June 27, 2012
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I have over the years been a member of Goodreads, Shelfari, LibraryThing and other social sites that were geared toward book lovers where I have tried to post reviews, meet people and keep up with books, both new and old. I have found this very beneficial but at the same time it is just another one of those things that I’d love to have more time for but generally don’t know where to cut. In the past I also published reviews at BookPleasures and Gather and always on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Lots of overlap and duplication but also lots of community. And that, at the end of the day, is what what we do it for.
July 7, 2008
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Me? A voracious reader?
Some call me that but the truth of the matter is I read when I am at home, which is not often due to my social life and business activities. But I have been working recently to become more efficient in my reading. Of course, I am read up on the latest in speed reading courses and I do use the principles outlined in these courses to help me get even more reading done than normal. But I think besides the amount of time available for reading I have a problem with the reading material itself.
For instance, I read for many reasons. One important reason is research for my writing projects. I also am a reviewer for BookPleasures.com so it is very important to get through this workload as well. And just as important is the reading that I do for my own pleasure. So damn! I have one hell of a stack of books next to my bed.
I suppose if you were to take them out and count them you’d find 25% of the books are for research, 25% for my own pleasure and 50% for review. But don’t get me wrong. I enjoy them all!
So I have been asking myself if there is a system I can create so that I can spend more time with the books I read for my own curiosity. If you know of one or if you think of one, let me know!