My ten most recently acquired books

I really love librarything.com. You can see the 484 books I own. I just added 16 more books. I’m very thankful that we live in such an age where so many books are available in such a wide variety of topics. It’s truly amazing. I’m also very thankful that I have been able to have so many books.

Please borrow my books

The main reason why I post these books online is so that people can borrow books from me. I love sharing my books with people. So please, just ask me if you’d like to borrow something. I’m not at all picky about the condition of my books, so you can throw it in your bag and even beat it up. I love it when books get used. I love it even more when there are notes, underlines, and ideas written on the pages of books. It’s great to be able to engage with a book and then share it with others. If you borrow a book from me, it must just have a bunch of my comments written in the margins. I would encourage you to write and underline stuff in any book(s) you borrow.

Here’s a neat widget that updates itself with the ten most recent books I acquired. Or if you are really fancypants, you can subscribe to the RSS feed of my recently-added books.

(Disclaimer: The Amazon links in this blog post are affiliate links, so I can make a few extra coins to help pay for a fraction of the cost to host this website. #CommissionsEarned)

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srhbth
13 years ago

I like beat-up books too ๐Ÿ˜€ I take it as a sign of how much they were enjoyed. There have been some books I literally didn’t want to put down, so they’ve been fallen asleep on, had food splashed on them, and been dropped in wet sinks and so on. Now, by contrast, my sister is very uptight about that kind of thing – she doesn’t even like the spines to be cracked on her books. I think she’s missing the point! You know what’s really great? used book stores! Lately I’ve actually been trying to downsize my book collection. I try to only buy books that I’ve already read and enjoyed, and think I will definitely want to read again a few more times. Otherwise I try to just borrow them from the public library. That cuts down on stuff I’ll have to store and move. I’m also trying to give away books that I already bought, but it’s proving easier to not buy a book in the first place than to get rid of books I already own. I tend to assign feelings to inanimate objects and I don’t want them to feel unloved. Does librarything account for books you’ve read but don’t own? I’ve been using some book application on Facebook to track what I’ve read recently, but it’s not very satisfying.

Pune Guide
13 years ago

Good list, thanks for sharing.

unlikelymoose
13 years ago

“For Men Only: A Straightforward Guide to the Inner Lives of Women”. Seriously?

srhbth
srhbth
13 years ago

It was so fun decorating the paper book covers! I do remember those. We had to make them out of paper grocery bags. They sell stretchy fabric book covers at my store for back-to-school now, but that’s not as fun. Kids today, they don’t know how to have fun! Kids today *grumbles* There’s a bookstore in Columbus, in the German Village neighborhood, that sounds like that one you mentioned, (Myopic)… I will have to look up the name of it… it claims to have “32 rooms of books!” but some of the rooms are just tiny nooks or parts of a hallway, and it’s a little bit mazelike… It’s definitely not handicap-accessible. http://www.bookloft.com/ Oh wait, it’s not even a used book store. what! I guess I have only been there once. Thanks again for recommending librarything. I like it!

srhbth
srhbth
13 years ago

I really don’t know for sure about the library classification system… I looked at the ALA website and it looks like some of the academic & larger libraries use the Library of Congress classification system. So that could be it. http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/lcco/ hmm? You really organize yours by size? heh. That’s really funny. I do mine by how much I liked them, like all my most super favorites are on one shelf at my eye level, and then I have some of the others grouped by the author’s nationality, and some grouped by themes (like fairy tales & mythology). One bookcase is mostly children’s and young adult books, and the other one is regular literature (but in my closet I still have a big plastic bin of books from my childhood that I have not gone through in a while. I have an idea that I want to do, you know how a lot of people on Flickr do their 365 days of self-portraits? I thought I would do a year of books.) I’ve seen where some people organize their books by color, but then how do you know where to find a particular book when you want it? I’ll admit it looks cool on the shelf though. I did notice when I looked through your book list that almost all of your books are nonfiction! That seemed really weird to me. I only have a few nonfiction books on my shelves – mostly things I had to buy for school. It’s just not something I usually ever think of buying. Book clubs sound like fun. I miss being in school and discussing books with other people who are actually interested. …WAIT A MINUTE. Did you say you wanted to read a book WITH ME? Oh mister. You had better not be kidding around. But, ok. Currently, I am about 1/3 of the way through Suite Fran aise (Ir ne N mirovsky) and about 1/4 into Portrait of a Lady (Henry James). I can’t recommend either one yet (but I guess Suite Fran aise if you want to pick one of the two), or well, what do you like to read about? or is there anything you’ve been wanting to read? I should check my list of things to read, and then if you really want to read along we can start something new at the same time ๐Ÿ™‚

srhbth
srhbth
13 years ago

Oh great, now the pressure is all on me to pick out something good! I’ll let you know when I find something suitable. I can’t believe you want to read with me. Where did you come from??? ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m flattered to be thought of as a perpetual student. I think sometimes I get in a rut though, and read the same things over and over or don’t know where to look for something new. Sometimes the captchas on your blog are so weirdly appropriate, I’ve noticed! I think it must be pulling keywords from the comments! My captcha for this is “club72”!

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