Monthly Archives: February 2021

Tales of an Unwieldy Library, pt. 1

Nuke It From Orbit

Before Goodreads, there was LibraryThing. I had an account on LibraryThing before Goodreads and really only shifted to Goodreads when there was Facebook integration. (I was interested then in what my FB friends were reading…) I’m fairly sure my Goodreads account was populated by an import of the books I had cataloged at LibraryThing, but the importation was not clean.

Over the years, my Goodreads account has become a less and less accurate depiction of the books I own. When memes go around about how many book you own that you haven’t read, I only have a guilty wild guess. I have boxes and boxes of books in my closets…

I have been wanting a better list of the books I own and have (not) read, but it seemed daunting to wade through Goodreads. While Goodreads is concerned with the version of a book I own, it’s easy to add multiple versions of a book, but not easy to get rid of duplicates.

So, I decided to take my LibraryThing, nuke the catalog, and start over there.

I’ve lugged my boxes out of the closet and am re-adding my books. I’m starting off with my physical books and maybe eventually I’ll do my ebooks. And, I’m planning on culling too, at least lightly. My stats thus far:

Boxes sorted: 1 tomato box
Total books cataloged: 24
Books I own, but haven’t read: 21 *cough*
Observation: I have three collections of Chekhov’s short stories with surprisingly little overlap.

If you want to visit me at LibraryThing, click on through.

Reading Notes, 2/1/21

Finished Reading

I did not finish reading Dune as I intended. I wasn’t too much in a reading mood. I did read Dune, just not enough to finish it. In addition to my Deal Me In story, I also read two short stories from The Belgravia Annual, 1868. Neither was particularly good, including “Found in the Muniment Chest” by Mary Elizabeth Braddon. It’s a non-creep Braddon story, but also *very* repetitive.

Deal Me In

4♦️: “Housebound” by Ao-Hui Lin
I don’t know which annoyed me more: the husband in this story who seems willfully ignorant about what is eating his house, or the wife who puts up with him. *How* did she end up with this guy?!

Reading Challenge Check-In

The Classics Club

Goal: 10 Books by 12/14/21
Progress: 1/10

✅ Read Edgar Huntly or, Memoirs of a Sleep-Walker by Charles Brockden Brown, which was also my Classics Club “Spin” book for this period.

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Goal: Abstain from acquiring books; read at least 21 books from my shelves.
Progress: 0 books acquired; 2/21+

✅ Read Strange Cures by Rob Zabrecky and DNFed The Abbot’s Ghost by Lousia May Alcott.

I Read Horror Year-Round

Goal: Read 6 books from 6 categories.
Progress: No progress here. I have lots of time.

Dune Read-through

Goal: Read Herbert’s 6 Dune books by October.
Progress: Currently reading Dune. Kinda on schedule.


Goal: Read at least 30% nonfiction.
Progress: Currently 50/50. ✅

Short Stories

Goal: Deal Me In each week and Cather Reading Project each month.
Progress: On track. ✅

Currently Reading