among our various systems;
I received a gift card and had no choice!)
That was in July 2012 and...the rest...is as they say...history!
I can even track where I saw it or saw mention of it, etc.
Now...ummmm...I currently have 5183 books on that "To-Read" shelf!
Am I ever going to realistically be able to read ALL those books in this lifetime?
Of course not! But it is my "go-to" list for every book in which
I have become interested since that fateful day in July 2012!
And I am more than okay with that! I do not view this listing as a "to-do" list,
rather it is a record of my interests, not necessarily my reading goals!
(Though the analytic side of my brain thinks it might be fun
to calculate how many years it might take me to do so!)
And it serves as a very handy device when selecting future reads.
For example, when I decided to participate in "Book Challenge by Erin 4.0" this spring,
it was so easy to select the books using this listing as my guide!
In addition to the "shelves" I have created in Goodreads, since I am concentrating on reading books from the library and not purchasing as many books as I have in the past,
I have "lists" on my library website! These are a bit more timely so that, once again,
it is easy for me to place holds, since I can do that directly from the lists.
Those library lists include: Book Challenge by Erin 4.0, Borders Book Club, Diversity, Nonfiction, Emma Watson's Feminist Book Club (on Goodreads),
and Really Really Want to Read, Once Available!
This last one mainly refers to new releases which may not be available from one of the member libraries until 6 months after the release date.
Plus I keep several listings in the "notes" function on my phone,
mainly dealing with (1) those books I want to post reviews for on my blog,
(2) those books I really want to own, so will watch for when out and about,
and (3) my "reading schedule" which includes those books for which I have deadlines: Literary Wives, Borders Book Club, Little House Read-Along 2016
(which I am cohosting along with Bex of An Armchair by the Sea),
including any and all challenges in which I am participating.
Some of those challenges for which I have registered:
Classic Children's Literature Event 2016, 2016 Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge,
2016 Southern Literature Reading Challenge, just registered for
The Pickwick Papers Read-Along which should remedy the fact
that I've NEVER read a book written by Charles Dickens!
And the one at which I am already failing rather miserably, #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks.
The only good news about this last one is that comparatively with the past, I am purchasing and bringing into my house very few books and am reading most all that I don't already own from the library, so there is improvement,
I just need to READ THE ONES I ALREADY OWN FIRST! :)
But others grab my attention and seem to be immediate must-reads!
Ah, it is quite the conundrum!
For me, the secret is not to over-stress about any of these lists
except the "reading schedule"!
So, thank you for bringing this topic of discussion to the forefront on your blog, Shannon!
How about you? Do you keep a TBR list? Or not?