After a lot of thought, I've decided to take a break from blogging for the foreseeable future. With my little C creeping its way back into my life and possible long term treatment now, I need to take a couple of things off my plate for the time being, and the blog is going to be one of those things. As it is, it felt like it was becoming more of a chore than anything else. I need my reading time to be more enjoyable right now, more of the escape that I really need, and what I don't need is the little voice in the back of my head telling me how many reviews I'm behind and trying to come up with what I need to say about the book.

I simply want to read.

I'll more than likely occasionally post on here what I've been reading, and if there is something that really blows my mind, I'll probably have more to say about it and may write up a proper post, but for right now, things are going to be very quiet around here.

As always, happy reading!
2017 edit
I will continue to blog according to my health and ability, and connecting my posts thru Goodreads, so please be patient if things get quiet around here again this year.

2017 edit #2
I am happy to report that my bone marrow transplant was a success and that I'm feeling more like myself everyday. That said, I'm going to try to start blogging a little more frequently, but please bare with me as I still continue to recover.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Tuesday Thingers May 13, 2008

Hi! My name is David. I grew up in Florida, but have transplanted myself to Michigan. I've worked at the same job for over 11 years now. I have 2 cats (Pride and Sophie) and a black lab (Mame - she lives with my mom right now as I can't have dogs at my apartment).

As I would have to imagine is the case with anyone involved here, I love books. I have 1 or 2 lying about the place...

A friend of mine introduced me to LT a couple of years ago, and I was originally using it to keep track of the books that I owned that I had read or that I was reading. I quickly realized the scope of the site, and joined up with a lifetime membership (according to my profile, that was Sept 8, 2006), and have since created something of an online love affair with the site! A day doesn't go by (hell, sometimes an hour) where I'm not on there, looking up something or another, checking the talk threads, or just generally perusing my own library from work. I love having this instant access to my books, to be able to check on the spot from anywhere whether or not I already own a book. It's made me (and I'm sure others) more in touch with my library than I have ever been.

Another aspect of LT that I love is the access we have to authors. I have already had 2 great chats with authors (James Dashner for his book The Journal of Curious Letters which I received as an Early Reviewer book and J.F. Englert for his A Dog Among Diplomats through the new LT AuthorChat) and am looking forward to hopefully another lively chat with Meg Waite Clayton as soon as I finish her book, The Wednesday Sisters (another LTER offering).

As for me, I'll read just about anything. My wishlist on Amazon grows exponentially with each blog I read. So many great books out there, so little time to read them all. I've been particularly enjoying Agatha Christie lately (I only recently discovered her!). I have a tendency to read more sci-fi/fantasy and graphic novels than anything else, and I'm trying to break out of that routine and challenge myself as a reader, but that's going slowly. Some favorite books of mine: Patrick Dennis' Auntie Mame and Around the World with Auntie Mame, Fannie Flagg's Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, Helene Hanff's 84, Charing Cross Road and Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell.

I started this blog as a way to gather my thoughts on what I've been reading, as I was finding that I am reading so much these days, it was becoming increasingly more and more difficult to keep track of it all. So that's it. A little intro to myself. Thanks for stopping by and reading!


Marie said...

I know what you mean about LT driving up the to-be-read pile- between Early Reviewers and Bookmooch I have way more than I can handle! :-) nice to meet you & thanks for participating!

julesjones said...

LibraryThing's horribly addictive, isn't it? I started playing with a free account to see if it did what I needed, and half an hour later pulled out my credit card to buy a lifetime account. The Early Reviewers group has been a lot of fun.

Table Talk said...

I didn't realise you were on LT. What's your 'name'? I'm there as ann163125. I only use it at the moment to record what I've read, but I can see from what you've said here there's a whole lot more I could be getting involved with.

J. Kaye Oldner said...

Hi David, it's nice to officially meet you. I'd have to look back and see when I joined LT. It hasn't been all that long.

Terri said...

Hi David - fun to read about your LT history, it's very similar to mine. And yes, I can very often be found perusing the site, the groups, and now all the blogs associated with it! Good thing I'm retiring soon, I don't have time to work anymore!

Look forward to Tuesdays with you and everyone else.

Lenore said...

LT is sooo addictive it's true. I am on the Early Reviewers board at least 4 times a day!

kbookreviews said...

Hi, found your blog on LT. I'm addicted too! I'm only just making my way around to everyone's blogs. I look forward to more of your reviews :)

Elizabeth said...

Hi - I also found your blog at LT and just wanted to say hello. =)

lyzzybee said...

Hello! Another LT Early reviewer here popping by to say hello. I'm jealous you got the Wednesday Sisters, wish us Brits got the same breadth of choice - but then again I've had 3 ER books now so can't grumble!

Interested to hear what you think about The Somnambulist, my other half has just read it...