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Member: Talbin

CollectionsYour library (956), Wishlist (130), Currently reading (1), To read (154), Read but unowned (483), Gardening (78), Bill's Books (59), Piano Books (28), Scan Cover (430), Abandoned (4), To Donate (3), All collections (1,570)

Reviews180 reviews

Tagsfiction (773), American (567), 20th century (437), 21st century (386), donate (269), @library (221), English (210), mystery (194), reference (153), TBR (151) — see all tags

MediaNot set (10), Book (1,557), Paper Book (1,463), Audiobook (1), Ebook (8), Other (3)

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Recommendations4 recommendations

About meI live in the the suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota. My hobbies are gardening, reading, music and cooking. I have a wonderful husband who reads but doesn't "get" LT. Huh? That cute mutt in my profile picture is Brix. He would rather lounge in the sun than read a book, but I love him anyway.

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Most of the books in my library are 20th and 21st century fiction along with a good selection of American and English poetry and fiction from earlier days. I have a more-sizable-than-expected gardening/environmental collection as well. I enjoy a good mystery, but usually end up donating those to the local library.

My Rating System

I may seem rather capricious in the way in which I rate books, but my system makes sense - or at least it does to me. Generally, I rate like books against other like books. My rational for this is that standards for a spy novel are different from those for literary fiction, which is different from historical fiction, which is different from cookbooks or gardening books. So, If you see that both a mass market mystery and a Willa Cather book are rated with 4 stars, then just remember that I hold Cather to a different standard than the mystery writer.

My Collections and Tags

I think my collections are fairly self-explanatory.

The first 4-5 tags of all my books are very similar:

Genre - Century Written - Nationality of Author (a bit fuzzy, I know) - Sub-Genre (sometimes) - A Few Other Standards (Early Reviewer, VMC)

Once I've read the book, I'll first add the following tags where applicable:

Significant Places in the Book - Decade of the Book (i.e., 1970s) - Year I Read It (only noted since I joined LT)

Then I'll add several subject tags, or other tags that signify something I found of interest in the book.

Groups40-Something Library Thingers, Almack's, Atwoodians, Awful Lit., Birds, Birding & Books, Board for Extreme Thing Advances, Book Nudgers, Club Read 2009, Club Read 2010, Club Read 2011show all groups

Favorite authorsIsabel Allende, Margaret Atwood, Jane Austen, Willa Cather, John Donne, Louise Erdrich, John Milton, Toni Morrison, William Shakespeare, William Butler Yeats (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresBarnes & Noble Booksellers - Edina Galleria, Birchbark Books and Native Arts, Borders - Richfield, James & Mary Laurie Booksellers, Magers & Quinn Booksellers, Northern Gardener Bookstore, Terrace Horticultural Books

Favorite librariesHennepin County Library - Oxboro Branch, Hennepin County Library - Penn Lake Branch, University of Minnesota (Landscape Arboretum) - Andersen Horticultural Library, University of Minnesota (West Bank) - Elmer L. Andersen Library, University of Minnesota (West Bank) - Friends of the Libraries

Other favoritesFitzgerald Theater

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Real nameTracy

LocationMinnesota

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceNov 2, 2006

Currently readingParadise Lost: New Edition by John Milton

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