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From Phoenix, Arizona USA
Age 65
Joined Wednesday, February 15, 2006
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Personal News

March 30, 2022
I have been releasing and decluttering again in prep for a move to a different state! Funny how much moving motivates!

February 4, 2021
Decluttering again - will try to release all bookcrossing books and not just give them to Goodwill but some might get send to Goodwill by accident!

February 8,2020
Going through any great burst of decluttering books. I have accumulated over 2000 books. Anything that was RABCKed I will wild release in a nice place but some of my own books I registered in the past might go in trades or giveaways in bulk but I’ll try to make sure they are all marked as to where they went!

My reading list is on my goodreads profile.

January 18, 2016

Well I moved maybe twice since my last notice. I stayed a year and a half in one place, then moved to another, unpacked a lot of my books in the second house. Most of them in fact and I had space for them all! But now I've moved into a smaller house -- a condo really. I have most my books out in the garage in boxes again, and I want to bring them in and release about half of them, so finally a few days ago I released one.

I noticed I haven't updated the reading list for 4 years. I will have to list what I can cobbled together from Good Reads and memories. Then start again. I do love Bookcrossing and am surprised I have been away for so long!

April 20, 2012

Another long gap between updates. I moved in Late January/Early Feb, then settled as well as I could. Was working on a song, and then did about 7 spoof songs for work. This took a lot of time and I'm still not unpacked yet. I performed the spoof songs at the end of March, vowing to attack the chaos in my house during April, which is still a work in progress....

Also I wrote a Flash Fiction (Short short story) and I dragged my drawing implements out, but otherwise, my life is unpacking and writing some new songs... and I will have to record the spoof songs for my bosses as well...

In the meantime a spate of fiction reading (interwoven with some nonfiction and the usual amount of graphic novels) has taken me over and I have been reading more voraciously than previously during the past years... I have a lot of updates to make on this reading list and will do the best I can to update 2012 reading so far....

As I unpack, I "should" get to releasing more books...

Jan 3, 2012

Wheoosh, did not update this for a long time. After a spurt of non-fiction midyear, my reading slowed down and suddenly also, during travel, I did an about face and started reading a little fiction again.... So I am updating my 2011 with those few books.

Starting out the year with several to-be-reads and a new Kindle!!!

And I want to do some BookCrossing, but just found out I have to move by end of January again and that is such a hassle, but I have found B/C supplies so will attempt to release a load of books before I leave here....

June 13, 2011....
I've been reading a lot again. For the first part of the year, I didn't seem to find time to read; now suddenly I'm reading avidly, almost compulsively, as if trying to make up for lost time.
I've been writing too... fiction and also songwriting. Been studying for my PMP certification as well. Busy, busy!


Just finished:

  • 1001 Nights of Snowfall (Fables) by Bill Willingham (Graphic Novel)
  • Never Learn Anything from History, a Collection of Comics, by Kate Beaton
  • Esperanza, by Jaime Hernandez (Graphic Novel)
  • The Fall of The King, by Ellen Kushner and Della Sherman
  • Welcome to Border Town, by Ellen Kushner and Holly Black
  • The Privilege of the Sword, by Ellen Kushner
  • Spike, Stranger Things (Graphic Novel)
  • Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins (Kindle)
  • Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins (Kindle)
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson (Changing Hands, new)
  • Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins (Kindle)
  • Hybrid by Robert J. Sawyer (
  • Humans by Robert J. Sawyer (used? I think or
  • Gun With Occasional Music, by Jonathan Lethem
  • The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi (purchased in Oregon)

Currently reading:

  • Game of Thrones, George RR Martin (bought in San Francisco)
  • The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson (from daughter)
  • Storm Front, Dresden Files, by Jim Butcher(Kindle)
  • The Hidden Universe, by Brian Greene (in master bathroom, bought at Changing Hands)
  • Career Continuation: Make It a SNAPP
    Dr. Donald J. Hanratty, et al (in side bathroom, bought at

Next to be reads:
The house is full of books, so it's anyone's guess!... and now there's the Kindle too...

