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About meI'm teaching my granddaughter to read, using the Dick and Jane books I had in kindergarten. The first word I remember reading is "Look" which of course, rhymes with "Book," and I've never stopped.

About my library"Naturally you're out of
BOOK SPACE.

Everyone is always out of
BOOK SPACE.

If you're not out of
BOOK SPACE,

You're probably not worth knowing."

-Roger of Martin

"One half of it (a library) should consist of books we have read and that have meant something for us, and the other half of books which we intend to read and which we suppose might mean something to us." -Italo Calvino

That seems to be about the right proportions.

GroupsA quiet room, Antiquarian Books, Ask LibraryThing, Audiobooks, Beekeepers & Books, Book Arts, Book Care and Repair, Book Design!, Book Quotations, Bookcases: If You Build/Buy Them, They Will Fillshow all groups

Favorite authorsLois McMaster Bujold, Diane Duane, Barbara Hambly, C. S. Lewis, Grace S. Richmond, Spider Robinson, Mary Doria Russell, John Steinbeck (Shared favorites)

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Currently readingA Wizard Abroad by Diane Duane
Her Willful Way by Helen Sherman Griffith
Worthy is the Lamb: The Biblical Roots of the Mass by Thomas J. Nash
Mendel in the Kitchen : a scientist's view of genetically modified foods by Nina V. Fedoroff
The Dream of the Earth by Thomas Berry
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Thank you for the nice welcome, Ruth. It's nice to find a group that likes and appreciates the 'older' books. I work in Rockville and often visit both of the Montgomery County Library used bookstores. It's a joy to discover some old forgotten treasure.

JoLynn
I'm so sorry, I'm 99% sure I took the Beverly Nichols books to Half Price Books some time ago. I will double check my shelves to make sure and let you know. :-(
Hi Ruth,
Thank you for the invite! I posted to the introduction board. nice to meet you!
Vicky
Thanks for the TBSL invite - the group looks like fun :)
I don't know if the series of wind in the willow books are the same as those in the original book. I can check and get back with you later this week.

God bless you and yours
Someone had crossed out the zip code.
Steven is here with the books. Apparently it was one of the last things he did on campus.

Thank you so much! I peeked, but only a tiny bit, and only because I realized that there were two books in there. Now they are on the Pile to be wrapped.
Yes. I agree that it is useful to know the common author for pseudonymous works. In this case, a single writer working on several series under several personal pen names suggests that if a reader likes one, they may well like others.

In a situation like the Stratemeyer Syndicate, there are often multiple writers working under a given pen name in a single series or across series. Thus, a reader who enjoys Tom Swift books by "Victor Appleton" (mostly Howard R. Garis) might find something missing when they try to read a Don Sturdy book also by "Victor Appleton" (this time mostly John W. Duffield). Yet a Garis fan might enjoy other volumes in the many series he wrote for, often under pen names.

If a person cataloged one of the Goldfrap books under Goldfrap, I can almost guarantee that it came from an eBook or PoD copy. When these books appeared on Google Books, Archive.org, Gutenberg.org, etc. they often used the "real" name of the author and did not note the name that appeared on the book that would be in someone's hand. It's a little like putting Samuel L. Clemens on copies of Tom Sawyer. It happens on a handful of published editions but 95% or more say "Mark Twain" on them. Indeed he had a different persona as "Mark Twain" but that's a special case.

Perhaps there are better ways to handle this sort of thing with Other Authors. It may take some work to achieve the same sort of effect there.

The thorny part of all of this is that sometimes a pseudonym masks the work of a single writer ("Twain"=Clemens). More often a house pseudonym can mask many writers and blanket statements tend to mislead rather than inform.

James
Since one of the Goldfrap series is a Boy Scouts series, I thought I'd mention my preference for marking the various Boy Scouts series as distinct from one another.

Different publishers issued competing Boy Scouts series. Most of them were under a pseudonym though some were under real people's names. As the name Boy Scouts needs to be supplemented by this identifying mark (publisher would not do since a couple publishers had multiple series) then I have used:

Boy Scouts [Payson] (10) for my copy of Boy Scouts at the Panama-Pacific Exposition (http://www.librarything.com/work/10538983/details/65763082).

Boy Scouts [Ralphson] (9) for my copy of Boy Scouts Beyond the Arctic Circle (http://www.librarything.com/work/9978747/details/65763531).

Boy Scouts [Scoville] (3) for my copy of The Inca Emerald (http://www.librarything.com/work/14137721/details/100786663). This is a real person.

A series like the Banner Boy Scouts is distinctive enough not to need to have the pen name (George A. Warren) identified.

If you have an alternate suggestion for labeling within the LT system, I will be willing to discuss it.

