Let's Talk Libraries · 7:39pm
My question is: How do you use your library? What's your bookshelf system?
I'm just the least bit curious. That bookshelf feature thingy. You've all seen it. You've already weighed in your opinion of it. But how do you use it?
It's stuck me ever since I saw that about a hundred(!) people were following Scootaloo Will Fly!, but it was featured in over three-hundred bookshelves! That means that most people put it in at least two bookshelves.
This surprised me. I'm a bit of a linear thinker and a traditionalist. It's my thought that I should only put one story in one bookshelf, to better organize. But it's obvious that a few of you are cross-referencing, multiposting, organizing, and any number of other things.
Me, I've got four bookshelves. There's the Read it Later, where I put stories I want to read but really don't have time to. This has about two hundred stories in it, sad to say. If I have a free moment, I take a stroll and pick out a couple that look neat. I made it private, because it's a little funny to see a new notification that just says "Hay, this looks neeto. Check it later. Maybe." (I ain't complaining about that, though. Just wanna be compassionate.)
There's the Favourites, default, British spelling and all. Stories that I've either completed reading and loved, or that have made me love them before being cancelled. These are the ones that make me laugh and cry and sit on the edge of my seat. This one's public, because heck if it doesn't flatter an author even a little bit.
There's the Tracking shelf, public. It's for stories where I've read up to the most recent update, but haven't made a decision to favorite it. Favourites being the pinnacle and all. If I love a story to death, at the end they go from Tracking to Favourites. If it was pretty great, it stays. If it offends me, I silently remove it and never look at it again.
Then there's In Progress, also private. I put long, completed stories in here. Usually novel-length. I don't put them in Tracking because I have most certainly not caught up. If I enjoy a story, it'll jump right into Favourites.