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Nov 7, 2016, 2:19pm


Nov 7, 2016, 2:25pm

Hey ya!

Editado: Nov 7, 2016, 2:27pm

As promised, here I am!

One thing you may want to do, SP, is put a quick and dirty guide to basic html in the group guidelines somewhere. LT will make any URL a link, and will tag any username that begins with an "@" sign. But showing images, etc, has to be done the old fashioned way. Lot's of people find this post useful:

How to do fancy things in your posts:


tag a user @ plus the username: lisapeet
link to a referenced post in a thread: ">" plus the post number: >2 lisapeet:

Nov 7, 2016, 2:57pm


Nov 7, 2016, 3:08pm

Hey y'all!

Nov 7, 2016, 3:09pm

Nov 7, 2016, 3:11pm

Nov 7, 2016, 3:18pm


Editado: Nov 11, 2016, 12:42pm

Hey--there have been two flags on this group. I may be wrong, but I think that indicates there's an issue and alerts the powers that be. If that's the case and there is an issue let me know. If you want to bookmark the group or something like that, then don't flag it. You can always see the latest posts on your home page in the Talk section.

Nov 7, 2016, 4:26pm

>9 SPRankin: Hi and welcome to LT! I think it's being flagged because it seems to be a group that is set up to drive traffic to another website, which would be against the ToS, so members think it's a SPAM group. You might like to consider changing the description a bit to avoid this, for example not explicitly including the site URL, so it is clear you're not simply using this to gain traffic?

Nov 7, 2016, 4:29pm

>10 klarusu: Gotcha, will do. Thanks! We've been a separate discussion forum for a long time, and the plan is to migrate the group from the forum platform to LT since many members are already here.

Nov 7, 2016, 4:30pm

>10 klarusu: In point of fact, it is just the opposite. The group is migrating from another website to here. And since I was among the member who joined immediately, I think that might have served as evidence that it was not a spam group.

Nov 7, 2016, 4:31pm

I mistakenly flagged the group( Flag#2) I thought all flags worked the same and I could click on flag and get the option to counter flag that existing flag, like we do with other flagging situations. I have sent an email to Loranne and asked her to please remove my flag if at all possible.

I apologize for any issues this caused you!

Nov 7, 2016, 4:35pm

>9 SPRankin: Welcome, and thanks for clarifying what's happening with this group! >10 klarusu: hit the nail on the head with regards to why it's collecting a few flags, here.

I've gone ahead and removed the two flags—you shouldn't see that pesky red message anymore. I can't guarantee that the group won't accrue any further flags, but flags themselves don't cause any direct harm to the group—it won't be removed or blocked from posts without admin action. If I see any further flags pop up, I'll remove those, too.

Nov 7, 2016, 4:39pm

>14 lorannen: Thanks! I've adjusted the group description. And no worries, >13 debavp:. One of the major benefits of LT that I can see is the obvious care members take in keeping the place nice.

Editado: Nov 7, 2016, 5:43pm

Editado: Nov 7, 2016, 10:10pm

Hello everybody! Now a member of LT - not thrilled with my user name but everything else I wanted to use was taken, but I might change it at some point. But if you haven't figured out, this is Cindy. Looking forward to exploring the place - looks pretty nice so far!

Nov 7, 2016, 11:34pm

Glad you made it, Cindy!

Nov 8, 2016, 12:14am

>12 southernbooklady: Yep, that's clear as soon as you look deeper than the name. I have a feeling it was just a case of one or two people either accidentally doing it or not looking deeply enough before flagging. Hopefully fixed now! I posted to the Spam Fighters group as well so fingers crossed it won't happen again.

Nov 8, 2016, 9:42pm

Hello! I like LT as an option. I'm a bit afraid I'll get sucked back in here, but there are worse places to spend my time. And I much prefer LT to either FB of GRs.

And SP, I really appreciate the time you take to keep our small group afloat.

Editado: Nov 11, 2016, 12:00am

I found you! This is April. I'd like to change my screen name--how do I do that? I joined LT years ago and then didn't use it, so this is the screen name I started with.

Edit: I found out how the change my user name. Apparently it has to be approved. I submitted a request, so we'll see what happens.

Nov 11, 2016, 12:05am

Hi April! Glad you're here. I'll be shutting down the forum fairly soon so I hope more people will drift over here.

Nov 11, 2016, 12:09pm

Hi. Susan Pardue here. I signed up years ago with my blog name.

Nov 11, 2016, 12:10pm

Hey, Susan!

Nov 11, 2016, 12:22pm

I drifted from BookBalloon a long while ago, but have signed up here in the spirit of community in these dark days and will try to show up when I can.

