Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

“Book haiku” field added

Just for the heck of it, we’ve added a “Book haiku” field on work pages (find it in the LibraryThing members’ description section, near the bottom of the page). Try your hand at summarizing your favorite books in 17 syllables!*

Some examples:

Run away from home
Lazy Summer down river
Ignorance ain’t bliss

(readafew, for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn)

Boat on the ocean
Was there really a tiger?
We will never know.

(mamajoan, for Life of Pi)

See recently-added haikus here, accessible via the More tab. Add yours (via the work page), and, if so inclined, tweet them using the hashtag #bookhaiku. We’ll be tweeting some of our favorites from @LibraryThing, too.

* Reminder: a haiku consists of three lines: five, seven, and five syllables respectively.

Labels: haiku, new feature, new features


  1. mamajoan says:

    Thanks for the shout-out. 🙂 Alas, the Facebook share button on this blog post is borked. The link that it posted on my Facebook wall doesn’t work.

  2. Sinetrig says:

    Writing a Haiku for a book is a great idea. I have two questions:
    1) Why can’t we read the Haiku for a book on that book’s record(s) pages?
    2) How can we access the Haiku field to read all the Haiku’s?

    Thanks, Sinetrig

  3. Jannes says:

    Wonderful! I fear this will take over my life if I’m not careful.
    Would it possible to add a language switch for this, like the one used for Common Knowledge?

  4. 19vatermit64 says:

    I have been doing this – on and off – for a while on my LibraryThing site. Good job adding this to the site!

  5. Joannasephine says:

    Nooooooo! Please god, no. Haiku is NOT a seventeen syllable poem. Yes, I know that’s what you were taught in school. But it isn’t, and never has been. I can rant about the reasons why not for hours, but can we just leave it at that for now?! (And yes, I do write actual haiku.)

    Call it a syllabic poem if you like,
    Just. Not. Haiku.

  6. mta says:

    Can’t see where to add it (not in my LT library), but this is my haiku summary of the whole Harry Potter oeuvre:

    Avada Ked-aaargh!
    What goes around comes around

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