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About meI am a pathological bibliophile, married to another one. We live amidst a lot of books.
(I was so excited when I discovered LibraryThing that I actually wriggled and squeaked!)

We both have difficulty walking past a second-hand bookshop: I even bought my first car from a second-hand bookshop (well, OK, from someone who had advertised in the bookshop window!).

LibraryThing passed 70,000,000 books at 10:07 pm on 8 February 2012. Yes, I was watching. Yes, I am that sad sometimes: now stop snerking and get back to your book.

About my libraryA very high proportion of our collection is second hand, and some of it is bibliographically challenging. Unfortunately much of it is in boxes, but now I have found LibraryThing, I can catalogue the contents of the boxes! (I'm slightly appalled to discover how much unread SF was lurking under the bed!) Much of the non-fiction was acquired in the half-conscious belief that, if you are interested in a subject, having a book on your shelves will somehow result in the osmotic transfer of information into your brain. It doesn't seem to be working yet.

For information (broadly):
his zoology, poetry, Zen, much of the theology, most of the SF, and the bulk of the Inklings collection;
hers classics (Latin & Greek), folktale, explorers, 19th-century fiction, GirlsOwn collection (including a whole box of Chalet School paperbacks I just found in the bottom of the wardrobe!), and Laura Ingalls Wilder.
both everything else...
But the whole process has been slowed up to an enormous degree by the arrival of TinyBookworm, now joined by TinierBookworm. I've tackled the shared part of the children's book collection. I think I'll leave Mrs Bookworm's Loebs and other heavy classical stuff (eight boxes!!!) till later, along with the immense mountain of girl's school stories and the like.

I don't think we will appear very high on many other users' "weighted" book-sharing lists, because any substantial overlap in a particular sphere is diluted by the diversity of the collection. I'm slightly stunned to discover that the library with which we share the most books uniquely (three on the "Vous et Nul Autre" list) is that of C. S. Lewis!

Tagging Notes
"Inklings" I apply to books by or about Lewis, Tolkien, Charles Williams, and their circle. I seem to have rather a lot. Books about (not by) Lewis and Tolkien are also tagged "Lewis/Tolkien studies". For the related non-Inklings authors George MacDonald, G. K. Chesterton, and Dorothy L. Sayers, I have introduced the tag "VII" (alluding to the literary journal "Seven").

The tag "children's literature" I use for books about children's literature, not for examples of the genre, which are simply tagged "children's". I'm still experimenting with "YA", as it's not easy to tell which books are really intended for 'young adults'. (What a silly term: really it means 'older children'. But they say that in dealing with adolescents, the trick is to treat them like children while making them think that you're treating them like adults!) Fairytales are tagged "fairytales"; the tag "fairytale" indicates a book about fairytales.

The tag "[export]/[exported]" means that the book is either on the "out" pile or has gone to the Oxfam shop (or wherever)! These books remain in the catalogue to retain the links to reviews etc., but the tag may vanish now that I have a "read but not owned" collection.

Oh, and the loobry is the collection of books on the windowsill by the loo.

Rating Notes
***** Indispensable.
**** This is really rather good
*** I'm glad I've read/got this.
** It's OK.
* Could have lived without this one.

Most popular author not represented in the library: No. 8: Nora Roberts.
Most popular book we haven't got/read: No. 20: New Moon.
Highest rank on the "largest libraries" list: No. 339 (26-iv-2008).
Member number #108045

Topped 4,000 books today (11 August 2009)!

