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Member: SimPenguin

CollectionsYour library (2,187), Read but unowned (2), Favorites (52), All collections (2,189)

Reviews38 reviews

Tagsya (232), serial (195), tv tie-in (181), hardy boys (154), fantasy (152), pulp romance (148), harlequin intrigue (110), classic literature (93), wells (85), erotica (67) — see all tags

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About meI have a million interests - So mixed in with what I enjoy reading is quite a bit of reference material. Hobbies include building websites, creating digital art, doing genealogy research, needle crafts, reading (of course), tv fandoms, actor worship, collecting books, and other interests drift in and out regularly. I am interested in city planning, skyscrapers, penguins, bees, history, books, teacups, and a thousand other things. Favorite authors are numerous but you will see a lot of HG Wells, Alcott, Doyle, and Douglas Adams in my library. I love Beethoven. Books about books make me hot.

About my libraryNote: I have a second account under the user name 'AntarcticDreams' where I'll list books I've read (and reviewed) that I don't own and books I've had enough contact with that I know I want to own someday.


I am a reader but I think my library is more representative of my collecting side - I'll admit, it's often more about the books themselves, not reading... I get quite absorbed in acquiring books when I'm taken with a certain author or thread of interest. I love the book as an object just as much as a vehicle of ideas/expression. Don't you dare dangle a new serial in front of my nose...MUST OWN THEM ALL!

The overall collection is pretty mixed and there are a significant amount of books still waiting to be read. Some books I own I've read, but really wouldn't own a permanent copy of if it weren't for the fact I acquired a copy at a garage sale or something and just like the volume or am too lazy to purge it. I always thought I had a huge collection but I'm in the lower ranks with this crowd! Logging everything into a database this way, I am surprised at how it looks... In reality I always felt the bulk of my library was my favorite books and older volumes that I cherished. Now it seems like it's manly comprised of stuff I haven't read yet, reference/research materials, and serials (just when did I acquire all those damn Harlequins?!?)

Where does SimPenguin keep her books?

Mostly, here:

I've built a dividing wall with shelves and desks in the main room of my apartment, creating two spaces:

There are *more* shelves in the bedroom and porch (and kitchen) Gah!


GroupsAlternative Sexuality, AltPublishing, American Civil War, Antiquarian Books, Archaeology, Architext, Astrology, Awful Lit., Baker Street and Beyond, Banned Booksshow all groups

Favorite authorsDouglas Adams, Louisa May Alcott, Billy Collins, Arthur Conan Doyle, Suzette Haden Elgin, Edward Gorey, E. Nesbit, Tamora Pierce, H. G. Wells (Shared favorites)


Favorite librariesMadison Public Library - Central Library, Memorial Library at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin Historical Society - Library and Archives

Other favoritesWisCon 2008, Wisconsin Book Festival 2010


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Real nameMelissa


Account typepublic, lifetime

URLs /profile/SimPenguin (profile)
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Member sinceFeb 25, 2006

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Hello Melissa, I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed reading your review of H G Wells's In the Days of the Comet. Thank you for posting it. John
I have to Thank you for your "wonderful" H G Wells reviews,
I collect H G Wells books,amongst a few other Authors,and your reviews are most welcome.
oh dear,I'm in love with your book shelves,solitude space,
ps;my Tag is from William Morris,Utopian story,of the same Title.

Peter ,,from Australia
> Member SimPenguin has invited you to join the LibraryThing group Banned Books.

Clicking the accept link got me in, thanks. Before, all I was seeing in the top right box where the join option should be was the stop watching option. Looking around a bit, that seems to be how it works now: if I want to join a group, I have to stop watching to make the join button appear. Very odd.
Why can't I join Banned Books? I've been watching, and I can post, but I would join if it waas offered.
Ahhh. I heard about the annual Doctor Who convention for the first time this year. One of these years I'm hoping to manage my finances well enough to go to that in Chicago and the Holiday Folk Fair in Milwaukee. My "splurge" in fall is usually the Civil War reenactment at Old Wade House.

My guess, then, is that _The Pirate Loop_ at our store was bought by someone headed there. Maybe.

There used to be a store in Whitewater, not sure if it's still there, that sold all kinds of science fiction/fantasy stuff. That's where I got my autographed Tom Baker photo and a few other things. The first episode of Doctor Who I ever saw was "Ark in Space," which is probably why he's been my favorite. They say you always remember your first. :-)

Thanks for satisfying my curiosity, Renee
Awesome library! We have 18 books in commom. :) Greetings to another Douglas Adams admirer.
I covet your many shelves.
Hi there,

Thanks for accepting me.

Have a great day!

Great library.
PS Love HG Wells also - I gobbled up his books when a teen. Karen
Cool library - is that a room in your apartment completely devoted to books?? I love the shelves - I want a room like that................. Can you move around with all those piles on the floor!!!!!

Cheers, KAren
In view of your latest interest, maybe your username should be SimmPenguin ;-)
I'm trying to convince my parents to let me put their books in the garage and give me their shelf space, lol, but they're not really going for it. I also have tons of cds, records, and dvds, and my room isn't that big, so it's all quite a mess.
I guess I just need my own place!
I want my library to look like that! Mine is just books piled on a shelf and my various furnishings.
I really like the ones on the fourth shelf from the bottom in the middle section. What are those? They look so nice.
Thank you for joining Reading Resolutions - I see you're also on LiveJournal :) Terribly jealous of your shelves!
I want that libray. How cool does that look?
For your "urban design" collection (great!), you'd like David Sucher's "City Comforts".
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