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Subject: Question on keeping track of books read
Date Posted: 12/2/2014 6:39 PM ET
Member Since: 7/1/2009
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How does everyone keep track of the books they have read? I have an excel worksheet but I do not really know if I like this or not. I would love some ideas from other book lovers. Thanks

Date Posted: 12/2/2014 6:56 PM ET
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I use Library Thing.  www.librarything.com.  I used to use a spreadsheet too but it kind of got out of hand as I changed computers etc.  I love Library Thing.  You can even win books to review and categorize your books read etc.  There are also some interesting talk forums.

Date Posted: 12/2/2014 7:40 PM ET
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I used Goodreads.com to keep track of all my books. You're able to group them into bookshelf (Read, Currently Reading, and Want to Read, etc.) as well as make your own bookshelves and name them anything you'd like. I group mine by content or genre. I also love that every year I can set a goal for how many books I'd like to read and it helps me keep on track or tells me when I'm behind. It's a really great site. (: Hope this helped!

Date Posted: 12/2/2014 8:19 PM ET
Member Since: 10/31/2007
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I started keeping track of my books about 30+ years ago.  I kept a spiral notebook by my bed and wrote down each book, author, month read, and a short synopsis.  A few years ago I got ambitious and put it all into a spreadsheet. I still record each book in my spiral notebook, and then occasionally update the spreadsheet.  This has worked well for me.

Date Posted: 12/2/2014 10:22 PM ET
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I used to keep a notebook but now I just log them into the BOOKS I'VE READ list here right here in PBS.  It's so easy and I love it!!

Date Posted: 12/2/2014 10:25 PM ET
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I use the PBS system. If I buy a book somewhere else, or get a package deal on PBS when not all of the books are listed - I put them on my To Be Read (TBR) list. When I read them, I rate them, and then they show up on my Books I've Read (BIR) list. I try to mark all versions of a book (paperback, hardcover) so I know I've read them.

Easy. And it works for me. :)


Date Posted: 12/3/2014 12:02 AM ET
Member Since: 11/5/2006
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I use Libib

It's an app for the phone and the computer.  The nice thing is once it sync's it doesn't need a connection so if I'm in our library's bookstore which is in the basement I can still see which books I have and which books I need.  It has saved me already several time from buying the same book and I haven't put in all my books yet.  But that's the main reason why I love it, I don't need to connect to the internet to use it.  so if I'm in a dead zone I'm okay. 

Date Posted: 12/3/2014 2:21 AM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2009
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If you have a smart phone good reads also has an app that lets you scan the barcode of the book your reading and add it to shelves.  I use it and when I finish a book I scan it and it goes into my books I've read shelf.  Its super easy, and logs them as I've finished them.  Then if I felt like I wanted to review a book I can go onto my computer log onto the site and write the review.  I also use library thing too, because they have a great early reviews program, and Fictfact.com so I know which book is up next in the series I've read.  Since I mark them on goodreads though I can go back at any time and update the other sites.  .

Date Posted: 12/3/2014 9:44 AM ET
Member Since: 2/4/2014
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Notebook and Goodreads.  I don't always remember to do Goodreads right away, so the notebook helps.  For the books that I'm collecting as a series (J.D. Robb's "In Death" series for one) I have a list in Dropbox that I update as I get new books.  

Date Posted: 12/3/2014 6:09 PM ET
Member Since: 9/9/2010
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I tag my books (SGLs BIR) & (SGLs TBR). It provides at a glance an easy way for me to see as I'm scrolling through books on someone's bookshelf if I've already read that book or is in a pile to be read. I just change the tag when I've read a book. Never end up with the same book twice accidently. I don't like to rate books...Sandy

Date Posted: 12/3/2014 10:28 PM ET
Member Since: 7/1/2009
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So many good ideas. I will have to investigate which ones would work best for me. Thanks everyone

Date Posted: 12/4/2014 12:56 AM ET
Member Since: 8/26/2008
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I use GoodReads as well, it's so useful for other things as well like creating a wishlist and a keeper shelf and favorites list too

Date Posted: 12/4/2014 7:55 AM ET
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Interesting post - many great ideas.