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Live Chat w Vanessa Diffenbaugh on Goodreads

The language of flowers : a novelEarly this year, I read and very much enjoyed Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s debut novel The Language of Flowers.

This morning, I received an e-mail alert that Goodreads is hosting  a live video chat with Vanessa Diffenbaugh at 5 pm ET/2pm PT on Tuesday, June 26th to discuss her novel The Language of Flowers.

Sadly, I have to work and won’t be able to attend the live chat, but I hope I can watch the archive. I hope some of you will have the time to pop-in for the interview though. Someone should ask what her next book is about and when we can get our hands on it. =)

To RSVP to the chat and receive a reminder email the day before the chat, click here and RSVP “Yes.”

To watch the chat or ask a question, click here.

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In addition to LibraryThing and Goodreads, BookLikes is another bookish website helping readers keep track of their collections on bookshelves, books to read and books liked and disliked along the way.

What makes this site so different from the other two already established and favorite options? BookLikes offers immediate recommendations based on books you “like.” For example, I liked Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, and immediately two of her older books popped up in the recommendations box. The site is still in Beta form, so it has its flukes. I liked Petite Anglais by Catherine Sanderson and had the following books pop up on the recommendations shelf: Blog Marketing, RSS & Atom, Realty Blogging. I think the more authors liked the better the recommendations will be. At the moment, my recommendations are all technical blogging books, which are pretty wonky and not books I am looking for right now. You do have the option of hiding a recommendation, but another one will just pop up in its place. You can browse books by category or see the top recommendations from current users.

I didn’t see any space to join a community or chat in a forum, but you do have the option of starting a discussion thread, allowing other users to respond to a thought or question.

I see this primarily as a useful marketing tool for bloggers to link back to their reviews. Otherwise, I think non-bloggers would do better with LibraryThing and Goodreads. Librarians will be able to use this tool for more general readers advisory and booklist creations for various age groups and genres.

Library experiences…

Although I have a world of managerial experience through my student internship, it doesn’t really help me much when I go into an interview room and am posed with the questions “so what experience do you have with leading story time?”

So, I am making this summer a “say yes to anything library-related” summer. So far, I have a few fun projects that will keep me busy. I am doing an all day archiving session up in Oakland and I will be doing volunteer story-time for my local library group. I was even accepted as a voluntary Goodreads Librarian, which gives me the power to monitor all the material in the database, and make changes as necessary, to make sure titles/authors/etc. are accurate. I figure any experience is good experience.
Plus, it is a fun scavenger hunt trying to find a missing author, or publishing group.

GoodReads – website review

I’ve been using GoodReads for quite a while now to track the books I read and keep tabs on what my friends are reading. I’m not really sure how I came across this site, but I like it and most of my friends have a GoodReads account. I had signed up for LibraryThing, but never got around to updating it. It felt a little clumsy to me, when searching for titles. With Goodreads, you can type in the author, and see all the books associated with that author, then just go down the list and add books, (or just rate it) without having to re-enter the author’s name each time to go to another book (something that keeps happening to me on LibraryThing). I do like that LibraryThing lets you do half stars, I can’t do that with GoodReads.

Other than the ease of adding books to my list and organizing the lists, there really isn’t much of a difference between the two. When I signed up for GoodReads, LibraryThing still had a cap on the number of titles on the shelf, whereas GoodReads is unlimited and free. Its also easier to view other people’s bookshelves and be able to add titles to your own bookshelf when browsing.

My favorite part is being able to divide up lists into various categories. I have a “To-Read” list, a “Currently Reading” list, and various subject headings that I can stick titles under. There are thousands of groups for tons of topics, a section for authors that are GoodReads members, (I friended Paulo Coelho). I also joined the Rory Gilmore Book Club on GoodReads. The forum is always active and the posts are actually well thought out and insightful.

I have accounts on both sites, and I’ll most likely keep both accounts. Its always nice having more than 1 online resource for something like this. Used together, they kind of balance each other out. I like that LibraryThing is more library/librarian focused, but I think GoodReads is easier to use.