Editado: Nov 11, 2016, 12:28pm

Hi. And thanks for keeping up the work. I hope more old members will become active again.

Nov 11, 2016, 12:26pm

Hello, I don't know you, but it looks like an interesting group. :)

Nov 11, 2016, 12:26pm

Hey, Sarah! Glad to back in the BB ranks.

Editado: Nov 11, 2016, 12:30pm

Susan, I've always loved your blog.Welcome back.

Hi, Lola.

Nov 11, 2016, 12:29pm

Hi this is Alan from Canada. I was an early member of Readerville and loved that site. Then I moved late to Book Balloon and when it was reconfigured last spring(?) I found it a little disorientating.
So I'm happy you've all decided to move to Librarything because I've been on this almost since the beginning and it's a great site. I'm surprised Goodreads wasn't chosen because I like that too
although there are some very strange book choices people make there.
If you are totally new to Librarything-definitely sign up to the Early Reviewers group. I have received about six books since I first joined which I have reviewed and am expecting a new nonfiction
book from Peter Orner. Goodreads-as I'm sure you all know is massive-and there is a lot of weird reading being done there. I find things a bit more sophisticated and calm here. Although I am
sure there are some forums that would scare me away.
Thanks for the update about the move!

Nov 11, 2016, 12:32pm

It's good to see people here. I hope being on LT will wake/shake up things a bit.

Nov 11, 2016, 1:45pm

LuAnn here -- new to LT. Do I have to sign up for this group or anything? I haven't been terribly active - I haven't been reading as much as I'd like to -- but given recent events, I need this group and outlet more than ever!

Nov 11, 2016, 1:49pm

Welcome! You don't have to join the group to read or post, but it makes it easier to keep track of things. There's a "join this group" button or something if you click the group name.

Nov 11, 2016, 1:53pm

Got it. Thanks, SP.

Nov 11, 2016, 2:10pm

Ok, I'm here. This is not a good week for change but I'm hanging in.

Nov 11, 2016, 2:19pm


Nov 11, 2016, 2:25pm

It's change we can believe in!

Editado: Nov 11, 2016, 4:16pm

I like being with like- minded people. I can't remember a time in my life where I felt so glum about a nonpersonal event.

Can anyone recommend something funny?

Nov 11, 2016, 3:29pm

Glad to see you folks moseyed on over here, I get bad about remembering to check in places and think I didn't manage all too long over on the site, lol.

Nov 11, 2016, 3:58pm

Yeah, I think moving here was a good idea for a lot of reasons.

Nov 11, 2016, 4:19pm

I joined a while back but haven't used it much because I was so entrenched with GR.

Nov 11, 2016, 4:26pm

I thought about GR, but I just sort of like the vibe here better. It reminds me more of RV, and of BB when there were more people. The Amazon ownership of GR is an issue as well, but I subscribe to the Washington Post, so I guess that doesn't make a lot of sense.

Editado: Nov 11, 2016, 4:54pm

Yeah, I think this format is nice.

I know anyone can post a new topic. Do we want something like a literary loft?

Nov 11, 2016, 5:08pm

Sure! And whether we want ongoing/general topical threads or more specific threads or a combination of both is completely up to any LT member who joins or even visits this group.

Nov 11, 2016, 5:36pm

Hi, everyone. I'm PJ from Readerville and Book Balloon.

Editado: Nov 11, 2016, 6:48pm

Oh, it's so great to see all of you. It's already starting to feel like home. (This is April--waiting for my new user name.)

>27LolaWalser Welcome, Lola!

>30alans Good to see you, Alan.

Nov 11, 2016, 7:20pm

Hello Lola! Welcome!

Nov 11, 2016, 8:47pm

Greetings all. I never did really do BookBalloon. It just couldn't replace Readerville for me :( Not the same writer threads. I did stop by now and then but...
Still miss Readerville!
But, I will give this a try.
Hope everyone is surviving this worst pf all autumns. Falls. Yep, definitely fall.

Nov 11, 2016, 8:58pm


Nov 11, 2016, 11:24pm

Well, the GPS worked OK and I made it here without too many wrong turns! Hi everyone!

Nov 12, 2016, 11:15am

Yay, it's feeling more and more like home.

Nov 12, 2016, 1:54pm

Greetings new members!

Nov 12, 2016, 2:20pm

Hellllooooo to everyone new and old.

Nov 12, 2016, 2:52pm

Hello! I'm lurk-y but post once in awhile. I'd move everything here but my reading record is at GR. Poop.

Nov 12, 2016, 2:55pm

You can export your books from GoodReads and import them here if you want. That's what I did -- it even picked up all of my reviews.

Nov 12, 2016, 4:47pm

Oh! Thank you for the tip!

