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From Berkeley, California USA

Age 44

Joined Tuesday, January 18, 2005

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I've rather decided not to register my permanant collection here, (though I decided that after registering a couple dozen of them...) Seems like a better use of bandwidth for BC that I only register those that I am planning to release, so I'll add a link to my LibraryThing shelves for those who need to peruse the shelves to get a sense of me. That list is growing as I have time to update it. (I know, I do it too. It's an interesting way to get a feel for someone.)

I've been called a booksnob, and though I used to deny it, these days I tend to think of it a little differently. There are so many amazing books in the world, and I simply don't have time to read them all. I do like light stuff sometimes, but in general I feel better when I am reading something that impresses me. (Not really interested in impressing anyone else, so I guess that's all right. :)

When I read fluff, I love Terry Pratchett. I was an Anne Rice devotee until she became painful to read. Stephen King was amazing for a long, long time and can still turn out some crazy-good writing, but I don't think he's as hungry as he used to be, and I miss that. Neil Gaiman's American Gods was great, but Neverworld was a disappointment. So I keep coming back to Pratchett, who is consistantly flawless in my opinion.

I really try not to hate Chick-lit. Really. Still, that whole pink cover, cutesy plot, shoes-shopping-and-sex thing just offends me. That said, I read the YaYa Sisterhood and Little Alters Everywhere, and I admit it, YES I ADMIT IT, I liked them.

I love lists. I also seem to love asides. (Though I am not always sure they are necessary.) My husband is a gem and periodically builds me more bookshelves, isn't that lovely? I think I'll keep him around for a while.

I have a bit of a shy thing going on with the forums, by the way. I'll start threads and follow the responses, but I don't often reply much in my own threads, as I don't like to bump them up. I sort of prefer to see where people will take them without my promoting them. It's not meant to be anti-social, and I'll jump into other threads willy-nilly.

I am much more playful than this dry old bio makes me sound, but often my sense of humour doesn't come through clearly online. (Most of the time, if you are wondering whether to laugh at something I posted, just assume that it actually was intended as a joke. S'ok if you laugh at me, too. Just laugh as much as possible and we'll all be ok in the end. I promise.)

No kids. Dog and cat. Thus endeth my confessional time.

Next 10 on the TBR:
Though I have not been sicking to the list. Where is my discipline?

Dead Souls, Nicolai Gogol
The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton
Waiting, Ha Jin
The Floating Opera, John Barth
White Teeth, Zadie Smith
Moby Dick, Herman Melville
Homage to Catalonia, George Orwell
Twenty Years at Hull House, Jane Addams
The Road to San Giovanni, Italo Calvino
The Stone Diaries, Carol Shields

What I’ve been reading:

Elmer Gantry, Sinclair Lewis
Oscar and Lucinda, Peter Carey
Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier
Good Old Plastic Jesus, Earnest Larson
To the Wedding, John Berger
Eric, Terry Pratchett
Cosmicomics, Italo Calvino
The Awakening, Kate Chopin
Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich
La Cucina: A Novel of Rapture, Lily Prior
Waiting for Gertrude, Bill Richardson
The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros
The Heather Blazing, Colm Toibin
Transparent Things, Vladimir Nabokov
Mosquitoes, William Faulkner
Pale Fire, Vladimir Nabokov
Death, Sleep and the Traveler, John Hawkes
The Stranger, Albert Camus
Henry and June, Anais Nin
Thief of Time, Terry Pratchett
The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
Gilead, Marilynne Robinson
The Postman Always Rings Twice, James M. Cain
Sweet Thursday, John Steinbeck
The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera
Empire Falls, Richard Russo
Middlesex, Geoffrey Eugenedes
The Hours, Michael Cunningham
The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck
The Kite Runner, Khaled Husseini
Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone, JK Rawling
The True History of the Kelly Gang, Peter Carey
Beloved, Toni Morrison
Rabbit, Redux; John Updike
Rabbit, Run; John Updike
Alfie, Bill Noughton
Girl, Interrupted; Susanna Kaysen

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