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Musing Mondays September 28

September 27th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books

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Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about your wishlist…

Do you keep a book wishlist, either on paper, Amazon/etc, or via a book database site (Shelfari, GoodReads, LibraryThing)? If yes, do you share this list with others (especially coming up to Christmas)?  Stop by Just One More Page to see everyone else’s answer.

I do keep a wish list or rather books I want to read (I may already own some) on GoodReads.  I do also add some of them to Amazon but I’m not as good at keeping up with that.  I initially would add books to my Amazon wish list and direct people to that list during my birthday and Christmas.  The only thing about that was I couldn’t find a way to note down who recommended that book to me.  This was something I wanted to start tracking so when I did finally get a chance to read it and write a review I could thank that person for bringing the book to my attention.  While playing around with the “to-read” functionality in GoodReads I found out the more info section has a field for who suggested this book to me.  So now I try to put the link to the blog posting or the name of the person who recommended that book to me in there.  For the holidays now I mostly ask for gift cards so I don’t worry too much about keeping my Amazon list up to date.

What about you?

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14 Responses

  1. wendy

    my list is in my head and it’s way too cluttered in there for that to be efficient so I’m picking up ideas from all the MM commentors to design a better system. I’m thinking of a spreadsheet (love excel) & from your post I’m taking the idea of a ‘who recomended the book’ column.

    I see you don’t know fishpond…check it out @ http://www.fishpond.co.nz/ realyy fast service and cheap as chips.

  2. dsuzuki

    Thanks for the link! I didn’t realize it was a NZ site.

  3. Melody

    I’d discovered The Book Depository not too long ago and I love buying books from them! Needless to say, I’m keeping a wishlist there too, besides BookMooch that is.

  4. caite

    Library Thing is my first choice for all my bookish needs, so I have started using it for my wishlist too…one advantage is that anyone I know who might want to buy me a gift, say a book, can access it.
    And there is a private comments area so I note things like who recommended it.

  5. Deanna/ibeeeg

    I use GoodReads to keep track of my to-reads.
    I use the recommended part to add the blog name from where I discovered the book.
    Then the Private Note section is where I paste the permalink to the review that sparked my interest in the book.
    I am thinking of starting a paper book journal…who knows if I will but I will stick with GoodReads.

    BTW: I did use Amazon’s wish list for a pretty long time. I would add the blog’s permalink to the book in the comment section. Honestly, it became to cumbersome and I wanted to focus my attention to my GoodReads account.

  6. Dawn

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I would say that it is beneficial to keep a list. I’m glad you found a way to keep track of who recommended what to you. That way, you can remember to discuss the books with whoever initially suggested them. What a good idea; too often I run across blogs that suggest new books I find fascinating. After I read them, however, I never remember who’s blog I visited…

  7. Nise'

    I need to utitlize the features of LT, GoodReads, etc.

  8. Melanie

    I currently don’t have a wishlist, but I definitely need one. It just seems so time consuming. I’ll get around to it eventually, though.

  9. Thea

    Yes, I keep a wish list on Amazon but I still have stacks of unread books waiting for me to finally have the free time to read them.

  10. J. Kaye

    I gave up all the virtual shelves. It was just too much. I keep mine on http://www.bolidesoft.com/allmybooks.html.

  11. dsuzuki

    I try to keep my paperbackswap and bookmooch up to date too just so I can get the books I want.
    J. Kaye-that software looks interesting but I work on so many different computers I need something I can access from any of them and don’t have to worry about synching.

  12. Jenn M.

    I love using Goodreads at the moment although I saw J.Kayes post on what she uses a few weeks ago and really liked it. One thing I always forget, but wish I remembered is who recommended/where did I see it. I always like to link back to their post…but rarely remember who suggested it!

    Also! I passed on an award to you on my blog.

    http://jennifermorrill.wordpress.com/2009/09/28/its-monday-again-my-week-in-books/

  13. Yvonne

    I carry around a small notebook with my wishlist. I much prefer giftcards if anyone is going to give me a book related gift.

  14. Jill

    I use Goodreads to keep a wish list. I drop books into my “to-read” shelf as a way to track good books I’ve seen and need to get.

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