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About meI just spent last night (9/24/2009) bar hopping with China Mieville...the height of my literary career thus far :)

I received my M.A. in English Literature at the University of Kansas in May 2010. I specialized in Victorian literature and scientific discourse, especially evolution in all its forms and its formative effects on literature. I really live for SF, though. James Gunn teaches at my school, and I had one of the most rewarding positions in my life in being the Volunteer Coordinator for through the Center for the Study of Science Fiction through Jim's guidance and under the tutelage of my very good friend, author Christopher McKitterick.

I now do PR and communications for a humanities research center at a university, and play roller derby for the Kansas City Roller Warriors.

I know I have a billion "interesting libraries," but what can I say? You're all interesting. Plus I use you for recommendations, so for purely selfish reasons, it's in my best interest to have a large collection of interesting booklists.

Reading: A Darkling Sea, James Cambias

Read in 2014:
The Red Fairy Book, ed. Andrew Lang
The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court, Jeffrey Toobin
The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew, Alan Lightman
Dear Regime, Roger Sedarat
Hotels Hospitals and Jails, Anthony Swofford
The Lighthouse at the End of the World, Stephen Marlowe
The Absolute Sandman v.2, Neil Gaiman
The Blue Fairy Book, ed. Andrew Lang
Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD, Peter Brown
Inside the California Food Revolution: Thirty Years That Changed Our Culinary Consciousness, Joyce Goldstein

Last five favorites:
The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court, Jeffrey Toobin
The Absolute Sandman v. 2, Neil Gaiman
The Absolute Sandman v. 1, Neil Gaiman
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, Joanne Greenberg
A Dance with Dragons, George R. R. Martin

2013 Total: 60
Top 10 of 2013 (no order):
1.The Rise of Ransom City, Felix Gilman
2. A Storm of Swords, George R.R. Martin
3. Welcome to Bordertown, eds. Holly Black & Ellen Kushner
4. The Accursed, Joyce Carol Oates
5. The Absolute Sandman v. 1, Neil Gaiman
6. Great North Road, Peter F Hamilton
7. The Locke & Key series, Joe Hill
8. The Collected Stories, William Faulkner
9. Red Country, Joe Abercrombie
10. Joyland, Stephen King

2012 Total: 45
Top 10 of 2012 (no order):
1. 11/22/63, Stephen King
2. Telegraph Avenue, Michael Chabon
3. In Advance of the Landing: Folk Concepts of Outer Space, Douglas Curran
4. Two Worlds & In Between, Caitlin Kiernan
5. The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King
6. The Year of the Beasts, Cecil Castellucci
7. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Anne Fadiman
8. Embassytown, China Mieville
9. the Bartender's Tale, Ivan Doig
10. The Islanders, Christopher Priest

2011 Total: 36 (the year of very long books, and the year I started play roller derby)
Top 10 of 2011 (no order):
1. Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace
2. Sunnyside, Glen David Gold
3. Galileo's Dream, Kim Stanley Robinson
4. Tender Morsels, Margo Lanagan
5. Full of Secrets: Critical Approaches to Twin Peaks, ed. David Lavery
6. The Information, James Gleick
7. The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos, Brian Greene
8. Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life, Jenna Woginrich
9. Secrets of the Sideshows, Joe Nickell
10. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

2010 Total: 86
Top 10 of 2010 (no particular order):

1. Finch, Jeff VanderMeer
2. How We Became Human, Joy Harjo
3. Paradise Lost, John Milton
4. The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigaloupi
5. Pandemonium, Daryl Gregory
6. The City & the City, China Mieville
7. Abarat, Clive Barker
8. More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
9. The Shadow Year, Jeffrey Ford
10. The Engines of God, Jack McDevitt

2009 total: 83
Top 10 of 2009 (no particular order):

1. Ptolemy's Gate, Jonathan Stroud
2. Our Mutual Friend, Charles Dickens
3. Blankets, Craig Thompson
4. Portnoy's Complaint, Philip Roth
5. Day, A.L. Kennedy
6. The Moonstone, Wilkie Collins
7. Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History, Stephen Jay Gould
8. The Night Battles, M.F. Bloxam
9. Fun Home, Alison Bechdel
10. The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory, Brian Greene

