TBIF: Thank blog it’s Friday! 1-16-09 – a week’s worth of memes

Tuesday Thingers: Questions for LibraryThing users, hosted at Wendi’s Book Corner

Today’s question: A few weeks ago, someone told me about the Common Knowledge feature of Library Thing. The statistics and basic information can be found through a link at the bottom of any page. Currently there are over 869,540* facts that have been entered. How do they get there? We add them!

It took me a while to figure out that you enter them from the book or author page. When you have a book or author page pulled up, if you look at the left hand side, there are a bunch of links you can choose from. One of them is Common Knowledge. If you click the link, it will bring up a section where you can add facts.

Have you ever looked at the Common Knowledge page, or viewed the history of changes/additions? If you were aware of this section, have you added any information? Do you find this information useful or interesting?

I’ve noticed the Common Knowledge feature before, and made use of it in an earlier Tuesday Thingers response concerning award-winning books. I like it – it’s a neat little place to collect random information pertaining to a book, including things like character names, settings, plot points (“important events”) and quotes. I had never checked out the change history until I was preparing to write this post, and I thought I might have added some facts at some point, but since LT credits me with zero “CK facts,” I guess I haven’t. I know I have added some information to book records, but apparently it was in fields outside of the common-knowledge arena.

I think CK looks like a great way to build up the LT database with book details, and if I found the time to work with it, I think I’d enjoy both trolling around within the records and adding to them.

*By the time I wrote this, the number of Common Knowledge facts was up to 871,616, so there must be some LT users who have the time to add them – thanks, folks!

It’s Tuesday, where are you?, hosted at An Adventure in Reading

I am was in Weston, Connecticut in the mid-1970’s with Alison Glass, the thirteen-year-old first-person narrator of History Lesson for Girls by Aurelie Sheehan. I have also traveled back into my own past. In the mid-1970’s, I was just a couple of years younger than Alison, and I lived in Norwalk, Connecticut – just a couple of towns away from Weston, and Alison’s hometown until her family moved to Weston at the beginning of the novel(I’m back already – here’s the book review.)

Teaser Tuesday, hosted at Should Be Reading

TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
  • Please avoid spoilers!

This book was recently published in paperback, and I picked up a copy a couple of weeks ago:

“The kitchen is quiet. I hold on to the edge of the sink with my back to the girls.” (page 45)
The Middle Place, by Kelly Corrigan

It’s gotten excellent reviews – have you read it?

Booking Through Thursday‘s topic for this week is words – song lyrics, to be precise, and by extension, their writers. My response got so wordy that I think it needs a post of its own. It will go up in the next couple of days, so please don’t forget to come back around for it!

Friday Fill-ins #107


1. Enough with the blog-surfing, I have work I’m supposed to be doing!

2. Blog surfing when I have work I’m supposed to be doing causes me to be conflicted.

3. I’ve been craving ravioli with red sauce (and I have some in the refrigerator – what luck!).

4. My husband makes me laugh – most of the time, on purpose!

5. I wish I could go to someplace other than work next week.

6. Making more time to read has been on my mind lately.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to catching up on some recorded TV (anyone for American Idol?), tomorrow my plans include coffee with my sister and – well, that’s really all that’s planned so far, and Sunday, I want to appreciate the fact that we have Monday off, too!

So, what’s on your agenda this weekend? (If you haven’t taken down your Christmas decorations yet, there’s one idea… :-).)

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  1. Julie P – I’ve brought books to the bowling alley, but reading there is definitely a challenge :-). Hope the work goes smoothly, so you can get it done and then have some fun!

  2. This weekend is busy. Daughter’s skating lessons, son’s bowling birthday party, then family party in Sunday. I have to work Sunday and Monday, so I won’t be able to rest. 🙂

    Enjoy your weekend!

  3. I like # 1-2and 6 and the fact that i ahve also all those recorded shows, movies which I haven’t watched, but will 😛

    have a nice week-end

  4. Mike – Happy birthday to your son! Definitely sounds like a busy weekend – hope everything is inside, where it’s warm!

    Madeleine – #6 seems to be working so far this year…we’ll see how it sticks. Have a nice weekend!

    Janet – But I don’t have a problem with it. I can stop any time I want. Ha ha ha… 🙂

  5. I admit I haven’t paid much attention to the Common Knowledge feature at LT. Maybe when I have some more free time, I’ll give it a look.

    I am looking forward to your BTT response. I knew you’d have a lot to say on the topic. 🙂

    Haha! I understand your dilemma between needing to work and wanting to blog surf. I hope you have a great weekend, Florinda. My in-laws are coming to town tomorrow and will be staying for the long weekend. Wish me luck!

  6. Wendy (Literary Feline) – I really got more work (and less blog-surfing) done on the two days I worked from home this week. Go figure :-).

    I was going to answer BTT here, but it was just getting too long to be combined with everything else!

    Have a nice visit with your in-laws, Wendy! We have the kids with us through Monday…wish me luck, too :-D!

  7. Mmm.. ravioli sounds good!
    I’m trying to make more time to read lately too, and to not spend so much time on the computer. Still trying to figure out a balance.
    Hope you’re enjoying your long weekend.

  8. Tanabata – I haven’t gotten that balance sorted out yet either, but I’m already reading my third book for this year, so I guess that’s progress :-).

    Both my husband and I got new cell phones this weekend, so we’re getting acquainted with them – that’s always fun :-).

  9. Wow! I’m actually really glad you posted the new number! Between Monday night when I posted the Thinger, and Friday when you answered it, it sounds like over 2000 facts have been added! I think that is amazing!!

    🙂 I found it really fun to add info.

    Thanks for participating in Tuesday Thingers last week! I’ve got this week’s posted now.

    Take care, Wendi

  10. Wendi – By the time I posted, the number was probably even higher; I think I wrote the response on Wednesday :-). I hope I do get some time to add to the CK database at some point.