For some series, especially Syndicate series, Kim and I have gone to the trouble of adding a volume, setting the canonical title and OPD in CK, setting the series information, and even uploading a cover image found online. Then after the series entry looks OK, we remove the copy from our collection. The appearance in a series seems to keep the data around. Similarly, having the image attached to a series entry seems to help.

One thing that bothers me a bit is the LT policy of showing a series or author page with the most common covers. On something like the Rover Boys this means that all of these generic Print on Demand or eBook covers outweigh the actual book covers in the hands of LT members. If I could see my own covers (when present), I'd be happy but this isn't likely, apparently.

James
John Henry Goldfrap never used his real name on any of the books he wrote for Hurst. To the newspapers he was known as "Jack" Goldfrap.

Some of our work on pseudonyms was done before the Other Authors feature. My usual procedure was to use the name people would know and see on the book cover and title page, mark it as a pseudonym ("pseud.") and then as an additional name on the book page I'd put in "Goldfrap, John Henry". If an illustrator could be detected, it would be in the third position.

For works personally written by Edward Stratemeyer (not Syndicate) we used his name as the primary and then aliased his known personal pseudonyms (Arthur M. Winfield, Capt. Ralph Bonehill, Edna Winfield, E. Ward Strayer) to Stratemeyer. Sometimes the popularity of Winfield (because of the Rover Boys) causes it to be the primary author page and this bothers me. I've tried to fix it where I can.

For Goldfrap, it may be well to have an author page and then alias all the pen names to his author page.

Does this sound close to what you have in mind?

For these pseudonyms, the military rank was part of the name as far as the reading public was concerned. Libraries and book listings may or may not include it at their whim.

James
Hi, I am an undergraduate student minoring in Sociology and I am supposed to do some field research, and I chose this website for my sociology of Cyberspace class.
Would you mind if I ask you some questions concerning your activity on this website?
Thank you in advance,
Skipbzcs
Sorry, no clue. It's packed (along with almost everything I owned - moving in less than a month - I hope). I'm pretty positive it is NOT the correct cover, but there were no options with the correct cover. Of course, I could be wrong on that, too. I read it when I was younger, of course, and don't have kids, so I haven't read it since then. I know it's a hard back book and I think I'd recognize the cover if I saw it and that the one chosen is not it...
Thanks for the advice I also look forward to talking books with you.

Tess
It's right now. You should look at the main page entry for series and see how I did it (using numbers first to define/control the order).

Also, oddly enough, the original wasn't even in the series, so I added it back in.

regards,
Os.
I 'll have to check out the original. I really like sci-fi so I liked Divergent mainly because it sounds like a world that would interesting to live in.

Love,
Tess
Fairy Gardening by Julie Bawden-Davis and Gardening in Miniature by Janet Calvo are both on my wishlist. I liked your picture and would love to see more. I may try to post a picture of my indoor Fairy World, as my family calls it the Fairarirum, sometime soon. I have also created a miniature garden and have plans to do a fairy village sometime in the near future, after I retire.
Thank you for your invitation to join the Small or Miniature Books group, I've just joined. Building a fairy village in the woods sounds like just my cup of tea. I would love to hear of your progress.
Here 'tis.

LT sign strike GT sign
LT sign /strike GT sign
Hello there and thank you for the welcome on the 'mass is boring' comment chain. I discovered this fantastic website only on Monday. I've enjoyed looking at your homepage and your gallery. I don't guess you mind bad weather too much since you can be inside with those great shelves of books!
Thank you for marking me as "interesting." Is it the Pope Francis book we share?
Hey, 2wonderY. Re: Wind in the Willows (WITW), I setup this series to be, as much as I can, chronological by storyline, rather than by publication date. This seems the most aid to a reader. Now, that means one must know the story of the WITW sequels. I've read all but the Dixon Scott and Jaqueline Kelly stories. I don't know where they belong in the chronology I set up. It was fairly easy to set it up this way when I had read all of Horwood's sequels. A Breeze in the Willows by Allen Johnson retells some of the stories and adds a few, so it seems to fit nicely as as 1.5 (part of 1 - the original story, but then a bit more). Of the Horwood sequels, The Willows at Christmas seems to take place shortly after (and, possibly during) the timeframe of the original, so I assigned it '2'. The Willows in Winter, about the same as the Willows at Christmas, so '3'. Toad Triumphant, clearly a year or two later than the end of WITW, so '4'. The Willows and Beyond is a fairwell to the characters in WITW, and the coming into their own of the next generation, so, unless Horwood or someone else writes another sequel about this next generation only, The Willows and Beyond should come last ('5' for now).

