Tuesday Thingers ~ 6/3

June 3, 2008 at 11:15 am | Posted in LibraryThing, LIfe | 9 Comments
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Today’s Tuesday Thingers question is: Why LT?

Why did you choose to open and maintain an LT account? Do you/did you use other online cataloging/social networking sites, like GoodReads or Shelfari? Do you use more than one? Are they different or do they serve different purposes?

I looked into LibraryThing after a friend’s daughter told me about it. I’m not a big researcher when it comes to these types of things. I jump right in. That being said, I’m not likely to dig too far into anything unless I know to look for it – which is bad. Tuesday Thingers is a case in point. I belong to the Early Reviewers group, but I had no idea about the bloggers getting together until I heard about it from Devourer of Books.

With social networking, I’m pretty much a follower. I have a MySpace account (which I rarely touch anymore) and a Facebook account. I didn’t join either until persuaded by my family or friends. Even though I use Facebook more frequently, there’s a lot of things you can do that I’m oblivious to. It’s pretty much a way to send messages back and forth for me.

This is a really good question for me this week. I’ve been meaning to do more digging into what LT is and can be for me. I need to spend more time reading up on all of the site’s features. I promise to report back a the end of my post next week about one aspect of LT that I’ve discovered and have started using.

Tuesday Thingers

May 27, 2008 at 4:55 pm | Posted in Books | 10 Comments
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Brought to us by The Boston Bibliophile:

So the question this week is- how many books do you have cataloged in your LibraryThing account? How do you decide what to include- everything you have, everything you’ve read- and are there things you leave off?

I have 353 books cataloged on my LibraryThing account.  I have included much of what I own.  I’ve also included everything I’ve read since I started this blog even if I didn’t own or keep the book.  I thought long and hard about this, but I decided that was okay.  If I don’t have the book and it’s listed, I’ve published my review for it.  I also use the Private Notes to indicate things like ARCs, library books, etc…

The books I don’t have listed right now are books from my young adulthood that are still in Michigan with my parents and those on a couple of smaller bookshelves in our basement.  Our laptop doesn’t get great reception in the basement and I have been too lazy to bring them up.

LibraryThing Profile Change

May 22, 2008 at 1:19 pm | Posted in Books | 9 Comments
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Hi all! I just wanted to let everyone know that I’ve updated my LibraryThing username from Speedhaven to LiterateHousewife so that everyone will know who I am. I just wasn’t thinking when I created my LibraryThing profile.

Top 106 Unread Books on LibraryThing

May 9, 2008 at 9:25 pm | Posted in Books, Inspiration, LibraryThing, LIfe, Reading | 1 Comment
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Devourer of Books posted this meme earlier today and it was so inspiring to me. We might even come up with a way to make it a friendly, book blogging competition.

We both are fans of LibraryThing and this the list of what at least was once the listing of the top 106 unread books (annotated to match my experience as modeled by Dev):

Asterisk – I own the book
Bold – I’ve read the book – w/link if reviewed
Italics – I’ve started the book
Stricken – I hated the book
Underline – on my current TBR list

Jonathan Strange & M. Norrell
*Anna Karenina
*Crime and Punishment
*Catch-22
One hundred years of solitude
*Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
*Life of Pi: a novel
*The Name of the Rose
*Don Quixote (read in Spanish, own in English)
*Moby Dick
*Ulysses
*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 Traveler’s Wife
*The Iliad
*Emma
*The Blind Assassin
*The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
*Great Expectations
American Gods
A heartbreaking work of staggering genius
*Atlas shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran
*Memoirs of a Geisha
*Middlesex
Quicksilver
*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
Middlemarch
Frankenstein
*The Count of Monte Cristo
Dracula
A clockwork orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
*The Poisonwood Bible
*1984
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
*Dune
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
Cryptonomicon
Neverwhere
*A confederacy of dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
*Dubliners
The unbearable lightness of being
Beloved
*Slaughterhouse-five
*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
*Lolita
*Persuasion

*Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Freakonomics
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

So I own 44

I’ve read 35

I’ve started 2

I’ve hated 2

And 5 are on my TBR list
How do you fare against the 106?

On the Horizon

April 2, 2008 at 9:30 pm | Posted in Books, entertainment, Family, Historical Fiction, LibraryThing, LIfe, Reading | 2 Comments
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I have some fun things to look forward to in Literate Housewife-Land:

