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Member: heina

CollectionsYour library (1,621)

Reviews221 reviews

Tagsowned (600), non-fiction (528), OCPL (377), children's (208), download (176), 2007 (170), Islam (150), 2010 (142), borrowed (123), feminist (118) — see all tags

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About meI am one of those people whose handle is her actual name. Go figure.

My nerdy plan in honor of my 25th birthday: create a poster (or large photomosaic) of all the books I've read in the two decades of my life. This means I must scan in book covers for my manual-entry obscure religious readings. Good times.

About my libraryI used to be indiscriminate about what fiction I read and finicky about my non-fiction, but now, the opposite is the case.

As a broke college student, I mainly headed towards the amazing University of California Library (UCI tag) system for my books. I spent most of my Freshman year of college (in which I took only 12 units) holed up in Langson, and I look back upon that time with inordinate fondness. Before that, I spent countless evenings at the local branch of the Orange County Public Libraries (hence my OCPL tag).

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, 101 Reasons to Stop Writing, 20-Something LibraryThingers, 50 Book Challenge, Alternative Sexuality, Atheists review books, Banned Books, BannedBooksLibrary, Books Compared, Books off the Shelf Challengeshow all groups

Favorite authorsDouglas Adams, Saint Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, Francesca Lia Block, Ray Bradbury, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Cormier, Roald Dahl, Ali Dashti, Kiran Desai, Philip K. Dick, Barbara Ehrenreich, Neil Gaiman, Sam Harris, Marjorie Heins, Ibn Warraq, Carson McCullers, George Orwell, Chuck Palahniuk, Edgar Allan Poe, Arundhati Roy, Carl Sagan, Vikram Seth, Shel Silverstein, John Kennedy Toole, T. H. White, Oscar Wilde (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresPowell's City of Books (Portland)

Favorite librariesLangson Library, UCI, Orange County Public Library - Heritage Park Regional Library, Orange County Public Library - Mesa Verde Library, Orange County Public Library - University Park Library


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Real nameHeina

LocationYorba Linda, CA

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Member sinceJul 2, 2006

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So, did you ever make the photomontage? Please do upload it, if you did (though making such a thing sounds a task too massive to carry out).

(I hesitated before posting because of one of your photos but then thought 1) someone who wants to commemorate a birthday with book-art is appealingly quirky; 2) that perhaps you might tell me from what language Heina comes & how it's pronounced; 3) of how prejudiced I am, what with hesitating to post to someone simply because they bought into the scam of a minor science fiction writer; and 4) that in the photo showing you beside a bus you were, on a second look, displaying gleeful derision & not cheerful pride. )
Not sure if you remember me or not, but you reviewed my novel, Dirty Little
Angels, a while back. I'm writing because I'm almost done with my new novel, In
the Valley of Falling Stars, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in
taking a look at it and giving me your opinion. I can send you a complete
summary, but it's essentially about a mentally-ill man living in post-Katrina
New Orleans who becomes convinced that his wife is pregnant with Jesus Christ.
The book is still in process, but the entire book is sketched out, and I
currently have eight chapters that I feel are done. If you're too busy, I
understand. Just thought I'd ask.

Hope you're doing well,

Hi Heina, I got my SantaThing book today. Thank you! I can't believe I haven't read any of Mary Stewart books before. Just read the inside flap, and my first thought, was "Heina was right! My library needs this book!" Can't wait to get into it. :)
Hi Thank you for being my Santa! I haven't recieved my package yet, so I still have a Christmas surprise coming! I am excited to see what you sent! :)
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Oh no, don't bring Scientology lawyers down on LibraryThing! ;)
If you are plunging into non-fiction indiscriminately, and becoming more finicky about fiction, that is probably a healthy reversal (indicted by "About my Library"). There is a lot out there, in non-fiction, and I believe in giving it a chance. (While novelists seem to be more cautious about going beyond established boundaries.) I lived in Tonga during 1981 - 1986; alot of books find their way there, and lot more donʻt. It makes you appreciate what there is to read, but also you do miss the quantity. When I first entered a Hawaiʻi public library in 1987, I was like a 5 year old let loose in a toy shop.

