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CollectionsYour library (1,656), Books at home (1,311), My E books (119), Books at church office (248), Borrowed Books (1), Ever-Expanding List (1,185), Wishlist (16), at local library (222), in county system (208), in local Overdrive (5), in ShareIt (132), in One Click (49), in CLP audio/eBooks (161), in FLP audio/ebooks (111), in Project Gutenberg (2), not in ACCESS PA (16), Currently reading (6), Unread (438), Read but unowned (555), Read and recycled (289), Suspended reading (11), LT Early Review Program (43), Christian ministry colletcion (800), Uncorrected proofs/ARC (19), Civil War collection (40), Paranormal collection (103), Sonny's Bookshelf (193), hubby's book cubby (23), Favorites (5), In Hoopla (4), All collections (3,544)

Reviews269 reviews

Tagsnon-fiction (1,377), fiction (1,304), mystery (829), paranormal (145), Bible (138), theology (129), horror (114), homiletics (110), disaster/rescue (105), J fiction (99) — see all tags

MediaNot set (30), Book (3,502), Paper Book (3,211), Audiobook (33), Ebook (142), Other (13), Printed music (13)

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About meI'm "fifty-something" and married 20+ years to a clergyman. I'm also the mother of a recent high school grad and guardian of a tabby cat.

My hobbies and interests include reading (of course), music, and bowling. I enjoy travel, and like to purchase books of local folklore (especially the spooky kind!) in places that I visit.

I work in a library, so I'm surrounded by books at work. I go home, and I'm surrounded by books there, too -- which probably makes me a typical Library Thing member!

About my libraryThis catalog contains books I own ("My Library"), books I've read that I used to own ("Read and Recycled"), and books I've borrowed and read from various sources, most often, the public library ("Read but unowned"). It also contains a few books that are strictly my husband's, and a category for my son's books, too. My "To Read" category contains books I've already gotten my hands on that I want to read. The "Ever-Expanding List" is my list of items I want to read, owned and unowned.

I've noted in various collections books that I want to read which are or are not available in various public library sources available to me. My "Wishlist" has evolved into a list for the books I am seeking that aren't in our local library systems -- the ones for which I browse used book sales and bookstores and place Inter-Library Loan requests.

I own many books that I haven't gotten around to reading yet; there are probably some that I'll never get around to reading. (I've recently created an "Unread" category that is separate from my "To Read" category to force me to deal with some of those.) But I keep buying books, and reading books from the public library. My "read but not owned" collection contains some of my favorite books.

Note: "Unread" means unread by ME. Others in the household may have read these books.

A word about my ratings system: I don't have one. It's all a knee-jerk, flying-by-the-seat-of-the-pants effort. Each time I go through my library and note relative ratings of one book to another, I realize how arbitrary I am in granting stars. And if my average rating is rather high, it's because (except for recent reads since I joined LT) I'm rating the books that are memorable -- and the good ones tend to stick with me! (Some books are memorable because they are truly awful, but I am fortunate to avoid reading many of those!)

I try to give ratings to all books I read, But let me be clear: the fact that I give a book a good rating doesn't mean that I agree with its point of view. I read a wide variety of books, written from a wide variety of POVs. I can appreciate the work of those with whom I differ on various grounds.

Groups2015 Category Challenge, 75 Books Challenge for 2015, Adirondacks and beyond, American Civil War, Baseball, Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Disaster Buffs, Favorite Bookstores, Fifty States Fiction (or Nonfiction) Challenge, Ghost Stories, Past and Presentshow all groups

Favorite authorsJames Lee Burke, Phillip DePoy, Shelby Foote, Susan Hill, Michael Koryta, William Kent Krueger, Erik Larson, Dennis Lehane, Michael Shaara (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresAbraxas Books, The Book Barn, The Book Center

Membership LibraryThing Early Reviewers/Member Giveaway

Real nameTerri

LocationThe Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania, USA.

Account typepublic, lifetime

URLs /profile/tymfos (profile)
/catalog/tymfos (library)

Member sinceJun 3, 2009

Currently readingHell for the holidays : a Christopher Miller holiday thriller by Chris Grabenstein
Near to the Heart of God: Meditations on 366 Best-Loved Hymns by Robert J. Morgan
Neurotribes : the legacy of autism and the future of neurodiversity by Steve Silberman
Being mortal : medicine and what matters in the end by Atul Gawande
Little girl lost by Brian McGilloway
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