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1. The community and people
2. I scroll past if it‘s not for me. I am seeing a lot of talk about #screamathon today. I have no issue with people unfollowing or muting if that doesn‘t interest you! I had no control over a similar hashtag created by someone else this year. Halloween is my jam, but I hold my breath through all the Christmas stuff. 🤷🏻‍♀️
3. Litsy swag
4. Daily
5. A mix of things
6. 🛑 the trending # feature

sprainedbrain #screamathon is my favorite time of the year! 1mo
Texreader Litsy swag! Agreed! 1mo
Kimberlone Hopefully more people are aware of the hashtag muting feature now and will be able to filter out the posts they don‘t want to see. I just tend to scroll past stuff that doesn‘t interest me rather than be bothered by it 1mo
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4thhouseontheleft @Kimberlone It would help if we could do it from the app. I know all the swap and challenges take a lot of work to organize and run, and major props to the people that do a bunch of them. Between #screamathon and #booked2020 that‘s basically my limit as far as hosting goes. 😂 1mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I really don't like how this line of questioning had created a kind of Litsy shaming in how people choose to post. There is no wrong was to use Litsy. People are concerned that there is less activity, but then making the people who do post feel bad. 1mo
4thhouseontheleft @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I wasn‘t going to post this at all, until I saw a lot of comments about screamathon and wanted to address it. I truly don‘t mind people unfollowing me if our interests don‘t match up. I‘m not here for likes or litfluence. 😃 But yeah, my philosophy is you do you, and I‘ll do me. 😄 1mo
Kimberlone @4thhouseontheleft agreed. The functions should be same whether website or app based. 1mo
Addison_Reads @4thhouseontheleft I personally love #screamathon. It's the first activity I ever participated in on Litsy. Everyone has their own tastes, but we're all adults, if you don't want to see something, scroll past or unfollow, seems simple enough. Part of what makes Litsy great is we're all different. 😁 1mo
LibrarianRyan @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I hope people don‘t feel bad. That‘s never my intention and I‘m sure it‘s not others. Sometimes I think it‘s nice to know pet peeves. Don‘t you want to know them in any relationship. It allows us to talk things out instead of exploding and having the call out culture you see on other platforms. It seems more rational give and take for most people instead of arguing and craziness. (edited) 1mo
LibrarianRyan @4thhouseontheleft I loved screamathon and you did a n awesome job. Your right, you had no control of the similar tags and they were so close. And you had yours first. I won‘t lie, I got them mixed up and I only participated in one. Don‘t let it bother you. You did great and we‘re an excellent host! 1mo
4thhouseontheleft @LibrarianRyan 💚💙💜 And I am having a blast with #BBRC. My favorite challenge this year! (But shhh...don‘t tell my #booked2019 co-hosts). 🤣🤣 1mo
CarolynM A big yes to Litsy swag🙂 1mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @LibrarianRyan I don't think anyone is purposely making anyone feel bad, it's just an unintended result that I don't care for. And all the concerns that people have have already been discussed and argued about at length on the OnwardLitsy FB group. I just don't like negativity spilling over into Listy. But the muting function is becoming known about, so heop 1mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @LibrarianRyan *So hopefully that helps people enjoy the app better! 1mo
LibrarianRyan @4thhouseontheleft thanks. I‘m trying at #booked but it‘s pushed me. Which is a good thing. read header doesn‘t push me, but I know the people hosting book. Have to earn my A. It‘s weird but it‘s how my mind works. 😃 1mo
LibrarianRyan @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego very true. I “left” Fb almost two years ago and don‘t regret it. Technically I still have an account for work purposes, but I‘m only one like 2 times a year, do my conference posts and that‘s it. It‘s just so toxic. 🤢🤮. I didn‘t realize the onward group had grown toxic as well. That‘s a bummer. Here hoping it stays away from my sanctuary. 1mo
LibrarianRyan @marleed 😁❤️👍🏻 1mo
Sace Personally I love the Halloween alongs, but I did a lot of unfollowing and hashtag muting this year. I know you have no control on similar hashtags but my perception is that the similar names/events happen frequently and usually by the same members and being the cynical a-hole that I am it just annoys me so I start unfollowing a ton of people when those copycat hashtags pop up. 1mo
ljuliel Regarding the Halloween posts ? I didn‘t really follow along with any of it, so no idea what that‘s about . My questions were not intended to cause problems, only to try to see why it‘s gotten so quiet in here and so many have left. I think everyone that responded was very polite and civil. It sometimes does some good to allow folks to offer their opinions in a civil manner. @LibrarianRyan summed it up well. 1mo
4thhouseontheleft @ljuliel I didn‘t know you were the creator! I wasn‘t sure it came from lol. I think it has sparked some interesting discussions. 1mo
ljuliel Yea, I certainly didn‘t intend for it to offend anyone. I just think everyone gave their own opinions . Some I might agree with, others I don‘t, but I‘m glad everyone felt comfortable enough to talk. I‘m sorry if it caused problems with anyone. 1mo
ljuliel @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I didn‘t see any Litsy shaming. I saw people giving their opinions in a civil manner. 1mo
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I‘ve taken the time to really think about my response to these questions. I don‘t mean any disrespect or offense to anyone.
1. The many friendships I‘ve made. I‘ve seen true kindness & compassion.
2. I feel the swaps became an ugly monster on Litsy. Once the scamming, complaining, and likes & dislikes started the tone of Litsy changed for me personally. Im not against swaps but I do think it brought out a darker side. 👇🏼