Nov 12, 2016, 5:05pm

SP, this is April. I see my new user name in the list of members of this group, but when I post it comes up under my old user name. Am I doing something wrong?

Nov 12, 2016, 5:09pm

>57 read2learn: You might need to log out and log back in, April. The talk pages are ajax-y, I think, so global updates might not be immediately applied.

Editado: Nov 12, 2016, 5:32pm

SP, could you do the HTML guideline or could I find it somewhere else on the site? Never mind, I found it all by myself!

Nov 12, 2016, 5:33pm

I lost it again. Please help!

Nov 12, 2016, 5:37pm

https://www.librarything.com/topic/177029 I also have it in the group description--just click the group name at the top and you'll see it.

Nov 12, 2016, 5:43pm


Nov 12, 2016, 8:22pm

Hi there! I think my RV name was "Imagine," and I don't remember what my BB name was (I joined and posted a bit when RV ended, and came back sporadically - but not in a while). Been a children's librarian, but currently a stay-at-home mother, so we'll see if I get traction here this time around. :)

Editado: Nov 12, 2016, 8:24pm

Hey Sten! great to see familar faces, or rather names.

(ETA never mind found the link)

Nov 12, 2016, 8:26pm

Welcome, all!

Editado: Nov 13, 2016, 10:19am

Good to see everyone! Curious, where were/are you a librarian? (If you don't want to say publicly that's OK; I'm just interested in all things library-adjacent.)

Nov 13, 2016, 1:37pm


Nov 13, 2016, 1:59pm

ACK! What the heck is going on? The world really is ending, huh? I'll be around, and I'm a lifetime member of LT, but I haven't used it in years, so it will take me a while to get my bearings. I'm still in denial/mourning/drunk because of the election, so this is a lot of change for this week for me. I feel sad.

Nov 13, 2016, 2:14pm

Julie, I'm glad you arrived! You had me worried for a minute.

Kat, Sten, jjaylynny. glad to see you made it. It wouldn't be the same without you.

Nov 13, 2016, 2:15pm

Testing to see if my new user name appears.

Nov 13, 2016, 2:29pm

Works on my end, April.

Nov 13, 2016, 2:39pm

It is very heartening to see everyone here. You'll get used to it and I encourage everyone to do the "touchstone" thing with books or anything else. I feel like not being able to easily link to books etc. was something that frustrated people in BB 2.0 and it's not only very easy here, it's a fantastic feature.

Nov 13, 2016, 2:39pm

Thanks, April! I've been bamboozled by everything this week, and just had my first chance to jump on BB...and y'all left me behind! Just kidding. I've just been out of it all week, but I'm here now! I'll figure this place out and be around to annoy you all!

Editado: Nov 14, 2016, 1:05pm

It is great to have everyone here and to not have people tell you to quit whining! Julie, my week has been like yours.

Nov 13, 2016, 7:48pm

I miss dg. Can someone tell him to get his ass over here.

Nov 13, 2016, 10:11pm

lisapeet - I used to be a librarian in Boston. Still in libraries several times a week with my little ones. :)

Nov 14, 2016, 5:27am


(But... what is this group??)

Nov 14, 2016, 8:21am

>77 Tid: Bookballoon was started oh, like ten years ago or something, by a group of people who had been members of a literary discussion site called Readerville. When Readerville shut down, one of the members created Book Balloon as a place to keep the community together. Now, after ten years we decided to find another home that wouldn't be so much work for a site administrator, and would be more open to new members. So the community migrated here.

Nov 14, 2016, 9:25am

What she said! And welcome, >77 Tid:! In addition to books, as a forum we've had a lot of great talk about food and film/music/TV over the years, so please feel free to talk about any of that.

Editado: Nov 14, 2016, 1:14pm

Welcome >77 Tid:!

Nov 14, 2016, 4:54pm

>78 southernbooklady: >79 SPRankin: >80 AprilAdamson:

Books, food, film, music, TV ... what's not to like (but I will add chocolate to that list :D )! Count me in... And thank you for your welcome.

Nov 14, 2016, 6:13pm


Nov 14, 2016, 6:30pm

Oh sure, welcome or whatever.

Nov 14, 2016, 6:48pm

Well, hello there! It's been too long--far too long--since I popped in at BookBalloon (I've been incredibly busy the last couple of years getting my new novel in shape), but I'm happy to see the rest of you here at the LT BB.

Nov 14, 2016, 7:24pm

Congrats on the second novel David. Nice to see you here. Woot, DG! And welcome Tid (although I'll think of you as 77 Tid for a bit because I'm suggestive that way) and Curious_Librarian.