Hope this helps, since you are familiar with Return to the Willows, and can see where it fits. Feel free to use decimals or, if it makes sense, renumber 2-5 to fit a sequel in immediately after 1.5.

And, ask questions if it helps. I do think perhaps this series should have been entitled "Wind in the Willows - chrono by storyline" and then another should be created that is "Wind in the Willows - chrono by publication". Tackle it if you wish, or I'll probably take it on eventually.

Regards,
Os.
Thank you for the invitations, which I must regretfully decline as I don't seem to have time these days to adequately take care of the group I formed. I looked at "Tattered But Lovely" and though I enjoyed many of the posts, most of the books were outside my own area of knowledge. Would that I were in my thirties and had time to explore new fields!

Best wishes,

Robert

PS: I saw your posting about a film you saw featuring animals, and perhaps ducks, and while I don't know that one, there was an amazing film from the 1940s featuring birds living in an anthropomorphic village complete with houses, roads, etc., called Chirpendale, and the birds talked to each other using dialogue that wouldn't be out of place in any British sit-com. The movie's title is "Bill and Coo," and while it probably isn't the film you remember, you might enjoy it (if you can find it--I haven't seen it in 40+ years, and it doesn't seem to be hotly in demand, although I loved it).
Hi Ruth, I finished reading "Quiet" a few days ago. Like you, I listened to it in audio, and at some point I will buy a print copy. I'd be happy to discuss it, although my memory for details heard on audio may not be the best. If you'd like to see my initial comments on it, they're on my reading thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/147269#3892128.
As a writer, I find Pollan talented at crafting narratives out of what might otherwise be dry firsthand accounts. As a food commentator and critic of the industrial food system, I think he is doing some great work. He will readily admit to being a journalist and not an authority on food and nutrition, but I find that his writings on food really do give a good picture of where the American diet has been and where it is going. He has some really good insights on how food is made, its implications for the wider culture, and its impact on individuals.

I recommend taking a look for yourself. He is pretty eye-opening for the beginner and a good inspiration for the initiated.
Hi, Ruth, nice to hear from you. Mom is still alive, 93 years old, living in a nursing home in Charleston. She still has her mind on good days, but she had a stroke several years ago and is in a wheelchair. Best to you.

allen
Thanks for the invitation. I haven't actually joined any groups yet, but maybe I will. I love your pictures!
Anne
thanks for the invite - skimmed the message headers on the board + several of them strike a chord (rhyming unintentional) would like to join
Thanks for inviting me to the group about old books. I read some of the entries thereon and it does seem to me that I would be interested. So I accepted the inviation and posted a msg in the first listed topic.
No, I've got M.A. Donohue on the title page. I don't know, I think they issued a lot of different editions, probably over a few years. But I bet you're right about the illustrator. R.A. is Royal Academy of Art, I think. Well, I'll fiddle with mine a bit. Thanks!
You also triggered me to scan and upload the cover. See if that matches. Well, just looked at yours - the covers certainly don't match. M.A. Donohue must have been very busy with Mother Gooses!
Mine doesn't _have_ a copyright page - it was very frustrating to enter! It was published by M. A. Donohue & Company, Chicago/New York - and that's all the information it has. It's possible the copyright page fell out - the pages are a little loose.

I uploaded a picture of the title page and facing illustration. If yours matches, would you tell me what you have? I'm not certain that A. Gilberta's book is the same as yours or mine, and I think I'd rather change the author to match yours (assuming they do match).

http://www.librarything.com/pic/278476
Thank you for your kind invitation. How would you characterize the difference between the two groups?
Thanks, Ruth. It looks like a perfect fit!! Mary Lou
Thank you for the gracious invitation to the 'Tattered but still lovely' group. I do have a fondness for novels from the early 20th century. The group looks cool.
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I love this! I just moved a year ago and may be moving again to be closer to Mom so all my books are on the floor or in boxes (hate boxes!) I do have one small bookcase that I have my most favorite old hardbacks on. Got to post a picture of it.
Thank you for the invite to the 'Tattered but still lovely' group.

You got me pegged. I love pre-1950 books!

My mother is in her 70's and fractured her back so I've been away from my books and LibraryThing for awhile taking care of her and her dog. This group was a nice surprise for me. Nice to know I am not alone in my love of these old treasures.

I go to a lot of estate sales and it is amazing what you can find for fifty cents or a dollar. With those prices my library just grows and grows!

Hi, Ruth,
I got a Kindle Touch in October and went crazy at Gutenberg.org. I'd be interested in a group like that. It's nice to get someone else's perspective on a book. I like the rich in substance some of the older books. I just finished Pride and Prejudice. It would be impossible to find a book like that from a modern writer.

Thanks for the invite.