Uninteresting Libraries

As of 31 July 2009, the catalogs in the top 100 (by size) with which we share the fewest books are:

eugprorok 0/8647
pharuehut 7/7763
rpglibrary 1/8459 (well, it's a special-interest collection)
Papiervisje 16/10192 (mostly in Dutch)
y.e.deligoz 30/14606 (mostly in Turkish)
CSUCI 25/7778
cbgjr 34/8194
SRC 43/10200
GEOCO 32/7559
IowaBibliotheque 40/8837
charzie 39/8372

(On 13 July 2007, they were:

booksnmusic 4/5,796
mmckenzie 4/5,099
libvicki 12/10,753
The_Gedaks 11/5,990
sciezka 11/5,404
lycanthropist 16/7,217
plus two institutional libraries, KLSatNUHT 5/6,296 and Quatrefoil_library 16/9,222)

Groups75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, A Pearl of Wisdom and Enlightenment, Book Collectors, Brits, Catholic Tradition, Children's Fiction, Christianity, Combiners!, Dictionaries & other reference booksshow all groups

Favorite authorsIain M. Banks, Lindsey Davis, E. R. Eddison, David Gemmell, Geraldine Harris, Russell Hoban, Richard Holloway, Guy Gavriel Kay, C. S. Lewis, Jan Mark, Michael Scott Rohan, J. R. R. Tolkien, A. Wainwright (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBritish Red Cross Bookshop, Oxfam Bookshop Oxford (St Giles)


LocationSW England

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceNov 24, 2006

Currently readingEnter the Saint by Leslie Charteris
'Racundra's' first cruise by Arthur Ransome

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I think this is the first time I have had my library rated as "interesting" by someone whose own library is private, and which I can therefore not seek to appreciate in return - which is a pity, as the description of interests is tantalizing. I can't even leave a private message! So, though marycloseburn is too shy to show me her books, if she would consent to lurk in the Cambray Place Oxfam bookshop on some prearranged occasion, wearing a red carnation, or carrying a copy of Lyell's "Principles of Geology", or bearing some other suitable identifier, I would be happy to buy her a coffee in the Soho across the road.
Love your review of Foucault's Pendulum. Pretty much precisely mirrors my own impression of the book when I read it a few years back.
Thanks, MyopicBookworm. I'm in Juba. It was a bit hairy the first 36 hours, but has been a lot quieter since then. Bor is still bad. I've been busy driving around Juba town (by-passing the fire-fights) facilitating the church leaders to get together to work for peace. They've been on TV and radio a lot, and they met the President this afternoon and are cautiously optimistic that they might be able to get the main protagonists to talk to each other. I've also been involved in getting some aid for the thousands of people sheltering at the cathedral. I'm due to fly out to Nairobi for Christmas tomorrow, flights permitting.

A search of the community library B shelf at first appeared unlikely to succeed: Pat Barker, Julian Barnes, a whole shelf of Maeve Binchy, several Dan Browns... and then right at the end of the shelf, I spied some promising-looking old hardbacks. Buchan's Mr Standfast, John Macnab, Castle Gay, and The Path of the King. I thought that was the lot, but then noticed one more shelved horizontally on top of the others: The Blanket of the Dark is here! I promise to start reading it as soon as I've finished my current book...
A search of the community library B shelf at first appeared unlikely to succeed: Pat Barker, Julian Barnes, a whole shelf of Maeve Binchy, several Dan Browns... and then right at the end of the shelf, I spied some promising-looking old hardbacks. Buchan's Mr Standfast, John Macnab, Castle Gay, and The Path of the King. I thought that was the lot, but then noticed one more shelved horizontally on top of the others: The Blanket of the Dark is here! I promise to start reading it as soon as I've finished my current book...
Alas, I do not possess a copy! I will have to check the community library to see if they have it...
Ha yes! Scottish. That's what I meant when I wrote it. :)
It has been a fun topic. :)
Curiosity wins over manners ~~~ how are you and Kleinzeit getting along? esta1923
Yeah, things do get a bit noisy sometimes. But remind me....what did I say or ask about agnosticism (I hope I wasn't too er..."dogmatic") and what did you want to say about it? I seem to have missed the response.

There's a brand of agnosticism that says in effect "Not only do we know nothing right now, by the nature of the problem, or by the nature of the equipment we have to deal with the problem, we never will know anything. The whole thing is "beyond human ken".

