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Kathleen Balma

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CollectionsPriority Reads 2013-2014: Anthologies (29), Priority Reads 2013-2014: Comics (21), Priority Reads 2013-2014: Drama (14), Priority Reads 2013-2014: Craft (17), Priority Reads 2013-2014: Poetry (217), Lara Oehlert's Recommends (9), Annette Lamb's Recommends (9), Emily Ray's Recommends (5), Andrea Caluori's Recommends (7), Kristina Reardon's Recommends (10), Priority Reads (1,064), Your library (621), Wishlist (30), Currently reading (7), To read (3,207), Read but unowned (378), Favorites (36), All collections (3,901)

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TagsNovels/Novellas (1,490), Children's/YA Literature (948), Poetry (578), Comics/Picture Books (285), Fantasy/Science Fiction (249), Short Fiction (114), Anthologies (103), Memoir/Autobiography (70), Essays (70), Drama/Screenplays (65) — see all tags


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About meAutodescription eludes me. Better then to describe my tastes:

The best poetry is Polish. The best architecture is Turkish. The best language is Arabic. The best art is Dutch. The best cuisine is Indian. The best landscapes are Italian. The best holidays are Mexican. The best philosophy is Chinese. The best comedy is British. The best dance is Argentine.

Favorite words in English: chicken, cranny, ain't, use-ta-could, and meow
Favorite romance language words: olé, oh là là, and bo.

About my libraryThis is a list of books I have loved and books I hope to read. (More of the latter than the former, because I pretty much want to read everything.) My rating system is simple:

If it wowed me from the start, it got five stars. If it wooed me slowly as I read it, it got four. If it won me over with a struggle, it got three. Those I haven't read yet are not rated. (Normally if I don't like a book, I simply don't list it, but since I occasionally read for Early Reviewers/Member Giveaways, there are a few books that must remain in my library even though I don't like them. My apologies to the authors of those books. If you want to write me a bad review in return, feel free. Maybe we can go for coffee afterwards and spend the whole time glaring at each other over our cups. Or we could commiserate, cry on each other's shoulders, and become fast friends. I prefer the latter option, but it's up to you.)

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Favorite authorsHans Christian Andersen, Margaret Atwood, Jane Austen, James Baldwin, Coleman Barks, J. M. Barrie, Joan Didion, Alexandre Dumas, Dave Eggers, George Eliot, Amy Gerstler, Xiaolu Guo, Bob Hicok, Miroslav Holub, Homer, Henry James, Galway Kinnell, Rudyard Kipling, Stanisław Lem, Primo Levi, Leo Lionni, Arnold Lobel, Jack London, Lucretius, Harry Martinson, A. A. Milne, Vladimir Nabokov, E. Nesbit, Cynthia Rylant, Miguel de Cervantes, Marjane Satrapi, Maurice Sendak, Dr. Seuss, William Shakespeare, Stesichorus, Wisława Szymborska, Osamu Tezuka, Lao Tzu, Cesar Vallejo, Sarah Waters (Shared favorites)

Real nameKaty


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Member sinceAug 6, 2006

Currently readingThe Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway: The Finca Vigia Edition by Ernest Hemingway
Middlemarch (Oxford World's Classics) by George Eliot
Light in August (The Corrected Text) by William Faulkner
The Pushcart Prize XXXVII: Best of the Small Presses by Bill Henderson
The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
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