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Tuesday Thingers

Today’s question, courtesy of The Boston Bibliophileis about tags- do you tag? How do you tag? How do you feel about tagging- do you think it would be better to have standardized tags, like libraries have standardized subject headings, or do you like the individualized nature of tagging? What are your top 5 tags and what do they say about your collection or your reading habits?

I’m a bit obsessive about tagging.  I tag and I do it often and I believe the more the merrier.  I do like the standardized tags, but I also think that personal ones help.  First of all I try to tag everything by location in my house.  Over the years I’ve come to think of certain bookshelves as 1,2,3 etc…  I pretty much remember where everything is, but I figure it doesn’t hurt to tag it with the loaction anyway.  Next I tag by author.  If I have authors with the same last name, I tag by last name and first inital, ex: Smith-J, and Smith-R.    Then by fiction/nonfiction/reference.   And of course I tag by genre (historical fiction, fantasy, etc).  I also tag by theme, and/or series, and stuff like that.

Since I’m so obsessed, I break up my genre’s too.  I don’t just tag history, I’ll tag “history- Egyptian“, but I’ll also tag the book “Egyptian- history“.  I know having both seems redundant… but if I just tag the book(s) “history- Egyptian” I’ll find them when I search for my history books, but if I’m just looking for my Egyptian books in general (ex: Egyptian- mythology, Egyptian- religion) then I may miss them.  I know– I’ve probably confused everyone reading this and now you all think I’m nuts… lol. But hey, the system works for me 🙂


My top five tags are: fiction (787), bookshelf 1 (218), classic (206), nonfiction (157), and bookshelf 4(153).  I guess you can tell that I prefer fiction to nonfiction.  It’s only recently that I’ve actually started to enjoy nonfiction, so I may start using that tag more frequently.  I’m also a huge fan of classics, although I consider some books classics that others may not.  Finally I guess you can tell that I like knowing where everything is 🙂  (And since my location tags are kinda boring, here’s a couple more- skipping over more location ones: teen (145), supernatural (138), historical fiction (109), vampires (101), mystery (73), class (70)) 

Lol I also just checked my statistics page and found that I have 5, 276 total tags.  Wow, I have way too much time on my hands….!  How many do you guys have?




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