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20 September 2006 @ 11:49 am
Library Thing...  
Okay, so I haven't been writing a lot lately. Partly, there's been a bit of upheaval on the homefront. I moved my computer room from the back of the house to the front, since we've deleted the guest room.

Then madspinner got me hooked on Library Thing and I've been busy cataloguing my books. I've done one bookshelf and one pile of piles of books... got five or six bookshelves and bookcases to go, and that's just the non-fiction books...
madspinnermadspinner on September 21st, 2006 09:25 am (UTC)
addiction to LibraryThing is spreading like a virus around my online friends... ha ha ha! I put the ultimate blame on my mother, she got me hooked.

We may never get out of our books again!

But it has been great fun looking through books that I forgot I had. Most of them have to be in storage right now, as we just don't have room. You can't go anywhere in our house without tripping over books. They are even under the bed! I think the only room without books is the bathroom, and I wouldn't swear to it.
Fara Shimbo: mangiafara_shimbo on September 22nd, 2006 12:34 pm (UTC)
Actually, what's most interesting about Library Thing is that you type in some keywords to find an old book you're not sure they have (or you're lazy and you don't want to type the whole title) and it comes up with all these books.... and you go, "Oooo, that one sounds interesting!" about a dozen times before you find the book you're looking for.
madspinnermadspinner on September 26th, 2006 07:50 am (UTC)
Maybe I should try that... I've mostly been using ISBN numbers, which isn't nearly as interesting. Though I have been really surprised what strange old books I have put in (long before ISBNs) and gotten results. My 1918 book on Halloween is one example I didn't expect to get anything on.
Fara Shimbofara_shimbo on September 27th, 2006 01:19 pm (UTC)
A 1918 book on Halloween? OOoo, I'd love to read that!
madspinnermadspinner on September 28th, 2006 08:45 am (UTC)
Ok, I was wrong, it is 1919. And it is a hoot. Not only does it have great descriptions of old folk customs I have never heard of, but it has great pictures of really hideous theme decorations. Maybe I can photocopy and send it to you or something. I'm pretty sure it is well out of copyright.

The Book of Hallowe'en
by Ruth Edna Kelley
This book
Title The book of Hallowe\'en
Author Ruth Edna Kelley
Publication Boston, Lothrop, Lee & Shepard [c1919] xi, 195 p. front., plates. 21 cm.
Date 1919
LC Call Number GT4965 .K4
Dewey (none)
Language English
Source Library of Congress
Fara Shimbofara_shimbo on September 29th, 2006 01:21 am (UTC)
Sounds wonderful!
madspinnermadspinner on October 4th, 2006 02:38 am (UTC)
do you want me to copy it for you?
Fara Shimbofara_shimbo on October 5th, 2006 03:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, but no, I'll never get around to reading it. You might want to consider it for the Guttenberg Project, though.