Bill
Aww, thank you! I'm glad you think it adds something. ^-^
hi . there should be no differences between people because we all breathe the same air .
Are we breathing the same air of our ancestors?
no. I wish .
You're welcome. I was taken quite by surprise. My aunt was lucky enough to have perfect vision after her surgery.

I know what you mean. I live in fear of going blind. So far, so good!
I just read your post in TPBM. If you ever have cataract surgery, be sure to express exactly what you want before the surgery. My doc took it upon himself to change my right eye to far-sighted, when I've been near-sighted all my life. I told him I didn't like that, so my left eye is still near-sighted. The eyes are supposed to adjust so that each eye works for different distances. In other words, teamwork. At first, I could do fairly well without my glasses, but now I have to wear them. I don't mind, as I've worn glasses since I was ten years old. The point being that I was used to being near-sighted and had no idea my vision would change. I used to be able to read, pluck my eyebrows and do other close work without glasses. Now it's near to impossible to pluck my eyebrows, and I think I look like a wild woman. lol I have an astigmatism in both eyes, thus my vision can't be made perfect with the surgery. Bummer!
for me more time and my own space for books.
same 0n faith. how to live the best life why the world is the way it is .
what do you wonder most about?
Love to see other people with Pogo, Pinkwater, and Dear Enemy in their books! You see Daddy-Long-Legs a lot, but not sweet Dear Enemy.
Thanks for the head's up. I found Skullduggery's library, but my search for crisscross turned up empty! I think that I'll have to go through my collection and see if I have enough cool cover art to make a special collection. Mine won't have as many cool old books as you guys, but I think I can put together something that has cool artwork that I like together.
Thanks, Ruth! Yes, I had an opportunity to study under Ben Witherington III this past spring. While his teaching assistant left a great deal to be desired (competence, humility...), Witherington himself is a very engaging lecturer - even if his fondness for awful jokes can be quite groan-worthy! (I lost count of how many cold winter mornings he addressed us as "God's frozen people"...)
Ruth,
Thanks for the reminder about doing a synopsis on those older stories. Sounds like The Wings of the Morning has found the perfect home! Do you keep the older books in open bookshelves or enclosed? I only have a few older titles in print and I can't seem to keep ahead of the dust. Between the dry desert air and the dust, my older books crackle in protest every time I open them. Fragile they are, but oh, so beautiful.

Wendy
Hi Ruth!
I am reading The Obstacle Race by Ethel M. Dell. It's the first book I've read by her and I am loving it. What an escape. There seems to be a bit of a mystery surrounding the pasts of both lead characters and my curiosity is keeping me turning the pages. What are you reading? Have you read The Wings of the Morning? The only Louis Tracy book I have read so far was The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley. I am fascinated by the authors of the 19th/early 20th century who could so successfully transition from writing mystery/detective to adventure and romance. Good reads ahead for a long hot summer!

Wendy
The story was by Theodore Cogswell - and it is Consumers Report. The reason for deleting the post there, as well as forty some other odd threads, was because it was the only way I was able to get LT to reduce the list in the "your posts" section. I was told all I had to do was click on "ignore thread" to do this but when I did nothing happened.
2wondery,
thank you about the pic & my kitty... I did just get some instructions on how to post more pics... just need my little furball to pose in other places :)
Hi! Thank you for your comment. I find myself lost in 19th and early 20th century literature. I am reluctant to read any current works and am perfectly content to discover the charms of writers like Grace S. Richmond, L.T. Meade, John Kendrick Bangs, Maurice LeBlanc and so many others of that period. When it comes to Project Gutenberg and ManyBooks, I feel like a kid with the keys to a candy store. I have stacked 'Through the Postern Gate' and 'The Melting of Molly' and look forward to reading both. We are heading into our summer months here in Phoenix which means catching up on some wonderful books while staying out of the heat. For now, I am going to get a cup of coffee and browse through your library.;D

Wendy
Thanks for adding me to your Interesting libraries. It's flattering. One of the things I love so much about LT is the ability to browse other people's virtual bookshelves. And I don't even have to wait for them to go to the kitchen before I begin snooping! ;)

Paul
Illusions was better than Jonathan, in my estimation.
Thanks for the info. I got something flagged with just a single post. I thought it was a good read, and rather than take an hour to type in all relevant info, I listed a site where info could be found. Really zipped some people who seem to have violated the rule you just related to me.

While I haven't gotten the hang of this site yet, it seems the objective is to post lists of book titles. The longer the better. Sort of like an adolescent boys' locker room. But I noticed a lot screen names that seemed to be those of women. A got that immediately, but don't worry, I won't go there. We all get the implications.

