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About meNot about me exactly - about my Favorite Authors list:
In general, for a writer to make my favorite authors list, I need to have read (and enjoyed) more than one of his/her works. (Assuming, of course, that he/she has produced more than one work.) So the authors of some of my favorite books might not make it onto my favorite authors list.

For my list of all-time favorite books, see this post:
My Top Ten List of 59 Favorite Books

...My 2019 CATEGORY CHALLENGE thread
...My 2019 FIFTY BOOK CHALLENGE thread

...My 2018 CATEGORY CHALLENGE thread
...My 2017 CATEGORY CHALLENGE thread
...My 2016 CATEGORY CHALLENGE thread
...My 2015 CATEGORY CHALLENGE thread
...My 2014 CATEGORY CHALLENGE thread
...My 2013 CATEGORY CHALLENGE thread
...My 12 in 12 CATEGORY CHALLENGE thread

...My 2018 FIFTY BOOK CHALLENGE thread
...My 2017 FIFTY BOOK CHALLENGE thread
...My 2016 FIFTY BOOK CHALLENGE thread
...My 2015 FIFTY BOOK CHALLENGE thread
...My 2014 FIFTY BOOK CHALLENGE thread
...My 2013 FIFTY BOOK CHALLENGE thread
...My 2012 FIFTY BOOK CHALLENGE thread
...My 2011 FIFTY BOOK CHALLENGE thread
...My 2010 FIFTY BOOK CHALLENGE thread
...My 2009 FIFTY BOOK CHALLENGE thread
...My 2008 FIFTY BOOK CHALLENGE thread

My List of EARLY REVIEWER books read and reviewed

My List of EARLY REVIEWER books requested

My PERSONAL WIKI PAGE is HERE, although at the moment it's empty

Here at LibraryThing, I use the following:
✭✭✭✭✭ Loved it. My "desert island" category - all-time favorites that I wouldn't want to be without; not many get this rating
✭✭✭✭ Really liked it - an author I might consider reading again
✭✭✭ An enjoyable read, but nothing extraordinary; most books will fall into this category
✭✭ It was OK, but I probably wouldn't recommend it to others
✭ Mediocre; disappointing; had trouble finishing
DNF (Did Not Finish) Books I started reading and then abandoned. This doesn't necessarily mean I didn't like a book, just that I wasn't able to finish it or didn't feel like continuing with it. Might or might not finish it later.

With maybe just a few exceptions, I think I've rated every book I've read since joining LibraryThing. I'm also in the process of rating all the books I've read in the past, but since I'm a VOB (very old broad), and I've read a lot of books (and I'm also really really slow), it's going to take me a while to complete that project. So just because a book in my library has no star rating doesn't necessarily mean I haven't read it or didn't like it. Also, since this is technically a joint account and my husband's books are listed too, a few of the books have been rated by him.

Currently Reading:



Once again, I'll be trying for at least 50 books in 2019. Here's what I've read so far:

1. Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death (Agatha Raisin #1), by M.C. Beaton ✭✭✭✭
2. The Janus Stone (Ruth Galloway #2), by Elly Griffiths ✭✭✭
3. Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover ✭✭✭✭
4. The Water Tower Club, by B.K. Mayo ✭✭✭✭
5. O Pioneers!, by Willa Cather ✭✭✭✭½
6. Murder Theory (The Naturalist #3), by Andrew Mayne (ARC) ✭✭✭
7. The Stranger Diaries, by Elly Griffiths (ARC) ✭✭✭✭
8. Run Away, by Harlan Coben (ARC; reading now)
9. The Last Romantics, by Tara Conklin (ARC; reading now)



