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1pajarita
Edited: Jun 9, 2012, 11:25pm Top

Hello, Folks. I live in rural New Mexico; and, of course, I love to read. I am a retired Architect.

I've been a member of Goodreads for about four years; but it has just about tripled its membership in about 12 months (approx. 2million-7million). Because of an unexpected consequence of the Facebook Timeline software application there is an ongoing Ginormous migration of Facebookers into Goodreads. It is my perception that there is a strong and growing "passive" pressure for Goodreaders to transmogrify into Facebookers. The Goodreads "Cloud" software is beginning to feel like a colonized territory of Facebook.

My interests in Reading social media is to maintain a very small group of dedicated readers who know each other well enough give knowlegeable recommendations to one another, and to encourage each other in writing and sharing reviews. I live in a remote rural area that I love, much of which is illiterate unfortunately. So to have literate friends who know me well enough so that we may further expand our already reasonably literate interests is my hope. After 3 1/2 years at Goodreads, my Friends list has remained under 20 people intentionally. I certainly don't mind others who "Facebook" frequently or who may seem to collect friends; that is unquestionably their perogative of expression. But I know enough of internet marketing and snooping to value and protect my own online privacy. I feel that Facebook is not a friend to our privacy.

I value my Goodreads Friends; and will likely stay active in the short term, at least--this is because of my friends there. But I would very much like to understand LibraryThing better. I hope I am welcome, considering my "tainted" past.

2Meredy
Jun 9, 2012, 11:31pm Top

Welcome, pajarita. I'm not one of the many long-termers here, having joined less than a year ago, so I'm still learning my way around. So far I like it for just the reasons you said. (I didn't care much for Goodreads, which I tried briefly and later abandoned.) I've followed excellent recommendations and made much use of the resources here, and they have led me to some great reading discoveries.

3MerryMary
Jun 10, 2012, 12:16am Top

Of course you're welcome. We have many happy communities that will bloat your wishlist and TBR (To Be Read) lists in no time. Look around the Groups for ones that appeal to you.

4hailelib
Jun 10, 2012, 12:51am Top

Lots of friendly people here!

Since I joined one of the challenge groups most of my reading has been inspired by LT and I've found a lot of new authors and some really great books.

Tricia

5Collectorator
Jun 10, 2012, 7:14am Top

My heart and soul reside in rural New Mexico. See you there in a few weeks.

6pajarita
Edited: Jun 10, 2012, 1:43pm Top

Thank you all. I feel welcome.

I am still navigating and learning the LibraryThing Cloud software; so my reading lists are skewed by my arrangements and rearrangements. It will take time to "move in".

Collectorator, the weather here--between Santa Fe and Taos--has improved considerably this past week. Its not so smoky and windy as before from the big fire in central Arizona. So far (knock on wood) there's not been a big fire here this summer. We are grateful. My heart and soul and body are very happy to be here. Retired to social security poverty; but living in my spiritual paradise. I am happy and grateful to whatever Her name is who runs this life up there in those clouds.

7Collectorator
Jun 10, 2012, 2:03pm Top

I reside down in the southeast, pajarita. Sacramento Mountains, Lincoln National Forest. I have been summering there since I was about ten, so over 40 years now!! This year we will be work-work-working on our land, clearing downed trees and brush from the fire in 1999 - i think it was. We lost our cabin that year, and it is sorely missed. But the Magic of the place continues. I can see the map of it in my mind as easily as the lines in my palm.
I'm all geared up with a new red wheelbarrow and gloves. The men will will cut the trees into manageable chunks and us girls will haul into the gullies. There's really nothing I would rather do. :)

8pajarita
Jun 10, 2012, 5:07pm Top

Sounds like a whole lot of hot,sweaty fun. I'm reasonably familiar with the Lincoln Forest and the Sacramento Mountains--about the same climate and temperatures as where I live. You guys did get schorched in 1999!

Yep. clear the under-growth; and slow the erosion down.

I see you like vintage children's lit. This ain't vintage but people I admire are saying "Un Lun Dun" by China MiƩville is really cool.

9Collectorator
Jun 11, 2012, 6:58am Top

Yes, vintage children's lit. Especially stories about forest animals. I am still really twelve years old.

It's going to be 101 here today, but 85 in my mountains. Hurry July.

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