
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Groups100 Books in 2009 Challenge, 100 Books in 2010 Challenge, 100 Books in 2011, 100 Books in 2012 Challenge, 100 Books in 2013 Challenge, 100 books in 2014 challenge, 1001 Books to read before you die, 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up, 37 oldies in 2011 challenge, Almack'sshow all groups

Favorite authorsJane Austen, Paul Auster, Orson Scott Card, Lewis Carroll, Michael Chabon, Edward Eager, Greg Egan, Steven Erikson, Jasper Fforde, Jonathan Safran Foer, Neil Gaiman, William Gibson, Graham Greene, Susan Hill, Alan Hollinghurst, Charlie Huston, David Mitchell, Elizabeth Moon, Haruki Murakami, Garth Nix, Anthony O'Neill, Ann Patchett, Tim Powers, Philip Pullman, J. K. Rowling, Jonathan Stroud, J. R. R. Tolkien, Sarah Waters, Edith Wharton, Joss Whedon, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Connie Willis (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresAbbey's Bookshop, Berkelouw Books (Newtown Bookshop & Cafe), Better Read Than Dead, Boardwalk, Booked Out, Books Kinokuniya - Sydney, Bray's Books, Bray's Kids Books, Darling St Books, Elizabeth's Bookshop (Newtown), Fine Print Books, Galaxy Bookshop, Gleebooks, Kings Comics, Minotaur

Favorite librariesCustoms House Library (City of Sydney Library), Glebe Library (City of Sydney Library), Newtown Library (City of Sydney Library)

Other favoritesSydney Writers' Festival


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Currently readingA Dance to the Music of Time: vol.1: Spring by Anthony Powell
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
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The King in Yellow by Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
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Indeed it does! 9 is the new 8!
Happy Thingaversary, Tania! Eight years. Doesn't that seem incredible?
it's always fun to find someone else who likes Nero and Archie.

how are you liking Dance to the music of time?

see you around.

We're having a group read of Jhereg this month, Tania, at
You'd be very welcome if you'd like to join us.
Prue put me on to you as someone who might be interested in doing an Asia/Pacific book swap for this Christmas. My idea was that, for those interested, I would allocate people a person each to give a book to, they would message their person a list of 10 (or 20 or 50) books that they wouldnt mind losing from their collection, and the person would message back their choice, or a list of their preferences.
So everyone would send and everyone would receive one book.
Would you be keen? There are about 7 each from Aus and NZ that I am contacting, plus one in Malaysia.
Message me back by 10 November if you are interested!
Thanks, Megan
Hi, Tania. I saw you posted a comment with "quelle horreur!" in the middle of it. And I went, "oh, yea! I remember how that sounds". I love being reminded of good French expressions. I try to keep brushing up on my French so that I can go back to France and have a small hope of making myself understood from time to time.

Hope you are enjoying a some good reading. I'm off now to use "quelle horreur!" as many times as I can get a way with. Thanks!

aka maggie1944
Thanks, Tania. Appreciate how flexible you're being! Tonight it'll be then, one way or another. We're heading off for the Rocks now, walking George street, and then we'll have a tour with a guide at 2:30 pm. Thanks to your good suggestion, we plan on going to the biennale tomorrow. See you this evening!

- Joe

Turns out we'll be at William and College, the Australian Museum and St. Mary's this afternoon.

0420574098 is Debbi's #. Not sure where we are vis a vis you, Tania, but one way or another we can make this work. We're staying at the Medina Grand on Kent St. and Bathhurst.

- Joe
oooh, thanks for the link, Tania. i love the image to which a kid responded 'my grandmother would not wear this.' giggle

i've got one of his paintings as my desktop wallpaper. his work goes WOW in my brain.

i'd been meaning to order another from the library and it had slipped my mind. going to go do that now.

