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Member: tames

CollectionsYour library (1,387), EBooks (131), Wishlist (5), Currently reading (1), Work from Anthology (2), All collections (1,396)

Reviews7 reviews

TagsEaston Press (238), softcover (193), ebook (129), library of america (112), ep100 (103), read (103), books on books (73), fantasy (64), Folio Society (63), mystery (33) — see all tags

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I am one of those people who love books for the sake of the book. It engages most of the human senses. Of course I enjoy reading them too. For the most part I collect them because they would be interesting to read someday. I realize that I will never read all of them. Many people don't think of books as a collectible hobby - only utilitarian. I've seen collections of hundreds of dolls for instance that just sit to be looked at or touched. That seems to be acceptable. Why not books too?

I like all kinds of hardcover books, especially older books that have inscriptions in them. It gives me a thrill to think I am holding a book that someone gave as a gift in 1889! It makes me wonder how many hands have held this book?

I really enjoy quality made books. On standard books, I generally do not like dust jackets. Naturally they are there as a marketing tool to capture your attention and I do like some of the art work. I have to keep them though since for some reason they are a "prized" part of the book. I think it strange that the dust jacket makes all the difference in the value of a book (standard books), not the quality of the construction.

A Favorite Quote

"Writing - the art of communicating thoughts to the mind, through the eye - is the great invention of the world. Great in the astonishing range of analysis and combination which necessarily underlies the most crude and general conception of it - great, very great in enabling us to converse with the dead, the absent, and the unborn, at all distances of time and space."

--Abraham Lincoln, Lecture on Discoveries and Inventions, Feb 11,1859

Other Interests

I have about 30 aquariums. Mostly freshwater tanks with live plants and live-bearers (fish). I frequent Natural Aquariums in the forums section.

About my libraryCurrent Subscriptions/Memberships
Easton Press: Reader's Choice 2013 #2878
The Library Of America

Tag Codes Key

ep100 - Easton Press 100 Greatest Books Ever Written
epGb20c - Easton Press Greatest Books of the 20th Century
epMsf - Easton Press Masterpieces of Science Fiction
epClfe - Easton Press Collector's Library of Famous Editions
epHH - Easton Press Horatio Hornblower Series
epSfe - Easton Press Signed First Editions
epStoryCiv - Easton Press Story of Civilization
epRc2354 - Easton Press Reader's Choice 2009 #2354
epRc2629 - Easton Press Reader's Choice 2010 #2629
epRc2843 - Easton Press Reader's Choice 2011 #2843
epRc2585 - Easton Press Reader's Choice 2012 #2585
epRc2878 - Easton Press Reader's Choice 2013 #2878
epFeRc2655 - Easton Press Famous Editions Reader's Choice 2010 #2655
epGab - Easton Press Greatest Adventure Books
epTarzan - Easton Press Tarzan Series
epBcw - Easton Press Books That Changed The World
fpGmal100 - Franklin Press (Library) 100 Greatest Masterpieces of American Literature
fp100 - Franklin Press (Library) Greatest 100 Books of all Time
fpSfe - Franklin Press (Library) Signed First Editions
sf - Science Fiction

Books on Books - This tag contains books about books, writing, reading, authors or literature.

Groups(BOMBS) Books Off My Book Shelves 2012 Challenge, 50 Book Challenge, A Pearl of Wisdom and Enlightenment, Bookcases: If You Build/Buy Them, They Will Fill, Books on Books, Classical Music, Easton Press Collectors, Ebook, Folio Society devotees, George Macy devoteesshow all groups

Also onTwitter, YouTube

LocationToledo, OH USA

Favorite authorsNot set

Account typepublic, lifetime

URLs /profile/tames (profile)
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Member sinceSep 23, 2006

Currently readingAnne of Avonlea (An Anne of Green Gables Novel) by L. M. Montgomery

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Hello Tames,

My name is Rick, and I have been watching your postings on YouTube. You have a fantastic book collection, I really envy you. I have been a lifetime member on LibraryThing for a while now, and absolutely love it. I wanted to tell you how much I've been enjoying your videos, and how happy I am to find someone my own age that does book postings. I like watching everyone's book videos, but there are very few that are not teen or YA oriented. I enjoy reading these once in a while, but it's not my main interest. I hope you continue posting for many years to come, and you've even inspired me to start doing so myself.

