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TagsFiction (475), Nonfiction (128), Psychological fiction (79), Classic fiction (55), Science fiction (40), Historical fiction (39), Biography (38), Wishlist (34), Psychology (31), Contemporary world issues (29) — see all tags
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About meI am a recently retired academic librarian, an avid gardener, a health enthusiast, an environmentalist, and a long-distance road cyclist.
I'm happily married to an aviation buff and fellow long-distance road cyclist...but always have plenty of time for new, like-minded book friends.
I love LibraryThing because it allows me to review all the books I've read in one place. I do not collect books. I frequently buy books, but end up giving them to libraries knowing that I can always go back to the library and read them again. In the meantime, the library can shelve them, dust them, and circulate them to other book lovers. My personal library remains small, but my potential access to all books is vast. As emeriti faculty, I have lifetime, easy, digital access to interlibrary loan, and thereby to virtually any book, anywhere in the world.
When I become aware of a new title that I want to read (from a review, from a conversation with a friend, etc.), it is so easy to add it to my "Wishlist" tag on LibraryThing. In this way, I make certain that I will not forget about it. In today's world, I am always near a computer that is connected to the Internet, so it is easy to get into LibraryThing and update my profile at any time. Also, browsing through the catalogs of like-minded LibraryThingers gives me ideas for new books to read. Their reading lists often inspire me to try something I might not have otherwise thought about reading. I find it especially useful when LibraryThingers rate and/or review their books. I am trying to do this with all my books.
I am very impressed with the high quality community of book lovers I find on LibraryThing. Because of LibraryThing, I find that I am reading more often.
About my libraryI am trying to record all the books that I have ever read for pleasure. I am not including books that I read for research or academic study purposes.
GroupsBooks Compared, Early Reviewers, Librarians who LibraryThing, LibraryThing Community Outreach, Reading Globally
Favorite librariesPalos Verdes Library District - Miraleste Library, Palos Verdes Library District - Peninsula Center Library, Redondo Beach Public Library, Torrance Public Library - Katy Geissert Civic Center Library
Other favoritesRoyce Hall, UCLA, Hammer Museum
Membership LibraryThing Early Reviewers/Member Giveaway
LocationRedondo Beach, CA
Favorite authorsNot set
Account typepublic, lifetime
Member sinceMar 21, 2007