Nov 14, 2016, 8:09pm

Davidabrams,I found out about your amazing blog from Larry Dark because you did this exceptional post on new short fiction collections a year ago. It was just masterful. So I followed your great blog for a while but you said you were quitting. Now that I see you here I checked and your blog is back! How wonderful,more great distraction during my day at the office. Your blog is tops man!

Nov 14, 2016, 10:01pm

Yay, Davidabrams! Its very exciting to see you here.

Nov 14, 2016, 10:10pm

Hi everybody! Nice to see you all.

>82 DG_Strong: Thank god because I was caving under the effort of not being fascinating.

Nov 14, 2016, 10:14pm

It's stupid because I can basically go up the street and clap eyes on DG, but it's fun to see him here.

Nov 15, 2016, 5:15am

>85 mkunruh: >77 Tid:

Ah, the perils of numbered posts! (They don't exist in FB or GR).

What was I doing in 1977? A boring Civil Service job, learning to hate some but not all punk rock, and loving "Dreams" by Fleetwood Mac. All in all, a boring year really.

Nov 15, 2016, 11:05am

Thanks, alans. Your kind words really mean a lot to me.
I did call a halt to blogging in early 2015, feeling like it was pulling me away from my "real" writing. But, just like the best of love affairs, I was back in the blog's arms in less than three months. I even bought the blog a T-shirt that says "I just can't quit you."
I'm not blogging quite a fervently or frequently these days, but I do try to keep it afloat as best I can.
Again, thanks for reading!

Nov 15, 2016, 1:11pm

David-last night I went and started reading the posts I missed and some of the wonderful things about your blog is that you always find these brand new writers and you do a lot of focusing on short fiction which is my absolute favourite. I think you mentioned you subscribe to Glimmer Train (it's one of the ones I subscribe to too). Even though I believe you have published (or about to publish)two novels, you seem to have a real appreciation for short fiction which I find somewhat unusual,apart of course from Larry Dark. Is this something you go out of your way to acquire? I so look forward to the round-up of the Story Prize every year to get their
best of the year listings, and usually I can guess who will be short-listed,but this year I can't recall one new
collection of short fiction that has blasted through yet, so I have no idea who will make the short list this year. If you've come across any great new collections this past year-please share them.

Nov 15, 2016, 9:54pm

Hi all! Something new to learn which means I will probably still lurk more than post. But I will try to change that behavior. 😉

Nov 15, 2016, 9:59pm

Does anyone know how to access groups (Book Balloon) in the app? I downloaded the app on my iPad but cannot figure out how to find a group. Thank you.

Nov 15, 2016, 10:02pm

The app doesn't include talk. Just cataloging and catalog browsing. Oh and adding covers.

Nov 15, 2016, 10:25pm

Go into LT through your phone or tablet browser—I use Safari on my Mac devices—and then bookmark it. It's not as pretty as the app but you can access all the regular features, including Talk.

Editado: Nov 15, 2016, 10:55pm

Another tip--on iPhones at least, you can save a website directly to your home screen so it works just like an app. Just hit the share button and there's an option to do that, and you can call it whatever you want. Also, if you make sure the home page is set to display in one column it's a lot more phone/tablet friendly.

Nov 16, 2016, 12:30am


Nov 16, 2016, 1:16pm

SP, that is really cool. I didn't know you could do that.

I'm so glad to see the gang is finally gathering. Who's missing? We need to light a fire under the slow pokes.

Nov 16, 2016, 5:04pm

Can someone tell me how to add an author to my favorites list? The directions tell me to go to the author page, but when I get there I can't find a link to add the author. I'm an idiot.

Editado: Nov 16, 2016, 5:21pm

Here's what I just did, April: go about half-way down the author page to the Members section and click on the Add to Favorites button.

Nov 16, 2016, 5:24pm

And it can sometimes be a little confusing. If you want to favorite a popular author, like James Baldwin you may have to click around to make sure you get the correct James Baldwin.

Nov 22, 2016, 11:56am

It's nice to see all the familiar faces *and* some new ones!

curious_librarian, I think we have actually met in person once or twice! I believe you did me the favor of getting a copy of Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys signed at an event I wasn't able to attend, so thank you for that.

Nov 22, 2016, 2:21pm

Hello everyone. Not sure how often I will be here, but it is time to be away from FB. I am Sheila McCallum Dee there.

Nov 22, 2016, 3:04pm

Cordel! nice to see you here.

Nov 22, 2016, 3:14pm

Hi Sheila! I know what you mean about FB.

Nov 22, 2016, 5:56pm

Hello, Sue from Brisbane, Australia (thewordygecko) here. I've been a member of LT for years, but not connected with BookBalloon before, so looking forward to joining in.

Nov 22, 2016, 8:13pm

Welcome, everyone!

