I have a little notebook (in truth I have a TON but let's not talk about my notebook hoarding issues right now thank you) and one day I decided to write every title I ever read (well - since 2012) in there along with the rating I gave the books. Nothing fancy, just the basics. It's really satisfying when I can write the title of a book in there. Every time I finish a book I'm excited to write it in my notebook. I don't really have a color coding system going on in there but I do write my rereads in a different color.
This is the place I go to most to check on the books I've read and want to read. I like it because all the information about a book is a few clicks away. The covers are next to the titles, which is something I don't have in my spreadsheets but really appreciate. It's also the fastest way to get information about release dates, publishers, where to get it, etcetera. My notebook is pretty much always an arm's reach away but there isn't much information about the book in it. Opening my spreadsheet takes a while (unfortunately I don't know why my Mac is so slow with Office) and in my wrap ups is the same information as in my notebook... so I go to Goodreads if I want information and when I want it NOW.
My spreadsheet is basically the most accurate out of all of these. Why? Because my rereads are on that list AND some basic information about the book. I don't bother with release dates and publishers but I do care about the format and language I read it in. Those are two things that you can't display on Goodreads. My spreadsheet is also color coded and very simple compared to Goodreads. Everything I want to know is there and one the same page. Every single book I read during the year is on it and the numbers are accurate. The books I have reread are on there while they aren't on Goodreads.
I'm gonna be honest, if I want to know what books I read in a particular month, I won't go looking for the wrap up of that month. I could if I wanted to. Everything that's worth a mention, is in my wrap ups and it's like time travelling (which is AWESOME). I'd check my wrap up posts for anything but books though sooooooo... this isn't really relevant in this post.
How do you keep track of the books you (want to) read?
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