  • possibly trying to catch up on Janet Evonovich's Stephanie Plum series...
  • finish George RR Martins Song of Ice series and Stieg Larsson "The Girl..." series and "The Dresden files"... then or during get back to....
  • Doctor Who: As Told by Wikipedia (kindle) -started
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen (kindle, reread) - started
  • The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (kindle, reread) -started
  • Joy Diet by Martha Beck -started twice, but packed in the move and not sure where it is..." target="_blank">" border="0" alt="Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting">

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I am up for trades; however, I STILL have many of my books packed away in the ARIZONA ROOM (new rental house I'm living in has no garage but does have an AZ Room...) including many of the books marked "available". So -- feel free to check with me, but I may have to postpone the trade until I can find the book! I will edit this when I can safely say that I know where all my "availables" are!
Also I enjoy sending books internationally.
I sometimes take a while to get to the Post Office for mailings... but I try to keep news of how I am doing on this page, and if you get concerned about a promised book, feel free to PM me.
I journal all trade and RABCKs when received. I may take a while to read them, but I journal after reading as well. And then I follow through and try to get them to a good home, although some I wild release and you never know what will happen with that! If I like a book and want to keep it, I will purchase a separate copy of it.

General Info

I make my living as a business analyst / project manager / systems analyst / technical writer type of contractor. My vocation is song-writer/singer. I am currently taking vocal lessons and working on writing some songs on my own. Eventually I hope to collaborate with other people and maybe even form a band? I'm aiming for a dark, mystical folk-rock with a psychedelic punk sensibility.

I have a few covers and one original out on Youtube. My handle there is Rizzkaro and you can also search on "Rosie Grace Sings" but you have to find me down several videos under "Sophie Grace and Rose" two little toddler beauty queens. I'll try to rebrand/upgrade my channel when I have more songs and also will soon be putting a few originals up on iTunes.

Previously I was in a band. My bandmate and I wrote songs and played in the Phoenix Arizona area. Our name was "Almost NoRmL"." target="_blank">" border="0" alt="Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting">

When I was a kid, we got a library card and they had to increase the book limit on our card. In fact, they gave me the family limit and the rest of my family had their own family limit. I finished off most of the children's division of the hometown library by 6th grade, obstensibly too early for the young adult or adult divisions, but they bumped me up early. Librarians can be so understanding about the reading jones!

I don't read as avidly as an adult because I have my day gig and my music, but reading and books are still a deep love.


My tastes include non-fiction of many subjects, literature, science fiction and fantasy, mysteries, and more. In between I often slip some graphic novels or other light reading.

My permanent collection includes some sub-groups: Poetry, Music, Tarot, Paganism/Magick, Literature, Graphic Novels, Spanish learning collection, general reference/nonfiction, writing handbooks and references, and a few genre novels that I just love so much I haven't yet been able to let go. They are registered for several reasons: an inventory for myself, as a part of as a reference for those who wish to know my tastes, and more.

My personal interests besides singing, songwriting, and playing music include belly dancing, hiking, travel, and writing.

Other fun hobbies

I love PostCrossing also -- but I am on hiatis from postcrossing for now. Postcrossing is a great site which allows people to exchange postcards all over the world! For more info go to

Also on Facebook, Message me if you want to be friends there. as Rororosie as Rororosie

Recently joined Goodreads under my Facebook ID...


Books Read

Registered books will be journaled on BookCrossing. Typedpad blog seems to be disabled and I can't get too. I am not really regularly journalling books in blogs at this time; sometimes I mention them in my highly informal Facebook notes. Not reading a lot of registered books at this time but when I do, I will journal them on BookCrossing. - updated 02/2010

Note: only completed books are listed on this list. Partially read books go in other lists until completed. Completed books are listed in year they are completed, not year started.

Read in 2012:
Timeline by Michael Crichton
Dr Horrible by Zach Whedon (Graphic Novel)

Read in 2011:

