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CollectionsYour library (730), To read (213), Read but unowned (19), Favorites (45), All collections (748)

Reviews42 reviews

TagsTBR (239), YA (115), children's lit (111), to be sold (71), chick lit (60), American history (59), read in 2009 (52), favorite (52), creative non fiction (52), read in 2008 (50) — see all tags

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About meI'd like to pretend that I'm a writer, but I actually just have too little money and "too many" books.

For those of you looking for my life story... sorry. You'd be better off just talking to me!

2011 - I stopped keeping track. Oh, well.
The 2010 Sixty Book Challenge: 51/60
The 2009 Fifty Book Challenge: 59/54
The 2008 Fifty Book Challenge: 53/50
The 2007 Fifty Book Challenge: 40ish/50
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Favorite Books
(a work in progress)
Anne of Green Gables
Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast
Grange House
The Lastborn of Elvinwood
Parnassus on Wheels
On the Banks of Plum Creek
Peter Pan
Paul Revere's Ride
Behind the Attic Wall
The Anglo Files
Ella Enchanted
Writing Down the Bones
Bird by Bird
Everyone is Beautiful
The Secret History of the Pink Carnation
The Dive from Clausen's Pier
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Confessions of a Shopaholic
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The Lost Boys
True Believers

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Books I Just Can't Finish...
Julie & Julia
Good Fairies of New York
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

In 1931, when the historian James Truslow Adams coined the phrase "The American Dream," he wrote of "a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement." We're still dreaming.

"Democracy has failed because so many people fear it. They believe that wealth and happiness are so limited that a world full of intelligent, healthy and free people is impossible, if not undesirable. ... Such a world, with all its contradictions can be saved, can yet be born again; but not out of capital, interest, property and gold." W.E.B. Du Bois

About my library***Warning!*** My LT library is horribly outdated. Many of the books listed have gone on to new homes. And even more importantly, I have about 500 unlisted books floating around, if not more.

My bookshelves are bowing under the weight of my books, which are crammed in as closely as possible. Great for my mind, horrible for my wallet. (As well as for those poor overstuffed shelves!)

As I've matured, so have my reading tastes. What was once a library of chick lit and kids books has evolved into an interesting mix. My current fixations include peak oil and sustainability, works on community and how to create it, the Great Lakes area ecology, consumerism, good fiction, great creative non fiction, and whatever Early Reviewer books I receive. There's a heavy focus on YA and children's lit, and I have a fledgling collection of old kids books. I also buy anything by J.M. Barrie and L.M. Montgomery. History books and biographies take up a lot of space, and for good reason - I like them!

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The first rule of book collecting for any novice should be "Collect, don't merely accumulate." Otherwise, you will end up with an assemblage of unrelated, miscellaneous books. An unconnected group of dissimilar books might make a great reading library, but it doesn't constitute a collection. A good collector makes the connections that link one book to another. By necessity, collections of any sort should be limited and focused, and a good book collection has weight, scope, and narrative. It should tell a story, with each book helping to advance the plot, and in this manner, the whole of the collection becomes worth more than just the sum of its parts.
(From Roger Gozdecki's 'Guide to Book Collecting')

"It's one thing reading novels and dreaming of an exciting life, but quite another thing to actually live it."
(Little White Lies, by Gemma Townley, 263)

GroupsArchivists on LibraryThing, Bookcases: If You Build/Buy Them, They Will Fill, Children's Literature, Historical Fiction, Hogwarts Express, Kiddie Lit-ers: A Children's Literature Book Club, Non-Fiction Readers, Say Yes to Michigan, The Green Dragon, Writer-readers

Favorite authorsJ. M. Barrie, Bill Bryson, Jim Daniels, Annie Dillard, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Philippa Gregory, Barbara Kingsolver, Sophie Kinsella, Anne Lamott, Frank McCourt, L.M. Montgomery, Sylvia Plath, J. K. Rowling, David Sedaris, Anya Seton, Lauren Willig, Naomi Wolf (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresArchives Book Shop of East Lansing, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - East Lansing, Curious Book Shop, Everybody Reads, Fortress Comics & Games, Gibson's Used Bookstore (MSU), Kaleidoscope Books & Collectibles

