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Those of us who like to read and especially those of us who like to engage in conversations about books are seldom at a loss for a list of books we want to read.

It seems not a day goes by that I don’t hear about some new to me author, some new to me book that I want to read. There are those books and authors that strike a strong enough chord that I will go right then and buy the book. Most of the books that I want bad enough to buy them right away I buy in ebook. They are immediately downloade to my Android or my Kindle Fire. They’re there for me whenever I get a chance to read them. I love that.

The number of books on my reading devices already far outnumber the number of books I will have time to read this year. That leaves the question of what do about all the books I want to read but don’t have time to read right now, or that I’m not quite excited enough to buy right this minute…or that I’m not quite in the mood for.

It used to be that I would jot the titles or the authors down on scraps of paper on my desk so that I could someday add it to a list of books I someday want to read. That list itself spanned three different documents for three different programs. I was forever turning up forgotten notes and then trying to puzzle out what it was I’d written on the scrap of paper and then what it meant. Was the author and title a book I’d planned to consider for publication? Was it one I wanted to read? Was it a title I thought would work well for a BVS project. The scraps of paper to be put into the list someday was NOT very efficient.

For a while I downloaded samples of books on my someday list to my Kindle so that the sample would act like a reminder that I wanted to read the book. The problem with that was there were so many samples that pretty soon it was hard to find the books I’d actually bought that were at the top of my list.

A while back I became aware that Goodreads had an app for the Android and/or the Kindle Fire. It struck me then how handy it would be to have a list of the books I’ve read, the books I want to read, the books on my shelf and the books I someday want to buy all on my mobile device so that I could call that list up at the library, the bookstore, or when chatting with someone about a book with a title I just couldn’t remember.

That handy little mobile app was the thing that finally nudged me over into actually using Goodreads and I’m glad it did. Goodreads has become the definitive place that I keep track of all the books I someday want to buy…someday want to read. There’s a handy little bookmark that you can add to your browser. When you are at Amazon and find a book you want to read you simply click “Add to Goodreads” and it launches Goodreads and adds the book to your list of books.

Without a doubt Goodreads, the Goodreads mobile app, and the Goodreads bookmark for the browser are three tools that have helped me to be a lot more organized. What’s even better, I no longer have to buy books the moment I hear about them. I can simply add them to my want to buy shelf at Goodreads and I’m good to go.

How do you manage your book wish list?

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