Medlemlestermay

Samlingar
Alla samlingar (3,637), No longer in library - given away (78), Removed from my collection (5), Architecture + Design (259), Art (223), Audiobook (76), Aviation (145), Biography + Autobiography (226), British History (411), Business, Leadership, Improvement, Character (29), Camden Town - anthology (105), Camden Town - history (125), Camden Town - literature (64), Children's books (15), Coins, Medals and Postage Stamps (22), Cold War (3), Communication, Public Relations + Propaganda (68), Empire + Commonwealth (129), Essays + Letters + Words (110), Europe + The Mediterranean (254), Espionage (8), Falklands War 1982 (69), Family History (15), Film (54), Exploration (39), Food and Drink (211), Great Britain & Ireland (422), Health + Humans (34), History - general (187), HMS Wager (16), Home and Garden (28), Humour (94), Language - English (44), Language - foreign (75), Literature - children's (14), Literature - classic (167), Literature - maritime (37), Literature - modern (222), London - history + life today (740), Maps + Atlases (256), Military History (248), Music (30), Nature + Environment (82), Naval and Maritime Chronology (260), Naval and Maritime History (1,239), Pastimes + Games (19), Philosophy (35), Photography (165), Poetry (73), Politics (52), Reference + Dictionary (142), Religion (113), Science + Space (44), Ships and the Sea (498), Social History (196), Spain + Spanish (66), Sport (27), Transport (146), Travel + guide books (520), War (131), World War I - history (155), World War II - history (384), Läser just nu (4), Lästa men inte ägda (10)
Taggar
London (761), Royal Navy (754), History (637), Naval History (473), Second World War (469), World War II (332), England (319), First World War (247), Maps (245), Great Britain (235), British History (231), Ships (228), France (207), United Kingdom (203), Map (200), Maritime History (194), Guide Book (191), Art (182), Royal Marines (182), World War I (181), Germany (181), Food (179), Camden Town (174), River Thames (171), Biography (152), United States (143), Spain (141), Architecture (141), Religion (136), Photography (136), Britain (136), City of London (131), Scotland (131), Admiralty (131), Literature (130), Warships (129), Merchant Navy (127), Italy (122), War (120), Wales (117), Military History (114), Fleet Air Arm (114), English Literature (113), The Sea (112), Ireland (106), Humour (105), Europe (105), Travel (102), British Empire (101), Fiction (98), Japan (98), Falklands War (96), Guide (93), Royal Air Force (92), India (92), Winston Churchill (91), Russia (89), Wine (89), 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Information (54), Army (54), Boats (53), Greenwich (52), Napoleonic Wars (52), British Isles (52), New Zealand (51), Egypt (51), Merchant Ships (51), City Plans (51), Sicily (50), Aircraft (50), Turkey (50), New York (49), Health (49), Argentina (49), English Channel (48), Bars (48), Women (48), Camden History Society (48), Navy (48), Essex (48), Submarine (48), Science (48), Plymouth (48), Shipping (48), Walks (47), Soviet Union (47), Crime (47), Age of Sail (47), Northern Ireland (47), Churches (47), Pacific Ocean (47), Phrase Book (47), Design (46), Camden History Review (46), Battle of the Atlantic (46), London Underground (46), German Navy (46), Belgium (45), Falkland Islands (45), Atlas (45), Adolf Hitler (45), People (45), Liverpool (45), Culture (45), North Africa (45), Poland (44), Empire (44), Atlantic Ocean (44), Aviation (44), A-Z (44), Cinema (44), The Netherlands (44), Warship (43), Samuel Pepys (43), Admiral (42), Exploration (42), Shops (41), Chatham (41), Hampshire (41), Education (41), Gay (41), 1982 (40), Battle of Trafalgar (39), United States Navy (39), Admiral Lord Nelson (39), Buildings (39), Ship (39), The Times (39), US Navy (38), Where To Stay (38), Recipes (38), Travel Information (38), America (38), Survival Guide (38), Navigation (38), Aircraft Carrier (38), Naval Aviation (38), Charles Dickens (38), Aviation History (38), Calendar (38), Dunkirk (38), BBC (37), HMS Victory (37), Government (37), Dictionary (37), Paris (36), Singapore (36), Theatre (36), West Indies (36), Short Stories (35), South Africa (35), Sweden (35), Crete (35), Gardens (34), Convoy (34), Baltic Sea (34), Where To Eat (34), Denmark (34), Cornwall (34), Warfare (34), Law (34), South America (34), Officers (33), Austria (33), Battleship (33), English History (33), Seamen (33), Brazil (33), Slavery (33), U-Boat (32), Autobiography (32), Parliament (32), Children (32), Glasgow (32), Destroyers (32), Hitler (32), Nature (32), Philosophy (32), Great War (32), Asia (32), English Language (32), Twentieth Century (32), Nelson (32), Beer (31), Paintings (31), Public Houses (31), Church of England (31), Personnel (31), Excursions (31), Luftwaffe (31), Westminster (31), Indian Ocean (31), Cold War (30), Battle of Jutland (30), Weapons (30), Life (30), Middle East (30), Churchill (30), UK (30), Tourism (30), Canals (30), London Transport (30), Queen Victoria (30), East India Company (30), United States of America (29), Destroyer (29), Primrose Hill (29), Anthology (29), Mexico (29), Aircraft Carriers (29), Street Finder (29), North Sea (29), Regent's Park (28), Roman Catholicism (28), Merchant Ship (28), HM Ships (28), Syria (28), Cooking (28), Spanish Armada (28), Castle (28), Bibliography (28), Hong Kong (28), Economy (28), Romans (28), Modern Literature (28), Pubs (28), Sea Power (28), Far East (28), North America (28), D-Day (27), Edinburgh (27), Homosexuality (27), Cyprus (27), Classic Literature (27), Cruiser (27), Alexandria (27), Eating Out (27), Horatio Nelson (27), Switzerland (27)
Moln
Taggmoln, Författarmoln, Taggspegel
Medium
Gått med
Jun 14, 2011
Riktigt namn
Lester May
Om mitt bibliotek

