Call me Chartroose.  I live in Colorado Springs. 

I’m a liberal libertarian librarian and literature lover. 

If you happen upon this site, I hope you enjoy my views of bookish and writerish things.

Also, I absolutely adore alliteration!

If there’s something you really want to discuss in detail, e-mail me–chartroose @ yahoo dot com 



  1. “Also, I absolutely adore alliteration!”

    As do I.

    Lizzy of Lizzy’s Literary Life

  2. As a lover of literature and words try ‘Uncorrected Proof’, parodies over 100 of the best and worst of the last 100 years.

  3. Hi Chartroose!

    Alliteration always makes me giggle, as does monty python!

    The “its just flesh wound” battle scene in the movie never fails to have me in stitches!

  4. Yeah, antipodeanowl! I almost used a picture from the “It’s just a flesh wound” battle scene for my banner, but it was too dark. Also, the knight, after losing all his limbs, says “Oh, bloody hell.”

    Love your moniker. What types of owls reside down under?

  5. Shame it was too dark. It would have been hilarious to see the armless, legless black knight squirting blood from the absent limbs. Maybe you could have added a sound bite from the scene when people open the page, saying “It’s just a flesh wound” or “Come on then, you pansy!” hahaha!

    Australia is home to some really beautiful owls, of which my favourite is the Tasmanian masked owl which I think is quite stunning! It is however on the endangered list which makes me sad. If you cut and paste the following URL you can have sqwiz!

    Then of course there are also the geeky, booky, night owls such as myself! 😀

  6. I like your site for all the reasons above. My son (12) and I love to watch Monty Python and have some favorite episodes we watch together from the TV show (thank you, youtube).
    A friend of mine and I moved from California to Colorado Springs when we turned 18 because (as our 18 year old logic dictated), “We’ve lived in California all our lives.” We only stayed a year, found out we didn’t like snow, then moved on to San Diego. If I remember right, we lived a short time in an apartment on Airport Blvd., then rented the basement of a house on Bijou (I likely spelled it wrong) street.

  7. Great to find your blog (via A Striped Armchair). I’m a book nerd and just embarking upon an MLS. Always good to find another liberal/librarian/lit lover. Cheers!

  8. Hi donstuff–

    It’s funny…I was just talking about moving to San Diego the other day. Beautiful city…or it was 10 years ago. I’d sure like to live in The Hotel Del Coronado for a couple of months!

    I live very close to Bijou St., and yes, you did spell it right. Do you have a blog? I’d like to check it out!

  9. Hi Andi!

    Your blog is terrific! I’m going to add you to my blogroll. You will be Andi2.

  10. Hi chartroose,
    I was in San Diego for three years (close enough to the beach that I would open my window and let the sound of the waves put me to sleep at night), then on to Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona for a few years (lots of sand, but no water), up to Northern California (Sacramento and Chico), and now back down in Los Angeles. I actually work for a university that is in San Diego, but I run the graduate campus in Los Angeles.
    I have you listed as one of my favorites (I hope that’s ok).

  11. Don–Wow! That sounds like a neat (and stressful) job. I’m adding you to my list too!

  12. Hi Chartroose,

    I just found your blog via the Age 30-A Year of Books blog, and I really enjoy your writing. I’m a former Colorado Springs girl myself-I miss the Pikes Peak library system! I’m pretty sure that I never checked a book out in Colorado that smelled like vomit due to all the mold build up! I love Hawaii, but it does have its pitfalls.

    Anyway…I was just wondering if your TBR lists are in any particular order, or were you just unable to fit all the titles onto one list? Either way, that’s a big TBR collection!

  13. Dreamybee–

    The TBR lists are something I’ve been working on for quite awhile. I am planning on reading as many of them as I can. I must confess that the lists are one of my wierd OCD things, and they are in a particular order, although it’s not discernable to anyone but me.

    I’m currently working on *7, if you can believe that!

    Hawaii’s the coolest place! How’d you manage to end up there?

  14. I basically maintain my TBR list on, and it currently has 313 items on it! It’s growing exponentially since I’ve recently started reading a lot of book-review blogs. As long as your list makes sense to you, that’s all that matters!

    Hawaii IS cool! My husband was in the Air Force (yeah, I married one of those darned Cadets!) and once his commitment was up, we were looking at a future spent in places like North Dakota, Michegan, Wisconsin, etc., and, financially, we decided he could do better in the “real world.” So, we started looking around to try to decide where we wanted to live (since we’d never had the luxury of making that choice before); I wanted green and warm, he wanted mountains and ocean, and here we are! It’s been fabulous, and I love it here. I still love Colorado-there’s just something about an evergreen forest-but the longer I’m here, the harder it is to leave!

    Thanks for keeping up the great reviews. I look forward to reading more!

  15. Thanks for your kind comment on my blog. Just wondering, is chartroose like chartreuse, what’s the pronunciation?

  16. Yes, icedtea, it’s a play on chartreuse because my name is Char(lotte)

  17. Lovely blog you have here and thanks for popping in on mine. It’s always great to come across other enthousiasts. Yes, I’ll add you to the blogroll. Lovely meeting you!

  18. hi chartroose. I just happened upon your site by fizzy thoughts and I love your lists. I have one myself, but I also keep track of it on Amazon and an old notebook that I keep for it. love your blog and book reviews!!

  19. ktippie–

    Start a blog for your lists and thoughts and I’ll come read it!

  20. […] Hell! Where is Chartroose? My stalker senses tell me that Chartroose of Bloody Hell, It’s a Book Barrage hasn’t updated since July 23, 2009! So a bunch of us […]

  21. Hey Chartroose, I go away for a year and come back to find you gone. Where have you gone – Are you with Mrs. Robinson and Joe DiMaggio?

  22. You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be actually something that I think I would never understand. It seems too complicated and extremely broad for me. I am looking forward for your next post, I?ll try to get the hang of it!

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