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Oct. 13th, 2008


How do you organize your books?

First, let me explain why this is an issue for me.
In the past years I have become increasingly displeased with my organization of books of fiction.
I tried to organize them like this: Sorted alphabetically by authors, then chronologically by year of publishing (i.e. of the book, not of the copy). Anthologies and collections would have their own space and be organized by title (alphabetically).

My problem is that my bookshelves are of different height, which ranges from 18cm (approx. 7,2 inches) to more than 35cm (over 1ft). Furthermore, I have many more books than space in my shelves, which means there are stacks of books everywhere...

So I thought of organizing them by publishers' series (which would be something like "Classics of World Literature"). But this would mean that the work of one author is scattered all over the house. Also, only about a third of my books are part of such a series...
But still, it looks nice, as you can see here.

Can you help?
Do you know a good method?
How do you organize your books?

(Oh, and I'm sorry about any mistakes, English is not my native language...)

May. 22nd, 2008


I just ordered a whole lot of books from amazon, and I was just wondering if anyone had read them and what they thought about them. The books are: Magic Bites by Kate Daniels and the next one in the series Magic Burns, The Host by Stephenie Meyer, Anything Goes by John Barrowman and his sister, The Phoenix by Ruth Sims and Without Reservations by J. L. Langley.

Are there any good fantasy or vampire books that you could suggest that I could read?

May. 16th, 2008


Anyone else reading G.W. Dahlquist's GLASS BOOKS series?

Because I'm the only person I know reading this huge, picaresque, polymorphously perverse series... and I want company :)

One FREE glass card to the first responder!

May. 14th, 2008


The Cat Who....

Just read (again) The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell. I just love those books when I want something to read that doesn't require a lot of thought. Hmmmm, "junk food" reading I call it. Won't change my life in a any way shape or form, doesn't have a super deep plot, etc. However, the characters are charming, and she describes for me a kind of Utopia in small town living.

I wanna be James Qwilleran when I grow up. *wink*

Working on a Douglas Preston book I talked my husband into reading now. Something with a bit of meat to it. And also looking ahead on my Shelfari list (YE GODS! I love that web site!)to see what else I'm going to read. I've discovered the wonderous time of just after my daughter falls asleep to read.

May. 4th, 2008


April-May Bookiness

How many books have you read this April?
How many books do you plan to read this May?

Feel free to discuss what books you read in the comments.

EDIT: I can't get the HTML to work, so no poll.

Apr. 27th, 2008


Favorite Authors

Do you have any favorite authors? What about their writing drags you in?

Apr. 23rd, 2008


Book Clubs

Have any of you been/are part of a book club? What was it like? What books did you read? For how long? Etc.

Apr. 20th, 2008


Another quick question

Do you usually buy books, borrow them from friends, borrow from the library or something else? What would you prefer doing?

Apr. 18th, 2008


Any ideas on an appropriate fantasy novel to give a 16 year old boy?

Anyone have any brilliant notions on an appropriate (possibly YA) fantasy-type book to give a boy turning 17? His reading skills are quite advanced. As I understand it, his reading abilities are easily equivalent to most adults, although the book's contents should not be too graphically sexual.

He has enjoyed the Harry Potter books, as well as Lord of the Rings. He loves David Gemmel's novels, but has read them all. Likewise with Raymond E. Feist books (including the Empire series written by Feist and Janny Wurts.)

EDIT: I bought the two books today - Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, and Sabriel by Garth Nix.
Thanks to all who gave their suggestions.

Apr. 12th, 2008


Beatniks Anyone?

I've had hard time finding beats fans, so I ask are you one? If so which is your favorite beat? Your favorite book? and Poem?

Mine would definitely be Kerouac/Ginsberg (I adore them both way to much to have just one favorite)

My favorite book and yes quite a cliche but its "On the Road" maybe "Subterraneans" as well.

And my favorite poems are "Howl" and "Supermarket in California" both by Ginsberg.

Apr. 11th, 2008



If some special book fairy granted you five free books, what books would you wish for? How come?

Apr. 9th, 2008


Top 10 Books

What are your top ten favorite reads of all time? Why?
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The Black Magician Trilogy

I was just wondering if anyone has read any of the The Black Magician Trilogy by Trudi Canavan. If you have please let me know what you thought of it. I was thinking about reading the series

Apr. 6th, 2008


How to illustrate a point…

Tonight the cover of my Lynn Truss book “Making the Cat Laugh” came off. I was besides myself. It’s my bathroom book. The book I read during a long relaxing bath.
"Look" I said to boyfriend. "It's falling apart!"
"Why not bring in that one you’ve got in the car?" Said he. "That Marian Keyes."
"No!" Exclaimed I. "That's my car book! Its for reading in the car."

So, what was the point of this except to lament the passing of a favourite book? Well, do you have a certain book for a certain place? Is there a library in your bathroom? A well-stocked hold in the kitchen for mid-meal literary snaking? I wish to know I’m not alone and what sort of book do you keep there? Mine tend to be light, fluffy and compilations of short stories or journalistic essays so I can dip in and out as I choose.

Apr. 5th, 2008



What are your top 5 favorite characters? What books do they come from and what makes them your favorite?
What are your top 5 most hated characters? What books do they come from and what makes you loathe them?

Apr. 4th, 2008



So have you read any non-fiction books lately?
What were some ones you like and didn't like?

Apr. 3rd, 2008


Question of the Day

What books do you find yourself reading over and over?

Apr. 2nd, 2008


A New Month

So what books did you read for March?
What books do you plan to continue/read for April?

Mar. 31st, 2008


What is your favorite book of all time?

Why is it so dear to you?


One Recommendation

If you could recommend only one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?

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