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Thought I'd share that message for the benefit of those who have never seen it.
Back to the topic. I've been trolling group member's libraries (a few) and have discovered we have quite a bit in common.
jjmcgaffey and I have 20 books in common. Same with Thrin and crazy4reading.
southernbooklady and I share 29 books!
jayne_charles, you and I share 12 books, though many of those are on my wishlist, so I'll be consulting you for help prioritizing.
What books do you share with others in the group? Which shared books did you really enjoy?
You and I share one Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom which I have listed as a favorite.
I share 12 books with sqdancer. At this moment, my husband and I are both reading bits from Ten Lost Years, 1929-1939 Memories of Canadians Who Survived The Depression. We are both enjoying it. The stories are both enlightening and some quite sad. They really let you into a time where people pulled together to help each other. Another one of my favorites was Obasan. I enjoyed the story itself and her writing style.
I share 174 books with southernbooklady, 88 books with jjmcgaffey, & 69 books with VivienneR - clearly they have good reading tastes.
I do share 19 with scaifea. :)
This is something that would be covered once the contains/contained in relationships are fully implemented. I look forward to that day, but I'm not holding my breath.
ETA: for this thread's topic!
I share at least a few with each public catalog member. I top out at sharing 329 with macsbrains.
I share the least with thebeadden. Only 2 books!
I share a whopping 169 books with Lman - mostly fantasy and urban fantasy. I also share 141 with macsbrains and 87 with southernbooklady, plus 50-70 with a bunch of other members.
I do like to see where LT members are located. I thought Lman's high number of books we share might be partly due to the fact that she (?) is Australian like me..... but not necessarily: There's CDVicarage who's in England, and southernbooklady from the USA!
Edited to Add: >9 ryvre: ryvre..... The Remains of the Day has been on my To Read list ever since I saw the film. I think it's a case of "Well, now I know that story, do I need to read the book?", yet I know that 'the book' always trumps 'the film'.
mlnelson01: You and I share only 1 book! Lord of the Flies - and your 'about me' is delightful.
scaifea: You and I share 23 books (which is impressive given the small number of books I have) - it looks from your profile that you speak Latin, which I'm currently learning.
thebeadden: You and I share just one book as well: The Hobbit - I think I'll use this exercise as an excuse to buy more books, although, I do wonder if I'd get more hits when the contains/contained-in feature is up and running, because I have quite a few omnibuses.
ladylenneth: You and I share 3 books - I note that your favourite author is J. K. Rowling so I'd guess we've both read all the Harry Potter books (even though they aren't in my catalogue)
jjmcgaffey: You and I share 20 books - I wish I had a library your size.
Thrin: you and I share 43 books (which is about 40% of my library!) - that makes you the winner. I'm Australian too.
southernbooklady: you and I share 38 books. How do you manage to fit so many books in your house? You must have a wonderful set of bookshelves!
the second highest was myckyce with 129 books
and Southernbooklady close behind with 126
and macbrains 102
thebeadden we share no books :(
This thread was a great idea!
Also, 10 and 4 and 2 and 12...
See, I knew if I delayed posting, people I share books with would get to it first and save me the effort!
TineOliver, I've been a bookseller for more than 25 years, and reading is my very great passion. Every room in the house has bookcases, and every one of those cases is jam packed and double-shelved. I'm still cataloging though. I've been slower on the non-Isbn'd books, the audio books and the ARCs.
My brother filmed a video of the library this summer:
But I've added some book cases since then, and relegated the television to an unused corner of the room. ;-)
15: I can sympathise with that quote and it does make a good point! There are two things I love about latin: (1) The greater understanding that Latin grammar gives me of English grammar and (2) taking Catullus as an example, the fact that Latin has words (in particular verbs) that are so sexually graphic that there's no effective English translation.
I actually started learning Latin because of Utopia - I wondered whether reading it in the original latin would give a better insight as to whether More intended it as satire and the convenience of Latin as a platform for learning romance languages.
(As a monolistic (partially speaking a dead language doesn't count) Australian, I find languages infinately fascinating.
I share the most books with ForeignCircus with 98 books. I share 90 books with LMan.
