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Hi Shirley! Welcome to LibraryThing and the Age of Realization. Prior to 50, you think you can still do anything you could when you were a teenager. This is when it all begins to hit the fan. Pardon the sarcasm; It's all true, but I've never been 'graceful' at bad news.
Working your way through the site -- Did you take the tour? If not, log out, and you should be at the Home Page, which should allow you to look around 'safely'. Otherwise, there's things to set up on ~your~ Home Page, and your Profile Page. I spend most of my time here on the Talk pages, but that's just me.... Feel free to stop in at the Green Dragon for good conversation and ale. I hear it's pretty good, but as I don't imbibe, I just take them at their word. They're also planning a New Year's Eve Chat, so you may want to get in on that.
OOHHH!!!!! I rhymed!!!! It was an accident; I swear it was!
There's lots of areas to explore. And don't be afraid to ask questions.
See you around!
One of the things to keep in mind is that each person uses LT however suits them best. Some people catalog books they own, others catalog books they've read, and some people use it to keep track of their wishlists. You choose!
Another useful feature that you can tailor to your own desires is the tagging. When you put in a book, you can tag it any way you like--note the category (mystery, history, cookbook), or tag it "TBR" if it's one you haven't read yet, etc. Take a look at some other libraries to see what people have done.
I'm like lbradf in that I started out being so happy I could catalog my books but then finding the groups endlessly fascinating. Discussions are almost always very civil and often funny. There are also endless topics, not only relating to books but also to such things as what you ate for dinner or what the weather is like!
Note that when you click on "talk" from your home or profile page, you'll see all topics. But you can choose just to look at your groups or topics you've already posted to (these choices are in the left column). Finding a topic you're interested in (such as histories or Christian fiction) will usually result in discovering a long list of books you'd be interested in reading.
Good luck and don't hesitate to post more questions!
I personally have location tags because I want to know where my books are in the house. I figured out within about 50 or so books of starting that I needed some way of locating my books. Most people don't do that, but there are a few of us hard-core "purists" who like to know where books are, don't have them organized on their shelves, and have too many to just be able to keep them all in mind. It also helps when cataloging because you can just catalog where your books are, then find and group authors later if you wish.