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CollectionsCookbooks (102), nook books (73), recorded book (347), Your library (3,612), Wishlist (749), Currently reading (9), To read (2,944), Read but unowned (1,011), Favorites (181), All collections (4,501)

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About meI am a librarian and a book reader and cook. I am good at baking bread and pastries. Physically I live in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Spiritually I reside in my hometown of Munden, Kansas. I just moved into my first detached house. I am a renter and like the house, but will hate the lawn. Lawn mowers, walmart, car washes, and inadequate public transportation will be the ruination of this country.

About my libraryMy library is a cumulative list of books that I have read at any point in my life. I started with books in my possession when I joined Librarything and add books from my past as I remember them. Of course, I add books to my collection, it seems daily, and these go into my list when I acquire them.

On Deck for 2017

Teleportation Accident by Ned Bauman
Heartstone by C. J. Sansom
Dark Star by Alan Furst
Flood of Fire by Amitav Ghosh

Favorite Books of 2017
Queen of the Tearling series by Erika Johansen
Ghost Map by Steven Johnson
Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O'Neill

Favorite Books of 2016
Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
Goddess War - trilogy by Kendare Blake

Favorite Books of 2015
Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively
Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the International Hunt for His Assassin by Hampton Sides
Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn series by Tony Hillerman
Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child by Bob Spitz
Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie

Favorite Books of 2014
Rotters by Daniel Kraus
Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain by Maria Rosa Menocal
Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Liani Taylor
Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Graceling series by Kristin Cashore
Wild Swans by Jung Chang
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

Favorite Books of 2013
The Cousins' War series by Philippa Gregory
Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant
American Green: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn by Ted Steinberg
Trudeau Vector by Juris Jurjevics
Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman
Master Butcher's Singing Club by Louise Erdrich

Favorite Books of 2012
Keeping the Faith: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives: A Memoir by Wayne Flynt
Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson
Piano Teacher by Janice Y. K. Lee
Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan
River of Smoke by Amitav Ghosh
Out of This Furnace by Thomas Bell
Devil's Peak & Thirteen Hours by Deon Meyer

Favorite Books of 2011
Philosopher Fish: Sturgeon, Caviar, and the Geography of Desire by Richard Adams Carey
Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay
White Rhino Hotel, Cafe on the Nile, & Devil's Oasis by Bartle Bull
Redbreast, Nemesis, Devil's Star, & Snowman by Jo Nesbo
Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell
Pompeii by Robert Harris
Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Favorite Books of 2010
D-Day: The Battle for Normandy by Antony Beevor
Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
Welsh Girl by Peter Ho Davies
Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson
Piano Tuner by Daniel Philippe Mason
Sparrow & Children of God by Mary Doria Russell

Favorite Books of 2009
Manual of Detection by Jedediah Barry
Glass Books of the Dream Eaters by Gordon Dahlquist
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
Oil on the Brain by Lisa Margonelli
$20 Per Gallon by Christopher Steiner

Favorite Books of 2008
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier
Possession by A. S. Byatt
Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
My Life in France by Julia Child

Groups2015 ROOT Challenge - (Read Our Own Tomes), 2016 ROOT Challenge - (Read Our Own Tomes), 2017 ROOT (READ OUR OWN TOMES), 75 Books Challenge for 2010, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, 75 Books Challenge for 2015, 75 Books Challenge for 2016, 75 Books Challenge for 2017, Atlanta Bibliophiles, Books off the Shelf Challengeshow all groups

Favorite authorsMargaret Atwood, Libba Bray, Bartle Bull, Stieg Larsson, Colleen McCullough, Kate Morton, Haruki Murakami, Jo Nesbø (Shared favorites)

VenuesFavorites

Favorite bookstoresBarnes & Noble Booksellers - Tuscaloosa, Bookmiser - Roswell, GA, Causeway Books, Eclipse Coffee and Books - Montevallo, AL, Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, Little Professor Book Center - Homewood, Page & Palette, Square Books, Tattered Cover Book Store - Historic LoDo, The Dusty Bookshelf, Trident Booksellers & Cafe, Von's Books

Favorite librariesHale Library (Main Library) - Kansas State University, Linen Hall Library - Belfast, Northern Ireland, Tuscaloosa Public Library, University of Alabama Libraries

Other favoritesBluestem Bistro - Manhattan, KS, Radina's Coffeehouse - Manhattan, KS

Real namebenita strnad

Locationtuscaloosa, alabama and munden, kansas

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceJan 20, 2008

Currently readingDoctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
Hill Road by Patrick O'Keeffe
Burial Rites: A Novel by Hannah Kent
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel (P.S.) by Helene Wecker
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