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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).

Anonymous said...

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

Marie Cloutier said...

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

Anonymous said...

"236 books - awful, isn't it"

Nope! I have friends who have 800!