I’ve always been a reader. I know, everyone says that. But I was the type who would get grounded for reading (truth be told, I’ve actually only been grounded once and it was for riding my bike out of my driveway without looking both ways. On my street that has 3 other houses on it. Baaad was my middle name). How on Earth did I get in trouble for reading? I’d stay up way past my bed time with a flashlight under my covers. I had flashlights hidden all over my room.
I often got reprimanded for trying to take more than 20 books out of the library at once. And my parents constantly had to tell me to put down the book and talk to our company. Ugh. I even tried bringing books when we went out to eat. Clearly I had a few social issues there, too. Thankfully my parents nipped them in the bud. Though I still consider how much more entertaining some social events would be if I had a good book in my hand.
My love for books never dissipated, but, of course, time has dissipated over the years. But I’ve always read and cannot imagine a life without books and reading. How can you get a deeper understanding of history without books? And an understanding of people who aren’t like you? People who are so, so different than anything you can imagine? I just do not get people who say “I don’t read.” You’re missing out on a heck of a lot, man. World you don’t even know exist*.
Also, when I was 10, I never could have imagine social media for books. Every summer, I wrote down every single book I read so I could turn it into my library and win an ice cream party. These days? I put it all into a social reading site. My bookshelf is literally exploding on the internet. Except I can truly hide all those really embarrassing books like Dr. Phil’s Love Smart. Have I mentioned I love life?
Over the past year, I’ve been using Shelfari to track my reading. I started the year with a goal to read 50 books, but I knew that wouldn’t likely happen. After all, there are only 52 weeks in a year (duh) and I didn’t want to limit myself to short books just to reach my goal.
I’m currently at 31 with 2 months to go.
I love that Shelfari monitors my books like this. I can see what I’ve read and what I want to read. I can also review the books and recommend books to others. But I hate the most popular books feature in Shelfari’s database. I’d generally use a feature like this to get recommendations on what to read next. But for some reason, on Shelfari, they’re all kid-type books. And while I enjoy the good young adult novel now and then (see below. and, ok, maybe Twilight a tiny bit), I am a grown woman and want some quality reading geared toward me. It kind of makes me feel like it’s all kids using Shelfari. Perhaps I’m using the wrong social reading website? There are many of them out there, so maybe I should “shelf” around.
Here’s a sampling of what I’ve been reading this year:
I’ve often thought about starting a book review blog, but I’m really not that good at reviewing books. I can tell you if I like it or not and I can get all incredibly excited about it, but then I’ll mostly just blabber. And re-tell the entire story to you. So, I think that’s why I’m kind of in love with social book sites. I can share what I’m reading and offer my thoughts and ratings without any greater pressure.
Now, where will I be documenting my book reading in the next 30 years?
*Speaking of worlds you don’t know exist, has anyone else read The Hunger Games? I read it because I always feel left out if I don’t get into the current books of hype. And OMG it was blow my mind good. Talk about worlds you didn’t know exist. Sheesh. I’m currently starting the third one, but am waiting for a stretch of time where I can stay up until 3 a.m. without causing any major damage to my schedule or self. These books are the definition of page-turner. Ignore the fact that they are “young adult” and Go. Read. Now.