I look forward to hearing some of your other posting rules. Might really help me. Thanks in advance

Thank you. No, I haven't read 1632 by Eric Flint, but will look for it. Sounds like I 'need' to find it.
Gary
Hello Ruth,
Thank you for the invite to Gardens & Book. I just joined, and have just finished reading all the posts. Sounds like a great group to chat with about gardening and books and life. I will check out everyone's libraries when I get a little time. My own libraray is heavy on gardening and botany, but I still have probably a third of my library to put on LT. I grew up in West Virginia, so was thrilled to see you live in Parkersburg. I was born in Fairmont and grew up in Enterprise a small unincorporated village in Harrison County between Fairmont and Clarksburg. I moved to Lincoln Nebraska 17 years ago, but still miss the hills and woods of WV. Your ridgetop in Kentucky sounds wonderful. We have been talking about moving back to the east when we retire in a few years.
Gary
I know. Some of the covers are quite lovely.
Thanks for the invite! I joined, and will look through the representative libraries tonight! I'm excited to share this interest with others!

Doug
Hi Ruth,
Thanks for reminding me of my own group which I'd totally forgotten about. I hope to meet you often in this "book-garden".
Pope Pius IX: “… every schism fabricates a heresy for itself to justify its withdrawal from the Church.” (Quartus Supra #12, Jan. 6, 1873)
Sorry, haven't read Self Comes to Mind yet, just skimmed and put aside for later. It's not highly relevant to my writing at the moment, but I had a 50% Borders coupon to use, and it was the most interesting in-store choice I had. :-)

Hi Ruth,

It's dusk and snowing steadily. The first real accumulation this winter in Wheeling. The cold and cloudiness has been annoying me for the last two months. Sometimes I feel like I'm back in Alaska.

I just picked up "Stuff" today at the library. I cheat a little and, just once in a while, add a library book to my Librarything library. I plan to pick through it, like a Greek salad, and just enjoy the tasty parts. There were a couple of pages on Warhol's collecting that caught my eye while browsing it.

My wife and I made an overnight visit to Parkerburg last fall. I think it was the weekend of the annual wine tasting event (we checked it out but didn't get tickets. We are not oenophiles). I took a picture of the 13th st stairway, it's under my pictures on Librarything. I think I counted 137 steps. That's a nice park at the top. We also explored a little and found the little park way out in back of Kokomos. Have you ever been there? That was fun, especially following the handpainted signs. It's too bad that the Trans Allegheny bookstore is in limbo. Do you think it will reopen? Have you shopped there in the past? We also liked Marietta. The Lafayette Hotel on Front Street looked like it would be a good place to stay the next time we visit.

Here's hoping we have a flood free spring,
Greg
Hi Ruth,

Thanks for the note. I hate to admit, although I have all three of the books you mention in your note, I haven't read more than bits and pieces of any of them, so I'd be hard pressed to evaluate them. What I've read hasn't been all that impressive: standard stuff -- Barker is innovative, of course, but hasn't been well received among liturgical scholars (where I locate myself). McGuckian doesn't strike me as contributing anything terribly new to the conversation: while he keeps the question of sacrifice alive, he doesn't seem to do much by way of advancing the conversation. But that's only from what I've read. . . all three works are on my "eventually" list; none of them are at present high priorities. Other projects are demanding my time as of now.

Sorry I can't be of more help -- but thanks for asking!
Now that LibraryThing exists in Italian translation, I bet there will be more presepi/presepio tags eventually. I tag very liberally, with the idea, what would I search for if I wanted to find the book? and knowing how absent-minded I am, I need to put in all the synonyms that I might use. Sometimes I go back and add more tags when I find I have been searching under the wrong synonyms!

After looking at the 100 Presepi exhibit in Rome early this month, I feel both inspired and bewildered by the amazing scenery that people build for their nativities! I want to do something for mine, but what? How?

I have quite a number of nativity scenes from various cultures, mostly small, some very small indeed, as well as a set of 2-inch santons which can be added to (when I get the opportunity, which is not often in this part of Ontario). They're the ones who would get the village and/or mountainside.

This year I bought a handmade clay (all one piece) nativity in Calcata, Italy, that depicts the town of Calcata with the stable and Holy Family at the base of the cliff. Miniature (about 6") but very interesting. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=5443352&l=a4147684c7&id=569608783
Come by any time - tea and browsing are always welcome here! I'm looking forward to exploring your collection, too.
Haha, I'm sorry! I removed it because I realized I had already replied to thread - it had been so long I had forgotten.

