Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Keeping Track of Your Reads

I wonder how other readers keep track of all their favorite books and authors? I sometimes print out lists from Fantastic Fiction. A friend in Australia told me about this website years ago and I am there at least once a week or more. It's a resource I cannot live without. It's here: I have yet to find an author that is NOT listed on this website. You look them up alphabetically where each has their own page which gives a breakdown of every book they've written, plus any that have been announced with a publication date. It also lists any short stories that have appeared in anthologies. If they have a website they give a link to that too. Another feature I LOVE are the links to books the author has recommended and a list of links to similar authors.

Printing out lists usually doesn't work because I end up losing them. I'm thinking of creating a Word document that lists the authors, their books, and color code what I've read, what I own, and what I need to buy yet. Or is this just me creating busy work for myself? We shall see.

I have finished all the books mentioned in the side column and I am currently reading Patricia Briggs, Mercy Thompson books for the third time. Of course, I had to go to the above mentioned Fantastic Fiction to see what's coming up with one of my favorite authors.

I've read and own:
Moon Called (2006)
Blood Bound (2007)
Iron Kissed (2008)

I've read, but need to buy:
Bone Crossed (2009)

I also found out that the fifth book in the series will be out February 2010 and it's called Silver Borne. Woo-hoo!

I love Mercy. She is one of my favorite fiction characters. She's strong, unique, quirky and sarcastic. If you like strong female heroines who aren't perfect you need to read these books. It won't give too much away to tell you she's a mechanic who works on German cars, she was raised by werewolves and she's smart. Mercy is my kind of gal.

You can read a sample chapter from Moon Called, the book I'm rereading right now by going here:

~Enjoy. Moonsanity