Caffeinated

Sadly, this page is not about coffee. I wish it were. In college, I drank loads of coffee, which is why my handle at Library Thing is Caffeinated. I joined in 2007, because I like books and the voyeur in me was curious to see what was in other peoples’ libraries. Some members have as many books as a small library — some of which are actual libraries. For those who are not libraries and have thousands of books, may I ask, How do you store all of them and do you display only some of them? Do you live in a mansion?

My own collection has fluctuated over the years in size and content. I currently own 420 books, not including references, periodicals or textbooks. Sadly — yes, it’s just sad — of those I currently own, I have only read about half… and so I have made a New Year’s Resolution (2018) to begin working through my long-neglected library.

Some quick notations at the top or bottom of each post will include the kind of response I’m giving to the book and how many times I’ve read it.

Kinds of responses:

Form, which looks at the structure of the work;

Summary and Opinion, which is your average book review;

and Response, which is reflecting upon the contents of the book in a more personal way.

Kinds of books:

1) I’d like to emphasize that my goal here is to not simply read my books but to get something out of them. I have many books I bought in college, which I’ve kept but which offer some heavy duty reading material. I don’t know if I will ever finish reading and understanding some of these books even in my lifetime, but I’d like to work on them slowly. These kinds of books will be called Slow Reads, because I may only respond to part of the volume. I will likely respond before reading the whole volume, especially if it is an anthology.

2) Some books I may have already read. I may not have read it again recently or I may have read it again recently but have a ready response, or I may be reading it again and am very familiar with it. I don’t have a label of these books, but you may find that I offer a response from a wider lense. I may look at the author’s ouvre in one post or I may make generalizations more so than in other responses.

3) Some books address subject matter which I have considered outside of the context of that book. For these, I may have questions already in mind, especially when I am about to read a work of nonfiction. I like to write down these questions so I know where I stand and can look out for answers, because the author may answer my question(s) directly or as a part of a larger discussion.

Well, that’s all for now. Happy reading and here’s to filling in the gaps… the oh, so many gaps…

 

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