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Member: zibilee

CollectionsYour library (1,605), Currently reading (4), All collections (1,605)

Reviews264 reviews

TagsLiterary Fiction (70), Classic (60), Historical Fiction (56), Memoir (21), Fiction (16), Non-Fiction (13), YA (11), Suspense (10), Cookbook (8), Romance (8) — see all tags

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About me“A room without books is as a body without a soul.” Ovid

“The truly cultured are capable of owning thousands of unread books without losing their composure or desire for more.”-unknown

About my libraryI tend to have many interests, and that is reflected in my library. I love Indian and Asian fiction, as well as well written historical fiction. I stick mostly to fiction, but there are some non-fiction books that catch my eye and end up in my library as well.I have been collecting books avidly since 2003, but have been a serious reader for a much longer time than that. I love having a personal library from which to choose anything that may strike my fancy, at any time.

GroupsARC Junkies, E. F. Benson


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Real nameHeather Figearo

LocationOrlando, FL

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Member sinceMay 12, 2006

Currently readingWinter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival by Bernd Heinrich
The Tudors: The Complete Story of England's Most Notorious Dynasty by G.J. Meyer
The Serpent's Tale by Ariana Franklin
Life by Keith Richards

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Hey Zibilee,

I just noticed you have Cloud Atlas in your library, but it's not rated. If you're up for reading it I'm hosting my first readalong in March with Care (Care's Online Book Club) and that's the book we picked! You should join in if your reading schedule isn't book. I keep hearing it's a book that sparks great discussions.

-Melissa (Avid Reader)
Aw, you're so sweet! I wish we lived closer together too - just think of the trouble we could get into!
We have the most books in common - imagine that! I wish there was a mid-year SIBA, so I could see you and Sandy more often!
Hi, Michelle,
Beginning The Quickening this week and will write review here, Amazon, Goodreads. Friends here on Librarything?
Just had nice interview for Crestmont at Feathered Quill
I'm HWeissauthor on Twitter. Will try to find you.
Best wishes,
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!

I have read all of Perry's books. When his first book was published, I was working in a very small independant bookstore in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. He came to the store to sign copies and read a bit of the book. Probably about 15 to 20 people there (there were over 100 some people there on Friday evening...full house :>) I have been a fan since then. Best way to describe Mr Perry......"a gentle soul" I've managed to see him for each new book.
When he was speaking this time, I was surprised to hear that he started his tour in California. I kind of thought since he was from this area and that his books were about living in a small town in Wisconsin, he would be kind of a regional wonder but it appears that he has fans in other states as well. I guess small towns are just that....small towns and they are much the same no matter which corner of the this country you find yourself living in.

Thanks for the invite. I too find that there are not all that many people who are familiar with what I read. I now work in a small used bookstore (all of the small independants have closed their doors in this area) and every day is a reminder that I am a bit of an odd ball when it comes to my reading habits.

Case in point : David James of my top ten author's and I have found only a few individuals who know who he is. I noticed a few others on your list that most readers I know would not have heard of.

Again, it is nice "meeting" you. Based on your library shelves, I welcome your input on whatever it is you may be any given time. Going to spend some time looking at your well.


Just added Coop by, Michael Perry to my library. I had the good fortune to see him read at a local bookstore last Friday evening. Don't know if you ever had the pleasure to see him in person but it makes for a delightful couple of hours.
There are only four of us on LibraryThing who own a copy of this novel and I was sure you had to be from Wisconsin.....was pretty excited to find that you are from Florida. It is good to see that Perry is popular outside of the State. Wondering how you heard of Michael Perry ?
While I was being nosey about Perry I also noted that we share 152 books in common. Quite a few really.

Thought I'd leave a post and say "hi" to a fellow Perry fan and someone who seems to enjoy many of the same type of novels I do.

Jeannie (from Wisconsin)
I have not yet read The Kitchen House, but it is going to be the next book I read. I have also heard wonderful things about it and am going to be really excited to get to it! I have also spoken personally to the author of the book, and she is very friendly and helpful. If I read it before you get to it I will write you back to let you know what I thought of it."

