BOOKKEEPING: The Reading Status ReportReviews posted this week: The Unit, by Ninni Holmqvist
Next review scheduled: Certain Girls, by Jennifer Weiner (RYOB Challenge)
New additions to my "to be read" collection in LibraryThing:
The Widows of Eastwick, by John Updike (a belated sequel to The Witches of...)
Wife of the Gods: A Novel, by Kwei Quartey (for an upcoming TLC Book Tour)
Nothing but Ghosts and Undercover, both by Beth Kephart ++
Pasadena: A Novel, by David Ebershoff **
Thanks for the Reviews! Books I noticed on the blogs this week:
The Local News, by Miriam Gershow
++Have you heard that My Friend Amy and Presenting Lenore have joined forces to promote Beth Kephart's newest novel, Nothing But Ghosts? Lenore reviews the book and interviews Beth, and Amy's hosting a book party and author chat next Tuesday. They're also trying to get as many as 200 copies of the book sold by then - I couldn't resist. I love Beth's blog and look forward to reading her books for the first time.
** Did you read my post about meeting him this week? That's when I bought this book, and here's proof that it happened:
(L-R: Amy from My Friend Amy, me, David Ebershoff - photo by Lisa of Books on the Brain)
(On Monday), we had a small blogger/author/publicist get-together here in the Seattle area, and it was lots of fun! We talked about our blogs and a few of the sites we frequently use, Library Thing was there too!
One thing that came up was how confusing Library Thing can be. I was actually surprised to hear that, as it is the first book/review site I go to when I update my reviews.
Questions: What areas of Library Thing do you find confusing or frustrating? The team at LT seem to be continually updating things at the site. Is there anything in particular that you would like to see updated or changed?
My Answer: For the most part, I find LT pretty easy to use, and it seems to keep getting better. I have had some frustration in the past with the import/export functions, but my way of getting around that has been to add books a few at a time, as I acquire them. I've had issues when I've tried to export my LT library and import it into GoodReads, which is supposed to be possible (although not directly - it's converted to an Excel-style spreadsheet first), but I don't know whether LT or GoodReads is more at fault for that. However, that's probably one reason that my GoodReads account doesn't get nearly as much use as LT does.
I agree with Wendi's own comment about the challenges of finding people on LT; GoodReads has LT beat on the "social" side of social networking, I believe. However, since I use LT primarily for keeping information about my books and consider the social part a mostly a nice bonus, I haven't been too aggravated by that. Still, if you're on LT and you'd like to be friends there, here's my profile - come and visit!
Now that summer is here (in the northern hemisphere, anyway), what is the most “Summery” book you can think of? The one that captures the essence of summer for you?
(I’m not asking for you to list your ideal “beach reading,” you understand, but the book that you can read at any time of year but that evokes “summer.”)
I can come up with songs, movies, and even foods that seem associated with summer for me - but books? Not much. I think that may be because, for me, that evocation of a particular time or place is more of a visceral, sensory thing, and reading engages my brain more than my senses, if you follow. In a lot of cases, prior to this blog, I'm not even entirely sure of when I read things, especially since I haven't followed an academic calendar for well over twenty years, and that's when summer tended to stand out a lot more.
But having said that, the first book I thought of is one that I know I read in the summer - more than once, actually, but nearly always in the summer: The Thorn Birds, by Colleen McCulloch. Those summers were mostly during high school, though, which backs up my point about the academic calendar. Between that and the fact that I've lived good chunks of my life in places where the seasons tend to blend into each other, summer doesn't really seem to stand out much any more.
Graphic courtesy of Tonya!
1. She had a great collection of potholders.
2. A book (if I'm lucky, a good one) is by my side, always.
3. I know this: I either don't have enough time, or I don't make the best choices about how to use the time I have.
4. The traffic stands still.
5. These words apply to me: life is short, and so am I.
6. It's been a few mornings since the sun was shining (we're actually having some "June Gloom" this year).
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to a quiet evening, tomorrow my plans include taking my mother-in-law out for a birthday dinner and Sunday, I want to enjoy lunch with the kids before we send them off to spend a week at Grandma's!