I just read your review of Karin Fossum's Don't Look Back, Tania. Couldn't agree with you more about child murders in books ("Especially with no murdered children"). I just am no good at handling that. I think the most recent one was "Case Histories", which so many LTers have loved. I dipped into it and that little girl went missing and that was it for me.

- Joe
Hi, Tania.

Thanks for the note. We're planning on a trip to Sydney and a few other places nearby next Spring - our first trip to Australia!

If Vagabond looks intriguing to you, then you might also like Okko: Cycle of Water by Hub and the rest of the Okko series. Different, but good.

I just finished my second Gilbert Hernandez collection, Human Diastrophism, which wasn't quite as good (or easy to follow) as Heartbreak Soup, but still was enjoyable.

Next I'm going to try one from that BOTNS list that I'd never heard of, The Ballad of Halo Jones by Alan Moore.

BTW, if you like the Donna Leon Venice mysteries, you might go south to Sicily and meet the cranky but lovable Inspector Montalbano. The Shape of Water is a good one to start with.

Hope you're having a good weekend.

Best - Joe
Hello Tania - I'll look forward to the review of Flowers for Algernon - interesting to get a view on WHY it was banned...
Hello Tania - thank you for returning the 'Interesting Libraries' compliment...we have a great many books in common! I have also seen you around the 75 Books Challenge threads, but see you are far more ambitious and are a member of the 100 Books Challenge. I doubt I will even make 50 this year but must say I really enjoy the group. I believe that 'Flowers for Algernon' was banned at one time in the US - seeing it in your new additions prompted me to add it to my Book Depository Wishlist. So thanks for that! Happy reading...Prue
Hi, Tania. Glad you mentioned Britten and Brulightly on Mark's thread. I'm also a fan of that book. I look forward to whatever she comes up with next.

You mentioned Manga, and it is interesting none has made the lists like the BOTNS one yet. I almost suggested Lone Wolf and Cub, which is great series with wonderful art, but it may be too - esoteric? - I'm just not sure it has the widespread appeal of the others, but it's wonderful and beautifully drawn. Another samurai-type is Vagabond by Takehiko Inoue, about master swordsman Miyamoto Musashi. (Your eyes may be rolling - or closing - by now!) The art is beautiful.

Two others that might appeal to you are the Emma series by Kaoru Mori (Japanese tale of Victorian romance - fun and odd combination)and Old Boy by Garon Tsuchiya, a Prisoner-type mystery.

I'm not mentioning any Naruto-type manga because they just don't work for me. I've yet to come across one that interests me like the ones above.

Anyway, just thought I'd say hello and mention those in case it's helpful.

Best wishes - Joe
I liked the "rubber duck" book although I did find it a bit boring at times and I already did know some of what they wrote in it. But I think it is a book we all should read - it makes you aware of the dangers around us and how we are affected by them, and how to try to avoid them - if we choose to.
I have already a few years ago got rid of the frying pans with non-stick surface, but I have not thrown away mu gore tex jacket...

I´ve been aware of the different plastics, I think about what shampoos and soap to use.

I think that if you want to live your life unaware and without difficult choices, then you shall NOT read it.

Tell me if you read it!
Tania- Thanks for your thoughts on "Freedom". I'll mull that one over and decide if I'll still do a G.R. of it. I'm seriously thinking of doing one on "The Wind-up Bird Chronicles". I'd love to do one Murakami a year!

