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About meI'm "fifty-something" and married 20+ years to a clergyman. I'm also the mother of a teenager of whom I'm very proud. He is doing very well, despite dealing with the challenges of Autism Spectrum Disorder. The most recent addition to the household, as of Jan. 2014, is a 6-month-old kitten, Siegfried -- "Sig" for short.
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'm a bit of a sports nut. Having lived in a number of locations in the great Commonwealth of Pennsylviania, I'm proud of our Pittsburgh Steelers (who have a six-pack of Superbowl championships), Pittsburgh Penguins (former Stanley Cup Champions), Philadelphia Flyers (who have their own storied history), and Philadelphia Phillies (1980 & 2008 World Champions). This year, I can add Pirate Pride to my sports boasts, as they made the MLB playoffs last year for the first time in decades. I also love auto racing of all kinds -- NASCAR, F1, IndyCar, WoO, you name it.
I work in a library, so I'm surrounded by books at work. I go home, and I'm surrounded by books there, too. Up until now, few of the books at home were cataloged. Library Thing has changed that. It has also changed my reading habits. I think I'm much more intentional about reading now.
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.
Groups2014 Category Challenge, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, Adirondacks and beyond, American Civil War, Audiobooks, Baseball, Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Disaster Buffs, Favorite Bookstores, Fifty States Fiction (or Nonfiction) Challenge —show all groups, Ghost Stories, Past and Present, Librarians who LibraryThing, Non-Fiction Readers, ROOT - 2014 Read Our Own Tomes, Thing(amabrarian)s That Go Bump in the Night, Used Books
Favorite authorsJames Lee Burke, Phillip DePoy, Shelby Foote, Michael Koryta, William Kent Krueger, Erik Larson, Dennis Lehane, Louise Penny, Michael Shaara (Shared favorites)
Favorite bookstoresAbraxas Books, The Book Barn
Membership LibraryThing Early Reviewers/Member Giveaway
LocationThe Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania, USA.
Account typepublic, lifetime
Member sinceJun 3, 2009
Currently readingMusicophilia : tales of music and the brain by Oliver W. Sacks
The fate of Mercy Alban by Wendy Webb
Anarchy and old dogs by Colin Cotterill