How do you manage lists of materials (books to read, films to watch)?

How do folks keep lists of material, such as as books to read, or films to watch?

The system I’m migrating into Obsidian consists of files by media (e.g., one for books, one for films, etc.). Each item is placed on a single line in this format:

- 2020-11-13 | Jane Smith, _A Wonderful Summer_ (2016). #southern-gothic coming of age story. Rec'd by Bob. #no-audio

The main fault, which I’m sure you’ve noticed, is that the lists are based on medium rather than topic :slight_smile:

I plan to revise the format to correct this issue, as well as to take advantage of Obsidian’s linking features. So I’m interested in seeing how other folks manage such lists.


I’m migrating from list-based systems, too! I’d appreciate too some suggestions. Thanks a lot in advance!

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I am looking for a way to quickly update such a list in obsidian. For example update my progress in watching a Series or till which page I have read a book. I wrote an simple AutoHotKey script to quickly append a note directly to that list but that doesn’t make that much difference in time consumed as I have to edit it manually in the right format later.

What is this system you are using btw? Is it just for Linux users?

I’m using Apple devices and use an app called Drafts that allows me to easily append text to Dropbox files.

So I’ll write something like:

Captain Marvel (2019) which I saw last night, and then Drafts will append it to the relevant file (a time-sorted list of films I’ve seen) like this:

- 2020-11-14 | Captain Marvel (2019)

So I don’t have to manually find the file, fiddle with the date or any other formatting.


So it is the same as my little script. It is easy enough for one time stuff like movies, altho I suppose it should be removed manually from your watch-list if you have one.

I am looking for a way to edit some stuff in the file. For example changing Progress parameter for Capital Marvel (2019) from ‘zero’ to ‘done’ or replacing the episode number and the time values for a Series in my list. The good thing about obsidian is that it allows to do much more with a book or movie. So finding a way to do so with .md files is much better than a stand alone solution that I am sure should be out there (Altho I am not aware of).

For TV shows, I update my record when I reach a natural conclusion (season finale, or lost interest in the show), just so I can remember where I was in case I want to continue watching later. That works well enough for me, but I don’t watch that many shows :slight_smile:

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Problem is that I am not sure when I want to continue a show. Sometimes I am in middle of watching and something happens and I just have to go. The minute feature is very useful as there is no way (that I know of) to bookmark youtube videos and playlists. TV shows are not the main concern for me neither.

In case you didn’t realise, you can save a youtube url with the current playback position if you add the timestamp onto the end in the format: &t=1m12s

So the following should take you to midway thrugh one of nick milo’s videos:

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Thanks, I knew about this but was not sure how I am going to use it. I thought it’s a tool more suited for sharing the video with others rather than a bookmark feature. Maybe there is way to make something neat using this feature . But timestamping and copy pasting the url every time I leave the browser is not very appealing.