In 2010, Google managed to count the amount of books in the world--128 million. If you read one book a week and live to your mid-80's, you will have read 4100 books. That's 0.003% of the books in the world. You won't even skim the surface.
Now imagine if you only read one book a month. That's under 1000 books. Your lifetime reading accomplishment stat goes to 0.00075%.
All this tells me life is very short. When it comes to reading, make your time count.
- Go to the library, sit in front of two rows of a section your interest area. Pull out each book: view cover, book jacket summary and read the first page or two. If it doesn't grab your attention, put it back. If you are mildly interested, put it on the “maybe” pile. If it grabs you immediately, put it on "yes" pile. If after two rows, you don't have any books of interest, keep looking. Sometimes it helps to literally move to a different section. There is no wrong/right here.
- Peruse through a bookstore (and do same as above). It's important to me more discerning here, but if a book really grabs you, buy it from the bookstore directly and resist the urge to buy it from amazon. If we don't support bookstores, they will be gone completely someday.
- Ask friends their top 5 favorite books (a Facebook post is an easy way)
- Browse general suggestions from your library website or kindle.
- Try websites that help you find books based on ones you enjoyed, such as whattoreadnext.com or openingthebook.com. Some libraries also offer assistance in this.
Here are a few of my all time favorites:
- Matters of Choice: Noah Gordon
- Prodigal Summer: Barbara Kingsolver
- Eat, Pray, Love: Elizabeth Gilbert
- Still Life with Elephant: Judy Reene Singer
Okay, now you have some ways to get started to finding your next great book! So many books, so little time...go visit your bookstore or library today.