Do you keep track of the books you read?

United States
March 27, 2010 11:17am CST
Hey avid readers on mylot! I was wondering how many of you keep track of the books you read. Do you write down and store the titles of the books you read somewhere or do you just read as you go and forget all about some of the books you read? I keep track of what I read through a site called Goodreads.com. I like being able to count all the books I've read in a year and in my lifetime (474 that I can remember since I started counting! lol). So how about you? Do you keep track of everything you read and how do you keep track of it?
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@patgalca (15041)
• Orangeville, Ontario
27 Mar 10
When I was in grade 7 our librarian gave us a sheet of paper and told us to keep track of the books we read. The columns were listed as title and date finished. I continued to do that long after grade school. I'm 47 now and am still doing it. I have a spreadsheet on excel. One page is #, Title, Author, Date Completed. On another tab I have books read by author (authors that I read more than one of their books) in alphabetical order by author, another page lists the number of books I've read of certain authors (for example I have read 43 books written by Ed McBain under that name), and the last tab is a page where I keep track of the number of books I've read in a year. My year end is February 18th. At that date I went and typed in 2009/10 and the number of books read, which I think was something like 15. I have read over 800 books since I started keeping track, which goes back to my Nancy Drew days. I have heard of these websites where you can keep track of your books but I think this is more personal. I print out the pages and keep them in a duotang. I usually have it with me when I am at the library so I can refer to it and see if I have read a book that grabs my attention. I don't like reading the same book twice. There are too many books to read to waste my time reading others more than once. I also go to the websites of my favourite authors and print out the list of their books and keep those in the back of the duotang. I check off the books as I read them. Honest, I'm not OCD.
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• United States
29 Mar 10
You keep telling yourself that. lol Actually, I think it's really cool that you've kept track of your books this way for so long. I applaud you. 800 is a really good number. I tried keeping track in a Microsoft Word document for awhile, but it just kinda wore me down. A friend of mine recommended goodreads to me sometime last year and I've been using it ever since. I listed all the books I could remember reading and continued to input the books that I read since. I've got 476 books now (finished reading two since I started this discussion. lol), 32 of which were read this year.
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@patgalca (15041)
• Orangeville, Ontario
29 Mar 10
As cool as a website that seems, I really don't think I want to go in and type all 820 books that I have read since the age of 12. If I wanted to do all that typing I'd have my novel finished by now.
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• United States
30 Mar 10
Well if your system works for you, then stick with it. :D
• United Kingdom
28 Mar 10
I love reading and I used to keep a record on my computer of all the books I had read in the past but I quickly realised that this was quite a laborious task so I gave up on the idea. I have lost count now on how many books I have read! As long as I am reading then I am happy and content. I've heard of goodreads too and I have subscribed to that site but again, I don't use this much anymore. I will always have a place in my heart for reading and it's a great form of escapism I think. Andrew
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• United States
29 Mar 10
I find it more fun than hard work, but I can see why someone who had tried to keep track on their computer would find it daunting. I tried keeping track on a microsoft document for awhile, but that didn't work out so well. A friend of mine told me about goodreads and I've been addicted ever since. I think I'm a bit past just plain having a place in my heart for reading. I think I breathe it these days.
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@Bd200789 (2994)
• United States
28 Mar 10
I use goodreads. I joined a group on there last year to help me keep track of the books I read each year. I read a lot, and don't go on the site more than once or twice a week, so I write down the books I read, and add them to the list later. Right now, I haven't posted mine in several weeks, and I have about eighty or so to list. Sometimes, I don't get a chance to write them down, and I forget the titles.
• United States
29 Mar 10
Wow... eighty? You've either been really packing those books or you haven't been to goodreads in awhile. I hate it when I forget the titles of books, which is why I always add them to goodreads immediantly. I think goodreads is my number one site right now. I visit it almost every day.
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@barehugs (8985)
• Canada
28 Mar 10
No I do not keep track of the books I have read, and there is a very good reason for this. I love to read, and I read quite quickly, and for this reason I don't always remember the books I read. If I kept track of the books as I read them, in the future I probably wouldn't read them again, which would keep me from enjoying those books once more.
