I am crazy about
books. I like to look at them. I like to hold them. I
like to log them. I adore to read them. I collect them from the far
corners of the globe (India, Wales, Australia, New Zealand, Hong
Kong, San Fransisco, Seattle, etc). I drag them all home to
Fairbanks, Alaska and stuff them into my library, which is a
converted bedroom. For years I've played catch-up, and never
seem to have enough shelves. Every time I build more shelves I
never seem to have quite enough for all the new books I've
acquired. Pretty soon I may even outgrow the room!
In 1994 I decided I wanted to log all my books. So I hired the
room mate of my wife (note that I didn't even meet my wife until
1995!) to help me enter the data into the computer.
I have my books broken down into three categories. Only two of
which my C++ program is capable of digesting (eventually I'll fix it
so it can digest the third as well), so only two of them are now
here. At last count I have 1,318 books entered into the
computer--and about 600 to go.
In logging I tend to go in stints, having never gotten everything
really logged; I am usually quite a bit behind. The data may
have some gaps, for a variety of reasons. For example if I
hadn't read the book at the time I logged it I won't have entered
how well I liked it!
Where I've logged the word count, I tended to be very generous...I
would find a page with each of the first 10 lines filled with words
(ie no new paragraphs)--or as close as I could find. Then I
counted the words on these 10 lines & divided by 10 to get the
average words/line. Times lines per page times pages per
book. I would guess this results in a number about 10% high
(for example at the beginning or the end of each chapter there is a
lot of blank space that would have been counted as full of words).
I acquire books from a wide variety of sources. A few
examples: left behind by tenants, book trade shelf at the Hilo
marina, hard-to-find books on ebay, used bookstores in Hay-on-Wye
(UK) [thanks to my cousin Pat W. for mentioning it as a good place
to buy books], and (of course) new books.
As yet I have not properly edited or reviewed the files, so there
are some mistakes! So pardon gaps...
So here they are:
- Paperback (mostly fiction,
with a few non-fiction mixed in). Sorted by author.
About 1000 books here (more are entered, but I don't upload the
data files very often)..
- Textbooks (these are
mostly my textbooks from the University, but there are a few
other textbooks on subjects I'm interested in. Sorted by
subject/category and then by title. I have about 150 books
- Coming (eventually): Hardcover books (mostly fiction).
- Started entering winter 1994 (~650 books entered)
- 1999: about 200 books entered
- 2000-'02: about 100 books entered
- 2003-'04: about 100 books entered (now at 1,070 total books
logged into my fiction books)
- Big gap with very few books logged until 2009 (but a lot
read), so they accumulated
- Another 100 books entered between 2009 and the end of 2012
- Spring 2013: did a big push and entered most of the remaining
fiction books and a lot of hardcover and textbooks
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