After a lot of thought, I've decided to take a break from blogging for the foreseeable future. With my little C creeping its way back into my life and possible long term treatment now, I need to take a couple of things off my plate for the time being, and the blog is going to be one of those things. As it is, it felt like it was becoming more of a chore than anything else. I need my reading time to be more enjoyable right now, more of the escape that I really need, and what I don't need is the little voice in the back of my head telling me how many reviews I'm behind and trying to come up with what I need to say about the book.

I simply want to read.

I'll more than likely occasionally post on here what I've been reading, and if there is something that really blows my mind, I'll probably have more to say about it and may write up a proper post, but for right now, things are going to be very quiet around here.

As always, happy reading!
2017 edit
I will continue to blog according to my health and ability, and connecting my posts thru Goodreads, so please be patient if things get quiet around here again this year.

2017 edit #2
I am happy to report that my bone marrow transplant was a success and that I'm feeling more like myself everyday. That said, I'm going to try to start blogging a little more frequently, but please bare with me as I still continue to recover.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Tuesday Thingers 10 June 2008

This weeks question: Do you tag? How do you tag? How do you feel about tagging - do you think it would be better to have standardized tags, like libraries have standardized subject headings, or do you like the individualized nature of tagging? What are your top 5 tags and what do they say about your collection or your reading habits?

I love tagging my books. I think it's a good way for me to quickly access certain groupings of books. Most of my books have more than 1 tag (according to my LT Statistic page, my books are tagged 2.49 tags/book - I have 1,079 books in my LT library, with a total of 2,686 tags). Generally, I'll tag books by "genre"/type (Fiction, Memoir, Poetry, etc); by series or associated story (i.e. all my Xanth books are tagged "Xanth", or any books that deal with Oz, such as The Wizard of Oz or Wicked are tagged "Oz"); if they are part of a reading challenge of any sort (all the books read this year are tagged "100 Book Reading Challenge 08"); sometimes by how I received the book (i.e. "Bday 08" or "Xmas 07"). I tag all my unread books "Unread". I tag all my ARCs as "ARC" and then also by which program (such as "LT Early Reviewer" or "BN First Look"). If I have a particularly large number of books by one author, I'll use a tag of their last name (I have most of May Sarton's works and several literary studies on her work and life, so these are all tagged "Sarton"). There are any number of other ways that I tag my books, and I don't think that I'd like it if it were standardized. I like the flexibility of personalizing the "searchability" of my own library to my own specific needs. If there was a need to standardize it everywhere, I'd still like to be able to have a separate, personal tagging option.

My top 5 tags are "Unread" (236 books - awful, isn't it?); "Fiction" (225); "Fantasy" (158); "Comics" and "Graphic Novel" are tied (135); "Sarton" (96).


Traci said...

It seems you and I have a very similar method for tagging. And, you should feel less 'awful' about your unread category. Statistically speaking, you're much further ahead than I am - my library consists of only 409 titles with a full 200 being tagged TBR (my version of unread).

kbookreviews said...

I'm with you, I'd accept the standard tags only if I could also have the personalized ones.

Marie said...

i don't tag my unread books, only because the number would embarrass me hopelessly. :-)

J. Kaye Oldner said...

"236 books - awful, isn't it"

Nope! I have friends who have 800!