Why I am doing this?
Some months ago I was looking at a list of books in our library system
I saw a title that I wanted to check out. I made the request
and then a week later I picked up the book at the local library.
When I opened it I thought that I had read it before.
Then I stopped to think, "Just what was he talking about?"
I found this irritating but no big deal, I had just checked
out the book, I can just read it again. It was still a good
book so I didn't begrudge the time spent, but I was mad at myself for
not realizing that I had read it before. Then I turned to the
page in front where the publisher lists the other books by the same
author. By now I remembered reading a couple of them but I
couldn't remember exactly what was said or the difference between them.
Well, I know how to solve that problem, I'll make a list of the books I
read. It has to be a different list from my existing catalog
of books. This is a complete list of the books that my wife
and I own but since these books are still in boxes, we moved and have
built a new home but our library area is not yet finished and the
bookshelves are not installed. Besides, this is just a list
of books, no information as to their contents. If you want to
remember what the author said, and have a memory like mine, you will
need a few notes. It's gotten a little out of hand but it is
sort of fun. One warning, if you can't stand to know any of
the plot, don't go there. This is MY list, for MY books, for
MY information. If you don't want to know who discovered what
(for the science books), or who thinks what (for the political, etc.
books), etc., sorry, I do. I have tried to not say exactly
who "done it" in the mystery or science fiction books but there is
enough there that some might find it offensive.
In some cases I have made some editorial comments. That is
what I was thinking when I read the book, that's what the book says to
me. This is probably a lot of excess verbiage but I'll stop
bremner at wsu dot wsu If you want to pick up my email
address you can do it by hand.