How do you sort your library?

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How do you sort your library?

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juny 24, 2009, 11:00am

I almost always keep my library sorted by Date Read, so that the books I see are constantly changing, and I'm wondering whether this is common among date enthusiasts. I just can't imagine looking at the A authors or the A titles every single time. When I look at someone else's library too I'm much more interested in seeing what they've read lately than in what books they have starting with A (though I do sometimes sort by rating as well to see what their favourites are).

juny 24, 2009, 11:05am

I keep my "read in 2009" and "999 challenge" sorted by date read.

juny 24, 2009, 11:08am

Mine is almost always sorted by Date Started (so that my "currently reading"s are near the top, where I can get at them quickly to add reviews, etc. when I finish them).

I'll switch to reverse-Date Entered when I've got new books to enter and clean up, or forward-Date Acquired if I'm feeling bad about keeping books on my TBR list forever and want to read something I've had for a long time.

The only time I go to alphabetical by author is if I'm bored and going through doing combining or something. Alphabetical by title never gets used.

juny 24, 2009, 11:20am

My preferred sort is Date Started, Date Acquired. I like seeing my catalog in the order I've read the books. I would be really happy if I could keep my 'A' view as that and other views to have different sorts.

juny 24, 2009, 11:44am

I always sort by date read (or now, date stopped). I sometimes switch briefly to date added so that I can add tags to recently-added books but switch it back immediately after I'm done.

juny 24, 2009, 12:24pm

I resort a lot, depending on what my purpose of the moment is. A sort by date entered in to LT would perhaps be the most useful for me, as those are the books I am currently most involved in. I'm trying to be disciplined enough to fill in date stopped and date acquired, but I get distracted and leave those blank too often. I seem to recall being able to sort by date entered in the past, but I've lost the knack. I need to fiddle around and figure out how to do it with the new sorting method.

juny 24, 2009, 12:27pm

I never use the new sorting method, but you can still do it just by choosing a display style that includes Date Entered and then clicking on the header.

I think the confusion with the new sorting method stems from the fact that Entry Date sorts by default in the opposite direction from the other date fields.

juny 24, 2009, 12:48pm

What new sorting method?

I,personally, have a few sorts, but my major one, like fyrefly98, is by Date Started for the same reasons. I have a sort by Award, just in case I want to see if the book won any, and one by series.
I use the dates all the time. Before I found LT I had a spreadsheet that I used where I showed the date, title, author, and type of book. I put all info in when I came on board.

juny 24, 2009, 12:51pm

Speaking of spreadsheets, if people want to track their yearly reading (until our grass-roots activism campaign gets us the ability to do it on LT, of course), there's a spreadsheet I created that's downloadable from my profile. :)

juny 24, 2009, 12:54pm

>8 cyderry: Just to the left of the power edit button there's now an "edit sort order" button.

>9 fyrefly98: Thanks for making that spreadsheet :). I'm afraid to actually enter my reading progress and goals and see how slow and far behind I am, but I like to know that it exists.

juny 24, 2009, 12:56pm

>10 _Zoe_: I've been known to change my yearly goal when it gets to be October or so and I know I'm never going to make it. The spreadsheet will never tell... ;)

Editat: juny 24, 2009, 1:17pm

Great spreadsheet - thanks for that!

And to answer the question - when I view my own books I usually sort by "date read" or "date started"...and sometimes entry dates. (depending on what I want to see/do) However, when I view someone else's catalogue I almost always sort by rating. There are two benefits in this a) I see only the books they've loved, which gives me an idea of their tastes and interests and b) I don't have to see any of my favourite books given a really low rating - thus I avoid causing myself unnecessary feelings of anger/sadness/depression/snobbery/ contempt/scorn etcetera :D

juny 24, 2009, 2:13pm

>7 _Zoe_: _Zoe_, thanks for the tip! I had somehow thought that date entered was gone from the column header choices. You've made my LT day.

juny 24, 2009, 3:11pm

I usually keep mine sorted in order by title, but quite frequently I change to date entered or some other field; it moves around a lot. Another example would be by language, so I can quickly find the ones that don't have that field filled.

Editat: juny 24, 2009, 6:12pm

I like to sort by date read, so that I can enjoy the feeling of accomplishment at seeing all these recently completed books front and center. My sub-sort is by date entered, so that when I call up currently reading or to be read books, the old ones are listed first so I can't forget about them.

I don't use the date acquired (too similar to date entered) or the date begun fields (if it's "currently reading", I've begun it)

ETA - great spreadsheet, fyrefly98 - thanks for sharing.

juny 25, 2009, 10:01am

Normally sorted by tags, which keeps the fiction and non-f apart, and series in proper order under the author's name.

However date entered is very useful - apart from the bizare reverse sort default, and date finished too. I use ratings on other people's catalogues too.

juny 25, 2009, 2:02pm

I sort on 'Date read' and then sort on 'Date started', and my recommended display style makes best use of the date fields.

Actually, having just copied that from my profile page, I've noticed that the column titles are now 'Stopped' and 'Started', so a long-overdue Profile update is my next task.

juny 25, 2009, 4:54pm

>17 Noisy: I'm still hoping that "stopped" isn't the permanent name. Tim seemed open to changing it, and at one point was even surprised that it hadn't yet been changed.

juny 26, 2009, 7:13pm

Depends on what I'm doing. If I'm entering my read books (I list them on my Palm and then enter them in LT in a lump), by Date Started, of course. Ditto when I'm reviewing (which _usually_ happens at the same time). If I'm checking data, usually either Author/Title or DDC (which is genre and author for fiction books). Etc, etc. Usually when I'm on LT I'm switching sorts frequently for what I'm doing at that moment.

On my Palm, I have different views with different sorts - a Reading view sorted by Date Stopped/Date Started/Title; a Book Sale view sorted by Author/Title; a Series view sorted by Series (I have series in Comments and copy it over after a TD export); etcetera. Yes, it would be very nice to have that on LT - different default sorts for different views. And named views. And...maybe someday.

Editat: juny 27, 2009, 6:38am

I usually keep my books sorted by date entered - newest to oldest - so I can see my newest books first.

Occasionally, when I'm searching a particular author, I sort by title.

Edited to say "sort by title", not "search by title".

juny 27, 2009, 5:25am

I change my sort orders frequently. It depends upon how I am using the catalogue at that time. Currently I am cleaning data from a big import so I am sorting by author name.

juny 29, 2009, 7:57pm

Has anyone noticed that if you have two 'date stopped' dates entered for one book and you sort by date then it defaults to show the most recent date?
I have a couple of books I've read in both 2004 and 2008 which I have tagged 'read 2004' and 'read 2008'. When I sort by 'read 2004' the books with two dates end up at the bottom of the list and not in their proper place on the list. It's very annoying!

juny 29, 2009, 9:13pm

Yeah, I don't have much use for the multiple dates feature for that very reason. I rarely reread books anyway, but when I do, I plan to enter a fake reread copy of the book so that it will appear in all the right places when sorting by Date Read (which I still refuse to call "Stopped").