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Member: Betelgeuse

CollectionsMy Books (1,124), My Kindle Books (77), Read but unowned (288), Favorites (144), Currently reading (1), To read (463), All collections (1,489)

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TagsClassic Literature (558), Collectible Edition (517), History (415), Biography (245), Leather-Bound Books (238), Classic Novel (227), Reference (203), Adventure (189), Science Fiction (174), Famous Americans (150) — see all tags

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About meAmerican male in his fifties, very happily married, proud father of two daughters. I'm originally from the New York/New Jersey area, but I lived in the Carolinas for eight years and have resided near Chicago since 2005. I usually read history, biographies, and the classics, but I am also fond of adventure novels and classic science fiction. My other hobbies include astronomy and music. Betelgeuse (pronounced BET-el-jooz or BEET-el-jooz) is a star found in the constellation Orion.

About my libraryCOLLECTIONS: "My Books" is a catalog of the 1,000+ hardcovers and paperbacks that I keep in my study. "My Kindle Books" represents my digital collection. "Favorites" shows my 5-Star Rated Books, the ones I'd take to the proverbial desert island.

TAGS: "Collectible Edition" refers mainly to my leather-bound and finer-quality volumes. Limited editions, rare books, and books signed by the author are also included. None of these are very valuable, as my collection is modest. I purchase books for reading rather than for investment purposes, but if I can obtain a collectible copy I often will.

RATING SYSTEM: Ranges from half a star (I really disliked it) to five stars (a favorite). If a book has no star rating, I have not yet read it but I plan to do so. Two books with the same number of stars aren't necessarily of comparable literary quality -- I might award five stars to a Shakespearean drama and five stars to a 1950s-era science fiction novel, because I appreciate them both for what they are.

COVERS: Whenever possible, book covers depicted in my collections match the actual covers of the books I have read.

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List of All the Books I've Read Since 2007: www.librarything.com/wiki/index.php/User:Betelgeuse
Betelgeuse's Music Library: www.librarything.com/profile/betelgeusemusic
Betelgeuse's Movie Library: www.librarything.com/profile/betelgeusevideos
Betelgeuse's Better Half: www.librarything.com/profile/souporsleuth
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GroupsAmerican Revolution & Founding Fathers History, Ancient History, Astronomy & Astrophysics, Early Science Fiction, Easton Press Collectors, Folio Society devotees, Franklin Library Collectors, Geeks who love the Classics, History Fans, Lakeside Classics Collectorsshow all groups

Favorite authorsRay Bradbury, Daniel Defoe, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, Alexandre Dumas, Joseph J. Ellis, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edward Gibbon, David McCullough, John Milton, William Shakespeare, H. G. Wells (Shared favorites)

VenuesFavorites | Visited

Favorite bookstores57th Street Books, A Peace of the Past, After Word Books, Anderson's Bookshop - Naperville, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Naperville, Colgate Bookstore, Frugal Muse, Glover's Bookery, Half Price Books - Hamburg Pavillion, Half Price Books - Naperville, Horizon Books - Traverse City, Myopic Books, Sandmeyer's Bookstore, Strand Bookstore, The Book Cellar, The Cranbury Bookworm, Town House Books

Favorite librariesCase Library, Naperville Public Library - 95th Street Library, Naperville Public Library - Nichols Library

Favorite lists100 Books to Read in a Lifetime (That Are Older Than 200 Years)

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Real nameKevin

LocationNaperville, Illinois, USA

Account typepublic, lifetime

URLs /profile/Betelgeuse (profile)
/catalog/Betelgeuse (library)

Member sinceSep 21, 2008

Currently readingUnbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

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