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Old 01-06-2020, 05:07 PM
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I hate the way they do audiobooks -- one page per hour? Really?! Not only that, but in some places (year in books) they use the actual page count of the most popular version, and in other places (reading stats) they use the number from the one page per hour method.

I like trying audiobooks separately, but my excel already does that, so I feel like in goodreads, I just have to choose a physical version of the book. Very annoying.

Also, some of the audiobooks just say "unknown" for page counts, while others use the one page per hour method.
Well, I just don't really care about the page count.

The Great Courses lectures I listen to sometimes list the page count of the booklets that come with the CDs. (I generally don't read the booklets, except to look at a few maps or pictures)

The main reason I log this stuff is because I want to remember when the last time I read Martin Chuzzlewit, say, or keep track of books I want to read so I know what to borrow next.

Also, which books I've lost in my house somewhere, that I was in the middle of reading: [35 books on this list currently]
https://www.goodreads.com/review/lis...ad-once-i-find

Some of these books are in my son's room (especially if they're very large books). He likes drawing in my books.

Some of the books have fallen under my bed. Some are probably under other books.
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Old 01-06-2020, 05:34 PM
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I'm using the book and page count to ensure that I entered everything correctly, so when they don't match I have to investigate to make sure I didn't miss something.

Totally recognize I'm an anomaly, so I know it will bother no one else, but man, that drives me crazy!
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Graphic Audio is expensive, but has sales all the time. Don't ever buy anything from them at full price.
What kind of sales are we talking about here? Like, 50%+?
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Old 01-06-2020, 08:28 PM
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Ok, backfilled goodreads from my spreadsheets all the way back to 1/1/2014. That's around when I slowed down, so only about 125 books combined in that timeframe, which is half of what I did in one year!

My son is always wanting to do extra work for money, maybe I can hire him to populate the rest for me. I have spreadsheets back to 2007, and paper lists for a few years before that.
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back in the day, I wrote the dates I read books (and when I bought them) in the covers of my books.

That's been a long time ago.
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What kind of sales are we talking about here? Like, 50%+?
Right now I see 35% off series sets as a "new years sale."
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I'm reading the third "Whiskey Business" mystery, Deadly Dram. They are not exactly heavy reads, but fun, and I like the whiskey background. #3 is as good as #1 so far. I didn't like #2 as well, because it focused more on aging rock 'n rollers and less on whiskey. I have no idea why she went that way with the plot.
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Finished Phantastes. I don't generally read about the books I've read, but I'm going to make an exception for this one. I'm sure I missed some allusions and allegories in that one.

Apparently George MacDonald was a huge influence on C.S. Lewis, which makes sense.
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Finished Phantastes. I don't generally read about the books I've read, but I'm going to make an exception for this one. I'm sure I missed some allusions and allegories in that one.

Apparently George MacDonald was a huge influence on C.S. Lewis, which makes sense.
Yeah, MacDonald was an influence on various fantasy writers, especially ones using Christian themes in their fantasy.

Speaking of, I finished The Everlasting Man by GK Chesterton this morning, and what's interesting about this book and some of GKC's non-fiction, is that he tends not to get dated (though there are a few contemporary references, and then language use we don't use any more).

[supposedly, this book was influential on CS Lewis's own conversion]

But what's interesting is he wrote the book partly in reaction to H.G. Wells's book The Outline of History:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Outline_of_History

And while people still read The Everlasting Man [and other GKC nonfiction], I'm not sure any but academics read Wells's nonfiction much now, though whe wrote quite a lot of it. People still read Wells's fiction, though.

Just find that contrast interesting. GKC is an inherently weird author, I find.
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now listening to Strong Poison, by Sayers, and I'm really enjoying this one so far.
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