About the Bookworm

He is a noted bibliophile, a wealthy eccentric, an occasional time traveler, a curmudgeon, a scoundrel and a rapscallion, as well as a rebellious sort who doesn’t hesitate for more than a second or two before he eats raw cookie dough.

His primary passion is, of course, books. He enjoys collecting them, reading them, and writing about them. His book reviews are collected here and on LibraryThing. He is a freelance book reviewer for Hellnotes as well.

He is also a visiting assistant professor of history at Duke University.

Personality-wise, he is an INTJ, though hopefully with better social skills than that might imply, and a Type A personality, which means he has high blood pressure, an over-acute sense of time, and the inability to relax.  Wow, he sounds really boring, doesn’t he?

He enjoys horseback riding, long walks on the beach, romantic candlelit dinners…oh wait, sorry, wrong site.  Books are his only passion.

He also enjoys writing about himself in the third person.


10 thoughts on “About the Bookworm”

  1. Hi, Bibliorex.

    Do you use Goodreads.com or only LibraryThing?

    If you’d like to be linked with other book review blogs that are more or less along your vein, you might enjoy participating in TJ’s Dreams & Speculation: The Women of Science Fiction bookclub for 2011: http://dreamsandspeculation.com/2010/09/02/2011-book-club/ … I’d enjoy reading your comments there; I like intelligent discussion.

    If you don’t mind a suggestion to improve search engine optimization for this site: put the “links of interest” in the sidebar as your blogroll and other categorized lists of links, and condense the runaway categories (some could perhaps be converted to tags). Once they are tags, you can add a tag cloud to the sidebar.

    I like reading your Jack Vance reviews, and hearing more about the pulps.

    • Thanks for all your helpful comments!

      I do have a Goodreads account that I signed up for a long time ago, but I have to admit that I’ve never really done anything with it, so it doesn’t reflect my actual reading habits or library at all.

      I’m certainly new to WordPress and don’t have a good handle on it yet. When I first started, I was unclear on the distinction between “categories” and “tags” and a quick search didn’t turn up any satisfying answers. I agree that switching over to tags is probably the way to go, given how badly my categories have proliferated. Any sources of good discussion on how best to use these two on WordPress? I may just have to bite the bullet and manually start converting at least some categories to tags. I have also been considering changing the look of the blog altogether. I am considering switching to the Coraline theme but am currently undecided.

      Thanks for the head’s up on the Dreams and Speculation 2011 Book Club. I should definitely sign up for that, though I’ve only read two of the twelve books selected. Oh well, that would give me a good excuse to pick up some new books and authors!

      Thanksgiving and a cold have put my fiction reviews on the back burner, but I’ll have some new ones to post soon. (Plus, I’ve been reading and reviewing non-fiction books lately and I don’t post those here, just on LibraryThing.)

      Thanks again.

  2. Website redesign looks great! Big improvement.

    • Thanks for the kind words and the Good Reads invite! The blog is definitely a work in progress (I still don’t have all the categories I’d like, for example), but eventually I’ll get it looking halfway decent.

  3. She liked the sound of him and felt compelled to follow.

  4. How do I submit books for review to you for your consideration?

    • Marta,
      Thanks for stopping by the blog. Feel free to send me an email about it at andrew dot byers at gmail dot com and we can discuss. I have to be honest though — as of right now (February 2013) I have a bit of a backlog of books to read and review.

  5. haha I love your introduction! I have really enjoyed reading your blog so I have nominated you for a blogger award. Please check out my latest post (Knighting people – Bouquet of 3) for details (I tried posting the link but my computer won’t let me at the moment!). There is no obligation to pass the award on if you would rather not, I just wanted to show my appreciation for your great blog! Enjoy x

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