Posts Tagged ‘Tuesday Thingers’

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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Courtesy of the Boston Bibliophile, here’s this week’s Tuesday Thingers … Today’s topic: LibraryThing authors. Who are your LibraryThing authors? What books of theirs do you have? Do you ever comment on an author’s LT page? Have you received any comments from an author on your LT account?

There are only two LT authors that I’ve read:  Phyllis Zimbler Miller (Mrs. Lieutenant) and Emmett James (Admit One).  Both of these were for blog tours, and we e-mailed and commented on blogs and LT accounts as part of the communication process before and after reviewing.

I’ll be doing an author tour with David Ebershoff (The 19th Wife) in November for TLC Book Tours, so he’ll be added.  I’d love to say I have Meg Waite Clayton (The Wednesday Sisters), but her novel is still on my wish list, not yet in my library!

I have heard from several (non-LT) authors after my review of their books have posted on my blog.  So many of them use “Google Alerts” or other notification services that they know right away when their name is mentioned in the blogosphere!  Since I usually e-mail a copy of my review (or a short note with a link to the review) to the author/publicist/publisher, I’m always surprised when an author “beats me to it” by contacting me shortly after my review has posted.

I’ve suggested LT Authors to someone whose work I recently reviewed.  I like the features available, such as author chat, and think it would make the author more accessible and more connected with his readers.  Here’s an idea for a new LT feature – a button/form/link that we could use to invite an author to join (does this already exist?).

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Today’s question from the Boston Bibliophile: LT and RL (real life)- do you have friends in real life that you met through LibraryThing? Have you attended any LT meet-ups in your area? Would you be open to attending meet-ups or is LT strictly an online thing for you?

My answer:  I don’t have any “real life” friends that I’ve met through LibraryThing.  I have encouraged several of my real life friends to join LT, more for the organizational tool than as a social networking site.  I’m not sure any of them have caught my enthusiasm yet, though!

I haven’t attended any LT meet-ups; in fact, once again Marie, you’ve caused me to learn something new about LT!  Who knew there were organized meet-ups?!?  I was invited by Lori at Lori’s Reading Corner (sorry, I can’t remember your LT name!) to a PBS meet-up; they were meeting for lunch, then heading over to a great warehouse-like local bookstore.  Unfortunately I couldn’t get together that day, but I hope I can attend a future get-together.  My calendar is pretty full, but I squeeze in fun things when I can …

Did you read my post about squeezing in an author appearance by Brunonia Barry (The Lace Reader) – how fun!

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(“A day late and a dollar short…”)  Today’s question from the Boston Bibliophile: Favorite bookstores. What’s your favorite bookstore? Is it an online store or a bricks-and-mortar store? How often do you go book shopping? Is your favorite bookstore (or bookstores) listed as a favorite in LT? Do you attend events at local bookstores? Do you use LT to find events?

This is a tough one … it’s like asking which of my kids is my favorite!  I like them all, but for different reasons; and sometimes I’m in the mood for one instead of the other(s) (yes, this applies to bookstores and children!)

I shop at several of the Cambridge stores that the Boston Bibliophile mentions in her post:  the Harvard Bookstore, Schoenhof’s and the Globe Corner Bookstore.  I even like to browse the textbook section at the Coop – how strange is that?!  I haven’t been to Porter Square Books since we moved back to this area a year ago, but I get their newsletter and I keep marking various events on my calendar!

I posted a SOB article about our local bookstore, the Concord Bookshop.  I love this store because it’s convenient, the staff is extremely knowledgeable and helpful, and I can always find what I’m looking for, or place an order that is filled within a few days.  That doesn’t make this my favorite bookstore, though; again, it’s hard to assign that top prize!

I shop for books several times a week.  I don’t set out to do it … it just happens … like breathing!  You know that kid in The Sixth Sense, “I see dead people”; well, I see books.  At all the usual places, like bookstores, but also when I’m picking up a case of juice boxes at Costco, or checking out at the grocery store (the local “women’s club” has a scholarship fund tied to selling used books for $2 from a bookcase near the Exit door), or walking down Main Street (I needed an olive-pitter and came home from the kitchen store with a soup cookbook instead!)

