Archive for November, 2022

Monday, November 28th, 2022

The Holiday Store is Open

Collage of 6 items from the LibraryThing Store including laptop stickers, book stamp, enamel pins, coasters, barcode scanner, and tote bag.

Deck the halls and slap on some glitter, the most wonderful time of the year is back! LibraryThing’s 16th annual SantaThing exchange is in full swing—signups close at 12 noon tomorrow—and the Holiday Card Exchange has just opened up. It’s also Cyber Monday, so we’re opening the LibraryThing Holiday Store all the way through Epiphany1. Come and stock up on all of your favorite bookish gifts for the holidays.

Enjoy major discounts2 on all of our gear this season, including CueCat scanners and barcode labels for just $5, gorgeous enamel pins for $3 apiece, our last few, organic-cotton, TinyCat tote bags for $18, and newly released laptop stickers for just $1.

Shop the Holiday Store through January 6:

1 Epiphany is also known as Little Christmas, the night before Orthodox Christmas or the day after the Twelfth day of Christmas—twelve LibraryThing pins would make the perfect gifts for your loved one, would they not?

2 Prices do not include cost of shipping. Shipping is included on Store pages.

Labels: holiday, LT swag, sale

Monday, November 28th, 2022

9th Annual LibraryThing Holiday Card Exchange

The 9th annual LibraryThing Holiday Card Exchange is here!

How it works:

  • Mail a holiday card to a random LibraryThing member.
  • You can mail a handmade or storebought card. Add a note to personalize it.
  • You’ll get one from another member. (Only that member will see your address.*)

» Sign up for the LibrayThing Holiday Card Exchange now

Sign-ups for the Card Exchange closes Wednesday, December 7th at 12:00 PM Eastern (17:00 GMT). We’ll inform you of your matches within an hour or so after we close. Send your cards out soon after.

Questions? Join the discussion on Talk.

* In order for the cards you receive to be addressed to your real name, you must include your name in the address box. Some postal services require that addressee names match what’s on your mailbox.

Labels: card exchange, event, holiday

Monday, November 7th, 2022

SantaThing 2022: Bookish Secret Santa!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: the Sixteenth Annual SantaThing is here at last!

This year we’re once again focusing on indie bookstores. The pandemic has been a disaster for independent bookstores, even as it sent Amazon sales to new heights. So we picked a few of our favorite indies from around the United States. You can still order Kindle ebooks, we have Book Depository for international orders, and also stores local to Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland.

What is SantaThing?

SantaThing is “Secret Santa” for LibraryThing and Litsy members.

How it Works

You pay $15–$50 and pick your favorite bookseller. We match you with a participant, and you play Santa by selecting books for them. Another Santa does the same for you, in secret. LibraryThing does the ordering, and you get the joy of giving AND receiving books!

SantaThing is a joint effort between LibraryThing and Litsy. When signing up, you can opt to give and receive from members of only one community or the other, or either.

Sign up once or thrice, for yourself or someone else.

Even if you don’t want to be a Santa, you can help by suggesting books for others. Click on an existing SantaThing profile to leave a suggestion.

Every year, LibraryThing members give generously to each other through SantaThing. If you’d like to donate an entry, or want to participate, but it’s just not in the budget this year, be sure to check out our Donations Thread here, run once again by our fantastic volunteer member, mellymel1713278.

Important Dates

Sign-ups close MONDAY, November 28th at 12pm EST. By the next day, we’ll notify you via profile comment who your Santee is, and you can start picking books.

You’ll then have a week to pick your books, until MONDAY, December 5th at 12pm EST (16:00 GMT). As soon as the picking ends, the ordering begins, and we’ll get all the books out to you as soon as we can.

» Go sign up to become a Secret Santa now!

Supporting Indie Bookstores

To support indie bookstores we’re teaming up with independent bookstores from around the country to deliver your SantaThing picks, including BookPeople in Austin, TX, Longfellow Books in Portland, ME, and Powell’s Books in Portland, OR.

Once again this year, we’re also offering international deliveries through Book Depository. And after last year’s success, we’re bringing back the following foreign retail partners: Readings for our Australian participants, Time Out Books for the Kiwi participants, and Kennys for our Irish friends.

Kindle options are available to all members, regardless of location. To receive Kindle ebooks, your Kindle must be registered on (not, .ca, etc.). See more information about all the stores.


Some of our booksellers are able to offer free shipping, and some are not. Depending on your bookseller of choice, you may receive $5 less in books, to cover shipping costs. You can find details about shipping costs and holiday ordering deadlines for each of our booksellers here on the SantaThing Help page.
» Go sign up now!

