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CollectionsYour library (1,827), Premio Cervantes (30), Currently reading (10), Nobel Prizes - Economics (13), Nobel Prizes - Literature (61), Favorites (8), All collections (1,831)

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TagsFiction (448), History (267), Literature: U.S. (173), Literature: Spanish (161), History: U.S. (155), eBook (153), Literature: U.K. (140), Biography (121), Economics (116), Nobel Prize - Literature (111) — see all tags

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About meI enjoy reading books on virtually any topic, although I tend to prefer history, fiction and biographies. I also enjoy poetry.
Currently I'm reading primarily history books on the U.S., Spain and China. In fiction I tend towards more classical, proven authors although often I venture with some contemporary writers whose writing styles may intrigue me. But I also read some modern popular writers.

About my libraryI am slowly cataloguing all my books into Librarything. I think I'm a little more than halfway through.
So far I've catalogued most of my fiction (novels, short stories, etc.), poetry, literary criticism, biography and history books. I still need to tackle my non-fiction books, which are mostly economics, statistics and business books.

Groups1010 Category Challenge, 25 Books in 2009, 75 Books Challenge for 2010, 75 Books Challenge for 2011, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, Abraham Lincoln & Lincolniana, Ancient China, Ancient Historyshow all groups

Favorite authors杜甫 (Du Fu), Dante Alighieri, Pedro Calderón de la Barca, William Blake, Harold Bloom, Jorge Luis Borges, William F. Buckley, Jr., Joseph Conrad, Rubén Darío, John Donne, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Du Fu, Umberto Eco, Benito Pérez Galdós, Homer, Samuel Johnson, Mario Vargas Llosa, Antonio Machado y Álvarez, Herman Melville, Ludwig von Mises, V. S. Naipaul, Murray N. Rothbard, Miguel de Cervantes, William Shakespeare, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Leo Tolstoy, John Updike, Lope de Vega, Virgil (Shared favorites)

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Member sinceMar 20, 2008

Currently readingThe Life of Confucius by Qu Chunli
孔子传 (Life of Confucius) by 曲春礼 (Qu Chunli)
Conceived in Liberty (4 Volume Set) by Murray N. Rothbard
From the Gulag to the Killing Fields: Personal Accounts of Political Violence and Repression in Communist States by Paul Hollander
DUPES: How America's Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century by Paul Kengor
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With two friends, Kitty and Clara, in Nanjing (China). At the Sun Yatsen memorial park & monument.
Since it has been several days, I am not certain what the "context" was. Perhaps you could point me to the context?

The general point, however, is that there are a number of "free market" economists who have won a Nobel Prize in Economics - Milton Friedman, F.A. Hayek and James Buchanan come to mind. The difference between those people and Mises or Rothbard is that their writings constitute substantial contributions to Economics. The same could be said of Mises Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis, but that volume was written in the 1920s, and it was, frankly, about his only contribution to Economics. The rest of his writings are either popularizations of points previously well known in Economics or simply propaganda tracts. As you are probably aware, Mises never held an academic position until he came to the U.S. He was, in Austria the equivalent of the head of the national Chamber of Commerce.

Rothbard was much worse as far as intellectual merit is concerned. He never wrote anything that arose above the level of a propaganda tract. There use to be jokes about that in libertarian circles when he was a prominent figure.
Actually my screen name is one I got from a LoTR name generator online several years ago. I put in my own name, Bonnie & asked for an elvish name & that is what I got! I liked it & still do! As to the fire I now divide my life into BF (before fire) & AF (after fire). Vanye 8^)
Hi There. I'm a member of the 75 challenge group. I'm compiling a list of birthdays and sending messages to those whose birthday I don't have as yet. Would you please send your birthday either to the birthday thread, listed below,
or to my home page:
The only conversation about the merits of ereaders is in the Kitchen's third (current) thread. There was one link posted there that you might find useful:

It's a comparison of ereaders from the UK, but should be valid for technical details anywhere.

