Sunday Salon: Making a List

Of books I want to read, that is. I started making a list of books to be read soon after I started blogging because I just couldn’t resist reading all those books bloggers kept talking about and wanted to have an organized way of keeping track of these books.What used to be a handwritten list turned into a typed document on my computer, which eventually became a page on my blog for all to see entitled “The List“. However, while the list is organized in alphabetical order by the title of the book, it wasn’t completely organized in a way that worked for me.

You see, as the list grew and grew and grew, I could never keep track of what books were available at the library and what books I needed to get through other means. I am keeping track of what books I own on GoodReads, but I like to use “The List” when I am at the library to help me select books. I decided to print out my TBR list and mark which books I own, which books are available at the library, and which books I need to find through other means. What I thought would take me a couple of hours wound up taking a couple of days because my library’s online catalog kept crashing.

But I got it all done and spent some of today updating the version of the list available here. It’s been color-coded I can easily see books available at the library, which I think will help me read more off the list and cull it to a more reasonable size.  I can also see what books I need to obtain through other means such as my brand new iPad, a Christmas gift from my aunt and uncles.

Many of you have posted about your list of goals for the coming year and to tell you the truth, I haven’t even thought of it. I spent this year trying to read what I want to read when I want to read it, and I think I’ve stuck to that goal pretty well. However, I find myself wanting a little more structure to my reading in the new year so I am off to make another list!

The Sunday Salon:

The Sunday Salon.com The Sunday Salon encourages bloggers to get together –at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones– every Sunday and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another’s blogs. Salon participants are encouraged to blog about their time spent reading, pages read, information about current reading, discuss a reaction to a book, state what they plan to read the following week, or make suggestions for a group read.

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6 thoughts on “Sunday Salon: Making a List

  1. I like the idea of going to the library with a TBR list of available books. I usually just make a quick list of the latest books I want to read or I’ll browse until I find something that looks interesting. Next year I don’t plan on taking any English classes so I need just a little bit of structure for the ton of books I want to read. If you make a list, I hope you share it with us. Have a great week!

    • I used to just go to the library and select books at random, but my TBR list is getting so long that it’s a bit overwhelming. I would like to narrow it down a bit, especially since I’m finding that I don’t even recognize some of the books on my list or why I added them in the first place.

    • Sounds like a good goal to me! I still haven’t decided if I want to set any goals for the next year because, while I want some structure, I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself that I feel like a “failure” when I don’t meet all my goals.

  2. I’m impressed by how organized your TBR list is! I just use a spreadsheet and toss books in as I come across them. I’m good about keeping track of books I’ve read, but not so much books I want to read! That’s why this year I wrote up a really long list of books that count toward my reading goals. I’m bookmarking that post for future reference!

    • Thank you. I’m really good at being organized and not so good at actually reading off the lists I make.

      I really liked your reading goals, Erin. I’ve always found that making a list of books that work for a challenge/goal help me complete them faster.

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