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Books 101: Cleaning, Sorting and Cataloguing A Dusty Packed Library in Goodreads

Goodreads Book Library

One public holiday last month provided me with a dilemma – either I fix the leak from the washing machine that my wife has been complaining about or clean up my library and update the book catalogue at Goodreads. Image source: Good E Reader

In the end, I decided on the latter with the fix on the washing machine postpone to the weekends so that if something goes wrong, I can rush to the hardware store for replacement parts.

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Book Library Reading Goodreads

Why I Opted for Goodreads?

For those who have not heard Goodreads, here is the snippet from Wikipedia:-

Goodreads is an American social cataloguing website that allows individuals to search its database of books, annotations, quotes, and reviews. Users can sign up and register books to generate library catalogues and reading lists.

They can also create their own groups of book suggestions, surveys, polls, blogs, and discussions. The website’s offices are located in San Francisco. The company is owned by the online retailer Amazon.


I have a lot of books in my “library” but it will take a lot of time and manual typing to catalogue the books in the library. With the Goodreads app, it is a matter of pointing the camera on the book cover or the book bar code and immediately Goodreads gets the details and updates my personal library at Goodreads.

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The Books That I Have Read

Whenever I usually keep these new books aside so that I know which next book to read once I finished the current book. So I thought I have read all the books in my library but surprisingly I found some books (about 20 of them) that I had missed reading. It has been lying deep in my bookshelf all this while.

