To my new followers …

I see I’ve picked up a number of new followers since I started sprucing up this blog last month: First of all: Welcome!

Up until mid-July 2020, this used to be my backup blog for my online activity, most of which primarily happened on a book blogging site called BookLikes.  That website, alas, took a nosedive in summer, as a result of being strangled by thousands of unchecked spam accounts and a number of other problems never addressed by the owners.  So, as I said in my final post on BookLikes (mirrored here on WordPress), this is now going to be my main blogging site.

My book catalogue lives on Librarything, where I have since made it searchable for everyone as a TinyCat library — do feel free to browse.  (It’s strictly a personal library, so there’s no option to “check out” or “borrow” books.)  My library chiefly consists of mysteries and crime fiction, classics, historical fiction, LitFic, and assorted nonfiction; with some speculative fiction (fantasy, sci-fi, dystopia, etc.) and horror (mostly of the gothic variety) sprinkled in here and there.

In the near future, the posts / notifications you’ll see coming from this blog will basically be falling into one of two categories:

(1) Cleaning up old blog posts mirrored here but originating from BookLikes.  Due to the fact that the two sites’ blog settings are not identical, and not all formatting and other HTML / CSS of the individual posts did transfer to WordPress as designed — also, BookLikes is “dead” for purposes of image hosting — I’ll have to clean up the posts backed up here: Probably not all of them, but at least some, to actually make them presentable.  As WP insists on sending out notifications even for posts dating from the past, you may be seeing notifications for book reviews and other posts that, upon closer inspection, actually date from several months or even years ago.   All I’m going to say about that for the moment is, “as you were” … don’t mind me, I’m just cleaning house over here.  Once the house cleaning is over and done with, this blog is hopefully going to have a directory sorting blog posts not only by date and category (as currently already available), but also by associated authors and artists … or at least, that’s the plan. — My reading projects (both ongoing and completed) can be found in the side bar to the right.

(2) Reading game-related posts, most notably in September and October, “Halloween Book Bingo” posts.  Reading games were a thing that the BookLikes community enjoyed a lot, and we’ve found a place and a method where / how to continue those despite the BL meltdown.  Halloween Bingo is our signature game and is being played for the fifth year in a row in 2020: It works basically just like an ordinary bingo game, except that each square on the bingo card is associated with a Halloween-ish theme / reading prompt, and you can only count a given square towards a bingo if it’s both been called and you have finished a book answering to that reading prompt.  — If you want to follow the progress of my game, you can do so HERE (my game preparation post with my lists of book options for the squares on my card can be found HERE).  The guy in the furry black tuxedo who is providing my bingo markers, incidentally, is called Charlie; he and his tabby brother / litter mate Sunny have been sharing my home and lighting up my life for almost exactly two years now, which corresponds to a little over half their lives.

If you go back through my blog, you’ll also come across blog posts associated with other reading games (all summarized as projects in the sidebar to the right), such as Festive Tasks, BL-opoly, and Snakes & Ladders.  (Most of the “internal” links in those summary project posts / pages are still for my original BookLikes posts; replacing those by the corresponding WordPress links is going to be part of the final touches of my houseblog cleaning operation.

Again, welcome to my blog, and please don’t hesitate to share your views in the comments!

Work-Around for “Date Read” / “End Reading” Setting

As Moonlight Reader and Darth Pony Pedant noted, there’s a bug in the system that currently doesn’t let you record any reading end dates beyond 2019 (i.e., from Jan. 1, 2020 onwards).  This is systemic, i.e. will have to be fixed by BookLikes or their outsourced helpers, HOWEVER, for the time being here’s an easy workaround:

Open your bookshelf in admin view.  Among the icons next to the 25-50-75 drop-down menu for selecting the number of books displayed on your shelf, there is a little nut (or wheel)-shaped icon that takes you to the special “settings” menu for your shelf page.  Click on it.

You shelf settings menu contains a category called “Shelf table view – visible columns.”  Among the selections offered there, find the option for “private note”.  Check it off — but leave all your previously checked selections alone!  I.e., just add this selection to all the others … unless of course you really want to modify those, too, while you’re at it.  Don’t forget to save your settings.

Now, if you return to your bookshelf, it should contain a new column called “Note”.

Find the book(s) for which you want to record your reading end date.  Open the popup screen where you’d ordinarily do so.  At the bottom of that screen, there is a “private note” option.  Click on it and record your “finished” date there.  Save and close the menu.  Your note should now show up in the shelf table column that you just created.  Ehh voilà — you’re done!

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Please note: This is only a workaround to record your reading end date as such — it’s no replacement for a proper fix, and it will not work with your 2020 reading challenge nor with sorting books by read date.  But it’s easy to implement, and at least allows you to keep your records straight as far as dates go.

 

Addenda:

1.: I found out this morning that the system doesn’t report reading start dates, either.  So you’ll have to include both the start and the end date in your notes.

2.: Elentarri has found that the system does still record review submission dates.  So another way to record your reading end date would be to create a mini-post (even if it only says “I liked / didn’t like this” or “I finished this on …”), tick the “review” check box, and manually reset the posting date to the date you actually finished the book.

3. To facilitate sorting / finding your 2020 books on your shelves, it may make sense to create a “2020” shelf (if you’re not shelving by year already anyway).

 

Original post:
ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/2026074/work-around-for-date-read-end-reading-setting