Monthly Archives: May 2007

Fiction Best Sellers on Library Journal – Last week of May

The fifteen most borrowed books in US Libraries as of 31 May (fiction only). I find this list much more revealing than best sellers lists based on books ordered (not sold) by bookstores (e.g. NY Times Best Sellers List) or books sold by independent booksellers. Here, there is no money exchange, so reading does not depend on one’s ability to spend money on books.

Rank Title/Author/Publisher Last Position Times on List
1 The Memory Keeper’s Daughter. Kim Edwards
Penguin, $14. ISBN 0143037145.
1 18
2 Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. See, Lisa
Random House, $13.95. ISBN 0812968069.
3 14
3 Step on a Crack. James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge
Little, Brown, $27.99. ISBN 9780316013949.
2 7
4 I Heard That Song Before. Clark, Mary Higgins
Simon & Schuster, $25.95. ISBN 9780743264914.
7 2
5 Nineteen Minutes. Picoult, Jodi
Atria, $26.95. ISBN 9780743496728.
4 4
6 Getting’ Buck Wild: Sex Chronicles II. Zane Zane
Atria: S. & S., $15. ISBN 0743457021.
6 11
7 Eldest. Christopher Paolini
Knopf, $21. ISBN 037582670X.
5 10
8 Simple Genius. Baldacci, David
Warner, $26.99. ISBN 9780446580342.
9 Obsession. Kellerman, Jonathan
Ballantine, $26.95. ISBN 9780345452634.
13 2
10 Keeping Faith. Picoult, Jodi
William Morrow & Company, $24. ISBN 0688168256.
8 9
11 The Inheritance of Loss. Kiran Desai
Grove Press, $14. ISBN 0802142818.
12 2
12 Fresh Disasters. Woods, Stuart
Putnam, $25.95. ISBN 9780399154102.
13 Whitethorn Woods. Binchy, Maeve
Knopf, $25.95. ISBN 9780307265784.
10 2
14 Chocolate Flava: The Anthology. Zane Zane
Atria: S. & S., $15. ISBN 9780743482387.
14 6
15 The Woods. Harlan Coben
Dutton, $26.95. ISBN 0525950127.

How many have you read?

Latest LJ Bestsellers: Fiction Best Sellers on Library Journal – 05/31/2007

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More fun with numbers

I lifted this from a website I stumbled upon. Made me laugh:

What Makes 100%?

What does it mean to give MORE than 100%? Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%? We have all been to those meetings where someone wants you to give over 100%. How about achieving 103%? What makes up 100% in life?

Here’s a little mathematical formula that might help you answer these questions:


A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z is represented as:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.


H-A-R-D-W-O-R-K is

8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%


K-N-O-W-L-E-D-G-E is

11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%


A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E is

1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%


B-U-L-L-S-H-I-T is

2+21+12+12+19+8+9+20 = 103%

AND, look how far ass kissing will take you.

A-S-S-K-I-S-S-I-N-G is

1+19+19+11+9+19+19+9+14+7 = 118%

So, one can conclude with mathematical certainty that while Hard Work and Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will get you there, it’s the Bullshit and Ass Kissing that will put you over the top.

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Fun with numbers

I’m a writer. This means I mostly use the right side of my brain, and numbers have never been of the slightest interest with me. In fact, I pretty much hate them, from one to a googleplex and beyond.

Some people, however, love them. They love them enough to find what’s unique about them such as this:

Consider an n-digit number k. Square it and add the right n digits to the left n or n-1 digits. If the resultant sum is k, then k is called a Kaprekar number.

Kaprekar? Sounds like a name I’d use for a planet. Hey, I might even use it, even if I don’t understand what the definition means.

However, if you are someone who likes numbers, you might want to check out What’s Special About This Number?

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A New Look

I had to choose another look for my blog, because of a WordPress update that made the theme I was using obsolete. There are hundreds of new themes to choose from, but I decided on this one because it’s a very similar green to the one I had before, and I’m stressed right now so I wanted something calming to look at.

The new WordPress functionalities will take a while to set up to my taste, so please be patient if you don’t find things you did before. They’re all going to be put back.

In the meantime, I’d appreciate comments on the new look. Love it? Hate it? Indifferent? Enquiring minds would like to know.

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