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how do you keep track of your romance reading?
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HEAreader



Joined: 20 Feb 2011
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BOO to Goodreads. I thought it was great and then found out that their server didn't save a whole lot of books I scanned in. It didn't warn me that it wasn't saving - it recognized the barcodes and displayed the book covers but didn't save them. In addition, the app only displays about 25-30 of the books, then says More Books which leads to a search. The search shows all of the books the author has written, not just my books. I'm SO frustrated. So much time wasted!
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Viking Princess



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Using my iphone I take pictures of the books on my bookself. When I'm at the used book store I just look at the pic's to make sure I'm not re-buying them.
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HEAreader



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have hundreds of books, including a large library of children's books. I don't think my iPhone has enough room for that many pictures Smile. Oh well, I'm not going to worry about this any more. It's taking way too much time that I don't have.

Thanks, everyone. Happy reading!
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Dreaming of You



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have an excel spreadsheet that I use to keep track of everything. I have different pages for different types of books and each page is organized alphabetically by author. I e-mail it to myself periodically so I can look at it on my iphone. I'm sure there's a better way to do this but I'm not tech savy enough to figure it out and this works fine for me.

I've tried Good Reads a couple of times. I like it for finding new recommendations but have found that the excel spreadsheet works better for me in terms of keeping track of what I've read. I have columns for author, title, ownership (e.g. book, ebook, library), series, grade, and description. When I first started keeping track I didn't bother with a description but I quickly realized that without something to jog my memory I couldn't remember anything about the book.
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LordRose



Joined: 25 Mar 2012
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dreaming of You wrote:
I have an excel spreadsheet that I use to keep track of everything. I have different pages for different types of books and each page is organized alphabetically by author. I e-mail it to myself periodically so I can look at it on my iphone. I'm sure there's a better way to do this but I'm not tech savy enough to figure it out and this works fine for me.


I usually keep my spreadsheets on Google docs so I can access them wherever I need to. (My main problem is trying to keep them updated.)
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Eliza



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

KayWebbHarrison wrote:
...I still use my notebooks. I am a firm believer in pen and paper....

...I keep a table of contents in the front of the notebook. I use the "marble" covered ones that have a hardback cover with an inside front cover on which I can write. Kay


@Kay, after decades of databases, I find I now prefer pen and paper too. I also use a notebook, but a spiral one that I can fold in half, and is about 8 by 5 so it will fit in my purse for raids on most excellent used book stores we have in our area.

I don't keep a list of all what I've read though. One section is for up-coming new releases. Another section is for OOP or other books I haven't been able to find that I'd really like to have. And I have another ridiculously long section of books I already have but haven't read yet. I can remember what I did read but not always all what I bought but haven't yet read! Confused

I tend to be a book glommer, reading everything my favorite authors have ever written, so I don't need to keep track of Gabaldon, JD Robb, and others. But I have yet another section for only partly read authors. Instead of a table of contents in front, I have an index in the back for the unknowns -- mostly the TBRs I already own. So I guess I have the reverse of what others have for book tracking.
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limagal



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have kept a simple database that I made with Microsoft Works - title, author by last name first, year the story is set in - sometimes I just put in regency, or medieval if it is not stated, then location of story, he/she names. titles (if they have them), plot in a few words, plot continued- just an extra space if needed, rating (I rank them from 1 to 5), and keep (whether I have kept it or traded it in).
When I am visiting in the US and am going to go to a used book store, I print out an abreviated version of the whole list - title, author, so that I don't buy the same book again (I am ashamed to say that I have done that more than once).
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tuga



Joined: 09 Feb 2011
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

KayWebbHarrison wrote:

I still use my notebooks. I am a firm believer in pen and paper.
Kay

Me too. I have two notebooks, one to write down the title and author of every book I read in each month and another notebook to keep up with books I want to buy, with books in my TBR list I need to know about, of books I buy but don't get to right away and might keep for later...stuff like that.
It helps my memory.
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