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About me" of those long, romantic novels, six hundred and fifty pages of small print, translated from French or German or Hungarian or something -- because few of the English ones have the exact feeling I mean. And you read one page of it or even one phrase of it, and then you gobble up all the rest and go about in a dream for weeks afterwards, for months afterwards -- perhaps all your life, who knows? -- surrounded by those six hundred and fifty pages, the houses, the streets, the snow, the river, the roses, the girls, the sun, the ladies' dresses and the gentlemen's voices, the old, wicked, hard-hearted women and the old, sad women, the waltz music -- everything. What is not there you put in afterwards, for it is alive, this book, and it grows in your head. 'The house I was living in when I read that book,' you think, or 'This colour reminds me of that book.'"

-- Jean Rhys, "Til September Petronella"

About my libraryMy library cataloguing used to be split between paper books I own (LibraryThing) and ebooks I have/paper or ebooks on my wishlist (GoodReads). I got good and sick of GoodReads, which privately I call BadReads, for numerous reasons, and I've started cataloguing some of my ebooks here, but I'm not at all systematic about it (not that I was at GoodReads, either, but I think at least I had most of my Kindle books accounted for....)

I am really sort of at a loss about cataloguing ebooks. If I have them on my hard drive (from Gutenberg), that's one thing. But buying books from Amazon (or other places) with the possibility of having them yanked back at any moment for whatever reason....that's unsettling. But at the same time, I'm buying/downloading more and more ebooks because I have too many books for this house, and no, I'm not going to get rid of books I already have. The terrible quality of most ebooks -- the formatting, the typos, not to mention the awful bland font and lack of design (and I don't mean just a fancy cover) -- is very offputting.

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, 2013 Category Challenge, 75 Books Challenge for 2010, 75 Books Challenge for 2011, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, All Things Discworldian - The Guild of Pratchett Fans, Anglophiles, Atwoodians, BirdBrian's Funtabulous Refugee Camp!show all groups

