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About meSchez is a creature of few desires: a good book, a crackling fire, some beautiful music, and a fuzzy cat.
As Anne McCaffrey would say, "Everything else is subject to change."
I'm never content to read just one book at a time. I always have at least ten books on my nightstand. Books are like different types of alcohol- sometimes you want something light and fluffy, other times you want something that punches you in the back of the throat and burns all the way down. Why limit yourself to one thing at a time?
About my libraryI read a lot, and I read a lot of everything. My library is an eclectic mix of history, psychology, sociology, and mythology sitting right next to manga, comics, paranormal romance, urban fantasy, the classics, and good ol' sci-fi. I blame it partly on my education, partly on my upbringing, but mostly on my quirky personality.
Everything in my library has been accumulated over the course of the twenty-six years of my life. Thus, there is everything from children's picture books to my current passion, studies of the occult. I find myself rarely able to give or sell anything away, even if I completely despise it, as I often will go back to something I've read previously for references when I'm studying.
A lot of my books fall under the tag "to read." This could mean anything from I've read it and don't feel I remember it well enough to rate it fairly, I've started it and put it down for something more interesting, or I simply haven't actually read it. In the case of most of the classics and non-fiction, I've more than likely forgotten how much I did or didn't like it, and I need to read it again before I can fairly rate it.
A question I get asked a lot (especially by my next door neighbor, who is always attempting to convert me) is if I'm a satanist.
First, most people who use the term 'satanist' have no idea what it means, other than what they've gleaned from Hollywood. Most people assume that being a satanist means worshiping the devil, sealing a pact with him that means the exchange of your soul for whatever your personal equivalent of four-and-twenty years is. That is not the true (current) definition of a satanist. Know your religions before throwing terms around.
Second, no. Just no. I'm actually a panentheistic omnist ('omnist' being another term many people erroneously translate. No, it doesn't mean I hate everything). I was raised Protestant, in a Church of Christ environment. Becoming a goth in high school, being deeply involved in the church as a child, my love of reading anything and everything, and working toward a history degree have all contributed to my fascination with the evolution of the occult over the centuries. I study it, I don't subscribe to it. For all those worried about "looking into the abyss", and it's "looking back into you"... well, don't. My interest is scholarly and won't take the leap into actualization as Faust's did.
A note on tags: the tag 'kindle' does not refer to an actual kindle title. It merely represents a book I would like to have en electronic copy of.
Groups20-Something LibraryThingers, BookMooching, Bookshelf of the Damned, Feminist SF, Manga and Anime Addicts, The Green Dragon, The Literati, Writer-readers
Favorite authorsPiers Anthony, Aristophanes, Isaac Asimov, W. H. Auden, Robert T. Bakker, Peter S. Beagle, Simone de Beauvoir, Ray Bradbury, Mikhail Bulgakov, Orson Scott Card, Mike Carey, Michael Crichton, Nelson DeMille, Stephen R. Donaldson, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, Alexandre Dumas, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Erich Fromm, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Temple Grandin, Kim Harrison, Frank Herbert, Aldous Huxley, Gary Jennings, Carl Jung, Gus Lee, Tanith Lee, Christopher Marlowe, Anne McCaffrey, Colleen McCullough, China Miéville, Kentaro Miura, Christopher Moore, Ian Mortimer, Larry Niven, Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child, Richard Preston, Mary Roach, J. K. Rowling, Jeffrey Burton Russell, Miguel de Cervantes, Lilith Saintcrow, Dan Simmons, Kristine Smith, Wilbur Smith, Sophocles, Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, Timothy Zahn (Shared favorites)
Favorite bookstoresBarnes & Noble Booksellers - Sioux Falls, Hein & Co., The Book Exchange, Zandbroz Variety
Favorite librariesLodi Public Library, Sacramento Public Library - Galt - Marian O. Lawrence Library
Also onBookMooch, Chasing the Frog, FanFictionNet, MySpace
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Real nameJennifer Brockman
LocationSioux Falls, SD
Account typepublic, lifetime
Member sinceNov 10, 2007
Currently readingThe Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion (1 Volume, Abridged Edition) by Sir James George Frazer
The Doors of Perception & Heaven and Hell: Two Complete Nonfiction Works (Perennial Classics) by Aldous Huxley
Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage: Designing and Managing Your Equine Facilities by Cherry Hill
Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge A Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution by Terence McKenna
Tao Te Ching: The Definitive Edition by Lao Tzu
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