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Posted on Thursday 22 May 2008 at 8:24 pm

My Sidebar Bookshelf


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I need some input. I like the little bookshelf that I've added to my sidebar to show what I'm reading / recently read. I'm trying to decide how to display the most "useful" information in the best fashion. Before, I just had the book covers and titles but I want to add something to show my opinion of the recently read books. I've become addicted to Goodreads.com where I've been rating and (usually) reviewing the books and I wanted to provide the LJ flist with easy access to that kind of info. without having to click the link. I've added the star ratings to the sidebar and linked that to the full text reviews, which took more coding than I expected due to finicky html tables.

Anyway, I can't decide how to display the information. Right now I've got the cover image in one table cell and then title, author, and rating in another. I'm not sure I like it but I don't have any other ideas. Also, for the rating I'm going with a "*" for a star I gave and "." for one I didn't so a three out of five star book would be "***.." Does that work? Would just "***" work better? Or something else entirely?

Just out of curiosity, does anybody even look at the bookshelf box when dropping by my LJ?
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What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 12:47 am on 23 May 2008 (UTC) (Link)
I'd just go with the stars. And I do look at your bookshelf! Of course it makes me feel bad about how little I read in comparison to you. ;)

You didn't tell me you'd read American Gods!
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 2:38 am on 23 May 2008 (UTC) (Link)
I'd just go with the stars.
So just *** or whatever with nothing like the .. to indicate out of what? I had that at first, but I wasn't sure if people would know what it meant, even with the out of 5 stars parenthetical at the top of the box.

You didn't tell me you'd read American Gods!
I finished it... yesterday? No. I read Here, There Be Dragons (fun idea, lousy execution) yesterday. Must have finished it Tuesday when I wasn't feeling well. Actually, I think I slept for all but about 6 to 8 hours of the day and I spent those 6 to 8 hours reading American Gods. It was good: dark, sardonic, and very interesting.
What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 2:59 am on 23 May 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I think people will know what you mean!

So happy you liked Gods! I slapped myself on the forehead for not seeing the twist coming. And isn't his writing fantastic? It was so interesting after reading Good Omens - Pratchett must have done most of the actual writing of it.
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 1:06 pm on 23 May 2008 (UTC) (Link)
It was definitely different from Good Omens. I could see some of the same humor coming through in both, but you may be right about Pratchett doing more writing.

I had figured out basically how the ending was going to go but not the identity of the second person, for which I wanted to slap myself!
gilpin25
gilpin25 at 7:22 am on 23 May 2008 (UTC) (Link)
I looked too as I was curious to see what you thought of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - and then I looked at a couple of others and my lunch break went by! I think it's a great idea and I'd like to do something similar, apart from the fact that I would currently hex myself into oblivion because I am supposed to be doing the writing thing. But one day...

And just the stars. Simple is best always works for me. ;)
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 1:11 pm on 23 May 2008 (UTC) (Link)
and then I looked at a couple of others and my lunch break went by

See, that's why you should get a GoodReads.com account! Then you'd get notices every time I added a book so you wouldn't have to waste an entire lunch break getting caught up. We'll ignore the time you might spend setting up your own initial bookshelves because it could be nothing if you decide to just add books you read from now on or it could be a few days if you do like I did and add everything currently on your shelves that you remember reading in the past few years.

Seriously, I'd love to see other people doing reading lists on their LJs or on GoodReads or something just so I can get ideas for what to read next and know when people read something I've read and I can discuss it with them.

And just the stars. Simple is best always works for me. ;)
OK. I changed to stars without dots for the blank ones. Does that work?
gilpin25
gilpin25 at 7:46 pm on 23 May 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Well I've got a birthday fic for someone that I need to finish very soon - preferably before the birthday - but as I always like the carrot and stick method, perhaps my carrot could be that I get to start an account when it's done, and then I can gradually play with it during those lunch breaks... I need to decide on my holiday reads as I go away in a fortnight and only have, by coincidence, American Gods, to go with me so far. So that needs sorting out! ;)

The stars work for me! :)
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 2:00 pm on 24 May 2008 (UTC) (Link)
perhaps my carrot could be that I get to start an account when it's done, and then I can gradually play with it during those lunch breaks...

Sounds like a plan to me!


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