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About meBook hoarder, lapsed historian, frustrated bureaucrat, assistant beekeeper, budding genealogist. Hopefully cured of a tendency to make ridiculously bad life choices, the kind that create execrable, tortured poetry.

I'm in the process of developing a blog devoted to books, bees, gardens and other things that strike my fancy. Please visit the Bee's Book Garden with helpful comments. I'm somewhat technologically impaired, so help is always appreciated.
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The 8th annual varielle awards for literature are announced! What a dismal reading year it was. I read almost nothing and what I did read was bad, but here goes. Book of the year goes to Kafka's Soup, and pretty tasty it was. 2nd runner up - Julie & Julia, my mind must have been on food. Best book about stamp collecting and adultery award goes to The Error World. Best description of the horrors burn victims go through award goes to The Gargoyle. Most depressing award goes to the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

Books read 2017

According to I'm really only 34. We'll just leave it at that.

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About my libraryIt's a foundling home for books. We are trying to be more selective, but they keep following me home. Now that the cabin in the sky is finally completed, my book collection is split between there and the house I have to live in in order to hold down a job. Hopefully, they will one day all be happily reunited.

I actually do own all of these. There are a few that have been loaned out and the borrowers seem reluctant to let them return home. Another reason I should keep reminding myself not to lend books, but I keep doing it. Why??

My best beloved beekeeper, aka samthepaintman, gave me a Kindle Fire for my birthday. Sneaky scheme to diminish the load on the bookcases he just built. I've concluded it doesn't hold real books, but have nonetheless decided to include them on LT.

Update - samthepaintman has confiscated the kindle for his own use since his Nook died and he figured I wasn't using it and now we've lost the charger for it. Trapped books!

Another update - I bought a charger for the Kindle and the thing has apparently died. Another good reason to stick with real books!

Groups10,000 Page Club, 19th Century Decadent Literature, Alba gu brĂ th, All Hail King Edward VII!, American Civil War, American History, American Revolution & Founding Fathers History, Ancient and Medieval Manuscripts, Ancient History, Antiquarian Booksshow all groups

Favorite authorsAmbrose Bierce, John Biggins, James M. Cain, Laurie Colwin, Bernard Cornwell, Harry Crews, Lindsey Davis, Margaret Drabble, M.F.K. Fisher, George MacDonald Fraser, Charles Frazier, Carlos Fuentes, Robert Graves, Barry Hannah, Katherine Howe, A. J. Liebling, Rose Macaulay, Patrick O'Brian, Leo Perutz, Mary Renault, Sir Walter Scott, Barbara W. Tuchman, Esther Tusquets, Marianne Wiggins, P. G. Wodehouse, Marguerite Yourcenar (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresAppalachian State University Book Store, Atlantis Books, Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar, Beach Video & Used Bookstore, Black Mountain Books, Blackberry Books Ltd., boekhandel Raaklijn, Book Buyers, Book Exchange, Books 'N Friends Used Bookstore, Books and Beans, De Reyghere Boekhandel, Diana's Bookstore, Elliott Bay Book Company (Seattle), Foyles, Foyles Bookshop Royal Festival Hall, John Sandoe Books, Key West Island Bookstore, Lenny's Rare Books, Lenoir-Rhyne University Book Store, Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe, Manteo Booksellers, Mediterraneo Bookstore, Muses, North State Books, Sherman's Books and Stationery, Bar Harbor, South Kensington Books, Standaard Boekhandel Brugge-Steenstraat, Strand Bookstore, Taschen Store London, The Captain's Bookshelf, Waterstone's London (Piccadilly)

Favorite librariesAppalachian State University - Belk Library and Information Commons, Blowing Rock Community Library, Gaston County Public Library, Hickory Public Library - Patrick Beaver Memorial Library, Lincoln County Library - Florence Soule Shanklin Branch Library, The Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County - Mountain Island


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Real namePhyllis, aka the delightful Ms. P.

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Currently readingWilkie Collins: The Complete Shorter Fiction by Wilkie Collins
From Dawn to Decadence: 1500 to the Present: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life by Jacques Barzun
The Museum of Hoaxes by Alex Boese

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