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Judy Blume!!

(also, was that your new doggie?)
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I sort of have an unread pile on my desk - actually two, one of finished copies/ARCs I requested to review and ARCs that randomly showed up at the house (which aren't many, luckily).  But with my predilection for that warm, fuzzy feeling I get when I see the same imprints/spine designs lined up on my shelf I tend to keep unread and read books together so I can admire my Penguin black spines, or deluxe classics, or HarperPerennials, or NYRB (which I keep in rainbow color order and get a kick out of).
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+Melissa Ward I definitely get that. I always get excited when I can read a book and let it sit with its "set"
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I listened to the audio play of Good Omens for the Read Harder challenge (so good and with a lovely little cameo by Neil and Terry as the cops at the very beginning).

My favorite audio books are Books 3 and 5 of the Thursday next series (they're my favorite volumes in that series in general) and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline READ BY WIL WHEATON.  It's soooo good.
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My giant bookstack is ready for readathon!
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Lady Susan by Jane Austen!
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OK, so. And the Band Played On by Randy Shilts.  It broke me, completely.  It's a little more social history than science but it is an amazing history of the emergence of HIV/AIDS and it's impact on society (HIV eventually claimed the life of the author).

For ways to scare the heck out of yourself I recommend Spillover by David Quammen about the emergence of new zoonoses and diseases like Hendra or SARS or Ebola as humans increasingly move into novel animal populations and are exposed to novel infectious diseases in those populations.

(I'm an epidemiologist - I could go on forever with this topic, so fun. Someone rec'd The Ghost Map below and I cosign that.)

The Best American Science and Nature writing from any year collects a range of fantastic essays, highly recommend.
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I totally write in my books, but it is hit or miss.  Sometimes I start out reading a book with pen-in-hand because I already know I'm going to have a discussion with that book (like On Immunity or Spillover) or I'm reading it to lead a book club (like my recent re-read of TKAM).  But sometimes I start marking half-way through because all of a sudden a book that I thought would be just an entertaining several hours became something I wanted to talk back to. 

I also use marginalia to slow down my reading - c.f. poetry, which I can blow through in a blink but then I miss all the metaphor and feeling so if I read with a pen at the ready I find myself reading slower.
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Stealth-mode Rincey!

You do you :)  If you need a more-pared down experience for a while (or longer) then go you.

As a serial book-startitis sufferer, I give no poops about what people think regarding the number of half-finished/unfinished books I have.  I just put them on a "hibernation" shelf in Goodreads - maybe I'll pick one back up and finish it, maybe it will languish there forever, and maybe I'll just decide to send it straight to dnf-land.
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Cosign!  I really liked Spinster, great read for everyone.
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When Your Genre Kryptonite Has Its Own Kryptonite
One of my “genre kryptonites” – i.e. the genre of book guaranteed to part me from my money – are books about books, specifically of the memoir variety. Read a book a day for a year (Nina Sankovitch’s Tolstoy and the Purple Chair )? Sure. Your dad reads to y...
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Yaaaaas, Oryx and Crake.  I read that on the plane during a business trip in 2005.

I also have to throw Ready Player One by Ernest Cline into the mix as well as Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (#1 in the Imperial Radch series), The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell (as Rebecca says, Jesuits in space), and Dune by Frank Herbert.
Read Harder is bookworm code for Live Long and Prosper.  Now we just need a hand signal.
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I read and knit and dance. Compulsively feel yarn. Consume books. Darn tights. Drink too much caffiene. All that good stuff.
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