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Books4,179 books cataloged
About meForty-something-ish. Possessed of/by one wife, two children, and a cat and dog. I earned a history degree that was of marginal career use but has made me a font of unusual information, and since have mostly worked in technology and sciences, the latter interest is also reflected in my books. I am cataloguing my library because I'd like to know once and for all just how bad the bibliomania has gotten. I've completed roughly two-thirds of the little blighters, maybe a bit more, probably less. I am also trying to write reviews of everything that I actually read in a year, as an aide-memoire (my memoire needing all the aide it can get).
About my libraryI have a lot of interests, and a lot of books. Since I gave up buying most music (I have also recently developed a weakness for vinyl LPs, but let's ignore that inconvenient fact just now), books are my only real indulgence...well, books and coins. And stamps. And mineral specimens. Hmmm. I used to work in bookshops (several different ones over the years), and this didn't help with the whole "bibliomania" thing. I've tried ebooks, but been continually frustrated by issues of formatting, editing (or the complete lack thereof), and the whole philosophy of buying something that is no more than a collection of electronically transmitted 1s and 0s. Sounds like a con to me. In the meantime, my real-world and very physical library consists of the various evidences of a magpie mind.
Favorite authorsPeter Ackroyd, Margery Allingham, Roy Chapman Andrews, Ray Bradbury, John Dickson Carr, Alan Coren, Edmund Crispin, Colin Dexter, Gerald Durrell, T. S. Eliot, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Stephen Fry, Stephen Jay Gould, Robert Graves, Graham Greene, Sinclair Lewis, John McPhee, Candice Millard, Christopher Morley, Carl Sagan, Dorothy L. Sayers, Clifford D. Simak, John Steinbeck, P. G. Wodehouse (Shared favorites)
Favorite bookstoresBarnes & Noble Booksellers - Independence Commons, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Zona Rosa, City Lights Books, Half Price Books - Independence (Hartman's Heritage Center), Prairie Lights Books, Red Letter Second Hand Books, Tattered Cover Book Store - Historic LoDo, The Dusty Bookshelf, The Haunted Bookshop, The Raven Bookstore - Lawrence KS
Favorite librariesBoulder Public Library, California Academy of Sciences Library, Estes Valley Library, Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, Lawrence Public Library - Lawrence, KS, Linda Hall Library, Mid-Continent Public Library: Liberty Branch, Weston Branch (Mid-Continent Public Library)
Other favoritesde Young Museum Store
Account typeprivate, lifetime
Member sinceJul 31, 2013