1. Home (http://www.librarything.com/, before you log in)
2. Home (once you log in, contains Your Home, Your Profile, Connections, Recommendations, Reviews, Statistics, Clouds, Gallery, Memes)
3. Profile (Recent activity, tags, comments, members with your books)
4. Your Library
5. Your Tags
6. Add Books
11. Zeitgeist (Stats, Top Lists)
12. Tools (Widgets, Store)
Taking the last question first, I think I’ve probably looked at every area of LibraryThing at least a couple of times, but there are several I don’t go to or use very often. I’ve spent very little time with Talk or Groups; not because I’m not interested, but because there’s very little time, period, and if I get more involved with the social aspects of LT I’ll have to lose something else (hopefully not my patience or my mind). Local hasn’t been terribly useful for me, and while Zeitgeist is interesting, I only check it out occasionally. I have the LT Blog in my Google Reader feeds, so I rarely visit it on LibraryThing. I stay logged into LT almost all the time, so I rarely see the general home page, either.
I use my personal Home page on LT as my portal to the site almost all the time, since it’s a shortcut to the other features I use most often – my Library, Add Books, and my Profile – so I guess I’d say that’s my favorite area on the site. The Tags page is a helpful shortcut for me too; if I don’t want to search my entire library for a particular book, I can narrow the listings down that way. I like the Tools page, but I wish it offered more!
- 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!
I’ve been taking a feast-or-famine approach to Teaser Tuesdays; either I don’t do them, or I post teasers from a whole batch of recently-acquired books. I think I’m going to change it up and be more consistent going forward into 2009, going the one-book-at-a-time route. This week’s Teaser comes from one of the wish-list books my husband gave me for Christmas.
“It should say something about the depth of knowledge in every department that Paul Roberts, the wine director, initially outlined the menu for us – and not Chef Keller or even the maitre d’. When it came to cheeses, most of us would admit, if only to ourselves, that we were lost.” (page 49)
It’s Tuesday – Where Are You? hosted at An Adventure in Reading
A new year, a new meme for me!
This week, I’m in Poland with Erin Einhorn, learning about a foreign culture and seeking out the facts of family history, in her memoir The Pages in Between: A Holocaust Legacy of Two Families, One Home.
I know it’s not Tuesday, but book-wise, where are you today?
Booking Through Thursday: New Year’s Resolutions
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 have gone and joined my first reading challenge ever, I have publicly committed and am now accountable for reading 20 of my own books in 2009. I read 35 books in 2008. I’d like to think it was quality over quantity – and granted, most of them were pretty good – but it was fewer books than I read the year before, and I don’t like that trend (or what it could mean for my book-blogger credibility!) I’d like to exceed – by more than a few – that fairly modest target of 20, which does not include borrowed books, books belonging to other members of my family, or, for my purposes, review books, but I’d rather start small.
I have a half-dozen review books from the last few months of 2008 that I want to finish with and post about before the end of the first quarter of this year. I am currently reading one of them (see “It’s Tuesday, Where Are You?” above), and the others are:
Buffalo Gal, by Laura Pedersen
Home Girl: Building a Dream House on a Lawless Block, by Judith Matloff
Most Likely You Go Your Way and I’ll Go Mine, by Ben Tanzer
My Seven Years in Captivity: Tails and Misadventures in the San Diego Zoo, by Bill Seaton
Honeymoon in Tehran: Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran, by Azadeh Moaveni (ARC; the book is scheduled for publication in February, and my goal here is to review it before the end of that month!)
I’d like to mix in a few of my own books among these too, since the list is pretty memoir-heavy and I may want a dose of fiction in there.
I spent more of reading time on blogs last year than I ever had before, and I have a feeling that in order to get more book-reading done, it will need to shift back in toward them and away from the computer. Time management is just no fun.
Do you have any particular reading planned for the New Year?
Condolences to Janet, whose recent Friday Fill-ins have included updates on her dad’s health; he passed away just as 2008 ended.
1. The world is pretty much the same today as it was yesterday, regardless of what the calendar says.
2. “He wanted to know why Gypsy was sniffing the dishwasher” was the last thing I said (when Tall Paul asked what The Boy had just said; the reason is that it was open, and had dinner dishes in it).
3. I wonder how many people won’t be at work today.
4. I hope I’ve gotten through all of the books in TBR Purgatory at the end of all things (but if not, I guess it really won’t matter at that point…)
5. There’s something to be said for keeping one’s mouth shut.
6. Where you are is where I want to be.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to the end of a Friday that seems like the second Monday this week, tomorrow my plans include some housecleaning and some furniture shopping (for Tall Girl’s bedroom) and Sunday, I want to read, write, and do some other fun things!
Do you have any excitement in the works for the first weekend in 2009?