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Subject: Resetting my favorites for instant access to historical fiction
Date Posted: 7/4/2009 10:45 AM ET
Member Since: 6/24/2006
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Jeez, I feel so stupid. Here I've been trying to find ways to sort through all the books in the system to hunt for things I need for the historical fiction challenge,. I've used the tag cloud, which I haven't got much interest in. I've used advanced search, which tends to lead to long, long lists. I've read threads in this forum.

But I just figured out that It's possible to get the favorites on the opening page set to historical fiction. I just never looked in the right places.

I like the stream of every changing books shown there. Those that were recently posted and those that are available. it's just a bite size way of learning about new books and authors. A pretty graphic, and wham, slide your cursor over the book and you can get a summary, click on the link there and you're into the full listing. Cool.

I just didn't know that historical fiction was hidden on the third layer. I kept trying to pick history and that just gave me non fiction. But once I started looking at the subcategories in literature and fiction, I found historical fiction buried within it. Ditto for sci fi fantasy and mysteries.

I should be knee deep in new ideas soon.

I hope this helps someone else.

Now If I could just figure out how to get to the notebook.....

Date Posted: 7/4/2009 11:07 AM ET
Member Since: 10/29/2005
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I love checking the homepage to see what has been posted in my favorite genres! I think this is the best addition to the home page they have ever made. ;-)

What do you mean by "notebook"? If I knew what you meant, I'd be happy to help you figure out how to get there. You can always pm me if you have a question. :-D

Date Posted: 7/9/2009 1:07 AM ET
Member Since: 6/5/2007
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That feature gets me into a lot of trouble, grin!

Enjoy!

Date Posted: 7/9/2009 12:20 PM ET
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Yeah, Mimi, I was just going to say that it is truly an awesome feature, but it has been the cause of me ordering books unnecessarily too many times for me to count.  Hence the 150 or so books on my bookshelf that I need to read!

Date Posted: 7/9/2009 12:48 PM ET
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It got me into trouble this morning, in fact - has anyone read the "Margaret of Ashbury" trilogy? The first one is on the way to me...

Date Posted: 7/9/2009 5:01 PM ET
Member Since: 4/23/2008
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Mimi - No, but what?  You can order just one book of a series!  Wow!  I'm in awe!  Of course, that makes sense.  If you don't like the first book, you're probably not going to read the others. I'm just so strange (and apparently a habitual collector of books) that a lot of times I'll order all of them. I think my mindset is "just in case I like the first  one, I've got to have at least the second one to read right away."  If possible, I like to read series one right after the other as I have a tendancy to forget what happened in previous books if I wait too long in between.



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Date Posted: 7/9/2009 5:40 PM ET
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Heh. Well, I'm perpetually short on credits, and I'm ok with waiting between books.

Although there is a series I'm reading that I had all four of (I've read three of them) that I keep forgetting plot points every time I pick up the next one. I figured it was the fault of the books and not me.

Date Posted: 7/12/2009 5:35 PM ET
Member Since: 6/24/2006
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Albookbug:

There was a feature called notebook that you could post musings on. It used to be accessible from the member's settings page. I used it once or twice. I thought it got phased out, but I just saw a posting within the last month by a member who said they'd figured out how to use it.

I guess I could search the forums and find that  member comment, but I'm feeling less than adventureous tonight.

Date Posted: 7/12/2009 9:30 PM ET
Member Since: 8/30/2007
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I loooove that feature. But I have to stay away from it, much like the way I don't let myself look at the donut display in the grocery store!

Let us know if you stumble across anything awesome!

Date Posted: 7/13/2009 11:44 AM ET
Member Since: 10/29/2005
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Lenore, It's the notebook in your profile! I don't know why that didn't occur to me earlier, lol.  It's still available for you to use! To get to it again, just click the "Public Profile" button on your "My Account" page. It's right under the tabs that go across that page, towards the right side. Once you are on your profile page, you'll see a button that says "New Notebook Entry". Clicking it will allow you to make a new entry. To edit an older entry, just click the edit button that is under the entry.  I usually use the notebook to offer the unpostables I have, but I've seen lots of people using it to keep track of the books they have read all year. If I didn't have an Excel file I'd made just for that, I'd consider doing it myself.

Date Posted: 7/19/2009 10:40 AM ET
Member Since: 6/24/2006
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Brilliant! Thanks so much for drawing me a map!  Now that I know where it is, I'll have to move my reading list there.