Mom took us kids to the library at least twice a week when we were younger, maybe more. It may have been in the name of free entertainment.  Growing up somewhat poor is a life experience I wouldn’t trade, ever.  It could also be because my parents are both constant readers.  Shouldn’t surprise me that I now am as well.

I am always reading the Bible, the One Year Bible has been my go to source for many years now (another inheritance from my mom), a non-fiction, usually something on Christian Living or psychology or a memoir, and a fiction.  My fiction books are my quicker reads (and let’s be honest, so much more fun to read), so sometimes it takes self-control to complete that Christian living book.

The middle book is actually about chastity believe it or not.
The middle book is actually about chastity believe it or not.

Finish them I do, however.  My husband can vouch for me that it takes a lot of ick or a lot of boring to make me discard a book without finishing it.  I’m addicted to accomplishing tasks.  (Use that in your next interview!  Happy employment on me.)

Finding a book really worth reading I think is key to my continued reading bliss.  There are so many sites now that will recommend what you should read based on what you already like.  I’ve struck out a little with the recommendations by Goodreads, though I continue to use their site and app to track my reading and stay social.  Honestly that’s one of my best book finders… my friends who read, and some of them are on Goodreads.

This year a friend of mine who as been blogging for years started a monthly book club, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the variety.  You can check out what we’ve been reading and will read here.

Pinterest is great too.  Lots of people keep track of books they’re reading or want to read.  Right now I’m working through a list created by librarians voting for their favorite books from last year.  Click here for the list.

I like the librarians’ list a lot because most likely my library will carry multiple of these titles and I won’t wait long to get to read it.  I’m not a fan of e-reading.  I love turning paper pages.  I also rarely want to purchase a book so I’m a huge fan of the public library.  It’s easy to request and have your book waiting for you.  I think one of our branches even has a drive-thru pick up!!

IMG_1665Because I am an achievement junkie I also feel the need to track my reading.  I do this on Goodreads, moving books from my “currently reading” to “read” pile, but I love how visually beautiful Pinterest is, so I have a board for each year (i.e. Read in 2013).  I scroll through these boards now and then and just remind myself quickly what I read by the pictures of the covers.

I’ve been trying to up my reading each year (reading more books, but also reading better books).  Before I began using Goodreads, I (of course) kept a database.  It’s not like my movie database where I’ve tried to remember every film I’ve ever seen, I’ve only gone back to 2011.  book database

I continue to update my database.  I score a book out of 10 instead of Goodreads’ 5 star scale.  It’s great because I can view separate queries by year and see if I’m reading a balance of genres and fiction/non-fiction.  I’ve thought about adding whether the author is male or female after hearing that a lot of people mostly read books by their same gender.  Fascinating.  I’m averaging a 9 out of 10 this year as far as my ratings this year.  It’s gone up by .5 almost every year.  I think this means I’m reading better books, but it may mean that I’m less of a critic than I was.  (More on that in a later post I’m sure… How to Read and not be a Jerk.  Ha!)

How about you?  Where do you find what to read next?  Are you a book buyer and saver or do you pass things on?  Or even better… what would you recommend from your recently read pile?

PS – How annoying is the English language that read (present tense) and read (past tense) are spelled the same?


4 thoughts on “Biblio-file

  1. I read 90% non-fiction; this is primarily historical, biographical, memoirs or life help type books. I hesitate to say self-help because that sounds like I’m need of a pyschiatrist:) But books written by Gretchen Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell, etc. I do enjoy some classical fiction and Mitch Albom books–but not really into anything vaguely romantic or mushy:) I like reading recommended book lists by NY Times and seeing the best sellers list for inspiration. I love browsing the New Books shelf at my library. I rarely buy any books, I have very limited bookshelf space and don’t like buying a book unless I love it. I keep track of my book reading via a secret Pinterest board–secret because I can be strangely prideful about stupid things like how many books I’ve finished reading. Looking forward to reading: The Wright Brothers by David McCullough, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. Enjoying right now: Decisive by Chip and Dan Heath.

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  2. Ok so I should just create my own blog because I have so many comments about this! But for the sake of not being a comment hog, I will keep it brief.

    I find it soooo incredibly interesting that you view reading in such a way that you “make” yourself read certain genres, non-fiction vs.fiction, etc. I am completely the opposite of Amy and sorta different from you. I read like 95% fiction usually a young adult or fantasy involving things that cannot happen in real life (everything from vampires, to princess drama, and wizards and warlocks). I guess I think I get enough reality during the day that reading is more of a “treat,” “vacation,” or “magical adventure” if you will. Books score extra (make Tarrah want to read me) points for making animals come to life: think Watership Down and Redwall.

    I had to leave the 5% there because I do on occasion read other things that aren’t really my sci-fi/fantasy. These are mostly health and wellness books because science appeals to me.

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  3. I would stalk that blog like a hawk… that comes to life and reads blogs wearing fashionable frames and any other anthropomorphic features you require.

    I do read out of obligation a little. There are some books that I know contain something I need in them not just something I want. Like today I ate some Greek yogurt with mix ins that were supposed to make it taste like an almond joy… An almond joy would have been better tasting, but not as nutritional.

    Animals and wellness!


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