I think I’m going to quit using GoodReads. I try to report what I’m reading there when I finish a book. It seems like it would be simple for this service to report back what I read in 2016. However when I went to their little Books-You-Have-Read-in-2016 section, there were tons of books missing that I reported. Sheesh.
I can’t quit figure out why when I count the books I have read in 2016 I come up with at least 30 books. This is fifteen more than they have in their section. They seem to arbitrarily omit graphic novels and maybe even some poetry books.
More importantly for me, I have been thinking about trying to keep better track of books I would like to read. I am constantly running across books and promising myself I will look more closely at them, maybe read them when I get a chance.
I have a habit of starting too many books. I do like to read several simultaneously. I often choose to read more assiduously the books that have to back to the library. But books often fall off my radar even before I get a chance to look at them in person.
It would seem like Goodreads would be a good way to keep track of what I would like to read. Unfortunately, when I looked at their section of books one wants to read, it was full of weird titles. I guess I haven’t been that consistent in how I classify books on their site.
So screw it. This morning I started a few docs on Google docs: “Books finished in 2016,” “possible reads,” plus an entire folder called “Book lists” under a folder called “Reading Notes” which I have kept up for a while. This is probably the best way for me to keep track of my reading.
I used to keep written journals. In the back of them I would record what books I had finished and when. I stopped doing this when I stopped journaling on paper and began using online things like Google Docs and this blog.
I do love to read.
And I like to keep different kinds of books going at the same time: fiction, poetry, non-fiction in different areas. So many books, so little time.