Monday, March 30, 2009

Monday Musings




Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about recording your reading…

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)


Yes, I definitely keep track. I have a database I made up years ago in Excel. It has all my books - title, author, year released, my personal rating, and whether or not I've read it yet. It's great because it stops me from buying duplicates. With the 1000's of books I have, I can't rely on my memory to remember important things like that. LOL

I also have an old fashioned notebook where I write down books as I read them. Eventually I input the info into the database, but the notebook is a handy reference for me to write down what I've read and whether or not I like it. Despite the computerized world we live in, I guess I also like to have something I actually write, too. I don't keep my TBR listed like this though. The notebook is only for those books I've read.

I think I've done this ever since I went online in the early 90's and discovered various online reading groups which made my TBR soar (hey, I have to blame somebody!)

This is a fun question. If you'd like to participate, just click on the logo above. I'm looking forward to reading everyone's answers for this one.

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8 comments:

  1. I have a book with all the books I have bought and yet to read written in. This stops me buying ones I already have. I have an Excel list of the ones I read. I also have a TBR book, where I write down all the books I like the sound of that are recommended by other book bloggers.

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  2. Love the Garfield comic ... too accurate a depiction of Mondays. I wish I'd started recording my books read as early as you did!

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  3. I like using Excel too. Keeps things organized and I can always go back and add info if I need to.

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  4. I'm not nearly as organized as some people seem to be, but it works for me.

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  5. The best part of keeping computerized lists is that you can alphabetize them after each new entry. With my old method of keeping notebooks, it just wasn't working. I spend too much time reading or now as the case may be, blogging. I could be doing something really productive. But, hey, where's the fun in that?

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  6. I do well on keeping track of the books I've read, but not on the books I own.

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  7. Love your new template Yvonne :)

    I really wish I kept track of all the books I read through the years but I only started when I joined Shelfari in Dec 2007.. and have been tracking my reads since :)

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