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• United States
29 Mar 10
I read pretty quickly too, but I always remember to pop onto goodreads and add the books I've read to my list. I don't like to forget the names of books or what I thought of books. It makes me sad and it bothers me for days. And keeping track of books hasn't made me not want to read books again, though I never was much of a re-reader.
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@cd_lear (74)
27 Mar 10
In the middle of last year I started using a large post-it as a book mark. I decided when I finished that book that I would write the name of the book and the author on the post-it and use it for the next book. There are 9 books on the list now and I think that the ever growing list spurs me on to keep reading. I might check out goodreads.com though. I like the idea of keeping the list online too.
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@bagarad (13325)
• Paso Robles, California
17 Sep 11
I love goodreads.com. I keep my list there, though it's not absolutely complete. I used to be quite active until I started writing on line. Now about all I do is list my books. But I loved the tirvia quiz there. It was fun to make up questions for others to answer.
4 Apr 10
I wish that I had kept track of the books that I read, Im looking for a new book to buy now, and my fave author right now is James Patterson, problem is I dont know which ones Ive actually read, so right this moment I am on the website trying to figure out which ones I have read, I used to keep all the books that I read but I only ever read them once so they took up a lot of space, so gave them all to a charity shop. So now Im trying to work out what I have read, and what I havent. Hmmm Goodreads.com - might check that out!
@McG1985 (75)
• United States
1 Apr 10
I've tried on several occasions to record the titles of books I've read. But in the end I usually give up because I read so much I lose track. Not to mention I've read so many books in my lifetime that I'd never remember them all. There are times when I'll get into reading a particular authors works and I'll record the titles I've read so I can remember not to repeat one. Especially in the case of an author with so many books it's possible to repeat reading one.
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@marinarovi (1318)
• Argentina
1 Apr 10
Hi allyoftherain! I used to keep track... I had a list with Title, Author, and year I had read the book. But then I stopped counting, I don't know why. never heard of the site goodreads.com, I'm signing up right now, as it seems quite interesting for people who like books as much as I do.
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@nangisha (3504)
• Indonesia
28 Mar 10
I am not tracking all the book I have read, I not really pay attention to number of book I have read. I put all my book in book self in my room and there are so many until I need new book self. I can remember the story every book that I have read and I can retell the big story if someone ask. The site you tell me its good idea to store every title of book I have read, I will try it!
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
28 Mar 10
Hi ally! It's kind of funny that you asked this question because I finished a book last night and I went into my "new book" collection to pick out a new book to start. And I was having trouble deciding which one to pick! I knew one would be serious, the other was about a blind cat that would make me cry and then there was one that would make me laugh! I picked the funny one! I was trying to make a quick count of how many of the books in that pile that I read and how many I have left to read! I realized that I had read quite a bit more books than I had realized! I read about six books over the Summer and that was alot considering I hadn't been doing much reading in a very long time! Now I try to read every night for awhile until my eyes start to close! It's great to have gotten back into my reading routine!
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• Philippines
27 Mar 10
I do not track the books that I have read. I am not much of a reader and I haven't read that many books. I am trying to bring out the bookworm in me and I think tracking books that I've read would be wonderful! I think I'll try this.
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@kiran8 (15358)
• Mangalore, India
27 Mar 10
Hi, I dont keep track by writing down and making a list of the titles and authors name.I remember most of the books that I have read and sometimes I do get confused if the books are by the same author or the subject matter is the same.I must have read many books at least a thousand and more in my life time and to make a list would be impossible....I am able to remember parts of a book sometimes when the situation demands it or there is some similar situation in my life...All the best and Have a great Sunday
28 Mar 10
There is absolutely no way I could keep track of all the books I've read in my lifetime! They must run into the thousands, maybe even millions!
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• United States
29 Mar 10
In order to read one million books in a lifetime then you would need to read 1.5 books every hour for eighty years. (Don't ask why I was crazy enough to actually do the math) So I doubt you've read millions, though I would commend you if you had. Thousands is more likely, but I'd encourage you to keep track. I find it really fun and as an avid reader I like being able to look back at all the books I've read.
