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Member: eswnr

CollectionsYour library (2,540), Read but unowned (44), Currently reading (1), All collections (2,583)

Reviews24 reviews

Tagsfiction (1,410), history (593), BC remainder (585), U.S. history (439), B&N remainder (340), junk store (321), Book Barn (268), biography (237), read (223), music (220) — see all tags

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About meI'm part of a solution and part of a problem, sometimes both on the same day.

In addition to amassing books, I also tend to obsess over music.

About my libraryMost people think I'm a complete freak because I'm completely incapable of actually deciding what to read next. So, I write all my unread books on little scraps of paper, throw them in a small box, and pick them at random. Of course, I frequently deviate from this ridiculous scheme, but it's nice to fall back on.

This is all stuff I actually currently own, much to my own chagrin. I can't help it - I find books cheap, I stockpile them for when I'll eventually get to them. In the past two years, I believe I've bought 4 books at list price. All the rest have been remaindered or used. It's much more fun to wander blindly into a used bookstore and find what's lying around for $3 that has underlining and someone's inscription written in the title page than it is for the immediate satisfaction of order the book, get it in 3 business days. Where's the sport in that? (Cheaper, too.)

The bigger problem, though, is when I use the interweb to buy in bulk. Shipping is free when I spend over $75! Well, why didn't you say so? Like my last order: $75 for 32 books or so. I need help.

Favorite inscription I've ever seen in a used book: a '60s vintage mass market paperback of John Rechy's sorta-trashy sorta-literary City of Night. Next to the author's dedication, "To Mom and Dad", continues an inscription from the prior page about how this is "probably the biggest dig in the whole book". Ouch!

GroupsBob Dylan, Booksellers, Booksellers who LibraryThing, RYM/Rate Your Music, Used Books, USERS FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS

VenuesFavorites | Visited

Favorite bookstoresBarnes & Noble Booksellers - Glastonbury, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Millbury, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - West Hartford, Ben Franklin Bookstore and Worcester Antiquarian Book Center, Raven Used Book Shop, The Book Barn, The Book Barn Downtown, The Book Bear, The Old Book Store

Also onFacebook, Rate Your Music

Real nameEric Sweenor

LocationMeriden, CT

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Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceJun 1, 2007

Currently readingBlackout by James Goodman

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