I remember loving to read when I was a young child. I always had my head buried it some book. I don’t think it mattered what I was reading just as long as it was something. Of course, all love stories come to an end and the end of my love for reading was high school. High school made my busy with sports, a heavy class load, life guarding and a social life, so I broke up with books. Don’t get too depressed though, post college books and I are back together.
I remember it was like a weight off my shoulders once I graduated (college). I could finally read for pleasure again. I had time to read for pleasure again. The year after I graduated, I told myself I wanted to read at least 6 (new) books every year, and so far that has withheld the test of time. Don’t get me wrong, sitting down and finding the perfect book to read is hard, but once I get my hands on the right one be prepared to not see me for two weeks.
All of this reminiscing makes me think back to my favorite book from my childhood and there are two strong contenders that stand out Stella Luna and The Rainbow Fish. Both of these books were read to me multiple times as both bedtime stories and just for fun. When I am looking for a quick flashback to the past, I pull out my copy of Stella Luna or The Rainbow Fish and sit down for a quick read. Did you read these books? After a quick search on Amazon, I was shocked to find out that Stella Luna is only $2 and some odd change! These books are classics! What was your favorite book as a child?
PS. I am ALWAYS looking for book recommendations. Send some to me, if you read a good book recently!
What made you pick up the book you are currently reading? How do you get suggestions and recommendations? If you’re on the hunt for something new and interesting to read, you have plenty of places to turn. Lifehacker put out a blog and asked you where you went to find something good to read—whether it’s based on the things you’ve already read, someone’s suggestions you trust, a website that lets you build a virtual “shelf” of your favorite titles, or just a discussion group.
Goodreads, Book Bub, LibraryThing, Reddit were the top places to find a new book from the Lifehacker post. I’ve never tried using any of these except Goodreads, and my book turned out to be a good suggestion. Currently, Matt is reading a book that was suggested from a Reddit thread and he seems to be enjoying it so far.
Personally, I still like checking on Amazon and at the bookstore/library for a book. There’s some novelty about it that I can’t explain. When it comes to a niche or specialty books on highly specific topics, I would suggest going to a local bookstore and then a library as well. Looking for books on specifically political topics, or independently published authors whose books are on limited release? Indie bookstores are where you need to go—and the people that work there are likely to have suggestions for you too. I remember my days working in a bookstore: Each of us had a specialty area we were happy to talk about.
Reading is awesome! I love being consumed by a great book. Right now, I am reading Digital Fortress by Dan Brown. It’s an awesome read, totally thrilling and it’s a real page turner.
When reading, I can’t help but thinking, “what should I read next” even when I have a book in my hands. I am always willing to take reccomendations from friends, but sometimes we don’t have the same taste in books. This seems to be a common problem. Allow me to save you from your troubles. WhatshouldIreadnext.com is an awesome website that will give you a few options for your next book. This website will match you with your new book in seconds based on your favorite books and authors. Needless to say, this is a pretty awesome website.
This awesome App will help you to read fast, and I mean fast. Check it out, it will allow you to read a novel in 90 minutes. Now, will this be used for enjoyment or really for all of those kids in school, high school, college, or even grad school? Look at this article from the Elite Daily. It will start you at a 250 word per minute reading level and take you to 500 or even 1,000! This App is going to change the reading game forever. Boston-based software developer, Spritz, has been laying low for three years, tinkering with their program and leasing it out to different ebooks, apps and other platforms.
This year I am challenging myself to read at least seven new books. While in college, I never wanted to read for enjoyment because my textbooks took precedents. Since being out of school, I’ve read dozens of books, some I couldn’t even tell you the names. I am a firm believer that reading is something to keep the mind active and your imagination running wild.
Finding a new book to read is hard. Sometimes, even reading a book is hard. When you go to a movie with someone, you have instant gratification once the film ends because each of you will spit comments back and forth. For me, it’s hard to read a book sometimes becasue I won’t get that opportunity to discuss a book–this is probably why book clubs started.
Currently, Monuments of Men is on my docket. This book has been on my back burner since I saw a preview for it in the Summer. I am excited about reading this book and really diving into it. Based on a true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, what’s there not to be excited about? They’ve turned this book into a film that will be released at the end of February. Take a peek at the trailer, doesn’t this make you want to read the book?
If you have any suggestions for books to read, please let me know! I am interested in reading all, and any books this year.