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Member: BenjaminHahn

CollectionsYour library (1,420), Currently reading (18), To read (501), Read but unowned (3), All collections (1,420)

Reviews276 reviews

TagsUnread (750), Fiction (670), Nonfiction (551), Read (492), First Edition (446), History (274), Folio Society (274), Reference (175), Fantasy (107), Religion (84) — see all tags

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About meI am an avid reader, but unfortunately my taste for purchasing books out paces the speed at which I can read them. The advent of fatherhood has had the expected effect of reducing this personal vice. I simply don't have time to go book shopping much less read them. What books I do manage to acquire have just as much chance of being a children's book as they do being an adult book.

It's a new year, and as such, time for a new reading list. 2014 was short of the coveted 50 book mark, but that was to be expected with a second child on the way and eventually in the mix. Having a two year old guarantees that multi-hour reading chunks are few and far between. On the plus side, I spend almost a lot of reading time plowing through children's board books with Sebastian and now Meredith. Anything I can do that even has a chance of increasing their chances of loving books is a worthy sacrifice in my mind. Regardless, I hope to get a few more actual books under my belt this year, but who knows what will happen. Below is my reading list for 2015:

1. The Mongoliad - Volume 1 by The Foreworld Team
2. Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
3. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
4. The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss
5. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Allan Moore and Kevin O'Neill

About my libraryThe kids' room is starting to run out of shelve space. I have already started culling some of the lame 0-3 books that Sebastian just isn't interested in and/or I don't think they are really up to snuff anyway. I might need to figure out some other options in there. Book accumulation in the rest of the house has slowed, much to Amber's satisfaction, although her assessment might not be as optimistic as mine. Still, I am committed to reading more of the books I already own than increasing the number of unread books in the house. This is easier said than done of course.

Rating system
★★★★★ PERFECT - All-time favorite
★★★★.5 EXCELLENT - Very enjoyable/Highly recommended.
★★★★ VERY GOOD - An author to watch
★★★.5 GOOD - Will look for more by same author
★★★ ENJOYABLE - But nothing special
★★.5 OKAY - Mildly enjoyable but forgettable
★★ POOR - Dull plot or interesting idea wasted
★.5 VERY POOR - Difficult to finish
★ TERRIBLE - Could not finish
0.5 TRASH - Should never have been published

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up, 50 Book Challenge, Dishonorable Society Of Lazy Scholars And Leisurely Gentlemen, Edition Erudition, Folio Society devotees, New Lifetime Reading Plan

Favorite authorsSimon Armitage, Michael Chabon, Bernard Cornwell, Jared Diamond, Dave Eggers, Neil Gaiman, Lev Grossman, Ernest Hemingway, Hesiod, Homer, Lucretius, Magnus Magnusson, George R. R. Martin, Cormac McCarthy, Bryan Lee O'Malley, Mervyn Peake, Neal Stephenson, S. M. Stirling, J. R. R. Tolkien, Gene Wolfe (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresDark Horse Books, Elliott Bay Book Company (Seattle), Left Bank Books, Magus Books (Seattle), Michael's Books, Old Inlet Bookshop, Port Book & News, Powell's City of Books (Portland), The Homer Bookstore, Title Wave Books - Midtown Store, Twice Sold Tales (University District), Village Books

Favorite librariesAnchorage Public Library - Z. J. Loussac Public Library, University of Washington - Suzzallo Library, Western Washington University Libraries


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Real nameBenjamin Hahn

LocationAnchorage, AK

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceApr 1, 2007

Currently readingMao: The Unknown Story by Jung Chang
Edenborn by Nick Sagan
Empires of the Ancient Near East 4 Volume Box Set (Empires of the Ancient Near East London Folio Society, Second Edition 2000) by J.M. Cook
Gormenghast Trilogy: Gormenghast / Titus Alone / Titus Groan (3 Volume Set in slipcase) by Mervyn Peake
Justice for Hedgehogs by Ronald Dworkin
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