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Member: SeiShonagon

CollectionsYour library (3,502), French Revolution (66), Kindle (151), Currently reading (4), Audio books (12), Wishlist (604), Heian Japan (42), MMA Sales (292), intentional duplicates (91), borrowed (3), All collections (3,565)

Reviews56 reviews

Tagsnon-fiction (1,422), manga (1,072), series (1,067), wishlist (658), art (593), Japan (541), shoujo (511), Japanese language (497), fiction (419), fantasy (371) — see all tags

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About meI work in a library, though I'm not a librarian.
The library I work in is in an art museum.
I'm a manga and anime fan.
I like art history.
I love shopping.
I'm a native New Yorker.
I'm a Francophile.
I'm a Japanophile.
I'm occasionally an Anglophile.
I read fantasy fiction, but not much sci-fi.
I have too many books.

2010 update: I own a Kindle. But I still buy paper books (hardcovers even!)

About my libraryThere's a lot of shoujo manga (Japanese comics created for girls) in my collection, but I do read some shounen, seinen, and josei. Quite a few of the manga titles in my library are in both English and Japanese and most of the Japanese titles were bought when there was little to no chance of them ever being released in English (which was not all that long ago...).

Many of the art-related books were purchased at the museum where I work (discount!). My primary interests are in art from 9th - 19th c Japan and art from 18th - 19th c France. I've also begun to appreciate early photography. I'll also pick up catalogs for exhibits that I liked or missed seeing.

As for the rest... I have my favorite authors & genres, but I'll pretty much read whatever sounds or looks interesting.

Groups18th-19th Century Britain, Art Books, Art History, Asian Fiction & Non-Fiction, Books in 2025: The Future of the Book World, Bug Collectors, Chick Lit, FantasyFans, Hall of Servants, Historical Fictionshow all groups

Favorite authorsMargaret Atwood, Jane Austen, Jacqueline Carey, CLAMP, Michel Faber, Victor Hugo, Robert Jordan, George R. R. Martin, Yayoi Ogawa, Philip Pullman, Charles M. Schulz, Sei Shonagon, Murasaki Shikibu, Neal Stephenson, Yuu Watase, Edith Wharton, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Ai Yazawa (Shared favorites)

VenuesFavorites | Visited

Favorite bookstoresBarnes & Noble Booksellers - 86th & Lexington, BOOKOFF New York (49 W 45th), Books Kinokuniya - New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art Shop

Favorite librariesNew York Public Library - Parkchester Branch, New York Public Library - Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Other favoritesMetropolitan Museum of Art

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LocationBronx, New York

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Member sinceMay 17, 2006

Currently readingNapoleon in Egypt by Paul Strathern
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Wolf Hall: A Novel by Hilary Mantel
The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, Book 1) by Robert Jordan

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