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My real name is Cindy and I am a librarian in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I have two cats, Io (male, almost 13 years old, friendly, recently diagnosed with asthma), and a new boy, Kells (5-7 years old, shy). I also volunteer for a no-kill cat rescue.
I live in Pittsburgh with my husband. We have three boys and a beagle/blue tick hound. I recently started working for an independent yarn studio. Its a great job but it has taken away all my knitting time.
I've been a member of Library Thing for five years (just got notified that I got a "badge" or "medal" for five-year membership ... who knew?), but I only just imported my shelves this week. Lots of info is missing, but I just don't have time to go through it all right now. I know my Goodreads shelves are complete so over time I'll compare and update here.
I grew up in Texas and moved to Wisconsin after I attended Marquette University. Married, no kids, no pets. Still work full time in health care adminsitration (I work for a group of pediatric surgeons). I also volunteer in my community, serving on the board of directors of my local library and the Skylight Music Theatre, as well as the Lakefront Festival of Arts committee.
In addition to reading, I enjoy travel, gardening, theater (especially musical theater), and cooking (and eating).
I am a stay at home mom with three kids (8, 10, and 13 years old) and I live in Maryland (in the DC metropolitan area).
I'm originally from the Midwest--Iowa specifically--but am now a warm and happy Southern Californian. I have 7 Chihuahuas, 1 Yorkie and 1 Pomeranian, all mostly old, and/or ugly, and/or mean that I ended up with while running a dog rescue. In addition, there's 7 cats I ended up with while doing cat rescue, so no more rescue for me unless it's fat abandoned wallet rescue.
I'm a part time writer, full time dilettante and nearing my goal of a personal library surpassing that of Thomas Jefferson's at Monticello.
It's just me and my beagle mix, Tanner, and I take care of a bunch of other animals as I am a zookeeper. I'm looking forward to learning how to use this site and hoping it will do for my needs.
Besides reading and animals, I enjoy crochet, hiking, genealogy, and long complicated board games.
I have 2 rescue cats - a Bengal given to the ASPCA due to a kink at the end of his tail and a Himalayan turned into the county animal shelter. They are 13 and 11 now so getting up there in age.
It is so nice to have a group to go to when you have questions.
Than k s
I've been toggling between all of the sites, and imagine I will continue to do so after Shelfari is gone, because I've found good things and good people on each of the other sites. I've imported my books here and that seems to have gone well, except for the need to re-set some as to-read, which I have figured out following Tanya's instructions from Shelfari discussions (thanks!).
Also, thanks for setting this group up here, Cindy, it makes it much easier to see how things work.
I grew up in Massachusetts but have called Texas home for almost 40 years now. I'm married and have two grown daughters and two tuxedo cats, Lucy and Ethel.
I work as a processing clerk at the local public library and I love my job! Every item added to the catalog comes through my hands so my TBR just grows, and grows, and grows.
Besides reading I love to cook, quilt, knit and crochet, and I love jigsaw puzzles.
It's so nice to see so many friends here already!
Anyway, for those of you who don't know me, I live in Ottawa, Canada. My favourite genres are historical fiction and fantasy, and also really enjoy mysteries and thrillers. I read pretty broadly, however, so my shelf is varied. in addition to reading I love spending time with my family, travelling and paper crafting (I love making my own cards). My profile pic is of our dog, Ellie. She's a two year old miniature schnauzer :-)
Anyway, I've heard that it really shouldn't take too long to fix. There is a way to "bulk" edit, and I think a few people here have done that, so they might be able to speak to how to do that. I've seen it explained in a couple of places (not sure if it's in the group or not), but I can't recall where.
I have been almost exclusively on Shelfari,with a shelf on GR,though not on groups or posting.I dont like the atmosphere there nor the layout
Joined Leafmarks last year when Shelfari glitches became worse,but only to keep my data there as a safety back up.
