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About meI am an avid reader. I live in Northern California and work as a physical therapist. I love animals. I'm married, no kids...but have a house full of very spoiled animals (a wildchild 2.5 year old German Shepherd named Raven, and two cats, Gizmo and Maia).

About my libraryI love historical fiction, literary fiction, suspense novels,and books with quirky, interesting characters.

GroupsAlgonquin Readers Round Table, All Books Africa, All Things New England, Arab, North African and Middle Eastern Literature, ARC Junkies, Atwoodians, Bug Collectors, Early Reviewers, Freebies, Book Giveaways and Contests, Needleartsshow all groups

Favorite authorsChimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Margaret Atwood, Elizabeth Berg, Laurie Colwin, John Irving, Stephen King, Larry McMurtry, David Mitchell, Jodi Picoult, John Steinbeck, Leo Tolstoy, Markus Zusak (Shared favorites)


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Real nameWendy

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Hi, Thanks to you I've just had the great pleasure of reading The Brothers by Asko Sahlberg. I read your review of it and thought it could be worth pursuing - and it certainly was. Outstanding. So now I must find more books by Sahlberg and more books from Pereine.

I'll keep an eye on your reading in the hope of additional gems.

Robin Dawson
Recently finished the Marriage Plot and thought you did a nice job on the review. Thanks for your insights, Mike
I noticed that you have [Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day]. Just wanted to say that I've been making this bread for a few months now and it is really very good. Of course, we've ended up eating more bread than we should! But I prefer it to using the old breadmaker.

Also noticed that we have 120 books in common!
Thanks for the courtesy of your reply. I regret that you don't accept ebooks for review consideration.
Hi Writestuff,
Based on your in-depth and insightful review of Kingsolver's Prodigal Summer, I hope I can interest you in reviewing my first literary fiction novel, THE FISHER KING, a contemporary family drama about overfishing on the Chesapeake Bay written in a realist style. If the synopsis and first chapter at appeal to you, for a review copy of my 326-page ebook please contact me at,!/TheFisherKingbk, or

Do your reviews appear on other sites? Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.
Hayley Kelsey
Hey, Wendy! So great to find you here!
writestuff, I found "Scent of the Missing" via your list and review - THANK YOU! It is a beautiful book.
Oh, I did not mean on review page I really messed that up. But thanks anyway.
Wendy, how do you highly recommend a book on your review page? I have yet to figure that out.
Just stopping by to say I really liked your review of Freedom. Thumbs up from me!

Thanks for the heads up. Sorry you got spammed that way. We've been working on damage control all afternoon. Apparently someone hacked my facebook account, and got access to my e-mail that way. How they managed to get my e-mail password is a mystery. But I'm definitely not in London, wasn't mugged, and haven't asked anyone for money!
Just wanted to let you know that I'll be involved in an "Author Chat" about my novel, The Quickening, beginning next week (the 19th) and lasting through the following Monday. If you're interested, I welcome your questions and comments. Here's the link:

And if you're a Goodreads user, I've started a Q&A group there that will stay open at least until September. The link is

Hope you're well!

Loved your review of The Quickening! =)

Great! Hope you like it!
Hi Wendy
I just added 'Cool Water' to my library and noticed that you are the only other LTer with this book. Interesting. I got mine delivered by courier yesterday, as a result of a Twitter book review, from CBC.
We have more books in common than appear here, as I've only entered books I've read since 2008. You have a very interesting collection and I'll expand my list from it!
Hi Wendy,

I just wanted to drop you a quick note to wish you and yours happy holidays and a wonderful new year. It was a pleasure to make your virtual acquaintance this year. I'll look forward to reading more excellent reviews and visiting your fabulous website in the coming year. For now, enjoy your celebrations. :-)


Thanks for accepting my friendship.
Hi Wendy,

Thanks for your note, and sharing your blog info. I will look forward to checking it out. You have a much longer reviewing history than I do. As it happens, I did start a literary blog of my own withing the past year. I wanted a place to house all the reviews I write, as well as other random literary musings. You can see it here:

As for the Irving reviews, I'm delighted when I see a positive one, and somewhat mystified when I see a bad one. Why can't everyone worship the man like me, LOL. BTW, I'll be schlepping to Book Passage in Corte Madera on Friday night. Did you know he's speaking there? FYI.


Hi Wendy,

That was awfully kind of you to take the time to pass along a compliment. I really enjoyed reading your review, too. Actually, there are a lot of strong reviews for the novel. I found it challenging to write about--there was so much I wanted to say!

