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Age 39
Joined Sunday, September 15, 2002
Recent Book Activity
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books registered 0 1,120
released in the wild 0 482
controlled releases 0 39
releases caught 0 54
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books found 0 161
tell-a-friend referrals 0 459
new member referrals 0 25
forum posts 0 7,702
Extended Profile
Welcome, leave your sanity at the door, don't expect it to be there when you leave.

I've always loved reading. I did a primitive form of BookCrossing before I joined, donating hardcovers I didn't want to keep to the library and selling paperbacks to used bookstores (preferably in different cities than where I bought them). Since joining BC, I've donated some registered books to the library, and traded some in at used bookstores.

I've fallen out of contact with the site, gotten busy with other things, but BookCrossing will always hold a special place in my heart, because it's where I met my fiancé. When USCIS gets off their asses and processes the visa, fellow BookCrosser LadyGothic and I will be married. And it all started with a RABCK.

I majored in Electrical & Computer Engineering at Auburn University. I graduated Summa Cum Laude on December 19, 2003. I looked that up, and it means "With Highest Honors," or so says this site. I'm now employed in Georgia. My two cats have their own house, which they graciously allow me to stay in. Soon enough we'll have another kitty and my mate.

I thought "Phantom Reader" would be an appropriate name for someone who leaves books behind anonymously, striking when no one is looking and disappearing before you know it, with no evidence of his presence but a free book left for whoever wants it. The "42" comes from The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy.

I spend probably more time than I should wandering around the Internet. You can find all sorts of crazy sites out there. In some circles I'm known as Lord of the Links. I've also got a reputation as a collector of naughty girls, but that's another story.

Note that these explanations apply only to books where the status was set by ME
AVAILABLE: This means I've read the book, and intend to pass it on, but have no specific plans. It does NOT mean that I'll send it to anyone who asks.
TBR: To Be Read. That says it all
RESERVED: I have a specific destination in mind for this book, which may be an individual or a release location.
TRAVELING: I have released or mailed this book, or it has been lost or stolen.
PERMANENT COLLECTION : I won't be registering many of these. It means I plan to keep this book, though perhaps I'll loan it out or do a bookring.

I largely taught myself HTML, and learned a lot around here. Take a look at the way the books on my shelf are linked together. There are some surprising connections.
If you're interested in learning HTML, check out some of these links:
For color info try,, suggested to me by JennyO, or, suggested by Herrundmeyer (which also has escape sequences for special characters), or, or (suggested by summermarie, and the only place I've seen a simple list of colors usable by name).
Here's an HTML reference.
And a course in HTML, suggested by CasualReader.
This site has animated gifs, free for use on any non-commercial website, but please be careful. Don't steal other peope's bandwidth.
And dont forget yvi-1's HTML learning forum

Bookrings and rays I've started:
Ringworld by Larry Niven
The Long Walk by Stephen King (as Richard Bachman)
One Door Away From Heaven by Dean Koontz
Chobits by CLAMP (ray) (ring)
Dragon's Egg by Robert L. Forward
Villains By Necessity by Eve Forward

Rings and rays started by others:
Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman (started by aaratnayake)
The Vintage Bradbury by Ray Bradbury (for participants in the Ray Bradbury Project)
Starlight 3 by Patrick Nielsen Hayden (started by booklemur)
Pyramids by Terry Pratchett (started by Earthdance)
Free Drinks for Ladies With Nuts: Delightfully Mangled English by Jane O'Boyle (started by Rampallion)
Animist by Eve Forward (started by Mandali)
Watchers by Dean Koontz (started by Rendiru)
The Language Police by Diane Ravitch (started by elizz273)
Fear Nothing by Dean Koontz (started by kymberlie)
The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted by Harry Harrison (started by caligula03)
Between Chapters by Nicholas Cvjetkovich (started by LadyGothic *nibble nibble*)

If you wish to join a ray that I have started, PM me, but adding people to established rays can be troublesome. For rings or rays started by another bookcrosser, PM the person who started the ring or ray. Signup on those may be closed. When joining a ring or ray, please state whether or not you can ship internationally, and where (only to Canada, only in Asia, etc.). If you are not in the US and unwilling to ship internationally, there may be a problem adding you to a ray started in the US.
All my bookrays are international provided that enough of the members are willing to ship internationally.

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