Tag: LibraryThing

Facing a Fresh Landscape

There’s a fresh layer of snow dusting over the older snow outside for the new year. While, if at all possible, I have absolutely no intention of leaving the building today, it is a good time for a bit of reflection and planning.

Last year was in two pretty distinct sections:
Before August
After August

Before August was mostly focused here in La Crosse and on work. I orchestrated our Knitting in Public Day, started a kids knitting group, went to PLA, did summer reading in La Crosse, worked on my databases and went to Sibling-the-Younger’s graduation. I went on two different yarn diets. I made one flying trip out to New York and a couple down to Chicago to hang out with the Kickers and AudioGirl, but beyond that it was a pretty mellow spring.

And then August hit. My immediate supervisor retired, I flew to New York for a wedding shower and then flew out to Colorado to spend a week with the Tech Sergeant. I came back, drove to the Incredibly-Patient-Mother’s for a dress alteration, flew back to New York for a wedding, took on the care and feeding of the chapter book collection, went back to Chicago and caught up with a lot of people I see only sporadically. I started NaNoWriMo though I didn’t finish, got braces, and cut a foot off my hair. I flew to Atlanta and bought a tea and coffee pot, knitted until my hands nearly fell off, and went back to the Incredibly-Patient-Mother’s for a week at the holidays.

This year lies before me with a lot of potential. Certainly today is not all that different from yesterday but with a new January ahead of me, there seems to be many fresh options.

Goals for 2009:
1) Use things — I have tea, yarn, books…so many things that are here waiting for me. When they start feeling like clutter rather than things I enjoy, it’s time to use up or get rid of rather than hold on indefinitely.
2) Knit for myself. I talk a lot about knitting but almost always it’s for other people. Call it selfish but I want some warm woolly things for me.
3) Write for more than just my blog audience. I need a better collection of rejection emails and letters and possibly some acceptances too.
4) Scrapbook old papers. Not the incredibly matted, decorated, and beribboned, just the “here’s a paper, here’s something from junior high” with some notes on the side about why I kept it.
5) Survive braces….20 months to go.
6) Get my books into LibraryThing.

I wish you big and conquerable goals in 2009 and good health for the new year. With hugs, best wishes and a clean but already filling calendar,

Happy 2009

What’s on Display?: All About the Girls

We have this weird cubby hole at work where two stand up OPACs* used to reside. When I came to LPL a year ago this was affectionately known as the Harry Potter Shrine. It housed all eleventy-two thousand copies of the seven books in print and audiobook format. Somewhere around January we agreed to dismantle the shrine (even Deathly Hallows wasn’t on hold for anyone anymore) and interfile the books, with a healthy handful going into storage as replacement copies for when some of them wore out.

Thus began the advent of me, back to the rest of the room, crawling around three and a half feet off the ground putting up various backdrops. Wallpapered concrete is not the easiest to decorate–but I’m pretty good with a role of tape and Madame Director and our Guru of Facilities just said they’d get me cork board to make my life easier going forward.

But after a summer of butterfly boxes where we grew two rounds of Brassica Butterflies (the first set we hatched did the whole mating thing) and talked about caterpillars and how they eat cabbage and plants in the mustard family, it was time for a change. So break out the purple backdrop, it’s time for the girl books.

There are a lot of emerging female protagonists who have some nice backbone as well as some classics. A few (not comprehensive) recommendations for elementary aged girls:

Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls: Moving Day (Meg Cabot)
Sarah Simpson's Rules for Living (Rebecca Rupp)
Moxy Maxwell Does Not Like Writing Thank You Not
es (Peggy Gifford)
Judy Moody (Megan McDonald)
Mallory (Laurie Friedman)
Enola Holmes (Nancy Springer)

Mercy Watson (Kate DiCamillo)
The Mysterious Case of the Allbright Academy (Diane Stanley)
Beacon Street Girls (Annie Bryant)
Main Street Girls (Ann M. Martin)
Rodzina (Karen Cushman)

Ramona (Beverly Cleary)

The Alice Books (Phyllis Reynolds Naylor)

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle (Betty MacDonald)

Harriet the Spy (Louise Fitzhugh)

Matilda (Roald Dahl)

Charlotte's Web
(E.B. White)

Nancy Drew (Carolyn Keene)

Ella Enchanted (Gail Carson Levine)

I'm using LibraryThing's Free Covers!! This is most incredibly awesome.

