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From Chicago, Illinois USA
Age 54
Joined Friday, May 23, 2003
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If you found one of my books, I hope you enjoy it and the BookCrossing site/community.

It is my 17th year with BookCrossing.
I enjoy trading and wild releasing.

I mostly read fiction. Kate Morton, Maeve Binchy, Joanne Harris, and Elizabeth Berg are some of my favorite authors.

When I do read non fiction, it's usually cookbooks, gardening tips, travel books, or brain teasers. I love beautifully illustrated coffee table books.

Here are some of my favorite books in no particular order: This Tender Land, A Man Called Ove, Cutting for Stone, Gone Girl, The Double Bind, Big Stone Gap, Evening Class, The Glass Lake, Girl in Hyacinth Blue, Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Thirteenth Tale, Bel Canto, My Sister's Keeper, I Capture the Castle, White Oleander, A Painted House, Five Quarters of the Orange, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Pillars of the Earth, The Art of Racing in the Rain, Angela's Ashes, Time and Again, The Joy Luck Club.

Some of my favorite series are the Donna Andrews Meg Lanslow mysteries, the Coffeehouse Mysteries by Cleo Coyle, Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar series, The Monkeewrench series by P.J. Tracy, and the No. 1 Ladies' Detective series by Alexander McCall Smith.

Some books I loved as a child were Wrinkle in Time, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Harriet the Spy, the Phantom Tollbooth among many, many others. The young adult books I loved reading recently are the Flavia de Luce books by Alan Bradley.

So hopefully that gives you somewhat of an idea of what I like to read. I love recommendations, so let me know if there is anything you think I'd enjoy!

For Holiday Gift Giving/Birthday Group, here are some of the things I like:

Member created (or any) bookplates are always nice
Al centro della propria ragnatela BookCrossing Bookplate #23
Pocket Calendar
Those little photo brag books that hold about 10-30 4x6 photos
Organic Spices
Painted Stones (I love the ones painted to look like ladybugs lately, but honestly I'd love anything - Butterflies, Birds, Mandalas, Halloween or Christmas Scenes, Easter Egg, Silhouette scenes, pretty much anything!)
Any seeds for a Butterfly/Hummingbird Garden
A valentine heart wreath or other decoration (can be after holiday sale)
Decorative envelopes/pouches/boxes for storing things
Anything to help me keep organized
Shelf sitters or little things to put on shelves and windowsills (I'm home so much - need some little decorations to cheer me up!)
Dark Chocolate

Some books I've enjoyed watching travel:

Dave Barry's Book of Bad Songs:
A Dog's Life:
Do Fish Drink Water?:
The Museum Guard:
Keishas Mystery Maze

STALLED Bookring:

Beat This! Cookbook by Ann Hodgman

Happy Reading and Releasing!

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