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Tagsfiction (599), literature/19th century (209), literature/20th century (143), gothic (86), autobiography (77), literature/18th century (66), biography (66), mystery (61), bloomsbury group (59), short story (58) — see all tags

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About meI'm Lisa, and I'm a bilioholic. Welcome to my world.

I'm currently an unemployed librarian, professional book reviewer, book award judge (literary fiction), member of the National Book Critics Circle and some other stuff.

In addition to being a book collector and former online bookseller, I've also owned a book search company in the past. I think you could say books rule my life.

I hold a B.A. in English literature from Dominican University, River Forest, IL, and soon hope to pursue my Master's in Library and Information Science.

About my libraryI have a large library of 18th and 19th century works (mostly re-prints, alas) as well as boatloads of more contemporary stuff, including books that haven't even been published for the masses yet (REVIEW COPIES!!).

I love old leatherbound books in fine bindings, and have a few of those as well. Modern Library edition books are another interest, as well as older Penguin editions, New York Review Books, Europa Books, Hesperus Press, Virago, Persephone, etc.

I have a few Folio editions, a few Easton Press leatherbounds and lots of signed books by contemporary authors.

GroupsBook-a-Week Group, Early Reviewers, Librarians who LibraryThing, Virago Modern Classics


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Real nameLisa Guidarini

LocationChicago Area

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Member sinceSep 17, 2005

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Hi Lisa,
I was just seraching through the members who share the books I like. I must say you have one of the best profiles on Librarything. As I read about you, you were an online bookseller, what do you suggest the best online bookshop. Because I mostly get my books online, according to my liking formats.
Hello Lisa, I hope you don't mind me being so bold by addressing by your first name. It is late Friday afternoon in Portland, finally we are getting some sun, work is so slow I am surfing librarything web site. I do this often to check out other reader's librarys and discover yours. I enjoyed my visit, it so wonderful to discover readers in the world of TV. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, a weekend of reading and no school work or papers.
hey was up????

What a perceptive Secret Santa you are! A Junior League cookbook was an inspired choice - I have a few, although none from that particular region, and am always on the lookout for more.

Many thanks, and Happy Holidays to you,


You are Miss Woodhouse! When I saw the name I thought my cat of that name had been entering her books in Library Thing when I wasn't looking.

Interesting collection, yours. I'm just getting started entering mine.

Mary of Mary's Library
Greetings, Miss Woodhouse - I was looking at the books we share and noticed that you seem to have listed the same edition of Englander's "For the Relief of Unbearable Urges" twice.

Am envious of your Trollope collection.

Hi. I am just reading Bleak House and decided to see who else had this in their library.

I noticed you had read Dance to the Music of Time. What would you recommend as a follow up as I really liked Powell's writing?

I have not gotten around to adding all my books to the library thing, but a list of my favorites is online at

I am looking for the next perfect book.


wow... we have 208 books shared XD

I saw your bookblog and I love your photos
Hello, I enjoyed perusing your impressive library and profile, as well as the O'Keeffe. (I'm forever rotating art images in my profile.) I couldn't agree with you more regarding 84, Charring Cross Road - what a gem of a book. I watched the movie first, but loved the book even more; it would be on my top shelf to keep forever if it weren't perpetually on loan to friends.
The Kite Runner has a special place in my heart as well, and I enjoyed your review.
I have to read Big Stone Gap next for book club and sadly, your review has me dreading it a bit. I grow weary of fluffy reading, my expectations are so high these days.
Have you read Dandelion Wine? I was sorry I hadn't read it sooner, it was magical, another I recommend to any who will listen. Nice to meet you,
Hello I notice that your Copy of THe Letters of Edith Wharton are Atributed to C. S. Lewis rather than the R. E. B. Lewis.Presumambly due to this same error occuring on Amazon. could you amend your Record so that It has the right name in the author field? Thanks
Hello Lisa,
thank you for joining the Virago Modern Classics group!!

Paola :-))
Hi Lisa,

It seems we have books in common...and I have only cataloged most of my last two years of reading! And it seems we have similar positions as I am events coordinator for a moderately large independent bookstore...(my true destiny was probably the library system but I took a most roundabout route in life...) I just was sent this librarything site by a sales rep & book buddy who knew I was leaving the bookstore... Although I don't expect to discover someone who has the vast reading tastes that I have, I've been fascintated to see the connections made so far.

I'm delighted to find someone else familiar with the library world and who enjoys 19th c. novels. I confess, I've pared down my collection a bit over the past few years but there's some volumes I couldn't bear to give up. Aren't books just wonderful? Sometimes I'm tempted to just toss the tele aside completely!

