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Which book title(s) on your shelves describe you?

Blonde - Joyce Carol Oates The Heart is a Lonely Hunter - Carson McCullers Here be Dragons - Sharon Kay Penman The Warrior Queens: The Legends and the Lives of the Women Who Have Led Their Nations in War - Antonia Fraser No Man's Nightingale - Ruth Rendell To Each His Own (Black & White) - Leonardo Sciascia Dreamcatcher - Stephen King A Room of One's Own - Virginia Woolf Searching for Shakespeare - Stanley Wells, James Shapiro, Marcia Pointon, Tarnya Cooper Music & Silence - Rose Tremain

Thanks to Bookloving Writer and Olga for starting this one.  Alright, here we go:


Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader

... in a series of bullet points.


Physical Features:

Dark Blonde with The Bluest Eye (well, blue eyes, anyway ;) )


Personality / Attitude:

* The Heart is a Lonely Hunter and a Deep River, where Here be Dragons

* Perfectly happy to remain Miss Lonelyhearts and a Lonesome Dove

* One of The Warrior Queens, thoroughly familiar with The Art of War

* Catering to Nobody and No Man's Nightingale

* Plain Speaker with plenty of Resolution, giving others A Test Of Wills and Face Off with them on anything that matters to me, or to ward off an Invasion of Privacy

* However, big On Liberty and generally speaking, ready to give everybody A Place Called Freedom and To Each His Own, and to Let the Great World Spin

* Dreamcatcher, given to Reveries of the Solitary WalkerFlights of the Mind

and a Celebration of Being

* Though lately a bit wearied by The Way of the World and therefore occasionally in need of A Place of Safety 

* And if something is over or hasn't worked out: Walk On


* Freedom

* A Room of One's Own

* Silence, and A Time to Keep Silence

* One Hundred Years of Solitude (or to be able to lose myself in The Labyrinth of Solitude)



* Searching for Shakespeare: Will & Me: How Shakespeare Took Over My Life (Living in a Shakespearean World)

Books in general, but particularly The Great Books: This Reader won't ever forget How Reading Changed My Life  from early childhood on

Cats, Cats, Cats


Other Likes and Loves:

* ars musica and the right combination of Music & Silence

* Moviegoer

World History: A Dance to the Music of Time

* Journeys of a Lifetime

* My California: There is Nothing Like the Sun, The Sea, The Mountains of California, and my very own L.A. Confidential

* Travel Photography (and photography in general)

R is for Rose

* Tea at Fortnum & Mason (or at home or, heck, anywhere, actually)

Whisky in Your Pocket ... or preferably, in a tumbler or a Glencairn glass, actually ...


By Day:

The Lost Lawyer, in pursuit of A Certain Justice


Random Other Bits:

* A person with two Mother Tongues; the one I was born with (German) and an adopted one (English)

* Zodiac (Western): Libra