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Likes: Horror, macabre, fairy tales, ghosts, hauntings, serial killers, zombies, werewolves, shapeshifters, vampires, time travel, orphans, clones, thrillers, classics, gothic

 

I like to read anything that tells a good story, duh ;) Genre doesn't really matter much but I tend to read dark fiction and fantasy the most. I skip chick lit and romance novels with a few exceptions for the extraordinary.

 

My ratings system:

5 stars - ADORED; plan to read over and over and over.

4 stars - ENJOYED; will likely read once or twice more.

3 stars - LIKED; may or may not read again ... someday.

2 stars - MEH; no plans to read again.

1 stars - I didn't enjoy the story and was lucky to finish.

0 stars - I couldn't or wouldn't finish for reasons that may or may not be listed in the review box.

Currently reading

The Oxford Book of American Short Stories
Edgar Allan Poe, Henry James, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Herman Melville, Mark Twain, Edith Wharton, Ray Bradbury, Charlotte Gilman Perkins, Willa Carter, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Stephen Crane, Washington Irving, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Katherine Anne Porter, Eudora Welty, Nath
Progress: 225/768 pages

How to Find Out Anything by Don Macleod

How to Find Out Anything: From Extreme Google Searches to Scouring Government Documents, a Guide to Uncovering Anything About Everyone and Everything - Don Macleod

Rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

My goal here was professional development; specifically, how to cultivate a list of companies (both domestic and foreign; both public and private) in a certain industry for my client's marketing plan. How to Find Out Anything: From Extreme Google Searches to Scouring Government Documents, a Guide to Uncovering Anything About Everyone and Everything was a solid introduction to finding information - online and offline - but it's definitely geared more toward the newbie than the intermediate or expert researcher.

 

The most valuable component was the "Sites and Sources Mentioned in This Chapter" section at the end of each chapter. MacLeod throws out a lot of suggestions with leads within the chapters, yet there's no need to write them all down whilst reading thanks to those handy-dandy lists. What readers may want to take notes on, though, are the caveats provided for each site and its related search and information opportunities. Overall, I'm satisfied with the book's information, but it's definitely only meant to be a jumping off point, not an end-all resource.