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Ron Beffa
About My Library
My 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.
About Me

I got hooked on reading when I was young and the very small library near my home got visited a lot. 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 especially well done historical fiction. These days I read a mix of things.

My reading log and book comments and reviews for 2013-2022 are in the 75 book challenge group here:

2022 here

2021 here

2020 here

2019 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.

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