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About meI am lover of independent bookstores and interesting libraries, and a regular bibliophile.

Currently, I live in Ottawa, Canada and buy most of my books from a small independent bookstore called Perfect Books, and some French books from Librarie du Soleil.

Whenever possible, I also try to add lots of Canadian public library events to LibraryThing local using a few scripts.

About my libraryThe books catalogued here are only those that I own and do not include books borrowed from the library. I use LibraryThing to catalogue my personal library, not to track what I have read.

When it comes to reading, I enjoy just about anything: sci-fi, poli. sci., historical fiction, social studies, fantasy, technical reference, classic cookbooks, and so on. My big three are Tolkien, Orwell and Jacobs. I have read everything ever published by these authors. I also enjoy CBC's Massey Lectures and hope to collect each volume in the series.

I have blatantly stolen my rating guidelines from aulsmith, which are as follows:

* - No one should have to read this book.
** - This book has minor redeeming features such as being an author's early work, having some useful information, or being funny.
*** - I enjoyed it while I was reading it, but it's not worth reading again (or I enjoyed it when I was twelve, but it didn't stand up to my adult expectations).
**** - It's good. Given world enough and time, I would probably read it again.
***** - It changed my life or it changed my thinking or I loved it so much I'll definitely try to read it again.

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Favorite authorsJane Jacobs, George Orwell, Michael Pollan, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Craig Thompson, J. R. R. Tolkien (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresHaslam's Book Store, Librarie du Soleil, Octopus Books, Perfect Books, Trident Booksellers & Cafe

Favorite librariesBodleian Library, Oxford University - Radcliffe Camera, Boston Public Library, Library of Parliament - Centre Block, New York Public Library - Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Ottawa Public Library - Cumberland Branch, Ottawa Public Library - Main Library, Ottawa Public Library - Orléans Branch


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