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About meFor money, I watch fluffy cable TV and edit the closed captions. For my sanity, I write novels (well, one novel currently, but I'm on the second draft and I have high hopes of finishing it at some point) and short stories. To kill time, I write pointless blog entries. And when I'm not writing, I'm reading obsessively. Oh, and watching Alias. That's about it.

About my libraryI tend to read fiction almost exclusively these days -- specifically novels. Several friends are trying to get me to expand to nonfiction, but so far their efforts have mostly been in vain. I don't blame them for this; they are good people. My mind, for some reason, just balks at the word "reality." I'm a big slipstream/sci-fi fan, and without a doubt, my favorite author in my library is Octavia E. Bulter. Why do the good ones have to die so young?

All that said, I do like nonfiction. And poetry. And plays. And short stories. And I have a few of each in my library. I feel you should "ooh" and "ahh" when you come across them.

I see I have a ridiculous amount of books about movies, Grace Kelly, and Audrey Hepburn. I recall purchasing/receiving approximately six of them.

Bridges of Madison County is in my library only because I'm originally from Iowa and was forced to read it in about three different college lit classes (seriously).

I have never once read anything because Oprah told me to, despite all evidence to the contrary in my library. However, I did once read something because Natalie Portman told me to when she was on Oprah. But don't hold that against me, because that book was Angle of Repose and my life has been much enriched by having Wallace Stegner in it. So thanks for that, I guess, Natalie.

Also, I'm a trade paperback junkie, and I'm so protective of my trades that they generally look even newer than they did when I bought them after I finish reading them. I have no idea how I accomplish this. You practically have to wear haz-mat suits and sign a ream of legal agreements in order to borrow books from me. Yep, I'm fun! :)

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Hahahahahaha.....I totally forgot I was a member of this site until today. I'm shocked I still remembered by user and password. :D
That's easy, Robber Bride. Why? Not so just is. Someone just told me that's a very unusual Atwood to have as a favorite. Huh, I say.

I wasn't crazy about Oryx and Crake... science fiction- blech.

And, I think it took me a couple of tries to get into The Blind Assassin, because it's a book within a book. But once I was ready, I liked it.
Gack! I've only entered 70 so far.....this is hard! Why are you making me think. Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!
Gah! As I'm entering my books, I see I actually own two with Oprah thingys! Too bad, so sad, I deleted it from the description. Now I just have to decide if I can live with them on the bookshelf.
I feel like I should explain that I don't hate WUTHERING HEIGHTS. I appreciate it. I understand why other people love it. The problem I have with it is that I find the characters a bit infuriating. I want to somehow crawl into the book and box Catherine and Heathcliff in the head. I have much the same problem with Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester.

I would definitely recommend reading ANNE OF GREEN GABLES at some point in your life. It was my favorite book as a kid and I still really enjoy reading it. It's impossible not to fall in love with Anne. For a young girl, anyway. I guess it could be a very different experience for someone reading it for the first time as an adult.
I honestly could not tell you if I kept THE SONGLINES because I genuinely enjoyed it or because the book store would not take it back. The book store frequently refused to take books I wanted to be rid of (which explains the presence of WUTHERING HEIGHTS in my library - gah!). I am willing to sell back a book for a penny, but I can't actually bring myself to throw a book away.

I have no idea why you would have been stressed out by Major British Writers. Personally, I loved having to read TROILUS AND CRISEYDE in its original Middle English.

