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Poll #963951 Book Records

Do you keep track of the books you read?

No (but regularly intend to do so).
No (and don't intend to).

How do you keep track of the books you read? (Choose all that apply.)

Dedicated book blog (including LJ).
As part of another LJ/other blogging mechanism.
Other web-based service.
Electronic file (including off-line diary or calendar).
Paper diary or calendar.
Piece of paper/notebook.
Keep one cumulative list of lifetime reading.
Keep one cumulative list of each year's reading.
Keep one cumulative list of each month-or-so's reading.
Record them down wherever/wheneever is convenient.
Record each immediately after finishing.
Only record fiction.
Only record nonfiction.


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Apr. 10th, 2007 10:59 pm (UTC)
I only record books I read for pleasure rather than those I read for academic purposes, be they fiction or non-fiction.
Apr. 10th, 2007 11:14 pm (UTC)
I'm keeping track this year, although I'm struggling with the question of whether to add books that I've gutted for research. The fiction is much easier, although I've never done it before. In terms of record-keeping, though, I suppose one could say I've kept a record of every book I've read and used for academic purposes, because I've taken notes. Generally on paper, which then sometimes makes its way into notebooks. But I'm in a period of revision of my research habits, and am trying to start taking notes in Word -- even though I think that the action of hands on keyboard is not nearly as helpful to me -- I don't touch-type, so I don't see the notes coming out as I write. I think my mental and memory processes are very much connected to the physical mechanics of writing, so I tend to fall back on pen and paper. I'm also struggling with the idea that I do not have to read everything ever written in its entirety before I start writing...
Apr. 10th, 2007 11:16 pm (UTC)
A fascinating subject. I intend to. Most of the time, if I really enjoy it and want to recommend it to others, it goes into my LJ, somehow. I'm sure if I went back through the history of my 'book recs' tag, I'd get a pretty accurate picture of what I read.
Apr. 10th, 2007 11:33 pm (UTC)
I have a notebook where I write down every book I buy, noting the date, and then note the date I read each one (the first time).

I also have a cumulative list, broken down by month (April 2007 etc.), which I've kept for over 20 years. It includes library books, and re-reads. It makes much more sense - I use the other to remind myself of the TBR pile (which I try to ignore more often than not).
Apr. 10th, 2007 11:46 pm (UTC)
I don't keep track of what I've read, but I do keep track of what I own, using EndNote.

Occasionally this means that I remember something I read in the past, and wish to reread, but cannot remember author/title/other identifying info sufficient to find it again. Which is annoying, but on the whole I'm already far too anal about stuff to want to start keeping track of what I've read, too!
Apr. 11th, 2007 12:26 am (UTC)
I used to keep a list on my laptop of all the academic books I found that could be useful and had a smiley face next to those I finished...but that hasn't be updated in quite some time ;P
Apr. 11th, 2007 04:56 am (UTC)
I keep intending to keep track - but didn't read much (apart from textbooks and related magazines) during grad school. Since starting work again, I have happily enabled the 'keep track' online listing of the books I borrow from my local library.

It's ironic that before you enable the tracking feature they warn you at length and in multiple FAQs that they could give this reading list to the government if asked. I am really really sure that the Govt will think I'm dangerous when they see how much junk I can read in one weekend. :)
Apr. 11th, 2007 07:35 am (UTC)
But only since last year, using my vox journal which has a facility that makes logging books easy, providing they're on Amazon.
Apr. 11th, 2007 08:53 am (UTC)
I'd love to keep a record but somehow never do. *sigh*
Apr. 11th, 2007 09:08 am (UTC)
ditto. although i tend to borrow library books (so a fairly limited selection anyway) and i can usually remember if i've read something by the blurb on the back cover/skimming a few pages.
Apr. 11th, 2007 11:55 am (UTC)
I really thought about keeping track but in the end decided it would be more bother than it was worth. Plus I'm trying to streamline my life and get rid of things I don't really need so creating an extra notebook to haul around doesn't seem to make sense.
Apr. 11th, 2007 12:32 pm (UTC)
The thought of keeping track of books I read had never even really occurred to me! I think the only time I ever did this was in elementary school so I could get free books for RIF. I guess it could be nice to see what I've read over time but don't really see what purpose it would serve.
Apr. 11th, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC)
I've been meaning to do this. The only trace record I have at the moment is the odd post I make in LJ, but I tend only to blog memorable books, or books that I want to admit publicly I've been reading :) I keep wanting to do one of those year-end things that everyone seems to do, but never have the wherewithall. I agree with others that when researching this was easier and more routine, as everything went into a Word file. I couldn't possibly catalogue the books I have at home - the prospect alone makes me quail!
Apr. 11th, 2007 03:45 pm (UTC)
I had never considered keeping a record until this post :-)

...still, even with the way-to-many-to-count number I've read over the years I don't think I would do, as this way I can have the pleasure of recognising I've read it mid-way through (and continuing anyway, I re-read books a _lot_)
Apr. 13th, 2007 08:30 pm (UTC)
Not keeping track of the books I read has certain unpleasant consequences, like ... buying the same book more than once. oh well - I tell myself that at least its good to know that my tastes are so consistent!
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