An FSU Without a Book Thread is Like an FS Event Without Snark

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  1. Prancer

    Prancer Ray Chill Staff Member

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    Agreed, which is why I am :confused: that anyone wants it. If I'm going to have a bookcase that big, it WILL hold books. Otherwise it is taking up valuable space that could hold books.
  2. emason

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    I've long since run out of space on my bookshelves, so in my case, there are piles of books everywhere - by my dining table, stacked up by my bed, etc. and so on.

    Part of my bi-weekly entertainment is seeing where my cleaning lady has moved things to and how she has re-arranged the piles. Every once in a while a real gem floats to the top of a pile after Rosa has finished re-organizing everything.
  3. Lara

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    I loved that library too. :swoon:

    And agree the Borders bookcase with ladder is a sweet deal but I couldn't take advantage of it either, sigh. RIP. :wuzrobbed

    I got about 12 books I think, paltry compared to most of you but enough to keep me occupied for a bit. I should really start posting reviews here, will do so as I go!
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  4. Nomad

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    My last apartment had a long hallway which led to the living space. Initially I covered one side with bookshelves. Then the other side. Then I took down pictures in the living room to make room for yet more shelves. Then I got rid of furniture which took up bookshelf space. Bookshelves went up in the bathroom for my junk-reads...In the end, almost every wall was covered with bookshelves. One of my coworkers came over once and was shocked. "Good God, you live in a freakin' library!" :lol:
  5. rfisher

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    Look in the phone book for a local moving company. Most of them will do small moves for a reasonable fee.
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    find a band with a van.
  7. Prancer

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    My B&N order came today. :) Finished "The Postmistress" already - very good book, but I was really annoyed at the end. The other 6 books are on the shelf waiting to be read. Had a yard sale today and sold a few books for .25 each. I was telling people to 'read more so I can buy more'. :lol:
  9. gkelly

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    Once upon a time I worked in the (closed) stacks at the NY Public Library, the main research library on 5th Avenue with the lions in front.

    As I recall, some of the books were shelved according to subject matter by Library of Congress call numbers, some by an internal numbering system based entirely on size and date of acquisition, and others by a hybrid internal system that was mostly according to size and date but with some division of general subject area.

    If it had been done just by subject matter there would have been a lot of wasted space on the shelves.

    I wonder how much it's changed in 30 years.
  10. BigB08822

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    Oh goodness! Anyone have any recommendations of books they see on the $2.99 list? I have no clue what to get but for that price I might as well bite!
  11. emason

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    I took a private stack tour of the library this year; the library had special tours one weekend to celebrate its anniversary.

    To answer your question, the library has not changed. The section I toured was organized by the special numbering system and the guide pointed out that it had to do with size.

    Loved the tour, by the way; it was a real peek behind the scenes, and, I must confess, the first time I've visited that library even though I've been in NY for almost 40 years.
  12. rfisher

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    The NY Public Library is number two on my list of things to see if I ever get to NY. Right behind the American Museum of Natural History. :swoon:
  13. gkelly

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    Thanks.

    I'm not surprised that that hasn't changed. I'm guessing that they now have air conditioning and computer catalogs.

    When the Temperature/Heat Index got over a certain number, we had the choice of going home with full pay or staying to work at time and a half.
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    I haven't had time to look through the whole list, but I saw one called Promise Not to Tell that I read and liked. It's a mystery. On the $1.99 list I saw The Last Crossing, which I absolutely loved.
  15. Lara

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    I went with my father who was especially eager for the periodical section...gorgeous building but I keep wondering if we missed something? Both the Yale and Princeton University libraries seemed to have more to see/browse. Weird.

    When you do visit, grab a Pret sandwich after and cross the street to Bryant Park to eat. One of my favorite things to do in NYC. :)
  16. Prancer

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    You might want to check out Alibris' 99 cent sale, too: http://www.alibris.com/discount-books?cm_sp=navSales-_-discount-_-na

    I can't believe Larsson's The Girl series is already priced that low. It seems like I just shelled out for the hardbacks a month or so ago.

    And since I am plugging sales, I will once again plug the piggies at The Cheap for the e-reader owners. While mostly for Nook users (and they are giving away a Simple Touch, if anyone wants to enter), they also have a Kindle page and several Facebook pages by category, including Authors on the Cheap, where writers post about their own books that are on sale, usually in multiple formats.

