Growing up, I was a reader. My mom always said that the first book I ever read was “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Mark Twain–when I was some absurdly young age (5 or 6.) Whether this was apocryphal or just a bookworm mother’s wish fulfillment–it doesn’t matter. I read the book young and kept on reading. Going to the public library on a summer morning with my mom and my own library card is a cherished memory of my childhood.
I still read all the time–but its different somehow. My job has a lot of web research and public policy tomes to peruse. I breeze through all kinds of magazines, reading anything I pick up: my wife’s home & garden stuff, Rolling Stone, Atlantic, Time, Sports Illustrated. I supplement these with their web presence as well.
But the singular (and really only) disappointment of my grown-up life is I do not read many books anymore. At least, not for pleasure. I have a habit of buying books and then never getting around to reading them. I’m always on to something else and most titles fall through the cracks. The majority of the books I own that remain unread fall into the social science/public policy realm–with a smattering of travel, history and biographies as well.
So this section of my blog is dedicated to helping me read more, to read what I have–and to enjoy reading like I did when I was younger. Thanks to modern technology, I can read more easily and track my progress eight ways to Sunday. Here’s some of the tools I will be using:
A list on Scribd of books that I own and have not read.
My Kindle e-reader keeps some of my books in the Cloud available on either my e-reader or computer. Saves shelf space, too.
I set up a Good Reads page that tracks my reading and makes the process a little more social.
And finally, check out my “Still Reading In The Street” category for reviews of notable books I’ve read and other thoughts on books and reading. Just like the old days . . .