A bit about me

Hi, my name is Christy and welcome to my blog!  Though originally from New England, I now live and work in the D.C. metro area.  I am in my mid-thirties.  I like to read a wide range of books, from memoirs to thrillers to literary fiction.

Email contact: agoodstoppingpoint at gmail dot com.

Twitter: @agoodstoppingpt

To give an idea of my tastes, here are some books that I would rate 5 out of 5:

Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves by Adam Hochschild

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan

The Inn at Lake Devine by Elinor Lipman

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens

Parting the Waters: Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement 1954-63 by Taylor Branch

Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell

[Selections updated in 2015 to reflect my taste of the past five years.]

9 responses to “A bit about me

  1. JoV

    You gave “The Post-Birthday World” a 5 !!! I found someone who actually love “The Post-birthday world!” Yes that’s my 5 too, I just love it, love it, love it!

  2. Thanks for stopping by at my blog, Christy 🙂 I am new to your blog and it looks great! I found the list of your favourite books interesting – I haven’t read any of them except ‘Jane Eyre’ and I have Pullman’s ‘His Dark Materials’ and Dickens’ Bleak House’ on my ‘TBR’ list. But it is nice in a way, because I can take reading suggestions from your favourites list 🙂

    • With my favorites, I tried to give a sampling of the books I like – different genres and whatnot – although I see that it’s skewed toward fiction. I actually like reading non-fiction quite a bit too. I noticed in one of your blog posts that you lived in Ethiopia for a time. Have you ever read There Is No Me Without You by Melissa Fay Greene? It’s a non-fiction book about AIDS orphans set in Ethiopia, and the author devotes at least a chapter or so to the unique and fascinating history of Ethiopia.

      • Sorry for the delay in replying to your comment, Christy.

        I haven’t read Melissa Fay Greene’s book. Thanks for mentioning it. I will look for it. Ethiopia is a fascinating country and I loved my time there. It has an interesting branch of Christianity which is very different from others. There are also Jewish people in Ethiopia, and they are the only Jewish people who are of African origin.

  3. Erin Leigh

    So I have no idea where to write this because typing it in my own blog just seems like unnecessary bragging, but Robin McKinley (!!!) read my Pegasus review and expressed thoughts similar to your comments about fantasy and current events. Also (!!!) she linked my review in her blog and like 90 people have page-viewed it. This is the closest I will ever be to famous, haha! But I really wanted to let you know cuz you are well aware of my obsession 🙂

  4. Just popping by to let you know how much I’ve been enjoying your blog, and to tell you I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award

    For more information go to:

  5. Enjoyed your blog. Thank you 🙂

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