Bookshelves

Welcome to my library. I have tried to keep track of the books and journals stored here for future reading but I am always finding a book that isn’t on the lists or noticing that something I remember buying isn’t represented. After I read a book, I usually give it to a friend or an organization that might get a few coins for the book. I see this as a good way to recycle literature and to reduce the effective cost of those terribly overpriced books. I have five or six people I periodically ship books to and a couple of local groups that make good use of donations — the Palmetto Animal League Thrift Store, the Friends of the Beaufort County Library, and the Sun City Book Exchange.

I have another group of books that I keep for reference or for further study, but they are either missing from these lists or mixed in with all the other titles as if I am waiting to read them. One day I will add these to a new stack called Reference. But the operative expression is KISS … and if I follow that advice I will have more time for reading. And that is really what it is all about, right?

Failing eyesight and inventive engineering have turned my attention to electronic books. Although I also have the apps for all the commercial readers, my go-to tablet is the iPad. Of course I need it to make the fonts of the texts big enough to read without squinting and the larger size of the iPad allows be to get maximum text on the screen at a comfortable font size. Although this ability to alter the font size was the major reason I purchase the iPad, I acknowledge that other devices work just as well … but they don’t integrate with my all-Apple world of computers, routers, set-top boxes, music sources, etc. After using the iPad for a short while, I discovered that I could take it with me instead of my MacBook and do almost everything important on the road, like email, internet browsing, updating my website, etc. So far I have only found one function it will not do and that is because of the restriction on video apps. Note: The iPhone 6 Plus is just as functional as the iPad and it makes phone calls and text messages too. Yes, the screen is smaller but that hardly matters when you literally are carrying your personal computer in your pocket and with the Cloud, can have access to any important data wherever you go.

I have been limiting my book buying this last year or so, accepting only digital books unless there is a good reason to own a real paper and ink copy (some reference books, for instance). Also, I have been collecting many other books from the internet, especially those in the public domain, and have even started replacing many of the books on my shelves with digital editions. I probably have about a thousand books to read stored on my iPad and the majority of them are not reflected in these lists from my bookshelves.

I could correct this with a great deal of time and effort. Or I could use that time and effort to read a few more books. Tough choice?

So if you don’t see a book title on these book shelve lists, that doesn’t mean I don’t have a copy stored digitally

I should say that the paper and ink books I am replacing are going down to the Sun City Book Exchange … I bring them in by the basketful.

Recent Additions

iPadI have stopped buying paper and ink books except under special circumstances. The bookshelf list here represent, for the most part, those real books that are still waiting on my extensive bookshelves to be read or replaced with a digital edition. In some instances  have already procured the digital edition and the book that I may have moved from house to house and even across the country is now in a large library bag headed for the book exchange.

I have considered posting my digital reading collection but since these electronic books are so easy to collect and may never be read, I am hesitant to even consider it fuller: do we need page after page of the Hardy Boys or The Man of Bronze? Who knows, someday I might just read about Conan the Sumerian, but until then I see no reason to clog my booklists with hundreds of serial novels that I downloaded with a single click and then pretty much ignore.

If I do decide to replace this Bookshelves list with the digital list, I know I can export it from Calibre.

Oh, I now read on both the iPad and on my iPhone 6 Plus. Just yesterday another 6+ user asked if you can read on the iPhone (she uses an iPad Mini right now. I showed her how the Plus has such a sharp screen it’s probably easier to read on than the iPad Mini. Then again, how sharp does the screen have to be to read Danielle Steele and Anne Rice?

3 responses

  1. p.p.s caps locked… spelling msitakes suggests alcohol intake… it’s tedious if yer analysing this… go with the flow… n.b i was (past tense) one of those egalitarian utopianists so highly glamourized… nowadays ghoularized…

