Currently Reading

The Murderer's Son
Joy Ellis, Richard Armitage
The Inner Life of Cats: The Science and Secrets of Our Mysterious Feline Companions
Thomas McNamee, Bob Reed
Collection: The Tailor of Panama / Our Game / The Night Manager
John le Carré
The Inner Life of Cats: The Science and Secrets of Our Mysterious Feline Companions
Thomas McNamee
Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection
Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry
The Woman In White
Wilkie Collins
Merlin Trilogy
Mary Stewart
Progress: 340/928 pages
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Conan Doyle

Recently Added

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler - E.L. Konigsburg
France and England in North America : Vol. 2: Count Frontenac and New France under Louis XIV, A Half-Century of Conflict, Montcalm and Wolfe (Library of America #12) - Francis Parkman
France and England in North America : Vol. 1: Pioneers of France in the New World, The Jesuits in North America in the Seventeenth Century, La Salle and the Discovery of the Great West, The Old Regime in Canada (Library of America #11) - Francis Parkman, David Levin
"You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough." ― Mae West

"The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read." ― Mark Twain

"Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea." ― Robert A. Heinlein

"Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else." ― Judy Garland
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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 W. Wells, James Shapiro, Tarnya Cooper, Marcia Pointon 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