Cinfhen 3. New stickers, please!!!

4. I post daily and sometimes multiple times a day.

5. I like that Litsy offers interactive/connective activities.

6. For me Litsy is foremost about books and sharing our love of books and reading. I do think a small handful of people have made Litsy about popularity or Litfluence points, so I‘d like to see that feature eliminated.
merelybookish Well said! 1mo
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merelybookish I have also been thinking about these questions too...I know something has changed but haven't figured out exactly what...but I still love lots about Litsy. 1mo
Cinfhen I agree @merelybookish I ❤️Litsy and the early days were magical. The first #SecretSantaGoesPostal swap started by @BookishMarginalia was AMAZING 🙌🏻 We just experienced growing pains but I still think this is THE BEST PLACE to talk about books (edited) 1mo
GlassAsDiamonds I agree about the swaps, wholeheartedly. I loved the first swap I participated in but then they went crazy. They became geographically limited (so many US only) or with so many expected inclusions that international postage was just exorbitant. For a long time, every time I opened my Listy, a swap I couldn‘t participate in or wasn‘t welcome in was all I found.... or people complaining about said. They‘ve got to be managed better. 1mo
BookwormAHN I know I stayed a way from joining Litsy for a while over the Litsy influence thing and I admit now that I've been here for awhile it can be fun to see the numbers increase. However I still think there is a lot of intimidation with that. 1mo
Balibee146 Have to say I agree about the swaps too. I don't participate in them so apols if I sound a bit Bah Humbug. On opening days the posts now can crowd out everything else and with more and more swaps that scrolling experience has gone from a very occasional one to very regular. 1mo
Cinfhen For me the swaps became like a hostage negotiation with so many demands which turned me sour from all swaps @GlassAsDiamonds @Balibee146 but I‘m not trying to ban them. I know they can be fun and enjoyable. But there does seem to be a swap for every occasion under the sun😂 1mo
Lizpixie Well said my #sisterfromanothermister And yes, More Stickers Please!!⭐️ 1mo
Balibee146 @cinfhen yup and multiple different ones sometimes for every occasion - which can suit different groups. I saw a suggestion about creating a way to filter them to a separate dedicated place.... Someone said you can already hide specific tags but I can't see how on my phone... These sorts of possibilities would be fab I think - swappers can have their fun without the whole feed getting filled up 😂😂💕 1mo
Cinfhen Who doesn‘t love NEW stickers????? @Lizpixie 1mo
Cinfhen On a desktop you can access Litsy and from the site there is an option to mute specific hashtags @Balibee146 1mo
Balibee146 @cinfhen cool thanks 👍 1mo
GlassAsDiamonds @Cinfhen oh yeah, they can be so much fun!!! But... I think they‘re out of hand and often highly exclusionary at the moment. Regulations would be good & maybe a way to corral them as well as @Balibee146 mentioned. I want to be able to participate in at least a few but at the moment it feels like we‘re creating these very hard divisions within Litsy between constant swapers and non/partial swappers. 1mo
lele1432 @BookwormAHN so agree with this! I didn't post at all specifically for that reason. It can be intimidating. I think the best thing about Litsy is the interaction, so I definitely understand having something in place to try to keep that up, but maybe it could be something different. 1mo
lele1432 @Cinfhen I always want new stickers!! And as someone who just started participating in swaps, it was a great experience for me but I can understand what you've mentioned and I also think it would be good to have a way to maybe separate them so they don't feel exclusionary or take over timelines all the time lol. Like a gifts/games tab maybe?? 1mo
