iste liber constat

She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain. – Louisa May Alcott

C’est moi!

I am a History major at Portland State University, and hope to be graduated this summer and walked this summer, though I will be taking a few classes this fall. Since small kid time, I have constantly had my nose in a book, at times to the detriment of my studies and social life. I am a voracious reader, a devourer of words,  a burgeoning bibliomaniac, a full-blown bibliophile, and a philologist in the archaic sense. I have a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad job that gives me lots of time to read. I read while I eat, read while I pee, read while I watch TV or movies, read in bed and in the bath (early attempts at reading in the shower resulted in a Christmas gift of a rubber songbook), I read wherever I can.

Qu’est-ce que c’est?

I have made abortive attempts to record my reading via handwritten or typed lists, a LibraryThing, VisualBookshelf at Facebook, and Shelfari, but I always get bored of them and slack off something terrible. Since I already have a food-and-eating-blog here with my fiance, a book-and-reading-blog seemed the way to go. Here I can track my reading, review, reminisce, and indulge in excessive categorizing, list-making, and cataloging.

Je ne parle pas français.

Sorry. I don’t speak Latin, either (I quit after two terms). 

What I read:

A little of just about everything. Particular interests include: science fiction, fantasy, roman noir, historical fiction,  folklore and fairy tales, late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century children’s literature, YA books, cookbooks, gastronomy, historical non-fiction, horror, classical literature, English literature, trashy romance novels–trashy books of all sorts, really–and Great Books.

How it works:

Right now I include basic publication information, a copy of the cover for the edition I read (if possible; I need to hook up my scanner), a short synopsis, a short excerpt from the book, and the dates read. Oh, and I review it as well, and usually include something about how I came to read the book in the first place or early memories of the book.

I also include suggested reading that is somehow related either by time or place, theme, or feel. You will also find my thoughts on the cover, as the cover can have a great deal to do with which edition I buy. Oh, and the cover image also contains a link to Powells.com for people interested in purchasing the book, or to Amazon if Powells doesn’t carry it.

Maybe I’ll work up to author or series spotlights some time. Right now, I have a couple of weekly memes I participate in, and will occasionally post vaguely book-related pictures.

The where’s your what?

The title of the blog refers to The Stars My Destination, a science-fiction novel by Alfred Bester, which in turn refers to American 18th & 19th century book rhymes, the ex libris of their day.

Schatzibot is my name,
And Ruritania is my nation.
The library is my dwelling place,
The stacks my destination.


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