Friday, 9 February 2018

Chuckles Chat #55 Shelving

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This week I'm talking about shelving.

Those of us who use resources like Goodreads will generally shelf the books we want to read, the books we've completed, maybe those we are currently reading. The reason for doing this is to have them in a nice handy categories where we can easily find them, amend them, delete them or add more to the category. It's a resource that I use all the time. But how do you actually file them?

On Goodreads I have main shelves which are Read, Currently Reading, Want To Read, Abandoned and Wishlist. If I'm reading the book I try for the most part to label it as currently reading and when I finish it, I mark it as read and give it a star rating, coming back to do a full review later. If I decide to DNF it I give it a star rating and mark it as abandoned. I have a wishlist set up for all the books that interest me but I don't yet own in any format. My want to read shelf is what I use for all the books I have bought or downloaded but have not had the chance to read. My want to read shelf is what I use for calculating the number of books on my TBR list.

I know that some people use the want to read shelves for ALL the books that interest them, whether they have been purchased or not. I admit that I would find this quite confusing. I don't have the best memory so I definitely want to seperate what I own and what I don't yet own. It makes it easier for me to check either list and keeps things neat in my own mind. Do you use seperate want to read and wishlist shelves or are they all combined in one? Why do you choose the method you use? Why does this work so well for you?

After the main five categories I have a variety of different shelves that I find useful. I have a shelf for audio and ebooks to allow me to easily check through my digital purchases and audio cds. It helps a lot when I go to do my digital book culls to get rid of anything unwanted that may be lurking on my ereaders! I have a shelf for fiction where everything is listed though I never really look at it. I prefer using the genre shelves for day to day reference as that is quicker. I also have two shelves for non fiction. I keep the true crime in one and bung the other non fiction under true, as well as any other genre that they fit into ie a political memoir goes in political and true. Do you have a category or categories for your non physical books or do you not bother? Do you shelf your non fiction in one category or split it?

My genre shelves are pretty varied with the straightforward categories like fantasy, horror, children, political, sport, historical, zombies etc. These speak for themselves so I don't have to explain. Other I have paired up as joint shelves. I'm a tudors fan and used to have a shelf for it but I've now joined it up with the War of the Roses period as there is often a crossover. I keep dystopia with science fiction as they are all future world reads of some kind, and I put all my apocalypses set in modern current time along with prepper fiction as there is a constant crossover. I don't put zombie apocalypse books under apocalypse as I prefer keeping the zombies in their own shelf. All my apocalypse-prepper books are non zombie though my zombies will also feature preppers. Confused much?!! I also have a shelf for anything with dinosaurs and monsters in it, though these books generally also live on the horror shelf. I just like all my sharks and Sasquatches and stuff together. Others I combine are things like mystery-thriller, mythology-dark fantasy, though the latter might be deleted at some point.

I do need to tidy up these shelves. I've neglected them for so long that things like vampires and shifters are not completely up to date and that bugs me. I'm not sure all my 5 star reads are marked and I'd like to put star shelves for 1-4 as well but it is a big job! I'm also way behind on the YA shelf. Some shelves may just disappear as I do feel I have a lot and I'm not happy that everything is in the right place. That will need to be a job for another time! Are your shelves in need of a clearout?

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  1. I should probably work on my Goodreads shelves but I feel it would take a while, and personally, I'd rather be reading. I'm one of those people who throw books of interest on my "Want to read" shelf and often, never look back! I wish I hadn't started it, but I did. I create shelves each year for my challenges, but then delete that shelf when the new ones start. I do keep my yearly shelves though. I like to be able to see what I've read in a particular year and it's handy when doing TTT memes and stuff. Great discussion!

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    1. I need to do a lot of work on my Goodreads shelves too. I need to maybe cut off a few shelves or combine a few more, then get shelves for 3 and 4 stars, and get my YA and a few others fully up to date. But at the moment it isn't priority as there are too many other things to do! I use the Goodreads reading challenge each year to track what I've read but I do have a back up version in my reading journal!

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  2. I think I’m the only person who doesn’t use Goodreads for their TBR list. I have spreadsheets on my computer for that. I only put books on Goodreads after I’ve read them. My Goodreads shelves are adult fiction, YA fiction, children’s fiction, nonfiction, short stories, poetry, plays, and graphic novels. That’s the easiest way I’ve found to stay organized. I used to have more shelves, but I just confused myself.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Spreadsheets would certainly work well but I've never set up that kind of thing before and I'm pretty sure I'd stuff it up! My adult fiction would have too many to keep track of in one category so I had to split them up more. I do need to tidy the shelves up a bit!

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  3. my approach to GR shelves is like my approach to pretty much everything in life: over the top and ever changing. I'm constantly creating shelves, renaming them, merging them, splitting them, delete them, SMH!! Your way sounds MUCH less chaotic ;-)

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    1. It's still chaotic but I can at least find what I'm looking for more of the time and I take that as a win! I do need to find time to sort them a bit but who knows when that'll be...

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  4. I have a coupe genre shelves, too--one for zombies, one for favorite thrillers, etc. But I need to get a DNF shelf going. And maybe combine two other shelves into one because they basically have the same books on them. Basically, I could make better use of Goodreads than I do. :D

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    1. I think I need to ditch a couple of shelves but it takes so LONG to rearrange it all when I could be blog visiting instead! I do need to get round to it!

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  5. I am slowly but surely organizing my Goodreads shelf so they work better for me. I never thought of giving the star rating when marking a book read. I usually wait until I write the review. I'm rethinking that now.

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    1. It'll take forever to get my shelves organised I think! I just never find the time to do it! Rating it after I read it reminds me of my initial feeling on finishing it which when added to my review notes, gives me a good picture of each book when I review it.

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  6. I've kind of given up on Goodreads because they keep losing my data or scrambling it, so now I'm mostly reliant on my spreadsheets and the lists on my blog. It's not ideal... My wife's a coder, though, maybe I should persuade her to make me my own personal Goodreads. :p I've started shelving things as to read on the Litsy app when I want to remember to look them up later but don't necessarily want to get them imminently.

    It's actually been rather freeing, giving up obsessing over it... but I'm a little less organised!

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    1. Since Goodreads joined up with Amazon, there are things constantly breaking down it seems. I've given up reporting the same things as nothing seems to get done about it. But it would be too much work to move to a new place and start again so I'm stuck with it!

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  7. I love Goodreads but the problem is my reading interests have grown so much over the years that the way I shelve them is a bit mixed up now. I read so much non-fiction that they are all grouped by topic, and I have a shelf for audio and kindle, for NetGalley ARCs and Edelweiss and so on. I think it would take a massive overhaul to fix some of the stuff so I just move forward and pretend the books are all shelved exactly the way I want and that's that. Sometimes ignorance can actually be bliss because I spend less time flittering about over my shelves and more time reading and blogging.

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    1. It is quite daunting to think about changing the Goodreads shelves. The last big change I made was splitting the apocalypse books into two-the zombie apocalypse books and preppers/apocalypse. That helped but I have a lot more to do!

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