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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.

Here is my rating scale in brief:

5.0★ - WOW! Practically perfect in every way.
4.5★ - Excellent read.
4.0★ - Very good read.
3.5★ - Good read.
--- Anything above 3.5★ is worth reading, in my opinion. ---
3.0★ - Just OK.
2.5★ - Flawed in a significant way.
2.0★ - Major disappointment.
1.5★ - Very poor read.
1.0★ - Couldn't finish reading for whatever reason.
0.5★ - Utter waste of paper and ink; should never have been written.

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.

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Favorite authorsMargaret Atwood, Jane Austen, Ray Bradbury, Octavia E. Butler, Michael Chabon, Stephen Dobyns, E. M. Forster, Neil Gaiman, John Gardner, Edward Gorey, Ursula K. Le Guin, Kazuo Ishiguro, Shirley Jackson, Stephen King, John Lanchester, Harper Lee, Cormac McCarthy, David Mitchell, Mary Doria Russell, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Alice L. Waters, H. G. Wells (Shared favorites)

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Favorite librariesOrange County Public Library - Hyconeechee Regional Library

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Currently readingThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

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