Today's Question from Marie at The Boston Bibliophile:
Last week I asked what was the most popular book in your library- this week I'm going to ask about the most unpopular books you own. Do you have any unique books in your library- books only you have on LT? How many? Did you find cataloging information on your unique books, or did you hand-enter them? Do they fall into a particular category or categories, or are they a mix of different things? Have you ever looked at the "You and none other" feature on your statistics page, which shows books owned by only you and one other user? Ever made an LT friend by seeing what you share with only one other user?
While I may not pay much attention to the most popular books on Library Thing, I have been known to visit my stats page to check out just how many books I only share with one other person on the site. Some come as a surprise, but others are, well, kind of obvious.
Books I share with only one other LT user:
- Dead Birds Don't Sing by Brenda Boldin (my review) - I initially reviewed this book for Front Street Reviews. I thought the premise sounded interesting (and it was!).
- Jailbird: Book Two in the Alex Masters Series by Brenda Boldin - I liked the first book in the series so much, I added the second to my collection.
- Rabbit in the Moon by Deborah and Joel Shlian - I will be reading this one soon. It sounded too good to pass up.
- 英文版 火車 - All She Was Worth by Miyuki Miyabe - I won this copy in a contest hosted by my blogging friend, Tanabata. I'm looking forward to reading it.
- Watches of the Night (Ben Reese Mysteries) by Sally Wright - It's not the first in the series (a series I haven't yet started), but I was offered a chance to review this particular book, and it sounded like it would be worth giving a try. I hope to get to it soon.
- Jackfish, The Vanishing Village (Inanna Poetry & Fiction) by Sarah Felix Burns - Another one I want to get to soon. Wendy's review pushed me past temptation and into the must have status.
- Overleaf Hong Kong: Stories & Essays of the Chinese, Overseas by Xu Xi - I picked up a copy of this one so that I would meet my "X" obligation in an alphabet challenge, which I ended up not signing up for in the end. I have heard good things about the book and am still looking forward to reading it.
- I'm Sorry... Love Anne by Andrea Peters - I found this one on my first trip to the L.A. Times Book Festival. The author had a way about him that made it impossible to say no--plus the book sounded interesting.
- Don't You Know It's 40 Below? by Jack Kates - A local author was signing books in town, and I decided to show my support and buy a signed copy of his memoir.
- The Thinking Cat's Guide to the Millennium by Anne Richmond Boston - A gift to a pair of cat lovers.
- ドラゴンハーフ (2) (Dragon Half Trilogy, Volume Two) by Ryusuke Mita - Manga in the original Japanese, which no one in my house can actually read.
- ドラゴンハーフ (3) (Dragon Half Trilogy, Volume Three) by Ryusuke Mita - This one too is in the original Japanese.
- The Fault of Kaïber by Mathieu Gaborit - It came with a game my husband owns.
- For a Special Teenager published by Blue Mountain Arts - Still scratching my head, wondering why I still have this . . .
I own fifteen books that no other LT member has cataloged in his or her library, one of which I entered manually because I could not find it listed in any of the reference sources. Most of the books that fall into the "owned only by me" category are books that are printed by small presses or were self-published. One is a reference book and another is a children's cookbook.
- Baked Alaskan by William Scarborough
- Beneath a Buried House by Bob Avey
- California Juvenile Laws and Rules 2006: Desktop Edition
- Discord in Harmony by A.G. Copeland
- A Disturbing Presence by Joy Lee Rutter
- Dust Covered Dreams by E.A. Graham
- I, Tutus: Book One: The Son of Heaven by Don Phillips
- Lost to Them by Gaytri Saggar
- Media Justice by G.B. Pool
- Pariah Stigma by Howard Selden
- Say Goodbye by E.J. Rand
- Scenes from the Blanket by Ted Torres
- Tragedy in South Lebanon: The Israeli-Hezbollah War of 2006 by Cathy Sultan
- The Thoughtful Spot by Eric R. Weule
- Young Children's Mix and Fix Cook Book
I would not go so far as to classify most of these books as unpopular, meaning they are disliked or out of favor. Rather, they are unique and still relatively unknown. Some I have read and others I have yet to read. A small few I had mixed feelings about while others I quite liked.
What unique books do you have sitting on your shelf?