BTW, I see that we're neighbors in Northern Cal, and that you're a book crosser, too. If you ever feel like venturing into the city on a third Tuesday of the month, I run the San Francisco Bookcrossing meetings. Our website is here:

I also see that much of our reading is sympatico. I will have to look out for your future reviews. :-)


Wendy, I so admire your thoughtful and well-written reviews. I am an avid lover of good books, and I would like to start writing reviews, but find the undertaking a bit intimidating. Thank you for providing a model for me.

hi you said you write stories right? cool
Hi Wendy,

I wanted to thank you for your lovely and thoughtful review of Tomato Girl. I truly appreciate your support. And congratulations on completing the Read-A-Thon. I hope you had plenty of coffee!

All my best,

Hello Wendy! I just read your review of The Secret River. It sounds like an amazing book. One that I will have to read. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Take care,

visit me at Books & Cooks
On my "Members With Mrstreme's Books," you have jolted up to my number one position, with 3M, SleepyReader and teelgee in there too (not sure why lindsacl isn't there). That's so cool! =)
I was reading some past postings, and one of them mentioned that you had created something called A Novel Challenge, which sounds very interesting. I am somewhat new to LT and haven't spent a lot of time in it, so if you could tell me how to get there, it would be greatly appreciated.



Review of Guernica read--book added to Wish List. :-)

I want to thank you for writing such wonderful reviews Wendy.
You're the best!

I just purchased The God of Small Things and The Colour
after reading your recommendations on both :)

Please do let me know what you thing of Say You're One of Them--I'd appreciate it.

Joyce (the Elder) :-)
Hi there Wendy!

I've been gone a few days. Came back and it sure is HOT here!

I bet you enjoyed Chesil Beach. I really enjoy Ian McEwan.
I've just started Animal Dreams by Kingsolver. It drew me in
from the get go so I think it's going to be another good read
by her.

Stay cool!
Hi neighbor!

I sure did catch the Redding Library sale today. I got there fifteen minutes before it was set to open and it was already packed!
Ended up bringing home a whole box of books! Just what I needed.. more books :)

I just finished The Poisonwood Bible last night. Loved it!!
Thanks for your review of "Jackfish, the Vanishing Village". I just read the book and found it challenging because of the content, but also because I know the author (and her mom, who is more my age). I find myself seeing the author as the person I know rather than the author; I'm doing this also with a book my brother-in-law has written. It affects how I read/interpret the content.
I may not be much of a fan of literary fiction, and I may ultimately disagree with your recommendations, but I've loved each of your reviews that I've read. They're so thoughtful, and you seem to really put your finger on why certain books become so popular (even if they don't resonate with me). Great job, and thank you!
Hi Wendy -

You commented on my TSS post last week that you'd be interested in my review of THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN by Garth Stein. I finished the book today and posted my review. I didn't post any spoilers so I wouldn't ruin it for anyone. Here's the link:

I remember from your comment that you are an animal lover too. You would love the book! Take care and I'll see you 'round the blogosphere! :)

Books & Cooks
Wendy, I just checked out both the review blog and the Pulitzer Project. Great sites! The review site is lovely - and the arrangement by release month is different and nice.

At PP, it was all I could do to keep myself from joining - I love those kinds of things too. I was pleased to see I've read all the Pulitzers since 1997, and quite a few before that. I'm going to put PP on my list of things to do after The Wednesday Sisters is launched - something to look forward to! Thanks for the direction there.

Wendy, I'm completely flattered that you got the Wednesday Sisters ARC through the PW giveaway. I hope you enjoy it!

And I'm Northern California too, meant to say that when I first posted. Your what you read description could be mine, if you moved historical to second on the list and sprinkled in a few well-written mysteries. I like your MUST READ category, and am curious what "Pulitzer Project" is (clearly something to do with the prize, from the books marked.


I saw from your library that we share a lot of the same books - including several of my all-time favorite authors. I'm blown away by the number of reviews you've done, and am really enjoying reading them!

The books we share are some of my favorites! I look forward to going through your reviews.
Hi Wendy,

I was moved by your review of "The Cellist of Sarajevo" by Steven Galloway. I've had that book on my wishlist for months. I'll get to it eventually. It sounds like just the "bullseye" type of five-star book I really love to read.

When I finished your review, and noticed that it came from you, I remembered your name, writestuff. I added you to my private watchlist of libraries almost a year ago when I joined LibraryThing. We have very similar tastes when it comes to five-star books.

