How to organize your Kindle library

I have set out to become a voracious reader. I read as soon as I wake up. I
read before I write. I read throughout the day. I mostly read on my phone with
the Kindle App. This allows me to accomplish a few things.

First, I have less stuff, specially books. At the monent I have less than 5
physical books. I am reading through them and gifting them out to friends. I
don’t have any intention on buying another physical book again.

Second, reading on my Android device means that I can use RescueTime to track
the time I spend in the Kindle app. I can passively track how much time I spend
reading. I am even able to set and track goals for myself. Right now I have a
goal to read every day for at least 30 minutes. Soon I am going to bump that up
to an hour.

If you don’t already use RescueTime, I highly recommend that you sign up for

So with all this reading I came to realize that my Kindle library is an
absolute mess. I have bought books when they were on sale and never started to
read them. I have started books and got bored and bailed on them. I have read
books and forgot that I had even read them until I hop in and I’m greeted with
the last page.

To help get things in order I have started to use collections. I created three
collections; Unread, Reading and Read. My intention is to read everything I
have so there is no reason to get any more granular or introduce collections
like “Won’t Finish” or anything like that. I then went through and put every
single book into the applicable collection.

I know this may seem like a trivial hack, but it has worked well for me. At any
given moment I have six to ten books that I am actively reading. Even though
there are a ton of books I want to read right now, I am forcing myself to work
through what I have already purchased, which right now is about another dozen

Upon finishing a book, I move it from my reading list to my read list and move
something from unread over to reading. I’m actually shocked that Amazon doesn’t
make it easier to filter your books by what you have read or not. They have the
data, there’s no reason not to. Or perhaps I overlooked this feature?

Got another way to organize your Kindle library? Comment below!

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