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Member: lorax

CollectionsYour library (2,500), To read (144), Currently reading (6), Recently Read (22), Read but unowned (123), Wishlist (170), Reviewed (107), Jane's (186), E-books (11), Favorites (7), Didn't like (44), Parenting (11), Previously Owned (69), All collections (2,852)

Reviews107 reviews

Tagstpb (1,025), data verified (805), mmpb (780), science fiction (708), hb (636), fantasy (562), nonfiction (547), unread (330), humor (226), history (208) — see all tags

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Recommendations60 recommendations

About meThose who are tempted to draw conclusions about my gender from that of my spouse are encouraged to carefully consider their assumptions.

About my libraryThe contents of my library are best seen by actually looking at it.

I am currently (10/2015) approximately 30% finished with a data verification project. Edition information and physical details for non-verified books may be unreliable, especially for books entered earlier. I do use "date" as intended to record the actual publication date of the physical copy that I own, not for the original publication date.

Notes on Collections:

Books in "Your Library" are those I own. The default state, for books not tagged "unread", is that I have read them. This seems obvious to me.

"Recently Read": I started tracking this in September, 2014. I will keep the most recently-read 20 or so books in here.

"Read but unowned": As should be obvious, this does not include every book I've ever read. This is not an exhaustive list of every book I've ever read. Including all the crap i read as a kid or in high school (or, for that matter, the high-school required reading) would make this much, much, much longer. This primarily includes books I've read in graduate school and later, plus a few I read in college that I remembered, and a very few fondly-remembered childhood reads added primarily to get them off of my recommendations.

"Wishlist": Books on my wishlist are those I have definite plans to either purchase or borrow from the library. Books I'm only considering do not appear in my account.

Notes on a couple tags:

I only use the "LC Challenge" and "Dewey Challenge" tags in my wishlist, to remind myself. To see what books I've actually read for the challenges please see my threads, here and here.

"jane's": Books belonging to my wife, Jane. I've only entered a fraction of her books, those which I've read and enjoyed, (or found useful, in the case of reference books), plan to read, or those I would have bought if she hadn't.

Ratings: Zero stars means a book is something that I can't assign a rating to (like an anthology with stories of variable quality), or in a few cases something I'm conflicted about for reasons unrelated to the text. Or that I didn't get around to rating, or read long enough ago I can't meaningfully rate it. Half a star is the lowest meaningful rating. I am fairly strict about trying to normalize my ratings, so three stars is an average read for me. This means I enjoyed it; it is not a negative rating.

GroupsArr, me hearties!, Astronomy & Astrophysics, Birds, Birding & Books, Board for Extreme Thing Advances, Bug Collectors, Combiners!, Common Knowledge, WikiThing, HelpThing, Dewey Decimal Challenge, Diverse Reading Challenge, Early Reviewersshow all groups

Favorite authorsIain M. Banks, Alison Bechdel, Steven Brust, Raphael Carter, Diane Duane, Jasper Fforde, John M. Ford, Neil Gaiman, Daniel Keys Moran, Patrick O'Brian, Nnedi Okorafor, Terry Pratchett, Vernor Vinge, Jo Walton, Gene Wolfe, David Zindell (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresA Different Light Bookstore, A Different Light Bookstore, Book Alley, Bookmans - Grant, Brand Bookstore, Know Knew Books, Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, Mystery and Imagination Bookshop, Powell's City of Books (Portland), Second Story Books, Second Story Books - Rockville, MD, Vroman's Bookstore

Membership LibraryThing Early Reviewers/Member Giveaway

LocationWashington, DC area

Account typepublic, lifetime

URLs /profile/lorax (profile)
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Member sinceSep 15, 2005

Currently readingAnnals of the Former World by John McPhee
Spice: The history of a temptation by Jack Turner
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford
The Story of Libraries: From the invention of writing to the computer age by Frederick Andrew Lerner
A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar
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