Lawrence Clark Powell
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- North Alabama, AL, USA
- member since January 8, 2009
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Hi Carmen, nice to hear from you. You asked how I manage to read 200 books a year.
1. I have no other life. LOL. I'm 60, in poor health, and stay at home most of the time. I pretty much hate TV. So I read as an escape from boredom and loneliness (well, one of the reasons...I also just LOVE to read.)
2. About the third week of each month, I make up a reading list for the next month. I belong to one group here on Shelfari which has popular monthly challenges that I take part in. Depending on the challenge theme of the month, I try to find books I'd be interested in which I can use in the challenge. I pre-select my books by going to my library's on-line catalog on my computer here at home, writing down their call numbers in my "Library Log Book." So my trips to the library are quick and easy. I don't have to spend hours browsing the shelves for something to read.
3. I read multiple books at a time. I'll get 7 books at the library and go home and start reading 5 of them. Some books are quick reads, some are slooooooooow-going. I may concentrate on one particular book that I really like (or need to finish) during the day, but at bedtime, I try to read a chapter or two from each of the five, just to keep them all moving along towards "the end.". When I finish a book, I pick up a new one to start. So I always have at least 5 books going at the same time, in different phases of being finished. (I read mostly non-fiction, because I'm having an increasingly harder time with getting characters & plots mixed up. With non-fiction, I can put the book down & pick it up later without problems.)
4. I'm an eclectic reader, reading lots of different genres, so I can always find plenty of books that interest me.
5. I hate housework, so I read a little, work a little, and then reward myself with more reading time.
So those are the 5 ways that I've found help me read so many books.