Wonderful that you met the author of THE KITCHEN HOUSE....that is too cool.

THANKS in advance about writing if you read it soon.



My pleasure. I know what it is like to be without books, and I can't think of a better gift to give.

May your stocking be as full as your heart this year.

Kindest regards,

May I know what the secret santa thing is? Sounds like fun.
Have you read THE KITCHEN HOUSE yet? I have it on order from the library.

I hear it is good.

Just wanted to let you know that I received the book Sea of Poppies from Santa Thing the day before Christmas and can't wait to start reading it (finishing another book first). Thank you so much, both books that were chosen are right up my alley. Can't wait to read the 2nd selection when I receive it in Jan.

All the best for the New Year.
Marya aka thelotustree

My pleasure. I know what it is like to be without books, and I can't think of a better gift to give.

May your stocking be as full as your heart this year.

Kindest regards,
Hi Heather,

I'm so glad you liked the books I chose for you. It was great fun being your Secret Santa and getting to choose the books to send you.

I enjoyed reading the Kingsolver book myself slowly during a long past vegetable gardening season. I have subsequently passed on my copy of that book to a woman in my CSA (community supported agriculture) group.

For the Lahiri book I got you, I haven't read it yet, either, but I do have a copy of it. Her short stories are excellent. If you get a chance, try to also get her first book, Interpreter of Maladies. It's easy to read, but just a wonderful short story collection.

Have a wonderful holiday season,


Nice collections of books here...Thanks
Be grateful for the kindly friends that walk along your way;
Be grateful for the skies of blue that smile from day to day;
Be grateful for the health you own, the work you find to do,
For round about you there are men less fortunate than you.

Be grateful for the growing trees, the roses soon to bloom,
The tenderness of kindly hearts that shared your days of gloom;
Be grateful for the morning dew, the grass beneath your feet,
The soft caresses of your babes and all their laughter sweet.

Acquire the grateful habit, learn to see how blest you are,
How much there is to gladden life, how little life to mar!
And what if rain shall fall today and you with grief are sad;
Be grateful that you can recall the joys that you have had.

- Edgar Guest
Hi Heather,
I too was skeeved by parts of the book. The relationship with his mother was a bit odd and the fact that he was still breast feeding at 9-10 years old was just plain weird.

I admit, there were times when the book became disquieting, but I also freely admit that I think the author wasn't just pushing the envelope to be avant garde.
I totally agree. Sometimes you read books where the author is purposefully just trying to be shocking and certain things they include serve no real point.

Thanks for the compliment on my library. I also really like your library and your blog.


Amazing review of The Age of Orphans. I had pretty much identical feelings as you.
Hi Heather! Glad you like the books - I had a lot of help from the commenter in picking them out. I've been slow in updating my library, but today is import day - I'm adding about 1400 books that I finally cataloged over the weekend.
Have a Happy New Year!
- Mike
Heather, I received my SantaThing books yesterday and I am so happy! I love Georgette Heyer and I'm excited about The Dress Lodger. I've never heard about it, but it sure sounds interesting. I'm so glad that you were selected for me.
Hi - thanks for adding my library. We do share many books. Have you read The Condition by Jennifer Haigh? It is excellent - also Crossing to Safety by Stegner is a favorite. I am re-reading A Prayer for Owen Meany for my book club and loving it even more than I did the first time. Take care, Pat
Thank you for your note. I would appreciate it if you would send me the contact information. This will be my first "cold" request, so any tips would be great!

I really like your review of "Stealing Athena." Great job!
I just emailed you about American Wife. That's so sweet thanks!
Thank you so much for your comment - it means a lot to me to know that people are getting something from my reviews. Although I write them mainly for my own pleasure, they do take quite a lot of time, and it's good to know they are of some interest to other people :-)
I really enjoyed your library, I ill visit again and get some ideas for new books.
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