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Favorite Books of 2010

04th January 2011

I chose my favorite books from 2010.  You can find them in my Top Pikks.  For some reason, I didn’t have nearly as many favorites as I have had in years past.  I had 17 Top Pikks for 2009 and only 7 for 2010.  Although they are only 7 in number, my favorites from 2010 shouldn’t be missed.  Check them out and tell me which good books I missed!

Library Thing

30th January 2010

The time has finally come in my reading career when I can no longer review every book that I read.  I use the term “review” lightly, as most of my reviews are just a few sentences about the book.  But even finding the time to write a few sentences about each book that I read has become impossible.  However, I still want a record of everything that I’ve read, which is where Library Thing comes in.

Library Thing is a database where I can keep track of the books I’ve read.  It has some really neat features.  You can:

  • add your own tags to the books you’ve read
  • sort books into “collections.”  For example, some of my collections are entitled Read, Read but Unowned, E’s Library Favorites (my daughter’s favorite library check-outs), M’s Library Favorites (my son’s favorite library check-outs), To Buy, and Favorites.
  • write reviews or link back to your blog review
  • rate books
  • read other reader’s reviews
  • search for other readers who enjoy similar books
  • request review copies of select books
  • design widgets for your blog

You can have up to 200 books in your collection(s) for free.  Once you reach the 200 mark, you’ll need to upgrade your account to a paid membership ($10/yr or $25/lifetime.)  So far, my only complaint about Library Thing is that I can’t find an iPhone app for them.  If you know of one, let me know!

Back to reviewing books.  From now on, I’ll only be reviewing select books on my blog.  I’ll focus on the books that made the biggest impression on me, either because they were well-written, enjoyable, made me think, or were unique in some other way.  Feel free to visit me at Library Thing to see everything I’m reading.

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Top Pikks of 2009

01st January 2010

Once again, I have compiled a favorites list.  I read well over 100 books last year.  A few were awful, some were forgettable, many were quite good, and a handful were amazing.  The amazing ones are my Top Pikks–books that should be read, enjoyed and discussed over and over.  If you have read, or plan to read any of these, let me know what you think.  What books amazed you last year?

And in case you missed them, here are my Top Pikks from 2008 and 2007.

Top Pikks for 2008

06th January 2009

I’ve read some absolutely fantastic books this year.  To help steer you towards some of the highlights, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite books from 2008.  They can be found on my Top Pikks page.  What better way to kick off the new year than with a great book?