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Collectionse-books (1), Your library (253), Read but unowned (105), Currently reading (3), To read (14), All collections (366)

Reviews341 reviews

TagsFiction (101), Fantasy (86), Non-fiction (85), 2019 75-challenge (56), Magical Adventure (55), Historical fiction (40), Adventure (39), Strong Female lead (33), Mild suspense (32), Family dynamics (31) — see all tags

MediaBook (366), Paper Book (347), Ebook (19)

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About meBibliophile (book junkie) ~ read widely, largely preferring a physical book rather than e-books in reading for pleasure. I read at night (in bed) and a digital device is not pleasant to manage. Besides, what about ~ melatonin inhibition ~ which impedes falling asleep?

In my career (past), I did a lot of technical writing, reviewing and editing. Currently I write fiction for personal pleasure. So I'm a seriously meticulous editor and evaluate books quite stringently. Having said that, some genres appeal to me so strongly that I gleefully overlook flaws, relative to my personal book reviews. These evaluations are written to remind myself of good, poor or indifferent reads, so they're very slanted to my preferences. Reviews for books awarded by ARC, ER and from personal contact with authors do not cater to my personal tastes and are unbiased, candid reflections.

My background is heavily influenced by travel. I'm a firm believer of the educational value of foreign travel, whether it is international or across your own country. Having to buy groceries in a place you can't speak the language or even perhaps recognize the produce is a most enlightening experience.

About my libraryBookshelf philosophy: my library has fantasy, mysteries [crime and psychological], literature [like Penelope Lively], historical fiction [largely Georgette Heyer], non-fiction adventure and many reference books.

I use the public library as much as possible to conserve space. I only buy something if I adore a particular book and know I will re-read it many times.

Interpreting my star ratings:
No stars
I need to re-read the book or I was too conflicted to decide.
1 to 2½ stars
The story/plot was not particularly well-written or didn't live up its public synopsis (not that I just didn't like it, because tastes vary).
3 stars
'Meh' for me, generally meaning I didn't find the theme/plot very engaging; or that the plot became too elaborate or drawn-out to enjoy. I might keep a 3-star book to re-read in case a second reading improves my opinion, so a '3' isn't actually dissing the book.
3½ stars
If this genre or author appeals to you, be sure to give it a try. On a personal level, I was probably lukewarm about the book's execution, but thought the plot had lots of merit.
4 and 5 stars
I loved the story and would return to re-read it through the years. Beware that I'm often immune to the flaws in 4 & 5 star books, if I just happen to love the writing anyway.




Titles read so far: keeping track of the books in my Challenge (listed alphabetically by author, except I just show titles):

The Secret of Dinswood
The Travelling Cat Chronicles
Melusine
Lessons from Lucy
Circle
Art & Fear
You Are Light
Friends and Relations
The Diary of a Bookseller
The Girl of Fire and Thorns
The Crown of Embers
The Bitter Kingdom
The Art Thief
Journal of Researches...Voyage of H.M.S. "Beagle"
The Spy in Moscow Station
The Unknown Ajax
Three Things You Need to Know About Rockets
An Anonymous Girl
The Wife Between Us
Song of the Lion
Coyote Waits
Sacred Clowns
The Sinister Pig
The Private World of Georgette Heyer
Year of the Griffin
Reflections: On the Magic of Writing
Fairy Mom and Me: Fairy-In-Waiting
I Want to Go Home
The City of the Mind
Rogue Heroes: The History of the SAS
The Stone Fey
The Book of Boy
Art Making & Studio Spaces
Melting Stones
A Hat Full of Sky
Jovah's Angel
Sourdough
Swarm of Bees
The Headless Cupid
The Famous Stanley Kidnapping Case
Blair's Nightmare
Janie's Private Eyes
The Egypt Game
The Bronze Pen
The Gypsy Game
Summer of '69
The Book of Speculation
The Thief
The Queen of Attolia
The King of Attolia
A Conspiracy of Kings
The Attenbury Emeralds
Decluttering at the Speed of Life
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

DNF Graveyard (not counted)
Path To The Silent Country (LR Banks)
The Ascent of Rum Doodle (B. Bowman)
The Forger's Spell: a true story of Vermeer (Dolnick)
Some Day We'll All be Dead and None of This Will Matter
(Koul)
Writing the Garden (EB Rogers)

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Check out my 2019 "75-Books Challenge" for the latest listing.

Groups75 Books Challenge for 2019

Favorite authorsSusan Cooper, Terry Fallis, John Grisham, Georgette Heyer, Tony Hillerman, Diana Wynne Jones, Penelope Lively, Patricia A. McKillip, Robin McKinley, Susin Nielsen, Tamora Pierce, Sharon Shinn, Zilpha Keatley Snyder (Shared favorites)

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Real nameSandy

LocationSaskatchewan and occasionally, British Columbia, Canada

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceApr 24, 2017

Currently readingTwo Dianas in Somaliland: The record of a shooting trip by Agnes Herbert
Judgment Day by Penelope Lively
Decluttering at the Speed of Life: Winning Your Never-Ending Battle with Stuff by Dana K. White

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