Thursday, May 7, 2009

Book Tracking

One of my summer projects (distractions from pressing work) is to catalogue all of my books on Goodreads. I love Goodreads. It's a thousand times more interesting and valuable than Facebook. Granted the star ranking system is sort of sketchy, but seeing what people are reading and liking and not-liking is fascinating. Until recently, the majority of the books I added were either recent reads (last three years) or memorable books.

But what about all the rest?

I catalogued one shelf this afternoon (bottom shelf, single author collections, Z through part of S). Some of the books I remember reading, but don't remember much or anything about them. It wouldn't be appropriate to give them any kind of ranking. There are books that I remember having an opinion on, but I'm not so sure my opinion would be the same now. No rankings for those either. Then there are books that I don't even remember reading. In some cases, maybe I didn't or maybe I quit early into the book. Who knows. Some books I don't recognize and wonder if they were put there by goblins. I blame/thank the magic ring!

So I'm curious to what's in these books my shelves claim I read. Maybe another summer project? But I own over 100 books on my to-read pile (128 according to Goodreads) that I'm quite positive I haven't read, ever.

Oh this Fool's Journey is a time consuming one. I'm gonna be a dumdum for a long time.


  1. I found goodreads a bit much really, I was at a loss to do a lot of books justice. It was scary. I still drop by every now and then, but its a little intimidating.

  2. I love it. Quite a useful site, and I'm still trying to catalogue all the books in my house. Only 200 or so thus far and hundreds more to go.