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Am within shouting distance of being one of the top 25 users. But I am not going to strive hard over the rest of the weekend to make sure I pass the mark, since I'm pretty confident I will do so eventually. I reckon I'm around half way through, so my total book tally is around 2000 or maybe a little short of that.

Odd things: Sometimes quite difficult to persuade it to find books on, for instance, the Amazon.co.uk catalogue, even when you can find said books yourself on said catalogue (most recent such example: my 1954 Regent Classics edition of Moby-Dick). For some of my other books it's understandable that the search robots couldn't locate them, either on grounds of geographical origin or age.

I'm interested that apart from genre literature the next most popular categopry appears to be theology, with top non-fiction author being John Piper. The only other author of the current top 25 who I simply haven't heard of is Tamora Pierce. I have at least read all the others apart from Mercedes Lackey. Of the top 25 books I've read everything except The Catcher in the Rye, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and Life of Pi. But my list of unread books that I already own is quite long enough.


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Sep. 24th, 2005 10:35 pm (UTC)
tammy is a terrific writer and just plain fun. (she writes YA "mage-fu," as she calls it.)

don't bother reading the salinger or the eggers.
Sep. 24th, 2005 10:47 pm (UTC)
...and you don't even publish her! So I take that as a serious recommendation. Any particular book I should start with?
Sep. 24th, 2005 10:49 pm (UTC)
i recommend loads of people i don't publish!

alanna, the first adventure is her first book and a good place to begin.
Sep. 24th, 2005 10:51 pm (UTC)
Sep. 25th, 2005 04:04 pm (UTC)
Seconded--I adore the Alanna books, despite being slightly bitter that I, too, once wrote a novel with a girl cross-dressing in order to become a knight (though I was 12 at the time, ah well...).
Sep. 25th, 2005 06:25 pm (UTC)
Me three!
Sep. 25th, 2005 12:27 am (UTC)
I love TP as well, I found her years ago and have been regularly reading her since. Although her stuff has occasional flaws at least she has a coherent world that works well.
Sep. 25th, 2005 11:55 am (UTC)
Tamora Pierce was what got me into fantasy. Sweet, nicely realized stuff. It seems a bit juvenile when I look back on it, but she's not bad at all.
Sep. 24th, 2005 10:44 pm (UTC)
I didn't like the Eggers novel (nor any of his other work), but I loved Martel's "Life of Pi" (and I think Salinger is somewhat overrated).
Sep. 24th, 2005 10:49 pm (UTC)
So, two serious strikes against Eggers and Salinger. Well, that will save me time and money...
Sep. 24th, 2005 10:52 pm (UTC)
I didn't care for the Eggers either (and I do like his shorter fiction, generally). Life of Pi I enjpyed quite a bit. (I'm meh on the Salinger - I enjoyed it quite a bit when I first read it, but now I find it meh.)
Sep. 25th, 2005 06:53 am (UTC)
I quite enjoyed the Eggers, though I can see that it is the ind of book to seriously divide opinions. (There are a lot of differences between them, butif you don't like David Foster Wallace you probably won't like Eggers). I really disliked Life of Pi, but have to read Salinger again before having an opinion.

Sep. 25th, 2005 09:46 am (UTC)
I didn't take to the Eggers at all. Salinger is best read around age 15. Life of Pi, on the other hand, is an amazing book,.
Sep. 24th, 2005 10:53 pm (UTC)
I'm about 35-40% of the way through the books stored at our house (there are probably ~1500 more being looked after by my parents), but I am probably cheating myself out of a permanent place in the top 25 <g> by cataloguing smallclanger's separately. (It makes things logistically easier for me in the future, rather than now.) He has a few hundred just in the room I'm typing in, and will no doubt collect many more before he can actually read any of them. ;)

I'm horribly addicted to the Zeitgeist page...
Sep. 25th, 2005 12:29 am (UTC)

I have joined as well and am migrating my list. It's good and I have noticed the same thing with the UK titles, particularly in that it seems to be capable of searching amazon.co.uk for authors but fails with ISBN's and book titles - ARGH!
Sep. 25th, 2005 12:38 am (UTC)
Lifeof Pi
Don't bother
Sep. 25th, 2005 11:52 am (UTC)
Hm... I loved AHWOSG. Perhaps because it was insane and whimsical and funny- but it doesn't have all that much hardcore content. Catcher in the Rye I loved when I read it in middle school, but I think now I'd just laugh. And Life of Pi is wildly entertaining.
Sep. 25th, 2005 06:28 pm (UTC)
Tamora Pierce's older stuff is quite good if you're a 12 year old girl and might be worth a read, but her newer stuff is a little too politically correct to be plausible in her medieval setting. Knights as recovered alcoholics who only drink fruit juice? Please.
Oct. 1st, 2005 04:21 pm (UTC)
Have you found out how to get the edition you want onto your list. I'm completely crap at this sort of thing - which is a pity as I've only started and can't figure out how to get some of the ones I want and am very close to saying fuck it I'll put it on a spread sheet.
Oct. 2nd, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC)
It's usually easy enough using the ISBN - the most ISBN-friendly catalogues seem to be amazon.com (not amazon.co.uk) and the National Library of Scotland. But sometimes you have to trawl around a bit. Also you can search other users to see if they have the same edition - often they do.
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