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CollectionsYour library (463), Wishlist (9), Currently reading (1), Read but unowned (90), All collections (464)


Tagsfiction (272), youth (96), non-fiction (89), not mine (87), college (68), series (58), anthropology (40), library (40), rsra (37), dutch lit (30) — see all tags

MediaNot set (38), Book (425), Paper Book (372), Audiobook (1), Other (1)

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About me~I'm in my early 30's, currently single and owned by a bratty torbie cat.
~I'm Dutch but have been living in the States since I was 9.
~Wild and random fact: After graduating from college I ran away and joined the circus for 3 years.
~After some detours I managed to install myself quite comfortably in a small coastal town.
~I force myself to be social but besides books I'm also hopelessly addicted to certain tv shows and the internet.
~I dream of an e-reader that looks like a book, with two pages that make a crinkly sound when you "turn" them. Do not make me scroll! Do not give me a tablet! Give me something with a spine that I can close!

Image: "Girl reading letter by an open window" by Johannes Vermeer

About my library"In omnibus requiem quaesivi, et nusquam inveni nisi in angulo cum libro." --Thomas à Kempis

Compared to many here my library is rather small, but like most it's also very random. I have quite a few childhood books I just can't seem to part with...and I haven't even cataloged them all. I also couldn't part with many study books. Some anthropology books are more fun to buy and contemplate than to actually read. I loved my Dutch holocaust literature class. Can you tell?

A lot of my other books are selective impulse buys, if that makes sense. I choose books based on their title, cover (I especially have a weakness for those matte ones...), description, flow of the first few pages, and of course the vibe it emanates. ;-)

I have a good relationship with most books I own. I tend to read too quickly and often don't retain the plot of a story, which can either come in handy or be very annoying. I do like the adage that "a book is a present you can open again and again." I used to reread a lot of books but now I find myself more eager to discover new stories than to re-visit old ones. (Budget-wise, that means I'll be using my library card a lot more. Should I splurge on lifetime membership here and use a "library" tag? Okay, I will.)

Some tag clarifications:
sprookjes = fairytales
jokems = books technically in my mom's library
rsra = really should read again
iwmoc = I want my own copy

Rating is difficult, it's so personal:
2 stars & less = Meh
2 1/2 stars = I wish I liked it more
3 stars = I like it well enough
3 1/2 stars = I really like it
4 stars = I love it
4 1/2 stars = Practically perfect in every way
5 stars = Oh wow

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Famous last words: I use bookmarks. Dog-ears are evol.

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, 50 Book Challenge, Awful Lit., Books in Books, Cats, books, life is good., Myers-Briggs: All Types, Treehuggers

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Member sinceOct 2, 2007

Currently readingSwann by Carol Shields

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