Which are you dreading?

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Which are you dreading?

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okt 30, 2007, 12:01pm

Looking at some of the threads, it's pretty clear that we're all dreading different topics. Maybe if we post the ones we're dreading, we can get some moral support from each other, or at least feel better about venting our collective spleens.
Most I'm dreading because they're fields that don't really interest me-some of the Ds, most of the Ts and Ss, and of course U and V.

Some I'm dreading just because I can't find anything-CN, RV, RX, RZ, SK, for example.

Some of the topics I thought I'd be dreading I've actually managed to find interesting books on in my library. I found interesting ones for CE and CS and lots of neat ones for the Qs.

okt 30, 2007, 1:02pm

I don't have anything for CN, RV, RX, and SK

But for RZ, I've got:

The Way of the shaman by Michael harner. Sort of an alternate way of religion and exploring your deeper self.

"Feng Shui and health : the anatomy of a home: using Fench shui to disarm illness, accelerate recovery" by Nancy SantoPietro - my wife has this and has a small collection of Feng shui books.

okt 30, 2007, 3:03pm

CN isn't a problem for me, although most of it is entirely unreadable, of course. However, I found Understanding Roman Inscriptions by Lawrence Keppie to be quite easy and enjoyable; I think I can recommend it, but you may need to have a bit of interest in Roman history to start with.

For SK, RV, RX, and RZ I suppose sooner or later I'll come across something historical or ethnographic that would be OK, but I don't know what as yet. In the case of RX, Copeland's Cure looks like it might be mildly interesting.

I read a lot of social history, and you can write social history about anything - I expect that's what some of the Ss, Ts, and Vs will be in my case: e.g., Wooden World by Nicholas Rodger for VA.

okt 30, 2007, 4:55pm

That's what I'll be doing, too. I found a social history on coal (Coal: A Human History) and space travel (Almost Heaven: The story of women in space) and even dye (A Perfect Red) to take care of TL, TN, and TP. U and V are starting to look that way for me, too. This challenge is much easier since I'm a librarian in a library that uses LC!

Thanks for the RZ and CN suggestions. :) That's why I posted-I figured in every subject, there has to be someone who's read enough in that heading to have a favorite.

okt 31, 2007, 1:59pm

For me the hardest will be the L and R sections....

nov 2, 2007, 11:30am

There are unfortunately a lot of categories that I'm dreading. K, T, U, and V in general, plus specific subcategories in other letters. I haven't actually checked to see how hard it is to find decent books in those categories, but judging solely by the names they don't seem promising.

nov 2, 2007, 12:24pm

T is easy, compared with the rest of those!. You've got cookbooks there under TX, and coffee-table photography books under TR. The other T which I've read include:

T: Cathedral, Forge, and Waterwheel
The Pinball Effect
The Way Things Work

TD: The Control of Nature (John McPhee to the rescue again; this is a really interesting book and I highly recommend it)

TK: Where Wizards Stay Up Late
The Radioactive Boy Scout -- TBR but I've read a lengthy excerpt

TL: Bunches and bunches. History of the space program stuff falls here. Promised the Moon might be interesting for people without much of an interest in the field.

I also have as a note in my file that books about wine and beer and so on fall under TP.

nov 2, 2007, 4:59pm

Some T suggestions from mmy library, some are too technical, thus:

TA Transportation Engineering - even the Touchstone won't come up

TF - The Streetcars of New Orleans. this 1975 very pre-Katrina is a very nice guide to a part of New Orleans.

TG - Bridges in China - somewhat technical, but really osbscure.

TJ - The Observer's Book of Railway Locomotives of Britain - for trainspotters only.

TR - Life: the first decade - a review of photos from the weekly magazine in the 20's & 30's.

TS - Barbie : her life and times and the New Theater of Fashion by Billy Boy - my wife's book, kind of specialized.

TT - The Knitting Way: a guide to spiritual self discovery, other knitting books are in this call number, none of which I've read, but my wife has.

TX - Larousse Gastronomique - an encyclopedia of French cooking, a wonderful volume to leaf through.