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About meI'm an electronic resources librarian at a university library in the Chicago suburbs. Prior to starting in late 2018, I worked at several nearby public and academic libraries over the last decade, much of the time while also teaching English and history part-time.

I share my flat with three cats, which accentuates the stereotype of the bespectacled, cat-loving, spinsterish librarian. Alas, Tara and Ralph really don't get on with each other, so both are featured separately (as kittens) among my profile pictures. Among those are also pictures of Tim and Bester, their two feline companions who passed in 2016 and are much missed. Zuki is an older family cat who recently moved in with me, and a photo will be forthcoming.

About my libraryMost of my physical books (those under the "Your Library" collection) were found at resale shops, library sales, and used book stores. I preorder the new releases of a handful of authors, though. I've also started picking up more e-books and audiobooks, but those are currently added only as I read them and are placed in separate collections, as are borrowed items. My use of tags and collections is mostly self-explanatory, if intermittently applied.

As far as physical storage, my books are (mostly) on shelves all around my flat. Much as I like being surrounded by lovely volumes, I hope to reduce my physical inventory to under 2,000 books before my next move in a couple years. To accomplish this, I intend to do an inventory before then end of 2020, which ought to include cataloging the strays acquired in recent years as well as weeding.

To explain the large number and odd mixture of favorite authors, I was initially adding just about everyone whose books I enjoyed and had read several of. I've not updated the list much since 2014, so it's not all-inclusive or especially representative.

I'm casually participating in the LT category challenge in 2020 and am also trying out a few "at-home" challenges in a spreadsheet.

My 999 Challenge: Completed
My 2d 999 Challenge: Completed
My 1010 Challenge: Completed
My 11 in 11 Challenge: Completed
No LT challenge for 2012: I kept a spreadsheet, though, and read a rather surprising 330 books.
Started a challenge in 2013, but I forgot to keep up with it and instead started a blog, which was not less work, so I put it on hold/abandoned it as well...
My 2014 ROOT challenge: Completed
My 2015 ROOT challenge: Completed
My 2016 ROOT challenge: Completed
My 2017 ROOT challenge: Completed
No LT challenge in 2018
No LT challenge in 2019
My 2020 LT Category Challenge: ongoing

Groups1010 Category Challenge, 2013 Category Challenge, 2015 ROOT Challenge - (Read Our Own Tomes), 2016 ROOT Challenge - (Read Our Own Tomes), 2017 ROOT (READ OUR OWN TOMES), 2020 Category Challenge, 999 Challenge, BookMooching, ROOT - 2014 Read Our Own Tomes, The 11 in 11 Category Challenge

Favorite authorsMargery Allingham, Hans Christian Andersen, W. H. Auden, Walter R. Brooks, Robert Browning, John Buchan, Frederick Buechner, Lois McMaster Bujold, Robert Farrar Capon, Raymond Chandler, G. K. Chesterton, Agatha Christie, Wilkie Collins, Joseph Conrad, Thomas B. Costain, Charles Dickens, Annie Dillard, Arthur Conan Doyle, Edward Eager, T. S. Eliot, William Faulkner, Jasper Fforde, Christopher Fry, Cornelia Funke, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Helprin, Marguerite Henry, O. Henry, Hergé, James Herriot, Georgette Heyer, Anthony Hope, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Victor Hugo, Laurie R. King, Stephen R. Lawhead, Madeleine L'Engle, C. S. Lewis, Hugh Lofting, George MacDonald, Helen MacInnes, Melina Marchetta, Ngaio Marsh, Robert McCloskey, Patricia A. McKillip, A. A. Milne, Walter Moers, Edith Nesbit, Baroness Orczy, Tim Powers, Terry Pratchett, Alexandre Dumas, pere, Dorothy L. Sayers, William Shakespeare, Lemony Snicket, Robert Louis Stevenson, Rex Stout, Josephine Tey, James Thurber, J. R. R. Tolkien, Anthony Trollope, Megan Whalen Turner, Sigrid Undset, Walter Wangerin, Bill Watterson, Evelyn Waugh, Charles Williams, Connie Willis, P. G. Wodehouse, Gene Wolfe (Shared favorites)

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Favorite librariesAurora Public Library - Eola Road Branch, Aurora Public Library - Santori Library, Aurora University - Charles B. Phillips Library, Fountaindale Public Library District - Bolingbrook Library, Lewis University - Romeoville (Main) Campus Library, Naperville Public Library - Naper Boulevard Library, Naperville Public Library - Nichols Library, Wheaton College - Buswell Memorial Library

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Currently readingThe way we live now by Anthony Trollope
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