Posts Tagged ‘LT Author Challenge’

Many thanks to Lenore at Presenting Lenore and her husband, Daniel!  Daniel is a published illustrator who agreed to create a graphic for her (and me! and all of us!) for the LT Author Challenge.  Is that Emmy reading a book written by a LibraryThing Author?!

Here’s the list of books I hope to read and review for the challenge:

  • The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
  • Whale Song by Cheryl Kaye Tardif
  • Transported by Tim Jones
  • Guernica: A Novel by Dave Bolin
  • Janeology by Karen Harrington
  • The Middle-Aged Man and the Sea by Christopher Meeks

That’s two LT Author books a month, in addition to my “regular” schedule for reviewing, book groups, etc.  I think I’m up for the challenge!

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Today’s question from the Boston BibliophileMembers who have your books. Do you ever look at this feature? Do you use it to make LT friends, or compare notes? There are three tabs- weighted, raw, and recent. “Weighted,” which means “weighted by book obscurity and library size” is probably the least self-explanatory of the three, whereas “raw” and “recent” are more so. Do you get any kind of use out of this feature?

Do I look at it?  Yes, but probably more because it’s the top box on my profile page than because I seek the information out (honesty is the best policy, right?!).

“Weighted” is the view I take most notice of, again, because it’s the default.  In my opinion it’s more telling than “raw”.  I recognize many of the user names in the “weighted” results as being fellow book bloggers or people I’ve seen active on the same LT discussion boards that I participate in .  I had never clicked the “recent” tab until today; again, I learned something new this week, Marie!

I haven’t friended anyone due to them showing up on my “similar libraries” list, although I have clicked over to see what else is in their libraries.

(And now, a word from our sponsor) … Last week’s question about LibraryThing Authors inspired me to start an LT Author Challenge (with a gift card for a prize!), check out the details and join me here.  I’m still looking for a button/graphic for the Challenge; the more-tech-savvy-than-me person who can help me with this will get an extra 5 entries into the drawing for the gift card!

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Many thanks to Karen Harrington at Scobberlotch (and author of Janeology!).  Karen recently posted a review and giveaway of the book Whale Song, here’s an excerpt:

Whale Song by Cheryl Kaye Tardif begins as a coming of age story told through the eyes of Sarah Richardson, a kind spirited young girl whose father is a biology professor who also studies killer whales.

After the family uproots from Montana and moves to Vancouver Island, Sarah learns a great deal more about the voices of whales from her father; and also from the myths and beliefs of the Native Americans who embrace her like family. I won’t give away the two-hanky plot (which asks ethical questions about euthanasia and love) but I will say that these connections and beliefs help Sarah as she is forced to make that universal shift from idealistic adolescent to knowing young woman.

A “two-hanky plot”?  That got my attention; there’s nothing like a good end-of-summer cry inspired by a great book!  Click over here to read our winning entry to the giveaway, and to browse Karen’s blog. 

An added bonus for me, Cheryl Kaye Tardif is a LibraryThing Author; so, after I’ve read and reviewed her book I’ll be one more along in my LT Author Challenge!  Thanks, Karen!  My older kids and I are looking forward to reading Whale Song!

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Monday 9/1 – September 1st!  Happy Labor Day!  Today I begin the LT Author Challenge, inspired by the Boston Bibliophile’s question last week, “who are your LibraryThing authors?”  A full explanation of the challenge is here; I’m still working on my list of books for the challenge, and will post it within the next few days.  What’s on your list?

Tuesday 9/2 – I learn more about LibraryThing in answering Marie’s weekly questions; what will it be today?

During the week I plan to post reviews for Debra Dean’s The Madonnas of Leningrad and Michael Greenberg’s Hurry Down Sunshine; perhaps a children’s book or two, as well.

Wednesday 9/3 – This week’s guest post for the Spotlight on Bookstores series is written by Lisa Roe, online book publicist.  If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is priceless; you’ve got to see the video clip that goes along with this post!

Thursday 9/4 – I’m the “baby” in the family, and still carry the weight of that nickname today.  The three sisters in Ellen Meister’s The Smart One were also given labels that they carried into adulthood.  Today is the last day to enter my giveaway for a gift package appealing to the pretty one, the smart one and the wild one in all of us!

Friday 9/5 – Today is the last day to enter my giveaway for two copies of Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler; the winners will recieve the book personally inscribed by the author!

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