Hooked_on_books Initially, I LOVED the swaps. I thought they were such fun! And then I saw people really going overboard with their purchases and it felt more like a competition. Then I didn‘t receive a swap package at all because someone decided not to send me one. So I‘ve soured on swaps other than those set up between certain fabulous individuals. 😬 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Nicely said. And give me all the stickers!! 1mo
Cinfhen Ohhhhh, a game/gift tag is a phenomenal idea @lele1432 @TimSpalding @Balibee146 @GlassAsDiamonds @Hooked_on_books (edited) 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm I hope Litsy will remain the favoured platform to talk about BOOKS and books related stuff for all of us. Instead of turning it to another popularity thing. 😔 1mo
Cinfhen New stickers seems like a simple request @lele1432 @erzascarletbookgasm 1mo
Cinfhen I‘m not saying the Litfluence encourages that type of competition @BookwormAHN @lele1432 @erzascarletbookgasm but it does seem to create a sort of false hierarchy which is irrelevant to discussing books 1mo
lele1432 Well stated! 1mo
Balibee146 More Stickers would be awesome. I love the simplicity of the app but sometimes I wish I could quickly search friends' stacks to see if they have read and reviewed a book..... So many wonderful folks and I trust their opinions 😘😘 1mo
batsy Thank you for your thoughts; I think I agree with almost everything. Like @merelybookish I feel something has changed and mainly I think it's the intimate feel. It does make me feel a bit sad; Litsy has always seemed different to me than other social media because it's more about connections and bookish chat instead of popularity and noise. 💜 1mo
ljuliel Wow, this will be a challenging post to answer because if so many replies. I‘ll try to respond accordingly to everyone. First of all, @Cinfhen , thanks for your honesty. If there are things bugging people, it‘s best to say something so we can possibly address it. I agree with swaps. I did some in the past but won‘t do another. I think they‘re too lopsided in a way bi see some people getting a box load filled with items , while another gets 👇🏼 1mo
ljuliel 👆🏼a toothpick and a pencil. I mentioned awhile back that they should have different levels for a swap ( like set amounts of money and you could join either a small, medium or large price range, so it was more fair) Then sometimes we have people coming out of the woodwork to be in things where they might win a prize, but we never see them any other time ......then those that get a nice box of items and don‘t send ANYTHING. They really bug me. 1mo
ljuliel Swaps are a problem in my opinion. I‘m with others who would like to block certain hashtags so you don‘t see certain things, but that feature won‘t work for me. I‘m not sure why. It has to be done from the Litsy web page, not from the app. I type in the names time after time and it never takes them or saves them. I‘m not sure if swaps are the main reason so many Oldies left, but it could be for some of them. 1mo
ljuliel @merelybookish thanks for posting in here. I hope you also filled out a questionnaire. I just woke up so catching up from middle of the night posts. 🙂 1mo
ljuliel @GlassAsDiamonds I agree about the swaps. There‘s gotta be a way so all can participate if they want to. Maybe dividing the list up into regions would help ? I‘m not sure, but it really isn‘t fair that some are left out because of location. I know there used to be so many swaps that was what the majority of posts were. Way too many swaps at the same time. I also mentioned that awhile back, but was shot down.There CAN be too much of a good thing 1mo
