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About meI didn't read much as a kid, and definitely nothing too challenging unless it was assigned. Even then I tried to avoid it. 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... then promptly returned it. Once the pressure of being expected to read was removed I discovered I rather enjoyed it, 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 come alive 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." This is the arena of laughter, tears and dreams.

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 or disjointed. The most common fault is a serious lack of brevity.

★★½ and less
Sometimes I start a book that just isn't up to quality. Or maybe it just doesn't gel with me personally. These ratings vary between "good try" and "should not have been published." I'll try my best to finish, but my time on this earth is short and there are too many other good books to discover.


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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Currently readingA Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
The Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn Out the Way They Do by Judith Rich Harris
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
The Encyclopedia of Early Earth: A Novel by Isabel Greenberg
Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull
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Thank you so much for the Santathing books! I've been meaning to read Attachments, and Case Histories sounds really great too. Can't wait to read them! :]
Saw your review of A Tale of Two Cities and just had to say that I agree with you. Even with Dickens being one of my favorite authors, I can't like that book. It took me three tries to even get through the whole thing, and the third time I was only able to finish it because I went for the audio version instead of torturing myself with the print copy. Try David Copperfield instead. It's my favorite Dickens. :)
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