Suffering from ill health and having many family commitments, I've had to use my limited online time wisely,so LT sadly lost out. Maybe I can pop in here now and again.Plus see how to find my way around! lol.
I am a very eclectic reader,with a large shelf.Fave genres are Crime fiction,science fiction,childrens classics,urban fantasy. Dont like erotica,action adventure,war,or horror - I'm a wimp!
Hope I can talk now and again,when all the furore has calmed down.
>20 LibraryCin: Did you not save a copy yourself, as a CSV file or whatnot? ...Actually I'm not sure that matters at this point, I doubt you'd want to redo your library here now and I'm not sure it's possible to simply add a field in without reimporting the whole thing. But, either from the saved export or from your LM, you can always individually copy and add in your reviews. In the future if something messes up, ask! LT staff is always eager to help in such instances! :)
For me, I did save a csv file, but it was so long ago. I haven't resaved anything. I don't want to mess around with my shelf now. Ever since importing here, I've kept everything up to date. The only thing that hasn't been kept up is my "plan to read" shelf. I have printed that off from shelfari and will be adding that in (manually) here. Many of them are already here, but I want to add to it and fix it up.
Also, shelfari changed the file type sometime recently (after I imported mine), so I'm not sure what's different and how that would affect what I already have here. It may be a tsv file now? Or is it the other way around? csv before and tsv now? Not sure! Before importing to Leafmarks, I was going through (very slowly) and adding my reviews manually (and double checking tags, date read, etc. while I was there, anyway, as there were some "odd" things that got changed, as well, here and there).
Thank you for the suggestions!
By the way, for anyone wondering, for manual edits/checking I was doing, I was adding in an "edited" tag so I knew which ones were already fixed and/or checked. For most, everything was fine. I may still go back and continue with that at some point, as well. Because I will currently be adding my tbr in manually, with my initials as a tag, I'm going to also double check all the previous ones that made it in and count my initials tag also as an "edited" tag. Once I'm actually finished (if I ever do finish), I'll plan to remove that "edited" tag. That's just a tip I saw from someone way back when I first joined here.
Thanks, BookConcierge, for helping me figure out how to export to LibraryThing, and thanks, LibraryCin, for telling me about your group here!
So, I love books, as you must too. I like just about every genre, but it depends on my moods and the quality of the book. I love reading book reviews (in magazines, online, and from you folks)and discovering new books and authors.
I've an account on LeafMarks too, but I imported there six months ago so it is all out of date. I will try here first and then maybe re-do LM if necessary. I used Shelfari more as way of remembering what I've read and finding gaps in my collection, it was great and I'm very disappointed it's gone, so 'thhhhpppttt' to Amazon and affiliates.
My import here was disastrous first time round, so I deleted it all and it was much better the second time (and I used more patience!). I imported about 2300 and I know there's a lot of fixing up to do! Plus several thousand more to add, I may get a barcode reader if I get serious here. No time at present so I will just worry about present reading for now.
I'm in New Zealand now but originally from the UK
I am ScoLgo here and pretty much everywhere else, (Shelfari, Leafmarks, GR, etc).
Been a member of LT for a couple of years but have mostly used it as a backup for my Shelfari data. Now that Shelfari is being murdered, I might get more active here.
Thanks for having this welcome forum and for all the tips!
I'm Kate on Shelfari and evidently Kate Volz on Goodreads (I can't believe I told that rabble my full name, maybe I'll go back into my profile and change that...) I'm dabbling in here, at Leafmarks and GR, the latter mostly because that's where 1001 books chose to go. I'm pretty early on in sorting out my books and finding groups. I'm sure that I'll have many questions :)
I'm Karin on Shelfari & GR, but since there was already a Karin here (since there are more of us than most people realize) I'm Karin7 here. I don't remember why I chose 7, but it's not because all the Karin digits before then were used up.
I just imported books here, and will be back to learn how to use LibraryThing another day, since I am trying out three main book sites to see which one(s) I'll frequent once Shelfari is gone.