Book IdTitleAuthorNumber of PagesOriginal Publication Year
11 Hari 1 Resepi 365 Resepi Istimewa Chef HanielizaChef Hanieliza3962010
21,000,000 Years of WeaponsDwight Jon  ZimmermanNA2012
339-storey TreehouseAndy Griffiths3522013
4400 Best-Ever Budget Recipes: How to Create Fuss-Free, Economical and Delicious DishesLucy Doncaster5122008
5A Brief History of ScienceThomas Crump4162001
6A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black HolesStephen Hawking1981988
7A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2)George R.R. Martin9131998
8A Matter of Honour / False ImpressionJeffrey ArcherNA2011
9A Suitable Boy (A Bridge of Leaves, #1)Vikram Seth14741993
10Alien AgendaJim MarrsNA1997
11An American Idea: The Making of the National ParksKim Heacox1922001
12Architect Of Victory: Douglas HaigWalter Reid5552007
13Attila: The Judgement (Attila Trilogy #3)William Napier5922007
14BaboonDavid  Jones1832007
15Baby and Child CareBenjamin Spock11681946
16Be Serious LatLat1501992
17Belgarath the Sorcerer (Belgarian Prequels)David Eddings8401995
18Bill Clinton: Mastering the PresidencyNigel Hamilton7662006
19Blind Man’s Bluff (Star Trek: New Frontier, #18)Peter David3542011
20Blyton 3: Mystery of the Secret RoomEnid BlytonNA1942
21Blyton 6: Mystery of the Hidden HouseEnid BlytonNA1948
22Bruce Lee: A LifeMatthew Polly6562018
23Cabin FeverJeff Kinney2242011
24Child of VengeanceDavid  Kirk4382013
25Citizen Soldiers: The US Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of GermanyStephen E. Ambrose5281997
26Classic Tales of AdventureMiles Kelly Publishing512NA
27Columbus: The Four Voyages, 1492-1504Laurence Bergreen4232011
28Commando: Heroes Fly High!Callum Laird [Editor]4002013
29Complete Guide To Symptoms, Illness & Surgery For People Over 50H. Winter GriffithNA1992
30Crime Waves 1 (Short Stories)H.R.F. KeatingNA1978
31Decision PointsGeorge W. Bush4972010
32Destination Moon: The Apollo Missions in the Astronauts’ Own WordsRod Pyle1922005
33Diana: Her Life in FashionGeorgina Howell2241998
34Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Life (Mini Encyclopedia)Belinda Gallagher3842014
35Dog Days (Diary of a Wimpy Kid)Jeff Kinney2262009
36Domes of Fire (The Tamuli, #1)David Eddings5841992
37Dr Who?!: Capturing the Life and Times of a Leader in Cartoons…Lat1462004
38Dragondoom (Mithgar, #5)Dennis L. McKiernan5121990
39Earth & Space: The Ultimate Guide to the Universe!Anita Ganeri256NA
40Eat Sweat Play: How Sport Can Change Our LivesAnna Kessel2882016
41Eddie McGee’s Complete Book of SurvivalEddie McGee1921988
42Einstein: His Life and UniverseWalter Isaacson6762007
43Essential Captain America, Vol. 7Roger McKenzie5281981
44Essential Fantastic Four, Vol. 3Stan Lee5361967
45Essential Fantastic Four: Vol. 2Stan Lee5121965
46Essential Thor, Vol. 3Stan Lee6161969
47Fairy TalesHans Christian Andersen3631835
48Feng Shui (Pocket Reference)Anonymous2401999
49First Among Equals and Cat O Nine TalesJeffrey Archer277NA
50First Lord’s Fury (Codex Alera, #6)Jim Butcher7052009
51Five Complete Hercule Poirot Novels: ABC Murders / Cards on the Table / Death on the Nile / Murder on the Orient Express / Thirteen at DinnerAgatha Christie6721980
52Five Points: The 19th Century New York City Neighborhood that Invented Tap Dance, Stole Elections, and Became the World’s Most Notorious SlumTyler Anbinder5442010
53Food for Thought: 50 Nutritious Recipes to Boost Your Memory PowerLorraine Perretta144NA
54Foods That Harm, Foods That HealReader’s Digest AssociationNA1996
55Forever LatLat1442014
56Forever MalaysiaLatNA2015
57Four Years on the Western Front, November 1914 – November 1918Aubrey Maurice Bowe-Smith5801922
58Genghis Khan: Life, Death, and ResurrectionJohn Man4002004
59George and the Cosmic Treasure HuntLucy Hawking3202009
60Gestapo the Truth Behind an Evil LegendRupert Butler3192003
61Great ExpectationsCharles Dickens4601860
62Guests of the Ayatollah: The First Battle In the West’s War With Militant IslamMark BowdenNA2006
63Gulliver’s TravelsJonathan Swift3291726
64Hard Luck (Diary of a Wimpy kid)Jeff Kinney2242013
65Harvard Business Review on Becoming a High-Performance ManagerHarvard Business Review2242002
66History’s Greatest Decisions: And the People Who Made ThemBill Price2562013
67How to Do Just about Anything: Solve Problems, Save Money, Have FunReader’s Digest Association3841986
68Ian Fleming’s Commandos: The Story Of 30 Assault Unit In WWIINicholas Rankin3972011
69In the Shadow of the BanyanVaddey Ratner3222012
70Kampung BoyLat1441979
71Kampung Boy: Yesterday and TodayLat1481993
72Kissinger: Vol 1: The Idealist, 1923-1968Niall Ferguson10082015
73Lat and GangLat1071987
74Lat and His Lot Again!LatNA1983
75Lat Gets LostLat1421996
76Lat with a PunchLatNA1988
77Life In The Ancient World: A History Of People And How They LivedCharlotte Hurdman5122008
78Lone Wolf 15: The Darke CrusadeJoe DeverNANA
79Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson MandelaNelson Mandela6561994
80Lots More LatLat1541986
