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Oct 14, 2007, 8:47pm Top

It seems I do even worse with LC than I did at Dewey. Specifically, my whole area of expertise (linguistics) takes up only a single letter!

AG—Dictionaries and other general reference works Schott's Almanac 2007

B—Philosophy (general) The Courtier and the Heretic
BL—Religions, Mythology, Rationalism The End of Faith
BP—Islam, Baha'ism, Theosophy Underground
BR—Christianity Letter to a Christian Nation
BS—The Bible Lion's Honey
BV—Practical Theology Lust

CB—History of Civilization Civilizations: culture, ambition, and the transformation of nature
CT—Biography A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

D—History General Royal Babylon
DA— History of Great Britain - History of Ireland - History of the British Isles Eleanor of Aquitaine: a life
DJ—History of the Netherlands (Holland) Murder in Amsterdam
DS—History of Asia The Mekong

G—Geography (General); Atlases; Maps Atlas of the European Novel: 1800-1900
GN—Anthropology Genes, Peoples, and Languages
GR—Folklore The Book of Imaginary Beings

HB—Economic Theory; Demography On the Wealth of Nations
HC—Economic History and Conditions China Wakes
HD—Industries; Land Use; Labor The Myth of the Rational Voter
HF—Commerce The Choice: a fable of free trade and protectionism
HM—Sociology (general) Guns, Germs, and Steel
HQ—The family; Marriage; Woman; Sexuality A History of Celibacy
HX—Socialism, Communism, Anarchism Ich umarme Sie in großer Sehnsucht

JC—Political theory The Prince

P—Philology; Linguistics Language Acquisition: the growth of grammar
PA—Greek language and literature; Latin language and literature Euripides
PE—English language Talking Right
PG—Slavic languages; Baltic languages; Albanian language The Master and Margarita
PJ—Oriental philology and literature The Girls of Riyadh
PL— Languages of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania After Dark
PN—Literature (general) Totto-chan
PQ—French literature - Italian literature - Spanish literature - Portuguese literature Les Misérables
PR—English literature Northanger Abbey
PS—American literature The Sound and the Fury
PT—German literature - Dutch literature - Flemish literature since 1830 - Scandinavian literature - Old Norse literature: Old Icelandic and Old Norwegian - Modern Icelandic literature - Faroese literature - Danish literature - Norwegian literature - Swedish literature Sophie's World
PZ—Fiction and juvenile belles lettres Le petit prince

Q—Science (general) The structure of scientific revolutions
QA—Mathematics Set theory, logic, and their limitations

RA—Public aspects of medicine Light on Yoga
RJ—Pediatrics Devil in the details

TT—Handicraft. Arts and Crafts The Urban Knitter

Z—Books (General). Writing. Paleography - Book industries and trade - Libraries - Bibliography The Code Book

I did surprisingly well in the H's. Like in the Deweys, I'm only counting things I've read to completion, and skipping nearly all reference (dictionaries, etc).

Oct 19, 2007, 8:03pm Top

I'm setting myself a workable challenge:

If I have 0-1 books to a letter group (e.g., T), my goal will be 2 books for the letter (e.g., TT and T?).
If I have 2-4, my goal will be 5.
If I have 5 or more, my goal will be to fill out the letter group in full.

Before I start, I will have to go through in more detail the books in my library without call numbers and the books I have read that aren't in my library, to make sure I start with an accurate count. Then I'll start putting together a tbr list from what I've already got lying around unread. I also want to figure out a method for drilling down into some of the P's so I can spread out my fiction reading a bit. Anyway, I like this method, because it's achievable, it spreads my reading out and gets me reading about new things, but it also doesn't make ridiculous claims on my level of interest in certain areas.

Oct 20, 2007, 11:43am Top

Okay, I have been driving myself nuts trying to remember all the nonfiction I read (and didn't keep) before LT. I'm pretty positive these additions are not exhaustive but they will have to be the best I can do.

BC—Logic The logic book
DK—History of Russia; Soviet Union; Former Soviet Republics - History of Poland The Last Empress
E—History of America Angela's Ashes
HG—Finance The Rothschilds: a family portrait
JK— Political institutions and public administration - United States Miracle at Philadelphia
LB—Theory and Practice of Education Looking beyond the ivy league: finding the college that's right for you

There are other categories that are largely reference based that I can cover with lots of the reference books I use all the time, including:

Oct 20, 2007, 2:25pm Top

So, based on that, what I have left to cover (with possibilities already in my library in parentheses):

A--DONE (four subclasses in a reference-based class)

B--7 subclasses done. Remaining:
BD—Speculative philosophy
BF—Psychology (The Blank Slate)
BJ—Ethics (Moral Minds)
BT—Doctrinal theology (Erasmus-Luther: discourse on free will)
BX—Christian denominations (The Book of Mormon)

C--2 subclasses done. 3 more to be read (no potentials).

D--5 subclasses done. Remaining:
DAW—History of Central Europe
DB—History of Austria - Liechtenstein - Hungary – Czechoslovakia
DC—History of France - Andorra – Monaco
DD—History of German
DE—History of the Greco-Roman World
DF—History of Greece
DG—History of Italy – Malta
DH—History of Low Countries - Benelux Countries
DJK—History of Eastern Europe (General)
DL—History of Northern Europe; Scandinavia
DP—History of Spain – Portugal
DQ—History of Switzerland
DR—History of the Balkan Peninsula
DT—History of Africa (Africa: biography of the continent)
DU—History of Oceania (South Seas)
DX—History of Gypsies


F--one subclass to be read.

G--3 subclasses done. 2 more to be read (no potentials).

H--8 subclasses done. Remaining:
H—Social sciences (general)
HE—Transportation and communications
HJ—Public finance
HN—Social history and conditions; social problems; social reform (The Dark Side of the Left)
HS—Societies: secret, benevolent, etc.
HT—Communities; classes; races
HV—Social pathology; social and public welfare; criminology

J--2 subclasses done. 3 more to be read (e.g., JZ The West and the Rest).

K--none read. 2 subclasses to be read (no potentials).

L--1 subclass done. 1 more to be read (no potentials).

M, N--none read. 2 subclasses to be read each (no potentials).

P--17 subclasses done. Remaining:
PK—Indo-Iranian philology and literature
PM—Hyperborean, Indian, and artificial languages

Q--2 subclasses done. 3 to be read (e.g., QC Six Easy Pieces, QL Nabokov's Butterflies)

R--2 subclasses done. 3 to be read (e.g., RC The Wolfman and other cases)

S--none read. 2 subclasses to be read (e.g., SF Seabiscuit).

T--1 read. 1 subclass to be read (no potentials).

U, V--non read. 2 subclasses to be read each (no potentials).



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