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Book Lists in Today’s World

If you are a reader, a true lover of books, you probably spend a good portion of your spare time either creating future readings lists..or reading about other books. In years past, creating a list usually meant jotting it down in a notebook or journal. That was fun, but sort of tedious.

Techno-Savvy folks figured out ways to create their own keep track of what they read, liked or disliked. I created my own database at some point but was stricken with grief when my hard drive crashed and my “library” was no more. Oh, the horror!

Today, there are all sorts of websites to help keep track of what you are reading. My primary list is through Goodreads. I like it because you can create different lists and share them with friends. I try to keep it simple with only 3 main categories (Currently-Reading, Read, and To-Read). Of course.. my “to-read” list is quite long but it’s great because whenever I find myself looking for something to read.. I simply check out my list for ideas. It’s very satisfying to me to move it to the “read” category and you have the option of including a review.

I also like the functionality of Library Thing. It’s designed to resemble your bookshelf at home. It’s a tad more visual. I tend to use it for their widgets which appear on this blog. These online tools make it so easy to create lists, that I find myself constantly adding titles. The only down side is that I spend so much time researching my next read, that I end up limiting my actually reading time. I used to feel badly about this but it hit me the other day that I truly enjoy “the hunt”.

There is something mystical and exciting about looking for that “perfect” book. I love walking into a bookstore or library. I love the smell. Let it be known that I also love looking at all the book covers and I have been known to pick up a book based on its cover alone. I know. Call me shallow. These online resources don’t provide the smell or sounds but they sure do give you a sense of “browsing”.

I guess what I am saying, or admitting to, is that although every moment is not taken up with a book in one hand and a cold drink in the other.. the anticipation that leads up to it, is almost as good.


Feeling It

I started off my morning with a brutal, and I mean BRUTAL circuit training class which involved kickboxing, step work and jumping rope. Now in case you all forgot.. I have Lupus and even though there are days when I don’t feel as if I can do much, I HAVE to. If I don’t use it, I will definitely lose it.. no lie. So I dragged my butt to class and did what I had to do to get through it.

For lunch, I met with some old co-workers and we talked of times past and we also talked about getting older and basically falling apart. This getting older.. it’s not always fun is it? They are a bit older than me, but I am already pretty much caught up with them as far as meds and health go. That depressed me! I feel that I am young at heart but that my body is not cooperating with me.

On my way back to the office, I was wallowing in my aches and pains. Woe is me and all that. I eat right, I exercise.. I try to get as much rest as possible and yet I am not the picture of health that I so wish to portray. I suppose if I were not doing the “right” things, I would be worse than I am now so there’s always that. Right?

Till tomorrow.