Teresa of Avila, The Progress of a Soul by Cathleen Medwick
Fables Exiles in Legend (reread, graphic novel
Hominid, Robert J Sawyer (used paperback from Bookman's)
Swordpoint, Ellen Kushner (used paperback purchased some time ago)
Angel Only Human (graphic novel)
Spike Alone Together Now (graphic novel)
The Lost Painting, The Quest for a Caravaggio Masterpiece (Bookcrossing)
Project Manager's Book of Knowledge (PMBOK)
A User's Manual to the PMBOK Guide by Cynthia Synder Stackpole
This is Your Brain on Music, the Science of a Human Obsession, Daniel J. Levitin
The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World by Steven Johnson (purchased new)
Devil's Teeth, Susan Casey (Bookcrossing)
Unnatural Murder, Poison at the Court of James I, by Anne Somerset (purchased at Bookman's used book store at 19th Ave and Northern, Phoenix)
Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer (Bookcrossing)
Wittgenstein's Poker: The Story of a Ten-Minute Argument Between Two Great Philosophers by David Edmonds and John Eidinow (Bookcrossing)
Buffy Season 8, Volume 8 - Last Gleaming(graphic novel)
Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life, by Alison Wier (purchased at used book store)
Spike Vol 1 "Alone Together Now" (graphic novel)
Illyria "Haunted" (graphic novel)
Fables Legends in Exile Vol 1 (graphic novel, re-read)
Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life, by Spencer Johnson, Kenneth Blanchard

Read in 2010:
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Omnibus Volume 5 by Christopher Golden, et al(graphic novel)
Grandmother's Secrets: The Ancient Rituals and Healing Power of Belly Dancing by Rosina-Fawzia B. Al-Rawi
Where Men Win Glory (Patrick Tillman story) by Jon Krakauer
if the Buddha dated, A Handbook for Finding Love on a Spiritual Path, Charlotte Kasl, PhD
Tales of the Slayers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) by Joss Whedon (graphic novel)
Tales of the Vampires (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) by Joss Whedon, et al (graphic novel)
Angel: Immortality For Dummies by Bill Willingham, Brian Denham (graphic novel)
Spike by Peter David, et al (graphic novel)
Angel, Volume 5: Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong, Dave Ross (graphic novel)
Angel, Vol. 6: Last Angel in Hell by Brian Lynch, et al (graphic novel)
Preacher Vol. 1: Gone to Texas by Garth Ennis, Steve Dillon (re-read) (graphic novel)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus, Volume 4 (v. 4) (graphic novel)
The Comedian Who Choked to Death on a Pie... and the Man Who Quit Smoking at 116: A Collection of Incredible Lives and Unbelievable Deaths (Collection) by Fortean Times
Buffy Season 8, Volume 7 - Retreat (graphic novel)
Read and Reread Buffy Season 8 Volumes 1-7 (graphic novels)
Angel: Only Human by Scott Lobdell, et al (graphic novel)
A.D. 381 : heretics, pagans, and the dawn of the monotheistic state by Charles Freeman (library book)
The man who loved books too much : the true story of a thief, a detective, and a world of literary obsession by Allison Hoover Bartlett (library book)
Most evil : Avenger, Zodiac, and the further serial murders of Dr. George Hill Hodel by Steve Hodel with Ralph Pezzullo (library book)
The City of Tiny Lights by Patrick Neate (library book)
Finger lickin' fifteen by Janet Evanovich (library book)
The Buffy Omnibus #2

Read in 2009:
If You Ever Return, Pretty Peggy-O, Sharyn McCrumb
Love: When It Hurts Too Much to Let Go by Susan Forward and Craig Buck (friend's book)
Jesus Freaks. A True Story of Murder and Madness on the Evangelical Edge. By Don Lattin (Library book)
Tears of the Giraffe, Alexander McCall Smith
Why Men Love Bitches, From Doormat to Dreamgirl--a Woman's Guide to Holdering Her Own in a Relationship, by Sherry Argon
Fortean Times Presents Strange Days #1 The Year in Wierdness
Angel, After the Fall Volume Three (Graphic Novel)
Spike, After the Fall (Graphic Novel)
Buffy, Season 8, Volume 4, Time of Your Life (Graphic Novel)
The Manual, A True Bad Boy Explains How Men Think, Date, and Mate -- and what Women Can Do to Come out on Top, by Steve Santagati
Dating After 50, Negotiating the Minefields of Midlie Romance, by Sharomn Romm, Md
Love in 90 Days, The Essential Guide to Finding Your Own True Love, by Diana Kirshner, PhD
Act Like a Lady, Think Like A Man, Steve Harvey
Getting to "I Do", the Secret to Doing Relationships Right by Dr. Patricia Allen and Sandra Harmon
Fortean Times, Strange Days #2 The Year in Weirdness
The Kalahari Typing School for Men, Alexander McCall Smith
The Buffy Omnibus #1
When You Lie about Your Age, the Terrorists Win by Carol Leifer (library book)
The Men Who Stare at Goats by Jon Ronson
Angel, Volume 5: Aftermath (Graphic Novel)
Angel: After the Fall, Vol. 4 (Graphic Novel)
Thin for Life Daybook: A Journal of Personal Progress-Inspiration & Keys to Success from People Who Have Lost Weight & Kept It Off
Predators and Prey (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, Vol. 5)(Graphic Novel)
Spike: Shadow Puppets (Graphic Novel)
Morality for Beautiful Girls, Alexander McCall Smith
Spike: Asylum (Graphic Novel)
Clued In: How to Keep Customers Coming Back Again and Again by Lewis Carbone (read for work)
Fearless Fourteen, Janet Evanovich
His Dark Materials, Phillip Pulliam
Wesley the owl : the remarkable love story of an owl and his girl by Stacey O'Brien (library book)
The Animal Wife by Elizabeth Thomas Hunt

