When it comes to my reading, I’m annoyingly organized. Luckily, when I confessed this fact in a meeting with our team, Ainsley and Katerina confessed that, they too, have a system in terms of figuring out what they’ll be reading next. This led us to believe that there are many of you out there, or there are those out there that are looking for a little direction when it comes to cataloging your never ending book piles.
1. Goodreads This site is so helpful for me. Sometimes I forget what books I want to read—there are just so many!—GoodReads lets me add books to my “To Read” shelf so I can just look there and decide what to read next. I also like keeping track of which books I’ve read. I have shelves for books read in 2011 and 2012—soon one for 2013. And I love the that there’s an app for my iPhone so when I’ve just finished a book, no matter where I am, I can add it to my “Read” shelf right away. – AINSLEY
2. Excel Spreadsheet The joy of having an eReader is that all your books can travel with you on one easy-to-use device. I love my Kindle and it’s almost always with me. The other thing that I carry with me is an excel spreadsheet with all the books listed on the device. Why, you ask? Because I like to see what I’m working with; cover images, descriptions, on sale dates, etc. It may be a bit dorky, but it really helps me prioritize my reading! – LINDSEY
3. Chapter Samplers I never know when inspiration will strike. Sometimes I find a book I want to read but have already planned what I’m going to reading next, sometimes I’m not in the mood for a particular topic, and sometimes the reality is that certain books need to be read first because of the work we do. To combat the forgetfulness that comes when I see a book and don’t instantly write the title down, I use my Kindle to help me remember. I look up the book and download just a sample chapter. The samples are free from the Kindle store and I keep a folder on my Kindle called ‘samples’. When I’ve finished what I’m reading and need a new book, I can browse through the samples to see what catches my eye. The samples not only help to remind me that I wanted to read a particular book, they also give me the opportunity to read a chapter or two to see if I want to continue reading. – KATERINA
4. Book Journal When you read a lot of books, it’s always helpful to document what you’ve read, jot down your favourite quotes and write down why you did or didn’t love a character. Book journals provide a space to recount your feelings about a novel, but they’re also great for writing down your notes from your book club or books you’re looking forward to reading. Whatever your motive, a book journal is a great way to organize your reading piles!
5. Pinterest The social media channel that sucks you in as soon as you type in www.pinterest.com It’s described as “a content sharing service that allows members to “pin” images, videos and other objects to their pinboard.” (Source) But what if you used it to organize those never ending book piles? On Pinterest, you can create a board with titles like, “Books I’ve read in 2012″ or be a little more specific like “Books that had me in tears.”
Whatever way you choose to organize your books is entirely up to you, but we hope that we were able to provide some tips and tricks. Share your organization techniques below in the comments!