Tuesday, January 15, 2008
My Inner Librarian
Years ago I started keeping a list of each book that I read. Since this is a rather detailed list I can tell you that date was June 8, 1998. But until recently if I wanted to quickly find out how many non-fiction books I read in 2004 I had to start counting.
And so I modified my uber-dorky database that lists all of my CDs (along with styles, date obtained, rating and ISBN) and classical music compositions (because sometimes you just can't remember if you have two different versions of Prokofiev's Third Symphony). I'm working backward so I'm only through 2006 but at least now I can tell you that in 2007 I read four books by Donald Westlake and that 30% of the books I read in 2006 were non-fiction (I thought it would be much lower.)
When I finish this project perhaps I'll catalog all the books in our house and then our DVDs. After that it will be an exhausting listing of our cutlery followed by an extended stay in a very quiet and very padded room.