Nice to see so much community growing out of such a disappointing event
I'm Bee F on Shelfari. I live in Sydney Australia, have two grownup children and a husband. I'm still working and find it hard to squeeze in as much reading as I'd like. Luckily I have a long commute, enjoy walking and can take advantage of audio books while doing both. I enjoy mysteries, SciFi /Fantasy, histories, biographies and general literature.
I am a teacher (Library Media Specialist/Teacher Librarian) in a middle school in East Central Iowa. My husband recently retired and we have two adult children. We also have four dogs, two cats, two goats, two small parrots, and a really elderly flock of chickens. I read almost anything, but especially like mysteries, romance, and literary fiction.
I'm pennsylady at Librarything.
I live east of Pittsburgh, Pa (in the Laurel Highlands)
(Hi Sara W !)
I'm trying to collate my books on the 3 new sites.
My only thought is easy dies this whole transition thing.
I was Brenda H on Shelfari and am Brenda H both GR and LM. However, I am bhabeck here on LT and BrendaSD on BookLikes.
I read pretty much anything other than True Crime and Celebrity Biography though I often binge on a particular genre for a while (it's currently YA and Historical Fiction).
Feel free to friend me at any of the sites.
I work from home and I homeschool my 11 y/o daughter. Other than reading and writing, I love gaming, coding, and movies. Also, I'm old - almost. LOL.
This is me elsewhere:
Doomed Leafmarks: https://www.leafmarks.com/AnitasDesk
Doomed Shelfari: http://www.shelfari.com/anitasdesk
Nice to meet you!
Going to www.shelfari.com now takes you to a Goodreads greeting page stating that the sites have 'merged', (I still don't think that word means what Amazon/GR would like it to mean...)
EtA: Oops! Sorry, I posted this in the wrong thread...
It still went to shelfari earlier today, but after I got home from work, I discovered the sadness, as well. :'( I agree that Amazon doesn't quite seem to understand the word "merger".
I originally joined Library Thing when Shelfari's ultimate demise was evidently on the horizon and GR's acquisition by Amazon indicated a change in direction for the site. Since then, GR got its act together more or less, and it has been my primary site. That said, I always like to have a backup just in case so I've re-booted my account her (deleted all books and re-uploaded from an up to date file).
Good luck to everyone in the transition.
Welcome JulieLill. There are plenty of helpful folks here so feel free to ask about anything that seems confusing.
Now that I'm getting accustomed to this site, I am really enjoying the options and features, thanks to a lot of help from posts in the Green Dragon group.
ScoLgo - one thing I miss from our previous homes is seeing everyone's avis on their posts. Your silly dog's face always gave me a smile :) How are Yorgo and Horshach getting along?
For a dose of silly face, just click my name-link. I also uploaded a few other shots. Yorgo & Bubba, (we changed his name), are getting along famously!
I have no clue how to post on here. So, I'm giving this a try. LT has me totally lost. I'd like to introduce myself on here, but have no clue where to get the box for a new post that is under a topic. Help!
Rasp,dont worry,take it slow. To post on here all you do is go to the bottom of the posts to where it says add a message,type inyour comment and click on send.Which you did,and voila!
Also that'd possibly be considered abuse of the flagging feature.
Many times the groups start out private because the moderators are trying to figure out the formatting on the new site. Trying to keep their "mistakes" to themselves until they feel they have a good handle on how the site works and how the group will function in this new format. Once they feel stable, they open it up to the public.
I really like LT but I find it much more technologically advanced for me and therefore, maybe others find it that way. I have learned things here but I usually have to be helped and really, I don't know why things work but I just keep repeating what I did, if it works. I do want to say that I think, in general people are very friendly and helpful. On the other hand, I think there are different ways of responding and reacting that might be age or country of origin. Therefore I would recommend when doing things here, remember that this is a more international and geeky place to hang out than old Shelfari.
RM - I love jadite - I don't have much of it, but I really like it.
