I guess my answer is yes - but I thought I'd let you in on some of the detail behind that.
I have been an avid reader of crime fiction for as long as I can remember, certainly for at least 45 years, perhaps longer, but in the early days I read far more widely than I do now.
But lets jump to 1975. A 3 month bus trip from Kathmandhu to London, and I decided to begin making a record of the books that I was reading. And that's where it all began.
That notebook still exists, although the stitching and the glue are falling apart.
There it is on the left, lying on top of the red book that replaced it on 1 January 2000.
All I record in these notebooks is the author's name, the title, and the date I finished reading the book. But these details have been enough to supply me with starting points for my Forgotten Books posts.
But then, another New Year's resolution I suspect, at the beginning of 2005 I began recording more detailed information about the books I read. I began a database, which initially had simple details in it, and now has quite a lot.
I record details for the following fields:
- Author's first name
- Author's last name
- Whether it is a British or Australian author
- date of publication
- date I finished reading
- my rating
- whether I've added it to Library Thing
- whether the author is new to me
- whether I've used the record in a blog post
I began writing "proper", more detailed book reviews in April 2006 and my reviews were published on Reviewer's Choice until just a few months ago. I became a public lifetime member of Library Thing in April 2007 and since then have uploaded 353 reviews.
MYSTERIES IN PARADISE is the result of yet another's New Year's resolution - to write, and publish online, a review for every book that I read. To some that might look like an unnecessary burden, but it is an exercise that I enjoy. I think I get more out of my reading as a result. I usually research details about the author, check my database for what I have already read, look for reviews that others have written, check for lists of other books by the author, sometimes even look for awards won etc.
I write the review immediately after I've finished reading the book. If I am away, I hand write the review, so that I can type it up on my computer when I get home. If I have my mini computer with me I type it up on that.
So yes, I am THAT organised!
When I write a review here is my checklist:
- always goes up on MYSTERIES IN PARADISE
- always gets added to the various lists on Smik's Reviews
- always gets added to Library Thing
- always gets added to my red book
- always gets added to my database
- usually gets submitted to the Book Review Carnival
- if an Agatha Christie novel, gets added to the Agatha Christie Blog Carnival
- often gets added to Fair Dinkum Reviews which I co-author with Bernadette