I use the “Random Books from my library” widget in my sidebar. (If you normally read my posts in a feed reader and don’t visit the blog itself, come by and check it out!) I play around with the settings on it every now and then. Since there are quite a few books in my LibraryThing collection that I read in the past but don’t have any more – they’ve been given away, donated, or somehow disappeared – I’ve added an “on my shelves” tag to designate the books that are actually in my possession, and those are the ones that the widget shows now. I’ve never installed the search widget, and I don’t know that I would. I think anyone who wants to search my LT library would probably just do it from there – the regular widget would take them there anyway.
I really hadn’t explored the photomosaics until this question came up. It looks like it could be fun to make one, but I’ve never done it and I’m not sure how I would use one.
I enjoy seeing the widgets on people’s blogs – they let me know the person is on LT, and give me a glimpse of the books that interest them.
Teaser Tuesday (hosted at Should Be Reading)
After a brief dry spell, I finally have some new books to tease you with!
“‘Except if they say that, Madam roots in her handbag, fishes out some volume she’s just finished and makes them a present of it.’
“‘Which they promptly sell on eBay.'” (page 41)
– The Uncommon Reader, by Alan Bennett
“‘We don’t claim to understand this doubled kingship that you live under,’ Zelikman said. ‘It strikes us as overelaborate.'” (page 156)
– Gentlemen of the Road: A Tale of Adventure, by Michael Chabon
“‘My life hasn’t been so goddamned interesting,’ Clara interrupts.
“Ruth shifts her weight on the bed, sinks lower into her pillows.” (page 81)
– Black & White, by Dani Shapiro
“‘Maybe if they didn’t speak like they’d been slipped a roofie we’d understand what they were saying.’
Madeline had followed more gently.” (page 103)
– Schooled, by Anisha Lakhani (won a copy in a raffle from J. Kaye of J. Kaye’s Book Blog)
“But then – so what the hell. Better the kid pees on the shaggy old hulk than he tries to run away and put the finger on me.” (page 24)
A Jolly Good Fellow, by Stephen V. Masse
(This is for an upcoming blog tour – thanks to Tracee Gleichner at Pump Up Your Book Promotion)
What’s new on your bookshelf these days?
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.
Since I did a “thankful” list for Ten on Tuesday last week, I could just send you back to that, but as I write this on Thanksgiving evening, I think I should give today’s question its own answer. In no particular order, I am thankful for:
- My husband – the second time around is even better
- My kids – the one I’ve had for 24 years who flew cross-country to spend Thanksgiving weekend with us, and the two who came as part of a package deal with their dad two years ago
- Our extended family, including the dog
- Our continued employment and a little bit of money in the bank
- Our new home
- Literacy and education
- The people and ideas I’ve come to know as a member of the blogiverse – thank you all for being the most important part of that!
Even if you did a whole post about it yesterday, what’s one thing you’re thankful for?
1. My stomach is happily full of dessert (chocolate trifle!) right now.
2. Lasagna is what I ate the most of on Thursday (I did put turkey in it, though).
3. The yard is still a little muddy from the rain we had earlier this week.
4. At home, with a book and my laptop, is where I’d rather be at any given time.
5. The smell of tomato sauce simmering on the stove reminds me of Sunday dinners at my great-aunts’ house when I was a child.
6. Another day off is what I need right now! (Good thing I’m getting one, then – my office is open tomorrow, but I won’t be there!)
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to visiting with the extended family at our new place (their first time here), tomorrow my plans include my mother-in-law’s tree-trimming party and Sunday, I want to have time for a little Christmas shopping!
Hope you and yours had a great Thanksgiving Day (if you celebrated it yesterday)! What’s planned for your weekend?