  1. I received an Advanced Readers Copy of Artist’s Proof by Lander Marks in the mail on Monday. After I finish reading it, I will be interviewing the author. I’m really excited to get to do that again.
  2. I am on the look out for two other ARCs: The Venetian Mask by Rosalind Laker (snagged through LibraryThing) and Gilding Lily by Tatiana Boncampagni (through HarperCollins). Since I snagged The Venetian Mask last month and it has yet to arrive, I’m starting to have my doubts about receiving it. That’s a little disappointing, but I’ll survive. Besides, it will be nice change to read two novels that are not historical fiction. I love historical fiction as you know, but a girl needs a little variety every now and then. 🙂
  3. My parents and my Uncle Ryan are coming down for a visit this weekend. I love to watch my kids interact with my parents. It should be a nice, relaxing weekend.
  4. I have registered http://www.literatehousewife.com! I am busy dreaming about how I want the site to look and work. As I’m no artist, I am looking for someone to help me with the colors, graphics, and logo I’ll need to complete the website and I’ve finally found a good lead. I’m hoping to have the site up and running this summer. I’m going to incorporate my blog and my Tudor Fan Site, which I’ll be building on that as well as well as adding a forum. When all that happens, be on the lookout for changes here, too.
  5. I am going to Vegas in June!!!!! As part of my new position at work, I’ve been invited to attend a conference being held at The Venetian. Sometimes I really feel like my life is swimming in connections. Artist’s Proof takes place in Las Vegas and, assuming that my LibraryThing snag will arrive in time, I might be reading The Venetian Mask by the pool at the Venetian!

Before all of that, I’ll be quickly finishing up Devil Water by Anya Seton and posting my review. It’s been a much more interesting read than the last book.

#54 ~ Dreamers of the Day

December 31, 2007 at 11:21 am | Posted in Books, Brain Food for Thought, Culture, Family, Historical Fiction, LibraryThing, LIfe, Reading, Secrets and Lies | Leave a comment
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Dreamers of the Day: A Novel by Mary Doria Russell

This novel tells the story of Agnes Shanklin, a dowdy, severely skeptical 40-year-old spinster who still needs the reassurance of her mother’s approval before making any decision. When Mumma and the rest of her family dies during the influenza epidemic, Agnes inherits a small fortune. Despite the nagging voice of Mumma in her head, she begins to dress in a way that flatters her figure and decides to follow in the footsteps of her deceased sister Lillian, the woman through whom she’s lived vicariously since their days in college. She takes a trip to Egypt, the land of Lawrence of Arabia and her trip happens to coincide with Churchill’s Cairo Conference.

Agnes is an intelligent woman who feels she knows the true inner workings of American domestic and foreign policy and how it was that United States got involved in WWI. Very near to the beginning of her dialog with the reader, she explains how it was the use of marketing language and lies involving Mexico that got this nation fired up to fight. I found it interesting that the narrator handily denounces such strategies near the beginning of her story while using the rest of her story to dish out her own propaganda.

It must be as frustrating to live a life full of self-righteous skepticism as it is at times to read Agnes’ story. Here she is a woman who takes a huge leap of faith in herself and, as a result of a connection made by her sister, happens upon Lawrence of Arabia, Gertrude Bell, and Winston Churchill in Cairo, Egypt at a most decisive time in history. Simply because of Lawrence’s affection for Lillian, Agnes is given the opportunity to take part in important discussions with some of the most important political leaders of her lifetime. Even while she feels as though she is looked down upon for being a woman and an American, she was constantly critical of their manners and their convictions. Their real-life experiences mattered not. She knew better than they did.

Separating myself from Agnes’ intellect, I enjoyed reading this book. I identified with Agnes’ inner relationship with her mother a great deal. As the oldest child, you sometimes feel the need to not go after what you want in order to lighten the burden on your parent(s). My parents did not expect this of me the way that Agnes’ mother seemed to, but I believe that we both operated from the same mindset. I very much appreciated Agnes’ mistrust in herself, her body, and male attention. I also enjoyed the author’s descriptions of the landscape, culture, and people of the Middle East. The description of the day that Agnes spent with Churchill and company riding camels to see the pyramids captured the experience perfectly.

In the end, I was disappointed with the literary device the author used to turn Agnes’ story into her own morality lesson about American politics today. It would have been much more beautiful and moving had she painted the story as it was in watercolor.

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To buy this novel, click here.

Early Christmas Pressies for Literate Housewife

December 20, 2007 at 3:24 am | Posted in Books, Free, LibraryThing, LIfe, Philippa Gregory, What's Up | 2 Comments
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I have had the most wonderful things happen to me over the past two days – I’ve received two free books in the mail!!!

Yesterday there was a package waiting for me from Simon and Schuster.  I thought it might be the book that I snagged as part of LibraryThing‘s Early Reviewers group.  When I opened it, I was excited to find a brand new hard cover of Philippa Gregory‘s The Constant Princess!  This was completely unexpected.  I’ve already read the book, but to have a pristine hard cover is outstanding!!! I’m not exactly sure what I did to merit the give away.  I did register for updates from their website about Philippa, but that’s the only thing that I can think of.  Who cares how or why? I’m completely thrilled!  Thank you, Simon and Schuster!

Today, there was another package on my doorstep.  This time, it was from Random House.  Sure enough, it’s the absolutely perfect Advanced Reading Copy of Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell that I snagged on LibraryThing!!!!  I cannot wait to start reading it!!!!  Thank you Random House and LibraryThing!  I will post my review as soon as I’m finished reading this book.

Here’s hoping that you’ll find some great reads in your stockings as well.

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