Take care, and feel free to check out my LibraryThing or FaceBook sites.


P.S.- Just a thought, you do very interesting and thoughtful videos, maybe you should look into doing something with your local cable TV channel. You don't get a huge audience, but it can be a lot of fun. I did a program for a few years,with a friend of mine, called "The Comic Collectors". We learned how to host the show, run cameras, do some directing and even screw around with the mixing boards. I keep thinking about doing it again some day. I think you'd be good at it!!
Hey Tames,

Hunter here, in regards to your youtube inquerie, I actually don't have a youtube account as of yet but I have been thinking of making one and do some video reviews. I'm kind of going through this big transition from YA to more adult and classic books. I think I will do a review video when I get my first easton press book in the following week sometime. I think it's like Huckleberry Fin. But yeh I'm obsessed with books and I recentley threw out all my books and decided to start over with a whole new range of adult fiction. I'm currently reading a lot of crime fiction and mystery books and I really want to get into some of the old classics. I'm hoping to get about 6 books a month from easton press in their 100 greatest book series and I'm a super fast reader so it would be cool to do a youtube blog about the beginning of building my new library. If you want to talk more I have MSN, just ask :)

thanks for letting me know :)
Hi Tames -- thanks for stopping by my thread. I am not very far into Byron Katie yet, although I have already had an Aha! moment, so I look forward to reading more of her. I am also excited to look her up on YouTube, although, yes, I may wait for the ribs to heal a little more first (if she really is that funny!). Your library is very interesting and I see that we share a lot of classics. That, and we share a love of aquariums. Ours (albeit only one) is fresh water, too, and we have live plants. We are due for a fresh infusion of fish as some of ours have died of old age. Any favorites? Please stop by my thread again. I always love new friends. :)
Hi Tames -- Where was your thread on Carl Sagan? I'd like to participate!
If you don't have a copy of At Home with Books, it is highly recommended as an addition to your collection of books about books.

So many aquariums, so many books: sounds like an accident waiting to happen....

You do have a nice library with an interesting selection. I do agree with you on the value of attractive and well-made books. This is one of the reasons I started aqcuiring the Library of America books a few years ago- I still remember my excitement when they first came out-- back in the early 80s I believe. I enjoyed the quality of editing, printing and binding. Plus they are attractive and very easy to hold.
A particular book that you may enjoy because of the way it's printed, bound and edited is "George Washington: A Collection" published by Liberty Press/Liberty Classics. It has a collection of his writings, similar to the one published by the Library of America. I have not compared both side by side in terms of content but, visually, the collection is much more appealing. It's printed with the headings in a dark red, illustrated and every section has a brief introduction written by the editor which puts the section material in context. My books are dispersed throughout my house but this is one of the few books that I have in the best location.
I enjoy reading your comments on the books you are reading. They are not pretentious. Keep it up.
Regarding the library shelving in the photo on my profile page, just go to the LibraryThing talk page here: and scroll down to message 68 to see a series of photos with notes by me on why, how, etc. We just recently moved the library you see in these photos to free up that room as a family/game room, and the ability to take this apart and rebuild it in a new configuration really paid off (but no photos, yet).

The downside is this - Container Store stopped stocking most of the Scandia shelving line, which was made in Norway, I believe, though they still sell it. Often, you have to special order it, and, because they're not maintaining the large inventory as they used to, it's gotten more pricey. My understanding was that their supplier began to let them down, and they decided to stop carrying it as a major line. They no longer offer some of the special pieces, like the shelves and brackets needed to build the corner units.

In researching this issue, I learned that Scandia is also made in the USA, but to different dimensions, so the parts are in no way interchangeable with what I have. Also, the wood they use is different (just because of geography), so the look is also different. If you're really interested in this approach (and I love mine), you should research the American made line. It may be more affordable, and I believe it uses the same basic design that makes Scandia so flexible.

If you do get serious about it, I'd be glad to answer specific questions as you get further into it.

Good luck,
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