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1perodicticus
heinäkuu 28, 2006, 5:57am

Viestin kirjoittaja on poistanut viestin.

2wvarodd Ensimmäinen viesti
heinäkuu 29, 2006, 9:56pm

Hi All!
Wonderful to know there are other WVians out there!

I found this website as I was searching for web places that would be interested in publicizing my book.

What a great concept to have library lists available and connections to people who share your reads.

I have gotten a bit intimidated by those who list thousands, mostly because I would hesitate to lsit books I didn't like, wouldn't be interested in discussing, or looked really lame. Is this the right way to approach the larger philosophy of Library Thing. Isn't the internet full of wonderous ideas that may or may not reach their potential -- probably not, but still...

Anyway, I've ranted. And I'm from outside of Fellowsville, WV, near the border of Preston and Barbour County. My parents were back-to-the- earth intellectuals and my state identity runs strong, as it does for so many natives. And isn't that an interesting phenomenon.

Priscilla

3perodicticus
elokuu 1, 2006, 10:30am

Viestin kirjoittaja on poistanut viestin.

4wvarodd
elokuu 1, 2006, 10:54pm

I live in the Eastern Panhandle, so Four Seasons Book Store is the closest bookstore to me, but my family was always partial to the independent Morgantown bookstore -- downtown -- Stillwells. But I can't say I'm an expert. I did a reading recently at Taylor's bookstore in Charleston and found the store welcoming.

5wvarodd
elokuu 1, 2006, 10:54pm

I live in the Eastern Panhandle, so Four Seasons Book Store is the closest bookstore to me, but my family was always partial to the independent Morgantown bookstore -- downtown -- Stillwells. But I can't say I'm an expert. I did a reading recently at Taylor's bookstore in Charleston and found the store welcoming.
Have

6wvarodd
elokuu 1, 2006, 10:54pm

I live in the Eastern Panhandle, so Four Seasons Book Store is the closest bookstore to me, but my family was always partial to the independent Morgantown bookstore -- downtown -- Stillwells. But I can't say I'm an expert. I did a reading recently at Taylor's bookstore in Charleston and found the store welcoming.
Have you

7wvarodd
elokuu 1, 2006, 10:54pm

I live in the Eastern Panhandle, so Four Seasons Book Store is the closest bookstore to me, but my family was always partial to the independent Morgantown bookstore -- downtown -- Stillwells. But I can't say I'm an expert. I did a reading recently at Taylor's bookstore in Charleston and found the store welcoming.
Have you been

8wvarodd
elokuu 1, 2006, 10:54pm

I live in the Eastern Panhandle, so Four Seasons Book Store is the closest bookstore to me, but my family was always partial to the independent Morgantown bookstore -- downtown -- Stillwells. But I can't say I'm an expert. I did a reading recently at Taylor's bookstore in Charleston and found the store welcoming.
Have you been bloggin

9wvarodd
elokuu 1, 2006, 10:54pm

I live in the Eastern Panhandle, so Four Seasons Book Store is the closest bookstore to me, but my family was always partial to the independent Morgantown bookstore -- downtown -- Stillwells. But I can't say I'm an expert. I did a reading recently at Taylor's bookstore in Charleston and found the store welcoming.
Have you been blogging

10wvarodd
elokuu 1, 2006, 10:54pm

I live in the Eastern Panhandle, so Four Seasons Book Store is the closest bookstore to me, but my family was always partial to the independent Morgantown bookstore -- downtown -- Stillwells. But I can't say I'm an expert. I did a reading recently at Taylor's bookstore in Charleston and found the store welcoming.
Have you been blogging long and do

11wvarodd
elokuu 1, 2006, 10:54pm

I live in the Eastern Panhandle, so Four Seasons Book Store is the closest bookstore to me, but my family was always partial to the independent Morgantown bookstore -- downtown -- Stillwells. But I can't say I'm an expert. I did a reading recently at Taylor's bookstore in Charleston and found the store welcoming.
Have you been blogging long and do you

12wvarodd
elokuu 1, 2006, 10:54pm

I live in the Eastern Panhandle, so Four Seasons Book Store is the closest bookstore to me, but my family was always partial to the independent Morgantown bookstore -- downtown -- Stillwells. But I can't say I'm an expert. I did a reading recently at Taylor's bookstore in Charleston and found the store welcoming.
Have you been blogging long and do you enjoy

13wvarodd
elokuu 1, 2006, 10:54pm

I live in the Eastern Panhandle, so Four Seasons Book Store is the closest bookstore to me, but my family was always partial to the independent Morgantown bookstore -- downtown -- Stillwells. But I can't say I'm an expert. I did a reading recently at Taylor's bookstore in Charleston and found the store welcoming.
Have you been blogging long and do you enjoy it?