There have been a number of threads on this subject in other groups. You might try searching for "e-reader comparison", "Kindle" or "Nook". I'm sure a number of threads will pop up.
Hi Manuel, I've copied Jim's (Dr. Neutron) PM to me regarding posting pictures onto your thread. Hope it helps. Lynda

"Ah. The picture needs to be somewhere on the web where a server can serve it up someone clicks on it. Unless your pc is acting as a server, which is unlikely to be the case, the LT site can't find it when trying to load the thread. The usual method to get around this is to open a free Flickr account, upload the picture and use that URL. Facebook also works (if you set the privacy restrictions correctly) or any other picture sharing site.Also LT allows users to upload some pictures to their user account. I think that would work as well."

concerning Tristram Shandy: I finished it and I wrote a review on my 75-books-challenge thread:

I found that people either love it dearly or hate it and I am sorry to say that I am among the 'haters'. I have read and enjoyed thick books and 'stream of consciousness' books without a real story, but this one annoyed me terribly, I can't even say why. Maybe because I don't like digressional writing and a major part of the humour in this book is achieved by the use of interruptions and digressions.

I'd say give it a try, but if you don't enjoy the first volume (it consists of 9 volumes), you will most probably not like the book at all.
Hello, thanks for your message.

My study of medieval manuscripts was actually entitled "A study of scribal practices in Early Irish and Anglo-Saxon manuscripts". I was looking at certain features of all the books (or in many cases, fragments of books) surviving that were produced in the British Isles before the 9th century AD, ie the earliest written books in this country. It was a fascinating period because of the mix of cultures, languages and old and new religion - with the then new religion of Christianity, Latin was introduced, and literacy (although a form of runic style writing did exist in some of the pre-Christian cultures, but carved on stone etc not written in books) and there are some strange features of those early books which emerge because these early celtic and anglo saxon peoples were approaching latin as a foreign language. They introduced things like spaces between words, which we take for granted, but which you do not find in earlier continental latin manuscripts. Imaginereadinginaforeignlanguagewithnospaces! it's bad enough in your own language!
Anyway, so I guess I was studying how the scribes who wrote the books made them 'user friendly' for the readers. It meant that I needed to see as many pages of script as possible from as many of the books as possible, but as they are scattered in libraries all over Europe and America, it was too expensive to visit them all in person. Thankfully, a scholar called E A Lowe had done a survey of all of them in the 1950s I think, and in the Bodleian Libary where I was studying they had not only his catalogue but all his original photos which had much more detail.
I think it is fascinating to see what happens to our means of communicating and recording information and ideas, especially when there are major cultural changes and technological advances. I'm sure somebody one day will be studying 21st century books and bookmaking (I wonder how many of today's books will physically last for centuries?) but also looking at the impact of the internet etc for good and ill.

I set up a thread for the group read of Don Quijote here:
I'm afraid that Spanish was not something passed down in my family from the abuelos. I studied it in school, but it was two years in Panama that actually gave me a real grasp of the language. I do hope that someday you are able to spend the desired time in China. I once aspired to learn Arabic, Mandarin, and American Sign Language. The best I've managed is to identify the Arabic characters. Sigh.
Thank you for the Cantar de Mio Cid link. The site looks fabulous. I thought I would stop filling up the intro thread with my side chatter, hence this comment. I am envious of your language abilities. My Spanish is rusting for my lack of effort, I'm afraid, and I have not progressed to additional languages. But I will try harder this year.

No problem, I hope you enjoy Martín Fierro! Good to see someone who shares an interest in Siglo de Oro literature as well. Saludos,

>Wow! A gift of a shipment of books! How lucky can you get? I imagine there were some interesting surprises. I thought it was interesting keeping track of books you lend-- will Liliana (was that the tag name I saw?) return the books or will she keep borrowing until she has borrowed most of your library? I know that's what I'd do, not really.

