I've finally had the occasion to start using the excellent LibraryThing. I was intimidated to use it before because I feared the amount of time I had to invest cataloguing all my books, and I dreaded making a mess of my house (well, more of a mess than usual) by dragging my books to and from my computer.
But since I resolved to read 1000 books the other day, I now have the perfect excuse to start using LibraryThing. Instead of cataloguing ALL my books like what most of the other members are doing, I am adding my books, one by one, as I read them. That way, I can track what I've read and when, what my thoughts were, and I can even use those nifty zeitgeist tagcloud web2.0 thingamabobs on the site too. Hooray!
View my list so far here. And you can even keep track of the latest books I've read here (rss).
With my "1000 books list", I've decided to start from scratch. What I've read before doesn't count as being read. Unfortunately this means I've "never" read books like Nineteen Eighty Four, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, To Kill a Mockingbird or the Life of Pi. Fortunately though, this means I've "never" read The Da Vinci Code. Phew!
Anyway, I thought about what books I would like to reread so I can include it in my list (and perhaps get a new perspective on the books), and this is what I came up with so far:
- Animal Farm by George Orwell
- Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell
- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
- To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
- Life of Pi by Yann Martel
- Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
- Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
- Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
- Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
- Dracula by Bram Stoker
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
- The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien
- A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson