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CollectionsYour library (2,392), Shawn's (1,508), Abbey's (912), eBooks (3), On Loan (5), To read (623), To Read 2014 (135), Currently reading (6), Read but unowned (3), All collections (2,397)

Reviews204 reviews

Tagsfiction (1,339), fantasy (471), reference (296), non-fiction (231), children (205), science fiction (189), young adult (163), humor (141), short stories (140), language (127) — see all tags

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About meWe are Shawn and Abbey (or Abbey and Shawn depending on who you're talking to). When we got married, our libraries were combined into a giant Voltron of reading. Come on in, we'll give you a tour.

We are both fans of fiction, and the fiction section belongs to both of us. Most of the fantasy books are Shawn's, and most of the horror is Abbey's. Abbey also has the larger young adult section, and nearly all the picture books. We both had quite a few classics.

The drama section is nearly all Abbey's, as are the acting books. The books on language and linguistics are nearly all Shawn's. These sections represent their respective college majors, as well as current interests.

You may also notice an extensive craft section. This section is shared, but it probably weights more heavily to Abbey simply thanks to the breadth of her skills in that area.

We are both active readers and always looking for suggestions on what to read next!

About my libraryShawn does most of the ratings here. Below is his rating system:

★★★★★
These are my favorites, the volumes that I have internalized and go back to over and over. This highest rating is not intended to convey perfection, but rather a book that has helped to define who I am, or leaves me substantially changed after reading it.

★★★★½
This is a rating I reserve for books that might some day get five starts, but I don't yet know well enough, or have some tiny flaw that keeps me from fully appreciating it.

★★★★
A book that I read and heartily enjoyed. Probably something I would read again. A fully favorable impression.

★★★½ or ★★★
A book which I enjoyed, but probably would not read again. These ratings are ones that I often give to junk food books, pure candy for the mind that are fun to read without really contributing anything new.

★★½ or ★★
A book towards which I was neutral or dissatisfied. This is the rating I typically give to books for which I was not the target audience, and have nothing to capture a reader outside its genre. These aren't bad books necessarily, just ones I wasn't engaged by.

★½ or ★
Legitimately bad books. Here, I try to be as objective as possible, setting aside my distaste from a book and commenting upon the actual quality. These books tend to have technical flaws that render them unfit for publication.

½
Too bad to finish. Thoroughly without worth or merit or any redeeming quality.

Groups(BOMBS) Books Off My Book Shelves 2012 Challenge, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, All Things Discworldian - The Guild of Pratchett Fans, I Survived the Great Vowel Shift, The Drones Club (all things P.G. Wodehouse)

Favorite authorsSteven Brust, Susanna Clarke, Robert Jordan, Charles de Lint, Anne McCaffrey, Terry Pratchett, J. K. Rowling, Brandon Sanderson, J. R. R. Tolkien, P. G. Wodehouse (Shared favorites)

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Member sinceAug 8, 2011

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Hi again Shawn and Abbey - Just checking in to see if you'd had a chance to read Swimming to the Moon. I'd really love to get your feedback, and it would be a great help to get an Amazon review up for the holiday push. Please let me know what you thought of the book, ad thanks again.

Jeff
Just sending a horribly belated thanks, SantaThing! The books all look great. I can always use help with the trickier knitting bits, I am familiar with Wrede but not the book you chose, and although I've read Stardust, I am a Gaiman fan and didn't have a copy, so good call all around!
Ouch! I love constructive criticism. Thank you for pointing out the errors and giving your honest opinions. There was a mix up and you got the unedited version although the edited one lacks satisfaction for the pernickety reader. Thanks for your input and best wishes.
Palate cleanser sounds like a great idea. I usually read a YA book from my public library pile to serve the same function. :)

I just finished reading Neverwhere and it was my second Gaiman book and absolutely loved it. And in a completely different direction I started Margaret Atwood's, A Handmaid's Tale.

So great to you have you in 75 Challenge group. Hope to see you around the threads!
Hi! Just wanted to drop you a line to let you know how much I appreciated your review of The Silmarillion. Your review describes exactly what makes the book so frustrating and yet so brilliant at the same time! A big thumb from me.
I noticed that you are part of the 75 books challenge group. Do you have a thread there?

Valerie
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