A list of unread book lists

A few days ago, I wrote briefly about the need to make a list of all the book series I’ve started and haven’t yet finished.

Inspiration struck and I worked out how to do it easily and with productive laziness. Each book in a series on Goodreads links to the list of all books in the series. And since it’s a list maintained by the Goodreads community, there is no need for me to keep individual track of which books are listed. All I need do is track the lists, and the next book that I want to read. If I ever miss a book, then coming back to the list will give me the next one. I will only remove the link to the list once the series is 100% complete (or I’ve given up on it).

Doing this also cleared up my “Want to Read” list because instead of the remaining books, I have only the next listed.

Here are the results of my first hour of work on this. It contains the lists of books that were already in my “Want to Read” list. Now I have to go through books read for those series I’ve forgotten about and want to revisit.

Interestingly, there was no series in Goodreads for Walid and the Mysteries of Phi so I went and created one. 

Books

Graphic novels

Unfinished tales

Every now and then I use Amazon/Audible’s Matchmaker tool to see if there are any Kindle books for which I’d like to purchase the audiobook cheaply.

Today I picked up Leadership and Self Deception and The Anatomy of Peace for $9 total.

I realised I need to make a list of all the book series I’ve begun and enjoyed but have not yet finished – either because I move onto something else, or because new books have been released.

It never ends.

Audiblebooks

I love to read, and I read a lot. In recent years however I’ve come to recognise the value in audiobooks as well. I normally only listen to audiobooks of authors I like, or books I’ve read before. There is too much time investment to do otherwise. A 1,000-page book is 40-50 hours.

Audiobooks tell the same story at a slower pace and so it’s quite a different experience. With books that I’ve read before, I pick up completely different ideas. Yes, I know that can happen anyway, but my sense is because it’s the speed of the telling and the use of different voices that makes the difference here.

Some are better as audiobooks. I can’t imagine reading George R. R. Martin’s Fire & Blood. It’s too dry a history. Expertly narrated by Simon Vance it’s an engaging experience.

I listen when walking and driving. Audiobooks (and podcasts) keep me engaged on long trips whereas music can tend to put me to sleep. Not advisable when driving.