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About meNow: 34, male, from Victoria, BC, Canada. A new dad!!!!!!

I like books that spin me right round.

About my libraryI love books until they fall apart in my arms, unless I pass them on to another lover. I also spent a lot of years traveling light, and although these days the volumes do seem to have started filling the corners a little, I would still throw 'em on the fire at a moment's notice to show my devotion to the Dear Leader or get a good beach party going. It makes "my library" something I'm kind of unwilling to define - I kind of like to think of the universe in general as my library. My LibraryThing is not a catalog of books I own, but an aide-memoire where I can record books I read and what I thought about them at the time of reading.

The date tags show when I finished (re)reading the book in question. Things that are not in and of themselves books (such as academic articles, short stories, government reports) will be tagged and colour-coded accordingly (although I am pretty lax about this).

I will also tag foreign-language books as such. Other tags are idiosyncratic and mostly for my own amusement.

Rough guide to ratings:

0 - Not rated; I don't use this one.
0.5 - Not just shitty; actively hateful.
1 - "This book is fucking garbage."
1.5 - "This book is bad, man."
2 - "This was not very good."
2.5 - "Enh, it was okay, I guess."
3 - "This book wasn't bad."
3.5 - "This was pretty good."
4 - "Totally fun!"
4.5 - "This book is a stunning triumph."
5 - "At this moment, I feel like this does what it does better than anything else out there." Note that enthusiasm sometimes fades.

Basically, my ratings skew high (as they should, I think--who wants to spend their time reading stuff they don't enjoy?); for fun reads, as opposed to articles and the like, anything rated four or higher I would happily reread under all circumstances, 3.5 I could see getting to again but not really bothered eiher way, 3 I might reread if the weird wilful whim took me, 2-2.5 or I would not pick up again except in a pinch (no good books in the exchange at the hostel on top of Mt. Fuji), and less than 2 I would not pick up under any circumstances, but would go for a walk in the sunshine instead.

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