Monday, May 19, 2008

Organization? Really?

I figured if anyone would know the answer to this it would be all of you fellow readers. Is there a website somewhere on this here interweb to help a reader stay organized? Perhaps a place to list the books in my TBR and TBB plies/lists? Is anyone currently using one and can give me some first hand advice? I really need to get my lists up-to-date and organized!!!

11 comments:

Tracy said...

You can use Shelfari, but that's quite a lot of work. I'm sure there are some, but I don't know. Sorry.

ciaralira said...

Sarai and I use Goodreads, though I don't enter all my books. She enters all of hers though. It's pretty easy and straightforward.

Sarai said...

As Ciara pointed out I use Goodreads adn LOVE it. Quick easy way to rate the books you've read with date read, you can make any shelves you want and quickly file them away. Go ahead and click on my site. see if you like it. I did try Shelfari but it didn't do well on Blogger and I like posting what I've read and what I want to...
Oh and Goodreads links to Amazon so you can transfer your whole wishlist and bought list over pretty easy like (hense why ALL my books are listed!)

Christine said...

I have Shelfari like Tracy. They really improved the system over the last few months, but I haven't been good at keeping it up to date lately. Here's my shelf:

http://www.shelfari.com/ChristineA

Shannon said...

I just hopped over and checked out Goodreads. Me likey! I signed up and already have a bunch of books added. So much fun and easy to use!

Marg said...

I kind of use LibraryThing (kind of meaning that I am a bit behind on updating it!) but the main thing I use is excel spreadsheets.

One includes a list of all the books I read and own, including date purchased, date read and a grading. Another sheet is where I jot down any books I might be interested in and where I heard about them. The third spreadsheet helps me keep track of when I need to renew my library books and when they are due back, and a fourth one keeps track of the series I am reading!

I have another spreadsheet as well, that was developed by Rosario, and that purely shows what I have read this year and does some very cool graphs and things!

Holly said...

I'll send Rowena over to help you out with this later, because that girl is online bookshelf obsessed. I'm too lazy to actually keep up with my lists, but I do have accounts w/:

Library Thing
Shelfari
Bibliophile

Out of the 3, Shelfari is the easiest to update. :)

Bev(QB) said...

I keep meaning to get organized too, Shannon, so I've kind of kept track of a few methods. Library Thing seems to be the method used by people who take their organization seriously, but I think they've been experiencing some growing pains because they are so popular. You can enter with a scanner, key in isbn's, title, author, etc and it fills in all the rest.

I don't know a lot about Shelfari. I just remember hearing a lot of complaints about being bombarded with emails through them.

I downloaded a trial of Readerware once, but once I realized they didn't search ebook ISBN's, I didn't pursue it any further. I have no idea how any others handle ebooks.

I've never heard of GoodReads, but I think I'll check into them, too.

In the meantime, the main purpose to how I've laid out my blog is for me to keep track of my books. Or at least the books I've bought since I started it. It may not make sense to anyone else, but it's become invaluable to me.

Rowena said...

Good Reads is so easy to use and easy to import, you just enter an authors name and you go down the list and add your books, you don't have to go to different pages to add all of your books, you just go straight down and it's so much easier to add books then the other sites.

But I also have a Shelfari account which is pretty cool and a Library Thing which is cool, the easiest though for me would probably be Good Reads.

Bridget Locke said...

I have shelfari. It's simple & straightforward. At this point I've got almost 400 books on there. Yes, I'm a little obsessed. :D

Bev(QB) said...

Shannon, this is what Jules Jones just told me as a follow-up to one of my posts from last week:

The nifty thing about LibraryThing is that you can search its existing catalogue and add from there -- and a whole lot of ebooks have already been manually added by other people. In the case of erotic romance, often people who were hooked on LibraryThing by me. :->

Join us, you know you want to...


This excites me. Do any of you know if GoodReads does this also? Still gotta check that one out.