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A New Way to Organize My Books

So who uses Goodreads? Probably everyone….but lately I’ve been finding it to a bit cluttered and haven’t enjoyed using it as much. After doing some searching, I think I have found two solutions that will help me organize my TBR books, reading lists and reading stats. YAY!

My first idea is called Heard of it? It is pretty much a library type tool where you can add books then sort them. They also have circulation abilities, but I dont really have a need for those. My idea is to have a shelf for each tbr list type, a currently reading shelf and lastly, a read shelf for each year. For tbr shelves, I’ll have one for each “type” of book, including Middle Grade, Young Adult, Adult Fiction, Nonfiction and Classics. The next set of lists I’ll have are seasonal list: a Summer reading list, Autumn reading list, Winter Reading List and Spring reading list. I’m a huge seasonal reader, so i’m actually excited about this. Then, lastly, are the yearly read shelve. My process would be to add books that I see around to the appropriate tbr or to a seasonal list, if I feel that it has a seasonal mood. At the beginning of the month I can pick my monthly tbr from the seasonal list.

As for the books read for each year and stats, i’m using an awesome new spreadsheet. I put in all the details and dates about the books and then it calculates all types of stats like pages per day, books per day, days per book, books per month and etc. I do have to work on a new tab for seasonal stats though. It also has reading challenge pages that helps keep you on track. 🙂

How do you keep track of you books and books read?

I'm an avid reader and love most all books, but my favorite genres tend to be mystery, adventure, science fiction and classics. Genres I tend to shy away from include romance, contemporary fiction and chick lit. If I’m not actually reading books, I’m probably at work shelving them at my local library.


  • Kay

    I just stack them in the order I want to read them inside my nightstand. I usually only have a few ebooks waiting, so I work them in between the others.

    • Books In Bloom

      Ahh yes! This works well when I get library books and have physical books, but most of my books are either on my Ereader or come from my Library’s audiobook app. 🙂

  • Reese

    Ah, well…I wrote my own MySQL database and use PHP to serve webpages on my home server…but in addition to being a book nerd I’m also a computer nerd (& retired computer programmer.) That’s when I’m not just using piles like Kay above. looks nice, but what happens when you get over 5000 books? Just sayin’…

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    • Books In Bloom

      Hmm, I haven’t thought about over 5000 yet. I am mostly just use it for the reading plans of the next 12 month or so. Then I can delete I guess. Is your program publicly offered? Thanks for coming by.

    • Books In Bloom

      I really like it too. I mostly keep my TBR’s on there and when I’m at the library or bookstore, i too just scan everything i want to remember. Goodreads used to be really good, but the website is so bogged down now and so many advertisement, its slow to load. I still read liked the listopia on there though!

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