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Reviews237 reviews

Tagsfiction (685), non-fiction (539), history (384), YA literature (182), unowned-library (172), Middle East (168), England (141), unowned-donated (116), religion (88), WWI (88) — see all tags

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About meAbout Me

Follow My 2015 Reading Here

I read and write about the Middle East for a living, which means I work all the time now and my off-hours reading consists almost exclusively of light, escapist books I can finish in a few hours. I don't tend to track strictly work-related reading here but you'll probably see some fiction, history, and politics from that region. I spent my adolescence as an aspiring Kremlinologist, so I've got a special interest in history and literature from Russia and the former Eastern bloc countries. Other random obsessions include language and linguistics, polar exploration, WW1, social histories, dystopias/speculative fiction, and basically anything having to do with England. Also, I collect children's books and am especially fond of the New York Review of Books Children's Collection.

I'm a bit of a dilettante - I love to learn new things and every book I read spurs in me the desire to read a whole different subset of (possibly unrelated) books.

I've recently enlarged the menagerie and now have four kitties -- Franny (teeny tiny, orange tabby, polydactyl) and her brother Hopper (normal-sized, orange tabby, polydactyl too), Mischa (little, tabby, girl) and Marty (big, black/white, boy) - who are sometimes visited by the ghost of their late, lamented brother, Ollie.

About my libraryMy Library

The books in my library of greatest interest to me are those related to the history and politics of the Middle East and Middle Eastern literature; the Arabic and Russian languages; Islam, Judaism, and Jewish history; social history; history, literature, sociology having to do with England. On a less pretentious note, I have rather an obsession with young adult books, especially those of the fantastical or speculative nature.

I collect books about art and architecture and old maps, cats, and books illustrated by or about Edward Gorey. None of my collections are particularly huge at this point & I am currently not at all concerned about first editions, etc.

My library is a complete and accurate record of my reading only since 2007, when I joined LT and started obsessively keeping track. Anything prior to that is incomplete & based on my often faulty memory.

My Ratings & Reviews

My rating system is fairly inconsistent, frankly. My feelings about books are very much tied up in how I was feeling when I read them, why I was reading them at the time, what I expected vs. what I got, etc. In 2015, I am embracing abandoning books that are just "ok" in attempt to reduce the number of indifferent three star ratings I assign. When I rate, I generally don't differentiate between books for generalists and books that only specialists in a field would like - I just consider the quality of the work. Ratings for books read prior to 2007 are based on the aforementioned fallible memory. The nature of my reviews varies widely based on what I wrote the review for ā€“ books read in grad school get a very different treatment than books read now, since Iā€™m reading for fun rather than for critical analysis.


Past Years' Reading

2014: here
2013 - the lost year, no thread!
2012: here
2011: here
2010: here
2009: here and here;
2008: here;
2007: here and here

Groups18th-19th Century Britain, Anglophiles, Club Read 2009, Club Read 2010, Club Read 2011, Club Read 2012, Club Read 2014, Club Read 2015, Dystopian novels, Fans of Russian authorsshow all groups

Favorite authorsMegan Abbott, Louisa May Alcott, Rachid al-Daif, Jane Austen, Esther Averill, Hoda Barakat, Dan Chaon, David Crystal, Helen Dunmore, Barbara Ehrenreich, Anne Fadiman, Tana French, Edward Gorey, Ursula K. Le Guin, Russell Hoban, Albert Hourani, Kazuo Ishiguro, Shirley Jackson, Ghassan Kanafani, Stephen Kinzer, Arnold Lobel, Naguib Mahfouz, Patrick McDonnell, John McWhorter, Haruki Murakami, Joyce Carol Oates, J. D. Salinger, Jose Saramago, Marjane Satrapi, Joann Sfar, Elaine Showalter, Lemony Snicket, Charles Todd, H. G. Wells, Scott Westerfeld, Rebecca West, Edith Wharton, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Jacqueline Winspear (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresCarleton College - Bookstore, Daedalus Books & Music - Columbia, Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, Seminary Co-op Bookstore

Favorite librariesArlington Central Library (Arlington Public Library), Carleton College - Gould Library, Howard V. and Edna H. Hong Kierkegaard Library, Silver Spring Library - Montgomery County Public Libraries (MD), University of Chicago - Joseph Regenstein Library

Favorite listsFavorite Childhood Books

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LocationWashington, DC

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceMay 23, 2007

Currently readingHigh Lonesome: New and Selected Stories 1966-2006 by Joyce Carol Oates
The Great War (Imperial War Museums) by Mark Holborn
Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956 by Anne Applebaum
The Politics of Sectarianism in Postwar Lebanon by Bassel Salloukh
Lebanon: After the Cedar Revolution by Are Knudsen
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