Just thought I'd write and let you know how much I enjoyed your well written review.

Hi Wendy,

My name is Dawn Connolly and I am a LibraryThing member and a librarian at Toronto Public Library. I see that you have included “The Outlander” in your library and I loved reading your review of the book. I agree completely. Loved the book!

I run an online book club called Book Buzz and this month we are just getting into a discussion of the book. It’s a friendly group, very relaxed, and we’d love to hear from you, too.

Our website is:

We are also very lucky to be hosting a live online chat with the author, Gil Adamson, on Thursday, March 27, 12 noon- 1 pm (local time). Please feel free to join in.


I recently joined the All Books Africa Group. As a publisher who has just released a novel about the Angolan Civil War, I thought it might be worth bringing to your attention. Ondjaki's Good morning Comrades has just been released (indeed, i'm not sure amazon has changed it status yet). Ondjaki is a Lusophone writer of international reputation, and our edition of Good morning Comrades introduces him to an English speaking audience for the first time. It will not be the last: Aflame Books in the UK is set to release his fable The Whistler, and I know New Directions is also looking at publishing something by him soon. We expect he will become one of the most celebrated African novelists of his generation.

Anyway, if you would like further information on Comrades, you can chcekc out our website at It is also available online on amazon and elsewhere, and available through any good bookstore.

Thansk for your time, and I do hope that this was not too intrusive. (We're a small literary press based in Canada, and we're just trying to do whatever we can to let potential readers know about the book.

Best wishes,

Dan Wells
Wendy, thank you so much for the birthday card!!
I saw on the threads that you enjoy counted cross-stich.
Do you still do this as a hobby? (I loved the website you posted, btw)
If so, I'm looking to cull a good deal of my collection, since I realized years ago it was either give up cross stich or reading. My mother went a bit nuts when she discovered a crafty thing I would actually do, and I've got a huge box of supplies, magazines and charts wishing for someone to love them.

If you're interested, I'd be happy to send you some things. I've felt almost too guilty to sell the collection, but I feel just as guilty with it sitting in the basement.
One of these days I'll bring it up and scan the patterns into the computer so the cover shows on LT.
Just an idea, let me know:)
it's been over a year since i stopped by your page but looking over your library again i have to say you have read alot of great books! feel free to stop by anytime with recommendations!!
Hello Wendy,
Thank you for the beautiful birthday card.
It's so lovely, I'm thinking of putting it in a frame.
I love the Victorian girl staring off across the sea.
Thank you for thinking of me:)
Well, finally! I have gotten to read "Suite Francaise". It was everything you said, and more, heartrending to say the least considering her fate and history. I know everyone says how terrific "David Golder" was, but to me the writing in SF is so very superior I cannot stress it enough. Have you read "Fire in the Blood" yet? It is on a par with SF as far as I am concerned.
Thanks again.
Thanks Wendy for your support, not quite sure what was going on there! Julie
Hey Wendy....Can't remember if I sent you my link/login. So here I am. Can't wait to discuss The Road in Pulitzer group. I really really enjoyed it. I will get up to Redding before year end!! I owe you coffee!
Hi Wendy,
It's actually a magnet about 2"x2", feel free to use it. My daughter sent it to me for my birthday last year or the year before.
Hello Wendy and thanks for both your comment and your friend request. I look forward to keeping in touch and sharing our reads. Many apologies for the multiple spelling mistakes in my first post! Have a good week, Julie
Hi Wendy it is Julie from Reading Awards cahallenge here,
I have just been browsing your challenges again. Wow I do admire you! I see you have Shantaram listed on your cross border challenge - I have not done a proper review but I can wholeheartedly recommend it. It is lively, vibrant, paints a wonderful, if at times heartbreaking picture of Mumabai. What makes it specail is that it is based on a real life. I read it at top speed and was so enthralled with it I could hardly put it down. I do trust you will find it a really rewarding read, I look forward to your review! Julie :)
Oh for heaven's sake, I've done it again. I was in a used bookstore tonight and picked up a book that struck me, for some reason I wasn't sure of. Bought it and then checked the reviews on LT. Sure enough, the second review was YOURS!! The book is Elizabeth Berg's The Art of Mending. Too funny.
Thanks for the invitation Wendy! You're right, I recognize many of the member names from other groups. Thanks for thinking of me!
"Old Filth" is the most recently written book I've read, and tho I found it good enough to recommend it pales beside "Rules for Old Men Waiting" by Peter Pouncey. (Now out in paperback +/or at your library). If you read it I'd be interested in your reaction. Esta 1923
Hi Wendy!

