It’s no secret that I love the books. I love music, movies, art, theater, and kitty cats, too — but books are easy to write about, easy to share, and they are a big part of my professional and personal existence.
LibraryThing is a great website that lets you enter, organize, classify, and display your books online. I dare anyone to add just 5 books and stop. It’s kinda like Pringles that way. It was the first service of its kind that I used, so the information on all of my books, i.e. type of book, rating, is more thorough. I make a distinction @ Librarything between books I own and books I’ve borrowed from the library. You can search my library below.
More recently I’ve begun using GoodReads.com to keep track of what I’m reading now, what I’ve read before, and what I thought of the books I finished. It’s handy because it has more social aspects to it – updates on what my friends and colleagues are reading, ratings, reviews, etc. My “library” on Goodreads isn’t detailed at all as far as what the books are about, but I’ve reviewed and rated more of them than I did on Librarything.
If you use either LibraryThing or GoodReads, I’ll friend anyone who likes books and writes reviews often!
A.S. Byatt, Margaret Atwood, Tom Robbins, Roald Dahl, Jeanette Winterson, Kurt Vonnegut, Alice Munro, Annie Proulx, Graham Greene, Isabelle Allende, O. Henry, Angela Carter, Thomas Hardy, Virginia Woolf, Ray Bradbury, Aimee Bender, L.M. Montgomery, Clive Barker, Will Self, and Michelle Tea.
In 1999, Snoop Bloggy Blog was a super unique (and witty, right?) name for a blog. Since then, I've seen a lot of imitators. But none can be as riveting as this: 10 years of what I ate for lunch, what music I was listening to, and who I had a crush on at any given time. This blog follows me from San Francisco to London to San Francisco to Palm Springs to Seattle (and soon back to California). Whew! More archives are coming soon.
Whenever my brain feels like a scramble of shoulds and wannas, I make myself a cup of coffee and sit down with a piece of paper and a pen and get it all out.
What better way to keep track of your life, of your very you-ness than to keep lists? I find them convenient to write, fun to read, and I’d dare say poetic. Some lists are useful, some are out of date and should be tossed (but are kept around for remembering’s sake). Here are my tried and true.