Apr 19, 2012

by English Muse

Hello again!  It’s Katie again, back with more bookish inspiration for your Thursday.

I have a rather problematic book accumulation habit.  My “to-read” stack is enormous, and gets added to almost daily.  Pesky little things like eating, working, and sleeping get in the way of reading all the time.  Yet books are my greatest source of creative stimulus; stories make me see the world differently.  Who knows what windfall of creativity would come if I finished that great stack of to-reads?

It seems I am not alone in wanting to and wondering how to squeeze more of the printed word into my life.  Better World Books played a hilarious (to me, anyway) April Fool’s joke with an imaginary new product–the hands-free book–claiming that “manual preoccupation was the major factor keeping readers from multitasking effectively.”  I do sympathize with the plight of needing my hands to do things besides holding a book and was slightly disappointed that the product was not only imagined but rather improbable (except for audiobooks, perhaps).

Then I came across a little post on wikiHow that’s a little more grounded in reality. The post is a guide to making time to read, with twenty-three idea, a handful of tips, and three warnings (along the lines of “pay attention to the road when you’re listening to an audiobook in the car” and such).  My favorite tip is something I wish I did more consistently: keep a list of the books you read, perhaps with notes about them.  Goodreads makes it pretty easy to do this, but you could also keep a simple notebook.  It’s a small adventure to see where your reading has taken you in your life.  When I look back at my lists of books read over the years, I almost always remember both the emotions I experience reading a work and the things I experienced in my life at the time I read it.  These memories, in turn, can become stories, projects, and a spark of creativity.

Have a  happy Thursday, friends!  I’m devouring Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies right now, which I picked up at the library last week.  What are you reading?  How do you think you will remember it?

p.s. I’m sorry I didn’t get back to any comments left here last week.  I had some serious computer problems and spent all weekend fixing them, so I’m still catching up.  I’d love to start a conversation about books, so please do leave a note and get the conversation going!

[Image: Ocean Books Instant Library, by Andrea of Sorrythankyou79 on Etsy, also featured in the FOSSIL spring catalogue]



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6 Responses to “bookish inspiration”

  1. Tonia says:

    I have the same ‘to-read’ pile problem – it never gets smaller! I have started to list all the books I read on my blog though, so I can keep track of what I’ve read…and re-read! Steinbeck’s Travel’s With Charley is going to join the shelf of re-readers; a really wonderful book.

  2. Dizzy Lizzie says:

    ๐Ÿ™‚ You know… my uncle used to do this… he died ten years ago… but the reader in me cherishes this little book more than anything. one day, i hope to pass it on to my nephew… its’s a legacy, such things… ๐Ÿ™‚ Love your post!

  3. Hannah says:

    i can completely sympathise with this! My to-read pile is enormous! It’s a good idea to make notes on what you’re reading too.. I half wish I’d kept a record of everything I’ve read (just to remind myself!)



  4. Goodreads is a good way to track the books one has read. I wish I had started keeping a notebook when I first started reading books. Wouldn’t that be a treasure? The book you are reading sounds interesting. I just finished “Home.” (Reviewed on my blog.) I am trying to plod through “Sarum.” I have been reading it for months. I enjoy reading it, get tired of it, put it down, and read another book. This time I will finish it. (I hope.)

  5. Sam says:

    Shelfari.com is also a great way to keep a list of books. I use it now and constantly add books to my ‘plan to read’ shelf….and the site looks like a bookshelf which makes it even better ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Naomi Bulger says:

    I always have the best of intentions, like making lists of the books I’ve read, but they never come to fruition. I find I’m either desperate to get straight into the NEXT book and can’t be bothered finding “where did I put that list?”, or the last book impacted me so strongly that I need to spend a day or two to “just be” while I recover from being forced from that world by the book ending.

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