The Finished Books Tag

Good morning! We’re getting an early start this morning (and by early start, I mean I’ve been up since 5:40 when my cat decided she wanted breakfast right now instead of waiting until my alarm went off), and I decided, after finishing my morning work, that I would go ahead and start on a book tag. I can’t remember the last time I did a book tag on the blog!

This week’s tag was found on Kristen Kraves Books!

 Do you keep a list of the books you have read?

At one point I kept a list on my computer of every book I owned and which ones I had read and had not read. Then at some point I stopped updating that. I attempt to keep count on GoodReads (emphasis on “attempt”). I started using GoodReads back when the mobile version wasn’t that great and as such I’m sure there are dozens of books that I’m missing.

Although I’ve been much better recently at keeping track of books that I’m currently reading on GoodReads, especially because I’m no longer in grad school and I get to choose what books I read.

If you record statistics, what statistics do you record?

I don’t record any statistics beyond what GoodReads tracks for me.

Do you give star ratings for books and if so, what do you score books out of and how do you come about this score?

I do give out star ratings, and I’m probably a little more generous on GoodReads than I am on my blog (I round up on GR). I have a detailed explanation of what each rating (full stars and half stars) somewhere on my blog. Maybe it’s in the heading bar? I really need to go through and organize this whole thing. It’s been almost three years since I started blogging and I’m still lagging on things.

Do you review books?

I try to, but lately I haven’t been able to do that as much as I want to. I did pretty good while I was in grad school (which is weird), but I was also reading a lot more back then. Now that I have basically no structured writing time, my whole life seems to have fallen apart. That’s why I’m hoping this whole Stay-at-Home order will help me get my writing life back together. (Can you believe I hadn’t touched my home laptop in almost a year before I was required to work from home?)

Where do you put your finished books?

I have books bursting out of every room. In fact, once Steven moves in after we get married, we are going to be drowning in books. We’ve got bookshelves on our wedding registry, for goodness sakes! I have one bookshelf in my apartment currently and it is double-stacked.

I did a deep clean last summer and took three huge boxes of books to 2nd & Charles (a used bookstore chain in my area, because we don’t have any indie used bookstores around) and got nearly $100 for my efforts. Anything they didn’t take (and they only took about ⅔ of it) got dumped in the free bin outside. Most of these were school books that I used (2&C doesn’t take real textbooks). When we combine households, I have a feeling we’re going to have to go through our individual books and decide what we need to keep and what we need to go and donate.

Do you have any other rituals for when you have finished a book?

Last year, I was doing pretty great and I would post an artistic Instagram post about the book, but I haven’t done that in a while because I ended up crashing and burning about May of last year. Now, I just make sure that I mark it as finished on GoodReads, and attempt to start writing a review on my blog. Maybe one day I’ll be able to go back and make the artsy posts that I want to be able to, but at the moment that’s still a bit beyond me…

Well, that was fun! It really got me thinking about my post-reading habits. What about you? Let me know in the comments!

And as always, keep reading.


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