Goals and lists, and obsolete pages

When I formed my Life List reading goal, I decided the best thing to do was pick a list of books that would introduce me to new titles and authors. There are lots of lists scattered around the internet, but I selected one and got on with it.

I set up a dedicated page to house the list, and link to the reviews of the books I read as I went along. Quite a lot of work went into that, particularly recently, when I changed all my reviews to exist on single posts.

Imagine my surprise, then, when I had a bit of a nose around some of Shelfari’s more hidden features and found that their goal system allowed you to sync up with lists. And the list I had chosen was already on there! I am 8% complete! That’s more information than I got from my own list. I’m not sure why there are 202 books in the list, that probably needs looking at, but how cool is that?

I had assumed the goals section was really just a matter of: “I want to read 10 books this month” or “I want to read 50 books this year.” It turns out there are plenty more options to choose from.

If you select the list option, which I did, you can choose from the gazillions of lists that Shelfari have. They may be author specific, or peer reviewed, but you’re bound to find something that might interest you. You can even make your own list if there isn’t anything that grabs you.

I love the feature but I hate that it made all my work obsolete. It never occurred to me to calculate a percentage, and now I know I am 8% through! 8%! I better get reading.

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