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Member: strandedon8jo

CollectionsYour library (1,005), Read (450), Read in 2013 (4), Read in 2012 (37), Read in 2011 (59), Read in 2010 (58), Read in 2009 (80), Read in 2008 (85), Read in 2007 (68), Read in 2006 (46), Read in 2005 (12), Read (pre-2005) (62), Read but unowned (46), Lent out (3), Unfinished (26), Reference books/text books (57), To read (463), Lost and/or damaged (1), Wishlist (33), Currently reading (4), Favorites (46), All collections (1,040)

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Tagsfiction (880), YA (513), series (299), manga (91), nonfiction (78), vampires (63), Australian (59), GLBT (52), dystopian (47), supernatural (43) — see all tags

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About meFormer ESL teacher. Current under-employed/over-educated worker drone trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life. Avid reader of YA fiction. Nerdfighter. Triple J fan. Book buying addict. Reader of manga. Comic book nerd. Australian. Former resident of Japan. Taiko player. Would be writer of YA fiction. Terribly inconsistent correspondent. Female. Beginner photographer. Day dreamer.

About my libraryMy library is somewhat eclectic. This eclecticity (I’m sure that’s not a word!) has lessened somewhat since 2007 when I embraced YA fiction and have concentrated on reading and purchasing books under this banner.

My physical library is ever expanding as I'm one of those book buying addicts who are so prevalent here on LibraryThing. I'm in great need of purchasing a new bookcase. Those that I have now, line the walls of what is a long narrow room that is essentially my bedroom but also doubles as a sitting room/library. I love waking up to my books (and probably spend too much time finding pleasure in staring at them!)

When first I joined LT, my online library consisted of only those book I physically owned, however, with the advent of 'collections' I now include books that I've read but don't own. I also have a wishlist but these book aren't included in my library (i.e. 'Your Library').

I rate books based on feelings rather than literary merit, although I have been known to take that into consideration. Since joining LT, I’ve become much more methodical about keeping track of what I read and when.

I’ve done a pretty good job of identifying which books I’ve read since 2005 and have placed them in collections according to year of reading. The collection of books marked as ‘read pre-2005’ is incomplete and will likely remain so. Of course, as I remember a book from my childhood or teen years I’ll be sure to add it to the list.

I still haven't entered all the books from my physical library to my LT library despite it being a new year's resolution for both 2010 and 2011. We'll see how I go completing that task in 2012.

GroupsRead YA Lit

Favorite authorsJane Austin, Truman Capote, Michael Chabon, Rachel Cohn, John Green, Tanya Huff, John Irving, Maureen Johnson, E. Lockhart, John Marsden, Abby McDonald, Haruki Murakami, Tsugumi Ohba, Brian K. Vaughan, Scott Westerfeld, Joss Whedon, Oscar Wilde, Ai Yazawa (Shared favorites)


Favorite librariesRunaway Bay Branch Library

Other favoritesBrisbane Writers Festival, Lifeline Bookfest

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Real nameAndrea (Andy)

LocationGold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceMay 22, 2008

Currently readingInkspell Unabridged on 17 CDs [Inkheart Triology] (Book 2) by Funke Cornelia
The Infernal Devices 01. The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group by Catherine Jinks
Jasper Jones: A Novel by Craig Silvey

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Awesome, thank you!
Thanks! I hope it is working correctly. I know that the ISBNs went in the first time a few days ago, as I clicked to "test" the ISBNs to make sure they were valid, and think that I clicked to Save the ISBNS. However I just went back and did it again. So hopefully it is working correctly. Thanks for mentioning it!
Hi Andy,

I haven't planned very far ahead in my challenge as I like to be rather spontaneous about my book choices. My challenge is loosely based around me trying to get through some of the unread YA novels I have lying around, so when I first started I looked through all my unread books to kind of get a little preview of what I had in store. I think when I noticed that I had no X books my first thought was just "oh, I'll skip it."
As for suggestions... I don't know if you're into science fiction, have already read it, or even consider it YA but the only X book I have in my library is Xenocide by Orson Scott Card. It may not technically be considered YA but I read it when I was fairly young.

Sorry if this isn't what you're looking for and I wish I could be more help!


i have read the first like 4 chapters of the boyfriend list and it's really funny.....looking forward to finsihing it!!!!! my plan is to read at least 5 books in the holidays :P

c ya sooon
I haven't been to Northern Japan yet. I have visited Yokohama and lived a little bit in Okinawa.
Joss Whedon was the main reason I picked up the first one. I'm a die hard Firefly fan and I've been hooked on his work ever since. Plus, Runaways has a great cast and enough twists in it to keep readers interested and on their toes.
Thanks. It's called Girl in a Green Dress by a Polish painter named Tamara de Lempicka.

They say genuises pick green, although, I'm pretty sure I just heard that on a movie once. :)
Hello! See you got Paper Towns and enjoyed it. I like your new picture too. Go nerdfighters.
Thanks for your comments on my review of the Tomorrow Series, they were wonderful reads, and as I said in my review easily the best "series" I read this year, as for your friend being 40 and enjoying them, nothing wrong with that, I'm firmly of the belief the best YA stuff is wasted on the target market anyway! ;o)
Same thing happened with my copy of Breaking Dawn. I was not happy as I could have had it in hand August 2nd. Oh well. I'm half way through it now! Hope you're reading something good in the meantime!
That's so funny. I got it by posting almost the exact same comment on another person's LT page. She sent it to me after getting it at a library convention. I have to finish _Breaking Dawn_ before I can even start it, plus I have an Early Reviewer book to review. I will let you know when I finish. If I you haven't gotten it yet, I will send it your way! (It may be awhile... School starts this coming week too.) DFTBA!
Oh, yeah. I wanted to tell you that you MUST read John Green's An Abundance of Katherines. It was the best YA novel I read last year. Much funnier than Alask. Also, the best novel that I read this summer was The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, an Australian. You should pick it up (or order or whatever you do in Japan. It's powerful.
I will look into the Marsden books. I haven't read anything by him.

Where are you in Japan? I was there in 2001 (just after the 9/11 attacks in New York city) and met some Aussie's teaching English on my trip. Spent most of my time in Tokyo, but also visited Mishima. I was there with the Fulbright Teachers program. All the Aussies were all very gracious, gave us great tips on where to eat, and translated what they could for us!!

I sent you a friend request!
Go nerdfighters!
Hey -- thanks for adding me to your list of authors, and for putting me into your Intersting Libraries list!

I see your library includes THINKING STRAIGHT, my second novel. I'll be hosting a discussion of this book in the Author Chat group, starting on October 6. Hope to see you there!
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