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Member: quaintlittlehead

CollectionsYour library (582)

Reviews374 reviews

TagsChildren's Literature (122), Picture Books (110), 20th Century (96), Language (83), 19th Century (81), British Literature (73), Religion (72), Youth (70), Music (69), Christianity (68) — see all tags

MediaNot set (30), Book (548), Paper Book (532), Audiobook (3), Sound Recording (1), CD sound recording (1), Other (3), Printed music (1), Software (1)

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About meI am a Reformed Christian teacher with a doctorate in linguistics. I love reading classic literature, especially 19th century British, French, and Russian novels. My member name is taken from the poem "Explained" by A. A. Milne.

About my libraryMy library contains only books I currently own.

I rate my books according to their quality in terms of their genre. A five-star linguistics text is not equivalent to a five-star work of literature or a five-star children's book. In general my ratings could be summarised by the following opinions:

5 stars--A wonderful text that anyone interested in the subject should read

4 stars--A very good text with some minor drawbacks but a lot to offer readers interested in the subject

3 stars--An average text with some points of merit that could be of use to some readers, but not one I would necessarily recommend

2 stars--A mediocre text that does not offer as much as similar books in the same genre and could be skipped without being missed

1 star--A poor text that I wish had not been written or that I had not wasted my time reading

I cull my library from time to time, though I do so less frequently than I used to, so I may not actually keep very many 1 or 2 star texts in my library.

In reviewing literature, I try not to divulge major details of the plot and focus more on the artistic questions raised by the work. To me a review should be an appraisal of the value of the text that whets your appetite to read it, not just a description of what happened in it that spoils the details for you.

I also review books as an extension of my Christian worldview, so I am apt to be critical of texts that contradict it or claim to support it but don't do it justice, though I try to point out the good and bad points of the way the authors argue.

A lengthy critical review doesn't always mean I dislike a book; it means I engaged passionately with the book and feel strongly about responding to it.


Favorite authorsLouisa May Alcott, Lloyd Alexander, Charlotte Brontë, Susan Cooper, Charles Dickens, Fyodor Dostoevsky, A. A. Milne, Leo Tolstoy, Laura Ingalls Wilder (Shared favorites)

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Real nameElizabeth Ann

LocationDallas, TX

Account typepublic, lifetime

URLs /profile/quaintlittlehead (profile)
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Member sinceJun 1, 2006

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