12 April 2015

In retrospect: Keeping track of what I read


In the past there was a time when I was a bit crazy about keeping track of what I read, first on Goodreads, then on Booklikes. I said goodbye to Goodreads (too many negative vibes) and still use Booklikes, but not in the same way and extent I did maybe a year or two ago. 
Then I was taking reading and everything that has to do with it too seriously, everything needed to be kept track of, nothing was spontaneous, everything followed certain rules I had decided to stick to. 

Since then I learned that this was one of the points that took away some of the joy of reading, that constantly keeping track of book related things made everything a bit too clinical for me. I still keep track of the books I read, but don't feel bad about not updating my list every week. The last time I updated my shelf on Booklikes was about two months ago and I'm still relaxed about it. I plan to do an update soon, but I'm not worrying about it any longer and this is what counts for me. 

I'm now relaxed about reading and everything that has to do with it, I no longer stress myself out because of minor things, I concentrate on the pleasure books give me. 

In the past I planned to use a journal to keep track of the books I read, I already have a journal at home, but so far I haven't used it. But the plan still exists. 

Btw, after writing my first "In retrospect" post on review copies, I realized that these posts help me to sort my thoughts, help me to let go of some things that bothered me about reading in the past, that made reading less enjoyable for me, so you can expect some more of these posts in the future. 


How serious are you about keeping track of what you are reading?

12 comments:

  1. I have a few sites that I was keeping track of my reads on, but I generally only use Goodreads. I should probably get rid of all the others. And honestly, I don't pay attention to what happens on Goodreads - I just list my books, post my reviews and look for books I might like. I can see what you mean about the negative vibes though.

    Perhaps the journal would be a great way to keep track and it's more personal. ;)

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    1. I tried to ignore all the drama on Goodreads but just couldn't in the long run, but in the end it's just a site, so saying goodbye wasn't that bad.

      I agree, a journal would make everything a bit more personal and that's what I'm looking for.

      Happy Reading!

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  2. I've tried to post this comment three times now so i'm sorry if you get a whole loads of spam from me!

    I just wanted to say what a great post this is. I completely agree about Goodreads. I love it for recommendations but I never read the reviews - people are so insulting about others hard work on there.
    I've never heard of Booklikes so thank you, I will definitely check that out!

    Sometimes I find that keeping track of what i've read online turns into a bit of a competition and if you're a bit like me and you're not that bothered about keeping up with others' reading speed then I would definitely go with the more personal journal plan. I have one which I use to jot my favourite reads onto. I love the idea of handing it down to my children if i'm ever lucky enough to have any!

    Would be great to read about it if you do get your journal going!

    Apryl :)
    aprylshowers.co.uk

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    1. So true, it's easy to only see the numbers and to constantly compare your reading stats with those of other readers, it's easy to forget that reading is not a race, that every reader has his own pace, that reading should be about having fun. One year I was also a bit crazy about my reading numbers and constantly looked at them, it took away a lot of fun I normally experience when I'm reading, so I stopped with it the next year and I felt better because of it.

      I have been thinking about my book journal since this post and really think that I will start with it soon, I'm not sure how exactly I will note down what I read, but I will figure it out.

      Happy Reading!

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  3. I feel the same way. I used to be crazy about my reading stats but that took all the fun out of it so I stopped. Now I just read what I want to.

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    1. And that's IMO by far the best thing to do.
      Happy Reading!

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  4. I'm more relaxed lately...I think I update my goodreads like once every week or so, mostly because I like to keep track of the books I want to read. I also have a journal at home but never use it, and it's so pretty! But it just seems easier to update my lists with just a couple of clicks.

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    1. My books journal is also very pretty and still I haven't used it so far, even though it would only take me a minute here and there to update it. So it doesn't really make any sense that I'm not using it.

      Happy Reading!

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  5. This is an interesting post! I was worried when I started my book blog last year that reading would become something I 'had' to do rather than wanted to do. I don't post all of the books I read on my blog and if I don't have anything to say about books/reading will talk about something else, baking, beauty or lifestyle related. Totally agree about Goodreads, i don't use if for my blog, it seems like such a negative place sometimes!

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    1. Yes, it's sad, but all the negativity drove me away in the end. I always tried to stay far away from the drama on Goodreads and still I constantly stumbled upon it.

      I think the way you run your blog is the smart thing to do, as soon as you feel like you have to read you know that it's time to change something, I learned that the hard way.

      Happy Reading!

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  6. I have a list in Excel, where I write the authors name, book title and when I read it. I do keep monthly stats for myself. The date is so that I know where to look for the review. I have a monthly document in Word where I write all the reviews of the books I read that particular month (doesn't matter when they are posted on the blog). If I feel like it, I put a heap of reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, but that is all that I do on those sites. I don't read reviews there. I trust in the blogs I follow as I have learned if the reviewers share my taste in books or not.

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    1. I hate Excel lists with a passion, so I could never start one for my books. :)

      To trust in blogs you know instead of reviews by people you don't know anything about is something that I also like to do. With the blogs I'm reading regularly I know what will work for me or not, how the blogger's taste in books looks like, how it fits to my own.

      Happy Reading!

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