Housekeeping

While I get caught up on my reading and reviews, I thought it a good time to address some Housekeeping Items.

The first, and most important change you may have already noticed: most of my reviews since BEA have dealt with international lit & translations. Over the next 6 months you’ll see this trend continue – and hopefully increase.  My goal is for 75% of the books I review to be translations, international literature or books that deal with international subject matter.

My reasons?  I just don’t think the world needs another review of Jonathan Safran Foer’s latest novel (at least not from me).  Or a re-cap of what’s already on the Best Seller lists.  I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with either. (Personally, some of my favorite blogs are doing this and doing it extremely well).   But it’s always been my intention to introduce readers to new books – ones they might not know about otherwise. International literature, subject matter dealing with other countries & translations seems to provide the best opportunity for that.

Less drastic, organization changes I’ve made to BookSexy Review -

  • The ISBN code at the bottom of each review now has a link to a website (usually the publisher’s) where you can buy a copy/version of the book.  I receive absolutely no money from this – it’s there strictly for reader’s convenience and because publishers requested it.
  • There is a new page/tab added to the site.  Languages is specifically for translations.  It lists translated books that I’ve reviewed by the original language (when that language is not English) they were written in.  All books, including those originally written in English, are still listed alphabetically on the Read It page/tab.
  • I’ve made some changes to my sidebar: a widget that lists current Tweets and some updates to my Blogroll.  Also, I’m using a new template that only shows the sidebar on the homepage (please let me know if this bothers anyone).
  • I’ve also become much more active on Twitter & on GoodReads.  There are buttons for both in the sidebar, so please feel free to follow or friend me (if you haven’t already).  My presence on LibraryThing is almost non-existent, and I’m thinking of doing away with that account altogether.  If anyone has thoughts on LibraryThing – and it’s usefulness or benefits vs. GoodReads, I’d love to hear them.

That’s about it.  We will now return to our regularly scheduled programming….

BookSexy Gets Better!

This year’s Blog Improvement Project is under way (BIP 2010 for short). I won’t post every task, but hopefully the results will become obvious over time. That said, here are a few improvements that are already in effect. These changes weren’t applied retroactively, but will be on all posts going forward.

  • BookSexy is on Technorati and Blog Catalog
  • Publisher info and isbn numbers are now located at the bottom of reviews.
  • There is a social bookmark toolbar at the end of each post – it includes Digg, StumbleUpon, Technorati, Reddit, Del.icio.us, Facebook, Twitter and more! Because we’re all about sharing.
  • Check out the updated blogroll!
  • Yesterday was the first post in what may become a regular series called “100 Pages”. (That’s the minimum number of pages I’ll read before deciding to put a book aside). If I think the book has merit, but just isn’t for me, I’ll offer it out to a reader who might want to give it a try and prove me wrong.
  • I’ve also been revising the blog’s About statement.  The new and improved version should be up by the end of the week.
  • And last, but not least, I will be attending this years Book Blogger Convention in NYC (Click the Logo in the Sidebar for more information) as well as the American Book Expo.  I’ll have more to say on the subject in the upcoming months, including sneak peeks/recommendations of  my favorite places to eat, drink and book shop in the 5 boroughs for other attendees.