11 March 2014

Library Thing Vs GoodReads Vs BookLikes

When I first ventured online a good friend told me about Library Thing. So I joined. And it was nice, tracking my books, etc. Then the friend moved to GoodReads and told me all about that. So I joined. And...while it was nice, tracking what I was reading, what I loved about GoodReads was the community. Talking about books. Discovering new books. Speculating about forthcoming books (I seriously had as much fun speculating what was coming next in Ginn Hale's The Rifter as I did reading it :) With likeminded people who read what I did. But...IDK. Something has changed on GoodReads over the past several months. The community feels...disjointed. There has been the whole 'we, the administrators, can delete your reviews whenever we like' and the move to it being more about authors and less about readers. And, gradually, the people whose status updates I looked forward to reading seem to have vanished... Don't get me wrong, I love interacting with authors (please refer to The Rifter speculation group comment), but connecting with people who read and enjoy what I do was what kept me at GoodReads....

Which leads me to BookLikes. A number of people who used to be on GoodReads have moved there. (Or back to Library Thing. Or both :) My issue with the latter is I want to be able to discuss books. But more than that, I want to be able to discuss books with my friends. So, I guess what I'm really asking is - where do you go to talk books? Because where you are is where I want to be! (And any pros/cons for your choice would be greatly appreciated :)

04 March 2014

Where's Wally?

For those of you not in the know, the Where's Wally? books are detailed double-page spread illustrations depicting dozens of people doing a variety of things at a given location. The challenge is to find a character named Wally hidden in the group. I was always terrible at finding Wally. And sometimes I wonder if I don't have the same problem with time...

So...it's been almost a  month since my last confession post :) And I must confess that I've drawn up a rough schedule...no laughing...for every day of the week for the unnamed expert and I to go through because I feel like a headless chicken most days and yet nothing seems to get done... And that makes me stressed. Bottom line is, I like boundaries. Actually 'like' seems to subtle a word. I love boundaries. I need boundaries. For...everything. I feel...safe...with boundaries. And that one word, safe, seems to be the linchpin for me. Everything I do (sub)consciously comes down to being safe. I don't think I'll ever not need boundaries, but maybe if I work hard enough I will feel safe and maybe, eventually, a little more able...a little more secure...to go beyond them. Every once in a while :)

No, no question at the end of my post. This time *grin* Just a promise to try and post more this month. I do actually have some posts in mind...I just seem to get overwhelmed with the process, which is ridiculous. Now I'm going blog hopping :)