Favorite librariesEast Lansing Public Library, Oakland University Kresge Library


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Real nameAudrey

LocationLansing, Michigan

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceJun 7, 2007

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my new book, BOOKLOVER, is now available. hope you'll take a look. - tim
Will do, I'll just stop by the store and leave it for you. We made some free copies available on here...but I'm not sure how it all works yet. I need to play with the site
Hey, I'm just getting on library thing per your recommendation at the curious book store. Its awesome. Anyway,my new book is out. Let me know if I should bring a copy by the store.
Hey, Audrey.

I decided to include the PAT booksale books on my account. It's the easiest way to organize them, and takes the least amount of effort.

If you want to take a look at what I have, they're all under the tag "PAT booksale" and then I've also tagged them by which professor donated them. So. Take a look and see if there's anything that you want. My dad is eying a few of the Civil War books with older publication dates. And some of the nicer ones, I plan on taking to some of the used book shops in the area to see if they're interested (and willing to give me more than $1-$3 as a student might).

I don't know prices yet, other than really cheap. :-P

Enjoy "shopping."
P.S., Audrey Ellis. My Grandma Mary (Mamie) Bazzett was an Ellis. Wonder if we're related. I even dated a girl named Ellis (Kathy) at Ferris. And I used to teach Kiddie Lit for El Ed majors waaay back in another life, but I know I haven't kept up with the stuff. It was kinda fun when I was doing it; certainly a lot more fun than correcting all those awful themes from Freshman Comp. I took a look at some of your reviews and your blog. My kids talked me into trying Facebook. I stayed on it less than a month. Account closed. I like this website much better - literate people, less fools to suffer. I liked your reviews, by the way. I wonder if you'd like one of my books to review. I'm thinking, PINHEAD, my book about college life (FSU) and courtship in the 60s, from a lonely and horny veteran's viewpoint. If you'd like to read it, just give me a mailing address or PO Box in a private post here, and I'll send it out to you. In the meantime, don't let all this college crap and life plans stress you out. Beatle George Harrison's album title: All Things Must Pass. And they will.
Hello, Audrey - I'm flattered you're interested in my library. What I've posted is not complete, certainly. I got rid of over a thousand books a few years ago, most of them are now on the shelves at the Chase Public Library several miles west of here, so I can always go visit them. But, like you, my shelves were too crowded and the books were threatening to crowd us out of our house. After nearly fifty years of reading mostly fiction, in the past several years I've turned to mostly memoirs, probably because I began writing my own in 2003. I've got four books out now and am working in a not very disciplined way on another memoir now. It's become a kind of compulsion. I've reached Medicare age now, and once that milestone has passed you never know how much time you have left, ya know? So I'm trying to write down as many stories as I can remember - this time in no particular order, but I hope it will all make sense when I'm done. My wife and I like the slow pace of things here in Reed City after 21 years living in the Baltimore-Washington corridor, but I envy you your closeness to some good bookstores. Even though Ferris State is nearby, it's not really a booklover's school or town. I shop a lot on Amazon. I don't know if you are familiar with MSU's famous alum, writer Jim Harrison, but he lived here in Reed City as a child, until he was about thirteen or so, and still has relatives in the area. He's written a lot of books, but my favorite is an early novel, FARMER. Jim lives out in MT these days now, although he keeps a cabin in the UP, I believe. Don't be in too much of a hurry to "get on with your life" like I was in college. You're already smack dab in the middle of it. Enjoy each day. At your age every one is golden. You'll see. Old man advice. Stay in touch, okay? - Tim
Wanna try some MI memoirs? Mine are at or Amazon. - Tim
theory or practice?
There is a series published by the SAA that give a very good idea on how to do the work, I leave the theory stuff to the journals, join the SAA and you will get a discount
only 5 shared books, any archive books in your collection that you recommend
His poetry is rather brilliant, actually.
Congratulations on the upcoming graduation. Historical fiction, none that I have read. I did read Manhunt, which tells the story of the search for John Wilkes Booth. Not fiction, but a pretty good read. How was your New Years? I can't believe my break is nearly over. Well, Happy New Years!
I'm about 1/4 through. It's definitely a page turner! I wanted to be further along, but I fell asleep while reading. :(

