13
Apr

L is for Librarything

   Posted by: Faith   in Rye Thoughts

Ahh, Librarything.

Where would I be without it?

Pile-of-BooksWell, for one, I wouldn’t have a complete catalogue of all my books. Now, if there’s ever a fire or a flood, I have a record for insurance purposes of all the books I own.

But cataloguing your books is only one perk of using this site, which I vastly prefer to GoodReads. And before you ask, no, Librarything isn’t just for libraries or librarians! Really, the “library” part in the title refers to the ability to catalogue, categorize, and provide information about your books and others.

Over at Librarything, I’m also an active member of the group “75 Books in 2012” – our challenge is to read 75 books each calendar year, and this year is my fourth time in the group. Admittedly, we’re more about the books than the numbers, so even if you only think you’ll read 20 books this year, we’ll still let you in and welcome you with open arms!!!

It’s a place to go to discuss books with like-minded individuals, where religious and racial and political differences are actually discussed like civil individuals, with respect and deference and logic leading the way – seriously, where else on the internet can you find that?!?!

Since joining Librarything and the group, I’ve expanded my reading horizons in ways I could never have anticipated. I used to read ONLY fantasy or sci-fi, but now I’ll pick up the occasional literary novel, oodles of non-fiction, contemporary dramas, cozy mysteries, maybe even a romance or a western or *gasp* something mainstream. If it’s a good story, who cares what genre it is?

stack-of-books2My TBR list has expanded to include well over 500 titles, and it’s growing! And in the process of reading and recommending books, I’ve made real, sincere friendships. The group supports each other, encourages each other through hard times, and bonds together for strength (such as this past January after the death of a long-time group member). We celebrate each other’s achievements and victories (beating cancer! getting married! having a baby! a new job! going back to school!), and every year there are multiple REAL LIFE meet-ups of group members.

I haven’t had the opportunity to attend one of these yet, but a few of us are in discussion about a Toronto meet-up… so, fingers crossed!

If you’ve never hopped onto Librarything to take a look around, what are you waiting for? Come find me in the 75’ers group, and let’s talk books!

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7 comments so far

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I had never heard of Librarything until now. I’m going to have to go check that out.

Just stopping by from the A to Z challenge. Good luck with the rest!

April 13th, 2012 at 9:26 pm
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I haven’t been to Library Thing in years. How could I have forgotten about it?! Thanks for the reminder. :)

Dana, via the A to Z Challenge

April 14th, 2012 at 2:22 pm
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I’ll have to check out the site. So far I’ve found Goodreads to be confusing but will probably continue to use it for at least networking.

Also, I love the theme you chose for your blog. I was toying with this same theme when I was first starting out. Can’t remember exactly why I changed my mind. May have had something to do with placement of ads. Anyway, it’s a perfect theme for a writer, reader or anything literary. Way to go!

Visiting for the A to Z Challenge. We’re doing guest post writing tips.

April 14th, 2012 at 3:20 pm
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Hello, Faith! I’m on Goodreads but I haven’t heard of Librarything. It sounds fun! Thanks for sharing the info.

Hope you’re having a lovely weekend and happy A to Z!!

April 15th, 2012 at 3:48 am
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Thanks for the tip about Librarything. I hadn’t heard of it. Good luck with the A to Z Challenge!

April 15th, 2012 at 5:10 am
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Oh, boy. We give ourselves more and more to do. Not me though. I’m stepping away from libarything to continue writing. Blog on!

http://francene-wordstitcher.blogspot.com

April 15th, 2012 at 10:03 am
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I’m on Goodreads. While I’d heard about Librarything, I didn’t know anything about it until you supplied the link, and inspired me to check it out. Sounds worth a go, so I’ll be joining soon!

April 18th, 2012 at 2:40 am