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CollectionsYour library (4,338), Currently reading (5), 150 books in 2016 (72), 150 books in 2015 (144), 150 Books in 2014 (124), 150 Books in 2013 (140), 75 Books in 2012 (117), 75 Books in 2011 (112), 75 Books 2010 (89), Quit Reading 2014-16 (15), my top ten novels by women (14), my top ten fantasy (7), my top ten novels by men (14), top ten of my childhood (14), my top ten nature reads (12), my top ten funny novels (5), my top ten dog books (8), Reread (2), extraordinary books (20), underappreciated novels (8), Tolkien Collection (32), Audio (14), Wishlist (243), All collections (4,608)

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About meI'll read a Pony Club Manual if there's nothing else. When I am not reading or writing I'm striding the woods with my dog or playing Irish music on harp and concertina (at the same time, naturally, I'm very talented).

About my libraryRated books might not be in my physical library. Unrated books likely ARE in my house. The Spousal Unit has a lot of art, architecture and design books, listed because I am sure I am acquiring their contents by osmosis.

I used to finish even bad books, but nowadays less than a three-star read, I'm done.

Books are rated in two different ways: Pure enjoyment and literary merit. Point being that the stars can mean one or the other . . . in genre reads I tend toward enjoyment, literature tends more toward merit.

less than *** Life is too short
*** Flawed but readable.
***1/2 Very readable. Solid workmanship. Thin in some aspects.
**** Very good indeed. Flashes of brilliance, engaging content, characters, themes developed. Recommended
****1/2 Highly recommended
***** I loved it, either because it is an inspired or profound work or I. Could. Not. Put. It. Down.

Fours are generally agreed upon as 'good' books by all and sundry. Some fours have a 'worthy' aspect to them, enlightening but not totally engaging. Others just lack in one little way.
A five is tricky. It is the most personal response to my enjoyment/appreciation of the book as a reader. Some, like [Ulysses], [Mrs. Dalloway] are obvious fives, but I wouldn't rate even a classic a five unless I was also engaged at some much deeper level, as in, totally blown away by it throughout. The four to four and 1/2 would indicate appreciation but not that total absorption, life-changing etc.. The further caveat is that some 5 books, particularly in genres, are books that I simply had a blast reading, couldn't put down.

Groups75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, 75 Books Challenge for 2015, 75 Books Challenge for 2016, All Things New England, Atwoodians, BBC Radio 3 Listeners, Bloomsbury Group and their friends, Bully's Tavern, Club Read 2015show all groups

Favorite authorsJames Boswell, Lois McMaster Bujold, Bruce Chatwin, C. J. Cherryh, Elizabeth Enright, Richard Ford, James Hillman, Robin Hobb, Diane Johnson, Sterling E. Lanier, John Cowper Powys, Thomas Pynchon, Muriel Spark, Edith Wharton, Virginia Woolf (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBear Pond Books, Book Trader, Bookhaven, Bridgeside Books, Joseph Fox Bookshop, Monroe Street Books, Pandemonium Books and Games, The Red Wheelbarrow

Favorite librariesHuntington Public Library, Richmond Free Library, Wellfleet Public Library

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LocationHuntington, Vermont

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceJan 5, 2010

Currently readingThe magician king : a novel by Lev Grossman
What darkness brings : a Sebastian St. Cyr mystery by C. S. Harris
Fates and Furies: A Novel by Lauren Groff
Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before by Tony Horwitz
Why Kings Confess: A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery by C. S. Harris

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