Well, yesterday I started a new project. Anyone who knows me, knows I love a project. In fact, I have about twenty or thirty in my head to start, already started, or left abandoned at any one time! My husband laments the latter….just yesterday he was complaining about my unfinished landscaping project in our back yard, how very dare. 😉
Anywho. I love organizing things so a lot of my projects revolve around that. Now, my books are pretty well organized already. Those that are shelved are sorted by Fiction>Genre>Alphabetical by Author and Nonfiction>Subject. With the exception of a ‘classics’ shelf in my living room. And my giant TBR pile on my book cart and endtable overflow (it’s bad, y’all). I also have a catalog of all my physical books on librarything.com. I’ll admit that because I have so many books (2,265 at last count) that catalog has become a little unweildy. I really need to go through and update the tags and also pull down the data into an excel and do a thorough match up/inventory–I have taken a few out of my library and may have forgotten to remove them from the catalog and there may be a couple I forgot to add, etc. It’s fairly accurate, but I’d like it to be 100% at some point….. because I’m me and I need things to be perfect, hahaha ….. O.O
Okay, straying off course again. Remember that giant TBR pile I was mentioning? Well, that’s only some of my actual TBR. For a long time I’ve been accumulating books faster than I can read them and a lot of them are actually shelved and not in a ‘tbr’ pile. I think this is something that many bookworms can relate to. Anyway, I have been thinking about this for a while now and I came up with a way to tackle this massive TBR. And the first step involves coming up a with an accurate list. Right now I am looking to find out the exact number of books I have in my TBR pile–whether they are physical books, ebooks, or audiobooks–if they’re unread and I own them, I want them on a list. And thus, the great cataloguing project was born!
I could use librarything since I’m already there. But again, not sure how accurate it is and because it’s ALL books and not just my SpecFic books (which is my main concern, as the bulk of my TBR) it’s just not a good fit for what I have in mind. After doing minimal research I decided to check out Libib. It’s not fantastic, but it will serve for my purpose and I like that I can scan books into it (unlike, say, a straight excel sheet, as much as I do love spreadsheets). I also like that you can export the data. I’ve created a SpecFic libray and have begun the process of adding my SpecFic books to it, marking them either complete, not started, or in progress. (One of the things I do like about Libib is that it’s easy to update status of books and also tags.)
Some of you might remember my book cart—where books go to rest and are seldom heard from again, apparently.
So far I’ve added all my ebooks and the books in my living room book cart and end table TBR. Next up, audiobooks. Then finally I will tackle the five book cases of SpecFic books upstairs. That will NOT all be getting done this weekend as I have other commitments (we have company tomorrow for book club and gaming so I have to clean my house and buy food) but I do feel like it’s something I can get done over the next week or two. Either way, I’d like to have this list by December as it’s going to play a heavy role in my reading plans and goals for 2020 (she says mysteriously).
Have any of you used Libib before? How do you organize your books, or your TBR? Would love to have other ideas as well. Leave a note in the comments, would love to chat!