Nov 23, 2016, 9:30am

We got a nice welcome in LT's State of the Thing newsletter this month—thanks, lorannen! Everybody say interesting things now, OK?

Nov 23, 2016, 11:57am

>109 lisapeet: I am here via the newsletter mention. I'm hoping newbs with a propensity for lurking are welcome to join. LT was a great choice. I left GRs a year ago and love it here.

Nov 23, 2016, 1:38pm

Welcome Sace! I can't promise to be interesting, but it is lovely to have new people joining the conversation.

Editado: Nov 23, 2016, 2:36pm

>111 mkunruh: I can promise that I am utterly boring. I am far from fascinating. ;-)

Nov 23, 2016, 3:47pm

A heads up for all the folks here who are new to LibraryThing: Today the BookBalloon group received what I think is it's first spam user and topic. These do crop up occasionally, but LT has a fairly effective user-driven system for removing them:

1) click on the name of the user to go to their profile
2) scroll down and find the "flag as spam" link on the right
3) flag the account

Users who receive a certain number of flags are first hidden, and then removed. And there is an entire group on LT dedicated to flagging spam into oblivion, so it is rare for any of them to stay up longer than a few minutes.

One thing to note, however, is that you should avoid replying to the spammer in the topic they started. Left alone, the topic will eventually go away, but any activity by valid users will keep the spam topic visible.

Nov 23, 2016, 5:24pm

First spam ... bookballoon at LT is growing up so fast! Before we know it, it'll be heading off to prom.

Nov 23, 2016, 6:11pm

Aw man, I missed it. For real, though, the spam-busting is one of the many reasons LibraryThing seems like a great outfit.

Hi, >112 Sace:! Lurkers welcome, but please feel free to join in!

Nov 23, 2016, 7:07pm

>109 lisapeet: where do we find this?

Nov 23, 2016, 7:10pm

Oh and welcome to all newbies, lurking or not!

Nov 23, 2016, 9:38pm

::waves:: Hi, everyone! Happy to help. It's nice to see such an active and dedicated group having cool discussions on LT, and I wanted to do what I could to make you all feel welcome.

In case anyone missed or has yet to receive their copy this month's State of the Thing, you can read it right in your browser here.

>113 southernbooklady: This is indeed, one of the perils of being one of the week's most active groups on the site. However, as southernbooklady rightfully points out, we've got a good system in place that empowers members to catch and remove spam quickly.

Nov 23, 2016, 9:39pm

>115 SPRankin: Thanks! I'll try to be fascinating. Hee hee.

Nov 23, 2016, 10:41pm

lorannen, thanks for the link to the newsletter. BTW, in the past Bookballoon has had a book secret santa, but its run differently from LT. Not sure if SP wanted to do this again, but is it allowed for a group to have their own, or do we need to go through the sites system (and actually after reading about it, I think it sounds very cool to do!)

Editado: Nov 23, 2016, 10:57pm

>120 cindydavid4: Good question! While we'd certainly be happy to have you all join in SantaThing, any group is welcome to do their own Secret Santa-type thing (and you could always do both, if you wanted!). The caveat being that SantaThing is the only such program LT staff will be directly running.

Nov 23, 2016, 11:03pm

And thanks so much for the nice shout-out, lorannen. The transition has gone amazingly well and I'm super excited about the community here.

Nov 24, 2016, 4:50am

>118 lorannen:

Cool! I've never seen State of the Thing before (looks good :-) ) but at the bottom it said "You received this because you signed up for the email" ... but I didn't! I simply clicked on your link and got taken to a webpage with a personalised greeting at the top of SotT.

So ... how do I actually receive the email? Or, is there way I can see the Thing direct from LT without having to trouble my email account?

Nov 24, 2016, 6:16pm

>123 Tid: Good question! And yeah, there's unfortunately no way for me to strip that text out of the online version. Don't worry—it doesn't mean you've actually subscribed.

So, to subscribe, you can take a look at your Account Settings, and make sure that, under "Email settings," the box for "receive monthly State of the Thing email" is checked. If it is already checked, and you're not getting the newsletter, take a peek at your spam folder, or, if you're using Gmail, the Promotions tab.

If you'd rather just read it online the day after I send it, I keep an archive of all States of the Thing here: http://www.librarything.com/wiki/index.php/State_of_the_Thing.

Nov 25, 2016, 6:53am

>124 lorannen:

As it's only monthly, I decided to subscribe via my settings as you suggest. However... I see that box is already checked, but no email address is listed! How is that even possible - wouldn't it generate an error message here, if one ticks an email box but the email address box is blank?

