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About meI'm a graduate student and research assistant at Penn State University in the Engineering Science department. My research involves laser material interactions. Because that's my job, I read a lot of fiction in my free time. At work and in school I read engineering textbooks and research papers.

I am a contributor to Project Gutenberg through the Distributed Proofreaders, mostly as a Content Provider and a Post-Processor. If you would like more information on PG or DP, please contact me!

I challenged myself to read as many books as I could off the "1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die" list. My TBR list also grows from several trusted blogs, friend's recommendations, and need to occasionally read something semi-brainless.

Thanks for visiting, please feel free to friend or comment!

About my libraryAs I said above, I read mostly fiction, but some non-fiction sneaks in, especially social sciences - history, sociology, anthropology, etc. My listing also includes my textbooks from my engineering education.

Within fiction, my favorites include: classic and contemporary literature; quirky, fun books and serious, dramatic works; magical realism and realistic fiction, so basically ... everything. I also read some random non-fiction - mostly on specific subjects that interest me or authors whose previous works I've enjoyed.

My favorite three books of all time are A Prayer for Owen Meany, To Kill A Mockingbird, and Pride & Prejudice. (Yes, they're semi-predictable, but I don't really care!)

My favorite three authors are John Irving, Jane Austen, and Kurt Vonnegut. (And I'll add an honorable mention to Douglas Adams for always making my day a little brighter when necessary.)

Due to my father's aesthetic influences, I treasure beautifully bound volumes. If you have interest, I'd love to talk! I have a collection of classics that I inherited from my great-grandmother and a small collection of Folio Society volumes (some of the most beautiful books currently produced).

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, 20-Something LibraryThingers, 75 Books Challenge for 2009, 999 Challenge, Bestsellers over the Years, Book Listers UNITE!, Book Lust, Book Nudgers, BookMooching, Folio Society devoteesshow all groups

Favorite authorsDouglas Adams, Jane Austen, Meg Cabot, Fannie Flagg, Neil Gaiman, John Irving, Mercedes Lackey, Harper Lee, Billie Letts, Anne McCaffrey, Jodi Picoult, Philip Pullman, J. K. Rowling, William Shakespeare, Kurt Vonnegut, Jennifer Weiner (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBarnes & Noble Booksellers - Buckland Hills Mall, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - West Hartford, Book Exchange, Bookworm, Powell's City of Books (Portland), Strand Bookstore, UConn Co-op Bookstore, Webster's Bookstore Café

Favorite librariesHomer Babbidge Library (University of Connecticut Main Library), Noah Webster Library (West Hartford Public Library - Main), Penn State University Libraries

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LocationState College, PA, USA

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Member sinceMay 16, 2007

Currently readingMiddlemarch by George Eliot
Then We Came to the End: A Novel by Joshua Ferris
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman

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