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About meI'd like to pretend that I'm a writer, but I actually just have too little money and "too many" books.
For those of you looking for my life story... sorry. You'd be better off just talking to me!
2011 - I stopped keeping track. Oh, well.
The 2010 Sixty Book Challenge: 51/60
The 2009 Fifty Book Challenge: 59/54
The 2008 Fifty Book Challenge: 53/50
The 2007 Fifty Book Challenge: 40ish/50
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(a work in progress)
Anne of Green Gables
Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast
The Lastborn of Elvinwood
Parnassus on Wheels
On the Banks of Plum Creek
Paul Revere's Ride
Behind the Attic Wall
The Anglo Files
Writing Down the Bones
Bird by Bird
Everyone is Beautiful
The Secret History of the Pink Carnation
The Dive from Clausen's Pier
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Confessions of a Shopaholic
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The Lost Boys
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Books I Just Can't Finish...
Julie & Julia
Good Fairies of New York
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
In 1931, when the historian James Truslow Adams coined the phrase "The American Dream," he wrote of "a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement." We're still dreaming.
"Democracy has failed because so many people fear it. They believe that wealth and happiness are so limited that a world full of intelligent, healthy and free people is impossible, if not undesirable. ... Such a world, with all its contradictions can be saved, can yet be born again; but not out of capital, interest, property and gold." W.E.B. Du Bois
About my library***Warning!*** My LT library is horribly outdated. Many of the books listed have gone on to new homes. And even more importantly, I have about 500 unlisted books floating around, if not more.
My bookshelves are bowing under the weight of my books, which are crammed in as closely as possible. Great for my mind, horrible for my wallet. (As well as for those poor overstuffed shelves!)
As I've matured, so have my reading tastes. What was once a library of chick lit and kids books has evolved into an interesting mix. My current fixations include peak oil and sustainability, works on community and how to create it, the Great Lakes area ecology, consumerism, good fiction, great creative non fiction, and whatever Early Reviewer books I receive. There's a heavy focus on YA and children's lit, and I have a fledgling collection of old kids books. I also buy anything by J.M. Barrie and L.M. Montgomery. History books and biographies take up a lot of space, and for good reason - I like them!
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The first rule of book collecting for any novice should be "Collect, don't merely accumulate." Otherwise, you will end up with an assemblage of unrelated, miscellaneous books. An unconnected group of dissimilar books might make a great reading library, but it doesn't constitute a collection. A good collector makes the connections that link one book to another. By necessity, collections of any sort should be limited and focused, and a good book collection has weight, scope, and narrative. It should tell a story, with each book helping to advance the plot, and in this manner, the whole of the collection becomes worth more than just the sum of its parts.
(From Roger Gozdecki's 'Guide to Book Collecting')
"It's one thing reading novels and dreaming of an exciting life, but quite another thing to actually live it."
(Little White Lies, by Gemma Townley, 263)
GroupsArchivists on LibraryThing, Bookcases: If You Build/Buy Them, They Will Fill, Children's Literature, Historical Fiction, Hogwarts Express, Kiddie Lit-ers: A Children's Literature Book Club, Non-Fiction Readers, Say Yes to Michigan, The Green Dragon, Writer-readers
Favorite authorsJ. M. Barrie, Bill Bryson, Jim Daniels, Annie Dillard, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Philippa Gregory, Barbara Kingsolver, Sophie Kinsella, Anne Lamott, Frank McCourt, L. M. Montgomery, Sylvia Plath, J. K. Rowling, David Sedaris, Anya Seton, Lauren Willig, Naomi Wolf (Shared favorites)
Favorite bookstoresArchives Book Shop of East Lansing, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - East Lansing, Curious Book Shop, Everybody Reads, Fortress Comics & Games, Gibson's Used Bookstore (MSU), Kaleidoscope Books & Collectibles
Favorite librariesEast Lansing Public Library, Oakland University Kresge Library
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Membership LibraryThing Early Reviewers/Member Giveaway
Account typepublic, lifetime
Member sinceJun 7, 2007