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Member: kaelirenee

CollectionsYour library (1,407), Own (803), Read (598), Shelved at work (14), Audiobook (1), Homeschool (29), Off the Grid (29), Homestead Page (26), Early Reviewer (23), Fernie (24), The Boys (19), Lost (3), Removed (26), Wishlist (35), Currently reading (7), To read (325), Read but unowned (126), Favorites (7), All collections (1,421)

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About meI had to include this picture of me. My son goes around the house clicking pictures of whatever he sees most often-and this is how he sees me the most. :)
Like everyone else in this community, I'm a bookworm. I'm the head reference and instruction librarian at a small university, plus I teach health informatics, so life is pretty good. I used to be a biologist, but it got kind of squishy, so I changed careers to bring me closer to my true loves-books and research.
I have three boys--12, 11, and 3. I homeschool the middle child, so many of the books are here to support that.

About my libraryMy library pretty well follows my disparate interests. I've included all the books I own currently, ones that I've read recently that I've either borrowed or checked out from a library since I got my account (late 2006), and ones that I hope to get soon. I want this site to help me find more books and to remind myself of the books I already own that I really need to read.
I've decided to do something kind of crazy-read at least one book from every subject heading in the Library of Congress classification schedule...we'll see how that goes.
Might as well throw in a Dewey Decimal Challenge as well, and I track the progress here

Groups50 Book Challenge, 888 Challenge, 999 Challenge, Atwoodians, Awful Lit., Banned Books, Dewey Decimal Challenge, Dystopian novels, Early Reviewers, Go Review That Book!show all groups

Favorite authorsMargaret Atwood, Nick Bantock, Lewis Carroll, Scott Cunningham, Roald Dahl, Jasper Fforde, Raven Grimassi, Thomas Harris, Molly Ivins, Gregory Maguire, Chuck Palahniuk, J. K. Rowling (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresHalf Price Books - Irving

Favorite librariesIrving Public Library - Central Library, West Library, Texas Wesleyan University

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Real nameKaeli

LocationEuless, Texas

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceJan 9, 2007

Currently readingThe Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell
Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well by Douglas Stone
All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood by Jennifer Senior
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Hey Kaelirenee! Your SantaThing books arrived today. They really look fantastic. I'm just settling down with [[Saint Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves]] right now. :)
Hi, Kaeli.

Thanks for the comment about my questions on the Rewired book. I found the book an interesting take on kids these days--and a scary thought that they will be in charge of the nursing homes when we live in them! ha!

I was just checking out your profile and wanted to say what a cool idea your Library of Congress and Dewey Decimal lists are. I'm not sure that I am that ambitious, but I may check your progress every now and then and live vicariously through you. ha!

Good luck!
Stephanie Pounds
I'm sorry they either didn't come back and see my note or disregarded it. If you want to trade it for other YA, I recommend LIAR if you haven't read it.
I'm sorry they either didn't come back and see my note or disregarded it. If you want to trade it for other YA, I recommend LIAR if you haven't read it.
I'm sorry they either didn't come back and see my note or disregarded it. If you want to trade it for other YA, I recommend LIAR if you haven't read it.
I got my SantaThing books today, thank you so much! Those were really great choices. I've heard so much about The Red Tent, and I've been interested in Good Omens ever since all the hubbub about the perfume somebody catalogued with the same name.

Thanks again!!
Noticed you liked Fight Club, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here as well as a few other book-related sites. Thought you might like my book since it's also about a disturbed bunch of kids and a bit dark :) I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like (I'm out of physical copies at the moment). Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:


Hi. Of course I couldn't resist looking at your Off the Grid collection. Like it! Are they all kept in a tin box by the back door?

I have just been splitting John Morris and, given your occupation, found one which should maybe be in the box as well ;-)
No worries, Kaeli! My conference was much busier too, so I'm completely understand. Hope your experience was a great one!
Was checking out your Professional Development books and what library in Texas you work for, (I work for the State Library in Austin).
Then I noticed the talk about geckos.. have you see the Chet Gecko books? It is a hilarious children's series. It's a little too advanced for your 4 year old, but maybe when he's a little older?
I've heard that Texas is gecko country. When my aunt was in TX for a business trip, she came back with a "Beware of Attack Gecko" sign for me.

Where I live, we never see geckos outside of pet stores, although one time I did find an iguana sunning itself in my front yard. THAT was interesting! Turned out it belonged to the people who lived in the house behind me; somehow it had gotten loose.
BTW, do you have a gecko? In the background of your picture, I noticed a tank and a heating lamp that both look very similar to what I have my gecko.
Hi again. Sometimes the problem with communicating online is that things don't come out exactly the way you mean. I just felt like I had to clarify that I wasn't expecting or asking for other people to do my homework for me (because I really hate when I see people doing that). I do appreciate your suggestions and I will look in to them. It would be nice to live in a world where domestic violence was no longer an issue, but since that seems unlikely, it would be nice to at least say that the services intended to help battered women actually do! Now that I started this research, I'm interested in seeing what sort of organizations exist in my area.
Thanks for the articles on battered women/libraries. I already have the Dunne & Westbrook ones in hand (actually I have a few by Westbrook, she seems to be a prominent researcher in this area, along with Roma Harris). I'm not actually concerned about finding academic work on this topic as I've found A LOT already (talk about information overload); I'm just curious now as to how many people have actually had situations where they dealt with patrons who were being abused. Still, the other articles you mentioned sound interesting and I'm actually quite intrigued about this topic now so I'll check those out, too. Thanks again!
My son got evolution picture books for his birthday, and now two kids can't come play with him any more.
This gave me a giggle. As an elementary schooler, my husband was no longer allowed to see a friend of his once my husband cheerfully announced to his friend's conservative Christian parents, "My favorite tarot card is The Fool!" :)

Love the moment. Flowers grow out of dark moments. Therefore, each moment is vital. It affects the whole. Life is a succession of such moments and to live each, is to succeed.