Nov 25, 2016, 2:02pm

Hi! Discovered y'all from the LT newsletter and it looks like this might be a nice place to have a thoughtful fun conversation, though I'll probably lurk and listen more than talk. Don't mind me .. I'll just be over here in the corner, reading.

Editado: Nov 25, 2016, 9:31pm

Hey TempleCat. There are a lot of us that lurk more than post. Enjoy your reading corner, and pop in when you have anything to share.

Nov 26, 2016, 12:36pm

Telling us what you are reading is an awesome place to start. And welcome. :)

Nov 26, 2016, 12:54pm

Nov 26, 2016, 4:27pm

So good to see new names here! Welcome, welcome.

Nov 26, 2016, 9:11pm

>125 Tid: Interesting! But, I'm not terribly surprised, considering that's a very old part of LT (and we've never required email addresses to create an account). That said, if you update your account to include your email address, you should certainly start receiving our newsletters! I'll prod Tim about how easy it would be to gray-out that checkbox if there's no email address entered.

Nov 27, 2016, 12:36pm

>131 lorannen:

I'll do that! It's entirely possible that if one could register without supplying an email address, that I wouldn't have given one. I presume that if I supply one now, I can choose only to have the monthly newsletter?

Nov 27, 2016, 12:47pm

>132 Tid: Absolutely! The only other email messages that LT sends out normally are profile comment notifications, but you can turn those off on that same settings page, too.

Editado: Nov 27, 2016, 1:34pm

>128 laurenbufferd: What am I reading? Well, I have a good dozen titles that I'm actively working on right now, depending on my mood and what room I'm in (and the book's in.) The two that I'm really focused on and that follow me around on my Kindle are Octavia E. Butler (Modern Masters of Science Fiction) by Gerry Canavan, which I'm reading for a review that's due, and Sleeping Dog by Dick Lochte that I'm reading just for fun. They're both progressing very slowly 'cuz my other activities (editing a manuscript, learning to play the guitar, napping, browsing the internet, cooking and going on long walks) seem to be taking over at the moment.

Editado: Dic 2, 2016, 10:27pm

Welcome, new people! And thanks, lorannen, for giving us a mention.

Dic 2, 2016, 7:49pm

Yes, welcome to all the new folks. It's great to have you aboard HMS BookBalloon!

Dic 3, 2016, 1:28pm

I found you all! Started with Readerville as cdcoleman and then transitioned to BookBalloon as devon. I've always been more of a lurker (sounds slightly sinister) than poster, but in an odd way many of the folks I've "known" since Readerville days feel like an extended family of sorts. Including Sue Russell, whose loss I'm grieving though we never even met in person.

Dic 3, 2016, 1:46pm

Wow, so great to see you here! I love this community.

Dic 3, 2016, 2:45pm

Hi cd/devon! And hi new folks too! It's good to see all the names trickling in.

Dic 3, 2016, 4:54pm

I remember you from RV, cd. Welcome.

Dic 3, 2016, 5:54pm

I remember you, too cd. Welcome!

Dic 5, 2016, 12:27pm

As do I! Although I had no idea you were devon, so nice to put those two names together.

Dic 5, 2016, 4:35pm

Hey, cd! Always great to see you!

Dic 9, 2016, 11:13pm

Hi everyone! bookowl/Chris here from Pittsburgh. I've lurked for a while on BB, and now have some time to get back to serious reading and discussion. Almost an empty-nester (one just graduated, one a senior), and have missed this online community!

Currently reading "Between the World and Me", "The Fire This Time" and "The Underground Railroad" - it seems like a good time to get my eyes opened.

Editado: Dic 9, 2016, 11:19pm

Hiya Chris! Nice to see you—I've been thinking of you.

Another book along those lines that I just finished today, because I've been thinking similarly, is Jeff Chang's We Gon' Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation—slightly more diffuse in scope, and short, but smart and very on target.

Dic 9, 2016, 11:26pm

Hiya Lisa!

My kids still think of you fondly, as do I! Patrick will be in NYC for his school's Showcase for agents and managers in the spring - hard to believe he's a senior. Liz stayed in Pgh and is working at a non-profit as their communications designer, so Bob and I are rattling around the house together, wondering where the years went.

I might pick that Chang up - anything that tells me "we gon' be alright" is a welcome message these days.

Dic 10, 2016, 10:44am

Chris, it is wonderful to see you!!

Dic 10, 2016, 4:55pm

Hi Lauren! It's so nice to see this community continue :)

Dic 10, 2016, 5:49pm

Welcome, Chris!

Dic 11, 2016, 7:26pm

Good to see you, Chris!

Dic 11, 2016, 9:38pm

Hello Chris!!

Dic 27, 2016, 6:42pm

Ho, Ho, Ho! A late Happy Holidays to y'all.

