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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Tuesday Thingers May 27, 2008

This weeks question: How many books do you have cataloged in your LibraryThing account? How do you decide what to include- everything you have, everything you've read- and are there things you leave off?

Currently, I have (runs and checks)... 1,075 books catalogued on LT. I include everything I own, and simply tag the unread books as "Unread" (clever, aren't I?). I like being able to check if I've got something at home when I'm out shopping, and this is the easiest way for me.

I used to have a bad habit of seeing a book in the store and thinking, "Hey, that looks like a great book!" You know why I thought it looked like a great book? Because I already own it. This way, I can check if it's already in my library from my phone, and avoid having to return something I already own.

I have tried to star rate and tag everything that I've read, but I know I haven't made it all the way through my library on LT yet. The "Unread" tag is not only my most frequently used tag (out of the 1,075 books on LT, 232 are marked "Unread" - I hang my head in shame; so many poor books just crying out to be read) but I feel it is one of my most useful, helping me keep track of what I have and haven't read.

I don't think there is anything I have left off my LT account. I could be wrong, but that would only be because I missed something by accident. Someday I'd like to go through and double check everything and really clean up my account, but for right now, it serves well for my purposes.

I know some people keep a wish list on LT, but I actually use the wish list feature on Amazon to keep track of what books I'm looking for. I usually find books off of other people's blogs, so it's just easy for me to hop over to Amazon and click those books into the wish list there. If there was ever a way to keep a wish list of books separate from your other books on LT, I'd use that to keep it all in one place, but until then I'll continue to use both sources.


jlshall said...

I don't label my books read/unread because it would be too depressing seeing all those "unread" labels! I agree - it would be nice to be able to have a separate wish list on LT, but Amazon is great for that.

Lisa said...

I have about 113 books labeled "unread" right now. I scroll through that list occasionally and I am always surprised - there are so many books I was planning to read and have forgotten about!

People tell me I have a lot of books, but I'm starting to feel like a slacker in this group. Very impressive.

My Journey Through Reading... said...

I have not only bought books that I already own but can go as far as reading them thinking, "this sounds so familiar" well yeah, I already read it. I can also access LT on my cell phone and am loving that feature!

Anonymous said...

Lol that's exactly why I have my books on LT... I was always afraid I'd buy books that I already own :)

BooksPlease said...

I tag my unread books "tbr" - it's a great feeling removing that tag. Apart from that my tagging is pathetic. I should really revise it and also rate my books, as I've only done that for a few.

I use Amazon too for my wishlist.

Jacquie L Reaville said...

I label NYR for Not Yet Read, TRR for To Re-Read and the one's I've read get the year and month added if I know it.

I can't say that I've ever bought a book I already own, not sure why I can't seem to remember much else with any great success but books... I know exactly LOL

Literary Feline said...

I also use Amazon's wish list feature--although it's a bit too easy to shift those over to the shopping cart which isn't always a good thing. LOL

I use LT for actual books I own, read or unread. I have an unbelievable amount of unread books, so you are not alone.

Elizabeth said...

HAH! I totally relate to this - "Boy, this book looks great! Oh, I already own it." That's just one more reason I love LT, because it has seriously cut down on re-purchasing.