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CollectionsYour library (2,509), Sci Fi magazines (627), Currently reading (5), To read (858), Read but unowned (654), community library (164), audiobook (10), ebook download (19), kids (9), Favorites (28), Wishlist (1), All collections (3,160)

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About meI got hooked on reading when I was young and the very small library near my home got visited a lot. I got really hooked on reading in middle school with the novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs. By the time I got to high school and college I was exposed to more serious reading, starting with writers like John Steinbeck, Graham Greene, Thomas Hardy, but I kept a love of science fiction, though there were long periods when that waned quite a bit. I read a lot of non-fiction when I was younger but less now, although a lifetime interest in history keeps me interested in non-fiction and historical fiction. I still read science fiction, although my enthusiasm has declined quite a bit. These days I read a mix of things.

My reading log and book comments and reviews for 2013- 2019 are in the 75 book challenge group here:

2019 is here

2018 here.

2017 here.

2016 here.

2015 here

2014 here.

2013 here.

My reading diary and reviews for my 50 book challenge for 2012 is here.

My reading diary and reviews for my 50 Book Challenge thread for 2011 is here.

I neglected to keep track at year's end in my 2010 challenge, but here it is covering most of the year.

About my libraryMy library is heavy on science fiction from earlier years of reading, and with a mix of history, historical fiction, literature, non-fiction, childhood favorites, mysteries and a little bit of almost everything else. I collected science fiction magazines for a long time and have many still to read. Some of the books in my library, esp some series of mysteries and thrillers are shared books with my spouse and are included here so we can keep track.

I have tried to just rate books that I have read recently. Memory can play tricks. Generally a 2.5-3 star book is what I consider average. 3 1/2 stars would be a good book I would happily recommend. 4 stars and above means I really liked it.

Groups75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, 75 Books Challenge for 2015, 75 Books Challenge for 2016, 75 Books Challenge for 2017, 75 Books Challenge for 2018, 75 Books Challenge for 2019, Early Science Fiction, Group Reads - Sci-Fi, Post-apocalyptic Literatureshow all groups

Favorite authorsEdgar Rice Burroughs, James Clavell, Alan Furst, Thomas Hardy, Ernest Hemingway, Yasunari Kawabata, Lucius Shepard, Nevil Shute, Clifford D. Simak, John Steinbeck, James Tiptree, Jr., Robert Charles Wilson (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresHalf Price Books - Concord

Favorite librariesBenicia Public Library, Fairfield Civic Center Library - Solano County Library, Springstowne Library - Solano County Library

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Real nameRon Beffa

LocationVallejo, California, USA

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Member sinceFeb 27, 2009

Currently readingThe Princes of Ireland: The Dublin Saga by Edward Rutherfurd
Isaac Asimov Presents The Great SF Stories 8 (1946) by Isaac Asimov
Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks
A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906 (P.S.) by Simon Winchester
Lehrter station by David Downing

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