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VerzamelingenFP Candidates (72), Jouw bibliotheek (1,246), Unique (173), Verlanglijst (7), Alle verzamelingen (1,253)


TrefwoordenAward-Authors (527), G Historical Mystery (252), Historical Fiction (252), Historical-Mystery (214), Non-British-Mystery (195), British-Mystery (164), Literary-Mystery (100), Psychological-Mystery (62), Science-Fiction (37), Horror (35) — alle trefwoorden

MediaBoek (1,250), Papieren Boek (1,208), Luisterboek (20), E-boek (22), Overig (3)

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Over mijI have always been known as a ‘mystery’ reader, but at my current age (87) I find that term to be rather uninformative about my actual reading interests.

A few years ago, I discovered that there exists a category of books called ‘literary mystery’. It turned out, after the fact, that I had read 30 of the top 50 such books, as described by a Goodreads list.

The key is that MYSTERY is defined as a genre of literature whose stories focus on a puzzling crime, situation, or circumstance that needs to be solved.

I would modify that definition by substituting the words ‘solved, understood or analyzed’ for the word ‘solved’

The definitive aspect of my nature is that I have always been an analyst, over and above other traits.

This aspect led me to a long professional career in developing commercially viable software for help to:
1) Professional service firms managing their projects.
2) US federal government agencies in evaluation of a myriad of national security issues.

This nature of mine led me in 2021 to ask myself “what books have I read and why did I prefer some a lot more than others?”

This launched me on what I call MY READING JOURNEY. The results I discovered in that journey are described in the About my library section.

Over mijn boekenA Synopsis of my Reading Journey Analysis

I am writing a report on the various stages involved in conducting my reading journey. These stages will be shortened considerably to provide a summary of the process and the results.

Stage 1: Determine My Reading Objectives

An analysis of my heritage, my youth experiences, where I grew up, and my professional work experiences allowed me the foundation needed to explore likely reasons why I picked the books I read.

The list of factors I selected were as follows:

1) My Scottish and Slovenian ancestors and their lives before they came to the United States.
2) Early 20th century and the life of immigrants after they arrived here.
3) How the earliest migrations into North America, called Paleo Indians came to be and how society continues to deal with the lives of current Native Americans.
4) Anything related to Wyoming.
5) All aspects of development of mankind over millions of years and how current scientific research reveals phenomenal insight into how mankind populated the world.
6) The use of strategy and intelligence in national defense.

Stage 2: Establish an analytical framework to use in the analysis

I was a newcomer to LibraryThing, so I needed to experiment with the various features of the site that I could use. As a software developer myself, I am incredibly impressed with this powerful platform, and couldn’t have performed this analysis without it.

In the early stages, I was quite hopeful of using the various cloud displays, but I didn’t use them. Instead, the Tagmash feature was the key to my whole analysis.

By experimenting with various tagmash statements that were framed to represent the 6 factors in my reading objectives I developed a list of 17 specific tagmash statements that appeared to capture the majority (80%) of my library books.

I have never fully valued the classical genres used in describing a book. I think of books at a sub-level within those classical labels.

I consider my 17 tagmash statements as Tag Genres which I will use to classify the books in my library. Names for those tag genres are as follows:

Genre Names: British Mystery, Non-British Mystery, Literary Mystery, Scottish Literature, Books about Books, Coming of Age, Wyoming
Espionage, Paleo Indians, Native Americans, Science & Nature, Science Fiction, Horror, Psychological Mystery, Award Authors, Historical Fiction, and Fantasy.

Stage 2: Determine for each book which Tag Genre the book belongs to.

The data we need to process consists of the following:

1) A title and author for each book in the library, which has 1250 books.
2) LibrarytThing provides a list of, up to 500 book titles and authors that belong to each Tag Genre statement.
The computational task is to inspect each of 17 genre book lists in order to determine if a specific book is contained in any of the genre book lists.

It is very important to recognize that any individual book can belong to multiple genres. This fact becomes fundamental to this analysis.

This computational task was solved by creating two Excel workbooks. One workbook, called the TAGMASH BOOK contains 17 tag genre spreadsheets provided by LibraryThing.

The second workbook, called the TAGMASH PLATFORM contains one spreadsheet where the rows contain the title and author of each book in the library.

The sheet has one column for each tag genre. In the cell for the intersection of a specific book and a specific tag genre there is embedded a match command that scans the Tagmash Book spreadsheet to determine if the book title is contained in that tag. If a match is found a text is embedded in the return to the cell.

This synopsis hasn’t sufficient display space to show a picture of an Excel spreadsheet, but I can display a table of the results from the process just described.

Books Read 1239 156

Genre Name
British Mystery 266 33
Non-British Mystery 257 59 x
Literary Mystery 122 57 x
Scottish Literature 31 15
Books about Books 36 27 x
Coming of Age 30 24 x
Wyoming 20 5
Espionage 40 18
Paleo Indians 14 3
Native Americans 12 4
Science & Nature 20 4 x
Science Fiction 40 27
Horror 39 22
Psychological Mystery 72 37 x
Award Authors 528 88 x
Historical Fiction 184 55 x
Fantasy 38 29 x

There are several comments I need to make about this table.

1) Any book usually belongs to multiple genres. ‘The Blind Assassin’ by Margaret Atwood is an example that is the maximum of what I call tag counts at 9.
2) On average each book in the library has 1.4 tags each. In the column labeled Unique each book on average has 3.2 tags.

Across the library I found that books that I have the strongest emotional attachment to are the books that belong to more genres than others ranked lower.

In the FPCandidates collection there is a list of the books I determined contain my reading fingerprint. The fiction books, by and large all belong to several (4 to 9) different genres.
It is VERY important to understand that, for me this exercise has displayed for my purposes the answer to what books did I read and why. These books do express a reading fingerprint to me.

I do believe that for certain readers it would be useful to search for your reading fingerprint. But, probably for many it would not be important.

If you want to perform a similar analysis, I can send you a more complete description of the procedures I used.

GroepenMystery and Suspense, Readers Over Sixty

Favoriete auteursRennie Airth, Kate Atkinson, Robert Barnard, Belinda Bauer, M. C. Beaton, Benjamin Black, Cara Black, Sara Blædel, Sharon Bolton, Stephen Booth, C. J. Box, Christopher Brookmyre, Ken Bruen, Peter Carey, John Le Carré, Agatha Christie, Ann Cleeves, Harlan Coben, Thomas H. Cook, Deborah Crombie, Paul Doiron, Allen Eskens, Charles Finch, Gillian Flynn, Tana French, Robert Galbraith, Elizabeth George, Robert Goddard, Martha Grimes, Jane Harper, Reginald Hill, Susan Hill, Anne Holt, Alan Hunter, Arnaldur Indridason, P. D. James, Peter James, Lisa Jewell, Craig Johnson, Camilla Läckberg, Donna Leon, Peter Lovesey, Henning Mankell, Val McDermid, Denise Mina, Kate Morton, Jo Nesbø, Louise Penny, Anne Perry, Ian Rankin, Ruth Rendell, Peter Robinson, Dorothy L. Sayers, Diane Setterfield, Donna Tartt, Charles Todd, C. J. Tudor, Martin Walker, Ruth Ware, Beatriz Williams, Jacqueline Winspear, Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Gemeenschappelijke favorieten)


Werkelijke naamJoe Bozovich


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Lid sindsJun 7, 2021

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