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About meFrom childhood's hour I have not been
As others were; I have not seen
As others saw; I could not bring
My passions from a common spring.
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow; I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone;
And all I loved, I loved alone.
- Edgar Allan Poe
I had a dream, which was not all a dream.
The bright sun was extinguished, and the stars
Did wander darkling in the eternal space,
Rayless, and pathless, and the icy earth
Swung blind and blackening in the moonless air;
Morn came and went -and came, and brought no day,...
- Lord Byron
Woman Reading by Henri Matisse (1869 -1954)
TOP 10 READS OF 2011
1. Detective Stories. Philip Pullman.
2. Very Good, Jeeves. P.G. Wodehouse.
3. Rebecca. Daphne Du Maurier.
4. The Diary of a Nobody. George Grossmith.
5. A Short History of Nearly Everything. Bill Bryson.
6. The Ninth Life of Louis Drax. Liz Jensen.
7. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. Haruki Murakami.
8. The Inimitable Jeeves. P. G. Wodehouse.
9. Mrs. Lirriper's Lodgings and Mrs. Lirriper's Legacy. Charles Dickens.
10. It's Only a Movie : Alfred Hitchcock - A Personal Biography. Charlotte Chandler.
TOP 10 READS OF 2010
1. Goodbye, Mr. Chips. James Hilton.
2. The Queen of Hearts. Wilkie Collins.
3. London Lavender. E. V. Lucas.
4. Girl in Hyacinth Blue. Susan Vreeland.
5. The Killer Inside Me. Jim Thompson.
6. A Kiss for Cinderella. J. M. Barrie.
7. The Remains of the Day. Kazuo Ishiguro.
8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Philip K. Dick.
9. Seize the Day. Saul Bellow.
10. Tales of Men and Ghosts. Edith Wharton.
TOP 10 READS OF ‘09
1. The Playboy of the Western World. J. M. Synge.
2. The Miser. Jean-Baptiste Molière.
3. A Passage to India. E.M. Forster.
4. A House to Let. Charles Dickens (ed.).
5. Under the Red Robe. Stanley J. Weyman.
6. Death on the Nile. Agatha Christie.
7. Life with Father. Clarence Day.
8. Murder Is Easy. Agatha Christie.
9. The Book Thief. Markus Zusak.
10. Don't Look Now and Other Stories. Daphne Du Maurier.
About my libraryThere are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.
- Joseph Brodsky
Show me the books he loves and I shall know the man far better than through mortal friends.
- Dawn Adams
All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality — the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape.
- Arthur Christopher Benson
MY RATING SYSTEM:
If I give a book any stars at all that means that the book is (in my opinion) worth reading.
* Above average
** Nice and enjoyable
*** Stands out
**** Nearly perfect
***** A perfect book
No stars means I do not think it is worthy of a rating. It could also mean that I have not read the book yet.
THREADS OF 2012
75 Books Challenge thread 2012,
THREADS OF 2011
75 Books Challenge thread 2011 Part ONE,
75 Books Challenge thread 2011 Part TWO,
THREADS OF 2010
My 75 Books Challenge thread 2010,
My 50 Book Challenge thread 2010 Part Two,
And my 50 Book Challenge thread 2010 Part One,
THREADS OF 2009
My 50 Book Challenge thread 2009,
Groups20-Something LibraryThingers, Agatha Christie, Anglophiles, Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Geeks who love the Classics, Short Stories
Favorite authorsDouglas Adams, Jane Austen, Emily Brontë, John Le Carré, Agatha Christie, Charles Dickens, Arthur Miller, Thomas Love Peacock, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Bram Stoker (Shared favorites)
Account typepublic, lifetime
Member sinceAug 30, 2009
Currently readingThe Penguin Book of Victorian Women in Crime : Forgotten Cops and Private Eyes from the Time of Sherlock Holmes by Michael Sims