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Subject: How long have you sat at #1 on the WL?
Date Posted: 7/7/2008 6:11 PM ET
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I've been #1 for three books since the beginning of May! I'm sure it's nowhere near a record but I sure am getting antsy!
Date Posted: 7/7/2008 6:17 PM ET
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I've been at #1 for several books for several months.  The longest is 6 months...no book in sight!  But that's okay - my TBR is too big now.  If only someone wanted my books, too!!  ;D


Date Posted: 7/7/2008 6:56 PM ET
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I have been at #1 on several books since I joined in February 2007 -- obviously those are usually rather obscure or older books that might never pop up on PBS. Those are the ones that I buy eventually.

The wait time, in my experience, totally depends on how many people are waiting for it, and how long it has been available -- if it is a newly published book, of course, the wait will be longer because there aren't that many in circulation. I also know that when I post a book that has a long wait list, it is not unusual for it to "time-out" with wisher after wisher, and easily take a week or more to finally be requested. It is my theory that there are lots of books being wished for that are actually attached to inactive accounts . That definitely slows the wait time for a book down a lot!

You know, you sign up, you wish for a million books and then you lose interest...

It is frustrating to wait, but like Ruth, I am not short of reading material in the meantime...

Date Posted: 7/7/2008 7:01 PM ET
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Try a couple years........

Date Posted: 7/7/2008 8:39 PM ET
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My oldest books on my WL are dated March 18, 2007, and I was #1 for those even back then.  I have another couple of books where I have moved from another position to #1 several months ago and am still waiting. 

In May, I got to #1 on the WL for Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner.  I was SO excited, but my request went through 3 members.  Some accepted the request but never marked the book mailed, so the system timed out.  One just never responded to the request, so the system timed out of that one.  On the fourth request, the member waited the full five allowed days to accept the request, then marked she'd mail in five days but waited until the end of the two-day grace period after that fifth day to mark it mailed, and still didn't mail it until another three days after that (grrrr).  I finally got it and finished reading it over the weekend, and I immedaitely re-posted it since there's such a long WL for it. 

Now the first person on the WL is about to time out for not responding within 48 hours.  What gives with this book?  It seems like it is cursed!

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Subject: Thanks, Pattie...
Date Posted: 7/7/2008 8:57 PM ET
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Pattie, as number #181 out of 190 on the WL for Certain Girls, I appreciate that you posted it quickly.  ;-)

Date Posted: 7/7/2008 11:12 PM ET
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There are a couple I've been #1/1 on since November 13th, 2005.

Date Posted: 7/7/2008 11:15 PM ET
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I have a couple I know will never come up - at least not in my lifetime - but I've still got them WLd.  They haven't been there that long, but one book is 40 years old. LOL.  Pat

Date Posted: 7/7/2008 11:53 PM ET
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The longest I have been at #1 is 2 years and counting. Since I joined in 2006 for two books. =) Maybe one day.

Date Posted: 7/8/2008 3:07 AM ET
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I haven't been here long enough to be #1 "for a long time" but there are a few that I can imagine I will be #1 forever.  I don't really expect them to be posted, and will probably end up buying them.  But you never know what people will want to get rid of -- so I'm there to help.  :-) 

Date Posted: 7/8/2008 10:23 AM ET
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          Lee Anne D.

I have been on for a couple of months already . Some i wanted to read awhile so I just go out and buy the book . It works for me . Put it on my bookshelf when done . Goes quick and I accumlate credits quicker. Yea ! That way when some of the books I do want and our at 1 , I will have the credits to say accept . Works for me !!

                                                 Dolores H.

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Jenny (Jenny) - ,
Date Posted: 7/8/2008 11:37 AM ET
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I've been sitting at #1 on a few that date back to Spring, 2006...

I keep track of my wishlist with some software I wrote. One of the statistics I track is how fast the wish lists  "move" in terms of people per day (based on a simple average). Here are the top 10 movers on my wishlist:

  1. 0.92  World Without End
  2. 0.64 Rhett Butler's People
  3. 0.44 Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific
  4. 0.38 The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
  5. 0.37 The Yiddish Policemen's Union
  6. 0.34 Body Clutter: Love your body, Love Yourself
  7. 0.21 Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey
  8. 0.19 First Among Sequels
  9. 0.16 Body Clutter
  10. 0.14 World Without End

(i.e., That first World Without End is moving at a rate of nearly 1 person per day...) Down at the bottom are generally craft books. For example--

  • 0.0014 The Mosaic Artist's Bible
  • 0.0013 The Modern Quilt Workshop

(i.e, in 1000 days I've moved up one spot in the wishlist). And there are 41 books where I have _never_ moved in line. (Meh-- A girl can dream...)


That said, I've gotten a bunch of books that I never expected to be posted-- you just never know!

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Subject: I thought I was imagining it.
Date Posted: 7/8/2008 11:44 AM ET
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I thought it was rare to wait over a year for a wish list book.  I guess not.

I have over 50 books that I've waited over a year for.  Some I haven't moved forward at all on..  Most in the self published market of paranormal romance, sci fi, fantasy or urban fantasy.

I had much quicker turn around time with cook book wishlist than with those paranormals!!!


I guess I'll keep waiting.  At this point in time, I'm not willing to spend 15-37 dollars on a paperback book!!

Good luck to all those patient wishlist waiters.  :)

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Date Posted: 7/8/2008 2:06 PM ET
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Some I haven't moved forward at all on. 


Every once in awhile I go through my wish list to "clean it up" and remove the ones I already bought.  I think on some of them, though it might look like I'm moving up, I think what's actually happening is people are coming in behind me.  Since I forget my place before I even leave the page, I can trick myself into thinking I'm moving up, though.  :-D 

Date Posted: 7/8/2008 5:29 PM ET
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Yeah, I have several from when I first joined.  I know it's unlikely they'll ever get posted, but like others said, we can always hope....

Date Posted: 7/9/2008 9:09 AM ET
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Unfortunately, sometimes when you move up it's because someone before you in line got tired of waiting and bought the book!  I am #1 on a lot of obscure books and have been for a long time.  As others have said, if I feel like I must have the book I'll buy it, but since I have so many TBR I can be patient for most of them. 

Date Posted: 7/9/2008 9:16 AM ET
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Don't give up hope, though...I've been at #1 on various books for years, and have had them posted! In fact I just had one come up that I had wishlisted shortly after joining almost 3 years ago and was very close to removing it and trying to track down used somewhere, since my library didn't carry it either. Sometimes patience does pay off.

I sometimes do delete them after many months (or years) for various reasons--either I've tried something else by the author and didn't care for that book so am not as keen on acquiring the wishlisted book anymore, or I stumble across it at a UBS reasonably priced, or my library's decided to carry it. As Diane said, with a TBR like mine, I can afford to be patient. LOL


Date Posted: 7/9/2008 10:17 PM ET
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Okay, Jenny, I LOVE that you have written software to keep track of your progress on wishlist books. That is so deliciously, gloriously nerdy that I could just hug you! LOL If I knew a thing about writing software, I would have done it too!