In a way, it proves the power of the printed page, though really it’s just the importance of having a backup file. Last week while looking for something else I stumbled on some thin 3-ring binders, in one of which was a printout, dated April 1997, of my Books I’ve Read List from 1975-1994
The computer file was lost in an unusual primary-and back-up hard drive failure, and I thought the information was gone with it, so it was a treat to see this. I’ve been re-creating the file in Word, and will insert a window capture of part of the first page at the bottom of this post.
What’s interesting to me is to see what I was reading, when I read it and to think back to what was going on in my life at the time. Also, how I rated it – if I rated it at all. I’m not a big fan of rating books, and don’t do it in reviews, but I do for my read list, since that for me. Here’s the rating system I used then, and still do:
o = dud, *=average, **=above average, ***=very good, ****=excellent.
Fascinating stuff, at least for me, and fun to have my memory jogged about books I’d forgotten, or forgotten I’d read.