Today I welcome back one of my favorite guests, author Shelley Munro…
Happy New Year, and thank you very much to Jennifer for inviting me to visit your blog again.
When I first talked to Jennifer about visiting again, I suggested a post about the different New Zealand settings I’ve used in my feline shapeshifter series. I thought it would be a great way to slip in a mention of my newest release, Cat Burglar. Out now at Ellora’s Cave—book six in my Middlemarch Mates series!! <grin> Since I’ve already managed my promo pitch, I thought I’d slap on my reader hat.
The start of a new year is a great time to take stock and make changes. I love reading. I always have, and my love of reading led to writing. Two years ago, I decided I needed to keep a record of the books I read because I can never remember titles. They get lost among all the characters, my shopping list and myriad other things occupying my head. I also wanted to know the split of genres and paperback v e-books I read during the year.
After thinking about various ways to record my reading, I finally decided on a simple Excel spreadsheet. I’ve kept it fairly basic and note details of author, title, genre, if it’s a paperback or e-book, if it’s an erotic romance or not and brief thoughts about the book. I also assign each book with a number so I know how many books I read each year. When the year ends, I open another tab on the spreadsheet and start over. I like my spreadsheet because it’s easy to add to each time I finish reading a book, and I don’t get distracted on the Internet!
My author friends record their reading in other ways. Jory Strong keeps a handwritten journal. Christina Phillips, Wylie Kinson, and Amanda Ashby all record the titles of the books they read on the sidebar of their blogs.
Some people use a word document. Others use Shelfari, Goodreads or Library Thing because they like the interaction with other readers. With an online program like these, you can also see the covers of the books you’ve read and share reviews. I’ve also seen readers set up blogs that are specifically for keeping a record of books read and displaying reviews.
Do you keep a record of the books you read? If so what method do you use to record the books you read each year? Do you make reading resolutions at the beginning of a new year? i.e. to try X new authors or new genres or to read X many books in a year.
CONTEST: Everyone who writes a comment on this post will go into a draw to win a download of Cat Burglar.
Shelley Munro writes spicy erotic romance for Ellora’s Cave and Samhain Publishing. Her latest release is Cat Burglar, which is book six in her Middlemarch Mates series. You can visit her website at www.shelleymunro.com
For a special sneak preview of chapter one of Cat Burglar (especially for Jennifer’s blog readers) follow this link: http://www.shelleymunro.com/blog/cat-burglar-by-shelley-munro/
Thanks Shelley for that great post and reminder that authors are readers too.
As for me, I started keeping track of my reads in a notebook last year and even set some goals for myself…I am making different plans for 2009 (more on that tomorrow 😉 ).
But I am curious to see how the blog readers answer your questions…
As Shelley mentioned, I’ll randomly draw a winner from those that comment to receive a download of Cat Burglar. I’ll announce the winner on Monday, Jan. 5 so be sure to return to see if you won.