I'm actually impressed at how many of our class required books you kept. I sold back several I wish I had kept. In several cases, I think I just wanted to get rid of all evidence that I'd ever suffered through the class in the first place.
You're right about Oates. The quality of her stories seems uneven. I've never read her novels, but as she is so prolific I imagine the same might hold true for those too. Her essays and reviews are superb. your friend, Floyd
I see that you own Scoop by Waugh and Orlando by Woolf. Both are favorites of mine that I recently tagged Regrettably Recycled. Sometimes I'm a damned fool when it comes to getting rid of books. And I love the cover art on both too.
I also see that you have some Joyce Carol Oates. Have you read either short story, "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" or "In the Region of Ice"? The former in particular might be the creepiest story in the English language. You can find them both in her recent short story retrospective, High Lonesome. Keep on Truckin', Floyd
Did you really have to read Bridges of Madison County for more than one class? Ye gods on Olympus! What courses were they? For the latest literary news about the blow dealt to the revival of epic verse see my recent post on my profile.
the Iowan's friend and erstwhile Scourge of the Southern Plains, Floyd
I didn't notice so many people had The Stones of Summer. I wonder if they bought it for the same reason we did (the documentary), or if they just saw it was in the bargain section at Barnes and Noble! Ha! Oh, and I'll have to check if there are any reviews posted for it yet... that might answer the question if anyone's managed to finish it. ;)
Crater Lake, two Summers ago.
A gazebo, eh? Well, those showboatin' sonza*itches. That's all ol' Floyd has to say to that- pure showboatin'
Well, I looked at your completed library and it looks great!
Okay, I have to say I LOVE your picture!! Hahaha! Awesome!
Now, onto the books. First of all we now share 30 because looking at your collection reminded me that I forgot to enter my copies of Angels in America I and II. They're in a box somewhere in the closet. Secondly, I saw TONS of books that we've both read, but just aren't in my collection. Mostly because you loaned them to me! Haha! Also, a bunch of others I checked out from work because I'm poor, and don't have much bookcase space. So, no worries. All our many hours of talking about books we've read aren't in your imagination. :)
Oh, and if it makes us feel any better I think I share more books with you than anyone else I know on here. :) Yay us!
Hmmm... well, remember that we're not cataloguing ones that we've read but don't own anymore. At least I'm not. Not that there's a law against it... I'm just saying we may have read a lot of the same books but just don't own them. However, you're probably right that our roads may have diverged several times as well. :) Also, you read waaaaaaaaaaaay faster than I do, so I think if we're just talking about fiction you have read many more books than I have. I might have you beat in non-fiction though. ;)
Okay, now I'm going to sign off so I can peruse your final library. Yay!
Oh and I almost forgot to mention that The Mysteries of Pittsburgh was recently made into a movie. That might be old news to you, but I didn't know until a customer told me the other day. I believe he said it was playing at Sundance. I really enjoyed the book when I read it about 15 years ago. Wonder Boys on the other hand was a better movie than novel in my opinion. Which Chabon book is your favorite? Floyd
I look forward to keeping an eye on your expanding library. Clarinda and Atlantic are in the southeast corner of Iowa- a particularly hilly region and very beautiful and idyllic in its own way. Glenn Miller was from Clarinda if I'm not mistaken.
I've been through hundreds of small towns in Iowa but don't recall passing through your hometown. I especially like the way most towns in Iowa have a town square at their center rather than a depressing and dilapidated main street, which is the case most often in my home state of Oklahoma. I'm thinking about adopting your red tape policy for book borrowers.
Acquiring that haz-mat suit should discourage even the most importunate borrower. remaining, Floyd the Remainder Man
By the way, what town in Iowa are you from? My haiku was inspired by the landscape between Clarinda and Atlantic. God Bless, Glen Miller. fare thee well, Floyd de Burbank
Hello fellow gravity defier, any friend of olive_anne's is a friend of mine. I enjoyed reading your profile and am happy to see an Iowan on LibraryThing- I have found them to be a very literate people. During my halcyon days of athletic rigor I went on RAGBRAI three times: 1989, 1990, and 1992 to be exact. I remember those days fondly and hope to do it again someday. The people and towns of Iowa are truly wonderful. The fact that Slipknot is from Iowa is surely an aberration. Here is a haiku that I composed one chilly July morning while traversing the low rolling hills of corn in 1989 when I fancied myself as the American Li Po on two wheels.
I hope you enjoy it.

Cornstalks, cornstalks, everywhere
gold-gilding dawn cycles forth
yes, much corn indeed.

Floyd (not Landis) Dangle
Wow! Your library is soooooo pretty! Seriously. It looks great! Now, it'll be much easier for me to see what I want to borrow. Heh heh. However, I may just end up checking said book out from the library. I don't know if I can deal with the stress of returning it in BETTER condition that I received it in! Ha!
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