Being the dork that I am, it's getting me really excited for French Revolution this coming semester! haha

And, for the record, I'm quite jealous that you have a puppy to play with and cuddle with. I expect pictures. ;)
I started The Secret History of the Pink Carnation tonight. I'm pretty sure that I'll be done with it come New Years, LOL! And, I thought you should know that. ;)
I'm just enjoying my two weeks off. Are you all finished with your undergrad now? When do you hope to start grad school? Not much else here. I have not been reading as much as I would like though :(
Hi there, I know it has been a while. Have you decided on where you want to go to school? Hope all is well. Happy Holidays.
OMG yes! LOL!

And you should have seen the look of absolute horror that washed over my mother's face as I started dragging books up from the basement! :-P
Thanks for the congrats! Are you interested in Library Science, I see several comments from people in MLS programs.
I'm so sorry for the late reply! (End of the semester + sinus infection + holiday madness) Anyway, I would love to chat about Maryland's iSchool. Let me know what you want to know! I graduate next month and have been specializing in archives, but have also taken a few classes outside the archives, because I currently work in a public library.
Hi, how are you? Sorry it took me a while to respond I don't come on here as much sometimes. Yes I am in my 2nd year in the MLS program at UMD and really enjoy it. I have taken all my core courses and am taking my last required course (management) along with 2 electives. Next semester I will take 3 electives and then I will be done. I have really liked most of my professors. What questions did you have about the program? Are you interested in specializing in anything? I don't have a specialization or concentration but a lot of people are in archives or the school library media track. Hope I helped so far! :)

This may be a bit crazy, but I saw your comment in the thread about paper and pen vs. computer for writers . . . you said you'd been thinking about getting a vintage typewriter to try it out. How vintage were you thinking? Pre-electric?

I ask because I somehow acquired a smallish electric typewriter as part of some stuff I bought at an auction and I don't really need it. I'd be happy to pass it along to you if you'd like it. I believe I looked around on the net and found ribbons available on eBay!

I figure we have a few things in common--I also majored in both English and history (at Penn State), and, although I've published in nonfiction, I'm still hoping to get a novel written and published. Well, maybe more than one, but one to start.

Gosh, thanks for letting me know! Obviously I completely missed it (finally finished new book & sent it off to the agent). Cross fingers for me :-)

Hope you had a nice trip. Mine was great, I'm enjoying Young Stalin. It was nice to read something I chose again and I spent a ton of time in the Borders on Michigan Ave. in Chicago.
Welcome to Library Thing! I think you username is great. I live "Up North." It is nice to have another Michigander on Hogwarts Express.

thanks for the comment. Looks like you have a pretty cool library too!
Hi, just read your comment on the message board about degrees held. Just to let you know I finished my MLIS at Wayne last May. I was very happy with the program and the school. I love the pretend to be a writer line, I'm right there with you on that. I guess most of us English majors are probably in that boat.
Book hoarder! :-) Congratulations on not only assembling a fine library, but making such good progress on that "50 Book Challenge"!

-- Mike Arnzen
Thank you for reading Secrets! I hope you enjoy Hollywood Girls Club. I'd like to write one more book in the series, perhaps send the ladies to Cannes for the festival.
Maggie Marr
Thanks for the comment. You have an interesting library as well. It reminded me of some books I had read and forgotten.
PS--If you like Harry Potter, you might like Ysabeau Wilce's FLORA SEGUNDA. I read it, read it twice, and liked it so much I bought a second copy to lend out to friends. It's going on my Recommendations page as soon as I find my Recommendations page.

Cheers again,
Dear Audrey,

Thanks for writing! (You can see how long it's been since I've logged in to LibraryThing :-( life is too busy and I'm working on revisions for a book.) I hope you enjoy it; let me know, and make comments.

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