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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 2020 CATEGORY CHALLENGE thread
...My 2020 FIFTY BOOK CHALLENGE thread

...My 2019 CATEGORY 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 2019 FIFTY BOOK 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:
✭✭✭✭✭ All-time favorites and new discoveries that I loved - 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 and Upcoming:



Once again, I'll be trying for at least 50 books in 2020. Here's what I've read so far:

1. Bitter End (The First Nero Wolfe Novella), by Rex Stout ✭✭✭✭
2. In the Last Analysis (Kate Fansler #01), by Amanda Cross ✭✭✭½
3. The Circus, by Jonas Karlsson (ARC) ✭✭✭
4. Unexplained Laughter, by Alice Thomas Ellis ✭✭✭✭
5. Ramona and Her Father (Ramona Quimby #4), by Beverly Cleary; illus. by Jacqueline Rogers ✭✭✭✭½
6. The Light After the War, by Anita Abriel (ARC) ✭✭✭½
7. Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Death in the Suburbs, by John Bloom, and Jim Atkinson ✭✭✭✭
8. The Illness Lesson, by Clare Beams (ARC) ✭✭✭✭
9. You're Only Old Once!: A Book for Obsolete Children, by Dr. Seuss ✭✭✭✭½
10. Miss Pickerell Goes to Mars (Miss Pickerell #1), by Ellen MacGregor; illus. by Paul Galdone ✭✭✭✭
11. The Silent Speaker (Nero Wolfe #11), by Rex Stout ✭✭✭✭½
12. Big Summer, by Jennifer Weiner (ARC) ✭✭✭½
13. A Fragment of Fear, by John Bingham ✭✭✭✭½
14. The Collected Works of Gretchen Oyster, by Cary Fagan (Early Reviewer book) ✭✭✭✭
15. The Haunted Lady (Hilda Adams/Miss Pinkerton #2), by Mary Roberts Rinehart ✭✭✭✭
16. And Be a Villain (Nero Wolfe #13), by Rex Stout ✭✭✭✭
17. Murder, She Wrote: Gin & Daggers (Murder, She Wrote #01), by Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain ✭✭✭✭
18. Where There's a Will (Nero Wolfe #8), by Rex Stout ✭✭✭✭½
19. Still Life (Chief Inspector Gamache #1), by Louise Penny ✭✭✭✭
20. The List of Things That Will Not Change, by Rebecca Stead (reading now)
21. Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë (reading now; probably a year-long read)

Children's Picture Books Read in 2020:

1. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, by Judith Viorst; illus. by Ray Cruz ✭✭✭✭
2. Goops and How to Be Them, by Gelett Burgess; illus. by the author ✭✭✭½


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. The Uninvited, by Dorothy Macardle ✭✭✭✭
9. Run Away, by Harlan Coben (ARC) ✭✭✭✭
10. The Light at Tern Rock, by Julia L. Sauer ✭✭✭✭
11. The Magic Bedknob, by Mary Norton ✭✭✭✭
12. Flat Stanley, by Jeff Brown; Tomi Ungerer (Illus.) ✭✭✭✭
13. The Appleton Case (Markham Sisters #1), by Diana Xarissa ✭✭✭✭
14. The Invited, by Jennifer McMahon (ARC) ✭✭✭✭
15. Light from Other Stars, by Erika Swyler (ARC) ✭✭✭✭
16. Little Darlings, by Melanie Golding (ARC) ✭✭✭½
17. The Last Romantics, by Tara Conklin (ARC) ✭✭✭½
18. The Vicious Vet (Agatha Raisin #2), by M.C. Beaton ✭✭✭✭½
19. Good Rosie!, by Kate DiCamillo; illus. by Harry Bliss ✭✭✭✭
20. Mrs. Everything, by Jennifer Weiner ✭✭✭
21. Recursion, by Blake Crouch ✭✭✭✭
22. The Potted Gardener (Agatha Raisin #3), by M.C. Beaton ✭✭✭✭½
23. Lady in the Lake, by Laura Lippman ✭✭✭
24. The Patience of a Dead Man, by Michael Clark ✭✭✭
25. Be Brave Little Noddy!, by Enid Blyton; illus. unknown ✭✭✭½
26. The Whispering Rabbit and Other Stories, by Margaret Wise Brown; illus. by Garth Williams and Lillian Obligado ✭✭✭✭
27. The Man in the White Linen Suit (Stewart Hoag #11), by David Handler ✭✭✭✭½
28. Fake Like Me, by Barbara Bourland ✭✭✭
29. Who Goes There?, by John W. Campbell, Jr. ✭✭✭✭
30. The Shape of Night, by Tess Gerritsen ✭✭
31. We Were Killers Once (Brigid Quinn #4), by Becky Masterman ✭✭✭✭½
32. The Body in the Wake (Faith Fairchild Mystery #25), by Katherine Hall Page ✭✭½
33. Sorry for the Dead (Josephine Tey #8), by Nicola Upson ✭✭½
34. The Walkers of Dembley (Agatha Raisin #4), by M.C. Beaton ✭✭✭✭½


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, 2020 Category Challenge, 50 Book Challenge, Alphabet Challengesshow all groups

Favorite authorsEdward Albee, Woody Allen, Margery Allingham, Kingsley Amis, Aristophanes, Louis Auchincloss, Jane Austen, Alan Ayckbourn, Linwood Barclay, John Barth, M. C. Beaton, 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, David Handler, 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 readingJane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Laurels are Poison (Mrs. Bradley #14) by Gladys Mitchell

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