Tuesday, April 13, 2010


It's funny the way certain things 'find' you at certain times. I've been mulling over how to keep track of what I read for years; for some reason I feel compelled to document what I read. I've tried keeping a list, both of books I want to read and books I've read, but that somehow struck me as too OCD; my lists were lacking something anyway, since I also wanted to write a line or two about my reaction to what I'd read.

Yesterday, I wrote about my decision to start a reading list feature on this blog. Today, a friend introduced me to Shelfari, a "social network for people who love books." (Ironically, this has come along just as I'm considering opting out of Facebook and other online social networks. But that's another story.) The feature I like best, though, is the widget it allows me to install on my blog. (See the bookshelf to the right?)

Bear with me as I keep both the reading list and my bookshelf up for a few days; I'm trying both on for size and will then decide which one stays. Am interested in your opinions, too, so leave me a comment!


  1. Leave the blog! Much nicer than Facebook, which is nothing more than a social networking BLOB. Where else could a mother read her daughter's thoughts and adventures, but in a très chic expat diary, minus lock and key! :-)

  2. I think the Shelfari widget looks ultra-professional. I think it will also be easier to keep updated. I'll have to add one to my blog!