General Musings

Books Owned Not Read … Yet – April 2020

Books Owned Not Read … Yet – April 2020

Over the last few years I’ve developed a habit of collecting eBooks that capture my attention, with the intention of reading them sometime in the future. The cost of an eBook is often less than five dollars, so the temptation to buy them when they are on sale is a bit difficult to resist. Unfortunately, after I add eBooks to our electronic library they often get overlooked; they disappear into the computer’s memory. I came up with a few impractical ideas to make our eBooks more visible around the house, such as making a stack of cards with book covers printed on them so I could shuffle them around and display a random card each week to remind me to read the book, however there was a major drawback with this idea, i.e. the cost of the ink and paper. Eventually I found a solution: create a printed catalogue of our owned-not-read-yet. eBooks.. It wasn’t long before I discovered that it is possible to print out a list of books from GoodReads.…

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The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll

The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll

Until I saw Ryder Carroll’s book listed on Amazon, the idea of bullet journaling was unknown to me, but after I’d read the book’s description I understood immediately what it meant, because it reminded me of “Committee Action Minutes”, often used at brain storming meetings in the workplace. (Action Minutes, unlike the usual Minutes, record only items that require action and are short, and bullet pointed.) …

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My List of Betterment

My List of Betterment

My Mission Statement: My vision (mission) for My List of Betterment is to create a list of fifty books, and write about them. The books on the list are books “that speak to me” and deepen my understanding of the world around me and my understanding of my inner self, that is, what quality reading is for me.…

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My Reading List May 2018

My Reading List May 2018

My CURRENTLY READING LIST can often have more than five books on it, these are the books that I’ve committed myself to read in the near future, the ones I’ve “cracked open”, not to be confused with my TO-BE-READ LIST (TBR), nor my BOOKS OWNED AND NOT READ YET LIST. For me, there’s no point in listing more than five books on a CURRENTLY READING LIST (although I often do); attempting to read too many books within the same time-span dissipates continuity particularly if you are reading mysteries, or bibliomemoirs, or slow-travel memoirs. Listing my books is my way of keeping some semblance of order over my reading goals. It’s important to me that I don’t forget the books I’ve purchased. eBooks and audiobooks are easily forgotten because they aren’t visible on a bookshelf.…

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Nature Writing, a favourite genre

Nature Writing, a favourite genre

In our home there is a limited amount of shelf space for books; happily this restricted space is fully populated with “special” books that enhance our library. There are books that bring back fond memories, loved books, books that made a difference to our lives, reference books full of knowledge that we can dive into every now and then, books that we intend to read sometime later, and books that we just can’t let go. …

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