Last night, while Susie watched in bemusement, I scooted another milk cartonload of my books up to my worktable, opened BookDB2, and went to work cataloging. (This project is going at the speed of Snoopy's attempting to read one word per day of War and Peace, but it gives me something to do besides scroll through Facebook endlessly.)
I did hit a milestone last night. I didn't note the exact time, but I entered Book #200 at some point in the evening. I hadn't really been keeping track, but I did see the counter reach 200. As usual, I had the Library of Congress' catalog open in one window and OhioLINK's in another, searching for call numbers. (Most hardcover books published in the last 15-20 years include them just inside the title page, but most published before then don't. There's never an always and always an exception, however.)
The book I entered was a paperback novel, This Man and This Woman. It is significant because it is the only novel written by Jim Bishop. (He published it in 1963 under the title Honeymoon Diary.)
Bishop was my first literary idol. Here is his biography, from the St. Bonaventure University's Jim Bishop Archives. His claim to fame with me, however, is that his book The Day Lincoln Was Shot was the first "grownup" book that I read from beginning to end. I checked it out of the Washington School library in Marietta when I was in fourth grade.