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About melydia

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  • Birthday 19/03/1979


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    Springfield, Virginia, USA
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    writing, reading (duh), exploring, scrabble, music, etc...
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    irene45's post in the BookCrossing forums

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    Weird, the first thing I thought of when I read this was Finn Family Moomintroll by Tove Jansson. Which is an excellent book, by the way.
  2. This is OD, AKA Loafy, my 15-year-old calico: This is Ryo-ohki, AKA Demonspawn, my husband's cat: This is Milo, my 5-year-old slider: And finally, this is Crush and Matey, AKA The Kids, my ugly little softshells named after their deformities:
  3. I'm holding a little contest for authors. The prize: I will purchase, read, and review your book (no ARC required!). For more details please visit: http://kytyn.blogspot.com/2005/04/authors-this-ones-for-you-in-200-words.html [My apologies if this is inappropriate for this forum - please let me know and I will take it down.
  4. A woman on LiveJournal is writing " A Brief Brief History of Time." As of this writing the first 7 chapters are up. It's very funny. (Note: strong language!) http://www.livejournal.com/tools/memories.bml?user=queennell&keyword=Brief+Brief+History+of+Time&filter=all
  5. I saw a post about this on the BookCrossing forums and, well, here I am! I really enjoy writing book reviews and it's always great to discuss a book I've read with other people. Needless to say, I'm happy to have found a site that caters to this need! As for me, I'll be 26 this Saturday. I work as an enginerd and live just outside Washington, DC, USA. In my spare time I write (like, obsessively), read (duh!), play Scrabble and pool, and hang with friends (doesn't everybody?). Oh yeah, and lately I've been reluctantly planning my wedding, set to take place this November (reluctantly b
  6. I live just outside Washington, DC, so you can bet a lot of books have taken place here!
  7. My parents have subscribed as long as I can remember and the only thing I've ever found worth reading in them are the cute jokes and stories sent in by readers. And those often aren't as amusing as they think they are. But it makes for fair bathroom reading, if nothing else. I'm not against the idea of condensed books, but I personally wouldn't want to read one. I much prefer to read the story as the author intended.
  8. For a while I had so many going on at once - one at work during lunch breaks, one by my bed, one in my purse, one on my desk - but it got unwieldy. I wasn't able to keep track well enough to truly enjoy them. So now I've been trying to read one at a time (with the current one only being interrupted if something more pressing comes along, like a bookring book). I find I get through them faster that way, which is a bonus since I enjoy writing reviews. Right now I only have two books with bookmarks in them: the novel I'm currently reading and a collection of Grimm's Fairy Tales. Sometimes wh
  9. Most of my comfort reads are comic strip collections - I apply "Bloom County" and "Zits" and "Calvin and Hobbes" and "The Far Side" liberally to heartache. But as for actual reads, again I have to go with humor: "The Gallery of Regrettable Food" and "Interior Desecrations" by James Lileks. They still occasionally make me laugh out loud. My comfort reads aren't all the books I reread from time to time, but the ones I pick out special whenever I need a little lift.
  10. In my experience it has always tended to be the women who read more. My mother and grandmothers and aunts all read more than their husbands. My fiancee will occasionally pick up a book but is generally happier with TV, magazines, and manga. I've only known one male librarian in my life and the vast majority of English/literature teachers I've known have been female. That is not to say I haven't met men who are voracious readers, of course (or women who do not like to read, for that matter). It's just that the majority of them, for whatever reason, would rather do other things. Several
  11. I read "A Brief History of Time" a year ago and enjoyed it quite a bit, though it was not a much of a page-turner as some other math and science books I've read. However, I have a degree in Physics so my definition of "page-turner" might be a little skewed. This is the review I posted on BookCrossing: "I finally finished this book. It's engaging, witty, and of course fascinating, but all the same I had to read it in spurts. Most of it was not new information, but it helped solidify a lot of concepts in my head through analogies plucked from real life. I'm still a tad shaky on string the
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