check this out! It is quite possibly the supplest translation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's visionary masterpiece into the interactive visual medium. Damn. Watch out for last box car in The Valley of Ashes.
Thanks for your note. You have cleared up several points for me regarding scheduling, posting and gathering a group willing to read a specific work. I certainly do want to read Les Miserables and will post comments. May just be me but I'm all "pumped up" to do it.
Scarper's note to me was in response to a mistake I made in which I confused the two groups: Group Reads--Lit. and Geeks Who Love the Classics. I mentioned Geeks as reading Les Mis---which they are not, or at least not to my knowledge.
I'm well into The Way We Live Now (Trollope) and plan to post again in the next day or two.
Thanks for the information.
We are both members of the Group Reads--Literature. During the voting for the first quarter 2011, I noticed that you voted for Les Miserables. This is a book I have wanted to read for quite awhile and here is an opportunity to read and comment on it with others. However, this is a lengthy book--my edition runs over 1400 pages which may prohibit others in our group from taking on the challenge. I certainly hope others will join in this read despite the length. I'm fairly new to librarything and definitely new to this group so am not sure exactly how lengthy books are handled. I would hope that readers of Les Mis could go beyond the stated "quarter" with continued comments even if two more books were chosen for the second quarter. Just guessing here. Let me know what you think about reading Les Mis as a Group Read. Thanks.
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I like it!
PS Remind me in a month or so if I forget, ok?
No problem about Indelible Ink - Lurline has it at the moment, and then Carol, and after that I'll send it on to you!
You could attend the American Library Association mid-winter conference in January 2011. It will be in San Diego. You could get an exhibits only pass and go pick up ARC's and other things from the publishers and the family could drive up to LA and do DisneyLand. that should satisfy them and you.

I have a duplicate copy of A Few Green Leaves by Barbara Pym you are most welcome to if you can't find any Pym for the Monthly Author Reads. Let me know if you would like it and I will post it up to you.
It's a paperback edition and in good condition.


re: lady chatterley's lover

i read your review of lady chatterley's lover and I think you should finish reading it. I felt the same as you most of the way through, that I would have been really sad it had ended tragically. But I'm excited to tell you it has a "happy" ending, but I don't want to give anything away. I read this right after a bunch of Jane Austen's, so it was quite a shift for me from "happily ever after" to... this, but I was not disappointed, on the contrary it was much better than I had expected. I hope that gets you back into it.
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Alas, looks much like mine.
Wow I have just read your most entertaining review for 'Twilight' and did you know you have 92 thumbs up finding your review helpful. That would have to be a record....well done!!
Hey, I just got ANOTHER copy of Yann Martel's new book - an advanced reader's copy. Can I send it to you for your birthday?? I don't think I have your address....
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It's missing something . . . I know! A little Chewie action figure with a flag, scaling the mountain.
Good morning. Enjoy.
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Love your MT TBR! Mine are all in bookcases but not in any order.... I'll never get to read them all unless I live to be 150!
Welcome back, wookiebender. When my computer was down, it was like I'd been cut off from the world. Now I know why those people in the Middle Ages took excommunication so seriously.
Heya, Wookiebender. Came across this stunning vid, and wanted it to annoy you, too. So here:

Vaya con dios :)
Someone forwarded me this unbelievably funny video; it's based on this concept where people with a lot of creativity and time rework lyrics to fit the music video.
I'm slow. I didn't get your name, until, well, you explained it to Emidawy. Hilarious.
Just had to say your name made me laugh ^_^ Even if its not where I think its from its still giggle inducing.

Wookie- How are you? I saw your review of "Every Last Drop". Nice job! I plan on starting it later today, with the hope of getting to "My Dead Body" in a couple of months. You should post a comment on my sadly neglected Charlie Huston thread, maybe it'll bring some response! Hope you are having a great day!
Just read your review on Twilight, and wanted to say how much I loved it! (the review, not the book)!
I'm so glad I looked at your library! I had no idea Connie Willis was so prolific. Awesome. Have a great day. Marisa
Really, try it? ;P
You got much further than I did in Twilight (bah to tween angst), so I'd be interested to see if you share my unexpectedly positive opinion of Stephenie Meyer's The Host.
Hi Wookie- I started the Charlie Huston thread, in the Crime & Thriller group! I figured the faithful needed somewhere to hang out. Stop by:
Hi wookiebender, great review of Twilight, truly as dumb as it is plotless, if only Stephenie Meyer had your gift for conciseness. It strikes me that you might enjoy New Moan, a parody of Twilight (and New Moon) that makes great fun out of many of the stupid/creepier elements of Meyer taht you skewered in your review.

