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CollectionsYour library (2,855), Read2014 (146), Read2010orBefore (1,493), Currently reading (5), To read (718), Unowned (10), Computing (16), Reference (36), Failed (38), Read2013 (156), Read2012 (176), Read2011 (209), All collections (2,865)

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About meI like novels of most genres -- I'm not keen on horror or explicit crime -- and non-fiction books including biography. I'm not great with books about ideas, though, they tend to annoy me. I'd rather read War and Peace again than some book on whether the internet is destroying our attention spans.

About my librarySo far I have catalogued: my TBR pile; about the first five shelves in my parents' library (but only my own books or ones I've read); and books I have read recently. I have also imported a list of about 800 books which I made some years ago in my flat in Cambridge -- it wasn't all the books I had there, but it was the majority of them. I intend to continue cataloguing my books in my parents' library, to continue to add books I acquire or borrow, and at some point to add my academic library too. (But not until I've thought through the implications of doing it in LibraryThing not EndNote.) Also when I get somewhere to live I will do my main paperback library, which is currently stored in boxes at my parents' house, and which is likely to have quite a bit of overlap with the 800-ish books in my old catalogue.


Favorite authorsKate Atkinson, John Aubrey, Kage Baker, Pamela Belle, E. F. Benson, Jorge Luis Borges, Sir Thomas Browne, Sarah Caudwell, Robertson Davies, John Donne, Lawrence Durrell, Michel Faber, Ismail Kadare, Javier MarĂ­as, John Julius Norwich, K. J. Parker, Iain Pears, Thomas Pynchon, Neal Stephenson, Barbara Trapido, Jo Walton, Sarah Waters (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBook-Cycle, Waterstone's Exeter High Street

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Member sinceJan 14, 2011

Currently readingBilly Ruffian by David Cordingly
The Lives of the Painters, Sculptors & Architects, Volume 1 (of 8) by Giorgio Vasari
Further Under the Duvet by Marian Keyes
William Allingham A Diary: 1824-1889 (Penguin Lives and Letters) by William Allingham
Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code and the Uncovering of a Lost Civilisation by Margalit Fox

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What era were you doing ANSaC? I was 1982-5. Michael Lapidge was my Director of Studies, but David Dumville looked after me briefly when Michael was on sabbatical. I then thought about working in museums, realised libraries were more relevant to my existing interests, did a library traineeship at the English Faculty in Oxford, and ended up doing a doctorate in palaeography there because I wanted to specialise as a manuscript librarian (thesis was supervised by Malcolm Parkes). Then I started to get more interested in theology, and the librarianship idea receded, though I too have never lost my interest in books, cataloguing and all things early medieval!

A friend of mine wrote her thesis on George Herbert, jointly supervised by Rowan Williams and someone from the English Dept. One of her books is: Theory and Theology in George Herbert's Poetry: 'Divinitie, and poesie, met', which is I think a published version of her thesis, so may be worth a look out for.
Hello again Rebecca. Thanks for your reply. How strange - my academic area (ie my PhD subject) before I studied theology was early Irish and Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts (after a first degree in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic)! I don't own most of the books I used during my research, and haven't catalogued most of the ones I do own, but this may explain why we have some overlap nevertheless. I recognise the problem of adequately cataloguing books with multiple authors or editors. The 'Other authors' field helps, but of course does not display additional authors as equal with the first named. I don't know if this is something that the group discussion site improvements has considered recently...

The George Herbert book is one I started and read half of, well over a year ago, and somehow never finished. (Often my list of 'currently reading' consists mainly of books started and not finished.) I enjoyed the first half, which was a critique of how not so much Herbert himself as later (mis)perceptions of the ideal of pastoral ministry modelled on Herbert have a negative impact on clergy's understanding of their role today. I think in the second half he goes on to propose a healthier model of ministry. On the whole, therefore, it's more a book about issues in contemporary Christian ministry than about Herbert himself - but certainly worth a look at.

Hello, I've just been looking at your profile since you came up as one of the more recent members whose collection overlaps with mine to a reasonable extent.

Like you, I'm still a long way from cataloguing my whole collection. The overlaps with other people will no doubt change once the true picture finally emerges of what books I own and have read (I'm finding LT useful for keeping a note of library books read and returned too).

What's your academic area of interest?
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