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DameEdna

From Monroe Township (Middlesex County), New Jersey USA

Age 65

Joined Saturday, December 06, 2003

Home page stores.ebay.com/Hye-on-Beads

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books registered 22 33,685
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controlled releases 0 1,430
releases caught 0 720
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tell-a-friend referrals 0 61
new member referrals 0 85
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Extended Profile

Click this link to check out my wish list: My Wish List

I would love to trade books, and will ship worldwide. I am looking for the following: Newbery award winning books, books by Glynn Marsh Alam, Barry Humphries, Laura Lippman, Harlan Coben, Barry Maitland, Minette Walters, Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine, Frances Fyfield, the Cornelia Funke series and books from the Traveler's Tales series. You can also check out my wishlist at the link above.

Here's a little about me and my reading life:
When I was a child, before even entering kindergarten, I could read. My mother and father took two daily newspapers, and there were books all over the house. Reading came naturally. My mother, now in her 80s, is still a voracious reader and one of my best reading partners. Her b/c name is Geneolady.

I have continued my love affair with books throughout my life. In fact, my motto is, "If my children end up in maximum-security prison with a love of reading, I will consider myself a successful mother." (Just kidding about the maximum-security prison part.)

I read 5 - 10 books at a time, and I favor mysteries and non-fiction. I am particularly fond of Nevada Barr, Rex Stout, Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine, John D. MacDonald, Janet Evanovich and Dorothy Sayers and for non-fiction, Jon Krakauer, Tom Wolfe, Tim Cahill and Barry Humphries. For the past 19 years, I have been trying to read every Newbery award and honor book (there are 350 of them, and juvenile fiction as a steady diet is not possible.) I am also trying to read all of the "Dear America" and "Royal Diaries" series of juvenile historical fiction.

My favorite place to read is in my big, deep Victorian claw-footed tub, filled to the brim with a steaming hot bubble bath, with candles burning and a glass of red wine. I have a good reading light over the tub, of course. In the summertime I like to sit on my front porch surrounded by plants and flowers and drink martinis and read. (Doesn't that just sound GREAT?)

I am lucky to have a few book-buddies: my best friend NYannayon (that's her book crossing i.d.) has been sharing books with me since Junior High School, my sister Jane, (bookcrosser i.d. FilmCricket) who shares a love of murder and mayhem thrillers with me, and my mom (Bookcrossing i.d. Geneolady), with whom I share light mysteries, Newbery winners, and non-fiction. There's nothing like having a friend to talk with about books. NYannayon has informed a lot of my tastes in books, by passing along the books she had read and loved. She is responsible for my love of mysteries. My brother also recently joined, his bc name is Gekritzl. I meet from time to time with other bookcrossers from Central New Jersey, such as MarciNYC, Narfinmagic, Ramya, Greyflank and ChrisnChris.

In 2007 I was in Heidelberg, Germany with my brother and sister, and I was invited to a bookcrossing meetup. It was a highlight of my trip to meet with a group of German bookcrossers. While I was in Heidelberg, a wild release I made at the Heidelberg Castle was picked up and journaled! Also while there I found someone else's wild release in a restaurant. In 2008 I traveled to Southern California and was contacted by LGinder, who kindly took me out to lunch. Bookcrossers are the BEST.

I'm working on my list of personal Favorite All-Time Reads:
Non-fiction:
Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod by Gary Paulsen
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
I Raise My Eyes to Say No by Ruth Sankewitz Mercer
And the Band Played on by Randy Shilts

Fiction:
Time and Again by Jack Finney
The Doorbell Rang by Rex Stout
The Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
The Bone Collector by Jefferey Deaver
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Blind Descent by Nevada Barr
The Abduction by Robin Cook
The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie King
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

My Top Ten WORST books:
Isle of Dogs by Patricia Cornwell
Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller
The Tommyknockers by Stephen King
The Volcano Lovers by Susan Sontag
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig (why read this drivel when William Least Heat Moon's Blue Highways is so much superior?)
Pot of Gold by Judith Michael
Breakfast in Bed by Sandra Brown (this was SO BAD I might have to read it again. It was a laugh.)
My Side of the Bars by Cleo Dunnit

Outside of my book-reading life, I own a bead store, teach beadwork, and travel to beadshows.

Bookrays I am participating in:
Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix (efs300) (Book never arrived.)
Shopaholic (done)
Standing in the Rainbow (done)
Blue Latitudes (done)
Audio Book Box (mellion108) (done)

My books have been to the following states:
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Washington, D.C.
Puerto Rico

My books have been to the following countries:
Australia
Belgium
Brazil
Bulgaria
Canada
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Finland
France
Germany
Great Britain
Greece
India
Ireland
Jordan
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Portugal
Scotland
Sweden
Switzerland
Wales

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