Big thank you to SP for keeping me updated on your whereabouts.

Sorry for the long MIA, but the past year+ has been a ruff one. Briefly, without going into the morbid details, I suffered a really bad back injury at work which left me with severe spinal compression and the loss of the use of my left leg. I was determined to get back to work after only recently achieving my CNRN, and after 4 mos. of tortuous physical therapy I did just that. They created a new job position for me, as my days of heavy, bedside care were over: I was free charge of all the ICU's and Open Heart, and that went well... until a couple mos. ago when some of the symptoms started recurring. I'm on a leave now, until I decide whether to go iFLEX (new term for M.A.S.H. where I could work only when I wanted to), or take early retirement.

Either way, I'm going to have plenty of reading and posting time now, and I'm soooo glad y'all are still together.

I've had this LibrayThing account for years, but never really used it much. Gonna' have to get caught up, look around the place and figure this all out.

Anyways... Hello!

Pat_D (formerly exPat)

Dic 27, 2016, 7:21pm

Hey Pat, great to see you here.

Dic 27, 2016, 7:58pm

Pat! I missed you! Really good to see you here.

Dic 27, 2016, 8:45pm

Pat, Missed you, so glad to see you back! Im so sorry for all that you've been through - Im glad that you have an employer who knows your worth and is looking out for you. And if you are having trouble with workmans comp or FMLA stuff, let me know - been through that the last year. Wishing that this year brings you health and strength.

Dic 27, 2016, 10:59pm

So glad you're here, Pat!

Dic 28, 2016, 12:04pm

Hiya, Pat!

Dic 28, 2016, 2:16pm

Pat! Woot! (Although I'm sorry to hear about your back and its limitations, particularly after all the work you put into becoming CNRN)

Dic 28, 2016, 6:04pm

Whatever happened to Finn from Chicago?

Dic 28, 2016, 6:35pm

He hasn't been here since the switch to LT, but he is on FB.

Dic 28, 2016, 7:40pm

Thanks, Thingies (can't call you loonies anymore).

Went through all the threads. So sorry to hear about Sue Russell. 2016 can't end too soon, as far as I'm concerned.

Dic 28, 2016, 9:48pm

Thanks, Thingies (can't call you loonies anymore). Ha! We need pcashwell over here, with his two boys!

Dic 28, 2016, 10:41pm

Heh. That's right. That's his trademark.

Dic 28, 2016, 10:54pm

I like Thingies better than Loonies anyway.

Dic 29, 2016, 12:18am

Yippee, Pat has arrived! Sorry to hear about your health concerns, but we're sure glad to see you made it to LT. I hope the latest symptoms get resolved speedy quick.

Dic 29, 2016, 12:54pm

Hi everyone! I'm really glad to see some of our old cohorts from RV and BB!

Pat, I'm so sorry about your injury. Sound excruciating, I wish you a lot of luck! (But I'm selfishly looking forward to having you back in the TV thread.)

Dic 30, 2016, 12:10pm

With Pat_D's arrival, it's beginning to seem more and more like home here. As much as it can with Sue Russel gone.
Has Sarah Rockwell, I think her last name was, shown up?

Dic 31, 2016, 4:08pm

No, she hasn't been around for a while (it's Rocklin). I'm still surprised TPC and Joseph haven't shown up here.

Ene 1, 2017, 6:26am

Happy New Year! Let's hope that... no, let's just hope.

Ene 6, 2017, 8:47am

I was busy forcrissakes .... plus someone already had my name.

Ene 6, 2017, 9:04am

ha. Nice to see you here, though.

Ene 6, 2017, 1:21pm

Why is it so hard to make a link here? I made a link to a book image earlier, but now I can't find whee on LT I found the information to do that.

Ene 6, 2017, 1:24pm

How to do fancy things in your posts:

tag a user @ plus the username: lisapeet
link to a referenced post in a thread: ">" plus the post number: >2 lisapeet: lisapeet:

Ene 6, 2017, 1:49pm


Ene 6, 2017, 1:53pm

You can tag other people besides me too.

Hi teep!

Ene 6, 2017, 3:18pm

About time, jeez.

Ene 6, 2017, 4:10pm

I haven't read anything worth talking about. Plus, I'm trying to get better about not talking about things I haven't read.

Ene 6, 2017, 8:12pm

Hey, finally! Welcome to the new digs.

Ene 6, 2017, 8:37pm

About time!

Mar 11, 2017, 9:01pm

Is there an easy way to get back to the home (Book ballon) page without clicking the back arrow?

For instance, after posting this, to continue on the choices are to get to the top of the page where some pages have hundreds of posts or click the back arrow.

