A Personal Library

I have long joked (maybe half-joked) about my personal library, but now that there are five bookscases that are reasonably full, I have to say that my personal library is starting to look a little more proper library-like.  Each of the five shelves has a “theme” of sorts.

Bookcase One:  Religion

As could be expected, this was a very full bookcase.  Given the odd nature of my religious library, the bookcase has a combination of Bible translations and aids (along with scores taken from scripture) on shelf one, biblical history and commentaries on shelf two, general Christian and Messianic Jewish material on shelf three, Theonomy material on shelf four, and Church of God (+overflow) material on shelf five.  The giant book on Christian Martyrs [1] was too big to fit in the shelf so it sits on top.

Bookcase Two:  World History

This was another crowded bookcase.  The first shelf is made up of a very diverse set of ancient and Medieval history works (and there is a lot where that came from).  The second shelf is made up of Norwich course materials as well as general military history works.  The third shelf is made up of Chinese and Japanese history sources.  The fourth shelf is made up of 19th and 20th century British/Imperial history, including WWI, WWII, and Vietnam.  The fifth shelf is made up of world cultural history sources, with a large proportion on Latin America (especially Chile), and the rest on Russia, the Middle East (Turkey & Jordan), and Africa.

Bookcase Three: American History

Bookcase Three is the American political and military history collection, which is stuffed to the gills on most shelves.  Shelf one has material on Christian education and the forgotten Christian history of the United States.  Shelf two has American colonial, Revolutionary, and early Republic sources.  Shelf three is the Abraham Lincoln shelf.  Shelf four has General Civil War materials while Shelf five has civil war and presidential biographies along with post-war cultural studies.

Bookcase Four: Literature

Bookcase Four is the literature collection, for the dramatic, poetic, and prose writings (and commentaries on those writings) in my collection.  Shelf one is the Shakespeare shelf, with collections of his plays, individual quartos, and biographies and interpretations of his work.  Shelf two contains the rest of the plays in my collection, poetry, and late 19th century ‘classic’ works.  Shelf three contains fantasy literature and my Jane Austen collection.  Shelf four contains historical fiction.  Shelf five contains general prose fiction (which is not substantial relative to my other collections).

Bookcase Five:  Science/Math/Engineering

Bookcase five, the latest addition to the list, is full of more research/scientific material.  Shelf one contains management works (largely in engineering management and motivation).  Shelf two has ‘pure’ science and math.  Shelf three has my collection of ID and CS material.  Shelf four has engineering, programming, and game/language materials.  Shelf five has journals and other technical research material.


In all, the personal library is larger than I thought it would be, and reasonably balanced in a way I didn’t think it would be.  It also shows where some future acquisitions should be targeted at to fill notable voids.  It’s nice to empty some boxes and let some books see the light of day.

[1] https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2011/03/15/a-genuine-historical-treasure-the-bloody-theater-or-martyrs-mirror/

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10 Responses to A Personal Library

  1. Jerri Anderson says:

    Hi Nathan,
    So glad to see so many books! I also have many. Will you please share with me the names of some of your books of historical fiction?
    Thank you for your answer.

    • Here’s a quick rundown of the books on the historical fiction shelf: Shogun by James Clavell, No Promises In The Wind and Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt, California Gold, Homeland, North and South, and Love And War by John Jakes (I’m still looking for Heaven And Hell, the third book of the Civil War series), The Proud Villiens and The Ruthless Yeomen by Valarie Anand, The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, Jeff Shaara’s Gone For Soldiers and Michael Shaara’s The Killer Angels, Michael Blake’s Dances With Wolves, Gore Vidal’s Burr, and a few other more obscure ones.

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