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If you were to look at my catalog of board games and video games (not here; elsewhere) then you'd see that all reinforced - I like to look for things, I like to MacGuyver solutions to problems in unconventional ways, and the games I like allow me to do that.
So, in short, I guess you can tell a lot about me from my library, but it's more how I work than how I am.
I really never thought much about it. Now I am going to look at my library to see if it really matches my personality.
>6 mellymel171328: Well, what is it that you like about mysteries? There are different aspects that might appeal:
1) Trying to figure out, as a reader, whodunit
2) Trying to figure out, as a reader, howtheydunit
3) Trying to figure out whytheydonit
4) Learning about different techniques/reasonings the character uses to solve the mystery
5) A feelgood feeling of completing a task / solving a puzzle. (Solving the mystery)
6) A feelgood feeling of coming out ahead. (Beating the bad guy)
7) A feelgood feeling of knowing unrelated things are related. (Clues coming together)
8) A feelgood feeling of knowing strange events can be explained (Also clues coming together)
or whatever other reasons there might be that I haven't thought of. I don't read mysteries, so I would be interested to find out what aspect of them really appeals to those of you who do.
Still, I'd say what we admit publicly to reading - and liking - has to say something about us, even if it's only that (in my case) I'm addicted to bubblegum fiction populated by the fantastic and fabulous, and that furry critters with hooves run my life - at least I suspect that's what I'd think if I saw my library on someone else's shelves.
Seriously though - parts of my library are showing my personality and tastes in different stages of my life. As a whole - it is a somewhat jumbled mess (even though I would reread pretty much anything in it if I have the chance).
I love to look for the clues in the mysteries and to figure it out before the end -- or if I cannot to see them the second time I read the book. I definitely do not like the out of the blue last minute twists -- most authors cannot pull them off and then why read the whole book if the last 5 pages are almost unrelated (and some authors seem to be doing these just to be different - a few months ago I actually commented on a book that the fact that it finishes in the most logical way is what makes it almost unique these days)? Now - twists that actually step on some small things beforehand that you might had missed? - that's a different story :)
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11> Debbie, how did you make your graph? I'd love to do that for my books, too. Is it a site, or what?
7,8, 10> I love mysteries, but I hate ones where at the end the detective says "well, based on this thing that I knew but you (the readers) weren't told about, the answer is..." - that's cheating and no fun. I just read a Lord Peter Wimsey one - Five Red Herrings - that explicitly did that. Near the beginning Peter finds (or doesn't find) a thing, and Sayers says explicitly that she's not going to tell us, the readers, what it is. Now this was a reread and I remembered what it was, and it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story at all (and I couldn't remember who dunnit, either), so I think she was unwise to do it that way - if she'd told us what was missing, it wouldn't detract from the mystery, based on my experience. Stuff like that is just annoying. As you said, AnnieMod - the good stuff is where they point out something that was discussed but not pointed out and that's the clue you need - if you were an attentive reader you could figure it out yourself. Much more fun.
My library would be very confusing, because like others I have a lot of books that I haven't read in years and a lot of books that I plain haven't read. My Read collection would be more informative. But even there - I've got pretty broad interests...though my SF leanings would be pretty obvious.
There may be an easier way to get the graph onto LT, but I'm not super skilled in that arena, so I just figured it out as best I could. Here's what I did: Copy the graph to an image program (I use the freebie Irfanview) and save it as a jpg. Upload the jpg to an ftp or image site that will give you a URL (I used dropbox but something like Picassa should also work). Copy the URL of the image and then insert into the post.
I hope that helps. Let me know if you need more info on any of the steps.
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it is quieter...
I'm needing some help staying awake tonight I've already had 1 pespi, 2 coffees (with a total of 2 inches of sugar in them) and 2 no doze pills. I still just want to rest my eyes for a lil while but I know if I do I'll get caught and in trouble. Lol which I must say I do find it a little puzzling where I can watch tv, read, mess around online (a lil bit) but I can't rest my eyes for a few minutes. Of course I feel guilty doing any of them things and I usually stop right before first shift comes on.
Thanks fdholt I appriciate it. Funny thing is Aspen our new dog that got grazed looks like she could be Prestons (one of the ones that died) sister even though they are different breeds.
From a distance I could see how Aspen could look like a coyote. But she was shot with a .22 and in my opinion you would use a scope if you couldn't tell what it was. Also it wouldn't have been playing with another dog. But that is just my opinion probably because evrytime I go shooting I use a scope because I have bad eyesight.
So far I am batting 300 on discerning personality via library...especially when they send a comment to your profile page...can't take it back once it is in the message universe...and for that few moments they can affirm or dispel my assessment which is from imperfection and subject to change upon further conversation. Sometimes we read books and look back and say, what was I thinking when I read this novel or nonfiction? I actually catalog some books that I felt that way about so please read my comments and I will let you know what personality I was in at the time. :
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