How do you keep track of what you read?

May 28, 2013
There are so many books and so little time. Book suggestions and pretty covers are like sirens calling to you. How do you keep track of what you read or what you want to read? It is the dilemma of book lovers everywhere. It is atopic that has hadme curiousfor quite a while. I would love to say that I am more organized with my book lists than I am. Not that there isn’t one around, mind you. They’re everywhere. Summer is oddly the most chaotic time and the most organized when it comes to my book lists. Thanks to the book stacks post on OOM, (Thanks, Lauren!) late May finds me putting my stack together and I work through it all summer. I feel so accomplished come Labor Day! At the same time, it seems to be the height of book recommendation season and I can’t resist jotting them down. I have list after list of books that I genuinely want to read. I want to remember them and I want to keep track of what I read. I asked around to see how other people keep track of what they read. Morgan keeps track using a Google docs spreadsheet which I had never considered and is pretty brilliant. Many others told me of Goodreads or Riffle accounts. I was surprised by the number of people that just shrugged and said that they didn’t. Some of them were almost apologetic as they told me but I think that has to be nice, honestly. It reminds me of a time in my life when books were read purely for pleasure. Now in some ways, I also read for my job. When I read a book it can be hard to turn off the part of my brain that is constantly figuring out who would want to read this book. It’s like a little algorithm in my head matching up friends and colleagues with books that I think they might enjoy. For me it’s all the more reason to get organized. So in my quest for suggestions, I turn to the OOMiverse. How do you keep track of what you read?