6.26.2006

For Collectors and Reading Geeks...

I found this website called Library Thing in which you can catalog all of your books by just putting in the ISBN, the book title or author (or all) in the search engine. Then you can select your version of the book (hardcover, etc.) and add it to your online library. The site pulls the cover picture and any other information from US library sites and Amazon.com as well as connects you with other people's online libraries, telling you whose library you have the most books in common with so that you can browse their books for your next read! I realize that this is a completely geeky and time consuming thing to do, but what a cool way to connect with other readers and find new books to add to your collection. As well as a way to be completely obsessive over your books and keep track of all that you have so that when you lend out books you can make sure you get them back. I have lent out far too many books only to forget about it until years later when I don't speak to the lendee anymore. I have yet to buy myself another copy of my beloved I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. It's that stubbornness in me that says I already bought it once and I hate to buy it again even though it's as good as lost now.

Anyways, it'll keep me busy on all the nights that my hubby is coaching/playing baseball and I'm trying to procrastinate from writing. As if blogs and blogging weren't procrastination enough!

4 comments:

goldie gold loves action jack said...
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goldie gold loves action jack said...

FINALLY! I found someone here who loves Amy Tan. I adore her...so much. I am absolutely mesmerized by her works. It took me just one day to read her "One Hundred Secret Senses."
And your short stories? Am watching out for that.

mai wen said...

I absolutely adore Amy Tan, and since I'm a bi-racial Chinese American (half Chinese, half Caucasian) the stories really hit home for me. I also didn't grow up around many other Chinese-American children, so I was so shocked and relieved that anybody else felt at all what I had felt growing out... like I didn't fit in in either the Chinese or the American cultures. I was some oddball in limbo between the two. "One Hundred Secret Senses" is actually the first book of Tan's that I read and still my favorite, despite the popularity of "The Joy Luck Club" I am still loyal the "One Hundred Secret Senses"!

I'll let you (and the whole world) know when I get my first short story published!!

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