1. Kathy Frost
    April 14, 2016 @ 11:22 am

    At the moment, I have over 5000 books on my Amazon content list. That’s not including books I but elsewhere, win, or get as ARC for review. Luckily, I was smart when I bought my Kindle. I set up a table in Word with columns for the Title (and page count), Series, Author, genre, blurb, and then a column with N for new book or R for read. As I get new books. I set the color of the book info to red for books I definitely want to read soon, and turn the ones I have read to green. When I knew I was going into the hospital for several days, for example, I went through my file and made sure I had about 25 of the “red” books loaded up on my Kindle, ready to read.
    We’re in the middle of packing to move, so as I take paperback and hard cover books off the shelves to pack away, I’m adding their information to another file so I’ll have them listed and “cataloged” as well.

    • Natalie Damschroder
      April 14, 2016 @ 11:52 am

      Kathy, you’re exactly who I wanted to hear from! 5000 books! I boggles my mind. 🙂 But you made my heart go pitter-pat with all the table talk. I LOVE that kind of organization!

      So, with that much to choose from, do you always finish the books you start, or do you stop if they don’t grab you or even worse, annoy you? 🙂

      • Kathy Frost
        April 14, 2016 @ 12:12 pm

        As much as I hate to do it to writers who have worked hard, to complete, polish (in most cases LOL), and publish a book, I admit there are a number of books that I have deleted after only a few chapters, sometimes less.
        I’ve learned that just because someone can self-publish their work doesn’t necessarily mean they should.
        Poor or amateur writing, or lack of even the most basic editing (even in a blurb where it should be absolutely perfect), or general errors like modern words/items in an historical novel, will make me toss a book. I have limited reading time, so i don’t waste it.
        One book blurb I read recently was a book with a Navy SEAL. The author obviously wanted to cash in on the popularity of SEAL heroes, but when the blurb said “his father was a General in the Navy…” I figured the writer didn’t have any clue what they were talking about. How can you write about SEALs if you don’t know that the Navy has Admirals, not Generals?
        I definitely give up on books that don’t live up to blurbs or my own expectations, but when I really like a book, I will buy more from that author for sure.

        • Natalie Damschroder
          April 14, 2016 @ 12:14 pm

          That’s pretty much how I am, too. Before I started writing, I don’t think I ever failed to finish books I started, except in extreme cases. After I started writing, I forced myself to finish partly because of the $ investment but partly because I was supposed to be learning from everything I read. Eventually, time became more valuable than both of those things. LOL Life is too short to read something you’re not enjoying, whether it’s well written or not! 🙂

  2. Colleen C.
    April 14, 2016 @ 12:59 pm

    I will admit to having a lot of books both print and ebooks in my TBR pile… For me, I choose whatever book calls to me when I look at my pile… I also go with the genre my mood is in for… it could be right on top or I will hunt and find it… sometimes I go on a kick reading a certain author or troupe… look through my list and archives to enjoy!

    • Natalie Damschroder
      April 14, 2016 @ 1:58 pm

      You sound a lot like me, Colleen, in how I choose books to read. 🙂 Mood is the biggest driver, when I don’t have a new book that I’ve been dying to get, like the latest Suzanne Brockmann or JD Robb. 🙂

  3. Kathy Frost
    April 14, 2016 @ 4:01 pm

    Do you have a re-read pile?
    I have a number of books that are favorites. Once, before a move, I packed my bookshelves, except for 3 series from my favorite author. I read them all during the rest of the packing, and the hotel stay before the new place was ready.
    I also have books that I remember. A scene on TV, a song in an elevator, a few words in a conversation with someone will trigger a memory of a specific book. Then I just have to go find that book and re-read it, usually in just one evening.

    • Natalie Damschroder
      April 14, 2016 @ 4:51 pm

      I confess, I don’t re-read anymore. I used to. I had whole shelves of my favorites and I’d remember a scene for some reason and grab the book to read again. And as a kid and teen, of course, I re-read tons of stuff. But there’s always new stuff for me to read, and I think because I have to re-read my own stuff so many times during the writing and publication process, I avoid it with my pleasure reading so it feels less like work. 🙂

      • Kathy Frost
        April 14, 2016 @ 5:08 pm

        True. But sometimes, I need the comfort of an “old friend.” I like to read a book I know I like, and not get a few chapters in and find it’s boring, badly written, or predictable.

        • Natalie Damschroder
          April 14, 2016 @ 6:48 pm


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