07-11-2007 09:44 PM
I have recently discovered the rare and out-of-print department of B&N and have purchased early titles of some contemporary authors there. I have also become quite enamored of Ebay as a source of all kinds of books and I love to go to library book sales. There is just something about owning a book, having it on a shelf (or even packed away in a box when the shelves are full!) and knowing that you can access it at will that is very satisfying; I guess that is why I don't use the library more.
I do look forward to learning more about the "fine points" of collecting and to hearing from other book lovers. Thanks for starting this group!
07-11-2007 09:48 PM
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07-27-2007 03:05 PM
I just joined this book club and was excited to see your post. I recently graduated and have a lot of free time to read now. So I started by buying a number of books from B&N not sure when I will finish reading them. I completely understanding the thought of owning books even though you don't know when you may read them
I am currently reading 'A House for Mr. Biswas'. Are you reading any book currently?
07-28-2007 02:40 PM
Hi, Kat--and Jay! I've been waiting for Daniel or someone to move this thread over to "Introductions," where it should have been in the first place. I'm beginning to think that's not going to happen, and now I feel like I have 2 new friends, and I don't really care! I know what you mean about the husband thing, Kat, mine isn't really thrilled about my having books all over the place, either. Oh, well, I bet they both know there are a lot worse things we could be "into," right? Do you have favorite authors you collect, a favorite subject?
Jay--did you just graduate from high school or college? Happy summer reading, anyway! I confess I am not familiar with the book you mentioned; who is the author? Right now I am reading The Other Boleyn Girl, by Philippa Gregory. It is the first book by her that I have had and I am loving it! I like historical novels (which this is), but also mysteries (some favorite authors are Robert B. Parker, Stephen White, Steve Martini and Lisa Scottoline), memoirs, such as Angela's Ashes, by Frank McCourt and, most recently, Jon Katz's books about his life with his animals, especially his border collies.
Thanks so much to both of you for replying to my "mistake" posting; it made me feel less technology-challenged! I'm going to try to put both of you on my "Friends" list.
07-30-2007 01:56 PM
I recently finished my Phd and am starting to teach next month. So I Have time until then. This book I am reading is by V. S. Naipaul. Pretty interesting book. I got a list of the 100 best books of all times so I am trying to pick books from there. I just read anything I find interesting not any particular topic. I will check out the book you have mentioned too!
08-05-2007 08:41 PM
I also buy from B& N Rare and Used books and some other used booksellers, where often the books are new.
Books were revered in my childhood home and I'm grateful for that. I often wonder what it's like to live without being surrounded by books. Another Joan
08-06-2007 09:18 AM
Thanks so much for writing; I'm going to put you on my Friends list!
08-06-2007 09:35 AM
How are you coming with your reading? I bet that list of the 100 best-ever books could be the basis of a collection in itself. I'm on my second novel by Philippa Gregory now--I have a fascination for Tudor England and she really makes history come alive.
09-02-2007 01:00 PM
This sounds like a fun group. Guess I'm similar to you in that I've got quite a few books and wonder where I'm going to put the ones I keep collecting? I try to make it a family thing when I can: my daughter set up a spreadsheet so I can keep track of what I have and my wife patiently puts up with me arriving home with a new book or two fairly frequently...
09-03-2007 10:12 PM
09-04-2007 06:26 AM
Thanks for your note. Re: my collecting, I'm reminded of the title of one of Basbanes'books: Patience and Fortitude. My family has patience with me and I have the fortitude to keep collecting!
I especially like British authored mysteries. I see you mentioned liking England. Do you have any favorite British authors?
09-04-2007 07:49 PM
Yes, I do have some favorite British authors, more historical fiction-related than mystery, though. As I mentioned earlier, I have recently "discovered" Philippa Gregory, and another favorite is the late Eleanor Hibbert, who wrote under the pseudonyms Philippa Carr, Victoria Holt and Jean Plaidy. She wrote over 180 books altogether and I have nearly all of them now. I have found many online which are out of print; Abebooks has been a helpful site for me, too. Belonging to this club has made me more conscious of what edition a book is, and I get a little thrill whenever I open one and see that it is a "first."
09-05-2007 06:07 AM
Thanks for getting back to me. I'm not familiar with the author names you listed but appreciate your taking time to tell me about them. I'm always looking for new things to read!
For learning about "firsts", I found the book, Book Finds, by Ian C. Ellis a great help. I also subscribed to a magazine called "Firsts" (Tucson, Arizona) but found it less helpful than another magazine, Fine Books and Collections (www.finebooksmagazine.com). Just one person's opinion...
Hope I'm being helpful,
09-05-2007 09:00 PM
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09-29-2007 06:31 PM
I know what you mean about passing your love of reading on to your children. I have 3 grown sons and they all love books. It is gratifying to see that my grandchildren are now following along in the same path. My 5-year-old granddaughter said to me just yesterday: "Reading is fun!"
Hi again to you, too, Mike. You may be interested to know that, on your recommendation, I have purchased Book Finds. Haven't gotten very far into it, but have already learned some interesting things. This group may make a bona fide collector of me yet!
10-01-2007 06:00 PM
Thanks for your note. Glad to know I was helpful re: Book Finds. Enjoy!
And, hello to Jayne. Welcome to the group!
10-26-2007 09:21 PM