Padgett's book is good, from what I've read, but I'm only about 60 pages in, even though I've been reading it for a while now (I read multiple books at once, so sometimes it takes me forever to get through one). I'm actually getting ready to start over because I had gotten side super tracked (more than usual, lol) with other books and kind of lost my feel for it. But so far, from what I remember, he stresses the need to find a way for science and religion/faith to be able to work together in our worldviews/understandings, rather than having the two stand in conflict to one another or have them remain separated into two separate areas of our life. And I remember, where I had left of, he had started to address the concept of a purely historical Jesus, and though I don't completely agree with his opinion on the subject (he's a little orthodox, must believe in this or that for me), its still an interesting read. I'll have to let you know my final impression, once I finish, but so far I'm enjoying it. :)
That's a fairly amazing hobby. :)

I am currently mired in late 17th century England, and having to take a crash course in Restoration politics just to understand the literature of the day. It's fascinating and frustrating all at once.

Good luck with Ms Burt - I hope she's as good as you remember.

Lyz
Heh! - no. It's more about the years I'm adding books from. The incredibly long title that gives away the entire plot including the ending went out of fashion after the first half of the 18th century.

How are you? Hope you've been reading something good!

Lyz
We seem to be Roussell and Bouguereau fans. Good taste in art. ;-)
Hi, Ruth. I haven't read any of her works yet, but she sounded interesting so I added her to The List. Thanks for the recommendation.

I wishlist those books because that's exactly what they are to me: books I aspire to find but may never be able to track down and read. I use the "real" categories to catalogue the books I actually own.

Also, I'd put together a fairly extensive wishlist before I found out that's not how most LibraryThingers operate. Newbie mistake. :)
Hi, Ruth!

Trolling for obscure 18th and 19th century novels is one of my favourite pasttimes, as you've no doubt gathered - and yes, I particularly like the early 18th century habit of having a title that runs on for a page and tells you everything that happens, including the ending! The trick to finding them is to think up a good combination of key-words...and to not care how much time you spend on it. You're right, though, I should probably have more consideration for my "connections". :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Hello. I rarely log-in to LibraryThing, so my apologies for just now seeing your message to me.

I am only 1/5 into the book, Feast of Faith, and so far it is quite dense and b/c these are past lectures he cites a lot of German philosophers, etc.

But, while it is dense, it is good. It is certainly worthy of the time it requires.

God bless.

Fr. Michael
Yes, but when she gets so graphic, it's too triggering. Really. I don't want to deliberately invite myself to a dissociative state. Now if someone would edit the books for me, that would be different. :)
I'm doing a huge upload at the moment, books that have been cluttering my living room to total chaotic unlivability, boxes on the floor, sofa, chairs, and every other surface. We had the whole room torn up, almost literally, as it has 3 outside walls and my husband had to caulk behind all baseboards to become eligible for an energy-conservation grant. Then he said the walls need painting anyway, why put the stuff back. :P Health and life interfered with that for 10 months! but now that he has one wall done and says he can't do the rest till the books are shelved, I'm unboxing them and shelving them. The photos *do* take a bit of time but he's got a lot of other tasks that need doing before snow falls so he's encouraging me to do it right and get everything properly on LT.

Barbara Hambly! You like Barbara Hambly? I do, although she does have a way of having really bad things happen to her characters. I simply stopped reading the sequels to Dragonsbane. One of my favourite books, but the sequels, no.
That's pretty cool that we have such varied interests in common! Besides the ones you mentioned, I detect a common taste in children's books as well. And science fiction... I feel like I know you already.

The oddest thing is that our libraries don't overlap more. Well, if you are ever in SW Ontario, please let me know and plan to drop in and visit me and my books.
in addition, we worked at the time I entered these ( a couple months ago) to make sure the listings were valid, and separated from other editions with other titles. I think they are still valid as listed in my library.
thanks, but I actually was able to photograph my own, on our family room floor, and so the covers I've added to LT are valid for my books.

These were a real favorite of mine as a child, and I am glad I kept them over the years.
Well, I tried again, manually, and although I enter Renee B. Stern, it keeps popping in at Renee Stern.
Giving up for now.
Katharine
Ruth,
At you suggestion, I added my Vol. 5 Book Trails manually, but I still don't see it appearing in the series. Don't know what I'm doing wrong. Arg! I'll try one more time...
Thanks (I think?!?) for calling this to my attention.
Katharine
:o)
My dad told me that he remembers being read to from the early books as a very young child which makes me think that his set is probably the 1928 set. My grandmother was a reader, too. It wouldn't surprise me to find that she had begun to collect books for my dad when he was an infant (or earlier!)

