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About meStbalbach - not to be confused with St. Balbach or Balbach St.


My homepage, things & stuff, has a bunch of bookish projects.

A Year In Reading 2010, of singular instance.

WikiThing page for Stbalbach, notes in the sand.

About my library


I was an early LibraryThing signup (2005), which also coincided with when I started reading more. In 2004, I went from reading 1-5 books a year to over a 100. Thus the books listed in "Your library" were read 2004-present and is the majority of my reading life. Prior to 2004, books are listed in "pre-LibraryThing", though not complete it's not far off.

Some favorite books. They left a strong and lasting impression - other books I respect, admire and learned from, these are the books I loved. Roughly the top 10%. A longer "shortlist" of candidates can be found at my WikiThing page.

Vital Stats Tree Rings, yearly snapshot showing annual growth rings.

New Books Watch Program, a computer program I wrote for myself. You might also find it useful. It monitors a watchlist of author names and emails whenever a new book is published.

How do you rate this book? Thoughts on scoring books.

Did you know.. More English-language novel titles were published in 2010 than during the entire Victorian era (1837-1901)? Were the stories published in 2010 comparable in quality and originality to Dickens, Brontë, Thackeray, Eliot, Hardy, Trollope, Carrol, Stevenson? Will a graduate student enter the ocean of "2010 literature", comb the depths and report back after decades of study? Then, over again for 2011.. we live in age of hyper-fragmentation, unknowability. But also the pleasure of discovery.



GroupsMedieval Europe, Travel and Exploration literature

Favorite authorsIvo Andrić, Lawrence Anthony, Boethius, Rich Cohen, Gregory Crouch, Roger Crowley, William Dalrymple, Alphonse Daudet, Charles Dickens, Robert Gaudi, David Grann, Brendan I. Koerner, Pierre Loti, Joseph Mitchell, Hampton Sides, Robert Louis Stevenson, Émile Zola (Shared favorites)

Homepagehttp://bachlab.balbach.net/stephen.html

Membership LibraryThing Early Reviewers/Member Giveaway

Real nameStephen Balbach

Account typepublic, lifetime

URLs /profile/Stbalbach (profile)
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Member sinceSep 14, 2005

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