I'm sympathetic to the "we know nothing" part, though I think the situation isn't quite so dire, maybe we can make some conjectures, as long as we don't get too attached to them, but I balk at the "beyond human ken" part.

How do we "know" if something is beyond human ken or not? Current ignorance isn't a guarantee of future ignorance forever, or at least, it hasn't been so in the past.

I have admit that I sometimes do that myself. Especially when his even more fussy from teething, you know no matter what you do they cry or whine so you feel at a loss. :( I love being a stay at home parent but my husband feels I can do it 100% of the time, which yea sure 98% but I need breaks! lol
Your library is, in a word, fascinating.
Grainger, man and music, is rather on the periphery of most people's interests, hence my mild-ish surprise. Getting rid of the books, eh? Tossing the evidence, eh? Felt you were OK and safe until I came along, eeeh?

Blom's "Music in England", which I don't think I have ever read.

Me neither. Many of my music books are more suitable for occasional reference than a read-through.

Zen was important in my life, fantasy (fantastic literature may be more precise, I'm not familiar with the modern popular genre) rather less so. Chiang Yee I collect. Haven't read him yet but I looked at all the pictures.

We share Percy Grainger's letters!

BIGGER fish to you too too! Ha!
Thanks very much for taking the time to offer your advice, which I certainly value. I was hoping to gain the benefit of the perspective of learned bookreaders on a series of posts to a blog that I intend to become a book on a literary critical theory that I invented. I have in mind a shorter work similar to "Aspects of the Novel" by EM Forster because I have spent 40 years making a very good living as a writer. I am now approaching the same age, when my father died, and I have actually earned my bread every day over four decades by writing. I know my craft. I did not expect to be attacked viciously for posting a new thesis for comments about a new literary theory on criticism. You may not understand that novelists lose money for every sale to a library: every sale of a novel to a library cannibalizes four other retail book sales of the same title due to the library's pass-along readership. I have no commercial intentions of any kind as I don't need the book royalties: my so-called commercial intentions are as pure as the driven snow. I have paid my dues having written my first novel in 1972 for my senior thesis at Bates College and each of my novels is narrated with an innovative, literary style. I am more concerned with making a stylistic contribution to the genre than in making book sales. My work is now being read for a national book award but not the NBA. I really don't need the grief from your pretentious colleagues who take it upon themselves to become docents of literary culture and push best sellers. If I were to need a best-seller, which is unlikely, I could easily buy one at Amazon or visit a great bookstore nearby and the friendly, knowledgeable staff there love good books. They welcome me with open arms each time that I visit to bring them my book buying business: it is consistently a pleasant experience. So the question for librarians now is: what value do they add to the book reading experience of the public which funds their existence? I have an iPad and an Internet connection which takes me to Google, which serve me well. So I have the definite sense that physical libraries will become obsolete, if they don't reinvent themselves, and will become de-funded within eight years -- maybe sooner if the Tea Party has its way in the House. After my experience on Library Thing and with other physical libraries I can now support that proposition. Listen, you seem like a lovely person and I appreciate the benefit of your perspective. Thanks, again, for taking the time to be kind and helpful -- I'll continue to work with Open Library and to post reviews of genius novels for Amazon VINE. All of the best to you. I plan to de-list from Open Library within the next few weeks as this disheartening experience has all been a major waste of precious time better spent elsewhere. Cheers.
I can't figure why I couldn't cut and paste it because I previously cut and pasted it from the 'review' section of the Reiser book, to make it a 'conversation' about the book. This is the first time I have done something like this, and I really appreciated you steering me to the 'Christianity' group.

In the meantime, I have decided Reiser is completely off-base in his remarks. 'Other' religions are not interested in finding a trinitarian basis for their religions, and if Christian theologians are willing to sacrifice Spirit from the Trinity to bring the world's religions in line...well, I guess I question their belief in their own theology.

