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About meI learned to read at age 2, and pretty much never stopped.

It is what made me a geek and set me apart from other children. It opened my mind and showed me places and perspectives I would otherwise never have known. It connected me with my mother and grandmother, as I inherited the reading and writing genes from them. It taught me words to help me beat them in Boggle and Scrabble. A book was this lonely child's constant companion.

Reading is my anti-drug. It makes my bad days bearable and my good days spectacular. It comforts me when I can't sleep, and keeps me awake even as one corner of my mind frets about falling asleep at my desk the next day. I finish a book and I feel excited or drained or inspired or disappointed, but always, always hungry for the next one.

There are times in my life when I have forsaken reading. I was too busy or tired, or I was playing a new video game, or I was hanging out with my friends all the time, or I was just embarrassed by my obssession or made to feel ashamed for how much I spent on books or losing myself in a bookstore. But I always come back to my first geeky pursuit, my original comfort, my first friend. I always return to reading, and it always welcomes me back.

About my libraryMy books fall into three basic categories: books I've read and own, books I've read but do not own, and books that I want to read.

I spent a long time not keeping track of my books, but I've begun again for two main reasons: first, to actually remember what I have and have not read, and second, to maintain a reading list so that I can cure myself of wandering around bookstores or libraries muttering "what book was that again?" or "so what am I going to read now?". I bought a lifetime membership to librarything almost 2 years ago - I might as well use it.

GroupsAfrican-American Fiction/Nonfiction, African/African American Literature, BookMooching, Early Reviewers, Livejournalers, Metafilter, The City That Reads (Baltimore. Yes, hon, Baltimore.), Writer-readers

Favorite authorsMarion Zimmer Bradley, Octavia E. Butler, Stephen King, Madeleine L'Engle, Heather Neff, Alice Walker (Shared favorites)

Homepagehttp://layawrites.wordpress.com

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Real nameLaya White

LocationBaltimore, MD

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Member sinceNov 14, 2005

Currently reading'Tis: A Memoir by Frank McCourt
Just The Man She Needs (Arabesque) by Gwynne Forster
On Writers and Writing by John Gardner
No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days by Chris Baty
Mumbo jumbo by Ishmael Reed
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