1. Balthus: Cats and Girls, by Sabine Rewald ✭✭✭✭
2. Intruder in the Dark (Inspector Littlejohn #43), by George Bellairs ✭✭✭
3. A Murder Is Announced (Miss Marple #5), by Agatha Christie ✭✭✭✭
4. Vintage Murder (Roderick Alleyn #5), by Ngaio Marsh ✭✭✭
5. If Morning Ever Comes, by Anne Tyler ✭✭✭✭
6. How to Be Human, by Paula Cocozza ✭✭✭✭
7. My Sister's Bones, by Nuala Ellwood ✭✭✭½
8. Miss Zukas and the Library Murders (Miss Zukas #1), by Jo Dereske ✭✭✭✭
9. Just Kids, by Patti Smith ✭✭✭✭
10. Coffin, Scarcely Used (Flaxborough Mystery #1), by Colin Watson ✭✭✭✭
11. Holmes Entangled, by Gordon McAlpine ✭✭✭✭
12. Five Children and It, by E. Nesbit ✭✭✭½
13. Give the Boys a Great Big Hand (87th Precinct #11), by Ed McBain ✭✭✭½
14. Murder in the Meadow (DI Hillary Greene #7), by Faith Martin (original title: Beside a Narrow Stream) ✭✭✭
15. The Cottingley Secret, by Hazel Gaynor ✭✭✭½
16. Time Out of Joint, by Philip K. Dick ✭✭✭✭
17. The Rabbit and the Shadow, by Mélanie Rutten ✭✭✭✭
18. The Quiet American, by Graham Greene ✭✭✭✭
19. Pale Horse, Pale Rider, by Katherine Anne Porter ✭✭✭✭
20. At the Mountains of Madness, by H.P. Lovecraft ✭✭✭½
21. When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead ✭✭✭✭
22. The Adventures of Miss Petitfour, by Anne Michaels; illus. by Emma Block ✭✭✭✭
23. Tailspin, by Sandra Brown ✭✭✭
24. The Mystery of the Blue Train (Hercule Poirot #6), by Agatha Christie ✭✭✭✭
25. The Dead House, by Billy O'Callaghan ✭✭✭✭
26. A Long Time Coming, by Aaron Elkins ✭✭✭✭
27. Last Song Sung (Cullen and Cobb #3), by David A. Poulsen ✭✭✭
28. Call for the Dead (George Smiley #1), by John Le Carré ✭✭✭✭
29. A Morbid Taste for Bones (Brother Cadfael #1), by Ellis Peters ✭✭✭½
30. The Night She Died (Inspector Thanet #1), by Dorothy Simpson ✭✭✭½
31. A Shadow on the Wall, by Jonathan Aycliffe ✭✭✭✭
32. The Man Who Couldn't Miss (Stewart Hoag #10), by David Handler ✭✭✭✭
33. Last Bus to Woodstock (Inspector Morse #1), by Colin Dexter ✭✭✭✭
34. Last Seen Wearing (Inspector Morse #2), by Colin Dexter ✭✭✭
35. Broomsticks Over Flaxborough (Flaxborough Mystery #7), by Colin Watson ✭✭½
36. The Red Book of Primrose House (Potting Shed Mystery #2), by Marty Wingate ✭✭✭

Children's Picture Books:

1. Feathers for Lunch, by Lois Ehlert ✭✭✭
2. The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life, by Lois Ehlert ✭✭✭✭
3. Umbrella, by Taro Yashima ✭✭✭
4. The Gardener, by Sarah Stewart; illus. by David Small ✭✭✭✭
5. Golem, by David Wisniewski; illus. by author ✭✭✭½
6. Outside My Window, by Linda Ashman; illus. by Jamey Christoph ✭✭✭✭



1. Faithful, by Alice Hoffman ✭✭✭✭
2. The Vanishment, by Jonathan Aycliffe (started in 2016) ✭✭✭✭
3. Smooth Talker: Trail of Death, by Steve Jackson ✭✭✭
4. As Good As Gone, by Larry Watson ✭✭✭
5. Devil Sent the Rain (Detective Billy Able #3), by Lisa Turner ✭✭✭
6. The Roanoke Girls, by Amy Engel ✭✭½
7. Magic by the Lake (Tales of Magic #3), by Edward Eager ✭✭✭✭
8. Rosemary's Baby, by Ira Levin (a re-read) ✭✭✭✭✭
9. The Ballad of Peckham Rye, by Muriel Spark ✭✭½
10. The Blazing World, by Siri Hustvedt ✭✭✭
11. Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot #10), by Agatha Christie ✭✭✭✭
12. The Secret Room (Zoe Goldman #3), by Sandra Block ✭✭✭
13. The Fix (Amos Decker #3), by David Baldacci ✭✭✭✭
14. The Fifth Petal, by Brunonia Barry ✭✭✭
15. Our Spoons Came from Woolworths, by Barbara Comyns ✭✭½
16. Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night, by Joyce Sidman; illus. by Rick Allen ✭✭✭✭
17. The Garden of Abdul Gasazi, by Chris Van Allsburg; illus. by author ✭✭✭
18. Millions of Cats, by Wanda Gág; illus. by author ✭✭✭
19. Time of Wonder, by Robert McCloskey; illus. by author ✭✭✭✭
20. Adventures of Frog and Toad, by Arnold Lobel; illus. by author ✭✭✭✭
21. The Arnold Lobel Treasury, by Arnold Lobel; illus. by author ✭✭✭✭
22. An Echo of Murder (William Monk #23), by Anne Perry ✭✭✭½
23. Tell Me How This Ends Well, by David Samuel Levinson ✭✭½
24. See What I Have Done, by Sarah Schmidt ✭✭✭
25. The Body in the Library (Miss Marple #3), by Agatha Christie ✭✭✭✭
26. The Graveyard Apartment, by Mariko Koike; trans. by Deborah Boliver Boehm ✭✭✭½
27. Anything Is Possible, by Elizabeth Strout ✭✭½
28. Over My Dead Body (Nero Wolfe #7), by Rex Stout ✭✭✭✭
29. The Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes (Stewart Hoag #9), by David Handler ✭✭✭✭


