My Bookshelf

My bookshelf continues to expand. Over a hundred books live on it and counting. Every new book that I add requires no dusting or alphabetizing or shifting sections to make more room. My bookshelf is low maintenance because it’s digital.

I check out eBooks from the library’s website and with eBook priced less than paperbacks, I purchase some, too. Buying eBooks is a two step process. First, I download the samples of eBooks I consider buying. I only purchase books that I hope to reread and reference. When I buy an eBook, it’s like I give it a “KEEP” status as I used to do with paperbacks on my old wooden bookshelves rather than delivering the “GIVE AWAY” title to the used bookstore for others to enjoy.

After I embraced eBooks, I needed a way to keep track of the digital books I sought, started, finished, or abandoned. I maintain my digital bookshelf on Goodreads. While there are some things I don’t like about that site since Amazon bought it, I like the features enough for now to stick around. I’m open to suggestions of other book review websites. Here’s my collection if you want to check it out.

I don’t buy paperbacks anymore unless it’s an older title that I stalked and plan to endure the magnification/scanning it will require to read it. Or, it’s a library cookbook that my terrier tried to steal away by lifting it from the table with his teeth and I bought it the following week at the Circulation Desk. Love him.

How do you track your reading? What prompts you to add a book to your bookshelf?


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Trisha says:

    I also use Goodreads to track my reading. I didn’t know it had been purchased by Amazon though! Lately, I’ve been mostly checking out digital books from the library and downloading free books found through Book Bub. I rarely buy fiction in paperback but I now buy all my nonfiction in paperback. I like to be able to thumb through my nonfiction books. It’s just not the same in digital. I would imagine the magnification and scanning would be a pain though. I’ll have to check out your book collection for some book ideas.

    1. Trisha: Do you get the daily e-mail with eBook deals from BookBub, too? Love that.

      1. Trisha says:

        Yeah, one of my friends sent me a link to BookBub about a month ago. My Kindle is pretty well stocked now! Free is such a good deal. 🙂

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