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Keeping track of books read

Does anyone else keep track of the books they have read.  I do.

 

At age 5, in the first grade, I read poorly, so my one year older sister took me under her wing during summer vacation and taught me how to read.  After I learned - I loved this new tool/pleasure.  From then, thru eight grade - I spent much of my non-working time reading.  Our school covered grades 1 thru 8 and I devoured a goodly amount of the books in the school library.  After becoming a teen - the volume of my reading dropped precipitously and didn't resume until decades later when I retired.  

 

I have 16 Excel spreadsheets - each for a different author.  Mostly fiction/mystery stories.  All in chronological order.  When I come across a new(for me) author - I make up a spreadsheet with all of her works and start with her first one and mark it "read"(after reading it) before going to the next one.

 

I do all the reading on the Kindle.  I really appreciate the adjustable font and small (slip into my pocket) size.  I donated many hundreds of my old paper books to libraries, vets, etc.  

 

My favorite author is Stephen White.  Sadly, I think his illness is preventing him from writing any more books.

 

Am always open to suggestions of authors or books.  Not sure, but I think it was here that the wonderful book "The Book Thief" was suggested.   Smiley Happy

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I have a notebook where I have pages for my favorite authors. Then I went to their websights  & listed all there books in date or series order. That way I can read the series in correct order. After Ive finished I cross them off with a highlighter. When I go to used book exchange stores or yard sales-I take my note book & can look up books I need & now I dont buy duplicates. I love to read. I like Stuart Woods-David Balducci-Phillip Margoline-John Grisham- Nevada Barr-Danielle Steel-Barbara Taylor Bradford to name a few, I also sign up for notices on the authors websight to be notified when they release a new book,

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Who do you like to read MABlumberg?

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I'm right there with you rockaria.  That's happened to me too several times.

Who do you read?  I like Nevada Barr, Sue Grafton, JA Jance, Nora Roberts ... and many more.

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I also use Overdrive to search for new books and of course my local Library. As a retired Media Specialist for grades 6-12, I wanted to keep track of books I borrowed to read and the books (print and ebook) that I own. I have used two computer/iPad/iPhone programs to catalog my reading. The first program was Book Crawler and I am no longer using. The program I use now is Book Connect. There are different versions of the program and it is not free. I can sort, mark as read, mark as owned, see the cover and rate the book. I can always see my information on my iPhone, iPad, MacBook or Windows PC wherever I happen to be. I use a Kindle (I have 2) or my phone to do most of my ebook reading.
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There is an application called Overdrive where you can download books from your local library and the app will keep track of the books you have already downloaded.  Instead of a book, I carry an IPad mini in my purse and always have it handy to read.  Love the new technology.

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@wilful wrote:

Does anyone else keep track of the books they have read.  I do.

 

At age 5, in the first grade, I read poorly, so my one year older sister took me under her wing during summer vacation and taught me how to read.  After I learned - I loved this new tool/pleasure.  From then, thru eight grade - I spent much of my non-working time reading.  Our school covered grades 1 thru 8 and I devoured a goodly amount of the books in the school library.  After becoming a teen - the volume of my reading dropped precipitously and didn't resume until decades later when I retired.  

 

I have 16 Excel spreadsheets - each for a different author.  Mostly fiction/mystery stories.  All in chronological order.  When I come across a new(for me) author - I make up a spreadsheet with all of her works and start with her first one and mark it "read"(after reading it) before going to the next one.

 

I do all the reading on the Kindle.  I really appreciate the adjustable font and small (slip into my pocket) size.  I donated many hundreds of my old paper books to libraries, vets, etc.  

 

My favorite author is Stephen White.  Sadly, I think his illness is preventing him from writing any more books.

 

Am always open to suggestions of authors or books.  Not sure, but I think it was here that the wonderful book "The Book Thief" was suggested.   Smiley Happy


@wilful  Yes but in a hand written journal.  

 The Book Thief was wonderful!

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You have a great system for keeping track of your books in Excel although I could never keep a separate spreadsheet per author. It would be much easier to put all my books on the same spreadsheet and then use the Data - Sort function to list them alphabetically by the author or book title or chronologically by the date of publication whenever I choose. This would give a lot more flexibility and save memory space on my computer.

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I do as well.  Because I am a voracious reader, I hate it when I open a book and realize within the first three or four pages that I have read it before!  I keep saying that I am going to scan all of my reading journals into a computer document, but, alas, I have yet to do so!

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I do as well.  Because I am a voracious reader, I hate it when I open a book and realize within the first three or four pages that I have read it before!  I keep saying that I am going to scan all of my reading journals into a computer document, but, alas, I have yet to do so!


Glad to see I am not the only one.. yes I should definitely put my list on the computer so I can organize it..  but so far no problems..  

My grandmother was a reader and she introduced me and I am never found without a book in my carry bag.  It means that I get a lot less aggrevated waiting in various places and commuting, because I have my book with me. LOL

 

What are you currently reading?

 

That feeling when you get a few pages in and it starts sounding familiar is a killer LOL

 

 

 

 

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I am lost without a book with me! I have a different one in living room,bathroom and my car. My cleaning lady doesn't understand how I can keep the stories straight. Lol it is easy when you are an avid reader. 

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Great topic!  I never liked to read when I was young.  Then one day I was talking to this guy in a chatroom and he asked me if I had ever read "Nevada Barr".   I said no ... went out and bought the first book in her series ... and the rest is history.  I have a nice journal that a friend gave me years ago.  I've been writing down every book I read since 2005 and the total is 735.  The only thing I regret is sometimes when I get a book from the library there's a little "L" written on the corner of the inside cover page.  My mom used to do that so my dad wouldn't keep getting her the same book when he went to the library.  There were so many times she said to me ... "you'd love this book".   But I wasn't interested.  Now I regret that.   Hope we can keep this topic going.  Lots to talk about.

 

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Yes I keep track on my iphone/mac using Notes and my Public Library keeps track of what I have checked out/read. 

 

I enjoyed:   In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvaarez a non fiction book 

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Wow, that's great!  

 

I keep a list, but nowhere near as comprehensive as yours.  On goodreads.   I added a bunch of my favorite books, and then I plug in everyone that I read now.  

 

What kind of books do you like?  Mostly fiction?   

 

Have you read Interpreter of Maladies?  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5439.Interpreter_of_Maladies

 

The Passage?   If you like out-there fiction....it's a trilogy, which is great if you like the first one.  🙂

 

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6690798-the-passage

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6690798-the-passage

 

The Space Between Us

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/218357.The_Space_Between_Us

 

See You In the Cosmos   (Young Adult Fiction, but it's great).

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33282947-see-you-in-the-cosmos

 

Boys in the Boat is non-fiction.   It's amazing. 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16158542-the-boys-in-the-boat?from_search=true

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