1. The Lesser Bohemians, by Eimear McBride

About my libraryThe books that I have cataloged here are mostly (with the exception of the "read but unowned" collection) books in our home library - some were acquired by my husband, some by me, some by the two of us together, and some were thrust upon us by friends or family. I have read many of the books, but there are also many I haven't read yet. If I live to be 600 years old, I may be able to get through most of them.

Groups2013 Category Challenge, 2014 Category Challenge, 2015 Category Challenge, 2016 Category Challenge, 2017 Category Challenge, 2018 Category Challenge, 2019 Category Challenge, 50 Book Challenge, Alphabet Challenges, Anglophilesshow all groups

Favorite authorsEdward Albee, Woody Allen, Margery Allingham, Kingsley Amis, Aristophanes, Louis Auchincloss, Jane Austen, Alan Ayckbourn, Linwood Barclay, John Barth, Ann Beattie, Robert Benchley, Jorge Luis Borges, Ray Bradbury, Anita Brookner, Truman Capote, Lewis Carroll, Raymond Chandler, Agatha Christie, Arthur C. Clarke, Noel Coward, Will Cuppy, Len Deighton, Peter De Vries, Colin Dexter, Emily Dickinson, Joan Didion, John Donne, Arthur Conan Doyle, Lawrence Durrell, Edward Eager, Harlan Ellison, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Janet Flanner, E. M. Forster, John Fowles, John Gardner, Edward Gorey, Caroline Graham, Ann Granger, Graham Greene, Dashiell Hammett, Thomas Hardy, Moss Hart, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Robert A. Heinlein, Joseph Heller, Lillian Hellman, Ernest Hemingway, Hermann Hesse, Hazel Holt, A. E. Housman, Shirley Jackson, Henry James, M. R. James, P. D. James, Jonas Karlsson, George S. Kaufman, John Keats, Carolyn Keene, Garrison Keillor, Jean Kerr, Milan Kundera, Doris Lessing, Ira Levin, Elinor Lipman, Penelope Lively, H. P. Lovecraft, Alison Lurie, Ngaio Marsh, W. Somerset Maugham, Daphne du Maurier, Larry McMurtry, James A. Michener, Arthur Miller, Steven Millhauser, A. A. Milne, Jan Morris, John Mortimer, Kate Morton, Iris Murdoch, Vladimir Nabokov, Joyce Carol Oates, Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Jean Plaidy, Edgar Allan Poe, Anthony Powell, Douglas Preston, Barbara Pym, Ruth Rendell, Mary Roberts Rinehart, Philip Roth, J. D. Salinger, Dorothy L. Sayers, Rod Serling, Dr. Seuss, William Shakespeare, Robert Silverberg, Clifford D. Simak, Neil Simon, C.P. Snow, Muriel Spark, Elizabeth Taylor, Angela Thirkell, Dylan Thomas, Hunter S. Thompson, James Thurber, Anthony Trollope, Mark Twain, Anne Tyler, John Updike, Kurt Vonnegut, Irving Wallace, Evelyn Waugh, H. G. Wells, Eudora Welty, Patricia Wentworth, T. H. White, Oscar Wilde, Tennessee Williams, Angus Wilson, P. G. Wodehouse, Larry Woiwode, Thomas Wolfe, Tom Wolfe, Virginia Woolf, John Wyndham, Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBarnes & Noble Booksellers - Lakeline Crossing, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Main Store, Blackwell's Oxford, Book People, Half Price Books - Cedar Park, Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, National Gallery of Art - Concourse Bookstore, Strand Bookstore

Favorite librariesAustin Public Library - Faulk Central Library, Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library (Alexandria Public Library), Folger Shakespeare Library, Lago Vista Community Library, Library of Congress, San Antonio Public Library - San Pedro Library, University of Texas Libraries - Classics Library, University of Texas at Austin

Other favoritesThe Cloisters (Metropolitan Museum of Art), Museum of Modern Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Museum Store - Washington National Cathedral, The Blanton Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art


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Currently readingThe Appleton Case (A Markham Sisters Cozy Mystery Book 1) by Diana Xarissa
The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths

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