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Collections1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (161), birthday challenge (13), e-book (12), Your library (1,692), Wishlist (1), Currently reading (8), To read (359), All collections (1,693)

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Tagsvsm (1,587), novel (199), mystery (111), fiction (101), poetry (72), history (69), art (65), Agatha Christie (63), biography (62), classic (61) — see all tags

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About meI'm a book lover, just like everyone else on Library Thing!

I'm also on Litsy, @ValerieAndBooks.

About my libraryI read just about everything!

Although my library shows a high percentage of mysteries, it isn't a genre that I read regularly now. But, a good one now and then does hit the spot. I can't bear to get rid of my Agatha Christie paperback collection that I amassed years ago while I was in college (the first time around)! I feel like I missed out getting to read and appreciate literature back in the ancient college years, because I had gotten a science degree. A few years ago, I went back to school and earned an Associate in Arts degree focusing on studio arts and art history.

Generally, I lean towards reading literary fiction, classics, and non-fiction (especially history and art history). I usually don't read new releases right away (especially if I suspect it's been highly hyped).

Incidentally, I am Deaf, so I'm always interested in how Deaf characters are depicted in fiction.

I love used bookstores. Therefore, I sometime find that when I review a book here, it may be one of just a few (or even the only one) for that book. I like making that kind of contribution!

Sometimes I'm fortunate enough to get a LibraryThing ER copy, then that way I do get a chance to read something that's "new".

My TBR (to-be-read) that I own, if all put together in one stack, would be about as tall as I am -- perhaps even taller than me! This TBR is included in my library under the "to read" category (to clarify: all books in my LT library are books I own, unless I forget to delete ones I've given away).

In October 2016, I embarked on a birthday challenge (idea borrowed from another reader), in which I intend to chronologically read a book from each year I've been alive. This explains the category that is called "birthday challenge". I need to get back to this project.

Other personal reading challenges are "1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die" (I have not yet tagged all books I own within this category), and the new Bowie Book Club established January 2018 by David Bowie's son Duncan Jones (as of summer 2018, abandoned any attempt to read all books, but willing to try whatever truly resonates with me).

(Profile last updated 7/1/18)

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, Litsy

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Favorite bookstoresBaldwin's Book Barn, Hooked on Books, Wellington Square Bookshop

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Real nameValerie S M

LocationSoutheastern Pennsylvania

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Member sinceFeb 21, 2008

Currently readingComplete Guide to Writing Fiction and Nonfiction, and Getting it Published (2nd Edition) by Pat Kubis
The Creative Age: Awakening Human Potential in the Second Half of Life by Gene D. Cohen, MD, PhD.
America's Women by Gail Collins
Zelda: A Biography by Nancy Milford
My Day: The Best Of Eleanor Roosevelt's Acclaimed Newspaper Columns, 1936-1962 by Eleanor Roosevelt
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