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Last race: Lewiston Bridge Run August 27, 2017

About my libraryWhat stars mean:

1 = Books that should not be read.
2 = Books that are bad or forgettable, but more worthy than one star.
3 = Books that are enjoyable, but nothing to write home about.
4 = Books that are hard to put down, and can’t wait to pick up again.
5 = Books I would like to read again.
Update 12/31/2017
Entire Collection
Stars Count Percent
1------- 18-- 3.07%
2-------168-- 28.67%
3-------244-- 41.64%
4-------110-- 18.77%
5------- 46-- 7.85%
Average Rating 2.99658703071672

Books read before joining librarything
Stars Count Percent
1------- 6-- 1.54%
4------- 64--16.41%
5------- 40--10.26%
Total 390 100.00%
Average Rating 3.00000000000000

Books read after joining librarything
Stars Count Percent
1--------12-- 5.83%
5-------- 8-- 3.88%
Total 206-100.00%
Average Rating 3.01941747572816

Over the last six months, I re-read another Stephen King, Firestarter. I watched Stranger Things and read how Firestarter was a big influence. It was more than that. Stranger Things blatantly plagiarized Firestarter. I originally rated Firestarter 2 stars as I did not recall the plot when I entered it into LibraryThing in 2009. I originally read it in the early 1980's. It jumped from a two to a four, and was greatly helped by visualizing the Stranger Things cast as characters. Millie Bobby Brown (11) = Charlie McGee (Drew Barrymore.) That is why the number of 2 star books read before joining librarything went down by one, and 4 star books went up. Glad I read this book as I also added it to the Recommended Books collection, when this update was created.

Firestarter was the only book rated higher than 3 stars over the last six months. Bummer. Even worse, two one star books, People of the Wolf and Sunshine, were read over the last six months. I did not finish those two. They were not my cup of tea. Many people like them.

I think I've explained why the numbers don't add up in the past. For example, there are 37 two star books in the "Books read after joining librarything" section. There are 132 two star books in "Books read before joining librarything." Add those up, 37 + 132, you get 169. However, the "Entire Collection" set ion indicates I have only read 168 two star books. The reason, I read "Anne of Avonlea" before and after joining LibraryThing. It counts in the before and after sections, but only once in the entire one. Here are the 10 books read before and after joining librarything, explaining why 3, 4, and 5 star books also don't add up, and the before and after total is 10 more than the entire collection total:
Anne of Avonlea--------------Montgomery, L. M. (Lucy Maud)-2
The Mouse and the Motorcycle-Cleary, Beverly---------------3
Cujo-------------------------King, Stephen-----------------3
The Summons------------------Grisham, John-----------------3
The Mote in God's Eye--------Niven, Larry------------------3
Firestarter------------------King, Stephen-----------------4
Pet Sematary-----------------King, Stephen-----------------4
The Shining------------------King, Stephen-----------------4
Anne of Green Gables---------Montgomery, L. M.-------------5
Salem's Lot------------------King, Stephen-----------------5

Another "feature/anomaly/interesting oddity" of re-reading before and after books is the average of both before, 3.00000000000000 (ha!) and after, 3.01941747572816 (happy it is higher than the before average,) sections are higher than the entire collection, 2.99658703071672. I like it when the average is higher than 3.

After the experience with Firestarter, I went through other 2 star books in my read before collection, and added these books to my "to read" collection:
The Book of Lost Things-Connolly, John
Balance of Power--------Huston, James W.
Monkeewrench------------Tracy, P. J.
Mystic River------------Lehane, Dennis
Shadow Man--------------McFadyen, Cody
The Third Option--------Flynn, Vince
A Town Like Alice-------Shute, Nevil

I think, based on how similar libraries to mine rate these books, I will rate these books higher, hopefully getting some books I have a hard time putting down, and can't wait to start - four rating. Books that are two in the before collection means I do not remember them.
See About My LibraryThing Library for previous updates.

GroupsCrime, Thriller & Mystery, FantasyFans, Historical Fiction, Horror!, King's Dear Constant Readers, Running Readers, Science Fiction Fans, What Are You Reading Now?

Favorite authorsDouglas Adams, David Brin, Max Byrd, Orson Scott Card, John le Carré, Tom Clancy, Michael Crichton, Nelson DeMille, William Goldman, John Grisham, Stephen King, Robert Ludlum, Larry Niven, J. K. Rowling, Brandon Sanderson, Jeff Shaara, Dan Simmons, Neal Stephenson, J. R. R. Tolkien, Mark Twain, Gore Vidal (Shared favorites)

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