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text 2017-04-30 00:57
Book Diet

I have way too many books.  I just organized them last month.  I had books in every room and in stacks on the floor or boxes in the garage.  I wanted to get them all out so I could get to them easier.  It was a huge mess for a while but I finally got them all sorted and most of them shelved.  I ended up getting a few of those wooden crates from the craft store to use as a temporary shelf for some.  I got all of them listed on goodreads.com and I made a shelf called "books I own" so I could know what I had by looking at the app. That helped a lot and now I don't buy duplicates anymore.  I also made shelves that help me know where to find a book.  


Since I've gotten all of my books organized I've been trying to read the books I don't plan to keep so I can make space and get those books on the crates onto my shelves. The problem is I keep seeing books that interest me and getting them.  So far I have acquired more books than I have parted with so I've decided I need to go on a book diet.  


I always do better with diets when I keep track of calories.  I decided to make a plan for losing book weight.  Starting May 1st I'm going to consider myself at zero and then, every time I get a new or used book I'm going to count the weight of the book as a gain. Both Amazon.com and pbs.com tell how much books weigh and I can also use my kitchen scale.  Any book I part with can be listed as a loss in oz/lbs.  Library books and ebooks will not count since they don't take up permanent space.  I will just keep track in a notebook.  


I really think this will give me the incentive I need to get reading and making room for those books needing shelf space.  After that, I can just make sure I only get books when I have room for them.  


Wish me luck!



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quote 2017-04-23 20:00
And it sounds so easy in the stories, even when it’s not. Even when there are millions of obstacles, heroes know exactly what to do. There is always a way out. But the problem with real life is, there is not. And storytellers, you know what their problem is? There are millions of worlds in their heads. They know magic, and love, and hatred, and they have a metaphor for every feeling you can imagine. As tellers, they are fantastic. But when they become characters, it changes completely.

The Storyteller by Andrea Tomić

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photo 2017-04-06 17:10

Looking back on my first Goodreads Reading Challenge in 2016, I can't help but feel proud of myself.  While a lot of the books were favorites that I re-read, the 30 books I managed to read while balancing school and part-time work proves how much I desperately need the consolation good stories provide.  The three years I have been in college have been consistently rough.  I haven't much enjoyed my experience and have found that escaping reality has been the only way to maintain sanity.  I've often felt alone on my campus, secure only with a book in hand.  I suspect I will feel this way for the rest of my life, but it doesn't sadden me like it used to.  Reading brings me great joy, and I can only hope to impress myself again with the 2017 Reading Challenge.  So far I am five books ahead of my goal, so it's looking good! 

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text 2017-04-04 23:12
When did goodreads disable links in profiles?

Goodreads currently says links in the "about me" sections of your profile are temporally disabled.  Guess I'll edit things like "you can now find me on booklikes here " to say "you can now find me on booklikes at (without the spaces) h tt p :// donealrice. booklikes.com"


Sucks.  I count on departing or getting less active goodreads friends to point me to them on their new sites and blogs by listing those links on goodreads profiles.


ETA:  Screenshot.  "temporarily disabled" message is in red when editing your profile settings: 


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text 2017-04-04 15:55
Goodreads just subscribed me to emails ...

I started getting emails I NEVER SUBSCRIBED to when marking a currently reading book "finished." A longish one with links to follow author, quoting community reviews, asking if I want to be notified of future releases...


It's not an option under my email preferences or account settings.


There was an unsubscribe link that took me to a never before seen page that was titled something about my email preferences for finished books -- never saw before.  Cannot find a menu option for.


Not sure if just something I never noticed or saw announced or if that link will work for anyone lose but it was https://www.goodreads.com/user/unsubscribe_email?email_name=Finished%20Book


Damn I wish booklikes would add an export/backup feature.  Now I cannot even mark books read on goodreads and export that information because apparently that opts me into more unwanted emails.

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