I tried to copy and repost it, but it wouldn't 'paste' and I don't have time right now to re-type. But thanks for your input. I don't feel as clueless as I did. I seem to find resonance with some of what Reiser writes, but certainly not all.
Great idea! I started to post it in the 'review' space for the book, but then realized that wasn't right. How did you find it??
Thank you for your thoughtful posts in that thread. Not sure what we could have done differently in retrospect. But that OP would be a perfect candidate for one of those handy new yellow flags, if we ever get them. LOL
I know, right? It was getting out of hand, so I instituted the book/shelf rule: No books that won't fit in or on the shelves. I also had a heart to heart and figured probabilities for reading a book in my lifetime, and if it was
I'm just stopping by to thank you for talking to dj808,
and to mention that I think your post #4 in that thread
is the best post I've ever seen on LibraryThing.

- Bob

Thanks for your clearly-written response on the Catholic tradition thread. It helped me understand the situation better.
Yes, it just wasn't happening! I think if I start actively disliking a book, it's time to turn to something else...

Incidentally, I totally agree with the comment below! It's very disappointing.
"Much of the non-fiction was acquired in the half-conscious belief that, if you are interested in a subject, having a book on your shelves will somehow result in the osmotic transfer of information into your brain."

Oddly this doesn't seem to work for me, either.
No, I don't know what you are speaking of. Let me know if you have time.
Hi there,

I liked your review of 'Rituals', which I am currently struggling with...
I read your review of Bart Ehrman's book about the alleged "corruption" of the scriptural text. I believe you wrote the review back in 2008. I'd be interested to know whether you've had further thoughts on it since that time. When I first read this book, I found it disappointing and somewhat slyly sensationalistic. I'm working up to taking the time to read it again.
Hi! You did a fine job with your review of Hoban's "Linger a While." His "Turtle Diary," which was made into a charming movie also has alternating chapters."Bat Tattoo" and "Her Name Was Lola" are lovely/odd stories. I have read "Kleinzeit" so many times I almost know it by heart. As is apparent I am a devoted fan (delinquent in getting reviews of all posted). I filled out my collection via Amazon for a penny plus postage.
On the Lindskoog thing - I had some chat with Michael Ward [Planet Narnia] who pointed me towards an article that blows the whole thing out of the water as the author mentions reading The Dark Tower in Lewis' rooms! It's reproduced here:
Nice article, I hope you enjoy reading it!

Best wishes

Hello, thought I'd drop in. I note that although we only share 317 of your 4,000 titles, these are all titles that I have read and very much enjoyed (possible exception of the Latin dictionary)
Actually, I came across your library when doing a little digging to help me with an assignment for my MSc in Librarianship. I'm compiling a guide to information resources for those interested in The Inklings (my choice of subject) - many thanks for the handy tag!
My I cheekily ask if you have any views on Katherine Lindskoog's criticisms of Walter Hooper?
I love your comment about an interest and a book on the shelf somehow combining to produce knowledge in the brain! Surely that ought to work?

Best wishes,
Thanks for the reply. I've been making a major effort this weekend to reduce the number of books left to catalog, or I might have responded earlier - I'm down to about 5 shelves. Congratulations on deleting a book - we all make mistakes when buying. I set up the Withdrawn collection more than anything because I kept finding books that I didn't have any more, and regretted weeding out. I'll certainly end up buying some of them again. Where I'll put them, I haven't a clue.

We appear to share about 200 books - LibraryThing doesn't seem to be able to make up its mind, no doubt due to the vagaries of indexing. I've so far catalogued about 1,350 books, and I estimate about 400 to go. We don't have any boxes under our bed, so an estimate is easier to come up with in our case, I guess. Like you, my wife and I are great fans of Tolkien - we both read The Lord of the Rings for the first time nearly 50 years ago. We have a modest collection of books about Tolkien - well, our library is less than half the size of yours! We also have just about every Terry Pratchett ever minted - what a tragedy that such a person should get Alzheimers! I'm something of a statistics and records freak (I've yet to turn this loose on LibraryThing), so I was interested in what you've said in your profile. I might suggest that you take a look at Stephen King's Dark Tower series. I'm not at all a fan of horror fiction, but these books are King's homage to Tolkien. Oh, I see that you've just reviewed The Gunslinger, and didn't like it. Oh well, can't agree about everything, can we?

