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Re: Shelfari and Good Reads

Postby jenni_elyse » Mon Oct 27, 2008 1:49 pm

una wrote:Some shelfari users are more diligent than others. I know I update mine every time I add a book to my "need to read list", in fact, I now keep it on shelfari. I update every time I finish a book, I love updating and adding to my shelfari. When I get in a rut, I check out others pages and see what they are reading/enjoying. I really enjoy using my shelfair, it's been really helpful for me.


I'm the same as Una. It's almost an obsession for me to update my Shelfari. (I even joined Goodreads too, but I don't like it as much.) I invited a few of my non-Internet friends to Shelfari because they read just as much or more than I do and they haven't been back since October. So, I think it just depends on your mind set. I like the discussion groups and the reading clubs on it as well because it gives me reading goals to shoot for. :) It's loads of fun!
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Re: Shelfari and Good Reads

Postby nissanmama » Mon Oct 27, 2008 4:32 pm

I have a Shelfari widget on my blog too. I love that I have a place to keep all those titles poeple recommend to me. They will sit there patiently for me and I don't have to worry about losing "that piece of paper." I only review books that I've read since I joined over a year ago, but I'm obsessive about doing them. It helps me remember the book and I appreciate reviews that tell me what someone really thought and felt about the book without summarizing. I really thought I was doing my reviews for myself and was totally surprised when one came up as "most helpful". It didn't occur to me that others were using my reviews the way I use theirs. It's fun all around!
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Re: Shelfari and Good Reads

Postby Goodnight Elizabeth » Mon Oct 27, 2008 10:25 pm

Wow. I feel really guilty now for not updating my shelfari as much as I should. I vow to go back and also review more books. I solemnly swear.

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Re: Shelfari and Good Reads

Postby jenni_elyse » Tue Oct 28, 2008 12:30 am

Nima, I also have a widget on my blog. I love it! I don't know why I'm so obsessed with it, but I am. :lol:

GNE, hiya back! Life has been kind of crazy the last month. Hopefully, it will calm down soon. I miss being on the Lex.
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Re: Shelfari and Good Reads

Postby Goodnight Elizabeth » Wed Dec 31, 2008 6:42 am

Many of us are completing (or have completed) our 50 Book Challenges. It is a big deal to read that many books in a 12 month period, especially since we all have lives. ;) So, let's take a minute and brag about our achievements.

If you are interested in participating in next year's 50 books challenge, visit http://www.shelfari.com.

I don't know all the rules. I only counted re-reads if I skipped nothing.

Here's my list:

My 50 Book Challenge

Twilight - Stephenie Meyer (2x)
New Moon - Stephenie Meyer (2x)
Eclipse - Stephenie Meyer (2x)
Breaking Dawn – Stephenie Meyer (2x)
The Host – Stephenie Meyer
(9)
Dark Lover (BDB 1) - JR Ward (2x)
Lover Eternal (BDB 2) - JR Ward (2x)
Lover Awakened (BDB 3) - JR Ward (3x)
Lover Revealed (BDB 4) - JR Ward (3x)
Lover Unbound (BDB 5) - JR Ward (3x)
Lover Enshrined (BDB 6) – JR Ward (2x)
(25)
Kiss of Crimson (MB 1) - Lara Adrian
Kiss of Midnight (MB 2) - Lara Adrian
Midnight Awakening (MB 3) - Lara Adrian
Midnight Rising (MB 4) - Lara Adrian
(29)
Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changelings 1) - Nalini Singh
Visions of Heat (Psy-Changelings 2) - Nalini Singh
Caressed By Ice (Psy-Changelings 3) - Nalini Singh
Mine to Posess (Psy-Changelings 4) - Nalini Singh
Hostage to Pleasure (Psy-Changelings 5) – Nalini Singh
(34)
A Great And Terrible Beauty (Book 1) - Libba Bray
Rebel Angels (Book 2) - Libba Bray
The Sweet Far Thing (Book 3) - Libba Bray
(37)
Uglies - Scott Westerfield
Dead Over Heels – MaryJanice Davidson
Derik's Bane - MaryJanice Davidson

