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Book meme

Where is your nearest library? How long does it take you to get there?

It's about 15 minutes by foot from my office. There is another one nearer to my home, but amazingly that one takes 20 minutes to get to.

How often do you use it?

A few times a week, or couple of weeks if I've borrowed some really engrossing stuff, like knitting books. :p

How old were you when you started visiting libraries?

About 10? I had to wait until my big sister was old enough to go there on her own, and then she took me.

What's the first book you remember borrowing from the library?

Can't remember.

What's the last book(s) you borrowed from your library?

A travel guide to Britain. Then another. And another. Er, and a book on Tibetan jewellery.

Where's your favourite library? What's special about it?

The one near my office. ^__^ Actually I kind of hate the shelving system. (ETA: No, I hate it lots. HATE!!!!) But it houses a nice little open-air cafe, which has cheap coffee, cakes and great natural light for reading. My favourite thing is to borrow a book, a reference book with big photographs or a light novel, go out to the cafe and sit and read, and then return the book again when I'm done with coffee and cheesecake.

What's the weirdest thing you've ever seen in a library?

Weird? But a library contains everything!

Do you like your librarians? Do you even know them?

Sort of. Not really. I go in and out like a lurker.

What's the most helpful thing you've found (out)in a library?

Photocopying machines. Heh. Also that you can borrow your textbooks instead of buying them.

And that sometimes novels are arranged by genre.

Do you borrow before you buy, instead of buying, or randomly alongside purchased books?

Both. Sometimes I borrow while waiting for the book I've ordered, and then when my copy (finally) arrives it remains unread.

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Won't Let You Choke, John/Sherlock, by [livejournal.com profile] deepbluemermaid

A Catch, White Collar/Sherlock crossover, by [livejournal.com profile] ariadnes_string
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Never Leave a Trace 1/3, 2/3, 3/3, Elizabeth/Neal/Peter, AU, White Collar, by [personal profile] sam_storyteller

Via crack_van: The Carriage Held But Just Ourselves and Immortality, Torchwood/Discworld crossover, by [livejournal.com profile] _seven_crows

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The Rules: Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen authors (poets included) who have always influenced you and will always stick with you. List the first 15 you can recall in no more than 15 minutes, and they don't have to be listed ...in order of relevance to you. Tag at least 15 friends, including me, because I'm interested in seeing what authors my friends chose.

1) Wu Cheng-en
2) Cao Xueqin
3) Whoever wrote The Investiture of the Gods
4) Shakespeare
5) Poets of 300 Tang poems
6) Margaret Mahy
7) Elizabeth Peters aka Barabara Michaels
8) Jonathan Gash
9) Louise Erdrich
10) Gu Long
11) Jan Morris
12) Georgette Heyer
13) Terry Prachett
14) P.G. Wodehouse

*draws a blank*

15) ______

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Migrained.

1. At least it finally went away. I didn't start getting migraines until a few years ago, and it usually needs an initial hefty dose of painkiller if I see it coming (literally so; flashing lights whee!). Then it's just like being underwater, wearing a helmet that's too small with goggles that goddamn *sparkle*. (How much do I hate flashing icons? Lots.)

2. Just as well I'd planned to watch Deathly Hallows on Saturday.

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