I was in Galena last week. I didn't add to any of my collections, but I do have a few things I'm bidding on or watching on e-bay. At this point, I don't have a ton of room for much, but I'm willing to add the right piece. Where are the really good places to go in your part of IL?
Overcat isn't a single source, it's a listing of any sources people have previously used where that book has been found (e.g. if I searched for Book A in ILCSO and added it, and someone else searched for Book A in Oxford and added it, and you search for Book A in Overcat, it will show you the result from my ILCSO search & their Oxford search), so it's handy. Which source you give priority to is up to you. My top sources are LOC, the local central catalog where I can find anything I've borrowed from the library, ILCSO, Oxford, GBV, and LIBRIS.
I was Foghorn Leghorn on Shelfari, also on Goodreads, Stephinx on Leaf Marks, and now back to Foggie.
I was threadnsong on Shelfari and Leafmarks both, and spent most of my time in June getting my books correctly imported first and foremost. So I didn't spend a lot of time updating my bookshelf until it was complete and I could start seeing how books looked and how they worked. And then I started, and now that I'm a *tad* more comfortable with the hi-tech world of LT, I'm happily ensconced in a coffee shop posting to non help-me groups and becoming ever more familiar with LibraryThing's offerings.
I work on computers as my day job, so in the evenings I just need to get my head out of cyberspace and I'm seldom on a social media site in the evenings. Unless I'm very, very calm and centered.
And several of you whom I recognize - I just sent you friend requests *VBG*. Good to see you again!
Also, what are some of your recommended sci-fi/fantasy sites? I'm a member of Green Dragon (great group!) and am looking for places where I can post and get feedback on what I'm reading in that genre.
I think I'm covered in this historical fiction series group. I think.
Oh, and since this is the "introduce yourself" thread, I live in the greater Atlanta area (where we've had high, high heat and several thunderstorms and I'm enjoying the summer tomatoes from local farmers' markets) and my hobbies are all forms of needle arts except for quilting, reading, paper crafts, and music. In fact, besides reading, one of my favorite weekend activities is to take a piece of needlework to the living room and just listen to a CD on a weekend afternoon. When there's no other gardening or errands to be done.
Live with DH and a rescued cat and dog, and a foundling kitten (who's now 4 years old), 6 bookcases (one built by my grandfather), musical instruments, and lots of needlework.
Hope you are all doing well!
Was it still free to join?
There are lots of helpful hints for LT available. For a quick primer, you might consider checking out The New How To Do Fancy Things In Your Posts Thread. I've been active here for a few months now - ever since our beloved Shelfari closed down - and I still refer to that thread all the time. For instance, I can never remember the exact URL location for LT's static stars, ( - - ). A quick jump into that thread makes it a simple copy & paste operation.
There are plenty of active groups of all sorts. Is there a specific topic/genre/challenge/etc you are looking to chat about?
I don't know about the free lifetime for former-shelfarians. I thought I read somewhere recently that, if you still have your file (export) from shelfari, you can still get the free lifetime, but that may not be accurate (memory, etc.).
I usually look at my groups through the "Talk" tab at the top. I usually have it defaulted to "my posts", so it shows me which threads that I've posted to have new replies. I can, of course, switch that to "my groups" and it will show all the threads in all my groups. I can change that to "groups and posts" to get everything (because you can, usually, post in groups that you aren't a part of, so if you've done that, that will bring up more than just your groups). But then, I've been here a few years and have joined plenty of groups, so that usually brings up plenty for me to wade through!
I am active on both site, but except for one very active group over there, I do tend to spend more time here.
I live in the Northwest and teach English to adult immigrants. In my spare time, I also work part-time in a library. I just can't get enough books....
I have two dogs (a 12-year-old golden retriever and a 4-year-old corgi), one cat (5 years old), one husband, one daughter (25 years old), and lots of birds visiting our yard. All in all, a quiet life, but pleasant.
What were your books of interest and groups on Shelfari?