When you love to read, and end up reading a lot of books, it is hard to keep track of what you read and what you didn’t. And it’s hard to remember what the books were about and what you thought of them.
To help you keep track of the books you have already read, along with relevant book information, you can start a Word document or an Excel spreadsheet and manually put in all the information related to the books there. That can prove to be a daunting task that is quite time consuming, and something you may not be up to doing, especially on a regular basis.
There is an easier way to keep track of what you’ve already read, what it was about, and what you thought of it. You can even start a list of the books you want to read in the future. All you have to do is become a member of Goodreads.
Goodreads is a book sharing site, that is free to join, that lets you create a list of books you’ve read, books you are reading now, and books you want to read in the future. It also lets you leave ratings and reviews on books you’ve read, so you can remember what you thought of the books after you’ve finished them.
To create a list of the books you’ve read, want to read or are reading now, first log in to Goodreads and then search for each book on Goodreads by either title, author or both. Once a list of books comes up, find the book you were looking for and either hit the green “Want to Read” button next to the book, which will place the book in the “Want to Read” list of your account, or click on the green book icon next to it, which will bring up that option along with “Read” and “Currently Reading” choices. Click on the one you want to add the books to the list.
When you click on the “Currently Reading” option you can specify how far along in the book you are. Of course that is not necessary. What’s important is that the book is added to the list.
When you click on the “Read” option the book will be added to the list and then a window will pop up asking you to give the book a rating and also leave a review if you want, along with the date you finished reading the book. You need to hit the “Save” button at the bottom of the window for the information to be saved. If you don’t want to leave a rating and/or review, or the date you finished reading the book, just close the window. The book should be in your “Read” list regardless if you leave a rating/review or not.
When you are creating your “Want to Read” list, and are not sure of what books to read, or whether or not to read the books you were thinking of reading, you can find out the summary of the book and what others are saying about it by going to that book’s Goodreads page. This can help you make a final decision on whether you should actually bother reading the book or not.
Sometimes when you search for a certain book you want to add to a list, you may find that it doesn’t appear in the search results. This means that the book has not been added to the website. If that happens you can manually enter the book to Goodreads. To do this click on “Manually Add a Book” link on the upper right corner of the search page. When you do this you will be brought to a page where you have to enter the book’s information. The fields that are required for you to enter (those that have a red * next to them) are title, sort by title and author. Without these fields you won’t be able to submit the book. Optional fields are ISBN, publisher, publication date, number of pages, format, edition, book description, language of the book, and the official URL of the book, if applicable. Even though these fields are not required it is best to provide as much information about the book as possible as you may need that information in the future and others may be interested in the book as well.
Once you fill in all the necessary fields go ahead and upload the front image of the book cover, if you have one, by clicking on the browse button on the upper right corner of the page where it says “Add a cover image for this book”. Find the file you want, select it and click “Open”. You will now see the source file appear in the text field next to the “Browse” button. When done, just click on the “Create book” button at the bottom of the page and the book will be created. Then you can add it to one of your lists and you are done.
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