What got you started on the period, if you don't mind my asking?
Thanks for the kind words!
As far as family members' comments, my mother thinks my love for books is a fixation!!!! She is a voracious reader herself, like most people in my family, but not as much as I am, and so she thinks I buy too many books and blah blah blah... I just added most of my Australian books to my catalogue, but unfortunately I can only dedicate very little time to Librarything during the week, and that time only in the evening, after work. So I am proceeding very very slowly and have so many books I still have to add.... but I enjoy myself immensely in doing it and I relish every minute of it. You are right, it IS an addiction!!!!
Paola :-))
I very recently joined this WONDROUS website and, so far, I have not had much time to catalog my books (as you can see from the limited amount I put in). I am very happy to meet another Virago passionate, and I just discovered Persephone books, thanks to another booklover from this website.
I just could not live without books, that is a fact. Some people may think I am mad, but who cares? A neighbor, when I was moving in the house where I now live, noticed the countless boxes full of books and asked me what I was going to do with them after I had read them.....can you believe it? I believe I just smiled, there was no polite reply to a question such as that one.
So far we share 30 books, I am curious to see how many they will be once I am done with my catalogation (even though I have no idea when that will be, as the number of my books keeps increasing....)
Paola :-))

I see we have a number of books in common. I'm impressed by your library and the interesting person it shows you to be. has the entire Modern Library for sale. I think it sells for $7000-$8000
Dear Miss Woodhouse,

Nope, no plans for a Bookmark Now sequel but am working on something bigger and better. More to come when my agent sells it :)
Hey, thanks for having my book!
Hey, Lisa! Thanks, again, for leading me to this site! So addicting!
And, hey! We have 41 books in common! :D
Dear Miss Woodhouse

I prefer the term "talking". "Interface" does sound a bit weird...sounds like that Kligon-romulan mindmeld sort of thing
Dear Emma -- if I amy,

I'm not happy with my blog either.

I could try to imitate the voice of Miss Drake or try for Miss Dashwood. I did do this a few times for Jane Fairfax on Austen-l where a friend played Mrs Elton (the same woman who plays Miss Schuster-Slatt).

I don''t know that I was convincing, but one problem is if you try for this "voice" really it limits what you can say.

So I sign these pseudonyms, but really use them as aspects of myself.

Dear Miss Woodhouse,

I went over to your blog and discover you write to Harriet. And sign Miss Emma.

On my blog I write to Fanny Burney d'Arblay and Miss Harriet Vane.

I sign Chava to Fanny and Miss Sylvia Drake to Miss Harriet Vane.

I have only once or twice written to Jane and Mrs Charlotte Smith. I have yet to sign as Miss Elinor Dashwood.

I love your username! You have a fascinating collection - the Regency period rules, right?
I'm obviously not working hard enough at cataloging - we still only share 11 books!
I try to keep up with the younger set; do you mind telling me what "ya" is?
Ah. Austen's _Emma_. I might have called myself Miss Elinor Dashwood but that it's pardoxically too close.

So Chava being merely my great-grandmot her's name and Miss Sylvia Drake coming of out a two tiny snippets of _Gaudy Night_ was better.

Hello Lisa
So far we have 6 books in common!
I'm hooked on that too!
Yes and just look how obsessed I am Lisa,1187 books in less than 24 hours!It's fascinating seeing whose library matches your own.
Dear Lisa,


Here am I in your room now. It's like having a couple of rooms in a house.

I go away tomorrow morning very early but will be back
Sunday. WWTTA is still going and Oct 30th we begin Oliphant's _Hester_.

Here are the URLs:

In response to yours to me,

Well if you're looking for something extra (as if you need it), pray pray forgive and forget and have a look at my ECW (EighteenthCenturWorlds) where soon (December if you have the time) we'll try Rousseau's _Julie, or The New Heloise_ in an English translation.

I believe I've got that one down in this library.

I hope you, children, and husband are all well.


It will be fun to see which books we share.

Chava (my net name)
We must have been separated at birth, indeed! It's nice to meet my long-lost sister. ;)

Lisa, what a superb library and fascinating life. I've created a monster I see by sending along this link a friend sent me!
Hi Lisa,
Indeed, I have joined the flock - I went for a name similarly original...
Hi Lisa! What an interesting background you have! Looks like more doves are flocking. I saw Diana B. listed and Simon posted to the group saying he's entered a few! Thanks for recommending this.

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