||[Jul. 23rd, 2010|10:41 am]
Starting at the beginning.
Due to last year's state budget cuts, one of the major sites that we had been taught to use for reader's advisory (novel list, which I hated anyway) is no longer available. So our last staff meeting included a section of "other sites you could be using". Now we have homework - "go try them out."
So I did.
Some didn't work on our work computers due to tech glitches. Many only deal with bestsellers. I still like Amazon and the Hennepin County Library's bookspace (Seriously - go check it out. http://www.hclib.org/pub/bookspace/FindAGoodBook.cfm ). As a semi-joke, bookseer (http://bookseer.com/) was included - ok, it was kind of amusing. But when I tested it, it always told me that "LibraryThing recommends: Nada..." while it often gave me answers for Amazon. I wondered if LibraryThing sucked that much or if there was a problem with the code.
So I went to check out LibraryThing.
I liked it so much that I signed up for an account. (http://www.librarything.com/profile/kaypendragon - Hey! It's Me!) For the time being, I'm maintaining both it and my pendragon_books.livejournal.com list.
So, I was playing around with it today. (I'm seriously tempted to get the barcode scanner thingy. And I'm going to totally have to subscribe. I read too much.) And along with their recommendation spot, they have an "UnSuggester". It tells you what books you're likely to never want to read, based on their statistics of "people who have X also have Y". I am kind of tempted to build a reading list of these books. It would either be an exercise in personal growth or a really bad idea and I'm not sure which.