Saturday, March 28, 2009

Still a Weekly Geek!

Greetings, fair Geeks. Doing the Weekly Geeks tasks that I enjoy so much is another thing that has fallen by the wayside in my pursuit of the Bad Blogger 2009 Ultimate Prize which has precluded me posting about pretty much anything. Bad bloggers don't write blog posts, you know. This is a major fail in my quest for the title. Last week's question about historical fiction definitely piqued my curiosity, and I was all like "Oh yeah, I can definitely do this. I'll do this like...Monday or sometime." Needless to say, I didn't do it on Monday or Tuesday or well, any of the days that ended in Y this week instead opting to go to work, and celebrate my great-grandma's 93rd birthday (note to self: attempting to position a new TV for someone who is almost blind is an often fruitless and very time-consuming task), try to figure out what I want to be when I grow up, watch TV, and other assorted pursuits that kept me away from the glowing box that leads to the internets. I've decided not to make the same mistake this week and am henceforth doing this week's Weekly Geeks right now before something shiny comes along and disturbs my fragile attention span. Let's just hope I can make it through the post before the shiny thing, if you know what I mean.

Anyhow, this week's Weekly Geeks is a repeat of something we did long ago when we first began. Dewey encouraged us to start a new policy of linking to others' reviews of books in our reviews of those same books. I enacted this policy at that time and have since been truly dismal at keeping up with it, you know, in the spirit of the Bad Blogger 2009 (and 2008!) title. I notice other people linking my reviews and make lists and vow to edit those posts with links to their reviews despite their not expressly asking and then ultimately fail to do so. This week is the week that, with your help, I renew my pursuit of this task. Here's what we're (I'm!) doing:

1. Write a post encouraging readers to look through your archives (if you have your reviews in a particular place on your blog, point them there), and find the books that they have also written reviews. Tell them to leave a link to their review on your review post. For example, I've written a review for Gods Behaving Badly and Jane Doe leaves a link to her review of Gods Behaving Badly in the comments section of my review.

2. Edit your reviews to include those links in the body of the review post.

3. Visit other Weekly Geeks and go through their reviews. Leave links for them.

4. Leave a note somewhere on your blog to let people know this is your new policy.

5. Write a post later this week letting us know how your project is going!

This is the post encouraging you to look through my archives, so if it tickles your fancy glance off to the right over there. Up under that picture of me with the tree and its accompanying words are some links, that is, if I remember rightly, I'm not exactly looking at it right now, uhm, three of them start with "Books Read." You can find all the books I've reviewed on this blog linked from that list. Beware the 2007 list, though. I didn't start blogging until October of 2007 so only the linked books after number 44 will be reviewed here. So, anything after and including number 45, No Great Mischief, is fair game. The rest of the books from that year are not in play. All you have to do is leave me a link to your review of any of the books I've reviewed on this post please, and I will link to it from the review post itself. Obviously, I'm hoping you'll link back to my review from your review in the spirit of things and everything, but if you don't, I promise I won't hunt you down and bludgeon you to death with a particularly large and heavy copy of War and Peace or some other epic tome.

Oh yes, and I do have two reviews on deck, one for Ian McEwan's On Chesil Beach and the other John Burnside's The Glister, so if you want to leave links to your reviews of those two titles as well, I'll be sure to post them when I get around to writing the reviews.

All right, there you go, go find a book we have in common! =)


  1. We have two:

    Schindller's List:

    How I live Now:

  2. The second link should obviously be

  3. YAY! Finally someone with whom I have reviews - well, review, singular - in common!

    How I Live Now:

  4. We share School of Essential Ingredients and When We Were Romans.">School of Essential Ingredients

  5. I didn't find any reviews in common but we did read a few of the samebooks: Disobedience, After You'd Gone, The Other Side of You
    and On Chesil Beach. And you reviewed several that I have on my tbr list: Snow Falling on Cedars, No Great Mischief, The Longest Trip Home, The Glister, Three Cups of Tea, A Tranquil Star, and Water for Elephants. I'll read your reviews but only after I've read the books. I read a lot of literary fiction but review only a few ARCs or very good ones.

  6. Well, don't I feel like the slacker! I've only read one of your books (hey, and I mean that literally!), but we already linked each other. There are buttloads on your lists that I want to read though. Yeah, that really doesn't help alleviate my slacker status, does it?

    Anyway, again, I must sincerely thank you for making my morning! I swear, girl, you make me laugh out loud every time you post!

  7. I think the only book we have in common is Water for Elephants, but that wasn't one of the ones that you reviewed. I've visited 16 other bloggers so far, and I can't believe out of all the books we've all read, how few I have in common with anyone-crazy!

  8. Thanks to all of you who left me links - I believe I've got all these in their appropriate posts now. It's good to have some reviews in common - the last time we did this in Weekly Geeks, I came away pretty empty handed in terms of Geeks to link!

    Sandra - sounds like we definitely have some book tastes in common! I too try to steer clear of reviews of books that I've already got and intend to read. Can't have people spoiling my TBR mountain now can I? :)

    Debi - It's always great to hear when I'm making people laugh. It means I'm not insanely here amusing only myself with my attempts at humor! Oh, and I'm a big slacker, too, you know. What is it the say...the bloggers who slack together, stay together? No...maybe that's not it.... ;-)

    Dreamybee, I'm right there with you. I fared a lot better this time than my first Weekly Geeks attempt at this task, but I'm still astonished at how few reviews in common I have with others, especially those that seem to have reviewed about a gazillion books. I keep double-taking thinking "Surely there *must* be something among these 200 reviews that *I've* reviewed!"