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Green Jay

Joined: 13 Jan 2009
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jen M wrote:
I am one of those who doesn't look at the blogs very often - they are what I skip if I am short of time and then I find I have too much to catch up on, so it is easier not to bother.  I am sure I have missed some interesting stuff this way.

....I do lurk around the monthly reads, novels, genres and individual authors sections, which is where I would hope to find items of interest to me.  

I am also very much aware that I sometimes read books that have been talked about on here, long after the discussion has taken place, and then have difficulty finding the original discussion, which I might like to add to.  I don't think that is so much a problem of board organisation but of others posting things where I might not expect to look (which is not anyone's fault, just the way different people think and order things).  

That just about describes my position, too. I do use the thing that takes me staight to posts since I last logged in, which is helpful and I can pick and choose from there. If there is someone whose tastes are not particularly close to mine I am much less likely to follow their blog and then I might miss something more general being discussed. Don't want to play favourites, but I do find I follow Mike H and Castorboy becuase they give such regular input and it does generate discussion of all kinds which I then get involved in. And I do admire Mike's wide and prolific reading (and viewing, listening etc) which more often overlaps with mine.

I can never find anything with the search button, unlike some here, and so I prefer things posted in obvious places like novels or authors etc. Apart from searching in those sections, I can never track anything down.  But I like it when someone does and revives something of interest from ages ago.

But thank you, Evie and other administrators, for managing all this.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ann wrote:
I keep wondering whether to begin a blog - though I would prefer to use a different word as blog sounds so ugly. I read a great many books but most of them are for entertainment and I very rarely mention them here. If I do they are seldom commented on a so I assume that is not the sort of book chat that this forum is for. However for my own use it might be useful so I will keep considering the idea.
I sometimes feel like that as well that the books I like are not ones to be discussed on her and when I talk about what I have read, very rarely does anyone take any notice or comment on what I put either (although that maybe for other reasons  Wink ) my reading material can hardly be called intellectual - but in a stroke of irony the book I read and wrote about which generated the most interest and replies was 50 Shades and you don't get much crapper than that!!  I think there should be a diverse selection of books talked about not everyone is into the high brow stuff (no offence).

"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm." Sir Winston Churchill, British politician (1874 - 1965)
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Joined: 24 Oct 2008
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, there certainly isn't any type of book that can or can't be mentioned!  I think responses depend primarily on whether someone else has read the book, or else on whether the poster has mentioned something that has a wider relevance. Many of my posts don't get a response, I'm sure it's the same for everyone.

Thanks for the feedback about the blogs - will respond in more detail tomorrow, it's a bit late at the minute - lots of interesting comments.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use my blog just for discussions that are less book-related really, sociological stuff or points for discussion generally. I do admit to ignoring the blogs sometimes when I am tired or busy, but I also ignore reviews on specific books if they are not known to me.  When I do visit either of these, I often find there is a discussion going on which I find interesting.  I think, too, rather shamefully, that I like responses to ME, and other people's blogs are unlikely to be doing that!  

But for some reason (begin growled at a little?) this board has become quite active; the only one of the five regulars I visit which has had quite a bit of input during the holiday period.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aplogies for my post in which I do sound rather sorry for myself. I didn't mean it to and I love reading the discussions here. I think it is correct that there is little to say about a book if one hasn't read it. Apple - 50 Shades has been very much in the news  so it is not surprising you got lots of comments. I loved your view of it too! I found it hilarious. Having fallen for buying The Da Vinci Code, which I found absolutely dreadful, I am now very wary of hyped up books and have no intention of trying it.
Did anyone listen to Mariella Frostrup on Thursday afternoon on her summery of the state of the book world in 2012? It was very entertaining

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