When I first started writing in earnest, I found that my reading increased significantly.
I would target genres that I wasn’t familiar with, writers that I didn’t know but whose style I felt I needed to experience, books from writers I met at a convention and whose books I bought in person, books I had already read but wanted to read again with a perspective that had now changed.
I even started an annual tradition of picking a new sub-genre to read. I did this at a convention that had a book trading room. I would pick a couple of subjects and try to combine them. Then I’d tell a book seller what I was thinking. Sometimes I’d change it, depending on what they came up with. Sometimes, I would just point to a picture on the cover of one book, and say something like “let’s combine this with mystery”. But every year, I was able to discover something new.
From all of that, I have more favorite authors, as you can well imagine. And, a LOT OF BOOKS. More than I can fit on the various bookshelves I have at home.
Or in the boxes I have at the foot of the bookshelf in my bedroom.
Or in the crates I have on a second desk in my office.
Or in the closet, my bureau, or…the floor.
I must say at this point, that while this sounds like quite a mess (and it kinda is), I love it. If I’m going to be or have a mess anywhere I love this one.
One problem, though, is that not all of these books are read yet. I’ve gotten to the point where I need to catalog all these to see what I’ve read and bring the catalog with me whenever I find myself in a position to buy books next (thank all deities I follow some semblance of a budget).
Being a software developer, I know this will end with me creating a database on my home computer, and then arguing with myself on how much time I want to spend on the project of making a mobile phone solution so I can synchronize between the two automatically, etc. etc. etc.
All so I can conveniently have some management of the books I have, categorized by title, author, maybe genre, if I’ve read it, etc.
I would make my life easier if I skipped the database and just made a big spreadsheet. I could put that on my phone with some cursing.
How do YOU all manage this insanity?