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CollectionsBooks I own (591), Read but unowned (193), Use for Recommendations (107), Fix Cover (223), Currently reading (10), Wishlist (73), Other than English (146), To read (93), Needs Review (114), I have read this book once (or more) in the past (31), First read/acquired for school (167), American Girls Collection (51), No recs/No connex (12), All collections (934)

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About meIn general, my interests are in folklore, linguistics, history, and children's books. Also, I love YA fantasy. I was an English major and never lost my love for early modern literature, Postmodernism, or funky literary techniques, though I tend to reach for easier reads now that I work full-time as a database admin. (PS: totally got into that field because of my aborted attempt at library school and LibraryThing) I previous worked for 7 years in visitor and member services at a contemporary art museum.

My absolute favorite things ever in fiction? Unordinary narrative structure, unreliable narrators, and well-done time travel. My favorite novels ever (which may or may not include those elements) are Fantomina, Adios, Happy Homeland!, The Monk, If on a winter's night a traveler, Of Fire and Stars, Bloody Jack, The Areas of My Expertise, and Julio Cortes's short story collection Blow-Up.

I am queer and on the autistic spectrum. I no longer participate in Talk because of anxiety, but I am nostalgic for the years when it was my big social scene.

My 5 favorite movies of all-time are We're Rich Again (1934), The Mark of Zorro (1920), Theodora Goes Wild (1936), Shadow of a Doubt (1943), and Design for Living (1933).

I have a blog where I share screencaps of handwriting from old movies. It is very niche and obsessive and I've been running it since 2015.

About my libraryMy library pretty much represents the books I own or have owned while a member of LT. I collected American Girl and other series books, so there's a huge skew that way. Also, I used to want to be a children's or YA librarian, and I never got rid of books I bought as a kid or teenager, so they fill another chunk. And then there are the books I had to get for my undergrad courses - lots of English and American lit.

My rating system:
3 is an average book. I enjoyed it, or didn't regret reading it. Most books are a 3.
4 and 5 stars are for books I had a strong, positive emotional reaction to or identify with strongly as a book I would carry on multiple moves or buy my own copy.
2 is a book I didn't care overly much for, but isn't really bad.
1 or less are truly awful books with little (or nothing) to redeem

I revise my 4 and 5 star ratings down to 3 if my emotional connection fades.

My Collections
I have four primary collections. I don't use "My Library" because of debates about what that means, back when collections were introduced and through 2012 or so.
Books I Own - books I own and want to admit to owning
Read But Unowned - I don't own them, but feel a connection to them // I want recommendations/connections based on them
I Have Read This Once (or More) in the Past - I read this book and want a record of having read it, but don't really care one way or the other about them; mostly this is because my LT recommendations were like 60% books I'd already read and I thought it was kind of useless like that
No Recs/No Connex - books that I own but don't want associated with me or that I don't want to have included in my statistics (but I don't want to not have them in my catalogue, because they're on my shelves...)

Groups20-Something LibraryThingers, A Group Thank You, American Girl Books, Ask LibraryThing, Awful Lit., Bug Collectors, Combiners!, Common Knowledge, WikiThing, HelpThing, Graduate Students, Happy Heathensshow all groups

Favorite authorsKozue Amano, Kathleen Ernst, Eliza Fowler Haywood, Karen Hesse, Robin McKinley, L. A. Meyer, J. D. Salinger, Mark Twain, Yumi Unita (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresChamblin Uptown, Librairie Kl├ęber

Favorite librariesJacksonville Main Library (Duval County), Jacksonville Public Library - Southeast Regional Branch

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Real nameKeri

LocationJacksonville, FL

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceJan 6, 2007

Currently readingThree Novellas (Early Women Writers 1650-1800 Series) by Eliza Fowler Haywood
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Princesses Behaving Badly : Real stories from history - without the fairy-tale endings by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie
Rough Passage to London : A Sea Captain's Tale by Robin Lloyd
Dark Mirror : The medieval origins of anti-Jewish iconography by Sara Lipton
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