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Col·leccionsLa teva biblioteca (5,412), Office Library (1,084), Books I have read (1,372), Llegint actualment (4), Deb's room (1), Background reading projects (4), Missing (4), Llegit, però no el tinc (264), Totes les col·leccions (5,676)

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EtiquetesFiction (1,255), History (865), Astronomy (662), Biography (422), Physics (270), Fantasy (267), Science Fiction (263), Poetry (256), Biology (252), History of Science (241) — mostra totes les etiquetes

SuportSense marcar (30), Llibre (5,646), Llibre en paper (5,028), Llibre electrònic (1)

Núvolsnúvol d'etiquetes, núvol d'autors, mirall d'etiquetes

Quant a miI'm an academic scientist who also has strong interests in literature, history, and almost everything else.

The motto of my "university" is written (in Quenya) on the book in the university seal. Transliterated, this is “melne tinta ar istya calya i mána coile,” literally “Love kindles and knowledge illuminates the good life”, a translation of Bertrand Russell’s aphorism “The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.”

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la meva biblioteca
"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library."
- Jorge Luis Borges

It has taken more than 10 years, but as of June 2020 I have nearly completed entering my library.

For books I've read, the comments will indicate when I read them. There are a number of cartoon books (Dilbert, Doonesbury, etc.) that I've read that I didn't list in my records, so the comment will only mention that they have in fact been read.

Some books are compilations of individual works. If I have read some part of such a compilation, that will be indicated in the comments.

Books I currently own are being placed in the "My Library" collection, whereas books I've read but do not currently own are going into the "Read but unowned" collection (rather obvious, I would think). Since the total number of books that I know I have read is about equal to 1/3 of the number I own, I have long assumed that I have read about 1/3 of the books I own. LibraryThing has made me realize how many of the books I've read are things I don't own anymore, though - the percentage of unread books in my library is higher than I realized. I'm not sure whether this is good or bad, but it is a side effect of being able to purchase books faster than I can read them.

I tend to keep books after I've read them and rarely discard them, but there have been a few purges in my life. The purges have been mostly of science fiction and fantasy, which I read almost exclusively in high school, but rather less often and more selectively since then. Occasionally I will discard a book if I obtain a better copy or a more complete compilation that includes it. Those books will appear in the "read but unowned" collection.

When I started entering my books on LibraryThing, I wasn't trying very hard to get the exact edition, with one or two exceptions: I tried to have the right cover and I tried to get the translator right for translated works. I must admit that I have a strong dislike of dust jackets - I think that hardcover books are far more aesthetically pleasing without them. Therefore, many of my hardcover books no longer have the dust jacket pictured. I know this will alarm many book collectors, but the true value of the book is its contents, not its cover.

As time has gone on, I've gotten pickier about getting the edition right. When I finish I may go back and correct details on books entered early on.

Some multi-volume works might currently have a single entry, but I think I converted them all into one entry per volume.

A few Library of Congress Classifications may be "wrong". The LOC doesn't have everything, which means that libraries that use their system must assign some classification to works not in the LOC. In these cases I have used a classification from an appropriate academic library (yay Worldcat) when I could find one. In some cases I have assigned something plausible when I can't. In a few cases I have overridden the LOC official classification to order my library for my own purposes.

Some of the books on this list technically belong to my wife, although I think of books in a fashion similar to the traditional Maasai belief about cattle - they all belong to me. Don't worry - you may continue to borrow the ones in your care indefinitely!

GrupsNo n'hi ha cap

Autors preferitsDante Alighieri, Charles Dickens, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Will Durant, Harlan Ellison, Neil Gaiman, Stephen Jay Gould, Michael Moorcock, Carl Sagan, William Shakespeare, J. R. R. Tolkien, Gene Wolfe (Preferits compartits)

UbicacióArmenelos, Numenor

Tipus de comptepúblic

URL /profile/UniversityofNumenor (perfil)
/catalog/UniversityofNumenor (biblioteca)

Membre des deJul 9, 2009

Llegint actualmentLove in the Time of Cholera de Gabriel García Márquez
Planets, Stars and Stellar Systems: Volume 4: Stellar Structure and Evolution de Terry D. Oswalt
Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth de J.R.R. Tolkien
Astronomy de Andrew Fraknoi

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