I shop at both online and bricks-and-mortar stores.  Let’s face it, that free shipping is very attractive, especially if I’m sending a gift, it’s one less errand for me to run!  I’ll only order online if I know exactly what I want; I can’t browse for books via laptop.

Hearing an author read from his or her novel is a great experience.  After attending an author event, I forever hear the author’s voice in my head when I read (no comments about me hearing voices, please!).  I haven’t attended an event simply to get my book signed, it’s the reading and discussion that draws me.  I tend to rely on the bookstore newsletters to keep me up-to-date on local happenings, rather than LT.  If you don’t already subscribe, check to see if your favorite stores offer an e-newsletter; they often highlight new releases, sales/specials, discussion groups and other events.

Our local bookstore doesn’t have an e-newsletter, and I’m thinking of ramping up my “it would be nice if you had a newsletter…” to “you really should e-mail a newsletter because …”  What do you think should follow the word because?

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Today the Boston Bibliophile asks: what other weekly memes or round robins do you participate in? Is this the only one? Why Tuesday Thingers and not some other weekly Tuesday meme? Or do you do more than one?

I’ve been participating in Tuesday Thingers since Marie started it back in June.  It has been a great way for me to 1. learn more about some of the features on LT that I wasn’t using, and 2. think about the way I interact with my library – cataloging, tagging, etc., and fine-tune they reasons why certain types of books appeal to me.

A few weeks ago I added MizB’s Friday Finds from Should Be Reading to my weekly routine.  This is a short list of books that have come into our lives during the previous list.  It could be a book that physically came through the door, or one that has been added to a wish list.  It’s interesting to see all the new (or newly-discovered) books each week.  I usually post a picture of the cover, plus the product/editor’s synopsis for others who might like to see what the book is about.  I also indicate how I came across it – a recommendation from another blog, sent from a publisher, won in a contest, jumped into my hands at the bookstore, etc.

Finally, I’ve added an official meme of my own!  For the past few months, off and on, I’ve done a post on Mondays called The Week AheadThe Week Ahead is a rough sketch of anything book-related that I have tentatively on my calendar – a book I plan to finish reading, a review to be finalized, an author event, release of a previously-reviewed book, etc.  I find that if I write it down, I’m more likely to stick to a plan!  Yesterday I posted an invitation (and a contest!) for bloggers to join me in building this planning habit.  Read the details here; you could win a Page-a-Day Book Lover’s Calendar!

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Monday 8/4/08 – I’m inviting everyone to join me in planning The Week Ahead!  See my post just below this one, from earlier in the day.

Tuesday 8/5/08 – Marie, the Boston Bibliophile, hosts the weekly Tuesday Thingersquestion.  I learn new things about the LibraryThing system with every question she poses, and I think a little bit about my systems!

Wednesday 8/6/08 – I don’t have much “booked” this week.  Finishing up a review of Tan Linesand perhaps listing a giveaway (you’d like that, wouldn’t you?!).  We have to do a big shop at BJs (one of those warehouse stores like Costco, if you’re not familiar with it), so I’ll probably bribe encourage good behavior from the kids by letting them each choose a book from those huge enticing book tables.  Activity books would be especially good, since all our camps and swim lessons are over for the season

Thursday 8/7/08 – storytime at the library!  LM3 and LW6 enjoy these – our librarians are active and skilled at engaging the children.  Each storytime has a theme and generally includes a few books, a feltboard story, puppet show, and film.  There are always coloring pages to take home.  The library holds many children’s activities; this week also features an evening singalong at the branch library, and an evening “pajama time” story hour.  Our older kids enjoy the time browsing the stacks for their own selections.

Friday 8/8/08 – opening ceremonies for Olympics, will you be watching?

As I said, a fairly light week for me (this is Monday morning, anything could happen between now and Friday!).  Of course I have stacks of books to read, and I’ll post reviews as I write them.  What have you got on tap?

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Marie, the Boston Bibliophile, asks today’s question: Cataloging sources. What cataloging sources do you use most? Any particular reason? Any idiosyncratic choices, or foreign sources, or sources you like better than others? Are you able to find most things through LT’s almost 700 sources?

