I’m definitely ditching Goodreads in 2022. Apart from the fact it’s a tiresome chore to log on to the site, hunt up my books, then label my reads with their unhelpful star rating system, at year’s end GR never, but never, get my year-end total reads figure correct. Reverting to my Stone Age tools i.e. my Book Journal and a ballpoint pen, I keep a running total of my reads. It never coincides with GR’s figure.
I’ve flirted with the idea of swapping over to another electronic book app, but no, I’m done with book apps. One of my friends is a whizz at spreadsheets, and will set up a comprehensive spreadsheet for me. Trick is, of course, to keep adding the data.
Yet again I will be refusing all Reading Challenges, continue abandoning any book that does not either entertain or inform me, and rambling through the Back Lists with a happy song on my lips.
I’m also debating whether I am finished with my Read more African Writers project. Last year I won a number of books via the Goethe Institute’s generous Virtually Yours Zoom sessions, some of which were a great success, whilst others were not. I still have two recent Indian Ocean novels* highlighted on my Wish List, which are very tempting, but on the whole, I think I’m done with the project.
And yet again, I will dive into my TBR shelf, which is actually very modest. I’ve read recent Book Bloggers’ posts wherein they admit to a hoard of +200 books. Einah! One good thing about the wretched Pandemic is that it’s kept me away from the bookshops and Charity Book Sales. Unfortunately, the online booksellers have been very obliging.
One good innovation last year, was registering with the LIBBY system, which the Cape Town Municipal Library system joined. Such good news to be able to read e-books without having to fall into the capacious jaws of amazon.com .
And finishing on a happy note: friends of mine are currently in the UK, and will be making forays into the Charity Book shops, with my Wish List added to their own. I can’t wait for them to return. Whenever I read UK Book Bloggers’ accounts of picking up book bargains for 50p per book, I could weep; we have no such bargains here.
So there we have it: no grand plans or target, just happy to be able to continue reading. Happy reading to everyone!
- House of Rust – Khadija Abdalla Bajaber and Blue Dragonfly Sea – Yvonne Oadihambo