Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Tuesday Thingers: Discussion Groups

"Tuesday Thingers"? Really? Hmmmmm.

Well, for the second edition of Tuesday Thingers, Marie at Boston Bibliophile (and thanks, Marie, for taking this on) asks:

Discussion groups. Do you belong to any (besides Early Reviewers)? Approximately how many? Are there any in particular that you participate in more avidly? How often do you check?

I had to go to my profile and check my groups listing to answer this, so I guess I'd have to say I'm not really what you'd call an active participant in any LT groups. But I "belong" to eight, besides the Early Reviewer group: Blog the Book, Bloggers, Children's Fiction, Cozy Mysteries, Crime Thriller & Mystery, FantasyFans, Read YA Lit, and Science Fiction Fans.

I think some of these groups are pretty dormant right now, but then I haven't really checked most of them for quite a while. The only group I really keep up with is the Early Reviewer group, mostly to read what other people are saying – I'm a notorious "lurker."

But even though I probably use it more for its organizational value than for social networking, I have to say LibraryThing is seductive and quite addictive. And also relaxing in a strange way. Is there a Zen of cataloguing?

I've been spending more and more time listing our books – I've almost got 500 titles now, which is a mark I thought would take me years to reach! It gives me a strange sense of accomplishment to see my list growing, one book at a time. Makes me wish I hadn't left library school all those years ago.


  1. I just started LT recently and only have about 50 books listed. It takes awhile, doesn't it? I may never get all my books put on there.

  2. I'm disappointed in the name, too. Lisa didn't seem too keen on it on her blog, either.

  3. Think about getting a cue cat you can zip them in using that...literally 100's in a hour.

    And yes the name...70's porn or what

  4. I'm with John. When I started uploading my books I was sure it would take forever. I bought a cuecat which made it pretty easy. However, I do have a ton of older books I had to do the old way... The Cuecat thing simply reads barcodes which older books don't have. However if most of your books have barcodes then this is a real timesaver.

    Plus when you finally have your library up on the site, it's just amazing to have all your titles in one place and gives you a sense of satisfaction.

  5. Thanks, everybody, for stopping by. I guess we'll just have to live with the name.

    And thanks for recommending the cuecat. Probably about half my library is new stuff that has codes, so I know that would be a lot of time saved.

  6. So you are definitely one of "my people" as I use LT the exact same way you do. One nice thing about LT is we can contribute as much or little as we're comfortable no expectations attached.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and visiting today.

  7. I've got 508 listed on my library at present and now I've hit a break. Do I get the remaining boxes out of the spare room or do I just read, review and blog for a while? I think the answer is obvious LOL.

  8. I have about 150 listed. I was in the process of listing everything and just got sucked into the groups so I stopped my cataloging. I may order the cue cat to finish the process! I had a busy week with work but will participate in "Tuesday Thingers" next week.


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