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CollectionsTBR 2020 (42), Bird Brained (4), Bookish Books (20), British Library (282), Sherlockian Library (12), Cat Lady Library (5), Shakespeare Library (12), Poetry Library (58), TARDIS Library (16), Back in Time (5), e-book (4), I Read This (233), Your library (1,513), Wishlist (1), Currently reading (14), To read (154), Read but unowned (115), Favorites (78), Tea Library (47), All collections (1,648)

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TagsRead (207), Fiction (87), History (74), 1010 (69), England (67), 1001 (59), Tea (47), Biography (47), 999 (43), Poetry (41) — see all tags

MediaNot set (7), Book (1,637), Paper Book (1,509), Audiobook (9), Ebook (14), Video Recording (1), Other (3)

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About meI'm a reader. There it is.

About my libraryI tend to haunt the public libraries often enough, so I don't think this list quite reflects the amount of books I've read in my lifetime. However, there's enough of "me" in it, as can be seen from the truckloads of history, tea and poetry books I have in my personal collection. It may also show I'm a raving Anglophile. I am a somewhat curious person and like to learn about a variety of things, so I try not to limit my collection to only a few genres - but I do have my priorities!

I hate reading bad books, but the definition of "bad" varies from person to person. I may turn my nose up at a title because it looks like a complete waste of time, but someone else might be thinking the same thing about the book in my hand. I suppose I'm an empathetic snob.

Since I don't have a garden (unless you count the plants struggling for life in my apartment), I enjoy watching my library grow. Making room for new acquisitions is a labor of love.

In reviewing, I rarely go below 3 stars, because if I can't say something nice I'll either keep silent or get rid of the book from my library. The criteria is usually based on whether I enjoyed reading it, which is I think a good enough reason as any.

Groups"Five and Dime" Category Challenge, 100 Books in 2009 Challenge, 100 Books in 2010, 100 Books in 2010 Challenge, 1000 Places to See Before You Die, 1001 Books to read before you die, 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up, 1010 Category Challenge, 15th Century Europe, 18th Century British Literatureshow all groups

Favorite authorsJane Austen, Maeve Binchy, Charlotte Brontë, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Burns, Agatha Christie, Thomas B. Costain, Arthur Conan Doyle, George Eliot, Jasper Fforde, Antonia Fraser, Elizabeth Gaskell, Peter Gethers, Helene Hanff, Joanne Harris, James Herriot, Susan Higginbotham, N.F. Houck, James Joyce, Sophie Kinsella, Frank McCourt, Nancy Milford, Edna St. Vincent Millay, A. A. Milne, L. M. Montgomery, Michelle Moran, Sharon Kay Penman, Samuel Pepys, Jane Pettigrew, Jean Plaidy, Sylvia Plath, James Norwood Pratt, Barbara Pym, Edward Rutherfurd, William Shakespeare, Alexander McCall Smith, Muriel Spark, Flora Thompson, Claire Tomalin, Susan Vreeland, Alison Weir, Oscar Wilde, P. G. Wodehouse, William Butler Yeats (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresAny Amount of Books, Argosy Books, Asahiya Bookstore New York, Astoria Bookshop, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Citigroup Center, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Fifth Ave, Bauman Rare Books, Bluestockings, BookOff New York (49 W 45th), Books Kinokuniya - New York, Books of Wonder (Downtown), Curious George Goes to Wordsworth, East Village Books & Records, Foyles (old Charing Cross branch), Heights Books, Housing Works Used Book Cafe, Jim Hanley's Universe - Manhattan, Midtown Comics Grand Central, Morningside Bookshop, Murder One, Partners & Crime, Portobello Books, Posman Books @ GCT, Rizzoli Bookstore, Strand Bookstore, The Dover Bookshop - London, Waterstones London (Piccadilly)

Favorite librariesNew York Public Library - Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

Other favoritesThe British Museum, The Sherlock Holmes Museum


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Member sinceJun 27, 2006

Currently readingAfter the Victorians: The Decline of Britain in the World by A. N. Wilson
Dombey and Son (Penguin Classics) by Charles Dickens
A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel
The Histories (Barnes & Noble Classics) by Herodotus
The Cat on My Shoulder by Lisa Angowski Rogak
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