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)
I first started to keep track of which books I’ve read when I was about 10, when I simply listed them in an exercise book, but that didn’t last very long! For the last ten years I’ve attempted to keep a record but it was very spasmodic until 2006. I would intend to keep the list up to date but often went for months just reading books without keeping track of what I’d read. Then I realised that I’d be in the library, looking at a book and thinking I’ve read that – or have I? So I decided it was time to be more organised and I started a list in Word.
I still record books in that way but I also have a Book Journal in which I note down the author, title, date and a very brief note of what I thought about each book that I’ve read since 2006. The benefit of this is that I can take it with me to check which books I’ve already read and to look up authors I’ve enjoyed. It also has a section to record “Books I Want to Read” – very useful!
I also list the books on this blog – see the tab at the top – “Books Read”. I’ve listed there the books I’ve read since 2007. Just recently I’ve added a section on the sidebar of the books I’ve read each month, but I’m not sure I’ll carry on with that – it’s just an experiment to see how I like it.
I suppose LibraryThing is also a place where I record what I’ve read. In that catalogue I’ve tagged the books I haven’t read “TBR” and rated some of the fiction that I have read.
It really is so easy to become (just a bit) obsessed by books!