Do you have a reading list? A list of book you wish to read? I do. This can be one of the greatest resources for learning.
Where do I get books for my list? Just about anywhere. Bookstores are a great resource. Of course, don’t forget the online version. My preference is Amazon -mostly because I enjoy the benefits of Amazon Prime.
I also get ideas from news programs. One such book was A Curious Mind. I heard about it on the news and it intrigued me. I immediately added it to my list.
How do you store your list? I have several methods. First, I have a wish list on Amazon which I titled ‘Reading List.’ It is filled with books I want to read. Second, I also have a list in my learning journal. (This list is not the same as the list on Amazon. That would be redundant. But sometimes, I don’t have technology with me to save a title in my wish list.) Lastly, I have a Kindle. There are times when I look up a title and maybe there is a sale. I’ll purchase the book immediately.
Suffice it to say, that I never am at a lost for something to read.
My daughter has an original method. Her books are in a stack beside her bed. (The current pile is taller than the bed!)
Find what works for you and start your list! Don’t rely on your memory. At some point, you’ll meander through a bookstore or skim through an online store trying to remember the title to that one book!
Hint: Here is my greatest tip for what to do with books. I don’t keep all of my books. I do keep everything related to my field and profession, but other books are debatable. I have found an independent local bookstore. The owner is willing to trade books and give store credit. This keeps my book budget at a minimum and helps to always have something to read on hand.
By Tracy Atkinson
Tracy Atkinson, mother of six, lives in the Midwest with her husband. She is a teacher, having taught elementary school to higher education, holding degrees in elementary education and a master’s in higher education. Her passion is researching, studying and investigating the attributes related to self-directed learners. She has published several titles, including Calais: The Annals of the Hidden, Lemosa: The Annals of the Hidden, Book Two, Rachel’s 8 and Securing Your Tent. She is currently working on a non-fiction text exploring the attributes of self-directed learners: The Five Characteristics of Self-directed Learners.