Favorite authorsAbigail Adams, Aeschylus, James Agee, Anna Akhmatova, Louisa May Alcott, Sherman Alexie, Dante Alighieri, Hans Christian Andersen, Lou Andreas-Salome, Guillaume Apollinaire, Apuleius, Ludovico Ariosto, Aristophanes, Aristotle, Margaret Atwood, W. H. Auden, Saint Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, Marcus Aurelius, Jane Austen, James Baldwin, Djuna Barnes, Charles Baudelaire, Peter S. Beagle, Simone de Beauvoir, Samuel Beckett, Aphra Behn, Ambrose Bierce, Hildegard von Bingen, Elizabeth Bishop, Algernon Blackwood, William Blake, Aleksandr Blok, Giovanni Boccaccio, Louise Bogan, Jorge Luis Borges, Elizabeth Bowen, Ray Bradbury, Joseph Brodsky, Anne Brontë, Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning, Octavia E. Butler, A. S. Byatt, George Gordon Byron, Baron Byron, Italo Calvino, Albert Camus, John le Carré, Emily Carr, Leonora Carrington, Lewis Carroll, Angela Carter, Willa Cather, Catullus, C. P. Cavafy, Paul Celan, Raymond Chandler, Geoffrey Chaucer, John Cheever, Anton Chekhov, Kate Chopin, Agatha Christie, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Colette, Wilkie Collins, Barbara Comyns, Cyril Connolly, Noël Coward, Hart Crane, Amanda Cross, Roald Dahl, Robertson Davies, Pamela Dean, E. M. Delafield, Samuel R. Delany, Charles Dickens, Emily Dickinson, Philip K. Dick, Joan Didion, Annie Dillard, Isak Dinesen, Thomas M. Disch, John Donne, Emma Donoghue, H.D., Fyodor Dostoevsky, Frederick Douglass, John Dowland, Arthur Conan Doyle, Margaret Drabble, John Dryden, Andre Dubus, Marguerite Duras, Gerald Durrell, Lawrence Durrell, Umberto Eco, George Eliot, T. S. Eliot, Ralph Ellison, Euripides, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda Fitzgerald, Louise Fitzhugh, E. M. Forster, Janet Frame, Margaret Fuller, John Gardner, Elizabeth Gaskell, Théophile Gautier, Martha Gellhorn, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Louise Glück, Nikolai Gogol, Edward Gorey, Robert Graves, Graham Greene, Ursula K. Le Guin, Thom Gunn, Marilyn Hacker, Dashiell Hammett, Elizabeth Hardwick, Thomas Hardy, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Anthony Hecht, Carolyn G. Heilbrun, Ernest Hemingway, O. Henry, Hérakleitos, Hesiod, Patricia Highsmith, Russell Hoban, E. T. A. Hoffmann, Richard Holmes, Homer, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Horace, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Aldous Huxley, Henrik Ibsen, Eugene Ionesco, Shirley Jackson, Alice James, P. D. James, William James, Randall Jarrell, Diana Wynne Jones, Ben Jonson, James Joyce, Carl Gustav Jung, Juvenal, Pauline Kael, Franz Kafka, Anna Kavan, John Keats, Jane Kenyon, Imre Kertész, Søren Kierkegaard, Rudyard Kipling, Caroline Knapp, Andrew Lang, Ring Lardner, Philip Larkin, D. H. Lawrence, Stephen Leacock, Hermione Lee, Rosamond Lehmann, Tom Lehrer, Fritz Leiber, Madeleine L'Engle, Doris Lessing, Denise Levertov, Primo Levi, C. S. Lewis, Matthew Lewis, Abraham Lincoln, Mario Vargas Llosa, David Lodge, Jack London, Federico García Lorca, Audre Lorde, Amy Lowell, Robert Lowell, Mina Loy, Gwendolyn MacEwen, Sir Thomas Malory, Osip Mandelstam, Olivia Manning, Katherine Mansfield, Christopher Marlowe, Martial, Andrew Marvell, W. Somerset Maugham, Daphne du Maurier, Mary McCarthy, Carson McCullers, Robin McKinley, Thomas Merton, W. S. Merwin, Charlotte Mary Mew, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Henry Miller, Kate Millett, Czesław Miłosz, Michel de Montaigne, L.M. Montgomery, Jan Morris, Toni Morrison, William Morris, Alice Munro, Iris Murdoch, Pablo Neruda, Friedrich Nietzsche, Anaïs Nin, Flann O'Brien, Flannery O'Connor, Sharon Olds, Tillie Olsen, Eugene O'Neill, George Orwell, Ovid, Wilfred Owen, Dorothy Parker, Blaise Pascal, Cesare Pavese, Thomas Love Peacock, Mervyn Peake, Michael Pennington, S. J. Perelman, Fernando Pessoa, Luigi Pirandello, Christine de Pizan, Sylvia Plath, Plato, Edgar Allan Poe, Alexander Pope, Cole Porter, Katherine Anne Porter, Terry Pratchett, Manuel Puig, Alexander Pushkin, Barbara Pym, Thomas de Quincey, Lou Reed, Mary Renault, Ruth Rendell, Jean Rhys, Adrienne Rich, Laura Riding, Rainer Maria Rilke, Arthur Rimbaud, Marilynne Robinson, Theodore Roethke, Christina Rossetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Joanna Russ, Miguel de Cervantes, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Saki, J. D. Salinger, George Sand, Sappho, May Sarton, Siegfried Sassoon, Dorothy L. 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Favorite bookstoresAbraxus Books, Arundel Books, Bailey-Coy Books, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Downtown Seattle, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - University Village, Birdsong Used Books, Books and More Books of Santa Fe, Books Inc. in Burlingame, Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeehouse, Couth Buzard, Dumont Maps and Books of the West, Elliott Bay Book Company (Seattle), Half Price Books - Capitol Hill, Half Price Books - University District, Horizon Books, Left Bank Books, Library Cafe, Magus Books (Seattle), Nicholas Potter, Bookseller, Prairie Lights Books, Seattle Mystery Bookshop, Secret Garden Books, Spine and Crown Books, St. John's College - Santa Fe Bookstore, St. John's College Bookstore, The Bookcase, The Twelve Step Shop, Twice Sold Tales (Capitol Hill), Twice Sold Tales (University District), University Book Store, University Bookstore, Wessel & Lieberman Booksellers

Favorite librariesMeem Library, Santa Fe Public Library, Seattle Public Library (Capitol Hill Branch), Seattle Public Library (Green Lake Branch), Seattle Public Library (Greenwood Branch), St. John's College - Greenfield Library, The Seattle Public Library, Central Library, University of Washington - Suzzallo Library

Other favoritesFrye Art Museum, Richard Hugo House, The Cathedral Shop at St. Mark's (Church Gift Shop)


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Since some time ago you expressed an interest in the literature about Somerset Maugham, I thought you might also be interested in the list I've tried to start:

This is supposed to be an expanded version of my previous attempts to compile a sort of bibliography of books about Maugham. It includes many works that mention Maugham only in passing and even such as I have not read but rated on hearsay. You're very welcome to contribute any new works or your opinions on those already included.
If you're a GoodReads member with a new account here please drop me a note if you send a friend request! I'm really bad with usernames.
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