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Subject: Wish List Books - how quickly do you flip?
Date Posted: 9/28/2009 1:39 PM ET
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So here's my question, when you recieve the WL book that still has many other members WL, how quickly do you read and repost? 

I'm just curious.

I try and read my WL books as soon as possible and then post them so as others can enjoy.  And also as time goes on the system can get flooded with the popular WL books and soon there are hundreds of copies available. 

Date Posted: 9/28/2009 1:44 PM ET
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Hi, Judith, I go through spurts really.  There are times when that is ALL I read:  WL Books.  Just so I can repost them and get the credits.  But recently, I haven't had as much to spend on postage, so my 'flip' time isn't as quick and I haven't been focusing on reading WL books.  I think I'm about half-n-half.  :)

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 9/28/2009 1:46 PM ET
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It depends on how anxious I was to get it. When Kathy Reichs' latest book arrived in my mailbox, I put it right at the top of my TBR pile because I knew I wanted to read it next. I think I only kept that one for a day. I have other wish list books that I do want to read, but aren't the ones I want to read right now. I don't let those red and green Ws pressure me. I read what I want to read. I just use the Ws to figure out how to get credits quickly if I happen to need them.

Date Posted: 9/28/2009 1:54 PM ET
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My turn around time can take for ever but then if it's a book I really want to read then it goes to the top of the pile.

I don't always flip my WL books though. Sometimes I give them to friends here to enjoy, sometimes they go in swaps (in the games forum) and sometimes they get posted back here. It all depends on what I feel like doing with them ....

Date Posted: 9/28/2009 2:15 PM ET
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It varies widely for me. It depends on how badly I wanted to read any given book. I read whatever I feel like reading and don't even notice if a book is wishlisted until I go to post it again. I have about 600 books on my TBR and probably 400 of those are wishlisted, so I could easily drive myself nuts if I paid much attention to that.


Date Posted: 9/28/2009 3:12 PM ET
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I used to try to read only WL books but that just took the fun out of it for me.  I just read what I feel like reading. If it's no longer WL then it goes to help beef up my shelf for BOB trades. 

I only concentrate on WL books if I get below my credit comfort level.

Date Posted: 9/28/2009 4:14 PM ET
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Whether a book has a WL is immaterial to what I do with it.  I read/don't read/keep/give away based on my desire at the moment, not the WL.

Tina D. (tinad) - ,
Date Posted: 9/28/2009 5:04 PM ET
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If I start getting a little low on credits I may pick out a WL book that I'm not sure about (some of them I know are really good, having read previous ones) and read it.   Or if there is only one person wishing for it, I may let that factor in to my choice.

I have a tendency to hoard my WL books, especially the good ones, for a time when I may not have anything to read (HA!).  Although between my TBR list and the library that won't be anytime soon.


Date Posted: 9/28/2009 5:58 PM ET
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If its a new, and highly anticipated book ( in other words by a popular author )  I'll read it and post it right away because I know what it feels like to be sitting on a list for a book thats highly sought after and only one or two wishes per week are being granted.  Grrrrrrrrrr!  In fact just just deleted one off my WL today and went and bought the book because at the rate the list was moving I was never going to get it.

Date Posted: 9/28/2009 8:00 PM ET
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If a book is wishlisted or not has no weight in when I read them.  I read the book I want to read and seldom even know if it's wishlisted or not.

Date Posted: 9/28/2009 8:53 PM ET
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I usually relist WL books as soon as I am done reading them.  However, I have been known to lend them out to friends/family members first. 

Date Posted: 9/28/2009 9:15 PM ET
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I always post them when I am done reading them. But it varies greatly on how soon I read it after I receive it. Some books take months to get to while some books are out the door on the same day as I received and read them.

Date Posted: 9/28/2009 9:37 PM ET
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What Cozette said:

"If a book is wishlisted or not has no weight in when I read them.  I read the book I want to read and seldom even know if it's wishlisted or not."

If it's a "keeper" then I never repost.


































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Date Posted: 9/28/2009 10:08 PM ET
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It varies for me too.  Some I will read and repost right away.  Others may sit here for a while before I get around to reading them.  Just depends on if I want to read that book at that time.

I don't let the book being WL or not influence me.  I may never repost the book, I may use it in a game or decide I want to keep it.

