Back in May, this site finally got the makeover that was in the works for a long, long time.
One of the reasons for the update was to make the bookish posts more useful, and to make easier it browse the archives and track down books you remember reading about on MMD.
Unfortunately, all that added functionality didn’t happen by magic: it’s taken us months (read: a lot longer than I expected) to update the back end of the site.
We finally have most of the archives indexed—not all, but enough for the search and cross-reference features to be useful.
Let me show you how it works.
You may have noticed that bookish posts look slightly different than they did before. Here’s a tiny snippet of how a book list looks these days:
If you click on the book title, it takes you to Amazon for more information. If you click on the cover image or “more info” it takes you to the individual book page on Modern Mrs Darcy, which looks like this:
In the book listing, the author, series, genre, and tag are all hyperlinked (e.g., click on “Louise Penny” and you’ll be taken to a list of all the books by that author that appear on MMD).
The “mentioned in” listing is just that: this is a list of all posts that mention this book. If you click on the post title you’ll be taken straight there. (Note: we had to update this information manually. It’s not yet foolproof, but because we’ve manually updated most of the 1000+ posts in the archives, it works most of the time. All 2015 posts are properly indexed.)
You may notice a few posts that look like this at the bottom:
These blurbs were added so that books mentioned in the post would appear properly in the book archives.
Just like the library, this is where you can browse all (or right now, most of) the books that have ever been mentioned on Modern Mrs Darcy and easily find relevant posts. Search by title, author, or genre, or just scan the visual gallery of book covers.
Here’s an example of what that looks like:
Click on any book cover to view the individual book listing, which will include a list of all the places that book is mentioned on the blog.
Visit the card catalog here to do a little exploring.
This page is flexible: I’d love to hear how the card catalog page looks on your screen and how it could be most useful to you.