Many of us speak about the proverbial TBR list. The list that keeps growing and growing. Books toppling over from the weight of too many titles. I am curious to know how exactly do you all compile your lists?
I used to write titles in the back of whatever journal I was writing in at the moment. That wasn’t very organized though. After I started blogging in 2007, I discovered the wide rich world of book bloggers and decided I needed to keep better track of my lists. I tried doing it on the computer. But after my laptop was stolen and my list gone, I decided a hardcopy was the best way to go.
A couple of years ago I found a little mini-journal at the bookstore. The cover looks like an old school library insert filled with date stamps. This really appealed to me as it brought back fond memories of my days in the school library. It is separated into three sections: one for books borrowed, one for books lent, and one for favorite passages. Well, I scratched those out and created my own sections. The first one is one for books I’d like to read. The second section is for books I’ve read that I would like to own as most of the books I read are from the library. The third section is blank for now.
I keep this little journal on the shelf below the coffee table. When I read book blogs, I not only favorite the reviews of books I’m interested in, but I also write the titles down in the journal. When I go to the library, I take the journal with me for easy reference when looking up specific books. When I am browsing bookstores, I put new titles in my phone in a draft text message. Then I write them in the journal when I get home.
So far this method has worked well for me. It is convenient and handy, and I so enjoy looking at the cover. I also get immense pleasure when I am able to scratch out titles.
What about you? Is your list more mythical than physical? How do you organize all the titles you would like to read?