After reading Pamela Paul’s My Life With Bob, I realised that I needed to do something about my lists of books. As I mentioned in my review, I’ve kept a list of the books I’ve read since 2002 – well, I wrote down a few in 2001 too, but I only started putting the date down properly in 2002. And I’ve always kept that list in the back of that year’s diary. (And, well, put the list into another notebook arranged alphabetically by author.)
But two places isn’t enough! Paul’s book convinced me that I needed to have them all in order, all in one place. I can’t go digging around the back of a cupboard for my old diaries when I want to see what I was reading ten years ago. Step forward this notebook, which my friend Lorna got me, with its lovely Tove Jansson illustrated cover.
Why yes, dear technophile, I could have made a spreadsheet on my computer. It would have been a lot easier to search it. But I know that this notebook can survive for many decades, whereas who knows whether or not computers will cope with Excel in 2035.
So… I spent quite a lot of evenings writing up my list. It’s a great way of making yourself feel like you have to watch some more television – or, rather, listen to it.
I picked this page at random, not just to show off that I’ve read Ulysses, promise. Apparently in 2005 I was reading a bunch of books for my undergraduate degree, and… The Naughtiest Girl is a Monitor. An ‘x’ in the first column means that it was a reread.
And how many books have I read since the beginning of 2002? Well, accurate as of today, 1722 books. It did take up rather more of the notebook than I was expecting, but I can turn it upside down and reuse the other side, so I think this should see me through at least another twenty years.