10 years ago, my sister got a Goodreads and recommended I make an account too. My reading has never been the same.
For those of you who don’t know, goodreads.com is basically social media for books. You can add books you’ve read, mark books want to read, write reviews, read others’ reviews, find books like the books you love, stalk authors…etc. I love how it allows me to categorize books and neatly keep track of things. It also helps me discover new books or shy away from a book based on a negative review from someone I trust.
If you have an account, be sure to friend or follow me!
In honor of 10 years, I thought it might be fun to run through a few stats. Over the last decade I have:
- Added 3,057 books to my read, to read, currently reading, or not going to finish shelves
- Marked 2,097 books as read (most of them read over the last 10 years but not all since I did add some books from my grade and middle school years)
- Wrote 1,619 reviews of those books
- Rated 1,849 books (average rating 3.33/5 stars)
- Made 858 friends
- Created over 124 ‘shelves’ to categorize my books
- Designated 81 “favorite” authors
- Spent hundreds, if not thousands, of hours happily content in my little book themed world
Yay 10 years!
For a glorious week or two, I kept my to-read list under 900 books.
Then I looked today and somehow it reached 901 again. It keeps doing that.
I think I just must accept the fact that while I am in law school, I am unable to keep my to-read list manageable. There are just too many good books. For every 1 book I read, I hear about 5 others worth reading.
Some day, when I am out of law school (or maybe retired), I will have enough time to add all the books to my to-read list I want while still keeping the list manageable. It will be like eating all the chocolate cake you want because you also work out and calories don’t count.
But healthier, because books.
I am soooooooooooo close to getting my to-read list under 900 (currently at 904!) that I have forbidden myself from adding books to it.
However, this is me, and if I’m not collecting physical books I sure am collecting recommendations for books. I tell myself it doesn’t count if they don’t go on my to-read list. I’ve currently got a stack of sticky notes and 3×5 cards floating around my apartment with books I want to read but refuse to mark.
This is, of course, not efficient. What is the plan once I’m under 900? To add them all at once and go up over 900 again? To add them slowly as I finish books and risk losing them? Does this hard commitment to 900 mean I will perpetually remain under 900, or will I be flexible and perpetually striving to keep it under? Am I striving for 900 or 899?
These are the things that keep me up at night.
Bronze Age America
Humor: A Critical Analysis for Young People
Poems of Abraham Lincoln
What do these three books have in common? They’ve been on my to-read list forever and I never thought they’d leave. Until today.
Folks, I’ve made the most glorious discovery. Admittedly, it is one that should have occurred to me last year: I have access to multiple libraries through my university. Actually, not just my university, but all the libraries in all the state schools across my state. All mine!
I started searching some of the more obscure tomes on my to-read list and I have been delighted by the results. This is dangerous, folks. This is power.
About this time last year, I made a wonderful discovery: the Libby app. This app connects to your library card and lets you check out ebooks and audiobooks. I owe my remarkable reading achievements this year in good part to the app.
The biggest problem I have is when I am in the mood for an audio book and cannot find one readily available. Sometimes the wait list is relatively short and I get it in a day or two. Sometimes it is six months or more. I’ll go through pages of my to-read list at a time trying to find one available.
To overcome this problem, I did something quite unlike me: I created a chart. I went through all 933 books on my to-read list and checked the Libby app to see if it offered them in audio form. If it did, I placed the books in three categories: Available Now, Available Soon, Not Available for Many Months. Then I put a handful of them all on hold.
I may have a 35 minute bus ride to school every day this semester, but I will be well stocked up for the trip!