Of all the ways I’ve logged books, I’m thinking that plain text remains the best. I’ve been adding books to a text (Markdown) file for while now and it’s not pretty, but it works. And it will always work.
Like I said, it ain’t pretty. On the other hand, I use it regularly by simply running little searches. If I want to know how many books are read in 2020, it’s just
grep 2020- books.md | wc -l and I get
14. To see the actual books, it’s even easier:
grep 2020- books.md which gives me this:
A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books by Nicholas A. Basbanes (2020-01-05) | ★★★★ How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell (2020-02-05) | ★★ The Instructions by Adam Levin (2020-02-15) | ★★★★ The Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan W. Watts (2020-03-06) | ★★ American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins (2020-03-09) | ★ Recursion by Black Crouch (2020-04-05) | ★★★ Devoted by Dean Koontz (2020-04-23) | ★★★ The Soul of an Entrepreneur by David Sax (2020-05-04) | ★★★ Shakespeare for Squirrels by Christopher Moore (2020-06-09) | ★★★ Network Effect (The Murderbot Diaries, #5) by Martha Wells (2020-06-24) | ★★★★ Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (2020-07-19) | ★★★★ The Permanent Portfolio by Craig Rowland (2020-07-22) | ★★★ More Effective Agile by Steve McConnell (2020-10-10) | ★★★ Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits (Zoey Ashe, #1) by David Wong (2020-12-27) | ★★★★
Or, how many books have I read by Christopher Moore?
grep 'Christopher Moore' books.md:
Coyote Blue by Christopher Moore (1999-01-01) The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove by Christopher Moore (1999-01-01) The Griff: A Graphic Novel by Christopher Moore (1999-01-01) Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore (2008-12-24) Island of the Sequined Love Nun by Christopher Moore (2009-03-12) A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore (2010-12-28) Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore (2010-12-28) The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore (2011-01-01) Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore (2015-11-12) Noir by Christopher Moore (2018-05-15) Shakespeare for Squirrels by Christopher Moore (2020-06-09) | ★★★
I love that my plain text book log is so lightweight and simple.