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Member: kalashnikov

CollectionsYour library (315), Currently reading (2), Long term current reading (2), not read (123), read (175), read and owned (66), read but unowned (108), top books (27), All collections (315)

Reviews13 reviews

Tagsread (172), fiction (170), non-fiction (125), 20thC fiction (100), gave away (71), read pre 08 (66), 19thC fiction (51), read 09 (42), social dynamics (33), read 10 (26) — see all tags

MediaNot set (7), Book (308), Paper Book (273), Audiobook (2)

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Recommendations4 recommendations

About mePart time student and small business owner in NZ

I have no friends - Only acquaintances and blood feuds.


"There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line"
-Oscar Levant


About my libraryBook tagging is sporadic currently, I'll try to correct this as I read more.

Typically I place the name of the translator and date of translation in the comments section of the work. The year placed in the date column is the year the book was originally published, not the year of my edition which is usually, but not always, found in the publication.

I'm very particular with keeping a record of when I read a book, therefore meticulously put the date (month/year) that the book was read in the comments section. If I reread a book, then I'll place that date below the first.

To distinguish between serious reads and casual skims, I use the tags "read" and "skimmed".

My rating system is different for fiction and non-fiction.

For fiction I assign 3 stars to how 'good' the book was, this includes the quality of writing, characters, plot etc. 1.5 stars is average. The remaining 2 stars are for my personal preference, how well I 'enjoyed' it.

Non-fiction has a similar but slightly different system. 3 stars are assigned to how 'good' it is, that is content, ease of understanding, descriptions etc. 1 star is for how well the book achieves its stated aim, what the author set out to do. The last star is for, like fiction, how much I 'enjoyed' it

Fiction series are usually listed as one book, saves time and effort. I do sometimes put individual ratings of each book in the comments section if I feel it is warranted.

Collections are done to show whether I own a book, or whether it has left my possession. My wishlist of books are on my kalashnikov2 account.


"Everything changes, nothing remains without change."

"Change is inevitable- except from a vending machine."
-Robert C. Gallagher

"The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind."
-William Blake


GroupsAncient History, Banned Books, Biographies, Memoirs and Autobiographies, Economics, Etiquette and Manners, Evolve!, Feminist Theory, Geeks who love the Classics, Happy Heathens, History: On learning from and writing historyshow all groups

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LocationNew Zealand

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Member sinceApr 13, 2009

Currently readingWinning through intimidation by Robert J. Ringer
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

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