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CollectionsYour library (2,953), Read Since Traveling (34), Books with a Story (112), Lost Book Collection (1,970), Read in 2014 (42), Read in 2013 (111), Read in 2012 (85), Read in 2011 (245), Currently reading (3), To read (36), All collections (4,454)

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About meI am an amateur filmmaker, photographer, reader, and writer currently travelling the world on a journey with no destination or end date.
So far, I have been travelling for a year and a half.

I don't live anywhere, anymore, but I do travel from place to place out of a small backpack.
Awhile ago, I got rid of my apartment and all of my things in Miami (including my extensive book collection) to become a digital nomad, solo travelling the world.

Up until that point, I had read books constantly - an average of one every day or two. My life had always been intricately entwined with both the reading of and the collecting of books. I had read books about adventures and voyages and faraway lands for all of my life, but when I left the U.S., I stopped reading at such a voracious pace. Now, I am still an avid reader, but I make room for stories of my own as well, and I think that it's going quite well.

Well, my once extensive book collection is gone now - and I can only carry one, or perhaps two, books with me at a time in my backpack. At first I tried using an eReader, but it just isn't the same.
Letting the breeze ruffle through the pages of your book on a rooftop in Marrakesh, or on a park bench in Paris, or on a rather unofficial train in Central America, just isn't the same as staring into your iPad. A beat-up and worn paperback also doesn't quite invite thieves so glaringly, either.

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. He is also the reason that I am learning Spanish.

Besides reading, I do the stock market, walk long distances, find Indian food and cats wherever I am, learn languages, do photography, and theorize about philosophies and musings and whatever else in the form of my writings.
I am currently writing a never-ending encyclopedia about the relationships between people, space, and time.

Besides books, I love history, astrophysics, anthropology, medicine, music, the idea of rather than the solving of mathematics, learning new things, travel, and much else. I love knowledge in general.

I am currently learning Spanish and Romanian, so if anyone would like to do some language exchange - especially in Romanian! - please do let me know.

If you're really interested and would like to see a less intellectual and reader-esque version of my life, you could always visit my Youtube travel channel.

About my libraryBest Book of 2013 - Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood
Best 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

**This section is from before I left my library behind... But I didn't want to just delete it. Maybe I'll write a new one sometime, but not now.

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 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.

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 Collections:

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.

Lost Library: My old library, now gone.

Books I Own: I think that this is pretty self explanatory.

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!

Next 5 to Read Off My Shelves
The Life of Thomas More - Peter Ackroyd
The Greek Mind - Walter R. Agard
A Border Passage - Leila Ahmed
The Very Thought of You - Rosie Alison
Paula: A Memoir - Isabel Allende

Groups18th-19th Century Britain, Ancient and Medieval Manuscripts, Ancient History, Antiquarian Books, Book Care and Repair, Book Collectors, Egyptian Fiction Galore, Historical Fiction, History at 30,000 feet: The Big Picture, History: On learning from and writing historyshow all groups

Favorite authorsJorge Luis Borges, Umberto Eco, T. S. Eliot, Atul Gawande, Thomas Hardy, 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, Bauman Rare Books, Blue Whale Books, Book Exchange, Book X-Change, Borders - Fort Lauderdale, Daedalus Bookshop, Dead Poet Books, Dunbar Old Books, Heartwood Books, Idle Time Books, Livraria Lello, Selected Works Used Books and Sheet Music, Strand Bookstore, The Old Florida 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

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Real nameJordan Taylor

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Member sinceDec 31, 2009

Currently reading1984 by George Orwell
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson

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