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CollectionsCurrently reading (3), Read but unowned (346), Your library (634), Wishlist (35), Abandoned (27), All collections (661)

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Tagssexuality (122), read in 2009 (104), graphic novel (101), coming of age (95), queer (88), radicalism (73), read in 2006 (72), gender (67), read in 2010 (66), america (65) — see all tags

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About meI am a public services librarian at the Capital Area District Library in Lansing. I read a lot of contemporary literary fiction for work reasons, and a lot of less-contemporary fiction of various stripes for my own pleasure. I used to read a lot more genre fiction than I do now, but that may change. Most of my non-fiction reading right now is focused on topics of interest for writing reasons. Queer and radical social history crop up a lot, as do the First World War; the Spanish Civil War; natural history; travelogues; and various biographies that touch on any of those themes. I read thematically: if I'm interested in learning about female foreign correspondents in the early 20th century, that's all I'll want to read about for a few months.

About my libraryI use LibraryThing to keep tabs on what I've read, not what I own. Because I recommend (rather than review) books for work, my reviews here are overwhelmingly positive: they're intended to encourage people to find books that interest them, not to engage in a critical conversation. Most of them are posted on CADL's website

GroupsLibrarians who LibraryThing, Say Yes to Michigan

Favorite authorsPat Barker, Michael Chabon, Dan Chaon, F. Scott Fitzgerald, E. M. Forster, Philip Hoare, Alan Hollinghurst, Barbara Kingsolver, Kelly Link, China MiƩville, David Mitchell, David Peace, Marilynne Robinson, Arundhati Roy, Salman Rushdie, Zadie Smith, Sarah Waters, Virginia Woolf (Shared favorites)


Favorite librariesCADL - Downtown Lansing Library


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Real nameSara D.

LocationLansing, MI

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceMay 11, 2006

Currently readingThe Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 by Antony Beevor
The Sign of the Cross: Travels in Catholic Europe by Colm Toibin
The Go-Between (New York Review Books Classics) by L.P. Hartley

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Hi Sara,

Alas, I'm not a librarian, nor do I live in Haslett (anymore) - It's been about five years since I left the Lansing area, and I really miss it. There is a sad dearth of good bookstores up here, so I spend a lot of time perusing librarything and amazon scouting out used books. The majority of my books are in storage and I miss them dearly. I may be moving soon, and the thought of being reunited with my books makes me giddy. :)

I hope you don't mind me asking - where did you go to library school? I've thought about going back to school for librarianship (not sure if that's the right word). We'll see what happens.

Thanks for popping in. It's always nice to talk to a fellow booklover with similar tastes!

Hi, A lot of thanks for acceptance....
hey, just wanted to say hi to a fellow spartan english major! we should start a club or something... :P

How did you like reading the City of Djinns: A year in Delhi?

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