I felt the "urge" to congratulate you for your review on, ahem, "Twilight".
I, however, still do not wish to read it. hee hee.
But I am happy you got a HOT REVIEW!~!
Now, it may be cruel comparing this book to Pride and Prejudice, arguably one of the world's greatest novels, but Ms Meyer brought it on herself. She's the one who writes Bella as a fan of literature, the Brontes and Austen in particular. So she's the one who cast my mind towards some proper heroines and highlighted the ghastliness of her own creation.

I could not agree more. Bravo!
Hi Tania

I have read your review of Twilight with great interest. I read the first book as I wanted to know just what the fuss was all about and I still cannot fathom the success of this series. You shall be interested in this link in regard to the ban in some primary schools.,23599,26062002-421,00.html

Hi! I enjoyed your review of Dewey. I was so-so about it myself. If you are interested in the least in another cat book, I highly recommend Homer's Odyssey. Hard to believe there is another new cat book out there but I read it as an LTER book and enjoyed it. The author said in an interview that she read Dewey and thought "hey, my cat can beat that!". Happy reading!
Nup, I don't have any of those. Sorry.
Very cool that you wre on hot topics!

Hi Tania

Just a quick note to thank you and let you know that TYPU has arrived here in good condition.
I can't wait to read it, but I'll have to tackle the tottering pile of bookrings that have been flooding my mailbox over the past week and a bit first!

Have a great weekend. I'll be reading....

kim :-)

Looks like you really enjoyed "The Yiddish Policemen's Union" :-)
I'm looking forward to it. Are you thinking of Bookringing it?

The PO Box address is good. I'm at a conference with hubby at the moment and doing some of my own stuff on his Laptop. The teenagers (eldest is 20) are "home alone" and packages sent to home are liable to get placed in a "safe" spot and not found for a few months. :-)

I am beginning to get a bit addicted to registering on bookcrossing, even for books that are in my "permanent" collection. So much fun to see what even my non-bookcrossing family and friends think of what their reading.

Hopefully my Aunty will finish "The Women in Black" soon. I'll register it then and please no need to send it back. It was a wonderful gift from a fellow LTer and I think she might enjoy that it will be bookcrossed. I'll give her the BCID so she can track it to.

PS glad we are now officially friends :-)

I was very interested to see you gave Housekeeping almost a crown of stars =)
I also have this one along with Gilead on my tbr. I too read an loved Gilgamesh like you. This was the first book I ever moderated over at AnzLitlovers quite a few years ago now.

Oh do tell what are your imaginary books?

imaginary books?

I am now officially fascinated by wookiebender


Hi dear lady,
If your after a copy of "Women in Black" your welcome to the one I have. I just need to pass it around the family here first and then I can post it to you.


I have just noticed your glowing crown of stars for Goulds Book of Fish. Wow I am going to try reading that one again someday. I just didnt get it at all the first time I tried. You really liked it ha!!

And you are reading Tracy Chevalier. Have you read Falling Angels? That would be my favourite of her novels.

This thing with uploading the covers of the editions I have - does everyone do this??? Or is it just me being totally OCD? Argh.
Oh, thanks for that - the suspense was killing me :)

And I'd forgotten about the pirate comic too... now *that* was disturbing {shudder}

Good on you for keeping up with anything at all! I always marvel at how much you can read with two young'uns running around!
Joined, thanks! I recognise lots of screen names, Yay!
Honorary Aussie -- I love it :) I still read BCAUS and attended far more BC events while in Australia than I have in New York . In fact, my only NY bookcrossing activity here was when Skyring was here in October. Off to find the group :)
I've read Sunshine, thought it was brilliant, just like all the Robin McKinley books i've read. There was one in particular... a sleepinng beauty spin called Spindle or something...
I have a real soft spot for fairytale retellings, the Elemental Masters series by Mercedes Lackey are a real favourite.
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