2008 total: 120
Top 10 of 2008 (no particular order):

1. Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro
2. Steppenwolf, Hermann Hesse
3. The New Weird, Eds. Ann & Jeff Vandermeer
4. The Book of Lost Things, John Connolly
5. Baltasar and Blimunda, Jose Saramago
6. Buddenbrooks, Thomas Mann
7. The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger
8.The General in His Labyrinth, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
9. The Wall, John Hersey
10. Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder: Pronged Ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast, and Other Marvels of Jurassic Technology, Lawrence Weschler

About my libraryLOTS and LOTS of fiction of various stripes--usually pretty quality stuff. Including, of course, quality science fiction, fantasy, and horror. I appreciate across all genres. I have a pretty generous selection of history, as well, as well as various dramas and poetry. And I owns them all!

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, 20-Something LibraryThingers, 50 Book Challenge, Arrested Development, Battlestar Galactica, Book Sales, Bookshelf of the Damned, Cthulhu Mythos, English majors!, Graduate Studentsshow all groups


Favorite bookstoresThe Dusty Bookshelf

Favorite librariesLawrence Public Library - Lawrence, KS

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Hej hej,

Many thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries. I am always glad to be added to someone's list! Your library is an excellent eclectic mix of genres!

Best wishes,


p.s. tell you husband 'Good luck' with his Ph.D - tell him to just hang on in there and keep going
Sorry about the "year later" thing. :) I love your library. I think I might have to grab some of those books.
china miéville?
that's so cool!

did you go to england or he did he stop by lawrence kansas?

- all jealous in massachusetts. :)
Thanks for inviting me to be your LT friend.

Honored by the Interesting libraries selection -- Thanks! Like your library...!
right back at you... hello!! Cool library
Four of the books on your top of 2008 list are on my top life list. KINDRED SPIRITS ROCK!

And, library book sale anyone???

And The Hummingbird's Daughter is a surprisingly beautiful book, IMHO.
Could you give me a short summary about the book "Grown Men" by S M Mawe ?
I am not sure it is the book I am looking for. (I am a French reader).
It would be very kind of you.
Thanks a lot
Isabelle Jullien
Hello and thanks for adding me to your 'Interesting Libraries' list. I think that the comments that you make on your Profile page are very valid.
We seem to share some 317 books at the moment which can't be bad.
Best wishes from the English Midlands.
it looks to me like you have a lot to be happy about. :-)
Hello. Thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries.
Fabulous idea starlyt!

I just now created the thread at your suggestion.
I'm probably going to see Coraline tomorrow with my daughter and goddaughter, whom we are visiting. And today we're going to do some book shopping, which i've decided must include The Graveyard Book!
Woah, so, have you taken any classes with James Gunn? I'm very curious, as I'm considering studying SF in a grad program sometime... (like, comparative lit and global SF).
How Many, How Much
Shel Silverstein

How many slams in an old screen door?
Depends how loud you shut it.
How many slices in a bread?
Depends how thin you cut it.
How much good inside a day?
Depends how good you live 'em.
How much love inside a friend?
Depends how much you give 'em.
Dear, dear bookloving/living friend:
First of all, I say "I miss Samantha" approximately three times a day. It confuses the darling children with whom I work, but they are used to it by now.

How are you spending your break time?

And, my inlaws are coming to visit soon. If I were to pick three books for them to bring, what should I have them buy for me?

A. in Argentina
Thanks for adding me as an interesting library. I've done the same and must say that I'm really jealous of the length of your read in 2008 list. Oh for the time.
Your costumes are HOT and I miss you.
I did really like Nick and Norah. It was one of those rare moments the movie was as good as the book. I love the main actress. Read the book if you haven't already. I used to teach middle school language arts, so I end up reading a lot of YA.

The Dusty Bookshelf is great. And I love the kitties. I used to live close to downtown, so I'd end up there quite a bit.

Right now I'm reading The Things They Carried for my book group. I read it in college (10 years ago) and remember liking it.

Where is your username from?
Wow, that is a HUGE reading list for 2008! I'm impressed. I have actually read much less this year than I usually do. I also have secret dreams of becoming a librarian. If there was a way I could do it without going back to school, I probably would! Did you like the Wind Up Bird Chronicle? I love Murakami, but I haven't read that one yet. Happy reading from another Lawrencian!

