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About meI work full time in retail and also enjoy photography. I subscribe to way too many magazines and like movies. I'm a fan of the ocean but don't like to sunbathe. I live outside of Portland, OR with my boyfriend, Bryan, and two cats, Zoe and Anderson Cooper.

About my libraryI absolutely love books. I can't even describe to you what it is like for me to go into a bookstore, especially a used bookstore. Fantastic!

From a young age, I was encouraged to enjoy reading and I often was seen with a book no matter where I was going. I was scandalized by Stephen King's It in 7th grade, but I was ready to read more mature material, so I'd just grab whatever mom was finished reading.

I need more shelf space but that won't prevent me from getting more books. I get many of my books used, but I do buy new books on a fairly regular basis.

People often give me book recommendations and I'll definitely consider them, but it may take me years to read the book you recommended. I have to feel the book before I read it. If it doesn't hit me right when I start to read it, I'll go to something else. I often will be reading anywhere between 3-5 books at the same time.

My favorite authors include John Irving, Barbara Kingsolver, Margaret Atwood and Joyce Carol Oates. I enjoy Simon Winchester and Mary Roach as well.

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Favorite authorsMargaret Atwood, Paulo Coelho, Jared Diamond, Katherine Dunn, Kent Haruf, John Irving, Barbara Kingsolver, Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, Chuck Palahniuk (Shared favorites)

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Real nameKaren

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Member sinceMay 23, 2007

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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:


We share 91 books but more importantly, we share the same reaction to The Guardians - rare is the book I can't finish, but this one just got on my nerves. I share your high ratings for A Prayer for Owen Meany, my favorite book and author, and Troost's Sex Lives of the Cannibals, the funniest book I have ever read! Here's to the next great book.... Mel
We share 42 books in our Libraries! Burroughs, Chabon, Irving, Joyce Carol Oates, and Roth are some of my favorite authors. My book club has a site you might enjoy. You can see other books I have read, read reviews, and see where we go to dinner in the Buffalo and surrounding area! I enjoy Brodo's on Elmwood. I have been in the Book Club since December 2003. I received an email response from Augusten Burroughs when I contacted him after reading Running With Scissors! Keep reading! Any suggestions not on my list you enjoyed? I really enjoyed A Confederacy of Dunces and The Devil in the White City. Jeff
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