If you like David Attenborough, you must try (either book or audio) his latest 'Life Stories'. I have been listening to them on Radio Four here in England and they are wonderful - to say the very least. I have asked Santa for both the book and the audio edition, as with one I get to read the words and look at pretty pictures and with the other I get to hear the great man in his own words with his own voice.

Even when returning from holiday with the car stuffed completely full of luggage, it is still possible to drop into a book clearance sale and come away with a whole box full of books. Argh!

I have really enjoyed reading your profile - second hand bookshops are simply wonderful the excitement of going in and wondering what treasures will be found within and what will have to come home with me...

I was also very excited when I discovered LibraryThing. It is wonderful to be able to look at So many other people's book shelves (digitally at least), as this is invariably what I do when I go around to someone's house.


ETA: edited to add.

And now I know. Thanks so much. Very thougtful. Read through your profile. It is me exactly, except my wife does not share the joy of book stacks. She reads continuously, novels mostly. But she prefers returning them over retaining them. Hence the library.
I am like you. Esctatic that I found LT, so I can track the books in boxes. Previous attempts were too difficult. The discussions are just a wonderful additional benefit.

ooooh. I tried that tactic once with someone else's puzzle! I found the book, and guess what? I didn't use what I'd found.. (More fool me, I suppose lol). I resolve to not use books in my own library from now on - ha ha.
Hm, well all I can think, is that you have access to a facility where you can interrogate some kind of titles database according to how many words and how many letters in each word?
Oh, it's ALL times of day for me! (I'm housebound). But yes, great fun..
Thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries list - pleased to meet you! We certainly have an interesting overlap in our libraries... We even both have abridged versions of Lorna Doone! (I just spotted it in the list and assumed that some miscreant had recombined it with the full version, but no! Happy day!)

And I am always glad to discover a fellow Wainwright fan. I am just off to the hills and am eagerly gathering my walking copies together!
Thanks for the tip..... I wrote that here earlier with only the front end of the tag and italicized everything on your comment board! So now what else did I say?
Hmmm. I started rereading a few Marshes last year when a friend suggested that Dame N. was racist. Black as He's Painted is probably the worst, but then, she was writing in other times. (Oh my goodness! I haven't put my Arthur Upfields here yet!) Meanwhile, we have lots of scifi in common - and I liked Stone Canal better than you did; feel pretty much the same about the others that I've read. Factor in D.L. Sayers, J. Tey, and the few Christies I've catalogued, and that does rather bring our commonalities up. I haven't looked to see how many Allinghams Mrs. Mbw. has; they are my least favorites among the four.
When I get around to my Latin/Rome and theology, we may congratulate each other on the seriousness of our collections.
Thank you for speaking.
Look at what we share! I'm new here, and I could have written your comment about discovering this fine place as well as the one about a book on the shelf = knowledge in the brain - or at least some sort of virtue. I found you because of our *Letters of C.S. Lewis & Don Giovanni Calabria.* On the other hand, I do own some Stephen King and *Life of Pi.* (I was astonished to find that I did enjoy the latter.) (I find this place a little good for my character in that I have to confess to owning some things that I'm ashamed of, like King.) *Possession* was one of my personal books of the decade in the '80's, but I haven't reread it and wonder how it would stand up today. I tend to prefer Drabble to Byatt.
Unless you block me, I will probably bother you again. As for myopia, I'm 20/400 in both eyes, and developing presbyopia doesn't do a thing to change it.
Now I'm going to poke around in your library!
"Miracle is simply the wonder of the unique that points us back to the wonder of everyday" (Maurice Friedman)

