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CollectionsYour library (550), Read but unowned (7,191), Withdrawn (315), Provisionally owned (127), All collections (8,042)

Reviews37 reviews


MediaNot set (72), Book (7,964), Paper Book (7,333), Audiobook (28), Ebook (10), Other (6), Printed music (1), Map (2)

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About meI am a cataloguer in an academic library. I hope this will elucidate to those of you who have heard from me why I have an obsession with keeping the LT data accurate.

About my libraryI am part of that eccentric minority that includes books they read-but-not-own in the LT list. My library currently lists everything I have read since 1985, when I was a teenager. I think such a list provides a better guide to my interests than a list solely of what I own. I get most of my reading material from libraries, since I don’t have an infinite amount of money to buy everything I decide to read, and even if I did have that much money, a lot of what I read would not be worth buying. (Though if I had an infinite amount of money, this wouldn’t matter.)

I am finally cataloguing the piles and shelves of books I own. Books I own are in the “your library” collection; books I read are in “read but unowned”; books which I haven’t confirmed ownership of are in “provisionally owned”. Some books may be more than one collection.

GroupsBooks in 2025: The Future of the Book World, Build the Open Shelves Classification, Catholic Tradition, Combiners!, Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Cutter, reloaded, E. F. Benson, Esperanto!, Historical Mysteries, Librarians who LibraryThingshow all groups

Favorite authorsCecil Adams, Piers Anthony, Isaac Asimov, Gillian Bradshaw, L. Sprague de Camp, Jack L. Chalker, Arthur C. Clarke, Robertson Davies, Lindsey Davis, Dave Duncan, Raymond E. Feist, R. Austin Freeman, Winston Graham, Michael Grant, Kerry Greenwood, Arnaldur Indriðason, Frederik Pohl, Terry Pratchett, James Randi, Andrew A. Rooney, Steven Saylor, Robert Silverberg, Alexander McCall Smith, Charles Todd, Anthony Trollope, Peter Turnbull, Harry Turtledove, John Updike, Jack Vance, Gore Vidal, Lawrence Watt-Evans, David Wishart (Shared favorites)

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Member sinceNov 3, 2006

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