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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.
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16claytonhowl Ensimmäinen viesti
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!
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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.
Did anyone go to the big book sale in Charleston over the holiday? I sure missed it.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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?
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!
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!
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.
I chiefly enjoy the popular fiction of that era rather than the great writers.