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01 July 2012 @ 06:51 am
 
On a random impulse, I joined Goodreads. Friend me if you'd like, though I should warn you that my OCD demands I add every book I own to my Goodreads shelf. And that my taste in books is not the height of intellectual reading or even close to it.
 
 
 
Selenic76selenic76 on July 1st, 2012 11:39 am (UTC)
I've tried listing my books in several places, but usually fail. Never seem to remember if I own a certain book, or have only read it :)

♥ Isaac Asimov
♥ Discworld ^_^
popkin16: ★ when is a door not a doorpopkin16 on July 1st, 2012 11:45 am (UTC)
The only way I can do it is because I'm surrounded by my books. I just go through my shelves, book by book. The problem is I have so many - I have 200+ volumes of manga, alone.

Discworld makes me so incredibly happy XD In fact, my icon is a quote from Discworld!
sgamadisonsgamadison on July 1st, 2012 12:58 pm (UTC)
I am over there as Sarah Madison and I sent you a friend request! I'm not there a lot. GR is an interesting place. Some of my LJ friends have migrated there from LJ, finding it a rich source of book discussions and general conversation.

I think without the common background of fandom,the discourse is a little less friendly at times than what I am used to. But maybe that's just me! I tend not to review very many books myself, but I do use it to track books I want to read. Maybe if I knew more people over there, I'd spend more time there!
popkin16: ★ your mouth is like a grenadepopkin16 on July 2nd, 2012 04:44 am (UTC)
Added you! I was just wondering if your books were up there or not. I'll have to check! I haven't found where the book discussions or general conversations are happening, but that's probably because I'm so new. Everything is shiny and weird at first!

That's really too bad :( I'm kind of sad that it's less friendly at times - but not everything can be like fandom. I don't plan to review a lot of books either - at most, I'll "rate" them. And it's a very handy place to have all the books I want to someday read - no longer will I make a list on a piece of notebook paper and then loose the list!
sgamadison: Bookssgamadison on July 2nd, 2012 11:55 am (UTC)
That's what I try to use it for--list keeping. I'll run across a non-mainstream title that looks interesting, but then forget to jot it down and never come across it again... I'm trying to do better at that!

I think part of the sense of unfriendliness I feel is due to the sheer size of some of the groups--in excess of 4-5 K members. it can be hard to get to know people on the kind of basis that you do on LJ. Also, there can be a lot of wank--I tend to stay away from hot button topic discussions, like whether women should write M/M romance, etc.

You should join the M/M Romance Group, though. It's free, and they have a lot of book discussions and a lot of free reads, giveaways, contests, etc.
popkin16: ☂ such desirepopkin16 on July 3rd, 2012 02:08 am (UTC)
My friend aadarshinah has been doing the 125 Things challenge, in which she recommends books everyone should read. It's making my "To Read" list grow larger, so I'm very grateful for Goodreads XD

I'll run across a non-mainstream title that looks interesting, but then forget to jot it down and never come across it again... I'm trying to do better at that!

I hear ya! I do the same thing.

...it can be hard to get to know people on the kind of basis that you do on LJ. Also, there can be a lot of wank--I tend to stay away from hot button topic discussions, like whether women should write M/M romance, etc.

That makes a lot of sense *nod* And I can see where those would be hot button topics, prone to arguments and such.

Er, I'll join as soon as I figure out how to join? Do I just search for M/M Romance Group?
sgamadison: Bookssgamadison on July 3rd, 2012 02:53 am (UTC)
Try this and see what happens! http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/20149-m-m-romance

Hah, if you're worried about people finding you boring because of your reading list, wait til you see mine. I think I've only reviewed 6-7 books and I keep forgetting to come back and update when I've read something.

TBH, I don't utilize GR as well as I should, but as long as I can bookmark my book choices, I don't mind that I'm boring. :-)

Will check out your friend's list though-always in the market for stuff to read, even if the wallet is nearly empty...

Edited at 2012-07-03 02:55 am (UTC)
popkin16: ☂ all the fun things go by that namepopkin16 on July 3rd, 2012 02:58 am (UTC)
Ooo, thank you! I've requested to become a member :D

I read a lot of romance novels, I've noticed. Not so much harlequin, where the romance drives the plot, but things like Iris Johansen and such XD I haven't really in-depth reviewed anything - most of the stuff I've read lately has been fanfiction, so I'm rating books and stuff based on how much I remember enjoying the book. But I'm really happy with the To Read shelf.