Date Posted: 9/28/2009 10:34 PM ET
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OK what's up with Sheila's mile long post? 

To add to what I posted earlier: I repost 99.9% of what I read.  Maybe not here if it's not postable or is WL on another site.  But I rarely keep anything.

Date Posted: 9/28/2009 11:06 PM ET
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I don't repost most of my WL book. Most of my WL books are books I *know* I want and usually for my keeper shelf.

Since this is the most expensive place I get books, I only have those I am fairly certain (I have been wrong, but I'm fairly certain) that I want to keep. For just general reading I can pick up books for 50 cents or a bag for $2 around here fairly easily. 

I post mainly books I pick up at rummage sales. Well, primarily one rummage sale.  Enough of those are on WLs I don't feel bad about keeping most of the ones on mine.

I certainly don't tailor my reading. I read what I feel like--otherwise I'm not going to do anything but get partway and put the book back on the shelf and that's silly!

Date Posted: 9/28/2009 11:48 PM ET
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i know when I get a WL book and will immediately read it first so I can repost it ASAP.

Date Posted: 9/29/2009 1:26 AM ET
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If I'm thinking of two books, then I'll choose the WL book first.  I went through a period when I really felt I had to turn around WL books.  Over that.  Now I'll go for what mood I'm in.

Now if my credits get lower, that might change.

Date Posted: 9/29/2009 7:10 AM ET
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As others have said, I pay absolutely no attention to whether a book is wishlisted when deciding what to read.  (Unless the book is for a swap game where a wishlisted book is required.)   I have enough things guiding my reading life (book clubs, group reads, etc).  I'm not going to add the pressure to read a wishlisted book and get it back into circulation.

Date Posted: 9/29/2009 8:51 AM ET
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I always check to see if there is a wishlisted book that I feel like reading and if there is, I will read it next. I used to make a point of just reading wishlisted books before any other, but so many times after reading a wishlisted book it would just sit there and sit there as request after request timed out and then it would sit on my posted bookshelf unrequested so now I no longer make a point of reading the wishlisted books if there is something else I would rather read. As another poster said, it sort of takes the enjoyment out of reading when you let your book choices be determined solely by members waiting (or at least saying they are waiting...) for a wishlisted books.

Last Edited on: 9/29/09 8:52 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/29/2009 12:35 PM ET
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I am normally reading 3 or 4 books at a time and I try to make sure 1 or 2 of them are WL books. Of course the last couple of WL books only had 1 person wanting & they timed out so those books are sitting on my bookshelf when I thought they would go away. I have to be in the mood to read a book, so some sit for months or longer before I get to them, it all kind of depends on what I feel like at the time.
Date Posted: 9/29/2009 12:38 PM ET
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I really just read what I feel like reading.  I tend to repost mysteries, and things I know I won't re-read or use for reference, but I keep most non-fiction and a lot of lit.

Date Posted: 9/29/2009 1:06 PM ET
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I only WL ones I plan on keeping so they never get reposted.

Date Posted: 9/29/2009 1:22 PM ET
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I always try to re-post everything... I very rarely re-read & I want them out of here when I'm done with them!

Since I know for sure that the WL books will walk right back out the door, I tend to read them first.  I'll usually grab one that the WL numbers start to dwindle on first, so I don't have to "shelve" a book I've already read if I have an immediate opportunity to send it out!   I have quite a few to get through, though, but I do let the ones with a higher number of wishers on them wait for a bit... I'll admit that!  (Unless I have an opportunity to send them out in groups.)   I also like being able to grant someone else's wish, since several other members have granted mine!

Eventually the pile of WL'd books will dwindle down, & it'll get to the point where it won't matter what I grab off the shelf to read... but for now, yes, I do try to read the WL books first.

(ETA: Besides... it doesn't "take the fun out of it" for me to do it this way, since I really only order books that I'm interested in and really want to read... so I don't ultimately care what order I read them in!  I really did join PBS originally with intention of trying to send out the books I was done with & reduce the number of books I had laying around!)  ;)

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Date Posted: 9/29/2009 1:50 PM ET
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Wow, after reading alot of these replies, Im thinking that from now on I'll just give my WL books to the library and not add my name to any more wish lists.  No offense people, but I kind of think that if someone was kind enough to post a book that you sat and waited on, you really should return the favor.  But thats just me.:/