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CollectionsYour library (1,400), Currently reading (17), To read (493), Read but unowned (3), All collections (1,400)

Reviews269 reviews

TagsUnread (740), Fiction (657), Nonfiction (547), Read (484), First Edition (441), Folio Society (273), History (270), Reference (171), Fantasy (103), 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. It is probably a good thing that I live in Alaska where my proximity to fine used bookstores is extremely limited. Mail order is my main savior/enabler.

It's a new year, and as such, time for a new reading list. 2013 was way to graphic novel heavy. All the limited reading time chunks made this so. It was so easy to get through a whole volume in an hour and feel accomplished. Having a one 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. Anything I can do that even has a chance of increasing Sebastian's 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. Below is my reading list for 2014:

1. Maze Runner by James Dashner
2. Tintin in America by Herge
3. The Book of New Family Traditions by Meg Cox
4. Strategic Relocation by Joel and Andrew Skousen
5. The Great War by Joe Sacco
6. The Influence Machine by Brooke Gladstone
7. One Second After by William R. Forstchen
8. The Secrets of Happy Families by Bruce Feiler
9. Wildwood by Colin Meloy
10. The Man in the High Castle by Phillip K. Dick
11. Saga Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples
12. What Are the Seven Wonders of the World? by Peter D'Epiro
13. Tintin and the Cigars of the Pharaoh by Herge
14. Aesterix and the Goths by Rene Goscinny
15. Wool by Hugh Howey
16. The Way of Men by Jack Donovan
17. A Sky Without Eagles by Jack Donovan
18. Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew B. Crawford
19. The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman
20. The Bees by Laline Paull
21. The Magician's Land by Lev Grossman
22. The Martian by Andy Weir
23. The Vikings by Gwyn Jones
24. William Shakespeare's Star Wars by Ian Doescher
25. Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
26. The Men's Hair Book by Rogelio Samson
27. The Player's Handbook 5th Edition (D&D)
28. Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle

About my librarySebastian's room is starting to run out of shelve space. I have already started culling some of his 0-3 books that he 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

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Member sinceApr 1, 2007

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