Another reason to join Goodreads - the ability to find new, interesting stuff!
sgamadison: Write!sgamadison on July 3rd, 2012 11:57 am (UTC)
That was interesting to me when I began to track what stories I wanted to review, read, etc. I *don't* read a lot of romance novels. I think that was why finding slash was a big deal for me--I was like *finally* adult romantic fiction! Most romance novels make me grit my teeth with their euphemisms and the way the heroine usually behaves so *stupidly* (or worse, is smart and tough until she falls in love, then she becomes incapable of crossing the street without assistance!) Then again, I stopped reading them for the most part a long time ago, for all I know, they've improved tremendously!


I've jokingly said one day I'd write the het story that I'd want to read--but I'm not sure anyone else would!
i feel the madness creeping in: sleepaadarshinah on July 1st, 2012 01:15 pm (UTC)
Ohhh! You've joined the club! I sent you a friending message - so don't be freaked out when this person asks to be your friend. ;)

Edited at 2012-07-01 01:26 pm (UTC)
popkin16: ♦ very similar to the marmotpopkin16 on July 2nd, 2012 04:45 am (UTC)
AH. If you hadn't included that message, I would have wondered who it was friending me :P I've added you back, of course, though I'm kind of worried you'll think me dull once you see the books I read.
i feel the madness creeping in: snoozeaadarshinah on July 2nd, 2012 11:30 am (UTC)
I doubt that, but it's no problem.
popkin16: ♥ nibble & nuzzlepopkin16 on July 3rd, 2012 01:59 am (UTC)
I hope it still holds true now that you've seen the kind of stuff I read :P
i feel the madness creeping inaadarshinah on July 3rd, 2012 02:05 am (UTC)
*grins* well, it has a lot of the stuff I've rec'd in the to-read bin, so it's not all that bad. ;)
popkin16: ♦ very similar to the marmotpopkin16 on July 3rd, 2012 02:11 am (UTC)
That's my favorite feature :D Now I no longer have to worry about losing the notebook paper and thus all the books you've rec'd that I want to read XD I think I'm still missing some, though?
i feel the madness creeping inaadarshinah on July 3rd, 2012 02:14 am (UTC)
IDK... let me take a look.

...

hmmm, the plays, I think, and some of the sceince books from the first post on that theme. I think.
popkin16: ♪ catch me if ever I fallpopkin16 on July 3rd, 2012 02:17 am (UTC)
I'm going to have to go through your posts individually and check to make sure I have the books I want to read listed.
i feel the madness creeping inaadarshinah on July 3rd, 2012 02:23 am (UTC)
maybe. (my devious plan is devious.)
popkin16: ♦ no ships like partnershipspopkin16 on July 3rd, 2012 02:25 am (UTC)
Evil!
i feel the madness creeping in: wraithqueenaadarshinah on July 3rd, 2012 02:26 am (UTC)
but obviously so
hoktauri on July 1st, 2012 02:39 pm (UTC)
I have followed you! :-D
popkin16: ♦ no ships like partnershipspopkin16 on July 2nd, 2012 04:45 am (UTC)
Immediately friended you back :D
slytherinstyle3slytherinstyle3 on July 3rd, 2012 03:49 am (UTC)
Aaaaand... you just caused me to spend a couple hours on that site. I have now set up an account, rated a few books, and will be going through and listing all the books I own(which is a LOT) at a later time.

I don't know if my thank you should be serious or sarcastic. LoL

Added you as a friend on there. You are now officially my first and only friend on Goodreads. *hugs*

Mara
popkin16: ♥ nibble & nuzzlepopkin16 on July 3rd, 2012 06:22 am (UTC)
LOL And another is drawn in! I've friended you back, of course. When I first joined, I spent a couple hours on that site too - it really sucks you in. I'm still in the process of listing all the books I've owned :P It's weirdly fun.

LOL I'll take it as both, shall I? :D

You should post to your LJ and various social networking sites to see if anybody else has one. Or see if they want to sign up too :D