"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." (Albert Einstein)

"A miracle is a shift in perception." (A course in Miracles)

"Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits." (Thomas Edison)
in re your comment about poetry vs SF. That was a nice, succinct take on what i was trying to get at...that the particular perceived "nonoverlappingness" of the two groups of readers was, at the least, overstated. i know it was done for the sake of argument in the show; but since both are favorite genres of mine, it stuck w/ me!
(Oh..and you added on the nice bit about both being literatures that at their best make one say.."Oh")
I think the course is actually called early modern but no-one calls it that, I don't know why.
early history is between medieval times and the 17/18th century. So basically the Tudors.
Despite living a not many miles from the Causeway I've only been twice, and waited till I was 25 years old for my first visit! As Dr Johnson remarked, it's worth seeing, but not worth going to see.

I have occasionally been to the Oxfam bookshop in your favourites. I sometimes buy from the organ music they have downstairs. Though it does occur to me that as I've bought more general books there too then I may have bought some of yours. Isn't it a small world?
You've been second from the top of my shared books list for a while now. I just thought I'd drop by and say 'hi.' Greetings from Ireland.
I noticed that you are reading Ruth Pitter and I was curious how you found out about her. I discovered her through Eugene Walters's memoir, Milking the Moon. She's a lovely poet.

I can totally relate to your struggles with heavy clay soil. When I lived in Seattle, the clay was so bad that it sounded (and felt) like a rock when you hit it with a shovel! Worse, our property was borderline wetland, with many active springs, so the ground was squishy for most of the year. I put my boyfriend to work double digging future garden beds, and mixed the chunked-up clay with equal amounts of compost. By the time we sold the place, I could stick my arm in to the elbow with no resistance. Portland has clay too, but it is much more manageable.

If you are going to taste the Camassia, just be sure you don't have Zigadenus, aka Deathcamas. Wikipedia has a pretty good article on Camassia.

I think the most fun plant I grew in Seattle was Gunnera. It is a coarse looking plant, not at all elegant, but it grew well at the edge of the wetland, and looked so dramatic with those gigantic leaves. This one is also supposed to be edible, but I never tried it.
I had to check your profile when I saw that you had Camassia in your garden. Not at all what I expected! It is a native plant here and was traditionally used as a food source, but I suppose you are growing it as an ornamental. But of course the climates are compatible, and we grow many British plants here.

I love your list of Uninteresting Libraries. Just what I need - another way to waste time on LT!
We seem to have a lot of overlap on the theology and cookbook sectors. And there will be more as I get more in. I've slowed down, though. The stack of things I want to reread has gotten to high.
I am amazed (!) that I'd said elephant and child. . . . the moreso since I've been suggesting this book for many years. OK, to redeem myself, may I send you to Hoban's "Kleinzeit" which I know almost by heart. (I never made it thru "Riddley Walker," but loudly applaud "Her Name Was Lola," "The Bat Tattoo," "Turtle Diary" (book & movie), and the complicated "The Lion of Boaz-Jachin & Jachin Boaz.") You are ahead of me on "Fremder". . . should I hunt it down?
Glad you have a tear for "The Elephant and His Child." This is a book I wish every LT-er would read. I've shared it with many people thru the years (and, yes, tears even after multiple readings!)
Always happy for people to drop by!

Yes, our shared list is interesting, 'though I have to confess that the rarer ones we have in common tend to be the childrens' books which is my wife's thing rather than mine: she's never met a Puffin book she didn't like. Okay, to be fair it's more: she's never met a Puffin book she isn't at least willing to give a try!
Who says bibliophiles have no sense of humour or fun. Yes, I wriggled too discovering Librarything.
Inklings, what are inklings? I suppose I'll just have to "run and find out" myself.
There's a lvely overlap of our libraries so far. I wish I had time to stay and browse just now, but I have an assignment due in 14 hours.
I felt the same way when I found LT! You have an interesting library (looks a lot like mine, if I ever finish the list).
Yes, you do have a lovely library. I'm looking forward to seeing how many more books we share, as I keep adding more of my collection.

