I'm most of the way to my goal of reading 100 books this year, and I'm keeping track on Good Reads. A really fun and easy to use site, where you can learn about new books from your friends and acquaintances, write book reviews, participate in online book clubs and discussion, play an endless user-created book trivia game and keep your to-read list manageable. I'm Juliezs on there, so if you join up, let me know so we can share some books!my 'read' shelf:
Sometimes I feel as if I'm drowning in reading material around here, between all the books and magazines. Which is honestly how I like things, I don't like not having anything to read. But there has to be a serious evaluation of exactly how many books we need to keep, otherwise it gets completely unmanageable.
I'm kind of analyzing here, what categories of books do I have, and what are my reasons for keeping them.
Books that I read and really enjoy and will read again. (these I can keep!)
Books that I've read and kinda liked and will probably not read again. (these need to go!)
Books that I bought at some point, and haven't gotten around to reading yet. (Mostly keep, and hey, read them already!)
Books that I've been given to read, but haven't yet, but I swear I will. (Then I'll decide whether to keep them).
Books that I've borrowed, fully intending to read them. (keep them separate, read them, return them).
This is a review I just wrote about a great fiber related book I recently picked up in the library. Textiles Today:A Global Survey of Trends and Traditions.
Here I thought this would just be a pretty picture book, with some textile stuff from around the world, a'la FiberArts magazine. Well, it is that, but the writing is terrific, and so interesting. Covers history, current scientific research being applied and used in textiles, military funding, textiles as shelter, recycling and "green" technologies. One of my favorite sections was on fiber being used in buildings, including quite a bit about the swim cube in Beijing. A whole lot of info in this book, that I had no clue about, and pretty pictures to boot.