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29 Mar 10
Oh dear, I didn't expect my comment about possibly having read a million books to be taken seriously! It was intended as a tongue in cheek comment.
• United States
30 Mar 10
Well keep reading in any case. :D If you ever did get to a million then you would have to share your secret with all of us.
@samson1967 (7422)
• India
27 Mar 10
The books I have read so far are only good ones, and stored very well in my memory, hence keeping track of them is out of question. But I am yet to count the total number of books I have ready so far, though I can remember the authors, language and significance of the book.
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• United States
27 Mar 10
I read a lot of books, good, bad, and very ugly. I don't just want to remember the good ones. I'd prefer to be able to remember both good and bad reads, which is why I keep track of them all. I like being able to tell people how many books I've read. I don't know which they think is more sad, the fact that I've read that many or the fact that I've counted. :D I'd love to be able to remember the authors of most of the books I've read. I usually only remember if they're really famous or if I've read more than one book by that person. I haven't yet read another book in another language since I don't fluently know any language other than my own, but that is something I'd like to be able to do one day. You really should try counting sometime. You might enjoy it.
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• Hong Kong
30 Mar 10
So good that you have read only the good ones. I stop reading the book if I find that book bad or boring.
@Eskimo (2317)
21 Sep 11
I keep track in a spreadsheet, I have bought some duplicates over the years, so now have a copy in my Mobile phone, which means I just check that before buying, so save me some money. Information I use is author's surname, book title, (series if part of one), and author's first name. I sort on surname, first name and title to make it easier to read the information.
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• United States
22 Sep 11
I tried using a spreadsheet, but it didn't work out for me. I would forget to update it all the time and I wasn't sure on how I wanted to sort it out. I'm not really in danger of buying books I've already got... I've never had that problem even though I've bought loads of books over the years. I typically remember all the books that I've got at home. I've had other people buy me duplicates, but I've never bought myself one.
@pwang41 (134)
• Philippines
28 Mar 10
yes, i do keep track of the books that i have read. if given the chance i would like to have a copy of the books that i have read. some books that i have, i already had read them before buying a copy for myself.
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• Netherlands
27 Mar 10
Well yes, I do it however I am not sure why. Maybe I want to be reminded when I get older of what I was interested in and what I cared about when I was younger and track my progress so far and if I am getting where I want to be. I write my progress in a notebook but also have the visual bookshelf in facebook. :)
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@olisaur (1931)
• United States
27 Mar 10
I like to read quite a lot of books, so yes, I do like to keep track of them. I also like to take notes and quotes down from the books, so I have a notebook soley dedicated to my own personal book notes. ^o^
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@sminut13 (1786)
• Singapore
22 Apr 10
wow you definitely are an avid reader to have read so many books. and i bet it's actually even more than that, just that you can't remember, that's all. for me, i'm not really interested in keeping track of books that i've read for counting. i keep track of those that i like. unlike you, i don't really write about books that i'm not interested in and also partly because, i am too lazy that i don't even write about those that i liked sometimes. but i don't do it in a site like yours, goodread. i just blog mine. i have a blog, book haven, on all the books that i've liked so far. it's not just the title and author, the synopsis is there too so that i can try and remember roughly what the story is about and if i am interested enough to buy it or read it again. but i don't write all the books that i like because i'm too lazy to write about them ehehhe i'm only recently trying to discipline myself on writing about them. ^_^ here's my blog http://sminut13.blogspot.com/
@sminut13 (1786)
• Singapore
22 Apr 10
sorry this got posted twice. wasn't sure if it was posted and didn't know how to delete it later.
@spicymary (558)
• Romania
7 Dec 12
Yes, I keep track of all I read. And I enjoy it so much to add another title on my list. I wrote down only books I finished, and this are mostly literature. But I also read a lot for college or related to some curiosities I have philosophy, history, political science. I don't read them from the first until the last page, just a chapter that makes me interested or a few pages. But I usually write the main ideas to acces them easier when I need, so I have a track also about them.