After going through all of my books with a printed list of my library, I was finally able to eliminate the books I sold back to Half Price Books and have come up with 679 books in my LibraryThing Library. This includes books I own, books I want, a small number of books I have borrowed, and books I have gotten rid of on BookMooch.
In the beginning I used LibraryThing solely to catalog my books. Not so much because I was a catalog purist, but primarily because that is what I thought it was for, nothing else. Then I discovered ‘talk.’ With talk came endless recommendations, so I had to start putting wishlisted books in there, because I would never remember them all (134 right now). Yes, it bothers me a little that it screws up my connections, etc., but I am far too lazy to switch back and forth between accounts to make a separate wishlist account.
Then I got my first Early Reviewer book. It was TERRIBLE. Terrible. I got rid of it as soon as someone agreed to take it off of my hands. However, I couldn’t remove it from my library, otherwise my review would disappear, thus harming my chances for future ER books. Thus I started leaving some books in my library that I did not plan on keeping, in order to leave reviews and ratings on LibraryThing. I’ve also been leaving in my library books placed on BookMooch, so that I can keep track there as well of what I am having mooched.
Someday, maybe, we will get collections, and then I can keep all of these things separated out.
Whether or not you use LibraryThing, how do you organize YOUR books?