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About meRetired teacher and frustrated librarian. Occasional avid gardener, enthusiastic cook. Odd, not to say bizarre sense of humor. Book hoarder.

At last, a life-time goal is close to accomplishment: I want to run out of life before I run out of books.

Weaknesses:

1. Mysteries, but only certain types. I especially appreciate mysteries with a good bit of humor, those set in schools of one kind or another, and those with a limited suspect list. I also enjoy exotic settings.

2. Personal essays, particularly those about books and reading;

3. Victorian novels, with a heavy emphasis on Anthony Trollope

4. William Faulkner

5. George Orwell

6.Cheesecake

About ratings: Every author deserves an even chance at the first page, so I mentally rate all books at 2.5 stars, or dead average, before I read them.

I choose books fairly carefully (stop the unseemly laughter in the back, please), so many books get bumped up to a three; quite a few get to four stars, and a five star rating means I buttonhole strangers and say, "You must read this book!"

The occasional clinker does show up, or a book whose aesthetic, plot, or character development I can understand, but which I despise anyway.

About my libraryI've more books than I have room to store adequately. This is very slowly being improved buy heavy Kindle and Nook purchases, combined with reluctant culling of physical books.

I'm trying, almost always in vain, to get the TBR section smaller than the I Just Bought This on Impulse section. I like things that are new, different, or oddball. My collection is both eclectic and Byzantine.

I usually avoid romances, dystopian novels, or thrillers, but am open to persuasion.

Groups2013 Category Challenge, 2014 Category Challenge, 50-Something Library Thingers, 75 Books Challenge for 2009, 75 Books Challenge for 2011, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, A Pearl of Wisdom and Enlightenment, A Quieter LibraryThingshow all groups

Favorite authorsLouisa May Alcott, Lewis Carroll, Agatha Christie, R. F. Delderfield, Peter Dickinson, Michael Dirda, Arthur Conan Doyle, Anne Fadiman, Shelby Foote, P. D. James, Peter Lovesey, Arona McHugh, Larry McMurtry, A. A. Milne, Louise Penny, Dorothy L. Sayers, Josephine Tey, Anthony Trollope, Barbara W. Tuchman, Edith Wharton, Virginia Woolf (Shared favorites)

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