Viewed overall, by scanning some of the categories, your collection, I think, has acquired a well-balnaced quality, perhaps because of that permissiveness in the non-fiction. Among the listed authors that attracted my attention were Ibn Warraq and Jean Sasson on Islamic subjects. I also noted authors that I have doubts about, e.g. Sam Harris and Ian Buruma. I think I still have an unpublished response that I wrote to one of Buruma article in which he was unfriendly to multi-culturalism.
Margaret Cho is considered "local" here in Hawaiʻi. My wife, Leialoha Apo Perkins, starting from a very different direction, is a "local" author, too, and I have an interest in looking into all the local authors, or as many as possible.

That our collections would have no items in common is just a statistical probability, at this point, because my collection has only 6 or 7 items cataloged; in fact, it would be unlikely that there would be any matches, with the base of 7, in my case being so small.

I've been out of town for the holidays, so I just received A SUITABLE BOY today -- what a wonderful, inspired choice! I've heard fantastic things about this book, and I can't wait to dive in. Thanks so much! I couldn't have asked for a more perfect SantaThing gift!

i suppose evolutionary biology is an enigma spanning the centuries! :)
"Guernica" has been mailed, enjoy.

You offered a copy of Love Marriage up for grabs on the ER chat page a couple of weeks ago. I am interested in reading it. Is it still available?
I'd be happy to send you Guernica. I'll mail it next week.

Hi, thanks for the message on my profile. I understand why you might think we've taken some classes together at UCI... but it's not likely, since the classes I took at UCI were graduate courses. (I was taking grad classes and teaching writing at UCI last year, but haven't been doing that since last fall.) Depending on your major, you might've been in a writing class I taught, I suppose...

You're an English major? or a double major, I guess?
The cheesy 90s edition in my case, I'm sure...

I loved the books you've picked out for me!!! Sadly because of school I can't read what I want, but once I can, i'll sink myself back into the world of arthur and his knights!! Thanks a lot!! :)
I've been asked that by pretty much everyone who's ever had to lift one of my suitcases for a longer trip. And they all think they're the first one to say it and are being clever. I just sigh and move on now.
welcome to our group. If you have anything you want to post about travelling, or anything related feel free. Your collection seems interesting, I have about 80 books in common with you and none of them are manga which is rare for me. But good as I might get some recommendations out of it^_^
Hey there,

I read your account of being a "heretic" in a orthodox Muslim family with great interest. I believe it was over at the Happy Heathens Group. I maintain a website at, and one of the writings I have in the works is about the dynamics of the biological family. It criticizes the notion of having a moral obligation to regard the biological family, as the end all and be all of existence.

Anyhow, you seem like an interesting person, and it would be great to see your comments on my blog posts.

All the best,

Thank you for the link! I need to ask Santa for that one.
heina, the link you posted to my profile isn't working. I'm intrigued. I think if you post it again, but put spaces before and after the url, it will work.
Yeah, I was going to congratulate you on your library and your favorite authors. Burmese Days is a good point of contact, although I can't for the life of me understand why you'd have Burn Rate. I've never read it, and it's my "thing" starting web companies. Hey, you aren't going to be cataloging books in Hindi or Urdu are you? We're going to be getting some libraries that would help that.
I have a suggestion re the 50 book challenge group. People keep asking me where to get the word counting meter I use - I suggest adding a link to the website in the group description, since people don't realize that you can just click on the meter to get there. It's . Thank you :)
Actually, the book is my son's. He is a student a UCI and must have taken the course - I don't know what professor. Do others teach the course?
am i doing this rite
hello, this is that one girl that you met once in quiz bowl practice. this is one spiffing site, no?
Hi heina; check my catalog under the Arthurian might see some titles of interest. HNY! A
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