You can see endless useful documentation about Now Reading at Rob’s site, but suffice it to say that the plugin is now indispensable for me. Basically, you enter the books you plan to read, and enter the date you start each one. When you’re finished, enter that too, and you’ll have a record of your reading for the month and the year.
What I like most about Now Reading is its extensibility. I’ve managed to use CSS to display my stuff exactly as I want it to appear. And, after learning a bit more PHP, I plan to try my hand at really extending its usefulness. For one thing, I’d like to be able to call the number of pages from Amazon to display the pages read in a given period. I can also imagine a tag cloud of the types of books I’ve been reading. Course, no one will care but me, but hey, it’ll be a fun learning experience, right?
For now, check out my books (a lot fewer than I used to read!). I’m starting to read a bit more, and being a bit of an achiever, it’s nice to see how many I’ve read. Don’t miss the link to my full library at the bottom of the sidebar.
I admit it: I’m no longer ashamed to be a nerd.