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Member: keristars

CollectionsBooks I own (510), Read but unowned (123), Use for Recommendations (90), Fix Cover (238), Currently reading (9), Wishlist (74), Other than English (134), To read (91), Needs Review (72), I have read this book once (or more) in the past (30), First read/acquired for school (167), American Girls Collection (66), No recs/No connex (12), All collections (796)

Reviews231 reviews

Tagsfiction (580), 21st century (343), 20th century (289), _amazon cover_ (229), series (191), children's fiction (182), historical fiction (175), fantasy (149), non-fiction (124), ya (124) — see all tags

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Recommendations25 recommendations

About meI am one of those English Majors (for life), with a BA and everything. In general, my interests are in folklore, linguistics, history, and children's books. Also, I love YA fantasy.

Currently I'm enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the SOIS, intending to earn an MLIS degree on-line with an archives and records management concentration.

I have a disorder which may or may not be Asperger's syndrome (I can't afford a diagnosis, and when I was last examined, girl children generally weren't eligible for the label). Just an FYI as I participate more in Talk...

My absolute favorite things ever in fiction? Unordinary narrative structure, unreliable narrators, and well-done time travel. Lately I've been getting into manga and anime, as reflected in the more recent additions to my library. I also am struggling to come to terms with my enjoyment of romance novels.

My 2010 75 Challenge thread - 2011 75 Challenge Threads ★1★, ☆2☆

About my libraryMy library pretty much represents the books I own or have owned while a member of LT. I collect 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.

Eventually, I would like to add all the books I have read or enjoyed (in a separate collection from those I own), but that's nowhere near the top of my list.

I'd love recommendations based on what I already have, whether they're similar or not. I love reading so much and am always interested in branching out.

If I've entered incorrect information, please let me know so that I can correct the entries in my library!

My rating system:
5: it's a book I would take to a deserted island, or, at least, would drag around with me for as long as I can
4: I loved it and plan to reread it
3: it was enjoyable or useful, or I'm more-or-less ambivalent about it
2: either I read this a long time ago and don't care to ever pick it up again, or it was only a mediocre book that I'm less than enthused with
1: I didn't like these books, but there is something redeeming about them
1/2: this is reserved for books I hated
0: I only use zero stars for books I have not read

Sometimes there are books that I think are great and interesting and represent things I like, but I didn't actually like the reading experience for whatever reason - those might have lower ratings, but are in my "use for recommendations" collection. "3" is my baseline rating, so the vast majority of books in my catalogue have three stars.

I'm not very strict to this, and I use half stars to give a bit of a buffer. I used to have like 25% of my library at 5 stars and felt that was overkill, so went back to re-rate things to make the ratings more indicative of how much I like the book and would reread it. It's more of a bell curve now. :)

(This is to say - my ratings were useless to me, so I fixed them to have a better noise to signal ratio for my purposes.)

My Collections
I have four primary collections.
My Library - books I own and want to admit to
Read But Unowned - I don't own them, but feel a connection to them, want recs/connex for 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, American Girl Books, Ask LibraryThing, Awful Lit., Bug Collectors, Combiners!, Common Knowledge, WikiThing, HelpThing, Graduate Students, Happy Heathens, I Survived the Great Vowel Shiftshow all groups

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


Favorite bookstoresChamblin Uptown, Librairie Kléber

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

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Real nameKeri

LocationJacksonville, FL

Account typepublic, lifetime

URLs /profile/keristars (profile)
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Member sinceJan 6, 2007

Currently readingThe Naming: The First Book of Pellinor by Alison Croggon
The Innocents Abroad (Penguin Classics) by Mark Twain
Charlotte Temple - Norton Critical Editions by Marion L. Rust
The Map that Changed the World : William Smith and the birth of modern geology by Simon Winchester
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Lawrence Sterne
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Thanks for letting me know. I'll stop going to the mail box in anticipation LOL
Hi,Keri. I also won Ostrich but have not received it. Was wondering if you received your copy yet?
Thanks for your answer (#19) to my

question (#4) in the "...Adding tags"


Iʻm running some tests now, in

view of your advice. And I am starting

to get the "All Collections" heading

on the upper left of the Tag Cloud, although

I didnʻt get it on first try (!?)