Good luck with your collection!
Leslie
I just went through all of my books in this series: all have the dark red embossed cover (of a castle and a knight and lady on horseback under a tree in the foreground), all have the 1928 copyright printed inside the cover. I don't see anything printed that indicates the publication date or edition information. Here's how each is organized--let's see if they match with your set:
- For Baby Feet Volume 1 Part One: index lists stories contained in both volumes. The actual stories in this book begin with Pittypat and Tippytoe on page 13 and end with The Conceited Mouse on page 151.
- For Baby Feet Volume 1 Part Two: begins with Little Black Sambo on page 153 and ends with A Story Book on pg 320
- Through the Wildwood Volume 2 Part One: begins with index and then story The House and The Road on page 9, ending with poem A Million Little Diamonds on pg 164
- Through the Wildwood Volume 2 Part Two: begins with the story Krencipal and Krencipalka and ends with The World's a Moving Picture Play on pg 320
- To Enchanted Lands Volume 3 Part One: begins with index and then story My Book Holds Many Stories on pg 9 and ends with The White Cat on pg 155
- To Enchanted Lands Volume 3 Part Two: begins with Why the Cuckoo Keeps Silent in Winter on pg 165 and ends with The Flag Song on pg 320
- On the Highroad to Adventure Volume 4 Part One: begins with index and then The Climbing Road on pg 9 and ends with Sage Counsel on pg 170
- On the Highroad to Adventure Volume 4 Part Two begins with The Black Dwarf on pg 171 and ends with the Last of the Dragons on pg 310

Whew! I think I'll sit down and read for a while! Brings back wonderful memories.
Hi, Ruth. My Book Trails: On the Highroad to Adventure is in two volumes. The spines read "Volume 4 Part One" and "Volume 4 Part Two". The publication date is not listed inside the cover; the flysheet states "Copyright 1928, By Shepard and Lawrence, Inc., Child Development, Inc.". The set of books belonged to my dad (born 1939) and he had them as a young child.

Hope this information helps!
Leslie Hudson
Hi Ruth,
I hope you're feeling better!
Thanks for adding the link to The Lucile Project; it's very interesting. I sent Mr./Dr./Prof. Huttner an email with a link to my LT copy, since it doesn't seem to be listed among his editions. I don't see a photo of your edition on either of his Osgood publisher pages, but perhaps it is listed; I didn't go through each line. Maybe you'd like to send him info about your book, too? He does say he welcomes info about other Luciles, esp. pictures.
Best,
Maggie
Hi Ruth,
Lucile is a pretty book! I'm glad I was able to get the cover uploaded so you could see it. Maybe someday I'll even get brave (or foolish?) enough to try reading it. I didn't know that Owen Meredith is a pseudonym. I'll check out the LT author page for him.
That's funny about the bog coat book!
Yes, the cherry tree needlework is mine, and my design. Thank you for your kind comment about it!
Best regards,
Maggie
Hi Ruth,
I wanted to let you know that I've finally uploaded the cover of my copy of Lucile. It's actually prettier than in the picture, as the scanner seems to have overexposed the silver printing on the cover and spine.
I just noticed that you have the book about making bog coats (by Linda Halpin), and I wondered if you had made a coat using her instructions. I just got the book, and probably won't try to sew one until the fall. But I like the creative freedom of using such a simple and versatile pattern, not to mention one that will let me use up some of my stash of fabrics.
Have a good weekend,
Best,
Maggie
I'm also very fond of the Cindy Szekeres version, Ruth; her books about the mouse family were great favorites when my kids were little, and I still have them.
The number of Night Before Christmas editions out there is staggering, and I have a smallish collection. I see I have some catching up to do with scanning covers! I try to draw some lines with collecting them; for example, I won't buy one unless I actually like the illustrations, though I make exceptions for notable illustrators such as Tasha Tudor (though I don't much like her drawings) Even so, I have some outstanding NBC books, and some "meh" ones. And I usually avoid the ones with animal characters (though I have to have the Szekeres and Wegman editions!), since my main interest is in seeing how, through the years, illustrators have imagined the figure of Santa, the family, the house - and the visions of sugarplums!
I have several from the 1960s (when I was a child), and some more recent ones that I've liked, and I'd like to get more from the earlier part of the 20th century, but those are getting rather expensive. I collect the books just because I like them, not for their value, so I'm not awfully attracted to some of the antique ones, some of which I think are kind of hideous aesthetically!
I'm making progress on clearing the scanner -- thank you for inspiring me!
Maggie
Hi Ruth,
I'm pleased to find a sister admirer of old books! Thanks for letting me know about your cover for Lucile. None of the covers shown match the cover of my book, though, so I'll really have to make an effort to shovel off the scanner and fight with Photobucket so I can show you what my copy looks like -- it may well be the prettiest old book I have. It's a small book, with light blue cloth binding that has delicate flowers on the cover and spine in black and silver. Kind of art nouveau-y, I think. No date, but published by Rodgers in Philadelphia.
Thank you for asking about my Night Before Christmas collection. I have it tagged as "ttnbc". _Celeste_ also has a nice collection, and she has uploaded the covers of her books if you'd like to have a look at them.
I'll let you know if win my battle with Photobucket!
Best,
Maggie
Ah, but did you know that "The Mysteries Of Virginity" was originally published in 1709 as "The Virgin Unmask'd"? Hi - Liz here! Always glad to drag another victim into my unhealthy obsession with obscure early 18th century writing!
Re the "Rita" problem. You're most welcome. I didn't even have a strategy. Just played with it a bit until it righted itself. Then I went on holiday and forgot all about it!
Thanks Ruth! I, too, love to read "old" books because of the morals and goodness found in days gone by. I do collect Red Pepper Burns books among other old authors. Louisa May Alcott was my first "favorite" author. I remember reading Little Woman when I was in 4th grade, but I had to sneak read it as my mother thought I wasn't old enough for it. I just talked my 14 year old grandaughter into reading it for a class project and she is liking it too.
my husband reads them; i read some of them! but i don't think it's necessary ....