You know the saying “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”?  Well, all Amazon and no other cataloging sources makes Dawn a dull girl!  I checked my LT Library Stats – I currently have 271 books cataloged, all using Amazon as the catalog source!  I think LT defaults to Amazon, and that’s what I’ve stuck with.  If I had a more varied/specialty library, perhaps I’d be inclined to look at the other sources. 

I catalog using ISBN, not Library of Congress card numbers.  I had some books without ISBNs, but was able to find them by using the title/author combination.  This was an acceptable “work around” to me, even if the cover art doesn’t match the volume in my library.

Back to that “dull girl” thing … I was feeling “ivy league” and added Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth and Penn to my catalog source list; I’ll search in one of those for my next few additions!

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Today’s topic from Marie at The Boston Bibliophile: Book-swapping. Do you do it? What site(s) do you use? How did you find out about them? What do you think of them? Do you use LT’s book-swapping column feature for information on what to swap? Do you participate in any of the LT communities that discuss bookswapping, like the Bookmooch group for example?

My niece invited me to join PaperBack Swap (PBS) a few months ago.  I have listed about a dozen books, and have swapped a few books in each direction, but I’m not really maintaining it.  If/when I do a thorough cleaning of the bookshelves I may list more books, then be more active with requesting books that I want.  I tend to look for new releases, which aren’t readily available at the swap sites.  However, it’s been pointed out to me that perhaps the out-of-print children’s books I am fond of are available through this resource; I’ll have to logon and find out!

I haven’t used LT’s book-swapping column feature; in fact, once again, I’m learning about another LT feature through Marie’s weekly question!  I’ll look at what’s involved with the LT book-swapping feature and chat groups; maybe these will become my go-to sources.

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How many books do you have cataloged in your LibraryThing account? How do you decide what to include- everything you have, everything you’ve read- and are there things you leave off?

I opened my LibraryThing account only last month, when I became intrigued with the concept of organizing my books – being able to search and create lists by tag (author, subject … that was child’s play; now I can search by the novel’s location, whether it has won an award or is on a particular “must read” list). Being organized (in bits and pieces) really satisfies me, you should see my spice cabinet!

I started pulling books off my shelves and entering them, beginning with some of my non-fiction titles. I entered my first 199 “free” books, loved the system, and signed up for a lifetime membership. I have 254 books listed as of this morning; I got side-tracked mid-way through the fiction shelves, and need to spend some more time inputting.

I’m including all the books in my bookcases, as well as books I’ve borrowed from the library (not owned) and read since I joined LibraryThing. The few children’s books I’ve catalogued are either remnants from my own childhood, or children’s books that I’ve reviewed.

I’ve rated about half the books; any newly-read books have ratings, most recent reads have reviews. I’ve listed some books I own but didn’t like; I think it’s time to clear the shelves of those offenders!

I want to be able to refer back and give a non-recommendation if a friend asks about a book I don’t think is worth reading. Aside from a low rating and an appropriate comment or review, how do you handle these books in your online library?

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This week’s topic: Discussion groups. Do you belong to any (besides Early Reviewers)? Approximately how many? Are there any in particular that you participate in more avidly? How often do you check?

I read many of the threads in the Early Reviewers groups.  I just have to be careful about posts dealing with books on my wishlist … I don’t want to come across any spoilers!  I check the Early Reviewer threads about twice a day.

A BN First Look group was recently created on LibraryThing.  I joined that since I’ll be reading Stewart O’Nan’s Songs for the Missing through this program.  I also check the activity on the BN First Look site itself.  I look at these a few times a week; this will pick up once the online discussion for the book begins in earnest.

There are quite a few sites and blogs that I lurk behind the scenes on … reading the posts but not often commenting.  I often feel that if I don’t have anything to add to a discussion I don’t want to simply chime in with a “me too!”.

One not-book-related discussion board that I’m on is flylady.  I like the “daily cleaning missions” and her idea of concentrating on one zone of the house each week.  With four kids I’ll take all the organizational tips I can get.

Click on any of the blog links in the right column to see what other LibraryThing Early Reviewers have to say about online discussion groups.


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