I managed to get my database updated with the last few books I read in 2014 and was a bit stunned by my final totals. I really didn’t think it was possible to read more books than I did last year, but not only did I do that, but I did it by quite a bit.
Last year I hit 465. This year, I hit a whopping 509. 507 of those were new to me books and only 2 were re-reads. I really think I had one or two more re-reads in there, but I didn’t get my database set up figured out to keep track of those until way later in the year.
And yes, I have a database that I built to keep track of my books. I started with a notebook that I kept authors, books and series lists in, but quickly outgrew that when I had so many that it was hard to find what I was looking for. I then went with a binder that I could keep more organized, but again seriously outgrew that when I wanted a quick and easy way to see totals. I still keep the binder for a fast look-up when I’m not wanting to get on the computer, but I doubt I will be doing that much longer as I’m about to the point where I’m going to have to split the one binder into two.
The database started as a simple thing that just listed the author, book title, series and order (if there was one) and the year I read it. It has grown over the last year to add in additional methods of keeping organized as there have been several times I wanted to look up a book but couldn’t for the life of me remember the book or even the author, but I remembered the general subject. Now, I have a genre/subject designation, re-read options, a notes section and whether or not I own the book. I now have the ability to actually go in and search for very specific information and not have to spend hours looking up the books that I think are possibilities and reading the summaries to figure it out. Yes, I’m such a geek when it comes to stuff like that.
Hopefully with the better organized database (I still have a ton of genre entries to fix on the books that were already there), it will be a bit easier when I need to go find the next book in a series, especially as some authors just don’t have clean websites that lists that kind of information.
As for 2015, I’m not setting a reading goal. I seriously doubt I will want, or even be able, to read more this year than I did in 2014, especially if I’m going to spend any time at all writing about what I read. I’m sure I will still read way more than is probably healthy while getting very little else done.