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The annotated hobbit : the hobbit, or, There and back again by J. R. R. Tolkien

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About meI'm the associate manager of circulation at a public library in the Chicago suburbs but soon (in October 2018) to become an electronic resources librarian at a university library. I've worked in public and academic libraries for over a decade now, but also taught English and history part-time much of that time.

I share my flat with two cats, which accentuates the stereotype of the bespectacled, cat-loving, spinsterish librarian. Alas, Tara and Ralph really don't get on with each other, so both are featured separately (as kittens) among my profile pictures. Among those are also pictures of Tim and Bester, their two feline companions who passed in 2016 and are much missed.

About my libraryMost of my physical books (those under the "Your Library" collection) were found at resale shops, library sales, and used book stores. I do preorder the new releases of a handful of authors, though. I've also started picking up more e-books and audiobooks, but those are in separate collections, as are borrowed items. My use of tags and collections is mostly self-explanatory, if intermittently applied.

As far as the physical storage of these books, it took about two years, but all my books are finally unpacked and (mostly) on shelves all around my flat. In advance of the 2015 move, I'd put off updating my collection for some months, so once the unpacking was moving ahead, I began to update my account again. In late 2016, I started weeding and reducing physical acquisitions, because I'd really rather never pack and haul 3,000 books again...

To explain the large number and odd mixture of favorite authors, I was initially adding just about everyone whose books I enjoyed and had read several of. I've not updated the list much in the last five years, so it's not all-inclusive or especially representative.

As of January 1st, I'm not planning to join any LT challenges in 2018 but am keeping track of my reading, as usual, and may "play" a few book blog challenges on my own. We shall see!

My 999 Challenge: Completed
My 2d 999 Challenge: Completed
My 1010 Challenge: Completed
My 11 in 11 Challenge: Completed
No LT challenge for 2012: I kept a spreadsheet, though, and read a rather surprising 330 books.
Started a challenge in 2013, but I forgot to keep up with it and instead started a blog, which was not less work, so I put it on hold/abandoned it as well...
My 2014 ROOT challenge: Completed
My 2015 ROOT challenge: Completed
My 2016 ROOT challenge: Completed
My 2017 ROOT challenge: Completed

Groups1010 Category Challenge, 2013 Category Challenge, 2015 ROOT Challenge - (Read Our Own Tomes), 2016 ROOT Challenge - (Read Our Own Tomes), 2017 ROOT (READ OUR OWN TOMES), 999 Challenge, BookMooching, ROOT - 2014 Read Our Own Tomes, The 11 in 11 Category Challenge

Favorite authorsMargery Allingham, Hans Christian Andersen, W. H. Auden, Walter R. Brooks, Robert Browning, John Buchan, Frederick Buechner, Lois McMaster Bujold, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Robert Farrar Capon, Raymond Chandler, G. K. Chesterton, Agatha Christie, Wilkie Collins, Joseph Conrad, Thomas B. Costain, Charles Dickens, Annie Dillard, Arthur Conan Doyle, Alexandre Dumas, Edward Eager, T. S. Eliot, William Faulkner, Jasper Fforde, Christopher Fry, Cornelia Funke, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Helprin, Marguerite Henry, O. Henry, Hergé, James Herriot, Georgette Heyer, Anthony Hope, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Victor Hugo, Laurie R. King, Stephen R. Lawhead, Madeleine L'Engle, C. S. Lewis, Hugh Lofting, George MacDonald, Helen MacInnes, Melina Marchetta, Ngaio Marsh, Robert McCloskey, Patricia A. McKillip, A. A. Milne, Walter Moers, E. Nesbit, Baroness Orczy, Tim Powers, Terry Pratchett, Dorothy L. Sayers, William Shakespeare, Lemony Snicket, Robert Louis Stevenson, Rex Stout, Josephine Tey, James Thurber, J. R. R. Tolkien, Anthony Trollope, Megan Whalen Turner, Sigrid Undset, Walter Wangerin, Bill Watterson, Evelyn Waugh, Charles Williams, Connie Willis, P. G. Wodehouse, Gene Wolfe (Shared favorites)

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Favorite librariesAurora Public Library - Eola Road Branch, Aurora Public Library - Santori Library, Aurora University - Charles B. Phillips Library, Fountaindale Public Library District - Bolingbrook Library, Lewis University - Romeoville (Main) Campus Library, Naperville Public Library - Naper Boulevard Library, Naperville Public Library - Nichols Library, Wheaton College - Buswell Memorial Library

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Currently readingThe Pickwick Papers (Oxford Illustrated Dickens) by Charles Dickens
Les misérables by Victor Hugo
Inferior : how science got women wrong and the new research that's rewriting the story by Angela Saini
Ambiguity machines : and other stories by Vandana Singh
False scent by Ngaio Marsh

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