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About meI didn't read much as a kid. Books were boring. Truthfully, I just wanted to go play outside. Don't get me wrong, I had plenty of interests to occupy my time that didn't get me into trouble and books simply weren't my go-to pastime. I remember my grade school teachers requiring us to borrow a library book once a week in the hopes of encouraging more reading, and I dutifully complied. What they didn't see was that I promptly returned the book before leaving. In a recent interview, author Nick Hornby said of this cultural expectation that reading should be obligatory, "Every time we pick up a book for a sense of duty and we find that we're struggling to get through it, we're reinforcing the notion that reading is something you should do but TV is something you want to do. It shouldn't be like that. Novels should be like TV. It shouldn't be hard work and we should do ourselves a favour." I agree with this sentiment 100%.

Once the pressure was removed I discovered I rather enjoyed reading, and in a further twist of irony I eventually married a librarian. She goes by StefanieGeeks on LibraryThing. These days I read or listen to 3-5 books per month, and nearly all of them are recommendations so if you have one let me know.

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About my library★★★★★
I intend this rating to be thoughtfully given and deliberately rare. Good books are a treat but great books enliven the mind in a way that nearly defies description. As my wife would say, "When I'm reading something this exciting, I don't want to do anything else." With these books there is no shortage of laughter, tears or wonder. These are the life-changers.

★★★★½
Books given this exceptional rating have moments approaching the sublime, and contain only minor problem areas if any. Their worth outshines any shortcomings, leaving you with an experience that inspires for months and years to come.

★★★★
This is a nebulous category for the majority of everything I read—a ratings equivalent of saying, "I liked it." A good read.

★★★½ or ★★★
Books earning one of these two ratings are usually worth finishing, but often have structural problems such as being somewhat incoherent, disjointed or dreadfully boring. The most common fault in my experience is a serious lack of brevity.

★★½ and less
Sometimes I start a book that just isn't up to quality. Or maybe it doesn't gel with me personally. These ratings vary between "good try" and "not for me" and "should not have been published." My time on this earth is short and there are too many other good books out there waiting to be discovered.

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Favorite authorsJosh Bazell, David Brooks, Orson Scott Card, Agatha Christie, Ernest Cline, Peter Allen David, Jonathan Franzen, Malcolm Gladwell, Seth Godin, Sam Harris, Stephen King, Jon Krakauer, Michael Lewis, Charles Murray, Patrick Rothfuss, J. K. Rowling, Carl Sagan, Craig Thompson (Shared favorites)

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Real nameDaniel Estes

LocationKansas City, USA

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Member sinceJul 13, 2010

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