Thursday, April 2, 2009

Why Chick Lit? - The Daily Beast

It turns out the corner of the library known as “Chick lit” is wildly popular for a reason. A new UK study has found that reading falls along gender lines: about 50 percent of women are “page-turners,” compared to only 26 percent of men. And of those men

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The article goes on to say that chick lit is so popular that if women suddenly stopped reading it that the novel would die! Kudos for an often poo-poo'ed genre.
My two cents - we will never lose print. Parents introduce their children to a world of literature through the picture book. As long as children are exposed to print and enjoy it while young we will always have print.

Friday, March 13, 2009

10 Websites for Book Lovers

Since discovering LibraryThing, Good Reads and Shelfari I have come across the following blog post. It lists 10 Websites for Book Lovers. Some are pretty cool!

Wish I knew how to turn the url into a nicer link that just had the name of the post and not all the messy url stuff. Help? Anyone?

Monday, March 9, 2009

Thing - LibraryThing

Since an earlier post described my reasons for staying with Good Reads (very similiar to LibraryThing) I won't bore you with it again.

Here is the link to my LibraryThing account

Couple of things were really cool...the book giveaway thing. But, not enough children's, ya, tweens or GN's to attract me to sign up for the lottery give-away.

Also the Librarians group...kinda cool. Although from the posts there is more non-book posting than book posting...I guess you can post about books and reading anywhere but who else is THAT interested in METADATA!

Alternatively, I can be found at


Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Rise and Fall of Shiny New Technology

Maybe you noticed my Shiny New Shelfari is gone (sorry Amy P, it was cool while it lasted). After I opened the account and began devising lists and shared my shelf with The World, ok, just you guys, I realized the process seemed vaguely familiar.

Der...I had done all of this before on Good Reads. GR does have a widget, as you can see, that adds covers. It also lets you create custom Shelves. Mine were/are Professional Reading and Sequoyah. I'm sure I'll add more.

So, since I had already devoted a lot of time an effort to my GR account I decided to go back with them. Besides, my RBF is on GR so somehow when we send each other notifications about what we are reading it almost feels like we're connected. :(

So, I haven't played with Library Thing yet...but soon. See that's the thing about 23 takes time.

Friday, February 20, 2009

What I'm Reading Next

I love my Shelfari List. I haven't tweaked it enough. Right now it shows just what I'm currently reading. However, my bedside table is littered with books -

The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan and One False Note by Gordon Korman...both from the popular juvenile series The 39 Clues.

Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell.

The Devil in the White City : Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson. (srsly...have started this one three times, guess I need to give up)

Return to Sender by Julia Alverez

The Girl Who could Fly by Victoria Forester.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. A YA Vampire, I did not love Twilight.

Holy Smokes by Katie MacAlister. Mostly supernatural beings and dog who doubles a demon from Hell.

Sunshine by Robin McKinley. Still more Vampires, but with better dialog.

Anyway, that's what I'm doing with my weekend!

The RSS Adventure

The RSS Adventure was rather anti-climactic. Long ago, perhaps even in a galaxy far, far away, I created a Google Reader Account. Whereupon I subscribed madly to items of interest and then promptly abandoned the project (or perhaps fled screaming from the room due to information overload).

I do like the idea that the information is pushed to me as opposed to me going out there and pulling it.

I rediscovered the Google Reader account and trimmed it to a manageable 3 feeds that I am really truly interested in.

Bloglines seems much easier and friendlier to use. The easiest part is adding the feeds. I found it very simple to cut and paste the URL as needed. I have 3 here as well. Although I will have to remember to visit Bloglines after 23 Things is done. That would be the hard part.

I guess it is redundent to have both. Maybe when Shona gets us all upgraded to Office 2007 I can learn how to use outlook to feed my feeds habit!