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Debbie's Spurts

Just an avid reader. Mostly SF/Fantasy, some hobbies, paranormal, urban fantasy and lighter, fluffier things.


Currently reading

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking
Samin Nosrat, Wendy MacNaughton
Bring Me Their Hearts
Sara Wolf
House of Earth and Blood
Sarah J. Maas
A Selection of Designs inspired by Iznik & Delft Pottery in Cross Stitch: 16 stunning floral cross stitch designs
Durene Jones
Ain't Love a Witch?
Dakota Cassidy
Progress: 1 %
The Old Witcheroo
Dakota Cassidy
Gemina (The Illuminae Files)
Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman
Progress: 100 %
The Dragonbone Chair
Tad Williams
Progress: 14 %

Favorite Book Quotes

"Never interrupt your enemy while he is making a mistake"— Lois McMaster Bujold







Where am I?

I can be found: booklikes, fictfact, goodreads, LeafmarksLibraryThing and libib.  Please friend me so we don't lose touch.  Consider using tags on this post on your own.  UPDATE: I also joined http://edelweiss.abovethetreeline.com as "donealrice" even though not doing their ARC programs (like their book data).


I only use Twitter during readathons requiring but there I am http://twitter.com/donealrice.


I'll go wherever y'all go.*   I'm positive we can grow any book site like we did this one, goodreads, Shelfari, etc.


I'm also on no-social fictiondb and love its book and series data; no clue how to link to.

Fictfact is an absolutely wonderful site for series tracking but no reviews (has ratings) and no social beyond being able to connect to see someone's series  (and doubt planning on any social although says considering adding standalone books).


I may resort to a personal blog. But I hate the very idea because not a book database and not a "community" with all the social, updates, seeing everyone's reviews. * sigh* I'm bigger on tracking my books and reading other people's reviews than reviewing.


Goodreads doesn't get my reviews anymore.  Stay mainly because real life book clubs, some groups, and stubborn friends hanging in.  May be glad of that as a way to track friends if booklikes shuts down and that's the site in common even if not in use.  Since their last sign up everyone without their permission to receive the "deals" via email, I am so not posting outside of private groups, updating my "where am I" groups/profile, and this last Bookshelf BINGO challenge ending this month.  Anyone can lookup book data there even without an account.


Leafmarks is A+ for existing and promised features but worrisome for lack of recent staff activity and updates.  Groups awfully basic with HTML required to link to books.  UPDATE:. Leafmarks is officially shutting down July 2016.


Libib promises more social but is taking so long to add I haven't used in a while.


LibraryThing I've never liked and the partial Amazon ownership terrifies me -- but as emergency measure have been friending and reviewing there -- cannot figure out how to get a friend feed, updates feed, mark a book currently reading.  Can barely add a book and review it.


Riffles has promised for years but I've abandoned my account there because clearly just wanting to sell me my next book.


I abandoned Reading Room for too little activity because low membership and difficulty selecting or correcting specific editions.


BookRabbit just stopped one day.


*Well, I'll go almost anywhere y'all go. But, I prefer English and the consumer protections of U.S. or U.K. sites.  Looking for a site with good-as-goodreads group/forum features (maybe we need to even adopt a yahoo group or other forum/discussion-board option even with no book database).  No author or publisher ownership (yeah, .i did like Anibbii and Bookish but publisher owned).  Won't use sites with sole purpose of picking my next book for me.  Won't use sites that won't let me express honest opinions or allowing me to catalog only books I'm interested in.  I'm really only fluent in English (some German, French, Greek, Italian and Norwegian).