How do you sort your library?
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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Occasionally, when I'm searching a particular author, I sort by title.
Edited to say "sort by title", not "search by title".
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!