It sometimes bothers me when people say I don’t like to read or I’m not a reader.
Or even worse:
Books are boring.
Books are LIT and you just haven’t found one to spark your interest!
And no, Buzzfeed articles don’t count as ‘reading’
But I digress.
I LOVE reading – I always have a book in my backpack/work bag because I feel like there’s always random intervals of time each day when I can read (i.e. waiting in line at the DMV, eating lunch,
when I’m bored at work). Having a book in my bag encourages me to read rather than spend even more time scrolling through Instagram, even a few pages a day helps to change up the routine of my day!
Some of my most favorite books are:
- Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett – For anyone who loves historical fiction, architecture and a lot of dramaaa, this book takes you on the journey of Tom, the builder who wants to create a lasting masterpiece during a time of war and famine.
- The Passage by Justin Cronin – For my dystopian lovers, this book takes you along as the world slowly crumbles apart, and only a little six-year-old orphan, Amy, can save it.
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie – For literally anyone. This book is a coming of age journey of a young boy from an Indian reservation. The best part?! There are illustrations!
And a few that are on my to-read shelf:
- A Handmaids Tale – Margaret Atwood (Thanks, Hulu!)
- Crazy Rich Asians – Kevin Kwan (Thanks, Crazy Rich Asians movie!)
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck – Mark Manson (Thanks, fun title!)
- A New Earth – Eckhart Tolle (Thanks, mom!)
So many choices, so little time!
But there was a time when I had not enough choices and too much time.
–Rewind to 2016 —
I challenged myself to read 52 books.
Read: A book a week for a year.
It was rough.
Almost as rough as the time I gave up cheese for a month.
I cried a few times. And even a few times during my 52 book challenge.
But it was also pretty awesome.
One of the biggest struggles I had during my challenge was figuring out what to read next! Once I had gotten through the books that my friends, parents and even students recommended, I was stuck! I didn’t want to read random books that wouldn’t interest me.
So I turned to one of my favorite social media apps.
If you don’t know what Goodreads is I need you to
get out from under the rock you’ve probably been living under download it and ADD ME!
Goodreads is an app FOR READERS!
I like to think its Twitter meets Facebook meets people who love to read.
TL;DR: Readers are my favorite types of people.
I can add my fellow bibliophiles and we can:
Books to each other!
It’s friggen’ awesome!
but what took my love for Goodreads to the next level was the introduction of:
The book recommendation engine.
Goodreads acquiring Discovereads.com is on par with Queen acquiring Adam Lambert from American Idol. Amazing.
Don’t @ me.
I wanted to better understand their recommendation engine because you know what that means – Machine Learning.
And I live for machine learning.
“With their[Discovereads.com] deep algorithmic book recommendation technology, we’re going to be able plumb our database of 100 million book ratings from 4.6 million users to find general patterns of the kinds of books people read and to generate high-quality personalized recommendations. ” Read More Here
Nothing gets me going like some algorithms!
The more I rated, liked and added books to my virtual bookshelves, Goodreads learned(!!) and recommended(!!!!) books that I wanted to read! It made my 52 books in a year challenge so much easier because I didn’t have to stress about looking for new things to read.
And let me tell you it led me to some of the best, craziest books I would never have found otherwise!
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