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Tagsnon-fiction (140), fiction (138), unread (138), female author (65), sf/f (46), history (40), politics (34), non-white author (32), gender (31), coffee table type (29) — see all tags

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About my libraryThis is about a quarter of my books - the rest are with parents, and likely to be added the next time I am visiting and insomniac.

GroupsOxonians

Favorite authorsDouglas Adams, Alison Bechdel, Michael Chabon, Emma Donoghue, Stephen Fry, Neil Gaiman, Ursula K. Le Guin, E. J. Hobsbawm, China MiƩville, Alan Moore, Haruki Murakami, Pablo Neruda, Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman, Rainer Maria Rilke, Dorothy L. Sayers, Kurt Vonnegut (Shared favorites)

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Real nameLaura

LocationLondon

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceDec 19, 2006

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I can already see that this site is going to cause me agony.

Because when you search for books to catalogue, it doesn't just turn up names, it turns up editions. Which is mostly a good thing - at least I don't have to suffer the indignity of seeing the ugly, ugly garish new cover (what was wrong with Feiffer's cartoons?) of The Phantom Tollbooth in my catalogue and can approximate my own copy. But, being the compulsive type I am, it leads to misery when I can't find a proper match on Amazon. There are a hundred editions of Lord of the Rings, and the only one I can't find is my own, three hard-covers passed down from my mother; similarly, how can I catalogue Peake without associating him with my battered, beautiful thirty-year-old paperbacks complete with his own pencil drawings on the covers (Gormenghast itself with a perfect, character-defining sketch of Steerpike I've never found elsewhere)? Nothing else feels right, I'm afraid.
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