The Ngaio Marsh was the starter, then I stayed to say "oooh , that sounds interesting I want to read that... and that, and then, as usual I lost an hour or so when I was supposed to be cataloging my own library. Thanks for sharing your collection. It's amazing.
Haha! Somebody else who knows the INKLINGS! Okay so maybe I've been an ostrich but that's so cool. (Better said, I was probably in a book while the rest of the world noticed. Cue: DUH.) Anyway, my hubby and I sound like yourselves, piled in there somewhere with the books. :)

I thought that perhaps y'all would enjoy this excerpt from Italo Calvino's book, If on a winter's night a traveler... that is of course unless you've already read it/heard of it/whatnot.

And I was nicely surprised to find that I was not the originator of the idea of giving one's offspring a LibraryThing account. Ours is due in March (the offspring, not the account). So anyway!

Cheers! :)

AH... grrr, okay, almost forgot!! Here's the link to the excerpt!

Thanks for the comment,which really made my wife and I laugh. as its not too far off the mark at that. But then what are houses for,if not to fill them with books. Good insulation too.(thats my excuse anyway)
yes indeed one of the children wonders if / assumes that a thrush will still be eating a snail as I recall. while I was aghast at their missing something that to me seemed obvious.

one carefully planted conversation telling me my fears were false would have been sufficent.
oh yes strange ending I remember thinking as they stepped through to the other world that they would not live long enough to return.
I've taken a quick look for interest's sake and I might try methodically hunting out least-similar libraries myself, when I get the bulk of my books up on LT. If I did it too much sooner, the data might be quite inaccurate, and if there is no shortcut, I'd hate to repeat the process. The cataloguing process took a step backwards as I just today realized that I missed an entire closetful of books in a room that I had thought was completely finished, which was mildly disconcerting.
I'm not even sure where I got the St Frideswide book - I've never been to Oxford! OH of course. Because of the wood engravings in the book, it was sold at Raven Press gallery on the Isle of Skye. (link:

Friends of mine lived in Avoch on the Black Isle and then in Borreraig, Isle of Skye, for several years and we were fortunate enough to be able to visit them several times. I'll buy any book about Skye (or Barra, or the Uists, or the further isles) that I possibly can.... the fact that I only have 8 books tagged "Skye" reflects a sad lack of opportunity (and perhaps also the fact that many of my books on Scotland are in a room which is largely uncatalogued).
I think your library is interesting, too - it certainly has variety! I'm quite flattered to have my books chosen as interesting by an equally "pathological bibliophile". I'm impressed by your Inklings collection - and by your organization. I should have started a lot earlier noting in LT where the books were. Although I've only got about half catalogued, I already find myself thinking - do I really have that book, and if so, where?
Ah, well since about half of my collection is crime fiction of one sort or another that was bound to raise the similarity quotient, if of course its the "good' stuff! See ya on the talk boards.
I also am stronger on reading Lewis and Tolkien than Williams and Barfield.
I believe I have read all the Williams books I own except All Hallows Eve, and
I have read the 2 Barfield books I own, but I do not find them as interesting as Lewis or Tolkien, and I do not reread them the way I have reread Lewis and Tolkien
for many years.
I see we share a strong interest in the Inklings.
Thanks for advice, last month, and apologies for delay in acknowledging.
Hope life is treating you well.
I hope you don't mind that I have added you to my "interesting libraries" list. Your collection is truly interesting, especially that big Inklings section...
I've just come across your library,and I must say I found it a very interesting one to scan,especially the 'Inklings' section.What a great collection of books by and about this wonderful group.
I was also taken by your imaginative profile page.The picture that heads it is repeated with me on a favourite print that hangs on my study wall.Also liked the loobry description and the uninteresting libraries.
If it is ok with you perhaps I can add you to my 'Interesting Libraries' list
Best wishes
Hi. Thanks for your comments. 25 years of collecting has helped us acquire some rarities, much of the rarer Tolkien was acquired before the film hype drove prices up! Songs for the Philologists was a matter of being in the right place, we had been saving up for a replacement (not new) car when a bookseller friend said they'd come across another bookseller who had a copy for sale. The price almost exactly matched what we had saved, it didn't take us long to decide that the existing car could be kept going for another couple of years! I still try to keep up with books about Tolkien although I'm behind with both buying and reading at the moment.
I appreciate your clarification. My ratings for Van Vogt novels are based more on my overall evaluation of the author rather than the individual book. However, I do not remember being disappointed with any of his books. Others that I found particularly memorable include The World of Null-A, The Weapon Shops of Isher, and Empire of the Atom. I particularly liked his use of a 'superman' type of individual as protagonist. This is similar to other books that I like such as: The Count of Monte Cristo, THe Fountainhead and Robinson Crusoe.

