Sunday, June 21, 2009

Sunday Salon-Library Thing

The Sunday

Don't you just love Library Thing? How did I ever survive without this wonderful website? I don't know about you, but I refer to this site over and over again throughout the week. Not only does it contain all my cataloged books, but nearly any other book I want to find out about. I have record of many of my reviews and can compare them to other reviewer's opinions. I get recommendations based on my reading preferences and search for books to read based on others opinions.

Last week I was able to chat with Dara Horn on Library Author Chat. She wrote All Other Nights, one of the early reviewer books. Dara answered many readers questions but then took it a step farther with elaborate detailed explanations of her rationale in characterization and plot. Without her insight I would have missed her brilliant metaphorical symbolism.

I have been fortunate to receive many Advance Reader Copies through the Early Reviewer program. I can't thank Abby and her team enough for this opportunity. I have read books that are sometimes not in my comfort zone with surprising pleasure. Most important to me in this program is that they want an honest opinion. Future books are not awarded based on submitting favorable reviews. The success and integrity of the program, is the honesty of the reviewer.

Lastly, I have direct access to my library through my iPhone, so that when I am shopping, my library is always with me. How cool is that. Especially since my new 3G arrived yesterday. Woo Hoo!!!

If you have a Library Thing account and want to be my friend and share libraries, you can visit my library under my name WisteriaLeigh. How about you? What do you love about Library Thing?

Hope you have a super Sunday. It is another beautiful day in Connecticut...suitable for frogs and ducks, temperatures in the 50-60s. A great day to be reading the rest of After You've Gone by Jeffrey Lent and an Early Reviewer book, The Indifferent Stars Above. The Indifferent Stars Above, about the Donner Party has been so much more than I expected. I can't wait to finish it.


Amanda said...

When I was looking at different programs in December for keeping together all my books, I considered Library Thing but eventually decided on Goodreads, which I've completely adored since. There seems to be some things I'm missing from LT, but they don't matter so much to me. Goodreads works fine. :)

serendipity_viv said...

Is this just open to Americans or can we access it in England?

Darlene said...

I've got a Library Thing account that really needs some serious updating. I need to get all my books, at least the ones from my blog, listed in there. I agree it's a great resource, especially when one remembers to use it. lol. Hope you're having a wonderful Sunday.

wisteria said...

Scrap Girl....It is for UK also.

Amanda...I use Goodreads also. They both have some features I like. I download my library to Goodreads. Goodreads is equally valuable.

Dar...I still have to get all my books in, but I'm getting closer. LOL

Literary Feline said...

I do love LibraryThing! I find it so useful and am there just about every week for something. I haven't yet participated in any of the author chats. I meant to join in when Michelle Richmond was featured, but I completely forgot.

And you bring up another very good reason to get an iPhone, something my husband and I are seriously considering. I could look up LT while out book shopping! Shh! Don't tell my husband.

I belong to GoodReads too, although I use it for something different than I do LT. I actually prefer LT--it meets my needs more so than any other online cataloging site I've tried. But GoodReads has its advantages too. Just different ones.

The book you are reading about the Donner Party sounds interesting. Having grown up in Northern California and spending many summer camping trips in Donner Pass, I am quite familiar with that history. It's been a long time though since I've delved into it.

I hope you have a beautiful day, Donna. Enjoy your reading!

Gavin said...

I have an account at LT and at Goodreads. I spend mor time at Goodreads, my LT account needs serious work. I hear the author of The Indifferent Stars Above on the radio. It sounds fascinating! Have a good week.

Donura said...

I love Library Thing as well. I see that we see to have similar reading tastes so I am going to go to your catalog and look around. I also post my reviews and on GoodReads as well.
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