So how was the Wind Up Bird Chronicle? I'm currently reading Thomas Pynchon's, Against The Day, which is an entire universe. Two-hundred pages in and its already one of my best reads. And challenging too, although not as challenging as Gravity's Rainbow was.
hey! we are the only two people on here who have 'hex house'
Muchas gracias for i-l'ing me. I'd normally try and write something witty now by way of introduction, but I'm still reeling from the news of David Foster Wallace's suicide. No writer, living or dead, has ever meant more to me.

Your library is incredible, as you probably know. I had already i-l'd you aways back btw.
I'm flattered that you've added me to your interesting libraries. It looks like we have about the same number of books in our homes. And you read as many in a year as I do yet I have lots of reading time as I do not work.That's impressive. I see we both enjoy books that caught the attention of the NBCC. I will reciprocate and add your library to my interesting list too. Thanks again,

Hello angrystarlyt,

Thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries list, I have added you to mine! I like your list of last year's reading, and the fact you like cats and ice cream, women and foreigners!!!


Sue (thewordygecko)
Thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries list.
great library! we've got a few overlaps and i see there are a few you've read that i may have to pick up. you sure are tearing through your books.
Thank you for including me in your interesting librairies.
I believe you're referring to Kwality Comics. I'm not a big fan of that store, Astrokitty is much better! I don't know how long you've lived in town, but I used to work at the now-defunct Mass St. Comics (it was where Big Daddy Caddilac's Tattoo Shop is now). I loved that store, and was really sad when we had to close. I hope someday Astrokitty will be able to expand and have the same amount of amazing comics and toys.

I went to the public library and found a copy of The Transitive Vampire. It really is awesome! Excellent find!
Yeah at the moment I am literally at snails pace going through. I have to agree with you and your mom, I am completely fed up with Scott and the slang is driving me up the smucking wall. (lol) Right now I'm at the point where "Zach" has come in and tore Lisey's boob off and shes on the floor thinking of Scott and his weird family from her memories. I think whats taking me so long is that I fail to see the point in the book. Whats the point of the story? So this woman lost her husband and ....? Why is remembering Scott so important to us (the reader) and really what does that have to do with her handling what needs to be dealt with this fanatic and her ailing sister? Idk I just find it all odd. My Dad is telling me to just read the end and get on with my life but how can I? IT'S STEPHEN KING! lol. I feel obligated to finish what I read no matter how cruddy it seems and SK is the top of the top. I somehow feel that he is going to save me at the end and change my mind.

As you do, I love all of his books for different reasons but I have a certain soft spot for The Stand. I think its the whole world-came-to-an-end thing that gets me. Also Different Seasons, each one of the stories stands on its own. Its a beautiful thing.

I know that your a self-proclaimed "Dark Tower Junkie" but I have only read the first one probably 3-4 years ago and now am trying to have all in my possession before I begin again. Btw I wanted to ask you, did you look at the comics for the series? I have all of them but cant bring myself to read them for I fear it will tarnish my own possible views on the characters and such.

A comic for The Stand is in the works at the moment. *excitement*

(wow this is a long post.)
Yay, Lawrence!! I like your profile and your library alot. We seem to have excellent things in common, such as crushes on comic book characters! Do you ever go to Astrokitty Comics? Also, your graduate studies sound really really interesting. Maybe I'll see you around town!
hi! angrystarlyt,

I'm so sorry that it had taken me so long to write to you. I started to read Lisey's Story but then summer school got in the way. But Stephen King is my all time favorite and I have to say that this book is pretty disappointing. To the point that I've finished my summer session and haven't had the urge to pick it up. I am going to start again now.

