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CollectionsYour library (748)

Reviews173 reviews

TagsLibrary (461), Fiction (445), Nonfiction (273), Novel (239), 2009 (151), Fluff (143), 2008 (86), 2010 (84), Fantasy (83), Short stories (82) — see all tags

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About meMy "Favorite libraries" are just those public libraries from which I have ever held a card. Here's a map of them all.

The novel I like best is the late Mr. Fowles' The French Lieutenant's Woman. I was astonished by how well I liked Dr. Gowers' Mathematics: a Very Short Introduction; math is by no means a strong suit of mine.

Ghost stories are my reading-candy. You can see my ghost-story collection here.

Rudyard Kipling is my guilty pleasure, although I do quote his poem "I keep six honest serving-men" to parents of toddlers; and once I made my Intro to Prehistory pupils do an archæological exegesis of his poem "In the Neolithic Age," which is an astonishing endorsement of cross-cultural tolerance: I mean, it's Kipling, for pete's sake — he of "The White Man's Burden."


About my libraryThis isn't my personal library; this is what I've read since mid-2004. Books that I began but abandoned are not included, except in cases of edited volumes only a few chapters of which I ever intended to read. (If you care, the years in the "date read" field are correct, but the days/months are only correct in that they indicate the order of completion. I don't bother with actual day/month.)

When I can determine it, I enter the publication date of the original work into the Date field.

Rough scale o' stars:

5: Singularly worthwhile
4: Uncommonly worthwhile
3: More or less worthwhile
2: Disappointing, dull, forgettable, &c., &c.
1: Craptacular

I find that the Harry Potter and Tolkien books I've read swamp my "Fun Statistics" and skew the social connections towards über-popular stuff, which makes said statistics and connections kind of uninteresting. So here is a list of books I share with fewer people than the "mean book obscurity" of this list.

• My light reading wish list is here.
• My serious reading wish list is here.
• My picture-book wish list is here.

GroupsAncient & Mystic Society of No Homers, Pedants' corner, The Random Group for Fogies and Curmudgeons of All Ages, The Simpsons

Favorite authorsIsak Dinesen, John Fowles, Stephen Jay Gould, O. Henry, M. R. James, Rudyard Kipling, W. Somerset Maugham, Katherine Anne Porter, Marshall Sahlins, Mark Twain (Shared favorites)

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Favorite librariesAnne Arundel County (Md.) Public Library - Glen Burnie Regional Library, Annie Halenbake Ross Library (Lock Haven, Pa.), Arlington Central Library (Arlington Public Library), Cedar Rapids (Ia.) Public Library, Central Library (Sheffield, UK), Chula Vista (Ca.) Public Library - Civic Center Branch, Franklin Co. (Tn.) Public Library, Hilo (Hawaii) Public Library, Iowa City (Ia.) Public Library, Long Branch Library - Montgomery County Public Libraries (MD), Marion Public Library, Mary Riley Styles Public Library (Falls Church, Va.), Mesa County Library - Grand Junction Central Library, National Library of Medicine (U.S.), Norfolk (Va.) Public Library System - Kirn Memorial Library (main branch), Richland County (SC) Public Library - Main Branch, Russell Library (Middletown, CT), Samuel W. Smith Memorial Library (McKean Co., Pa.), San Diego County Library - Imperial Beach Branch, Silver Spring Library - Montgomery County Public Libraries (MD), Thomas Jefferson Library (Fairfax Co., Va.), Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library (Fairfax Co., Va.)

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