City of Bones (Mortal Instruments 1) – Cassandra Clare
(41)
Fantasy Lover (Dark Hunter 1) – Sherrilyn Kenyon
Night Pleasures (DH 2) – Sherrilyn Kenyon
Night Embrace (DH 3) – Sherrilyn Kenyon
Dance with the Devil (DH 4) – Sherrilyn Kenyon
Kiss of the Night (DH 5) – Sherrilyn Kenyon
Night Play (DH 6) – Sherrilyn Kenyon
Seize the Night (DH 7) – Sherrilyn Kenyon
Sins of the Night (DH 8) – Sherrilyn Kenyon
(49)
Stargirl – Jerry Spinelli
Love, Stargirl – Jerry Spinelli
(51)
Dead until Dark (SVM 1) – Charlaine Harris
Living Dead in Dallas (SVM 2) – Charlaine Harris
Club Dead (SVM 3) – Charlaine Harris
Dead to the World (SVM 4) – Charlaine Harris
Dead as a Doornail (SVM 5) – Charlaine Harris
Definitely Dead (SVM 6) – Charlaine Harris
All Together Dead (SVM 7) – Charlaine Harris
From Dead to Worse (SVM 8) – Charlaine Harris
(59)
Dead after Dark Anthology – Kenyon, Ward, and others
(60)
Just One Bite (Dead End Dating 4) – Kimberly Raye
(61)
Black Dagger Brotherhood Insider’s Guide – JR Ward
(62)

My deadline isn't until Jan 5th, so I may have time to still add Lara Adrian's Veil of Midnight.
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Re: Shelfari and Good Reads

Postby nissanmama » Wed Dec 31, 2008 10:51 am

The joke of my list all year was that in a moment on senility, I thought, "Oh, I always get the year wrong." When I had correctly written 2008, I changed it to 2009 and unable to change it back, have been living with a year of comments from smartalics who think I don't know what year it is. So now I guess I get to do a second 2009 list. Last year's was just a dry run? Here's my list, I stopped tracking after about book 69. You can tell from the last title that I've done several more books since I finished the challenge. It was fun to tract the number of pages as well.

    nissanmama's 50 Book Challenge
    #of pages Book Title and Author
    560 The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
    464 Lover Eternal by JR Ward (again)
    464 Lover Revealed by JR Ward (again)
    480 Lover Awakened by JR Ward (again)
    288 The Choice by Nicholas Sparks
    320 The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
    212 Enthusiasm by Polly Shulman
    272 The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
    256 The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
    304 First Impressions by Nora Roberts
    160 Looking for Alaska by John Green
    256 An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
    283 Mrs. Mike by Benedict & Nancy Freedman
    496 City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
    389 Sunshine by Robin McKinley
    300 Fat Chance by Deborah Blumenthal
    215 Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson
    371 How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks
    247 Beauty, a Retelling of the Story of Beauty & the Beast by Robin McKinley
    158 Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis
    255 Shadowbridge by Gregory Frost
    387 Vamps and the City by Kerrelyn Sparks
    472 Holder of Lightning (Cloudmages #1) by S.L. Farrell
    386 The Good Guy by Dean Koontz
    402 Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian
    387 Kiss of Crimson by Lara Adrian
    369 Midnight Awakening by Lara Adrian
    498 Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
    356 Midnight Rising by Lara Adrian
    487 The Mage of Clouds (Cloudmages #2) by S.L. Farrell
    619 The Host by Stephenie Meyer
    453 City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
    451 Death du Jour by Kathy Reichs
    304 Beastly by Alex Flinn
    534 Lover Enshrined by JR Ward
    368 Deadly Decisions by Kathy Reichs
    334 Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
    332 Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh
    352 Caressed by Ice by Nalini Singh
    328 Mine to Possess by Nalini Singh
    390 Two Little Girls in Blue by Mary Higgins Clark
    363 Fatal Voyage by Kathy Reichs
    315 Grave Secrets by Kathy Reichs
    754 Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
    435 Bare Bones by Kathy Reichs
    347 A Bride Most Begrudging by Deeanne Gist
    330 Hostage to Pleasure by Nalini Singh
    322 Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon
    240 Lord Tophet by Gregory Frost
    306 Marked by PC & Kristin Cast
    18371 Total pages read

