It started when I realized I'd bought not one, not two, but three copies of some relatively forgettable novel. This wasn't because I needed a copy to read and one to give away to friends, or because I needed a softcover copy to read because the hardcover I'd bought was too damn bulky, but because I'd just completely forgotten I already owned it, somewhere in the massive piles of books that were slowly taking over my apartment. Inspired by Hook, who was busily cataloguing her own collection, I decided a database would be just the thing to keep my books owned, books wanted, and books never-to-read-again in line.
It took me seven months to catalogue all the books that I owned, and another four to collate all the various back-of-the-envelope lists of books that I really, desperately wanted. (Caveat: when I'm talking about a book, really, desperately wanting is a term I tend to apply a bit liberally.) And for quite a while I was happy. I could finally tell which books in a given series I was missing, or easily figure out what other books I still needed by a favorite author, and I even had a field to note who I lent books out to.
Then came Lauren, with her yearly list of books read, which inspired my books log, and my discovery of Amazon wishlisting which is really making me want to write an application to automatically tie my database to their site (and for those who are curious, you can see my current lusts here). So now I've got a booklist of my own, and a wishlist, and once again my book obsessiveness becomes a degree greater.
And now there's the Corknut reviews, and bneuensc's book recommendations; am I going to have to start recommending and reviewing on a regular basis? Either way, I'm not sure I can match either one for sheer Corknutty, Brynful style, but I'm kind of tempted to try.