LibraryThing revisited

07.07.06 | 3 Comments

For those of you viewing this on the actual Flametoad site, you’ll see a new addition to the menu on the right. If you scroll down, you’ll see a section titled books. For the moment, it is displaying three random titles from my library. Right now I have not quite 2/3 of my paperbacks entered in the system and the count is up to 382 books. The majority of my hardbacks are still boxed up due to lack of shelving space, so I’ll have to make due with a partial catalog for the time being. Once I’ve gotten as many books as reasonable entered into the system, I’ll probably change that menu to reflect the most recently added titles, which will equate to the titles I either just finished reading or are currently reading. So it’ll function as a window into my current reading list.

Incidentally, I’m aware that it sometimes displays broken links for the covers. That’s an unfortunate bug with the script and is out of my hands. I have alerted the LibraryThing community, so hopefully someone will take a look at why that’s happening.

A person’s library is a good reflection of that person’s personality. If you look at the books I’ve entered thus far, you’ll see I’m not a very well read person. I pretty much stick to sci-fi, fantasy, or horror. Cerebral Misfire on the other hand, seems to read as much non-fiction as fiction. I just can’t force myself to do it. Of course, the ones I have read and own are generally in hardback or trade paperback, so they won’t show up on this list for now anyway–making me seem even more pathetic than I actually am.

Of well. To quote a famous wise man, “I yam what I yam.”

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Comment by Jerry
2006-07-10 13:09:35

I guess I am a pretty pathetic reader too. haha

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Comment by Neal5x5
2006-07-10 13:56:06

I’ve been looking over my library lately and found that the most well-thumbed items are RPGs and my scriptures. I’ve got non-fiction books that I really wanted from Christmas 2005 gathering dust on my shelves and here I am reading D20 stuff. Maybe what’s in your library isn’t as big a reflection of who you are, as much as which books you gotta replace cuz the spine is shot and the pages are falling out?

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Comment by Prest0
2006-07-10 14:26:33

So what does it mean that I almost never re-read a book? I love collecting books and only rarely sell them or give them away, but I almost never go back and re-read them. There’s simply too many other books out there I want to read. Maybe one day when I retire I can go back and re-live my mis-spent youth. (Mis-spent in that I spent all my time hiding from the sunlight and devouring dusty books, thus avoiding learning any social skills that might have helped me score more dates in high school.)

Now that I think about it, my collecting habits probably come from my childhood. When I was a kid growing up on the ranch, going to a big city and getting to visit a bookstore was a big treat. I hated only being able to afford one or two books with my meager savings, and in my eyes the true sign of adulthood was being able to visit a bookstore and buying as many books as I wanted. Today, I get warm and fuzzies when I look upon my paperback collection which, according to LibraryThing, is sitting at a little under 600 copies. Adulthood, here I am.


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