14wvarodd
elokuu 1, 2006, 10:55pm

Whoa! I don't know what happened!

15perodicticus
elokuu 2, 2006, 4:54am

Viestin kirjoittaja on poistanut viestin.

16claytonhowl Ensimmäinen viesti
elokuu 2, 2006, 6:42pm

I grew up outside of Fairmont, and went to school in Morgantown. Over the course of my time at WVU, many of the independent bookstores closed - Stillwells, there was another one as well on High Street around 1999 that had some neat stuff. Very sad.

Now, Morgantown has a big Barnes and Noble, which I don't think is entirely a bad thing - I remember the excitement of driving to Pittsburgh with tha family as a kid for a Borders that was just a little bigger than the B&N that they've got in Morgantown now. Also, it came in long after the close of the local bookstores, so it didn't have anything (directly) to do with them going out of business...

Do I sound like I'm rationalizing here? Ha!

Very glad to see other West Virginians on LT. Perodicticus, I lived in London for a while, as well, and loved it! Whereabouts are you? I'm out in Los Angeles now, which is a great city, but there's a lot that I miss about home!

Matthew

17perodicticus
elokuu 9, 2006, 9:56am

Viestin kirjoittaja on poistanut viestin.

18MountainLaurel Ensimmäinen viesti
syyskuu 3, 2006, 7:19pm

I'm from Monongah, just south of Fairmont. Right now I live in Washington, D.C., but I'm moving to Portland, Maine, at the end of the month.

19AnjilaG
toukokuu 30, 2007, 10:51pm

I live in Lewis Co, in Weston, but I'm originally from Wheeling/McMechen/Moundsville.
There is a small used bookstore in Wheeling's center market called The Paradox Bookstore. I absolutely love it! The first used bookstore I ever visited. (50 cent books! Yay!)
Buckhannon (Upshur Co.) has a used bookstore called Books, Books, Books. The owner sells mostly half off the cover price, but you can find some cheaper, and it's Very Organized. She separates non-fiction by subject, fiction, sci-fi/fantasy, romance, children's and within each category by author, then title. There are 4 rooms of books, plus a gift shop. It's located on E. Main St.

20mydomino1978
toukokuu 31, 2007, 7:02am

Gosh I wish I had known about the Wheeling bookstore when I had to travel for work up there.
Did anyone go to the big book sale in Charleston over the holiday? I sure missed it.

21wcath
lokakuu 15, 2007, 12:05am

Thanks claytonhowl for the invite to join the group!

I live in the Eastern Panhandle and learned about LibraryThing from an article in the Christian Science Monitor. They had a great introductory offer and I tried the paper for a while but I can't seem to keep up with my book reading much less The Monitor, the Washington Post and the Martinsburg Journal. Ahhh... so much to read and so little time. LOL

I love LT for many reasons, not the least of which is that I have a good start on an organized list of my library. Also, that I am getting to meet fellow bibliofanatics.

I go to used book sales to get most of my books or online to places like betterworldbooks.com. Southwood Books is a fairly good used book store in Martinsburg and then, of course, there is Borders in Hagerstown.

Wendy

22rufustfirefly66
lokakuu 15, 2007, 2:42am

I was born and reared in Keyser, but I've lived in Wellsburg and Wheeling for 20 years. Reading Ann Pancake's short story collection (she grew up in the Romney area) Given Ground, was wonderful. I can't wait to read her first novel, Strange As this Weather Has Been, which has just now been released. I've spent a lot of time, and more than a little money in The Paradox book store. Just picked up a paperback copy The Road for a buck.

23mydomino1978
lokakuu 15, 2007, 8:35am

#22 - I wonder if you will like The Road. I was actually disappointed after all the hype. I am trying to read all the Pulitzers and there are certainly better ones, I thought.
I grew up in St. Albans, near Charleston, but have been globe trotting and have ended up in Northern Minnesota on a reservation.
Taylor Books on Capitol Street in Charleston is my favorite place, and the manager (who is from Minnesota) has a twin brother who works at the college here on the reservation. Isn't that strange.

