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 odlss
Joined: 8/30/2005
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 midlandgirl
Joined: 8/15/2005
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Am I the only one who always goes straight to the bookshelf when over for the first time?
Posted: 3/22/2006 4:53:57 PM
smoove

It's a cross between smooth and sauve'.

Great minds do this.
 odlss
Joined: 8/30/2005
Msg: 73
Am I the only one who always goes straight to the bookshelf when over for the first time?
Posted: 3/22/2006 5:00:36 PM
so im a great mind as a slurring drunk. i win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
 Sweet Treat
Joined: 1/25/2006
Msg: 74
Am I the only one who always goes straight to the bookshelf when over for the first time?
Posted: 3/22/2006 7:27:11 PM
Nope, hope you don't find "How to plan a murder"
 Saturday Night Rocks
Joined: 11/20/2005
Msg: 75
Am I the only one who always goes straight to the bookshelf when over for the first time?
Posted: 3/22/2006 7:41:13 PM
I go straight to to the bathroom and lock myself in. Then, crack the medicine cabinet door open to see what kind of evil secrets lurk within... Ofcourse when everything falls out, it's just like being in a Southwest Airlines commercial: Wanna get away???


 BadBrain
Joined: 3/12/2006
Msg: 76
Am I the only one who always goes straight to the bookshelf when over for the first time?
Posted: 3/22/2006 7:41:38 PM

Good things to find:

How to make love like a porn star
Anne Rampling or Anais nin
Serial Killer books
Clancy :)
Just anything that makes me think "hmm, now that is interesting, I did not expect to find that there"



what do the books "Molecular Genetics of Bacteria", "Microbial Pathogenesis", and "Molecular Cellular Biology" do for ya?
 BadBrain
Joined: 3/12/2006
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Am I the only one who always goes straight to the bookshelf when over for the first time?
Posted: 3/22/2006 9:38:22 PM

promoting the worst case of 'art fag' i've seen ever


HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
 smile with your eyes
Joined: 9/4/2005
Msg: 78
Am I the only one who always goes straight to the bookshelf when over for the first time?
Posted: 3/22/2006 9:41:23 PM

what do the books "Molecular Genetics of Bacteria", "Microbial Pathogenesis", and "Molecular Cellular Biology" do for ya?

Tells me you are a student
 Antagonist
Joined: 3/18/2006
Msg: 79
Am I the only one who always goes straight to the bookshelf when over for the first time?
Posted: 3/22/2006 9:44:38 PM

is there a book thread on POF?

Super idea! I'd love a thread where we can suggest good books. Not like the Oprah club - I said GOOD books.
 BadBrain
Joined: 3/12/2006
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Am I the only one who always goes straight to the bookshelf when over for the first time?
Posted: 3/22/2006 10:02:38 PM

Tells me you are a student


I was so expecting 'dork' not student
 smile with your eyes
Joined: 9/4/2005
Msg: 81
Am I the only one who always goes straight to the bookshelf when over for the first time?
Posted: 3/22/2006 10:04:08 PM
^^^Uh...we have all happily admitted on here that we are book dorks...embrace it...love your dork side ;)
 SimplyPeachy
Joined: 2/26/2006
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Am I the only one who always goes straight to the bookshelf when over for the first time?
Posted: 3/22/2006 10:06:42 PM
NO! It is the most accurate way of understanding how and what someone thinks about (unless its a staged bookshelf).

:P
 rory27
Joined: 2/14/2005
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Am I the only one who always goes straight to the bookshelf when over for the first time?
Posted: 3/22/2006 11:42:04 PM
My apartment looks like a library, with hundreds of books.


Same here. In fact, it got so ridiculous at one point that I have a spare bookcase and cartons of books in my huge storage space downstairs to remind me to quit purchasing more. That said, I'm presently compiling another shopping list.

I don't care about the finer points of interior decorating-- which shade of paint looks the best for the living room; pictures; furniture arrangement; etc...-- but the most stimulating internal surroundings, both intellectually and aesthetically, is to look around and note my well-worn spines of books of poetry, criticism, history, psychology, horse-race handicapping, fiction, essays, and spiritual prose.

