Perfect timing! I spotted this tag which is doing the rounds on Paul’s blog, Half Man, Half Book blog this morning – and it’s perfect to fill the gap before Paul Auster Reading Week which begins on Monday.
Do you keep a list of the books you have read?
Of course! That’s the easy answer. The complicated answer is that they’re in many different places.
- The most complete list is my master spreadsheet, which I’ve kept since 2006.
- My book catalogue, including books read is on Librarything – but there are gaps there.
- This year’s reading is on a tab at the top of this page here.
- Then the index of everything I’ve reviewed on the blog is here – also tabbed up top.
- New this year, I’m listing books read on Goodreads too
If you record statistics, what statistics do you record?
At the end of each year, I publish a post of bookstats (2019 is here). The stats are all collated from my master spreadsheet and include:
- Number of Books Read
- Author and Title
- Year first published
- Year and month read
- Number of pages
- Nationality of author
- Language of original
- New to me author
- From the TBR
- Fiction or NF
- Source of the copy I read
- Pts score
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 score books – out of 10. It’s only a snapshot of how I felt about a book at the time. I explain my scoring system on my About & Review Policy page up top – see here.
I very rarely award less than 5/10. I’m slightly generous with my 10/10s probably, but the majority of the books I read would score 8+. Once I gave a book 6.9/10 – I can’t for the life of me remember how I arrived at that score.
Do you review books?
Every single one I read! Whether good, bad or DNF’d (the latter only comments as to why I DNF’d a book). My reviews appear here and also at Shiny New Books, a book review website that I own, co-founded and co-edit with Harriet.
Where do you put your finished books?
Many places! I am trying really hard to keep fewer of the books I read these days, but those I am keeping go into a variety of bookshelves and boxes or odd shelves around the place. My travel guides live in my downstairs loo for instance!
Of those I’m not keeping, I try first to sell them on Amazon/Ebay, or one of the online bulk companies. Those that won’t sell I take to my favourite charity shop, or I give them away or donate to our Staff Little Free Library. ARCs get reluctantly recycled if I can’t pass them on, as you’re not meant to sell them.
How do you pick your next book?
I find that if I have to make a list of books to read that it turns reading them into a chore. So I’ll alternate my pile of books I’ve committed to review or Book Group reads with whatever I fancy reading from those I’ve bought myself or the TBR if I can. (It should be more of the latter, but those new shiny books call so loudly…)
Do you have any other rituals for when you have finished a book?
I’ll put the bookmark back in my bookmark tin, and take the book downstairs to my workstation where I’ll do the admin, and put it in a pile to write my reviews.