CollectionsMaps-Atlases (103), History (131), Biography-Memoir (41), Travel (81), United States (106), Illinois (36), Driftless Area (11), Gardening-Farming-Food Production (20), Cookbooks-Food-Nutrition (15), Fiction (38), Society-Culture (43), Humor (37), Arts & Crafts (23), Finance-Economy-Investment (63), Grammar-Language (12), Science (12), Self-Faith-Introspection (10), Nature-Ecology-Conservation (50), Architecture-Real Estate (45), house care-decorating (12), Alt Power-Etc (13), Your library (19), Recreation-Games-Collecting (5), All collections (632)
Tagshistory (164), United States (103), maps (102), travel (82), finance (60), z (53), houses (44), Illinois (43), architecture (42), humor (41) — see all tags
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About meTwo eaglets born about 10:45 am Eastern, 3/29/2014 in New Jersey. From L to R; Dad's feet, Eaglet One, Eaglet Two, Egg for Eaglet Three, Mom's beak. A link to the nest which is being continuously viewed by a cam recorder (no privacy for eagles I'm afraid, although at night it's about impossible to see anything)...
I'm a retired commercial real estate lender (retired early and long enough ago that I believe that I have no responsibility for the 2008-2011 financial and real estate debacle).
The rationale of my book ratings is similar to others at LT, and:
* Non-books (e.g. maps) are rated for what they are and my reaction to them and
*Books are also rated considering what they are, for example, a book rating restaurants in Chicago, for example, could well be rated highly simply because it does what you expect in a thorough, thoughtful way. You don't expect, nor should you, great literature and
* I tend not to rate books or other items that I haven't yet read (seems fair?) or books I don't much like (with, so far, one outstanding exception).
In general, the idiosyncratic and off beat reviews here are of books that have few or no other reviews.
Feel free to leave a note below if you drop by... I'd offer you a cup of coffee or tea, but that seems impractical in this venue.
About my libraryAbout 80/20 nonfiction to fiction. I like reading history, biography, finance, architecture, real estate, social issues... I'm addicted to maps and atlases which are helpful with regard to many reading interests, especially history, and frequently are wonderful art and history pieces themselves.
If I was quite wealthy, I'd collect historic maps and have a map room and a real library.
A 'real library,' that's like... Dark wood paneling, old-fashioned Victorian style sky light, high enough ceiling as to require a rolling ladder to reach the top books on the gonzo shelves, over stuffed chair with good reading light behind it, antique roll top desk. Lock on the door with the only key in my pocket. Could the library have its own private veranda (not a mere porch or patio, please) with an arbor adjacent to it?
Do I have to smoke a pipe? Do I need a spaniel? Is this a tad selfish?
--- My take on and interests in interesting libraries: --- *
advcongroup Finance (Singapore - many).
Africansky1 Maps, biz-econ history, architecture, glass.
antimuzak Classical music, history, maps (esp UK).
archidose Architecture (broadly).
AsYouKnow_Bob History esp UK, maps, sociology.
Aulsmith Maps, history.
AurelArkad History, maps-atlases, travel, architecture.
benwaugh Music recordings incl R & R, Classical, zydeco; ancient world.
bill Numismatics, archaeology.
burnit99 Humor (incl Pogo), politics, history (esp US).
cemanuel History (esp ancient, medieval).
CSMcMahon Chicago, humor.
dgrapes Chicago, history (esp military), architecture, maps-atlases.
dkathman Chicago, finance, history.
Dragonfly Maps, history, humor, music recordings.
Electric Ray Finance.
Excataloger Maps, travel, nature.
freudslip History, humor, finance.
geoffmangum Maps, history.
Golodhrond History (esp WW II, military).
hopebuilder Architecture, alt power.
Library of Mistakes Finance.
jeannealogy School yearbooks, Chicago.
Jeffery Finance, history.
jeffreydbrown Maps (esp National Geographic).
jimroberts Finance, humor.
jmcilree Finance, history.
JNSelko History (esp WW II), humor (Pogo), science, philately, maps-atlases.
John_Vaugh History, maps (different take).
kristinalynn History (individual level), Chicago.
leese Finance, history. (Korean tags... 금융 = finance, 경제 = economic, 경영 = business, 역사 = history).
LeventhalMapCenter Many atlases,maps, cartography
lilithcat Chicago, architecture.
mariancontrarian History, social.
MarkHammer History, finance (no tags).
marmot Chicago, maps, architecture.
Marquand Glass, architecture.
Neighbors Arts, Photography.
Neuromancer Humor (Pogo).
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago Nature.
pranogajec Architecture, Chicago.
rathad Architecture, stamps.
recollector Maps, collecting old maps.
Rivendell Architecture, maps (esp UK).
setnahkt Archaeology, geology (Galena), history, maps-atlases.
stellarexplorer History, atlases, maps.
Thrin History, classical music, humor.
wcarter History, atlases, classic autos.
WholeHouseLibrary History, humor, maps.
ZenNovice History, humor, maps.
* Don't be offended if you have a terrific group of XYZ books and they aren't listed here; the listing after your LT name is only what drew me to your library.
GroupsAdirondacks and beyond, Ancient History, Archaeology, Biographies, Memoirs and Autobiographies, Book Sales, Brits, Cemeteries & Gravestones, Chicagoans, Classical Music, Crambo! —show all groups, Gardening, Geoguessr Challenge Group, Geology, History at 30,000 feet: The Big Picture, History Fans, History: On learning from and writing history, Humor, Mac Users at LibraryThing, Maps and Atlases, Medieval Europe, Medieval manuscripts, Midwest Writers/Readers, Non-Fiction Readers, NPR Listeners, Profiles Profiled or Reviewed, Readers Over Sixty, Reviews reviewed, Social science, Taggers!, Unitarian Universalist Readers, Used Books, Working Class
Favorite bookstores57th Street Books, Bargain Books - Naperville - Ogden Mall, City Newsstand, O'Gara & Wilson, Ltd., Powell's - Hyde Park, Seminary Co-op Bookstore
Favorite authorsNot set
Account typepublic, lifetime
Member sinceJan 20, 2010