Questions? Comments?

This is our SIXTEENTH year of SantaThing. See the SantaThing Help page further details and FAQ.
Feel free to ask your questions over on this Talk topic, or you can contact Kate directly at
Happy SantaThinging!

Labels: events, fun, holiday, santathing

Tuesday, November 1st, 2022

November 2022 Early Reviewers Batch Is Live!

Win free books from the November 2022 batch of Early Reviewer titles! We’ve got 160 books this month, and a grand total of 3,433 copies to give out. Which books are you hoping to snag this month? Come tell us on Talk.

If you haven’t already, sign up for Early Reviewers. If you’ve already signed up, please check your mailing/email address and make sure they’re correct.

» Request books here!

The deadline to request a copy is Monday, November 28th at 6PM EST.

Eligibility: Publishers do things country-by-country. This month we have publishers who can send books to the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, Italy, Ireland, New Zealand, Portugal, Belgium and more. Make sure to check the message on each book to see if it can be sent to your country.

My Last Innocent YearForager: Field Notes for Surviving a Family Cult: A MemoirCritical ThreatThe End of Drum-TimeEverything Is Just BeginningMad about MeatloafPlease Report Your Bug HereThe Seaside CorpseNight LetterSuper Family!Pretty Little PiecesRobin and Her MisfitsPreparing for War: The Extremist History of White Christian Nationalism—And What Comes NextHome Is the Road: Wandering the Land, Shaping the SpiritRomek's Lost Youth: The Story of a Boy SurvivorAgainst the Written Word: Toward a Universal IlliteracyLife DustThe PalladiumA Good and True Story: Eleven Clues to Understanding Our Universe and Your Place in ItSecret Rules to Being a RockstarKenzi Sits up TallZoryaThe Dug-Up Gun MuseumA Very Malibu VacaySelf-Care Journal for Women With Prompts: Self-Love Workbook to Reduce Stress, Increase Self Confidence and Reclaim Your LifeBearded LadyLove and the Third Degree 1: Zeda's DawningWalking Your Way to Weight Loss Plus Intermittent Fasting for Women: The Ultimate 2 in 1 Collection for Unlocking the Secrets to Sustainable, Long-Term Weight Loss and a Healthy LifestyleA Month Abroad: Traveling in Tuscany Like a LocalDiary of a Lonely DemonThe Sisters of Sea ViewRayna Larson and the Kingdom of PetuniaFortunes of WarAll the Lost PlacesThe Bringer of HappinessA Murderous GrudgeStock Charting Book for Beginners: A Great Source for Learning Charting Analysis for Successful Stock TradesI Will Kill YouDigest of the Broken Road Traveler: Fifty-Two Truths, Tenets, and Teachings to Heal the Troubled SoulChristmas IslandThe Visionary PageantTwelve From Hell 2: The Ultimate True Crime Case CollectionThe Grand Duke's Last ChanceUpon a Waking DreamPlaying With FireMandate: ThirteenRunning & Growing a Business QuickStart Guide: The Simplified Beginner's Guide to Becoming an Effective Leader, Developing Scalable Systems and Growing Your Business ProfitablyRaised Bed and Container Gardening: 9 Practical Steps For Turning Your Backyard or Balcony Into Your First Successful Vegetable Garden. Low-Cost and Beginner-Friendly.The Magic MomentI Spoke to You with Silence: Essays from Queer Mormons of Marginalized GendersThe Heart of a WolfCaribbean CompetitorsRun With It: A True Story of Parkinson's, Marathons, the Pandemic, and LoveHolding the LineEngaging DeceptionThe Keepers of ArisWhat if Animals Were Balloons?Play the Tape: 5 Simple Ways to Help You Get Clean and Sober One Day at a Time: Recovery From the Addiction of Drugs and Alcohol is PossibleThe Red CollarCorpses in ColomboI Bought My Husband's Mistress LingerieThe GirlPenny Panda and the Gift of PossibilityMurder on the MenuAfter It's OverDeath in the Cabbage PatchBeing Born with a Rusty Spoon in Your MouthLow-Water Garden: How to Beat the Drought and Grow a Thriving Garden Using Low-Water TechniquesLa cendre et l'écumeWestern JourneysBears Ears: Landscape of Refuge and ResistanceThe Fantastical ForestPetrichor BloomsMurder for HireIn Love's TimeThe Case for a 5% Investment in Bitcoin: Why Is That and How To Do ItChronicles of EraegarthMath