The real reason to read is to meet more interesting people than we have time to meet in a lifetime.
– Harold Bloom
If you aren’t already using another friend or family member’s Amazon code, I’d ask that you change your browser’s shortcut for Amazon to this URL and use it whenever you start a book-browsing or other shopping session. You’ll get the same selection and prices (occasionally, you may even see a better deal offered), and Amazon will give me a little credit for having sent you there.
I’ve been a reader all my life. I remember spending hours and hours browsing the stacks and sitting with a book at libraries though my childhood, under (and inspired by) the flying saucer in Hyattsville, where my mom worked, and later at the now-closed Wilde Lake branch of the Howard County library system.
For the most part I don’t bother finishing a bad book — I figure that if the first two chapters are junk its not getting any better. Life is too short to read junk. So if I’ve finished it, it’s at least “good.”
It wasn’t until 1997, as an adult, that I began keeping a list of the books I’ve finished reading, first as a simple list here on the blog. In 2012 I moved all my book tracking to a site and app called Goodreads (now owned by Amazon); you can see my list of completed books there. As I scroll through that list myself, it strikes me how many of those books can I not only remember reading but also visualize exactly where I was – physically and in my life – when I read them.
I’d also recommend browsing through posts in the ‘books’ category here on my site too, for my thoughts, recommendations, and suggestions.