81MacArthur at War: World War II in the PacificWalter R. Borneman6082016
82MahabharataC. Rajagopalachari4831950
83Mankind: The Story of All Of UsPamela D. Toler4482012
84Mars Trilogy (Barsoom, #1-3)Edgar Rice Burroughs7042003
85Mini World History Encyclopedia (Mini Usborne Classics)Anne Millard2002001
86Moby DickHerman Melville5361851
87Mother IndiaPranay Gupte5971992
88Motorcycle Maintenance ManualHugo WilsonNA1998
89Mysteries of the UnexplainedReader’s Digest AssociationNA1982
90Nefer the Silent (Stone of Light, #1)Christian Jacq4322000
91Night Moves (Tom Clancy’s Net Force, #3)Steve PerryNA1999
92Once Upon a Winter’s Night (Faery, #1)Dennis L. McKiernan4172001
93Our Friends Beneath the Sands: The Foreign Legion in France’s Colonial Conquests 1870 – 1935Martin Windrow7522010
94PapillonHenri Charrière5601969
95Patriot of Persia: Muhammad Mossadegh and a Very British CoupChristopher de Bellaigue3362012
96Politika (Tom Clancy’s Power Plays, #1)Jerome Preisler3841997
97Practising ReikiJennie AustinNA2007
98Practising ShiatsuGeddes and Grosset2401999
100Reflexology and Complementary TherapiesAnonymous240NA
101Robinson Crusoe (Robinson Crusoe #1)Daniel Defoe3201719
102Rodrick Rules (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #2)Jeff Kinney2182008
103Royal Weddings: Konigliche HochzeitenFrederike Haedecke1672008
104Russia’s Top GunsGallery Books1431990 (Tom Clancy’s Power Plays, #2)Jerome Preisler3531998
106Searching For Order: The History Of The Alchemists, Herbalists And Philosophers Who Unlocked The Secrets Of The Plant WorldAnna Pavord3762005
107Shadow Warrior: OmnibusChris Bunch7202001
108Shadow Watch (Tom Clancy’s Power Plays, #3)Jerome Preisler3681999
109SilkPenny JordanNA2008
110Singapore Burning: Heroism And Surrender In World War IIColin        Smith6882005
111Snoopy 2 In 1 Collection: Bk. 5Charles M. SchulzNA2004
112Snoopy 2 In 1 Collection: Bk.4Charles M. Schulz2562004
113Snoopy Book 6. Charles M. SchulzCharles M. Schulz2562005
114Snoopy: “The Fitness Fanatic,” “The Matchmaker” Bk. 2: 2 in 1 CollectionCharles M. Schulz256NA
115Spies in the Sky: The Secret Battle for Aerial Intelligence During World War IITaylor Downing4162011
116SpitfireLeo McKinstry4482007
117Stanley: The Impossible Life of Africa’s Greatest ExplorerTim Jeal6082007
118Star Wars OmnibusGeorge Lucas5051976
119Steven Spielberg: The Unauthorised BiographyJohn Baxter4571996
120Success! the Glenn Bland MethodGlen Bland1761983
121Superman: Our Worlds at War OmnibusJeph Loeb5122006
122Taj Mahal: A Love Affair at the Heart of the Moghul EmpireDiana Preston3172006
123That Which DividesDayton Ward3902012
124The Adventures of Tom SawyerNick Bullard561999
125The Aircraft Book: The Definitive Visual HistoryPhilip Whiteman3202013
126The Battle of Kadesh (Ramses)Christian JacqNA1996
127The Blood Gospel (The Order of the Sanguines, #1)James Rollins4792013
128The Book of the MoonRick Stroud3682009
129The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes & His Last BowArthur Conan Doyle4321927
130The Complete Guide To Fighters & Bombers of WorldFrancis Crosby5122006
131The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Dinosaurs & Prehistoric CreaturesDougal Dixon5122008
132The Completed Encyclopedia of Trees of the WorldCatherine Cutler5112014
133The Crafting of Narnia: The Art, Creatures, and Weapons from Weta WorkshopDaniel Falconer3042008
134The Crippled God (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #10)Steven Erikson9212011
135The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 (World War II Liberation Trilogy, #2)Rick Atkinson7932007
136The Death Cure (Maze Runner, #3)James Dashner3282011
137The Decisive Duel: Spitfire vs 109David Isby5762012
138The Element in the Room: Science-y Stuff Staring You in the FaceHelen Arney224NA
139The Empire Of DarknessChristian JacqNA2001
140The Erevis Cale Trilogy (Forgotten Realms: Erevis Cale, #1-3)Paul S. Kemp7602010
141The Exploits of Sherlock HolmesAdrian Conan Doyle3381954
142The Fall of Berlin 1945Antony Beevor4902002
143The Fever Code (The Maze Runner #5)James Dashner3842016
144The Hidden Scrolls: Christianity, Judaism and the War for the Dead Sea ScrollsNeil Asher Silberman3201994
145The History of Tom JonesHenry Fielding9111749
146The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft Carriers and Naval AircraftBernard Ireland5122014
147The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Destroyers, Frigates & SubmarinesBernard Ireland5122015
148The Immune System Recovery Plan: A Doctor’s 4-Step Program to Treat Autoimmune DiseaseSusan Blum4642013
149The Kill Order (The Maze Runner, #4)James Dashner3312012
150The Last of the MohicansJames Fenimore Cooper4151826
151The Last StrawJeff Kinney2262009
152The Life of Mahatma GandhiLouis Fischer6711950
153The Long Shadow: The Great War and the Twentieth CenturyDavid   Reynolds5192014
154The Longest TunnelAlan Burgess3391990
155The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3)J.R.R. Tolkien11371955
156The Magician’s Apprentice (Black Magician Trilogy, #0.5)Trudi Canavan7702009
