Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tuesday Thingers:

From The Boston Bibliophile - Legacy libraries. With which legacy libraries do you share books? Tell us a little about a couple of them and what you share.

Okay, I had no idea how to even find this so had to go read other folks answers before I could answer myself! On Library Thing, go to your home page. Then click on Statistics. Then Legacy Libraries. You can view mine here.

This is actually quite funny to me. I have matches with only one person - Carl Sandburg. I believe this is because I use my Library Thing library differently than most folks. I use is more as a catalog of what I have read since I started using it, rather than as a catalog of my actual, physical library. I am sure if I put all the books I have read or even owned at one time or another, I would match with other legacy libraries. But since they are all dead (thus the legacy), they can't read the newer books that I am reading. And since I am not much into classical fiction, I probably won't ever read what they read.

Just for completeness - the matches I have with Carl Sandburg are Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. I read both of those because of LOLAs and would never have chosen them on my own (but I did enjoy both - go figure!).

As a fun check, I went and looked at the LOLAs library and the matches with the legacy libraries. Some of LOLAs matches: 1 with Alfred Deakin (who is he?) - Pride and Prejudice (I didn't read it); 4 with Carl Sandburg - my 2, P&P and Far from the Maddening Crowd (I didn't read it) by Thomas Hardy; Karen Blixen (?) - The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (I did read this one) by Carson McCullers and Le Petit Prince (I read this one too!) by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

Go check out other folks and whether they have more matches. I'm sure it will be quite interesting.


Anonymous said...

It sounds like you use Library Thing the same way I do! It would take forever to catalog all of the books I've read.

Wendi B. - Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reading in Seattle said...

Like you, I have been using mine more as a catalog of current books. I did go ahead and add a few classics that I've read for this post!

Wow - I've just started entering my books as I just learned about this part of the site this morning! I've got 2 with Marilyn Monroe and 6 with Ernest Hemingway!

This was fun - to see the rest of my list: http://wendisbookcorner.blogspot.com/2008/10/tuesday-thingers_28.html

:) Wendi

Michele said...

Yes, Kathy, I think we are the same. And that makes me happy. :-)

Wendi - I probably won't go back and enter other books just for the legacy thing. It would mess up my system (of what there is one). Plus I don't remember everything! LOL

Cathy said...

I had 80 matches with Karen Blixen who wrote books like Out of Africa under her pen name, Isak Dinesen. I have my physical library at LT, so I had tons of matches. I know of several people who use it the way you do. LT is so great, I don't care how anyone uses it...just do it! LOL

sheIsTooFondOfBooks said...

My LT library reflects those books on my bookshelves (some of which were last read YEARS ago, some are still TBR). It's definitely skewed toward newer books, since I tend to add new releases, and not as many "classics"

Susan L said...

I had some matches with Carl Sandburg too. The Legacy Libraries are an interesting feature. It's neat to see what these famous people had in their own libraries.