Determining what books to put on your bookshelves

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Determining what books to put on your bookshelves

Post by Sweetp120 » 09 Oct 2018, 10:24

I have only been a member for just a few short weeks, and navigating the site has been simple at times and then at other times I find I struggle with it. Mostly the struggle is in the bookshelves area. For me, as I can only speak for myself, its not just the title or cover that helps me decide to put a book on my to read list or just ignore it completely. I need some sort of description. Yes, there are hashtags and such on each page that you come across but as a new member only some information is shown to you. Am I the only one that feels a small descriptive paragraph could be helpful in determining whether or not I want to put the book on a certain shelf. Just thinking out loud and trying to understand.

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Post by CatInTheHat » 09 Oct 2018, 10:39

If a review for a book is on the OBC, it will have a link to it on the book's page.
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Post by Gravy » 09 Oct 2018, 19:43

There are also original blurbs for some books. However, because it is a member submitted field, not every book will have it. :tiphat:
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Post by amjohnson13mommy » 10 May 2019, 11:13

I agree, I would rather read a short description when I look at a book here than have to search the net for a write-up about it!

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