If you follow me on Facebook then you saw my comment about sorting through my books on my Kindle. I’ve owned a Kindle since 2011 and as my family (mum, sis, bil etc.) acquired their own Kindles or Fire tablets they’ve been added to my account so we can share books instead of purchasing multiple copies. Our reading tastes crossover more often then not and sometimes we read things that we wouldn’t have thought to read as a result.
Every once in a while one of us will go on a spending spree and it makes me wish that kindle books weren’t one-click purchases and that we could add them to carts instead. (If that’s possible tell me! Because I haven’t been able to figure it out and changing one-click settings is a right pain to explain over different devices.)
All this is to say that when I decided to sort the books so that I could figure out what I have and haven’t read I was looking at 528 books.
My first thought when I saw that number was thank goodness they didn’t take up physical space because there would be no room to move. Over the last five years I’ve been slowly culling my physical book collection. I love books. Honestly. I just don’t re-read that often. And if I do re-read then there is something truly amazing that I connected to within the books that compels me to collect them. Of course there are exceptions…there are some books that I just feel like I have to own them in physical form but that’s not what this post is about…
So I was staring at the daunting task of sorting this library of books. First I created two collections (because that’s the way the kindle works for some reason) : non- fiction and fiction. Then I decided to actually cull books from the list. There were a lot of freebie books that were added in the early years and I knew that they wouldn’t be missed if I removed them. After clearing out freebies up to 2015 I stopped. The most recent crop of freebies haven’t been read yet. Or at least, my sis couldn’t recall if she read them when I asked.
That brought the books down to 440. I then created collections for the individual series that I knew were being collected. It didn’t matter if the series was finished or not. I wanted to make it easier for everyone to locate what they wanted to read. Check the collection to see if you’ve caught up. Also it’s easier to see which books are missing. We’ve collected quite a few series that range a gamut of genres within fiction. It sort of surprised me. Once that was done I created two final collections that pertained to me personal. My read and to-read collections. I’m not always going to read what another family member purchases and I found that I stopped reading after a while because I didn’t want to wade through the sheer number of books just to find something I did want to read.
So I tossed all of the books I had read into a folder. GoodReads was a real help reminding me if I had read a book or not. Of the 440 books in my digital library I have read 123 books. As of right now of those 440 books I am interested in reading 107 of them. (These numbers don’t count boxed sets as multiple books.) I may change my mind when I get to one of them and decide that I really don’t want to read it. At least now I have a clear place to at least look.
Who knows? I might even manage to meet my GoodReads goal for this year now that I know what I haven’t read yet. I’m only two books behind schedule and I have the rest of the month! Speaking of GoodReads, I wiped out my to-read shelf there too. I’m going to start the new to-read list with books that I actual own.
Now that I have rambled along. What book are you reading? If you have a digital library how do you keep track of it? Any reading suggestions?