*OPAC-- computers that just have the library catalog on them

Top 106 Unread Books in Library Thing: Meme

I don’t Meme often…but this one struck the English major nerves in me. Below are reading habits that will probably surprise very few of you. Especially considering my acknowledged love of Austen.

Below are the top 106 books tagged “unread” in LibraryThing.

The rules:

Bold what you have read, italicize books you’ve started but couldn’t finish, and strike through books you hated. Add an asterisk to those you’ve read more than once. Underline those on your tbr list.

Jonathan Strange & M. Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment

One hundred years of solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi: a novel
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice*
Jane Eyre
A Tale of Two Cities

The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveller’s Wife
The Iliad
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods (Only because My-Friend-the-Lawyer keeps saying I must read)
A heartbreaking work of staggering genius
Atlas shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran
Memoirs of a Geisha
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury Tales
The Historian
A portrait of the artist as a young man
Love in the time of cholera
Brave new world
The Fountainhead

Foucault’s Pendulum
The Count of Monte Cristo*

A clockwork orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible
Angels & Demons
The Inferno
The Satanic Verses
Sense and sensibility*
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park*
One flew over the cuckoo’s nest
To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Oliver Twist
Gulliver’s Travels
Les misérables
The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time
The Prince
The Sound and the Fury
Angela’s Ashes
The God of Small Things
A people’s history of the United States : 1492-present
A confederacy of dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
The unbearable lightness of being
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake : a novel
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Northanger Abbey*

The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
The Aeneid
Watership Down
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit
In Cold Blood
White teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield

The Three Musketeers*

My CueKitten :)

If it weren’t enough to be totally in love with LibraryThing (see my sidebar on my blog if you usually just read via RSS), I also recently bought a CueCat.

I just upgraded this evening to a lifetime membership for LT. Probably the best investment I’ll make this year, because it gives me the opportunity to go through all of my books and evaluate them while I’m scanning them in for posterity, insurance, etc etc etc. It also means that I can point my mother to it and she and my sister can scheme for what they’d like to add to my collection for any upcoming birthdays. That is, of course, if my 13 page Amazon list doesn’t give them enough ideas.

I plugged my CueCat in for the first time this evening and immediately thought there was something wrong with it. It wasn’t behaving like the scanners I have at work. Hmmmmmm….off to the CueCat Help Forum that Tim so thoughtfully put together. Ah-ha! Under a posting duly entitled “Duh!” I find a link to a tutorial on how to use your CueCat and suffer a moment of feeling like an idiot when I realize it works like a scanner pen–you have to move it across the bar code on the paper. I was waving the cat over the bar code and getting frustrated.

So now, I can scan all of my books in and maybe wreak a little bit of order to my bookshelves.

Neal Stephenson as a TV Series?

Oh…heaven help us all. The Librarian In Black pointed me to this today—

For those Neal Stephenson fans out there, you will be either very happy or quite dismayed (or maybe both) to learn that George Clooney is teaming up with the SciFi Network to create a miniseries based on the book, Diamond Age.

Hmmm…I can’t decide my feelings on this. I suppose it was inevitable. Stephenson’s too good a writer and the Baroque Cycle was just too much to take on in one “miniseries” (I’m just starting the second book of the series…). And of course it’s too late at night to call my sister and one of my nearest friends, both serious Stephenson fans. This was not my favorite book– Cryptonomicon will always hold that place in my heart. Still, it’s a good book and I don’t know if I want to watch it on the small screen. The only good news I can find is that Stephenson is the one prepping it for TV—so at least SOME of the integrity of the book should be upheld.

Of course, you realize that now I have to reread it really fast. *sigh* and here I thought it was just gathering dust.

P.S. I think I’m offended by Library Journal’s recent interview with Tim Spaulding for LibraryThing. They say that via the Unsuggester that

(e.g., if you like Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon, you might want to veer away from Leigh Radford’s One-Skein Knitting)

I own both of these books. I really must get the rest of my library into my LibraryThing so I can totally confuse their Unsuggester. But no one ever said my reading habits were normal.