Susiesharp I love your Pogo Mini as your profile picture and you and I share a total of 76 books.
The least amount of books I share is with thebeadden with only 1 book.
Crazy4reading - 41
Susiesharp - 38
Ryvre - 23
Suncat - 23
CDVicarage - 21
Scaifea - 19
Southernbooklady - 16
Thrin - 4
Tineoliver - 3
Megi53 - 3
Mlnelsonol - 2
Thebeaden - 1
Thanks crazy I love Pogo like that you recognized it as such!
crazy4reading - 12 books
mlnelson01 - 3
thebeadden - 0
scaifea - 10
ladylenneth - 6
Megi53 - 2
Suncat - lucky 13
ryvre - also 13
Thrin - 15
TineOliver - 6
susiesharp - a whopping 23
southernbooklady - whoaa, 31
CDVicarage - 40. Amazing!
Obviously I didn't expect to share that many books with the members here. It makes me feel like I definitely landed in the right group :)
Lman is just the best! Books or not!!
**returning to lurking**
And it is cool to see classicists on this list--it's a new area for me I've become interested in ever since I almost got a speeding ticket listening to the Iliad on audio.
I am currently tutoring my younger sister and her friend in Latin, though I honestly haven't looked at the language in any meaningful way in 15 years! (I was studying Spanish and Japanese in the interim, and I find I can only process one extra language at a time without crossing my brain-wires and short-circuiting.)
It's been nice to go back to it and realize that my schooling impressed it more strongly into my brain than I thought!
(Though I already am having trouble remembering my Japanese sometimes. Argh!)
My top matches of those I've checked:
hailelib - 137
Suncat - 85
jjmcgaffey - 78
southernbooklady - 72
CDVicarage - 72
ForeignCircus - 56
Thrin - 53
scaifea - 46
Lman - 46
macsbrains - 40
caras_galadhon - 39
sqdancer - 32
fabtk - 31
Jesse_wiedinmyer - 28
ryvre - 18
caffron - 18
MrAndrew - 17
AnnieMod - 15
crazy4reading - 15
stopped there - and I'm sure I missed some
Lman - 138
hailelib - 124
jjmcgaffey - 118
ForeignCircus - 45
fabtk - 44
macsbraines - 41
reading_fox - 38
caras_galadhon - 34
AnnieMod - 33
Mareofthesea - 19
carolineroche - 18
crazy4reading - 17
canuck_jenni - 13
Suncat - 13
sqdancer - 11
honeydew69862004 - 9
_debbie_ - 7
Phlox72 - 4
scaifea - 3
MrAndrew - 2
unlucky - 2
fdholt - 2
Thrin - 1
TineOliver - 1
tess_i_am48 - 1
I only share 0 books with 3 people.
Lman - 211
hailelib - 126
reading_fox - 91
seem to be my top 3 and I am seeing a few more between 40 and 90)
I have 887 reviews, done over the past three years or so (from Jan '08, when I transferred my Challenge comments into the Review fields!).
I have been rating the books I read and entering the date I stopped reading them. I wish I had time to review them all.
>38 fdholt: I'll be part of your support group and support your goal of one a month - will you do the same for me?
But a rating means nothing - what is 2 stars for me might be a 5 stars for you because you enjoy the things I actually hated about the book. A review is at least telling you what is the reasons for the star (I am NOT talking for reviews that are giving you the story summary in 6 sentences or less).
For example I tend to rate historical fiction lower for lack of credibility (not for lack of historical accurateness - this is normal in historical fiction but if they stuck a 18th century concept/item in the 16th century just to make the story, that kicks it down unless if there is an explanation somewhere in the notes/preface to why. You might not even care about that - and it could be a perfect book otherwise...
Not to mention my non-fiction rating (especially around the Tudors) where an author writing in this century but not using the sources and research from the last 50-100 years will get low rating even if a similar book written in the 1890s will get a high one...
That is a big reason why I don't pay much attention to ratings as a rule--I never know what they mean. Like all those people who rate Kindle ebooks on Amazon with one star in protest because they are priced over $9.99.
