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Aug 11, 2007
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Susanna
About My Library
I have pretty eclectic tastes. Most of my library is children's/YA plus a lot of "classics" and other old(er) books. My current literary interests include pre-1950 sci-fi/fantasy novels, world fiction, and modern dystopias, utopias, and magical realism, as well as retellings, add-ons, etc. of classic stories and novels. And books for my fields of study and profession (folklife, Catholicism, communal societies, new religious movements, archaeology, etc.).

My ratings:
5 stars - great book, loved it, perfect
4 stars - pretty good book, decent read
3 stars - hated it (or children's books in a large series - i.e., Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, etc. - are often rated like this just because they're all basically the same)
About Me

Curator for a small heritage center of a religious community. In recovery from recent completion of Folk Studies/Historic Preservation MA. When I'm not working or researching, I'm dancing or reading still more. My rate of acquiring books has not slowed to the same extent as my rate of actually reading said books, and alas, my TBR pile has become practically unmanageable at this point.

Currently I'm most interested in colonial/early America and religion, especially New Religious Movements and communal societies. Volunteering at a Shaker historic site and then being hired by a convent has only been enabling. :)

Book Count for 2009: 88
Book Count for 2010: 92
Book Count for 2011: 108
Book Count for 2012: 139
Book Count for 2013: 101
Book Count for 2014: 73
Book Count for 2015: 43
Book Count for 2016: 46
Book Count for 2017: 51
Book Count for 2018: 26
Book Count for 2019: 50
Book Count for 2020: 57
Book Count for 2021: 39

Books read in 2022:
An Accidental Monk by Marylee Mitcham
Frontiers of Faith by John R. Dichtl
Stalking the Wild Asparagus by Euell Gibbons
Simple Living by Frank Levering & Wanda Urbanska
Acceptance (Southern Reach #3) by Jeff Vandermeer
What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappe
Egalia's Daughters by Gerd Brantenberg
How to Pick a Peach by Russ Parsons
The Big Book of Kombucha by Hannah Crum & Alex LaGory

A Precautionary Tale by Philip Ackerman-Leist

On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal by Naomi Klein

Bean Blossom Dreams by Sallyann J. Murphey

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Hippie Food by Jonathan Kauffman

This is Your Brain on Birth Control by Sarah E. Hill

The Complete Guide to Survival Gardening by Chris Coulter

First Impressions by Charlie Lovett

Stolen Harvest by Vandana Shiva

Sisters of the Vast Black by Lina Rather

Come to the Table by Slow Food Nation



"I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library." Jorge Luis Borges

"I find television very educational. Every time someone turns it on, I go in the other room and read a book." Groucho Marx

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