BOOKKEEPING: The Reading Status Report
Currently Reading: see “Next Review Scheduled”
After That: Fool by Christopher Moore (RYOB Challenge, “my husband read it before I did” division…technically, I think this is actually his book); All We Ever Wanted Was Everything by Janelle Brown (July selection for the Summer Reading Series)
New additions to my “to be read” collection in LibraryThing:
The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel by Garth Stein1
What Happened to Anna K.: A Novel by Irina Reyn2
The Wednesday Sisters: A Novel by Meg Waite Clayton2
Happens Every Day: An All-Too-True Story by Isabel Gillies3
3 Received from another blogger after I commented on her review – thank you, Darryle!
You can now add books to different collections and then view just those collections! Some of the pre-designed collections include: Wishlist, Currently Reading, To Read, Read But Unowned, and Favorites. Then of course you can add your own collections too!
To begin classifying your books, go to your book shelf and you will see a little brown briefcase/box type icon on the right hand side. Simply click that and choose one of the collections!
Questions: Have you explored the new Collections feature? Do you plan to use the new Collections? Are you going to add any special collections? If so, what are they?
I think I’m going to love Collections! They remind me a bit of the “shelves” feature in GoodReads, but seem to be a bit more flexible, and it looks like they can be used in combination with LT tags. I’m looking forward to playing around with both of those features and figuring out what blend of them works best for me. I was glad to see that you can place a book in multiple collections, too.
The first thing I did with Collections was to sort all of the books I had tagged as “to be read” into the “To Read” collection; I used the power-edit function and it took just a minute. It will take much longer to sort books into the “Favorites” collection, but I’d like to work on that as I find time.
I probably won’t use the “standard” collections “Wishlist” and “Read but Unowned” much unless I change the way I use LT – I don’t list any books I don’t actually have in my possession. I have already created my first “custom” collection, though; “Wishlist Fulfilled,” which is where I’ll record books that were on my wishlist once I obtain them. I may also start a collection for “Used to Own,” since I donate or give away most books after I read them, and that will make it easier to keep up with which books I don’t have any more.
I have a feeling this is really going to enhance my use of LibraryThing.
Sci-fi author Sharon Lee has declared June 23rd Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers Day. As she puts it:
So! In my Official Capacity as a writer of science fiction and fantasy, I hereby proclaim June 23 Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Day! A day of celebration and wonder! A day for all of us readers of science fiction and fantasy to reach out and say thank you to our favorite writers. A day, perhaps, to blog about our favorite sf/f writers. A day to reflect upon how written science fiction and fantasy has changed your life.
So … what might you do on the 23rd to celebrate? Do you even read fantasy/sci-fi? Why? Why not?
Science fiction and fantasy are both genres that I seem to prefer viewing rather than reading – I’m pretty likely to watch them on TV or at the movies, but I don’t really seek out books that fall into either category. I’ll read more literary fiction with science-fiction or fantasy elements, and I often find that I like what they add to a story. But I rarely go full-out into the genre sections of the bookstore, although this recent book purchase was an exception, and if it weren’t for the fact I read the author’s blog faithfully, I don’t know if I’d have made the leap. I used to read more of both genres, particularly fantasy, when I was younger, but eventually it just seemed to take too much of my scarce mental energy to sort out all the details of these imaginary worlds, let alone figure out how to pronounce the names!
I won’t say that I never read sci-fi or fantasy, or that I never would – I just don’t choose to read them very often. Therefore, I doubt I’ll be doing anything special to mark Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Day. Maybe you can pick up the slack for me?
This week’s questions are from Tamy at 3sidesofcrazy.
1. All children alarm their parents, if only because you are forever expecting something to get broken (a plate, a lamp, an arm…).
2. Show me a good loser and I will show you a person who has had a lot of experience at not winning.
3. I don’t know what is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs at one time (because I don’t like that kind of candy and would never do such a thing).
4. Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy blogging and Twittering.
5. I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine sunscreen and moisturizer. (I expect to see my reflex response, “work” and “family,” in someone else’s Fill-ins, though.)
6. It is impossible to think of any good meal, no matter how plain or elegant, without dessert or great company in it (well, in the case of the latter, not literally!)
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to nothing but the end of the work week, tomorrow my plans include my Bloggiesta to-do list, and Sunday, I want to bake cookies with the kids to celebrate Father’s Day (and if we’re nice, maybe their dad will let us eat some of them)!