I usually read quite a bit in a year, and was finding I was forgetting what I’d read some of the time (I have a terrible memory that does not adhere to traditional space-time). Last year, I joined Goodreads to track what I was reading. Beforehand, I’d had my own nerd spreadsheet but it turns out I’m really lazy at filling it in because I mainly use my phone now instead of the laptop. Using the Goodreads app on my phone meant I was much better at keeping it up.
But, recently (mainly Moby Dick‘s fault), I realised just having a list of what I’d read wasn’t enough. I wanted to capture something of the book outside of lists and reviews, and keep those little snippets of language that make me punch-in-the-air-yes. I know you can make comments / save quotes on Goodreads, but I wanted a little space to let them breathe. So, I’ve started a tumblr blog just for little quotes from what I’m currently reading over here.
For me, it’ll be interesting to look back on, but also to see what comes out. I suspect there are some books that I enjoy reading but aren’t memorable in terms of language, and others that have some brilliant flashes but don’t do it for me overall.
I’d be really interested to hear if any of you track your reading, and whether you have ways of doing it that are more than just lists of what and who. Let me know in the comments below. (Also, I’m new to Tumblr so come and say hello! I’m on the look-out for interesting bookish tumblrs to follow).