24rufustfirefly66
lokakuu 15, 2007, 1:49pm

Oh, I had already read The Road, as soon as it came out, actually. I love Cormac McCarthy and The Road has become my favorite. This copy was to give to a friend. Oh, yeah, the used book store back in Keyser was the Book a Rama. i don't know if it's still there or not.

25antiquary
Muokkaaja: lokakuu 16, 2007, 10:57am

I live in Salem, just west of Clarksburg, in north central WV, so I am fairly close to Fairmont and Morgantown, but a long way from the eastern panhandle. I too mourn the loss of Stillwell's. I've not been to the new big bookstore in Morgantown. I also mourn deeply the closing of Andrew and Ballard's bookstore/coffeeshop and the Stonewall Jackson Bookstore, both in Clarksburg. I'm not aware of a good used bookstore in Clarksburg now. For new books, I usually go to the Borders (formerly Waldenbooks) in the Meadowbrook Mall just outside Clarksburg, though I got to the Town Center Mall in Charleston last week--my first time there in some years.
A lot of the time now, I buy my books on the internet, via Amazon or Alibris.
When I moved to WV in 1990 (from Ohio), I bought a batch of books on WV but I must admit I haven't read most of them. My recent WV-related reading has been on Aaron Burr and the
Blennerhassetts --I visited Bennerhasset Island last summer and hope to go again.
I read a couple of novels --
Treason and Street of Knives --and a serious life of Burr, Fallen Founder. The novels were so-so, but the life is very thorough, though its defense of Burr amounts to arguing
that his rivals (notably Hamilton and Wilkinson) were bigger scoundrels than Burr was, which isn't exactly a recommendation, though it may be true.

26HorusE
marraskuu 1, 2007, 4:32pm

Since I live in Shepherdstown, The Four Seasons is the closest bookstore and has an excellent selection--keeps up with the books recently reviewed by the NY Times and The Washington Post as well as a great general selection. It generally displays only one copy of each book, but I not when that copy is sold a replacement soon shows up. It also has a good used book selection too. Seems to have good community support. I also get books from on the internet from Abebooks, Strandbookstore, & Amazon and often visit Borders and B&N (Hagerstown or Frederick). Now I just need time to read it all!

27antiquary
marraskuu 27, 2007, 2:42pm

Thank you for mentioning the Strand Book Store online. I used to go there in person when I lived closer to NYC, but it never occurred to me to check for it online. I found the site a good serious book site and am very grateful to you for bringing it to my attention.

28HorusE
joulukuu 8, 2007, 6:30pm

Thanks for your comments. The postage for strandbooks, after the first book,is quite reasonable as well. I get a number of new books for about half price.

29HorusE
joulukuu 8, 2007, 6:31pm

Viestin kirjoittaja on poistanut viestin.

30mydomino1978
joulukuu 11, 2007, 8:54am

I do paperbackswap - it costs $2.13 to mail the average paperback. I have gotton over 30 books, and mailed out about that many in return. So it comes out to 30 books for 60 bucks. The bad part is that the waiting list for new books can be quite long. Since I am reading the Pulitzers, most of them are pretty accessable, and they trade back pretty well.

31roydknight
tammikuu 4, 2008, 10:22am

I grew up in Marshall County (northern panhandle river rat!) but now live in the eastern panhandle (Romney, Hampshire County). Our local literary claim to fame is Amy Pancake. She has written a few wonderful books grounded in Appalachian culture. I confess that I have not read any of them yet (!) but that will be a new year's resolution. Her family is in the church I pastor.

32roydknight
tammikuu 4, 2008, 10:25am

Hi there! Listen, I am endeavoring to list EVERY book I own! I do so simply because I want to inventory and see what kinds of stuff I have and don't have but need to have! LOL
Therefore, my listing includes even those books that I don't particularly care for. But someone else may enjoy it and want to buy, borrow, or trade for it.
Anyway, I'm a native WVian having grown up in Dallas, WC, near Wheeling and now live in Romney, WV (Hampshire Co.).

