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Member: Betelgeuse

CollectionsMy Books (1,124), My Kindle Books (73), Read but unowned (288), Favorites (142), Currently reading (2), To read (462), All collections (1,481)


TagsClassic Literature (557), Collectible Edition (512), History (411), Biography (243), Leather-Bound Books (234), Classic Novel (227), Reference (203), Adventure (189), Science Fiction (174), Famous Americans (149) — 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 early 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.

List of All the Books I've Read Since 2007:
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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 authorsIsaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Daniel Defoe, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, Alexandre Dumas, Joseph J. Ellis, Ralph Waldo Emerson, 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

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Member sinceSep 21, 2008

Currently readingThe Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: Volumes 1-3 by Edward Gibbon
The Demon's Brood: A History of the Plantagenet Dynasty by Desmond Seward

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I read The End of Eternity, and thought it was great! Thanks for the recommendation.
It was a good story, I think I was turned off by the alien being a rolling ball with tenacles. Perhaps the alien in the Star Trek episode was fixed in my mind.
The Count is in a class by itself. I started reading Margerite de Valois, then the second of the series Chicot the Jester. I found myself geting up at 4 in the morning just to read. I rooted for Dumas's hero De Bussey in Chicot and hated the villians. I'm now reading the Forty Five Guardsmen.
Dumas make larger than life heroes and his villians are just pure evil.
Have you ever read William Harrison Ainsworth?
take care,
Just downloaded "Captain Blood" to my Kindle. Re: "Ringworld", I think I always confused it with "The Lord of the Rings" and avoided it. Thought "Ringworld" was great, although it was hard at times to wrap my mind around the dimensions of the ring. Planning on reading the sequel, "Ringworld Engineers"
Never read "Tau Zero", will put it on my list. As far as "Woman in White", I found it to be too wordy. Perhaps I will re-visit it.

Thanks for getting back to me. I share your frustration in having more to read than time to do it. and I agree completely that Philbrick's book, unquestionably a monumental history, dedicates too little to what I consider the most important year in American history, the year the seed was planted that grew into the American culture.

I hope you have time for the excerpts. And I might as well add that the book itself is quick to read even though it's 300 pages long.

Hello again Betegeuse, many thanks for helping me with that question. You've saved me both time and dime! AZB, TCW
Betegeuse, Hello, thanks for the comment. I am flattered that you would find my modest library of interest. I have gone through multiple culls over the years and this is more or less what I ended up with. I freely "borrow" interesting books from other libraries (yours included)for future reading.

It's the USS Constitution in Boston.
It is nice to kmow how you rate books. I've been asked how I can give Sir Walter Scott five stars, then give Richard laymon the same. There are different standards to authors. With Scott I want to be swept away in the beauty of his prose. With laymon, I want him to make me believe in Vampires until the end of the book.
Thanks for adding me and I will do the same
I notice that you have included me in your list of 'Interesting Libraries',for which many thanks.
It has taken me many (many)years to put together and it is still growing at a steady old pace. The ever present problem is of course storage !. Some time ago I had an extension built on the back of our house,and the idea was to put all of our books in there and declare the rest of the house a book-free zone . Did it work ? did it heck. After a while they started spreading once more,and now they are everywhere. Mind you I'm not complaining,I love the things.
I have just spent some time looking through your interesting collection and find that we are certainly in accord regarding quite a few titles. Also on favourite authors such as Dickens,Doyle,Wells and Scott.
Have just reciprocated and added you to my list of Libraries of Interest too.
All the best from the English Midlands.
Hope to hear from you again.
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