    Teachers and parents might be interested in this deal: http://www.rootmynook.com/2011/09/16/10-credit-at-scholastic-teacher-express-free-ebooks/ Note that those are all downloadable books in PDF, not print, although I believe there are print books on sale as well.
  17. Allen

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    Thanks for the link to The Cheap. Amazon.com does a good job of hiding Kindle books that are cheap.
  18. Prancer

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    I Liked Cheap e-Reads and a couple of their pages on Facebook, as I find it easier to keep up. Some days there is almost nothing, but most days, they post 10-15 books or so, sometimes more. It fills up my feed, but I find it easier to let the book links come to me than I do to check the page to see if there is anything new. :shuffle:

    You might find some books here, too: http://www.freekindlebooks.org/
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    I started Middlesex......someone told me that once they got to America, It would be a can't put down read. I have finally made it to America. Crossing my fingers.
  20. Allen

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    I think you will find that it really picks up at that point. I adore that book. I was fairly bored with it at first, but read the bulk of it in one sitting.
  21. Grannyfan

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    Thanks for the link to the $.99 books. Just browsing through the titles I saw one of my all-time favorites, Boy's Life by Robert McCammon. A little mystery, a little fantasy, a little nostalgia, a little humor. Terrific story. I rarely re-read books, but that one I did.
  22. TygerLily

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    Same here! I recall that it might have been an all-nighter.

    On an entirely different note, I'm reading the latest JD Robb and am also finding it strong so far (I forget who else already gave a positive review).

    I was surprised to hear that people think Roarke is hunky. I find him incredibly bland, though that may be in part because I only started reading the books a couple of years ago and didn't start at the beginning when there (as I've gathered from reading backwards) was some intrigue surrounding him. I do appreciate, though, that their relationship is stable. Compared to the Bones books with all the artificial romantic angst, it's just a relief that there's not some drawn-out Friends-like "will they or won't they" situation. I kinda skip the sex scenes, though, so maybe his hunkiness comes out in those parts. :shuffle:

    ETA: Regarding Middlesex, maybe I should mention that I'm fascinated by gender and sexuality, so I'm often fascinated by books others might find boring, like Olive Skene Johnson's The Sexual Spectrum: Exploring Human Diversity. For fiction, another favourite is Rose Tremain's Sacred Country. Rita Mae Brown's earlier works were illuminating for me as an unworldly small-town girl.

    And then there's my whole fascination with women masquerading as men to make it in a man's world. Brown's High Hearts is my favourite romance book, though I'm sure it's not her best novel (Rubyfruit Jungle?). Even in YA, I can be pretty predictable as Tamora Pierce's Alana quartet is another rereader. Yeah, yeah, and Janet Lunn's The Root Cellar. I'm just a sucker for these plot lines.
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  23. rfisher

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    IMHO, the best part of the Eve/Roarke story is the evolving relationship. Each book is a month or so apart (roughly). This is one series that is really best read in order to appreciate the story lines for all the major characters including Mavis (and her hubby and kid), Peabody/McNabb, Feeney, Dr. Mira, Eve's relationship with Crack, Nadine, the commander and even Trina. And, of course, Summerset. Even Baxter and Trueheart have a backstory. You learn a little more about one or the other with each successive book. She even did one with Roarke's admin Caro as a central character. Some of the books are more tightly plotted than others. The latest is one of her better efforts, although I hope this wraps up a storyline that has needed to be taken care of for a long time. I sort of wondered if Roberts/Robb was considering retirement and was moving toward wrapping up the series. I figure it'll end when Eve finally decides to have a child. She'll quit and Peabody will move to lead detective.
  24. TygerLily

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    I agree, and wish I'd realized that sooner than I did. Once I realized that the chronology was important, I did go back and order them from the library in approximate order, but I missed a few. It's still fun to go back and read one of them and discover why things are the way they are in the present book. I was :eek: and :watch: when I read about McNab and Peabody's early dynamics after knowing them as a couple for so long.
  25. Kasey

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    Damn you Prancer. I may have just ordered a dozen or so more books.
  26. Prancer

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    :encore:

    I must say, though, that it is amazing how those "cheap" books can add up to a less than cheap credit card statement :shuffle:.
  27. Allen

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    I know that's right. I kept saying, oh, these books are only .99 or 2.99 for Kindle. Then I realized I had spent 50 bunks in one go of it.
  28. Allen