As for discovering what's in a woman's bookshelf? Anything with a hint of depth or comedy. But big minus points for anything by Rod McKuen, Shirley MacLaine, or ANY bodice-ripper in triple-scale-type bad-acid-floral-color front cover.
 Rug Doctor
Joined: 11/2/2005
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Am I the only one who always goes straight to the bookshelf when over for the first time?
Posted: 3/22/2006 11:50:42 PM
I look for where she keeps the fckin cat litter box.
this tells me everything.

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 ladypagey
Joined: 5/28/2005
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Am I the only one who always goes straight to the bookshelf when over for the first time?
Posted: 3/23/2006 1:02:24 AM
You can gather a lot of insight into the type of books on someone's shelves. Trouble is with my shelves they change every 28 days as I check the majority of them out from the library and return them. The sort of books I like range in interest from crochet projects to Women who run with the wolves. I am an avid reader and enjoy any type of book that can grab my interest and thusly if I look at a fellow's books it would be to reflect on how current the titles were and what condition the books were in.
 EastSideEddie
Joined: 3/5/2006
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Am I the only one who always goes straight to the bookshelf when over for the first time?
Posted: 3/23/2006 5:18:31 AM
Simply Peachy made an astute observation.

"(unless its a staged bookshelf)"

I went to fix a computer for a guy once and in his living room he had a very fine piece of furniture (SO well made it would detract from the class of the piece to just call it a bookcase) filled with Kant, Hubbard, Dyer, and earlier classics by Hemmingway and the like. As we walked past that collection to go to the den where the computer was I commented "You read all the biggies, eh?" and he replied "Nah. I just have those books so when the chicks see them they are impressed."

I was caught between "That's pretty low rent" and "Why didn't I think of that", but either way it made a statement about who the guy is. I will say that a few of them looked like they went right from the Borders bag to the shelf and hadn't been opened since.
 BadBrain
Joined: 3/12/2006
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Am I the only one who always goes straight to the bookshelf when over for the first time?
Posted: 3/23/2006 5:37:53 AM

I was caught between "That's pretty low rent" and "Why didn't I think of that"


It never even occurred to me to stage a bookshelf! I'm rather disappointed in myself!

But then who am I kidding, the last woman in this place was my mother, and my sister before that.
 angelab
Joined: 2/16/2006
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Am I the only one who always goes straight to the bookshelf when over for the first time?
Posted: 3/23/2006 5:41:57 AM
Yeah, if you had a fake bookshelf you'd have to avoid well read women...

"Oh, you have The Age of Innocence! What do you think about the themes about proper society and so and so and so on and so on...?"

"Uhhhhhhhh..."

Hehehe
 EastSideEddie
Joined: 3/5/2006
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Am I the only one who always goes straight to the bookshelf when over for the first time?
Posted: 3/23/2006 6:08:27 AM

"Oh, you have The Age of Innocence! What do you think about the themes about proper society and so and so and so on and so on...?"


"Well, I found it to be an insightful commentary on the ever changing mores of our society, as well as a playful jab at the shifting paradigms...."

Dazzle or baffle...

Actually I would be more appreciative if someone commented on the bookcase I made...
 charlie_girl
Joined: 11/28/2005
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Am I the only one who always goes straight to the bookshelf when over for the first time?
Posted: 3/23/2006 8:02:18 AM
I do the same thing; drawn to the bookshelf or shelves.

Have a small library in my living room as well as a shelf of books in both bedrooms, and a small reference library near my computer.

My reading runs the whole spectrum of good writing (I think). I especially like the more notable writers and have many of their books: Mark Twain, F. Scott Fitzerald, Steinbeck, Sir Conan Doyle, John Dos Passos, Tolstoy, O'Henry, Thomas Wolfe, Pasternak, Charles Dickens, Solzenitsyn, C. S. Lewis, and so many more. If you haven't read anything by John Dos Passos, may I suggest his trilogy if you'd like a first hand look at America at the turn of this last century.

I also enjoy reading letters: Truman and Roosevelt and Hemmingway.

I am not an Ernest Hemmingway fan, but I do like The Old Man & The Sea.

