Lists for the Listless

A popular read for cold, rainy days

It’s been a miserable, dark, rainy afternoon – I admit, it’s the first time in a long time but even so I’ve got used to good weather now …

As Autumn, (crisp and blazing riots of red and orange hued leaves) becomes clumps of wet, slippery mulch on pavements and in gutters, my thoughts turn to hugely enjoyable reads in the warm and dry ‘Inside’ that will blot out the slowly encroaching cold and wet ‘Outside’.

My reading recommendations normally come in the guise of ‘Have you read?’ conversations with friends; looking at the If you like… website page or the close scrutiny of library blog posts such as those recently written by the Library Angels attending the Auckland Writers Festival – I hastily place a hold on the work concerned and cross my fingers that the entire population of Christchurch are a little slower off the mark than me.

Roberta, Masha and Moata: Festival angels
2016 Auckland Library Angels. Flickr 2016-05-05-IMG_4074
a ‘gem’ of a read

Today, I engaged in a spot of ‘playing around’ within the Bibliocommons catalogue and found the following. If you type ‘Rainy’ in the search box and then choose the option ‘List’ from the Keyword drop-down menu you locate page upon page of lists created by people around the world who have the word ‘Rainy’ somewhere in the List headings they have created. Not just recommendations of books you understand, but DVDs, music, crafts for all age groups.

Of course the drawback is that you spend a long time wading through the information and writing down titles to put in your ‘For Later’ shelf but still it’s another way to locate a hidden  gem that needs to be read, listened to or watched.

Anyone else out there utilise this facility?  Anyone make their lists public for all to see and glean information from? Or place anything of interest in their ‘For Later’ Shelf from these Lists?

2 thoughts on “Lists for the Listless

  1. Gallivanta 25 May 2016 / 1:56 pm

    I was given a book subscription to Persephone Books which required me to choose 6 books; one book for each month for the next 6 months. I am not a list person. It was agonising trying to put together a list. But I managed it in the end. My second book choice arrived yesterday. Of course the list of books I chose had long since left my head, so it was fun opening the parcel to discover I had ordered http://www.persephonebooks.co.uk/the-shuttle.html

  2. karenbccl 25 May 2016 / 2:49 pm

    Thanks for providing the link – had a quick read and your second book choice sounds very interesting. My heart lifted when the article made mention of BBC Radio 4 Classic Serial – have found a few in the library and thoroughly enjoyed them. Hope ‘The Shuttle’ is enjoyable reading!

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