A few years ago, I started tracking what I read in Field Notes notebooks (which I love, and are made in America). I did this mainly because I sometimes bought multiple copies of the same book.
Not long after, I discovered Goodreads. Not only could I have this list for life (negating the need for remembering where I stored my notebooks), but I could save the Field Notes for their original – and, more important – purpose – a place to store my ideas. Which is good, because I am up to 45 notebooks and counting.
(I write everything down, but that is another post altogether).
A couple of awesome authors I follow post their reading lists, and I figured I’d do the same thing. It gives me some insight into them, and also serves as a recommendation engine – though I have a To Be Read pile of about three dozen titles.
I try to read one fiction and one nonfiction title together. I read one on my Kindle during lunch, the other a physical book before bed.
Thanks to Goodreads, I create a reading goal every year. I hit 42 last year – on New Year’s Eve! – and this year, I am aiming for 45. I have more trips coming up this year – pando permitting, of course – so I didn’t want to go overboard – but just under 4 a month. You can check out my profile here, but for now, here’s what I’ve read so far:
- Firefly: Life Signs by James Lovegrove
- How to Make a Living with Your Writing by Joanna Penn
- The Electric State by Simon Stålenhag
- Star Wars: The Fallen Star b Claudia Gray
- Successful Self-Publishing by Joanna Penn