you can also try this: http://minsky.com/ and look at his collection of decorated bindings. Some of them are in the online site.
I'm a little obsessive, and I've been using this site as a guide: http://bindings.lib.ua.edu/
Oh, I knew this would inconvenience someone someday. I'm a grad student, and so I like to add articles, essays, etc., that are not themselves full books, both as a reference/notes for later on and just as a more complete record of my reading. In this case, "Theories of Language" is an article that appeared in The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, volume IV. Hudson does have a book-length treatment of some of the material, but with more of a focus on writing systems, called Writing and European Thought 1600-1830, from Cambridge UP. The article is really solid, though, and worth tracking down. Hope that helps, and sorry about the confusion!
Hi - You had inquired about the Book Trails series. Sorry for the delayed response but I don't check this too often...
Anyway I have 7 of the red embossed vol's fr 1928. You mentioned an 8th so perhaps I am missing one....anyway, I do like them. They were a gift fr my mother in law, so didn't grow up with them but certainly appreciate them very much. Very beautiful, and they are the all red embossed overs, w/ amazing art inside, many in color. Anymore questions fire away, all the best~!
C
Ruth...it was so nice to come across your comment. I love surprises! I honestly have never heard of Grace Richmond but will definetly keep my eyes open. I also haven't had a chance to look at your library but am going to try today to take a glance. Just got back from a wonderful trip to Ireland and kinda got a feel of the streets once walked by Oscar Wilde, it was beyond exciting. I too have a fondness for buttons, have been trying to incorporate some antique ones into my jewelry makeing and having a fun time doing it. Some of them are just so pretty that the thought of them sitting in a jar somewhere makes me sad. Putting them to jewelry gives new life and I am all about making new out of the old. So nice to hear from you...you mentioned pictures? Where would I find them? I too have some pictures of button jewelry on my facebook if you are interested in seeing them. No more time to write, need to go peek in at your library!! Have a great day!

Denise
Apologies for the late reply, I don't check this part of my profile very often. My name is Alexandra. I am not a member of the BSBS, although I have considered joining. To be honest my collection of books outstripped my collection of buttons quite a while ago. ^_^
Ruth,
You piqued my interest in the Book Trail books. I tried searching for a set for older children and had no luck. I did find a "mention" of green covered Book Trail books at one web site, but it didn't make reference to being for older children. I had to stop to be "mom" but I will look into it further.
C.
Hi Ruth,
I'm glad to see that others share my reading interests. I have long thought that I read "weird" stuff but it must not be too weird! Nice to know! :)
Stephanie
Hi Ruth,
Thanks for leaving me a comment. Yeah, I only started with LibraryThing a few weeks ago, but I already had my collection posted at Gurulib, so it was just a matter of porting it over. (I'm still keeping Gurulib, but Librarything has some advantages too.)
Many of my books I haven't read yet, and Greenwillow is one of them. (In fact, that's one of the tags I haven't yet added--there's so much still to do!) What do you like most about it?
You have some great books, too--I haven't looked at them all yet, but I really love Maniac Magee, and I love your emphasis on religion. (My religion and philosophy books aren't yet catalogued.)
--Brad
Yes, I definitely do have a lot of time travel and other "what if?" books. As I only keep the ones I read and like, and the one I haven't read yet, I do suggest looking at jeanlittlelibrary's "time fantasy" books. She gets some of my nonkeepers. :)
http://www.librarything.com/catalog.php?tag=time+fantasy&view=jeanlittlelibr...
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