Thursday, December 6, 2012

Booking Through Thursday - Records

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This week's question...

Do you keep a list of the books you’ve read? How? In a journal? Through one of the online services? If so, WHY? To keep good records for future reference? To make sure you don’t accidentally reread? If not, why not? Too eager to move on to the next book? Too lazy? Never thought to bother?

My answer...

Yes, I've done it for years way before I was ever online. I keep track for two reasons - one is to make sure if I've already read something (you know how sometimes you'll start reading something and suddenly realize you already read it? This way, I'd know for sure.) and the other is to see how many books I've read in a year. I always liked to have an idea. Also, I give them my own personal ratings so I can keep track of authors, genres, specific books that I've liked or hated in the past. It helps me know what to stay away from or maybe even to look for.

How do I keep track? I have a notebook that I hand write everything I read in. I've kept this for years. I just write the titles, authors, date read and give it my own rating. I used to keep a database in Excel which was almost like a bible for me, but that got corrupted before I could save it and it was too much work to restore. I figured I would be better off spending that time on reading and not fixing a database. I do keep track on my blog, Shelfari and Goodreads too. I think Goodreads is probably my most accurate online service. I don't always update my Shelfari.

So, how about you?


  1. I also have a notebook I jot down the books I read. I too have been found to start to read a book and find I already read it.

  2. I think I need to keep a notebook in addition to my online venues, like Goodreads and Amazon (where my reviews are posted on my profile).

    It was 2008 when I started really tracking the books...and yes, I've accidentally bought books I've already read! Not so much anymore.

    Here's MY BTT POST

  3. I keep a notebook also.

  4. I've kept a list on my blog each year since 2008, but I haven't always succeeded with keeping up with it, but when I do, it's extremely gratifying

  5. I also keep a written list, it helps.

  6. I started my blog to keep track and now I also use Goodreads to track what I've read and, more importantly, what I want to read.
    2 Kids and Tired Books BTT

  7. That is an interesting question. I find myself reading a book right now that I believe I read before. At least before I started blogging and using Goodreads. We do try to keep a record of books we have bought on 3 by 5 cards and with a computer program called Readerware that he needs to update. Though if we don't have our cards with we may purchase a book again especially if it is at a good price.

  8. I keep a small notebook in my purse with all my authors and series I have read and wish to read-great for random stops at bookstores! Your kitty is adorable. I have done this for years before computers.

  9. My answer is pretty similar to yours. I really enjoy going back over the years to see how my reading habits have changed during that time. My BTT is HERE.


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