ljuliel @BookwormAHN Yes,the likes and points things CAN be looked at as a popularity thing, but I don‘t pay much attention to it anymore. I just prefer a good talk with other book people, so I don‘t care how many points they have 200 or 20,000. Doesn‘t matter. I just want people to participate, talk books, reviews, new books coming out, pretty covers, ebooks, audios, etc. Just talk books. That‘s why we‘re here. The numbers arent important. 1mo
ljuliel @Hooked_on_books I‘m sorry you got ripped off in a swap. Exactly one of the reasons I don‘t like them. We have people that are members who never or rarely post, but they come out if the woodwork when the word SWAP is mentioned. They get a nice package but send nothing in return. That‘s REALLY nasty. I hate when that happens. I ran a few swaps where people didn‘t send their packages so I bought stuff and filled 2 more boxes for those left out.☹️ 1mo
Hooked_on_books @ljuliel Yes, that‘s exactly what happens! Those people suck. I‘ve put together swap boxes for those who didn‘t get them as well. I remember how badly I felt, missing out on box opening day, and I hated for others to feel that way. I figure it‘s just not worth it and now I only swap books on an individual basis, which has been great. 1mo
ljuliel @Balibee146 I know what you mean about scrolling through truckloads of swap posts to find a BOOK post. There‘s supposed to be a way to weed out certain hashtags, but it doesn‘t work for me. (edited) 1mo
ljuliel @erzascarletbookgasm Agreed. I‘d like to focus a lot more on the book end of things. I won‘t go into any detail here , but I jumped into a lot of things social- wise in here earlier , and it ended badly with some folks. It makes me sad , but I‘ve learned that if I want to stay, I have to move on and only focus on the books and not get that involved again. It was hurtful , and there may be hurt feelings on the other end as well. I can‘t 👇🏼 1mo
ljuliel Contact the others to open up the conversation. So I leave it alone. 1mo
ljuliel @batsy I‘m hoping we can get some of that old feeling back. If we all work at it, I think it‘ll be a new and improved place. 💕 1mo
BarbaraBB Great answers my friend. I must say I am hardly aware of anyone‘s Litfluence and agree with you it doesn‘t interest me in the least. It‘s the books and the people that make this such a great place. And I‘d like to work on it to keep it that way! 🧡 1mo
janeycanuck Oh, it warms my heart to know I‘m not the only one wondering where the book posts are. As soon as I see a new swap, I screenshot it and mute the hashtag next time I‘m at the computer. I wish we could mute from the app. 1mo
ljuliel @janeycanuck Sadly, the mute doohickey won‘t work for me. I‘ve tried it repeatedly. 1mo
janeycanuck @ljuliel That really sucks. With what feels like the bulk of posts not being about books, I‘d probably have left Litsy by now if I couldn‘t mute. 1mo
ljuliel @janeycanuck That makes me sad...that might be why so many others left. All we can do is try to get more focus on the books. I just have to keep on rolling to get past things I‘m not much interested in. I don‘t care if others like it..that‘s fine. I‘m just trying to stick with the books at this point. 1mo
Mdargusch Yes yes yes yes yes yes! 1mo
4thhouseontheleft I agree with almost all of this! I have cut down my participation in swaps tremendously, despite hosting one for my first time in Oct. I think the plethora of posts around some challenges (including ones I have participated in 😂) can get tiring, and I'm sure it's off-putting for some Littens who don't participate in them at all. There are a lot less reviews and book discussions in my feed these days. 1mo
