I was trying to get another edition of the Sophisticated Dorkiness Nonfiction Recommendation Engine (or whatever I’m calling it) done for today, but my Tuesday evening got away from me pretty significantly (for good reasons) and I just couldn’t quite polish it up to my liking.
Rather than publish something I didn’t love, I decided to hold onto that post for Friday and use today to ask a question that’s been on my mind lately: How do you keep track of your book wish list?
Right now, I’ve got at least six or seven lists of books I want to read. I have a “Want to Read” list on Goodreads, two lists on Amazon (one for books I want to buy in paperback, one for general books I want to remember), a similar list on Barnes and Noble, a wishlist at the library for books I want to check out at some point, a “shopping list” in Todoist (my task management/reminder app of choice) for books I’m burning to buy next time I’m in a bookstore, plus several themed lists of books saved in various Google docs. It’s totally insane and, more importantly, unmanageable.
The thing I hate most about the lists is that, often, I can’t remember what made me put the book on the list in the first place. Some of the books are obvious — favorite author, next in a favorite series, a book I love that I want in my collection — but often I add books based on reviews or recommendations from friends, but have no way to note it on the list. Then when it comes time to get a new book, I get overwhelmed by lists I can’t remember anything about.
What I’d really like is to find a way to corral all of these lists in a single place. I’d love the list to be as easily available on my computer as it is on my smartphone/tablet (I have Android). I’d like the list to have a space where I can include a link or note about why I want to read the book. It’d be cool of the list were sharable in some way, but that’s not a requirement.
I probably won’t get rid of my “To Borrow” list for the library, but I think there must be a way to corral the rest of these lists into a single, accessible place? I’m hoping that you guys can help me out. How do you keep track of your book wish list?