MizBooks introduced me to Library Thing last month. I have long shunned the idea of using any sort of web-based site or software program designed to help me catolog my personal library. My simple excel spreadsheet listing all of the TBR books I own was enough for me. Somehow though, I let her talk me into giving Library Thing a try. It helped that my husband even seemed enthusiastic about the prospect. This would be the excuse I needed to finally catalog all the books one, the other or both of us have read as well.
I have to say that going through the majority of the books in the house was a very worthwhile experience. There were only a couple of books that I turned to my husband and asked, "Is this yours?" And when he'd reply in the negative, I'd shrug, not remembering them as being mine either. What was most fun was going through my TBR books (and finding more TBR books among my husband's books). It was like visiting a bookstore and browsing the shelves at my leisure. Obviously most of my TBR books would not be TBR books if I did not want to read them, however, as I went through each one, my desire to read each of them was renewed and in some cases intensified. There is no way under the sun or moon I could read all of the books this next year, but perhaps if I can hold onto that feeling, I will at least be able to carry out my annual goal of buying less and reading more of the books I already own.
Now that I've got the majority of the books logged, I can concentrate on tagging and adding details. If you're curious, please check out My Library at LibraryThing.com.