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CollectionsYour library (1,140), HC/PB (1,059), Hardcover (812), Paperback (247), Kindle (81), My 5-Star Books (161), Read but unowned (556), To read (509), Currently reading (2), Stored in Closet (7), Expendable (37), All collections (1,696)


TagsCollectible Edition (654), Classic Literature (628), History (477), Leather-Bound Books (302), Biography (293), Classic Novel (251), Reference (231), Adventure (205), Folio Society (203), Science Fiction (187) — 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. Besides reading, I enjoy travel, astronomy, and music. Betelgeuse (pronounced BET-el-jooz) is a star found in the constellation Orion.

About my libraryI have 1,100+ hardcovers and paperbacks in my personal study, and about 80 Kindle e-books. Most of my library is comprised of history, biographies, and the classics, but I like a little of everything. I usually read three or four books per month, and I rate each of them in LibraryThing. Two books with the same rating aren't necessarily of comparable literary quality -- I might award five stars to a Tolstoy novel and five stars to a pulp fiction classic, because I appreciate them both for what they are.


GroupsEaston Press Collectors, Folio Society devotees, Franklin Library Collectors, History Fans, Lakeside Classics Collectors

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

LocationNaperville, Illinois, USA

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceSep 21, 2008

Currently readingLeonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard

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