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About meI am an avid reader, but I am also a slow reader. I have been told by others that I have a high recall rate on the books I read, but it comes at a cost. I can bring myself to skim and I will often go back and reread a tricky section if it was confusing. The advent of fatherhood has had the expected effect of reducing this personal vice. I simply don't have time to read uninterrupted. What books I do manage to digest have just as much chance of being a children's book as they do being an adult book.
About my libraryI built some more shelves for our reading nook this past summer. I plan on building more as the year progresses. Each of the kids have a selection of age appropriate titles in their respective rooms. The living room shelves are full of classic and modern literature. There are a couple shelves for the art books and I need to figure out a solution for the ever expanding graphic novel section. The master bedroom reading nook is dedicated mainly to history and other related non fiction like travel writing. One wall is solely dedicated to genre fiction though and it is the one I turn to most frequently in times of need. Philosophy has migrated to the office shelf, where they are often loaned out to curious college students.
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
Real nameBenjamin Hahn
Account typepublic, lifetime
Member sinceApr 1, 2007
Currently readingMao: The Unknown Story by Jung Chang
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