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    Anyone read Richelle Mead's Succubus Blues? It was 2 bucks for Kindle and I thought about giving it a go as it seems like a quick, breezy read.
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    Ugh! I just bought those two books a few weeks ago in a half off sale on B&N but that wasn't even close to 99 cents! Should have waited.
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    Don't feel bad, I bought TGWKTHN in hardcover because I was desperate to read it and there were about 100 people ahead of me on the library's waiting list.
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    Leningrad: Tragedy of a city under siege. The title of this book speaks for itself. I am stil on my war time book reading stint. I have read many books on the war in the library but this one is brand new and worth the read. It tells the story of the siege through war time diaries, and blames Soviet indifference and incompetence as much for the siege as the Nazis. Below is a review of the book from the dailymail.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/boo...-A-CITY-UNDER-SIEGE-1941-44-BY-ANNA-REID.html
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  32. peibeck

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    Sorry if it's already been discussed, but it you are a fan of theatre, Patti LuPone's "A Memoir" is a fun read, with lots of snark... especially based around Andrew Lloyd Webber and her experience with "Sunset Blvd."
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    Has anyone read Jane Lynch's autobiography? I love Jane Lynch, but never know how that will translate to a book (see the discussion on Bossypants from the prior thread).

    Right now I am reading a book written by my ex, which is on Saskatchewan public policy. It's very well written and impressive that he wrote it (plus I was mentioned in the acknowledgements :D) but we have somewhat different politics, so it's sometimes a bit of a frustrating read because I want to argue with the book!
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    Slutty Brit won the coin toss. To Bed with Grand Music is keeping me entertained on the Metro. I can't say I like the heroine, but, by the same token, I can't quite blame her since her husband pretty much told her he'd cheat on her while he was Over There.
  35. VALuvsMKwan

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    You mean when she got ditched for Glenn Close? Hee. :shuffle:
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  36. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Port de bras!!!

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    Started reading Victoria's Daughters about Queen Victoria's children. Well-written, informative and interesting. But I had to stop because reading about all these kids' deaths from infectious diseases is so heartbreaking. And these are royal children, I can only imagine what it was like for the poor ones.

    I was reminded of the interview I've heard on the radio. A pediatrician from San Francisco was telling her story about her experience in Haiti after the earthquake. She was crying because she had to witness all these kids die knowing she could have saved them had she had the equipment and medications that are widely available in the US today.

    It was just really hard to read about real life now-preventable deaths. And then of course, Victoria lost Albert to typhoid. I need to build up courage to continue reading--the book is very good.

    I am such a wuss!
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    Oh, I enjoyed Victoria's Daughters a lot - I hope you do too!

    Continuing the royal line, I'm reading "Becoming Marie Antoinette" - a period I'm not super familiar with, other than having read the YA fiction Royal Diaries series when I was little :lol: You know, although those books are classified as "children's books", they are remarkably good at incorporating little bits of history!
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  38. zaphyre14

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    I finished the LKH - honestly, if she'd taken out all the sex and concentrated on the actual story, it might have been a decent book. As it was - well, it's up on the swap sight but no one seems to want it. :)

    Continuing my adventure into dreck, I'm reading the latest Stephanie Plum "Smokin' 17" and enjoying it for what it is - fluffy dreck. My expectations are low for this series so I'm not disappointed. The Ranger/Morelli waffling is getting old, though.

    Has anyone else read Kate Quinn's "Mistress of Rome" and "Daughters of Rome"? I liked "Mistress" enough to buy "Daughters" but I really can't get into the second one at all and I can't really figure out why.
  39. Erin

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    Well, if you are, I am too! I had a hard time reading Unbroken as a result of all of the horrifying experiences and torture that various people in the book endured. However, I eventually forced myself through it and was glad I did...but I understand how you feel.
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  40. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Port de bras!!!

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    I've read a book about Marie Antoinette in Russian translation from the German original. The subtitle was "the story of an ordinary woman". By "ordinary" the author meant her personality and character, not her social position, of course. It was good but I forgot the title.

    Here it is: http://www.amazon.com/Marie-Antoinette-Portrait-Average-Woman/dp/0802139094

    I prefer to read German books translated into Russian rather than English. Early in my college career I was traumatized by a horrible translation of Freud into English--I feel German prose is easier to digest in Russian. Nonetheless, I highly recommend the book.
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