- Jim
Thanks for the observation about my ratings for Van Vogt. A. E. Van Vogt certainly was among my favorite authors when I was reading his novels more than thirty years ago. The Voyage of the Space Beagle is probably my favorite. I'm not sure if he is in the same literary league with Conrad and Mann, but due to the sheer enjoyment he has given me I believe he deserves to be there. Like most of us my library is in the process of being catalogued. There may be other authors I add to my favorites as I edit the details of my library.
ohhhh you reminded me to update my stats. I am now up to 40 books. Ha. When I made that I forgot one important detail, Grad school does not leave a lot of time for personal reading challenges.
As for drinking real fruit juice, my mother went and bought me some when she found out that I was only eating Popsicles. Lucky for me though, I thing the Great Strep Throat Infection of 2007 is finally coming to a close.
It's more thrilling than most spectator sports, esp football. Pace Berkeley, I'm unconvinced libraries continue to exist when they're not being monitored.
I look forward to the poetry lists with baited breath.
intersting library.
liked your confession that you "wriggled and squeaked" when you discovered LT (Didn't we all?)
Also enjoyed your theory of osmosis - akin to Wilde's notion that you needn't read a book before reviewing it (that would only prejudice the mind). You will find (if you haven't already) that it isn't only (or primarily) "information" that is transferred...
Hope you don't mind if I add you to my 'ones to watch' list

Thank you for your message concerning thorn and wynn. I tried to find information on the Web, but some pages are difficult to display because of Unicode-encoding of these runic characters, and I wasn't interested enough to try to solve this problem. Anyway your comment corresponds exactly to what I understood.

Maybe you would have the answer to something that still puzzles me: how did the Saxon character that looks like a delta with a small bar and is used in the phonetic alphabet to code the th sound (e.g. found in this) emerge? Not from the thorn I guess? I can't remember Burchfield explained anything about it.

Will post on monday. Im going to a festival today:^)
Great library !
Our prediction is that if any reading of James is required, it will be M.R. James, not Henry. You've risen to the occasion; pace yourself and don't hit the wall early.
Bravo! a beautiful sentence.
Oh, you're welcome. I suppose the British equivalent would be simply "Daft".

But given how American right-wing politics is in such a weird symbiosis with fundamentalist religion, it seems inevitable that the political term "wingnuttery" would begin to creep into the descriptions of some of the loopier forms of religious extremism as well.

hoping to see you around LT...

- Bob
ah, "wingnuttery".

It's a bit of recent American political slang...

The original use is derived from the description "Right-wing nuts", which America has in overabundance. (Our "left" would be moderately Conservative in most civilized countries; our extreme right-wingers are just about indescribable.)

From "right-wing nuts", the term was contracted to simply " 'wing-nuts" (occasionally: " 'wingers"), then to "wingnuts"...and thus, examples of spectacularly illogical thought - especially of a conservative bent - are held up as examples of "wingnuttery". The concept is starting to apply outside of politics, too. Thus, my tag.

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