BOOKKEEPING: The Reading Status Report
Book reviews posted this week: All We Ever Wanted Was Everything, by Janelle Brown (with book discussion at Bookworm with a View)
Reviews soon to come:
Perfect Life by Jessica Shattuck (ARC via LibraryThing Early Reviewers – publication date August 3, 2009)
The Last Bridge by Teri Coyne (ARC via LT ER – publication date July 28, 2009)
Wife of the Gods: A Novel by Kwei Quartey (for TLC Books Tours in August)
New additions to the LibraryThing “To Read” collection:
The Weight of Silence: A Novel, by Heather Gudenkauf, for an upcoming TLC Book Tour
(This one arrived in Thursday’s mail, just in time – I was about to report “NONE” in this space.)
Thanks for the Reviews! Books that I’ve noticed on other blogs this week:
The Year of the Flood, by Margaret Atwood (ARC review)
The Opposite of Love, by Julie Buxbaum
Harry, A History, by Melissa Anelli (Harry who?)
Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets, by Sudhir Venkatesh
Julia’s Kitchen Wisdom: Essential Techniques and Recipes from a Lifetime of Cooking, by Julia Child
BBAW (Book Blogger Appreciation Week) 2009 has been officially announced! The dates are September 14-18, and award nominations opened this week (they will remain open until August 15)**. If you blog about books and reading at all – even if they’re not your primary topics – join in the fun, and register to participate!
If you missed last year’s event, or your blog has been born since then, here’s a little background:
Book Blogger Appreciation Week was started by Amy Riley of My Friend Amy in an effort to recognize the hard work and contribution of book bloggers to the promotion and preservation of a literate culture actively engaged in discussing books, authors, and a lifestyle of reading.
WHY? Because books matter. In a world full of options, the people talking about books pour hard work, time, energy, and money into creating a community around the written word.
Anyone who blogs about books is invited to participate. In fact, we want everyone who blogs about books and reading to be a part of this week! Let’s come together to celebrate the contribution and hard work of book bloggers in promoting a culture of literacy, connecting readers to books and authors, and recognizing the best among us with the Second Annual BBAW Awards. There will be special guest posts, daily blogging themes, and giveaways.
** I’ve seen mention on some other blogs about award voting being open – not yet! This is the nomination stage ONLY – submit your picks in any or all of the award categories. The final slate for voting will be compiled in late August:
BBAW Award Nominations will be open until August 15, 2009. At that time, the nominees will be shortlisted by a preselected panel. Nominees will be asked to submit their best content for review by the panel. Final voting will begin in September.
(Please enter the URL of the blog you are nominating and not the name as many blogs have similar names.)
Anyone – book blogger, or blog reader – can submit nominations. If you’d like to nominate this blog for any awards, the URL is www.3rsblog.com :-).
Now, I don’t actually know if this is true, but the attendee we spoke with seemed to be having a lot of luck snagging review copies! SO. . .
Questions: Do you tag? If so, do you tag for your own purposes (make lists, sort, clouds, etc)? Do you tag to help classify a book (historical fiction, self-help, sci-fi, mystery, etc)? What is the most helpful thing for you about tagging?
My Answer: Here are my tags, and how many times each of them has been used (so far):
LT’s recent introduction of collections may change my tagging habits, since they duplicate some of the tags I’ve been using. Most of the books in my library have at least two tags, one for status (to be read, currently reading, read) and one for genre (fiction, memoir, history, etc.). Many, although not all, have a tag indicating whether I have the book in my possession (on my shelves) or not (given away or donated) – I find that information useful, so I’d like to get those tags associated with all of the books if I get some time to work on it.
I’ve tried not to let my tagging system get too detailed or complicated, but I have added some tags that help me identify special characteristics of certain books, like review copy or autographed. I like the fact that you can sort your books based on tags, but I haven’t figured out whether you can search on a tag combination (“read”+”memoir”, for example), which might occasionally be useful. I like being able to assign multiple tags and the fact that tags aren’t mutually exclusive. I sometimes wish the genre tags were standardized across LT, but on the other hand, it’s good to be able to tag my books any way I want, as long as it makes sense to me.
If tags do play a role in determining who gets Early Reviewers books, that may explain why most of the books I’ve received have been general fiction or memoirs.
Follow-up to last week’s question:
Do you keep all your unread books together, like books in a waiting room? Or are they scattered throughout your shelves, mingling like party-goers waiting for the host to come along?
Yes and no.
I keep most of my not-yet-read books together, segregated by shelf from books I’ve read, unless I’m getting low on space – then they may mix it up a bit, until I get the chance to move things around. I keep review books on an end-table shelf and don’t put them in one of the bookcases, so they don’t go “out of sight, out of mind.” I keep books that I intend to read “soon” – meaning any time in the next few months – in a couple of stacks on my nightstand.
It’s been several years since I began giving away most books after I read them, so most of the ones in the house right now are books I’ve yet to read – so much potential, so much promise! (It also means that the “keepers” are extra-special.)
3. July brings back memories of when my son was born (25 years and one week ago).
4. The punchline of that joke was obvious.
5. They say if you tell your dreams it will help you remember them.
6. I won’t do it if I stop first to think it over.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to nothing planned, tomorrow my plans include seeing where the day takes me (besides Starbucks, Target, and the grocery store) and Sunday, I want to see Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (we already have our tickets!), followed by lunch at Octopus!
And after the weekend…two days of work, one day off to get ready for BlogHer’09, three days in Chicago, three days off to recover from BlogHer’09, and two days of work. Not a bad way to wrap up the month!