Saturday, February 3, 2007

Books - Mine and Others

I did not make much progress on my book today. I managed about 1,000 words and I needed to do about 3-4,000 to get back on track. I will have to work harder tomorrow. I might have gotten more done, but I got sidetracked by a super cool website. It's called the Library Thing and it lets you catalog your library online. I am not using it so much to track the books I have, rather I am using it to catalog and discuss the books I have AND the books I love. I gave away thousands of books when I moved to Maryland from Las Vegas and so I have very few of the books I had been collecting for 20 years or more.

I have hundreds of new books, of course, but many of my favorites are gone. If I only listed the books I actually have, the analysis of my tastes and the site's consequent suggestions would be unfairly weighted towards the books I have bought and read in the last three years. That would leave out my favorite authors like Walter Farley, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Anne McCaffrey. I couldn't let that happen, could I? If you look to the left side of my blog you can see a list of 10 random titles from my library and click a link to see the entire catalog. As of tonight, I have over 200 books listed so far. I know it is over 200 because I had to pay $25 for a lifetime subscription when I got past the intro/free count of 200 titles. It's a pretty good deal, I think. I also ordered the cue cat scanner so I can just scan the barcodes on my books and add the ones that are physically available into my library, too. Isn't technology great? If you see a book in my list that you love, let me know. It is always so cool to find a shared love of an author, isn't it? Maybe one day my name will be showing up on a Library Thing list. That is, it might if I get back to writing tomorrow.

Library Thing Link

2 comments:

Chris said...

Is there a link for the Library thing?

I Giggle said...

Yep, sorry about that. The library thing is at LibraryThing.com