Because the drop-down menu on the right-hand sidebar becomes more cumbersome the more categories are added to it, I’ve decided it’s time to create a review index. The first index available is arranged by author. I hope to add one arranged by title soon (that one will take some work). You can click on the new link to the index at the top of the right-hand sidebar (or you can click here) to see the index.
Putting this index together was a fun task. I liked remembering what I’ve read and reviewed here over the past few years. What surprised me most, though, was how creating this index changed some incentives that I didn’t realize were influencing my choice of what to read next. This might seem strange, but the drop-down menu incentivizes me to read more authors; the more authors I read, the longer that menu is — it’s nice to see it grow as my reading base broadens. The index by author, however, incentivizes me to read more than one book by an author; the more books under an author, the more my completionist urges are sated — it’s nice to see my reading deepen under certain authors, particularly those favorites I’ve been neglecting (get ready for more Ozick, for example).