Too many books for a London flat - what to do when one runs out of bookshelf space?

As at 6 Aug 2023, my records on LibraryThing showed that I had read 604 books, just 16.7% of my library. At the start of 2023, it was a coincidence that the 572 books I'd then read were made up of 286 books read in the last century (from 1971), and 286 books read in this century.

Of course, my record of books read in the early years of my life are very much inaccurate, especially as the first year for which I have a record is 1971, when I was twenty years old - no record of books read at school, for example, and I can't remember the title of one book we had to read at grammar school (I did not enjoy English Literature at school and failed the O-Level examination). The first books that I can definitely say I owned are from 1965 and 1966 (my mid-teens) and that from 1966, Collision Course by Alvin Moscow, a school prize, is still in my library. A clue as to the books I first owned is that I covered the dust-jacket with sticky-back fablon, one such being The Mary by Neil Potter and Jack Frost.

Not only did I not enjoy English Literature at school - our master for that subject was no inspiration to me - but we were not taught properly how to read poetry, either. A love of poetry was discovered in 1972 when a Cadet at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth (Devon, England) - I was 21 years of age.

By 31 Dec 2023, I had read 620 books in my 72 years plus on the planet, in 2023 some 44 books all told. From age 14 in 1965 - exactly 700 months on 18 Aug 2023 - that's an average of nearly 14 books a year over those 58+ years. At this rate, with some 3,000 books 'unread' in my library - many of them reference books, of course - I need to live for another 215 years! My 'read rate' is a little better this century, and considerably better since 'retirement' at 65 in 2016 – I have read an average of 24 books in each of the seven years from 2017-2023 (to 31 Dec 2023) > perhaps I need to live for only 115 or so more years!

Well, I have read ten titles this year (as at 17 Feb 2024 - that's now 630 all told) and am starting on my eleventh ...


Om mig
Retired naval officer and plc director living in Camden Town, north London, since 1983; in the manner of the TV adverts, I was Born in north London but Made in the Royal Navy. Now a writer, historian and campaigner on naval and maritime affairs and local affairs.

Interests include naval and maritime history, local history and family history and the history of London.

Researching for various projects: Naval and Maritime Chronology, Index of British Admirals and Royal Marines Generals, History of HMS Wager (1944), A Guide to the Royal Navy Service Certificate, History of the RN Supply Officer and Supply (Logistics) Branch and related articles for The Naval Review and Wikipedia, a Chronology of Camden and an Anthology of Camden Town.


Letters to the Editor published widely in the UK national, regional and local press.
Vistelseort
Camden Town, London
Webbplats
http://www.hms-wager.org.uk
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