Some people get a hankering to clean and organize in the spring. Me, when it’s beginning to get dark earlier and I see back to school schedules and promotions, I get all itchy to clean out closets and organize everything I see. I fall clean like crazy.
Fall also brings on the Jewish high holidays, one of which is Rosh Hashana, which marks the New Year (5772). So not only do I clean but I also make a set of new year’s resolutions (which I do again in December for the other new year). My goal for this fall’s resolution is to be better organized and to keep things in a logical and somewhat efficient system. Or, as I put it, making sure Present Sarah does Future Sarah a favor and doesn’t make more work for her.
One of my goals for all that organization and thinking aheaded-ness is to better organize my reading list. Because I read mostly digitally but occasionally on paper, I have to create a system to track not only what I want to read, but where it is – on the Kindle? On my iPad? On paper and currently on the side table? My list in progress is as much of a GPS for my books on the list as it is a schedule.
Which got me thinking – most people are probably better organized than I am (Shut up, you SO are). So, do you track and organize the books you have to read? A giant vertical pile? A written list? A spreadsheet?
I asked this question a week or so ago on Facebook and the answers were fascinating. Some use Calibre, and some use GoodReads. There’s the ever popular spreadsheet, either in Excel or GoogleDocs, or a pile of books or shelf order in the bookcase. Other folks use a time-honored system: the due date for the book to be back at the library.
I’m still trying to figure out the best way for me, but I’m curious, since all of you are avid (which really isn’t a strong enough word, really) readers: how do you track your reading list?