Thank you for the awesome book choices!!! I've wanted One Magic Square for a very long time so I was stoked to see it. I never heard of the other two before but they both look amazing. I plant to start reading In the night Garden tonight after I finish my current book.

Thanks again!!!
We haonly two books in common.
I thought you were going to college in Milwaukee?
Have you ever visited Marquette University?
Just got my SantaThing books Monday and had a chance to look through all of them last night. Each one was a most excellent choice, and I cannot wait to get started. I'm also excited to take a look through the other works and authors you were considering.

Thank You!
Read a book about religion.
God as a Scientist : Ten Scientific Commandments.
God Himself is Creator.
He/She/It created Everything.
So God must be Scientist and must use Physical/
Mathematical Laws and Formulas for His/Her/Its work.
For forty days and forty nights Moses wrote the tablets
of ‘ The Ten Commandments’.
Which Commandments are they?
They are moral, ethical Commandments.
Can be written ‘Ten Scientific Commandments’ ?
I think ‘ Yes’, God has given to us everything that necessary
to understand Him and His Genesis using Physical /
Mathematical Laws and Formulas.
Ten Scientific Commandments:
Fundamental Theory of Existence.

1 The infinite vacuum T=0K. ( background energy space: E ).
2 The particle:
C/D = pi, R/N= k , E = Mc^2 = kc^2 , h = 0 , i^2= -1
3 The spins: h =E/t , h =kb, h* = h/2pi
4 The photon, the inertia
5 The electron: e^2 = h*ca, E = h*f , electromagnetic field
6 The gravitation, the star, the time and space
7 The Proton
The Evolution of interaction between Electron and Proton
a) electromagnetic
b) nuclear
c) biological
The Laws
a) The Law of conservation and transformation energy/mass
b) The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle / Law
c) The Pauli Exclusion Principle/ Law
The test.
Every theory must be tested logically ( theoretical ) and practically
a) Theory : Dualism of Consciousness: (consciousness / unconsciousness)
b) Practice : Parapsychology. Meditation.
Best wishes
Israel Sadovnik Socratus
The secret of God and Existence is hidden
in the ‘ Theory of Vacuum & Light Quanta ‘.
I want to know how God created this world
I am not interested in this or that phenomenon,
in the spectrum of this or that element
I want to know His thoughts; the rest are details
/ Einstein /
Well, Ms. SantaThing, you did very very well. I love all three books and can hardly wait to read them. I think I'll probably start with [Snow Flowers and the Secret Fan]. That looks so interesting, but then all three look interesting. Thank you so much!

And yes, I just received them today, Monday, January 31, 2011. Wild, eh?

Hope this finds you well and enjoying all your books!.
Well bugger; I've been sick and just got back to find this message -- there wasn't anything to tell me it hadn't been saved :-(
Thankyou for your message.....that would have been a disaster!! Only trouble was it took a while to find (again) the book I'd chosen. Maybe the problem was related to the two types of ISBN too? Anyway, whatever it was, I also checked the ISBN vis the link on the Santa page, it recognised it, so hope all goes to plan from now.
Yeah, that's what I thought but I wasn't sure. Thanks for your input!
I think I probably didn't make myself clear: when I entered the ISBN's I was indeed under $25. The prices only went up after when I re-checked.
Thank you! I don't know why it didn't save the first time. :)
Thank you so much!! That would have been dreadful, I really appreciate your help.
Gosh, thank you so much. My Secret Santee wouldn't have gotten any books!
I appreciate your help.
They will need to make that more clear, I did not realize I needed to press that button.
Thanks so much for letting me know about SantaThing - I probably wouldn't have gone back to check.
Ditto what rebecca.days said--thank you very much for letting me know about SantaThing--I thought everything was all ready to go, I didn't realize my picks weren't saved & I'm so glad you alerted me to that.
Thank you so much for telling me that my SantaThing picks weren't saved! I wouldn never have known and would have felt terrible.
Thanks for the tips. I work downtown, but I haven't seen any of the cool stuff you mentioned yet. I'll have to make time to do those things. The library sounds much cooler than I expected.
Hi, Keri! Welcome to the 75 group. Girls don't qualify for an Asperger's dg? They forgot to tell that to Temple Grandin! ;-). I'm posting to your profile instead of your thread because I want to ask you about your online studying. Do you recommend the college you're working with? Bonnie
Oh, if you're considering the 75 Book Challenge group, you should really just jump in! It has vastly improved my LT experience and my reading life in general. The Take It Or Leave It Challenge within that group is probably the best place to start to get your bearings; you can look at the list of what people are reading for that to find people who have similar reading tastes, so you know which individual threads to follow.

