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Books

The real reason to read is to meet more interesting people than we have time to meet in a lifetime.
– Harold Bloom

If you aren’t already using another friend or family member’s Amazon code, I’d ask that you change your browser’s shortcut for Amazon to this URL and use it whenever you start a book-browsing or other shopping session. You’ll get the same selection and prices (occasionally, you may even see a better deal offered), and Amazon will give me a little credit for having sent you there.

http://www.amazon.com?tag=stevenv-20

Thanks, _Steven


The Silver Robin, by Dean MarshallI’ve been a reader all my life. I remember spending hours and hours browsing the stacks and sitting with a book at libraries though my childhood, under (and inspired by) the flying saucer in Hyattsville, where my mom worked, and later at the now-closed Wilde Lake branch of the Howard County library system.

For the most part I don’t bother finishing a bad book — I figure that if the first two chapters are junk its not getting any better. Life is too short to read junk. So if I’ve finished it, it’s at least “good.”

It wasn’t until 1997, as an adult, that I began keeping a list of the books I’ve finished reading. As I scroll through that list myself, it strikes me how many of those books can I not only remember reading but also visualize exactly where I was – physically and in my life – when I read them.

I’d also recommend browsing through posts in the ‘books’ category here on my site too, for my thoughts, recommendations, and suggestions.


Books I’ve read

This is a mostly-complete list; There are books that I remember reading in the 1980-1990 range but don’t have the exact date so I’ve approximated based on where I recall being while reading them, and some from earlier years of which I have memories but can’t recall enough detail to identify title or author.

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