In 2008, I started keeping track of all the books I read. I did this mostly for my own sense of satisfaction. Also, I found just keeping the title around in a list helped me remember something about the book. And isn’t that the point of reading?
Reading is a passion for some, a hobby for others, but it is never a competitive sport. I hope my book lists inspire you to pick up a book and read.
After a few years of tracking my reading habits, I was done, listed out, listless. For those of you who care to look at those old lists, check the links below. I’ve abandoned the whole effort, but encourage you to try it for a year, and see if it makes you read more. I found it did, but other obligations took over.
Other readers are sharing as well. Here are a few other blogs with reviews or book lists to inspire you, from around WordPress.com. Some are fiction, some non-fiction. These aren’t necessarily the only lists or the best lists, just lists from other to inspire you.
- Buried by Books
- I Was Just Thinking…
- A Bookaholic’s Review
- Best Book Lists from the Newton MA library
- 1000 Books Everyone Must Read
I buy a lot of books from B&N, Amazon, and Borders. I also love independent bookstores, like the Regulator (in Durham, NC). Any time I travel, I seek out local independent bookstores as well, and have found some great stores in Seattle, Denver, New York, Nashville, Asheville, Tulsa, and the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
But for the best reading bargain, you can’t beat the library. If you haven’t been in a while, visit your local library. It may bring back a little bit of nostalgia, from when you were a kid and went to the library with your parents. Libraries aren’t just for kids though, and you are paying for them through your tax dollars. Take advantage of the service they provide to your community.