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Member: smartblonde

Books355 books cataloged

Recommendations18 recommendations

About meA 30 something veteran, college educated, free-thinking woman with a huge dose of old fashioned.

I have replaced 99% of all the new books I read with digital versions, the exception being cookbooks or something old and out of print. I have several thousand ebooks and audio books on my PC to spend the rest of my life reading. Most of my books are of no specific edition to link to, and because I hop between several at a time I do not bother to record everything I read here.

About my libraryAs a product of the western world I read mostly history, philosophy and the numerous, famous classic novels relating to it.

I own a Kindle Paperwhite 2, and use Calibre to manage my free-book library on my cpu.
http://calibre-ebook.com/

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My physical, listed library consists of only those books my husband and I deem worthy enough to keep or are unowned yet good enough to mention and rate. Also recorded here are our daughters' library in which I've only included what I feel are their most important and useful books (including some that were mine as a child).

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I do not read or listen to abridged volumes if at all possible. I find it important to separate great literature and historical fiction from the masses of overproduced romance, fantasy and sci-fi fiction works that clog the shelves. I opt for quality and not quantity. I believe the number of books in ones library is meaningless if it's filled with worthless texts.

~My favorite quotes about books.~

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers. ~Charles W. Eliot

Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own. ~William Hazlitt

The smallest bookstore still contains more ideas of worth than have been presented in the entire history of television. ~Andrew Ross

To choose a good book, look in an inquisitor’s prohibited list. ~John Aikin

Books and ideas are the most effective weapons against intolerance and ignorance. ~ Lyndon B Johnson

For friends... do but look upon good Books: they are true friends, that will neither flatter nor dissemble. ~Francis Bacon

"Tell me what you read and I'll tell you who you are" is true enough, but I'd know you better if you told me what you reread. ~François Mauriac

I have friends whose society is delightful to me; they are persons of all countries and of all ages; distinguished in war, in council, and in letters; easy to live with, always at my command. ~Francesco Petrarch

To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting. ~Edmund Burke

There is no such thing as a moral or immoral book; books are well written or badly written. ~Oscar Wilde

Lastly:
When evening comes, I return home and enter my study; on the threshold I take off my workday clothes, covered with mud and dirt, and put on the garments of court and palace. Fitted out appropriately, I step inside the venerable courts of the ancients, where, solicitously received by them, I nourish myself on that food that alone is mine and for which I was born; where I am unashamed to converse with them and to question them about the motives for their actions, and they, out of their human kindness, answer me. And for four hours at a time I feel no boredom, I forget all my troubles, I do not dread poverty, and I am not terrified by death. I absorb myself into them completely.
Niccolò Machiavelli December 10, 1513

Favorite authorsCharles Dickens, Ralph Waldo Emerson, David Hume, D. H. Lawrence, Herman Melville, George Orwell, Thomas Paine, Edgar Allan Poe, Carl Sagan, Jonathan Swift, Henry David Thoreau, Leo Tolstoy, Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde (Shared favorites)

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Member sinceNov 25, 2008

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