Monday, November 17, 2008

Tuesday Thingers: Popular This Month

This week, the Boston Bibliophile has this question for LibraryThing’s Tuesday Thingers group:

Popular this month on LT: Do you look at this list? Do you get ideas on what to read from it?
Have you read any of the books on the list right now? Feel free to link to any reviews you've done as well.

And the list:

  1. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  2. Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron
  3. Nation by Terry Pratchett
  4. Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
  5. Anathem by Neal Stephenson
  6. American Wife: A Novel by Curtis Sittenfeld
  7. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
  8. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel by David Wroblewski
  9. Any Given Doomsday by Lori Handeland
  10. Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3) by Stephenie Meyer

I’ve only read two of these (and reviewed them). I got Mary Ann Shaffer’s “Guernsey” book through LT’s Early Reviewer program. The ARC of American Wife came through an ad I found in the Shelf Awareness online newsletter.

But to answer the first couple of questions: No, I don’t look at it. In fact, I had that feature turned off, so I guess I’d have to say I’ve never gotten any ideas from it. I’m not sure why I decided to take it off my LT home page – just figured I didn’t need it, I suppose. But I do think it’s interesting to see what’s popular with my fellow LT-ers (even if I don't share their enthusiasm), so I might leave it turned on after this.

Of all the books that I haven’t read on the list, I really don’t see any (with the possible exception of Dewey) that really jump out and grab my interest. But then, I was a little skeptical of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society at first, too – and ended up loving it. It was truly a pleasant surprise.

Actually, I’ve enjoyed all the books I’ve gotten through the Early Reviewer program, even though a couple of them have seemed a little outside my comfort zone at first glance. And I love pleasant surprises like that. Don’t you?


  1. At least I know I wasn't alone when it comes to having that feature turned off!

  2. I've never looked at the list until today. Now I'm thinking what to write about it myself. I'm still not too sure I want to read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society but if it's sitting on the shelf in the library I may borrow it.

    Margaret at BooksPlease

  3. Contrary as usual, I have that feature turned on, and now decided I should turn it off!

  4. The only one on the list that I don't have that interests me is The Graveyard Book. I doubt I'll get it anytime soon, though.

  5. I have never even looked at that list. I did not know it existed. Now that I know, I will deliberately not look!

  6. I just turned it on after I read that you had to turn it on! Thanks - I've obviousely never looked at it either!

    :) Wendi

    Here's my

  7. I was undecided about the Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society, but I just read your review and I think I'm going to add it to my list.

  8. I had the feature on, just hadn't ever looked at it.

    It seems like it could be cool to see how often it changes, but the books listed on it today were mainly ones that are present in most bestseller lists/sections.

  9. See, I always learn more about LT. I didn't know it was a feature that could be turned off, LOL. (but I enjoy it so I will keep it on)

  10. I never knew that list was even there! I think it is interesting. I also agree with you about nice surprises, you just never know...

  11. I got my Gurnsey ARC from LT too. I reviewed it and the Edgar Sawtelle book, the two best literary fictions on the list. I will read Dewey because I won a copy and I'm thrilled, but like you, the rest don't fall into my area of interest. But what a great TT question, the answers are fun to read.


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