When You Love All The Books

reading life

As I think back over my reading life, I realize that I have read many different types of books over the year. My mom was a teacher and because of that, we had a lot of Dick and Jane type books around the house. I can remember trying to read them even before I was only enough to be doing so. I have been a reader ever since.

I read Ramona and the Babysitter’s Club. As I got older I went through a Christopher Pike stage and after that, I spent about 10 years reading mostly Christian fiction with some John Grisham thrown in the mix. It was about the time I had my first child that I realized there was so much more out there in the world of books. There was the popular fiction books that everyone read, historical fiction which I have always been a fan of, fantasy and later on YA as that genre started to become popular.

These days, at the age of 37, my reading life is based on almost any type of book that looks interesting to me. I want to know that the book is good and that a lot of people enjoyed reading it too. I don’t want to waste my time on a book I have to put down half way through. I want to make sure that before I start a book that I am going to enjoy reading that story.

I love talking about books with other people and I am lucky enough to have friends that like to read a lot of different kind of books as well. As I look at my TBR list, which will never be completed in this lifetime, I see a little bit of everything and I love that.

Sometimes I want to read about Paris in 1944 and other times I want to read about a dystopian adventure in the far future. I am thankful I live in the time that I do. I have access to almost every book I would want to read. Whatever mood I am in, there is a book out there to match. I have access to libraries and bookstores and even friends who might have a book I am looking to read next. As a blogger, I can review books and learn about new ones as they come out into the world. My TBR pile will always be too long and that is okay with me.

They say you can’t ask a reader what their favorite book is and this is pretty much true. I could tell you what I loved in high school, a Christy Miller book. I could tell you what I loved in college or in my mid to late 30s. And then today, what is my favorite today? There are too many choices and I honestly can’t tell you which one of the books I have read lately is my favorite. That depends on the day you ask me that question.

What about you? Do you like all the books like I do? Anything you won’t read? Anything you find yourself reading more than any other type of book?

Why I Like To Keep Track Of My Books

What I Track My Books

Are you on Goodreads? I love Goodreads. It’s the best. You can connect with people, see what they are reading, read reviews and track what you have read. You can also connect with authors, enter giveaways and join groups about your favorite books and authors.

Before Goodreads I would write down everything I read in a notebook. I wanted to remember what I had been reading. It’s helpful for many reasons. I like to be organized with my reading and writing things down is a must when it comes to that. I can’t possibly remember every single book I have read off-hand.

Once I joined Goodreads I started tracking my books. There is the option to add the books you want to read but I don’t typically use Goodreads for that. I prefer to just enter books as I am reading them and then when I finish.

I love to look back and see what I was reading at the same time of the year. I love to see what I thought of books I have read and can go back through my list to look at authors I have liked. Then I can go find more books I haven’t read from them.

I also like to look back at the end of the year at how many books I have read. Some years are more than others. Goodreads also has challenges which is fun. You pick how many books you want to read during the year and it will tell you if you are on track or not. I have only read 11/100 this year so I need to pick up the pace a bit.

I also like to see how long it takes me to finish a particular book. I try to log that I started a book but sometimes I wait until I am about 15% in. By then I usually know if I am going to keep reading or if I am going to give the book up because I just don’t think I will like it after all.

Tracking my books is apart of the reading experience for me. I enjoy tracking my books and if I ever find my old notes from before Goodreads, I will enter them in there too.

Do you like to track your books? Do you use Goodreads or another site to do so? If you are, let’s connect there too 🙂

Fiction Books for Days

book blog

Hi everyone,

Welcome to my new book blog, “The Fiction Book Cafe.” As a huge fan of reading, I wanted to start a blog all about the fiction books I have read. I decided that it would be best to focus on fiction. I love all types of fiction and that is what you will find here. I am also a fan of non-fiction but in a given year I read a lot more fiction books.

I have always been a reader, even when I was very small. I read a lot growing up, through high school and college. I would sneak my books into my classes and read a few pages in between taking notes. Once I got married I continued to read and then I had my first child in 2004. I didn’t stop reading then either. With waking up to nurse in the middle of the night, I read as much as I could during those early years. As time has gone by, I have continued to keep up my reading. It’s important to me and always has been. Although I do have days every once in a while where I don’t read anything, most days I am reading something. Whether it is just a couple of pages or many chapters.

I have been wanting to start a book blog for a long time now. I have another blog, Soldier’s Wife, Crazy Life but I wanted a place to talk about books. So here we are, at the end of 2015, ready to talk about fiction books!

What have you been reading lately???