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Saturday, January 06, 2007

First Post of the New Year

What with the holidays and various minor illnesses that have left me not feeling up to par, I haven't made a brilliant first-of-the-year post yet. Nor will I today.

Be that as it may, I have a new toy. It's called
LibraryThing and on it you can catalog all your books. You can list up to 200 books for free, then after that you can pay $10 a year, or $25 for a lifetime membership and list all the books you want. I have 190 up--and that is just the tip of the iceberg.

I have also rigged it to display random books in my sidebar on each of my blogs. You can click on "my library" in the phrase "Random Books from my library" in the sidebar and look at my catalog of books at LibraryThing. Cool, eh?!

Better posts to come in the future.



Blogger Jettboy said...

I tried that once. Probably put on about 20 or 30 books before questioning the purpose. What am I going to do with it and who is going to care? If it is a self cataloguing system, I already know what I have. Spending the time reading the books became more important to me than making a list for probably no one to see.

Don't get me wrong. It is a wonderful idea if you want to do more than make a list. If I remember correctly, there is a way of contacting people with your same interests. Book sharing opportunities are abundant. There is a certain charm associated with looking at other peoples' libraries (one of the first things I do at a house. You can tell a lot about a person by what they have and don't have on a book shelf). Go for it and have fun.

6:50 PM  
Blogger Mary A said...

Jettboy, thanks for sharing your thoughts about LibraryThing. I'm playing with it in the free range and checking out the features and such to see if I want to continue. As far as knowing what all books I have, I don't. I have accumulated many books over many years and I really would like to have a catalog of them all, so I think it may prove useful to me just for the cataloging ability. I do like to see what books people have and see whether a lot of people have the same book I do, or just a few. We'll see how it goes!

6:13 AM  
Blogger T. F. Stern said...

"You can tell a lot about a person by what they have and don't have on a book shelf). Go for it and have fun."

A very true statement; and so true. Every now and again I'll go into a house where there are no book shelves, no books and I have to wonder if "anyone" is home, at least anyone worth knowing.

I'll pass this article on to my daughter (Bonnie's Travel Journal)who just posted all the books she read last year; she might enjoy this.

8:07 AM  
Anonymous Barb said...

I like fresh beginnings. I knew someone who considered Spring their season of starting anew. But I like to make a thrust at the new year. As you know, I believe in achievable goals. :)

7:23 PM  
Blogger Titus Todd said...

I do so little reading these days except for what I read the kids. My library is small and so is my "to read" list (I'm a realist). I fear my reading will not pick up again until I'm retired, if I can ever do that.

This is coming from a prolific read at one time. I do read a lot on the internet on numerous topics that come to my attention either from casual browsing or as pointed out by others. I appreciate others who do a wonderful job of sharing what they have read!

1:45 PM  
Blogger Mary A said...

T.F., I hope your daughter enjoys the site. It's fun to play with and check out the features.

Barb, I sometimes bite off more than I can chew with my goals, but I do like to start my new year on January 1, too. It just seems like a good time for a fresh start.

Titus, I enjoy it also when people write about books they've read. It seems like reading habits change as we move through different stages of life, doesn't it?

1:45 PM  

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