Musing Mondays: Keeping track

musing_mondays Here’s 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?

I never kept track of anything I read until I started blogging! And even up until this year, I was pretty loose about it. I have an account at LibraryThing that I update religiously, but I didn’t really have constructed lists of books until I started completing reading challenges in 2009.

Now, I update my master “reviews” list here at write meg! — and since I review each book I read, that’s a great way to keep up with all of my literary accomplishments! And I’ve gone back and updated my LT account to reflect everything major I’ve read in the past ten years or so — basically the books about which I can remember the actual plots, central themes, characters, etc. from high school and college.

Since I have such list OCD in the rest of my life, it doesn’t really shock me that I can get pretty anal about it all! LibraryThing satisfies that desperate need I have to categorize everything. I can add the date on which I received the book, the dates I started reading and finished it, and then private notes about the subject, too. And I love that can “tag” everything — and see just how obsessed I am with England (24 of 134 books), young adult reading (22 books) or books on first love (19 books) and family dynamics (49 books). An excellent system!

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8 thoughts on “Musing Mondays: Keeping track

  1. I don’t use LT for tracking the books I read, but I do absolutely LOVE it for cataloguing my books! 😉 You’re right, in that it’s a great system!

  2. I feel the same way about Library Thing … when I discovered it, I was like “I’ve been wanting something like this my whole life!”

  3. “when I discovered it, I was like “I’ve been wanting something like this my whole life!””

    Jenners, you have that so right!
    I just love how you can keep fooling around with your LT books, tagging, changing the order of the list, tagging, tagging, adding to Common Knowledge..tagging.

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