Did you read (and finish) the book?
Thanks for the compliment! Nice that readers in Kansas and Alabama, or wherever, can peer appreciatively at each other's bookshelves, isn't it?
Just to say thanks for adding my library to your 'interestings' (though when I look at your page I see you seem to have added just about everyone's in the world (and why not)! It's nice to be in good company anyway. I just had a quick glimpse of your profile and especially liked the bit about being made to pick MA courses. Okay, I understand they can't really teach us everything in the world, but the reason I didn't go on to an MA was because the choices seemed so narrow. I'm waiting for a course to come up entitled 'Everything you could possibly want to know about all literature from the bible to RIGHT NOW!' In my BA I managed to shuffle around a bit between 19thC, early 20thC, Shakespeare, Restoration comedy (yeuch) etc but I'd love to do some more contemporary stuff. Ah well - looks like I'll have to design my own course in that case. Welcome to the library anyhow. Hope you have a good time here.
Hi, thanks for adding me to your 'interesting libraries' list. I am adding you to mine too - after a quick look I can see I'll enjoy browsing through your books!
Thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries. I see you recently read and enjoyed The Enchantress of Florence. I bought that book this past weekend. Are you a Rushdie fan? I've never read him before, so I'm looking forward to it.
Thank you for your comment. Zechs is indeed my hero.
What a surprise to see a message written by someone other than myself! (my 100 list is like a journal for me).

As for my reading tastes, I'm compelled by different impulses - sometimes I get ultra focused on a topic (Latter Day Saints) or I set a goal (I use "1001 Books to Read..." to fill in the gaps in my engineering education) or I just want to complete a series (particularly useful in scifi). I recently discovered Kate Chopin, it's amazing to me how far ahead of her time she was - I just wish she had written more!

Your own library is very interesting too. And your read list is very diverse too, I see books that I loved, some that I should read and some I didn't even consider. I received "The 19th Wife" from Early Reviewers just before I left town and haven't been able to read it yet. Next week though, it's at the top of my tbr pile. Do you think you could expand your favorites to maybe ten or fifteen books? I would love to see what else you might recommend.

Thanks for the comments!

Have you read any Stephen Jay Gould? Highly recommended if you have an interest in the effects of evolution on the history of ideas, society, politics etc as much as science.
Thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries list! I returned the favor. You have a lot of great stuff and I look forward to looking through your library more closely. I'm currently getting my undergrad in English and then plan on going to library school (I currently work in a library) so we have that in common as well.
I see you're currently reading The Accidental. It was a strange little book. I'm still not quite sure if I liked it but I thought the voice was amazing.
I haven't read it yet, but I can't wait!
Do you really have 2,099 books? If so, I pretty much hate you.
How's life?
I have a close friend who lives in Lawrence! It's a small world after all.

I must say I find your library very interesting. It's been a slow day at work and I've been killing time browsing through your books. You have a great collection.

Have a great day!
Hi Samantha, I am glad u r interested in my library. i will take a look at yours as well. i just finished reading NOTES ON THE OCCUPATION: PALESTINIAN LIVES by Eric Hazan. i strongly recommend it. I have just begun SONG YET SUNG by James McBridge, a poetic sensitive novel about runaway slaves. I just have an inkling that you would like this book. best, david
Thanks! I don't have many readers, sadly, because I don't have much published. If you go to my website - - you'll find a list of everything in my bibliography. Two of the stories are still online. "Jetsam" has some hints of Lovecraft in it, as well as "Take Your Daughters", but I'm working on something much more interesting right now: a trio of novellas that I call "Victorian Lovcraftian Dark Fantasy Clockpunk". :D Hopefully it'll be sold and online by the end of the year. Keep your fingers crossed for me!
Thanks for the honor of being listed as one of your 'interesting libraries' - I see we have spoken before:-) They seem to have done away with the ability to see 'new' users with one's books (a bummer). Sounds like grad school is going well for you! Hope you get to squeeze in some pleasure reading now and again. Best, Lois
Hi, angrystarlyt. Thanks for adding my library. I'm working with a Kansasian now, former KO top brass, and she's a dream. I'm looking forward to exploring your library.

Ice cream, mmm hmh.

Angry? Your in graduate school!
Funny, I'm your top "member with most common books," but you're not on my top list at all. Nice diverse selection you have there. I've also got quite a few that I haven't read - it happens when you combine collections with your spouse - you suddenly have a lot of books that you haven't read.

Professor or librarian? I had the same dilemma; I went with librarian...though I may yet go back for a PhD.

Good luck with the decision.
Hello Samantha,
thanks for adding my library to your list of interesting ones.
I did the same with yours, and I will enjoy going through your virtual shelves, certain to find a lot of interesting authors and books.
Happy reading.

