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About meWriter, reader, mother, cook, geek, cynical idealist.

About my libraryMy Library represents books that have shaped my reading/writing life. It doesn't include every book I've read, or indeed every book I own, just those books that for some reason I consider significant to me. I've tried to write at least a brief review of every book I've read since 2001.

Currently, I am reading books in the following categories:
* social science fiction (ex: Octavia Butler, Connie Willis, Mary Doria Russell)
* big idea science fiction (ex: Ursula K. Le Guin, Arthur C. Clarke, Neal Stephenson)
* dystopian fiction and similar (ex: Margaret Atwood, Kazuo Ishiguro, Cormac McCarthy)
* dark & weird fiction (ex: Shirley Jackson, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King)
* beloved classics (ex: Harper Lee, Jane Austen, John Steinbeck)
* new & interesting (whatever captures my attention)

I have a 4-point rating scale:
- Loved it
- Meh (the bulk of the books I read)
- Hated it
- Didn't finish it

Needless to say, this doesn't correspond well to LibraryThing's 5-point scale (or 10-point scale, if you count half stars). I use the ratings to assess both how much I liked the book and also how significant it was in my overall reading life. Therefore, perfectly good but forgettable books may fall down to the bottom of the scale, while not perfect but very significant books may float to the top.

Groups2013 Category Challenge, 2014 Category Challenge, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, Author Theme Reads, Awful Lit., Bloggers, Book Listers UNITE!, Book reviewers, Books Compared, Common Knowledge, WikiThing, HelpThingshow all groups

Favorite authorsMargaret Atwood, Jane Austen, Ray Bradbury, David Brin, Octavia E. Butler, Michael Chabon, Fred Chappell, Arthur C. Clarke, Michael Cunningham, Roald Dahl, Philip K. Dick, Stephen Dobyns, E. M. Forster, Neil Gaiman, John Gardner, Edward Gorey, Ursula K. Le Guin, Joe Hill, Joe Hill, Kazuo Ishiguro, Shirley Jackson, Stephen King, John Lanchester, Jonathan Lethem, Richard Matheson, Cormac McCarthy, Kim Stanley Robinson, Mary Doria Russell, John Steinbeck, Neal Stephenson, Kurt Vonnegut, H. G. Wells, Connie Willis (Shared favorites)

Favorite listsAdultery in Literature, Best Post-Apocalyptic Stories, Big Reading List of Literature About Women and Girls, Books Read in 2014, Books to Reread Someday, Books with Edward Gorey Covers, Children's Books About Science and Math, Children's Classics Worth Reading, Classics you know you should have read but probably haven't, Dark Tower Books, Derry and Castle Rock Books By Stephen King, Dystopian Literature, Favorite books I've read, Great American Novels, Literary Tour of California, Literary Tour of North Carolina, Mental Disabilities in Literature, Mental Illness in Literature, Monsters in Literature, Most Popular Penguins, Older People in Literature, Picture Book Library, Pulitzer Prize Winners for Fiction, Race Relations and Slavery in Literature, Recommended Brit Lit, Shannon's Read-Alikes List, Shannon's Reading List, Social Classes and Conflict in Literature, Southern Fiction, Teenagers in Literature, Totalitarianism in Literature, War in Literature


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I hope you don't mind a question about list etiquette--I'm still feeling my way around here. When only 2 people have posted, is it bad form to list more books than the person starting the list did? I got carried away (on 'short and sweet') & then began to wonder I might have been a bit insulting, you know, like hogging a conversation that someone else started. . . Cheers.
Just a heads up to say I've finished adding books to the Novel Cure list, all 742 of them, if you'd like to take another look.
It had Minority Report, Imposter, Second Variety, War Game, What the Dead Men Say, Oh, to Be a Blobel!, The Electric Ant, Faith of Our Fathers, and We Can Remember it for You Wholesale. :)
I'm not fond of them either, but certain authors I'll read them (funny, both he & Bradbury are included in that list :P) just because of their writing. I read Minority Report (such a deceiving title, I hate when collections are named for one story!) last year and while some were stronger than others, it was definitely one of the better story collections I've read. :)
Haha no worries, you're allowed to not like it as much. :P

*notices your Currently Reading* How's the Philip K Dick Reader?
I love him too, and I know it was very different from his previous works, but I loved it, still his great writing but in a totally different style and tone, it was such a fun story! :D
Aw, you didn't like Gentlemen of the Road? Our ratings were so in sync until then! ;D
Great idea for a TOB list! I just stumbled across it and look forward to contributing over the next couple months. I dedicate the first quarter plus of the year to plowing through as many TOB candidates as I can. So far, big thumbs up to Gilbert and big meh to Lahiri. I'm especially looking forward to the Atkinson and Catton entries.
Dagnab it--is that a phrase used by real people or only by Deputy Dawg?--how does one go about starting a list?

Thanks again for your help.
Hey, again. (I *think* that sounds vaguely Southern.) Have been at lists again and I was just wondering: Has there ever been anything to indicate that anyone except people who contribute to them ever look at lists? I've just added more books to several of them, thinking I suppose 'wouldn't it be neat if someone first learned about a book from this list & went on to read it?' . . . and then I began thinking 'Does anyone ever look at these, or is this an exercise in futility?' Cheers, and hey to the young'un. (I *think* that one sounds real Southern, but . . . )
And again, thanks--your advice has come in very handy indeed. I've given half-a-dozen books on a list you started--South of the Border--thumbs down, as you seemed to be asking for books *set in* Latin America and those weren't (The Oxford Murders? Really?) If you're happy enough to have them on the list, or if this sort of thing leads to hurt feelings, please let me know & I'll erase the thumbs. Cheers.
And one final question--arising from a list with many pages that you did seem to have started. Is there a way to know whether a relevant book is already on the list that doesn't mean going through every page? or is there some sort of lock-out on a title that's already on the list?

Thanks again; shall try not to plague you further.
And then there are features that are self-evident that I overlook altogether, like 'add work to list' . . . I'm taking you at your word and asking a couple more questions--I hope you don't mind. 1) What is the 'score' after each work on a list? It seems to have no correlation with tags nor with some sort of voting, so I'm curious. 2) Is there any way, short of bookmarking, to watch a list as one can watch a group? I'd be interested in catching recent additions to some of the lists but hunting down any given list is a pain--though I could of course be missing a self-evident short-cut.

Thank you so much for your very helpful post. Tell Andy Griffith Howdy for me when you see him. (Think he was NC, anyhow . . . )
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