    310 Betrayed by PC & Kristin Cast
    307 Chosen by PC & Kristin Cast
    294 The Sisterhood of the Travling Pants by Ann Brashares
    338 Untambed by PC & Kristin Cast
    337 Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
    207 Kitchen Privileges by Mary Higgins Clark
    372 The Magical Christmas Cat by Lora Leigh, Erin McCarthy, Nalini Singh and Linda Winstead Jones
    402 The Juliet Club by Suzanne Harper
    324 Night Pleasures by Sherrilyn Kenyon
    21262 Total Pages Read
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Re: Shelfari and Good Reads

Postby Variety » Wed Dec 31, 2008 12:11 pm

I love shelfari. I bookmarked my 50 book challenge thread, so every time I finish a book, I record it there, then add it to my shelf (if it's a new book). It's been so helpful in keeping track of what I've read. I set a goal for 100 books this year, and reached that before I went back to school (this fall). I won't list them here, or my post would set a world record in length, but here's where you can see my list and my shelf.

I try to make sure and always rate the book, but I only write a review if I'm especially drawn to the book, or I disliked it so much I want people to not waste their time reading it.

Spooky, to get the books in the order you want, when you're looking at your shelf, right above your books it says "sort by" and you want to choose "custom." Then, at the bottom of the shelf, click on organize. Then you can drag and drop the books in whatever order you want. When you're done, click on the same button (organize) that now says "done."
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Re: Shelfari and Good Reads

Postby jenni_elyse » Wed Dec 31, 2008 1:45 pm

So, I didn't read 50, but I did read 28 books. 28 is the most I've ever read in one year. Last year I read 22. Before that, the most I had ever read in a year is 6. However, I usually read maybe 1 or 2 books a year, if that. So, this is a huge deal for me.

January-08
1 The Horse and His Boy by CS Lewis (pgs. 240)
2 Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia by CS Lewis (pgs. 240)
3 The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by CS Lewis (pgs. 256)
4 The Silver Chair by CS Lewis (pgs. 256)

February-08
5 The Last Battle by CS Lewis (pgs. 224)
6 And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (pgs. 288)
7 The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman (pgs. 544)
8 My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett (pgs. 96)
9 Elmer and the Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett (pgs. 96)
10 The Dragons of Blueland by Ruth Stiles Gannett (pgs. 96)

April-08
11 Body of Evidence by Patricia Cornwell (pgs. 416)

May-08
12 The Doctrine and Covenants & The Pearl of Great Price (pgs. 355)
13 The Host (pgs. 619)
14 Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (pgs. 412)

Jun-08
15 Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn (pgs. 574)
16 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (pgs. 165)

Jul-08
17 The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory (pgs. 661)

Aug-08
18 Twilight (pgs. 498)
19 Breaking Dawn (pgs. 754)
20 New Moon (pgs. 563)
21 Eclipse (pgs. 629)
22 The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (pgs. 216)
23 Breaking Dawn (pgs. 754)

Sep-08
24 Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo by Obert Skye (pgs. 339)
25 The Star Scroll by Melanie Rawn (pgs. 542)

Nov-08
26 The Thirteenth Tale by Dianne Setterfield (pgs. 406)

Dec-08
27 Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (pgs. 396)
28 Sunrunner's Fire by Melanie Rawn (pgs. 467)


Total number of pages: 11258 (this include 156 pages from two books I started to read, but never finished)
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Re: Shelfari and Good Reads

Postby Goodnight Elizabeth » Thu Jan 01, 2009 12:25 am

I didn't even think to count my pages. This coming year I will.

Great lists! Congrats to everyone!!
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Re: Shelfari and Good Reads

Postby x. Jessica-Louise .x » Thu Jan 15, 2009 5:25 pm

I've just joined Shelfari today! I love it so far even though im still figuring out how to use it. I have a virtual bookshelf on my facebook and I write reviews on amazon so I think i'm going to love this site. I love finding people who love books as much as I do and seeing what other people are reading it's a great way of finding new books to read. :mrgreen:
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