I recently told a friend that I had pretty much stopped buying a lot of books. From the time I made that comment till today, I have purchased the equivalent of one Wendy’s restaurant full of books. Dadgummit.

I like blogs and other sites that have the “What I’ve Read” or “What I’m Reading” feauture, and ever since I saw it on Mark’s blog (posted as a comment by Angela), I’ve been experimenting with librarything.com. Very cool. In addition to that, I’ve bought a copy of Delicious Library – an incredible piece of software that enables you to hook up your video camera to your laptop and scan your books, CDs, DVDs and games in by bar code. I’m almost finished doing so. Whew.

What would be really cool is the ability to link librarything.com with DL so that what you scan in through DL is automatically updated online. Then, the ability to create Share Lists or Checkout Lists would enable people to put to use their extensive personal libraries in dynamic ways. No longer would you need to buy a new or used book when you could search for the book you want in your zip code, find a librarything.com user and borrow their book. Just thinking outloud. Heck, it would be fun to create such a network in my own community… (Anyone game?)

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Books I’ve Bought or Borrowed
I’ve got quite a stack of books to read (who doesn’t?), but my stack grows faster than my reading speed. So rather than adding a book here or there, I thought I’d let you in on dum-da-dum-dum-da (anticipation-building music): Books I’ve Bought or Borrowed. These have all been purchased/snatched in the last three weeks.

  • Creating Community by Andy Stanley & Bill Willits (I actually think I snatched this off Jackie Flakes’ desk in Fort Smith last month, but don’t tell him.)
  • A Call to Spiritual Reformation by D.A. Carson
  • The Kneeling Christian
  • A Testament of Devotion by Thomas R. Kelly
  • Planting New Churches in a Postmodern Age by Ed Stetzer
  • Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller (This is probably my third copy. I’ve read it, but no one ever returns it when I loan it out. Must be a good sign?)
  • Church: An Insider’s Look at How We Do It by John Stackhouse
  • The Templars and the Ark of the Covenant
  • Relic Quest
  • The Sign and the Seal by Graham Kendrick (these last three are going to be good brain candy as they deal with the question of “Where is the Ark of the Covenant today?” I was probably influenced to buy them by the DaVinci Craze.
  • The Irresistible Revolution by Shane Clairborne – I saw this book recommended over at Andy’s blog and was so intrigued I promptly used up an Amazon.com gift certificate. Should be here in a day or so.
  • Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin – After reading the first installment, A Game of Thrones, I was hooked on this Tolkien-esque fantasy epic series.

These are all in addition to the four books I’m currently reading, which include:

  • From Jerusalem to Irian Jawa by Ruth Tucker
  • Eragon
  • A Conspiracy of Kindness by Steve Sjogren
  • Not Even a Hint by Joshua Harris

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