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  2. “The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.'” — Pat Robertson
    SOUNDS LIKE SOMEONE DESCRIBING YER AVERAGE KIBBUTZ…
    FEMINISM CERTAINLY ISN’T ABOUT EQUAL RIGHTS. IT, WHEN IT IS BOILED DOWN TO ITS PECULIAR PARTICULARS, IS ABOUT DISENFRANSHISING MEN AND EVENTUALLY ERASING THEM, MEN, FROM THE PLANET… SOUNDS COOL TO SOME – EVEN TO SOME MEN WHO DON’T SEE THE “VIRTUE” IN LIVING ON THIS PISS-POOR GLOBULE OF SPITE THEY CALL MOTHER EARTH… MOTHER EARTH COULD BE APT, HERE… EGALITARIAN CREEDS MAY BE DEFUNKT NOWADAYS. THE EGALITARIAN (WITH ALL THE ADDED SCORN HEAPED UPON HIM) MAY WELL HAVE HAD HIS DAY – PARTICULARLY THE ANTI-HOMOGENEOUS EGALITARIAN (THE PARADOXES R.E THE THEM/US SITUATION IS ENDLESS… THE SOCIALIST PREACHING INDIVIDUALIST LEANINGS… THE ANTI-COLLECTIVE COMMUNIST ETC ETC ETC…
    STATE POLITICS HAVING REPLACED THE GRAND(E) NARRATIVE OF RELIGION, NOW GIVING WAY TO THE CELEBRITY CULT OF PERSONAS (THERE CAN NEVER BE ONE MAJOR CULT OF PERSONALITY THESEDAYS – SOCIETY HAVING FRACTURED AND FISSURED ITS WAY TO OBLIVION AD NAUSEAM…) NO DOUBT THE ROTTING GODDESS WILL HAVE REARED ENOUGH EVIL SPAWNEES OF MILITANT FEMINISM TO DO AWAY WITH MANKIND – THE EMASCULATION OF MEN IN THE WORK PLACE THE BEGINNING OF TH EEND IN THIS RESPECT… THE SLAVE STATE OF THE WORKPLACE R.E. CULT OF MONEY AND STATUS OR THE SLAVE STATE OF BEING DISENFRANCHISED FROM SOCIETY PER SE… IT’S A MIGHTY THING TO COMPREHEND… AS YOU HAVE INSPIRED ME TO PICK UP A PAGE AGAIN – I AM FLICKING THROUGH THE PRINCE AT THE MOMENT – PERHAPS IT’LL GIVE ME ENOUGH IMPETOUS TO BECOME AS THE VAST MAJORITY OF SOCIETY – AND CLEAVE MY WAY INTO SOME SEMBLANCE OF BEING..? THE LOSS OF THE INDIVIDUAL SELF AMIDST THE BARGAINING RIGHTS OF THE MARKET PLACE… MAKE SURE YOU KEEP THIS BLOG GOING AS IT’LL MOST CERTAINLY GIVE ME IDEAS REGARDS READING MATTER IN THE FUTURE… AND THE MORE OBSCURE AN ARITSTE YOU ADD THE BETTER… AS I AM SICK OF CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE – THE PAST READS BETTER, DON’T YOU THINK?????
    REGARDS
    JONATHA
    P.S. SEESM THE PUSSIES ARE OUT IN FORCE FIGHINTG OVER SOMMAT AND NOWT…

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    • First, some considerations which will allow continued access to this website:

      1. Your posts are too hard to read in all caps; the writing is all over the place and thus unconvincing and easily ignored.
      2. You responded to a quotation that was swimming in a sea of irony and due to the format of the website, appeared on every page and not just the one your read it on.
      3. Your ranting is getting tedious: tone it down, make logical statements, cite supporting data, and stick to the topic of the website post… and don’t just yell, no matter how besotted you are at the moment.

      Now, two responses:

      1. I would suggest that your response to the contemporary feminist thinking is very common and conservative: white men tend to be afraid of what they consider their birthright and they consider women (and people of color) a threat to their hegemony rather than an equal partners in life. This is the thinking of the pack and not even close to individualism.
      2. Yes and No: I think that major classics are stronger for the most part; however, you have to include all the crap that was written and didn’t survive to make a comparison to contemporary writing. Contemporary writing can be more free, more experimental, and more satisfactory than many of the classics. This is magnified by the applicability of contemporary fiction to contemporary life whereas for most readers, older novels depict a world of long-ago which might be quaint and pleasant, but it is not as immediate as contemporary fiction. Perhaps if they find that television causes cancer and TV sets are all destroyed, reading and writing will return to a central position in our lives and hopefully improve.

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