Mar 11, 2017, 11:21pm

There is an arrow on the colored box with your name, on the right side. Click it, you will get to the top of the page. To your right is the Book Balloon link, click it and there you are! (took a while for me to figure that out too!)

Mar 13, 2017, 2:33pm

yeah, that's the only way I've figured out how to do it. I click the "back to top" arrow to the right of the posts, and then click on the Book Balloon link at the top. I also recommend clicking on the bolded link to unread posts from the home page, so you don't have to scroll down to the unread posts, or you can click the link at the top of each thread that will take you to the first unread post.

I'm still not great at navigating this place.

Mar 30, 2017, 10:33am

Belated thanks!

Jun 15, 2017, 8:52pm

Hi, I was a member of Readerville. I made so many dear friends and felt so at home there. I used to be called Saragreentea. I tried to join with that name but it said it was already taken. Sara

Editado: Jun 15, 2017, 10:42pm

Hiya Sara! I remember you! (I was Oblivia.)

Jun 15, 2017, 11:05pm

Sara, I remember you, welcome back!

Jun 16, 2017, 11:12am

YAY! I like when new old people arrive. What are you reading Sarayogatea?

Jun 17, 2017, 3:05pm

Yay, welcome back, Sara!

Jun 17, 2017, 10:16pm

Hello Sara!

Jun 19, 2017, 4:41pm

I remember you too. Welcome back.

Jun 20, 2017, 11:00am

Welcome, Sara! I'm so glad when old Readerville or BookBalloon people come back!

Sep 24, 2018, 12:48pm

Hi all. I just looked at my profile and discovered that I've been a member of LT since 2008, but it's only within the last week or so that I've done more than catalogue. How's that for slackness?

Sep 25, 2018, 3:25pm

It's never too late.

Welcome. Hope it doesn't take another 10 years for you to post.

Sep 26, 2018, 8:39am

Welcome! So what are you reading?

Sep 26, 2018, 11:23am

As of last night, On Being a Bird by Philip Wills. (And I've just noticed that this is also listed here as by Philip Will. No copies though. This probably should be fixed but I'm not sure how.)
Last weekend, Letters from Iceland by Auden, and Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.

Sep 26, 2018, 9:21pm

Oh if you liked Dirk Gently then you must read the sequel Long Dark Teatime of the Soul Hilarious, in typical Douglas Adams fashion; nothing deep just a fun read

Sep 27, 2018, 1:46am

Read it a few weeks ago. I've actually read both before, and I remembered The Long Dark Teatime as being quite dark (funny about that), but didn't find it so on re-reading. The oddity was that I bought The Long Dark Teatime ... new somewhere and decided not to buy Dirk Gently's ... as well, and then went to Barter Books in Alnwick and found Dirk Gently's ... there, almost new.

Feb 22, 5:51pm

Hey, just read a few posts and thought I'd like to join this group.

Feb 22, 9:31pm

Please do!

Let us know a little about yourself and please tell us what you are reading. :)

Feb 22, 11:16pm

Name is Charlton, live in Texas on the southeast gulf coast. Right now I'm reading The Lies of Locke Lamora.
I like DnD , fantasy in movies and books. Some science fiction and paranormal.

Editado: Feb 24, 4:29pm

We currently don't have a FANTASY thread but feel free to start one. You can also post in The Eternal Question: What Are You Reading 8 or Movies. If you want to stay current, the Literary Loft is where we catch up with one another.

Speaking of, since you are in Texas, did you get trounced in the most recent snowstorm?

Feb 23, 4:37pm

Hi Charlton. Thanks for joining us! Looking forward to book chatting with you.

Feb 23, 7:31pm

Hi Charlton, welcome.

I like fantasy, too. I have TLoLL on my shelves, but I'm doing an historical fiction read, right now.

Feb 24, 11:29pm

Hey guys thanks for the welcomes, glad to be here.
And yes >201 laurenbufferd: the Texas "snowstorm" busted a couple pipes and I was out of water and electricity and internet for a few days. We got electricity back first then water but we had to boil it to make it drinkable. Thank you bottled water. But it took a while to finally get internet.

But to be honest, there were so many people worse off than me. Right now me and my wife feel lucky by comparison.

Feb 27, 2:35am

BB hasn't been very busy, lately, but it seems to go through these quiet stages every once in a while. Hope you stick around, Chalton. Meanwhile, have a look around and check out the other threads. Glad to hear you're getting through the worst of the outage crisis.

Feb 28, 8:48am

Hi Charlton, and welcome! Yeah, this group hibernates a bit in winter (you'd think staying indoors in bad weather would be conducive to intensive posting, but I guess everyone has their respective noses in a book). It's a convivial group—feel free to poke around and see what interests you here.