Weekly Geeks : Tools of the Trade

This week Weekly Geeks asks what tools do you use when blogging?

Book blogging, as a concept, is essentially pretty simple: If you have Internet access and an opinion about a book, you can be a book blogger. However, actually maintaining a book blog is much more complicated — our blogs are labors of love that require a lot of time, energy and devotion. For this edition of Weekly Geeks, I want to focus on the little things that make your blogging and/or reading life a bit easier. Do you use sites like GoodReads, LibraryThing or Shelfari to organize your books? Do you swear by Book Darts? Couldn’t live without your Book Buddy? Love connecting with other bloggers on sites such as Twitter? Tell us about what makes your blog tick. Is there something specific that keeps you organized or inspired?

As a new book blogger I’m sure I still have a lot to learn, but I have learned a little while working on my 101 books goal on my 101 in 1001 blog 🙂 I am a HUGE fan of WordPress! I’ve moved all but one blog over (and plan on moving that one after it’s one year anniversary). I find the dashboard very easy to navigate. I will say, however, that you do not have as much control over your layouts and widgets :/

I also use Twitter. It’s a great tool for not only spreading the word about what’s going on with your blog, but also a great place to find other bloggers and readers!

I’m a also a fan of Ning. I’m a member of BookBlogs.ning.com. And have found some great info and resources 🙂

And thanks this week’s prompt I found out about Windows Live Writer via fellow Weekly Geek, Erotic Horizon!

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Weekly Geeks Post : Book Recommendations

I’m joining Weekly Geeks (and while I’m recommending things… I recommend you do so too!). This week the theme is Book Recommendations! I’ve gotten a great response on my 101 blog as far as book recommendations, but I’ve never asked for a book in a specific genre. So I’m asking for recommendations for a non-fiction book. I don’t remember the last time I read one and I’d like to pick one up again 🙂 If you have a suggestion(s) please post it in the comments section!!

And my recommendations if you are looking for an escapist read (easy, fun read) are:

  • Harry Potter – I know a lot of people consider these “kids” books and they are an easy read. However, there is a complexity to the story and characters that is just magical.
  • Twilight – I’m aware that these are not the best written books, but the story did captivate me.
  • Pride & Prejudice & Zombies – Being a fan of Pride & Prejudice, I picked this up for a good laugh… and I’ve been laughing every time I read it.