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Subject: Have you ever ?
Date Posted: 9/19/2012 2:34 PM ET
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Have you ever started a book and started thinking " This seems familiar'  keep reading and then know you've read it before?

I've been going throught my TBR pile , and came across "  Dust Devil" by Rebecca Brandewyne . It has my favorite theme ( Boy meets girl , either in childhood Or Teens, fall in love ,something happens they split up and get back together later)  ?

I have done this  more then one time....lol    Order something I've already read or have in my pile. Because its a freebie or whatever so the system doesnt say " You ordered that before"   It drives me crazy....LOL

Anybody else do that or am I the only one that cant keep track of books I've read.?   How do you keep track when you read so much ?



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Date Posted: 9/19/2012 3:22 PM ET
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Well i dunno, but now i want to order Dust Devil!! 

 

I havent done this before, yet, but my moms always picking up a book, getting a few chapters in and realizing she's already read it.

Date Posted: 9/19/2012 3:51 PM ET
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I usually purge books that I've read pretty quickly.  I mark them as read here and on goodreads. 

I don't  buy anything at thrift stores anymore if I have any doubt that I might have read it and that it's not likely WL. 

It's rare that I pick one up and realize that I have already read it because they dont' stay in my house long. 

Date Posted: 9/19/2012 4:04 PM ET
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Melissa....LOL    Its on my shelf.



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Date Posted: 9/19/2012 8:12 PM ET
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I dunno, I don't have a great memory for all the book titles I've read but I remember the stories.

I can count on one hand the number of times I've unknowingly ordered something I already have, either read or not read.

Date Posted: 9/19/2012 11:30 PM ET
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I've rebought books from the library sale so many times, I've started marking each book I donate.

The really annoying thing is several times I've seen a book, thought "I've read that" and then it turns out it was on my wishlist. :-\

Date Posted: 9/20/2012 12:21 AM ET
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I'm guilty of buying books twice and picking up books and wondering if I've read them. Sometimes the names don't even sound familiar. That's what surprises me most that I could enjoy a book, give it 4 stars and then forget most of it. Hubs says I can hide my own Easter eggs.

Date Posted: 9/20/2012 8:21 AM ET
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I've done it a couple of times but I'm usually pretty good about remembering what I've read.  I mark it read here and at Goodreads.  Now I know at BN.com they will tell you if you've already bought a book and won't allow you to download it again if it's an ebook.

Date Posted: 9/20/2012 8:53 AM ET
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I just had that happen to me a week ago,  I had read this book many months ago and put it in the get rid of pile. Somehow it landed in the read stack and when I looked at it, I thought it looked and sounded familiar but I started reading it anyway. Only got thru the first chapter to know that indeed it was one that Ive already read. But hey, I reread it again, Im a sucker for Historical Romance Novels

 

 

Michele

Date Posted: 9/20/2012 2:09 PM ET
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Once.  It was a new edition with a different cover, but I still should have recognized it. 

And more than once I've bought a book, buried it with other TBR books,  forgot I bought it, and purchased it again.  Not since joining PBS, however. 



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Date Posted: 9/20/2012 2:50 PM ET
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Glad to know I'm not the only one , I was beginning to think  I was having an old age moment....LOL  and I'm only in my 40's.

Date Posted: 9/20/2012 2:59 PM ET
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my worst instance of that was on a vacation i took along a book my mom recommended.  it was the last book i had left, and i started it on the plane ride home - and not only had i read it before, i'd hated it.  so there i was, stuck on the plane for 5 hours with nothing to read but the plane magazine.

other than that, i'm pretty decent about being able to figure out if i've already read a novel or not.  short story collections i will get confused on, and have rebought more than one.  i am very happy that if i've got my smartphone at the UBS i can look up books on PBS and see if they're in my WL or already in TBR or BIR.  :)

Date Posted: 9/21/2012 12:20 AM ET
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Ellen, that is the *one thing* that makes me consider getting a smartphone. I always decide it isn't worth the money, but that is tempting.

Date Posted: 9/21/2012 5:21 AM ET
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when DH was working at Palm on their phones (that ended up getting bought by HP and discontinued), he had one around and we were able to borrow a couple of them when we went on a weekend trip so we could check email and whatnot.  so of course we went shopping when he left there.  :)  i find the smartphone a lifesaver when going on short trips, and the ability to keep lists of books i'm looking for, or jot notes to myself, or look something up as i'm out & about very useful.  and then there's the Kindle app and the games.  ;)

at least for right now, DH's work reimburses the majority of our family plan cell bill since they wanted him to have a phone he could test their product on, so that's a nice perk.

Date Posted: 9/22/2012 8:56 AM ET
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I have a list of favorite authors' books in my computer.  The first part lists the titles I've read (or own) and the second part has those that I haven't read or will be published soon.  Once I print out the second part, I mark the ones available in my local library.  That list stays in my purse since you never know when you'll see a yard sale or UBS.  I use Goodreads to distinguish between TBR and already read.  Even so, I've been tripped up when they re-publish under a different title.