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From Antioch, Tennessee USA
Age 43
Joined Friday, March 12, 2004
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I am a child psychiatrist in Tennessee. I used to use the BC screenname KatieChinlover. (I used to own pet chinchillas, but had to sell them after I had my son.) I still play piano, sing second soprano, and love arts/crafts. I knit, crochet, sew, and design my own needlepoint. I write poetry, but rarely share it and have never published anything.

When it comes to books, I will read almost anything if I am desperate enough. But I prefer science fiction and fantasy in general. I have relatively recently branched out into horror and murder mysteries, partly because I felt I had read everything worth reading in the sci-fi/fantasy genre. Anyone who feels they can prove me wrong is welcome to offer suggestions via private message! I have not listed my entire library in my bookshelf. I have also scoured my local public libraries for years, picking up anything with a unicorn or an atom on the side. I have read most of the books written by: Isaac Asimov, Terry Brooks, Michael Crichton, David Eddings, Raymond Feist, Gayle Greeno, Terry Goodkind, Robert Jordan, JRR Tolkien (of course), Weis and Hickman, Tad Williams, and Timothy Zahn. Authors I have sampled and don't care for include Piers Anthony, L. Ron Hubbard, and Anne McCaffrey. That said, I welcome recommendations within the genre.

The factor I most enjoy in a book is the ability to make me think, to provoke me, or to change my view of the world. Any book that presents a new idea that I ponder even momentarily is fine by me. It is so rare to find a truly different perspective. I welcome any recommendations that fit this description!

After reading the forum debates about including personal collection books in one's bookshelf, I have decided to list some of my favorites, so that people will have an idea of my taste and what I already own. Books marked PC below are available only for loan, on a very limited basis, with people I trust. Email me if you are interested in one, and I promise to consider your offer (but I don't promise to agree). My books are among my most prized possessions, which I expect fellow BC'ers to understand.

Mount TBR (in roughly the order in which I plan to read them):
Snowflower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
Animal Farm by George Orwell
House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
Wild Animus by Rich Shapiro

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