I would enjoy spending a first date (or any other time) browsing a large old 2-story bookstore. Not the new modern kind, but the older ones with the wood floors, the corkscrew stair, the smell of leather bindings, and clerks who know their authors.

 delytful
Joined: 11/8/2005
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Am I the only one who always goes straight to the bookshelf when over for the first time?
Posted: 3/23/2006 8:09:09 AM
I can relate to that one. There were soooooooo many books they were taking over the house. Now I just check them out, and bring them back so the library can store and dust them LOL Of course the libraries love it when we bookworms make those major donations.
 4loorplay
Joined: 2/19/2006
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Am I the only one who always goes straight to the bookshelf when over for the first time?
Posted: 3/23/2006 8:19:24 AM
I must say that any books are good books. Do i make a bee line to the shelves?? Not really.. How you see self help books as bad??? Think you should get one.
 EastSideEddie
Joined: 3/5/2006
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Am I the only one who always goes straight to the bookshelf when over for the first time?
Posted: 3/23/2006 8:25:52 AM
I typically ask the Seinfeld-ish question, what is it about books that people keep them forever? If you read Moby Richard a second time do Ahab and the whale become good friends? Is there a point that Hemingway reveals for whom that damn bell is tolling, or admit that the sun has to set before it also rises? Does Dumas add more Muskateers if you read the book again? And why were those guys called "musket"eers when they fought with swords? Shouldn't they have been "foil"ateers? I thought "A Tale of Two Cities" was about the evolution of Minneapolis and St Paul.....

And you can indeed go home again, Thomas Wolfe! I went home MANY times.

/tongue in cheek, as usual.....
 fit4aking
Joined: 10/30/2005
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Am I the only one who always goes straight to the bookshelf when over for the first time?
Posted: 3/23/2006 12:41:05 PM
OK. The opportunity to scavenge through ones books, allows us to understand a persons interests. A person doesn't need to read all the books, cover to cover. How much effort a woman puts into an interest of hers speaks volumes. Buying or obtaining a book of her liking is big ponts for me.
 EastSideEddie
Joined: 3/5/2006
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Am I the only one who always goes straight to the bookshelf when over for the first time?
Posted: 3/27/2006 7:38:19 AM

I agree that no books is a bad sign. I cannot have a conversation with someone who does not read. How do you expose yourself to ideas that are not your own if you don't read?


The only reason I would refute that statement is that not everybody keeps books forever. However, if someone is a pseudo intellectual and has books that they have never read, could not comprehend if they did, and didn't get beyond grade 10, that will show itself soon enough. I once had a girl mention that she liked books by "Alfred Camis". I let it slide because I don't know every author out there, and thought Alfred Camis was just someone I do not know of. Then she mentioned "The Myth of Sisyphus" and it was clear that she was referring to Albert Camus.....

Worse yet, though, is the one who gets a Masters Degree in whatever, and in doing so manages to miss the courses on coming in out of the rain. This is the person who can tell you who authored every great work ever written but can't make change for a dollar without a calculator. I know this person first hand, up close and personal. Add cliche to her description as well. Angelou's "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings", Hoffman's "Steal This Book", Allen Ginsberg's "Deliberate Prose", Kerouac's "On The Road".... all the cliche books that she never read. And most of Hemmingway's works.

I read a few of her books, most notably Irving's The Ciderhouse Rules, but found them to be too much toward the intellectual snob side for a hands on/technology kind of person. I read a lot of books about the origin and development of computers, as well as some fictional works like John Brunner's "The Shockwave Rider" and Bradbury's "I Sing the Body Electric". My shelf also includes several Stephen King titles, The Beatles Anthology, several books on carpentry and woodwork, several about the origins and species of tropical fish (another hobby) and many books about music (Buddy Holly's life story, the evolution of rock and roll, stuff like that). This reflects my roots, having been a musician sice age 5, as well as my hobbies (computers, woodworking and tropical fish). The Hemmingway/Fitzgerald/Irving type stuff I read and pass along. I have a few classics (Moby**** A Tale of Two Cities, War and Peace, etc..) but they are in the "still in great condition and still worth something to me" category. A lot of people are surprised to see Virginia Wolfe's "A Room of One's Own", but I think it's a great work.

Books reveal who you are as much as where you've been.

Will I earn extra points with the ladies if I buy some works by Gloria Steinem and Germaine Greer?
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