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About meAbout me...? Emm... I'm a lot better at books than people. I think I'll skip the "about me" part and get straight onto the "books" part.
My tastes? If it has pages I'll at probably at least consider reading it. There are certain types of books I'm unlikely to read by choice but (a) I dislike hard and fast rules, if only because I end up looking silly when change my mind and (b) when trapped in a book-poor environment, sometimes you just have to take what you can get.
What I tend to end up reading most often are books which can variously be described as:
* science fiction
* humour (especially the black variety. Why yes, I do like Douglas Adams. Why do you ask?)
* politically-minded or otherwise thought-provoking
* alternative history
* speculative fiction in general
* non-fiction on topics such as sociology, linguistics, infectious diseases, archaeology, evolution ("how and why things work" and "how and why things started" are particular interests.)
The shorter version of all of the above is mainly that I like books. Reading really is as much a part of my life as eating, sleeping, breathing and drinking and has been known to take precedence over at least three of these.
About my libraryMy library here on LibraryThing is (at least at first) intended to be a record of what I read this year. If I'm feeling especially enthusiastic I'd like to branch out into last year's as well.
Three years ago a friend mentioned the 50 book challenge to me. I read a *lot* (rough translation: if left unattended for more than a minute or so I will revert to "book in hand" mode) so I decided to only count books I hadn't read before towards the 50.
In 2006 I read 126 books (but only 53 were new reads). This was a success.
In 2007 I read 150 books (all new reads except 20 or so). This was less successful, since I'd also intended to keep some sort of review of each book. I did no such thing and so here I am to try and encourage myself to review things...
So this year, 2008, my main aim is simply to say a couple of words about each book.
Favorite authorsNeil Gaiman, Ursula K. Le Guin, Tove Jansson, Alan Moore, Kim Stanley Robinson, James Tiptree, Jr. (Shared favorites)
Account typepublic, lifetime
Member sinceJan 14, 2008