I am starting a week late for the Tuesday posts on the LibraryThing blog ring, but here we go! The subject for this blog post was determined over at The Boston Bibliophile's blog.
So the question this week is- how many books do you have cataloged in your LibraryThing account? How do you decide what to include- everything you have, everything you've read- and are there things you leave off?
Hmm- this is a question that I think many LTers grapple with in setting up their accounts. I currently have 674 books cataloged in my account. I include everything that I have (I think- there might be stuff at my parents' house that I'm missing) and everything I've read. Everything that I've read but do not own, I mark as "Not Owned." Clever, right? :-) Everything that I own but have not read I mark as "TBR." I do not put books in my library that I do not own and have not read (i.e., I do not have a "wish list" label).
Since I used to be pretty active over at PBS, I used to update any books that I traded away with the "not owned" tag. But I don't really trade so much any more, and so I might have become lazy in marking books that I don't own- in which case, my library may seem bigger than it really is. I personally think owning 674 books is pretty impressive, but not when I compare that to how many other people have. How can they catalog over 1,000 books?! I think when I first started, I probably had about 500 that I cataloged, and THAT was a pain to do, for sure. But it's SOOO convenient to have them all in one place. And to have them properly labeled, too (that was also a pain to do).
I also include books that I started but did not finish, whether I own them or not. This is more for my personal preference than anything else, just in case I don't think I'll like the author again if I were to come across the book later.