Gary’s Bookshelf

I have been inspired by Dan Russell’s book dinners at a variety of professional meetings. I often come with a list of 10 or more books that I’ve read recently, yet the format of Dan’s dinners allows me to mention at most two. So I thought I’d create a space where I could share more of the books that I’ve enjoyed. We have estimated that we own about 35,000 books, so it’s a non-trivial library. We acquire books to read, now or later, or to reference.

I’ve created ten categories(so far):

There may be other categories that emerge, or I may split some that are getting very large (like History and Biography). I am updating the lists of books in these categories continuously. I am always reading, and there is a huge backlog of things I’ve read earlier that I’ll try to add (though that often takes some element of re-reading to get my head back in them again). Feel free to check in periodically to see what’s new.

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