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Tuesday Thingers: least popular books

Do you have any unique books in your library- books only you have on LT? How many? Did you find cataloging information on your unique books, or did you hand-enter them? Do they fall into a particular category or categories, or are they a mix of different things? Have you ever looked at the “You and none other” feature on your statistics page, which shows books owned by only you and one other user? Ever made an LT friend by seeing what you share with only one other user?

I have 7 unique books in my library. I actually think I had more than that when last I checked, but at the rate people join LT it’s not surprising that the number keeps going down, since I don’t think I’ve ever purchased any truly obscure books, and I’ve only had to enter one or two manually. I have an old half-Russian half-English book that my high school Russian teacher gave me to practice with that I am pretty sure no one else on LT is going to acquire any time soon and I also have an ARC that a friend gave me which mysteriously no one else owns – I guess its marketing campaign was not successful. I have an atrocious book that I had to buy for school and can’t get rid of, two romance novels, a book my mother gave me, and a cookbook.

When it comes to sharing a book with one other person, these are romances, cookbooks, and player’s guides, and there are 10 of them. I’ve never made friends with anyone over it unfortunately, mostly because I share no more than one with each person and I’m not particularly fond of any of the books on there. I do like to look at the statistics though, I find them really interesting.


6 comments to Tuesday Thingers: least popular books

  • Amy

    I just checked on my LT and I have no unique books…guess I’m pretty ordinary!

  • I had to hand enter an ARC once as well. Then after entering it in, the info was available to the mysterious keepr of knowledge at LT central. Timing, eh?

  • I find the statistics interesting, too; and everytime Marie asks a question I dig around and learn more about how LT works!

    I have only 3 unique books, and share 2 with “one other”. One of these I’ve decided to get rid of (a tropical cocktail recipe book we picked up on vacation and have never referenced!)

  • It is fun to look at the stats :) and especially to learn about everyone else’s stats.

  • Interesting – i don’t know how I have so many, but then I wasn’t very careful about editions etc. I can’t believe I’m the only person to have some of them. And what is it about cookbooks? I have loads of those in my singletons too!

  • Looking at the stats can be quite interesting, I agree. Most of my owned only by me books and books I share with one other are small press or self-published books, I discovered.