- Database - This is the method I use. I have a database set up in which I imput the book's title, author, publication date, genre and a brief description. Every time I read it I imput the year and month during which I read it. The database is useful because I can look up books by title, author, or genre, which helps if I can't remember exactly what I'm looking for.
- Index Cards - This is a long-hand version of the database. All the information goes on index cards (to be stored in a box or binder) instead of the computer. Index cards can be handy because you can take them with you. One idea for new books is to use a blank index card as a bookmark and fill it out as soon as you finish reading.
- Quick and Easy - This is the fastest method by far. Just use the inside front or back cover of each of your books to write down the month and year each time you read it. I don't use this method because I don't want to write in my books, but I suppose it could also work with post-its or something.
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Have I Read This Book Before?
I'm the kind of person who likes to go back and read books again and again. Which books I read really just depends on my mood. The thing that frustrates me is when I get all excited about reading a book for the second or third time and I think I've forgotten most of the plot. I pick up the book and realize I went through the same excitement five months earlier, read it, and I now remember the entire plot. I try hard to keep a book log going, but I read a lot and don't always update. Besides my own method I know people who use several others that seem effective. If you haven't tried keeping a book log before you may want to try it out. If you're an avid reader it can definitely come in handy!