Well Liliana is definitely borrowing and reading my books, about 20 at a time :) It's great being able to share with her. I had to let her know my expectations (don't fold the page - use a bookmark!), but it's worked well.

I also give her the ones I don't want (most of those are in my 'recylced out of my library' category). Lili's reading the ones I'm keeping first and saving the ones I've dumped until we leave Romania :)

She reads a bit slower than me so I don't think she'll get through the library before I go, but she's giving it her best shot :)

Thanks for the note -- happy reading!
The only dumb question is the one you don't ask ;-)
YA stands for Young Adult, the books between Childrens books and adult books.

I plan on it...I totally did not even come close to my 25 books this year...maybe next year, huh?! Look for the group after 1/1/2010!
Hola. Sólo tengo uno de los volúmenes de editorial Destino. El resto son del Círculo de Lectores, en una edición facsímil preciosa y que no sale nada cara. Que conste que no llevo comisión eh? jajaja.
Last time I checked, you could still get the Scandia shelving I have. However, they don't always have much in stock, and it's a bit more pricey than it used to be. They apparently had trouble getting a reliable supply from Europe. There is a US made version of Scandia, built to different dimensions with different type of wood, but the same basic design. I believe it's the same company - check out Lundia at

I moved my entire library to a different part of the house, and, though moving that many books is a big job, the shelving was a breeze to relocate and re-configure. The shelving itself is very tough. I have shelves up to 40" wide that have been loaded with hardcover books for 6-7 years, with not even a hint of bowing. I would hope the US version would perform as well, but, either way, I wouldn't go for anything wider than 40" if you're going to fill them with books.

There's also a bookshelf group on LibraryThing (Bookcases: If You Build/Buy Them, They Will Fill) with lots of threads about different ideas for bookshelves. This thread - - is pretty good, and has more photos of my library (before the move), as well as those of others.

Good luck,
Accesible es palabra española totalmente correcta. Eso sí, con una sola "s". Gracias por tu comentario. Y sí es cierto, a veces recuerdo lecturas de libros, voy anotándolos para dejarlo después catalogado, pero sé que muchos todavía andan por esos rincones de casa en espera de ser rescatados.


Reconozco que la cantidad de libros catalogados en su biblioteca me ha dejado sorprendida, desde luego ya me gustaría a mi llegar a publicar y opinar acerca de tantas lecturas. Todo lleva su tiempo, de eso no hay la menor duda.
Thanks for the info! I might just have to pick it up :-)
I'm glad to hear you liked the Guji shudian. The upstairs is a great trove of serious literature and commentaries. My advisor prefers Shanghai for buying books but until my last visit I had preferred Beijing. However, with all the Olympic construction in Beijing, many of my favorite bookstores have been displaced. So, I think Shanghai is now THE place for serious book shopping. Although Kaogu and Wenwu still have stores in Beijing and they are worthwhile stores.

There's also a nice bookstore on the corner with two sides open to the street--although it isn't a specialist bookstore, they often had a good selection.

Hello! No, I have not yet read Foucault's Pendulum. It is a classic case of too many books and too little time :-) But I have a copy, and I do plan to read it eventually! I'll make a note in my individual book page for it to let you know when I've read it.

Take care!

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Welcome to the Political Conservatives group. Thanks for joining!
Thanks so much for your nice comments about my blog (Literary License: It's a fun hobby and a good way to keep track of my reading. Feel free to drop me a comment if you see something interesting on the internet related to literature and/or reading, and I'll post it on my blog. I get a lot of good ideas for the blog from others.
That store is perhaps the first stop for students of Chinese literature in Shanghai. Anything to do with Chinese literature up until 1912; history, etc. Its all there, crammed into a tiny space.

Other bookstores in Shanghai may have the same books and similar stocks but these people specialize in the matter. I always come away with more books than I can comfortably carry :-)

Thanks for writing; I'm in the middle of moving apartments, and can't write at length about my reasons for liking the store. I'll try later. I would like to hear your opinions afters you've been there.

Charles AKA liao
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