157The Mammoth Book of Battles (Mammoth Book of)Jon E. Lewis4981995
158The Mammoth Book of How It Happened: Eyewitness Accounts of Great Historical Moments from 2700 BC to AD 2005Jon E. Lewis5121998
159The Mammoth Book of Mindblowing SFMike Ashley5312009
160The Map of Time (Trilogía Victoriana, #1)Félix J. Palma6112008
161The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)James Dashner3842009
162The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in HistoryRobert M. Edsel4732009
163The Motorbike Book: The Definitive Visual HistoryPhil Hunt3202012
164The Mysteries Series: The Mystery of the Spiteful LettersEnid BlytonNANA
165The PacificHugh Ambrose4892009
166The Prisoner in the Mask (Duke de Richleau, #1)Dennis Wheatley3841957
167The Quest (Ancient Egypt, #4)Wilbur Smith7182007
168The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner, #2)James Dashner3592010
169The Sea of Adventure (Adventure, #4)Enid Blyton2881948
170The Sea Watch (Shadows of the Apt, #6)Adrian Tchaikovsky6152011
171The Secret Architecture of Our Nation’s Capital: The Masons and the Building of Washington, D.C.David Ovason5282000
172The Secret Files of Sherlock HolmesJune Thomson2241990
173The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus, #2)Rick Riordan5212011
174The Special Forces in Action: From the Gulf War to Bin Laden, A Detailed Account of Elite Military OperationsAlexander Stilwell3202007
175The Stress Cure: A Simple 7-Step Plan to Balance Mood, Improve Memory, and Restore EnergyVern Cherewatenko2582003
176The Three Musketeers (The D’Artagnan Romances, #1)Alexandre Dumas6251844
177The Tiger Warrior (Jack Howard, #4)David Gibbins5122009
178The UFO Files: The Inside Story of Real-life SightingsDavid Clarke2242009
179The Ugly Truth (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #5)Jeff Kinney2402010
180The World Encyclopedia of Tanks and Armoured VehiclesGeorge Forty512NA
181The Yorkist Age: Daily Life During the Wars of the RosesPaul Murray Kendall5261961
182Think and Grow RichNapoleon Hill2331937
183This New Ocean: The Story of the First Space AgeWilliam E. Burrows7231998
184This Sceptred Isle: Twentieth Century: From the Death of Queen Victoria to the Dawn of a New MillenniumChristopher Lee5001999
185Those Dreadful ChildrenEnid Blyton2241949
186To End All Wars: A Story of Protest and Patriotism in the First World WarAdam Hochschild4482011
187Tombstone: The Great Chinese Famine, 1958-1962Yang Jisheng6562008
188Town BoyLat1921980
189Treasure IslandRobert Louis Stevenson2241883
190Trial of Intentions (The Vault of Heaven, #2)Peter Orullian6722015
191Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the SeaJules Verne3821869
192Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and RedemptionLaura Hillenbrand5002010
193USAREUR: The United States Army in EuropeMichael Skinner1301989
194Valley of the KingsJohn Romer3041981
195War and PeaceLeo Tolstoy14721865
196We Were Soldiers Once… and youngHarold G. Moore5281991
197Weapons of World War IIAlexander Ludeke2562007
198Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?: The Epic Saga of the Bird that Powers CivilizationAndrew Lawler3362014
199World Mythology (Factopedia)Parragon Books320NA
200Yoga for You: Feel Calmer, Stronger, Happier!Rebecca Rissman64NA
201YOU: The Owner’s Manual: An Insider’s Guide to the Body That Will Make You Healthier and YoungerMichael F. RoizenNA2005

A large of my collection touches on military, history, fiction and medical with a good number of comics from my children and cookbooks from my wife.  Of course, the above collection does not include some 100 plus Reader’s Digest magazines – I stopped the subscription when I found they provided a better offer to new subscribers than to their existing loyal customers.

Book Library Reading Goodreads

Cleaning Up The Library

For this process, I had to empty the whole bookshelf (with the help of my daughter) and place all the books on the floor and under the fan. It is going to be a long day as I also plan to wipe & clean the bookshelf itself (it was dusty and I managed to kill off one book worm).

Book Library Reading Goodreads

Books were sorted based on size, those that I have read and those with a proper book cover. Then I started to scan those books irrespective of whether I have scanned them before. I will later delete the duplicates in Goodreads using their duplicate checker tools. Those children books that my kids no longer read and where it does not interest me, I put them aside to be donated to a friend who has small children.

Reading a book may sound like old school considering we now have information at our fingertips and we don’t have to read to get the same information. We can watch and listen instead. But it will be a big loss when one does not have a library at home and pull a book once in a while. It jogs the brain in a far superior wavelength than just the television or the laptop.

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