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CollectionsBooks read 2014 (15), Books Reread (1), Books read 2013 (34), Books read 2012 (22), Books read 2011 (30), Books read 2010 (26), Your library (811), Currently reading (2), Favorites (15), All collections (830)

Reviews14 reviews

TagsBritish literature (68), American literature (61), Books read 2007 (51), Jewish literature (51), Animals (49), Mystery (44), Contemporary fiction (38), Psychology (36), Cats (35), Judaism (31) — see all tags

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About meI was one of those children who used to read under the covers with a flashlight. My favorites then were "The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew", "Little Women", and "Heidi". And of course, the Nancy Drew series. I always loved books. I especially loved the smell of library books. Living in a small, isolated desert town, books were my connection to the outside world. I used to dream about being able to step into the pages and enter their world. Books are still an important part of my life. There is nothing more exciting than opening the pages of a new book, entering into a different world, and living in it for a time. And it's usually a downer after I finish one until I start the next. My favorite book is usually the one I am reading at the time. I like to vary my reading and include non-fiction also. I enjoy this site and the opportunity it gives me to catalog the books I have and the books I have read, and to see what other people are reading.
In the past, I thought it was a waste of time to reread a book with so many more out there, but have found that it's interesting to reread certain books because my perspective has changed over time. So many books, so little time.
My other hobbies are genealogy, gardening, hiking and quilting, astronomy, birding, rockhounding, travel, photography and have an amateur radio license (KD7CWC).
I love animals and currently have three lovable dogs, two demanding feral cats, and two jabbering parakeets.
I am 66 years old, retired from the airlines and am a CASA volunteer. Am thinking about returning to college but still can't decide what I want to be when I grow up. Maybe I just won't grow up!So now I just take classes for fun, like Meterology,Geology, Literary Criticism, and Writing.

About my libraryMy library is rather large and since I have moved, I have books in every room of the house and still have 44 boxes of unpacked books out in the garage. Have tried to part with a few, about four so far (books, not boxes).

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, 18th-19th Century Britain, 50 Book Challenge, Ancient History, Anglophiles, Astronomy & Astrophysics, Birds, Birding & Books, Books and Mormons, Cats, books, life is good., Genealogy@LTshow all groups

Favorite authorsBill Bryson, A. S. Byatt, Willa Cather, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Barbara Kingsolver, C. S. Lewis, Peter Matthiessen, Chaim Potok, Alexander McCall Smith, John Steinbeck, Paul Theroux (Shared favorites)


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Real namePolly

LocationBillings, Montana

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceOct 6, 2007

Currently readingThe Holy Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments (King James version cross-referenced to Mormon church's standard works) by various
Holy Bible by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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Hi - I noticed you were one member with the most books that I'd read (only 14 - but that's more than anyone else!) Then, I had to laugh, as your in your profile you sounded so much like me! Especially the "I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up" - yes, I've determined I'm likely never to grow up, at 56, so I guess I don't have to worry. LOL.

Sounds like some locales have similar effects on kids growing up, despite being almost completely different - as I grew up in small rural areas, mainly, but on the damp and windy Atlantic coast in Canada (I doubt I've ever seen a proper desert in my life.) I too have a small passel of pets, and would NEVER read a book twice...but I have since softened my stand slightly, and there are a (very) few I will read over and over (not including The Pokey Little Puppy, my favourite book in early childhood, which, of course, I will read at any opportunity! LOL!)

Anyway - just had to say hi. Will examine your list more a little later.

Thanks for the comment on my comment. A professor friend of mine thinks I just don't like the style written during that era.

I used to read under the covers with my girl scout flashlight when I was little, too. You didn't mention the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. Didn't you read those? What about Nancy Drew? I see you're older than I am, so maybe that's why the difference.

I love animals, too.
Thanks for joining the book lovers of Montana group! I live in Sidney which is about 50 miles north of Glendive. I started a book collector group in Oklahoma City and love meeting other bibliophiles, unfortunately no such group exists in Montana. I'd love to try and get one going. Maybe only have an annual meeting I conjunction with MT Humanities Festival of the Book!
We are much the same in our thinking, and very different too. I am in my 60s, retired and still working on the "growing up" thing myself. I added your library as interesting and expect I'll be peeking in from time to time. Still new at LT, but loving every minute. Happy reading!
I saw you had read "Bonds that Make Us Free" and was wondering if you would be willing to help us with a project we are doing.

Stories are a powerful part of Arbinger. Often, in reading the story of another, we are able to identify ourselves. Although the details vary, the emotions and the symptoms are sometimes painfully, sometimes joyfully, similar. And, it is often through the honest evaluation of our own stories that we are able to grow and develop in unexpected ways.

Arbinger, now a world-wide organization, seeks to harness this catalyst for change that we find in the sharing of stories. We are in the process of creating an online and interactive story bank. Here, you will be able to read the stories written by others who share your desire to improve their lives and their relationships. If you would be willing to share your story, we welcome your contribution. With your permission, your story may be used in other projects we are doing as well. Please email it to me at Thank you!

If you would like me to send you some examples of stories that have already been submitted, send me a request at

Thank you, again!
Hi, Polly - Thanks for the comment, and no worries about reading "Waking Lazarus." Roughly six billion people on earth have not read it, so you're in a large and illustrious group. The library does have a couple copies of both my books (I'm actually on the Parmly Billings Library Board), and WL is out in paperback now--but Costco hasn't stocked the paperback version.
When I use Woodswoman, I feel like I'm getting closer to living the solitude I crave, though I know it will never be the way part of me wants it to be. I have a wonderful long-time partner, and he does understand this need, but I surely don't want to just pack up and go to the mountains without him.

So using Woodswoman helps me encourage that part of myself, and who knows??? Maybe I'll simplify my life at some point!

My office college young woman is entering the books in my library, so I don't often get onto the site, thus the delay between comments, but don't give up! Maybe at some point I'll have the luxury of browsing through others' book lists and tagging some "interesting libraries" as well.

Take care.

Woodswoman (and artword - the database for the give-aways)
Well, the combination of our Shared Books - i like your subject breadth - and your Favorite Authors makes me think we have similar reading tastes. And when I get time, I'd like to come back and browse through your library, see what other nifty things you've been reading! cheers, Lindsey
Thanks, Polly, for tagging my list as an "interesting library". What makes it so for you? I too read the Five Little Peppers, all the Nancy Drew, Little Women, Eight Cousins, Bobbsey twins as well. My father began to read The Oxford Book of English Verse to me when I was about four, the same time he began teaching me to read, and I've never stopped.

He's responsible for about 1000 of the books in my library, and I'll be ever grateful.

I'm not sure what the "interesting library" stuff means, but thanks again.


P.S. I've opened another database for the books I'm culling from my Colorado library, sending some to my house in Vermont and giving others to a friend who is living in Zambia and can't get enough books for her reading addiction.

That library (while it doesn't have any books in it as yet) will be loaded to a user name: artword so if you want to check it out in a couple of weeks, you'll see what is waiting to be given away.
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