A meme from Booking Through Thursday.
Today’s topic is “Do you keep a list of the books you’ve read? How? In a journal? Through one of the online services? If so, WHY? To keep good records for future reference? To make sure you don’t accidentally reread? If not, why not? Too eager to move on to the next book? Too lazy? Never thought to bother?”
LOVE this topic! Why you ask? Because, oh this is the reason this blog began! I didn’t keep up before that. Not really at least. At one point we wrote when we read it and what we thought of it in the front of books we owned but that didn’t really last. I tried the online services when they were first beginning and was frustrated by how disorganized they were, now they are so much better and I do use Goodreads in addition to my blog. I’ve even recently started playing with LibraryThing again. I think it would have been cool to keep a journal starting when I was young, I even mentioned that in a recent post but what I really like about my blog is that it is so searchable. I can look and see what all I have read by x author since I started.
I suppose I am beginning to get into why I do this. I like the records for future reference, not just for myself but also to better make recommendations to others. I also like being able to look back and go did I like that author? Do I want to read their new book? My newer posts are much better sometimes my first posts were so brief I still have issues telling you if I liked the book! My longest book post to date was Tortall and Other Lands that was an anthology, but ironically my shortest book post was also an anthology, tells you just how much my methods have changed Young Warriors: Stories of Strength barely got a paragraph. That is why even though I “review” I still definitely let my personal preferences come out because at the core this is still a reading journal. Even after 5 years I still have moments thinking about books that I read before the blog, especially those just before, but I think in a few years, especially after rereading some of those my blog will truly be my book memory.