33verucas_chaos
syyskuu 17, 2009, 11:26pm

I grew up in Wellsburg, but have lived in Ohio the majority of my adult life. I still go back to see my parents. I've never read Ann Pancake. I shall try her!

34antiquary
lokakuu 13, 2009, 1:09pm

My situation is rather the reverse of yours. I grew up in Ohio (Bowling Green) but moved to West Virginia (Salem) in 1990 and have now lived almost as long in West Virginia as in Ohio. it works out to about 1/3 Ohio, 1/3 miscellaneous and 1/3 WV.

35antiquary
lokakuu 13, 2009, 1:10pm

I am also trying to list everybook I own, whether I like them or not. Some I must confess I inherited from my parents and have never read. So far, I have cataloged almost 5000. I calculate I still have over 1500 to go.

36wcath
lokakuu 17, 2009, 12:52am

Wow, antiquary! That is amazing. You must have a very big house. LOL Best of luck with the cataloging and a very belated Welcome to West Virginia.

37unreconstructed
lokakuu 18, 2009, 11:49pm

Hi all,

I just moved here from Florida. I was born and lived there for 22 years. I'm now living in Parkersburg. My parents (with whom I still live) grew up in Raleigh County, so West Virginia blood runs in my veins, I guess. And a lot of years of it too. Several years ago I was pretty badly afflicted with the Genealogy bug which was not really a bad thing; I found out many interesting things, such as, the fact that my parents are 4th cousins. How's that for a stereotype?

38IWantToBelieve
tammikuu 4, 2010, 3:56pm

#37 I too am a Florida transplant...my father is from WV. I have lived in North Central WV now for about 11 years.

392wonderY
tammikuu 16, 2010, 8:54am

Hello all,
I just discovered LT and am enthralled. I'm passing the word to others of our ilk and I hope to see them here soon. I've spent the last week making paper lists of my bookshelves, but I don't know when I'll have time to enter them. My shelves are stuffed with old novels and non-fiction - 19th century and first half of the 20th. I find there is an elegance of phrase that is harder to come by with modern writers. Besides they cost only pennies. I'm looking forward to rubbing elbows with y'all. Oh, I'm in Parkersburg as well. The Trans Allegheny Bookstore is worth visiting for the architecture alone. But a better source of purchases is the Trinity Book Sale each year the first week of November. Later!

40texicanwife
tammikuu 19, 2010, 8:18am

Hello all! So happy to find other WV-ians here!

I am living in Greenbrier County, but spent most of my youth in Monroe County.

Unfortunately, where I live, there is one small book store. Pretty much caters to the very few local historical authors, and not much else. However, when I read a review about a book I'd like to get my hands on, I head for the Internet and Half.com or one of the other bargain sites. Yeah, I might have to pay a little for postage, but better than running all the way to Beckley, or down to Roanoke, VA for a book I want!

I have an eclectic taste, and am current reading The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis by Caroline Kennedy. It promises to be a short-read.

I generally read about 75 to 100 books a year. Usually re-reading the Complete Works of William Shakespeare about every second year. (Something about Will's sonnet's, just, send me!) I recently finished Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear (a bit too technical, and quite the "cookie-cutter" story line - too easy to predict!); and 700 Sundays by Billy Crystal - who'd have thunk that a boy from Long Island could write so well? I didn't want the book to end! It was "mah-vellous"!

I'll keep you all updated on my latest reads, and look forward to seeing what everyone will be reading in the coming year!

41mydomino1978
tammikuu 27, 2010, 1:53pm

This might be interesting for some of you, particularly those in rural areas without good book stores. There is a booktrading site, Paperbackswap.com and you can find almost anything there, over a million listings. I have belonged to it for over two years and traded more than 400 books. You can buy credits too, if you don't have any books you want to get rid of.
I am a WV transplanted to northern Minnesota, B. Dalton in the mall closed, leaving us with only one small bookstore with a pathetic selection. If it weren't for this swapping sight and Amazon I would have to use the library.
Not that I have anything against the library, except I am chronically late and would owe fees, and my work hours don't really match up.
Anyway Paperbackswap.com. check it out.

42antiquary
maaliskuu 25, 2010, 2:27pm

I have a lot of nineteenth century too (as you can see over 700 of my books are tagged "nineteenth century") and I also have a good many early 20th century ones, though they are not tagged as such.
I chiefly enjoy the popular fiction of that era rather than the great writers.