janeycanuck @ljuliel Yeah, I think it‘s great that people enjoy stuff and I don‘t want that to go away for them, I just don‘t want to see it. Everyone should be able to Litsy how they want to Litsy - and it would be awesome if the app could give people more control over their own experience. 1mo
4thhouseontheleft @GlassAsDiamonds Would you be willing to share more detail about how swaps feel exclusionary? I only hosted my first swap last October, and am still on the fence if I will do it again next year during #Screamathon. But, if I do, I absolutely want to do whatever I can to make it as inclusive as possible. I cut down my swap participation tremendously, I do 2 a year at the most. 1mo
Cinfhen I‘m not trying to bash Litsy or those that host/participate in the swaps but the swaps seem to shift the focus of Litsy a little bit and that saddens me @janeycanuck @4thhouseontheleft @Mdargusch @BarbaraBB 1mo
4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen I get that! I think these are important discussions to be had. 1mo
GlassAsDiamonds @4thhouseontheleft I‘d love to (& be happy to take it to email if you‘d prefer so I‘m not ranting in @Cinfhen ‘s timeline!). I love swaps and I really don‘t want them stopped completely but there are SO many that are “US only”. International participation isn‘t that hard. We pay for the postage anyway so excluding us just seems lazy or worse. Similarly, price restrictions don‘t help if you aren‘t paying US prices whereas item limits are easy. 1mo
4thhouseontheleft @GlassAsDiamonds I didn‘t realize that many excluded non-US Littens! That is a shame. I‘ve never seen price restrictions, but I admittedly don‘t look at the details of most swaps. 1mo
GlassAsDiamonds @4thhouseontheleft oh man, the US Only! It‘s a nagging pain that‘s not just Litsy but since we‘re community building AND participants pay postage, it really annoys me here. Price limits are a great idea in theory and really help curtail the crazy consumerism BUT if I‘m buying a new book here in Singapore, I will not get out of it for US$20- no matter what I buy. A criteria like “one book and a bookmark” however is achievable world wide. 1mo
ravenlee I really liked swaps at first. Now I don‘t. I‘ve followed the requirements, or even felt like I went a little over the top, and then I received either something so extravagant it makes me feel bad for my recipient to get so little, or I get the bare minimum or less and feel cheated. I did one for my daughter and we sent a nice gift, and what she got for hers was less than the posted minimum, and none of her interests. Broke my heart. 1mo
Cinfhen I‘m so sorry that both you & your daughter had a bad swap experience @ravenlee 😔I think I would be heartbroken too if my child was soured by this experience. 1mo
ravenlee She didn‘t mind so much, thankfully, but I was really frustrated. 1mo
janeycanuck @Cinfhen Agreed! I‘d hate to see them go away for those who enjoy & participate. It‘s just not my cup of tea. Happily, muting works for me and I just hide them! 1mo
Reviewsbylola I haven‘t bothered with the swaps in probably two years. They were fun initially but I don‘t miss doing them. 1mo
Kalalalatja Well said Cindy! I miss participating in swaps, but it became too stressful, and soured my Litsy experience, so I stopped. 1mo
Cinfhen I think we are lucky @Kalalalatja @Reviewsbylola as we have developed friendships and are able to create our own little book exchanges amongst ourselves❣️The swaps were fun in the beginning but they really got out of hand. I don‘t miss them at all!!! My last one was the #MugLove and I received the BEST MUG 💙🤗😘 1mo
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You Were Gone | Tim Weaver
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Found this dragged in a lot of places, this could‘ve been cut by at least 100 pages. In saying that, it kept me guessing the whole time and was a good mystery to finish up on #screamathon