Read in 2008:
The Crimson Petal and the White, Michel Faber
Becoming Jane Austen, Jon Spence (library book)
Stranghaven vol 1 (graphic novel)
Justice, Dominic Dunne (audio book)
Pale Horseman, Bernard Cornwall (audio book)
An Excellant Mystery, Ellis Peters (RABCK)
Good in Bed, Jennifer Weiner
Dead to Rights, JA Jance
The Dog Who Wouldn't Be, Fawley Mowat
Deep South, Nevada Barr
Wear Your Life Well, MariLu Henner
The Thyroid Diet, by Mary Shalom
Another City, Not My Own, by Dominick Dunne
The Hermit of Eyton Forest by Ellis Peters
Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evonovich (loaner from sister)
Stranghaven vol 2 (graphic novel)
Buffy, Season 8, Vols I & II (graphic novels)
Angel -- First Night (graphic novel)
Angel -- After the Fall (graphic novel)
The Abs Diet for Women
X Rated Blood Suckers by Mario Acevedo
Highland Laddie Gone by Sharon McCrumb
Buffy Season 8 -- Wolves at the Gates (Vol III!) Whoo hoo ( purchase)
Serenity - Better Days - graphic novel - ( purchase)
I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have to be Destroyed by Me: Emblems from the Pentagon's Black World by Trevor Paglen (Christmas gift, will go in permanent books)

Read in 2007:
Children of God, by Mary Doria Russell (was a RABCK)
Rescue Ferrets at Sea, by Richard Bach (audio book)
Sunday Philosophy Club, by Alexander McCall Smith (was a RABCK)
A Bite of Death, by Susan Conant (was a RABCK)
44 Scotland Street, by Alexander McCall Smith (was a RABCK)
Skull and Dog Bones, by Melissa Cleary (was a RABCK)
Dream Angus, by Alexander McCall Smith (library book)
Locked Rooms, by Laurie R King
Daughters of Fortune, Isabel Allende (trade)
Our Mary of the Lost and Found, Diane Schoemperlen (borrowed from my sister)
The Bear Went Over the Mountain, William Kotzwinkle (book ring)
Metro Girl, by Janet Evonovich
The Buried Book: The Loss and Rediscovery of the Great Epic of Gilgamesh by David Damrosch (library book)
Plum Lovin' by Janet Evonovich (library book)
Gone, Baby, Gone by Dennis Lehane (RABCK)
The Spirituality of Imperfection, by Ernest Kurtz and Katherine Ketcham (belongs to my boyfriend)
The Long Patrol, by Brian Jacques (was a RABCK)
Writing in an Age of Silence, by Sarah Petersky (library book)
Afghanistan, Where Gods Comes Only to Weep by Siba Shakib (book ring)
The Legend of Luke, by Brian Jacques (was a RABCK)
A Merry Band of Murderers, ed. by Claudia Bishop,Don Bruns (with CD of songs)(library book)
The PMS Outlaws by Sharyn Mccrumb (borrowed from my sister, not registered)
Curtain by Agatha Christie (gift from my sister, will be registered)
Band of Brothers, Stephen Ambrose (audio book, library)
Juicy Mother 1, Celbration (comix collection)
Juicy Mother 2, How They Met (comix collection)
The Beatles Revolver, Geoffrey Giuliano & Avalon Giuliano (library book) (not recommended)
The City A Global History by Joel Kotkin (audio book, library)
Daughter of Time, by Josephine Tey
Murder at Mayfair, Robert Barnard
Fray, Josh Whedon (graphic novel)
Day of the Dead, JA Jance
Hunter, J.A. Jance
Tombstone Courage, J.A. Jance
Goose Chase, Patrice Kindl
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8, Volume 1
Band of Brothers (audio book)
Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul
Outcast of Redwall, Brian Jacques