— Corina Kent
You said in a post that you teach evaluation of material on the web. I will be teaching, for the first time, juniors this coming school year. They conduct a semester long research project and I would like to include some lessons on evaluating the material they use. I certainly don't want to deny them the use of all the information available to them online (as several in my department do). Would you be willing to share some of your materials? I would appreciate any resources and/or advice you might give.

Thanks, Beth
My mom lives in Irving, actually. (Have I mentioned this to you before?) Every time I visit (twice a year), I end up at the Irving Half Price Books. :) I grew up in a small town about an hour-and-a-half away. Can't believe your bio teacher got away with that--Texas is such a weird place. Are you a native?
Noticed you on the "What Books?" post on ER. Hope you don't mind but I copied your tracker. At first sight it threw me since I'm well past ovulation. I'm not as organized as you in my reading. Old age has given me permission to read a lot of fluff. I'm catalogging my home library and finding buried as yet untouched treasure, so I expect to have my own chalange before too long.
Bedtime story reader and disciplinarian too..?

you will reap the rewards, I promise. I swear , if I hear one more parent ask a child if he is ready to go
or wants to do this or that .. instead of telling them, it is time to leave, pick up your toys etc.. my head will explode.

Where I work, our classroom had an intervention of sorts because we use the word NO!
I never see parents holding hands or teaching kids that some things are not okay..
or mommy is the one in charge. Sheeesh!

Anyway.. I repeat.. Kudos to you.. and keep up the good work !

I started in August and am doing the school library tract along with the general.
Hi are you still at UNT or have you finished the program yet? I am smack dab in the middle of the program which of course is how I found out about this site. It is really cool.
Best wishes from a fellow SLIS student.
Thank you, Kaeli. I've now added your reviews which are numbers 213 and 244. You might want to just double check that I didn't miss out on any formatting you wanted (italics and the like). The wiki code is completely different from the html used in LT so it has to be added in and I know I've probably missed some.
Hi, Kaeli. On Go Review That Book!, I've created a group Wiki page to keep track of the progress of the game and the reviews that have been generated. Some may find it easier to read the reviews by having them in one handy place. There's a discussion thread in the group and this is the first Wiki page if you are interested in having a look. To avoid any difficulties with copyright, I'm seeking your consent to add your reviews to the group Wiki page.
Hi Kaeli,

I'm Katie, we share some of the same groups here on LT. One of the them (just as a reminder) is Atwoodians, where I posted that I was from Austin and you said that it was the best place to live :p

I saw in a post that you attended the UNT online program, and I just wanted to ask you a few questions about admissions and what they look for in applicants. I'm not sure if that's something that you would want to answer or even could answer, but just let me know if it's okay if I pick your brain.

Thank you!
Hi there, I'm happy to send you the copy of On Becoming An Alchemist. If you would like to exchange books, do you have a lit of books you are looking to exchange? If not, I'd be glad to send it to you gratis. I simply need your address. If you like sending books around, you should consider joining PaperbackSwap, or BookCrossing!
I was checking your reading challenges and I saw you still need books for some categories. Here are some suggestions.
210 Philosophy & theory of religion: Karen Armstrong: The Great transformation: The beginning of our religious traditions
250 Christian pastoral practice: Richard Taylor: How to read a church (although that's perhaps better in 260)
399 Customs of war & diplomacy: Sun Zu: The Art of War
690 Building & construction: W. Hodding Carter: Flushed: How the Plumber Saved Civilization (surprisingly interesting book about the history of plumbing)
090 Manuscripts & rare books: check (eg. Karel Van Der Toorn, Scribal Culture and the Making of the Hebrew Bible; Raymond Clemens and Timothy Graham, Introduction to Manuscript Studies)

Hello Kaeli

Thank you for adding me as a friend. I wish you a pathway to the self where you live your highest truth and connect with the light inside. May yours be a soul centered life where you choose your dreams and may inner contentment and reverence for life be a garment that embraces your spirit.

Have a beautiful day.

I gave the zoo yoga book to the OT in our room today...
She is very special, and does good things for our kids. I have reviewed several
from Hunter House, I think that was my favorite !

You have a tough but important job, raising a child with autism. Do not give up, work hard, love him...
but I have a feeling that you know that..

not all do.... sadly
Very useful reviews. Got me interested in the books. You have a wonderful ability to remain skeptical in a good way in the face of authorial authority.
I couldn't believe my eyes when I noticed somebody else had Kirchner's "Arcana for a New Dark Age." I make myself meditate over it everytime I start feeling smug. Welcome to LibraryThing!
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