What are MPU members reading now?
Right now I am in the middle of Neil Gaiman’s “Norse Mythology” on audiobook and Alan Jacob’s “How to Think” on paper. I usually have one of each going at a time.
Do any of you have yearly reading goals?
I’ve set a target of 36 books for this year, or 3 per month. My stretch goal is 50, or about 1 per week. I’m trying to take those numbers in light of the enjoyment/learning aspect of it, which is to say I’d rather read fewer books but enjoy them more than read more books but feel like its a chore or, worst still, a game.
What device do you use to read books?
For audiobooks, I use both Libby and Hoopla on my iPhone. Both use my local library system to “check out” audiobooks. I usually listen in the car during my morning and evening commutes, both of which are about an hour.
For non-audiobooks, I typically read on paper. I’ve read books on Kindle, and while I like the portability, I still prefer to read on paper. I find the “uni-tasking” nature of a paper book is good for me, making it harder for me to jump away to some form of social media.
While its not strictly a “device” per se, we’re big library fans in my family, so a lot of my books comes from there.
Do you keep a list of books to read? What about what you have read?
I’ve kept lists in Goodreads for the last 5-ish years. TBR’s go on the “Want To Read” list. I use “Currently Reading” in conjunction with the yearly Reading Challenge to keep track of progress against my goals. I also have a series of bookshelves that track things like year read, genre, audio/paper/ebook, books abandoned, and books to buy. I use these in “cover view” mode to see a Delicious Library like view of the books in a particular group.
I also write notes on many books, especially non-fiction and series fiction (e.g. Scalzi’s Interdependency series). Those notes usually end up in Bear, following a template cribbed in part from Mortimer Adler’s “How to Read a Book”.