Joined Thursday, June 28, 2007
Home page www.kiva.org/lender/kismet
Hi! And welcome to Kismet's bookshelf!
If you're curious about what type of books I read, don't go by what you see on my shelves here. Along with books that I have read and enjoyed are at least as many that I haven't read and have no intention of ever reading. I love books. I love reading. I'm a sucker for the garage sale that says "Books - $1.00 a bag" or "take the whole box for $3.00", etc. You get the idea...I end up with a lot of books that really aren't of any interest to me, but I also get some gems that I might otherwise have missed. I figure I can always give away the ones I don't want. Someone will enjoy them. I also have several friends and relatives who know I'm a BookCrosser and they often pass on their books to me to release. So, if you're browsing around my shelf, know me by the books I've rated, or the ones I've marked as "To Be Read" - you'll get a much better idea of what I read.
As for me, in the past I've read almost exclusively Science Fiction or Science Non-Fiction. I've found that BookCrossing has helped me to broaden my literary horizons and recently I've branched out into Mystery, Suspense, Non-Science Fiction, and a few assorted other genres. I have found that the common element in most books I have enjoyed is that either I learned something from them or they took me somewhere completely beyond my potential experience. I live everyday life. I don't want to read about it. A really good book is one that I can immerse myself in so completely that the rest of the world goes away for me. I want to live the story, not just read the words on paper.
I used to put a bookplate in all my books that read "I enjoy sharing my books as I do my friends, asking only that you treat them well and see them safely home." While I still hope that the books I release are treated well, I find that I no longer feel the need for them to come home to me. If they find an appreciative home on someone else's shelf, I'm happy.
If you've found a book that I've released, enjoy! I left it there for you!