Welcome back to another blog hop, with #OpenBook. Here’s this week’s prompt.
How do you keep track of the books you read?
I would love to say that I have a beautiful system, honed by years of practice and backed up with a unique method of record-keeping of my own devising. If only. I worked for forty years in a job where I had to be supremely organised, which means that in my personal life, I rebel and have the untidiest working area you could imagine. But, if I tided it, I would never be able to find anything. At least, that’s what I tell myself.
The books I read fall into two categories. Only one of which is organised.
are the ones that I read for pleasure, these tend to be found on the shelves in my study, together with the piles of DVD’s that I want to watch. I have no system for them, they fit into my schedule as and when they can, jostling for space with everything else that I do. I might be reading two at once, I start and stop if my attention wanders.
are those books that I read as part of my duties in several review groups and blog tour organisations that I’m involved in. These are almost exclusively digital, have a deadline and are read in order.
It’s with these books that you’ll find me at my most organised, after all, I’m doing this because I want to encourage people to find a great read. In the same way that I did my job, I take this very seriously, treat the books and the process with respect and make sure that they’re given a proper read and review.
Fortunately, technology is my friend here
(I don’t say that very often).
The library page of my Kindle app shows me the status of my books to read. It tells me what I haven’t read and as I read, how much of each one I have finished. This is also where my diary comes in. I make a note about 7-10 days before my review is required to be posted, this gives me time to finish reading if I haven’t and marshall my thoughts. Then I can create the review and post it. I keep notes as I’m reading these review copies, so my thoughts are pretty easy to transfer to a blog post or Amazon/Goodreads page.
Using the Gutenberg editor for WordPress means that the format of the review post is saved, I just have to fill in the blanks and publish it on the correct day. All my reviews are indexed on my website so that I can see what I’ve been up to and refer easily if asked.
As you can see, depending on the reason, I have a very different way of dealing with reading. How do you keep track of the books that you read?
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