Saturday, April 21, 2007
Age of Innocence, LibraryThing, and other stuff
I woke up this morning and checked my email, and--oh no! There was no little chunk of The Age of Innocence waiting for me. Then I remembered that when I signed up for DailyLit (explained in an earlier post), I only signed up for weekday emails. I actually missed my Wharton this morning!
I haven't read Wharton in years, so I had forgotten how accessible she is. And in The Age of Innocence, she hooks you in the first few pages. She's sort of like your Victorian aunt, formal in her language, yet gossipy, and very sharp in her observations of the foibles of the society she lives in.
I am enamored of LibraryThing now, too. You all probably know more about it than I do. I saw it on other book blogs, so I was really excited to get my own little LibraryThing widget for my blog. It shows random books from my library (showing the cover art), and of course it's hooked up to Amazon (they don't miss a trick).
Its larger purpose, other than being cool on people's blogs, is for people to catalog their books using the internet. I'm sure if you visit the site you can see all the potential in this tool. But I have to admit that I haven't catalogued nearly my whole library on it. That's because I've only scanned in books that I'm proud to have show up on my little "random books" widget. How pathetic is that?
So now I have to start a new LibraryThing account so I can catalog all my crappy books that I don't want to admit to publicly, too. Then it might be an even more useful tool for me. If you know of any other cool uses for LibraryThing, please let me know.
My picture today is of the bougainvillea in my front yard. It's a beautiful plant, and it was here when I moved in. I take no credit for it whatsoever. They grow like weeds around here, and they are showy and fantastic. After yesterday's post showing my English rose, I thought I should somehow prove that the bounty of my garden is not due to any talent on the gardener's part, just the luck of the climate.