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Welcome, bookish sorts!

Written by Kirsten on May 18th, 2009

Welcome to FolioFiles, one booklovin’ Femme’s home on the web. Book reviews, updates on favorite series, local event alerts and more will be posted here with some sort of regularity beginning this June.

Genres that will receive particular attention are:

Queer/gender-related fiction and non-fiction

YA/children’s fiction, emphasis on fantasy

Women’s literature from the last century

“Classic” novels from around the world

Most of what I share here will either spring from or be duplicated on LibraryThing, the most wonderful book cataloging and book discussion hosting site on the web. Feel free to find me there if you are also a member!

My LibraryThing profile

My personal library

My reading challenge for 2009

You can also click in the fabulous animated widget above to view more details of any of the books whose covers appear. Go ahead, try it! Just click anywhere outside of the box when you’re done to come back to my entry.

For now, I’d love a wave from anyone who pops in so I can get an idea of who has come to play – let me know your current reads, your favorite author, your top five books of all time, anything that will put you on my book buddy radar.

Again, welcome, and thank you for joining me!

Thanks to Smashing Magazine for the terrific RSS feed icon!


18 Comments so far ↓

  1. Always happy to have another book blog to add to my list. Just for funsies I’ll give you my top five books of all time…subject to change at any time of course!

    5. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
    4. Lost Boys by Orson Scott Card
    3. The History of Now by Daniel Klein
    2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    1. The entire Harry Potter series
    (Okay, I cheated, but I bet you can’t read just one! ;) )

  2. Kirsten says:

    OK, if you can’t choose, I challenge you to… List the series in order from least to most favorite! Glad to see you here, bib :)

  3. foggidawn says:


    Like Bib, I can only do top five books of all time if I can count series as one book:

    5. The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery
    4. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
    3. The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
    2. Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
    1. Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley

    Man, that was hard! Anyhow, I’m looking forward to reading your blog!

  4. Kirsten says:

    Ooh, another one to lure into the trap of ordering their favorite series! I’m especially curious about the Narnia books – I always have a hard time deciding which ones I favor over others in that one… Welcome, foggi!

  5. Kathy says:

    I think this will be very illuminating for me.

  6. Kathy says:

    Didn’t I give you The Little Prince when you were a teenager?

  7. Kirsten says:

    Mom, it may be illuminating, but please bear in mind: you read voluntarily, and anything you read that you didn’t want to know, it’s on you. :-P

    And yes, you gave it to me in French, and I never learned enough to read it. I just read it in English this year, when I found a copy at a used book store. Amazing, wonderful, brilliant story.

  8. Kerian says:

    Love the blog, Kirsten! I can’t wait to read more posts!

    I’m currently reading Harry, A History and Living Dead in Dallas.

    Favorite books, yikes. I will do the best I can. The Harry Potter series, Widdershins by Charles de Lint, Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series, Jane Eyre, The Time Traveler’s Wife, The Crimes of Charlotte Bronte, and Pride & Prejudice. Opps. More than five.

    Favorite authors: I have a lot of admiration for Rowling, much respect for Tolkien, have always wondered if Jasper Fforde is a literary genius, and am a big fan of the Brontes.

  9. Kirsten says:

    Hey, K! I’ve got The Eyre Affair on the TBR pile (as well as bib’s #5, The People of the Book). I really need to prioritize The Shelves TBR; the most recent purchases are always most accessible, so they nearly always bump the older ones!

  10. Jenni Elson says:

    What a great site! I had no idea that we have so much in common! Here are my top reads, in no particular order:
    Bel Canto, Ann Patchett
    Dry, Augusten Burroughs
    Anything by David Sedaris
    (Maybe my top choice) The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathon Safran Foer

    I cant wait to see what you post, and now I have list of books for the Summer. Hope all is well!

  11. Kirsten says:

    Oooh, ANOTHER one on my mountain of books I own but haven’t yet read – Bel Canto! I should really set aside the Percy Jackson books, but man, when half of my life is spent reading a history textbook that makes me literally cry, I just wanna read something fluffy and fun!
    Jenni, so glad you came by – can’t wait to talk books with ya :)

  12. Challenge accepted!

    7: Chamber of Secrets
    6: Goblet of Fire
    5: Sorcerer’s Stone
    4: Prisoner of Azkaban
    3: Half Blood Prince
    2: Order of the Phoenix
    1: Deathly Hallows

    Okay, that was harder than I thought it would be. Usually when I’m asked what my favorite book in the series is, I say Phoenix, and it is really but plot wise I can’t justify putting it in front of Hallows…

  13. Kirsten says:

    It IS hard! I feel like each time I read the series, I feel differently about the order.
    Congrats on surviving the challenge, bib; you have proven your strength and courage in the face of a near-impossible task! :-P

  14. Shanra says:

    Like biblioholic29, always glad to add more bookblogs.

    Well, I’ve just mentioned my current read(s) on another post of yours, so I shan’t repeat them here! My favourite five, however… Now there’s a tough question, especially if you take into account that some books may be favourite for pure nostalgic reasons.

    In random order then:

    1. The Lord of Rushie River by Cecilia Mary Baker
    2. The Vintner’s Luck by Elizabeth Knox
    3. The Dark Is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper

    aaaand… this is where I throw my hands up, flail and shout “I have too many books I like!” So you’ll just get random stabs at books I remember enjoying enough to stand out at the moment. Ask me again tomorrow and these’ll change. *pause* Actually, the above might change too. Nggn.

    4. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
    5. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

    Mostly fantasy, as you can see. I keep meaning to drift into more literature, as I do enjoy it, but…

  15. Kirsten says:

    Shanra, my partner is reading the Cooper series now; we enjoyed the movie enough, but as soon as I knew it was based on a book, I was certain the books would be better!

    Now I have to ask you – how did you get an avatar up with your wordpress user ID? I can’t find it anywhere on the dashboard options! Halp!!! LoL

  16. Shanra says:

    From what I’ve heard the movie takes out every single thing that makes The Dark Is Rising (and I do mean that volume, not the whole series) work. I haven’t seen it, so for all I know it’s a good movie as far as movies go. But adaption-wise? Suffice to say the people who’d read the book before seem sorely disappointed. I hope you’ll both enjoy the series! I missed out on so much good stuff as a child…

    Uhm… The icon actually attaches to my email address rather than my WordPress account. *goes find where the setting is* If you go to ‘Settings’ (way down in the sidebar menu of your dashboard), you can set your blog picture. But that will just make you have a special icon in browsers. (Like what LibraryThing and Amazon have next to the website title.)

    Oh, found it! Go to ‘My Account -> Edit Profile’. You’ll see an option called ‘My Gravatar’ to the right hand side. (Er, I think. I do anyway.) That’s where you can get an icon next your id when commenting. It doesn’t seem to work on all sites, but it does on WP. (And as said it attaches itself to your email, not your WP ID so, presumably, if you use the email elsewhere to leave comments and it allows avatars to show up, it’ll show up there too. If that’s not too convoluted a sentence.) I hope that’s clear! I’m not terribly good with instructions, I’m afraid.

  17. Kirsten says:

    OK, actually uploading images to my profile (which I didn’t even know I had) makes a big difference – I didn’t realize it was supported by an outside company. Silly me! Thanks for the walk-through; it was far less convoluted than you feared ;)

  18. Shanra says:

    Not silly at all! I only know because I stumbled across it. It’s not widely advertised (or used) as far as I know.

    And welcome! Glad it wasn’t horrid and that you’ve managed to sort out the avatar thinge! ^-^

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