Organizing your reading

Recently I mentioned in my post here that I love my Kindle. It helps me organize my reading in a few ways:

-I can create sections on the Kindle to organize the books by topic, genre, etc.

-It saves me space because I don’t have as many ‘hard copy’ books coming into our house.

-If there is a quote or a passage I want to remember, I can ‘highlight’ it on the kindle or ‘share’ it on Facebook.

-I can also read my Kindle books on my iPad (brand new for me and I love that too!) using the Amazon Kindle app. This means that my husband and I can be reading our Kindle books at the same time.

Yea Kindle!

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But I also have REAL books too. And we have a lot. Here’s how I keep those organized so they don’t look like this:

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-We mostly only keep books in two places to prevent them from overtaking our house. In our den, we keep anything we want on display because they are either pretty or really interesting, such as pictorial books, travel guides, or books we’ve read that we would really recommend and lend out. That way guests can see these books and browse through them if they want to. We also keep many of our photo albums here so that they have a better chance of actually being looked at.

-We keep the rest of our books in a small closet that has a lot of shelves. These are mostly paperbacks or informative/manual type books, such as our book on dog training….If you knew our dogs, you would understand why the dog training book is in absolutely pristine untouched condition.¬†I also have several signed or more rare books in here because I want to keep them looking good. Someday, I would love to have a collection of extremely rare books. I worked in a bookstore for years and have a deep appreciation for the entire process of writing and making a book. That is why I still keep a collection of books, however enamored I may be of my e-reader.

-The only other place I have a few books is in the guest room. They are paperback novels that are in a basket with some magazines.

-We separate our books based on genre and also by size to make them easy to find and a little nicer looking.

And here are two ways I use the internet to organize my reading:

-My sisters, my best friends and I just started a book club. Since we all live in different states, it’s hard to schedule a way to meet. My sister Kelly had the idea to start a Facebook group page for the book club. That way we can all comment and keep up without having to work out everyone’s schedule.

-I also am a TAD obsessed with the website goodreads.com. This site lets you:

~Record and review books you’ve already read

~Keep a list of books you want to read in the future

~They also have a function where you can create groups, but we used Facebook as mentioned above because not everyone in our bookclub is currently on GoodReads.

~The site will make recommendations based on books you’ve already read and liked. You can add their recommendations to your ‘to-read’ list or you can mark ‘not interested’. These choice will help tailor future recommendations for you.

~You can add friends and create a social network around the books you are reading. Finally! A social network I can jump whole-heartedly into. :)

~My friend Kristi showed me the other day that GoodReads also lists quotes! I love quotes, but it takes me FOREVER to find ones that I really like online. GoodReads has an astounding collection of quotes and you can search by keyword or author. You can even ‘like’ the quotes so they are saved for you to view later. Seriously, people, this is a great and useful website.

I am currently reading 5 (count em, 5!) books from different genres. I usually don’t have that many going on at one time, but that’s how it ended up right now. However, between my hard copies, e-reader, Good Reads, and Facebook, I’m managing to keep it all straight. Expect a couple of book reviews in the near future, my friends.

And by the way, don’t even get me started on how many kids books we have at our house. I didn’t even include those in here at all….that is a post for another day. Happy reading!

~Erin

 

 

 

9 thoughts on “Organizing your reading

  1. I guess we have the same issues with books, I LOVE books even if I have an e-reader, I still prefer a book! We have too many books, last year during spring cleaning I got rid of over 100 books, I gave them to family members, friends, friends of friends and we still have over 100 books left in our house. Unfortunately, I still haven’t managed how to keep them in order. It’s a good idea to only keep them in specific space like you do, I used to do that but my system failed :-) Great idea to be part of a book club & same here; I am reading 3 books at the same time!

    • I think a lot of book lovers have most of the same issues….too many books, no place to put them, reading a lot at the same time! That’s amazing that you can get rid of 100 books and still have so many. :) We have also donated books to our local library for their fundraising sales.

      • True, we got rid of so many of them and still have so many! We have a lot of books because we both enjoy reading and each one of us had over a 100 books before we moved in together in to our house :-) & now kids books are in every living space of this house too! ha!ha!

  2. I have a confession to make. #1 I love books. #2 I love teaching my students how to read. # I read all day in my day job. But I don’t read a lot of books for my enjoyment. I think it is because of point number three. I am usually so tired that by the time I get to my enjoyment for reading i am all ‘read’ out. I am a fan of iBooks but I do love holding a real book in my hands as I enjoy a really good story. I am so impressed with your passion for reading! ~Thea

    • I completely understand, it’s hard to do something in the evening that you’ve been doing all day! Even if you enjoy it :) I like doing a book club because it holds me accountable for reading a book so that I can discuss it. I also try to read some every day, but I’m usually so exhausted I don’t get very far each night!

  3. Your house sounds a lot like mine. :) I only wish my books were as organized as yours. I love holding a book in my hands but I don’t know what I would do without my Kindle. LOVE it.

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