It’s been a while since I’ve re-read anything. There are books that I’ve read two or three or four times, but there’s usually some space – at least a year, sometimes much longer – between readings. I can really only think of one exception in the last several years: I read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix twice within the first month it came out. Book #5 remains my favorite in the series. That’s partly for the story itself, which I think has more depth and development than any of the books that preceded it, but it’s also because of how J. K. Rowling characterized Harry this time around. When Order of the Phoenix was first published, it hadn’t been too many years since I’d lived with a conflicted, complicated, angry 15-year-old boy myself – Rowling nailed it, and it continues to stick with me.
Have you ever done an instant re-read?
Tuesday Thingers, hosted at Wendi’s Book Corner: “Reviews”
I found entering reviews, or at least finding where to enter reviews, very confusing when I first joined Library Thing because I expected a link on the book page that said “Add Your Review HERE” or some such thing. It probably took me over half an hour to find the instructions. SO – for those who aren’t as familiar, when you add a book to your library, when you click on the book, a page comes up and on the left hand side of the screen will be some links. To add your review (and other information) you want to select the link for “Edit Book.” Once on the new screen, you can scroll down a bit and add your star-rating (if you want), your review, and any other information you want.
There is also a link provided when you add a book to your library that says “Show Quick Edit” and if you select that, you can “Click to Review” and star your book, but beware – I tested it with the word “test” tonight and it saved it, but I spent a few hours not too long ago, adding all my recent books and reviews, and it never saved the reviews (yes – I clicked save!). 🙂 So be sure and test it to make sure it is really saving your review.
Questions: Do you add your reviews to the books you add to your library? If so, do you put your full review on there, or a quick review (one – two paragraphs)? Do you find other people’s reviews helpful? Do you know of any other ways to enter your reviews (other than Edit Book, or Quick Edit)?
My Answer: I’ve added reviews to the LT records for most of the books I’ve reviewed on my blog; so far, I’ve posted 76 reviews to the 590 books currently listed there. Granted, 192 of those books are tagged “to be read,” so their reviews are “to be written,” and I’ve listed a lot of books that I read in the many years pre-dating the blog too – those will probably never have reviews added.
I post my reviews on my blog first. Once they’re up, I’ll post an excerpt on the book record in LT; usually, I’ll paste in a couple of paragraphs, then add “Read more” with a link to the full review. Since I occasionally see blog traffic coming from LibraryThing, I guess that people must click through sometimes. As for other people’s reviews, I’m more likely to check them out when I first add a book to LT – which happens when I acquire the book, not when I’m reviewing it – than when I’m working on my own review.
And yes, I do know another way to enter reviews! A few weeks ago, when the Thinger was “re-style your library,” I added a column for my reviews. I had thought it would be nice to be able to see them on the “your books” page, but it turns out that you can double-click on the “review” cell and edit it to enter the review right there. That’s a nice surprise, and a handy shortcut!
Booking Through Thursday: “Gluttony”
“…(O)nly purchasing books when you have run out of things to read?” I can’t even understand that concept.
You may recall one of my comments in response to last week’s Musing Monday question about “TBR Anxiety”:
I do sometimes get a bit nervous over how many unread books I have waiting around – will there ever be enough time to get to them all, especially considering that I add to the pile faster than I subtract from it? The irony of this question is that this situation arises from another source of book-related anxiety – running out of things to read. I’m not sure I’ve really calmed that one yet, despite the current population report from TBR Purgatory.
When it comes to books, I definitely have a serious case of Stockpile Syndrome. Since books sent to me for review rarely exceed more than 10% of my total TBR collection, and the number of books I currently have tagged as “to be read” is approaching 200 (!), it’s safe to say that most of the books around my house are probably books that I bought for myself. Considering that people rarely give me books as gifts because they’re afraid I might already have them, it’s apparent that being a “controlled buyer” has never occurred to me as far as books are concerned. At this point, I’m not sure I’ll ever get over the dread of running out of books to read – but I’m not sure I want to, either.
I do make a good effort to give up buying books during Lent – some years a better effort than others, to be honest – and that does give me six weeks or so to make a dent in the stacks. Aside from that, I’m more likely to back off my bookstore habits for budgetary reasons than for something as relatively minor as a two-year backlog of TBR books.
Without a doubt, I am guilty of the deadly sin of book gluttony – but I remain unrepentant!
Book Gluttons (Not) Anonymous – are you a member too?
Friday Fill-ins #124
This week, Janet chose quotes having to do with spring, but left them open to completion with whatever we want.
1. If we had no winter we’d need another excuse to drink hot chocolate in front of the fireplace.
2. The nonsensical things that people do remain a perpetual astonishment (which is pretty astonishing itself, come to think of it).
3. If I had my life to live over I’d probably make the same mistakes, unless I could take the knowledge from this life with me.
4. Jack Bauer can save the world inside of four and twenty hours.
5. If you’ve never been thrilled, try riding a roller coaster (but you might just get queasy).
6. To be interested in the changing seasons you would have to live somewhere that’s not Florida (or Southern California, for that matter).
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to a relaxed evening after an unexpected day off, tomorrow my plans include a morning at the beach, where my husband will be participating in a sand-castle-building competition, and Sunday, I want to enjoy seeing Star Trek with Tall Paul and our Trekkiest friends!
After a hectic couple of weeks at the office, my boss told me to take today off, so I’m having a surprise three-day weekend! Hope you have some fun planned for your weekend, no matter how many days long it is!