Tuesday Thingers (hosted by Marie of The Boston Bibliophile)
topic: Recommendations. Do you use LT’s recommendations feature? Have
you found any good books by using it? Do you use the
anti-recommendations, or the “special sauce” recommendations? How do
you find out about books you want to read?
glanced over the Recommendations that pop up on my LibraryThing home
page, but really haven’t followed up on any of them. Since they’re
based on my catalog as a whole, and not just on the books I’ve already
read and/or given a high rating, I really don’t know why they’d be any
better than the recommendations I get from Amazon based on past
purchases. LibraryThing more directly influences my interest in
particular books through the Early Reviewers program. If I spent more
time trolling around the libraries of my LT friends, I’m sure I’d get a
lot of ideas about books to add to my wishlist, but I just don’t seem
to find enough time to do that much.
I read newspapers and magazines more regularly, they were my main
sources for learning about books that might interest me; they still
play a role in that, but it’s much smaller now. Sometimes I’ll hear
about books from friends, particularly the ones in my book club, but
these days I find out about books from the place that most
book-bloggers do – other book-bloggers!
Booking Through Thursday: Beginnings (hosted by Deb)
Suggested by: NithinHere’s another idea about memorable first lines from books.What are your favourite first sentences from books? Is there a book
that you liked specially because of its first sentence? Or a book,
perhaps that you didn’t like but still remember simply because of the
Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!
definitely hook me, but by the time I’m further into the book I’ve
probably forgotten it. (I)t’s how the story develops from there
that interests me more, and a good beginning doesn’t guarantee a strong
know some classic first lines from works of literature that I’ve never
read, and they’re probably the same ones everyone else knows too, like “Call me Ishmael,” and “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” As a grade-school kid, my favorite book opened with these lines:
year, I started recording the first sentence of every book in its
review post, and without doing that I’d have no memory of most of them.
I don’t intend that as a reflection on the writing; I’ve just reached
an age where my mind is quite cluttered, and it takes more for things
to stand out. Also, I find that if a novel is so well-written that I’m
making note of it, chances are there will be other passages besides the
beginning that are memorable, and these sentences may well surpass the
first one. This first line from a recent read sticks with me because it’s a recurring phrase throughout the novel:
for the most part, I just don’t tend to remember things like this if
I’ve only read a book once, and since I rarely re-read these days, I’ve
forgotten a lot of first lines. What about you – do you have any
favorites that you can remember?
Friday Fill-Ins #82 (hosted by Janet)
Questions 4-6 this week
are courtesy of Sherry! I like it when people give me questions on a wicked busy day 🙂 Thanks!
Here we go:
1. I believe whatever doesn’t kill you is weaker than you are.
2. If you’re good at something, it’s really nice if it’s something you can get paid to do.
3. Why so tired?
4. Something is out there, it sounds like a train going by. (We live right by the train station, so it probably is, actually.)
5. If my life were a sitcom, it would be titled “Murphy’s Law.”
6. Sitting on my back porch [if you don’t have one, use your imagination] I see the hills wearing their lovely summer color – dried-out brown. (Ah, southern California…)
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to getting home after work and an airport run, tomorrow my plans include reading, writing, and grocery shopping (oh, yeah, probably better get some housecleaning done too), and Sunday, I want to have a nice, relaxing pedicure, and read some more!