TBIF: Thank book/blog it’s Friday! This week in bookery

BOOKKEEPING: The Reading Status Report

Book reviews posted:
Wife of the Gods, by Kwei Quartey

Upcoming reviews:
Admission, by Jean Hanff Korelitz (read on Kindle)
The Last Bridge, by Teri Coyne (for LibraryThing Early Reviewers)
The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel, by Garth Stein
The Weight of Silence: A Novel, by Heather Gudenkauf (for TLC Book Tours)

New additions to the LibraryThing “To Read” collection:
For review –
The Package Deal: My (not-so) Glamorous Transition from Single Gal to Instant Mom, by Izzy Rose (from author, via publicist)
Loved Me Once: A Novel Of Love, Romance And Business, by Gail Hewitt (from LibraryThing Early Reviewers)
The Possibility of Everything, by Hope Edelman (from publisher, via Shelf Awareness)
For me (yes, I guess I binged a bit last weekend!)
Split: A Memoir of Divorce, by Suzanne Finnamore
Up for Renewal: What Magazines Taught Me About Love, Sex, and Starting Over, by Cathy Alter
The Condition: A Novel, by Jennifer Haigh
Gilead: A Novel, by Marilynne Robinson
Outtakes from a Marriage: A Novel, by Ann Leary
Time of My Life: A Novel, by Allison Winn Scotch
The House on Tradd Street, by Karen White
A Reliable Wife, by Robert Goolrick (1)
Willing Spirits, by Phyllis Schieber (1)

(1)“recycled” review copies received from My Friend Amy at our book blogger meet-up last weekend

Books added to the wish list:
The Embers, by Hyatt Bass
The Center of the Universe: A Memoir, by Nancy Bachrach

Tuesday Thingers, hosted at Wendi’s Reading Corner: “To Help Or Not To Help”

Many of you will probably already know this, but there is now a Help button on all the Library Thing pages! The LibraryThing Blog created a post on the new feature called HelpThing: Member-driven Help. This week’s post is more of a challenge from Wendi: go to a page and click the help button to see what comes up!

Questions: Did you use the Help button? Did you get some good information on the page you were on? Did you use the edit feature to add/edit any of the information on the page?

My Answer: Well, what do you know – there’s no help information for the Early Reviewers page! Then again, it’s not that hard to follow the instructions for signing up and requesting books, so maybe it doesn’t need a Help page. I didn’t start one, at any rate – if you’re looking for an opportunity to help with Help, here you go!

There’s no Help for “Find Friends” either. Since this is something that Tuesday Thingers participants have mentioned that they wish were easier, hopefully someone will add some Help to this page soon!

No Help for Tools; no Help for Groups; no Help for Search. I finally did find some Help information for Talk, but since I really don’t participate in the forums, I don’t actually need help with that.

It looks there are lots of opportunities to help with Help – it’s definitely a work in progress. I don’t feel quite accomplished enough to help with it myself yet.

Booking Through Thursday: “Recent Worst”

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What’s the worst book you’ve read recently?
(I figure it’s easier than asking your all-time worst, because, well, it’s recent!)

I actually haven’t given any book less than a 3 out of 5 rating this year, so I wouldn’t say I’ve read anything lately that I would call a “worst book.” There were a few that I wanted to like more than I did, but I still liked them. I actually feel pretty good about my reading selections for the past several months; there have been a few real winners. Then again, it would be fun to have something that I could bash a little in answer to this question – but sorry, I don’t.

Oh well, better luck next week – and if that question is about “recent best,” I’d better start narrowing it down!

Friday Fill-ins #137

1. When will some people understand that it really isn’t always all about them?

2. The 19th Wife was the last especially good book I read or movie I saw or tv show I watched (before the one I reviewed this week, which is linked at the top of this post – but as I said for this week’s BTT, most of what I’ve read lately has been pretty good).

3. Everything has its beauty but sometimes you really have to concentrate to find it.

4. Spaghetti carbonara is what I had for dinner. (That’s Katie’s favorite.)

5. I’d like your comments on my blog posts, please! 🙂

6. Right here, where I am, is where I want to be right now.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to I don’t know yet, but we’ll think of something, tomorrow my plans include driving down to Long Beach for our friends’ party and Sunday, I want to enjoy not having much of anything planned!

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  1. HF – It's a big book, but it moved quickly. I couldn't put it down. Hope you enjoy it!

    Amy Reads – Have you reviewed it on your blog yet? I'll have to look. I met Izzy Rose briefly at BlogHer'09, but I've known about her web community for stepmothers for awhile.

    Mistress L – It was a little short on cheese this time, but it wasn't bad :-).

    Kathy (Bermudaonion) – A couple of them had been on my wishlist for awhile, and then I stumbled on them at B&N. And the used ARCs from Amy were just good luck :-).

  2. Melissa – I read a sampler of Home, the follow-up to Gilead, via the DearReader.com e-mail book club a couple of weeks ago, and the writing was so gorgeous I decided I wanted to read Gilead after all. Hopefully it was a good call. I'd been ambivalent about reading it previously.

    On the other hand, I've really liked Jennifer Haigh's other novels, so The Condition has been on my wishlist for awhile.

    Sorry that neither one of them did it for you.

  3. Vanessa (Chefdruck) – I'll be on the lookout for your post. I'm reviewing it for a blog tour in two weeks (yikes! I'd better get started on it soon!).