I've checked out your reviews in the past from your other blog site, and I highly value your opinions. (If U didn't already know, thanks for convincing me to purchase: The Book Thief, Ethan Frome, and Suite Francaise,... I look forward to reading more of your recommendations.

Jasmin (from BookCrazy)
Hi, Wendy--

Thanks for telling me on BookCrazy how to find you here. Just wanted to say "hi," and I love your library! You've got some great books. I am having big fun on this site, and it is wonderful to see another BookCrazy here too. :)

Laura Stamps
"Reading soulmate" ... I like that! Ditto!
Wendy, thanks for the book group link! I'll go lurk there for a while. I was delighted to find a comment from you, because I was on my way to leave you one myself. Just wanted to say it's nice to have you back on LT talk and Yahoo Groups again. I am enjoying discovering our "affinity" (as LT would say), which shows itself in these discussions and in our reviews. It's really fun to have met you!
I wanted to tell you also that you might like Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller. It's about her childhood in Africa and it is a GREAT book.
Cherry was not as good (to me) as The Liar's Club, but that is a REALLY tough book to top! It is definitely worth reading, though. She must be an amazing person. I thought Cloud Atlas was one of the best books I've ever read - have you finished it? And I loved The Inheritance of Loss. Beautiful and sad. I have loved everything I've read this year, actually, except for Snow by Orhan Pamuk. HATED it. Keep me posted!
Hi there,
Just wanted to report to you that I have finsihed 'Ghostwritten'
I have to say it is really excellent. Very similar to 'Cloud Atlas'
it is easy to see actually how he developed 'Cloud Atlas' after reading
this one.
Beautifully written, hard to put down, interconnecting stories containing varying
degrees of humanity and paranoia at its finest!
Highly recommend to you.
Let me know what you think when you have finished it.
okey dokey,
bye for now
Oh I see you've read The Liar's Club - that book just knocked the breath out of me. Hilarious and heartbreaking. Did you read Cherry?
I think you'll like it. I bought it about four or five years ago, maybe? And just never wanted to read it, for some reason. I enjoyed it so much that now I want to read everything she's written. Tell me when you finish!
Arthur & George was good, wasn't it? I had no idea when I bought it that it had any basis in fact. I just finished The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood and highly recommend it!
Did I mention that I bought "Arthur & George" as part of the same Borders 3 for 2 as "The Space Between Us"? It wasn't even on my NYT challenge list. Uncanny...looking forward to your review!
The thing is, it is a real 'boys' book.
The writing is not beautiful like his others,
it is a bit stilted and I didn't like the setting of
modern day Tokyo, and the nastiness the hero encounters there.
I have Ghostwritten yet to read and I look forward to that,
but unfortunately Number 9 dream, was as bad as Cloud Atlas was good,
if that makes sense!!
What did you think of Number 9 Dream?
I loved Cloud Atlas, but didnt think much of
that one. Wondered what you thought.
Hi Wendy,

I saw that you're reading Fall On Your Knees! I've read this book 3 times and I know I'll pick it up again (kind of a yearly thing). The characters are so real, the story so unusual and original. Let me know what you think!

By the way, I moving back to Northern Cal this summer. Perhaps we can organize an LT get together at a local bookstore!

Happy reading!
Today you posted, "Yesterday I picked up One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. "

And I said to myself, "what was she thinking??!!"
Can't wait to see the review ...
Hi Wendy
Thanks for your note. Will keep an eye on your what you're reading and your comments.
Welcome to Books Compared. Hope you'll contribute!
I read a recent post on Bookworms where you listed your YTD reads. I've read many of the same books and thought I'd wander over to your library and I'm watching your blog as well.

Happy reading!
Thank you so much for your help on BookCrazy. Seeing your page really does help me figure out how to "Organize" mine.
I was sooo lost!!!

Thanks again!!
Your review of Suite Francaise truly makes me wish with all my heart it had come out ahead in our reading group this month...grrrr! Beaten out by To The Lighthouse, worthy for sure, but gosh! SF has moved to the very top of my TBR stack! Thanks.
p.s. That is what our cats and dogs are for...spoiling! LOL
Loved your review of Grapes of Wrath, I thought you must be a professional reviewer - it gave me goosebumps it capture the book so poignantly.
thanks for stopping by. i see you must be a jane austen fan as well. :)
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