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I enjoy books as misers enjoy treasures, because I know I can enjoy them whenever I please.


Michel de Montaigne



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My first public library was in a beautiful 1902 Carnegie building. The children’s department had a room with cushions so I could curl up and read in comfort. The upstairs adult area had a gorgeous rotunda where the reference desk stood. The aisles radiated from the center like spokes on a wheel and I got lost there several times! Growing up as one of several children, reading was a pleasure that drowned out the background noise and transported me to other places, other lives. I am always searching for nonfiction books that portray people living abroad. A Year In Provence by Peter Mayle is a classic of the genre. For light reading, I often choose medieval mysteries. Peter Tremayne’s Sister Fidelma and Sharan Newman’s Catherine Levendeur mysteries are my favorites. I read in many areas, including historical fiction, literary fiction, humor, art, chick lit (Bridget Jones’s Diary), motherhood, politics, graphic novels, historical romance, biography, poetry, mythology, and more.






On Julia's Bookshelf

One Kiss or Two? The Art and Science of Saying Hello by Andy Scott


Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen


My Lady Judge: A Mystery of Medieval Ireland by Cora Harrison


The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer


To Capture What We Cannot Keep by Beatrice Colin









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