Booking Through Thursday: Records

This week’s Booking Through Thursday question is:

Do you keep a list of the books you’ve read? How? In a journal? Through one of the online services? If so, WHY? To keep good records for future reference? To make sure you don’t accidentally reread? If not, why not? Too eager to move on to the next book? Too lazy? Never thought to bother?

When I was a kid, I used to list down every book I read. I guess it was because I just wanted to have a list, and it was also something that helped me prevent having double copies when my parents and I would go to the bookstore on weekends.

As I grew older and read more books, it became more difficult to keep it all recorded. There was time when I tried to list all the books down, this time because I wanted to be sure that I had all my books as I’m a little OC that way.

I signed up for GoodReads and LibraryThing, but I haven’t been able to put in all the books I’ve read. What I do now is I put in the ones I’m reading and want to read, and when I remember the title of a book I read before, I add it in. Admittedly, it’s partly for the bragging rights, the “Oh hey, I’ve read this,” but on another level, I like talking about the books, and joining these online services help me find people to discuss it with.

It’s also a good way to recommend books to people. My cousin is at the age when she’s looking for books to read, and having her join these sites helps us talk about what would be a great book for her to read next. The community is awesome too, and I find new books to read thanks to other people’s lists.


  1. I have many of the same reasons for keeping records. I do Goodreads the same way — I’m adding in the books I am currently reading and adding in books I’ve read before as I have time and as I remember them.

    1. Barbara, Laurel I do the same! I just add them as I go along (or when I feel like like it). It’s not a big deal for me though.

  2. Bragging rights are a perfectly valid reason for tracking your reading habits.

    I’ve kept a list on my blog every year since 2008 with mixed results. Goodreads is looking better and better as I read BTT answers today.

    1. I love GoodReads especially for the community (even though I’m rather inactive). It’s also where I can do some bragging, since I can’t do it much with a Kindle (can’t really show off the cover of your book right?).

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