Paola :-))
It is indeed a disturbing universe. *smiles*
Since we seem to have fairly similar taste in literature, I'm going to add you to my interesting libraries list. I'm sure I'll find some great reads here!

I vote for professor, by the way. But then, I'm not a person who's very interested in systems of organizing information. I love libraries, but I think being a librarian would be a terrible job for me.
I was looking at other folks who rec'd the same early reviewers book, and noticed you have a *lovely* library. One of my best friends is in Lawrence for grad school, too (although he's a philosopher.) Just wanted to say hi!

Happy Wednesday!
yup...woohoo larryville/river city/l-town/lawrence. The recommendations are nice but I wish there was a wish list kind of deal (or one that I can find) because I'm always coming across titles I want to read, but never take the time to write them down. pen and paper are so obsolete.
Rock chalk, Jayhawk!

Have a Local Burger for me.
Haha, I just might do that. It's one of the few good pictures ever taken of me. It's my reverse Cthulhu look.
Yeeeees! I'm so excited. Yet another means for me to stalk you. I'm so glad you joined. I'm rather envious of your 2,016 books.
Indeed - you're getting a book from the regular Jan batch, but nothing from the "bonus batch".

Hi, Not sure if my library is eclectic or just random. But, I think your's have outdone mine in variety ;) Your library is very impressive, I enjoyed poking through it. There is a group in LT Talk called "Go Review That Book" where each person selects one book from the previous poster and requests a review. Our libraries would make a good match. Although I do have a ton to read a the moment...

My Lawrence connection goes back to 1995-1998 when I was a geology grad student there. I'm in Houston now, but I have very fond memories of Lawrence, and Yellow Sub, and the Free State Brewery and Paradise Cafe and the Mad Greek and Louise's ... Anyway, the reason I thought there might be connection is I just added a University of Kansas tag to all my geology books from when I was in the program there. Then I saw you were moving (or have moved?) to Lawrence and I thought maybe you searched for the tag. It never occurred to me that you might have found my library of interest :D.

As for what I add, er...well, I'm adding my geology books at the moment, so probably not much interest for you there. But, I'm still buying books and adding the library books I actually read.

Thank you for adding me to your interesting libraries. I have been away for a while; I just noticed it and am awfully flattered.

One quick look at your profile and I am already impressed. Only January 17th and you read 5 books already? Unfortunately with everything going on in my life, I do not have much time to read or the peace of mind to focus and I am jealous! (Not being able to read in no way decelerates my book purchases though!) I look forward to looking at your library in detail in the coming days and maybe add new works to my reading list.
Hi Samantha, I noticed you added my library to your interesting library list. I'm flattered! and curious what caught your attention. Any chance it was a Lawrence connection? Cheers,d
I see my erstwhile comment of 19 December did make into the 'comments' block -- and twice over! LT must have been hiccupping at the time. I even got a message that said Angrystarlyt was not a member of LT or some such confusion. In any case, read whenever you can steal time from so many other demands. And . . . be of good cheer!
Thank you for considering mine an interesting library. Good fortune and study at the University of Kansas! I was a history major at the University of Kentucky, but curiosity one day led me to an English dept. course in 'comp lit' taught by one Guy Davenport (1927-2005) whose musings and conversation and delight in learning quite honestly changed my world view altogether. His good friend and colleague, Hugh Kenner (1923-2004), author of many books about the modernists (Pound, Joyce, Eliot, Beckett) also helped to make me an unofficial 'English major'. Best wishes to you and to your partner in life. (My wife and I are now into our 31st year of the journey that never ceases to amaze -- and to surprise.)
Hi Samantha! I noticed that we share quite a few of the same books. (You have about 1/3rd of what I've listed so far.)

If you don't mind sharing--I was wondering, what's your favorite novel of all time? Or novels?

Here’s wishing you a weekend filled with wacky whims, wonderful weirdness, and well-disposed werecats.

-Jeremy :)
Thanks for your friendship. I look forward to checking out your books and hope you enjoy mine.
I'm doing swell, as is my library. Adding more shelving to my apartment, so I might be able to bring out some of my books that are currently languishing in a relative's attic. Got into graphic novels recently and have been worthing through some of the classics ("Watchmen" et al.)

