I think I'm going to shut From My Bookshelf down for a while; maybe for good. I've been putting this together for quite a few years now and it's starting to feel a bit more of a chore. I'll keep my Goodreads & Instagram connected, but with the state of the world right now, I just want to read without worrying about making sure I post something about it. Who knows - when the world starts to make some semblance of sense again, I may start actively posting here again. Until then, as always, happy reading!
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.