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CollectionsYour library (1,974), Currently reading (4), To read (1,624), Read but unowned (241), Favorites (60), Ebooks (191), All collections (1,974)

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Tagsfiction (1,652), non-fiction (312), young adult (285), ARC (272), historical fiction (261), memoir (100), fantasy (74), Orange Prize (66), World War II (61), New York City (52) — see all tags

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About meI'm a 20-something with a BA in Political Science that has proved less than useful, a home in central Pennsylvania, two parents, 1 dog, 1 fat cat, 1 adorable trouble-making kitten, and a generally happy life. I work full time behind the scenes in healthcare to pay the bills, but my true passions are reading, writing about what I'm reading, and traveling whenever the opportunity presents itself.

I love to shop for books at Goodwill, the Salvation Army, library sales, and used book stores - with a recently discovered addiction to cheap e-books, too. The feeling of finding a "diamond in the rough" (AKA a book from my rather ginormous wish list - adding to which is one of my other great hobbies) is one of my finest pleasures. I'm always looking for more great books to read, so I look forward to checking out shelves with similar contents to my own and welcome insightful book recommendations from just about anybody!

About my libraryMy library is composed of books I own or have owned at some point. I prefer to donate them when I'm finished to make space for new! Most of my collection is used from library book sales, used books stores, or local thrift shops. However, some books come compliments of friendly BookCrossers. Still others are ARCs and finished copies provided to me by friendly publishers who like the occasional noise I make on my book blog and have provided me with numerous opportunities to enjoy exciting books before their release. I used to prefer mysteries, thrillers, and horror novels, but have since shifted to enjoying more of "literary fiction," young adult fiction, historical fiction, and even some Sci-fi/fantasy. My shelf, I think, is a good mingling of both the old and the new. With the help of my many bookish internet influences, I have confidence that my book tastes with continue to evolve and even more genres will find their ways to my shelves in the coming years!

GroupsARC Junkies, BookCrossers, Early Reviewers

Favorite authorsBrian Jacques, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Louise Murphy, Maggie O'Farrell, Ann Patchett, Ann Rinaldi, Anne Ursu, Jane Yolen (Shared favorites)

Homepagehttp://leafingthroughlife.blogspot.com

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Real nameMegan

LocationBloomsburg, PA

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Member sinceOct 26, 2007

Currently readingEnder's Game (Ender, Book 1) by Orson Scott Card
The Year We Left Home: A Novel by Jean Thompson
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink
Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow by Nancy Guthrie

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Hi yourotherleft, I just popped by to say hi as you are in my 'Top 100 similar libraries', actually you are the only person listed! My top similar library :)

I don't read fantasy but I do read WWII books, the human angle, survivor stories etc. Also books like Children of the Jacaranda Tree, which you have listed. I'm going to pop over to your library and take a look.

I'm also pretty active on BookCrossing so I'm surprised we haven't met there.

All the best,
DubaiReader
I have been on many book message boards since going online in1998. I have tons of friends who read and have been in 3 book clubs BUT I have never come across such a kindred spirit like you as far as your apparent love of books about WW 2!!!! While I have read many of the ones you list,there are others I looked up and will have to make note of for the future!
I just got from Early Reviewers The Soldiers Wife by Margaret Leroy. This novel takes place on Guernsey during the war. Margaret Leroy wrote Our Yanks which I recommend.
I also just received In The Garden Of Beasts by Eric Larson a novel of our first ambassador to Nazi Germany and his family in the early years.
From March I still have to read Wings a novel about the woman's air corp(WASPS)!
Stop by my blog for a giveaway of LINEN QUEEN courtesy of Sarah from Hachette Books.

http://silversolara.blogspot.com
o/ Unwind!!! I love that book SO much!
You don't know mw from who-whipped-the-cat....

but I just gave your review of THE GENDARME a well-deserved Thumb. I read the book earlier this year, and loved it..I also love your concise review

JUDE
;-}
Yay for adding the whole Chaos Walking series :D
Yay for getting The Bells :D I hope you enjoy it!! I SO loved that book!!!
Just checked out your homepage....love it...that will keep me busy for hours.

:)

Elizabeth
Megan,
I was looking at your page because we have so many book in common. I too am a pet lover! At the height of family madness, we had five indoor rabbits,
a cockatiel, four dogs (all small), two cats and fish. At present, I have three small dogs...
But mostly, I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed reading your reviews!!!! They are so compelling that I quickly added 10 new books that you reviewed to my list of "must reads!" I will be checking back periodically to see what's new with you. At present, I am reading Audrey Neffinegger's new book "Her
Fearful Symmetry" and liking it very much! I just finished "The secret Of Lost Things," also very good! Hope to hear from you sometime,

Beryl
Love your creative name...we definitely have a lot of books in common.

Hope you accept my friendship.

Elizabeth
Hi Megan, Just wanted to say hello! I just finished reading "Mistress of the Art of Death" I really liked it so if you haven't read it, give it a try. I will most likely read the rest of the series also. Right now I am reading another of her books but not part of the series. I am not sure I like this one as much, maybe because of the content. It is about a guy who tries to pass off a woman as one of the Romanovs. I hope all is well with you and yours. My girls are back at school, one in her last semester in college and the other a junior in high school. I am rather at loose ends, and hope to spend quality time writing and creating some of my crafts. I'll let you know if that happens. LOL! MB
Hi, Looking at our list of books we share, I notice that they seem to have sent us the same ER books. I guess our libraries are similar. Let me ask, have you read all the books on the Books we share list , or are they on your TBR list? Most of mine are on my TBR list, I just keep collecting good books, and I get them at the same places you do, not Goodwill or Salvation Army as we do not have any close, but always at library sales and thrift shops or yard sales, etc. Once in a great while from a bookseller, although I will use them for Christmas presents. I do like to support writers, but I would go broke if I always went to big chains or even small shops. Have a great weekend. MB
Seems that most of my LT friends have become somewhat stagnant these days so I've been hopping around finding some interesting readers maybe we can suggest some good reading to each other. I am really interested in starting a blog. I am a writer and would like to keep a daily record of how things evolve. Do you have any suggestions for me, since you have a blog? I hope to hear from you, Mary Beth
Saw you liked Trainspotting, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here (as well as on a few other book-related sites). Thought you might like it since it's also about a group of disturbed kids and a bit dark. I'd be glad to e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like. Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:

http://christophertusa.com/

Chris
Hi
I highly recommend the Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox. I'd be interested in hearing from you after you read the book to get your impressions.

Thanks for your post.
Thanks for your excellent and well-written review of [After You'd Gone] by Maggie O'Farrell. I finished this book yesterday after reading The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox a few days before. I am captivated by the writing style and emotions set forth by O'Farrell.
Sorry it took me so long to take care of this, Megan. I haven't been here in awhile... shame on me!

cjh
Excellent review of Schindler's List. Congratulations for having the forethought to start cataloging your library while you are still young!
Hi, Megan! So glad you found me on LT - and we share a lot of books in common!

=) Jill
Hey, hey...welcome Megan!!! Great to see you here! Reading the description of yourself & your library up above freaks me out a little...aside from your vital statistics, it almost sounds like you're writing about me! I haven't even looked at your library yet, but I'm sure I'll love it! :')
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