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Member: JalenV

CollectionsYour library (887), Read but unowned (726), All collections (1,613)

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Tagscozy mystery (308), audio book (251), historical mystery (91), fantasy (49), children's literature (47), mystery (43), vampires (39), urban fantasy (39), ghosts (35), anthology (28) — see all tags

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About meI was born October 15, 1954. I'm a disabled former Army medical librarian. I'm also a former Air Force brat, born at Fort Dix, New Jersey, because my late father was the NCO sent to help open McGuire Air Force Base. (It was still the Army Air Force when he first joined up in World War II.) My late mother joined the Civil Service when her youngest child entered school. Dad was stationed at Andrews A.F.B. then. It was the Army that hired Mom.

Dad had a massive heart attack while he was on Alert -- he became the first patient to have cardiac bypass surgery at Walter Reed. That enabled him to live another 12 years, but he was still retired as a 100% disabled veteran. My parents bought their first house -- and the Army moved Mom's job a year later. (She may have started out as a GS-1 part-time clerk typist, but she retired as a GS-12 or -13 assistant branch chief.) Four years later it was moved almost completely across the country. After moving so much when I was young, I've stayed put.

That medical library job was the first one I could get after library school. I'd studied to be a children's librarian, but I discovered I really LIKED medical librarianship. Got to learn interesting things, got to help staff, patients, and students (which I loved), and I got paid for it. How great was that?

My mother wanted to be a librarian and never got to be one, although she did volunteer for the local Friends of the Library. She was doing volunteer work there the last day of her life.

My father wanted to be a doctor and never got to be one He was going to study to be a medical technician after he retired, but his heart forced him to drop out in his first semester. It sort of seems that by becoming a medical librarian, I combined my parents' unrealized dreams.

I learned to read from my mother reading aloud to me. She thought I'd just memorized the books we had, but my first grade teacher proved to her that I could read by having me read from Green Eggs and Ham, a book we didn't own. I've been an avid reader ever since.

I'm still cataloging my personal library and the library books I check out (painful hands, painful feet, have to limit how long I sit up with my legs down). I add so many details in the book descriptions because of the frustration I've had trying to catalog my older books. When I'm up to it, I add a detailed cast list because that's the sort of thing I like to know.

About my libraryWe didn't have much money when I was little, but used books were cheap and just as good for reading. Of course there were libraries, too, public and school. Mom's family looked on our visits as an opportunity to clear out some old books.

The problem with being a natural speed reader is that one goes through a lot of books. I read and reread mine and had my library books finished well before our next visit. My mother had her beloved childhood books and her equally beloved Victorian authoresses, so I went on to those. To this day I can still read late 19th and early 20th century books for fun.

Because used girls' and boys' books published in WWII or earlier were so cheap back then, I grew up with old Nancy Drew, Judy Bolton, Hardy Boys, Honey Bunch, etc. books. (I wanted Nancy Drew's snappy blue roadster!) See the 2nd picture here: http://www.lib.umd.edu/RARE/SpecialCollection/nancy/celebrating.html

If Mom passed on her love of old books, history, cozy & classic mysteries, and Regency Romances; Dad passed on his love of science fiction, Edgar Rice Burroughs, manly mysteries [though not mean streets], ghost stories, and horror. (Fantasy for readers older than children I kept on with on my own.)

Even though our house already has a heavy book infestation, we still get more!

Groups75 Books Challenge for 2012

Favorite authorsDonna Andrews, John Bellairs, Patricia Briggs, Lois McMaster Bujold, Jim Butcher, Dorothy Cannell, Madye Lee Chastain, MaryJanice Davidson, Lindsey Davis, Elizabeth Enright, Laurell K. Hamilton, Kim Harrison, Joan Hess, Georgette Heyer, Diana Wynne Jones, Charlotte MacLeod, Barbara Michaels, Elizabeth Peters, Tamora Pierce, Terry Pratchett, Rex Stout (Shared favorites)

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