Practice Tests for the ACT (Second Edition)Practice Tests for the SAT (Second Edition)GRE Analytical Writing: Solutions to the Real Essay Topics - Book 1 (Eighth Edition)GRE Text Completion and Sentence Equivalence Practice Questions (Sixth Edition)GMAT Analytical Writing: Solutions to the Real Argument Topics (Sixth Edition)GRE Master Wordlist: 1535 Words for Verbal Mastery (Seventh Edition)GRE Analytical Writing: Solutions to the Real Essay Topics - Book 2 (Eighth Edition)Stolen SummersJames Lake: The Bigfoot AdventuresThe Sinclair Society Box-Set 1: A Regency Mystery CollectionReunion, Runes & RevengeThe Corpse Fauna ChroniclesThe Dead Bear WitnessOur Lady of Hot Messes: Getting Real with God in Dive Bars and ConfessionalsWar of the SeaStock Charting Book for Beginners: A Great Source for Learning Charting Analysis for Successful Stock TradesAmber UndyingMark of the GoddessSecrets from the MountaintopInside the Storm I Want to Touch the TrembleMind of AngelsDarkest MiseryMortal HeartWicked MatchA Deal with DarknessFoul Is FairSAT Math Practice QuestionsGRE Quantitative Reasoning Supreme: Study Guide with Practice QuestionsGRE Words In Context: The Complete List (Fifth Edition)GRE Reading Comprehension: Detailed Solutions to 325 Questions (Sixth Edition)GRE Analytical Writing Supreme: Solutions to the Real Essay Topics (Third Edition)The London ParticularBrotherly LoveTexas Edible Wild Plant Foraging: Foraging Texas - Guide for Finding, Identifying, Harvesting and Preparing Wild Edible Plants of TexasFarm to FabreFull Circle: Lucia's StoryThe Man Who Screams at Nightfall... and Other StoriesThe Mushroom EffectImaginary Lilies: Glittering Waterfalls on Pink LiliumsClara Thorn, the Witch That Was FoundGirl of Dust and SmokeThe Mortality ExperimentBurn the SunBeggars Would RideUnshakeable Love: A Couples Guide To Winning Over Betrayal And InfidelityPlaying With FireThe Path of OnenessConfessions of an Indian Immigrant: Dawn of IT Opportunities in the Land of PromiseThe World Inside My Plastic MirrorThe Angel of Goliad: A Story of the Texas RevolutionThe Linchpin Writer: Crafting Your Novel's Key MomentsThe Rise of the MarklessFighting Words: Notes for a Future We Won't HaveThe True Tale of Santa the Zombie SlayerPhantom and RookWhy They CameDon't Sh*t in My ToiletThe Rise and Fall of AntocracyThe Reclaimed KingdomRetroFitChasing TarzanThe Miracle of Aging and Longevity: The Energy Roadmap to Transition and Embrace Midlife for Women and MenFallenDigest of the Broken Road Traveler: Fifty-Two Truths, Tenets, and Teachings to Heal the Troubled SoulDispelling the MythFood for ThoughtValue, Decoded: Value Investing and Value Creation Made Easy, Leveraging Strategies from Three of the Ultra Wealthy for Financial Security in the Digital AgeLucid FateThe Job Hunting Book: Career Mentoring and Job Seeking Tips - Graduate EditionThe Summer of FestivalsStolen SummersMaking the Rounds: Defying Norms in Love and MedicineLightbringerRun with It: A True Story of Parkinson's, Marathons, the Pandemic, and LoveDo What You Love: Fragility of Your Flame: Poems, Photography & Flash FictionThe Questions of Jesus: Questions Asked by Jesus, Questions People Asked HimAmerica's Loveless Age: Trumpism, FemPower, the End of PatriarchyThe Driftwood TourTheresa et al.Jackie Stories 4-6: A Vanity Fair Insider / An Iconic Art Director / A Cultural BuccaneerJackie Stories 7-8: An Expert from the Ballet World & A Harvard Professor's WifeThe Force of MagicBack in the USSR

Thanks to all the publishers participating this month!

Akashic Books Algonquin Books Applewhite Games
Ave Maria Press Batory Publishing Bethany House
BHC Press BOA Editions, Ltd. Brazos Press
Broadleaf Books Cinnabar Moth Publishing LLC City Owl Press
ClydeBank Media eSpec Books Greenleaf Book Group
Henry Holt and Company Hot Tree Publishing Kabaty Press
Kakkle Publications Liz Fe Lifestyle Marina Publishing Group
Mirror Gate Press NeoParadoxa NewCon Press
Ooligan Press PublishNation Revell
She Writes Press Three Rooms Press Tundra Books
The University of Utah Press Vibrant Publishers West Margin Press
Wise Media Group

Labels: early reviewers, LTER