Hope things are are going well. Anything interesting you've come across recently?

thanks for the interesting library comment. My 2 cents? Be an academic librarian - faculty status, teaching and books. What could be better? Happy reading!
thanks for considering the library interesting; yours will do. Ah, Lawrence in the fall . . . my wife went to KU and enjoyed it, so hope you can too. I hope you opt for teaching - nothing like seeing the lights go on behind young eyes, and librairies seem to be morphing into soul-less places without books. Only many friends makes moving many books tolerable; happily, I've many friends willing to work for booze. when time allows, let me know what's of interest on my shelves. best, s
thanks for adding me to your intersting libraries! i am also an english major! you have a very interesting collection as well!
yes...there are few things finer than a sam adams cherry wheat on a hot southern day.

you're getting out of conway? i must say...i'm a little jealous. i love the kansas city area. never made it over to lawrence.
What do you find interesting about my library? Just curious.

Glad to see another user. And a Residents fan at that. Sweet.

I feel your pain trying to lug books across the country. Most of mine are out in Oregon right now since they won't fit in our apartment out here in North Dakota. It's painful.

Have a good one, and happy cataloging.
Lawrence, KS...I bet you'll have a blast there, and if not, just know that you are in the best place in Kansas. That should count for something.

As for grad school, it's wheat and chaff. I'm a PhD student at Oregon, and I've seen most of the people who entered with me drop out or take their MAs and run. That's OK with me since there is a glut of PhD students anyway. I think everyone should read this article before starting graduate school in an English department: It's terribly cynical, jaded, and bitter, but in some ways it's not too far off the mark. It's also how I got into UO. My personal statement listed of all the reasons not to get a PhD in English (and especially in Medieval Studies), and then went on to explain that I want to do it anyway. I know what I'm getting into and I still want to get into it. That is important, and that is what put me over the top (it wasn't my Subject GRE, I know that).

As for teaching Comp, just understand that those freshmen will do many things: 1) they will surprise you with some of the most awkward wording, thinest arguments, most ridiculously obvious plagiarism, and terrible grammar/mechanics you could ever imagine; 2) they will never be very interested in the subject and will just try to make it through; 3) they will be able to tell and will follow your lead if you are not interested; 4) they will likely never, ever be able to write as well as you (so give them a break and triage the issues you tackle in their writing); 5) the only thing they will read critically is your syllabus (and they WILL find the holes in it); and 6) at least one student every term will surprise you and really blow your hair back with an essay that is light years beyond her classmates and what you might have been capable of as a freshman. For me, number 6 trumps all the other things I listed, though the other five will definitely take their toll.

It's all a balancing act, really (I always think of the guy spinning plates on a stage). Just remember that you are a student first and a teacher second. KU is making a killing off of your labor and you are not, so keep that in mind. Spend 15-20 minutes per paper, TOPS! It sounds harsh and impossible, but if you write too much on the papers, you'll be too tired to do your own work and the student will ignore all the nuanced or difficult points you bring up.

Good luck and let me know how things go...oh, and moving the books? There is no easy way. My only suggestion: only but 1/2 to 3/4 of the books in a box you think you can carry. At the end of the day, your back will thank you. This much I know.
Hey there - I'm a Fayetteville girl myself, but I have a lot of family in the Little Rock and Fort Smith areas. And in response to your professor vs. librarian query above, while I am neither, a good friend of mine recently decided on librarian and so far she LOVES it.
be a libarian! i want to be one when i grow up! nothing is more enchanting than someone who has world of knowledge at their fingertips, and the ability to access in seconds the single piece in that sea of data needed at any given moment is pure modern magic.

your compliment made me smile, by the way. thanks a lot. (:
Thanks for the compliment. I didn't know I was anyone's top neighbor, and that makes me really happy. It's not often that you find someone with Orson Scott Card, Stephen King, and a good deal of literature to boot. Bravo, and remember, English majors shall one day rule the world.
Welcome to LT and congratulations on your graduation. Can't help you with the career decision or the graduate decision though:-) I happened to see your your name on the list of users who share books with me. Every now and again I sort the list to "new" and pick a few users at random to meet and greet. I'd recommend joining the "What are you Reading Now?" Group for starters - it's great introduction to LT. Also, as a Lovecraft fan, you might enjoy the works of China Miéville...many cool and imaginative monsters... Best, Lois
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