BOOKKEEPING: The Reading Status Report
My Question of the Week, as asked on Twitter this past Tuesday:
Will I get blackballed from the book-blogging community because I haven’t read The Hunger Games and sat out the release-day hoopla for Catching Fire this week? Seriously, someone tell me it’s OK. I need to know.
** Actually, I don’t need to know any more…I ordered them both on Wednesday. I still have no idea how soon I’ll read them, but at least I’ll have them.
The Weight of Silence, by Heather Gudenkauf (TLC Book Tour)
Next review scheduled:
The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel by Garth Stein
Marley & Me: Life and Love With the World’s Worst Dog by John Grogan (I saw the movie first)
New additions to the LibraryThing “To Read” Collection:
For me, a couple from the Wishlist –
Books added to the Wishlist:
American Nerd, by Benjamin Nugent
Old World Daughter, New World Mother, by Maria Laurino
Tuesday Thinger, hosted at Wendi’s Book Corner: “Some FUN Stats From Your Books”
“A week or so ago, we took a peek at Statistics, but I completely missed a great new feature. Ever wondered where your books take place? Now you can find out!! Go to your statistics page, look down the column on the left hand side, and find the heading that says Common Knowledge. Then click on the link that says Places. It will take you to a page that will show you the places that you books have taken place in.“
My Answer: A book must have information in the “places” field of its Common Knowledge section to show up in these statistics. There are books in my library that aren’t listed under the cities where they’re set, so apparently that info isn’t there yet for them. But even with that limitation, LT’s Common Knowledge feature identifies 483 places among the 641 books I currently have cataloged. That includes some completely fictional locales, like Thursday Next’s Bookworld, various places from Harry Potter’s world (anyone up for a visit to Diagon Alley?), and The Cliffs of Insanity from The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure by William Goldman. (You know, there are some days I think those cliffs just might exist…)
Here are a few of the real-life places that make multiple appearances in my books:
Baltimore, Maryland, USA (6 times, no series, but all thanks to Anne Tyler)
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA (6 times)
Chicago, Illinois, USA (11 times, mix of fiction and non-fiction – if it has a subtitle, it’s the latter):
- Gatsby’s Girl by Caroline Preston
- Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
- Bright Lights, Big Ass: A Self-Indulgent, Surly, Ex-Sorority Girl’s Guide to Why it Often Sucks in the City, or Who are These Idiots and Why Do They All Live Next Door to Me? by Jen Lancaster
- I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone by Stephanie Kuehnert
- Bitter is the New Black : Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass,Or, Why You Should Never Carry A Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office by Jen Lancaster
- Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
- The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
- Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama
- The Deep End of the Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard
- Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult
- Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros
London, England, UK (21 novels, not including any of the Harry Potter books)
Los Angeles, California, USA (tied with Chicago)
New York, New York, USA (27 times, no series – we have a winner!)
- The Whole World Over by Julia Glass
- The Post-Birthday World: A Novel by Lionel Shriver
- The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud
- Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert
- The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
- Baby Proof by Emily Giffin
- Black & White by Dani Shapiro
- Love the One You’re With by Emily Giffin
- Serendipity: A Novel by Louise Shaffer
- Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
- Away: A Novel by Amy Bloom
- The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
- Before You Know Kindness by Chris Bohjalian
- Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
- Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
- The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
- The Hours: A Novel by Michael Cunningham
- The Know-It-All: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World by A. J. Jacobs
- The Namesake: A Novel by Jhumpa Lahiri
- So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading by Sara Nelson
- Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table by Ruth Reichl
- Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl
- Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell
- The Dive From Clausen’s Pier: A Novel by Ann Packer
- The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- The Ten-Year Nap by Meg Wolitzer
Paris, France (3 novels, 6 works of non-fiction)
San Francisco, California, USA (17 times, including 7 Tales of the City)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada (6 times, 3 courtesy of Margaret Atwood)
As for other “fun” statistics, my books mention 36 events, but almost 1/3 of them come from the Harry Potter books, so I personally wouldn’t count them – it seems to me that the “events” cited in this category should be real-world ones, but apparently some people disagree. There are also over 2400 characters identified in the books living in my library – no wonder it seems crowded!
Booking Through Thursday: “Recent Big”
I’ve seen several BTT responses that responded to this with multiple concepts of “big” books, and I think I’ll do the same. Again, I’ll define “recent” as “this summer” (June through August).
Biggest page count: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (672 pages)*
Biggest seller/most popular: again, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince*
Biggest impact/impression on me: The 19th Wife
*This was a re-read after I saw the movie, and I didn’t post a review of it here, but it meets the criteria for this question regardless.
Friday Fill-ins #140
1. I feel like it’s been way too hot the last few days (but at least the Santa Anas haven’t kicked in yet).
2. Going out to dinner with Tall Paul is always fun.
3. Right now, I can hear these things: the water running in the kitchen, and someone else washing the dishes (I cooked, so he cleaned up).
4. Summer vacation is over and I’m glad the kids didn’t kill each other.
5. The last time I ate Brussels sprouts was the last time I ate Brussels sprouts.
6. I have some plans, but not too many of them, for this Labor Day weekend.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to hanging out at home, tomorrow my plans include grocery shopping and a movie and Sunday, I want to make the drive down to Oceanside and back without hitting too much traffic! (And I’m glad we’ll still have Monday off to relax after the trip.)
We won't kick you out of our cabal for not having read The Hunger Games and Catching Fire yet, I promise. However, we love you, and we love Suzanne Collins' series, so we want you to get together and love each other too.
Jen – Well, the books are on their way, and I'll do my best to read them before the end of this year. If they're as good as everyone says, I'll want my stepdaughter (15) to read them after I do, so that's my incentive to get to them sooner rather than later.
Glad to know my book-blogger citizenship is not in jeopardy, though, since I love y'all too :-).
I'm sorry you couldn't make it for Dog Days, but I love your Gone to the Dogs idea! I haven't read Marley & Me. I'm looking forward to your review.
Jennifer (Literate Housewife) – I like doing a little theme reviewing once in a while :-). I have the review of …Racing in the Rain scheduled for Tuesday, and Marley & Me will post on Thursday.
I resisted on The Hunger Games for a while, but once I picked it up, that was it! Loved it!
Marg – I hope it's the same way for me. I guess I'll find out before too long :-).
what did you think of Julie and Julia?
Janet – I liked it – BOTH the "Julie" and "Julia" parts :-). I'm posting a review on Wednesday.
So does that mean you found out you would be blackballed for not reading The Hunger Games or Catching Fire? I may read them, but it won't be any time soon.
I haven't looked at the places feature in the stats of LT. I'll have to take a peek when I have some time to explore that feature. It looks like a fun one.
I'm so glad those dreaded Santa Anas haven't made an appearance yet. The city where I work did get a big little storm the other afternoon. It was raining fast and hard, hail, thunder, lightening, and wind. It lasted maybe 20 minutes. I left for home not long after and discovered it hadn't rained a drop in my home city. Such strange weather.
I hope you had a great weekend, Florinda! Did you enjoy your trip to Oceanside?
Literary Feline – No, I was kindly assured I would NOT be blackballed, but I did get caught on a wave of book-blog enthusiasm. And as you know well, just because the books are in the house doesn't mean they get read any time soon :-)!
I'm glad it's supposed to be cooler again today. I'm sure the Santa Anas will arrive at some point, but they can take their time.
We went down to my mother-in-law's house to bring her some stuff and pick up some other stuff, and to take her to lunch. It was a good visit, and traffic was good in both directions, so it was very nice.