I can completely relate to the problem of too many school books to read before December, but sometimes I'm just too tired for serious reading so it's a fun novel or nothing (well, or LT, but I try to tell myself that if I'm not going to be doing anything productive anyway, I might as well admit it and deliberately set aside a couple of hours for pleasure reading rather than letting the minutes drip away on the internet. Obviously I'm not very successful at this, since here I am on LT again....)
Hey, thanks for liking my St. Augustine review!
Hi Again!

When you get chance, look at my remarks at:

I am really a bit confused about the instructions vs. practicality. What do you think?

greetings again, John Marshall
Hi Keristars!

I appreciate your contributions to the various threads.
What do you think of:
Somehow the bugs are getting lost and I like the idea of lorax, but it would be work to keep up the list.
I see you are studying records management - just the right person we need here in LibraryThing!

greetings from Vienna, John
Hi there! :) I saw you mention your enjoyment of "narrative techniques" in your most recent "love/hate" post and was just curious if you'd watched Baccano? I found it's "ever-continuing story" to be really interesting (and only slightly confusing) to follow. ;)
great idea for booktopia.
I think that stars ratings on books should only be done to please yourself and not anyone else. So there is nothing wrong with going back and changing the ratings if there are 25% that are 5 stars. Some people reading the ratings as a way of deciding to read a book or not could be misled. That is the rigorous method of scientific accuracy at work. However, I believe that the star rating is not of prime importance in deciding whether a book recommendation will lead to a satisfied reader who follows it. I believe that a good review or a comment would be more fruitful in reflecting the quality of the writer off the mirror of the soul of the reader who gives the stars, finally reflecting into the gaze of the reader of your rating who decides to read it or not. I guess all of the above sounds pretty weird. I admit it. Naturally, there is absolutely nothing wrong with your first take on assigning stars, neither is there anything wrong with the second go-round. Just like art--and what you are doing is a work of art--there are no absolute standards, just only the standards that you pick for yourself. And you can change your mind as many times as you see fit to.
Personally, I have given star ratings to very few of the books on my profile, because I have absolutely no ability to be scientifically accurate. Mine would be all over the map, even if I tried to make a scale with descriptions, as many LTers do on their profiles.
I would often tend to give an author at least 3 or 4 stars, even for just being able to complete a presentable book and getting it published. Yes there are some books that I do not like the quality of, but it is pretty rare. Or I could just say that when I lose interest in a book, I just put it back up on the shelf for a few months or a few years, so it might not ever get to the star rating stage, or only after a really long delay.
If all of these goofy comments coming out of the blue seem quite bizarre, then I fully agree with you; I think they are bizarre too. But maybe there is some truth in them. Your comments are welcome, but not mandatory, naturally.
Hi -

Just wanted to thank you for the SantaThing picks. You made excellent choices - I don't know either of those books/authors and they look perfect for me.

Happy holidays to you and your family!

Thanks for your comment, and my apologies to Sport.
Now that I see your profile: if I were 30 years younger...
my best friend moved from england to jacksonville when we were ten. nicky pie. maybe you know him? he's good at drawing bicycles if that helps, regards, o.t.

I just wanted to say that I loved your review of Twilight - I can't believe that you actually read it twice. I can't wait for your review of New Moon. Oh yes and a spot on review of The Silver Chair - have you read The Last Battle?

Thanks for your recommendation of City of Bones -- I just put a hold on it at the library, and I'm looking forward to reading it!
- Naberius
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