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CollectionsYour library (1,160)

Reviews38 reviews

TagsNR (712), Britain and Ireland (500), 20th century (post-1950) (444), USA (373), non-fiction (346), 20th century (pre-1950) (323), college (199), 21st century (187), 19th century (135), HS (109) — see all tags

MediaNot set (28), Book (1,132), Paper Book (965), Audiobook (5)

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Recommendations3 recommendations

About meRead in 2011 (in approximate order from best to worst):
Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election That Changed Everything for American Women by Rebecca Traister
Wolf Totem by Jiang Rong
Bossypants by Tina Fey
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff (reread)
The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them by Elif Batuman
Sabriel by Garth Nix

About my libraryWhat's on Librarything is what's on my shelves, except for about a dozen duplicate copies that I've left out. I suppose a lot of it's British. There are relatively few female writers (~15% of the total), but I don't know why. Books not originally published in English are also sadly underrepresented (~20%). I've got a goodly number of plays and short stories and volumes of poetry, but my true love is the novel. I'm just now getting into non-fiction: after years of trying to force myself into philosophy, I find that history and science are the only subjects for which I have any patience. I don't keep books if I don't think I'll ever want to read them again, but sometimes I keep books I couldn't finish if I feel like it was just bad timing on my part.

As for tags, "college" means I read it during college, "HS" means I read it in high school, and "pre-HS" means (you guessed it) I read it before high school, although some of the HS and most of the pre-HS books have disappeared over the years. Almost all of the other tags are places/centuries of origin or non-fiction categories.

A roundabout explanation of my rating system: A four-and-a-half star book for me is one that I thought was excellent in every way except that I didn't feel emotionally involved. Thus, a five-star books is excellent and probably made me go all starry-eyed afterward with thoughts about how profound the world is, etc. The meaning of the other stars can probably be extrapolated from that. I rarely ever keep anything rated lower than three stars, unless it has sentimental value or I feel like I need to reread it someday.

Groups75 Books Challenge for 2010, Black Books, Blitz Books: the WWII British Home Front, 1938 to 1945, BritWit, Chicagoans, INTPs, Midwest Writers/Readers, Neuroscience, The Diogenes Club, The University of Chicago

Favorite authorsChris Adrian, Beryl Bainbridge, James Baldwin, G. K. Chesterton, Noël Coward, Charles Dickens, Isak Dinesen, T. S. Eliot, Anne Fadiman, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Penelope Fitzgerald, E. M. Forster, Graham Greene, W. Somerset Maugham, Ian McEwan, A. A. Milne, Lorrie Moore, Mervyn Peake, Per Petterson, Marilynne Robinson, Paul Scott, Wallace Stegner, John Steinbeck, Kurt Vonnegut, Evelyn Waugh, P. G. Wodehouse, Virginia Woolf (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstores57th Street Books, O'Gara and Wilson, Booksellers, Powell's - Hyde Park, Seminary Co-op Bookstore

Real nameErin


Account typepublic

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Member sinceApr 9, 2007

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