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Musing Monday March 30

March 29th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books

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Just One More Page has posted this week’s question:

Do you keep track of what and/or how many books you read? How long have you been doing this? What’s your favorite tracking method, and why?If you don’t keep track, why not? (question courtesy of MizB)

I do currently keep track of which books I read and how many I have read.   As to when I started I guess you could say I started and stopped many times.  I probably first started trying to keep track when I was about 14 or 15 because I was reading so many books that I would forget some of them and end up buying or borrowing books more then once.  It was a lot harder back then because I was hand writing lists and trying to keep them organized was difficult.  I would usually give up after a few months, go back to it a few months later, etc.  I moved from hand written lists to type writer lists and then word processor lists (anyone remember word processors?)  before I finally stopped completely when I went to college.

My latest try started in August 2008, when I started this blog.  Yet again I found that I had bought a book that not only had I read before but did not like it.  Guess the premise was just really catching to me.  So I decided that had to stop because money was tight and I couldn’t afford to keep buying the same book multiple times, especially ones I didn’t like in the first place.  So far the blog is working out really well and I am having a lot of fun doing it.  The best part is I don’t have to worry about losing my notes (unless WordPress dies) and there is the search capability so I’m not pouring over pages and pages of notes to see if I read a book before.

I also use Shelfari, Goodreads and LibraryThing which are all great but my blog is my favorite way of tracking my books read.

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9 Responses

  1. Jenners

    I agree that a book blog is probably the best and most complete journal of books you’ve read. But the others are so much fun to do if you are a list making junkie like myself. I wish I had tracked my books when I was younger … I would love to know how many I’ve read in my life!

  2. MOG

    Sorry I have put my comment in the wrong place. I record on my blog but also in a notebook.

  3. dsuzuki

    Np MOG. :)

    I wish I still had my lists from when I was younger. I’ll admit a lot of time I needed my list because I was reading the Sweet Valley Twins, Sweet Valley High, Babysitter’s Club, Christopher Pike, RL Stine, etc. books and couldn’t remember which ones I already owned or had read. There were so many of them!

  4. Megan

    I’m with you! I use my blog to keep up with all my literary exploits. I’m pretty obsessed with LibraryThing, too — my OCD just adores the organizational aspects of it, plus I’m obsessed with tagging all of my books to see what I seem to love the most! :)

  5. dsuzuki

    I’m really bad about tagging especially in LibraryThing. I lose track sometimes of the tags I use and will start using something else so I guess tags aren’t that useful to me. I really need to be more organized :)

  6. bookworm

    I like keeping track on my blog too and I do use librarything as well.

  7. Nise'

    Yes! I remember Word Processors. I do real well keeping track in my spreadsheet, but not on LT.

  8. Matthew

    I maintain a spreadsheet for books that bloggers and friends recommend, or ones that I read about from papers. I can copy and paste the title to the excel file.

    As to reviews, I handwrite everything into my Moleskin journal before I upload them to the blog.

  9. dsuzuki

    I really need a better system to keep track of books I want to check out. Right now I sort of use a mish mash of Library Thing, Shelfari, Amazon wish list and scraps of papers when I see an interesting book.

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