March is almost over and so I’m getting ready to put up my “First Quarter Book List” and since people always ask me how in god’s name I manage to read so much, I figured I’d explain “The System” for a bit.
First of all, I am a really really really really fast reader. This isn’t like, a bragging thing, it’s a fact. I have no idea if other people read this way, but ever since I was a kid, I just disappear into a book. I don’t register words, I don’t realize I am turning pages, the book just sort of happens in front of me. You have to yell my name three or four times to get me to respond.
So there’s that. Also, despite my total addiction to the internet, I really don’t watch very much tv. I wish this was not the case, this is not a judgment of anyone else, but something about my attention span and television don’t mix. Even shows I LOVE I have a hard time paying attention to for a full hour.
Anyway, in general I mostly read at night, in bed when most people (ie my husband) are watching Survivor. And a lot of what I read is young adult and those are short books but I’ve been known to read three books in a night. So that’s a big reason why I am able to read so much even though I really only read at night.
The actual “system” is pretty simple – I get book recommendations from all kinds of places – blog recommendations, (if you’re not reading Everyday Reading, you should fix that right now, she’ll hook you up with the good YAF for sure), The New York Times Book Review which I subscribe to, ads in the New Yorker (these books are often terrible but the ads always suck me in), prize winners, new books by my favorite authors, classics I always felt like I should read, books my mother buys at the airport and then sends me, my library email newsletter, and books at Amazon that pop up when I add things to my wish list (these are also often horrible). I haven’t signed up for Good Reads yet because the thought of figuring out something new right now makes me tired.
Any time I hear about a book I want to read, I go to Amazon and add it to my wish list. (The link is SO NOT me trolling for you to send me stuff, just in case you want book ideas.) I have an online account at the library and I usually have between 10 and 30 things “requested” and when they come in, Mr. E picks them up for me because he works right next to the library. When the request list at the library gets low, I open my Amazon list, put some more things on hold at the library, and delete them from the Amazon list.
After I read a book, I write the title in my desk calendar – I’ve marked it 1-200 already so I can tell when I am falling behind on this year’s book reading goal.
I honestly don’t feel bad about hardly ever buying any books because 1. the library is awesome and I love it 2. I can’t afford all these books anyway and I pay taxes so we have a library and 3. most of the books I read are terrible and I thank the lard I haven’t had to shell out actual cash for them. Occasionally if I really really love something I read I will buy myself a copy of it, and I do buy a lot of children’s books and books as gifts.
So, that’s pretty much it – any questions? More importantly, does anyone have any good book recommendations for me? I’ve read some stinkers in the past few weeks.