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About meI am a reader, writer, and list-maker.
My profession is as a model, ironically.
My life has always been intricately entwined with both the reading of and the collecting of books. They take up a large portion of my life, a fact that I am quite happy with.
My favorite book of all time is "Collected Fictions" by Jorge Luis Borges, who is also by far my favorite author.
I used to say that it was impossible to choose just one favorite book, but that was before I found Borges.
Thanks to him, my world of books is forever changed.
My goal with reading is to read a book per day. Sometimes I am more successful at this than at other times. The thought of never reading this or that book before I die depresses me, and so I resolve to read as much as is humanly possible. Even if I am ridiculously busy, I make time for my reading, no matter what. I read while walking, while in taxis and on buses, with meals, but not while driving... anymore.
I live on the beach outside sunny Miami, where I never actually go to the beach but do spend time lamenting the lack of bookshops and intellectuals in the area. Anyone in rain-dusted Europe want to trade?
My house is a library, a rice factory, and an Arabic coffee/tea room. So I call it.
Besides reading, I work, walk long distances, go to obscure authentic Thai restaurants, do photography, and theorize about philosophies and musings and whatever else in the form of my writings.
Besides books, I love history, music, the idea of rather than the solving of mathematics, learning new things, travel, and much else.
I fall in love with places easier than with people. The great loves of my life are Venice, New York City, Buenos Aires, and Barcelona. An ethereal recent trip to Chicago may have recently seduced me as well.
About my libraryBest Book of 2012 - Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
Best Books of 2011 - Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
The Island of the Day Before by Umberto Eco
My book collection is my most important possession. I also consider it one of the most important things about me. I have been collecting books for as long as I can remember, though, not many of the books I had as a pre-teen or earlier still exist in my collection, as my tastes have changed.
I buy books that I have read and particularly enjoyed, books that I have an interest in reading, and always any classics or works of pre-20th Century literature that I come across. I also collect old or curious books, some of which are worth quite a lot, some of which are worth something only to me.
I collect the new Penguin Classics books, all of which I think beautiful, as well as both modern and vintage Modern Library classics. The beautiful Classics Club editions I have recently started hoarding as well. I buy a lot of travel books published by DK and Lonely Planet, which I prefer to be either very outdated or very new.
I dream of eventually putting together a notable library consisting of any book worth noting from Ancient Times to present, as well as books on every topic imaginable, especially history, and allowing people to come and study or explore. I think that as digital books become increasingly popular, enormous physical libraries will become a rarity, and I'd like to be known for possessing one of the notable ones. I love sharing my books, though my generosity with letting friends borrow volumes hasn't always worked out so well in the past.
I recently moved into a gorgeous new apartment, with 2 bedrooms - one for me, one for my books! It has always been a dream of mine to have a room devoted entirely to books, and it's been amazing to actually get there. I won't be surprised if the books refuse to stay contained in just one room, though.
Currently, I am trying to read through all of the books that I own (isn't everyone?). I'm going down the shelf book by book. I can't resist going by the library every now and then, though, so it will most likely take me a very long while to read every single book on my shelves. And of course, I am constantly buying more.
Since I do have the odd hobby of meticulous list-making, I have kept a record of every book I have read since 2004.
All of those are entered here, and the ones that I read before that are entered whenever I remember them.
I mainly read classics and/or literary books and historical fiction. However, I'm always open to broadening my horizons. In the past few years I have started reading far more non-fiction - lots of history, medicine, and biographies. I love memoirs, and books about obscure scientific topics.
I usually don't care for fiction set in modern times, time travel books (they annoy me), or sci-fi.
I like fantasy, but I am extremely picky about it, and I don't go looking for it. Most of the fantasy I've read is because it was recommended for people who like Tolkien. But still, it's never the same. I have to admit that I am unabashedly taken with Harry Potter, though. They are a guilty pleasure that I feel no guilt about.
About My LibraryThing Collection
I am a devoted list-maker. My catalog of books here on LT is one of my favorite lists to expand.
If you are browsing through my collection, I recommend that you view it using my suggested style.
I only tag books that I have already read. In the comments section, I detail anything and everything that has to do with that particular book, from memories and places associated with it to where I purchased it, when I read it, previous homes, conversations about it: really anything. Some are short, some get pretty lengthy, depending on the book.
In the summary section (I couldn't find another column that was like a 2nd comments section, so I mangled this one), I tag places and people associated with this book. For instance, if it was shipped to me from Chicago, I'll tag Chicago. If a friend gave it to me, or recommended it, I'll tag their name.
My Library: Here means, all of the books that I have read. I know that this may not be the typical meaning of the "My Library" collection here, but it's simply how things turned out.
Books That I Own: Are the books I have with me at the moment. Sadly, there are hundreds more back at my parents house in Virginia, which I haven't been able to ship to Florida yet.
To Read: Books that I don't own, and might forget about if I don't tag them. This is a very incomplete list that I make of books I see on LT that catch my eye. In truth I have a word document on my desktop that is 47 pages long listing books I want to read. And that's not including the ones waiting on my shelves!
Got Rid Of: What I tag books that did not deserve their prestigious place on my shelves. When I get rid of books, I either place them in the book swap that my apartment complex has or I trade them in to the used bookstore that I frequent.
Next 5 to Read Off My Shelves
Jorge Luis Borges - Beatriz Sarlo
Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil - Jean Sasson
Kissing in Manhattan - David Schickler
The Jewel in the Crown - Paul Scott
The French Mistress - Susan Holloway Scott
Groups18th-19th Century Britain, Ancient and Medieval Manuscripts, Ancient History, Antiquarian Books, Book Care and Repair, Book Collectors, Egyptian Fiction Galore, Historical Fiction, Literary Snobs, Medicine —show all groups, Rare, Old or Offbeat, Tropic of Ideas, Used Books
Favorite authorsJorge Luis Borges, Umberto Eco, T. S. Eliot, Atul Gawande, Thomas Hardy, Ernest Hemingway, Hermann Hesse, Homer, Milan Kundera, Vladimir Nabokov, Sharon Kay Penman, J. K. Rowling, William Shakespeare, J. R. R. Tolkien (Shared favorites)
VenuesFavorites | Visited
Favorite bookstoresBack in the Day Books, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Aventura, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Chesterfield Town Center, Blue Whale Books, Book Exchange, Book X-Change, Borders - Fort Lauderdale, Daedalus Bookshop, Heartwood Books, Selected Works Used Books and Sheet Music, Virginia Book Shop
Favorite librariesBroward County Library - Fort Lauderdale Branch, Broward County Library - Hallandale Beach Branch, Chesterfield County Public Library - Midlothian Branch
Other favoritesHemispheres Book-Swap
Membership LibraryThing Early Reviewers/Member Giveaway
Real nameJordan Richardson
Account typepublic, lifetime
Member sinceDec 31, 2009
Currently readingMemoirs of Duc de Saint-Simon, 1691-1709 by Duc de Saint-Simon
Rhine Journey by Ann Schlee
The Great Lover by Jill Dawson