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CollectionsYour library (2,098), Home Library (1,277), My Childhood Library (95), Currently reading (45), Booklets|Magazines (504), Ephemera (131), Livres Français (181), Philosophy & Psychology (35), Plays & Scripts (24), History (194), Natural History (119), Scrapbooks|Albums (28), Fantasy (893), Sheet music & books (24), Martial Arts (18), Enfer (31), Writing (35), Instructional (414), Shire Albums (15), BD|Photonovels (161), General Reference (197), Choose Your Own Adventure (76), Astounding | Analog (10), New Writings in SF (25), Planetary Adventure (118), 221B Baker Street (26), Clive Barker (43), Hyborian Age (12), Middle-earth (12), Narnia (19), Counter-Earth (32), Witch World (7), Pellucidar (11), Tarzan (57), TV/Movie Tie-ins (331), Kitchen (79), Agriculture (76), Art Studio (111), Children's Room (445), Crafts Room (143), Workshop|DIY (146), School Books (153), Photography|Filming (26), Computers|Gaming (58), Ladybird Book (8), Dryad Press (22), Hobbies Weekly (52), James Bond 007 (31), National Geographic Magazine (46), Odhams Home Help Series (10), Disney's Wonderful World of Reading (98), Nonfiction (750), Dormant (Unfinished Reads) (2), Sounds Interesting (if only I had more time) (14), Duplicate|Alternate-cover (132), Wishlist (75), Read but unowned (32), Read in total (132), Favorites (6), All collections (3,492)

Reviews414 reviews

TagsScience Fiction (545), Under 5's (150), Made into movie (134), Anthology (130), Horror (125), DIY [Carpentry] (120), Comic strip (120), Under 10's (119), Periodical (117), Partworks (110) — see all tags

MediaNot set (233), Book (3,198), Paper Book (3,087), Audiobook (8), Ebook (6), Booklet (2), Manual (7), Ring-bound (2), Sound Recording (2), CD sound recording (1), Tape (Cassette, etc.) sound recording (1), Video Recording (1), DVD (1), Other (60), Printed music (5), Map (19), Game (10), Menu (22)

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Recommendations465 recommendations

About me'My books piled up before me for my use waiting in space where I placed them' - Allen Ginsberg

About my libraryAfter much careful thought and a great deal of research; this is how I have organised my general library across different platforms.

Books and ephemera:
Films & DVDs: (see full explaination on my other profile page here)
Video games:
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Books in |Your Library| tend to be titles that solely appeal to myself, whereas |Home library| is for everything either joint owned or belonging to other members of my household including the children.
As a result the library can appear chaotic; So, organisation is the key.

Books on a certain topic are first categorised into [C] Collections (e.g. History) and fine tuned with [T] Tags (e.g. Normans, Romans, Anglo-Saxons, etc.)
Tags may appear in more than one Collection (e.g. World War I/II) as shown in the example below.
```````````````````````-[T]Ancient Greece
```````````````````````-[T]Crime & Punishment
```````````````````````-[T]English History
```````````````````````-[T]French History
```````````````````````-[T]Local History
```````````````````````-[T]Napoleonic Wars
```````````````````````-[T]Roman Empire
```````````````````````-[T]World War I
```````````````````````-[T]World War II
`````````````````-[C]Livres Français¬
```````````````````````````````-[T]Crime & Punishment
```````````````````````````````-[T]Fleuve Noir
```````````````````````````````-[T]French history
```````````````````````````````-[T]World War I
```````````````````````````````-[T]World War II

I am constantly fine tuning my lists; so, this is subject to change at any time.

I'm not a big fan of Kindle/ebooks, and, minus a few that I have listed, the rest are mostly just digital copies of books that I also own physically, so I have left them out.

I also keep a very select collection of National Geographic magazines which contain articles or maps that I wish to keep for reference. I would happily dedicate an entire library to every issue, but I simply do not have the space.

I have begun a new project; to rebuild a virtual copy of My childhood library (as I remember it). Not an easy task after some 40 years. Not helped by the fact that I was not terribly interested in reading in my youth, and some (namely the 007's) were books passed down to me from my father's unwanted bibliothèque.
However, from not being able to recall more than a handful, I have currently restored over *50. The power of the human memory never ceases to amaze !

*2014 Update - now exceeding 70!

GroupsAutism Awareness, Baker Street and Beyond, Book Care and Repair, Bookcases: If You Build/Buy Them, They Will Fill, Bug Collectors, Cheese!, Combiners!, Comics, Common Knowledge, WikiThing, HelpThing, Cover Artshow all groups

Favorite authorsDouglas Adams, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tony Buzan, Roald Dahl, Philip K. Dick, Arthur Conan Doyle, Philip José Farmer, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jacob Grimm, Giovanni Guareschi, Thomas Hardy, Ernest Hemingway, Robert E. Howard, Franz Kafka, Otis Adelbert Kline, H. P. Lovecraft, Daphne du Maurier, George Du Maurier, Roger McGough, Mœbius, George Orwell, Marcel Proust, Michael Rosen (Shared favorites)

VenuesFavorites | Visited

Favorite bookstoresAlec Tiranti, Barnardo's Childrens Store [Wickford], Books for Free (Healthy Planet) [Basildon], Books for free - Basildon (Healthy Planet), Books For Free [Stratford], Cartoon Shop, The, Comic Showcase, Community Bookshop, Corfe Books [Rare & Desirable Books] | a.k.a. Addlestone Bookshop, Dark They Were, and Golden Eyed, Fantasy Centre, Forbidden Planet, Forbidden Planet 2, Havens Hospice [Hadleigh], Leigh Book Exchange, Les and Gary's, Librairie l'Écritoire, Maison de la Presse, Osterley Bookshop, Othello's Bookshop, Oxfam Music and Bookshop Chelmsford, Paradise Alley [Formally named LTS], Ray's Occult Books (Fictional), Rayleigh Lanes Bookshop, Readers Halt, St Luke's Hospice Shop [Wickford], St Luke's Hospice [Pitsea], St Lukes Hospice Shop (Basildon And Thurrock), The Jamaica Inn, WHSmith [Houlslow], Wilko [Basildon]

Favorite librariesHeston Library, Osterley Library

Other favoritessaint francis hospice [Brentwood]

Favorite listsBest Fantasy Novels, Classics you know you should have read but probably haven't, Favorite Childhood Books

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Member sinceAug 13, 2009

Currently readingBrave New World (Modern Classics) by Aldous Huxley
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Podkayne of Mars by Robert Heinlein
Lettres de mon moulin [Librio] by Alphonse Daudet
Letters from my windmill by Alphonse Daudet
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