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About meI'm a voracious reader/collector with over 1,400 books in my library. Although, from looking through some readers and libraries here, I'm not as voracious as one might think.

I read a ton of non-fiction as I like to know about what is actually in the world and not in someone's imagination. Unfortunately, I have decided to embark on the Dewey Challenge, so I've got to read at least 50 or so fiction works in the coming years.

From looking at a bunch of the photo galleries on this site, I've come to think that there are two kind of book shelvers: those who push the books all the way to the back of the shelf in order to place objects in front (making the books hard to get to quickly) and those who line the spines up with the front edge of the shelf (creating a uniform display). I fall into the latter group. Those who lay their books sideways and stack are both anachronistic and anathema.

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75 Books in 2013 Thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/146476

Dewey Decimal Challenge Thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/128872

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Go to a random book: www.librarything.com/random.php?type=work

About my libraryThe books I have listed are all the books I have either owned or read. I keep a separate wishlist elsewhere as I don't want to muddy up the LT waters. I'm trying to read a book in every Dewey Decimal section.

I finally put all the books (except the cookbooks) in one room, all perfectly ordered in Dewey. I know the system is biased, but it's the best one I know.

Groups50 Book Challenge, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, Club Read 2013, Club Read 2014, Dewey Decimal Challenge, Early Reviewers, Go Review That Book!, Kent State University LibraryThingersshow all groups

Favorite authorsIsaac Asimov, Anu Garg, Gabriel Gudding, John Hodgman, A. J. Jacobs, Steven Johnson, Cormac McCarthy, David McCullough, Henry Petroski, Ammon Shea, Dava Sobel, Tom Standage, Wallace Stevens, Simon Winchester (Shared favorites)

Homepagehttp://lifelongdewey.wordpress.com

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Real nameGerard Nielsen

LocationMorgantown, WV 26508

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Member sinceJul 24, 2006

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That was quick Gerard! I'll get something out to you soon. I choose from those books that LT recommends that you loan from me so I hope they're right.

Have a good weekend.
Thanks so much for your generous response! Now I've been googling Dewey and Melvil all day checking out different sources. It is so much fun and I've found lots of stuff I did not know was out there. You know how it is when you acquire a new interest and find SO MUCH it can be like a whole new world on the internet.

I think I'll choose a source and just cut and paste. I keep telling myself to keep it simple, but really if I'm going to put up a framework, I think I'll pretty much put up all the categories, like you did, rather than smaller categories. I know I'm using all the wrong terms here just saying I'm going with completeness. I think it will be fun just looking at that long list! and thinking about what is ahead.

I also think I will, as you said, start with one in each division, then move to what I already have in house. This is FUN!. I'm 64 and seriously don,t think I'll live long enough to finish each area, but I don't care because I just like it. I'm not ready to set any goals about numbers yet, and may never.

How do you ever get so much reading in? I mean literally?

Thanks again.

Merrikay
Hi Gerard - I'm not going to be able to resist the Dewey challenge. Did you basically cut and paste the tables from wiki? I,ve been looking at different threads and think I would like to copy you if you don't mind. I know it is incredibly detailed, but I think I'll like having the info including the blanks. Before I do that cut and paste, do you have any pearls of wisdom, regrets about your chosen method, suggestions, etc.? Not that you have time to reply with all of your reading! There is probably a club thread for this topic but I didn't spot it. Thanks for any reply. I sure enjoy your thread.

Merrikay - mkboylan from Club Read 2013
I am pleased to see that you find my library interesting. It lists every book I have ever read in full. Obviously, it is not like your library, which lists only books you have and deletes books you give away or discard. I found it of interest that you and I are the only persons who have reviewed the book on Lord Mansfield's decison in the 1770's leading to the abolition of slavery.

I stack my books sideways for the simple reason that it allows me to fit more on the shelf. And my shelves are just deep enough that I can fit two stacks, one in front of the other, on the same shelf. So I shelf not according to aesthetics, but simply to fit the most amount of books in the least amount of space.
I am very jealous of your Oxford English Dictionary. I tell people that the only reason I keep working in the library is so that I can have constant access to the online version (it isn't true, of course, but you have to tell people something!)I love the OED!
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