Managing Book Series Overload

One day I realized that I read a crap ton of books that are part of a series. This happened way before I really got into reading eBooks and believe me – in those days my reading habit was costing a *FORTUNE. Series by Jim Butcher, JR Ward, Laurell K. Hamilton just off the top of my head … I had so many different series going and hoped to run across them for cheap at garage sales and book shops so I always had a list with me.

When I got my first kindle it really didn’t save me any money, because all of my favorite authors books cost just as much as a print copy (many still do smh) … I did get a nice big credit from Amazon at one point for all the $$ spent after some folks decided to take on the big book publishers and their pricing tactics. That was a nice surprise.

So anyway, yeah, series. I love most of them that I get sucked into, but hate waiting for the next one because I always forget to keep a watch for them. And even then, I sometimes forget the series or just never make it back to them. So I really needed a way to keep better track of all this beyond Amazon and Goodreads because I NEVER look at my Wish List 🤣. And it really sucks starting a book and realizing that I missed something somewhere or going back to an author that I really did not care for.

To track all that I went with this index card system. Organized by author and with a list of all the books I’ve got downloaded to read, what I want to add to Kindle Unlimited (10! Seriously limiting me here Amazon 😂) and what to buy next (because every once in a while I’ll get some nice credit from Amazon and if I don’t have a list ready I blank on what to buy).

Crazy? Perhaps but it works for me and makes it so much easier to track all these series that have taken over the world. Can I just say it’s super refreshing when I run across a book that is a stand-alone? Most recently that was The Other Emily by Dean Koontz – amazing book and I had no idea where the story was going.

Looking at this photo, I know I will never be able to read all of the books on my to read list 😑. Perhaps someone will inherit it and continue wherever I leave off. Anyhoo, now you know a bit more about me and my strange organizational habits, sorry 🤭. I’d love to learn if you have a different or similar way to track your books! I just saw someone post a photo of their To Read Basket – love that!

xoxo,
-DH

*Yes, I know there is such a thing as libraries … however, late fees 🤪😒😬. Pretty sure things like Kindle Unlimited and Netflix were originally created for people just like me. Rent a ton and watch/read but forget to bring them back. Yikes.


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