3.5 🌟

Curse Keepers | Denise Grover Swank
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Announcing the winners of the #Screamathon Giveaway!

1️⃣ @DGRachel 👻🎉

2️⃣ @Addison_Reads 🎃🙌🏽

3️⃣ @Klou 🧡🖤

Congratulations! 🎉🎉 Please sens me an email with your mailing address to abergsman@gmail.com

And that is a wrap for #Screamathon 2019! I look forward to doing it for a 4th time in 2020! Thank you to everyone who participated!

DGRachel How exciting! Thank you! I will send you an email shortly. 😱🎉🤩😍🥳🥳 1mo
4thhouseontheleft @DGRachel You live so close, I could hand deliver it! 🤣 1mo
DGRachel Seriously! We should just schedule a lunch date. 1mo
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Addison_Reads @4thhouseontheleft Awesome! Thank you so much 💚 I'll email you once I'm home from work today. 1mo
4thhouseontheleft @DGRachel I‘d definitely be in for that! 1mo
LibrarianRyan Yeahhh. I had lots of fun. I still don‘t have my wrap up done but thanks for hosting. 1mo
Klou I just emailed you 😊 1mo
Avanders 🥳🤩🥳 Thanks for hosting such a fun month!! 🎃🎃🎃 1mo
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Afraid | Jack Kilborn
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I read a total of 15 books in October and 12 were #screamathon reads.

 @4thhouseontheleft Thank you for hosting another great readathon!

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego 🖤🧟‍♀️🖤 1mo
LaraS The cover of that “Baby Teeth“ one looks terrifying. 😱 1mo
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The Bus on Thursday | Shirley Barrett
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After a bad breakup, cancer diagnosis, and a mastectomy, Eleanor accepts a teacher position in a remote town. Her predecessor has disappeared and was perfect according to the residents, which is a hard act to follow. This is a weird, funny, weird book. Eleanor is a hot mess. It‘s uncertain as you read her unpublished blog, if things are real or in her imagination. This definitely leans more toward Bridget Jones‘ Diary than The Exorcist even ⬇️

Bookzombie with the strangeness and horrific parts. I remembered about half-way through that I wasn‘t a big fan of BJD (book, not movie) and I struggled with this one a bit too. After finishing and pondering it, I decided I really liked it. I‘m still not sure what to think about the ending though. If you have read it, what do you think (please use spoiler tag)? #screamathon 1mo
CarolynM I found this one funny to begin with but it made me increasingly uncomfortable as it went on. I've heard it suggested that the cancer had spread to her brain and was causing delusions, hence all the weird goings on. That kind of makes sense and if so, maybe the end is the pressure on her brain becoming too much and shutting down. But maybe not too, maybe she just crashed her car into a bus. 1mo
Reggie I have no idea what happened either but what about that vacuum cleaner demonstration? Lol 1mo
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Bookzombie @CarolynM I have been pondering and I keep leaning towards the theory that the cancer spread and everything is a delusion. There were certain things that made me uncomfortable too. 1mo
Bookzombie @Reggie It was creepy! I wish I hadn‘t returned this to library. I find myself wanting to go back a reread certain bits. 1mo
vivastory I'm definitely intrigued! I know that @readordierachel had a similar experience with this one 1mo
readordierachel @vivastory I did! I'm with you @Bookzombie in that I was dismayed that it was more BJD than horror. The ending tho 👇🏼 1mo
readordierachel The cancer spreading to the brain thing makes sense, but I find that explanation so unsatisfying! I really want to believe that one dude was a weird demon, she was possessed, and then being, like, taken to hell on that bus at the end. 1mo
Bookzombie @readordierachel I understand. If it‘s the cancer spreading, it‘s something real causing her to hallucinate or whatever. I think I would have liked what you said or that the guy was a demon or Satan trying to have a baby with a human better. I also expected her to have more interactions with other strange people in the town. Basically, I probably wanted more horror. Lol. 1mo
Bookzombie @readordierachel I just realized that what I wanted is sort of Rosemary‘s baby. Lol. 1mo
readordierachel Yes, exactly! That would have been awesome. Haha. 1mo
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A perfect afternoon: 🎃 👻 PJ‘s (these bad boys won‘t be put away until Thanksgiving!), #HelloKitty lounging with me, and one leftover book I meant to finish during #Screamathon. I was able to jump the queue at the library, so I don‘t want to waste the opportunity by returning it unread!


Bookzombie I‘m keeping my Halloween socks in circulation until then too. 🎃 1mo
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