But I get that the value of rating is in their aggregate power--that when 45 people rate a book and the average is four stars, it's one of those books that people, as a rule, find worth reading.
The reason I don't rate books is because I have trouble maintaining any kind of internal consistency: My opinions on books fluctuate all the time, and I second guess myself trying to decide if this book gets three stars, why does that one only get two and a half? The reasons I like or dislike a book are so varied, I never can hammer them into a 1-5 star equation.
If it's a book that I've read then if they starred it I know if I can talk to them about it. Since a lot of us aren't the greatest at writing a review. I have some books in my library that I haven't written a review for and also that I haven't starred.
Posts 45 and 46 - AnnieMod and southernbooklady: I share your reasoning for my not rating any other way, but could not have expressed myself so cogently.... Thank you.
>47 honeydew69862004: honeydew69 etc. "If it's a book that I've read then if they starred it I now if I can talk to them about it."
Good point. Of course if the book is in the other person's library we could talk about it anyway, but having a rating of some sort to discuss is a good starting point for a conversation, isn't it?
I don't give ratings myself, and I am so quirky that average ratings don't really help me much. However, I support optional ways for those who do find value in ratings to have them used for displays, sorting, etc. in LT, as long as I can choose to disregard them (e.g., no forced sorting so that everything without a rating, thumbs, etc. always goes to the end of a list).
48> Of course if the book is in the other person's library we could talk about it anyway
Well...not exactly. For a lot of my books, my answer would be "Well, I have it..." I have a heck of a lot of books I've not yet read (yes, I'm contradicting myself above...I am vast, I contain multitudes. Of books). If I've rated it, I've read it, at least once. So rating does help with that. Or, of course, if it's in my Read collection.
"This book is awesome, let me go run to LT and give it 5 stars!" as opposed to, "This book was ok and not anything special, let me go run on LT and rate it 3 stars!"
And because I rate most things a 3, it covers books I liked but had technical problems, and also those I didn't like because of personal taste.
And oh, how I feel conflicted when a book is flawed but it catered to me so nicely that I didn't mind very much. What to do?! So I change those ratings all the time depending on how hard-hearted I'm feeling at the time.
As I said above, I'm rating and reviewing each book as I read it, so the question of whether it's worth running to LT for each book doesn't arise - each book gets its due. I actually enter the info, including a quick review, into a database on my phone first (because that's always with me), then put them on LT when I get a chance. So my reading appears to happen in batches...
The DB, by the way, is HanDBase for Android, and I export LT's TD export file and import it to HanDBase about every 5-10 days (or whenever I've entered a new batch of books). Very handy having it with me. I didn't have Internet access on my phone until recently (I had the DB on a PDA with WiFi but no cell access) so needed an off-line DB.
And wow, are there are lot of acronyms in that last paragraph!
- I suspect if I wasn't a librarian I'd be one of those patrons who come in wanting to find "that red book with the sword on the cover I read 5 years ago, you know, the one that had people fighting in it?" :)
#54 I have to admit that your method for keeping track of book plots is better than mine - scraps of paper (one per author) with basic info and characters. Since these tend to be library books, from friends or trades, I don't have the previous book handy when the next one comes out and can never find the right paper in the pack. I am going to have to rethink whether LT is my books owned or includes books read. But I just had a "burst of light" or a "duh!" moment right now. I can get the plots and characters from the work page of the book. Why didn't I think of that much earlier?
I have't rated books since I have a problem with consistency and how I like a book changes over time. Needlework books are a bit different as I have several standbys that are essential. But the few books in my favorites have been on that list a long, long time.
>54 SunnySD: - fssunnysd, thanks for confessing. I confess too - bad memory for books read! I use both reviews and ratings to help me remember which books I liked and which I didn't. I cannot remember titles, authors, character names, anything! So without something - whether a rating or a review - to remind me, I simply cannot remember if I've even read a given book or not.
Usually, I know after reading the first sentence whether the book will be one I've already read, even if I don't recognize anything about it. I always know by the end of the first page.
>56 fdholt: - Using the works page is a great idea too. I'll remember that trick.
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