they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors,
and the most patient of teachers.
Charles W. Eliot
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My name is Rita, I'm 29 years old, born and bred in sunny (though occasionally rainy) Portugal. I have a degree in Educational Psychology, though I'm not actually working in this area at the moment (*curses difficult job market*). And I am a book-o-holic. I've tried to fight this addiction but there's not many twelve-step programs for people like us and, honestly, it's stronger than me. I am a slave to the power of the printed word. Thus, I am always looking for great new books to read and I'm all too willing to share my books. It's the only way I can find space for the new ones! And to stop them whispering to me at night. Or every single waking moment too, come to think of it.
I came across Bookcrossing after seeing a TV newscast about it and was immediately drawn (signed up that same day, even before the news report was over, in fact). I have always loved to read, have been known to stay up reading at night until quite late, unable to put a book down even when I have to wake up early in the morning. Naturally, this idea of swapping, loaning and releasing books immediately appealed to me.
I can be a very obsessed reader at times, hence my constant late night reading sessions. I consider myself versatile in my reading choices, reading a bit of everything from fiction, non-fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, science-fiction from time to time, Teen/YA fiction (a genre I'm re-discovering), a tad of chick-lit and mystery, etc. I am not very fond of romance in any of its incarnations (fantasy romance, paranormal romance, historical romance, etc.). I used to devour Harlequins when I was 12-14, but those years are long gone now, so I try to stay away from the genre. Hard Sci-Fi is also something I'm fond of in very small doses, even though I love Arthur C. Clarke and Frank Herbert.
I read a lot in English (almost exclusively in the past year or so, actually), not only because there aren’t many translations of books I want to read but also because it’s fairly cheaper to buy the original versions. Not to mention some translations actually make my teeth hurt.
Some of my favourite authors are George R.R. Martin, Patricia McKillip, Guy Gavriel Kay, Marion Zimmer Bradley, J.R.R. Tolkien, Jane Austen, Frank Herbert, Robin Hobb, Anne McCaffrey, among many others. I've been discovering new authors I didn't know about and have lots of their books in my TBR piles. I’m a fan of fantasy series, though I actually prefer those that are trilogies or have an end in sight (long multi-book series make me a bit weary, since I probably have to read most of them from the beginning... I may love fantasy but I have a whole lot of its classics in the TBR still and many others in my wishlist.
Although I'm still active at Bookcrossing, I spend most of my time actually outside of Bookcrossing, in a site that is an offshot of the old BookRelay (itself also originally an unofficial offshot of Bookcrossing): Bookobsessed. Lots of book games and exchanges happening around there, as well as the old relays themselves in a section of the forum. If you ever want to try interesting ways to swap books, come on in and join one of our Book swaps!
I trade my books at Bookmooch as well (userid: xeyra). Additionally, you can find me on LibraryThing and GoodReads.
I'm always open for trades and bookrings (though with the huge TBR mountain I have, nearing 500 books, I really shouldn't). PM me if you see anything you’re interested in. The books in my TBR shelf will, for the most part, be traded or passed on, though some are earmarked for my PC.
BOOKS READ 2011
11. Bridge of Birds: A Novel of an Ancient China That Never Was by Barry Hughart
10. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
09. The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
08. Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
07. The Forest Of Hands And Teeth by Carrie Ryan
06. Void City #1: Staked by J. F. Lewis
05. Kate Daniels #4: Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews
04. The Hunger Games #3: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
03. The Hunger Games #2: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
02. Temeraire #1: His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik
01. Fire by Kristin Cashore
For books read in previous years, please check my GoodReads page.
BOOKRINGS / BOOKRAYS
The Genesis Code by John Case (DEAD)