Recently Added – a LibraryThing Feature

Tuesday Thingers

This week’s question: -LibraryThing’s Recently Added feature: do you look at it? Do you use it for ideas? Is there something listed there now that looks interesting to you? What have you added to your LT library recently?

My answer: I hardly ever look at Recently Added (the one that shows what other people have added, although Warmth Disperses and Time Passes: The History of Heat by Hans Christian Von Baeyerstrangely I do look at my own). I’ve looked this morning and my goodness it changes so quickly! Blink and you’ve missed it. One that did catch my eye is Warmth Disperses and Time Passes by Hans Christian Von Baeyer about the law of thermodynamics. It looks really interesting and I don’t normally say that about books on science. I’ve never even wondered why my cup of tea cools down, so I’m going to see if I can borrow a copy from my local library.

My own recent additions are a mixed bag. I’ve added:

  • Harald First of the Vikings by Charles Young (lovely illustrations by Gertrude Hammond), published in 1911. I need to scan the cover as at present it’s showing the horrible brown default cover;
  • England’s Last Glory:the Boys of 66 by David Miller, a book on football that’s really my husband’s but his books are in LT with mine; and
  •  Walking In the Wild: over 50 Celtic Walks in Devon, Wales and the Hebridean Isles by Brian Carter. This is not just a book of walks, but is also autobiographical and “a quest for Celtic connections from South Devon, and Dartmoor, through Welsh-speaking Wales to the Hebridean Isle of Mull off the West Coast of Scotland” (quote from the back cover). It has beautiful black and white sketches of places and wildlife as well as line drawings of the walks.

I quite like it when I add books to LibraryThing and see that I’m the only person who owns copies. It’s almost as though I’m keeping the books alive.


  1. I don’t own a whole lot of books others don’t have but I think there is maybe a couple dozen of them in my library. I think a couple of them are self-published type books. Have a great day!


  2. I notice something when I add books, it will say “no other users” and then I’ll go back (not much) later and there will be 131 users or something. So I think sometimes it messes up when you are adding.


  3. Kathy, I only have a few that nobody else has. I don’t know how to find out how many there are!

    Lenore, I checked just now and I am still the only person with these books.


  4. I have several books that no one else has at LT, and I have to admit that it does give me pleasure. I think it’s a combination of keeping the book alive and feeling a little bit different from others.


  5. I never paid any attention to what others have added until today’s question. When I looked there was one on the history of porn stars. Yikes! I won’t add that one to my list.


  6. Hmmm — Even though I’m very technilogically literate (at least, I think I am!), this is a new one on me. I’ll have to figure it out, because I love to know what other people are reading. I found a new series (Clare Ferguson, priest-detective) that way and am listening (audiobooks) my way through all six. I’m halfway done.

    So I’ll just tell people what I’m reading: Jason Wright’s fabulous new novel, “Recovering Charles.” Personal redemption in the contest of a physical recovery in post-Katrina N. Orleans. Life can have a second chance, a second verse.


  7. I love your comment about keeping books alive! I’m rather proud of my books that no-one else has, but then I feel an urge to proselytize on their behalf. I’ll have to go and make use of the recommendations feature.


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