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About me
Retired teacher and frustrated librarian. Getting a little freakier as time goes on.

At last, a life-time goal is close to accomplishment: I want to run out of life before I run out of books.


1. Mysteries, but only certain types. I especially appreciate mysteries with a good bit of humor, those set in schools of one kind or another, and those with a limited suspect list. I also enjoy exotic settings.

2. Personal essays, particularly those about books and reading;

3. Victorian novels, with a heavy emphasis on Anthony Trollope

4. William Faulkner

5. George Orwell


About ratings: Every author deserves an even chance at the first page, so I mentally rate all books at 2.5 stars, or dead average, before I read them.

I choose books fairly carefully (stop the unseemly laughter in the back, please), so many books get bumped up to a three; quite a few get to four stars, and a five star rating means I buttonhole strangers and say, "You must read this book!"

The occasional clinker does show up, or a book whose aesthetic, plot, or character development I can understand, but which I despise anyway.

About my libraryIt's big. The physical collection is big, the kindle ection is big, and the nook collection is big--altogether, fairly huge.

I'm trying, almost always in vain, to get the TBR section smaller than the I Just Bought This on Impulse section. I like things that are new, different, or oddball. My collection is both eclectic and Byzantine.

I usually avoid romances, dystopian novels, or thrillers, but am open to persuasion.

Groups100 Books in 2021 Challenge!, 2013 Category Challenge, 2014 Category Challenge, 2020 BIG FAT BOOK CHALLENGE, 2021 BIG FAT BOOK CHALLENGE, 75 Books Challenge for 2009, 75 Books Challenge for 2011, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014show all groups

Favorite authorsLouis Auchincloss, Agatha Christie, Peter Dickinson, Michael Dirda, Arthur Conan Doyle, Peter Lovesey, Arona McHugh, Dorothy L. Sayers, Anthony Trollope, Barbara W. Tuchman, Edith Wharton, Virginia Woolf (Shared favorites)

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LocationBradenton FL

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Member sinceDec 28, 2008

Currently readingThe Best Poems of the English Language: From Chaucer Through Frost by Harold Bloom

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