Read in 2006:
Embroderies by Marjane Satrapi
Persepholis I & I, by Marjane Satarpi
Scars of Sweet Paradise (bio of Janis Joplin) by Alice Echols
Always Coming Home, Ursula K. LeGuin
The Sun and the Moon by Vonda McIntyre
Color Your Future by Taylor Hartman, PhD.
What I Did on My Summer Vacation, vol 1 (Buffy Book)
The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (re-read)
Love From Groucho (letters to his daughter Miriam)
Hopey and Maggie Stories by Jaime Hernandez
Luba in America by Gilbert Hernandez
Enslaved by Ducks by Bob Tarte
Letters to and from Groucho Marx
The Right to be Hostile, a Boondocks Collection by Aaron McGruder
Hunting Badger by Tony Hillerman
Sinister Pig by Tony Hillerman
Balance Your Brain: Balance Your Life
S is for Silence by Sue Grafton
The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell: An Accidental Soldier’s Account of the War in Iraq by John Crawford
Five Fingered Discount: A Crooked Family History by Helene Stapinski
The Big Year, A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession - by Mark Obmascick
The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
White Mischief by James Fox
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russel
The Season of the Monsoon (George Sansi mystery) by Paul Mann
Burning Ghats (George Sansi mystery) by Paul Mann
The Parrot Who Owns Me by Joanna Burger
Creatures of the Night by Neil Gaiman, Artist: Michael Zulli (two short stories in graphic novel form)- (bought from Changing Hands as a present for my boyfriend)
Lovely Bones by Alice Seibol
Civil Action by Jonathon Harr
Portraits in Sepia by Isabel Allende (audio - library)
Cat People by Margaret and Michael Korda (library)
Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd (audio - library)
Chapter and Hearse by Catherine Aird (audio - library)
Five People You Meet in Heaven (audio - library)
A Vice Busting Diet, A 12 Week Plan to Break Your Worst Food Habits and Change Your Life Forever by Julia Griggs Havey w/ J. Patrick Havey (library)
The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Breast Cancer by Sat Dharam Kaur (library)
More Alive with Color: Personal Color and Personal Style by Leatrice Eiseman (library)
Twelve Sharp by Janet Evonovich (bought from
Bark M for Murder by JA Jance, Virginia Lanier, Chassie West, Lee Charles Kelley (from Zooba)
Archie and Amélie : love and madness in the Gilded Age by Donna M. Lucey (library book)
Black Plumes by Margery Allingham (audio)
A New Leash on Death, by Susan Conant (RABCK)
Ruffly Speaking, by Susan Conant (RABCK)
I'm not scared, by Niccolo Ammaniti, Jonathan Hunt (audio book)
Black Ribbon, by Susan Conant (RABCK)
The Dogfather, by Susan Conant (RABCK)
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clark

Started in 2006-2008, not yet finished:

  • Devil Soldier, by Caleb Carr
  • Groucho Marx And Other Short Stories And Tall Tales, Groucho Marx - B/C trade
  • Come Hell or high water : Hurricane Katrina and the color of disaster by Michael Eric Dyson (library book)
  • A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland Indiana by Haven Kimmel (RABCK)
  • The Crime Lover's Casebook, Jerome Charyn, ed. (42 classic stories)
  • Use Cases: Requirements in Context by Daryl Kulak and Eamonn Guiney (reading for work, belongs to work)
  • Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace - year long project probably!
  • The Omivores Dilemna by Michael Pollan bought as hardback from at my daughter's urging
  • We are Lincoln Men
  • Killer Angels
  • Owls in the Family, Fawley
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