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Wendy
About My Library
I've entered all of the books I can remember reading over the course of my lifetime; I'm sure I'm missing a good number, but certainly all those which made a big impression are listed here, with at least a short review. I've decided not to try and catalogue all the books I own; they'll make it onto the list after I've read them (I have a few thousand books in my home; it would take me forever to enter them all here, and some of them will probably never be read by me, so I'm not going to make that effort). I am also keeping a wish list here, though, so I can keep track of books I don't own, but would like to read someday (tag: wish list).

A word about my ratings. Obviously, overall, I'm rating books on how much I enjoyed them, or how well I feel they serve their "purpose" (the thoroughness of educational books, for example). I recently made one change, though, to the way I'm using ratings. I've decided to only give a rating of five stars to those books which really touched my heart or my life in some way; in other words, to my absolute, all-time favorites. This means I've recently down-graded several books I previously listed as five-star, which is unfortunate in a way, because many of them were excellent books, worthy of the stars. But having too many five-star books in my library kind of makes the rating meaningless to me, personally. So, I suppose it's fair to say that anything I have rated at least four-and-a-half stars is a book I thought was excellent, and well-worth reading.

I've already met my overall reading goal for 2007, which was to read 150 books. (I think I'd done this by June). Right now, I've decided not to push myself with more goals, although I am trying to read several books which have been on my TBR pile for ages, plus some new-to-me classics. I think I'll try for another 150 in 2008, although this might be a challenge with the life changes I have ahead. It's good to have goals, though. :)
About Me
I can't remember a time when I wasn't an avid reader; now I enjoy sharing books with my not-quite teenage son. We live in Sonoma County, where I'm a full-time student, working toward a degree in Evolutionary Biology. I'm also an artist, singer (soprano), birder, and BookCrosser.
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Cotati, CA
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